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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“What an extraordinary story… a rare combination of film and cultural history.”
-- Leonard Maltin
A Fantastic Accompaniment to Easter’s
Legendary Classic ‘THE TEN COMMANDMENTS’
‘THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE’
Fascinating Documentary Heralds the Discovery of Long-Buried Sets
from DeMille’s Original 1923 Theatrical Epic
Digital Re-Release Accompanies Announcement of
2020 Final Excavation Effort
Los Angeles, Calif. – <<EASTER – APRIL 2020 >> – As the classic film THE TEN COMMANDMENTS heads back to television for its popular annual Easter Season airing (April 4th, 7 p.m. on ABC), the fascinating documentary film showcasing burial and recovery efforts of the original massive film set created for famed director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 version – THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE - has returned to Digital and DVD. The documentary release comes in celebration of the announcement by California’s Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center that the final excavation to recover the last of the sets that were hidden in the sand almost 100 years ago will begin this Fall, with fundraising currently ongoing to support the effort.
A Hollywood detective story that will thrill any fan of movies and history, THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE pays tribute to Cecil B. DeMille, one of Hollywood’s most innovative and commercially successful filmmakers, showcasing the ‘making of’ both the original silent version of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and the 1956 classic remake, while telling the story of the 30+ year quest to unearth the remains of his Egyptian city from the sandy coast of Central California.
The Dunes Center, located in California’s Santa Barbara County, has announced the final excavation to recover additional parts of the set by launching a new dig, timed from October 2020 to April 2021, depending on wildlife conservation and weather considerations. This 2020 final excavation is contingent upon completion of a fund-raising drive currently in progress.
The center depends on community and volunteer support during excavation efforts, temporary dig permits and ensuring the proper curation of artifacts is ensured by art restorers who are contracted to supervise. However, the restoration effort must secure approximately $135,000 to properly complete their goal. “From the start, excavation efforts have been painstaking and fraught with fundraising struggles,” noted Doug Jenzen, Executive Director of the Dunes Center.
For more information about the Dunes Center’s excavation effort, visit dunescenter.org or call 805-343-2455.
After these artifacts are restored, they are housed at the Dunes Center museum. The museum promotes and celebrates appreciation for the region’s natural treasures and unique history through state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. Among items housed at the museum is a perfectly intact 300 pound plaster sphinx head that was previously unearthed from the site.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY
THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE follows the decades long quest of a group of young filmmakers who first heard rumors of the burial of DeMille’s City of the Pharaoh, a huge set encompassing 20 sphinxes and four 35-ton statues of Ramses, in 1982. Too daunting to be constructed inside a 1920’s-era studio soundstage, DeMille and his production staff found their “faux-Egypt” on the beaches of Santa Barbara County. When they finished shooting, rather than leave the sets to be repurposed by second-rate hacks hoping to steal a little of his thunder, DeMille had the sets buried in the sand, counting on time and coastal elements to eventually destroy them.
Fascinated by this bit of movie lore about “the last of the great sets” and optimistic that much of the set may have survived, the filmmakers set out to arrange for an excavation and to make a documentary. What followed was decades of on-again, off-again excavation efforts, as the project faced seemingly insurmountable funding stumbles and bureaucratic obstacles. The film concurrently interweaves the history of famed director DeMille with fascinating firsthand accounts from dozens of people who were involved in the groundbreaking 1923 production, including studio executives, extras, spectators and the filmmaker’s granddaughter Cecilia DeMille Presley.
A fascinating companion to ‘The Ten Commandments’ showcasing the 30+ year quest to unearth the film’s massive sets, buried on the coast of California almost 100 years ago.
Director: Peter Brosnan
Screenwriter: Peter Brosnan
Producers: Peter Brosnan, Daniel J. Coplan
Executive producer: Francesca Judge Silva
Presented by: Cecelia DeMille Presley
Co-producers: Bruce Cardozo, Richard Eberhardt
Director of photography: Alessandro Gentile
Editor: George Artope
Still Photography: Kelvin Jones
Time Lapse Photography: Michael DeLavallade
Composer: Steve Bauman
Running Time: 88 minutes
Produced by: Lost City Productions
Distributed by: Random Media
About Film Distributor Random Media:
Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, digital platforms, cable, satellite and television networks and in conventional brick and mortar retailers. Random Media is known for its commitment to building strong, supportive relationships with its filmmakers. The companies’ growing library includes such acclaimed films as Getting Grace, Killswitch: The Battle for Control of the Internet, Yamasong: March of the Hollows, and The Landing.
