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London
By Tom Price
05 Apr 2017

Still photography selection from various assignments and projects.

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TALPAPRIL2017-11
London
By Tom Price
05 Apr 2017

Still photography selection from various assignments and projects.

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Call On Faith: Valarie Kaur (Odyssey ...
Harford, Connecticut
By AlisonFast
30 Dec 2014

A positive story about the response of faith leaders and communities to hate crimes in America.

Sikh activist and filmmaker Valarie Kaur, who raised awareness of hate crimes nationally in the wake of 9-11, points to the mentor behind her faith. This piece was produced for Odyssey Networks / Women of Spirit and Faith.

Valarie Kaur is the founder of Groundswell Movement, the nation’s largest multifaith online organizing community of 100,000+. She has led campaigns on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, marriage equality, solitary confinement, and the open Internet. She currently serves as Media and Strategy Fellow at Stanford Law School. She believes “the way we make change is just as important as the change we make.”

A young, inspiring public figure, she is frequent guest on FOX, CNN and popular news outlets. She advocates compassion and unity in response to the culture of violence-plaguing America- from school shootings to LGBT issues. She is a voice for her generation and considered to be a spokesperson for the Sikh community. Her position breaks stereotypes of women within the Sikh community.

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It's All in Lebanon (French)
Beirut
By Charaf
25 Nov 2014

2011
Beirut, Lebanon

Since the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1990, Lebanon has become a hot bed of both entertainment and news media production in the Arab world. Amongst the melee of risque Arabic music videos and luxury television commercials, the Shia political movement Hezbollah has proved to be one of the most media savvy institutions in the country, using film, television, music, and masterful political stagecraft to further its image in the minds of Lebanese and the international community. From the flashy music videos of Haifa Wehbe to the resistance videos of Hezbollah, this film follows the tumultuous post-civil war history of Lebanon through its fertile media industry.

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Red Carpet interview with Ibinabo Fib...
Yenagoa, Nigeria
By Preditor Push
08 May 2013

Ibinabo Fiberesima is one of the popular actresses that rocked the Nigerian movie industry in the 90s. She was also a beauty queen. The soft-spoken actress was elected the first female president of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria last year and has since committed much efforts in transforming the guild.

H264 Media interviewed her on the Red Carpet of the African Movie Academy Awards

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Manual Labour
Yenagoa, Nigeria
By Preditor Push
08 May 2013

A woman chopping down cassava plants from the proposed site of the 1st Film school In Yenagoa, Bayelsa, Nigeria

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Unemployed youth roaming the street o...
Lagos, Nigeria
By Preditor Push
07 May 2013

Nollywood film industry the world's third largest film industry resides in Nigeria, churning out approximately forty to fifty low budget movies per week and employs over half a million young people.

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Screen shot interview with Tony Abulu
Abuja, Nigeria
By Preditor Push
07 May 2013

Tony Abulu is the president of Filmmakers Association of Nigeria, U.S.A. and also the writer, producer, director of Back To Africa and Dr Bello-A Hollywood-Nollywood collaboration

For over 20 years, Tony Abulu has been the C.E.O. of Black Ivory Communications, a multi-faceted media firm based in New York. Black Ivory Communications serves as consultants to African governments on tourism, as well as American companies doing business in Africa.

Abulu has produced numerous cultural presentations in America, including the spectacular Nigerian National Troupe and the Africa Music festival in New York.

I caught up with Mr Abulu in Abuja nigeria and he gave us a candid interview on the state of Nollywood

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Hollywood Versus Nollywood, Trailer
Lagos, Nigeria
By Preditor Push
04 May 2013

Hollywood Contra Nollywood By Tee Jay Dan
APRIL 23, 2013 2 COMMENTS

“Critics should be active participants…propound and participate.” BM Dzukogi.

Nothing said in praise of Nollywood, in whatever fashion or design will invalidate the fact that the industry is threatened with poor funding, low quality production, technical ineptitude, piracy and blighted distribution channels. But we must not dwell on the many sins of Nollywood. We should appraise the industry; analyze her with the genuine hope of rediscovering her lost beauty. We must, stakeholders and consumers alike, collectively and jealously trade ideas and criticism; serve as a galaxy of souls to our very own motion pictures enterprise. I am playing my quota by writing this article in hopes that every reader will play their role by spreading the word until the identified defects are righted!

Here’s a little education on how a proper film industry functions. Top on the chain is THE MONEY nearly bracketed by THE FINDERS.

