Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American director, film producer and screenwriter credited as an innovator in visual effects. He first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director of Romancing the Stone and the science-fiction comedy Back to the Future film trilogy, as well as the live-action/animated comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In the 1990s, he directed Death Becomes Her and diversified into more dramatic fare, including 1994's Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director; the films he has directed have ranged for both adults and families. Zemeckis' films are characterized by an interest in state-of-the-art special effects, including the early use of the insertion of computer graphics into live-action footage in Back to the Future Part II and Forrest Gump, the pioneering performance capture techniques seen in The Polar Express, Monster House, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, Welcome to Marwen. Though Zemeckis has been pigeonholed as a director interested only in special effects, his work has been defended by several critics including David Thomson, who wrote that "No other contemporary director has used special effects to more dramatic and narrative purpose."
Robert Lee Zemeckis was born on May 14, 1952, in Chicago, the son of Rosa and Alphonse Zemeckis. His father was Lithuanian-American. Zemeckis grew up on the south side of the city, he attended Fenger High School. Zemeckis has said "the truth was. I mean, there was no music, there were no books, there was no theater... The only thing I had, inspirational, was television—and it was."As a child, he loved television and was fascinated by his parents' 8 mm film home movie camera. Starting off by filming family events like birthdays and holidays, he began producing narrative films with his friends that incorporated stop-motion work and other special effects. Along with enjoying movies, Zemeckis remained an avid TV watcher. "You hear so much about the problems with television," he said, "but I think that it saved my life." Television gave Zemeckis his first glimpse of a world outside of his blue-collar upbringing. After seeing Bonnie and Clyde with his father and being influenced by it, Zemeckis decided that he wanted to go to film school.
His parents disapproved of the idea, Zemeckis said, "But only in the sense that they were concerned... for my family and my friends and the world that I grew up in, this was the kind of dream, impossible. My parents would sit there and say,'Don't you see where you come from? You can't be a movie director.' I guess maybe some of it I felt I had to do in spite of them, too." Zemeckis first attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and gained early experience in film as a film cutter for NBC News in Chicago during a summer break. He edited commercials in his home state. Zemeckis applied to transfer from NIU to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and went into the Film School on the strength of an essay and a music video based on a Beatles song. Not having heard from the university itself, Zemeckis called and was told he had been rejected because of his average grades, he gave an "impassioned plea" to the official on the other line, promising to go to summer school and improve his studies, convinced the school to accept him.
Arriving at USC that fall, Zemeckis encountered a program that was, in his words, made up of "a bunch of hippies considered an embarrassment by the university." The classes were difficult, with professors stressing how hard the movie business was. Zemeckis remembered not being much fazed by this, citing the "healthy cynicism", bred into him from his Chicago upbringing. At USC Zemeckis met a fellow student, writer Bob Gale. Gale recalled, "The graduate students at USC had this veneer of intellectualism... So Bob and I gravitated toward one another. We weren't interested in the French New Wave. We were interested in Clint Eastwood and James Bond and Walt Disney, because that's how we grew up." Zemeckis graduated from USC in 1973, he and Gale cowrote the unproduced screenplays Tank and Bordello of Blood, which they pitched to John Milius, the latter of, developed into a film, released in 1996. As a result of winning a Student Academy Award at USC for his film A Field of Honor, Zemeckis came to the attention of Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg said, "He barged right past my secretary and sat me down and showed me this student film...and I thought it was spectacular, with police cars and a riot, all dubbed to Elmer Bernstein's score for The Great Escape." Spielberg became Zemeckis's mentor and executive produced his first two films, both of which Gale and Zemeckis co-wrote. I Wanna Hold Your Hand, starring Nancy Allen, Used Cars, starring Kurt Russell, were well-received critically but were commercial failures. I Wanna Hold Your Hand was the first of several Zemeckis films to incorporate historical figures and celebrities into his movies. In the film, he doubles to simulate the presence of The Beatles. After the failure of his first two films, the Spielberg-directed bomb 1941 in 1979, the pair gained a reputation for writing "scripts that everyone thought were great somehow didn't translate into movie
The Renfrew County District School Board is the administrative body overseeing the operations of the primary and secondary schools in the County of Renfrew in Ontario, Canada. The administrative office is located in Ontario. Whilst Valour school being the biggest out of the county, located in Petawawa ontario The elementary schools managed by the RCDSB are: The secondary schools managed by the RCDSB are: The Airy and Sabine District School Area Board and Murchison and Lyell School Board were amalgamated with the RCDSB on September 1, 2009; the former added Whitney Public School, located in the community of Whitney near the east gate of Algonquin Provincial Park, the latter Madawaska Public School in Madawaska to the RCDSB. Board Trustees for the 2019-2020 academic school year: There are two non-voting student trustees who are elected by the executive members of the student councils from the seven high schools, they serve two-year terms, with one trustee being replaced each year. The current students fulfilling the role as Student Trustee are Hudson Arbour of Mackenzie Community School K-12 and Sam Abbott of Valour School K-12.
