WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MUSIC SHOWCASE FINALISTS AND SUMMIT SESSIONS

first_img Twitter Whistler, B.C. – Every great film needs great music. The 18th annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is pleased to announce the musicians from British Columbia selected for the 5th annual WFF Music Showcase. The musicians will participate in a multi-day live showcase that takes place on the evenings of November 30 and December 1 which includes access to international music supervisors and filmmakers seeking music for screen-based media.The six export-ready artists selected to play a 30-minute showcase set include:Adera (Vancouver) – Indie pop band comprised of Tomás Valenzuela (co-writer and synth), Tiffany Calderbank (co-writer, vocals and samples), Luke Vincent (saxophone), Sean Leask (bass and synth) and Cole J (drums).At Mission Dolores (Kamloops) – Psychedelic pop band composed of JP Lancaster (vocals, songwriter and guitarist), Jared Doherty (guitarist and vocalist), Jared Wilman (drums), Stuart McCallum (bass), and Maggie Ollek (keyboards)Marble Canyon (Whistler) – Six-piece, alt-country-folk-rock composed of Jason Greenway (singer, songwriter and guitarist), Pilar Peterson (vocals/percussion), Kris Branch (lead guitar and lap steel guitar), Rajan Das (bass), Mark Bannock (drums/vocals) and Radim Koppitz (violin)Old Soul Rebel (Squamish) – Lola Whyte, (vocals / electric banjo) Chelsea Johnson (vocals / electric guitar) Troy Gilmore (lead guitar) Braeden Royer (bass) Ashton Sweet (horns) Amelia Thomas (horns)Small Town Artillery (Kaslo) – Rock band composed of Tom van Deursen (guitar, vocals), Derek van Deursen (drums), Carson Webber (bass), Nathan Barrett (trumpet), Mike Kayser (trombone), and Ashley Robyn (vocals, Percussion)Snotty Nose Rez Kids (Vancouver) – Canadian First Nations hip hop duo Haisla rappers Darren “Young D” Metz and Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce Advertisement With musicians and songwriters seeking alternate ways to get their music heard, sold and distributed, the WFF Music Showcase focuses on the role of music in screen-based media by providing an intimate platform for filmmakers, music supervisors, and musicians including composers and DJ’s to connect and collaborate. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement To complement the Music Showcase, WFF presents two Music Summit sessions that will address sync licensing and the relationship between Director, Composer, and Editor as part of its Content Summit on December 1. These sessions will provide a forum for regional and international stakeholders to network and do business as well as share and discuss their experiences and issues vital to success in today’s industry as it relates to music entertainment media.Select music supervisors will discuss their roles and how they work to license music in the film, television and gaming industry in the Intro to Sync Licensing panel featuring Tony Scudellari, Senior Vice President, Television Music Sony Pictures Television, and Patrick Zulinov, Director of Sync and Artist Development, Hyvetown Music Inc. Other participating music supervisors will be confirmed shortly.The Director, Editor and Composer shape the story, tone and emotion of a film in post-production. Showcasing scenes from THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA, the team behind the film premiering at WFF will discuss the importance of working towards a common tone, how musical themes are constructed and worked into the narrative, and how all key creatives must be storytellers first and technicians second at the The Director, Editor, Composer Relationship panel. Moderated by Ari Wise, Agency Director and Owner of Core Music Agency, panellists include  Zack Bernbaum, President, Ezeqial Productions Inc., Jane MacRae, Editor, Fast Hat Films, and Film Composer Erica Procunier.The WFF Music Showcase and Summit is supported by the Amplify BC, Creative BC, Gibbons Whistler, The Longhorn Saloon & Grill, Core Music Agency, Finale Post Production and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.From November 28th to December 2nd, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring fresh films from Canada and around the world, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Content Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age.WFF’s full film lineup and schedule, and Content Summit schedule and guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, and will be updated regularly.The Festival’s online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/tickets is now open for Film, Industry and Patron Passes as well as Ticket Packages. Individual film tickets go on sale on November 15 and the WFF Box Office Kiosk opens for walk-up sales on November 23. Exclusive air travel and ground transportation deals, as well as best accommodation rates from WFF’s 20 accommodation partners, are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, Encore Vancouver, Gibbons Whistler and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.***The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. 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RDA Sells Its Direct To Consumer Business

