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‘Dan Ireland Award’ Created by Louisiana Film Festival

‘Dan Ireland Award’ Created by Louisiana Film Festival
The inaugural Dan Ireland Award, a juried cash prize of $3,000 for the director of the best film in the Louisiana International Film Festival’s New Visions / New Voices Category is sponsored by Winifred and Kevin Reilly, Jr., Renee Zellweger, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dennis Yares and Greg Kachel.

In addition to his long career as a director, teacher and co-founder of the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Ireland served as the Artistic Director of Liff until his untimely death on April 14, 2016. The Dan Ireland Award was created in order to commemorate his dedication to new talent, storytellers and visionaries.Speaking at the Dan Ireland Award Ceremony, Chesley Heymsfield, Executive Director of Liff, said about Dan, “It was very hard for our entire team because when you work at an organization like this which is a grassroots community built organization to support local people, you become like family and it was very
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January 31st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Lair Of The White Worm, Poltergeist Sequels

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For this final week of home entertainment releases in January, horror and sci-fi fans have a ton of cult classics to look forward to, including Poltergeist II and Poltergeist III from Scream Factory, and Lair of the White Worm and Parents from Lionsgate via their Vestron Video Collector’s Series.

Synapse Films is also keeping busy with a trio of releases this Tuesday—The Coffin Joe Trilogy Collection, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, and This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse—and for those of you missed it in theaters, Boo! A Madea Halloween comes home to both Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st as well.

Lair of the White Worm: Vestron Video Collector’s Series (Lionsgate, Blu-ray)

Bram Stoker’s last novel is the basis for this wild tale of a horrific beast and the evil forces it unleashes on the beautiful English countryside.

Vestron Video
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The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm

Blu-ray

Lionsgate / Vestron

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date January 31, 2017 / 34.97

Starring Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg, Peter Capaldi, Sammi Davis, Stratford Johns, Paul Brooke, Imogen Claire, Chris Pitt, Gina McKee, Christopher Gable, Lloyd Peters.

Cinematography: Dick Bush

Film Editor: Peter Davies

Special Effects makeup: Stuart Conran, Paul Jones

Original Music: Stanislaus Syerewicz

Written by: Ken Russell from the novel by Bram Stoker

Produced and Directed by Ken Russell

Wild man director Ken Russell struck back against commercial indifference with this alternately elegant and outrageous horror offering, that excepting a few hard- ‘R’ moments, comes off as a real (snake) charmer. Few horror movies have a real sense of wit, and fewer still can laugh at themselves without crumbling into sad parody. As if reclaiming horror as a British-made product, Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm shows us what a next-generation Hammer
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Ken Russel’s The Lair Of The White Worm Arrives on Blu-ray January 31st – A Vestron Horror Classic

“I change my cars as regularly as a snake sheds its skin.”

The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with The Lair Of The White Worm, coming to Blu-ray on January 31st with all new special features!

A terrifying English legend returns when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the British horror classic The Lair of the White Worm to limited-edition Blu-ray™ on January 31 from Lionsgate. In a remote corner of England’s Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and starring Hugh Grant, the restored and remastered The Lair of the White Worm Blu-ray has all-new special features, including an audio commentary with Director Ken Russell and Lisi Russell and an interview with actress Sammi Davis. The Lair of the White Worm limited-edition Blu-ray will be available
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Vestron Horror Classic The Lair Of The White Worm Arrives on Blu-ray January 31st

“I change my cars as regularly as a snake sheds its skin.”

The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with The Lair Of The White Worm, coming to Blu-ray on January 31st with all new special features!

A terrifying English legend returns when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the British horror classic The Lair of the White Worm to limited-edition Blu-ray™ on January 31 from Lionsgate. In a remote corner of England’s Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and starring Hugh Grant, the restored and remastered The Lair of the White Worm Blu-ray has all-new special features, including an audio commentary with Director Ken Russell and Lisi Russell and an interview with actress Sammi Davis. The Lair of the White Worm limited-edition Blu-ray will be available
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The Lair Of The White Worm Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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In January, The Lair of the White Worm will join the newly announced Parents limited edition Blu-ray in Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series, and we have a look at the special features and cover art for the vampiric Blu-ray release.

Press Release: The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with The Lair of the White Worm, coming to Blu-ray on January 31st with all new special features!

Street Date: 1/31/17

Blu-ray™ Srp: $34.97

Program Description

A terrifying English legend returns when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the British horror classic The Lair of the White Worm to limited-edition Blu-ray™ on January 31 from Lionsgate. In a remote corner of England’s Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and starring Hugh Grant, the restored and remastered The Lair of the White Worm
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Seattle International Film Festival Head Carl Spence Leaves Organization After 20-Plus Years

Seattle’s cultural scene may still linger in the shadow of grunge rock, but it’s also a moviegoing town, and hosts one of the biggest film festivals in the country. Now, the person responsible for that celebrated gathering has decided to move on.