Ana Matnadze is a Georgian-Spanish chess player. FIDE awarded her the titles Woman Grandmaster, in 2002, International Master, in 2006. Matnadze was European and world girls champion in her age category. Matnadze was introduced to chess at the age of four by her mother, she was trained amongst others. She won the Georgian girls' championship in her age group four times, she won the European Youth Chess Championships in her age girls group five times, in Băile Herculane 1994, Verdun 1995, Tallinn 1997, Mureck 1998, Litochoro 1999. Matnadze won the World Youth Chess Championships twice, in the Girls U10 category in 1993 and in the Girls U14 in 1997. Matnadze finished second, behind Regina Pokorná, in the European Junior Girls Championship in Patras 1999, third, behind Jovanka Houska and Viktorija Cmilyte, in Avilés 2000, she jointly won the Black Sea Countries Women's Championship in Batumi 2000. Together with Maia Lomineishvili, Matnadze jointly won the Georgian Women's Championship in April 2002.
In the same year, she won the European Women's Blitz Chess Championship in Antalya. She played for Georgian teams NTN Tbilisi and Energy-Investi Sakartvelo in the European Club Cup for Women five times from 2002 to 2006. During that time she won two team gold medals and two individual silver, two team silver, the team bronze in Antalya 2002. In June 2004, she and Lela Javakhishvili published a letter to FIDE, in which they criticized various aspects of the Women's World Chess Championship 2004, leading to a hostile dispute with FIDE Vice-President Zurab Azmaiparashvili. After cancelling her participation, Matnadze was convinced to play in the event, but was eliminated by Olga Alexandrova in round one. Matnadze moved to Barcelona and won the Catalan Women's Championship in Balaguer in 2006, she has been the women's champion of the Catalan Chess Circuit in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. She won international tournaments in Mondariz-Balneario 2007, Las Palmas 2009, Tancat Sabadell 2010, Benidorm 2011. In March 2012, Matnadze transferred national federations to represent Spain.
Since she has played on the Spanish team in the Women's Chess Olympiad and in the Women's European Team Chess Championship. In 2018, she won an individual bronze medal playing board three in the Women's Olympiad in Batumi. Matnadze won individual medals at the Women's European Team Championship in 2013 and 2017, she is a trainer at the chess club Associació d'Escacs Rubinenca in Barcelona, in the InterAjedrez Academia. She plays in the teams Peona i Peó in Spain, Annemasse in France, Volksbank Halle in the German Bundesliga, Ankara Demirspor Kulübü in Turkey, she is involved in other chess activities in Catalonia. In 2003, Matnadze graduated from the Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University, Foreign Language and Literature Department, with a Degree in Philology, she knows seven languages, Spanish, English, Russian and Catalan. She received the Grantee of the Foundation of the President of Georgia award in 1998 and 2003, she was a holder of the scholarship stipend established by the President of Georgia in 2001.
Matnadze is dedicated to the support of international charities. She participated in events such as the chess tournament in Tbilisi to help flood victims in Western Georgia, the charity tournament Chess Against Drugs in Tbilisi, the exchange program Chess and Friendship in Georgia and Spain, the exchange program Chess for peace and understanding in Georgia and Spain, the chess project We Play For Peace in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Since 2005, she has been the President of the International Charity Movement Chess – A Peace Ambassador, a non-profit organisation which has conducted many international chess and charity events. Matnadze has a fascination with Vampires and is the main character in a book by Miguel Alvarez Morales, AnnA La Vampiresa, she lives in Barcelona, Spain. Ana Matnadze rating card at FIDE Ana Matnadze chess games at 365Chess.com Ana Matnadze player profile and games at Chessgames.com Ana Matnadze team chess record at Olimpbase.org Interview with WGM Ana Matnadze by Renier Castellanos