THE MONEY is further categorized into FILM and TV. The FILM category consists of major studios such as Universal, Disney, Warner Brothers e.t.c, whereas the TV category refers to Cable Networks such ABC, FOX, CBS e.t.c. Like every other business, these studios and Networks are structured with CEOs, Presidents, Creative Executives, Assistants and Business Affairs Executives.

THE FINDERS literally refers to professionals who find talents/stories for the studios/networks. The Finders serves as mediators between studios/networks and the products. Since studio execs are too preoccupied to read through heaps of specs/scripts these guys handle the hunt job. They function just like literary agents in the business of publishing.

It is the collation of these two factions; THE MONEY and THE FINDERS that makes up what is known as Hollywood. There is more to the solid structure of Hollywood but this will suffice for lack of space. Sadly, Nollywood strives on the exact the opposites of these dictates! There is no single Studio in Nigeria! The absence of a skeletal framework is Nollywood’s first and major problem. With a functional structure in place, Nollywood will look sexier to potential investors as investment returns will become guaranteed – only then can we bury the old days of financially constrained productions.

It is funny how the lots of producers in Nollywood believe funding to be the most pressing need that must be remedied if the industry is to be revitalized. They often find out albeit painfully so that even with the billions of the world they cannot make mind blowing movies with only money. In this business of ours it is believed that a good film could be made with a bad cast and poor production but no good film can be made with a bad story. There is no gainsaying the fact that our home videos are pretty predictable because the stories made into films are stereotypes! Any good screenwriter could easily hash out two or more stories from a typical Nollywood flick! Do you feel mentally exhausted after seeing a Nollywood film? This is because your brain is busy trying to patch together the unrelated stories/scenes in our home videos. Our producers need to pay closer attention to stories before they give the green light. Here’s an assignment: watch a Chinese, Bollywood or Hollywood movie without the sound then watch a Nollywood film in the same manner – watch the Nollywood clip first if you like. Then return here and share your experience. Please pick films you have not seen before and remember to mute the sound. Yes, that is the power of a good story of the lack thereof!

Recently I joined camp with Balogun Omo Oba Dayo of Ravernsbourne UK; a Nigerian Filmmaker based in the United Kingdom. In the course of our joint venture I learned a great deal. Nigerians making good movies are either independent producers or our brethren in the Diaspora. Movies like DR. BELLO, LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA, TWO BRIDES AND A BABY, THE LOST NUMBER by Tony Abulu, Obi Emelonye, Blessing Egbe and Kester Nsirim respectively are clear examples. Oh, there are three kinds of filmmakers in Nigeria; the Nollywood filmmakers, Nigerian Filmmakers in the Diaspora and the Independent filmmakers. It is therefore out of good faith that I propose a conscious romance between these three factions of Filmmakers of Nigerian origin.

Funding is a crucial part of filmmaking especially in Nigeria. Here’s a bitter truth. Over 80% of filmmakers in Nigeria source for production money from marketers in Alaba. These marketers go as far as dictating names for films without reading the scripts! Have you noticed some Nollywood flick with a title that clearly conflicts with the storyline? Now you know why. A similar percentage of the technical crew are a bunch of ‘trial and error’ apprentices who self-graduated or were actually sent forth by their ‘masters’ to wreck Nollywood the more. The camera man you hire for your birthday today might be shooting Nollywood’s next ‘block buster’ tomorrow if he knows a producer or if a friend of his wins a lottery and decides to make a movie. As much as lack of funds is a problem, industry veterans should sign up for professional courses. It doesn’t take a lifetime!

We still suffer some shamefully from poor sound and picture quality in Nollywood. Take the just concluded AMAA 2013 event for instance.

Finally, because Nollywood churns out thousands of movies annually is not a yardstick to say it is without blemish. Popularity isn’t necessarily prosperity so goes the saying. A female Nollywood apologist argued that the industry guys are making big bucks alright hence do not need to up their game. This is laughable. See, in Nigeria pirates earn more than the filmmakers. Forget the paparazzi, safe for some side ‘runs’ our movie stars will be dying in penury. To say Nollywood is fine as it is is a terrible misconception. Let’s have a working structure then we can attract investors. Let’s build a tight knit industry and engage in collaborative ventures so we can make superb movies. Deal with Nigerians in the Diaspora, tackle piracy and pirates head on, mend the rift in AGN, and awaken DGN and SWG from slumber then watch Nollywood bloom.

