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2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant Nominees Announced

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The filmmaker grant nominees have been named for the 2016 Film Independent Awards. The annual event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 in Santa Monica and winners will be highlighted at the Santa Monica annual event.

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PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

The Producers Award, now in its 19th year, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

The finalists are:

DARREN DEAN

MEL ESLYN

REBECCA GREEN AND LAURA D. SMITH

 

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD The Truer Than Fiction Award, now in its 21th year, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

The finalists are:

MOHAMMED ALI NAQVI AND HEMAL TRIVEDI directors of AMONG THE BELIEVERS

ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI director of INCORRUPTIBLE

ELIZABETH GIAMATTI AND ALEX SICHEL directors of A WOMAN LIKE ME

 

 

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD The Someone to Watch Award, now in its 22st year, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.

The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.

The finalists are:

ROBERT MACHOIAN & RODRIGO OJEDA-BECK directors of GOD BLESS THE CHILD

FELIX THOMPSON director of KING JACK

CHLOÉ ZHAO director of SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME

 

All the winners of the filmmaker grants will be highlighted at the Spirit Awards ceremony and announced at the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant & Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

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RIHANNA SHINES BRIGHT AT 2nd ANNUAL DIAMOND BALL

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Last night Rihanna hosted her 2nd annual Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The star-studded gathering saw pop’s biggest names coming out to support the ‘Shine Bright Like a Diamond’ star. The guest list was a who’s who in Hollywood including Kevin Hart, who served as Host, Lionel Richie, Kylie Jenner and Tyga,  Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Holly Robinson Peete and her family, Justine Skye and Zendaya.

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Coldplay Is The First Artist To Be Confirmed For Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

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Global superstars COLDPLAY, winners of seven Grammy Awards, will perform at the PEPSI SUPER BOWL 50 HALFTIME SHOW on CBS Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, the NFL announced today during halftime of the Thursday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on CBS and NFL Network.

This announcement is just the beginning. Coldplay front man Chris Martin is designing a show that will echo elements of the NFL’s On the Fifty campaign – honoring the past, recognizing the present and looking ahead to the next 50 years, including other special artists. For the first-time ever, Pepsi will give fans behind-the-scenes access to how this monumental show will come together at Pepsi.com.

Fans can visit Pepsi.com now for the first exclusive behind the scenes look at how Coldplay is beginning their journey to the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Beginning Jan. 11, a digital mini-series, “Pepsi Presents: The Super Bowl Halftime Show Show” will launch on Pepsi.com offering fans an exclusive, all-access view of what it takes to create the biggest music event of the year in the middle of the biggest sports event of the year, Super Bowl 50.

Coldplay joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

Coldplay is one of the world’s most popular musical acts, selling more than 80 million copies of their six No. 1 albums and garnering eight BRITs. The band’s most recent world tour, 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto, was seen by more than three million people in five continents.

Tomorrow, Dec. 4, the band will release their highly anticipated widescreen seventh album, A Head Full Of Dreams – available worldwide for fans to download on iTunes.

Super Bowl 50 marks Pepsi’s fourth year as title sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, and 14th year as an NFL partner. Pepsi and the NFL have teamed again to provide fans with a halftime experience worthy of pop-culture’s biggest stage.

The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical event of the year. More than 118.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show, marking the most-watched Halftime Show ever. The Super Bowl and Halftime Show will be broadcast worldwide from Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The PEPSI SUPER BOWL 50 HALFTIME SHOW is an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER and directed by HAMISH HAMILTON.

Visit Pepsi.com leading up to Super Bowl 50 to see what this historic Halftime Show has in store for fans. For more information about Super Bowl 50, visit SuperBowl.com.

