May 292013
 

Live Los Angeles Earthquake Reports
 

Why Los Angeles Earthquake News? As Angelenos, we live under the constant threat of a potential earthquake. We know all there is about earthquake preparedness. We all put on brave faces and pretend not to be shaken by a minor quake.

The truth is, here in Los Angeles we all know that a major, devastating earthquake is a possibility. (Those of us who survived the 1994 Northridge earthquake are more aware of it than others.)

History of earthquakes in California goes back thousands of years. Some of the best known earthquakes that struck California are:
1769 Los Angeles earthquake
1857 Fort Tejon earthquake
1865 Santa Cruz Mountains
1906 San Francisco earthquake measured 8.3 on the Richter scale and was followed by a wave of 17 aftershocks within just one hour. It devastated the city. The massive fire that followed consumed 500 blocks. About 3,000 people have died.
1989 San Francisco 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit during a game at Candlestick Park during the third World Series game. The quake collapsed one mile of Oakland freeway, caused extensive damage to the Bay Bridge and actually severed gas and power lines. It caused injuries to 37,000 people and 67 deaths. The earthquake was so powerful that we felt it even in Los Angeles.

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The 1994, 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Northridge, about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, caused massive and wide spread destruction. Apartment buildings collapsed. Many homes sustained structural damage. Freeway overpasses fell down. Whole neighborhoods were damaged. 9,000 people were injured. 57 people died.

The most recent – as of this writing – and significant (magnitude 6.0) earthquake struck Napa Valley on August 24th 2014 causing plenty of damage and interruption in electric service that affected nearly 70,000 customers. One person died.

Since our well justified fears are the collective reality of Los Angeles, Anything L.A. (Los Angeles!) wouldn’t be complete without LIVE Los Angeles Earthquake News and on-going quake watch. As L.A. computer nerds, we obviously don’t have the expertise necessary to track earthquakes. That’s why – and with full respect to the copyrights of others! – we’re featuring here a glimpse of the latest earthquake news and seismic activities in Southern California and around the globe from the most authoritative sources.

Hopefully, we won’t have to look for this info in a hurry any time soon, but just in case, it’s comforting to know that it is available 24/7 and just a mouse-click away! (Save the link of Los Angeles Earthquake News, just in case!)

 

 

 

 

 

The information provided above – public domain – is the property of its respective owners:

U.S. Geological Survey

Southern California Earthquake Data Center

Thank you for keeping us in the loop. The only thing better than being informed AFTER the fact, would be an early earthquake WARNING system….


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May 282013
 
 JACKIE CHAN KICKS IT AT THE ACADEMY


JACKIE CHAN KICKS IT AT THE ACADEMY / Anything L.A.

Action star, comedian and martial arts master Jackie Chan will be the special guest at “An Academy Salute to Jackie Chan,” featuring a screening of “Police Story III – Supercop.”  Hosted by Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, Chan will participate in an onstage conversation before the screening of the 1992 action movie, which co-stars Michelle Yeoh, on Monday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  There will be special viewing hours for the Academy’s latest exhibition, “KICK ASS! Kung Fu Posters from the Stephen Chin Collection,” in the Grand Lobby Gallery immediately following the screening.

May 222013
 

Who won DWTS 2013:

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough won

“Dancing with the Stars,”

Who won DWTS 2013 Dancing with the Stars

Who won DWTS 2013 Dancing with the Stars/Anything L.A.

Last night on Dancing With the Stars, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough were crowned the winners of season 16 and were bestowed the honor of hoisting the mirror-ball trophy. When we caught up with the champions right after their win, they could not stop gushing over each other.

“It’s not about me winning. It’s about Kellie,” Hough tells us. “It’s about our celebrities because this is their first and their only time on the show. I am overjoyed and so happy that Kellie got to experience this. It’s amazing. And it was such a hard season and everyone was so fantastic.”

May 212013
 

JOHN GILKEY OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

TO PRESENT NEW SHOW AT 2013

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

JOHN GILKEY OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO PRESENT NEW SHOW AT 2013

JOHN GILKEY OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO PRESENT NEW SHOW AT 2013 / Anything L.A.

MAY 20, 2013, John Gilkey, longtime Cirque du Soleil lead clown, will present “Wet the Hippo,” an edgy, improvised show featuring an irreverent troupe of comedy misfits from Gilkey’s ongoing Idiot Workshop, at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.   The troupe includes Los Angeles actors, improvisers, comedians, and one uninvited performance artist who refuses to leave.

