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Sunday, October 15, 2017

 

HELEN MIRREN TO RECEIVE 2018 CHAPLIN AWARD




THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER

presents

HELEN MIRREN

with the

45th ANNUAL CHAPLIN AWARD 

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018 




Photo: Giles Keyte

Academy Award–winning actor Helen Mirren will be honored at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 30, 2018. 

Mirren has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances on stage, screen and television in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award.

“Ever since her debut in Michael Powell’s Age of Consent in 1969, Helen Mirren has been lighting up screens with one finely crafted performance after another,” said Lesli Klainberg, the Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.From her Oscar-winning role in The Queen to her brilliant work in The Long Good Friday, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The Madness of King George, Gosford Park, The Tempest, The Last Station, Red, Hitchcock, Woman in Gold, and Eye in the Sky, she has shown her exquisite range and proven her commitment to excellence and the art of cinema.

Mirren began acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, and over the past five decades has become one of the most respected and recognizable figures in multiple media. In film, she is perhaps best known for The Queen, though she has appeared in more than sixty films, with notable recent titles including Trumbo and The Fate of the Furious. 

Upcoming films include The Leisure Seeker, Winchester, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. 

In television she is best known for her role as DCI Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, her Emmy-winning performance in Elizabeth I, and Phil Spector, for which she won Best Actress at the SAG Awards. 

On stage, she reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth II on the West End stage and on Broadway in The Audience to acclaimed reviews, winning both an Olivier Award and a Tony Award. Mirren was awarded the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship in 2014 for her outstanding career in film.


In 2006, The Queen was shown at the New York Film Festival. Here are some excerpts from the NYFF press conference, 
which included Helen Mirren and the Director, Stephen Frears.





QPORIT has also noted the appearances of Helen Mirren in the NYFF 2010 film of The Tempest where Julie Taymor cast the wizard Prospero as Prospera, played by Helen Mirren; and as the Host on SNL in 2011, where QPORIT’s comments on the Opening Monolog and a sketch with Helen Mirren say …

"- Opening Monologue - Helen Mirren -- she's a dame -- (By the way, did you see her in the orgy scene in Caligula?)

- Helen Mirren's Titties & Helen Mirren in her Dressing Room --"Her titties exist in a place beyond space & time." -- What SNL was made for!"


The Film Society’s Annual Gala began in 1972 when it honored Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the U.S. from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been renamed for Chaplin, and has been presented to many of the film industry’s most notable talents, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and, last year, Robert De Niro.

For information about attending the gala, contact the Filmlinc Patron’s Desk at patrons@filmlinc.org or call (212) 875-5668. For sponsorship opportunities, contact egardner@filmlinc.org or call (212) 671-4559.



LINKS


HELEN MIRREN’S WEBSITE

HELEN MIRREN ON IMDB

HELEN MIRREN ON IBDB

HELEN MIRREN ON WIKIPEDIA




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Monday, October 02, 2017

 

Review: LUCIDCAM -- 180VR CAMERA



LUCIDCAM
A TERRIFIC, CONVENIENT CAMERA
FOR VR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS



OVERVIEW

The LucidCam is a terrific, convenient camera for VR still and video photography. It produces high quality, state-of-the-art, 180VR format videos and stills. For several reasons, discussed below, this may be the most consumer-friendly VR format.

It costs only $499, making it the least expensive high-quality camera for 3D VR photography. This could be the camera that brings VR camcording to a mass audience.

It uses a pair of fisheye lenses to photograph the front hemisphere in 3D. The camera has front facing stereo microphones.

It weighs only 8 ounces, and is small enough to fit in your pocket.

It shoots mp4 video at either 1920 x 1080 (1K per eye or 2K total), 3000 x 1500 (called 3K) or 3180 x 2160 (4K per eye for an 8K video, called 4K in the App). It shoots with a variable frame rate that averages about 25 to 30 frames per second. The camera also shoots still 3D photos at 2160 x 4320 whichever resolution is set in the App.

Since it is only capturing a hemisphere, the 8K mode is twice the resolution of a camera that is 8K for the entire 360x180 4Pi full sphere. (However, it will be a while before most people have a viewing headset capable of displaying this resolution.)