Longtime Seattle International Film Festival head Carl Spence is leaving the festival after more than 20 years. He is transitioning out of his role as Chief Curator and Festival Director today and will continue to serve in an advisory capacity at Siff through spring 2017. During his time at Siff, Spence led the launch of its year-round film center, Siff Cinema, in addition to the programming and operations of two other theaters, the Siff Uptown and the Egyptian.

Read More: Dan Ireland: ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle International Film Festival Dies at 57

“I like creating things,” Spence told IndieWire in a phone conversation last week.
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Siff director Carl Spence to step down

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The chief curator and festival director at the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) will continue to serve in an advisory capacity through spring 2017.

Carl Spence, who has played an integral role in developing Siff from an annual festival into a year-round arts organisation, announced on Tuesday that he was transitioning out of his role.

Spence started at Siff in 1994, helping Siff co-founders Darryl Macdonald and Dan Ireland grow the festival into one of the largest in North America.

For the past 13 years he has led the organisation’s artistic and educational programmes, first as Siff’s artistic director and then more recently as its chief curator and festival director.

Spence also held curatorial leadership positions at the Palm Springs International Film Festival during this time and helped launch the Orcas Island Film Festival in 2014.

“When I started at Siff in 1994 on a three-month contract for the festival’s 20th anniversary edition, I had no
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Dan Ireland Rip

Dan and I were friendly competitors in the early days of video acquisitions. He was at Vestron, the first home video company whose deal with Time Life brought the industry into the mainstream. When he bought "Dirty Dancing", the video technology came into its own. I was at Lorimar Home Video and my earliest acquisition, "My Beautiful Laundrette" premiered at the Seattle Film Festival, the festival he had founded with Darryl McDonald (but was not running then as he had moved on to Vestron). We have stayed friends over these many years and I will always be beholden to Dan Ireland. A good man and all of his many friends already miss him!

He was supposed to be at Louisiana International Film Festival which he coprogrammed with Ian Birnie who just wrote in:

"In total shock. But almost no time to process. I am at Louisiana Ff. Dan was supposed to fly down with me but was feeling sick on Monday and thinking of cancelling. I called Tuesday and never heard back, so flew down solo, and was surprised to learn at the Opening Night on Thursday that no one at the fest had heard from him. Got the news in the middle of the night on Thursday...It would appear he had a stroke late Monday or early Tuesday. Will try to write some kind of tribute but am being pulled in 100 directions. Sorry I couldn't tell him that attendance has doubled this year, screenings are selling out, there is real energy. He is greatly missed in Louisiana today."

Ireland worked as an acquisitions executive, co-founded the renowned Seattle Film Festival, and directed films such as "The Whole Wide World," The Velocity of Gray," and "Jolene."

Here are some of the reactions from people who knew and worked with Dan Ireland over the years:

From Tim Ireland:

To all Dan's friends,

With great shock and sadness, Mike Ireland, Judy, and I must tell you that we have lost our "Hollywood" star. Dan passed away suddenly from natural causes on April 14. We found out just a few short hours ago, so details are sparse at the moment. We know the great multitude of Dan's friends will want to know this sorrowful news as soon as possible; and to all those in Los Angeles especially, we will appreciate your help and input in the coming days.

Ira Deutchman: If you haven’t heard, Dan Ireland has died. He was one of us.

Darryl Macdonald: Dan and I were emotional and intellectual SiameseTwins for most of our lives. We used to sneak out of classes in grade 7 to watch movies together, then came back together as best friends when he moved back to Vancouver in the early 70s and we ran into each other in a bar. We moved to Seattle together to refurbish and open the Moore Egyptian in 1975 and started Siff in 1976. The truth is that Dan's boundless ambition, dedication to talent, refusal to take 'no' for an answer and ability to bring anyone 'outside the fold' on-side is what made our success possible. Though our professional paths diverged somewhat a decade later when he moved to L.A. to pursue his real passion - making great movies - we were never less than cosmic lovers, and remained as close as close can be for the next 30 years. His legacy - best exemplified by his body of work and the enduring love of his huge circle of friends, is a testament to the unique sensibility and incredibly positive energy Dan brought to everything in his life. But that's not what I will miss forever - as rare a trait as that constant positive energy is. It's that positivity, and Dan's unique, twisted sense of humor I will forever miss. Nobody on earth will ever take his place where either of those elements are concerned. I'll miss him madly, and pray he has access to making the movies he cares about in Heaven.