first_imgRDA recorded revenues of $242 million for the first quarter 2012, down from $284 million in the same period 2011. The company booked a net loss of $8 million, down significantly from 2011’s first quarter loss of $82 million. Reader’s Digest Association announced today that it made good on its efforts to dispose of its Lifestyle and Entertainment Direct business—part of a process the company has been going through to dispose of non-core assets, simplify its operation and zero in on only its best performing products.The sale is a small one, Mosaic Media Investment Partners picked up the division for $1.1 million in cash, but it was part of a plan hatched last year to sell off the group along with Allrecipes.com and the Weekly Reader, both of which were sold in early 2012 for $175 million and $3.6 million respectively. RDA also sold Everyday With Rachael Ray in October 2011. The Lifestyle and Entertainment Direct Business is a direct-to-consumer sales operation that primarily sold fitness, books, music and DVD products. Also included in the deal was Saguaro Road Records.  last_img read more

Lil Peep AltRockHipHop Fusion Rapper Dies At 21

first_img Facebook Email https://twitter.com/PostMalone/status/931045155502661632 Lil Peep began his career in music after leaving high school early and earning his degree via online courses. He began releasing self-produced music on YouTube and SoundCloud, where he discovered an unexpectedly fervent fanbase, prompting him to release his first mixtape Lil Peep Part One in 2015.Though ostensibly a rapper, Lil Peep drew acclaim from his fans and music critics alike for his refusal to be pinned down by the conventions of any one genre, often sampling artists such as Underoath, Brand New, the Postal Service, Oasis, and the Microphones to build the sonic bed for his Southern-rap inspired vocal deliveries. His lyrical content — touching equally on themes of relationships, revenge, angst, and self-harm — prompted Pitchfork to label him as an artist who was “reinventing heart-on-sleeve agony for a new generation.” Lil Peep, Alt-Rock/Hip-Hop Fusion Rapper, Dies At 21 Lil Peep was vocal on social media and in his songwriting about his close relationship with his mother. She has released a statement through a representative of First Access Entertainment, stating she remains “very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life,” and that she is “truly grateful to the fans and the people who have supported and loved him.”CyHi The Prynce Gives The Scoop Behind ‘No Dope On Sundays’Read more Fans and fellow artists take to social media to mourn the young artistBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 11:28 am American rapper, singer, and producer Lil Peep — née Gustav Åhr — died Nov. 16 prior to a tour appearance in Tucson, Ariz. A spokesperson for the Tucson Police Department has confirmed that evidence was found on the rapper’s tour bus indicating the cause of death to be a drug overdose, according to The New York Times. https://twitter.com/tunjiige/status/931048539156774912 The SoundCloud rapper and rising alt-pop star was on tour in support of his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1. He died just two weeks following his 21st birthday. Best known for his self-produced bedroom-recorded tracks such as “Crybaby” and “Hellboy,” Lil Peep built a rabid online fanbase through his unique blend of emo-rock hooks and trap-inspired rapping. References to heavy drug use as self-medication to deal with severe depression were a staple of the young rapper’s songwriting, and his soul-baring acknowledgement of his real-life trials and mood swings forged a powerful connection with a fanbase built almost entirely via SoundCloud and Instagram. nineteen (prod. smokeasac) by ☆LiL PEEP☆ “I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like, ‘F***, I wish I didn’t wake up,'” he said in an interview with Pitchfork. “That’s the side of myself that I express through music. That’s my channel for letting all that s*** out.” Rapper Lil Peep Dies At 21 lil-peep-alt-rockhip-hop-fusion-rapper-dies-21 Twitter News https://twitter.com/jackalproducer/status/931046742719586305last_img read more