It has a fixed, rechargeable battery. Photos and videos can be stored in the 24 GB internal memory or in a removable micro SD card.

The LucidCam can connect with Wi-Fi to a smartphone App. The App is used to select the resolution. It can also select whether the camera records with an equirectangular layout or a fisheye layout.

The camera also live streams the video (only the 2K mode, currently) to the smartphone. The App also allows updating the firmware, and provides a window into the battery status and the file storage. It can also be used to share the videos and photos.

The camera has a mini USB port, a mini HDMI port and a slot for a micro SD card of up to 32 MB. (It is probably a good idea to use a fast card: 80 MB/second or faster.) Content on the camera’s internal memory can be copied to a computer with the USB port, and content on the microSD card by putting the micro SD card in the adapter and placing that in the SD card slot of the computer.

The controls for shooting with the camera are very simple: there is a switch on top of the camera to turn on video or stills, and a button to take a still picture or start and stop a video.

I’ve dropped it and it still runs, so it seems pretty sturdy. It is a good idea to keep the camera covered when not being used, and to protect the lenses from dirt and scratches.

At 8K, the quality of the images is better than the current ability of consumer VR display devices to show them; so the videos will hold up well as the display technology continues to improve over time.

Processing and showing the videos is not hard, and we’ll discuss that below, along with shooting suggestions. This is a simple, convenient, solution for shooting state-of-the-art VR videos and photos. And it’s also currently the least expensive 3D VR camera.




INTERVIEW WITH HAN JIN
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF LUCIDCAM
SHOT WITH THE LUCIDCAM
IN 180VR

;

HEMISPHERIC VS FULL SPHERICAL VIDEO
+THE 180VR FORMAT

The LucidCam shoots the front hemisphere (180 x 180) in 3D, producing what are called 180VR videos. It shoots 180 degrees (half a panorama) horizontally and 180 degrees (from straight up to straight down) vertically.

By contrast, a 360 video (2D or 3D) shoots in all directions, all 360 degrees horizontally. A “360 video” will sometimes cut off the top or bottom of the view (or both) and show less than 180 degrees vertically. A full-spherical video that shoots the entire sphere surrounding the camera can also be called a 4Pi video because the surface area of a sphere is A=4πr^2 and 4π is called the solid angle of the surface of the sphere.

While, of course, it does not show everything around the camera, a hemispheric front facing video camera (like the LucidCam) has certain advantages over a full spherical camera.

First, it points directly at the subject of the image. When shooting 360 videos, one of the questions is where to let the main subject(s) be located: (Always in front? Wandering around? Popping up in back? Does the viewer freely discover action anywhere it might be in the circle, even behind the user; or is the user guided by audio or video cues to follow the action of the story?) These new questions about 360 videos and locating the subject are not necessary in 180VR.

Secondly, a full spherical camera with lenses pointing in all directions can be intimidating for subjects, or just passersby, who feel like they are swept up in someone else’s picture. Front facing alleviates some privacy concerns, and even some copyright issues (where a 360 camera can inadvertently pick up copyrighted images that are to the side or back of the camera).

Third, the fact that the image is limited makes it easier to apply some of the traditional camera techniques of cutting (even zooming! – although the LucidCam can only zoom through post-production editing software -- the LucidCam has a fixed F/2.2 aperture -- or by moving the camera closer or further from the subject, the VR180 format may also permit other methods of “zooming” including cutting to shots filmed with other cameras.)

The 3D 180VR image is immersive and realistic. Even though the format does not include the entire panorama, a seated user turning their head still sees a 3D scene covering their entire field of view (FOV), so it is still realistic and immersive.

Many people who view the video on YouTube or other sites may not be using a VR headset. When the video is being viewed in 2D (rather than in a 3D headset), if the main subject of the action being photographed is basically in front of the camera, then 180VR format generally looks better in 2D than the 360 video format.

