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A Record 33 Teams Turn Out for the 48 Hours Sacramento 2011!

SCRAMENTO March 4th (CFF) —

Over 100 hundred would be participants turned out on a rainy night in March of 2011 to take part in the Cast and Crew Call for the 48 Hour Film Festival known as "48 Hours Sacramento". In addition a record 33 teams started the contest with 24 actually crossing the finish line for a completed film!


This program will be a part of the Sacramento Film Festival premiering April April 9th 2011 at the Beautiful, newly restored Crocker art museum. Due to the amazing number of entries, for the first time, the program will be split into two halves with the second half running on April 12th at the Artisan. Please go to our website for details @


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California Film Updates 7-7-10

Greetings members of California Film Foundation.

This is your summer update for 7-7-10. The Foundation is growing by leaps and we have our members to thank. here is an update on some exciting activities:

1) July 31st we'll screen the musical fantasy film CHARLIE'S CLOSET by Sac Film Fest alum and teen phenom Spencer Reed. Watch for a SPECIAL INVITATION but this exciting film and music event will knock your sox off. Hard to believe the director/writer is just 18!

2) July 16th is our annual SUMMER PARTY (Sacramento). This EXCLUSIVE networking mixer is a great way to have fun and meet your fellow filmmakers. More detail and a special RSVP list to come but please mark the date.

3) Our director, Martin Anaya is bulding a new Media Lab at his other place of business, Pacifica Community TV. This will mean a tremendous opportunity for our bay area friends to learn/create and will compliment the new California Film TV show (yes we said TV). Watch for more detail. The show will feature a LIVE studio audience so we'll look forward to seeing YOU there.

4) (LA) Fresh off the successful June event, our friend and mentor Marc Clebanoff will be again doing an INDIE CON. Please watch for more detail as it becomes available. Indi Con is where independent producers learn their craft from the Hollywood titans. If you're in the LA vicinity don't miss the next one. This is for serious folks like YOU!

Many more exciting developments to report in all regions (including So Cal). Please stay tuned. Meanwhile, please check back to the site frequently as we are updating with much film and media news that impacts you.

CFF Admin

PS- Please contact us if you'd like to become a writer and/or contributing editor. Your insights and support are extremely valuable.

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Dan Rather on What the Comcast-NBC/Universal Deal Might Mean for NBC News By Chris Ariens on Dec 01, 2009 03:56 PMDan Rather was here at this morning for our Media Beat series. TVNewser's Gail Shister asked Rather what he thought the Comcast-NBCU deal would mean for NBC News. See what he said here:
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Turner Classic Movies takes Us To School