HISTORY OF SUPER BOWL HALFTIME ENTERTAINMENT

SUPER BOWL
HALFTIME
I
Universities of Arizona and Michigan Bands
II
Grambling University
III
“America Thanks” with Florida A&M University
IV
Carol Channing
V
Florida A&M Band
VI
“Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team
VII
“Happiness Is…” with University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman
VIII
“A Musical America” with University of Texas Band
IX
“Tribute to Duke Ellington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands
X
“200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial
XI
“It’s a Small World” including crowd participation for first time with spectators waving colored placards on cue
XII
“From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt
XIII
“Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands
XIV
“A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People
XV
“A Mardi Gras Festival”
XVI
“A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”
XVII
“KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)
XVIII
“Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”
XIX
“A World of Children’s Dreams”
XX
“Beat of the Future”
XXI
“Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”
XXII
“Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker
XXIII
“Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects
XXIV
“Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw & Irma Thomas
XXV
“A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block
XXVI
“Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
XXVII
“Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children; finale included audience card stunt
XXVIII
“Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna & Naomi Judd; finale included flashlight stunt
XXIX
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine and stunts including fire and skydivers; finale included audience participation with light sticks
XXX
Diana Ross celebrating 30 years of the Super Bowl with special effects, pyrotechnics and stadium card stunt; finale featured Diana Ross being taken from the stadium in a helicopter.
XXXI
“Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi, also featuring “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown and ZZ Top
XXXII
“A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
XXXIII
“Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and tap dancer Savion Glover
XXXIV
“A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an 80-person choir
XXXV
“The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, *N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly
XXXVI
U2
XXXVII
Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting
XXXVIII
Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake
XXXIX
Paul McCartney
XL
The Rolling Stones
XLI
Prince
XLII
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
XLIII
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
XLIV
The Who
XLV
The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
XLVI
Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj
XLVII
Beyoncé with guests Destiny’s Child
XLVIII
Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz

 

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ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams honored with AIMP Award

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NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2015 — ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams was honored with the 2015 Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Indie Award for his accomplishments and years of service to the music community.  The presentation was made by AIMP NY Chapter Executive Director (and Carlin America CEO) Caroline Bienstock at the AIMP NY Chapter Holiday Party on December 2nd at the Princeton Club in New York City.

Songwriter, singer, actor and recovery advocate Paul Williams has served as ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board since 2009.  He is the recipient of an Academy Award, two Golden Globes and three Grammy Awards and is an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  His songs include “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “An Old-Fashioned Love Song,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “The Rainbow Connection.”  Williams received a 2013 Grammy Album of the Year Award for his contributions to the Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories.  This year, Williams was recognized with the Ivor Novello – PRS for Music Special International Award, and with a World Soundtrack Award for “The Apology Song” in the animated film, The Book of Life.  As President & Chairman of ASCAP, Williams is a tireless advocate for the rights of music creators.  He also co-authored a best-selling book, Gratitude and Trust:  Recovery is Not Just for Addicts, with Tracey Jackson, published in 2014.

Commenting on the award to Williams, Caroline Bienstock said, “Paul Williams is one of the most universally-loved individuals in our industry, a true activist on behalf of creators and copyright holders, and a unique talent who has created a large body of timeless songs.  The Association of Independent Music Publishers is delighted to recognize his accomplishments and passionate leadership as an advocate for creators.”

About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 555,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com

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L’Oreal Paris Ambassadors Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, and Freida Pinto attend Women of Worth celebration

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L’Oreal Paris honored 10 women pursuing their passions and improving the lives of others through giving back to their communities at the 10th anniversary Women of Worth celebration last night. The company named Schinnell Leake, founder of Extra-Ordinary Birthdays, dedicated to providing homeless children with birthday parties, as the National Honoree of its signature philanthropic program. Former Honoree Lisa Williams received the first-ever Women of Worth Impact Award in celebration of the 10th anniversary to recognize her continued work in protecting sex trafficking victims. Over the past 10 years, L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth has empowered and honored 100 incredible women tackling some of society’s most pressing issues, transforming tens of thousands of lives.

Thought leaders, philanthropists, executives and celebrities gathered at The Pierre in New York City to honor the incredible 2015 Women of Worth Honorees and celebrate their inspiring stories. The event featured special presentations by L’Oreal Paris ambassadors Karlie Kloss, Eva Longoria, Andie MacDowell, Julianne Moore, Aimee Mullins and Freida Pinto. Arianna Huffington, Hoda Kotb, Mary Alice Stephenson, and 2014 Women of Worth National Honoree Phyllis Sudman also helped to honor this year’s winners.

“During our 10th anniversary year, it is thrilling to see such exceptional women join our Women of Worth family. They find the beauty in giving back by selflessly and tirelessly volunteering time and energy to serve their communities. The passion for their work and dedication to their causes is inspiring to us all,” said L’Oreal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu. “The resulting ripple effect of all 100 Women of Worth honored over the past decade is a testament to the transformative power of giving back. L’Oreal Paris is committed to elevating women who serve others. We are so proud of all of the accomplishments of our Women of Worth Honorees.”