“Wet The Hippo is a collection of rather twisted and unabashed performers who can’t find a home anywhere else,” says Gilkey. “In fact, a requirement for entry is that you must have been kicked out of at least one other comedy or improv group.”

“I founded The Idiot Workshop last year,” said Gilkey.  “We seek to build a community of highly creative and boldly comedic performers by providing provocative classes and performance opportunities that support fresh, innovative and visceral comedy.  With the archetype of the idiot as our platform we push students towards the ridiculous in hopes of discovering the sublime.  Sometimes it works.”

Gilkey was once star performer at Cirque Du Soleil, appearing in more productions than any other clown.  Though many remember only his first, Quidam.  Gilkey most recently appeared in the Cirque Du Soleil show Iris at the Dolby Theater, home of the annual Academy Awards ceremony.  Iris closed in January after an eighteen month run.  But Gilkey was let go even before that  for being too expensive and not very funny.

“Wet the Hippo will feature nine performers and at least one concert violinist,” said Gilkey. “Or violist. I’m not sure which. Also there’s Scotch Wichmann, who descended from Vikings, and now works by day as a computer hacker; Alec Jones-Trujillo was in the 98th percentile in head size as a child; Claire Titelman battles severe irritable bowel syndrome; Gabe McKinney is a stay at home father; Natalie Palamides is a samba queen; Tyler Watson is missing two vertebrae in his neck due to an accident with a Lebanese tractor trailer; Tim Reid was separated from his family at the age of 4 while on a camping trip and found 2 weeks later perfectly happy but smeared head to toe in wolf excrement; and Jean-Louis Darville is French.”

Wet the Hippo will run the last three weekends in June at the Shepherd Studio Theatre in The Complex, located at 6476 Santa Monica Blvd. Tickets will be $10. For Wet The Hippo tickets visit http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/1283 or www.WETtheHIPPO.com.

May 212013
 
ACADEMY ANNOUNCES ANIMATED FEATURE FILM RULE CHANGE

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES ANIMATED FEATURE FILM RULE CHANGE /Anything L.A.

 

 

 

 

 

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved rules for the 86th Oscars®.  The most significant change affects the Animated Feature Film category.

In this category, the new rule designates a maximum of two award recipients, one of whom must have a producer credit.  The director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in the circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded.

Previously announced rules changes for the 86th Academy Awards® include allowing members to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films either at a theatrical screening or on DVD.  Prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film.

Other adjustments to the rules include standard date and other routine changes.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees.  The Awards Rules Committee then evaluates all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors for approval.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

May 212013
 

CTG NAMES 2013 THEATRE EDUCATOR FELLOWS

Five Teachers Selected for Fourth Year

of Professional Development Program

CTG Announces 2013 Theatre Educator Fellows

(L to R) 2013 Center Theatre Group Theatre Educator Fellows Juan Carillo, Elizabeth Rubino, Melissa Weber Bales, David Levine and Alicia Wollerton. Designed by CTG’s Education and Community Partnerships department and supported by a grant from JP Morgan Chase & Co., CTG’s Theatre Educator Fellowship Program awards fellowships to educators who implement theatre in their teaching practice. Photo by Center Theatre Group
CTG Announces 2013 Theatre Educator Fellows/Anything L.A.

Five teachers have been selected for Center Theatre Group’s 2013 Theatre Educator Fellowship program, it was announced recently at a celebratory dinner for the opening of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” presented at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum. The Theatre Educator Fellowship program, created by CTG’s Education and Community Partnerships Department and supported by a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co., awards fellowships to educators who implement theatre in their teaching practice.

“By continually refining and refreshing the way they teach, our 2013 Theatre Educator Fellows are performing a great service for students in Los Angeles,” says CTG’s Education and Community Partnerships Director Leslie K. Johnson. “The summer learning journeys of these Fellows will be exciting and enriching, and Center Theatre Group is proud to provide this needed support.”

The five selected Fellows are Melissa Weber Bales, a high school theatre teacher at Wildwood School in Los Angeles; Juan Carillo, an elementary school teacher at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)’s Amanecer Primary Center; David Levine, a high school theatre and film teacher at LAUSD’s School of History and Dramatic Arts; Elizabeth Rubino, a traveling elementary school theatre teacher with LAUSD’s Arts Branch; and Alicia Wollerton, a teacher at Providencia Elementary School, part of Burbank Unified School District.

