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Queen Elizabeth Gives Elephants the Royal Treatment During Playful Zoo Visit

Queen Elizabeth Gives Elephants the Royal Treatment During Playful Zoo Visit
One lucky elephant got a meal she’ll never forget!

Queen Elizabeth opened an elephant center during a visit to Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire on Tuesday, and she made friends with a few of the animals — including her namesake.

Alongside husband Prince Philip, the Queen toured the new home for nine Asian elephants, including an 10-month-old named Elizabeth, who was born the day before the monarch’s 90th birthday celebrations last year.

“She was absolutely delighted and went ‘Oh really?’ when we told her the elephant calf was named after her,” David Field, zoological director at the Zoological Society of London,
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World Elephant Day

Happy World Elephant Day!

"Happy" might, alas, be the wrong word given how pachyderms have been treated in this world, practically always shamefully despite so much evidence of their intense family bonds, good natures (unlessly treated cruelly and then who doesn't lose their temper?) and their other cute qualities we may or may not be anthropomorphizing. Elephants may go extinct in our lifetime (which is unthinkable) so here are some charitable organizations you should consider supporting if you can that are fighting to save them. 

Elephant activists also suggests never supporting the ivory trade which is easy and never going to elephant attractions (I once rode on an elephant as a child but I didn't know anything about animal cruelty back then) because most of them have taken from their mothers to train them. If you're interested in a good doc on the subject of elephants in captivity -- or
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'True Blood's Kristin Bauer van Straten needs you to help save Africa's elephants and rhinos

'True Blood's Kristin Bauer van Straten needs you to help save Africa's elephants and rhinos
Next month, Kristin Bauer van Straten, better known as True Blood’s Pam, will leave for Kenya, where she’ll spend four weeks filming a documentary about the effort to stop elephant ivory and rhino horn poaching — a cause dear to her South African husband’s family. His grandfather was a professor of physiology who helped treat, relocate, and save wildlife. Just as the experts need help to keep elephants and rhinos from going extinct, Bauer van Straten needs help to fund her film project.

With 19 days left on her Kickstarter campaign, she’s reached roughly two-thirds of her $30,000 goal.
See full article at EW.com - PopWatch »

Doc U - Date Change!

The new date for the next Doc U is Wednesday, March 21.

Bring your questions to The Cinefamliy on Wednesday, March 21 (moved from Tuesday, March 20) and join moderator Lisa Leeman (One Lucky Elephant, Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trunga) as she discusses the ins and outs of accounting, business management, and tax reporting, with Chris Perez Associate at the law firm of Donaldson & Callif, Jeffrey Schwarz of Automat Pictures, and Lee Storey (Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story).

Documentary filmmakers come in ...
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The best documentaries of 2011

Why not fold documentaries into my list of the "Best Films of 2011?" After all, a movie is a movie, right? Yes, and some years I've thrown them all into the same mixture. But all of these year-end Best lists serve one useful purpose: They tell you about good movies you may not have seen or heard about. The more films on my list that aren't on yours, the better job I've done.

That's particularly true were you to depend on the "short list" released by the Academy's Documentary Branch of 15 films they deem eligible for nomination. The branch has been through turmoil in the past and its procedures were "reformed" at one point. But this year it has made a particularly scandalous sin of

omission. It doesn't include "The Interrupters" (currently scoring 99% on the Tomatometer), which has received better reviews and been on more critic's Best lists than any other.
See full article at Roger Ebert's Blog »

‘One Lucky Elephant’ to Get Television Debut, Thanks to Oprah’s Doc Club

While the television premiere date of a documentary that’s been playing on the festival circuit for nearly two years isn’t necessarily the hottest of news, when it’s a film as wonderful and as dear to my heart as One Lucky Elephant, I can’t help but mention it. My deeply personal reactions to film that center on animals (particularly documentaries) are well-known – in short, I am almost guaranteed to cry. One Lucky Elephant made me cry more consistently than any other film (animal-centric or otherwise) that I’ve ever seen. It is a lovely, moving story – but more than that, it also tackles a very controversial subject. The film centers on circus producer David Balding, a man who has spent his entire life (personal and professional) wanting his own elephant. When Balding acquires orphaned baby elephant Flora, he thinks that his dream has finally come true, a dream that will allow him to save
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Opening Night Film & Panelists Chosen For Film Independent Forum

Drake Doremus‘ Sundance Grand Prize winner Like Crazy will be the opening night film for the 7th annual Film Independent Forum, according to the non-profit.

Taking place Oct. 21-23 at the Director Guild of America in L.A., Like Crazy (which Paramount Vantage opens on Oct. 28) will kick off the the three-day forum for emerging and established independent filmmakers that covers production, distribution, documentary and new media.

