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June 2019 Events Calendar

June 2019 Events Calendar

Start your summer off right! We’ve got your June weekends mapped out with classes, film festivals, movie screenings and more!

MAY 31-JUNE 2

CLASSES AND Q&As

Small Group Sessions: Headshots  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Headshots are an actors’ calling card, but is it a professional picture that matches how the buyers see you? Does your picture accurately communicate the product that is being sold? In this session we will discuss what your headshot is communicating and if that matches with what is coming into the audition room.

Voiceover Lab: Sylvia Villagran’s Next Level Commercial VO –  (Los Angeles, CA) This class will focus on various aspects of voicing commercials. You will work on breaking down copy, putting direction into action, learning techniques to help your voiceovers shine and gain insights about how to better navigate the commercial VO space. Arrive with questions for the Q&A portion and be ready to have a good time. This class is best suited for the beginner-novice level voiceover performer.

National Geographic Contenders Showcase –  (Los Angeles, CA) A one-of-a-kind outdoor experience and concert celebrating the talent behind the scenes of our 2019 contenders. Experience Alex Honnold’s epic and heart-racing climb of El Capitan in FREE SOLO through a picture and sound editing demo and a special book signing with the inspiring climber himself. Get up close to some furry (and not so furry) friends in the HOSTILE PLANET animal exhibit and VR experience. Chill out with the LIFE BELOW ZERO producers and cinematographers as you’re treated to a glacial facial – a unique cryo-spa activity. Get a tattoo from henna artists and create your own religious charm as you talk to the producers of THE STORY OF GOD. Reminisce as you play with nostagic ’90s arcade games inspired by VALLEY OF THE BOOM. Get a look behind the scenes of the thrilling new limited series THE HOT ZONE.

With Morgan Freeman as our host, join National Geographic talent as musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic take the stage for a visual musical celebration of our contenders, including the white-knuckled final moments of FREE SOLO; THE FLOOD, brilliantly narrated by Angela Bassett; and select epic, sweeping scenes from HOSTILE PLANET.

FILM FESTIVALS

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival –  (Brooklyn, NY) Founded in 2011, AoBFF is the ONLY international, independent festival in the world exclusively devoted to Brooklyn’s vibrant film and media scene. We accept work from all over the world, as long as it’s connected to the borough in some way (e.g. cast/crew, production, content, theme, setting, etc.) AoBFF is a creative hub, platform and showcase for independent film and media makers in Brooklyn and around the world. We partner with film distributors and media organizations, host world-class talkbacks, and create innovative programming for networking and skill building. And we screen in state-of-the-art theaters for enthusiastic audiences across Brooklyn.

MOVIE PREMIERES

Rocketman –  A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.  Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, and Richard Madden.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters –  The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. Starring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown.

Ma  –  A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host. Starring Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, and Juliette Lewis.

 

JUNE 7-9

CLASSES AND Q&As

Computer Lab: Intro to Photoshop Elements  –  (New York, NY) The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is offering an introductory Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 class at the NY Computer Lab. This two-hour class is for SAG-AFTRA members interested in learning image editing using Photoshop Elements. This class is not an introduction on how to use a computer, so basic computer skills are needed. In this class, you will learn the basics of how the program works and some of the basic functions used in Photoshop Elements 14. Included in this class will be how to import files, retouch, color correct, resize, and export to a JPEG file for the web.

Casting Access: Jessica Daniels –  (Chicago, IL) During this hour and 45 min class, actors will be given cold read materials and given the opportunity to rehearse and then perform for an experience casting professional. If you have any questions for Jessica, please attend the Q&A after class. Jessica Daniels, CSA, is an Emmy Award-winning TV and Film casting director. Credits include: 3O ROCK (NBC), DEADBEAT (Hulu), SINGLE PARENTS (ABC), PROVEN INNOCENT (Fox), THE RESIDENT (Fox), FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC), LIFE IN PIECES (CBS), ACS: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE (F/X), ACS: THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON (F/X), and GENIUS: EINSTEIN (NatGeo).