Each Women of Worth Honoree, who received $10,000 for their organization, was chosen following a rigorous nomination process led by L’Oreal Paris and the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, Points of Light. The 2015 Women of Worth National Honoree, Schinnell Leake, was awarded an additional $25,000 after receiving thousands of public votes via the L’Oreal Paris website and social channels in support of her efforts celebrating the birthdays and self-worth of children living in local homeless shelters. The College Park, Md. resident created Extra-Ordinary Birthdays after learning that more than 2,000 children live in homeless shelters throughout the Washington, D.C. area. As a mother and a party planner, she knew how important it was for children to feel confident and have self-worth. Since founding her organization five years ago, Extra-Ordinary Birthdays has thrown more than 400 birthday parties and partnered with six homeless shelters in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

“Words cannot adequately express how proud I am to be recognized as one of L’Oreal Paris’ 2015 Women of Worth and to be voted on by so many to be the National Honoree,” said Schinnell Leake, founder of Extra-Ordinary Birthdays. “This incredibly generous donation from L’Oreal Paris means so much to our organization and will help us expand our reach to create even more birthday celebrations for deserving kids who are homeless in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland regions.”

Three-term New York Mayor, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Michael R. Bloomberg joined the festivities to present the inaugural L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Impact Award which recognizes a Women of Worth alumna who has demonstrated a continued commitment to her work. Bloomberg presented the award to Atlanta, Georgia native Lisa Williams, which included a $10,000 grant from L’Oreal Paris for her cause. A Women of Worth Honoree five years ago, Williams was noted for embodying the L’Oreal Paris philosophy that “Every Woman is Worth It,” providing a safe haven for women and children who have been victimized by violence. Through her Circle of Friends and The Living Water Programs, she has worked to pass state legislation protecting these victims and expanded the organization’s resources and impact from Georgia to multiple states across the country.

“It is an absolute honor to once again be recognized by L’Oreal Paris with the inaugural Women of Worth Impact Award,” said Lisa Williams, founder of Circle of Friends and The Living Water Programs. “The Women of Worth program has played such an important part in expanding our work to champion women who need a safe haven, and this award and donation will only help to increase that impact to help more through their healing process.”

2015 WOMEN OF WORTH HONOREES
This year’s Women of Worth Honorees are united in their passion to improve the lives of others and support a wide range of causes and projects. From fighting drug addiction and helping homeless veterans, to creating a shelter for young victims of human trafficking, the 10 2015 Women of Worth Honorees include: College Park, Md.’s Schinnell Leake, Founder of Extra-Ordinary Birthdays; Washington D.C.’s Maria Rose Belding, Founder of MEANS Database; Atlanta, Ga.’s Jaha Dukureh, Founder of Safe Hands for Girls; Elissa Davey, of Vista, Calif. Founder of Garden of Innocence; Prairie Village, Kan.’s SuEllen Fried, Founder of Reaching Out from Within; Teri Kelsall, of Laguna Woods, Calif., Co-Founder of The Jonas Project; Kathy Koenigsdorf, of East Islip, N.Y., Founder of The Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation; Atlanta, Ga.’s Alison O’Neil, Founder of Beauty Becomes You Foundation; Melaney Smith, Athens, Ga., Founder of Books for Keeps; and Valley Village Calif., Catherine Curry-Williams, Founder of Shane’s Inspiration.

QUOTES OF THE NIGHT

Karlie Kloss said “This is my first year here and I have to admit I’m trying to fight back tears right now. I’ve never been more proud to be a L’Oreal woman.”
“Being surrounded by all of you here and watching your stories and hearing all of these emotional words is so moving but also gives us so much hope for our future,” said Eva Longoria.
Freida Pinto shared, “It is this work that these women do, that makes me want to strive harder.”
“Karen [Fondu] could have picked any number of L’Oreal models – Diane Keaton, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez – [to present this award] but she had the good sense to decide to go with a ruggedly handsome, stylish former mayor instead,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. He continued, “I’ve always had the good fortune to be surrounded by accomplished, inspiring women, and this crowd knows that attracting and retaining more women makes you a better organization no matter what line of work you are in.”
Hoda Kotb said, “The world isn’t changed by big huge events, it’s changed by baby steps. And all these women who we’re meeting today, you watch how they are changing the world…in baby steps. They make us all realize we have power.”
L’Oreal Paris President Karen T. Fondu said, “The more women we can recognize that are making a difference in their communities whether they touch one life or many is going to make the world a better place in the long run and we’re very proud and humbled by the opportunity to put a spotlight on these extraordinary women.”