Of course, if some of the important subject matter can be anywhere, front or back, then the 360 video format is necessary. If you need to shoot full spherical 3D videos, three LucidCam cameras can be connected in a triangular, six-lens rig that can be used to make 3D 360 full spherical VR videos. (I have not tried this option.)



ISSUES

The LucidCam is a first-generation product and it does have some problems. These are mostly annoyances that can be dealt with. Moreover, even with the current hardware, the supporting software is continually changing and improving.

Audio sync
The frame rate for the LucidCam videos is variable; different portions of the video may have different frame rates – this allows for the maximum flexibility in real time recording. However, Premiere Pro (and the current version of the LucidCam YouTube Converter), require a fixed frame rate in order to preserve the syncing of the audio to the video. The raw video can be processed with “Handbrake” to yield a fixed frame rate, but this outputs only 2160 x 1080 videos, even if the original video was 8K. FFMPEG or other converters may be able to convert variable to fixed frame rate for the 8K videos without losing resolution. (It should be noted that 8K resolutions is beyond the display capability of most VR display devices today.)

Wi-Fi connection
It sometimes requires several tries (or practice) to get the Wi-Fi connection established between the camera and the smartphone. Additionally, the button for starting Wi-Fi is very close to the shutter control. It is easy to shoot several random pictures or turn the video on by accident while trying to just press the Wi-Fi button.

Indicator lights
The indicator lights are hard to see when shooting in broad daylight. It is sometimes necessary to cup your hands around the lights to block the sunlight in order to determine the status. Using the smartphone can sometimes avoid the need for looking at the lights. However, sometimes it is difficult to handle both the camera and the smart phone at the same time.

Holding the camera
Because the camera is small and captures the full hemisphere, fingers holding the camera can easily be captured in the image, (and a stray finger on just one side really trashes the 3D effect). It is necessary either to be very careful hand holding the camera, or use a selfie stick extending backwards from the camera so it is not in the image, or use a tripod.

Support
LucidCam is quite good at providing personal support at info@lucidcam.com[*]. But it would be helpful to have a LucidCam forum to discuss “everything about LucidCam”, to have LucidCam staff providing and logging answers to questions as they arise, so many support questions will be already answered online, plus having other LucidCam users to help out and network with. More online tutorials will be helpful too. (We have some on the way from QPORIT, as well.)



SOME TIPS

Using the LucidCam is very easy. Turn on the camera to Picture or Video, press the shutter button for stills or to turn video on and off. Copy the result to the computer or the smartphone. A little processing, and you can share it.

It is not a good idea to let the camera wobble, or move randomly. Also, set it level to the horizon.

Be careful: avoid ledges and cliffs, cars, tripping hazards, and biting hazards (insects or bigger animals). Also, avoid copyright infringement; and get releases (when you need them) before you shoot.

For best results, keep your fingers out of the way: use a selfie stick or tripod to support the camera.

Speak clearly and naturally but reasonably loudly; make sure unwanted sounds (airplanes, music in the background, other people talking) are soft.

Often, keeping the camera at eye level with the subject is the ideal placement. With a single subject, keeping the camera at roughly an arm’s length works well. Since the camera has a fisheye lens, objects get much smaller very quickly as they get further away. (A herd of deer, for example, at the other end of a field may look like squirrels with short tails.)

Moderately long takes – longer than you would use with a standard movie camera – are recommended. Letting the user settle into experiencing the scene at their own pace helps the LucidCam provide the user the feeling of immersion and presence, the two most extraordinary aspects of Virtual Reality video.

Among the many fabulous uses of the camera are: recording life’s memories, and making creative fiction and non-fiction movies (which become more real and alive by using the exciting, realistic, and immersive presence of 3D images and a very wide field of view). Experiment with new applications!

Enjoy the LucidCam!

LINKS [*]

LUCIDCAM
www.lucidcam.com

LUCIDCAM ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/LucidCam

LUCIDCAM FAQ
https://www.lucidcam.com/faq/

LUCIDCAM APP ON GOOGLE PLAYSTORE
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lucidcam.lucidvr

HANDBRAKE
https://handbrake.fr/


[*] These links seem to be functioning as this article is being prepared for publication. The state of change and of hacking being what it is these days, everything online is subject to change or to hacking. Links are provided “as is”, with no guarantees. Treat every link with care and a protection plan.