May 162013
 

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES

2013 OSCARS® OUTDOORS SUMMER LINEUP

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2013 OSCARS

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2013 OSCARS / Anything L.A.

Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado about Nothing” Launches the Season

The 2013 Oscars Outdoors summer movie season kicks off with Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” presented by KCRW’s “Matt’s Movies,” on Wednesday, June 5.  The movie stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisoff, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Sean Maher, all of whom will join Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by KCRW’s Matt Holzman.

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2013 OSCARS

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2013 OSCARS / Anything L.A.

Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton’s “Short Term 12” and festival favorite “Twenty Feet from Stardom” will have advance screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series in New York City. Morgan Neville’s music documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom” will also screen in Hollywood at Oscars Outdoors. The film opens June 14.

The Oscars Outdoors summer lineup, which runs through August 24, will also include such classics as “Big,” “Rushmore” and “Cinema Paradiso.” Screenings will take place at the Academy’s open-air theater in Hollywood.

“After a successful launch last summer, we continue to strive to be the gold standard of outdoor movie events,” said Randy Haberkamp, the Academy’s managing director of programming, education and preservation.  “Special guests and surprises will make each evening memorable and fun for the audience.”

The 2013 Oscars Outdoors schedule is as follows:

June
Wednesday, June 5   KCRW’s “Matt’s Movies”: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2013)
Post-screening Q&A: Joss Whedon, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisoff, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher
Thursday, June 6    TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (2013)
Q&A with director and cast
Saturday, June 8   Rooftop Films Summer Series in New York City
TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (2013)
Friday, June 14    NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (1983)
Saturday, June 15    PETER PAN (1953)
Friday, June 21   L.A. STORY (1991)
Saturday, June 22   BEETLEJUICE (1988)
Friday, June 28   WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962)
Saturday, June 29    GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)

July
Friday, July 12    CLUELESS (1995)
Saturday, July 13   KING KONG (1933)
Friday, July 19    POINT BREAK (1991)
Saturday, July 20   BIG (1988)
Featuring Zoltar and giant keyboard
Saturday, July 20   SHORT TERM 12 (2013)
Rooftop Films Summer Series in New York City
Friday, July 26    BLAZING SADDLES (1974)
Saturday, July 27    WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (1988)
Sunday, July 28   KCRW Summer Nights: STYLE WARS (1983)
Featuring KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

August
Friday, August 2    AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
Featuring classic cars
Saturday, August 3    GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953)
Friday, August 9    SAFETY LAST (1923)
Saturday, August 10   MONSOON WEDDING (2001)
Friday, August 16   BORN IN EAST L.A. (1987)
Saturday, August 17   RUSHMORE (1998)
Friday, August 23   GREASE (1978)
Sing-along
Saturday, August 24   CINEMA PARADISO (1988)

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday, May 22, at www.oscars.org/outdoors.  Tickets to each Oscars Outdoors screening are $5 for the public; free for children 10 years and younger; and $3 for Academy members and students with ID.  Seating is unreserved.  Gates will open at 6:30 p.m.  Screenings begin at sunset.  Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and warm clothing.  Picnic baskets, beer and wine are permitted.  Popular food trucks will be on site during each screening.

The Academy Hollywood campus is located at 1341 Vine Street in Hollywood (between De Longpre Avenue and Fountain Avenue, and between Vine Street and Ivar Avenue).  It is accessible via the Metro Red Line train and the Metro Local 210 bus.  Free parking is located behind the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.  Enter from Homewood Avenue off Vine Street, one block north of Fountain Avenue.  The lot opens 90 minutes prior to the event and closes 30 minutes afterwards.

For additional information, visit oscars.org/outdoors or call (310) 247-3600.  For tickets to NYC’s Rooftop Films Summer Series, visit http://rooftopfilms.com/.

May 152013
 

Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy

to prevent breast cancer

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie / Anything L.A.

Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.

The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday’s New York Times under the headline, “My Medical Choice.” She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.

Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.

“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56,” Jolie writes. “She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.”

She writes that, “They have asked if the same could happen to me.”

Jolie said that after genetic testing she learned she carries the “faulty” BRCA1 gene and had an 87 percent chance of getting the disease herself.

She said she has kept the process private so far, but wrote about it with hopes of helping other women.

“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made,” Jolie writes. “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”

Phone and email messages left by The Associated Press late Monday night seeking comment from Jolie representatives were not immediately returned.

She is anything but private in the details she provides, giving a description of the procedures.

