Jonathan Earl Franzen is an American novelist and essayist. His 2001 novel The Corrections, a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, earned a James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, his novel Freedom garnered similar praise and led to an appearance on the cover of Time magazine alongside the headline "Great American Novelist". Franzen has contributed to The New Yorker magazine since 1994, his 1996 Harper's essay Perchance to Dream bemoaned the state of contemporary literature. Oprah Winfrey's book club selection in 2001 of The Corrections led to a much publicized feud with the talk show host. In recent years, Franzen has become recognized for his opinions on everything from social networking services such as Twitter to the impermanence of e-books and the self-destruction of America. Franzen was born in Western Springs, the son of Irene and Earl T. Franzen.
His father, raised in Minnesota, was the son of an immigrant from Sweden. Franzen grew up in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis and graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in German in 1981; as part of his undergraduate education, he studied abroad in Germany during the 1979-80 academic year with Wayne State University's Junior Year in Munich program. Here he met Michael A. Martone, on whom he would base the character Walter Berglund in Freedom, he studied on a Fulbright Scholarship at Freie Universität Berlin in Berlin in 1981-82. Franzen was married in 1982 and moved with his wife to Somerville, Massachusetts to pursue a career as a novelist. While writing his first novel, The Twenty-Seventh City, he worked as a research assistant at Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, coauthoring several dozen papers. In September 1987, a month after he and his wife moved to New York City, Franzen sold The Twenty-Seventh City to Farrar Straus & Giroux; the Twenty-Seventh City, published in 1988, is set in Franzen's hometown, St. Louis, deals with the city's fall from grace, St. Louis having been the "fourth city" in the 1870s.
This sprawling novel was warmly received and established Franzen as an author to watch. In a conversation with novelist Donald Antrim for Bomb Magazine, Franzen described The Twenty-Seventh City as "a conversation with the literary figures of my parents' generation the great sixties and seventies Postmoderns.", adding in a interview "I was a skinny, scared kid trying to write a big novel. The mask I donned was that of a rhetorically airtight smart knowledgeable middle-aged writer."Strong Motion focuses on a dysfunctional family, the Hollands, uses seismic events on the American East Coast as a metaphor for the quakes that occur in family life. A'systems novel', the key'systems' of Strong Motion according to Franzen are "... the systems of science and religion—two violently opposing systems of making sense in the world." The novel was not a financial success at the time of its publication. Franzen subsequently defended the novel in his 2010 Paris Review interview, remarking "I think they may be overlooking Strong Motion a little bit."
Franzen's The Corrections, a novel of social criticism, garnered considerable critical acclaim in the United States, winning both the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. The novel was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In September 2001, The Corrections was selected for Oprah Winfrey's book club. Franzen participated in the selection, sitting down for a lengthy interview with Oprah and appearing in B-roll footage in his hometown of St. Louis. In October 2001, The Oregonian printed an article in which Franzen expressed unease with the selection. In an interview on National Public Radio's Fresh Air, he expressed his worry that the Oprah logo on the cover dissuaded men from reading the book: I had some hope of reaching a male audience and I've heard more than one reader in signing lines now at bookstores say "If I hadn't heard you, I would have been put off by the fact that it is an Oprah pick.
I figure those books are for women. I would never touch it." Those are male readers speaking. I see this as my book, my creation. Soon afterward, Franzen's invitation to appear on Oprah's show was rescinded. Winfrey announced, "Jonathan Franzen will not be on the Oprah Winfrey show because he is uncomfortable and conflicted about being chosen as a book club selection, it is never my intention to make anyone uncomfortable or cause anyone conflict. We have decided to skip the dinner and we're moving on to the next book."These events gained Franzen and his novel widespread media attention. The Corrections soon became one of the decade's best-selling works of literary fiction. At the National Book Award ceremony, Franzen said "I'd like to thank Oprah Winfrey for her enthusiasm
Thanasis Veggos was a Greek actor and director born in Neo Faliro, Piraeus. He performed in around 130 films, predominantly comedies in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, starring in more than 50 among them, he is considered one of the best Greek comedy actors of all time. His famous comedic catchphrase was "Καλέ µου άνθρωπε". Veggos was the only son of a power station employee who had fought with the Greek Resistance in World War II. Vassilis Veggos played an important part in the defense of the Piraeus power station when the Germans attempted to destroy it before departing in 1944, but because of this was dismissed from his job in the post-war purge of leftists. Veggos himself was a member of EPON, the youth branch of the left-wing resistance movement EAM/ELAS, so served his compulsory military service as an inmate on the notorious prison island Makronisos from 1948 to 1950. On Makronisos he met film director Nikos Koundouros, exiled there. Veggos' first appearance in a film was in Windfall in Athens, produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis, which premiered in Athens as Kiriakatiko Xsipnima on 11 January 1954.
