Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Media arts standards introduced at the National Association for Art Education Conference



Media arts standards introduced at the National Association for Art Education Conference

The national voluntary media arts standards were shared at a “first glimpse” presentation at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) convention in San Diego, March 29-31. National Coalition for Core Arts Standards media arts writing chair Dain Olsen joined NAEA president and visual arts writing chair Dennis Inhulsen, and artists Laurence Gartel and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith in a keynote session that showcased both the new media arts and visual arts standards.

Olsen, a teacher at the LA Unified ArtLAB High School, called the occasion an historic unveiling and said, “This is the first time that media arts has had a public and institutionally endorsed presentation at a national level. We thank the National Art Education Association for their forward thinking and generosity in our inclusion.”

“The blending of arts experiences has never been more exciting and relevant for students in our digital/visual age,” said Inhulsen. “The National Art Education Association was very pleased to be able to share this “first glimpse” of the media arts standards. Using new technologies as an expressive artistic medium is a natural fit for our members and their students.”

Digital media artist Gartel, an artist advisor to the Media Arts writing team commented in a 2013 interview with NCCAS leadership: “To have a round table discussion with all these people who embrace digital media as an aesthetic, as something that the world needs to learn is very heart warming and pleasing to me—I’m not alone. Media Arts is an aesthetic. it is something that changes the human being—changes people. These standards being incorporated into curriculum, is a vital necessity to me.”

NCCAS is the coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts that are scheduled for release in June. The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready. To find out more about the process that created the standards and the research supporting the work visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com/.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Monadnock International Film Festival March 30 Benefit, “An Evening with Ken Burns”

L.A. Burdick Chocolate of Walpole, NH is the host of a red carpet affair with award-winning filmmaker, Ken Burns on Sunday, March 30, 5-7p.  “An Evening with Ken Burns” is a benefit for the Monadnock International Film Festival, now in the home stretch of raising the remaining $15,000 of its $135,000 goal.

Tickets are $75/person or $125/couple and include beer and cider from Clarke Distributors and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, hearty appetizers courtesy of The Restaurant at Burdick and a chance to chat with Ken Burns whose film company, Florentine Films, is located in Walpole.  Five exceptional silent auction items will be up for bid, including a couples massage from Deep Roots Massage, a his-and-her shopping package from Miranda’s and Miller Brothers, and a spa package from European Esthetics.

Burns was the winner of the first annual Jonathan Daniels award in 2013 for his documentary, Central Park Five, presented to a socially conscious filmmaker of great artistic merit that echoes Daniels’ courage, purpose and spirit by using film in a powerful and transformative way.  

The 2014 award winning film is WATCHERS OF THE SKY, Academy Award nominated filmmaker and Director Edet Belzberg’s Sundance award winning film about the legacy of lawyer Raphael Lemkin, who became a tireless human rights advocate and introduced the word ‘genocide’ to describe mass slaughter as a crime against humanity in 1944 (www.watchersofthesky.com). 

Order tickets for the Ken Burns event online at moniff.org or email monadnockiff@gmail.com.  The Monadnock International Film Festival is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to bring world-class film and filmmakers to New England’s Monadnock Region. Visit us at www.moniff.org for more information, call Laina Barakat at 603-757-3929.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CREW NOTICE: Set Production Assistant needed for 3/20 shoot in Lincoln, NH

UPDATE (10 a.m.): The position has been filled.

SET PRODUCTION ASSISTANT NEEDED - Set. P.A. needed for television travel show this Thursday, March 20 in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Paid position, and they may reimburse gas for travel. Please contact Sue Tinkham at suetinkham@comcast.net.

Friday, March 7, 2014

New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival runs March 27-April 6

(From the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival)

NH JEWISH FILM FEST EXPLORES UNTOLD STORIES

6th Annual NHJFF examines U.S. Olympic shame, the Pope’s "Jewish Cardinal," a paralyzed Rock & Roll legend, and a would-be rabbi turned comedy icon.