Speakers for the 2011 Film Independent Forum include:

Sara Bernstein, HBO Documentary Films

Laura Bickford, producer, Duplicity, Che

Josh Braun, Submarine

Lisa Callif, Donaldson & Callif, Llp

Juan Devis, Kcet Public Media

Arthur Dong, director, Hollywood Chinese

Jennifer Dubin, producer, The Perfect Family, Good Dick

Craig Emanuel, Loeb & Loeb

Christian Gaines, withoutabox.com and imdb.com

Matthew Greenfield, Fox Searchlight

Azazel Jacobs, director, Terri

Patty Jenkins, director, Monster, The Killing

Gina Kwon, producer, The Future

Greg Laemmle, Laemmle Theatres

Lisa Leeman, director, One Lucky Elephant

David Magdael,
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TNT Announces 2011 Fall/Winter Schedule

TNT Announces 2011 Fall/Winter Schedule
After scoring its most successful summer of original programming ever, including the launch of mega-hit Falling Skies, TNT is set to heat up the fall and winter with a terrific lineup of popular and acclaimed original series and a showcase of new original movies. The drama network's slate includes the return of basic cable's top two series of all time, The Closer, starring 2010 Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick, and Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; all-new episodes of the hit caper series Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and a new season of the critically acclaimed Southland.

TNT has also unveiled the slate for The TNT Mystery Movie Night, a new showcase of contemporary procedural dramas set to launch Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m. (Et/Pt). The showcase will kick off with Scott Turow's Innocent, starring Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Torchwood: Miracle Day), Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Damages) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2,
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TNT announces return dates for Southland, The Closer, Leverage and Rizzoli & Isles

TNT has some pretty cool shows on, Falling Skies and Southland are my personal favorites. The Closer is a really enjoyable show as well. The Fall/Winter schedule has been released for the networks lineup. Keep reading for all the details.

Let us know what your favorite show is on TNT?

Official Press Release:

After scoring its most successful summer of original programming ever, including the launch of mega-hit Falling Skies, TNT is set to heat up the fall and winter with a terrific lineup of popular and acclaimed original series and a showcase of new original movies. The drama network’s slate includes the return of basic cable’s top two series of all time, The Closer, starring 2010 Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick, and Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; all-new episodes of the hit caper series Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and a new season of the critically acclaimed Southland.
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One Lucky Elephant Movie Review

One Lucky Elephant Movie Review
Title: One Lucky Elephant Director: Lisa Leeman Featuring: David Balding, Carol Buckley, Flora the Elephant and others A lot of nature documentaries, or films that look at animals, focus in either-or fashion on their behavioral impulses or relationship to and interaction with humans, ignoring the potentiality of a more complex causal relationship. In other words, do human masters, even kind ones, make some animals sad? The heartwarming and thought-provoking new documentary ‘One Lucky Elephant’ tacitly asks this and other tough questions in presenting a look at a compassionate but aging pachyderm owner who’s searching for a suitable place to retire his circus elephant. David Balding adopted Flora, an orphaned African...
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"Super 8," "Viva Riva!," "The Trip," "Cría cuervos," More

First, a quick reminder that entries on several films playing here or there have been updated through today: Film Socialisme, Agrarian Utopia, Road to Nowhere and The Tree of Life. Alright, on with the weekend...

"Jj Abrams imitates to flatter with Super 8, an homage to the seminal science fiction films of Steven Spielberg that succumbs to empty nostalgic pandering," argues Nick Schager in Slant. "As with his Star Trek, Abrams's latest puts a modern spin on classical material, though here reinvention isn't the goal so much as slavish duplication embellished with muscular CG effects. It's akin to returning to a cinematic womb of Spielbergian father-son issues, suburban households under extraterrestrial strain, and teen romance, friendship, and maturation via out-of-this-world circumstances. The effect of such a modus operandi is initial coziness quickly giving way to disheartening familiarity, with Abrams's own preoccupations (if he had any to begin with) becoming subsumed beneath the root themes,
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Interview | "One Lucky Elephant" Director on Her 10 Years in the Making Doc

Lisa Leeman's documentary, "One Lucky Elephant," tracks the nine-year odyssey circus producer David Balding goes on in order to find the star of his circus, the elephant Flora, a good home. Leeman caught up with indieWIRE to discuss the genesis of the project and what it was like working with an elephant. Click here to read indieWIRE's review of the film. It opened today at New York's Film Forum. Responses ...
See full article at indieWIRE - People »

Interview | "One Lucky Elephant" Director Lisa Leeman on Her Doc That Took 10 Years to Make

Lisa Leeman's documentary, "One Lucky Elephant," tracks the nine-year odyssey of circus producer David Balding as he tries to find the star of his circus, the elephant Flora, a good home. Leeman caught up with indieWIRE to discuss the genesis of the project and what it was like working with an elephant. Click here to read indieWIRE's review of the film. It opened today at New York's Film Forum. The ...
See full article at indieWIRE - People »

Interview | "One Lucky Elephant" Director Lisa Leeman on Her Doc That Took 10 Years to Make

