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Nfts director Nik Powell to step down

7 April 2017 2:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former film producer and Virgin Records co-founder steps down after 14 years.

The National Film and Television School has confirmed today that its director Nik Powell is to step down at the end of July after 14 years at the helm.

Under Powell’s stewardship the school has firmly cemented its place as one of the major film institutions in the world.

Powell recently oversaw the delivery of two new teaching buildings covering more than 20,000 square feet and a 4K digital television studio.

The school has evolved to offer Ma, diploma, certificate and short courses in film, television and the games industries and it has become a Higher Education Institution accredited by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).

Recent graduates include Yann Demange, Anthony Chen, Ralitza Petrova and Michael Lennox. In 2013/14 Nfts graduates were nominated for a total 31 BAFTAs and won 10.

Former graduates of the school include David Yates, Lynne Ramsay, Terence Davies, [link »

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Stephen Dorff Sued for Allegedly Breaching Credit Agreement, Owes More than $800,000

9 March 2017 10:19 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Actor Stephen Dorff is allegedly in financial hot water.

The Backbeat star, his production company La Costa Productions and Fredonick, LLC are being sued by City National Bank, a commercial bank that operates in Los Angeles, for allegedly breaching a personal line of credit agreement, according to legal documents obtained by People.

According to the documents, as of Feb. 28, $805,963.23 is due and owed, which consists of the principal balance, along with interest and late charges. Dorff had entered into his first Personal Line of Credit Agreement (Plca) “on or about Oct. 1, 2015,” according to papers. The papers also allege Dorff entered »

- Katherine Richter

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‘Wheeler’ Exclusive Clip: Stephen Dorff Takes on Nashville Disguised as an Aspiring Musician

31 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The new docudrama “Wheeler” follows an aspiring musician from Kaufman, Texas who travels to Nashville with dreams of becoming an outlaw country music star. Here’s the catch: Wheeler isn’t a real person, but rather actor Stephen Dorff under heavy prosthetic make up who successfully infiltrated the Music City to embark on the authentic singer-songwriter journey. In the film, the Wheeler character converses with real people in real locations and performs every musical number live, eventually interacting with real musicians like Travis Meadows, Audrey Spillman and the legendary Kris Kristofferson, Wheeler’s hero. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Ebertfest Adds Stephen Dorff Tribute, Seymour Bernstein Master Class and More

Dorff is best known for playing vampire overlord Deacon Frost opposite Wesley Snipes in the first “Blade” film, as well as the existentially lost actor Johnny Marco in Sofia Coppola’s 2010 film “Somewhere.” He also »

- Vikram Murthi

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