You probably know about Jesse Owens and how he squashed Hitler’s Aryan superiority theory at the 1936 Olympic Games. But did you know that the U.S. Olympic track team pulled a record-setting Jewish sprinter from the games to appease the Nazis?  That runner was Marty Glickman, who later revolutionized sports broadcasting by inventing such classic basketball terms as "SWISH!"

His heartbreaking-yet-inspirational story is told in the gripping documentary "Glickman," one of seven critically acclaimed films making their Granite State premieres at the NH Jewish Film Festival presented by Jewish Federation of New Hampshire  from March 27-April 6. The festival, which screens a total of nine films across five New Hampshire cities, features many surprising cultural and historical twists.

In "The Jewish Cardinal" on Opening Night, audiences will be introduced to Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Jewish-born Archbishop of Paris. When there are Jewish protests over plans to build a convent inside Auschwitz, the Cardinal’s religious identity is deeply tested.

The Festival ends on a much lighter note, celebrating the career of standup comedian David Steinberg in the concert documentary "Quality Balls," which recounts his origins as a Canadian rabbinical student who quit for the allure of directing sitcoms like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The Steinberg film will be followed by a Stand-Up Comedy Wrap Party at Concord's Red River Theatres, featuring jovial refreshments and comedian Steve Calechman, whose resume includes leading "Fiddler on the Roof" sing-a-longs at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Calechman is proud of attending Jewish summer camp in New Hampshire (Camp Naticook in Merrimack) as a boy.

"We're bringing the same cutting edge films that play at Jewish Film Festivals around the world right here in New Hampshire," says NHJFF co-chair Linda Gerson. "A number of the films share the theme of 'The Jewish American Experience,' a refreshing look at some inspirational people who overcome the odds, deal with anti-Semitism, work hard and succeed in their own unique way."

Also highlighting that theme will be Yeshiva University film professor Eric Goldman, author of The American Jewish Story through Cinema. On March 30 at Cinemagic in Merrimack, Prof. Goldman will explore Jewish characters and themes in famous movies, using classic film clips as a jumping off point for conversation.
"This year we’re taking an exciting cultural journey to share our heritage through history, sports, music and cinema,” Gerson adds. “We’re inspired to explore what it means to be Jewish Americans!"

For tickets and screening times, visit Jewishnh.org or call Jewish Federation of NH at  603-627-7679.

New Hampshire-filmed IN YOUR EYES to have world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival


IN YOUR EYES, the independent feature written by Joss Whedon and directed by Brin Hill, will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April. The film, described as a supernatural romance, was shot in 2012 in the New Hampshire towns of Claremont, Exeter, Bedford, Amherst, Hooksett, and Windham.

From the Tribeca Film Festival website:

East Coast housewife Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) lives a comfortable, sheltered life, but she always knew there was something special about herself. Charismatic ex-con Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) has paid his debt to society and is ready for a fresh start in New Mexico, including a burgeoning flirtation with local good-time-gal Donna (Nikki Reed). When the two polar opposites realize they are strangely connected, an utterly unique metaphysical romance begins in TFF alum Brin Hill’s sweet and smart film, which star Zoe Kazan aptly described as “Joss Whedon does Nicholas Sparks.”

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Low-residency MFA program in Writing for Stage and Screen at NHIA, application deadline 4/1

A new low-residency MFA program in Writing for Stage and Screen offered by the New Hampshire Institute of Art was launched last June with a select group of talented students from throughout the US and Canada.  The program is unique in that its emphasis is not only on nurturing each student writer and his or her creative output, but also on the testing of that work with an ensemble of professional actors, directors, and other theatre and film artists gathered to give voice and feedback to student material at each residency.  The program’s faculty and professional mentors are established national-level playwrights and screenwriters, including New York-based playwright Arthur Giron, who co-wrote the book for the musical Amazing Grace, currently scheduled  for a Broadway opening next season, and Hollywood screenwriter Clare Sera, who co-wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Adam Sandler film Blended to receive its national release this May.  The program is committed to personalized individual attention and to facilitating the launch of each student’s career through the faculty’s vast national network of working professionals in theatre and film.  All residencies are held in the culturally-rich mountain village of Peterborough, NH in the heart of New England.  Enrollment is on a rolling basis with an April 1st application deadline for a June 2014 residency start.  Scholarships are available.  Full program description and complete faculty listing with bios can be found at http://mfa.nhia.edu/writing-for-stage-and-screen.

