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S.F. Int’l fest announces full program (3D shorts from 1900)


The S.F. Intl. Film Fest announced Tuesday the full program for its 54th edition, which kicks off on April 21 with Mike Mills’ “Beginners,” starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor (expected to attend) as father and son coping with the former’s very belated coming-out.

Official closer on May 5 is French helmer-thesp Mathieu Amalric’s “On Tour,” in which he stars as a beleaguered TV producer following an American burlesque troupe around the Gallic countryside.In between are a number of special events and tributes. Spotlight Centerpiece film on April 30 is Azazel Jacobs’ U.S. comedy of adolescent misery “Terri.” The Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting will go to Frank Pierson of “Cool Hand Luke” and “Dog Day Afternoon” fame, with a screening of the latter.

Also getting body-of-work nods are preservationist/restorer Serge Bromberg, who’ll present a program of rare 3D shorts dating back as early as 1900; and visual artist-experimental filmmaker Matthew Barney.

The annual State of Cinema address will be given this year by Christine Vachon, producer of “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Far From Heaven” and HBO mini “Mildred Pierce.” Other notable guests expected include helmers Otar Iosseliani (“Chantrapas”), Miranda July (“The Future”), Patricio Guzman (“Nostalgia for the Light”), Lech Majewski (“The Mill and the Cross”), Christopher Munch (“Letters From the Big Man”), and local makers Jay Rosenblatt, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

World premieres are Vanessa Roth’s docu “American Teacher,” Emily Lou’s U.S. haunted-house comedy “The Selling” and Oscar Godoy’s Chilean drama “Ulysses.”

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Verizon Joins the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Verizon Enterprise Solutions will lend its technology expertise to the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) through a seat on ETC@USC’s executive board. Verizon’s global cloud, IP and wireless networks, managed security services, end-to-end digital content solutions and technology-related professional services are used by media and entertainment companies to create, transport, manage and deliver digital content around the world, on any platform,  anytime.

ETC@USC is a nonprofit, member-funded entertainment technology think tank and research center, affiliated with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders and catalysts in a neutral setting to explore issues related to the creation, distribution and consumption of entertainment content. Verizon’s participation on the executive board will provide media and entertainment companies with opportunities to learn how Verizon’s media-focused solutions, network and technology expertise can help the industry transform its future.

“The goal of the ETC@USC is to bring industry and technology experts together to develop the solutions that will propel us through the next 20 years,” said Kenneth Williams, CEO and executive director of the ETC@USC. “Verizon’s broad set of technologies and deep industry experience will provide a unique voice on the executive board. We look forward to their active participation.”

Scott Spector, global head of Verizon’s media and entertainment vertical, added: “Verizon is committed to the media and entertainment industry, and our participation with ETC@USC will allow us to support and potentially drive innovation in the industry. There’s a vast range of opportunities to integrate technology and improve everything from digital content production through digital distribution, creating an optimal experience for the industry.”

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and help shape tomorrow’s biggest ideas. With industry-specific solutions provided over Verizon’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit to learn more.

The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) is a think tank and research center within the USC School of Cinematic Arts that brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders, and catalysts from the entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries along with the academic resources of the University of Southern California to explore and to act upon topics and issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.  ETC@USC helps drive collaborative projects among its member companies and engages with next generation consumers to understand the impact of emerging technology on all aspects of the entertainment industry, especially technology development and implementation, the creative process, business models, and future trends. (

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq:  VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 108 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Dow 30 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 177,300. For more information, visit

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