John A. Berton teaches at Drexel University. But before he started clocking time at the Westphal College of Media Art and Design as an assistant professor of animation and visual effects, he hung out with dinosaurs and cyborgs.

Berton worked on the the visual effects teams for both Jurassic Park and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (the face-morphing effect? That's all Berton). Both movies receive sequels this summer - Jurassic World (Berton saw it the night before he was interviewed last week) and Terminator: Genisys, in theaters Wednesday. (In addition, he's worked on everything from The Mummy to Charlotte's Web to a 1997 rerelease of Star Wars.)

Berton talked to The Inquirer about why these sequels are coming out now, and about being "spellbound in the darkness."

Read Molly Eichel's interview with Berton at Philly.com 
 
 
The Reel East Film Festival is seeking exciting, uncompromising and unique visions from around the world to present at our Second Annual event at the historic Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ on August 21-23, 2015. We are looking for short films in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Student and Animated. All short films must be less than 40 minutes to qualify. This year, we are also accepting feature films of 60 minutes or longer in two categories: Independent Feature Film and Regional Independent Feature Film. Featured guests will soon be announced.

To submit your film, visit FILMFREEWAY.COM

DEADLINES:

All Short Films excluding Student Shorts:

Early Deadline: May 8, 2015

Regular Deadline: July 17, 2015

Better-Late-Than-Never Deadline: July 31, 2015

Student Short Film:

Early Deadline: May 8, 2015

Regular Deadline: July 17, 2015

BetterLateThanNever Deadline: July 31, 2015

Independent Feature Film:

Early Deadline: May 8, 2015

Regular Deadline: July 17, 2015

BetterLateThanNever Deadline: July 31, 2015

Regional Independent Feature Film:

Early Deadline: May 8, 2015

Regular Deadline: July 17, 2015

BetterLateThanNever Deadline: July 31, 2015

About the Festival:

In its second year, the Real East Film Festival (directed by Interview Editor Matthew Sorrento, among others) is committed to providing a forum for both established and up and coming filmmakers to showcase their work.  Last year, famed director, John Sayles (Return of the Secaucus 7, The Brother From Another Planet, Passion Fish and Matewan) screened his film, Go For Sisters, which was followed by a post-screening Q&A. The festival also featured many documentaries that pertained to film and comic book history, such as Inda Reid’s Brotherhood of the Popcorn, April Wright’s Going Attractions and Robert A. Emmons Jr’s Diagram for Delinquents. Sponsored by Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers-Camden Digital, and Rutgers-Camden Department English-Film Studies, the festival screens independent films from around the world while also focusing on the work of local filmmakers in the Camden County and Southern New Jersey area. The Reel East Film Festival will be held August 21st to August, 23rd, at the Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ.

Festival Prizes:

The Reel East Film Festival’s prizes reflect New Jersey’s deep cinematic roots and history. Our top three prizes are named for inventors and filmmakers whose work played an integral role in the creation of cinema


Edison Prize – The festival’s top prize. The invention of cinema was a global effort. On American shores, particularly in the Garden State, no name is more synonymous with film’s birth than Thomas Alva Edison. With the critical assistance of early film pioneers and technicians like William Dickson, Edison presented the world with the kinetoscope and the Black Maria Studio. And soon the world was captured by the magic of motion pictures.


Porter Prize – An employee of Edison’s, Edwin S. Porter directed over 250 films throughout his career as a writer, director, cinematographer, and producer. Porter was an innovative and inventive filmmaker. His most well known film, The Great Train Robbery(1903), is a critical American film that pioneered new techniques in production and editing that we still see in today’s movies.


Goodwin Prize – Hannibal Goodwin is a largely forgotten but crucial name in American film history. In a modest house in Newark, NJ, Reverend Goodwin invented transparent flexible celluloid film for roller cameras. Goodwin’s patent application was submitted in 1887, two years before George Eastman’s celluloid film patent, but remained
unissued as it underwent several amendments. Goodwin died in 1900, but in 1913 he was posthumously vindicated when it was ruled that Goodwin’s patent had been infringed upon by Eastman.

Achievement in Student Filmmaking Prizes: 


Audacity Prize – Awarded to the student film that demonstrates a unique vision and a willingness to take risks in order to further film as an art form


Jury Prize – Awarded to the student film that demonstrates extraordinary achievement in film.

For more information, please visit our website: www.reeleastfilm.org.
 
 
The “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller needs no introduction. Over the past two decades, he has become what we could describe as a public intellectual for golden age cinema. If not the scholar of film noir that Foster Hirsch or James Naremore may be, Muller has offered his expertise through a series of readable and addictive noir books (his 1998 Dark City opens with a dialog that parodies 1950’s The Asphalt Jungle, in which Muller states that he killed the professor) and a seemingly nonstop campaign to program the films. Recently, he is the programmer of the Summer of Darkness noir series on Turner Classic Movies, which continues today, through July, as a Friday series. Muller took out some time to discuss the series, his work in film promotion, and his other projects. 

To read the rest of the interview click HERE
 

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