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Pan African Film Festival Eligibility Guidelines

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The Pan African Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to the exhibition of Black films. Each year PAFF exhibits more than 150 films made in the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Latin America and Canada. In 2015, 40,000+ people from both the Industry and the public attended PAFF. The 24th Annual PAFF will take place in Los Angeles from February 4 until the 15, 2016.

WHO AND WHAT IS ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT TO PAFF?

PAFF accepts films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. Filmmakers needn’t be of African descent. Films should preferably depict positive or realistic images. Films can be any genre — drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc.

PAFF accepts features and shorts; narratives and documentaries. All submissions must be in English or have English subtitles. PAFF will accept submissions of works in progress. However, your submission must be complete enough for us to follow the storyline and be able to make a decision. If you expect your final version to be 90 minutes, a 45-minute rough cut is probably not acceptable. Also, whenever possible, you should provide an on-screen description of missing scenes. The final version of your film is expected to be ready no later than December 24, 2015.

DOES PAFF HAVE A FILM COMPETITION?

Yes. PAFF Official Competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary, Best Director-First Feature, Audience Favorite Narrative Feature and Audience Favorite Documentary. With the exception of Audience Favorites, an independent jury panel made up of industry professionals judges all films in Official Competition. Films in Official Competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2014. In addition to Official Competition Awards, there are a number of programmer’s and festival special prizes.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY FILM TO PAFF?

All film submission applications and submission payments must be completed online using PAFF’s online application at http://submit.paff.org.

Each film submitted must have a separate application with a separate application fee paid. You may send your film to PAFF either through an online link or by DVD. A vimeo online link is preferred.

Online Registration – You must first register to submit to PAFF. Click on the “Submit to PAFF” button or go to http://submit.paff.org. You will be prompted to create an account. After registering, you will be able fill out the online application form. It must be filled out completely. When you have completed the application, you must pay the submission fee and hit the “Submit Your Film” button. You will be notified that your submission is complete.

To submit your film by online link (vimeo platform preferred):

On the online application, make sure to fill out the requested video link information and provide a valid password. Video link passwords must remain active until February 16, 2016. If you change the password to your link, before February 16, you must send a new valid password by email to submissions@paff.org.

To send a physical copy of your film — DVD (NTSC or PAL) or BluRay (any region) — mail it to: The Pan African Film Festival Attn: Programming 6820 La Tijera Blvd, Ste. 200 Los Angeles CA 90045-1931. For more information, please visit http://www.paff.org/

 

 

 

 

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MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Foundation Set To Host First W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience In South Beach Miami January 2-5, 2016

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Hip Hop Sisters Foundation Founder MC Lyte, President/CEO Lynn Richardson, and Executive Director Latoyia Dennis announce the W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience, presented by Prudential, to be held January 2-5, 2016 in Miami at the upscale beachfront 1 Hotel. Notable speakers include Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Ledisi, Nicci Gilbert, Dr.Robin Smith, Erica Campbell, Lil Mama, Tamika Mallory, Cheryl “Salt” James, Tai Beauchamp, Michele Thornton and Miss DiddyThe W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience (www.wealthexperience.info) connects likeminded business partners and friends for goal reflection and spirit renewal through general sessions, workshops and themed events that teach women how to master their personal, business and financial objectives. The experience will leave attendees feeling rich with life changing strategies they will capture through their personal W.E.A.L.T.H. Journals.

“I am honored to present the W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience as a way of life for women around the globe as we work together, build wealth together, and ultimately, as we change the world together,” said MC Lyte, who recently completed two historic White House visits. The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience is one of many events hosted by the foundation that raises funds to support its scholarships and programs. Event creator and celebrity financial coach Lynn Richardson added, Womanhood, Expansion, Assets, Leadership, Transformation and Health are components of maintain financial wealth. We as Black women have accomplished many milestones, but with all of our accolades and educational accomplishments, wealth is not a term that categorically describes our financial state.  The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience aims to close the wealth gap by providing us with tools, strategies and behavioral changes — within a safe atmosphere of open communication and honesty — necessary for the harmony that creates and sustains true wealth.”

The W.E.A.L.T.H Experience commences Saturday, January 2nd with a special screening hosted by Centric, followed by transformational sessions and W.E.A.L.T.H. portals that provide personalized interaction with experts and evening girltalk discussions by the pool.

