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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dam Short Film Festival: Men at Work

Thursday, February 10th 1:30 to 2:45 pm
Rated PG, Adult Themes
Men getting in trouble on and off the clock.
"The Dumpster"
4 minutes, 2010 Directed by Patrick Campbell
Contact: patrick (at) suburbanimageworks (dot) com A man pines for his neightbor's trash receptacle. "The Shoes Maketh the Man"
16 minutes, 2010 Directed by Tarek Sursock
Contact: sursocktarek (at) bluemail (dot) ch A businessman tries to save his precious footwear. "The Root and the Offspring"
12 minutes, 2010 (Student) Directed by Zachary Honea
Contact: war_of_souls (at) hotmail (dot) com A farmer defends a hard-won crop. "Charlie and the Rabbit"
10 minutes, 2010 Directed by Robert Machoian
Contact: robert (at) 433pictures (dot) com A little boy hunts for 'wabbits. "T.V."
23 minutes, 2010 (Student) Directed by Nick Conedera
Contact: nick (at) nickconedera (dot) com A struggling artist balances fame with integrity. "Baby Bomber"
15 minutes, 2009 Directed by James Madio
Contact: contactus (at) harringtontalents (dot) com The story of a kid who's too big not to play baseball.
Each of the following programs contains
between 4 and 12 short films and runs
between 60 and 90 minutes.  Tickets are
$6 per program and may be purchased at
the door.  4-Day Passes are also available
for $50 and give you additional access to
the Film Market, which is a library of
1000+ films.  All programs are rated, so
parental  guidance is  recommended.
Additional film details will be printed in
the 2011 festival program.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Rarely seen films from the Middle East.
1:30 - 2:45 pm
Men getting in trouble on and off the clock.
3:30 - 4:30 pm
When people are pushed too far...
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Unusual people with unforgettable stories.
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Student and faculty work from the Art Institute of
Las Vegas and the Ai system of schools.
8:00 - 9:30 pm
EVENT B: Ai MIXER (Pass or ticket stub required)
Boulder Dam Hotel, Conference Room.
9:00 - 10:15 pm
(PG-13, Not appropriate for children)
Slayers, werewolves, and zombies mix it up.
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Good people vs. bad people. Who will win?
1:45 - 2:45 pm
Films from Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy, and Canada.
3:30 - 4:45 pm
Characters overcome trouble in surprising ways.
5:45 - 7:00 pm
It’s a wacky world we live in.
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Boulder Dam Brewing Co.
8:00 - 8:30 pm
Sci-fi / horror short. Stars Jenny Savage and Steve
Benetier will be present for Q&A. Tickets only $3.
9:00 – 10:15 pm
Local filmmakers show their unique talents.
10:45 pm - 12:00 midnight
(PG-13, Not appropriate for children)
Off-the-wall humor and unacceptable behavior.
10:30 - 11:45 am
Fun for all ages. Children under 9 get in free!
11:30 am - 12:30  pm
Boulder Dam Hotel, Conference Room.
12:30 am - 1:45 pm
Amazing animation from all corners of the globe.
2:30 - 4:00 pm
(PG) Plights and passions in foreign lands.
4:30 - 5:45 pm
The perfect show for Valentine’s Day.
6:30 - 7:00 pm: LIMO ARRIVAL
Red carpet in front of the Boulder Theatre.
7:00 - 10:00 pm:
A Pass gets you into the Gala and screening of
winning films. Tickets are also available for $12.
Boulder Dam Hotel (Pass required)

Dam Short Film Festival Underway in Boulder City, Join Us Today!

Festival Celebrates 7th Anniversary
 24 Film Programs, plus Special Events and Premieres
Festival runs February 9-12, 2011 in Boulder City, Nevada