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Silverbird Cinema
Lagos, Nigeria
By Preditor Push
15 Apr 2013

This is the first fully functional cinema in Nigeria, owned by Ben Murray Bruce.

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Lagos Black Heritage Festival
Lagos, Nigeria
By Taiwo Adeleke
31 Mar 2013

Inspired by the spirit of convergence for which Lagos remains pre-eminent, the Lagos Black Heritage Festival celebrates African creativity within a carnivalesque of traditional and contemporary Dance, Music, Painting and Photo Exposition, Drama, Design and Fashion Display, an International Symposium, Film and Video Fiesta and other artistic and intellectual offerings, both inter-state and international. In a seven-day cultural manifestation during which hundreds of performers will animate the ancient city of Badagry and cosmopolitan Lagos with a passage of the traditional and the modern, Lagos State will welcome thousands of visitors with a feast to engage the mind, entrance the senses and linger in the memory for years to come.
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VIDEO SHOWS:

The Lagos Water Regatta is about water-based cultural sporting and recreational activity was put together to showcase what the various coastal communities have to offer in terms of water sport, cultural beauty and aquatic splendor.

The regatta consist of large fishing boats, ferries, water lightening, barges and other marine vessels adorned with each depicting the social, cultural, traditional folklore's and occupational aspects of the Lagos people.

The second is the LAGOS STREET CARNIVAL - which traditionally rounds up the Festival, preceded by an innovation that enlarges the scope of youth participation in the event with colorful display of art, Dance and talent ant participant from all around the world to witness the event.

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-.Soundbite 1-Otunba Olusegun Jawando.-(male)Chairman Regatta Planning committee. -Soundbite 2-Female dancers -Soundbite 3- Akinlolu Osudonire- Male-Tourist

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2013 Lagos Heritage Week takes place within an event framework that the Festival has designated The Year of Brazil. After Italy and the Horn of Africa in the series – THE BLACK IN THE MEDITERRANNEAN BLUE - comes the turn of Portugal, once a great European maritime nation, and the first European nation to establish diplomatic relations with an African counterpart – the Benin Kingdom. Alas, this historic encounter between equals would later degenerate into participation in the infamous slave trade, but would also result in the greatest “rainbow” nation in the world – The Republic of Brazil!.

Brazil, inevitably, once a Portuguese colony, became an irresistible magnet to the Festival planners. There, the African identity emotion runs deep, rendered vibrantly in cultural retentions in forms of worship, largely of the orisa of the Yoruba (the candomble), in performance modes, cuisine, language, attire and music. Such was the enthusiasm from Brazil that it became necessary to transform the Festival into a two-part celebration, so as to provide more time for the participation of the Afro-Brazilian Diaspora. To them, the Festival promised the fulfillment of the lifelong dream of homecoming. The second part – October 1-10 may yet prove the largest Diaspora Return since the Black and African Arts Festival in Lagos, 1977, better known as FESTAC 77.

What has now turned into THE YEAR OF BRAZIL was formally launched in December 2012 by the award-winning Thobias de Vai Vai Samba Group. Lagos will not soon forget that uniquely sinuous collaboration of costume and motion at the dedicated Festival venue – Freedom Park. The performance signaled a formal declaration that the Brazilian calendar had been brought forward - on the authority of the Yoruba orisa – A-ase! - thus inaugurating an Afro-Brazilian year that commenced in December 2012. The year now progresses into the Festival’s regular Easter calendar in a feast of Thematic Exhibitions, Dance, Drama, Debates and Spectacles with a special cultural presence by the Afro-Brazilian descendants of Nigeria.

The March events pay homage to the late Afro-Brazilian playwright, painter, revolutionary and senator, Abdias do Nascimento, whose life-long dialogue with the orisa will dominate the exhibition galleries. His spiritual play, SORTILEGE, also takes the stage for the first time in West Africa. Abdias is the most impassioned Brazilian link with the continent in the realm of culture, racial identity and political struggle. Exiled in Nigeria’s Yoruba cradle of humanity, Ile-Ife, for some years during the Brazilian dictatorship, it is only fitting that this radical humanist be brought back to his most memorable place of exile. He remains the dynamic symbol of African affirmation in the face of historic odds, the vitality of her cultures, and the assertiveness of racial identity. Befittingly, his widow Elisa Larkin do Nascimento will flag off the year’s Lecture series with a lecture on Abdias’ life, art and struggle.

