2015 Creative Storage Conference, June 30, Culver City

Cirina will be speaking on a panel entitled, “The Independent Storyteller,” at the 2015 Creative Storage Convention, June 30, 2015, Doubletree Hotel, Culver City, CA

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Check out 5:30 pm on the 30th for the session on “The Independent Storyteller” moderated by Tom Inglesby of Markee 2.0 Magazine and featuring Howard Lukk of Moving Images, Tina Eckman from Blackmagic, Cirina Catania of the Catania Group, James Mathers of the Digital Cinema Society and Larry O’Conner from OWC.

Here’s the scoop:

5:30 PM  Session F:  The Independent Storyteller
Independent filmmakers may work alone but there are millions of them telling stories, educating, entertaining, preserving history, inspiring people, doing their part to change the world.  Their numbers are growing and their talents are being honed because of low-cost 4K cameras, inexpensive/easy-to-use production tools and powerful desktop/notebook systems.  Their challenge isn’t just storing their content but managing, controlling, tracking and protecting it.  This session will explore their storage requirements – capacity and beyond.

  • Don’t miss this 9th Annual conference on Creative Storage!
  • Hear how major media equipment suppliers and entertainment industry customers use digital storage technology in all aspects of content creation and distribution.
  • Find out the role that digital storage plays in new content distribution and marketing opportunities for a rapidly evolving market.
  • See presentations on digital storage in digital acquisition and capture, non-linear editing and special effects.
  • Find out how to convert and preserve content digitally and protect it in long-term dependable archives.
  • Learn about new ways to create and use content metadata, making it easier to find and use.
  • Discover how to combine and leverage hard disk drives, flash memory, magnetic tape and optical storage technology with new opportunities in the digital media market.
  • Be at the juncture of digital storage and the next generation of storage for the professional media market.
  • Meet folks that can help you further your business and your career as well as future collaborators!

Berlin Film Review: “Nobody Wants the Night,” starring Juliette Binoche from Director Isabel Coixet

Juliette Binoche stars as the explorer Josephine Peary in "Nobody Wants the Night," the opening film of the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015. Photo:  Leandro Betancor

Juliette Binoche stars as the explorer Josephine Peary in “Nobody Wants the Night,” the opening film of the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015. Photo: Leandro Betancor

“Nobody Wants the Night,” (“Nadie Quiere La Noche”) starring Juliette Binoche as Josephine Peary, Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka and Gabriel Byrne as Bram from one of the Berlinale’s darling directors, Isabel Coixet, should be a mesmerizing, engaging big-vista adventure. Although the film is beautifully shot against breathtaking vistas, features some of this generation’s finest actors, a classical music score and is ambitiously directed by Croixet, we are left for much of it as cold and as lonely as the characters whose tales are being told.

220px-Josephine_Peary_portrait_1892In real life, Josephine Peary was married to Naval Officer Robert Peary, an arctic adventurer who spent many years trying to conquer the route to the North Pole. He succeeded in 1909, although whether or not he was the “first” is a matter of debate. Josephine was an explorer in her own right, an alpha female in an age that favored males. She had the heart of a lion and the stamina to match. Nothing would stop her from pursuing her dreams and Binoche might possibly be the only actress in existence today who could portray the combination of beauty and courageousness that was Josephine.

The film is set in 1908 Greenland, as Josephine decides she wants to join her husband in the field so she can be there if he is able to make it to the North Pole. Despite stern warnings from everyone around her, she takes off into the freezing winter in search of Robert. Lives are lost, tragedy is unleashed and mysteries are broken open wielding insufferable emotional wounds that will not be easily healed.

Bram (played by Gabriel Byrne) warns Josephine (Juliette Binoche) not to travel towards the North Pole in the middle of Winter. From "Nobody Wants the Night," opening the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015.

Bram (played by Gabriel Byrne) warns Josephine (Juliette Binoche) not to travel towards the North Pole in the middle of Winter. From “Nobody Wants the Night,” opening the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015.

I was distracted away from the experience by the lack of believability, so much so that I kept wondering, for example, why on earth someone like Josephine, as though starring in a L’Oreal commercial, would ever wear a silly Dr-Zhivago-style hat and petticoats, ears uncovered, on freezing dog sleds navigating sub-zero biting cold weather and relentless snow. In fact, during the press conference, it was revealed that much of the film was shot indoors on a hot stage and Binoche had to have a freezer brought in so she walk go into it and recreate the feeling of being cold before her scenes unfurled. That explains some of it.