“My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a ‘nipple delay,'” she writes, “which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area.”

She then describes the major surgery two weeks later where breast tissue was removed, saying it felt “like a scene out of a science-fiction film,” then writes that nine weeks later she had a third surgery to reconstruct the breasts and receive implants.”

Many women have chosen preventive mastectomy since genetic screening for breast cancer was developed, but the move and public announcement is unprecedented from a star so young and widely known as Jolie.

She briefly addresses the effects of the surgery on the idealized sexuality and iconic womanhood that have fueled her fame.

“I do not feel any less of a woman,” Jolie writes. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

She also wrote that Brad Pitt, her partner of eight years, was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Southern California for “every minute of the surgeries.”

Bertrand, Jolie’s mother, died in January 2007. She had small roles in the movies “Lookin’ to Get Out” in 1982 and “The Man Who Loved Women” in 1983. She raised Jolie and her brother after divorcing their father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, when Jolie was a toddler.

Jolie has appeared in dozens of films including 2010’s “The Tourist” and “Salt,” the “Tomb Raider” films, and 1999’s “Girl, Interrupted,” for which she won an Academy Award.

But she has appeared more often in the news in recent years for her power coupling with Pitt and her charitable work with refugees as a United Nations ambassador.

Meanwhile, CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin announced Tuesday she has breast cancer and is getting a double mastectomy.

Sambolin, who anchors CNN’s “Early Start” morning show, talked about her condition on the show Tuesday while discussing Jolie’s decision.

May 112013
 
Dancing With The Stars’ Recap 2013

Dancing With The Stars’ Recap 2013 / Anything L.A.

“Dancing With The Stars” aired its Week 8 results show Tuesday night and “The Bachelor” star Sean Lowe was sent packing from the competition.

The duos of Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff and Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd were the three couples in jeopardy Tuesday night. Pickler and Hough made it safely to next week, leaving the other two couples in danger.

And in the end, Lowe received the fewest number of votes and was eliminated from Season 16 of “Dancing With The Stars.”

“I’ve enjoyed every second of it,” Lowe said. “I truly am blessed to have taken part in this, with all these stars. I’m still just a normal guy from Dallas. What an incredible opportunity!”

Lowe’s fiancée, Catherine Giudici, was in attendance as her husband-to-be got the boot.

Before the elimination, the show featured performances from Jason Derulo, Emeli Sande and Macy’s Stars of Dance.

Zendaya placed first on the leaderboard Monday night with 58 points, including the season’s first perfect 30-point performance. Alexandra Raisman came in second with 56 points.

Pickler was third with 55 points, while Jones was fourth with 52 points. Ingo Rademacher and Lowe filled out the fifth and sixth spots with 48 and 42 points, respectively.

The 16th season of “Dancing With The Stars” will air its semifinal performances next Monday. Fans voted on Twitter which duos would perform which style of dance next week and determined the following:

Raisman and Mark Ballas will dance Afro Jazz, Jones and Smirnoff will dance Lindy Hop, Pickler and Hough will dance Flamenco, Rademacher and Kym Johnson will dance Charlesto, and Zendaya and Valentin Chmerkovskiy will dance Hip Hop.

May 062013
 
LAPD Community Awareness with Explosives

LAPD Community Awareness with Explosives / Anything L.A.

Community Awareness with Explosives
Terrorism – Explosives and Incendiary Devices
The purpose of this circular is to provide a standardized source of instruction in responding to, and addressing incidents involving terrorist attacks, hazardous materials incidents, and biohazardous contaminations. This circular is designed for use by Department personnel and the general public; it serves to foster an understanding of the effects terrorist acts have on a civilian population. This circular will provide guidance on how to respond, if such events occur.

Recently, the United States of America has been attacked through the use of terrorist tactics. Unfortunately, we cannot change the events of the past or their causes. However, we have every resource at our disposal to address and prepare for such incidents in the future. In the past, the vast majority of all terrorist attacks have been overt attacks, usually bombings. In the future, terrorist attacks may be overt bombings or covert attacks involving the use of biological agents. The latter is especially difficult to combat due to the delay in detection between the exposure and the first signs of symptoms. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to create a personal emergency plan to effectively deal with any biohazard incident. Terrorist acts can occur in several fashions. These include bombings, hijackings, biological, and chemical attacks.