Casting Access: Jennifer Euston –  (Chicago, IL) Jennifer Euston will be offering 5-minute meetings from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Confirmed participants will be sent their time slot closer to class. During your 5 minutes with Jennifer, you will get to perform a short monologue and look over your materials. Due to the nature of the class, there is no time for questions. If you have any questions for Jennifer, please attend the Q&A on Saturday morning. Jennifer Euston’s credits include several movies and TV shows, of all shapes and sizes, including Girls, Orange Is the New Black, G.L.O.W., VEEP, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the recent feature Can You Ever Forgive Me? 

FILM FESTIVALS

Chicago Underground Film Festival –  (Chicago, IL) The Chicago Underground Film Festival, presented by IFP Chicago, is dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Now in our 26th year, The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is an internationally recognized program providing a venue for documentary, experimental and avant-garde narrative film and video. Widely recognized as a world-class event, the festival showcases the best in new American and international cinema and provides the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers and emerging talent from around the world. The longest running underground film festival in the world, CUFF features five days of screenings, nightly parties and live music, informal panel discussions, and other community-building events.

African Film Festival  –  (Berkley, CA) This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora.

Seattle International Film Festival  –  (Seattle, WA) Welcome to the 45th Seattle International Film Festival, showcasing more than 400 films from nearly 90 countries to 140,000+ attendees over 25 days (May 16 – June 9, 2019).

MOVIE PREMIERES

Dark Phoenix  –  Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. Starring Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy.

The Secret Life of Pets 2  –  Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. Starring Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, and Harrison Ford.

Late Night  –  A late-night talk-show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show. Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, and John Lithgow.

Abduction  –  Quinn steps out of a park fountain in Vietnam with no recollection of who he is or where he came from. As he wanders through the city, piecing together clues to his past, he is relentlessly pursued by mysteriously dangerous figures. Starring Scott Adkins, Andy On, and Truong Ngoc Anh.

 

JUNE 14-16

FILM FESTIVALS

San Francisco Black Film Festival  –  (San Francisco, CA) Our mission is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished by presenting Black films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, and providing film artists from the bay area in particular and around the world in general, a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. SFBFF believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Georgia Film Festival  –  (Oakwood, Georgia) The Georgia Film Festival is a three-day film festival hosted by the University of North Georgia on its Gainesville campus. GFF celebrates filmmakers and works made in the state of Georgia. Attendees will see independent films from Georgia and around the world, as well as learn from industry experts through panels and workshops. Filmmakers get to showcase their work and build relationships. Students who contribute to hosting the event develop a wide range of leadership and organizational skills. The Georgia Film Festival also helps to increase the visibility of the university, the Communication, Media & Journalism department, and the Georgia film community.

MOVIE PREMIERES

Men in Black: International  –  The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Starring Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, and Rebecca Ferguson.

The Dead Don’t Die  –  The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Alyssa Maria App.

Shaft  –  John Shaft Jr., a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Alexandra Shipp, and Avan Jogia.

American Woman  –  A woman raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing. Starring Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and Sienna Miller.

 

JUNE 21-23

CLASSES AND Q&As

Small Group Sessions: Representation –  (Los Angeles, CA) Building one’s team is an important component of an actor’s career. This small group session will cover what an actor has to keep in mind when looking to add a commercial agent, theatrical agent, and manager to their team.

Small Group Sessions: The Branding Workshop  –  (Los Angeles, CA) This twenty person workshop serves to aid the actor in understanding how people see them, the type of feeling people receive from them and how they might be cast. The workshop uses the categories of visual, essence, stereotypes and profession. This is a three-hour event and participants must stay for the entire workshop. Please note how you dress for this workshop will factor into your results. Actors are recommended to attend this workshop two to three times per year, each time in a different look. This workshop was inspired by the creation of Kevin E. West – Founder, The Actors’ Network.