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Friday, September 29, 2017

 

NYXR - the New York eXtended Reality Meetup


Please join us at 

NYXR
the New York eXtended Reality Meetup!

https://www.meetup.com/NYXR-New-York-eXtended-Reality-Meetup/

Thanks and WELCOME to more than 100 new members that have joined NYXR since it was organized just two days ago!

If you are someone interested in VR, AR, MR, AI, IoT or any of the many interrelated new technologies that define the next generation of computing, please join us!



eXtended Reality (XR) is the convergence of interrelated new technologies, including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), AI, IoT, and more... that enable us to understand and interact with our world.
With experts, panels, and all the tools of XR, we will explore the news, the technologies, the products, the problems and the opportunities XR provides.
This meetup is for people, everyone from newcomers to pros, who wish to learn about, keep up with, and stay ahead of this rapidly developing, exceedingly important field. 

We're planning the first meetup. It will include an overview of the interconnected world of XR, and a look in particular at cinematic XR, including XR camera reviews. More info soon.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

 

Preview: HIFF 25 - THE 2017 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 5-9 2017

HIFF 25

Sales start tomorrow, Tuesday Sep 5, 2017 for the Hamptons International Film Festival!

Here are some preview notes on some of the events, films, and people to expect at the festival…

EXPECTED TO ATTEND

Award-winning actor and Oscar®- nominated director Rob Reiner will participate in "A Conversation With…" Rob Reiner

Julie Andrews will be honored with a Life Achievement Award

Honorees of VARIETY’s 10 ACTORS TO WATCH – 2017

Itzhak Perlman, Jennifer Garner, Deon Cole, Michael Finley, Spencer Haywood, Oscar Robertson P.J. Tucker, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette


OPENING NIGHT

Alison Chernick's ITZHAK


SUNDAY CENTERPIECE

Andy Serkis’ BREATHE


WORLD PREMIERES

11/8/16, curated and produced by Jeff Deutchman, which is directed by over 40 filmmakers and captures footage from across the country documenting Election Day.

Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah’s THE FIRST TO DO IT, recounting the life of Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA, which features interviews with NBA players Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard, and is executive produced by Anthony, Leonard, Tony Parker, Michael Finley & P.J. Tucker.

Ben & Orson Cummings’ KILLER BEES, a story that follows the local Bridgehampton High School basketball team and their community as they try to defend their state championship title, produced by Shaquille O'Neal and executive produced by Larry Gagosian.

Tiffany Bartok’s LARGER THAN LIFE: THE KEVYN AUCOIN STORY, profiling the professional and personal life of iconic makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, featuring interviews with Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and more.

Onur Tukel’s THE MISOGYNISTS, a narrative following the tales of characters coming and going from a hotel room on the night of the 2016 general election, starring Dylan Baker.

Brendan & Emmett Malloy’s THE TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES, a coming-of-age drama centering around the lives of a family who move to affluent LA suburb Palos Verdes, starring Jennifer Garner, Justin Kirk, Elisabeth Rohm, Goran Višnjić, teenage Maika Monro, and Joely Fisher.

Josh Klausner’s WANDERLAND, which was filmed on the East End, telling the story of a character escaping his isolated life only to find himself lost on a surreal, all-night musical odyssey of misadventures, starring Tate Ellington, Dree Hemingway, Ronald Guttman, Harris Yulin & Tara Summers.



OTHER ANNOUNCED FILMS

Rob Reiner’s LBJ, with Woody Harrelson.

Vincent Gagliostro’s AFTER LOUIE, with Alan Cumming.

Alexandre Moors’ THE YELLOW BIRDS, with Toni Collette, as well as Jennifer 
Aniston, Tye Sheridan, and Alden Ehrenreich.

Ai Weiwei’s HUMAN FLOW, a documentary on the worldwide migrant crisis.

Ruben Östlund’s THE SQUARE, with Elizabeth Moss and Claes Bang.

The US premiere of Atsuko Hirayanagi’s OH LUCY!


