Vol. 12, No. 2 – Oct 24 – Nov 6, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Film Festival annually honors an actor and a cinematographer for a lifetime of outstanding works. The Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting goes to Ojai local Malcolm McDowell who is recognized for his six-decades of cutting-edge work.
This year’s recipient for the Lifetime Achievement in Cinematography goes to one of the first women members of the American Society of Cinematographers, Ellen Kuras, ASC, widely regarded as a pioneer for all filmmakers.

Filmmakers need financing. It’s that simple. This has been a problem for more than a century. Emily Best, the leading online fundraiser who brought in millions for new films, will speak on “The Art of the Pitch” at the Ojai Film Festival, November 3.

This seminar is part of the Film Festival’s Professional Development sessions that includes Legal and Business with Laura Caulfield, in-depth with Ellen Kuras, ASC, Action in Film with stunt coordinator John Branagan, and Loving Vincent, a screening of the Academy Award nominated animation and demonstration session with artists/animators Tiffanie Mang and Charlene Mosley.

Tickets are available for the McDowell screening, Q&A and reception, Ms. Kuras’ seminar on cinematography, the Awards Brunch and other seminars and screenings at: OjaiFilmFestival.com. The Festival runs November 1 – 11.

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts will present BeatoFest, on Saturday, November 10th. This day-long event will begin at 10 am with artists exhibiting work on the back patio of the Center, presenting an opportunity to meet and acquire work directly from the artists. Live music will be presented throughout the day.

At 2 pm, there will be Opening Receptions for two new exhibitions. Intersection: Art & Life is being presented in the Beato Gallery in conjunction with the publication of a book of the same name, written by Kevin Wallace, director of the Center. In Logan Gallery, there will be an exhibition of artist/members of the Ventura County Potters’ Guild.

At 7 pm, there will be a free poetry reading in Logan Gallery by Dana Gioia, the Poet Laureate of California.For more information, visit beatricewood.com or call (805) 646-3381.

Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is located at 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road .

On October 28, Sunday night, Ojai Jazz Concerts presents Tony Pulizzi on, Anthony Crawford on bass and Stacey Lamont Sydnor on drums at The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. 805-746-0936. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free parking across the street at Cafe Emporium. Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the door. Buy tickets at www.ojaijazzconcerts.com.

Alex Murad, director of animal welfare at Rancho Grande, announced the formation of the Rancho Grande Scholarship Fund on Behalf of Animals. The fund will provide an annual award of $5,000 in tuition assistance or other school expenses to the winner of a 500-word essay on the importance of protecting the rights and welfare of animals.

The first award will be made in August 2019 for the 2019-20 school year. In its first year, the award will be restricted to students attending the Besant Hill School because of its small size, well-rounded and well–respected reputation, and its willingness to create opportunities for all of its. In future years, the program may be expanded to other private high schools in Ojai. Applications are due no later than July 1, 2019 and can be emailed toAlex@ranchogrande.com.

The winning applicant’s essay will explain the writer’s thoughts on animal care and describe what enhancing the wellbeing of animals means to them.

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