Nikos Koundouros gave him a role in Magiki polis in 1955. His first major role was in Psila ta heria Hitler, 1962. and continued many more films. For his acting in What did you do in the war, Thanasi?, the public of Thessaloniki °apotheosized° him and the movie won three awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. He played everyman characters struggling to get by, but he has played anti-heroes, he has acted in pure dramas, on stage in the comedies of Aristophanes, his characters were self-named "Thanasis". He worked with directors Panos Glykofridis and Giorgos Lazaridis. In 1995, Theo Angelopoulos cast Veggos and American actor Harvey Keitel in "Ulysses Gaze". In 1997, in the role of Dikaiopoli he appeared in a live performance at the ancient Epidaurus theatre. In 2000, he survived a car accident involving a collision with a train, he participated in advertisements promoting road safety. A documentary of his life, whose title translates as A Man for All Seasons, was made in 2004, he always did his own stunts including the most dangerous ones, like hanging from a rope tied to a balcony fifty feet above a pavement without anything to break his fall, walking through a glass door, or falling down a stone staircase head first.
During the "Golden Sixties" of the Greek film industry he made his most popular comedy films such as the sequel of Secret Agent 000, Enas trellos Vengos and many others with surrealist humor, most of them by his own company Θ-Β Comedies which founded in 1964. In 2008, Veggos was appointed Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of Greece, Karolos Papoulias. On 3 May 2011, he died at 7:10 a.m. He had been hospitalized at the Red Cross hospital, in Athens, since 18 December 2010, he is survived by two sons. He will always be remembered in the more than 120 films and more recent documentaries that he starred in; the phrase "τρέχει σαν το Βέγγο" has been adopted into common usage in the Greek language since nobody has run more or faster than Veggos in his many slapstick comedies. Kiriakatiko Xsipnima, Windfall in Athens Magiki Polis, Magic City Katadikasmeni ki apo to paidi tis, Condemned by her child O Drakos, The dragon To koritsi me ta mavra, A Girl in Black Echei theio to koritsi, The girl has an uncle To koritsi me ta paramythia, Fairytale girl Maria i Pentagiotissa, Maria the Pentagiotissa I ftocheia thelei kaloperasi, Having a good time in poverty To eispraktoraki, The little money collector Diakopes stin Aigina, Holidays in Aegina Oi kavgatzides, The brawlers Mono gia mia nychta, Only for one night Haroumenoi alites, Happy streetboys Kathe empodio se kalo, Each obstacle is for good O Mimikos kai Mairi and Mairy To koritsi tis amartias, The girl of sin O Karagiozis, Mr. Punch Gamilies Peripeteies, Nuptial Adventures I mousitsa, The cunning jade Anthismeni amigdalia, Blooming almond tree Ena nero Kyra Vaggelio, Gimme some water Kyra Vaggelio O Ilias tou 16ou, Ilias of 16th precinct Gia to psomi kai ton erota, For the bread and love Oi dosatzides, The tallymen Enas Ellinas sto Parisi, A Greek in Paris To agorokoritso, The tomboy O theios apo ton Kanada, The uncle from Canada To rantevou tis Kyriakis, The Sunday appointment Ta dervisopaida, The dervish boys To klotsoskoufi, The plaything Madalena, Madalena Pothoi sta stachya, Desires in the hay Erotika paichnidia, Erotic games Pote tin Kyriaki, Never on a Sunday Oikogeneia Papadopoulou, The Papadopoulos family O Mitros ki o Mitrousis stin Athina and Mitrousis in Athens Tyflos Aggelos, Blind Angel I avgi tou thriamvou, The dawn of triumph Oi enniakosioi tis Marinas, The nine hundred of Marina Gia sena tin agapi mou, For you my love Mia tou klefti, Once a thief Horis mitera, Without a mother Poios tha krinei tin koinonia.