The GRAND PARADE OF MASQUERADES, drawn from all corners of Yoruba land, a moving mosaic of colour and motion, ushers in the Festival. The programme dedicates each Festival morning to featuring the O’odua states – the modern offspring of the revered Yoruba ancestor and nation-builder – Oduduwa. This year also introduces a modern brass band, the legacy of the Afro-Brazilian returnees who dominate the area around Campos Square, famous for its surviving Brazilian architecture. The Bariga Kids will inject youthful verve into the general medley of rhythm and motion.

OBA KOSO, the tragic music-drama of the late Duro Ladipo opens a window into the tragic vision of the most talented tragedians of West African traditional theatre. OBA KOSO scored many firsts world wide, but most relevantly, as the first Nigerian dramatic work to tour Brazil. A drama of the rise and fall of an Alaafin of Oyo, inducted into the Yoruba pantheon as Sango, god of lightning and thunder, it had great resonance for the Brazilian spectators whose preservation of the deities of their original home defied all efforts at suppression by their slave masters. On the same theatre bill is the Festival premiere of Wole Oguntokun’s dramatization of a slice of Lagos history in her early colonial throes – OSHODI TAPA – a key historic role player in the colonial encounter between Lagos traditional governance and the imperial sway.
Brazil and Nigeria again meet in the Video and Film sector. Synopsis of Brazilian films will be provided where the reels have no sub-titles. These film encounters are of course primarily for audience enjoyment, but they are also planned to offer alternative ideas – including technical aspiration, to the now increasingly adventurous Nigerian cinema.

VISION of the CHILD – the Children’s Art Competition – features an unusual – but highly topical – theme. The Festival talent scouts have already visited nearly 400 schools – formal and informal - since the Festival’s inauguration in December – and assembled the lucky talents for their final contest, and a date with recognition at the Gala Award Night.

DO YOUR OWN THING means exactly what it says – a platform for individual or group talent/experimentations/creativity etc, culminating in the Final adjudication and prizes. Jugglers, singers, instrumentalists, formal and street poets, illusionists, choreographers, mummers etc are free to showcase their specializations, or indeed any kind of inspired lunacies. At the end of these capers, some Surprise Prizes – and perhaps opportunities from hovering talent scouts?

Festival 2013 also introduces a special feature – a Guest Company. Inaugurating that slot is the Rwandan Dance Company, known for its elegant, levitating display of balletic poise even in numbers dedicated to warriors. While in Nigeria, they will conduct a joint workshop with Nigerian counterparts, instigating perhaps a new dance synthesis in the search for contemporary idioms for African dance expressions.

Such exertions require a base of nurture. And so the Festival will play host to the Afro-Brazilian Food Fair. Nigerians will discover that akare-je is none other than the akara of the Ita Igarawu or Ilesha market and street stalls, or that their Easter moyo and frejon are adaptations that re-entered the continent at the hands of the returnees who made it back to homeland.

Memory forms a critical dimension of the Festival – memory as history formative, as evocations of achievement, but also – as pain and anguish. The dark history of the continent is commemorated and its victims honoured in the solemn FITILA (Oil Lamp) Procession, a reminder of the Slave Era, and the triumph of resilience and survival. Venue: Badagry, beginning with the Point of Embarkation and terminating at the Point of No Return, with traditional rituals and invocations. Heritage Week dedicates this night event to the Rites of Collective Reflection, drawing strength for the present and future.

Festivals do not end on a sombre note. The joyous face of human concourse is displayed along the lagoon that slices across Lagos, winding round some of the newest hotels and restaurants on the island. This is the route along which the WATER REGATTA will light up the lagoon with decorated crafts, fluttering pennants, synchronized paddles, a display of marine skills and ethnic symbols created by cultural groups, labour unions, youth organisations, craft guilds, warrior descendants etc etc., with some floats narrating the histories of the riverine and sea-going communities. The land equivalent of this ‘peacock parade’ – THE LAGOS STREET CARNIVAL - traditionally rounds up the Festival, preceded by an innovation that enlarges the scope of youth participation – The Children’s Street Carnival. A percussive medley of voices, instruments and pounding feet take to the streets along a designated route that begins from Awolowo Road and ends in Tafawa Balewa square with the crowning of the Pageant Beauty Queen.

Once again, Lagos opens her arms to men, women and children of all races, histories, and cultures, in her mission to animate the past, celebrate the present, and illuminate the future.

