OscarsSoWhite, but change is coming

In response to the backlash over this being the second year in a row with not a single person of color being nominated for an acting award, the Academy has taken action. When Cheryl Boone Isaacs was appointed to the possition of president, she made a commitment to open up membership and reach out to minorities as well as younger filmmakers. The idea was to have the voting members better reflect the industry as well as the viewing public. Despite her living up to her promise and increasing minority’s membership by more that any single year, the nominations were as white as ever.

The Academy has instituted a variety of  new rules include a commitment to doubling the number of women and minorities in the academy by 2020 as well as, for the first time, limiting lifetime voting rights.

“It’s the right thing to do,” academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in an interview Friday. “We’ve been a more than predominantly white institution for a long time. We thought, we’ve got to change this and reflect the community much better.”

In other years, perhaps there was a single “Black film” for people to rally around, this year there were top-notch performances in a number of films, that could have resulted in dividing the vote. That said, Hollywood should be able to easily support any number of quality films, and clearly there were several performances that deserved recognition, a number of which made my list.

Lane J. lubell


Rubber Sole

Rubber Sole.

A review by Lane J. Lubell of  a film that took a special film award at TCFF.

I attended the opening film, which this year was the Spanish language film La Grand Family After a Michael Moore took the stage to welcome the opening to the festival’s 10th year, he offered a touching tribute to his recently deceased father, featuring a compilation of clips of his bit parts in Michael’s movies

. After introducing board members, —- who played —– came out onto the stage to introduce the film, she also returned at its conclusion to take questions. Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, directs a charming tale of a family of five brothers gathered together on the day of the youngest brother’s wedding. If 18 seems a bit young for people to get married, it’s important to understand the film opens with his surprise public proposal which took place in a classroom eight years earlier this s even is not only heartwarmingly cute, serves to provide needed background as well sets in place a critical plot line. The intertwining stories of each family member, reveals the inevitable sibling rivalries but also a few unexpected turns as the wedding ceremony is delayed by the father’s Heath all this occurs on the same day Spain is playing in the final game in the World Cup.

Searching for Sugar Man

I am heart-sick over the news that Malik Bendjelloul, the director whose documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” won an academy award last year, has killed himself. The Swedish film director was just 36 years old and left behind a grieving family that called him a man who “chased the world for stories to tell.”
“Searching for Sugar Man” won major awards from the Oscars to the writers guilds, as well as awards at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie also gave Sugar Man Rodriguez back the life in the spotlight he so richly deserves. He opened my eyes to a great talent who’s music moves me despite me being just 18 yrs old, and I have had the good fortune of being able to see him perform live twice. Once was at a concert, but the first was at the Traverse City Film Festival when he surprised the audience by performing a few songs after the showing of the film “Searching for Sugar Man.”

I also count myself lucky that I got to meet Malik Bendjelloul while working at the festival. I do not understand what drives one to kill them-self, but I saw nothing that game me any insight as to why he would have taken his own life. He was talented, personable modest and kind. His death is a great loss.

Lane J. Lubell

Searching for Sugar Man.

Cockneys VS Zombies

No one could ever accuse this film of false pretenses, the name clearly describes both its plot as well as the tone.

Review Cockneys VS Zombies.

Much ado About Nothing

Much ado About Nothing.

Unhung Heroes

A film documenting one mans quest to enlarge his penis.
Yep, that’s what this film is about..

Unhung Heroes.

Traverse City Film Festival 2013

Traverse City Film Festival 2013.

This is the second year I have had the opportunity to be part of the team documenting this year’s Traverse City film festival. My experience last year was so positive that I was quite happy to hear I was able to return.

Life imitates Art…..

Cannes JewelryThe Cannes Film Festival, last night, was the scene of a crime truly worthy of it’s own screenplay. Guardian UK, reported that over One-million dollars worth of jewelry, designed by Chopard was stolen.

The jewelry was to be worn by celebrities to, get this, the premiere of  Sofia Coppola’s film
“The Bling Ring. “The police report states that the jewels had been in a security box, located in the hotel room of one Chopard’s employees. One, we assume was sent to assure the expensive items were handed-out to, and then returned from, the celebrities.
French police say the security box containing several pieces from the Swiss luxury jeweler’s collection, was smashed and hauled out of the room the employees.

The Giant Mechanical Man

Directed by Lee Kirk
Story by Lee Kirk & Jenna Fischer* (uncredited)
Screenplay by Lee Kirk

Cast: Jenna Fisher: Janice, Chris Messina: Tim Topher Grace: Doug Malin Akerman: Jill Rich Sommer: Brian
Lucy Punch: Pauline Sarab Kamoo: Sonia Bob Odenkirk: Mark

This is a fantastically quirky comedy. The movie, which was shot entirely in 19 days in Detroit MI for under a million dollars, was written by Lee Kirk after Jenna Fischer hired him to write a romantic comedy for her to star in. However, thanks to Fischer’s great decision to hire Kirk, for whom she would later marry, they ended up with a very high quality product, both in writing and as a film overall.

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via The Giant Mechanical Man.

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