Friday, July 8, 2011

8 Acclaimed Screenplays That Were Born on a College Campus

College is often a place for great creativity, as evidenced by the numerous entrepreneurs, writers, and artists that got their start on a college campus. Movies are no exception, and some of the best were born on campus, too. Whether they’re inspired by college events, written in college, or based on the writer’s own college experience, these screenplays go to show that college is an influential part of our society.

  1. The Exorcist: William Peter Blatty, screenwriter of The Exorcist, wrote the movie after being inspired with an article he read in college at Georgetown University. The article discussed the exorcism performed on a 13-year old boy in 1949. The Exorcist is actually based on this true story, although evidence shows that the real story is a little less outrageous than the movie.

  2. We Are Marshall: In 1970, a plane crash killed football players, coaches, boosters, and crew of the Marshall University Thundering Football team. We Are Marshall depicts the aftermath of the crash, as well as the rebuilding of the football program at the university. We Are Marshall was nominated for an ESPY for Best Sports Movie.

  3. Larry Crowne: This summer, Tom Hanks’ second directorial effort (his first was That Thing You Do!) offers a look into his past. Hanks directs and stars in a movie about a man forced to go back to college, where he meets a professor. In an interview, Hanks explained that this movie was inspired by his own time in junior college, a place that was a jumping off point for lots of his fellow students.

  4. Good Will Hunting: The movie that made Ben Affleck and Matt Damon famous was born in college. Although Affleck and Damon wrote the screenplay together, it was actually based on a short story Matt Damon wrote while in college. Good Will Hunting was a huge success, with nine Academy Award nominations and two wins, including Best Original Screenplay.

  5. Animal House: Animal House may seem too crazy to be true, but it was actually based on the experiences of former fraternity members Chris Miller, Harold Ramis, and Ivan Reitman, all of whom were involved in the film. The screenplay was adapted from stories written in National Lampoon magazine based on their experiences at different universities.

  6. The Social Network: The Social Network was born at Harvard. The subjects of the movie, Facebook, and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, got their start at Harvard University, and it includes a look at the resulting lawsuits and other high profile events in Facebook’s inception at the university. The Social Network has been nominated for and won Academy Award Nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay, and a Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes.

  7. Breaking Away: Breaking Away is a coming of age film about a recent high school graduate trying to figure out what he’s going to do with his life. It was written by Steve Tesich and is based on his experiences at Indiana University. Tesich won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1979, as well as the 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best Film (Comedy or Musical).

  8. The Graduate: This story about a university graduate who is seduced by an older woman started out as a novel by Charles Webb. He wrote it as a fresh graduate from college. The Graduate is ranked as the seventh greatest film of all time by AFI, and was selected for preservation by the US National Film Registry. The film is #19 on the list of highest-grossing films of all time in the US and Canada.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ghent Film Festival - Call for entries

Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent

Call for entries

The 38th Ghent International Film Festival will once again include the widest possible selection of films from all over the world, mainly focusing on fiction films (feature-length) and, to a lesser extent, European shorts (produced in 2011 with a maximum length of 20 minutes), documentary (mainly film- or music-linked themes) and animated pictures. This year the spotlight will be on Scandinavian cinema!

If you want to submit a film for the festival's 38th edition (11-22 October 2011) programme please fill in this entry form and send a screener (zone-free DVD or VHS Pal/NTSC) and some brief info about the film and its makers (press book, soundtrack CD, stills, biography film makers,...) before August 1, 2011 to:

Ghent International Film Festival
Attn. Wim De Witte
Leeuwstraat 40b
9000 Gent

The mailing of this screener is at your expense. Screeners will not be returned.

Download here all festival regulations

One Billion Eyes - Documentary Film Festival, scheduled from 15th - 19th August 2011. Topic - 'Gandhi'

This year's edition of the One Billion Eyes - Documentary Film Festival is scheduled from 15th - 19th August 2011. The topic for this year's festival is 'Gandhi'.

