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August 12, 2014

Actor and comic Robin Williams found dead at 63

Actor and comic Robin Williams found dead at 63

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The US comedy actor Robin Williams was found dead yesterday by the Marin County, California Sheriff’s Office, apparently by asphyxiation. Williams had been suffering from depression and announced he would re-engage in a twelve-step program.

Williams was the star of a whole series of comedy films winning an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting and Golden Globes for his acting in Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, and The Fisher King. As well as films and television, Williams did stand-up comedy and appeared on chat shows; he appeared on the finale of Johnny Carson‘s tenure hosting The Tonight Show.

Williams’ initial claim to national fame was his role in Mork and Mindy where he played an alien who comes to earth, falls in love and gets married to a woman, Mindy McConnell, played by Pam Dawber.

Susan Schneider, Williams’ wife, said: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

President Barack Obama paid tribute to Williams: “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

Comedian Steve Martin tweeted: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted: “I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.”

Born in 1951, Williams leaves behind his third wife, and three children: daughter Zelda, 25, and two sons—Zachary, 31, and Cody, 19.



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March 31, 2014

Eleventh Docudays UA concludes

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The Eleventh International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA, in Kyiv, Ukraine, ended on Friday.

The Awards Ceremony was held in the Red Hall of the Kyiv Cinema House. There were 36 documentary films competing for prizes in three festival programs: DOCU/Short, DOCU/Right, DOCU/Life. There were also special prizes from Students’ Jury, Audience Award, and the Andriy Matrosov Award from Docudays UA Organizing Committee.

The special guest of the Awards Ceremony was a symbol of the festival — Nikita Mikhalko. He is featured on the official posters of the festival. Nikita was on Maidan Nezalezhnosti on February 19, in the morning. The picture of him was chosen by the organizers as the “image that would deliver the spirit of our [Docudays UA] festival to the best of its possible might”. The piece of movie where he is taking tangerines from a woman that morning has become the official trailer of the festival. The episode is featured in the opening film of the festival Euromaidan: Rough Cut. Thus Nikita and his burning glasses have become the symbols of the festival. The organizers decided to find out who the symbol of the festival was, and if he was alive. They have started looking for him and luckily, they were able to ask him to come as a special guest of the Awards Ceremony. Nikita had the opportunity to say on the microphone, “Slava Ukraini” (Glory to Ukraine), and have the whole hall hollering back at him, “Heroiam Slava” (Glory to the Heroes).

The Eleventh Docudays UA Winners are (in the order of awarding):

Audience Award

The Audience Award went to Joanna, directed by Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 2013.

Student’s Jury Award

The Students’ Jury Award went to Tucker and the Fox, directed by Arash Lahooti, Iran, 2013, awarded for “an optimistic story about a life-long passion”.

DOCU/Short

Joanna, directed by Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 2013, received special mention. The jury chose it for “filmmaker’s ability to be both intimate and discreet”

Mom, directed by Lidia Sheinina, Russia, 2013, received special mention for “ability of the filmmaker to find in the closed world of one apartment ‘things that quicken the heart'”.

The main prize went to Liza, Go Home!, directed by Oksana Buraja, Lithuania, Estonia, 2012. The film was awarded for “filmmaker’s poetic sensibility and respect for other humans’ secrets”.

Andrei Zagdansky, a Ukrainian-American, was awarding. The other two members of the jury were Victoria Belopolskaya of Russia, and Stéphanie Lamorré of France.

DOCU/Right

No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, directed by Callum Macrae, UK, 2013, received special mention. The film was awarded for “the powerful use of video advocacy in global awareness-raising and opinion-shaping regarding the mass murders of civilians belonging to a Tamil minority in Sri Lanka”.

Captain and His Pirate, directed by Andy Wolff, Belgium, Germany, 2012, received special mention for “exceptional courage of the film crew and an outstanding presentation of international piracy phenomenon as presented by a victim and his prison guard”.

The main prize went to Mother’s Dream, directed by Valerie Gudenus, Switzerland, 2013. The jury awarded the film for “a highly sensitive, empathic, and artistic presentation of a controversial and socially resonant human rights problem, affecting the fates of women and children globally”.

Natalka Zubar of Ukraine announced the winners. The other two members of the jury were Andrzej Poczobut of Belarus, and Oksana Sarkisova of Hungary.

