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Two Films, One Production Company, Two Student Academy Award Nominations

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Two Films, One Production Company, Two Student Academy Award Nominations

Northlight has had a pretty good week.  Both Simorgh and Spiritus were named Semifinalists in the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards.  In a record year, over 1,600 films were submitted to the Student Academy Awards.  From those 1,600, the Academy chose 80 films to advance in all categories. Simorgh is a semifinalist in the Animation Category, while Spiritus is a semifinalist in the Documentary Category.

This is the second Student Academy Award semifinal for lead animator Meghdad Asadi.  His film Beyond The Spheres was a finalist and nominee in the Alt. Category for the 40th Student Academy Awards.  While we are hoping for more, it is a great honor and distinction for both films to being advanced to the semifinal round.

See Simorgh Trailer here

See Spiritus Trailer here.

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The Intrepid Cine Golden Eagle Finalist

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The Intrepid Cine Golden Eagle Finalist

Almost two years after The Intrepid premiered on WXXI, The Intrepid: Discovering Lincoln's Balloon Corps.  keeps getting attention.  

The Cine Golden Eagle award is one of the most prestigious of all filmmaking awards. It is an international competition. They used to give an Eagle to four to six winners in each category. They recently changed it to one winner and several finalists in each category.  The Intrepid was named a finalist in the top competition Professional Media.  Other finalists include Ken Burn's "The Roosevelt's" and "The Imitation Game".

More about Cine Golden Eagle

http://cine.org/awards/#ad_marketing_complementary

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Dedicated to Justice: Hon. Michael Telesca Premiere

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Dedicated to Justice: Hon. Michael Telesca Premiere

With a sold out crowd of 300 including 10 federal court judges, Congressman Louise Slaughter, and countless other pillars of our community, Dedicated to Justice: Hon. Michael Telesca premiered on Wednesday night at the Strong Museum of Play.  The film was tremendously received and Judge Telesca received a standing ovation at the end of the night.  The audience had a Q&A with Matt and Executive Producers Hon. Jonathan Feldman and Steve Modica, Esq.  The Foundation of the Monroe County Bar received so many requests to view the film that they have set a second screening.  WXXI has also expressed interest in the film and it is set to be in the Rochester market this summer.

 

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If Our Streets Could Talk and TEDX

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If Our Streets Could Talk and TEDX

At the annual board meeting for The Center For Youth, held at The Little Theater, more than 400 people piled in theater 1 to see the premiere of If our Streets Could Talk.  The seven filmmakers were present and received a standing ovation at the end when answering questions.   

In addition, TedX Rochester approached Matthew to give a Ted talk on the project and the statement it is making not only about society, but how we view the filmmaking process.

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Fashion Week 2014

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Fashion Week 2014

After months of planning, Fashion Week of Rochester 2014 was a great success.  This year, we tried to amp up the production as we projected the show on 2 huge screens within the space, making sure that no seat in the house was a bad one.  We also used 3 cameras to live switch the show and with the help of Cheshire A/V were able to record all three cameras.  Just for fun, we also had our F5 shooting some of the festivities in 120 fps which looks great.  Stay tuned for more updates or learn more about the project 

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Wrapping Up Dedicated to Justice

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Wrapping Up Dedicated to Justice

We are now moving into color correction, music composition, and audio mixing is a great relief as Judge Telesca had a chance to watch a close to finished rough and approved the film.  As a filmmaker it was a great relief for him to give me the sign off as I wanted to make this film after I first met him and hoped that not only capturing his story, but the essence of the man was just as important.  Let's see where this ends up.

 

Telesca Project

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