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Lab News:

We are happy to announce we are now interviewing for our upcoming Filmmaking 1 Lab in Los Angeles this Fall. For more information, feel free to contact us .

Kudos to our fantastic actor Kai Lennox who just wrapped filming in Barcelona. He will be seen in Carles Torrens upcoming feature "Emergo".


Awards Watch:

The Vintner’s Luck just received 6 nominations at the New Zealand Film Awards. Congratulations to Niki Caro (director/ co-writer), Joan Scheckel (co-writer), and stars Jeremie Renier, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Gaspard Ulliel and Vera Farmiga.

The nominations include:

Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film: Vera Farmiga
Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film: Keisha Castle-Hughes
Best Cinematography in a Feature Film: Denis Lenoir
Best Production Design in a Feature Film: Grant Major
Best Visual Effects in a Feature Film: George Ritchie

Director, Ellen Kuras, and producer, Flora Fernandez-Marengo, have won the 2010 Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking Emmy for their riveting documentary Nerakhoon (The Betrayal). Congratulations!!!

Richard Press’, director of Bill Cunningham New York, has just won the audience award for Best Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Additional awards include:

Sydney International Film Festival: Audience Award for Best Documentary
Nantucket Film Festival: Best Storytelling for Documentaries Award

Festival Roundup:

Congratulations to all the filmmakers and actors in our community with films screening at the
Toronto International Film Festival

Congratulations to director Mike Mills whose film “Beginners”, executive produced by Joan Scheckel, premieres in Toronto’s Special Presentation category. This fantastic project stars Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor and our own fav Kai Lennox.

Malcolm Venville’s “Henry’s Crime” has been chosen to screen in the TIFF Special Presentations category. Congrats to Malcolm, writer Sacha Gervasi, and stars Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga.

Director Mark Romanek’s “ Never Let Me Go,”  starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley has also been selected to screen in this year’s TIFF Special Presentations. Congratulations!

Screening times and details here.

Jake Scott’s “Welcome to the Rileys” will be in competition at the 36th Deauville American Film Festival. Congrats Jake!

Films in Post Production:

Flora Fernandez-Marengo wrapped on her directorial debut “The Invitation”, starring Erin Way and Carlo Corbellini. The short was shot by Lisa Leone and Ellen Kuras.  Kudos all around!

Filmmaker, artist and writer, Miranda July, just wrapped principal photography on her second feature, “The Future”. Congrats.

Gaspard Ulliel, co-star in The Vintner’s Luck, can be 
seen in the much talked about Bleu de Chanel commercial, directed by Martin
Scorsese. Great work Gaspard! Watch the video here.

Josh Close just finished acting in both “Isolation” and “Thorne: Sleepyhead”. Congrats!

Films In Production:

Orlando Bloom has just started filming his next project, Paul Anderson’s “The Three Musketeers”, written by Andrew Davies. The long roster of talented co-stars include Milla Jovovich, Logan Lerman, Christoph Waltz, Matthew Macfayden, Mads Mikkelsen and Ray Stevenson. Good wishes to all of you.

Don Handfield is currently in Michigan directing “Touchback” with Brian Presley and Kurt Russell. Yay!

Luis Aldana and Miguel Caballero are currently filming “On The Run”, a feature they act in, produce and wrote. Kudos!

Films in Pre-Production:

Director Haifaa Al Mansour will soon begin filming “Wajda”, last year’s Abu Dhabi Film Commission Shasha Grant winner. Best wishes to you!

Ellie Kanner-Zuckerman is prepping to direct her newest film “For The Love of Money” by Jenna Mattison and featuring Luis Aldana. Congrats to all!

Katja von Garnier’s new feature, “Hector and the Search for Happiness” is now location scouting. Congratulations.


Niki Caro’s latest film The Vintner’s Luck (co-written with Joan Scheckel) opens in Japan this October. Congrats!

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Diane Martel finished directing the newest Harley Davidson commercial. Kudos, kudos.

Congratulations to Chris Milk on his groundbreaking new music video for Arcade Fire. What a beautiful way of bringing technology, music and content together. Check it out at: http://thewildernessdowntown.com. The video is best seen in Google Chrome or Safari.


Films in Post Production:

Adam Rose can be seen acting in the upcoming Kenneth Lonergan feature “Margaret”. The incredible cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno and Allison Janney. Congrats!

Mike Bennt recently performed in the feature “Final Sale”. Congratulations.

Actress/ Producer/ Writer Bryce Dallas Howard has just wrapped on the project “Live With It”, also starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anna Kendrick. Congrats!

