Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer and pianist. She is the lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. Along with her contributions with the band, Lee has participated on other musical projects including Walt Disney Records' Nightmare Revisited and Muppets: The Green Album, she has performed collaborations with artists such as Korn and David Hodges. Lee composed the soundtrack to the films War Story and Indigo Grey: The Passage with cellist Dave Eggar, the song "Speak to Me" for the film Voice from the Stone, she possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Lee received the Songwriter Icon Award from the National Music Publishers Association in 2008. In 2012, she won Best Vocalist at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards and was named Rock Goddess of the Year at the Loudwire Music Awards, she was awarded Best Film Score by the Moondance International Film Festival for Indigo Grey: The Passage in 2015. Lee is the American chairperson for the international epilepsy awareness foundation Out of the Shadows.
Amy Lee was born in Riverside, California, to parents John Lee, a disc jockey and television personality, Sara Cargill. She has two sisters and Lori. Lee had a younger sister who died in 1987 at the age of three from an unidentified illness and a brother named Robby who died in 2018 after struggling with severe epilepsy for most of his life; the song "Hello" from Fallen has been reported to have been written for her late sister, as well as the song "Like You" from The Open Door. Lee took classical piano lessons for nine years. Lee's family moved to many places, including West Palm Beach and Rockford, settled in Little Rock, where Evanescence was formed. Lee graduated from Pulaski Academy, a private school in Little Rock, in 2000, she attended Middle Tennessee State University in 2000 to study music theory and composition but dropped out to focus on Evanescence. In an interview on AOL Music, Lee said that the first songs she remembered writing were called "Eternity of the Remorse" and "A Single Tear".
The first was written when she was eleven years old and wanted to become a classical composer, the second was for an assignment when she was in the eighth grade. Lee co-founded the rock band Evanescence with guitarist Ben Moody; the two met at a youth camp after Moody heard Lee playing Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love" on the piano. Within a month, the pair were playing acoustic sets at Arkansas book stores and coffee houses, they recorded two EPs, Evanescence EP and Sound Asleep EP, selling them at various local venues. In 2000, Evanescence recorded; this demo contains three songs from the debut album Fallen written by Lee and Moody: "Whisper", "Imaginary" and "My Immortal". Whereas "Whisper" and "Imaginary" were altered before being included on Fallen, "My Immortal" is unchanged, apart from additional string arrangements. A band version of "My Immortal" was made available for download for those who had bought an official version of Fallen through their web site, but required that a CD checker program be downloaded for verification before it would play.
The band version was included on copies of Fallen, notably the Brazilian and Argentine editions. On October 22, 2003, Moody left the band citing "creative differences". In an interview several months Amy said: "...we'd gotten to a point that if something didn't change, we wouldn't have been able to make a second record". She said "We're a real band, not just Ben and I and a few others thrown together". Ex-Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo replaced Moody in the band, both on guitar and as Lee's writing partner. On January 3, 2014, TMZ reported that Lee had sued Evanescence's label, Wind-up Records, for $1.5 million in unpaid royalties. In March 2014, via her Twitter account, Lee announced that she had been released from her Wind-up Records contract and was now an independent artist. In 2000, Lee sang on two of former Evanescence keyboardist David Hodges' songs: "Breathe" and the unreleased "Fall Into You", she performed backup vocals for "Missing You", a song on Big Dismal's 2003 debut album Believe, sang backup vocals on two songs with'supergroup' The Damning Well, though her vocals were taken off the final release due to record label issues.
Lee performed a duet with her then-boyfriend Shaun Morgan on the track "Broken" for Seether's 2004 album Disclaimer II. The song was featured as part of the soundtrack for the 2004 film The Punisher. In 2004, Lee claimed to be working on music for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but that the music was rejected by the studio for being "too dark". However, the producers of Narnia stated that Lee was never asked to compose any music for the film, whose score was written by Harry Gregson-Williams, that "No Evanescence music was planned for the soundtrack." While there was some speculation that one of the supposed songs had been cut and used in several tracks of The Open Door, Lee stated this was not true except for part of it being used to segue into the last track of the album, "Good Enough". Lee became the American chairperson for Out of the Shadows in 2006; this organization is an international foundation with the goal of providing education about epilepsy. Lee's younger brother, was diagnosed with this condition.