For more information please visit: 
www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.


MORE STORIES IN QPORIT PREVIEWING HIFF 2017

JULIE ANDREWS LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2017/08/hiff-2017-25th-anniversary-honors-julie.html


ITZHAK – THE OPENING NIGHT FILM
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2017/08/hiff-25-opens-with-itzhak-hb-itzhak.html


VARIETY’S 10 ACTORS TO WATCH
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2017/09/variety-10-actors-to-watch-2017.html


AND… FOR A SAMPLE OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE AT HIFF’s IN YEARS PAST…

HIFF 2010 WITH PARTY PIX AND RED CARPET SNAPSHOTS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2010/10/hiff-2010.html




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VARIETY - 10 ACTORS TO WATCH 2017


VARIETY

10 ACTORS TO WATCH - 2017

HIFF 25
OCT 5-9 2017

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has long been honoring young talent at special events during the Festival. 

For many years, along with inviting great American actors such as Kate and Mara Rooney, and Emmy Rossum, they partnered with European Film Promotions (EFP), and had some of the leading young European actors, such as Alicia Vikander from Sweden, come to HIFF,. More recently, they have partnered with Variety to bring honorees of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch to HIFF.

Here’s Academy Award winner Brie Larsen, one of Variety’s honorees in 2013, at HIFF a few years ago. (In 3D – best to watch with Daydream! Or Cardboard!)


BRIE LARSEN AT HIFF

Video by QPORIT

Last year Mahershala Ali (of Moonlight, House of Cards, and Hidden Figures) was one of the honorees who came to HIFF.


Here’s a video of the VARIETY 10 ACTORS TO WATCH PANEL
at HIFF 2016


Video from Variety



Here is Variety’s selection of the 10 actors to watch for 2017, some of whom are likely to visit the Hamptons and participate in a special panel discussion (usually on Saturday) and other events at HIFF.


We’ve included some of their current and future credits, and links to their IMDB info.

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3154303/

“Call Me By Your Name,”
Untitled Woody Allen project in 2018
“Hostiles” with Christian Bale
“Lady Bird” with Saorise Ronan.


HONG CHAU
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2186865/

“Inherent Vice,”
Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” opposite Matt Damon.


KIERSEY CLEMONS
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4169922/

“Dope,”
“The Only Living Boy In New York”
“Justice League.”


DAVEED DIGGS
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4377526/

Tony winner in “Hamilton,”
“Wonder” opposite Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay
“Black-ish”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Producer on the upcoming ABC series “The Mayor.”


ALI FAZAL
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3170495/
Bollywood films “Fukrey” and “Khamoshiyan,”
“Furious 7,”
Fazal stars opposite Judi Dench in the upcoming Stephen Frears film “Victoria & Abdul.”


DANIEL KALUUYA
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2257207

“Sicario”
“Get Out,”
“Black Panther”
“Widows” from director Steve McQueen.


BARRY KEOGHAN
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4422686/

“Dunkirk,”
Terrorizes Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.”


DANIELLE MACDONALD
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4359664/

“Patti Cake$” and the upcoming
“Lady Bird,”
“Dumplin'”
“White Girl Problems.”


KUMAIL NANJIANI
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3529685/

“Silicon Valley,”
Oscar buzz as co-writer and star of “The Big Sick.”


GRACE VAN PATTEN
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2665105/

“Tramps,”
Noam Baumbach’s Cannes hit “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”
“Under the Silver Lake” with Andrew Garfield.


Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch will be featured in the Oct 3, 2017 issue of Variety


www.variety.com

OTHER LINKS

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
hamptonsfilmfest.org

EFP – SHOOTING STARS
http://www.shooting-stars.eu/en/shootingstars.php


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

 

HIFF 25 OPENS WITH “ITZHAK” (HB ITZHAK!)



HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 5-9 2017

HIFF 25
OPENING NIGHT

ITZHAK
DIRECTED BY ALISON CHERNICK

HAMPTONSFILMFEST.ORG


ITZHAK,” a documentary about legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, directed by Alison Chernick, will open the 25th Hamptons International Film Festival on Oct 5, 2017.

