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Ruth Vitale doesn’t consider herself a creative type, but she does understand the importance of what they do. As an executive in the film industry for more than three decades, she’s worked as Founder and Co-President of Paramount Classics, President of Fine Line Features and President of UBU Productions. She’s also worked as Senior Vice President of Production for United Artists, is a member of the…
John Burgess had a big year in 2007. He graduated with his master’s degree in fine art from the University of Southern California, won the $10,000 grand prize in the Haydenfilms 2.0 Online Film Festival and came across a certain script that he’s especially celebrating today. One Small Hitch is a romantic comedy, directed by Burgess, that has been successful overseas and on the festival circuit winning…
While other children were playing jacks and hopscotch with their peers, five-year-old Michele Willner Levy was playing the quiet game with her mother. “We’d stand against an inside wall and we weren’t allowed to speak,” she recalls. “We’d only whisper until she felt that things were clear.” It really wasn’t a game at all. The year was 1944. World War II was raging. Michele and her mother, Frieda,…
As an Emmy Award-Winning News Reporter and Docujournalist for WFMZ-TV and President of Julian Farris Films, Jaccii Farris has come across amazing stories. She’s produced award-winning documentaries like Rhoads Opera House Fire; The Legacy of a Tragedy; Aftershocks: Earthquake in Haiti; and Timebomb: Allentown Gas Explosion. But her latest project, Letters to Frieda is one of even greater importance. Farris…