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COMPLETE ARTWORK/PHOTOS and PRESS INFO LINK:
DOCUMENTARY/‘The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille’
OFFICIAL SITE: https://www.lostcitydemille.com/
Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
Focus Features, The Palindrome, Centro Televisivo Vaticano, Celestes Images, Solares Fondazione delle arti, Neue Road Movies, Decia Films, Fondazione Solares Suisse and PTS Art’s Factory present a 96 minute, Documentary, Biography, directed by Wim Wenders, written by Wenders and David Rosier with a theatre opening date of May 18, 2018.
The concept of conservation through hunting big game animals has no merit, Prashant Khetan, Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel at Born Free USA, an animal advocacy organization, recently told CNN.
Born Free USA is leading the resistance against trophy hunting. From speaking out against the lifting of the federal ban on importing elephant trophies from two African nations to making the case on the CNN documentary “Trophy,” Born Free USA champions the humane treatment of animals and condemns barbaric practices.
Prashant is scheduled to participate in a debate on trophy hunting tonight at 9 p.m. on CNN. “Trophy” will air on the network at 9 p.m. this Sunday. On Thursday, CNN.com posted an article on the issue in advance of the documentary.
With more attention being placed on trophy hunting, it is important that Born Free USA speak out with passion and reason.
Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws
Fox Searchlight Pictures, Impact Partners and Stick Figure Productions present a PG, 84 minute, Documentary, directed by Amanda Lipitz with a theater release date of August 4, 2017.
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“Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery”
Our present-day world seems to move at the speed of lightning: governments overturned via masses brought together by social media; corruption revealed by citizen journalists seizing each new day’s digital headlines; connections between relatives, friends, and enemies that move through time and space with almost no effort. With each passing day, it becomes more and more difficult to connect with the past of only two or three generations ago. And yet, the memory and influence of those who came before us lingers, demonstrating both the powerful example of their struggle and how important it is that we better understand and preserve their memory.
For filmmaker Walter Dominguez, preserving the memory of his beloved grandfather, Emilio Hernandez (known as “Tata”) was the initial impulse behind the remarkable documentary “Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery.” As a young man, Dominguez knew Tata as one of the most beloved figures in the rural California town of Santa Paula, an idyllic town to this day still populated by orange groves, family farms, and proud citizens of modest means. For decades, Tata was the local Methodist pastor, a kind and benevolent soul still remembered with reverence forty years after his passing in 1973. As older residents of Santa Paula witness in “Weaving the Past,” Tata was the wisest and most generous example of charity and loving kindness that a community could ask for – even to the extent that some remember him performing miracles. Tata often spoke of his more recent past: how he was mentored by a kindly Methodist minister after falling into hard times and alcoholism in his mid- twenties; his two loving marriages, his children, grandchildren, church members and the communities he served. Members of his congregations give interviews in which we come to see that Tata was one of the Mexican Methodist Church’s most visible and prolific spiritual leaders, opening and expanding dozens of missions and churches, and dedicating himself to their communities in his half-century of service.
But in the early 2000s, with his own father’s health failing, Dominguez begins to wonder about the many years that Tata kept secret – the first quarter century of his life. Surely, there must be something in Tata’s childhood that could help explain his amazing adult life. After first interviewing Tata’s widow – herself now in her 90s and nearing the end of life – Dominguez interviews his mother Maria Viola - the last surviving child of Tata’s. He learns from her of a photograph that Tata on his deathbed gave to her to keep and cherish, saying that the young man in the photo was the most important person in his early life. That’s just the first clue that will lead Dominguez on an amazing odyssey through the southwestern United States and Mexico as he pieces together the almost-invisible threads that weave the fabric of his grandfather’s extraordinary life.
Born in poverty and beaten by a ruthless stepfather, young Emilio ran away at the age of only five, walking for miles through mountains to a large, wealthy hacienda owned by the Guerrero family, where he was taken in to help out with the livestock and unofficially made a member of the family. It is here that Emilio meets Práxedis Guerrero, who is some years older, and who will become his role model, mentor, and beloved friend – the subject of the photograph that starts Dominguez’ journey so many years later. Prax is also one of the key figures in the growing revolutionary movement against the brutal Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz, and because of Prax’s noble example of altruism and bravery, Emilio joins him in becoming an active participant in organizing armed revolt in Mexico.
Each new piece of information that Dominguez uncovers about Tata’s life only seems to lead to new questions: what became of Praxedis’ sister, who was Emilio’s childhood crush and the subject of love letters that were exchanged until the end of their lives? What part did Tata play in the violent struggle against the unbearably corrupt and oppressive Mexican government – a struggle that also put him at odds with American officials who were sympathetic towards keeping Diaz in power? And what of the family that he ran away from as a child and barely spoke of as an adult – the beloved mother and sister all but lost to history?
