Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories

​Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories 2017 – Four Journeys
Event: Friday Apr. 28, 2017

Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories continues with a screening of Four Journeys by filmmaker Teresa H. Mular and a screening of Ellis Island Hospital by filmmaker Delphine Darmency.

This free screening series of work by women filmmakers showcases a themed exhibition of short and feature-length films that focuses on the immigrant experience throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Date: Friday, April 28th, 2017

Time: 6:30PM

Location: Kaufman Astoria Studios, Zukor Theater (34-12 36th Street, Astoria NY 11106)

Directions:

From Manhattan: Take the M train to Steinway Street

From Brooklyn or Queens: Take the F train (towards Jamaica -179St) then take the M train to Steinway Street

Screening followed by a Q&A and reception with the filmmakers.

Free Admission. RSVP in advance to reserve seats.

HTC Expands Vive Financing Program – Get a Headset and VR PC Interest Free

Announced today via the official Vive blog, HTC now has three VR bundles available with 6, 12, and 24-month financing plans in an effort to help customers afford the high upfront cost of the system and the required hardware. Bundles now include the option of a graphics card, laptop, or desktop PC to compliment the Vive system. This adds to the existing financing options for the Vive itself, which can bring the cost down to $40 per month for the $800 hardware.

Spreading the cost of expensive VR hardware over several months could make a more manageable entry point for some customers, particularly if they are also in need of additional horsepower to meet the required PC specifications. Following the financing options introduced for Vive hardware in February, allowing regular payments across 6 to 24 months, comes three new options that include ‘VR Ready’ PC hardware. The 6 and 12 month payment plans are offered interest free via PayPal financing options, while the 24 month option will add an 8% APR to the total cost.

VR GPU Bundle

Firstly, the Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card, one of the most-recommended choices for a VR PC upgrade, can be purchased with a Vive system for $1,000 for a limited time (until April 24th), or $49 per month for 24 months. Vive says this is a $200 discount compared to buying them separately

VR Laptop Bundle

For those looking for a brand new VR-capable PC, the MSI GS73VR laptop is the second hardware bundle with a Vive system for $125 per month. This desktop-replacement laptop has a clear gaming and performance focus, with a large 17.3” display favouring low latency over resolution, running at 1080p and 120Hz. Its GTX 1060 GPU and i7 CPU means it comfortably meets the ‘VR Ready’ minimum specifications, making it an ideal ‘portable Vive machine’.

VR Desktop Bundle

The final Vive bundle is a Cyberpower GXi970 desktop PC for ‘less than $99 a month’. Its key specifications of a modern Kaby Lake i5-7600 CPU and GTX 1070 GPU mean that it is capable of high performance in VR, albeit not at the very top end.

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As noted in the blog, every Vive purchase receives bundled VR titles—currently Richie’s Plank Experience and Everest VR—and one-month free to the Viveport Subscription service.

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HBO Doc Legend Sheila Nevins Enlists A-Listers for Her Revealing Biography

HBO Doc Legend Sheila Nevins Enlists A-Listers for Her Revealing Biography

Nevins opens up on women in the workplace and the challenges with deep-pocketed cable rivals and streaming competitors who now have “Monopoly money.”

Sheila Nevins is seated in the kitchen of her apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, recounting the horror of her mother’s funeral. “It was all wrong,” she says, rattling off the lies the rabbi told all those years ago: “He said she was a child of God, that [she] was this wonderful mother, that she had embraced a full life …” Nodding to the galley of her forthcoming book on the table, You Don’t Look Your Age … and Other Fairy Tales, Nevins adds, “So, maybe that’s what this is all about — making sure I get it right in case anyone is interested.”

At 78, the woman who has made a career of urging others to share their most intimate experiences — she has headed HBO’s documentary division since 1979 — is finally ready to cough up some of her own. Though certain stories are dramatized, and at least a few characters have been given fictional names, Nevins’ collection of poems and essays explores such things as her son’s battle with Tourette’s syndrome and her mother’s struggle with Raynaud’s disease, which left her without an arm and leg. Tales of infidelity, Viagra and plastic surgery fill out the volume, which is being released May 2 by Flatiron Books. Nevins would prefer you listen to the audio version, however, for which she enlisted an A-list roster of readers that includes Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham and Gloria Vanderbilt. (Before her death in December, Carrie Fisher, another friend, had planned to read two chapters.)

The only chapter Nevins doesn’t seem entirely at ease discussing is one titled “Advice to Women in a Male-Dominated Workplace,” though she coyly acknowledges, “Women like that one.” Among its pearls of wisdom, which are dispensed via a fictional narrator: “Menstrual cramps do not cramp, menopause never happens” and “learn to assure your boss/bosses that you have mastered the art of having it all.”

When asked if it’s still hard being a woman in the workplace, Nevins says, “It will always be hard.” Suggest that it doesn’t seem to have gotten in her way, and the native New Yorker howls: “Oh, it’s definitely gotten in my way,” before launching into a monologue that easily could have been a chapter in her book. “I never took a giant step because I was afraid I would lose what I have. What would that giant step have been? Move into narrative? Go to Hollywood? I was afraid, and it was never offered. And I was so grateful to have a salary. I drew a circle, and I worked within that circle and made it the most important thing in my life.”