Turner Classic Movies Sounds the Trumpet for Hollywood Epics With Latest A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES Special One-Hour Film-Genre Specials from Dreamworks Television Continue Sunday, Dec. 20, With A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE GIGANTIC WORLD OF EPICS, Part of a 24-Hour Marathon of Classic Big-Screen Spectacles With spectacular images parading across the screen and stories from the greatest literary and historical sources of all time, epics have been a staple of cinema since its earliest days. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is devoting the second of its ongoing series of one-hour A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES specials to THE GIGANTIC WORLD OF EPICS, premiering Sunday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. (ET). The special will premiere as part of a 24-hour salute to epics that will include such films as Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ben-Hur (1959) and the 1927 and 1961 versions of King of Kings. A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES is an all-new collection of one-hour specials that provide a Film Studies 101 look at top cinematic genres. In October, TCM premiered THE SUSPENSEFUL WORLD OF THRILLERS to great critical acclaim. The special aired as part of a month-long festival of classic chillers. Future installments will include looks at other genres, from horror films to comedies to romantic dramas. The specials come to TCM from DreamWorks Television, with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (Las Vegas, TNT’s Into the West) serving as executive producers. THE GIGANTIC WORLD OF EPICS was written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker and author Laurent Bouzereau, who also helmed TCM’s October special on thrillers. A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE GIGANTIC WORLD OF EPICS will look at Hollywood’s biggest screen spectaculars from all sides, including the genre’s beginnings, literary adaptations, great epic directors and actors, the challenges of making big-budget movies, classic set-pieces and epic music scores. The special also looks at how the genre fell out of favor with audiences and filmmakers in the ‘70s and ‘80s, only to be reborn with more recent films like Gladiator, Dances with Wolves, Braveheart and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Throughout, the special is packed with classic scenes and behind-the-scenes images from such films as The Birth of a Nation, Gone with the Wind, The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, Samson & Delilah, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, El Cid and King of Kings. The special will feature interviews with such figures as TCM host Robert Osborne; filmmakers Jean-Jacques Annaud (Quest for Fire), Kenneth Branagh (Henry V), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Prince of Egypt), John Milius (The Wind and the Lion), and Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan); author Kenneth Follett (Pillars of the Earth); actors Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia) and Martin Landau (Cleopatra); stuntmen Loren James (The Ten Commandments) and Diamond Farnsworth (Pearl Harbor); production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas (Elizabeth: The Golden Age); assistant director Michael Stevenson (Doctor Zhivago); film historians Gary Allen Smith, Melvyn Stokes and Rudy Behlmer; and biographer Natasha Fraser Cavasoni. Also included are reminiscences from director Fraser Heston, son of Charlton Heston; Cecilia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of epic filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille; William Bronston, son of producer Samuel Bronston; and Nina Mann, daughter of director Anthony Mann. A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE GIGANTIC WORLD OF EPICS will premiere as part of a 24-hour marathon of big-screen spectacles. The following is a complete schedule: Sunday, Dec. 20 6 a.m. Raintree County (1957), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint. 9:30 a.m. How the West Was Won (1962), starring Henry Fonda, Carroll Baker, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Carolyn Jones, Eli Wallach, Robert Preston, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, John Wayne and Richard Widmark. 12:30 p.m. Doctor Zhivago (1965), starring Julie Christie, Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger, Tom Courtenay and Alec Guinness. 4 p.m. Ben-Hur (1959), starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet and Hugh Griffith. 8 p.m. A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (World Premiere) 9 p.m. King of Kings (1961), starring Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield and Ron Randell. Midnight King of Kings (1927), starring H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming and Ernest Torrence. 3 a.m. Children of Paradise (1945), starring Arletty and Jean-Louis Barrault. Laurent Bouzereau has written, directed and produced many documentaries on the making of films of some of the world’s most acclaimed directors, including Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, and many others. He has also written or co-written eleven books on cinema, including The Art of Bond and the upcoming Hitchcock: Piece by Piece. DreamWorks Television is currently in production on seasons five and six of Rescue Me and season two of United States of Tara for Showtime, starring Toni Collette. The company is also set to begin production on a TNT pilot, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle, about a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. In the longform arena, DreamWorks Television and co-production partner Playtone are in post production on The Pacific for HBO. The division previously produced the Emmy award-winning Band of Brothers as well as the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Into the West for TNT and the Emmy award-winning Taken for the SciFi Channel. Other past DreamWorks Television projects include Spin City, Father of the Pride, Freaks and Geeks, The Job, Boomtown, Undeclared, On the Lot, Contender, Wedding Day, Carpoolers and Las Vegas. Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network celebrating 15 years of presenting great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 80 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM, a part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., also produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, along with hosting a wealth of materials at its Web site, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world. -30-
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Community Radio News November

The Local Community Radio Act continues to move quickly through Congress! On Thursday, November 19 at 10 AM, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation will vote on the bill (S.592). Building on the unanimous passage out of the Energy & Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives, this progress in the Senate is the next step towards passage. Help us win this important victory for community media! For more information about the campaign and to sign up for email alerts, check out: Would your community benefit from a non-commercial radio station that features your neighbors' voices and broadcasts local news, music, and public affairs? Well, for a few communities across the country, now may be the opportunity to start such a station. The FCC is opening up another window for Full Power Non-Commercial Educational (NCE) licenses from February 19-26, 2010. Unlike the last NCE window, these licenses are only available in 65 specific locations across the country. For more information and to find out if there is a radio frequency available near you, click here.
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