The singer made a brief guest appearance in the music video for Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" in late 2006. As each celebrity featured in the shoot was allowed to choose what they would be doing for the video, Lee chose to appear laying flowers on
Renée Willett is an American actress, popularly known for The Comedian and SharkNado 3. Willett has two younger siblings, her parents Leesa and Leon Wagner are both New Yorkers and of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. From a young age Renée was a competitive tennis player where she trained at IMG Academy Bradenton Bollettieri Tennis in Florida, she acted where she appeared in multiple commercials and Indies during her tween years. Renée graduated from the University of Southern California with Degrees in Economics and Theatre, she trained at The William Esper Studio in New York and continues her training in Los Angeles at UCB, The Groundlings and Lesly Kahn. Renée is earning her MBA back at USC Marshall School of Business where she emphasizes her studies in film finance through the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Willett made her film debut in the third installment of the cult classic Sharknado series in 2015, she appeared as Ashley in The Comedian where she worked opposite Robert De Niro and Edie Falco.
In 2017 Renée played seductress Kelly in the Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore indie film Blind. Renée produced the 2017 Sundance Film, The Yellow Birds where she acted alongside Jennifer Aniston. Renée combined her passion for tennis and film as she produced the short LOVE starring Susan Sarandon and Boris McGiver. Willett worked with Daniel Radcliffe and Grace Gummer in the 2018 drama Beast of Burden where she played the role of Megan. In 2018 she continued to act in films including Flight 666 where she played the possessed passenger Anna, Walk to Vegas where she played the only female underground poker player Kelly Boots, opposite John O'Hurley, she worked in the Molly Ringwald film Kingfish, opposite Kevin Corrigan where she played Emilia, as well as the Michael Pitt, Ron Perlman indie Run With the Hunted where she played Keryn, a character that spanned over 15 years. Renée received the NYC International Film Festival's Rising Star Award 2019, she appeared as the cover story for Resident Magazine's Power Issue.
Renée has been cast opposite Val Kilmer. Renées additional upcoming supporting roles include films Die In Juveniles. Renée debuted. Willett performs throughout New York City at clubs like Gotham Comedy Club as well as Los Angeles and Tel Aviv. Renée's success as an MC performer at fundraisers and galas has caught on, she has opened for Jay Leno. Renée Willett on IMDb
Woodstock Film Festival
The Woodstock Film Festival is an American film festival, launched in 2000 by filmmakers Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto with the goal to bring high quality independent film to the Hudson Valley region. The festival takes place each fall in the towns of Woodstock, Rhinebeck and Kingston, in the height of fall foliage; the Woodstock Film Festival is a 501 organization. Their sister organization, the Hudson Valley Film Commission, promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film and media production. With offices located in the heart of Woodstock, NY, the first fiercely independent inaugural festival ran September 21–24, 2000, it included workshops, documentaries and films from all over the world. Speakers at the inaugural festival's workshops included actor Aidan Quinn, documentary filmmakers Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple and D. A. Pennebaker, filmmaker Les Blank and Ron Nyswaner, who wrote the screenplay for Philadelphia; the second annual event was held despite falling only nine days after the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, despite some initial concerns.
The festival's co-founder, Meira Blaustein said of the decision not to postpone the festival, "This is such an incredible event, so many dreams are realized here – it must continue," and noted that the event was dedicated to "the men and children who lost their lives in the September 11 tragedies." Now in its 19th year, the Woodstock Film Festival has garnered the praise of the film industry and is noted as being "one of the top 50 film festivals in the world." Programming between 125 films, concerts and parties each year, WFF draws films from the far reaches of Siberia and Kazakhstan to locally shot films right in the Hudson Valley, NY. With categories of programming such as; the 2018 festival will take place October 10-14, 2018. The festival has featured many high-powered members of the film community; these have included industry executives and cable executives, record label executives, entertainment lawyers and critics. Some notable attendees have included Natalie Portman, Jennifer Connelly, Darren Aronofsky, Kevin Bacon, Keanu Reeves, Steve Buscemi, Matt Dillon, Olympia Dukakis, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Daniel Day-Lewis, Laura Linney, Parker Posey, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Smith, Tim Robbins, Tim Blake Nelson, Ellen Barkin, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vera Farmiga, Jonathan Demme, Timothy Hutton, Julie Taymor, Lori Singer and Mark Ruffalo.