Jeff Dowd: Kindly Please Share Widely. Rip Dan Ireland. Dan was and will eternally be one of the leads in so many people's personal “It's a Wonderful Life”--he touched and helped so many people in so many ways. I just wrote a lot about Dan recently in one of Our Classic Tales Episodes. If you email me at jeffdowd6[At] gmail.com with Dan in the subject line I will send you a rough draft with some Dan Classic Tales some time soon. If you want to talk about Dan please feel free to call me. Lotsa of love to everyone--and never forget that one of Dan's great attributes was his sense of humor and his laugh which you are all hearing now. Have a laugh for Daaaaaan!

Diane Slattery: Heartbroken... longtime friend from Vestron days. Please keep us posted on what we can do and greatest sympathies to his sister and all close to him.

Karen Roberts: Beautiful soul, handsome man, good friend to many - this is such a terrible loss for all who had the good fortune to know him - way too soon, very sad news. Please let me know how I can help - please let me know of any arrangements to remember him with others. Tears...

Temi Lopez: Dan is one of my closest friends ever... I'm devastated...will miss his warmth, his smile, his lovely voice... I love you Dan and always will.
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Dan Ireland, The Whole Wide World and Jolene Director, Dies at 57

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Dan Ireland, The Whole Wide World and Jolene Director, Dies at 57
Dan Ireland, director of The Whole Wide World and Jolene, has died at 57. Ireland, who also cofounded the Seattle International Film Festival in 1975, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home, his manager, Paul Nelson, tells People. While the cause of death remains unclear, Nelson confirms Ireland had recently been suffering from flu-like symptoms. His directorial debut, The Whole Wide World (1996), helped launch the career of his lead actress, Renée Zellweger. Ireland also directed Jessica Chastain in her film debut in 2008's Jolene, in which she played an orphan who spends a decade exploring the country. Chastain took to Twitter on Friday to express her condolences,
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Dan Ireland, The Whole Wide World and Jolene Director, Dies at 57

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Dan Ireland, The Whole Wide World and Jolene Director, Dies at 57
Dan Ireland, director of The Whole Wide World and Jolene, has died at 57. Ireland, who also cofounded the Seattle International Film Festival in 1975, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home, his manager, Paul Nelson, tells People. While the cause of death remains unclear, Nelson confirms Ireland had recently been suffering from flu-like symptoms. His directorial debut, The Whole Wide World (1996), helped launch the career of his lead actress, Renée Zellweger. Ireland also directed Jessica Chastain in her film debut in 2008's Jolene, in which she played an orphan who spends a decade exploring the country. Chastain took to Twitter on Friday to express her condolences,
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Dan Ireland Dies: Seattle International Film Festival Co-Founder And ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Was 57

Dan Ireland Dies: Seattle International Film Festival Co-Founder And ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Was 57
Dan Ireland, cofounder of the Seattle International Film Festival, former acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures, and film director who gave both Jessica Chastain and Renee Zellweger their first film roles died in his Los Angeles home Thursday at 57. The news was made public by actress Jessica Chastain on Twitter, who starred in his 2008 film Jolene, her film debut. “The sweetest angel left us,” she said. “Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss…
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Dan Ireland, Director of ‘Jolene’ and ‘The Whole Wide World,’ Dies at 57

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Dan Ireland, Director of ‘Jolene’ and ‘The Whole Wide World,’ Dies at 57
Dan Ireland, a director and producer best known for “Jolene” and “The Whole Wide World,” died Thursday. He was 57. Ireland (above in 2003) was also the co-founder of the Seattle International Film Festival, which he ran with Darryl Macdonald from 1975 to 1986. His manager, Paul Nelson of Mosaic, confirmed Ireland’s death to TheWrap on Friday. “I don’t know what happened. I heard that he got the flu and then maybe pneumonia,” Nelson said. “He died in his kitchen” of his Los Angeles home. Also Read: David Gest, Music Producer and Ex-Husband of Liza Minnelli, Dies at 62 Ireland made his debut
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Dan Ireland, ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle Film Festival, Dies at 57

Dan Ireland, ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle Film Festival, Dies at 57
Dan Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle Film Festival, served as an acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures and directed films including “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Jolene” (2008), starring Jessica Chastain, has died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Chastain tweeted in memory of him.

“The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I’ll miss you baby,” she wrote.

The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss you baby. #DanIreland #Jolene

Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 15, 2016

The Whole Wide World,” starring a young Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger, was a biopic of Texas-born pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan the Barbarian in the early years of the 20th century, and the woman in his life, played by Zellweger (the film was her movie debut).