Diavolou kaltsa, Cunning woman I katara tis manas, The mothers curse Hamena oneira, Lost dreams Ziteitai pseftis, Lier wanted Lathos ston erota, Fault in love I myrtia, The myrtle Diamado, Diamado Eftychos trelathika, Fortunately I went nuts Poia einai i Margarita. Liza ki i alli, Liza and
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has become one of the Southeast Europe's primary showcases for the work of new and emerging filmmakers. The event features the International Section, a panorama of Greek films, the New Horizons program, the Balkan Survey, numerous retrospectives and tributes to leading figures in the world of film; the Festival is competitive with the International Section jury awarding several prizes each year, most notably the "Golden Alexander" for Best Feature-Length Film. The last event was the 59th TIFF and took place from Nov 1st to Nov 11th 2018. Since 1992, the International Thessaloniki Film Festival has striven to present the most innovative independent films from around the world. Components of the Festival include: The International Competition section consists of new directors' first or second films; the non-competitive panorama of Greek films, an overview of the recent local production is followed by the presentation of the State Film Awards by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
The Independence Days non-competitive section is the cutting-edge showcase for the latest trends in independent film production. The Balkan Survey, created in 1994, stands as a unique program which offers audiences a window on the cinema of this region of the world. In March 2016, French film producer Élise Jalladeau was appointed as director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. In May 2016, film critic Orestis Andreadakis was named artistic director. Cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis serves as president of the TIFF Board. Retrospectives and tributes look at both historic masters, emerging artists. Since 1993, numerous directors have been represented in the retrospective/tribute programs, including: In addition to the rich film offerings, the Festival hosts panels and other artistic events such as: The Nam June Paik Video & Television Art exhibition The Strange Objects of Desire of David Cronenberg Ingrid Caven's concert Paintings & Collages by Sergei Paradjanov Periplanissis Photo Exhibit by Josef Koudelka "Peter Greenaway's Paintings, Drawings & Collages" exhibit Jazz master Gato Barbieri in concertOver the last five years the Festival has spotlighted significant, leading directors and promoted the work of emerging young filmmakers from all over the world.
The first period of Thessaloniki Film Festival starts in 1960 and finished in 1991. During this period the festival showed Greek films; the festival was first held in 1960 as a modest "Week of Greek Cinema". From 1965 to 1991 the festival was named "Festival of Greek Cinema". During these years the festival passed through various phases; the first years the festival was an important social event with flashy appearances of local showbiz stars. During the military junta, censorship made its appearance. During the Metapolitefsi the new generation of Greek directors dominated the awards, but at the same time the festival became politicized and two opposing groups of spectators appeared; the tension between these two groups reached a peak in 1977, when the festival split in two different festivals. The split lasted only one year. During the 80s the importance of the festival declined until in 1992, when it was decided to upgrade the event to an international film festival. In 1992 the festival became an international film festival, acknowledged by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.
The Greek movies competed in a different section of the festival with the name Greek State Film Awards, until 2008. Nowadays Thessaloniki International Film Festival is an annual event focused on the discovery and promotion of new directors from all over the world. For ten days in mid-November, audiences numbering 70,000, as well as hundreds of Greek and foreign Festival guests, attend screenings of more than 150 films in the city's cinemas. Thessaloniki Video Dance Festival Thessaloniki Documentary Festival List of film festivals Greek Film Critics Association Awards Greek State Film Awards Thessaloniki International Film Festival - official website Photos - Thessaloniki International Film Festival Flickr Group's Pool
Venice Film Festival
The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the "Big Three" film festivals, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. The Big Three are internationally acclaimed for giving creators the artistic freedom to express themselves through film. Founded in Venice, Italy, in August 1932, the festival is part of the Venice Biennale, an exhibition of Italian art founded by the Venice City Council on 19 April 1893; the range of work at the Venice Biennale now covers Italian and international art, dance, music and cinema. These works are experienced at separate exhibitions: the International Art Exhibition, the International Festival of Contemporary Music, the International Theatre Festival, the International Architecture Exhibition, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance, the International Kids' Carnival, the annual Venice Film Festival, arguably the best-known of all the events; the festival is held in late August or early September on the island of the Lido in the Venice Lagoon.
Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi. The festival continues to be one of the world's most fastest-growing; the 76th Venice International Film Festival is scheduled for 28 August to 7 September 2019. During the 1930s, the government and Italian citizens were interested in film. Of the money Italians spent on cultural or sporting events, most of it went for movies; the majority of films screened in Italy were American, which led to government involvement in the film industry and the yearning to celebrate Italian culture in general. With this in mind, the Venice International Film Festival was created by Giuseppe Volpi, Luciano de Feo, Antonio Maraini in 1932. Volpi, a statesman, wealthy businessman, avid fascist, Benito Mussolini's minister of finance, was appointed president of the Venice Biennale the same year. Maraini served as the festival's secretary general, de Feo headed its executive committee. On the night of 6 August 1932, the festival opened with a screening of the American film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on the terrace of the Excelsior Palace Hotel.
A total of nine countries participated in the festival. No awards were given at the first festival, but an audience referendum was held to determine which films and performances were most praiseworthy; the French film À Nous la Liberté was voted the Film Più Divertente. The Sin of Madelon Claudet was chosen the Film Più Commovente and its star, Helen Hayes, the best actress. Most Original Film was given to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, its leading man, Fredric March, was voted best actor. Despite the success of the first festival, it did not return in 1933. In 1934, the festival was declared to be an annual event, participation grew from nine countries to seventeen; that year the festival gave its first official awards, namely the Mussolini Cup for Best Italian Film, the Mussolini Cup for Best Foreign Film, the Corporations Ministry Cup. Seventeen awards were given: fourteen to films and three to individuals. Five films received; the third installment of the festival in 1935 was headed by its first artistic director, Ottavio Croze, who maintained this position until World War II.
The following year, a jury was added to the festival's governing body. The majority of funds for the festival came from the Ministry of Popular Culture, with other portions from the Biennale and the city of Venice; the year 1936 marked another important development in the festival. A law crafted by the Ministry of Popular Culture made the festival an autonomous entity, separate from the main Venice Biennale; this allowed additional fascist organizations, such as the Department of Cinema and the Fascist National Federation of Entertainment Industries, to take control of the festival. The fifth year of the festival saw the establishment of its permanent home. Designed and completed in 1937, the Palazzo del Cinema was built on the Lido; the Palazzo has since been the site for every Venice Film Festival, with the exception of the three years from 1940 to 1942, when the festival was moved away from Venice for fear of bombing. However, Venice received no damage during that time; the 1940s represent one of the most difficult moments for the festival itself.
Nazi propaganda movie Heimkehr was presented in 1941 winning an award from the Italian Ministry of Popular Culture. With the advent of the conflict the situation degenerated to such a point that the editions of 1940, 1941 and 1942, subsequently are considered as if they did not happen because they were carried out in places far away from Lido. Additionally, the festival was renamed the Italian-German Film Festival in 1940; the festival carried this title until 1942. The festival resumed full speed after the war. For the first time, the 1946 edition was held in the month of September, in accordance to an agreement with the newly-born Cannes Film Festival, which had just held its first review in the spring of that year. With the return of normalcy, Venice once again became a great icon of the film world. In 1947 the festival was held in the courtyard of the Doge's Palace, a most magnificent backdrop for hosting a record 90 thousand participants; the 1947 festival is considered one of the most successful editions in the history of the festival.
In 1963 the winds of change blow during Luigi C
Freedom (Franzen novel)
Freedom is a 2010 novel by American author Jonathan Franzen. It was published by Farrar and Giroux. Freedom received general acclaim from book critics, was ranked one of the best books of 2010 by several publications, has been described as a "Great American Novel"; the novel follows the lives of the Berglund family the parents Patty and Walter, as their lives develop and their happiness falls apart. Important to their story is a college friend of Walter's and successful rock musician, Richard Katz, who has a love affair with Patty. Walter and Patty's son, Joey goes through his own coming of age challenges. Franzen began working on the novel following his successful novel The Corrections; the title of the novel was an artifact of his book proposal, where he wanted to write a novel that freed him from the constraints of his previous work. The cover of many editions of the novel includes a cerulean warbler, a songbird, for which Walter works to create an environmental preserve. Freedom follows several members of an American family, the Berglunds, their close friends and lovers, from the last decades of the twentieth century up until the early years of the Obama administration.
