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Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury

Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury
British documentarian Michael Apted, who broke ground with decades-long chronicles of subjects’ lives, will chair the Camerimage fest main competition jury, the organization has announced.

Heather Stewart, creative director at the British Film Institute, and cinematographers Christian Berger (“The White Ribbon”), Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano”), Stephen Goldblatt (“Lethal Weapon”), Karl Walter Lindenlaub (“Independence Day”) and Anastas N. Michos (“Man on the Moon”) will also serve, evaluating the best in world cinematography Nov. 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Director-producer Brad Silberling (“City of Angels”) will lead the Polish films competition jury, alongside cinematographers Andrew Dunn (“The Bodyguard”), Denis Lenoir (“Demonlover”), Claudio Miranda (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and VFX supervisor Mark H. Weingartner (“Inception”).

Last year’s docu prize achievement winner Jay Rosenblatt (“Human Remains”) will preside over the docu features jury, serving with writer-producer-director Sheila Curran Bernard (“Slavery by Another Name”), Dp John Davey (“La danse”), producer Karen Konicek (Zipporah Films) and director-producer Kristine Samuelson (“Arthur and Lillie
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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President
When the Academy Board of Governors convened Tuesday night to pick the 34th AMPAS president, all eyes were on Laura Dern as the frontrunner. Instead, the outcome was a surprise: While three potential candidates had emerged from the 54-member body, including popular actors branch governor Dern, with her career in full-throttle she declined her nomination and supported casting director David Rubin, who was eventually elected Treasurer. Documentarian Rory Kennedy did not get an expected nomination; instead cinematographer John Bailey ran against Rubin.

Finally the board voted for Bailey, who represents the 7000-member Academy’s still-dominant constituents: older white men. At age 74, Bailey replaces publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the third woman and first African American to hold the post) who leaves the board after a tumultuous four-year term.

During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the
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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President
When the Academy Board of Governors convened Tuesday night to pick the 34th AMPAS president, all eyes were on Laura Dern as the frontrunner. Instead, the outcome was a surprise: While three potential candidates had emerged from the 54-member body, including popular actors branch governor Dern, with her career in full-throttle she declined her nomination and supported casting director David Rubin, who was eventually elected Treasurer. Documentarian Rory Kennedy did not get an expected nomination; instead cinematographer John Bailey ran against Rubin.

Finally the board voted for Bailey, who represents the 7000-member Academy’s still-dominant constituents: older white men. At age 74, Bailey replaces publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the third woman and first African American to hold the post) who leaves the board after a tumultuous four-year term.

During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the
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Cinematographer John Bailey elected Academy president

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Cinematographer John Bailey elected Academy president
He replaces Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Cinematographer John Bailey has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bailey was chosen by the Academy’s board of governors on Tuesday night (8 August) and succeeds outgoing president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Bailey’s cinematography credits include Ordinary People, American Gigolo and Groundhog Day. In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers lifetime achievement award.

He is currently an Academy board member representing the cinematographers’ branch, where he is serving his fourteenth year on the board. As president he will work alongside Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

The board also elected new officers, they are:

Lois Burwell, first vice president (chair, awards and events committee)Kathleen Kennedy, vice president (chair, museum committee)Michael Tronick, vice president (chair, preservation and history committee)Nancy Utley, vice president (chair, education and outreach committee)Jim Gianopulos, treasurer (chair, finance committee)David Rubin, secretary (chair, membership and administration committee)

Gianopulos, Kennedy, Rubin
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John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy

John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy
John Bailey has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Tuesday. The 74-year-old cinematographer was chosen by a vote of the Academy’s Board of Governors, which met on Tuesday evening at the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters. Other officers elected at the board meeting were Lois Burwell, first vice president; Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Tronick and Nancy Utley, vice presidents; Jim Gianopulos, treasurer; and David Rubin, secretary. Kennedy, Utley, Gianopulos and Rubin occupied the same positions last year. Also Read: Tucker Carlson Attacks Filmmaker Over Climate Change: 'What's in Your Medicine Cabinet?
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John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy

John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy
In a surprise victory, cinematographer John Bailey has been elected the 36th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that annually presents the Oscars for excellence in filmmaking. The decision was made Tuesday night at a monthly meeting of the AMPAS board of governors.

The new Academy leader will succeed exiting president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who served a maximum four-year term in the role and, along with CEO Dawn Hudson, oversaw many dramatic shifts in the movie monolith’s demographical makeup and procedural status quo.