About Hip-Hop Sisters Foundation:
Founded by MC Lyte, the legendary lyricist and iconic hip-hop pioneer, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation provides global support to women, men and youth on the topics of: Cultural Issues; Financial Empowerment; Health; Mentorship; and Educational Opportunities.

For more information visit www.hiphopsisters.org

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Lexus and The Weinstein Company Reveal Winners of The Third Lexus Short Films Series at Napa Valley Film Festival

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Lexus and The Weinstein Company announced today the four winners of the third annual Lexus Short Films series at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Selected from thousands of submissions, Alexis Michalik, Byoung-Gon Moon,Damian Walshe-Howling and Pippa Bianco received their honors during last night’s closing ceremonies at Napa Valley Film Festival at the Uptown Theatre.

Since the entry process began in July, filmmakers from around the world have submitted their resume and short films for the chance to direct their own short film around this year’s theme of “Anticipation”. This year’s Lexus Short Films series has been unique, as submissions, through Withoutabox, were opened worldwide for the first time ever to aspiring directors from within the filmmaking community to be selected as one of four finalists. These finalists will have their short films produced courtesy of Lexus and The Weinstein Company, receiving first look deals.

The four finalists will also receive promotional theatrical distribution for their short films, participate in a tour of top film festivals around the world and receive an at-home filmmaking and editing suite to further bring their imagination and passion to life.

The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said, “The Lexus Short Films series has been a fantastic partnership to help discover young filmmakers while shining a light on the short film format. This year’s Lexus Short Films series provided an opportunity to reach aspiring filmmakers around the world looking to gain exposure and experience through the chance to work with Lexus and The Weinstein Company. We have been truly impressed by the number and quality of submissions received with more than 4,000 submissions from over 100 countries. We look forward to helping the finalists turn their visions into truly great films.”

Mark Templin, Executive Vice President of Lexus International, added, “Our third annual partnership with The Weinstein Company for the Lexus Short Films series has once again offered a great opportunity for up-and-coming filmmakers to share their own unique narratives through the short film format. Lexus strives to create unforgettable experiences and from the submissions we’ve reviewed, the filmmaking community clearly shares this same passion. It has been incredible discovering these filmmakers’ creativity in storytelling and we look forward to seeing the four final short films in 2016.”

This year’s Lexus Short Films winners will receive acclaim with Lexus and The Weinstein Company hosting regional premiere events for each film at top short film festivals starting in June 2016. The filmmakers will also have their films shown for the first time in an exclusive world premiere event at the 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival.

“Partnering with Lexus on the Lexus Short Films series allows us to discover new filmmakers that are the potential future stars of the film industry, providing the community with their approach on storytelling and directing,” said The Weinstein Company COO and President David Glasser. “The third Lexus Short Films series received some truly original and impressive submissions and it was hard for us to select only four winners. We can’t wait for the world to get to know these talented young filmmakers and see their premieres next year in Napa and around the world.”

Lexus Short Films Season 3 Winners

1. Alexis Michalik (France, Europe)
Alexis is an actor and filmmaker who has starred in several television movies and series, such as Petits meurtres en famille, Terre delumière and Kaboul Kitchen and feature films directed by Billy Zane, Diane Kurys, Safy Nebou, Yann Samuel, Fernando Colomo, Danièle Thompson and Alexandre Arcady. Alexis is also known for acting successfully in theater in the comedy Le Dindon, staged by Thomas Le Douarec, and Ibsen and Strindberg’s Les Fleurs Gelées. He is the founder of the theater company Los Figaros and after directing two short films, Au Sol, in 2013 and Pim-Poum le petit Panda, in 2014, Alexis continues to pursue his writing career and will direct his first feature film Escort Boys.

2. Byoung-Gon Moon (South Korea, Asia)
Moon is a filmmaker who graduated from Chung-Ang University in Seoul and is known for directing the short film No More CoffeeBreak, which was selected for the short film competition at the 2008 International College Peace Film Festival. Moon’s short film, Finis Operis, was a part of the short film competition of the critic’s week at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and in 2013, he directed his short film Safe, which was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

3. Damian Walshe-Howling (Australia, Oceania)
Damian is an acclaimed actor and filmmaker best known for his latest short film, Suspended, which recently screened in the official competition at international film festivals including St Kilda, Flickerfest, Nashville and Locarno in Switzerland. He is also known for his 2007 debut short film The Bloody Sweet Hit. Damian has a passion for storytelling which has taken him all over the world in pursuit of culturally diverse stories and roles. He received an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for his performance of Melbourne’s“Most Loved Murderer”, Andrew Benji Veniamin, in the original Underbelly series.

