The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites 176 new members

Invitations were sent out to 176 artists and executives for membership of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Those who accept will join almost 6000 industry members who get to vote in the annual Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Membership is not limited to actors and directors but covers industry writers, publicists, editors, cinematographers, documentary filmmakers, music and sound professionals.

Actor invites include:

Michelle Yeoh – “The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
Andy Serkis – “The Prestige,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids,” “The Back-Up Plan”
Matthew McConaughey – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “A Time to Kill”
Diego Luna – “Milk,” “Y Tu Mamá También”
Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Jean Dujardin – “Les infidèls, “The Artist”
Richard E. Grant – “The Iron Lady,” “Withnail & I”
Lili Taylor – “Being Flynn,” “High Fidelity”

Lil’ Kim wows the crowd at LA Pride

Lil’ Kim at LA Pride – Ginger Liu Photography

Lil’ Kim at LA Pride – Ginger Liu Photography

Lil’ Kim at LA Pride – Ginger Liu Photography

Lil’ Kim at LA Pride – Ginger Liu Photography

Lil’ Kim performed a one hour set for an exited crowd on the main stage at LA Pride 2012.

The American rapper first shot to fame as a member of Junior M.A.F.I.A. in 1995 with Notorious B.I.G.

Her solo career spawned three platinum albums with hit singles such as Crush On You.

 

Grand Marshal – Molly Ringwold:

“Christopher Street West, proud producers of LA PRIDE, have chosen 80’s teen-queen, and current star of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Molly Ringwald, as the 2012 LA PRIDE Parade Grand Marshal. She has been selected for her long and unwavering support of theLGBT community. The 42nd annual LA PRIDE Parade takes place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2012, on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.”

2012 LA Prid Honorees include, Kamala Harris, Attorney Gerneral for the State of California and Chaz Bono.

Ginger Liu Photography

British expats celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Los Angeles

British expats celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with Brits in LA at Palihouse Holliway in West Hollywood on Saturday.

Ginger Liu

In Defense of Women Behind Film

French feminist group La Barbe set out to cause a media storm when it drew attention to the lack of women directorsin competition at this year Cannes Film Festival. In the US,Women In Film took up the baton with a Change petition that gained more than 2000 signatures from powerful film and media women such as Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler and Gillian Armstrong.

I’ve been forwarding the media message and presscoverage from film publications like IndieWire to social networks where the tone of conversation has been a tad expected with remarks about “stop whining,” quite astonishing and ignorant comments about how women just aren’t good enough to direct and that there’s absolutely no sexism involved in this male-centric business of moving pictures. All comments from men, naturally.

But I did receive one beacon of hope; a clear headed intelligent response from Hunter Todd of Houston’s World Fest, the longest running indie film fest in the world. Here’s what he had to say:

WorldFest has always had a special place for Femme Directors, and we always include them every year, from all over the world. This year, 35 female directors out of 155 films! Take that Cannes! Interestingly enough, we have no agenda about women directors, we only select our films because they are good! “Excellence is our only agenda” and 35 female directors were selected for screening and for Remi Awards. I does make one wonder about the selection process in other festivals if they cannot find one female director and we picked 35!”

The 46th WorldFest is 04/12-21, 2013

And that’s the message that every woman in film is advocating but seems to fall on deaf male ears – we don’t want to be special, we want a fair crack at the system.

Ginger Liu