At this year’s International Film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, a special break-out event with members of the Austin Film Festival staff will discuss the organization and operation of their annual eight day festival and conference as well as their year round events. Another break-out event, “Festivals Impact on Social Change and Culture,” a group of experienced panelists will address the impact film festivals have on the way we see the world. There will also be an Opening Cocktail Reception on the Exhibit Floor, and the “Dinner With Strangers” event at this annual event that runs December 5-7.
Every Monday, a singers search and open mic is held in Manhattan, at a noted Broadway lounge right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. A pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The showcase, “Gotta Sing!”, which continues on December 6 is open to the public, inclusive of all ages and all styles, and is produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show “How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying” shown on Time Warner Cable every Tuesday at noon on channel 56.
The One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase is another performer’s open mic, and a blend of indie music or dance, theatre, poetry, and art of a decidedly urban influence, backed by the grooves of the resident Artist DJ on the turnatables. The open jam session, preceded only by the house band, is an Open Mic acoustic-style event, and an evening of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis starting after 9:30 pm and currently being presented from a venue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Tbilisi International FilmFestival, founded in 2000, is a registered organization of “Prometheus Cinema Art Centre”. As a diverse cultural event the festival is directed toward familiarizing the Georgian public with new trends of world cinema and promoting development of the Georgian film industry. The festival is partnered by Georgian National Film Center, Ministry of culture, monuments protection and sports, Association of Independent Filmmakers of South Caucasia, Georgian Events Company, “Hot Chocolate” and “Kino” magazines. Goethe Institute together with the Georgian-German company Medea present a program of new German films “Made in Germany” on an annual basis. A French films show is also held within the framework of the festival with Dumas French Culture Centre assistance. This year’s festival runs December 6-12.
This year’s TV 3.0 Innovations in TV Content and Delivery Conference in Los Angeles, December 7-8, enables you to hear and network with over 50 expert speakers from across the TV and content value chain, who will present and debate the latest innovations in TV and content delivery. Some keynote speakers include: Verizon Communications’ Senior Vice President, Eric Bruno; President of CBS Vision, David Poltrack; ESPN Vice President, Bryan Burns. The TV Innovation Awards, Reception, Awards Presentations, and After Party, features complimentary cocktails, hor d’oeurves, carving stations, and networking.
Winter Park’s Jingle Mingle, an annual holiday event assembling Central Florida’s media and entertainment associations for the long-running holiday “Mingling”, networking, fun. entertainment, food, cash bar, silent auction and more, happens this year on December 8. The event is hosted by Women in Film & Television-Florida, and co-hosted by Digital Media Alliance Florida (DMAF), the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association (FMPTA) and Film Florida.
From December 8-10, you can gather your dancing friends and head down to a Hollywood ABC TV studio to dance (club style) on national television. This casted show is taped in advance so you can actually watch yourself on TV as you ring in the new year of 2011. Free giveaways and prizes are included in this New Year’s event to be hosted by Fergie. Noted performers scheduled to appear include: Jason Derulo, Natasha Bedingfield, Drake, Mike Posner, Far East Movement, Jennifer Hudson, La Roux, Train, Avril Lavigne, Willow Smith (featured artists subject to change). Dress code is classy to hot cocktail, and you should be prepared to submit your date of birth, and photo ID. Contact Beverly Hills based Talents Connection (talentsconnection#at#yahoo.com or 877-228-6778) for arrangements and more info.
A New York MPSE Sound Show, produced by the Motion Picture Sound Editors organization and Manhattan Edit Workshop, takes you behind the scenes of a major motion picture to understand the intricate sound work crafted by the movie’s team of audio artists. In this December 9 session the group will explore the sound design of Paramount Pictures’ Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Excerpts from the movie will be presented with special “pre-dub” mixes to illustrate the variety of elements used to create this particular sonic environment of the film.
Film Florida is a not-for-profit group that assumes a leadership role in Florida’s film and entertainment industries by representing a coalition of interests, including private industry, local film commissions, industry associations and labor organizations, holds its Quarterly Marketing and Business Meeting, December 9-10 in Key West. Working closely with the Florida Governor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, its purpose is to offer to businesses and individuals the benefits of a statewide trade association to promote the creation of jobs in the film and entertainment production industries and to promote economic development and tourism.
The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and Events” page which now has a language translation button to convert page contents into any chosen language. A look ahead into January’s event dates can help you prepare for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, opening January 6; Flickerfest 2011, opening January 7; the Sundance Film Festival opening January 20 in Park City. The latest Video News Summary presentation now running showcases the talents of: AMSTELLARDAM’s teaser for The Lonely Sound, Gilli Moon’s album release of, The Stillness, the pre-feature trailer for dark docudrama, Nitrate, GuerrillaMonster Films’ Grindhouse flick, Cigarette Girl. Past videos from the monthly video news summary are archived on the Free Home Video Showcase. Happy Holidays to all our readers from The Actor’s Checklist!