Dedolight International Competition

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dedolight International Competition 2015 for Filmmakers



 Dedolight International Competition 2015 for Filmmakers


To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Dedo Weigert Film and the 30 year anniversary of Dedolight, the company is sponsoring an International Lighting Competition with over $100,000 in prizes. The competition will run from the beginning of July through the end of September 2015. The competition is structured in such a way that colleagues and image creators from around the globe can gain knowledge and experience from each other by sharing on-line how they achieved the images.

Motion or still images can be submitted and will be judged along with Behind-The-Scenes footage featuring the image creators describing their process. To top it off, Dedolight will loan the lighting package to groups or individuals with very few limitations. The competition is open to pros and newcomers alike, and participants can be individuals or groups such as Cinema Studies departments or filmmaking clubs.

To find out more, and learn a little bit about Lighting, and Dedolight products from the Master himself, Dedo Weigert watch this YouTube presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFhNONsOMJoTo get full details of the competition visit their website:

www.dedoweigertfilm.de/competition.





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Saturday, July 11, 2015

The High Costs of Domestic Violence In America and What Pamela Anderson is Doing About It

Domestic Violence Statistics in the United States of America

Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.
$5.8 billion each year is the cost of intimate partner rape, sexual assault and stalking. $4.1 billion of that is for direct medical and mental healthcare.
Nearly 8 million days of unpaid work are lost each year due to domestic violence issues – the equivalent of 32,000 full time jobs.

See more details on what famous actress and cover girl Pamela Anderson is doing about it on TALK OF THE TOWN By Orikinla, http://totnaija.blogspot.com/2015/07/pamela-anderson-donates-60000-to.html






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Zoe Saldana Opens Up About Sexism in Hollywood



Zoe Saldana Opens Up About Sexism in Hollywood


Zoe Saldana has never been known to shy away from speaking her mind, and when it comes to the topic of sexism in Hollywood she certainly makes no exceptions. While promoting her latest ...







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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

If You Loved "American Beauty", Then You Will Fall in Love with "My American Mistress"


If you loved Sam Mendes'multiple academy awards winning film American Beauty, then you will fall in love with Orikinla Osinachi's "My American Mistress", about a melodramatic relationship between a very wealthy white older woman and a younger African immigrant in New York who is a struggling artist and poet.

He wants to be the black Picasso of the 21st century and like Picasso, he also sees women as "goddesses and doormats" and she is going to be his goddess no matter what her snobbish racist white upper class says. She sponsors his first solo art exhibition and his first book launch and with fame and fortune he becomes the toast of America and the heartthrob of younger women who are falling over themselves to pose Unclad for him and the pregnancy of one of them is going to break the heart of his mistress.
"I thought you would be more faithful to me than my ex-husband. But you have turned out to be worse. He never stooped so low to prefer the doormats to his goddesses. You have brains, but no class," she sneered at him.

Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman are all good for the role of the leading lady.

The release date will be announced later.









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Friday, June 19, 2015

Questions and Answers On How the European Commission Helps Refugees


BRUSSELS, 19 June 2015 / PRN Africa / -- Who is a refugee?

Every year natural disasters, conflicts and human rights violations force millions of people to leave their homes and to flee to save their lives. Their survival often depends on international assistance and protection.

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her home country and is unable or unwilling to return because of fear of persecution. The 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees gives refugees legal protection under the international refugee law. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to respond to refugee needs.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

2015 Presidential Election Campaign Photographs That Changed Muhammadu Buhari


These presidential election campaign photographs changed the public image of President Muhammadu Buhari from the previous images of cold and stern looking personality to a family friendly father, grand father and more tolerant public friendly political leader.


These photographs of Buhari and grandson and grand daughter boosted his public relations and endeared him to the younger population.
They have been inspired by President Barack Obama's interactions with children.
These photographs showed us that the retired General Muhammadu Buhari is now indeed a born again political leader from the former military dictator to a true democratic leader who should inspire millions of Nigerians in the fulfillment of the Nigerian Dream of a New Nigeria.

As the lyrics from "The Greatest Love of All" speak volumes for the expectations of Nigerian children who are indeed searching for a hero; someone to look up to after thousands of them have been traumatized by the nightmares of the horrors of the bloody Boko Haram terrorists in the middle belt and northern regions of Nigeria. And we hope President Muhammadu Buhari will not disappoint them.