Films in Production:

Director, Anne Renton, and actor, Jason Ritter, are currently filming “The Perfect Family” with Emily Deschanel and Kathleen Turner. Kudos to all of you, including Paula Goldberg and Claire Riley for writing a beautiful script.

Kiwi Smith, Karen McCullah Lutz and Janet Evanovich, writers of “One for the Money”, must be very proud. Their newest project is currently filming in Pennsylvania. Congrats!


LAB NEWS: LADL72 wraps in LA. A heart felt thank you to everyone for your inspiring work! The amount of talent you each have is immense and we are grateful to have been a part of your quest for better storytelling. Thank you Flora Fernandez-Marengo, Erin Way, Carlo Corbellini, Haifaa Al Mansour, Meg Kelley, Daniela Sea, Brittany Ishibashi, Leslie McCleave, Miguel Caballero, Branka Katic, Kiwi Smith, Caitlin Mulvey, Diane Martel, Alex Hydewhite, Jason Lew, Ellie Kanner-Zuckerman, Luis Aldana, Josh Close, Chris Milk, Don O. Knowlton and Stephen Macht.

(the last class)


Lab News:

Filmmaking 1 Lab in Los Angeles will start Wednesday, June 23 and end Wednesday, July 28. 

Films in Post Production:

Director Peter Odiorne, writer Gail Gilchriest, producer Justin Moore-Lewy, and actor Keith David just wrapped principal photography on “The Greening of Whitney Brown,” also known as “Destination:Home.” Way to go all!

Mike Mills new film, “Beginners” executive produced by Joan Scheckel, starring Ewan McGreggor and Christopher Plummer, features Kai Lennox and is now in Post!!

Writer/Actor Jason Lew and producer/actor Bryce Dallas Howard must be ecstatic! Their newest project, “The Untitled Gus Van Sant Project” formerly “Restless” (based on Jason’s play “Of Winter and Waterbirds”) has just wrapped filming in Oregon.

Seth Gabel can be seen acting in the upcoming Michael Dowse’s “Kids in America”.

Francois Alaux and Herve De Crecy recently finished directing their futuristic short, written by Tim Sexton. We can’t wait to see it!

More congrats to Bryce Dallas Howard who finished playing a vampire in the mega series “Twilight’s” third installment “Eclipse” out later this year. Next she will star in  Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” with Matt Damon, produced by Steven Speilberg.

Actress O-Lan Jonesnewest project “Queens of Country” just went into post.

Films in Production:

Malcolm Venville has begun directing the Sacha Gervasi scribed “Henry’s Crime,” starring Keanu Reeves, in NYC. Good wishes.

Films in Pre- Production:

Miranda July will be directing her newest feature “The Future”. Congrats to her and producer Gina Kwon.


Adam Lambert has recently completed the successful Glam Nation Tour. Congrats!

Check out Films for more films out now or coming soon!


LAB NEWS: LASMAL48 wraps in LA. Thank you to all the wonderful actors who participated in our Shakespeare Master Acting Lab. Thank you Monique Curnen, Keith David, Tom Gallagher, Don O. Knowlton, Kai Lennox, Lisa Leone, Carlo Corbellini, Daniela Sea, David Sussman, Marisa Tomei and Erin Way.


Awards Watch:

Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga were recently nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Supporting Actress awards. What an honor. Congrats!

Films in Pre- Production:

Catherine Jarvis will be directing her script, “Maestro”, in the next few months. Congratulations!


Jalal and Emily recently had a beautiful baby girl, Lila Camile Rose. She is absolutely gorgeous! A heart felt congratulations to our friends!

Simone Horrocks recently finished directing her feature “After the Waterfall”. We are very excited and can’t wait to see it!

Pat Healy is currently filming “The Innkeepers”. Yay!


LAB NEWS: LADL71 wraps in LA. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Each and every single one of you are absolutely brilliant and it is was an honor to work with you. Thank you Guy Shelmerdine, Barbara Bain, Chet Grissom, Brittany Ballard, Glory Simon, Erin Way, Anne Renton, O-Lan Jones, Marianna Palka, Francesca Gregorini, Gloria Gruber, Caitlin Mulvey, Lisa Leone, Brittany Ishibashi, Cyrus Farmer, Tom Gallagher, Monique Curnen, Kai Lennox, Don Handfield, Mike Bentt, Rebecca Wackler, Daniela Sea, Marisa Tomei and Glory Simon.


Monique Curnen just finished acting in the Chicago feature “Mr. Sophistication”. Congrats!

Marc Turtletaub’s short “Looking at Animals” just screened at the annual New Directors/New Films 2010 Festival organized by the Museum of Modern Art. Kudos, kudos!

Keith David can be seen performing on a big screen near you in his latest project “Death at a Funeral”. Congrats!