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‘Keep The Change’ Director Rachel Israel On Telling A Universal Love Story Within A Very Specific World — Tribeca Studio

At the Tribeca Film Festival, and at film festivals in general, there is never a real shortage of New York-set stories, or New York romances—and while Rachel Israel's feature debut Keep the Change falls in both of those categories, it's unlike any other romantic comedy you'll see this year. Based on Israel's acclaimed 2013 short film of the same name—from Israel's time as a Columbia MFA student—the feature "set up here, in Upper West Side Manhattan) tells the story of a… Read


New York Mayor’s Office Unveils Script Contest Winners

The New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and Brooklyn College's Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema today announced that Patty Carey-Perazzo's Half-Life and Robin Rose Singer's Adult Behavior were chosen from more than 300 submitted scripts for development into pilots that will air on NYC Media. The city's broadcast network has a reach of 18 million households. One of the two winning pilots will be selected for the creation of four additional episodes… Read


‘Radio Dreams’ Trailer – Babak Jalali’s Head-Banging Tribute To San Francisco’s PARS-FM

Here’s an exclusive look at Radio Dreamsthe newest feature from Iranian-British director Babak Jalali (Frontier Blues), in theaters in May. Film centers on the real, if semi-functioning world of PARS-FM, a Farsi-language San Francisco radio station. Over the course of a single day, program manager Hamid – a brilliant, misunderstood Iranian writer, played by folk singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo, prepares for a live broadcast that will pair Metallica with Kabul Dreams… Read


Colin Callender’s Playground Options Rory O’Neill’s ‘Panti: Woman In The Making’

Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment is developing a scripted comedy drama based on Irish drag queen and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill’s memoir, Panti: Woman In The Making. Playground optioned the book that follows O’Neill’s life and work, performing under the stage name Panti Bliss. O’Neill will star as Panti in the planned series that is set in and around Panti Bar, the Dublin nightclub opened in 2007. A self-described "accidental activist," Panti played a… Read


Jennifer Smith Named BFI Diversity Head; CMC Divests Imax China Stake – Global Briefs

Jennifer Smith has been appointed to the newly created post of Head of Diversity at the BFI. She will be responsible for leading diversity and inclusion across all BFI activities as part of the BFI2022 five-year strategy. This includes continuing the work of the BFI's Diversity Standards which have been adopted by Film4 and BAFTA, as well as building and implementing new partnerships and programs. She will also work closely with colleagues in government and across the… Read


Dave Chappelle Speaks On “Trump Era” Politics & Policing At Ohio Village Meeting

Comedian Dave Chappelle is a familiar presence in the small rural Ohio village where he’s long made his home, but even his neighbors might have been surprised when he showed up at a town meeting Monday, taking his turn at the public podium to urge the village council to show the “Trump-era” world that local politics can take a leading role in improved policing. “Huge gaffe on New Year’s Eve,” Chappelle said, getting a few chuckles by stretching out that “huge.” Dressed in… Read


‘A Day Without A Woman’: Protestors Detained Outside Of Trump Tower

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Several demonstrators taking part in the A Day Without a Woman marches to commemorate International Women's Day were arrested outside of Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in New York. Staging a sit-down protest, NYPD officers detained several protestors after they warned them that they were blocking traffic. When they did not cooperate, cops put them in zip ties and herded them into the back of an NYPD van. Women's March, through PR firm Sunshine Sachs… Read


UTA To Observe ‘A Day Without A Woman’ To Highlight Value Of Women In Workplace

Chalk up another one for United Talent Agency’s socially conscious philosophy. The talent agency has plans to observe Wednesday's A Day Without a Woman, an event that is an outgrowth of the wildly successful Women’s March, to put a spotlight on the value of women in the workforce and also highlight gender inequality. The event encourages women to stay away from work on March 8th to raise awareness of the central role women play. Lucky female UTA employees (the rest of us… Read

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Mozart Meets Trump In Gotham Return Of Pro-Immigrant ‘¡Figaro! (90210)’

A mashup of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro music and a new English and Spanglish libretto by Vid Guerrerio, ¡Figaro! (90210), will run in April at New York’s Duke On 42nd Street theater. The show recasts the title character and his fiancée as undocumented Mexican workers in the Beverly Hills mansion where a real estate mogul and his actress wife reign. It’s set to play 15 performances from April 7-23, as a project of the nonprofit New 42nd Street. Presenters tell… Read


11 Honorees Selected For WGA TV Writer Access Program

Eleven female and minority writers have been named this year's honorees of the WGA West's TV Writer Access Program. Now in its eighth year, the goal of the program is to "promote diversity and foster inclusiveness in the entertainment industry." Honorees in the one-hour drama category are: Rachel Feldman – Kinks Adrian A. Cruz – Irwindale Sharon Hoffman – The Doubling Peter Hume – Righteous Texas Donald Joh – Mulberry Tonya Kong – Skin Deep Zak Shaikh – Runaways Mollie… Read


‘Hidden Figures’ Subject Katherine Johnson Enters Lego Space With Other NASA Women

Move over Lego Batman, there’s a new superhero in town: former NASA physicist/mathematician Katherine Johnson. The real-life heroine is one of the subjects of Fox’s Best Picture Oscar nominee Hidden Figures and now she’s getting her own Lego figure as part of the Women of NASA set that’s won the Lego Ideas design contest. Before the Oscars turned into a mass of confusion on Sunday night, one of the highlights was Johnson’s appearance alongside Hidden Figures stars (and… Read


California Explores Expansion of State Tax Credits to Include Incentives for Women and Minorities

African-Americans got only 4% of the below-the-line jobs created during the first phase of California's film tax incentives program, and women only got 29% of those jobs, according Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission. In testimony at a hearing today before two committees of the state Legislature, she noted that Hispanics fared considerably better, landing 11% of the below-the-line jobs. Asian-Americans got only 2% of the below-the-line jobs… Read