Call-For-Entries: Portsmouth Short Film Night, May 29

[Another Call-for-Entries opportunity from the Portsmouth Short Film Night!]

The next Portsmouth Short Film Night is happening in Thursday May 29 at Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH and we want to show your film! We’re looking for shorts of any genre (or un-genre) from independent filmmakers interested in screening their film to an audience. That’s why you made it, right?

The night is a free event, open to anyone who enjoys watching shorts and talking film. It’s all about getting filmmakers together to show off their work, have fun, meet like-minded people, and maybe even be inspired. If that sounds like your cup of tea, why not send us your film?

To submit, or for more details, head to: http://psfn.filmunbound.com/submissions/

Monday, March 3, 2014

Digital Filmmaking Workshops set for May 3-4 weekend in Manchester, NH

[Received this press release from New Hampshire filmmaker Bill Millios. Good workshop opportunity!]

Digital Filmmaking Workshops set for May 3-4 weekend in Manchester, NH
From the authors of the recently released book, 'Producing, Marketing and Screening Your Independent Feature-Length Film'.

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Digital Filmmaking Workshops have announced that their  Producing, Marketing, and Screening Your Independent Film workshop will be held on the weekend of May 3-4, 2014 at the Cinderella Modeling Studio & Agency, located at 50 Queen City Avenue in Manchester, NH. The workshop will run from 10:00-6:00 pm on both days.

The DFW was founded by Bill Millios of Back Lot Films & Marc Vadeboncoeur of Goodheart Media Services with a philosophy towards instructing students how they can achieve their goals with a ‘no-nonsense do-it-yourself’ approach. Their feature-length films include the regionally shot and distributed 'Old Man Dogs' and 'Dangerous Crosswinds'.

This past fall also saw the release of their new book, 'The Digital Filmmaking Workshops: Producing, Marketing & Screening Your Independent Feature-Length Film'. Written by Millios and Vadeboncoeur the book gives a step-by-step approach in encouraging new filmmakers how they can best achieve their goals.  The book is currently available at Amazon.com and at select bookstores throughout New Hampshire.

“An ongoing myth for independent filmmakers is that once they complete their first feature, it’ll be accepted into festivals, secure big-money distribution and the filmmaker’s career will be set from that point onward,” said Millios. “That’s a fantasy world which occurs to a select few. Our workshops continue to address the reality of independent filmmaking to the student who loves filmmaking but isn’t sure how to proceed. We offer genuine solutions based on our experiences

Attendees will receive valuable insight into the creative, technical, and marketing strategies essential for filmmaking. Small class size, practical demonstrations, and a wide range of topics will give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and put it to immediate use. Testimonials from past workshops have been posted on the www.digitalfilmmakingworkshops.com website.

In 2005 'Dangerous Crosswinds' screened in close to twenty locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont, including the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H., Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, N.H. and the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. Commentators praised the film as an outstanding example of independent film made outside traditional cinema circles. DVDTalk.com awarded the film a four-star rating, New Hampshire Magazine called 'Dangerous Crosswinds' “provocative – a film which explores the light and dark sides of human nature,” John Clayton of the New Hampshire Union Leader wrote that “this is honest and brave filmmaking,” while Mike Sullivan in the Portsmouth Herald described 'Dangerous Crosswinds' as being “independent filmmaking in its purest form.”