4. Pippa Bianco (United States of America, North America)
Pippa is a filmmaker who studied photography at Yale University and is currently writing and producing at Beyoncè’s Parkwood Entertainment, directing a commission for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a writing credit on the upcoming film Bleed For This. Pippa started her career by working in independent film – assisting on Braden King’s Here (Sundance 2011) and Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette (Sundance 2012). Since then, Pippa’s films have been selected and won awards at numerous festivals including Telluride and SXSW. Pippa was also chosen as one of nine filmmakers for the American Film Institute’s Women’s Directors Program fellowship in 2014, where her short film submission, Share, won the 1st Prize in the Cinéfondation category at this year’sCannes Film Festival. Continuing her success with AFI, she is a Yaddo Filmmaker-in-Residence for the 2015-2016 term.

ABOUT LEXUS SHORT FILMS
In 2013, Lexus Short Films was launched with the goal of supporting and nurturing a new generation of emerging filmmakers. These aspiring directors and writers have received a unique opportunity supported by Lexus to collaborate with acclaimed film studio The Weinstein Company to produce and showcase their work on an international stage.  For more information, visit 
lexusshortfilms.com.

ABOUT LEXUS
Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a worldwide reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service. Lexus is the hybrid leader among luxury brands, offering hybrids that provide the best in innovative technology and premier luxury. The evolution of Lexus is reflected in the progressive designs of its new vehicles. The signature spindle grille, dynamic light treatments and sculptured lines create a distinctive look of luxury for Lexus.
 http://www.lexus-int.com

ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 341 Oscar nominations and won 81 Academy Awards.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; 1408; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS;VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE KING’S SPEECH; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH’S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES; LAWLESS; KILLING THEM SOFTLY; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; QUARTET; ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH; DARK SKIES; THE SAPPHIRES; SCARY MOVIE 5; KON-TIKI; UNFINISHED SONG; FRUITVALE STATION; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; THE GRANDMASTER; SALINGER; 12-12-12; PHILOMENA; MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM; AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY; VAMPIRE ACADEMY; THE RAILWAY MAN; THE IMMIGRANT; YVES SAINT LAURENT; BEGIN AGAIN; THE GIVER; FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR; THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY; TRACKS; ST. VINCENT; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON and WOMAN IN GOLD. Upcoming releases include SOUTHPAW, UNDERDOGS, NO ESCAPE, THREE GENERATIONS, ADAM JONES, CAROL and THE HATEFUL EIGHT.

TWC boasts an active television production division which garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013 and five in 2014. TWC Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars and Under The Gunn.  Recent TWC television productions include Mob Wives, Million Dollar ShoppersRodeo Girls and Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor. Scripted projects currently in production include John Fusco’s Marco Polo. Scripted projects in development include Ten Commandments andDaniel Stashower’s The Hour Of Peril. TWC also developed Nanny Diaries and produced The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

SOURCE The Weinstein Company

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Cicely Tyson Supports Elton John’s 14th Annual NYC Gala

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Cicely Tyson was on hand to lend support to Elton John for his 14th annual An Enduring Vision benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City Monday.  EJAF hosted the star-studded event which raised over $3.3 million for the Foundation.

Learn more and view a photo gallery from the gala here.

“I cannot begin to express how incredibly grateful I am to all of the amazing donors and friends who support and attend An Enduring Vision year after year,” said Elton. “Their generosity helps to make our lifesaving work possible and brings us closer to achieving our vision of a world without AIDS.”

Other celebrities in attendance included Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Lucci, Anderson Cooper, Spike Lee, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Elton John’s 14th Annual Gala Raises $3.3 Million to Fight AIDS/HIV

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On Monday, November 2, EJAF hosted its 14th annual An Enduring Vision benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.  American Airlines, Robert K. Kraft, The Lauder Foundation- Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, Mylan, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Sands Bethlehem, and Wells Fargo served as the Presenting Sponsors of the benefit, and the star-studded evening raised over $3.3 million for the Foundation.

Learn more and view a photo gallery from the gala here.

“I cannot begin to express how incredibly grateful I am to all of the amazing donors and friends who support and attend An Enduring Vision year after year,” said Elton. “Their generosity helps to make our lifesaving work possible and brings us closer to achieving our vision of a world without AIDS.”

For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org

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