            “Our 7th year features a record numbers of short films programs,” said Lee Lanier, executive director of the Dam Short Film Society. The festival takes place in downtown Boulder City over four days.  Categories include Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Documentary, Animation, Student, and Nevada Filmmaker. The short films are grouped into 24 different programs. There are 133 different films this year.
            In honor of the festival’s 7th anniversary, a “7th Dam Year” Mixer will be held on Friday, February 11th at 7:00 pm at the Boulder Dam Brew Pub. 
Since the festival occurs just before Valentine’s Day, a “Modern Romance” program is scheduled for Saturday, February 12th at 4:30 pm. The first 20 ticket-holding couples to arrive will receive a free box of valentine’s chocolates.   
            Also, the festival will feature a world premiere screening of “Blood Roulette” on Friday, February 11th at 8:00 pm. “Blood Roulette” is a sci-fi/horror short packed with high-end special effects. Lee Lanier directed the film and will donate ticket proceeds to the festival. Stars Jenny Savage and Steve Benetier will be present for a Q&A.
Local filmmakers are highlighted by two other programs.  The “Nevada Filmmakers” showcase will occur Friday, February 11th at 9:00 pm and will screen films from up-and-coming Las Vegas filmmakers. The “Best of Ai” Showcase will take place Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 pm and will show off the student and faculty work from the Art Institute of Las Vegas and Art Institutes system of schools.  The Art Institute of Las Vegas actively encourages local filmmaking by serving a festival Showcase Sponsor for the past seven years.
For a fifth year, the festival will include a Film Market, where over 1000 short films will be available for check out and viewing.
            Tickets to each film program or showcase are $6 and may be purchased at the door during the event.  4-Day Passes are also available for $50.  All screenings will occur at the Boulder Theatre at 1225 Arizona Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. The 400-seat Boulder Theatre was once Boulder City's movie house. Built in 1931, for years it was the only air-conditioned building in the area. In 1999, actor/musician Desi Arnaz Jr. and his wife Amy purchased the facility. The historic structure has since been restored and serves as the home of the Boulder City Ballet Company.
            Other events and venues, such as the Filmmaker Reception, Filmmaker/Press Lounge, and Film Market, will be held at the Boulder Dam Hotel at 1305 Arizona Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. The Boulder Dam Hotel was built in 1933 to accommodate visiting government and corporate project managers supervising the building of Hoover Dam. The hotel quickly gained a worldwide reputation as a steady flow of dignitaries and celebrities checked in. Famous guests have included Bette Davis, Will Rogers, Boris Karloff, James Cagney, Henry Fonda, and Howard Hughes. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
            The Dam Short Film Festival was created by the Dam Short Film Society, a non-profit Nevada corporation founded by Lee and Anita Lanier.  The Society is composed of a board of directors, and is currently a non-membership organization. 

Lee Lanier 
Festival Office: 1-702-447-4747
Lee’s Cell: (702) 203-1487

Film stills for the 2011 festival:

2011 poster and festival logo:

An Expanding Gap

Latinos lag behind whites on cell phone use, broadband at home, Internet at home, broadband easy access at school or libraries, even broadband access at work. Libraries and other facilities in Latino neighborhoods that have limited numbers of computers to begin with, are being cut off for budget reasons, or are open shorter hours and closing on weekends.

The digital divides is real and while Asians and African Americans are at the same or higher level levels of access than Caucasian, the opposite trend is occurring among Latinos, where access is decreasing. 

-Source, Pew Trust

Day One: Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City

An auspicious start with an eclectic mix of films for first day - plus a press conference at Boulder Dam Hotel starting at 8:30.
See you in Boulder City on Arizona at the historic Boulder Theater!

Noon - 1:30 - Enthralling, inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking stories of military vets.
2:15 - 3:15 - Unusual and innovative filmmaking
4:00 - 5:00 - Old friends and new strangers
5:45 - 7:00 - Si-Fi - Life in a dystopian world
7:45 - 8:30 - Teens on the Loose
9:15 - 10:15 - Supernatural Tales

September 11, 2001

Company Town from the LA Times: Superbowl, Olbermann,Will AOL Ruin the Huffington Post, Shifts at CBS