Lisa Leeman's documentary, "One Lucky Elephant," tracks the nine-year odyssey of circus producer David Balding as he tries to find the star of his circus, the elephant Flora, a good home. Leeman caught up with indieWIRE to discuss the genesis of the project and what it was like working with an elephant. Click here to read indieWIRE's review of the film. It opened today at New York's Film Forum. The ...
See full article at Indiewire »

Interview | "One Lucky Elephant" Director Lisa Leeman on Her Doc That Took 10 Years to Make

Lisa Leeman's documentary, "One Lucky Elephant," tracks the nine-year odyssey of circus producer David Balding as he tries to find the star of his circus, the elephant Flora, a good home. Leeman caught up with indieWIRE to discuss the genesis of the project and what it was like working with an elephant. Click here to read indieWIRE's review of the film. It opened today at New York's Film Forum. The ...
See full article at indieWIRE - People »

Review: One Lucky Elephant, One Deeply Sympathetic Movie

Elephants are magnificent creatures, possessed of great intelligence and sensitivity, so it's little wonder that people who regularly work with or care for them become devoted. That's mostly a good thing, particularly for elephants who've been transplanted far from home: If you're a 10,000-pound African elephant living 8,000 miles away from your native habitat, you need all the help you can get. Still, these marvelous animals are strangers among us, and understanding them isn't easy. How much human love is too much for an elephant? That's the question Lisa Leeman's One Lucky Elephant attempts to answer, without sentimentality but with the right amount of compassion.
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One Lucky Elephant (documentary)

Reviewed by Annlee Ellingson

(from the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival)

Directed by: Lisa Leeman

Written by: Cristina Colissimo and Lisa Leeman

Starring: Flora the elephant, David Balding, Carol Buckley, Laura Balding and Willie Theison

Ten years in the making, Lisa Leeman’s documentary first crosses paths with an African elephant named Flora and her keeper David Balding in 2000. Flora has been the namesake and centerpiece of Balding’s St. Louis circus for 16 years. But she’s a teenager now and doesn’t enjoy performing anymore and, frankly, is getting to be a bit much to handle. When we meet her, she’s merely mischievous, playfully interrupting an on-camera interview with Balding. But one gleans from his slightly exasperated tone that this is everyday behavior for an animal he considers his daughter.

Concerned that maybe he didn’t do right by Flora by adopting her, and feeling guilty for keeping her from socializing with other elephants,
See full article at Moving Pictures Magazine »

One Lucky Elephant (documentary)

Reviewed by Annlee Ellingson

(from the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival)

Directed by: Lisa Leeman

Written by: Cristina Colissimo and Lisa Leeman

Starring: Flora the elephant, David Balding, Carol Buckley, Laura Balding and Willie Theison

Ten years in the making, Lisa Leeman’s documentary first crosses paths with an African elephant named Flora and her keeper David Balding in 2000. Flora has been the namesake and centerpiece of Balding’s St. Louis circus for 16 years. But she’s a teenager now and doesn’t enjoy performing anymore and, frankly, is getting to be a bit much to handle. When we meet her, she’s merely mischievous, playfully interrupting an on-camera interview with Balding. But one gleans from his slightly exasperated tone that this is everyday behavior for an animal he considers his daughter.

Concerned that maybe he didn’t do right by Flora by adopting her, and feeling guilty for keeping her from socializing with other elephants,
See full article at Moving Pictures Network »

TNT and TBS Announce Development Slate

TNT and TBS Announce Development Slate
TNT and TBS, which staged their Upfront presentation today in New York, are making bold moves to bolster their remarkably strong foundations in original programming. The networks are developing extensive new lineups of scripted and unscripted series and making a new push into half-hour comedy in partnership with some of the top talents in the industry, from award-winning actors to acclaimed producers, writers and best-selling authors.

This year marks the beginning of production of the final season of the blockbuster hit The Closer, starring Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick. TNT confirmed today that it has ordered a 10-episode season of Major Crimes, a series set in the Los Angeles Police Department that promises to become television's next great crime drama. The seventh and final season of The Closer will include 15 episodes in 2011 and six in summer 2012, leading into the launch of Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica). McDonnell has been
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TV Upfronts 2011: TNT & TBS Announce Extensive Slate of New Projects!

TNT and TBS, which staged their Upfront presentation today in New York, are making bold moves to bolster their remarkably strong foundations in original programming. The networks are developing extensive new lineups of scripted and unscripted series and making a new push into half-hour comedy in partnership with some of the top talents in the industry, from award-winning actors to acclaimed producers, writers and best-selling authors.

This year marks the beginning of production of the final season of the blockbuster hit, The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick. TNT confirmed today that it has ordered a 10-episode season of Major Crimes, a series set in the Los Angeles Police Department that promises to become television’s next great crime drama. The seventh and final season of The Closer will include 15 episodes in 2011 and six in summer 2012, leading into the launch of Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica). McDonnell has
See full article at FusedFilm »
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