Itzhak Perlman, born today, 72 years ago on Aug 31, 1945 (Happy Birthday, Itzhak!) is one of the great violinists of all time. He has played and recorded exceptional performances of the violin repertoire masterworks with the great orchestras and greatest chamber musicians of our time.

He is currently planning a performance tour this fall (see below for dates and venues).

It is most appropriate that this film is premiering at HIFF, for Itzhak has long been a resident of the Hamptons and, together with his wife Toby, has established one of the principal music programs for young musicians on Shelter Island.


ITZHAK AND TOBY PERLMAN - 2003
Photo by Eric Roffman - QPORIT

Note: I had the privilege to meet Itzhak on a few occasions. He graciously listened to my daughter (Sharon Roffman) and gave us some advice when she was quite young. A few years later, when she won the New Jersey student concerto competition, he most generously coached and supported her as she prepared to play the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the New Jersey Symphony in her solo debut. She participated in the Perlman Music Program in the Hamptons, and she was one of his graduate students when he began teaching at Juilliard. (She is now a soloist, concert-mistress and chamber musician, and the director of ClassNotes). Itzhak also presented a wonderful masterclass at the Thurnauer School of Music for young students, and my wife, (a violin teacher and the director of the Thurnauer School of Music), together with one of her students, appeared in Itzhak’s Emmy winning film, Fiddling for the Future on PBS.

From my perspective, what seems to characterize Itzhak personally, is his pleasant demeanor, his intelligence, his generosity, his ability to make whatever hardships he may be having seem invisible, and his desire to share his ability and love for music with young musicians.

What seems to characterize Itzhak’s music, in addition to his musicianship and virtuosity, is his love of a clean and beautiful rich sound. He heard Menuhin when he was younger, and loved the sound of his violin so much that, later, he made sure to purchase it when it became available. Itzhak plays the Stradivari 1714 Soli that Menuhin had owned.


HAMPTONSFILMFEST.ORG

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LINKS – ITZHAK PERLMAN


ITZHAK PERLMAN - WIKIPEDIA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itzhak_Perlman

ITZHAK PERLMAN - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0674221/

PERLMAN MUSIC PROGRAM
https://perlmanmusicprogram.org/

ITZHAK PERLMAN FALL 2017 TOUR
https://www.eventticketscenter.com/search?kwds=ITZHAK+PERLMAN


LINKS – THE FILM

ITZHAK - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6186232



Alison Chernick is a filmmaker, with documentary films on artists Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein, filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel, ... And many other films of many different types. Her films have been seen at the Tribeca and Berlin film festivals.  

ALISON CHERNICK - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1212650



OTHER LINKS

SHARON ROFFMAN
Sharonroffman.com
http://www.classnotesinfo.org/

THURNAUER SCHOOL OF MUSIC
http://www.jccotp.org/thurnauer




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Thursday, August 24, 2017

 

ECLIPSE 2017-08-21



TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN
2017-08-21
PHOTO BY ERIC ROFFMAN


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

 

Teaser Preview: READY PLAYER ONE


READY PLAYER ONE
MARCH 2018
FROM THE NOVEL BY ERNEST CLINE
DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG

PREVIEW TEASER


Ready Player One is among the pre-eminent Virtual Reality teaser novels.

Here are some details about the film, now in production from Steven Spielberg:


Novel - Ernest Cline
Director - Steven Spielberg
Screenplay - Zak Penn, Ernest Cline


CAST

Hannah John-Kamen - F'Nale Zandor
Mark Rylance - James Donovan Halliday
T.J. Miller - i-R0k
Ben Mendelsohn - Nolan Sorrento
Tye Sheridan - Wade Owen Watts / Parzival
Simon Pegg - Ogden Morrow
Olivia Cooke - Samantha Evelyn Cook / Art3mis
Lena Waithe - Aech
Philip Zhao - Shoto
Win Morisaki - Daito
...


