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    Producers to Watch: Jonathan Dana

    By guest blogger Peter Belsito:Jonathan Dana is an independent producer and former distribution executive currently at CODE Entertainment. He is known for the quality and number of his productions and his longevity in the L.A. and international film business at the highest levels.Also a good guy and friend. More than just a friend, he introduced us to the founders of Withoutabox, David Straus and Joe Neulight, in 2000. Jonathan was one of the original investors in WAB and supervised the launch of WAB with Joe and David. Six years later reminded us to give them a call. That call resulted in our joining forces which resulted in IMDb, an Am...

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    Update: Happy The Movie on Kickstarter

    A HAPPY Update! By Roko Belic

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    Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

    LALIFF kicked off its 5 day festival last night with a great audience pleaser, Venezuelan film by first time director (and writer), Marcel Rasquin, HERMANO, audience and jury prize winner from Moscow FF and rumored to be headed toward Telluride. The international sales agent EuropaCorp (whose Luc Besson was president of the Moscow jury when the film won Moscow International Film Festival's top prize, the Golden George), was uncertain that it wanted the film to show in this festival where it had been promised before EuropaCorp was in the picture. But the filmmaker must have prevailed and a packed house at Mann's Grauman Chinese was lucky to ...

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    Tax News You Must Know

    This is from "Corky" Hal Kessler of Levin Ginsberg:

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    Kickstarter and Two Pet Projects

    I've been following Happy: The Movie by the Academy Award Nominees for Genghis Blues and A Long Night's Journey into Day. As of last month they had 377 backers and had reached their fundraising goal of $33,000 (actually raised $36,238)! Check out Roco Belic's newest film here

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    Chicken and Egg Announces Grants for Women's Docs

    Melissa Silverstein posted this on her blog,Women And Hollywood on August 3, 2010.

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    Paley Doc Fest Pitch Contest $5,000 Grant

    The PaleyDocFest Pitch Contest offers a $5,000 grant, sponsored by SnagFilms, for an unfinished or work-in-progress documentary from an emerging filmmaker. The Paley Center for Media is using this contest, now in its seventh year, to choose five finalists who will pitch their unfinished films to a p...

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    Pusan fest unveils Asian Cinema Fund recipients

    Another innovation inaugurated during the tenure of KIM Dong-Ho, the retiring head of the Pusan International Film Festival are the Asian Cinema Fund Awards which were announced in July by the Pusan Film Festival. In addition to the Fund's awards, a $8,300 award is made to Asian Film Academy gradua...

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    Happy The Movie and Kickstarter's Crowdsourcing

    The latest news from Kickstarter, July 8, 2010:

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