DOCU/Life

Crepuscule, directed by Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukraine, 2014, received special mention. The film was awarded for “a visually and emotionally superior depiction of human resilience, sensibility, and interdependence”.

Night Labor, directed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, USA, Canada, 2013, received special mention for “a provocative, atypical, allegorical description of industrial work and personal freedom”.

The main prize went to The Last Limousine, directed by Daria Khlestkina, Russia, 2014, awarded for “a dignified, compassionate portrayal of state-factory workers lost in transition, but not in humanity”. The jury mentioned the film was perfectly casted.

The whole jury was present: Boris Mitić of Serbia, Chris McDonald of Canada, and Simone Baumann of Germany.

Andriy Matrosov Award from the Docudays UA Organizing Committee

The Andrey Matrosove Award went to A Diary of a Journey, directed by Piotr Stasik, Poland, 2013.

Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 01.JPG People are gathering.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 02.JPG A queue is forming.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 08.JPG The Red Hall of the Kyiv Cinema House.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 12.JPG The hosts of the event are the journalists Andrii Saichuk and Nataliia Humeniuk.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 17.JPG Nataliia Humeniuk, translator and photographer.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 19.JPGNikita Mikhalko is featured on the festival poster and trailer.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 21.JPG The festival gift shop team is giving the Audience Award.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 22.JPG The film Joanna (director Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 2013) is awarded.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 23.JPG The representative of Aneta Kopacz is taking the prize.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 26.JPG The Students’ Jury: Viktor Kylymar, Oleksandr Shkrabak, Halia Vasylenko, Petro Vyalkov, Tetyana Chesalova.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 29.JPG Tucker and the Fox (director Arash Lahooti, Iran, 2013) is awarded.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 32.JPG The googles would help him to film even more.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 33.JPG The Festival diploma.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 34.JPG The cobblestone from Maidan Nezalezhnosti is the main festival trophy.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 36.JPG The trophy goes to Iran.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 40.JPG Andrei Zagdansky (Ukraine) announces the winners for DOCU/Short.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 41.JPG The first special mention: Joanna (Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 2013).
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 42.JPG The representative of the director.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 43.JPG The 2nd special mention: Mom (director Lidia Sheinina, Russia, 2013).
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 44.JPG Main prize: Liza, Go Home! (director Oksana Buraja, Lithuania, Estonia, 2012).
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 46.JPG The journalist, director Natalka Zubar.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 48.JPG Special mention: No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka (director Callum Macrae, UK, 2013) Anthem of Ukraine.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 49.JPG Special mention: Captain and His Pirate (director Andy Wolff, Belgium, Germany, 2012).
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 50.JPG Main prize: Mother’s Dream (director Valerie Gudenus, Switzerland, 2013).
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 53.JPG Ambassador of Switzerland to Ukraine Christian Schoenenberger is taking the prize.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 54.JPG Chris McDonald (Canada), Simone Baumann (Germany).
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 55.JPG Special mention: Crepuscule (director Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukraine, 2014).
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 58.JPG Boris Mitić (Serbia), Simone Baumann.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 59.JPG Special mention: Night Labor (directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, USA, Canada, 2013).
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 62.JPG Main prize: The Last Limousine (director Daria Khlestkina, Russia, 2014).
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 57.JPG The Last Limousine.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 63.JPG Daria Khlestkina.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 64.JPG The cobblestone from Maidan Nezalezhnosti is taken to Moscow.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 66.JPG Andriy Matrosov Award from the Organizing Committee.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 Awards Ceremony 68.JPG A Diary of a Journey (director Piotr Stasik, Poland, 2013) is awarded.
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After the ceremony The Last Limousine, the winning film of DOCU/Life program, was screened.

The festival was first held in 2003, called at that time Docudays on Human Rights. In 2006 the festival was accepted as part of the international Human Rights Film Network at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. It is usually held during the last week of March.



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March 23, 2014

Docudays UA eleventh edition opens

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The Eleventh International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival opened Friday in the Red Hall of the Kyiv Cinema House, in Kyiv, Ukraine. The festival spans eight days, ending on March 28.

