One of my favorite photos: The day after it was taken, snow fell in The Valley. The image sort of sums up what media do worldwide: angels of news.
Sometimes angels come to you: Unexpectedly. Do we have eyes to see them, when they do? (more…)
documentary editing is a genre that few do as well as this clip. poetic. poignant. sad. inspiring. empathetic. heartfelt. respectful. infused with mana. appropriate poetic editing style of a broadcasting legend, remembering a peer, also a legend too. (more…)
Film Focus: Sound City. dir: Dave Grohl.
Venue: Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Premieres; Variance Films)
Production companies: Roswell Films, Therapy Content, in association with Diamond Docs
Screenplay: Mark Monroe; story by Dave Grohl
Producers: John Ramsay, James A. Rota, Dave Grohl
Executive producers: John Silva, John Cutliffe, Gaby Skolnek, Kristen Welsh
Director of photography: Kenny Stoff
Editor: Paul Crowder
No rating, 108 minutes
Opens: North America Feb 1, 2013.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.1.13~
PGA’s awards for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures 2013 are:
A People Uncounted (Urbinder Films) Producers: Marc Swenker, Aaron Yeger
The Gatekeepers (Sony Pictures Classics) Producers: Estelle Fialon, Philippa Kowarsky, Dror Moreh
The Island President (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Producers: Richard Berg, Bonni Cohen
The Other Dream Team (The Film Arcade) Producers: Marius Markevicius, Jon Weinbach
Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.1.13~
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.12.12~
–honest opinion rugby coach Steve Hansen puts Australia’s Robbie Deans on grill, for Christmas on “do you want the job?.” An exerpt of The Weight of a Nation sports documentary.
[Photos: Canberra Times]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.12.12~
Chasing Ice is a film that provides a graphic depiction into the fact that huge chunks of ice are melting on the planet. The film is reminiscent of the Mont Blanc glacier news story that aired before Olympics 2012 opened, just on a much larger scale.
One man revisits South Africa after he left years earlier. He’s accompanied by his teenage son, Aaron who turns out to be his harshest critic.
In the Apartheid era, the man had benefited as a White, contributed negligibly to the struggle against racism and then left for Israel the day after his medical graduation in 1964.
A sense of guilt and shame accompanied him throughout his later move to Australia. Growing up in Apartheid South Africa an entire generation did nothing to oppose apartheid.
So how does a man who had even lost fourteen relatives in the Holocaust become complicit with a racist system?
Flummoxed by the generosity of the black South Africans who say they have forgiven the Apartheid regime, the man is himself unable to forgive the Afrikaners, who he always regarded as the enemy, akin to Nazis. In an unexpected encounter, he comes face to face with his own prejudice. The film explores how easy it is to accept injustice and be blindsided by the perks. Though it’s easy for any good person to become a bystander, it’s not so easy to live with the consequences.
“Precious, gifted, a wiseman, but really he’s just a child.”–Maori Boy Genius wins best documentary at the New Zealand Film Awards 2012.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.12.12~
Under The Radar lists our talented finalists nominees) as being:
Rialto Channel Best Film
How to Meet Girls
From a Distance
Two Little Boys
Good For Nothing
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying
Best Self-Funded Film
Good For Nothing
We Feel Fine
The Red House
ARTHUR ALLAN THOMAS & THE CREWES – IT IS OKAY TO QUESTION AUTHORITY. A NORMAL SIGN OF A HEALTHY SOCIETY.
The first film my folks ever took me to see as a kid to the local movie theater was a documentary film about Arthur Allan Thomas, The Crewe family and The New Zealand police. It was a story of murder and a farmer’s son being accused of the tale.
As a child, I didn’t like the dark, stern, suspicious tone of the film, particularly much. I also wondered why the adults in the theater were all so into the story, like they were with eyes glued to the screen in a reverent hush. I ate tangy fruits candy through the entire thing. Yet it was a film that taught every Kiwi kid who saw it, that it is okay to question authority. I learned clearly that principle:
It is normal to question authority. Healthy.
“Do you want a bacon sandwich?… Yeah… He likes to do the same things that I like to do, and he’s got the same sense of humour. He’s really fun. And really grumpy as well. Men are grumpy, aren’t they?”
–Kate Moss 38, is a riot in Vanity Fair December 2012, explaining her internet rocker hubby James Finch‘s appeal. So funny! James is 43.
