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David O. Russell and Fox’s Jim Gianopulos hosted the premiere of Ghetto Film School Los Angeles fellows’ thesis film “Demon’s Gate” Monday at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Ghetto Film School (Gfs), which originated in the Bronx, came to L.A. two years ago, bringing a free 30-month immersion program in storytelling and film production.
The fellows, who range in age from 14 to 18, meet after school, on weekends and two consecutive summers to hone their filmmaking skills. In January, this first class of L.A. fellows was given a task for their final project — write a script set in Tokyo. After pitching and round table reading, the group of 25 fellows chose Alexi Gonzalez‘s “Demon’s Gate” and shot the short film on location in Tokyo over a week in June.
“Demon’s Gate” marked the first thesis film in Gfs history that boasts the same writer and director. »
- Margaret Lenker
“Finding a way to produce this movie in 27 days was a riddle we were always solving,” recalled director Peter Sollett. “And doing it in a way that had integrity, the kind that Laurel and Stacie had, was a challenge and a mission statement.” Sollett was speaking at a Bloomberg/Ifp “Business of Entertainment” breakfast, hosted by Ifp board member and Bloomberg principal, Katherine Oliver, high above downtown Toronto and overlooking Lake Ontario on the eve of the world premiere of his latest feature, Freeheld, at Tiff. Oliver was introduced by Ifp and Made in New York Media Center Executive Director […] »
- Allan Tong
Cynthia Lopez, the New York film commissioner who will step down after less than 18 months on the job, didn’t have the political savvy to keep the city’s booming production activity on track, according to sources both in the industry and close to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Nor, it’s said, did she show the business acumen that would have increased momentum in the sector.
It wasn’t any one thing that undid her, it’s believed. But her balanced, low-key demeanor seems to have contributed to a general sense in the industry that she was unengaged with the film community and ineffective in the job. That’s despite some recent reported milestones including year-on-year rises in episodic television (46 shows in 2014 vs. 29 the prior year) and in feature films (242 in 2014 compared to 194 in 2013). It’s expected that the 2015 feature tally will surpass the 2014 figure.
Lopez’s exit, »
- Gordon Cox and Brent Lang
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