By all objective measures, the married mother of one with degrees from Barnard and Yale did so to great success. Nevins is often touted as a pioneer of the modern-day documentary, with HBO having won 26 Oscars on her watch. But her job has grown more challenging with fresh competition from cable rivals and deep-pocketed streaming services Netflix and Amazon. “There was a film at Sundance that went for $4 million that I thought was worth $150,000,” she says, stopping short of naming the doc. “In the old days, anyway. Now people have Monopoly money.”

This story first appeared in the April 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


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Asian-American Films Touch on Family, Society at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival – NBCNews.com

Asian-American Films Touch on Family, Society at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
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Since it was founded in 2002, thousands of filmmakers from around the world have come to the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City to screen and celebrate their work. Here are films featuring Asian-American and Asian filmmakers and casts or focus on …

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The Great Resolution Debate: Is 8K the Future of Filmmaking?

This might be the year that filmmakers start noticing some gray hairs and wrinkles on their 4K cameras.

For the past three or four years, all that filmmakers and gearheads have been talking about is 4K. Every time a new camera would come out, the questions on everyone’s mind would be whether or not it shot in 4K and if it did, could it do so internally. But now that it’s more or less an expectation for consumers, the chatter about 4K has died down some, which makes many wonder about the higher resolution that is waiting on the horizon, when it will make it into town, and whether or not it should be welcomed.

In this video, Matt Granger discusses the evolution of video resolution, its possible future, and why filmmakers should be ready and willing to adopt 8K when it finally trickles down the market and becomes more affordable.

Whether you spend camera launch days standing in line with a fistful of hundos or quietly petting your fossilized mini-DVs, there’s no doubt that technology continues, and will always continue to advance. Even if not everyone shows up to the party at the same time, they all eventually get there, whether it’s the hoards of camera companies churning out 4K shooter after 4K shooter or TV manufacturers unveiling screens that can handle all of the extra resolution.

Perhaps that’s the reason why last year’s NAB was so—boring and responsible. Instead of rolling out a bunch of flashy new cameras, almost every gear manufacturer revealed that they’d been beefing up their current lines and putting in some serious work under the hood, which was coincidentally perfect timing given that RED unveiled their 8K Helium sensor about three months later.

Could that mean that NAB 2017 will be all about 8K? Maybe, but whether 8K is really landing this year or not, it’s important to ask yourself if you’re going to adopt it or stick with what you’ve got. Granger makes a lot of great points in the video, but in the end it’s about your preferences and needs as a filmmaker.
     


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Threat of writers’ strike hovers over Hollywood – CNNMoney


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Threat of writers’ strike hovers over Hollywood
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In true Hollywood fashion, the threat of a strike by the Writers Guild of America against the major studios looks like it’s going to be a cliffhanger. The writers and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers issued a brief statement late
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Tensions Mount as Hollywood Braces for a Possible Writers’ Strike …Vanity Fair
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For Tribeca Film Fest, a New Political Moment to Reconcile – U.S. News & World Report


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For Tribeca Film Fest, a New Political Moment to Reconcile
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NEW YORK (AP) — Political currents have always flowed through the Tribeca Film Festival, founded in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. But this year, the festival has a slightly pugnacious edge to counter the policies of its midtown neighbor, President
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‘Krypton’ Trailer: Superman’s Granddaddy Gets His Own SyFy Series

krypton trailer

It’s been a few years since writer/producer David S. Goyer set out to make Krypton, a television series for SyFy that follows the grandfather of Kal-El (better known as Clark Kent, and even better known as Superman) a few centuries before his planet is destroyed. You know, as seen/referenced in just about every Superman movie. It’s been a little while since we’ve heard any major updates about the show, but now a trailer has arrived, giving us a look at what appears to be a very ambitious television show…and one that looks to be very much set in the DC Extended Universe.

The parade of surnames that should prove familiar to DC comic book fans begins with Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather, presented here as a young and handsome (in that The CW-ish way) scientist/spy/adventurer/politician/whatever the show probably needs him to be. He’s in a relationship with Georgina Campbell‘s Lyta Zod, whose last name tells you that she’s probably up to no good. Game of Thrones veteran Ian McElhinney is on hand as Val-El, Seg’s grandfather.

And here’s the trailer, which looks very slick and looks to be very much set on the Krypton established in the prologue of Man of Steel.

While I have mixed opinions on the overall quality of the DCEU, the early Man of Steel sequences set on Krypton are my favorites scenes in a movie I really do enjoy. The blend of science fiction and gonzo fantasy is a far cry from the pristine and shiny alien world of Richard Donner’s Superman and I vividly recall saying that I would love a prequel film following Russell Crowe’s Jor-El. Well, this series is now here to put my money where my mouth is.

It’s too early to tell if this show will be good or not, but it certainly looks handsomely made, with production qualities that appear to edge out the other DC comic book shows seen on The CW and Fox. Of course, the best of those shows have won their fans through colorful storytelling and likable characters, elements that a 90 second trailer can never really get across. At its best, I can imagine this series tapping into the same fandom that has embraced Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica.

Krypton doesn’t have a release date yet (and SyFy has not to order a complete first season), but we should get our first look at it at some point this year.

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Tribeca Film Festival gets rebooted after attendance plummeted in 2016 and fewer visitors seem to want to see movies – Crain’s New York Business


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Tribeca Film Festival gets rebooted after attendance plummeted in 2016 and fewer visitors seem to want to see movies
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When the Tribeca Film Festival opens on April 19, there will be significantly fewer films and more virtual reality projects, TV programs and video games—a year after the event experienced a dramatic drop in attendance. “Early on, the goal was to


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