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The Making of the Oscar Statuette
Chicago, Illinois, USA
By John Giannini
15 Jan 2013

Scott Siegel, President of R. S. Owens Co. in Chicago IL, USA describes the process his company use to produce the Oscar statuettes for the Motion Picture Academy.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By U.S. Editor
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actors Matthew Macfadyen and Myanna Buring visit Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Geirgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoots Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actors Matthew Macfadyen and Myanna Buring visit Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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British-Georgian film Epic is shootin...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

British producer Mike Downey and director Ben Hopkins shoot new film Epic in Georgia. The film is an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based production company 20 Steps Productions will shoot Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. Epic is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

The film is a co-production between London-based producers Film and Music Entertainment led by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, Daniel Zuta’s Frankfurt located Brandstorm Entertainment, Metra Films’ Artem Vassiliev in Moscow and Tbilisi’s 20 Steps owned by Vladimer Katcharava.

The list of international cast includes Matthew Macfadyen as Emil Forester, whose performance as Darcy opposite Keira Knightly in Pride and Prejudice is the stuff of cinematic legend. Opposite him plays the heroine of the latest Twilight – Breaking Dawn mega-franchise, Myanna Buring as love interest and heroine Tulpan. German actor Richard van Weyden takes centre stage playing himself and also the founder of the Karastani nation.

Epic is a gentle black comedy about a confused, washed up Academy Award winning British director Emil Forester, who is invited by a nascent state to make a national Epic in an obscure Caucasus Republic. When Emil Forester receives an invitation to the Embassy of the Autonomous Republic of Karastan in London to discuss his career and to receive an invitation for a retrospective of his films in ‘Karastan - Land of Inspiration’, little did he know that he would be embarking on one of the wildest journeys of his already diverse and colorful career.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. Principal photography begins in Georgian capital Tbilisi on December 20th. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoots Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Court Adjourns Trial of anti-Islam Fi...
Cairo Criminal Court, Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
21 Oct 2012

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Sunday, October 21, the trial of seven Egyptian Copts living in the United States, Canada and Australia for producing an anti-Islam film insulting Prophet Mohammed according to Muslims to the session of November 25.

The defendants also included US pastor Terry Jones who publicly burnt the Muslim Quran in a church in Florida.

The defendants face charges of defaming Islam and attempting to cause sectarian strife in Egypt.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Judge Saif al-Nasr Suleiman:
“The court has decided to adjourn the case to the session of November 25, 2012. The claimants have to inform the defendants of their civil claims and the prosecution has to inform the defendants of the criminal claim.”

The anti-Islam film produced by Egyptian Copts living abroad caused turmoil and protests against the United States in several Arab and Muslim countries for allowing the film.

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, and Muslims comprise about one-sixth of the world’s population. In Egypt, Muslims represent about 90% of the country’s 91-million people.

Story: Court Adjourns Trial of anti-Islam Film Makers in Absentia to Nov 25
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 21, 2012 (and archive of Sep 11, 2012)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 21, 2012
Length: 0:01:24
Video Size: 69.5 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Cairo Criminal Court
2- Various shots of the judges, prosecutor, the attendees and the lawyers during the trial session
3- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Judge Saif al-Nasr Suleiman:
“The court has decided to adjourn the case to the session of November 25, 2012. The claimants have to inform the defendants of their civil claims and the prosecution has to inform the defendants of the criminal claim.” 4- [Archive footage of Sep 11, 2012]
5- Various shots of several thousands of protestors outside the US Embassy in Cairo
6- Various shots of angry protestors tearing up the US flag that was at the Embassy
7- Various shots of protestors raising signs reading “Insult Anyone but Prophet Mohammed”, “We sacrifice our fathers and mothers for the Messenger of Allah”, “There is no God but Allah, Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah”, etc
8- Various shots of protestors shouting statements against Obama and the US administration for allowing broadcast of such movies
9- Various shots of protestors firing smoky fireworks to show their anger
10- Various overview shots of several thousands of protestors outside the US Embassy

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TENSIONS RISE AS RELIGIOUS DEFAMATION...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
18 Oct 2012

Tensions Rise as Egyptian Courts to Rule on Defaming Christianity and Islam in Two Separate Cases

In the aftermath of massive protests and violent reactions to the anti-Islam video "The Innocence of Muslims," an undercurrent of tension boils just below the surface as issues of religious defamation rise to the forefront, as seen in two recent court cases in Egypt.

One case involves a young Egyptian Coptic Christian, Alvert Saber, who is being accused of blasphemy and advocating atheism for posting clips of the infamous video online. Saber, who denies posting the clips, is not only accused of insulting Islam, but Christianity as well. Human Rights activists call for his release and advocate for his right to freedom of expression. His trial is set for November 14th.