Norway was as politically and creatively inhospitable as the freezing terrain if we are to believe Croixet, who still seems angry over the unprofessional manner in which the cast and crew were treated. So much so, that when asked if she would ever work in Norway again, she said “No” without hesitation. So without the complete back-story of how this all came about, we’ll be kind and not speak so ill of the final results. Frankly, it was a monstrous challenge and for the most part, succeeded, albeit not as well as many in the audience would have liked.

Press conference for "Nobody Wants the Night: fr Director Isabel Coixet.  (l to r) Rinko Kikuchi, director isabel Coixet, Gabriel Byrne, Juliette Binoche and moderator at the 65th Berlinale, February 2105.

Press conference for “Nobody Wants the Night: fr Director Isabel Coixet. (l to r) Rinko Kikuchi, director isabel Coixet, Gabriel Byrne, Juliette Binoche and moderator at the 65th Berlinale, February 2105.

The first half of the movie unravels slowly in an atmosphere of opulence transferred rather inappropriately to the wilds of Greenland. Candlelit dinners with food and drink befitting royalty are served in a setting worthy of any big-budget period film. Wardrobe that looks like it comes from a Parisian version of the elite in Les Miserables abounds. Conversation flows slowly and I wasn’t the only one in the audience fighting my sleep.

Rinko Kikuchi as the Inuit woman, Allaka, stars opposite Juliette Binoche (as Josephine Peary) in "Nobody Wants the Night" from director Isabel Coixet.  The film opened the 65th Berlinale in 2015.

Rinko Kikuchi as the Inuit woman, Allaka, stars opposite Juliette Binoche (as Josephine Peary) in “Nobody Wants the Night” from director Isabel Coixet.The film opened the 65th Berlinale in 2015. Photo Cirina Catania.

Then, thankfully and with no warning, a second heroine appears in the form of the Inuit woman, Allaka (played by Kikuchi), whose character is unable to speak much English, but who manages to upstage everyone in the film, including the ever-beautiful and talented Binoche.

Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka, an Inuit woman in "Nobody Wants the Night."

Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka, an Inuit woman in “Nobody Wants the Night.”

Juliette Binoche as Josephine and Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka in "Nobody Wants the Night."  Premiered at the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015.

Juliette Binoche as Josephine and Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka in “Nobody Wants the Night.” Premiered at the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015.

It is within this last half of the film that a dark secret is revealed and we watch Josephine, her heart ripped in two, transforming from black anger to love and admiration as the two women are pitted against the elements, their shared history and one-another.

Whether you love the film or not, one must applaud Coixet and the cast/crew for tackling such a huge-scale project and wish them well in their next endeavors.

 

 

NOBODY WANTS THE NIGHT (English)
118 Min. / DCP, 2K / Colour

DIRECTOR ISABEL COIXET
PRODUCERS ANDRÉS SANTANA, JAUME ROURES
CO-PRODUCERS ANTONIA NAVA, JEROME VIDAL, ARIEL ILIEFF, DIMITAR GOCHEV
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ANDRÉS SANTANA, ANTONIA NAVA, JAVIER MÉNDEZ
WRITTEN BY MIGUEL BARROS
CINEMATOGRAPHER JEAN CLAUDE LARRIEU (AFC)
PRODUCTION DESIGNER ALAIN BAINÉE
ORIGINAL MUSIC LUCAS VIDAL
EDITOR ELENA RUIZ
LINE PRODUCERS ANDRÉS SANTANA, MARTA MIRÓ
COSTUME DESIGNER CLARA BILBAO
MAKEUP ARTIST SYLVIE IMBERT
HAIR STYLIST PACO RODRIGUEZ H.
SOUND RECORDIST ALBERT GAY
SOUND DESIGN ENRIQUE G. BERMEJO
SOUND MIXER DANIEL SAIZ
DIGITAL EFFECTS BERNAT ARAGONÉS
COLOR GRADING PEPÍN
SPECIAL MAKE-UP PABLO PERONA
INTERNATIONAL CASTING MONIKA MIKKELSEN