The lineup of guest speakers will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Registration for the two-day seminar is $275 with an 'Early-Bird Special' price of $225 available until April 1, 2014. Seats for this popular workshop fill up fast, so interested parties should register early. In addition, attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book, 'The Digital Filmmaking Workshops: Producing, Marketing & Screening Your Independent Feature-Length Film'. For more information please call Marc Vadeboncoeur at Goodheart Media Services at 603-206-4364 or visit www.digitalfilmmakingworkshops.com.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Keene High School student selected as finalist in White House Film Festival

[Exciting news from Jeremy VanDerKern at the TV & Film Program at the Cheshire Career Center at Keene High School. Zach Gavin is also a past participant of our annual High School Short Film Festival!]

I am pleased to announce that Keene High School senior Zach Gavin is heading to the White House to meet the President. 

His video "Technology Dreams" was selected as a finalist, and he gets to attend the Student Film Festival at the White House on February 28th and be there as his work is shown to President Obama.  There were 2,000+ entries from around the country and only a handful of students were selected.  A contest winner will be announced at the event. 

This film contest was suggested by School Board Chair, Chris Coates, and was a part of the curriculum for the Cheshire Career Center's Digital Filmmaking class.
Special thanks to Mrs. Antosiewicz, Mr. Brady, senior Noah Lorette, and preschooler Ronan Caffrey for starring in this film.

If you would like to see the film, it is available at: http://www.vimeo.com/85229369

Contest information is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival

If you would like to stay up-to-date on other C3TV initiatives, "like" us on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/C3TVstudio

Sincerely,

Jeremy VanDerKern
TV & Film Department
Cheshire Career Center
43 Arch Street
Keene, NH 03531
603-352-0640 ext. 7080
jvanderkern@sau29.org

MONIFF announces 2014 Festival line up at launch party, Friday, March 7

[From the Monadnock International Film Festival:]

The Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) will announce its April 10-12, 2014 line-up on Friday, March 7 from 6-8pm at the Marriott Hotel, Railroad Street, Keene, NH. The event is free and open to the public, featuring elegant catering by High T and a cash bar.  The announcement will unveil information about the five feature narratives, three feature documentaries, shorts program and industry panels.  

Breaking news includes the 2014 Jonathan Daniels award recipient, presented to the Sundance award-winning film, WATCHERS OF THE SKY (www.watchersofthesky.com). This unique accolade is presented annually to a socially conscious filmmaker of great artistic merit that echoes Daniels’ courage, purpose and spirit by using film in a powerful, transformative way.  Attending the April 12 closing ceremony for WATCHERS is Academy Award nominated filmmaker and Director, Edet Belzberg, with producer, Amelia Green Dove.

WATCHERS provides a framework for activists who “seek to bring protection, justice, memory and healing to the victims of mass slaughter, and persist against all odds in an attempt to decrease the horrrors of the future.” The faculty and staff of the Keene State College Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will collaborate with MONIFF on special programming for students and community members during the festival.

This year the festival will expand into Peterborough and Jaffrey the weekend prior to the three-day event. On Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, MONIFF will be in downtown Peterborough as part of Comcast’s Local Look programming.  One feature documentary, a shorts program and table readings of screenplays created by Conval students participating in MONIFF’s Screenwriting in the Schools program, led by MONIFF Program Director, Aaron Wiederspahn will be featured.  The screenwriting program, the first of its kind, is underwritten by Conval High School and Final Draft, the industry standard screenwriting software. An after-party will be held on Friday night at Harlow’s Pub. The weekend is entirely free, underwritten by the Goyette Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation, Comcast Local Look and the Town of Peterborough.

On Sunday, April 6, MONIFF will be in Jaffrey to celebrate the Park Theatre’s renovation efforts. The event will be held on the Main Street site of the former theatre.

Film Passes and VIP Passes may be purchased at the Marriott Hotel with a credit card during the launch party. The $75 Film Pass includes all films and panels, and the $125 VIP Pass includes all films, panels, opening reception, after-parties, hospitality tent and Swag Bag. Otherwise, go online at www.moniff.org or the Colonial Theatre box office (www.thecolonial.org, 603.352.2033).
  
The Monadnock International Film Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring world-class film and filmmakers to New England’s Monadnock Region. Visit www.moniff.org for more information, call Laina Barakat at 603-757-3929 or email monadnockiff@gmail.com.