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|BEST OF INPUT February 27-28 in San Francisco|
Worldwide INPUT Conference To Be Hosted Here in Spring 2005
San Francisco, CA -- Feel like you want to do a little international traveling this month, but you don't have the budget? Come join us at The Best of INPUT, a two-day international television program festival. The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KQED Public Broadcasting, Goethe-Institut, Film Arts Foundation (FAF), and the Consulate Generals of France, Ireland, and Sweden present The Best of INPUT, an annual exhibition of eight television programs selected from last year's INPUT (INternational Public Television). The Best of INPUT will be screened at KQED, 2601 Mariposa Street in San Francisco, Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28.
The program on Friday, February 27 runs from 5:30-10:00pm and includes a reception and light dinner. Tickets are $12 general / $10 for KQED/FAF/Goethe members. The program on Saturday, February 28 runs from 10:00am to 4:45pm and includes a networking lunch. Tickets are $15 general / $12 for KQED/FAF/Goethe members. Discounted tickets can be purchased for both days at $25 general / $20 for KQED/FAF/Goethe members. For tickets and general information, please call Film Arts Foundation at 415.552.8760, or for info only, point your browser to www.filmarts.org.
This year's Best of INPUT features films and shorts from Bolivia, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland. Scheduled to attend and hold informal Q&A's following their screenings are Magdalena Jangard, producer, FIRST GYPSY IN SPACE (Sweden); Caterina Klusemann, producer/director, IMA (Germany);
Ivan Saavedra, producer, VEST MADE OF MONEY (Bolivia); and Ciaran Tanham, producer, MARCUS (Ireland). The programs contained in The Best of INPUT were selected from the 2003 INPUT conference in Aarhus, Denmark. All participating films and shorts have either been broadcast on public television or are scheduled for broadcast in their respective countries.
Following this year's smaller event, ITVS will host the annual INPUT Screening Conference in San Francisco in May of 2005. Now celebrating its 27th year, this extraordinary weeklong showcase of television excellence is the only international conference that focuses specifically on the innovative programs produced by public
broadcasters. Producers, directors, editors, filmmakers and programmers from all over the world attend INPUT to screen, discuss, debate, critique, challenge and learn from each other. INPUT delegates are wildly passionate about the responsibilities and possibilities
of television in the public interest. Most importantly, they envision a worldwide audience for these supremely informative, challenging and entertaining programs. INPUT exists to give exposure to programs for their own merit, without regard to national pride or commercial interest; to stimulate discussions with critical emphasis on the role of the producer and broadcaster as socially responsible communicators; and to further the flow of quality cultural programming in recognition of television's potential to promote better understanding among the world's different cultures.
The Best of INPUT
Friday February 27, 5:30-6:30pm Reception and Light Dinner 6:30-10:00pm Screening and Discussion
FIRST GYPSY IN SPACE
Producer: Magdalena Jangard (Sweden, 60 min.)
Two sisters are separated from their mother while fleeing war in the Balkans and go to live temporarily with their uncle in a suburb of Sweden. When he dies, they are forced to embark on a journey through Eastern Europe to find their mother. This is a drama about outcast members of an outcast group.
Producer/Director: Caterina Klusemann (Germany, 58 min.)
The director tells the story of her family -- three generations of women trying to build lives that leave the past behind. But denying the past threatens to destroy the women -- uncovering it forces confrontation and finally frees the family from its secrets.
Dirs: Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch (Sweden, 8 min.)
This program is based on an interview with 12-year-old Giancarlo, who lives as a hidden refugee in Sweden. Giancarlo is from Peru. He describes feelings about persecution by the police and others. The interview was initially to have been part of a radio documentary but his story is so unique that the idea of combining his voice with 3D animation was born.
VEST MADE OF MONEY
Producer: Ivan Saavedra (Bolivia, 27 min.)
This program is part of a series called "Between Cultures" in Bolivia. It is based on an Aymara story about Satuco, a greedy man who keeps all his money in his vest. One day he meets an ambitious man who wants to steal his money. Magical and supernatural events contribute to the unexpected ending of this story about greed in an indigenous community.
Saturday February 28, 10:00am-12:25pm Screening and Discussion
Producer: Ciaran Tanham (Ireland, 52 min.)
Marcus is a young man with the unshakeable belief that he is going to be a world-famous recording star. Backed by a millionaire who believes his investment in the protégé will result in tremendous returns, Marcus sets off around the world to break into the big time. Does the will to succeed overcome the idea of talent? Will Marcus' confidence provide the path to his success? This program was self-categorized as "Reality TV."
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Producer: Vincent Pluss (Switzerland, 63 min.)
A recently divorced father sets out to win back his ex-wife and kids. Taking along a friend who knows nothing of his plans, he drops in on the newly relocated family. What results from this visit is an explosive weekend full of revelations. This dramatic comedy in Mini-DV resembles cinema direct with constant evolution, and a raw, sincere, stimulating spectacle.
12:45-1:45pm Networking Lunch, 1:45-4:15pm Screening and Discussion
RAILROAD OF HOPE
Producer: Ning Ying (China, 52 min.)
Every year during August and September, thousands of agricultural workers leave Sichuan for a long train journey lasting three days and two nights into China's far west where endless cotton fields wait to be harvested. For most of the travelers, it is their first time away from their native villages and their first time on a train. This program listens to voices of Chinese migrant peasants on a journey, as they look to earn the money they
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Director: William Karel (France, 52 min.)
During an interview with Stanley Kubrick's widow, an extraordinary story came to light. Kubrick and other filmmakers contributed to the popular success of the U.S. space program by turning it into visual entertainment. The filmmakers wanted to know -- how far would anyone go for the power of images? We look for an answer to that question in this intriguing documentary that uses archival footage, false documents, real interviews, and other creative methods taken out of context. This is no ordinary documentary. It's meant to provoke viewers and make them aware that they should always maintain a critical eye.
Joan Gibson (415) 596-1274
Randall Cole (415) 356-8383, ext 254