Twitters CEO Jack Dorseys Senate Testimony On Twitter algorithms platform health role

first_imgLast week, on Monday, The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify before the committee regarding Twitter algorithms and content monitoring. The hearing is scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 5, 2018. It is Wednesday, and Jack Dorsey has released a Testimony ahead of appearing before the committee today. Mid August, Jack Dorsey announced plans to rethink how Twitter works to combat fake news and data scandals. In July, Twitter deleted 70 million fake accounts in an attempt to curb fake news and improve Twitter algorithms. It has been constantly suspending fake accounts which are inauthentic, spammy or created via malicious automated bots. In his testimony, Dorsey has pushed back critics who have accused Twitter of censoring political content and not acting quickly enough to take down hateful expression. “Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules.” His testimony provided information on four important factors that E&C sought answers for. Improving Twitter’s health Twitter algorithms Twitter’s work on Russian meddling of the 2016 elections Information on recent malicious activity Twitter saw on the platform. Twitter Healthcare Regarding Twitter’s health, Dorsey asserted that the platform has developed a more “comprehensive framework” to encourage healthy debate, conversations, and critical thinking. Earlier this year, Twitter began collaborating with the non-profit research center Cortico and the MIT Media Lab on exploring how to measure aspects of the health of the public sphere. They also requested outside experts for their proposed health metrics for Twitter. Following which the social platform is partnering with the University of Oxford and Leiden University and other academic institutions to better measure the health of Twitter, focusing on “informational echo chambers and unhealthy discourse on Twitter”. Twitter Algorithms In 2016, Twitter introduced a Home Timeline new ranking feature to show people the Tweets they might find most interesting first. Twitter also has a notification timeline that enables people to see who has liked, retweeted and replied to their Tweets, as well as who mentioned or followed them. Twitter algorithms also promote “Safe Search”. Per this mode, potentially sensitive content is excluded from search results, such as spam, adult content, and the accounts an individual has muted or blocked. Individual accounts may also mark their own posts as sensitive. Twitter also uses behavioral signals to determine how Tweets are organized. When a Tweet is identified as potentially detracting from a healthy conversation, it will only be available to view if you click on “Show more replies” or choose to see everything in your search setting. Using behavior signals, Twitter has had a 4 percent drop in abuse reports from search and 8 percent fewer abuse reports from conversations. In preparation for the hearing, Twitter data scientists analyzed Tweets sent by all members of the House and Senate that have Twitter accounts for a 30 day period spanning July 23, 2018 until August 13, 2018. They observed that there is no statistically significant difference between the number of times a Tweet by a Democrat is viewed versus a Tweet by a Republican. Their performance is the same because the Twitter platform itself does not take sides. Twitter’s work on Russian meddling of the 2016 elections After the meddling of Russian interference in US presidential elections in 2016, Twitter conducted a comprehensive platform activity. They identified 50,258 automated accounts that were Russian-linked and Tweeting election-related content. They also conducted an analysis of accounts that promoted election-related Tweets on the platform throughout 2016 in the form of paid ads.  The two most active accounts were affiliated with Russia Today (“RT”), which Twitter subsequently barred from advertising. Per Dorsey’s testimony “Twitter’s main focus is on promoting healthy public discourse through protection of the democratic process. We must continue to work together with our elected officials, government partners, industry peers, outside experts, and other stakeholders so that the American people and the global community can understand the full context in which these threats arise.” Recent Malicious activity Twitter saw on its platform Twitter has suspended a total of 3,843 malicious accounts affiliated with the Russian Internet Research Agency. “As an example of Twitter’s ongoing efforts, Twitter identified 18 accounts in March 2018, believed to be linked to the Internet Research Agency uncovered by our ongoing additional reviews.” They have also suspended 770 accounts for violating Twitter policies in Iran. These accounts were in violation of  Twitter’s platform manipulation policies and were engaged in coordinated activity intended to propagate messages artificially across accounts. Dorsey says, “Twitter has been in close contact with our industry peers about the malicious accounts located within Iran—we have received detailed information from them that has assisted us in our investigation, and we have shared our own details and work with other companies.” Dorsey ends his testimony saying that increased transparency is critical to promoting healthy public conversation on Twitter and earning trust. “We remain vigilant about identifying and eliminating abuse on the platform perpetrated by hostile foreign actors, and we will continue to invest in resources and leverage our technological capabilities to do so,” he wrote. You can read Dorsey’s entire testimony here. Read Next Facebook, Twitter takes down hundreds of fake accounts with ties to Russia and Iran, suspected to influence the US midterm elections. Twitter’s trying to shed its skin to combat fake news and data scandals, says Jack Dorsey. 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