Bailey, 74, is a dark-horse winner. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,” “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award, but he has never received an Oscar nomination.

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Oscar Week 2017: Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium

By Gary Salem

Oscar Week celebrated three exceptional nominees at the annual Makeup & Hairstyling Symposium: “A Man Called Ove,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Branch governor and longtime host Leonard Engelman started the event with a favorite story about 20th Century Fox lobbying the Academy to award John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for “Planet of the Apes” in 1968. He was joined by fellow governors Kathryn Blondell and Lois Burwell in welcoming the nominees and giving an inside look at the bake-off and nomination process.

Burwell said the branch meets twice a year to discuss the films that members think should be viewed in a theater and considered for seven finalists. Branch members also communicate throughout the year to bring attention to outstanding work. The seven finalists are usually narrowed down to three nominees but there have been years with two and four nominees.

The audience included several past
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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules
Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing
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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules
Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing
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BAFTA Announces Partnership With Beijing Film Academy

Read More: For Your Consideration: Predicting the BAFTA Award Nominations The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced their signing of an agreement with the Beijing Film Academy, a Memorandum of Understanding the pledges to link the two institutions. The Memorandum was facilitated by Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, and Zhang Huijun, President of the Beijing Film Academy.  The partnership has been forged in pursuit of a stronger cultural exchange between the two vastly different film, television and game markets. With the signing of the memorandum, BAFTA aims to feature a series of events centered on interviews, lectures and masterclasses showcasing Chinese talent. Directors and actors like Johnnie To, Duncan Kenworthy, Eddie Redmayne and Lois Burwell have already collaborated in the cultural exchange since 2013, so BAFTA and the Beijing Film Academy is eager to bring in even more talent for 2016. The agreement is...
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Academy Picks New Board of Governors, Adds 3 Women to Last Year's Total

Academy Picks New Board of Governors, Adds 3 Women to Last Year's Total
This year's Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. Women directors Kimberly Pierce and Ava DuVernay were trying to unseat incumbent veteran Michael Mann, but he kept his seat, while documentarian Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, was elected to the Board for the first time, one of four new governors. The others are Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Michael Giacchino, Music Branch; and Daryn Okada, Cinematographers Branch. Yet three more women are on the board than last year, 17 to 14.  A runoff election is required for the Writers Branch, as Larry Karaszewski and Billy Ray tied. Voting for the runoff election via online and paper ballots will begin Thursday, July 16, and end Wednesday, July 22.  The Academy last held a runoff election in 2009 for the Directors Branch.   Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include Jim Bissell, Designers Branch; Tom Hanks, Actors Branch
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2015–16 Board of Governors

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2015–16 Board of Governors. A runoff election is required for the Writers Branch. “I’m excited to welcome our four new governors to the Board and congratulate those who have been reelected,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Our Board is made up of some of the most experienced and respected professionals in our industry, and we look forward to working with them on our ongoing goals of increasing member engagement and expanding the Academy’s outreach to our global film community.” Those elected to the Board for the first time are Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Michael Giacchino, Music Branch; Rory Kennedy, Documentary Branch; and Daryn Okada, Cinematographers Branch. Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include Jim Bissell, Designers Branch; Tom Hanks, Actors Branch; Kathleen Kennedy, Producers Branch; John Knoll, Visual Effects Branch; Bill Kroyer,
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Oscars: Academy Elects New Board of Governors Members

Oscars: Academy Elects New Board of Governors Members
Composer Michael Giacchino, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, makeup artist Lois Burwell and cinematographer Daryn Okada have been elected to the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization announced Friday. However, less than six months after the directors branch of the Academy failed to nominate Ava DuVernay for best director for her work on Selma, she lost in her quest to be elected by the 382 members of the branch to one of the board of governors seats. Instead, the branch reelected incumbent Michael Mann to another three-year term. The other incumbent governors

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Academy Diversity Moving Forward With 17 Women on the Board

Academy Diversity Moving Forward With 17 Women on the Board
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences now has 17 women on the board of governors, compared to 14 for the past year.

The org unveiled its new board members Friday morning. Elected to the board for the first time are Lois Burwell, makeup artists and hairstylists branch; Michael Giacchino, music branch; Rory Kennedy, documentary branch; and Daryn Okada, cinematographers branch.