Curator's Note
Gandhi – is for every Indian a symbol of what being Indian means. From childhood through school and through ones parents the idea of Gandhi permeates every Indians life. This is also true in the way rural India co-opts and assimilates Gandhi, in the many ways in their lives, economics and politics. However, post Independence India has negotiated its Gandhi legacy in many ways. Many committed activists have taken up his philosophy and worked their lives around that from Baba Amte to Anna Hazare to Medha Patkar. Quiet Gandhians   confine themselves to work in cities and villages making a difference in the ‘Bapu’ way. Less younger people are subscribing to Gandhian philosophy and in our current globalised time Nehrurian socialism seems to have catapulted to complete capitalism as the credo of the moment. It is here that we feel re-looking at Gandhi, his life, philosophy, sacrifices the role he played in making India what she is and continues to play as we are shaped in the coming century is extremely exciting. Said to be one of the greatest men on Earth in recent history he has inspired many world leaders and while he transformed our nation and continues to do so in subliminal subtexts of Gandhian tradition, it is time to ask how do we internalize ‘Gandhi’ – to move ahead in the new world order as individuals, the community and a country on another cusp of history.


Entries should reach us no later than 31st July 2011.
We look forward to your participation.


Meera Krishnan
Programme Coordinator
Prakriti Foundation
15, Race Course Road
Chennai -32
Ph: 9840666761


Monday, July 4, 2011

Osian director and film critic Indu Srikanth to preside over Locarno's Short Film Jury

20.06.2011 The Official Juries of the 64th Festival

The line-up for the 64th Festival del film Locarno Juries has been finalized.

Heading the Concorso internazionale Jury will be Portuguese producer Paulo Branco (Francisca by Manoel de Oliveira, 1981; In the White City by Alain Tanner, 1983; Come and Go by João César Monteiro, 2003; Mysteries of Lisbon by Raoul Ruiz, 2010), who was the winner of the very first Raimondo Rezzonico Prize in 2002. Also serving on the jury to assess the twenty or so full-length features in competition will be French actor and director Louis Garrel (The Dreamers by Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003; Regular Lovers by Philippe Garrel, 2005; Les Chansons d’Amour by Christophe Honoré, 2007), German actress Sandra Hüller (Requiem by Hans-Christian Schmid, 2006; Brownian Movement by Nanouk Leopold, 2010), Swiss filmmaker Bettina Oberli (Im Nordwind, 2004; Late Bloomers, 2006; The Murder Farm, 2009) and Italian actress Jasmine Trinca (The Best of Youth by Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003; The Caiman by Nanni Moretti, 2006; Ultimatum by Alain Tasma, 2009).

The Jury for the Concorso Cineasti del presente will be presided over by German director Christoph Hochhäusler (This Very Moment, 2003; I Am Guilty, 2005; The City Below, 2010), joined by Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino (The Gift, 2003; The Four Times, 2010), Filipino director Raya Martin (Autohystoria, 2007; Independencia, 2009), Chinese producer Zhu Rikun (Karamay di Xu Xin, 2010) and the Greek producer and director Athina Rachel Tsangari (Dogtooth by Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009; Attenberg, 2010).

Presiding over the Pardi di domani section, reserved for short subjects by directors who have yet to make a full-length feature, will be Indu Shrikent, film critic and director of the Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema (India), who will be judging entries in the national and international competition along with the Georgian director Bakur Bakuradze (Shultes, 2008; The Hunter, 2011 ), Israeli director and film critic Tom Shoval (Petach Tikva, 2007), Swiss producer Luc Toutounghi (Peter & the Wolf, 2006; The Lost Town of Switez, 2011) and the French filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski (Dear Prudence, 2010).

Lastly, the film critics Anthony Bobeau (France), Robert Koehler (USA) and Kong Rithdee (Thailand) will be called on to select the Best First Film from among the titles presented in the Concorso internazionale, the Concorso Cineasti del presente and in Piazza Grande.

Festival del film Locarno Awards

The full program for the 64th Festival will be announced on 13 July 2011.
The 64th Festival del film Locarno will be held from 3 through 13 August 2011.

Press Office
64° Festival del film Locarno
3-13 | 8 | 2011
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