Competition programs are divided into DOCU/Right, DOCU/Life, and DOCU/Short. Each program has its own jury that consists of famous human rights activists, film producers, directors, critics, writers etc. Among them are Andrzej Poczobut (Belorus), Natalka Zubar (Ukraine), Oksana Sarkisova (Hungary), Boris Mitić (Serbia), Chris McDonald (Canada), Simone Baumann (Germany), Andrei Zagdansky (Ukraine), Victoria Belopolskaya (Russia), and Stephanie Lamorre (France). Students’ Jury and Audience Awards are also to be given. The Organizing Committee is to award an Andriy Matrosov Award.

Non-competition programs are divided into areas titles Ideorruption, DOCU/Ukraine, DOCU/Riot, DOCU/Art, DOCU/Best, HOT DOCS presents, Artdocfest presents, and Andrei Zagdansky Retrospective.

The best films are also to be shown during Docudays UA Travelling Festival.

The opening film was called Euromaidan: Rough Cut. It was a combination of shots of different film directors that have been filming the protests in Ukraine during these past four months. Organizers and creators explained, “This is what it is. It is actually a ‘rough cut’. It is a collection of different episodes”.

Kyiv Docudays 2014 51.JPG The Red Hall of the Kyiv Cinema House. It’s waiting time still.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 27.JPG A special guest is an actress and singer Mariana Sadovska.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 55.JPG Andrii Saichuk and Nataliia Humeniuk.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 I 09.JPG Andrii Saichuk.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 57.JPG Ambassador of Sweden to Ukraine Andreas von Beckerath.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 61.JPG Docudays UA PR-director Dariia Averchenko.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 65.JPG The creators of the opening film ‘Euromaidan, Rough Cut’.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 I 19.JPG The people are singing the Anthem of Ukraine.
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The festival was first held in 2003, called at that time Docudays on Human Rights. In 2006 the festival was accepted as part of the international Human Rights Film Network at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. It is usually held during the last week of March.

In 2013, the festival opened with a performance, showing Berkut — Ukrainian special police — oppressing the journalists:

KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9639-1.jpg A bailiff is reading out the court desicion.
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9640-1.jpg The surname of the judge is Pomidorov (Tomato’s – Wikinews).
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9641-1.jpg «The festival and meeting are prohibited…».
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9642-1.jpg «…as there are too many people gathered here and it is not safe for the population».
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9643-1.jpg The announcers ask lawyers to help them.
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9644-1.jpg The bailiff has lost this case.
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September 2, 2013

Veteran journalist David Frost dies aged 74

Veteran journalist David Frost dies aged 74

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The British broadcaster and journalist Sir David Frost has died of a heart attack, aged 74.

Best known for an interview with former President Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal, Frost died on Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech. “His family are devastated, and ask for privacy at this difficult time,” said a statement released from Frost’s family.

Frost got his start in the early 1960s presenting on satirical BBC show That Was The Week That Was. With a career spanning five decades, Frost would go on to interview an extensive list of the famous and powerful – including virtually every British Prime Minister and US President of his time, as well as royalty, celebrities and leaders including Mikhail Gorbachev and The Beatles. Highly versatile, Frost would prove confident at both serious political journalism as well as light entertainment and comedy, hosting sketch show The Frost Report in the mid-60s.

Frost famously interviewed former US President Richard Nixon in 1977, during which Nixon apologized for the Watergate scandal—where Nixon had bugged the offices of political opponents. The face-off would be turned into multi-Oscar nominated film Frost/Nixon in 2008, with Frost played by Michael Sheen.

Frost wrote 17 books, produced eight films and started the British television networks London Weekend Television and TV-am. He became Sir David after being knighted in 1993, and won numerous awards for his work throughout his time.

Frost is survived by his wife Carina and their three sons.



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February 18, 2013

Country superstar Mindy McCready commits suicide

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37-year-old country music star Mindy McCready shot herself at her residence in Heber Springs, Arkansas last Sunday, as the result of an apparent suicide. The singer, whose real name is Melinda Gayle McCready topped the country music charts in 1996, with her hit song, “Guys Do It All the Time”. In more recent years she struggled with many personal issues.

Reports indicate Ms. McCready first shot her dog that had previously located the bullet that took the life of her boyfriend David Wilson; she then proceeded to turn the gun on herself. McReady’s body was found on the same porch where her Wilson had died on February 13, 2013. McReady leaves behind two young children, 6-year-old son, Zander and 9month-old, Zayne.