Executive Produced by Dominguez’ wife, Shelley Morrison (a veteran actress best known for her role as “Rosario” on the long-running sitcom “Will and Grace”), “Weaving the Past” is truly a family affair, a love letter from one generation to another. Fascinating interview clips are interwoven with compelling archival photos and footage, and balanced with painstakingly rendered re-enactments of past events – with many members of Dominguez’ extended family actually playing the parts of their ancestors. Over the course of the eleven years of production and two years of post-production, Dominguez’ own father and Tata’s widow, and others interviewed in the film – passed away, making the rendering of this family’s story all the more pressing, relevant, and poignant.
“Weaving the Past” powerfully brings to life the hardships, victories, and tragedies that marked the early life of “Tata” - Emilio N. Hernandez, a runaway peasant boy who became an unlikely revolutionary, then a broken man, and finally a pillar of strength for his adopted community and nation. It is a film that gradually and cumulatively sweeps viewers into the extraordinary people and the turbulent world of another time and place, and through telling Tata’s story leaves them recognizing themselves and their own family sagas, as well as the same social ills that persist today.
“Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery” is written, directed, and produced by Walter Dominguez, with Shelley Morrison serving as executive producer. The film’s editors are Maria Honrado and Spencer Averick, who also edited the 2012 Sundance film festival hit “Middle of Nowhere.” Weaving the Past is garnering international film competition awards, including the Accolade Award. Currently, Dominguez and Morrison are working on the documentary “Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles,” a history series for public television about the remarkable and explosive growth of Los Angeles in its first century as an American place from 1850 to 1950, and the multi-ethnic people who built this city into a world-famous metropolis.
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For more film information or ticket info regarding the world premiere on August 15, 2014, and exclusive one week engagement see: http://www.weavingthepast.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Weaving-The-Past-Journey-of-Discovery/175826552435411
American Zoetrope, NALA Films and Pathe’ Distribution present a 90 minute, R rated, crime, drama, based on actual events, directed by Sofia Coppola, written by Coppola and Nancy Jo Sales with a theater release date of June 21, 2013.
In the United States today, approximately 25% of domesticated cats are declawed. While many are told that it is a procedure that benefits the cat's livelihood; pet-owners aren't always aware of the true physical damage that it brings to the animal. Most people do not know the current struggle aimed to protect our pets from this harm.
THE PAW PROJECT is a documentary that takes us inside the issue. Sharing testimony from industry professionals and pet-owners alike, THE PAW PROJECT examines the emotional and physical cost that a cat pays when declawed; and reveals the profit that the procedure generates for veterinary doctors across the nation. Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats that are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure, which costs upwards of $1,200.00 per hour – even for very young kittens.
Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Conrad wants it stop. While it often puts her at odds with many in her professional field, she continues to lead the struggle. Step by step, the film follows Conrad as she refutes representatives from the American Veterinary Association (AVMA), all in her effort to protect the well-being of these felines. THE PAW PROJECT chronicles her journey from pet examinations to legislative hearings, where she urges elected officials to ban declawing in their cities.
THE PAW PROJECT is a documentary written, directed and produced by Dr. Jennifer Conrad. It is her added effort to ensure that everyone is of the dangers of declawing. She hopes that THE PAW PROJECT will be used as a tool to change the nation.
VIEW TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/47145199
One of Jennifer Conrad's first success stories is in Los Angeles! This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the West Hollywood Anti-Declawing Ordinance. The City of West Hollywood will host a special screening event to celebrate the anniversary. Jennifer Conrad, Jackson Galaxy (MY CAT FROM HELL) and additional special guests are expected to attend.
This is an important film; where one woman is taking a stand, facing legislature and politics in order to protect those who do not have a voice.
I AM: SMTOWN Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden
Featuring Performances by K-Pop Superstars KANGTA, BoA, TVXQ!, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee & f(x)
Plus an Intimate, Behind-the-Scenes Look at 32 of K-Pop’s Biggest Stars
Worldwide Sensation Explodes on DVD & Blu-ray in U.S.A. on Nov. 6th
Includes Full-Length Concert (2 ¾ Hours); Feature-Length Documentary (2-Hours) With Never-Before-Seen Footage on Stage and Off; and Special Features (45 Minutes)
Check Out the I AM: SMTOWN Sweepstakes at: www.iamk-pop.com
“If the massive roars of the sold-out show were any indication, everyone had a great time …”
“The secret’s out … K-pop moves beyond Korean culture … Bonkers good fun.”