FULL CREDITS - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/fullcredits

WIKIPEDIA - THE NOVEL
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ready_Player_One

WIKIPEDIA - THE FILM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ready_Player_One_(film)


TWITTER: @zakpenn

First week of #ReadyPlayerOne finished.
Surreal. It went to 11. Thanks for writing your book @erniecline and the assist in Oology
6:01 PM - 1 Jul 2016


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

 

HIFF 2017 (25TH ANNIVERSARY!) HONORS JULIE ANDREWS


THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF
THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017
HONORS JULIE ANDREWS
WITH THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

HIFF AND
THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES
WILL CO-PRESENT A SPECIAL SCREENING OF 
VICTOR VICTORIA

The 25th annual Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF  25) will take place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 5 - 9, 2017.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will honor Oscar®-winning actress Julie Andrews with a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the festival’s 25th anniversary.

Well known for her defining roles on stage in “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot,” and her classic screen performances in “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” the multi-talented and award-winning actress is a Kennedy Center Honoree (2001), a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a bestselling author of over 30 children’s books as well as the first installment of her autobiography, “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years” (2008) and is now working on the companion sequel.

Ms. Andrews just completed directing a hugely successful revival of “My Fair Lady” which is currently touring though Australia, and is the co-creator and star of “Julie’s Greenroom,” a newly released series on Netflix which teaches young children about the theater and the arts.

HIFF and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will co-present a special screening of “Victor Victoria” on Saturday, October 7th in East Hampton. The film, which stars Ms. Andrews, won the Oscar for Original Song Score and Its Adaptation -or- Adaptation Score. Ms. Andrews will participate in a post screening conversation with Alec Baldwin and a special award presentation with special guests.

ABOUT THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $200,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. 2016 marked the 8th time in the last 9 years that a film at the Festival became the Best Picture winner at the Oscars®, making HIFF the only festival on the East Coast with such a distinction.

http://hamptonsfilmfest.org/

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

 

Preview: OC4 - OCULUS DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE


Here's a preview from Oculus of the next developer's conference: October 11-12, 2017 (San-Jose):

On October 11 and 12, developers and thought leaders from across the VR industry will converge in San Jose, Calif. for Oculus Connect 4 (https://www.oculusconnect.com/). Today, we’re excited to reveal some of the Oculus speakers who’ll share best practices and unique insights from the fields of software engineering, product design, mixed reality, and beyond. Applications to attend are open for a limited time—


That’s just a sample of the talks on deck for OC4. With over 30 sessions across four content tracks—Design, Develop, Distribute, and Future—we’ll also feature talks from developers, partners, and creators across the community like Magnopus and NASA, Ready At Dawn, VRMADA, Unity Technologies, and many more.
New Voices, Diverse Perspectives
For the second year in a row, we’ll celebrate industry progress across the gender divide at our Women in VR Happy Hour. Join us for a festive evening of community building with refreshments and DJ entertainment.
On the show floor, a dedicated Oculus Launch Pad kiosk will spotlight 360° films and VR experiences from a diverse range of emerging content creators. Now in its second year (https://www.oculus.com/blog/oculus-launch-pad-2017-boot-camp-recap-felix-paul-funomena-unity-and-more), Launch Pad hopes to increase diversity of thought within the VR industry and inspire developers who represent our global audience to share their voices with the world. We can’t wait to see where the program goes next.
We’ll also host our first-ever Women in VR Film Festival, with topics ranging from social impact to cutting-edge interactivity. In addition to Oculus Launch Pad, we’ll showcase participants from VR for Good’s Creators Lab and the Diverse Filmmakers Fund. The film festival will be open to all OC4 attendees in our Diversity Lounge, while creators will provide a series of lightning talks throughout the show.
Oculus Medium + Mixed Reality
On the show floor, be sure to visit the Oculus Medium Gallery near the registration desk, where you can view digital sculpts made in VR and the 3D printed results. You can even get hands-on yourself with a Medium demo, or check out the mixed reality booth to watch professional artists do speed sculpts and character design.
See You in San Jose
Visit oculusconnect.com for details on applications and registration, travel, and accommodations, and stay tuned for more updates including new speakers, special guests, and exclusive events in the coming weeks.
Limited space is still available, so submit your application to attend today.

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