Take Two defies Gaming Slump. 
Sales of video game discs may have slipped 6% in 2010, but New York game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software sees nothing but sunshine in the year ahead."Even though sales are falling for the industry, in the areas we target, it’s growing 20%," said Take-Two Chief Operating Officer Karl Slatoff during a conference call Tuesday announcing the company's December quarter results. Slatoff's comments highlight a tale of have's and have not's in the hit-driven world of video games where certain genres run hot one year, but cold the next.
And that's the way it is.CBS put new leadership in place at CBS News. Tapped to lead the division are network veteran and longtime "60 Minutes" producer Jeff Fager, who becomes chairman, and outsider David Rhodes, who has spent his entire career in cable, first at Fox News and then Bloomberg. Sean McManus, who had been serving as president of both news and sports, returns full time to sports. He had been running news since 2005, when he stepped in after Andrew Heyward resigned from the position in the wake of the network's controversial stories about President Bush's military service. By installing Fager, CBS has at the top someone who has been there for over 30 years while Rhodes gives them an agent of change. Analysis of the moves, and, of course, what it means for anchor Katie Couric from the Los Angeles TimesDaily Beast and Broadcasting & Cable.
Hope they make a good martini. Sony Pictures is near a deal to distribute and co-finance movies with MGM including the next two James Bond movies. The talks are progressing although nothing is written in stone yet. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times and Deadline Hollywood.
Super numbers! Fox's coverage of the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelersin Super Bowl XLV drew 111 million viewers, which shattered the previous viewership record for a TV event of 106.5 million set by last year's Super Bowl. That was the good news. The bad news was numerous glitches at the game, including some 400 fans losing their seats, a botched national anthem and a halftime show from the Black Eyed Peas that had people laughing rather than singing. And why do a fly-over in a game that is played indoors? Most viewers fled when the post-Super Bowl episode of "Glee" started. Perhaps a series about precocious high school kids who break into song on their way to the bathroom wasn't the best choice of show to keep people glued to the set. Of course, the late start didn't help either. Analysis of what worked and what didn't from the Los Angeles Timesand Washington Post.
Heavyweight battle. Filmmaker Michael Moore is suing Harvey and Bob Weinstein over profits from his 2004 documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11." Moore's suit charges that the Weinsteins, who distributed the antiwar movie through an outfit they formed called the Fellowship Adventure Group, engaged in "bogus accounting methods." Bogus? Dude! Maybe Jeff Spicoli will be a witness. Moore wants $2.7 million compensatory damages as well as having his legal costs covered. Hollywood legal-eagle Bert Fields, who is representing the Weinsteins, said the suit was "designed for the media" and is "utter rubbish." Weighing in on the bout are the Los Angeles Times and Deadline Hollywood.
Forget the mail, now you have the Huffington Post. The sale of the Huffington Post to AOL has naturally got the media that covers media all worked up and the owners of other content websites fantasizing about their own big payday. Will the deal help reinvent AOL as a news and commentary service, or will the $315-million deal be another bad move for the Web portal? Analysis from the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesWall Street JournalBusiness Insider and Daily Beast.
Pimping yourself. Melissa Leo, who got a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of  Micky Ward's mother in "The Fighter," has caused quite the stir by running her own campaign for the statue. Normally, studios, agents and producers handle all that, but Leo is taking matters into her own hands. Of course, there is some grumbling that such overt tactics are unseemly and could cost her votes. Alas, in this weird town often it's less about the performance and more about how one campaigns for the performance. Of course, this never seems to hurt the Weinsteins. Analysis on Leo's efforts to roar from the Hollywood Reporter.
Fox talks tough. News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting is telling its affiliates that it is not afraid to end relationships if deals can't be reached over what kind of cut the network should get from the money the stations get from cable operators. All the networks are squeezing their stations for more money to help cover programming costs, but none as aggressively as Fox. The dirt from Bloomberg.

Keeping Current. It's official, Keith Olbermann has a new home to rant from. He is joining Current, the small cable channel whose owners include former vice president Al Gore. Current is no doubt hoping that adding Olbermann to its mix of news and documentaries will boost awareness for the network. Olbermann also gets a stake in Current, whose other owners include new NBC Universaland MSNBC parent Comcast Corp. So much for completely escaping "the man." Details and critiques from the New York TimesLos Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Petty concerns. The Hollywood Reporter enters Us Weekly mode with a piece on actor Alex Pettyfer, star of the upcoming DreamWorks movie "I am Number Four" that says he's developing a (gasp) reputation for being "difficult and demanding." An actor being difficult and demanding? Stop the presses. Of course, usually they wait until they're big stars before letting the inner diva out, but kids today are just so impatient.
Work to die for. Ever wonder how you get an acting gig as a corpse? Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Chozick decided to find out for herself and got to play a stiff on "Law & Order: Los Angeles." The most important thing to know if you're going to play dead is that you want to be a fresh kill because if you are in a morgue you have to lie still for hours on end with full-body makeup and an incision from the autopsy.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara sees hope in Matthew Perry's new sitcom "Mr. Sunshine." James Rainey on the AOL - Huffington Post deal. ScoreBig wants to rethink the ticket business. Mary McNamara on "Traffic Light."