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A tribute to Whitney Houston 9/8/1963 to 11/2/12, age 48 – an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model.

Whitney was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, and was the daughter of a gospel star Cissy Houston, the cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick, and goddaughter of soul singer and legend Aretha Franklin, with 2 brothers Michael and Gary.

Her singing career began in her church where she sang in the choir. By the time she reached 15 she was singing backing vocals professionally with her mother on Chaka Khan’s 1978 hit, ‘I’m Every Woman’, that followed providing backing vocals for Lau Rawls, Jermaine Jackson and her own mother.

Whitney worked briefly as a model, appearing on the cover of ‘Seventeen’ magazine in 1981.

Whitney began working as a feature vocalist for the New York-based funk band Material when the quality of her vocal work with them attracted the attention of the major record labels, including RCA, Arista with whom she signed in 1983, where she stayed for the rest of her career.

Her debut album ‘Whitney Houston’, was released in 1985 and became the biggest selling album by a debut artist. Several hit singles, including ‘Saving All My Love For You’, ‘How Will I Know’, You Give Good Love’, and the ‘The Greatest Love of All’, were released from the album, that reached 7 consecutive US number ones. The album sold 3 million copies in its first year in the US and sold 25 million worldwide, winning her the first of her six Grammies.

The 1987 follow-up album, ‘Whitney’ that included the hits ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, and ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, built on her success but it was the 1992 film ‘The Bodyguard’ that sealed her place as one of the best selling artists of all time.

The movie itself and her performance in ‘The Bodyguard were not highly praised, however the soundtrack album and her cover of the Dolly Parton song ‘I will Always Love You’ topped the singles and albums charts for months and sold 44 million copies around the world.

In 1992 Whitney married ex New Edition singer Bobby Brown and had her only child, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in March 1993, when unfortunately her documented drug use began and by 1996 was a daily user.

Whitney’s 1998 album ‘My Love Is Your Love’, was well reviewed but the drug abuse began to affect her reputation but the press reports said that she was difficult to work with, if she turned up at all. She was dropped from a performance at ‘The 72nd Annual Academy Awards’ because she appeared to be ‘out of it’ at rehearsals. She became quite thin, her voice began to fail her. She was twice admitted to rehab and declared herself drug free in 2010 but returned to rehab in May 2011.

Her 2009 comeback album ‘I Look To You’ was well received and sold well, with the Guinness World Records citing her as the most awarded female act of all time, but promotional performances were still marred by her weakened voice. Her final acting performance was in ‘Sparkle’ in 2012, that is a remake of the 1976 movie of the same name ‘Sparkle’, released after her death.

She was found dead in the Beverly Hilton Hotel room bathroom in Beverly Hills, California, after she went back into the room before heading downstairs to a media conference on 11 February 2012, the day before the ’54th Grammy Awards 2012′, which opened with a small tribute and prayer to Whitney Houston by LL Cool J .

Whitney was pronounced dead at 3.55pm PST.

Her funeral was held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where her singing career began as a small child, on Saturday 18 February 2012, although widely covered by ET, they stated that the funeral would be held Sunday 19/2/12. Following services, she was laid to rest beside her father at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. Refs: IMDb, Wikipedia, ET




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Hot Docs is excited to announce the launch of Doc Ignite, the new online crowd-funding service that allows you the opportunity to help independent Canadian filmmakers raise financial support for their docs-in-progress.

The service was launed 14/2/12 with HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE, directed by Jay Cheel, director of 2011 Hot Docs hit BEAUTY DAY; the project will campaign for 45 days on Doc Ignite with the goal of raising $25,000.

Watch the campaign video.

A real-life-science-fiction mystery, HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE is the story of Internet phenomenon John Titor, a self-professed time traveller from the year 2036. Although many think he is just a hoax, his Internet posts generated a strong group of followers who believe he actually was from the future.

Visit Doc Ignite to learn more about the project, follow Jay’s progress through blog and video posts, and pledge support in exchange for incentives ranging from copies of the final film and time travel fund certificates, to tickets to the film’s premiere and a custom-made time travel lamp.

Learn about Doc Ignite and how to support HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE now!

HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE is produced by Primitive Entertainment.

Doc Ignite was made possible by the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Telefilm Canada, the City of Toronto, and the Toronto Community Foundation.


How to Survive Thrive! in a Converging Landscape
Using case studies and personal experiences, this seminar will look at:

  • · The current state of play for the screen production industry
  • · Future directions in cross-platform storytelling and marketing
  • · Alternative sources of finance
  • · Emerging innovations

The speakers will discuss their ground-breaking strategies for developing and distributing content with a commercial angle.

