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Local Filmmaker Enters 2015 Academy Awards Race

by: @jenvargas

Earlier today, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced submissions for next year’s Oscar race. Will we see a Florida filmmaker on the Red Carpet at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in 2015? Anything is possible! Below is a really LONG list of films in the running (just to be considered!) for a Documentary Feature nomination… but we hope to see Florida representing next year!

All 134 of the documentary feature films listed below have submitted their work *just to be considered* for a place (out of 15) on the Academy Awards’ ShortList. What you may not know is this; Fulfilling The Academy’s requirements just to be considered is a long, detailed process involving scheduled east and west coast screenings, several written reviews and many more steps just to advance in the voting process. Submitted films may also qualify for other categories, aside from Documentary Feature, should they fulfill the other category requirements for which they may be eligible.

One of the 134 films submitted is called, “Tanzania: A Journey Within.” Emmy Award winner and DeLand resident, Sylvia Caminer and her production team from DolGer Films, Directed and Co-Produced this documentary feature film, which premiered in New York City on World Malaria Day in support of non-profit organization, Malaria No More.

The film takes place in and around the United Republic of Tanzania, located in East Africa, and follows the journey of two University of Miami graduates, Kristen Kenney and Venance Ndibalema. The film asks the question; “What happens when a scientist/philosopher from an impoverished African nation takes his American friend on a journey to the place where humankind began?”


While the ShortList announcement won’t happen until some time in December, the 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. (www.oscars.org will live stream the noms.)

The Oscars® live telecast will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood (with Neil Patrick Harris as host!), and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

You can also follow The Academy online via their social media sites:

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards

October 31, 2014

134 Documentary Features Submitted For 2014 Oscar® Race

LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq”
“Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case”
“Alive Inside”
“All You Need Is Love”
“America: Imagine the World without Her”
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”
“Antarctica: A Year on Ice”
“Art and Craft”
“Awake: The Life of Yogananda”
“The Barefoot Artist”
“The Battered Bastards of Baseball”
“Before You Know It”
“Bitter Honey”
“Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity”
“Botso The Teacher from Tbilisi”
“Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart”
“The Case against 8”
“Cesar’s Last Fast”
“Citizen Koch”
“Code Black”
“Concerning Violence”
“The Culture High”
“Dancing in Jaffa”
“Death Metal Angola”
“The Decent One”
“Dinosaur 13”
“Do You Know What My Name Is?”
“The Dog”
“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
“Evolution of a Criminal”
“Fed Up”
“Finding Fela”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Food Chains”
“The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden”
“Getting to the Nutcracker”
“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”
“The Great Flood”
“The Great Invisible”
“The Green Prince”
“The Hacker Wars”
“The Hadza: Last of the First”
“Hanna Ranch”
“Happy Valley”
“The Hornet’s Nest”
“I Am Ali”
“If You Build It”
“The Immortalists”
“The Internet’s Own Boy”
“Ivory Tower”
“James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge”
“Jodorowsky’s Dune”
“Journey of a Female Comic”
“Keep On Keepin’ On”
“Kids for Cash”
“The Kill Team”
“La Bare”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Last Hijack”
“The Last Patrol”
“Levitated Mass”
“Life Itself”
“Little White Lie”
“Llyn Foulkes One Man Band”
“Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles”
“Merchants of Doubt”
“Mission Blue”
“Mistaken for Strangers”
“Monk with a Camera”
“Nas: Time Is Illmatic”
“National Gallery”
“Next Goal Wins”
“Next Year Jerusalem”
“Night Will Fall”
“No Cameras Allowed”
“Now: In the Wings on a World Stage”
“Occupy the Farm”
“The Only Real Game”
“The Overnighters”
“Particle Fever”
“Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes”
“Pelican Dreams”
“The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”
“Plot for Peace”
“Point and Shoot”
“Poverty Inc.”
“Print the Legend”
“Private Violence”
“Rabindranath Tagore – The Poet of Eternity”
“Red Army”
“Remote Area Medical”
“Rich Hill”
“The Rule”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Shadows from My Past”
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”
“A Small Section of the World”
“Smiling through the Apocalypse – Esquire in the 60s”
“Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”
“The Supreme Price”
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”
“Tanzania: A Journey Within”
“This Is Not a Ball”
“Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence”
“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”
“True Son”
“20,000 Days on Earth”
“Under the Electric Sky”
“Underwater Dreams”
“Waiting for August”
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”
“Warsaw Uprising”
“Watchers of the Sky”
“We Are the Giant”
“We Could Be King”
“Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”
“A World Not Ours”

