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Dev is the CEO and head of production at Selig Polyscope Company. He is also the technical brains behind Selig Film News. Often compared to Irving Thalberg he is a film historian and a Bollywood movie poster collector.

Dallas Film Society Announces the Complete Lineup of the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival

The Dallas Film Society announced today the complete lineup of films chosen to screen at the 9th annual Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation, taking place April 9-19. The 11 day Festival will screen 165 films representing 32 countries. A total of 17 premieres will be featured, including 10 World Premieres, three North American Premieres and four US Premieres. The Festival’s Opening Night Film, presented by U.S. Risk /Kara & Randall Goss, will be I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, starring Emmy and Tony Award-winner Blythe Danner. Well-known for her respected roles in films such as ALICE and THE GREAT SANTINI, Danner will attend the screening to accept the Dallas Star Award, presented by the Dallas Film Society to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to modern cinema and the advancement of the art of film. In addition to her work in film, the actress has won two Emmy Awards for her role in Showtime’s Huff and was nominated twice for roles in Will and Grace and WE WERE THE MULVANEYS. Her list of career accomplishments continues with a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free and nominations for roles in Betrayal, A Streetcar Named Desire and Follies. Danner’s other [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:11+00:00 March 20th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

DFW South Asian Film Festival Announces Festival Line-Up

Fourteen films, exploring the unique circumstances and complex stories of South Asians living in America, India, Nepal, Australia and Singapore, make their Texas, U.S. and world premieres at the FIRST-EVER Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (DFW SAFF) from Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Angelika Film Center in Plano. Produced by JINGO Media, a Dallas and NYC-based PR and events management boutique firm, Etihad Airways & Jet Airways, now offering non-stop flights from DFW to Abu Dhabi, Cambria Hotels & Suites, a brand new hotel property at the Shops at Legacy, and Crow Collection of Asian Art, unveiling its brand new collection of South Asian art, DFW SAFF will bring together directors, actors, producers, community organizations, corporate brands and South Asian cinephiles, over a three-day period. Here are the films that have been consciously-curated for the festival: Opening Night Film: Brahmin Bulls Shorts & Docs: Katiyabaaz, Asian Pride Project, Fire in the Blood, Tomorrow We Disappear Women’s Programming: Blouse, Happy Raksha Bandhan, Sold (centerpiece feature) Children’s Programming: Ravi and Jane, The World of Goopi & Bagha Youth Programming: Therapy, Just Friends, Acceptance Closing Night Film: Rough Book   Community sponsors & partners of DFW SAFF [...]

By | 2015-02-18T14:55:28+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas Film Society Honors John Landis at DIFF 2015

The Dallas Film Society announced today the first 10 films chosen to screen at the 9th annual Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation. The 2015 Festival, taking place April 9-19, will feature national and international films, as well homegrown selections. The Festival will also host the North American premiere of PLAYING IT COOL, a romantic comedy starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan. Making its world premiere at this year’s Festival is the Civil War drama ECHOES OF WAR, starring James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry and William Forsythe. The Dallas Film Society is proud to announce that director John Landis will receive the Dallas Star Award at DFS Honors on Friday, April 17 at the Highland Hotel in Dallas. The Dallas Star Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to modern cinema and the advancement of the art of film. The award presentation will be followed by a special screening of John Landis’s 1980 comedy classic THE BLUES BROTHERS on Saturday, April 18. John Landis has left a lasting impression on the film world as director of many iconic comedies such as NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE, ¡3 AMIGOS!, COMING TO AMERICA, TRADING PLACES, and INTO THE NIGHT. John Landis [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:11+00:00 February 12th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

14th Annual 24-Hour Video Race Kicks Off In Early Spring 2015

The 14th Annual 24-Hour Video Race, presented by The Video Association of Dallas, will commence at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Land in Mockingbird Station, Dallas, at 11:59 pm Friday, March 27 with the race taking place all of Saturday March 28. It will end 24 hours later at 11:59 pm. Information, early registration and rules are all at http://www.24hourvideorace.com/ or email [email protected] “We moved the 24-Hour Video Race up to March this year so students who are participating more and more each year would have more time to do the Race before finals hit,” said Bart Weiss, artistic director of the Video Association of Dallas. “And to keep things interesting, we’ve added some new twists this year. We’ll add a new element to the list of ‘Must Includes,’ a character. The character aspect will be like a bartender or a ball deflator,” Weiss continued. “We have also reconfigured our team structure to so that large teams are not penalized. It should be a fun race. Let the fun begin in March by signing up now.”  About the Race Dallas film and video makers of all levels of experience are invited to participate in the race, both creatively and literally.  Teams [...]