Terrorist Attacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation describes terrorism as, “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”

Because acts of terrorism are likely to be unusual occurrences, education and pre-planning are the keys to preparedness. Intervention prior to any terrorist activity is the optimum way in which to prevent such activities. However, it is extremely difficult to prepare for and prevent random acts of terrorism due to the covert nature of the activities. Therefore, it is imperative that all persons be aware of potential targets and any unusual activities that may be indicative of possible terrorism. Such activities may include the following:

  •     Surveillance or “casing” of locations.
  •     Suspicious procurement of items such as bomb making materials, chemicals, timers, and wiring.
  •     Storing of weapons and/or chemicals.
  •     Secretive meetings or contacts.
  •     Unusual and unattended vehicles parked at or near locations.

If you observe any of the above-described activities, you should immediately notify your local law enforcement agency by dialing 911or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, by calling their tip hot line at 866-483-5137.

May 012013
 
2013 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

2013 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED / ANYTHING L.A.

Thirty-eight students from 17 U.S. colleges and universities as well as nine students from foreign universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition.  Winners will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative
“Beyond the Spheres,” Meghdad Asadi Lari, Rochester Institute of Technology
“Bottled Up,” Rafael Cortina, Occidental College
“Bye Hyungjik,” Hyungjik Lee, Florida State University
“The Compositor,” John Mattiuzzi, School of Visual Arts
“File Not Found,” Maria Sequeira, University of Southern California
“The Pirate of Love,” Sara Gunnarsdottir, California Institute of the Arts
“Zug,” Perry Janes, University of Michigan

Animation
“Couch & Potatoes,” Chris Lam and Eunsoo Jeong, San Jose State University
“Dia de los Muertos,” Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham, Ringling College of Art and Design
“Drifters,” Ethan Clarke, California Institute of the Arts
“Make a Wish,” Heejin Kim, School of Visual Arts
“Peck Pocketed,” Kevin Herron, Ringling College of Art and Design
“Runaway,” Emily Buchanan and Esther Parobek, Ringling College of Art and Design
“Still I Breathe,” Sang Ho Lee, School of Visual Arts
“Watercolors,” Robert Kornstein, New York University
“Will,” Eusong Lee, California Institute of the Arts

Documentary
“The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist,” Mark Columbus, University of California, Los Angeles
“Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists,” Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts
“Everybody’s Business,” Laura Green, Stanford University
“Graceland Girls,” Jordan Theresa Salvatoriello, Emerson College
“A Second Chance,” David Aristizabal, University of Southern California
“Through the Fire,” Eunice Lau, New York University
“Vultures of Tibet,” Russell O. Bush, University of Texas at Austin
“Win or Lose,” Daniel Koehler, Elon University
“Wonder Workshop,” Amitabh Joshi and Erik Spink, School of Visual Arts

Narrative
“Caught,” Bruce Li, New York University
“Cootie Contagion,” Joshua Smooha, Florida State University
“Footsteps,” Thomas (Hyungkyun) Kim, New York University
“Josephine and the Roach,” Jonathan Langager, University of Southern California
“Kalifornija,” Tomas Vengris, American Film Institute
“The Midwife’s Husband,” Deja Bernhardt, University of Texas at Austin
“Ol’ Daddy,” Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin
“Samnang,” Asaph Polonsky, American Film Institute
“Un Mundo para Raúl (A World for Raúl),” Mauro Mueller, Columbia University

Foreign Film
“Erbgut (Liquidation),” Matthias Zuder, Hamburg Media School, Germany
“För Sverige i Tiden (King of Sweden),” Jonas Westbom, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sweden
“Kanyekanye,” Miklas Manneke, AFDA The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and
Live Performance, South Africa
“The Library of Burned Books,” Alasdair Beckett-King, London Film School, United Kingdom
“Miss Todd,” Kristina Yee, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
“MO,” Jakub Kouril, FAMU, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
“Parvaneh,”Talkhon Hamzavi, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
“To Guard a Mountain,” Izer Aliu, The Norwegian Filmschool, Norway
“Tweesprong (Crossroads),” Wouter Bouvijn, Rits School of Arts, Erasmus College Brussels, Belgium

To reach this stage, U.S. students competed in one of three regional competitions.  Each region is permitted to send to the Academy up to three finalists in each of the four categories.  The Student Academy Awards Executive Committee screened and voted on the finalists in the Foreign Film category.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.  Past Student Academy Award® winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  Notable alums include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.

The 40th Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 8 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets are available now online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail.  The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  For more information, call (310) 247-3600.