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Open Casting Call To Star In Afrikaans Film

The much-anticipated start of the Afrikaans film DIE WINDPOMP has commenced in Cape Town, and the producers and Nu Metro are searching for a young natural actress to star in the film.

In its search for new talent, ZenHQ Films is holding open call auditions simultaneously in Johannesburg and Cape Town on February 23. The audition is open to all Afrikaans speaking girls age 16 – 24, with or without acting experience to play the role of the beautiful and free spirited Margot.

Die Windpomp is a quirky, beautiful and endearing Afrikaans love story with an unexpected twist, and will be released nationwide this winter through Nu Metro.

Hopefuls need to first go to ZenHQ Films’ website at www.zen-hq.com, click on the Open Call Auditions icon for more information, and email a recent photo and CV. Those selected will be sent a scene from the script to prepare and will be informed of the secret location of the audition.

ZenHQ Films is an award winning production company based in Cape Town with offices in Los Angeles, and has been involved in such film and TV projects as Stander, Hotel Rwanda, Clifton Shores, Charlie Jade, Darfur and the soon to be released films 3 Pegs and The Forgotten Kingdom.

For more information, and partnering with ZenHQ Films on the publicizing of Die Windpomp’s search for a star, contact Lee-Ann Cotton below in Cape Town.

Tel: 021-790-1737
Cell: 082-855-2529
lee-ann@zen-hq.com

http://www.samdb.co.za/productioncompany/435

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UCT students chosen for Sundance Film Festival

Cape Town, 2013 – Two UCT students, Katey Carson and Dylan Bosman, have been invited to the Sundance Film Festival to have their short films screened at the GFS MasterClass Showcase. They are both presently entering their 3rd year of study at The Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town and are 2 of only 24 students who were selected for the Screen Production stream last year.  Both Katey and Dylan entered short films in a Google Plus initiative, called GFS MasterClass, the brainchild of the Ghetto Film School of LA. Their films, along with 6 other entries have been chosen to be showcased at the Sundance Film Festival this year.  Katey Carson’s The Washing Up and Dylan Bosman’s The Running Girl were the product of four weeks of intense preparation which culminated in two films that are expertly crafted and visually arresting.

The Sundance Film Festival, associated as much with its chairperson, Robert Redford, as the snowy mountain town, Park City, where it is annually held, is one of the biggest films festivals in the United States and a wonderful opportunity to showcase independent talent from America and around the globe. Directors who got their big break at Sundance include Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh and Darren Aronofsky to name but a few. The Ghetto Film School had an exclusive screening on the 17th January dedicated to the 8 GFS MasterClass competition finalists, where a panel of producers, actors and directors could give feedback on their films. The Sundance Festival is running from 17th – 27th January 2013.

Katey Carson (2nd from right) and Dylan Bosman (3rd from right) at the Sundance Film Festival with other young filmmakers from around the world
Katey Carson (2nd from right) and Dylan Bosman (3rd from right) at the Sundance Film Festival with other young filmmakers from around the world
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Fighting 4 Film / Model Academy / Actor’s Gallery workshops

If you take your acting craft seriously, or wish to make a career out of modelling, these workshops are for you.

Fighting 4 Film

Learn the techniques required to become camera ready for those more physical roles. With several successful runs, many of our graduates have gone on to be cast in some great action roles.

Edited disc with class footage, certificate of completion, and a year’s complimentary Gold on SAMDB included.

A 50% deposit is required to secure a booking.

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SAMDB workshops

Model Academy

The SAMDB Model Academy was launched in order to provide a grounding for those wishing to enter the modelling industry, and to guide them from a young age. The Model Academy workshop is aimed at teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 (age exceptions allowed,.with prior consultation).

Disc with edited webcast, certificate of completion and a year’s Gold membership on the SAMDB or TAW website.

A 50% deposit is required to secure a booking.

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Actor’s Gallery Shoot

The Actor’s Gallery shoot provides actors with versatile film-scene stills for online presence, armed with the tools to be noticed by  directors and producers.