Abou Islam, head of Umma Islamic channel and chairman of Islamic Enlightenment Center, is accused of publicly and scornfully insulting Christianity after allegedly tearing-up and burning a Bible on Sep 11 outside the US Embassy in Cairo, which he did in response to the film. Islam stated that the book was not a Bible, but a book of Terry Jones, a controversial US evangelical preacher who oversaw the burning of a copy of the Quran in a small Florida church.

Included is video footage of the protests, where violent backlash broke out along with some peaceful demonstrations in several locations including Egypt, Lebanon, Malaysia and Tunisia.

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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN BEIRUT, SYRIA, EG...
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
23 Sep 2012

Hundreds of Lebanese gathered in downtown Beirut Friday, September 21, 2012 to protest the recent insults on the Prophet Mohammed seen in the infamous trailer posted on Youtube, as well as the cartoons in the French publication Charlie Hebdo.

Rebels shoot down government planes, but not quickly enough to stem the flow of refugees to the Turkish border.

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court ordered the dissolution of Egypt's lower house of parliament based on a prior verdict ruled last June that the elections law that allowed voting-in of parliament members was unconstitutional.

Pro-reform protesters calling for the release of political activists march from King Hussein Mosque in Amman, Jordan, after Friday Prayer.

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Protesting The Anti-Islam Video
Kuala lumpur, Malaysia
By Khairil safwan
21 Sep 2012

People take to the streets to protest against the anti-Islam film, 'Innocence of Muslims' in front of US embassy on September 21, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Muslims across the world continue to protest against America and Israel over the amateur film. Despite efforts to encourage peaceful protests, many of these demonstrations have resulted in violence.

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MALAYSIA: PEACEFUL PROTEST; RELIGIOUS...
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
19 Sep 2012

With volatile reactions to the inflammatory Islam-insulting film spanning throughout many Muslim communities, the subject of defaming religion is at the forefront. The issue was addressed by Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby at a press conference on Wednesday, September 19, joined by other members of the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the African and European Unions, who are reportedly all working to reaching an agreement against religious defamation.

Meanwhile, young members of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party encouraged ongoing protests to the insulting film, however they stressed that keeping protests peaceful is essential to getting the message across.

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Arab League Chief: International Effo...
Cairo, Egypt
By New User Account
18 Sep 2012

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby held a press conference on Wednesday, September 19, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, where he addressed various issues including the ongoing UN General Assembly meetings, the Syrian crisis and the recent anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

Al-Araby told reporters that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League, the African Union and the European Union are working on reaching an agreement against religious defamation.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“We’re working on it. Thank God, it’s not only the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League but also the European Union and the African Union showing interest in this issue to put together the measures to start preparing an international convention prohibiting defaming or insulting religions.”

As for the Syrian issue, Al-Araby detailed the mission of the new UN-AL envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and his recent visit to Damascus where he met with President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian officials, opposition members, Syrian Free Army members and representatives of civil society organizations.

He added that the Egyptian and the Arab League positions are clear on the issue, demanding Al-Assad to step down.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“I stick to what the resolution of the Arab League pronounced, that what is needed is the beginning of a transitional period which will entail of course a new government – a coalition government or whatever it is. And also the Arab resolution said or issued an appeal to President Assad to step down.”

Al-Araby stressed in the press conference he held before heading to New York to take part in the UN General Assembly meetings, that the reason for the failure in dealing with the Syrian crisis is the international system established since 1945 and the veto used by China and Russia.

He clarified that the Arab League and the United Nations were unable to resolve the Syrian crisis due to the non-cooperation of Al-Assad and his regime and their rejection of all previous initiatives over the past few months.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 19, 2012
Length: 0:01:59
Video Size: 97.7 MB
Language: Arabic and English
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SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left shot, the entrance of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby entering the press conference
3. Various shots of Al-Araby speaking during the press conference
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
5. “We’re working on it. Thank God, it’s not only the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League but also the European Union and the African Union showing interest in this issue to put together the measures to start preparing an international convention prohibiting defaming or insulting religions.”
6. Various shots of the press conference
7. Medium shot, a cameraman shooting
8. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“I stick to what the resolution of the Arab League pronounced, that what is needed is the beginning of a transitional period which will entail of course a new government – a coalition government or whatever it is. And also the Arab resolution said or issued an appeal to President Assad to step down.” 9. Wide shot, of Al-Araby speaking during the press conference
10. Wide shot/low angle, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

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