The novel "chronicles the struggling marriage of Walter and Patty, a Mid-Western, middle-class couple, interlaced with painfully accurate observations on the travails of family life – incompatible siblings, unruly offspring, inadequate parents and, in its bleakest moments, the slow collective march towards death." Freedom opens with a short history of the Berglund family during their time living in St. Paul, from the perspective of their nosy neighbors; the Berglunds are portrayed as an ideal liberal and middle-class family, they are among the first families to move into urban St. Paul after years of white flight to the suburbs. Patty Berglund is a youthful homemaker with a self-deprecating sense of humor, they have one daughter and one son, the latter exhibiting a precocious independence and talent for making money. Joey becomes sexually involved with a neighborhood teen named Connie Monaghan and begins to rebel against his mother, going so far as to move in with Connie and her family, making Patty and Walter unstable.
After many unhappy years, after both Joey and Jessica have gone off to college and Walter relocate to Washington, D. C. abandoning the neighborhood and house they have worked so hard to improve. The second section of the novel is a story-within-a-story, presented as an autobiography written by Patty at her therapist's suggestion, she recalls her youth as a star basketball player, her alienation from her busy Democrat parents and artistically-inclined siblings, her being date-raped. Instead of attending an East Coast elite college like her siblings, she obtains a varsity scholarship to the University of Minnesota, where she continues her successful basketball career. Through her best friend at the time, a possessive and disturbed girl named Eliza, she meets an attractive indie rock musician named Richard Katz, his nerdy but kind roommate, Walter Berglund. After suffering a career-ending knee injury, Patty longs for affection. Patty reveals that although she does love Walter, it was Richard who has always attracted her physically, she secretly retained this desire through two decades of raising a family with Walter.
She betrays Walter in a brief affair with Richard, during a stay at the Berglunds' vacation house located next to an unnamed lake in Minnesota. She learns that Richard denied her advances decades earlier out of respect for his best friend Walter; the third section of the novel jumps to the early 2000s, alternates in viewpoint among Richard and Walter. By 2004, Richard, in middle-age, has found success as a minor indie rock star, his breakthrough album Nameless Lake was secretly inspired by his affair with Patty at the lakeside cabin. Richard is uncomfortable with commercial success, he burns through his new-found money. Walter, working in Washington, D. C. for an unorthodox environmental organization called the Cerulean Mountain Trust, calls him to enlist his help for a personal project. The Trust is funded by a coal mining magnate who wants to strip mine a section of West Virginia territory before turning it into a preserve for the cerulean warbler, a songbird. Walter hopes to use some of the Trust's funding for his pet project, a campaign against human overpopulation, the common factor behind all his environmental concerns.
Believing that Richard's rock star reputation could help the campaign, Walter meets up with him, Richard is introduced to Walter's beautiful young assistant, Lalitha. Richard notices that Lalitha appears to be in love with Walter, learns from Walter that his marriage with Patty, suffering from depression, is deteriorating. Walter and Lalitha complete the deals required to set up the future warbler preserve; the biggest challenge they faced was the relocation of redneck families living in the territory, overcome when the Trust's sponsor convinced a corporation named LBI to build a new factory in West Virginia. The factory will employ many of the displaced families in the manufacture of body armor for the Iraq War. To celebrate, Lalitha convinces Walter to drink beer. Inebriated, Walter inadvertently declares his love for Lalitha, they kiss, but stop short of making love. Richard visits the Berglunds' home in Washington, D. C. ostensibly to help in Walter's planning for the anti-overpo
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion. YouTube allows users to upload, rate, add to playlists, comment on videos, subscribe to other users, it offers a wide variety of corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, other content such as video blogging, short original videos, educational videos. Most of the content on YouTube is uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can only watch videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments to videos. Videos deemed inappropriate are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.
YouTube and its creators earn advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, subscription services offering premium and ad-free music streaming, ad-free access to all content, including exclusive content commissioned from notable personalities; as of February 2017, there were more than 400 hours of content uploaded to YouTube each minute, one billion hours of content being watched on YouTube every day. As of August 2018, the website is ranked as the second-most popular site in the world, according to Alexa Internet. YouTube has faced criticism over aspects of its operations, including its handling of copyrighted content contained within uploaded videos, its recommendation algorithms perpetuating videos that promote conspiracy theories and falsehoods, hosting videos ostensibly targeting children but containing violent and/or sexually suggestive content involving popular characters, videos of minors attracting pedophilic activities in their comment sections, fluctuating policies on the types of content, eligible to be monetized with advertising.