By | 2015-02-09T11:29:41+00:00 February 9th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

2015 DFW South Asian Film Festival Announces Opening Night Film

JINGO Media, a Dallas and NYC-based PR and events management boutique firm, produces the FIRST-EVER festival of South Asian independent cinema in North Texas over a three-day period. In partnership with the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) and the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF), the Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (DFW SAFF) will showcase 14 curated shorts, documentaries and feature films that focus on issues affecting the South Asian (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) sub-continent, as well as explore the lives and stories of the South Asian Diaspora in the United States. The festival takes place from Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1 at the Angelika Film Center in Plano (Shops at Legacy).   “DFW is the fifth largest media market in the country,” says JINGO Media Principal/CEO and DFW SAFF Film Festival Director Jitin Hingorani. “And we’re the only major metropolitan area in the U.S. that DOES NOT have its own South Asian film festival. Given that the South Asian population is growing and thriving in North Texas, it is about time these non-Bollywood, independent films receive a much-needed platform to engage, educate and inspire our savvy, world-cinema-loving audiences.”   The festival’s opening night [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:11+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Auld Lang Syne

As 2014 comes to a close we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and say thank you for a wonderful 2014.  2014 has been a banner year for the Selig Polyscope Company and we could not have done it without you.  We have gained a lot of great clients, worked on some amazing projects, forged some excellent relationships and partnered with some of the best film festivals in the country. When we reestablished the Selig Polyscope Company back in 2008, we did not know what to expect.  We knew we would get questions like, Selig who?  You want to do what?  Everyone has been supportive, including the Selig family.  From day one they have been super supportive and always willing to help with answers to our questions and even give us advice on what Colonel Selig might do in this day and age.  Our relationship with the Selig family is something that every company should have with its founding family and we are very thankful for it.  In 2010, we started Selig Film News.  It was a fun way for us to tell you our thoughts about films and give some of the great film critics [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:11+00:00 December 31st, 2014|Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

National Film Registry Class of 2014

The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. "The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history." Spanning the period 1913-2004, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, silent movies, student films, independent and experimental motion pictures. This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 650, which is a small fraction of the Library’s vast moving-image collection of 1.3 million items. The 2014 registry list includes such iconic movies as "Saving Private Ryan," a treatise about the harsh realities of war, which earned director Steven Spielberg an Academy Award; the chilling 1968 horror [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:11+00:00 December 17th, 2014|Film News|0 Comments

DVF27: Harry Shearer to Receive Ernie Kovacs Award

Comedian Harry Shearer will receive the Ernie Kovacs Award at The Video Association of Dallas’ Dallas VideoFest (DVF) on October 17, 2014. For the past two decades, Shearer has enjoyed enormous success and planted the fruits of his talents in the heads of millions worldwide thanks to his voice work for THE SIMPSONS, where he plays a stable of characters: most notably Mr. Burns, Smithers, and insufferable neighbor Ned Flanders. The award presentation will take place at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, TX 75206, on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. ERNIE KOVACS AWARD The Ernie Kovacs Award recognizes the career and talents of some of television’s greatest visionaries. Ernie Kovacs' work in the 1950s and early 1960s summed up the spirit of innovation and the development of the language of television art. VideoFest revived the Ernie Kovacs Award last year. The Kovacs Award was revived last year when “Martin & Rowan’s Laugh-In” creator, George Schlatter accepted his award. “I was a huge Kovacs fan, watched his morning NBC show whenever I could arrange to be sick and home from school.   Adored his ABC primetime show.  I was on a panel of Kovac-o-philes at the [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:11+00:00 September 21st, 2014|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas VideoFest 27 Film Lineup

The Video Association of Dallas announced today the almost all the films chosen to screen during the 27th edition of the Dallas VideoFest from October 8-19, 2014. Overall, approximately 175 videos including narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and experimental videos will be screened during the expanded 12-day Festival. VideoFest (videofest.org) is now the oldest and largest video festival in the United States and continues to garner critical and popular acclaim. VideoFest prides itself on bringing films to the theater that are rarely available to be seen anywhere else. Films like Experimental/Art Films, Animation, Narrative and Documentary Shorts as well as Documentary and Narrative Features and some hard-to-find Classic TV episodes and Classic Films are often in the mix. “This year we are making the Festival more accessible to you, by running more days and more locations (and even on KERA TV) than we ever have in the past 26 years,” said Bart Weiss, founder and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest. “With so much going on in the world, documentaries are more prominent than usual. I hope these help to put our world into perspective. Some of these titles are right out of the headlines but with the depth and [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:12+00:00 September 14th, 2014|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas VideoFest 27 Announces First Selected Films

The Video Association of Dallas announced today the first films chosen to screen during the 27th edition of the Dallas VideoFest from October 8-19, 2014. Overall, approximately 175 videos including narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and experimental videos will be screened during the expanded 12-day Festival.   This year’s films will run the gamut from documentaries about the simplicity of expressive dance to the absurd history of theme songs for professional wrestlers. VideoFest will also showcase student Academy Awards winners: Helen Hood Scheer (APOTHECARY) and J. Christian Jensen (WHITE EARTH). First Selected Dallas VideoFest Films   1971 (USA)    Director: Johanna Hamilton      The FBI was unaccountable and untouchable until 1971, when a group of ordinary citizens uncovered its illegal domestic spying programs. Forty-three years later, these everyday Americans publicly reveal themselves for the first time and share their story in the documentary: 1971.     50 YEARS (USA)    Director: Christian Vasquez       This short documentary explores The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and its place in the narrative of America. Made on behalf of The Department of Education, the documentary features footage and interviews with original members of The Freedom Rides during a celebratory day of events, held in commemoration of the [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:12+00:00 August 22nd, 2014|Film Festivals|0 Comments

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