At the time of her death, McReady had only recently been discharged from a rehab facility after spending two days there as an inpatient due to a court order. But years of struggling with drugs and alcohol abuse, three suicide attempts, and trouble with the law, came to an end on Sunday tragically when Ms. McCready apparently decided to take her life.



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February 13, 2013

\’Banana Joe\’ wins Westminster

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Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, a five-year-old Affenpinscher, won last night’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Joe is the first Affenpinscher to win Westminster’s Best in Show. The small black dog beat out six other dogs that had won in their respective contest groups — Adam, a Smooth Fox Terrier; Oakley, a German Wirehaired Pointer; Jewel, an American Foxhound; Matisse, a Portuguese Water Dog; Honor, a Bichon Frisé, and crowd favorite Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog — to win the title.

Joe will be turning six next month and is retiring from his career as a show dog. Today, he is to fly back to the country of his birth, The Netherlands.



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Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, a five-year-old Affenpinscher, won last night’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Joe is the first Affenpinscher to win Westminster’s Best in Show. The small black dog beat out six other dogs that had won in their respective contest groups — Adam, a Smooth Fox Terrier; Oakley, a German Wirehaired Pointer; Jewel, an American Foxhound; Matisse, a Portuguese Water Dog; Honor, a Bichon Frisé, and crowd favorite Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog — to win the title.

Joe will be turning six next month and is retiring from his career as a show dog. Today, he and his owner Mieke Cooijmans are flying back to the country of his birth, The Netherlands.



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February 4, 2013

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The United States’ Directors Guild of America awarded Czech-born movie director Miloš Forman their lifetime achievement award on Saturday. He thus joined a list of about 30 prominent directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles and Francis Ford Coppola. Forman was unable to visit the ceremony due to illness. The guild’s members symbolically greeted him by a toast led by their president Taylor Hackford.

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Miloš Forman, 80, has been living in America since 1968. Two of his movies, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, have received the Academy Awards for the best motion picture, and he made other acclaimed movies like Hair, Valmont, Man on the Moon and The People vs. Larry Flynt. He was invited to America after his Czech-language movie The Fireman’s Ball (Czech title: Hoří, má panenko) had received an Academy Award nomination for best foreign language film. When he was getting to make his first English language movie, Taking Off, the Directors Guild endorsed him in his effort to work together with cinematographer and a fellow Czech Miroslav Ondříček.

The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood presented of two Forman’s movies on Friday to celebrate the event: The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon.

The gala evening of the Directors Guild of America preceded the Academy Awards ceremony. The guild also honored Ben Afleck’s movie Argo, a front-runner for the Academy Awards that take place February 24.



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December 30, 2012

\’The Hobbit\’ hits top box office for third week in a row

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A standee outside the Embassy Theater in Wellington, New Zealand at the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Since its opening Christmas Day, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – a film based on the novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien – has been a hit in movie theaters around the World. In North America, the film has successfully outsold other anticipated movie releases for the past three weekends.

According to Warner Bros, the movie earned $18.1 million its opening day; since then, it has made a North American total of $222.7 million, and a worldwide total of $686.7 million. It was estimated that by the time the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, the movie must have surpassed a total of $700 million.

The movie was directed by Peter Jackson, and is the first of three films based on the famous novel. The Hobbit has been released in multiple formats including traditional 2D, 3D and a special 48 frames per second version which provides a sharper, improved visual experience.

The Hobbit’s competition at the box office include popular newly released movies Les Miserables and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. They came in second and third place over the weekend earning $30.7 million and $28 million, respectively.


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November 19, 2012

Filmmaker David Whittet — Changing the world, one project at a time.

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David won a World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca) Foundation Award in 1998 for a project to develop family medicine in rural India. The award was presented at the closing ceremony of the 15th Wonca World Conference of Family Medicine in Dublin, Ireland.

The Wonca Executive were amazed with what David achieved with a modest budget of GBP 1.500. The project was successful in developing a sustainable model of family practice appropriate to the needs of the local population and able to be continued by the local doctors. The project has stood the test of time and David was approached to develop and adapt the model used in India for a rural part of Cambodia.

David was awarded a further Wonca Foundation Award at the 19th Wonca World Conference in Cancun, Mexico in May 2010 to support the project in Cambodia. David remains the only New Zealander to have won this award.

David’s Current Family Medicine Project – Developing Family Medicine in Rural Cambodia



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