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. Hurley had studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. According to a story, repeated in the media and Chen developed the idea for YouTube during the early months of 2005, after they had experienced difficulty sharing videos, shot at a dinner party at Chen's apartment in San Francisco. Karim did not attend the party and denied that it had occurred, but Chen commented that the idea that YouTube was founded after a dinner party "was very strengthened by marketing ideas around creating a story, digestible". Karim said the inspiration for YouTube first came from Janet Jackson's role in the 2004 Super Bowl incident, when her breast was exposed during her performance, from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Karim could not find video clips of either event online, which led to the idea of a video sharing site.
Hurley and Chen said that the original idea for YouTube was a video version of an online dating service, had been influenced by the website Hot or Not. Difficulty in finding enough dating videos led to a change of plans, with the site's founders deciding to accept uploads of any type of video. YouTube began as a venture capital-funded technology startup from an $11.5 million investment by Sequoia Capital and an $8 million investment from Artis Capital Management between November 2005 and April 2006. YouTube's early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California; the domain name www.youtube.com was activated on February 14, 2005, the website was developed over the subsequent months. The first YouTube video, titled Me at the zoo, shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo; the video was uploaded on April 23, 2005, can still be viewed on the site. YouTube offered the public a beta test of the site in May 2005; the first video to reach one million views was a Nike advertisement featuring Ronaldinho in November 2005.
Following a $3.5 million investment from Sequoia Capital in November, the site launched on December 15, 2005, by which time the site was receiving 8 million views a day. The site grew and, in July 2006, the company announced that more than 65,000 new videos were being uploaded every day, that the site was receiving 100 million video views per day. According to data published by market research company comScore, YouTube is the dominant provider of online video in the United States, with a market share of around 43% and more than 14 billion views of videos in May 2010. In May 2011, 48 hours of new videos were uploaded to the site every minute, which increased to 60 hours every minute in January 2012, 100 hours every minute in May 2013, 300 hours every minute in November 2014, 400 hours every minute in February 2017; as of January 2012, the site had 800 million unique users a month. It is estimated that in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000. According to third-party web analytics providers and SimilarWeb, YouTube is the second-most visited website in the world, as of December 2016.
Iakovos Kambanellis was a Greek poet, screenwriter and novelist. Born 2 December 1921 in Hora in the island of Naxos, Kambanellis appears as one of the most prominent Greek playwrites of the 20th century and he is consindered to be the father of modern greek theater; as a survivor of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, he wrote the lyrics of the "Mauthausen Trilogy" with music by Mikis Theodorakis. He has written a memoir known as Mauthausen describing his experiences from the concentration camp, he wrote the script of at least 12 films and he directed three of them. In addition, he is well known as a lyricist, he was a member of the board of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece, along with some of the most prominent Greek artists.. From 1981 to 1987 he was Director of the Radio section of the Greek National Broadcasting Company In 2000 he was elected member of the Academy of Athens; the same year he was awarded the medal of the Order of Phoenix by the President of the Greek Republic.
Iakovos Kambanellis was rushed to hospital on February 4, 2011 due to complications of his long-term kidney failure. He died on March 29, 2011, nine days of kidney failure, he wrote several scripts for films including: Stella directed by Michael Cacoyiannis O Drakos directed by Nikos Koundouros Arpagi tis Persefonis directed by Grigoris Grigoriou To kanoni kai t'aïdoni directed by himself and Giorgos KampanellisMany of his plays are translated in several languages and produced in countries all over the world: in Austria, England, Hungary, Romania, U. S. A, China and Sweden, he worked as a journalist in newspapers Eleftheria and Nea. He has been a member of the Greek Theatrical Writers' Company. Official website for the life and work of Iakovos Kambanellis Iakovos Kambanellis on IMDb Iakovos Kambanellis' play called Ibsenland I. Kambanellis biography Frankfurt Book Exposition 2001 – Greece, an honoured country