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Kurosawa Dies; Miramax Picks Up “Sundowning”; IMAGE Teaches Kids

Kurosawa Dies; Miramax Picks Up "Sundowning"; IMAGE Teaches Kids

Teaches Kids

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>> Kurosawa Dies

Legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa died on Sunday at the age of
88. According to The Associated Press, an official of Kurosawa Film
stated that the cause of death was stroke. In his fifty-plus
year of filmmaking, Kurosawa directed thirty films, including many which
gained him worldwide recognition as a master director. In 1950 Kurosawa
directed “Rashomon,” the film that earned him worldwide fame, winning
the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1951, winning his second with
Dersu Uzala” in 1975. In addition, he was the first Japanese director
to win a special Oscar for lifetime achievement. Among his other films
widely considered classics were “The Seven Samurai” (the basis for “The
Magnificent Seven
“), “Yojimbo,” which inspired “A Fistful of Dollars
and “Kagemusha.”

>>Miramax Picks Up “Sundowning”

Miramax Films has acquired the North American rights to the Allan Aaron
Katz-penned film “Sundowning,” from Total Film Group. The film is set to
begin production in October in Vancouver with John Asher directing and
Patricia Green producing. “Sundowning” will star Kirk Douglas and Dan
Aykroyd, and involves a grandfather and his son and grandson on a road
trip in search of love, sex and thirteen magic diamonds. During the
trip, each man comes to terms with his relationship with the other two.
The deal was negotiated for Miramax by Senior VP for Acquisitions and
Co-production Jason Blum and Senior VP for Acquisitions and Business
Affairs Andrew Herwitz, for Total Film Group by Chairman and CEO Gerald
Green and David Wolf and by CAA on behalf of Douglas, Aykroyd and Katz.

>>In The Hands Of Babes: IMAGE To Teach Kids Video Production

IMAGE Film and Video Center in Atlanta, in community partnership with
the West End Performing Arts Center is expanding their Future in Film
Outreach Program, enabling IMAGE to conduct a hand-on video production
class with children.. Targeted to junior-high and high school students,
the program is designed to showcase the opportunities available in the
fields of video and film. IMAGE will work with educators to bring
working professionals into classrooms to lecture on topics such as film
and video history, theory and production, among others. In October,
IMAGE and the West End Performing Arts Center will present a six-part
video production class for students aged 10-15 years-old. In the class,
the students will write, produce and edit a group video project. [For
more information about the program, please call (404) 765-6464]

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