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Hard choices can drive us into making hasty decisions whose consequences maybe more difficult and challenging than the decisions that led us to them. In the entertainment field especially the film and music business hard choices are a fact of life. But they needn't be that hard if we learn to think beyond the parameters that led us to make those decisions. Here is Ruth Chang on TED tackling this challenge we all face especially those of us who work in media entertainment.
Del Mar, California, June 20, 2014, Michael Carnick’s screenplay, “Who’s Driving Doug,” which earned him the prestigious first place Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award in 2005, finished shooting in Los Angeles and Las Vegas from May 27 through June 20th, with a stellar cast.
“Breaking Bad” and “Switched at Birth” star RJ Mitte, Ray William Johnson of Youtube’s “Equals Three” and Paloma Kwiatkowski of “Bates Motel” will co-star in the indie road trip feature.
“Who’s Driving Doug” tells the story of a reclusive wheelchair-bound college student, played by Mitte, who needs a driver to get him around. He hires Scott (Johnson), an unemployed 20-something who is coping with drug addiction. The two embark on a wild road trip to Las Vegas that is further complicated when a love triangle develops with Kwiatowski’s character. The lives of all three are transformed during the journey.
The film’s producers are David Katz and Nicole Carbonetta with Haley’s Flight in association with Malibu Film Foundation and Katz Agency. The Director is David Conley.
Screenwriter Carnick was born with a rare disorder that confines him to a wheelchair. His work focuses on the human experience of being a minority, themes of disability awareness and the humor and irony of people’s circumstances, whether disabled or not.
In 2005, while enrolled in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California San Diego, he was unanimously selected as the winner of the prestigious 50th anniversary of the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for his screenplay, “Who’s Driving Doug?” Judging that year was A. Scott Berg, Pulitzer Prize–winning author; Robert Bookman, Creative Artists Agency partner and senior literary and director's agent; and Jonathan Kellerman, best-selling novelist and former Goldwyn Award winner. Carnick was the youngest person and the first undergrad to have received this honor.
In addition to the Goldwyn Award, the film also won the First Runner-Up Script Accessible Award at the Slamdance Writers Competition and was a Quarter Finalist in the Best Screenplay in the 2012 Nicholl Awards and the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.
The Goldwyn award not only validated his writing talent, but also launched his Hollywood career. Shortly after earning his MFA degree from the University of California Riverside, Carnick wrote “Rolling Romance,” a short film winning critical acclaim. He teamed up with David Conley as director, and using Kickstarter and some private backers, the enthusiastic young filmmakers saw their modest budget baby come to life.
From its initial showing, “Rolling Romance” gained momentum. The film earned the Best of Show Award at the 2013 Indie Film Fest, and it went on to win Best Screenplay at the Malibu Film Festival and was an Official Selection of the Silent River Film Festival. This year to date, “Rolling Romance” is a nominee for Best Original Screenplay and Best Short at the Madrid International Film Festival, and was an Official Selection at the Santa Fe Film Festival, the Julien Dubuque Film Festival, the River Bend Film Festival, the San Tropez Film Festival in France and the Milan International Film Festival in May.
The San Diego native also has created quite a buzz in his hometown, where the Larry Lawrence Jewish Community Center recently presented him with the 2014 Best Local Screenwriter trophy at its annual Joyce Awards. His film also was featured during the city’s recent Jewish Film Festival.
Release date is slated for early 2015.
For more information about Michael Carnick and “WHO”S DRiVING DOUG” visit his website at www.michaelcarnick.com
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HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 20, 2014) – Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that the feature film “SELMA” will have a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas day and will open wide on January 9, 2015. Directed by Ava DuVernay (“MIDDLE OF NOWHERE”), the film is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Plan B, the producers of the Academy Award®-winning “TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE,” and Cloud Eight Films’ Academy Award®-winning Christian Colson (“127 HOURS,” “SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE”).
Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey joins the film’s cast as Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff.
The film is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
“SELMA” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.
The film stars David Oyelowo (“INTERSTELLAR,” “LEE DANIEL’S THE BUTLER”) as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson (“THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL,” “MICHAEL CLAYTON”) as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo (“ALEX CROSS,” “PRIDE AND GLORY”) as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland (“42,” “1600 Penn”) as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey (“DJANGO UNCHAINED,” “THE BLIND SIDE”) as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola (“A MOST VIOLENT YEAR,” “AMERICAN HUSTLE”) as John Doar, Dylan Baker (“The Good Wife,” “Damages”) as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi (“My Name is Earl,” “AVATAR”) as Lee White, Tessa Thompson (“Heroes,” “Veronica Mars”) as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo (“LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER,” “42”) as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root (“Justified,” “Boardwalk Empire”) as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong (“The Good Wife,” “ZERO DARK THIRTY”) as James Reeb, with Tim Roth (“Lie to Me,” “THE INCREDIBLE HULK”) as George Wallace, and Oprah Winfrey (“LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER,” “THE COLOR PURPLE”) as Annie Lee Cooper.
Paramount is handling the film’s domestic distribution, Pathé is distributing in the UK and France and Pathé International will handle sales to the rest of the world.
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Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy, Horace Silver and Dan Carlin, chairman of The Recording Academy. Silver, along with Benny Golson and Jon Hendricks, was honored at the GRAMMY Salute to Jazz on Feb. 8, 2005. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com © 2005. Photographed by: R. Diamond
Jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Horace Silver was one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the ’50s and ’60s. Widely regarded as the creator of the hard bop sound — a combination of R&B, gospel, and his unique piano style — he performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Stan Getz, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey, the latter with whom he founded the legendary Jazz Messengers. In Feb. 2005, Silver received the President’s Merit Award at our GRAMMY Salute To Jazz event for his lasting contributions to jazz and the music community. His funky, unique and infectious piano-playing style set a standard for many pianists to follow, further cementing his well-deserved legacy. Jazz has lost one of its great masters, and our sincere condolences go out to his family, his friends, and all who continue to be inspired by his timeless repertoire.
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