CAST:
Josephine JULIETTE BINOCHE
Allaka RINKO KIKUCHI
Bram GABRIEL BYRNE
Ninq ORTO IGNATIUSSEN
Spaldinq MATT SALINGER
Frand Nashtel BEN TEMPLE
Lucius REED BRODY
Odaq ALBERTO JO LEE
Henson CLARENCE SMITH
Fyodor VELIZAR VINEV
Njal CIRO MIRÓ
Inuit Woman 1 GAZ ZAA LUNG (LISA QAAVIGAQ)
Inuit Woman 2 SORINE KIRSTINE EUNIKE PETERSEN
Inuit Woman 3 PANINNGUAQ SOFIA IGNATIUSSEN
Erneraq RAÚL JUEGA GONZÁLEZ
DIEGO JUEGA GONZÁLEZ
MATEO DURO LÓPEZ
Narrator CLARENCE SMITH

Filmed in Norway, Bulgaria and Spain.

Storage Vision 2015

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Cirina Catania, Founder and Lead Creative, The Catania Group

BIOGRAPHY

Filmmaker Cirina Catania, the Founder and Lead Creative at The Catania Group, has been involved as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer or marketing exec on over 120 film, television and new media projects for National Geographic, Discovery and similar networks. She is one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival and former executive at MGM-UA and United Artists.

Cirina lives in LA, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road as a tech evangelist for companies such as Blackmagic Design and Lumberjack System. She produces the weekly tech podcast, Digital Production BuZZ heard in 183 countries.

Cirina Catania to Present at the LAPPG December Meeting

Details coming soon! We hope to see you at the December 10th meeting.

The Los Angeles Post Production Group is an organization for digital filmmakers with an interest in post production and film finishing. The LAPPG provides a forum to share knowledge, build community, explore technologies and techniques and encourage post production professionals to connect and expand their networks. LAPPG provides our members with valuable offers and discounts as well as opportunities to network and make industry connections.

Membership is free and you need not live in Los Angeles to take advantage of this great resource.

Filmmakers Alliance Presents: A Night of Blackmagic Design with Tina Eckman and Filmmaker Cirina Catania!

Join Blackmagic Design’s Tina Eckman as she discusses the company’s latest camera firmware updates and products, including the Blackmagic URSA, Cintel Film Scanner, DaVinci Resolve 11, eyeon Software and more! Tina will highlight product features, use cases and applicable workflows, as well as provide hands on demos of cameras and more. Enter the raffle to win a copy of DaVinci Resolve color grading software! As the world’s most advanced color correction tool, DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high end post production workflows and continues to be the most popular and powerful color correction tool for the world’s biggest films, television programs and global commercial campaigns.

Tina will be joined by filmmaker Cirina Catania, who will present “Courage and Creativity – The Magic of Conviction.” In this presentation, Cirina will discuss what drives us as creatives and how to keep saying “Yes” to our instincts and avoid falling into the “No” traps that are thrown at us. Cirina will also talk about how Blackmagic Design cameras have inspired her and how they have been used recently in two documentaries.

Marine Corporal, Kionte Storey, has survived his injuries from an IED blast in Afghanistan and now trains every day in the hopes of capturing a slot on the International Paralympic Track Team.

Marine Corporal, Kionte Storey, has survived his injuries from an IED blast in Afghanistan and now trains every day in the hopes of capturing a slot on the International Paralympic Track Team.

Cirina Catania is the Founder and Lead Creative at The Catania Group and has been involved as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer or marketing exec on over 120 film, television and new media projects for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and similar networks. She is one of the original co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival and former executive at MGM-UA and United Artists. Cirina is a proud member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), the Writer’s Guild (WGA) and IATSE. She is currently donating much of her time to producing self-funded documentaries about our wounded veterans and the organizations that help them.

Filmmakers Alliance Presents: A Night of Blackmagic Design with Tina Eckman and Filmmaker Cirina Catania

Filmmakers Alliance Presents: A Night of Blackmagic Design with Tina Eckman and Filmmaker Cirina Catania!

