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July 22, 2000
Erin Park MEDIA CITY CENTER -- A sampling of the latest in children's independent film and media will premiere at the Burbank International Children's Film Festival in mid-October at the Media City Center mall. As part of the city's effort to revitalize business in Burbank Village, the City Council approved $50,000 July 11 to help fund the festival's estimated cost of $400,000. "This program, I think, has a great chance to really benefit our downtown area," said Councilman David Laurell.
November 3, 2004
Jacqui Brown After two years of holding The Method Fest Independent Film Festival in Downtown Burbank, organizers have decided to move the festival to Calabasas, in what they describe as a financially beneficial move. Don Franken, executive director of the festival, said that although they've had two great years in Burbank, they were looking for more financial support. "More than the money, we're forming a partnership with Calabasas," Franken said.
April 14, 2004
Jackson Bell As the Method Fest Independent Film Festival's successful showing wrapped last week, organizers and city officials said the event drew its largest-ever crowds. Attendance jumped 20% from last year, as 15,000 moviegoers and aspiring filmmakers flocked to screenings, panel discussions, workshops and parties during the weeklong festival, Method Fest Executive Director Don Franken said. "Last year, nobody knew who we were, because three months prior [to the festival]
March 31, 2004
Jackson Bell The film festival dedicated to the art of acting returns to the city for its second year as big names and unknown faces will show off their make-believe chops on the silver screen. The sixth annual Method Fest Independent Film Festival will run Friday through April 9 at the AMC Media Center 8 Theatres. Organizers and city officials anticipate more than 12,000 people will come to downtown Burbank to watch 26 feature films and 47 shorts.
July 30, 2005
The annual Independent film gold rush at the Sundance Film Festival normally yields at least one film that the studios fall all over themselves trying to acquire. This year's Indie darling was "Hustle & Flow," winner of the festival's Audience Award and Cinematography Award. It's not hard to imagine that Paramount Pictures had their checkbook out before the film's first scene was over. Composed with an enormous amount of wit, humor and emotion, "Hustle & Flow," written and directed by Craig Brewer, reworks a well-worn genre often crippled by cliche.
December 3, 2003
Burbank student recognized by Rotary BURBANK VILLAGE -- Burbank High School student Jessica Corwin on Tuesday was named Student of the Month for December by the Burbank Noon Rotary Club. Jessica, 17, was recognized for her outstanding community service, leadership qualities and academic achievements, said Jeff Green, the club's chairman of youth services. The organization awarded the senior with a $25 gift certificate from Target and a certificate from the club during its weekly meeting at the Burbank Family YMCA.
December 18, 1999
Robert Shaffer BURBANK -- Armand Hargett wants to take down a congressman and a state senator. Hargett, an Eagle Rock actor, filmmaker and weekend traffic school instructor, is running for Rep. James Rogan's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democrat is challenging state Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) for the party's nomination, to be decided in a March primary election. Hargett is one of seven candidates entering political races in the weeks before the filing deadline, which ended Dec. 10. He is the fourth candidate to enter the congressional race -- incumbent Rogan (R-Glendale)
April 10, 2002
Sandra Kraisirideja, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Guilt drove filmmaker Vahe Babaian to write and direct his first feature film "After Freedom." His parents made tremendous sacrifices to get to America and Babaian benefited enormously by being brought here. "I'm really fortunate. I never would have made a film if I hadn't come here," Babaian said. But his parents never realized their own hopes and dreams. Babaian and his parents came to the United States from Lebanon in 1976 with only $500.
By Joyce Rudolph | August 23, 2008
First-time independent filmmaker Joe Tyler Gold wrote a screenplay based on the “Macbeth” theater curse and then enlisted his friends to help make it into a film. On Tuesday, “Never Say Macbeth” will be released nationwide on DVD by Vanguard Quality Independent Cinema. “It’s been a long journey showing it at film festivals,” said Gold, who works at Angel City Data in Burbank, which develops databases for the entertainment industry.
November 26, 2012
Actor-composer Alan Thicke has sold a compound in Toluca Lake for $3.525 million. The Spanish Colonial-style house, built in 1934, sits behind gates on a flat acre lot with a north-south lighted tennis court, an outdoor entertaining area and a swimming pool with a poolside kitchen and covered eating area. The living/media room has a carved wood-beam ceiling and a fireplace. The great room includes a bar and a fireplace. The master bedroom suite features a spa tub, a sauna, a balcony, a fireplace, a study and walk-in closets.
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