DAILY ROUNDUPS

Below is a list of February events, screenings, classes, and more!

 

EVENTS:

February 2

Directors Guild of America Awards – Hollywood, CA

In the eight decades since its founding in 1936, the DGA has fought for the economic and creative rights of its members; protected their ability to financially benefit from the reuse of their work; established strong pension and health plans; and established jurisdiction in new technologies and distribution platforms. Today we represent more than 17,000 directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, new media and other audiovisual media.

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February 10

Grammy Awards – Los Angeles, CA

The rich history of Music’s Biggest Night is at your fingertips. From Henry Mancini, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Adele, explore the winners and biggest moments from each GRAMMY Awards telecast.

CBS – 8:00 PM ET / 5:00PM PT

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February 10

BAFTAs – London, England

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image in the United Kingdom.

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February 17

Writers Guild Awards – Beverly Hills, CA

The Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievements in film, television, radio and video game writing, including both fiction and non-fiction categories, have been presented annually by the Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America, West since 1949.

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February 23

Film Independent Spirit Awards

The Film Independent Spirit Awards is the premier awards event for the independent film community. In addition to being a fantastic party, the Spirit Awards ceremony brings together top talent from Hollywood and throughout the independent film world. Awards are given for Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Feature Made for Under $500,000 (the John Cassavetes Award) and many more.

IFC – 5:00 PM ET / 2:00PM PT

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February 24

Academy Awards – Los Angeles, CA

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 8,000+ accomplished men and women working in cinema.

We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

ABC – 8:00 PM ET / 5:00PM PT

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CLASSES / WORKSHOPS:

February 5

Casting Access: Michael Vieyra – Los Angeles, CA

Michael Vieyra has booked over 40 national commercials and most notably the Got Milk campaign in 2007. He has been working as a Commercial Session Director since 2000, most recently with Ross Lacy Casting, who is undoubtedly the busiest commercial casting director in town. He has run hundreds of sessions and auditioned thousands of actors.

This class will include a Q&A and a commercial cold reading session with an experienced casting professional.

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:45 PM)

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February 6

Small Group Sessions: Actor Career Focus – Los Angeles, CA

There are many areas an actor can pursue within the entertainment industry. By taking the time to narrow down what an actor really wants to focus on it can free them up to deepen their pursuit of job opportunities. In this session, we will examine the different ways an actor can focus their career goals and discuss how one can create a system by which to effectively target the industry professionals within that area.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)

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Casting Access: Sunny Boling – Los Angeles, CA

Sunday “Sunny” Boling  met her casting partner, Meg Morman, in the Feature Casting office of 20th Century Fox, working on a variety of films, including Ice Age, Dude, Where’s My Car?, From Hell, One Hour Photo, Unfaithful, Behind Enemy Lines and Big Momma’s House.  They opened their own shingle in late 2004.

Their credits include the award winning films Hello, My Name is Dori(starring Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Stephen Root, Tyne Daly), Natural Selection (starring Rachael Harris, Matt O’Leary and Jon Gries), I Believe in Unicorns (starring Peter Vack and Natalia Dyer), Take Me Home (starring Sam Jaeger, Victor Garber and Lin Shaye), Dear Lemon Lima (starring Melissa Leo, Beth Grant, Elaine Hendrix, Meaghan Jette Martin and Vanessa Marano), Magic Valley (starring Scott Glenn, Kyle Gallner, Alison Elliott, Brad William Henke, Johnny Lewis and Will Estes), and Mississippi Damned (starring Malcolm Goodwin, Tessa Thompson, DB Woodside and Malcolm David Kelley). Together they also cast the hugely successful feature Waitress (starring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines and Andy Griffith), which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

This class will include a Q&A and a commercial cold reading session with an experienced casting professional.

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:45 PM)

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February 7

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.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)

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February 12

Small Group Sessions: Money Management – Los Angeles, CA

Do you have a plan for your money? Do you tell your money what to do or are your surprised at the end of the month by how it is spent? By creating a solid plan, audience members will have the steps to create a budget, get out of debt, build an emergency fund and begin to save for retirement. Participants will leave knowing that they can begin their path of financial freedom.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)

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February 13

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

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)

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February 15

Small Group Sessions: Actor Career Focus – New York, NY

There are many areas an actor can pursue within the entertainment industry. By taking the time to narrow down what an actor really wants to focus on it can free them up to deepen their pursuit of job opportunities. In this session, we will examine the different ways an actor can focus their career goals and discuss how one can create a system by which to effectively target the industry professionals within that area.

2:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 1:45 PM)

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February 28

Casting Access:Harriet Greenspan (Ages 9-17 ONLY) – Los Angeles, CA

HARRIET GREENSPAN is a former New Yorker who has spent her entire career working primarily in Hollywood as one of the town’s top casting directors.

For the past several years, Harriet has concentrated her casting efforts on projects for all of the kid and teen networks, including television movies, series and pilots, as well as feature films. Harriet just finished  casting   the Nickelodeon/WB television soccer movie “Alex and Me.” . She cast last years Christmas movie for Free form and WB,  “Cinderella, If the Shoe Fits,” the T.V. movie “Max 2,” also for Warner (Premiere) Bros and MGM,  “Pure Country,” a country music movie and Deep Blue Sea 2 for WB and Syfy. Currently she is casting Nickelodeon’s new series, “Knight Squad.” Harriet has been casting and coaching several Nickelodeon series.  She was also the on-set acting coach for Nickelodeon’s “House of Anubis”, which took her to England, where the series was shot.

Harriet is an Artios Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Casting.

6:30 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:15 PM)

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FILM FESTIVALS:

February 6 – 11

Berlin Independent Film Festival – Berlin, Germany

The Berlin Independent Film Festival is at the epicentre for low-budget filmmaking in Europe. BIFF is not associated with the Berlinale, but it runs at the same time, and in the same city as the European Film Market and draws on all the film industry power gathered in Berlin for that event.

As well as a offering plenty of screening opportunities for indie films, BIFF is developing into a crucial business hub for the low-budget film industry. With an emphasis on showcasing new filmmakers achieving great things with tiny budgets, BIFF’s exciting programme of films and events combines a commitment to indie filmmaking ideals with a solid understanding of their potential in the marketplace.

www.berlinfest.com

February 13 – 17

The Santa Fe Film Festival – Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts – here in New Mexico, regionally and globally. Our annual event honors everyone working both on and off screen to bring the best of film creation, production and showings to the public. We constantly seek improvement in our line of respective crafts and provide filmmakers with resources to pursue their dreams further.

The Santa Fe Film Festival focuses on bringing together distinguished industry specialists and all movie lovers through accessible screenings, panels, workshops and parties!

www.santafefilmfestival.com

February 18 – 22

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Missoula, MT

TheBig Sky Documentary Film Festival is the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. Big Sky offers an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a uniquely intimate mountain town setting with a local Montana flavor.

www.bigskyfilmfest.org

February 20 – March 3

Glasgow Film Festival – Glasgow, UK

Glasgow Film Festival is one of the leading UK film festivals. Glasgow Film Festival 2019 takes place Wednesday 20 February – Sunday 3 March. Our audience is central to our programming and our ethos – we aim to enable our audiences to experience the best international cinema. GFF programme regularly features: new local and international film from all genres; mainstream crowd-pleasers to groundbreaking art-house experimentation; the return of well-loved classics alongside rare cult gems; with filmmaker guest appearances, interactive workshops and discussion panels to complete the mix!

www.glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival

February 22 – March 17

New York International Children’s Film Festival – New York, NY

During four weekends in February and March, the Festival welcomes over 25,000 young people, parents, and movie-lovers to explore the world without leaving NYC. Presenting the best new animation, live action, documentary, and experimental film from across the globe, we invite you to watch, laugh, create, and explore with us.

Since 1997, 38 Festival films have been recognized with Academy Awards® and nominations, and in 2011 New York International Children’s Film Festival became an Oscar®-qualifying event. As such, winners of our juried prizes are eligible for Academy consideration in the Best Live Action and Best Animated Short Film categories.

www.nyicff.org

February 28 – March 3

15th Annual Boulder International Film Festival – Boulder, CO

The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. Featuring a wide variety of films from local, national, and international filmmakers, including many that have gone on to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations. Adding to the BIFF experience are events featuring nationally renowned chefs, filmmaker happy hours, multiple opening night Galas, talented musicians and much more. The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry each year. BIFF has been proud to host and celebrate some of film’s most talented people, including Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Shirley MacLaine, Alan Arkin, Martin Sheen, Oliver Stone, William H. Macy, Peter Fonda, Chevy Chase, and many more.

www.biff1.com

 

BOOK PUBLISHING:

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by RETTA

In her hilarious book of essays, Parks and Recreation star Retta shares the stories that led to her success in Hollywood.

In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches (well, rich enough that she can buy $15,000 designer handbags yet scared enough to know she’s always a heartbeat away from ramen with American cheese).