Ireland was nominated for
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Dan Ireland, Director of 'The Whole Wide World' and 'Jolene,' Dies at 57

Dan Ireland, Director of 'The Whole Wide World' and 'Jolene,' Dies at 57
Dan Ireland, the producer and director who bolstered the careers of Rene Zellweger and Jessica Chastain when he guided the actresses in The Whole Wide World and Jolene, respectively, has died. He was 57. Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle International Film Festival in 1975 and ran the event through 1986, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, his manager, Paul Nelson at Mosaic, told The Hollywood Reporter. Nelson said that Ireland recently had been suffering with flu-like symptoms. Ireland made his directing debut with the 1930s Texas-set drama The Whole Wide World (1996), starring Zellweger as a

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Criterion Link Collection: October 5th 2015

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I bookmark and share a ton of links everyday. Over the past few years I’ve tried to get a regular link post series going here on the site, but inevitably I just fall back to sharing Criterion-related links directly on our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr pages.

I’ve recently caught the “I should start a link post again” bug, and here we are. We’ll see how long I can keep this going again.

Feel free to email me, or tweet at me, if you have links that you think I should bookmark or include in my daily round-up here on the site.

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Our friend Jamie S. Rich has been taking time out of his busy comic book editing schedule to start posting to his Criterion Confessions blog again lately. His latest entry looks at The X From Outer Space,
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‘Carry On’ Wins Top Prize at Palm Springs International ShortFest

The winners of the Palm Springs International ShortFest were announced Sunday, with Rafael Haider’s “Carry On” taking home the best of festival award.

Other notable wins include Haider’s “Submarine,” which received the future filmmaker award, with Marc Fouchard’s “The Way of Tea,” David Darg’s “Body Team 12″ and Gabriel Osorio’s “Bear Story” winning audience awards.

“It’s been a spectacular success on all fronts for ShortFest this year, with a uniformly ecstatic response from audience and filmmakers alike for the screenings, the panels and seminars and the special events the Festival mounted,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald in a statement. “With record numbers of attendees and filmmakers, the Festival lived up to its growing reputation as one of the most important events of its kind in the world.”

330 short films screened at the festival, which runs from June 16-22, along with more than 3,000 filmmaker submissions available in the film market.
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The Dusty VHS Corner: Anthony Hickox, from Sundown to Full Eclipse

In the latest edition of The Dusty VHS Corner, Tom Jolliffe looks at the films of Anthony Hickox

Director Anthony Hickox comes from a strong cinematic lineage. His father, Douglas Hickox was also a director (Zulu Dawn, Theatre of Blood) whilst his mother is critically lauded editor Anne V. Coates (Lawrence of Arabia). A career in the film industry seemed destined, even if his start would require a lot of persistence and a lot of luck.

His debut film Waxwork almost didn’t see the light of day. Hickox met the producer, Staffan Ahrenherg when he crashed his car into the back of Ahrenberg’s. With barely a penny to his name, Hickox managed to persuade Ahrenberg to let him pay for the damage by letting him write a script for him on the cheap. Ahrenberg agreed, and Waxwork was written by Hickox in three days. The script was rejected from almost every studio,
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The Second and The Fourth of July and Movies of the Moment

The 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act is this July 2nd, two days before Independence Day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence of the United States of America from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom).

As an independent nation we went our own way even when The Slavery Abolition Act throughout the British Colonies was passed in 1833. Cynically one might say their act was motivated less by altruism than by what had become political and economic realities. However, the abolitionists on both sides of the sea saw it the same way that those of us with eyes are seeing the issues of economic inequality today. It is immoral and unjust that one human should own another, whether in slavery, in economic servitude or in sexual servitude.

However, fifty years ago, such unequal and inhuman treatment of fellow human beings was still being justified and upheld by a powerful elite, and it took almost super-human fortitude for those opposed to persevere to break the stranglehold of that group. As a young girl, a “Freedom Rider” came and spoke to my class at Temple Isaiah Religious School in West L.A. and I was inspired to do all I could for the ongoing fight for civil rights, which of course changed the world for everyone – from it came “women’s lib” and Glbt’s fight for equality (Stonewall was 40 years ago June 29). And yet, the economically poor African American and Latino populations are still objects of discrimination today. The repeal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the South freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval is seeing discrimination at the polls reasserting itself.

This January when I saw “Freedom Summer” directed by Stanley Nelson in Sundance, I felt inspired once again to do something!

But, all I can do is write and so I take pen to hand and invite others to be aware and to act wherever they are.