The shoot includes 4 choreographed / directed scenes, with prior styling advice and edited images supplied by photographer on disc. Accessories can be hired from The Little Hattery / MIL.SPEC. Participants will also receive a year’s Gold membership on the SAMDB or TAW websites.

A 50% deposit is required to secure a booking. Additional deposits may be required in order to secure accessories / props.

Cost

Fighting 4 Film – R1800

Model Academy – R4200

Actor’s Gallery – R3500

Fighting 4 Film & Actor’s Gallery package – R4500

20% discount to all SAGA members.

Date

2 – 6 April 2013

Venue

ACT, Cape Town, Loop Street.

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February 14th – A Love Story, More or Less

february14thFEBRUARY 14TH, a romantic comedy-drama by Jeremeo Le Cordeur, depicts the interlacing relationships and romances of eleven characters within a series of vignettes on Valentine’s Day. The play delves into what this day may mean, and how various individuals approach love and its tribulations. It is a love story. More or less …

Vulture Productions, founded by Le Cordeur in 2010, brings this fresh 90-minute production to Cape Town for the first time, with the hope to inspire audiences to re-evaluate love in their lives.

 

Venue: Artscape Arena, D F Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town

Dates:  05 February – 16February 2013, 8:15pm (except Sundays and Mondays)

Price:   R80   Monday – Thursday
R90   Fridays & Saturdays
R140 Couples
R65   Pensioners & Students

Tickets available through Computicket

 Cast:    Clayton Evertson, Shamilla Ismael, Kelly Eve Koopman, Jeremeo Le Cordeur, Richard Lothian, De Wet Nagel, Taryn J Nutt, Sabine Palfi, Luke Tyler, Ambrose Uren, and Aidan Whytock

Story & Direction: Jeremeo Le Cordeur

Presented by: Vulture Productions

Supported by: Shoestring Studios, Lindt and Sir Juice

Preferred Twitter Hashtag: #feb14th

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New partnership holds promise for Eastern Cape arts sector

A new partnership between the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Mandela Bay Development Agency brings benefits to artists from Port Elizabeth and surrounds.

Artists from Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas are set to walk under a bigger spotlight at this year’s National Arts Festival, the result of an exciting partnership that has been brokered between the Festival and the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), an entity of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM). Central to the partnership is a strategic relationship that will offer increased visibility and capacity-building opportunities for Port Elizabeth artists participating at the Festival. The recently revamped Little Theatre at the Athenaeum will also be one of the beneficiaries of the project, which will consider ways in which Fringe productions visiting the Festival can also present their work at the small intimate venue in the Athenaeum.

The partnership between the Festival and the MBDA will enable fifty musicians from the Port Elizabeth Youth Violin Project a dynamic opportunity of participating in a “Festival Encounter”. The young violinists will be scheduled for a performance at the Festival and be given the opportunity of attending other Festival concerts. They will also attend a workshop led by leading Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Samson Diamond (2010) and other musicians. The workshops will offer guidance on playing techniques and life-skills that are essential for young people who intend to pursue a career in the music sector.

In addition, at least one major arts project from Port Elizabeth will be presented on the Festival’s Main programme. Details about this production will be released when the Festival officially announces its programme in April.

“With so many on-going inspiring cultural developments in the Mandela Bay, this partnership is crucial to profile the creative economies of Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas to a captive audience of passionate art lovers who come via Port Elizabeth to the Festival from all over South Africa and the world. This is a major step towards positioning Port Elizabeth as a mainstream player in the South African arts sector. I’m delighted that the Festival and the MBDA can work together with a shared vision”, the Festival’s Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed said.

“The MBDA is thrilled to be partnering with the National Arts Festival. It marks the culmination of a three year programme of investment in the Arts, through the implementation of Route 67, a public art driven tourism infra-structure project. The Agency is committed to supporting the growth of the creative economy of the Metro, as a tool for urban renewal and place making. Being part of a world class event such as the National Arts Festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the creative talent in Nelson Mandela Bay.” Planning and Development Manager of the Mandela Bay Development Agency, Dorelle Sapere said.

The agreement between the Mandela Bay Development Agency and the National Arts Festival was signed at the Athenaeum in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday 30 January 2013.

The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net.