Whether reminiscing about her days as a contract chemist at GlaxoSmithKline, telling “dirty” jokes to Mormons, feeling like the odd man out on Parks, fending off racist trolls on Twitter, flirting with Michael Fassbender, or expertly stalking the cast of “Hamilton,” Retta’s unique voice and refreshing honesty will make you laugh, cry, and laugh so hard you’ll cry.

Her eponymous sitcom might not have happened yet, but by the end of So Close to Being the Sh*t, you’ll be rooting for Retta to be the next one-named wonder to take over your television. And she just might inspire you to reach for the stars, too.

Publishing February 5

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Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story of a Global Bollywood Star (AUDIOBOOK) by Aseem Chhabra

Once upon a time a girl said, ‘In India, real people don’t become movie stars’. The same girl became the biggest crossover star. That very girl can’t walk around in New York City now ‘without being mobbed’. That’s Priyanka Chopra for you. The quintessential ‘Girl Uninterrupted’. She came from a small-town middle-class family in North India. During the Miss India contest, she was grilled by none other than Shah Rukh Khan. She prevailed and won the hearts of millions.

There was no looking back after that. Bollywood happened, and years later she crossed over to America as a pop singer, as a television star and as a Hollywood actress. Soon, New York City was plastered with posters of her from Quantico, a major television show in the US. Films like Baywatch followed.

This biography of Priyanka Chopra explores everything that led to her phenomenal success – in Bollywood and Hollywood. Peppered with anecdotes and events from her life behind the screen, her real story is too a blockbuster. This is her incredible story, told with much flourish and detailing.

Publishing February 5

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Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny: My Autobiography by Limmy

The hysterical, shocking and incredibly intimate memoir from one of the most original and unique comedians alive today.

Hello! I’m Brian Limond, aka Limmy. You might know me from Limmy’s Show. Or you might not know me at all. Don’t worry if you don’t.

They asked me to write a book about mental health, because I sometimes talk about my mental health in tweets and interviews, like suicidal thoughts and anxiety, and what I’ve done to try and deal with it.

I said to them, oh, I don’t know if I could fill a whole book with just that. But how’s about I write a general autobiography type of thing, and all the mental health stuff will naturally appear along the way? I could talk about growing up and slashing my wrist and taking acid all the time and getting done for car theft and feeling like a mad freak that would never amount to anything.

And then how I made my own sketch show. I directed it and everything. Plus I’m a dad. I’m an adult. But I still feel like that mad freak from years ago. I still feel like chucking it all away, for a laugh. I asked them if they wanted me to write about all that, plus some other stuff. Like being an alky. And my sexual problems. Stuff like that. They said aye. So here it is.

Publishing February 21

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Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir by Victoria Riskin

A Hollywood love story, a Hollywood memoir, a (dual) Hollywood biography–the woman who stole the heart of King Kong and the man, Robert Riskin, one of the greatest screenwriters of all time, an Academy Award winner, producer, and longtime collaborator with Frank Capra on eight pictures. By their daughter, an acclaimed writer and producer.

King Kong elevated Fay Wray to the tip of the Empire State Building and the heights of cinematic immortality; she starred in more than one hundred and twenty pictures, and was directed by such masters as William Wellman, Erich von Stroheim, and Vincente Minnelli. Robert Riskin, Wray’s husband, was one of Hollywood’s seminal screenwriters, originator of the “screwball comedy” and the true populist voice of the “little guy” that gave Frank Capra’s movies the “Capra touch”; Riskin’s sophisticated stage plays and screen comedies of Hollywood’s classic era became famous for their blend of humor and romance, wisecracking and idealism. Winner of the Academy Award for It Happened One Night and nominated for four other Oscars, Riskin was a producer and longtime collaborator with Capra on such pictures as The Miracle Woman, Platinum Blonde, American Madness, The Whole Town’s Talking, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, You Can’t Take It with You, and Meet John Doe.

Their daughter, Victoria Riskin, a former president of the Writers Guild of America West, tells the story of their lives, their work, their Hollywood, their fairy-tale marriage that ended so tragically.

Publishing February 26

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS:

ANTICO 4653 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles

Chad Colby has been working hard since leaving Chi Spacca. The chef spent time working with Curtis Stone and April Bloomfield, and is now ready to roll out on his own with a rustic Italian offering right along Beverly Boulevard. There will still be plenty of grilled meats on the menu, but Colby is focusing Antico on the Italian classics, set against a mix-and-match menu backdrop that lets groups of diners scale their meals up or down as needed. That means pasta tastings, shared meats, and plenty of wine.