FILM FESTIVALS

AFI DOCS Film Festival  –  (Washington DC) AFI DOCS is the nation’s documentary film festival known for showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from the US and around the world. AFI DOCS is also the only film festival in the United States that offers the unique opportunity to connect film audiences with national opinion leaders, filmmakers, and intriguing film subjects. With conversations and experiences you won’t experience at any other film festival, AFI DOCS harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change. Screenings during this annual five-day event take place in landmark venues in Washington, DC and the world-class AFI Silver Theatre, the independent film hub of the metropolitan region.

SeriesFest  –  (Denver, CO) SeriesFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to championing artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling. With year-round educational programs, initiatives supporting underserved voices, and professional development opportunities, SeriesFest inspires, educates, and connects a worldwide community of creators. Each June, SeriesFest culminates in a highly-curated and celebrated Denver-based festival and marketplace. Dedicated to showcasing innovative episodic content, the annual festival also includes a musical performance and network screening at the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre, in-competition independent pilot screenings, panels, workshops, live reads, parties, and network television premieres.

MOVIE PREMIERES

Toy Story 4 –  When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. Starring Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, and Tom Hanks.

Child’s Play  –  A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, and Tim Matheson.

Anna –  Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. Starring Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, and Luke Evans.

The Command  –  The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them. Starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, and Peter Simonischek.

Wild Rose  –  A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star. Starring Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, and Jane Patterson.

 

JUNE 28-30

CLASSES AND Q&As

Small Group Sessions: REPRESENTATION  –  (Los Angeles, CA)  Building one’s team is an important component of an actor’s career. This small group session will cover what an actor has to keep in mind when looking to add a commercial agent, theatrical agent, and manager to their team. Please bring a pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

Small Group Sessions: THE AUDITION  –  (Los Angeles, CA) The audition is not only how one prepares the material. It is also about the mindset actors have about auditioning, how they conduct themselves in the room and how they let it go. This session will cover the many ways actors can prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the audition. Please bring a pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

MOVIE PREMIERES

Yesterday –  A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James, and Sophia Di Martino.

Ophelia  –  A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia’s perspective. Starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, and George MacKay.

 

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Cannes Up-and-Comers

Cannes Up-and-Comers

As those who follow the film festival world know, events like Cannes (which runs through Saturday) can go a long way toward putting not just directors and studios on the map but actors too. And this year is no different as the annual confab in the south of France races past the halfway point, shining its light on a constellation of up-and-coming talent.

Here are a handful of performers making waves on the other side of the pond—and where they came from:

 

Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)

Hot off of “Rocketman’s” world premiere at Cannes, Egerton, 29, is already earning raves for his portrayal of the young Elton John. The native Brit gained recognition in the British television series “The Smoke” and in the 2014 action-comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service” along with its 2017 sequel. But reportedly, Egerton’s getting cast in “Rocketman” had a threefold purpose. One, there was an undeniable physical resemblance between him and his subject; two, he got to be friends with Elton a few years ago and received his blessing to portray him; and three, he’s got genuine pipes and needed no lip-syncing as Rami Malek did in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The most famous real-life individual Egerton portrayed prior to this was legendary ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in the 2016 feature “Eddie the Eagle.” But if you check out the “Rocketman” trailer, the actor’s work and look are downright uncanny.

 

Leyna Bloom

Leyna Bloom (“Port Authority”)

What a story Bloom is. As the star of “Port Authority,” she is the first transgender actress of color to star in a film at Cannes. What’s more amazing, it’s her first-ever role. Born in Chicago to a Filipina mother and an African-American father, Bloom, 25, transitioned in her early teens following her mother’s deportation and her father’s decision to support the transition. After giving up a dance scholarship to the Chicago Academy for the Arts, she showed up in New York at 17 with no money, sleeping on the train for her first few weeks and surviving on one-dollar pizza slices. Bloom slowly caught on as a model and in 2017 landed on the cover of Vogue India (the first transgender woman to do that too). She landed in an international ad campaign for H&M and Moschino and showed up on the radar of none other than Martin Scorsese, who gave final approval to cast Bloom in “Port Authority,” a quirky transgender love story that costars Fionn Whitehead. She still has no acting or modeling agent and makes ends meet by working as a hostess or waitress. But being part of Cannes is likely to change all that.

