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Toiling for an Oscar ... or Not
Posted by Tom Walsh , March 03, 2011 at 6:00 pm
The Oscars have come and gone, but for the people who toil in the shadows of that annual pinnacle of recognition, there is work to be done. While some target that stellar stage as a career destination, others find satisfaction in their work and in the hope of at least reaching the launch pad.
Their reward is something less than a golden statuette, and yet it is something much greater, too. I met with three such hopefuls last week and got some insightful accounts of their experiences in an industry usually more celebrated for its glamour than its sweat.Scott Amour is a published novelist who resides in Novato.
His friend, John Hewitt from Mill Valley, is a documentary filmmaker and professor emeritus in the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. Virginia Travers, also from Mill Valley, has a small film management and production company called Lunaventure.
THE ARTS / Marin film group members pitch themselves / Club gives face time to amateurs
Stan Sinberg, Special to the Chronicle-Published 4:00 am , Friday September 19,2003
Please Note: This group has been put on hiatus temporarily
On the last Monday of each month, about a dozen aspiring filmmakers gather at the Aroma Cafe next door to the Rafael Film Center Theater in San Rafael, trying to jumpstart their movie careers. Each member of the loose-knit networking group, called FILM (Film Independent League of Marin), gets to pitch themselves: what they do, their projects and what they're looking for.
Although each person is allotted five minutes, almost no one takes longer than two.The group began as a way to finance a film project, but has evolved into a networking organization; its main objective is to help people find work, said Virginia Travers, 50, who runs Lunaventure, a film and production company.Travers began the group with Scott Amour several months ago.Travers, who's worked as a street artist in San Francisco for 15 years, says she's never seen the Bay Area film industry so dormant.The group members represent a cross-section of people involved to a greater or lesser extent in the industry..
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