Date: Wednesday 22 February 2012
Time: Seminar 10.00 am – 12.00 pm | Roundtables 1.30 – 3.30pm
Venue: Cinema, Griffith Film School, Cnr Dock and Vulture Streets, South Brisbane
Registration: SPAA Members $20 / Non members $25
Click here to register and for further info

David Jowsey, Bunya Productions

David has a production company in partnership with the director, Ivan Sen. His credits include Mad Bastards, Toomelah, Satellite Boy and Dreamland. David will talk about producing small budget films and the opportunities available to increase revenue outside of the traditional distribution pathway.

John L Simpson, Titan View
John is primarily a distributor and producer, but has worn many caps during his career. John is a champion of low budget feature films, distributing The Jammed and producing Men’s Group. His survival tactics are inspirational.

Angie Fielder, Aquarius Films
Angie has just successfully completed her first feature film, Wish You Were Here. What did it take to get her first feature up? What choices did she make and why?

Brett Sleigh, Network Script Executive, Drama & Comedy, ABC TV
Most recently, Brett worked alongside the producers and ABC multiplatform across the scripting and social media components of The Slap and is currently occupying an EP role on the forthcoming ABC2 multiplatform comedy, The Strange Calls, currently in production with Hoodlum.

The session will be mediated by Cathy Overett, New Holland Pictures, who is currently working on Iron Sky, an international co-production with Finland and Germany.

Following the session, attendees will have the opportunity to put further questions for discussion with the speakers at roundtable sessions.


The initial phase of our new Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, including the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Season, has now concluded, and what a substantial debut it has been.

Six months ago, the idea of an ‘’Australian Academy’’ was just that – an idea.

Since then, and with widespread support from our members, our industry, the media and the public, we have not only solidly established the Australian Academy alongside the longstanding AFI, but have held a series of major events through which many of our industry’s activities and finest achievements have been well recognised and promoted.

The inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Season saw two of our most successful Awards events of recent times held in Sydney, attracting record numbers of guests and presenters, and honouring outstanding practitioners, performers and productions with 41 AACTA Awards. The AFI Members’ Choice Award and two Switched On Audience Choice Awards were also presented in Sydney.

A further five AACTA International Awards (recognising six winners) were presented at our first ever AACTA International Awards Ceremony at a special event in Los Angeles. Attended by 250 of Australia’s and the world’s finest filmmakers, performers, writers, directors and industry executives, the event successfully established the AACTA Awards as part of the global Awards conversation, increasing interest in our industry and the people and productions we award, both abroad and at home.

Ultimately, AACTA aims not only to celebrate and recognise industry excellence, but to inform and entertain audiences with great Australian content. Given the range and diversity reflected in Australian feature films last year, including RED DOG (awarded the Samsung AACTA Award for Best Film and the AFI Members’ Choice Award) and the multi-award winning Snowtown and The Eye Of The Storm, through to outstanding documentaries (including Mrs Carey’s Concert, awarded two AACTA Awards) and compelling television, including The Slap (awarded five AACTA Awards) and East West 101, Season 3 – The Heroes’ Journey (remarkably awarded for each of its three seasons, and this year awarded Best Television Drama Series), this appears to be an exciting period for Australian screen content.

On behalf of AFI | AACTA, I thank the industry, our members and sponsors and partners for supporting us on this monumental journey. The AFI Staff and Board including Chairman Alan Finney have been absolutely incredible this year; huge thanks for such dedication and immense hard work. Thanks to AFI Patron Dr George Miller, Ambassador Cate Blanchett, AACTA Honorary Councilors and of course AACTA President, or ‘Prez’, Geoffrey Rush; an enormous contributor, we congratulate you on achieving another top honour amid our Academy’s Awards Season – Australian of the Year 2012. Your dedication to promoting our industry is nothing short of spectacular, and of course the timing of this honour, as with your performances, is nothing short of impeccable! Thank you also to all entrants, nominees and presenters, and congratulations to AACTA Awards winners.

As we look ahead, with A Few Best Men and The Straits as just two examples indicating a strong start for Australian screen content in 2012, I look forward to continuing to work with you all to support and promote the Australian screen industry, our people and our great productions.

Thank you.

Damian Trewhella

AbaF Woodside Better Business Inside view on partnerships seminar 23/2/12

Topics – What a business looks for in its partnerships with arts and the cultural sector; Researching a partner; Managing expectations and delivering results; Developing the relationship-understanding your partner’s needs; tips from those ‘in the know’

Presenters – Jackie Appleyard, Marketing Manager for Ernst & Young; Suzie Campbell, Marketing and Sponsorships Manager for the National Portrait Gallery

Register – Cost: $22 inc. GST, Date: Thursday 23 February, Time: 8.30am-10am, Venue: Ernst & Young, Level 11, 121 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra.