 

Emily Beecham

Emily Beecham (“Little Joe”)

One gets the feeling that Beecham is on the doorstep of stardom. The creepy, well-reviewed horror thriller “Little Joe” is the native Brit’s most visible project to date, casting her as a single mother and plant breeder who unwittingly creates a genetically modified flower whose intoxicating scent changes people’s personalities (and not necessarily for the better). With her flaming red hair, Beecham has been looked upon as a bit of a sight-gag since launching her career. With a few notable exceptions, the 34-year-old has been restricted to English TV projects to date. Those exceptions include roles in the Coen brothers’ 2016 feature “Hail, Caesar!” and the title role in the 2017 British comic drama “Daphne.” But with “Little Joe,” Beecham ascends to the next level in a movie whose lead flower character closely matches the color of her hair. Her career got moving thirteen years ago doing character roles in miniseries, and it hasn’t slowed down since. Her low-key, dignified presence is what brought Beecham to the attention of Austrian director Jessica Hausner. The exposure at Cannes is only going to give Beecham a major boost.

 

Damon Herriman

Damon Herriman (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

For an actor who isn’t yet a household name, Herriman’s been busy for a while. He has been working pretty much nonstop since beginning his career at the tender age of eight in his native Adelaide, Australia. Till “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” his biggest role had been logging five seasons as Dewey Crowe on FX’s “Justified.” Then out of nowhere, both Quentin Tarantino and David Fincher looked at Herriman and saw the face of evil itself. First, Fincher cast him as Charles Manson on season two of his Netflix series “Mindhunter.” Then, Tarantino cast him as Manson in his big-budget feature “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which had its world premiere at Cannes. Coincidence? Unlikely. There is, in fact, no such thing in entertainment. Herriman previously played Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann in Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” in 2011. So perhaps he just has a face made to depict society’s most notorious.

 

Lulu Wilson

Lulu Wilson (“Becky”)

The appeal of the 13-year-old Wilson is written all over her face. She’s got a fresh-scrubbed, all-American look that conveys shock and angst in equal measure. It’s stood her in good stead in everything from Jerry Bruckheimer’s 2014 supernatural thriller “Deliver Us From Evil” (her film debut) to “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (2016), “Annabelle: Creation” (2017), HBO’s “Sharp Objects” (2018) and Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” (2018). Now, for her latest and greatest role, Wilson stars as the title character in “Becky,” making its world premiere at Cannes. Starring opposite British veteran Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead”), the film centers on a rebellious young teen (Wilson) whose father takes her on a weekend getaway to a lake house to reconnect following her mother’s death. There, a group of convicts (led by Pegg) invade the house, and it’s up to Becky to defend home and hearth. It’s the kind of plucky, resourceful role that’s certain to put Wilson in the center of the Hollywood radar.

 

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Daytime Emmy Awards 2019: The Complete List of Winners

Daytime Emmy Awards 2019: The Complete List of Winners

The best in daytime television gathered on Sunday for the 46th annual show. The awards show honors a number of long-running programs, including Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Sesame Street, Family Feud, Jeopardy!, Let’s Make a Deal and so much more.

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May 2019 Events Calendar

May 2019 Events Calendar

There is always an opportunity to immerse yourself in your acting community. We’ve got your May weekends mapped out with classes, film festivals, movie screenings and more!

MAY 3-5

CLASSES AND Q&As

The Chi Screening and Q&A  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Produced entirely in its namesake city, THE CHI is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. Screening followed by a Q&A w/ Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine.

Chernobyl Screening and Q&A  –  (New York, NY) CHERNOBYL dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history, and tells the story of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation. Screening to be followed by a Q&A with Jared Harris, moderated by Mara Webster. Screening episodes 1&2, approximate runtime 1 hour 56 minutes

Small Group Sessions: THE BRANDING WORKSHOP –  (Los Angeles, CA) This twenty person workshop serves to aid the actor in understanding how people see them, the type of feeling people receive from them and how they might be cast. The workshop uses the categories of visual, essence, stereotypes and profession. This is a three-hour event and participants must stay for the entire workshop. Please note how you dress for this workshop will factor into your results. Actors are recommended to attend this workshop two to three times per year, each time in a different look. This workshop was inspired by the creation of Kevin E. West – Founder, The Actors’ Network.

