Monday, October 20, 2008
I just returned from Abu Dhabi last week. One of my screenplays was selected as a finalist for the Shasha Grant Screenplay competition and was flown to Abu Dhabi for the Circle Conference.
For two days we traveled throughout the country on a retreat to learn about Bedouin Culture while getting to know the panelists attending the conference.
The Conference had panels everyday with a key note speaker everynight including: the directors Spike Lee, McG and actor Antonio Banderas.
For the competition, we were matched with mentors to hone our pitch, then we pitched some Hollywood heavyweights. Then we attended the opening night of the Middle East Film Festival before returning home.
I loved the experience of the retreat. It was so relaxing to be out in the desert under the stars. The whole trip was the opportunity of a life time. I loved getting to know His Excellency Salem Ebrahim Al Mazrouei and hear about his culture and stories of living in Los Angeles. He was the perfect guide for the retreat and showing us the best of the Bedouin culture.
The mentor session gave me the opportunity to hone my pitch and feedback that my mentors Bob Yari and Hal Sadoff, Head of Film at ICM offered was great. It was a challenge to pitch Kathleen Kennedy, Ashok Amritraj and Jim Gianopulos and I did not win the competition. However, the trip was fantastic and for the experience and the contacts, we are all winners.
See attached two pictures taken after my pitch in Abu Dhabi.
From Left to Right:
Adrienne Briggs, Directo of The Circle Conference.
James N. Gianopulos, aka Jim Gianopulos, is a co-chairman-CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment with Tom Rothman. They were selected by Premiere.com as the two most powerful men in Hollywood
Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg's producer
Ashok Amritraj, CEO of Hyde Park Entertainment
Opportunities this like competition make years of hard work all worth it...
All the very best,
Sunday, August 31, 2008
“ecstasy” film environmental gala
Toronto, ON - Rob Heydon of Ecstasy Film Inc and Danielle Iversen of thatPRthing present D’s 7th annual film festival party to launch “ecstasy” film environmental gala
Monday September 8, 2008 from 8PM until ??? @ empire lounge 50 Cumberland.
500 VIPs and film celebrities will be invited for a night with DJs and Juno award winning band Bedouin Soundclash. With sold out shows across Canada, and performances all over the world including the renowned Leeds and Reading Festivals, London's V-Fest, and PuklePop, Bedouin Soundclash brings their soulful, energetic live show to Toronto once again. Juno-award winning Bedouin Soundclash’s single "1259 Lullaby" appeared on the hit series GREY'S ANATOMY as well as the infectious first single "Walls Fall Down". The band exploded onto commercial radio and video stations across Canada with the hit single "When The Night Feels My Song". The song's massive rise to popularity ended up scoring the band a #1 video on MuchMusic, the #2 most played track at Canadian radio, "Best New Group or Solo Artist (CHR)" award at the Canadian Radio Music Awards 2006, and a JUNO for "New Group of The Year" in 2006!
Ecstasy Film Inc is a content financing, development and production company that creates compelling, high quality content for film, TV and the web. We embody the innovative premise that the business of content development and distribution is fundamentally about niche marketing, community and branding. Ecstasy Film Inc. is discovering and producing the types of content people want. Ecstasy Film Inc. is actively building a slate of theatrical films, television productions, documentaries and other media. We are also pursuing co-production opportunities.
Ecstasy is based on the #1 bestselling book by Irvine Welsh, writer of Trainspotting. ECSTASY is a dark romantic comedy, based on the controversial book, "Ecstasy", by Irvine Welsh. "Ecstasy", was translated into 20 languages and was a number one bestseller in over 20 countries. Mr. Welsh's first book, "Trainspotting", published in 1993, (and voted by Waterstone, Europe's largest bookstore chain, as one of the Ten Best Books of the Century), sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, and has its own Cinematic Cinderella success story. The film is to shoot in Scotland and Northern Ontario and will be directed by Rob Heydon, award-winning director of music videos and commercials. Producing the film are Rob Heydon of ECSTASY Film Inc of Toronto, Canada and Ashley Pover of Proteus Entertainment of London, England. Joni Cuquet will be Executive Producing. For more information on ECSTASY go to http://www.myspace.com/
The cast will include: Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings, Master and Commander), and Richard E. Grant (Dracula, Gosford Park, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, and Withnail & I)
Media contact for interviews or more information, that PR thing:
Danielle Iversen, Publicist
Or Jennifer, Assistant416.923.6566 or d@thatPRthing.com
Friday, August 15, 2008
We regard our film projects as friends who live with us. Life's not been easy on our flatmates (troubled childhood, political persecution, lovesickness...). Sometimes they might have to put their feet on the table, eat the cookies in bed or shed tears into the wine glass. Sometimes they're overdue with the rent or with the dishes. But they make us laugh and cry, entertain our guests and bring in flowers they've picked. They'll clear out the crumbs. And we'll be a little bit sad when they move out to conquer the theatres.