By Brian Brooks | Indiewire August 21, 2009 at 4:16AM
Rehme elected Academy Foundation chief
Robert Rehme, an Executives Branch governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was elected Tuesday night (8/18) as president of the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy.
Bruce Cohen to Produce Academy Governors Awards Gala
Producer Bruce Cohen has been tapped to produce the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ inaugural Governors Awards event on Saturday, November 14th at the Governors Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. During the evening, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award will be presented.
Los Angeles Film Critics Association gives boost to LACMA's film program
At its annual Summer meeting, the LA Film Critics Circle condemned the LA County Museum of Art's dissolution of its film program: The Los Angeles Film Critics Association deplores the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s decision to suspend its long-standing and invaluable repertory screening program and to remove its gifted program director, Ian Birnie, from its full-time staff. For more than 40 years, this series has been essential to the interests of Los Angeles’ diverse filmgoing and filmmaking communities, providing a unique, centrally located resource for the study and appreciation of world and Hollywood cinema through the decades. In the international movie capital, it is brutally ironic that this indispensable program should be suspended at a time when the serious study of films and filmmaking — particularly on large screens, in 35mm prints — is threatened everywhere.
"Sari Soldiers" to screen at inaugural Sausalito Film Festival
The film focuses on the sari-clad women who fought on both sides of Nepal’s brutal 10-year civil war, which killed nearly 13,000 and displaced at least 100,000 by its end in 2006. It won Bridgham the 2008 Nestor Almendros Prize for courage and commitment at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and will be presented by the director at the Sausalito Film Festival on Saturday, August 22. SF360 reports.
Film Sales Company boards worldwide rights to Joan Baez doc for Toronto
Andrew Herwitz’s Film Sales Company has secured worldwide sales rights to Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound ahead of its Toronto premiere. Jeremy Kay reports for Screen Daily.
Mickey Rourke: Sport helped me pick myself up
Mickey Rourke blames himself for being out of spotlight for over a decade but says his early interest in sports gave him a spirit that allowed him to pick himself up. The 57-year-old actor confessed to an audience at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Thursday that he was out of work for almost 14 years because he did "not behave properly, like a professional, I wasn't real responsible." He said he blames himself for ruining the first part of his career. AP reports.
First-ever video ads to appear in US magazine
CBS announced it will promote a new line-up of television shows with the first video ad to ever be published in a magazine. Video-in-Print (VIP) ads in the September 18th issue of Entertainment Weekly will play samples of the US television network's coming shows and will also promote Pepsi Max soft drinks. AFP reports.