FILM FESTIVALS

Tribeca Film Festival  –  (New York, NY) The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is a prominent film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 2002, it has become a recognized outlet for independent filmmakers in all genres to release their work to a broad audience.

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Presented by Visual Communications, the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) will take place MAY 2 – MAY 10, 2019 at select cinemas in the Los Angeles area. LAAPFF is the premiere showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema. The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, LAAPFF is also a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards.

Mendocino Film Festival  –  (Mendocino, CA) We are delighted to present our Fourteenth Annual Mendocino Film Festival program, featuring 13 films fresh from Sundance, three films from SXSW, two California premieres, and an array of award-winning independent and international films, all in this unforgettable destination.

MOVIE PREMIERES

Long Shot  –  When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her.  As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.  Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogan, and June Diane Raphael.

The Intruder –  A young married couple buys a beautiful house on several acres of land only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property. Starring Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid, and Michael Ealy.

UglyDolls  –  An animated adventure in which the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved, and ultimately discover who you truly are is what matters most. Starring Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, and Janelle Monáe.

El Chicano  –  A pair of twin brothers from East L.A. choose to live their lives differently and end up on opposite sides of the law. Starring Adolfo Alvarez, Logan Arevalo, and Jose Pablo Cantillo.

Non-Fiction  –  Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry, and their wives. Starring Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, and Vincent Macaigne.

 

MAY 10-12

CLASSES AND Q&As

Casting Access: JENNY RAVITZ  –  (New York, NY) Jenny Ravitz is a New York-based casting director at Jonathan Strauss Casting currently casting the hit NBC series Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med. In addition to her work at Jonathan Strauss Casting, Jenny served as casting director for Mason Street Warehouse, a non-profit theatre in Saugatuck, MI from 2011 – 2015, and has cast for various films, pilots, plays, musicals, and readings. She is a proud alumnus of Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and a die-hard fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. This workshop will include a Q&A and a prepared reading session with an experienced casting professional. We will use the camera in class, but will not be recording.

Computer Lab: CASTING ONLINE BASICS  –  (New York, NY) Members will learn important skills needed to submit themselves for online casting, specifically, how to compress their videos, make basic edits, upload to Dropbox, send large files via Wetransfer and how to set up accounts and submit themselves on various casting web sites like Actors Access and Casting Networks. No materials are required.

FILM FESTIVALS

The NYC Independent Film Festival  –  (New York, NY) The NYC Independent Film Festival is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit providing a showcase for the best independent cinema, from NYC and around the world, to the public and entertainment industry. The weeklong celebration screens the best indie films, offers educational panels and presentations helmed by industry professionals, and holds live performances. The Festival gives filmmakers the opportunity for potential distribution and funding, as well as awarding the top films across numerous categories, all while giving them the opportunity to mingle and network with press, supporters, and fans. The Festival is focused on low-budget and emerging, yet overlooked filmmakers, bringing their talent to culturally enrich the NYC community. The Festival aims to create the largest gathering of true indie filmmakers.

African Film Festival  –  (Berkley, CA) This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora.

MOVIE PREMIERES

Pokémon Detective Pikachu  –  In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective. Starring  Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton.

Tolkien  –  Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Starring  Lily Collins, Nicholas Hoult, and Laura Donnelly.

The Hustle  –  Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. Starring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, and Tim Blake Nelson.

Poms  –  POMS is a comedy about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to ‘bring it!’ Starring Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, and Jacki Weaver.

All Is True  –  A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Lolita Chakrabarti, and Jack Colgrave Hirst.