Register: Click here to register securely online or complete the registration form attached and fax to 03 9614 2550.




LONDON: I’m looking for a writer (or a couple of writers) to work with me to produce short films of 2 -15 minutes in duration. These films are mainly to build my portfolio (and yours) from script to screen. I have all kit for all these productions and have production contacts. I’m looking for a script of 1-2 characters set in a couple of locations, or one location. This needs to be filmed in London… Read More



NEW DEHLI, INDIA: Producer is seeking script writers/content writers with good command of English. 0-1 year experience for documentaries, corporate films, short films, TVC & AD films. Send inquiries to… Read More


I am a Spanish producer working temporarily in NY, and I am looking for a script. Genre: comedy or horror. Pay to be determined. Send your logline and full synopsis to… Read More

We require creative assistance for generating ideas and concepts for an ad film. We are looking for someone who can deliver the best idea and theme for the film. Experience in ad film industry, specifically in creative writing part, is required… Read More


LONDON: Looking for writers to join a team to create and produce a new fantasy saga. Please send examples of synopsis and treatments of works in the fantasy genre only as well as CV. Please note the following: We are looking for a writer in the London area only; We are looking for a writer with 3 years previous experience writing; We are looking for a writer with previous feature film experience. Our budget for the writer will be… Read More


We are looking for story writers for the second series of Nigerian sitcom. This is not a full-time role, but will require you to be flexible with your time; you will become part of a writing team, working together to create and develop episode ideas. Therefore you must be open to discussing ideas within a group environment and offering opinions… Read More



Each individual SAC is available for $39.95, or the whole pack can be purchased for $99.95.

For more detailed information on the ATOM 2012 SAC Pack for VCE Media, or to purchase, please visit http://theeducationshop.com.au/shop/categories.asp?cID=30.

Defence 2020 Youth Challenge Program – Between March and May 2012 a Youth Challenge program will be staged in all states and territories throughout Australia.

The Challenge will bring together young Australians and Defence guests (many of whom will have direct and recent combat and/or peacekeeping experience) to explore many of the issues surrounding defence and Australia’s future.

Years 9–11 students will benefit most from the Youth Challenge Program, as it is particularly relevant to SOSE, Citizenship Education, History and English curriculum areas.

Schools will be invited to nominate up to 10 students and numbers are restricted to around 120 students to ensure all participants can be involved in this very interactive program. www.defence2020.info registrations now open, apply online.


We have been contacted by a number of filmmakers who believe they have submitted to our festival but in fact have not. Two other ‘trailer festivals’ sprang up’ after we created ours, neither of who adhere to the UFFO Code of Conduct or have access to the industry. We’re resending our email with links so our contact info is clearer.

The first two festivals were attended by industry only and included Fox, Disney, Paramount and PBS. All the trailers were then placed in an Online Screening Room and for a year after the event Hollywood managers, producers and distributors logged in to view fllmmakers’ work. They subsequently requested over 200 DVDs and scripts, with 11 deals being made. Please visit the Success Stories page on our website for more information http://www.thetrailerfestival.com/Home_Page.html

The submission page is here – http://www.thetrailerfestival.com/PLEASE_SUBMIT_HERE.html


FNI(A)/Film Networking Industry (Australia) wishes you a Very safe, and Happy Year in 2012.

If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on MOBILE +61 407 601 662, or email fni_a@yahoo.com.au

NORA PRESTON – Filmmaker since 2001
Founding President


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19 February 2012


Support FNI(A). FNI(A) is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. FNI(A) relies heavily on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to FNI(A), please send a cheque/money order made payable to Film Networking Industry (Australia) Inc. to PO Box 3509, Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . or contact us by email fni_a@yahoo.com.au or mobile:

0407 601 662 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support.


Aims and Objectives: to promote and unite the film and music industry; to promote film production and development; improved access to equipment; and annual recognition of achievements in Australian and International Film and Music through FNI(A) Achievement Awards.


Support FNI(A). BECOME AN FNI(A) MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, DOWNLOAD M/SHIP FORM FROM FNI(A) WEBSITE http://fnia.awardspace.com and send to form with payment by cheque or money order made payable to Film Networking Industry (Australia), and send to PO Box 3509 , WESTON CREEK ACT 2611, AUSTRALIA, or contact us to make alternative arrangements . Mob: 0407 601 662. Email: fni_a@yahoo.com..au Websites: http://fnia.awardspace.com ; www.myspace.com/fni_a ; http://fnia.flixster.com ; www.flixster..com/user/fnia


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