[Documentary footage - vintage fashionista baby Moss giving good face, Unzipped, 1995]. UK Telegraph has more of Kate and James’ intimate details].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.11.12~
Livia Guiggioli and Colin Firth attend Thursday’s London Film Festival premiere of Crossfire Hurricane, a documentary celebrating the Rolling Stones. Credit: Rex USA.–People Magazine.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.10.12~
Can’t wait to film that interview for the film festival documentary. Man oh man!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.10.12~
Filmmaker with a famous name, Anthony Powell, lives in the Antarctic on Scott Base. He also films what he sees in an incredibly resourceful and innovative way. Miriama Kamo and Peter Cronshaw present Anthony’s story as a filmmaker living in a remarkable location of the world at the link pic above.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.9.12~
BBC TO BROADCAST KEANU REEVE’S SIDE BY SIDE DIGITAL FILMMAKING INDUSTRY DOCUMENTARY & WORLD NEWS STORIES
BBC News: Keanu Reeves News: In the past few years digital technology has radically changed the way in which films are shot, edited and projected. Some are for. Others upset at technologies sway. ‘Talking Movies’ – Tom Brook reports Talking Movies is broadcast on BBC World News on Saturday at 1330 GMT and Sunday at 0030, 0730 and 2030 GMT.
Belfast Telegraph also has Reeve’s latest Toronto filmmaking gossip.
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On this day, these stories featured on BBC too.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.9.12~
IN WET N’ WILD RUGBY NEW ZEALAND – REMEMBERING MY JULIAN LENNON, DISCONNECTED YOUNG HOLLYWOOD ACTORS’ TV PILOT
‘Fantastic. Goosebumps. When you’ve got the right song with the right intention one cannot help but be emotionally taken’.–Julian Lennon on creative process.
Once I had visions of being a documentary producer and director in Hollywood when I lived in Los Angeles. I had a year and a half worth of production meetings, once a week in California. People used to write a lot of notes when I talked about my creative ideas for new films and TV. I wondered what they were bringing to the creative process at a lot of those meetings.
Eventually, a producer who used to distribute Joe Francis‘ Girls Gone Wild TV programs is who I decided to have as the main producer. As a publicist I had a really cool film production company as clients I knew and trusted. They also trusted me. We were all in it together in making my first idea. The idea involved the experiences of young actors jumping through the hoops of Hollywood on the road to movie stardom.
I was lucky enough to have an Irish-Kiwi acting talent friend who was good friends with Julian Lennon at the time. Jules agreed to appear in the 15 minute pilot we filmed. The crew and I did the slog on the idea. We filmed, edited and produced the reality TV styled, cinema verite pilot that I wrote. One of the best movie poster artists for Hollywood’s biggest box office films whipped us up a groovy poster as they loved the idea of the new show concept so much.
Then the jealousy set in with the producer. The film crew had all once been immigrants to the USA fiften to twenty years prior. I was new in Hollywood and the crew were so loyal. They 100% supported my creative vision. The producer who was taking the idea to MIPCOM (where pilots and TV shows are purchased for global audiences in France each year) had our pilot and poster to shop.
I had had numerous phone meetings with German TV network producers and French TV Network people as a part of our production meetings prior to filming the idea.
Photo: A Julian Lennon photograph (more…)
A New Zealand documentary filmmaker has been released by Libyan officials after being arrested while investigating former rebel abuses of a minority ethnic group.
Sharron Ward, from Gisborne who is based in London, was arrested around 6.30pm Thursday (Libya time) at a disused naval academy on the outskirts of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
She had been conducting interviews for around three hours with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the former pro-Gaddafi town of Tawergha.
She has now been released, safe and well, according to British newspaper, The Guardian.
Libya has been plagued by a spate of retributive violence since the fall of Gaddafi. Alleged Gaddafi loyalists continue to be stalked across the country, while an estimated 8000 people remain in detention, uncharged.
Two British journalists working for the Iranian channel Press TV were detained by a militia for around three weeks earlier this year, accused of spying, while the country’s interim authority began passing laws stifling free speech.
The National Transitional Council, passed Law 37 (2012) – reminiscent of draconian Gaddafi-era laws according to rights groups _ which criminalised the glorification of the former regime, including Gaddafi, and anyone who insults “the prestige of the state”, its institutions or the Libyan people, as well as those who publish news which “harms the Feb 17 Revolution”.
The law was later ruled unconstitutional.
Reporting: Glen Johnson.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.7.12~
Did I mention that our top athletes kinda get away with moider in New Zealand? Not really. Overseas they do.
On that note, Irish retro rock and some of our best athletes - sorta sum up the quirky sports news reporting vibe today in New Zealand.
[nb: I was going to go with the Mexico City version of the song, however let's micky-air it instead like Ali, staying with the bees knees Irish rockers original version instead].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.7.12~