The Woodstock Film Festival advisory board is made up of top industry representatives including Judy Arthur, Eamonn Bowles, Robin Bronk, Ellen Chenoweth, Claude Dal Farra, Vincent D'Onofrio, Griffin Dunne, Martha Frankel, Leon Gast, Jonathan Gray, Ethan Hawke, Sabine Hoffman, Jennifer Hicks, Gill Holland, Ted Hope, Michael Lang, Melissa Leo, Jeremiah Newton, Stephen Nemeth, Annie Nocenti, Ron Nyswaner, Bill Plympton, Aidan Quinn, Peter Saraf, Steve Savage, Liev Schreiber, Zachary Sklar, John Sloss, Fisher Stevens, David Strathairn, Lemore Syvan. The Woodstock Film Festival is a competitive festival that offers cash and in-kind prizes in a variety of categories; the festival's "Maverick Awards," held the Saturday night of the festival are given for: Honorary Maverick Award Best Feature Narrative Best Feature Documentary Best Short Documentary Best Narrative Best Student Short Best Cinematography–The Haskell Wexler Award Best Editing Best Animated Short Audience Award for Best Feature Narrative Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary The Honorary Maverick Award is given each year to a fixture in the world of film veteran directors, actors or industry professionals who have left their permanent mark on entertainment.
Past recipients have included: Director of Theater and Film Julie Taymor, Actress Susan Sarandon, Director Alejandro Gonzālez Iñárritu, Director Atom Egoyan, Director Darren Aronofsky, Director Peter Bogdanovich, Director Jonathan Demme, Director Tony Kaye, Director Bruce Beresford, Director Richard Linklater, Director Kevin Smith, Producer Christine Vachon, Filmmaker Barbara Kopple, Actor Steve Buscemi, Director Mira Nair, Actor Woody Harrelson, Actor Tim Robbins, D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Filmmaker Les Blank Trailblazer recipients have included professionals in the entertainment industry who have made an impact in their craft. Past recipients have included Robin Bronk CEO of the Creative Coalition and distribution guru Bob Berney, Ted Hope, James Schamus, Ted Sarandos, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss; the last award was given out in 2011. The Woodstock Film Festival continues the spread of independent film year round with film screenings and events like the annual Taste of Woodstock Event.
2018 was the inaugural year of the Woodstock Film Festival's Youth Film Lab. The festival holds a yearly Career Day, focused on bringing direct insight from the film world to aspiring students. Best Feature Narrative: Wheels James K. Lyons Award for Editing a Feature Narrative: Unlovable Best Feature Documentary: The Feeling of Being Watched James K. Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Documentary: The Feeling of Being Watched The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography: Spell
Principal photography is the phase of film production in which the bulk of the movie is filmed, with actors on set and cameras rolling, as distinct from pre-production and post-production. Principal photography is the most expensive phase of film production, due to actor and set crew salaries, as well as the costs of certain shots, on-set special effects, its start marks a point of no return for the financiers, because until it is complete, there is unlikely to be enough material filmed to release a final product needed to recoup costs. While it is common for a film to lose its greenlight status during pre-production – for example, because an important cast member drops out or unexpectedly dies, or some kind of scandal engulfs the studio or an actor – it is uncommon for financing to be withdrawn once principal photography has begun. Feature films have insurance in place by the time principal photography begins; the death of a bankable star before completing all planned takes, or the loss of sets or footage can render a film impossible to complete as planned.
For example, sets are notoriously flammable. Furthermore, professional-quality movie cameras are rented as needed, most camera houses will not allow rentals of their equipment without proof of insurance. Once a film concludes principal photography, it is said to have wrapped, a wrap party may be organized to celebrate. During post-production, it may become clear that certain shots or sequences are missing or incomplete and are required to complete the film, or that a certain scene is not playing as expected, or as seen in the late stages of filming The Hate U Give, that a particular actor's performance or behavior has not turned out as desired, causing him or her to be replaced with another. In these circumstances, additional material may have to be shot. If the material has been shot once, or is substantial, the process is referred to as a re-shoot, but if the material is new and minor, it is referred to as a pick-up. Learning materials related to Filmmaking at Wikiversity Media related to Filmmaking at Wikimedia Commons
Viva Bianca is an Australian actress best known for her role as Ilithyia on the Starz network series Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Vengeance. Bianca graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where she received a best actress award, she is the daughter of Cezary Skubiszewski, a Polish Australian composer for film and orchestra. Bianca cites Cate Heath Ledger as Australian actors who have influenced her. Bianca has appeared in many Australian TV Series such as Eugenie Sandler P. I. Marshall Law, All Saints and The Strip, she has appeared in the Australian films Accidents Happen and Bad Bush. Bianca starred as Ilithyia, the daughter of senator Albinius and wife of Glaber, in the Starz originals series Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Vengeance, she starred opposite Kirk Barker in A Prince for Christmas. Viva Bianca on IMDb