Incumbent governors re-elected to the board include Jim Bissell, designers branch; Tom Hanks, actors branch; Kathleen Kennedy, producers branch; John Knoll, visual effects branch; Bill Kroyer, short films and feature animation branch; Michael Mann, directors branch; Scott Millan, sound branch; Deborah Nadoolman Landis, costume designers branch; and Bernard Telsey, casting directors branch.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are governors Jim Gianopulos, executives branch; Marvin Levy, public relations branch; and Carol Littleton, film editors branch.

There are 51 members on the board, with three reps from each of the Academy’s 17 branches.
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Academy Elects Michael Giacchino, Rory Kennedy to Board of Governors

Academy Elects Michael Giacchino, Rory Kennedy to Board of Governors
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected 17 members of its Board of Governors, with nine incumbents returning to the board and composer Michael Giacchino, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, makeup artist Lois Burwell and cinematographer Daryn Okada claiming seats as first-time governors. Three other former governors will return to the board, with executive Jim Gianopoulos, public relations executive Marvin Levy and film editor Carol Littleton reclaiming seats they once held. One seat remains unfilled, with Larry Karaszewski and Billy Ray tying in the contest for an open seat in the Writers Branch. A runoff election between the two.
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BAFTA awards first Hong Kong scholarships

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A British student has become the first ever recipient of a BAFTA scholarship to study fine arts in Hong Kong.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the names of the first ever recipients of BAFTA scholarships in Hong Kong, ahead of a series of events in October as part of its continuing outreach into Asia.

British student Tian Macleod Ji, from Oxford, has been awarded a scholarship to study Master of Fine Arts (Mfa) in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong as part of the BAFTA Scholarship Programme supported by the Yip Foundation.

In addition, Wan Pin Chu has been awarded the BAFTA Yip Foundation Scholarships, reserved for Hong Kong residents, towards the Master of Composition (MComp) in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music in London.

The scholarships, which are aimed at talented individuals in financial need, cover course fees and also include a bursary for expenses
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Face Off Comes to Halloween Horror Nights

That's right, kids! Both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage will be simultaneously haunt... what's that? Not the John Woo flick? Damn it! We're talking about the amazing creatures created for the Syfy channel's TV show "Face Off." My bad. Yep! They're coming! Read on for details.

From the Press Release

The most twisted and gruesome character creations featured on Syfy’s hit competition series “Face Off” will be live and “In the Flesh” at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Friday, September 19.

Nightmarish creatures will surround guests on both coasts as the macabre visions of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists from the show are brought to life.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all new street experience with ten different character creations inspired by the acclaimed Syfy series, including a look designed by Season 5 “Face Off
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Face Off: First Look at the Cast and Challenges for 'Life and Death' Season

Face Off: First Look at the Cast and Challenges for 'Life and Death' Season
Syfy’s Face Off this summer will literally be a matter of “Life and Death,” as in the official theme for Season 7 — and TVLine has your exclusive first look at the new cycle’s cast and challenges.

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In fact, Season 7′s death element comes into play in the Tuesday, July 22 opener, when 16 special effects make-up artists are thrust into a Sudden Death challenge where they must create a character that represents either aspect of this season’s theme (as seen in the exclusive photos below; click to zoom).

McKenzie Westmore is back for Season 7 as host,
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Syfy Renews Face Off for a Seventh Season

While it probably won’t come as a surprise, Syfy announced that Face Off will be back for a seventh season that will kick off in July. Here’s a look at the official press release that also reveals that a new judge will be joining the special effects make-up competition:

“After a bold and extreme season of competition, three artists remain in the fight for the title of season 6 Face Off champion – George Schminky of Walnut Creek, CA by way of Puerto Rico; Rashaad Santiago of Bronx, NY; and Tyler Green of Litchfield, Ct. For their final challenge, they will each create a pair of rival alien races, all of whom will be performing in an electrifying dance performance for world famous music producer and DJ, Rusko. The season 6 finale episode of Face Off airs Tuesday, April 22 at 9Pm Et/Pt on Syfy.

Syfy also confirms that the critically-acclaimed
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Syfy's 'Face Off' Renewed for Seventh Season

Syfy's 'Face Off' Renewed for Seventh Season
Syfy wants more Face Off. Ahead of the season-six closer, the NBCUniversal-operated cable network has renewed the competition series for a seventh season with a July premiere. The new season will follow a theme of "Life and Death" and will introduce a new judge, Oscar-winning makeup artist Lois Burwell (Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan). Every week, contestants will face creative challenges designed to inspire them to explore life, death, rebirth and mortality. McKenzie Westmore is host, with judges Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page. Michael Westmore serves as mentor. Face Off hails from Mission Control Media.

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