— Los Angeles Times in an article about K-pop (including Girls’ Generation)
LOS ANGELES — Nov. 1, 2012 — For Immediate Release — Off-shore music hasn’t created this much of a frenzy in this country since The Beatles invasion! Now experience the best of K-pop in
I AM: SMTOWN Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden, exploding on DVD (4 discs) and Blu-ray (1 disc) Nov. 6 from CJ Entertainment America.
Once outside the mainstream American music spotlight, K-pop (or Korean pop) is now a sensation not only on the U.S. scene but globally, led by such enormously popular acts as SMTOWN superstars KANGTA, BoA, TVXQ!, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee and f(x).
Included in I AM: SMTOWN Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden is the full-length, sold-out 2011 U.S. concert (approx. 2 ¾ hours) at one of the world’s most-hallowed music arenas and a feature-length documentary (approx. 2 hours) highlighted by exclusive, backstage footage. Plus special features (approx. 45 minutes).
I AM: SMTOWN ventures behind the scenes, providing intimate and unprecedented access to these mega-hit acts – doe-eyed girl groups, high-octane boy bands, provocative solo artists and swaggering duos – sharing their personal memories and backstage antics, as well as never-before-seen peeks at youthful audition tapes.
Pulling influences from techno, hip-hop, rap, R&B and top-40, the I AM: SMTOWN U.S. tour is highlighted by effervescent music; high-energy performances with a dance pop sensibility; teasing choreography; trend-setting high fashion; and elaborate, futuristic staging.
A must for any fan! And if you haven’t already been hit by hallyu (Korean wave, a term coined to describe the rapidly expanding, international popularity of South Korean culture and food), you will be after experiencing the no-boundaries music of SMTOWN.
I AM: SMTOWN (Korean with English subtitles) is presented in widescreen 16x9 (aspect ratio: 2:35.1) and 5.1 Dolby Digital. Special features include “SMTOWN in New York” featurette; “What’s Your Color?” featurette (SMTOWN artists reveal their favorite colors); “D-day With TVXQ!” (interview with the band); “Dear Family” music video; “Making Of” music video; and trailers.
I AM: SMTOWN Sweepstakes: www.iamk-pop.com
Consumers can enter online at www.iamk-pop.com and prizes will be awarded to 70 lucky winners: Blu-rays, DVDs and limited-edition collectibles, including such I AM: SMTOWN merchandise as: iPhone cases (a special case the SMTOWN performers use … not for sale on a retail basis), fabric posters autographed by a K-pop artist, t-shirts, pop-ups, photo notebooks and buttons.
The sweepstakes will be heavily promoted online, including Twitter (@iamk_pop), Facebook (www.facebook.com/iam-kpop) and Tumblr (www.iamk-pop.tumblr.com). Consumers will automatically receive multiple entries into the sweepstakes by liking I AM on Facebook or by following and/or re-tweeting on Twitter. In addition, the release and sweepstakes is being promoted by a national advertising and public relations program.
The sweepstakes begins Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 11:59 p.m. Consumers must be 13 years of age or older to enter (Full rules and regulations online).
About CJ Entertainment America:
Launched in 2005, CJ Entertainment America (CJ Ent.Am) is the U.S. arm of Asia’s premier entertainment company and Korea’s #1 filmmaker and distributor, CJ Entertainment & Media (CJ E&M). Since 1995, CJ E&M has provided original, award-winning content – across an array of genres, including drama, comedy, action, sci-fi/horror and special interest – for theatrical, television, DVD, digital download, interactive game publishing/portals and music. A prominent investor in entertainment co-ventures in overseas markets (including 1492 Pictures, DreamWorks and IMAX in the U.S.), CJ E&M also develops and operates 200 premium multiplex theater sites under the CGV Cinemas banner (including a flagship site in Los Angeles) and is a leading concert promoter, helping establish “K-pop” as a successful world music genre. The cornerstone of the Korean entertainment industry – boasting the country’s largest and most significant library, with hundreds of films – CJ E&M is also a singular presence throughout Asia, Europe and in the States and a key force in popularizing contemporary Korean and Pan-Asian cinema around the world. Top films include The Man From Nowhere; The Good, the Bad, the Weird; A Bittersweet Life; Joint Security Area; and the Vengeance trilogy, to name a few. Visit us online at: www.cjent.co.kr/eng (English) or www.cjent.co.kr (Korean).
I AM: SMTOWN Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden
CJ Entertainment America
DVD (4 Discs) / Blu-ray (1 Disc)
Language: Korean With English Subtitles
Not Rated (Recommended for Ages 13+)
Formats: DVD & Blu-ray
Running Time: Approx. 4 ¾ Hours (Plus Approx. 45 Minutes Special Features)
Pre-Order Date: October 2, 2012
Street Date: November 6, 2012