Magic and Mayhem Fall Fest & Library Tour

Magic And Mayhem Productions Announce Their Fall Public Library Lineup And Exciting Festival Season

See the Beloved Entertainers at Orange County Library System’s “Fall Family Fun Festival” – Plus Throughout the Southeast at “Family Fun Days,” “Haunted Pirate Festival and Mermaid Splash,” “South Alabama Renaissance Festival” and “Camelot Days” 

Orlando, FL (September 16, 2014) – Following a wildly successful summer throughout Central Florida with performance camps, appearances at numerous charitable and community events and their resident show at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Lake Buena Vista, the popular and beloved entertainers of Central Florida based “Magic and Mayhem Productions” will bring their signature customizable magic and comedy production to numerous fun-filled festivals throughout the Southeast.  They are also excited to headline the “Fall Family Fun” series for the Orange County Library System.  Provided through a generous grant from The Disney Company, these free stimulating and fun-filled programs combine magic and comedy and provide valuable educational lessons for children at libraries all throughout Central Florida.


Orange County Public Library System “Fall Family Fun” Performances:

•         September 17 @ 3:30pm, North Orange Library, 1211 E. Semoran Boulevard, Apopka FL 32703

•         October 4 @ 11am, Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787

•         October 11 @ 2pm, West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee, FL 34761

•         October 13 @ 10:15am, Eatonville Library, 200 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville, FL 32751

•         October 18 @2:30pm, Southcreek Library, 1702 Deerfield Boulevard, Orlando FL 32837

•         November 4 @ 4:30pm, Hiawassee Library, 7391 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando FL, 32818

•         November 8 @ 11am, Alafaya Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando FL, 32826

•         November 24 @ 11am, Edgewater Library, 5049 Edgewater Drive, Orlando FL, 32810


Magic and Mayhem Fall Festival Appearances:

•         October 4 @ 3pm, Family Fun Days, Amphitheater at Port Orange, FL, 32127

•         October 25-26 @ 11am-7pm, Haunted Pirate Festival and Mermaid Splash, 129 E. Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

•         November 1 and 2 @ 10am-6pm, South Alabama Renaissance Festival, Mobile County Sheriff’s Posse Arena, 6449 Moffett Road, Mobile AL, 36618

•         November 15, 16, 22, 23 @10am-5pm, Camelot Days, T.Y Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood, FL, 33021


For more information on Magic and Mayhem’s public library workshops, festival appearances, comedy magic show offerings and for booking inquiries to be a part of your special event, call 407-222-4412 or visitwww.MagicandMayhemShow.com.


About Magic and Mayhem Productions

Founded by award winning magician James Songster in 1997, the locally owned and operated Magic and Mayhem Productions is comprised of a diverse team of talented and entertaining magicians.  Each year, the talented performers of Magic and Mayhem Productions present over 400 performances of engaging, family-friendly and theatrical comedy magic. Their popular Magic and Mayhem Comedy Magic Show provides quality live entertainment that features amazing magic, hilarious comedy and the mystery of illusion presented with engaging interaction appropriate for all audiences.  Magic and Mayhem Productions also includes customizable theater-style experiences for any size group, organization or visitors to Central Florida through one of the many tour operators.  For groups and associations looking to have the magic come to them, Magic and Mayhem Productions offers the professionalism, adaptability and appropriate fun that Central Florida is famous for.