At the 2nd Louisiana International Film Festival this spring, “Freedom Summer” won the Best Documentary Award and it will open in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

The Louisiana Ff parenthetically has two cineastes, well-known to all of us film folks, as Artistic Directors: Jeff “The Dude” Dowd and Dan Ireland.

Read: New Louisiana Film Festival to Launch With Dan Ireland & Jeff "The Dude" Dowd as Artistic Directors

Jeff could be subject of a book, but for now, suffice it to say Jeff Dowd ("Zebrahead") is famously the inspiration for the Dude in the Coen Bros.' "The Big Lebowski,"

Dan Ireland on the other hand, is the subject of this blog because he has done something beyond just showing a great film. Dan, a man of action, also co-founded the Seattle Film Festival with Darryl MacDonald who is Director of the Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival. The Seattle Film Festival just had its own anniversary of 40 years and it featured a retrospective of some of Dan’s 22 films which he has exec produced, produced or directed.

And now, he has produced a new film, a short film called “Hate From A Distance” which will be the center piece of a special event this Wednesday, July 2nd, on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at The Museum of Tolerance in Beverly Hills

The film is an adaptation of a short story inspired by Civil Rights in America, set in Savannah, Georgia in 1963, told through the innocent eyes of an eleven-year old boy who is witness to the bitterness and hatred his father has for an African American dairy farmer living on the other side of a fence, separating physically and racially the very state of America during a most disgraceful and turbulent period in history.

The film was made and dedicated to the memory of and the 50th anniversary of The Civil Rights Act and as a voice that though we live by the Act, there is so much more that needs to be done to establish unity and equal rights in this country and the world.

Seen through the innocent eyes of eleven-year-old Danny Baker, racial tensions run rampant and deep in 1963 rural Georgia. Danny’s father Ned and neighbor Clyde Fellow, once childhood friends, are now divided over a land dispute in an era of inequality. Ned’s escalating anger, fueled by his own distorted righteousness, ultimately destroys his family and tears the community apart.

“ Hate from a Distance” reflects the injustices of a painful chapter of American history while honoring and 50th anniversary (July 2, 1964) of the Civil Rights Act abolishing segregation.

The film had its world premiere Saturday June 7th in a retrospective of Dan's history with “The Whole Wide World”, at Seattle Int’l Film Festival.

It will show again this Wednesday at The Museum of Tolerance in Beverly Hills. The 19 minute screening will be followed by an introduction of the cast and a brief panel discussion and audience Q&A with Dr. Robert and Helen Singleton, Freedom Riders, activists and educators, Dr. Max Felker-Kantor, USC graduate with PhD in History (emphasis on race, civil rights and social movements) and moderated by journalist-author-activist David Ehrenstein. David is an American critic who focuses primarily on Lgbtq issues in cinema. Ehrenstein was born in New York City. His father was a secular Jew with Polish ancestors, and his mother was of African-American and Irish descent.[1] His mother raised him in her religion, Roman Catholicism. Among those invited are educators, students, members of organizations such as Aclu , NAACP , U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, journalists and activists.

Writer/Producer Dennis Yares's grandparents left Poland prior to the German occupation and most remaining relatives perished under Nazi regime. He was born in Israel and moved to N.Y. as a young boy. He made his professional reputation as an art gallerist, in addition, he also wrote the screen adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's classic short story, “Jolene”, which was directed by Dan Ireland.

He wrote a short story as one of his collection of 52 stories and when he realized it was the 50th anniversary this year. He and Dan as the director, stepped up and co-produced the film in the spring - in three weeks.

It features a score by composer Harry Gregson-Williams and Tom Howe, who will also attend the screening.

The short will also qualify for Academy Award consideration after having a short commercial run.
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Trailers From Hell Opens 'Eyes Wide Shut'

Trailers From Hell Opens 'Eyes Wide Shut'
Today on Trailers From Hell, Dan Ireland assesses Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece, "Eyes Wide Shut," starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. This dream-like treatise on sexual politics was Stanley Kubrick's final film (he died just days after previewing his final cut).  Perplexed audiences are still arguing about this one, but it nonetheless exerts the usual hypnotic Kubrickian aura. The elaborate production features a not-quite-real recreation of Greenwich Village at Pinewood's UK studios, further intensifying the distancing factor. Tom Cruise and the dazzling Nicole Kidman, whose real-life marriage was on the brink of crumbling, play a high-toned couple whose marriage is on the brink of crumbling.  For Us release the studio trimmed and digitally obscured some of the movie's ceremonial orgy scenes once Kubrick was unavailable to object. 
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