 

MAY 17-19

CLASSES AND Q&As

Small Group Sessions: REELS  –  (Los Angeles, CA) This session will provide a greater understanding of the role of the reel and how an actor can best use it as one of their marketing tools. This is a three-hour event and participants must stay for the entire session. If you want your reel reviewed it must be no longer than three minutes. Email your name and YouTube or Vimeo link (No CDs or files) to thebusiness@sagaftra.foundation. Please bring a pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

FILM FESTIVALS

Workers Unite! Film Festival  –  (New York, NY) The Festival aims to showcase student and professional films from the United States and around the world which publicize and highlight the struggles, successes and daily lives of all workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice.

Georgia Film Festival  –  (Oakwood, Georgia) The Georgia Film Festival is a three-day film festival hosted by the University of North Georgia on its Gainesville campus. GFF celebrates filmmakers and works made in the state of Georgia. Attendees will see independent films from Georgia and around the world, as well as learn from industry experts through panels and workshops. Filmmakers get to showcase their work and build relationships. Students who contribute to hosting the event develop a wide range of leadership and organizational skills. The Georgia Film Festival also helps to increase the visibility of the university, the Communication, Media & Journalism department, and the Georgia film community.

Los Angeles IFS Film Festival  –  (Los Angeles, CA) In providing screening opportunities that spotlight emerging and autonomous filmmakers at our showcases, events, and film festivals, and through efforts in creating new venues for independent screenings and in our support in the preservation of existing cinemas, and with a dedication to fostering a community of filmmakers, producers, distributors, and students that share resources and information: the IFS has a historical record in assisting audiences and filmmakers to discover one another.

MOVIE PREMIERES

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum  –  Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere. Starring Keanu Reeves, Asia Kate Dillon, and Jerome Flynn.

The Professor  –  A college professor lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Starring Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, and Rosemarie DeWitt.

A Dog’s Journey  –  A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets. Starring Dennis Quaid, Betty Gilpin, and Abby Ryder Fortson.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle  –  Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they’ve been hiding. Starring Patrick Joseph Byrnes, Una Carroll, and Peter Coonan.

The Sun Is Also a Star  –  A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family’s life. Starring Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, and Faith Logan.

Aniara  –  A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe. Starring Emelie Jonsson, Bianca Cruzeiro, and Arvin Kananian.

The Souvenir  –  A young film student in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man. Starring Honor Swinton Byrne, Neil Young, and Tom Burke.

Trial by Fire  –  The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed. Starring Laura Dern, Jack O’Connell, and Emily Meade.

 

MAY 24-26

CLASSES AND Q&As

Small Group Sessions: REPRESENTATION  –  (Los Angeles, CA)  Building one’s team is an important component of an actor’s career. This small group session will cover what an actor has to keep in mind when looking to add a commercial agent, theatrical agent, and manager to their team. Please bring a pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

Small Group Sessions: THE AUDITION  –  (Los Angeles, CA) The audition is not only how one prepares the material. It is also about the mindset actors have about auditioning, how they conduct themselves in the room and how they let it go. This session will cover the many ways actors can prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the audition. Please bring a pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

FILM FESTIVALS

Seattle International Film Festival  –  Welcome to the 45th Seattle International Film Festival, showcasing more than 400 films from nearly 90 countries to 140,000+ attendees over 25 days (May 16 – June 9, 2019). Tickets on sale now for Members, and to the general public on May 2!

MOVIE PREMIERES

Aladdin –  A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Starring Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Billy Magnussen.

Brightburn  –  What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? Starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, and Matt Jones.

Booksmart  –  On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. Starring Kaitlyn Dever, Skyler Gisondo, and Billie Lourd.

Ad Astra  –  Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Donald Sutherland.

The Poison Rose  –  Inspired by classic film noir, “The Poison Rose” stars Carson Phillips, an ex-football star turned PI, who’s got a soft spot for a lady in distress. Starring Brendan Fraser, Famke Janssen, and John Travolta.

Netflix Plans Awards Magazine Before Emmys

Netflix Plans Awards Magazine Before Emmys

The awards-oriented publication, tentatively named Wide, will reportedly promote the streaming giant’s shows and stars ahead of the Emmys. The 100-plus page first issue will include interviews, essays and features about those who work on Netflix series.

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