Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April 19 - "The Audition" nationwide!

http://www.fathomevents.com/upcoming/details/The_Audition.html -- On Sunday, April 19, in movie theaters nationwide: ,the Metropolitan Opera’s acclaimed Live in HD series presents vérité filmmaker Susan Froemke's The Audition (3 pm ET / 12 pm PT).

The feature-length film, hosted by star soprano Renée Fleming, is a backstage look at the intense pressures young opera singers face as they struggle to succeed in one of the most difficult professions in the performing arts. The presentation then includes coverage of a live panel discussion moderated by Fleming, with fellow National Council winners Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson, filmed on location at the Met. Click here for a list of participating theatres.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

GM and Ken Burns

The New York Times and Detroit News have reported that because of its financial woes, General Motors will not be renewing its 22-year relationship with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and his company, Florentine Films. The most recent contract ends this year, making The National Parks: America's Best Idea (a 12-hour history airing on PBS this fall) the last collaboration.