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Join Blackmagic Design’s Tina Eckman as she discusses the company’s latest camera firmware updates and products, including the Blackmagic URSA, Cintel Film Scanner, DaVinci Resolve 11, eyeon Software and more! Tina will highlight product features, use cases and applicable workflows, as well as provide hands on demos of cameras and more. Enter the raffle to win a copy of DaVinci Resolve color grading software! As the world’s most advanced color correction tool, DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high end post production workflows and continues to be the most popular and powerful color correction tool for the world’s biggest films, television programs and global commercial campaigns.

Tina will be joined by filmmaker Cirina Catania, who will present “Courage and Creativity – The Magic of Conviction.” In this presentation, Cirina will discuss what drives us as creatives and how to keep saying “Yes” to our instincts and avoid falling into the “No” traps that are thrown at us. Cirina will also talk about how Blackmagic Design cameras have inspired her and how they have been used recently in two documentaries.

Cirina shooting     Runner with parachute

Cirina Catania is the Founder and Lead Creative at The Catania Group and has been involved as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer or marketing exec on over 120 film, television and new media projects for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and similar networks. She is one of the original co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival and former executive at MGM-UA and United Artists. Cirina is a proud member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), the Writer’s Guild (WGA) and IATSE. She is currently donating much of her time to producing self-funded documentaries about our wounded veterans and the organizations that help them.

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Special Thanks to LIGHT IRON for hosting this event!

Have questions about Filmmakers Alliance Presents: A Night of Blackmagic Design with Tina Eckman and Filmmaker Cirina Catania!? Contact Filmmakers Alliance
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District Digital Creatives

October. 23rd DistrictCreate Meet: Featuring Filmmaker Cirina Catania, Colorist Robbie Carmen and Flanders Scientific

Filmmaker, Cirina Catania

@Cirina
Topic: Documentary Filmmaking with Blackmagic Cameras
Independent filmmakers are the warriors of our creative generation, but it is not always easy to persevere. Cirina will share her creative vision and current projects and talk about how she overcame the naysayers and kept on going when others might have quit. Need tips on how to prep for shooting in the field, what to put in your kit and how to use the Blackmagic cameras if you’re not swimming in cash? She’ll also talk about the early days of the Sundance Film Festival, marketing and distribution for a major studio and working on her own documentaries. She’ll give us guidance on how to market and promote our own work, including things like pitching, communicating through design, one-sheets, sizzle reels, social media and prepping for distribution. Bring your questions! This session is going to be lively!

Colorist, Robbie Carman

@RobbieCarman
Topic: New Editing Features In DaVinci Resolve
“Color grading is the final step in making any film or television program really shine. We take a collaborative approach to grading projects – we have some good ideas but you do too. Its the combination of those ideas and our technical abilities that can really make your project shine.
Our lead colorist Robbie Carman has 15 years of online editing and grading experience under his belt. He’s been chosen by some of the most selective content creators in the country and his work has received technical and creative acclaim by clients and award committees alike.
Our DaVinci Resolve color grading suites can make your project come to life.”
– Amigo Media Site
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PACA Conference: “Advancements in Image Capture”

Cirina will be leading a panel discussion, 10/19/14, from 4 – 5 PM.

Overview

PACA returns to New York City for our 19th Annual Conference. As the most populous city in the US, NYC is the perfect setting as PACA continues its efforts to bring innovation, inspiration and information to our members and to help move your business forward.

Presentations on where search and visual recognition will be in the future, imbedded imagery, and how academia sees the future of the internet, will be among the many technology sessions planned for the meeting.

We will be teaming up with Visual Connections again to bring you a 4-day event and an opportunity to network with both industry partners and clients. It will feature the PACA Reception on the evening of day 1, the PACA Conference on days 2 and 3 and Visual Connections on day 4.

Venue: The Altman Building, located in the heart of the Chelsea neighborhood in New York’s Manhattan borough, will be the venue for this event. There will be limited free table space for networking as well as an area for seminars.

Program: PACA is known for its excellent educational program and we are working on another exceptional lineup of speakers and panels. We promise to allow a little more break time between sessions this year. Look for more information in the next couple of weeks on keynote speakers and panelists.

We’ve secured rooms at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 37 West 24th Street (at Broadway & 5th) New York, NY for $289 per night for nights 10-17-14 thru 10-24-14. You must reserve you room by 9-17-14 to receive this rates.

 

Cirina will be leading a panel discussion, 10/19/14, from 4 – 5 PM.

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