"Greatest Love Of All"

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody's searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to.

PS: "The Greatest Love of All" is a song written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed and originally recorded by George Benson for the 1977 Muhammad Ali biopic The Greatest.








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Friday, May 29, 2015

Video of Inaugural Speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari



Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015, at the Eagles Square, Abuja.


I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.

I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted. I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.
- See more at: http://www.nigeriansreport.com/2015/05/inaugural-speech-by-his-excellency.html#sthash.QO6WcnAk.dpuf.








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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Children's Day! But Remember the Missing Chibok School Girls


Lest we forget, today is Children's Day and the missing Chibok school girls are still missing and the out-going President Goodluck Jonathan does not bother about them and did not even broadcast any Children's Day message to Nigerian children.


May the Almighty God give our children a better President who will not play bloody politics with the precious lives of our innocent children. Amen.
Visit The Bring Back Our Girls Facebook for an up-to-date list of rallies and marches across the world. If you don’t see one near you, start your own! Send the date, time, and location to Bring Back Our Girls and they’ll make sure the world gets out.

Timeline of Events

This timeline, based on news reports, summarizes the events that followed the abduction of almost 300 girls in northern Nigeria. Check back for updates.
Monday, April 14
  • Residents of Chibok received phone calls on Monday night from residents in neighboring villages, who had seen convoys of vehicles (trucks, buses, motorcycles) with heavily armed militants heading toward Chibok (The Guardian).
  • They warned of an attack by Boko Haram (The Guardian).
  • The militants and the convoys arrived at Chibok around 9 p.m. and headed straight for the Girls Government Secondary School (CNN).
  • They engaged in gunfire with around 15 soldiers who were stationed at Chibok and the Girls Government Secondary School (The Guardian), killing two soldiers (CNN). The soldiers were outnumbered and reinforcements didn’t arrive (The Guardian).
  • The militants, who were dressed in Nigerian military uniforms according to escaped girls, then entered the buildings where the girls were sleeping (The New Yorker). They told the girls not to worry, that they were taking them to safety (The New Yorker). Some of the girls thought the men were Nigerian soldiers protecting them, but then realized the men were not when they shouted, “Allahu akbar” (Sydney Morning Herald).
  • Over 270 girls, who were mostly between 16 and 18 years old, were rounded up at gunpoint and loaded into the vehicles (The Guardian). According to the Guardian, the whole event lasted 5 hours, running into the early hours of Tuesday (The Guardian).
  • Some girls escaped that night, jumping off of trucks, grabbing onto swinging branches (The Telegraph), or running out of vehicles that were broken down (CNN).
  • The school was among the 85 secondary schools that the Borno state officials had closed since March because of attacks and threats by Boko Haram, but the girls had returned to take their final exams (NYTimes).
Tuesday, April 15
  • Small reports from BBC News and Associated Press about abduction. Very little information is known at the time. Reports say only 100 girls missing.
Wednesday, April 16
  • The Nigerian military stated: “Just eight of the 129 abducted school girls were still missing.” (CNN)
  • Major General Chris Olukolade stated that “One of the alleged attackers has been captured, and a military search-and-rescue operation is ongoing to ‘ensure the safety of the remaining students.’” (CNN)
  • “Soldiers and the Civilian Joint Task Force, as well as volunteers from the area, are now combing the forest to rescue the schoolgirls. They are aided by surveillance helicopters to locate the kidnappers' position.” (CNN)
Thursday, April 17
  • Conflicting with the Nigerian military, parents registered over 230 girls missing, a number much higher than reported by the government. (CNN)
  • On April 17, the Nigerian military retracted the report on the missing girls. The director of defense said the initial report was “not intended to deceive the public.” (CNN)
  • On Thursday and Friday, there were conflicting reports of how many girls were still missing and those who had managed to escape. Asabe Kwambura, principal of Government Girls Secondary School, stated 14 girls escaped and returned. Musa Inuwa Kubo, the Borno state education commissioner, said 30 girls had escaped.(CNN)
  • Parents made several attempts to venture into the “vast forests where militant camps are located – and where near-daily air raids by the Nigerian army have been halted since the kidnappings – many said they had little faith in the government.” (The Guardian)
April 23
  • First time #BringBackOurGirls is used on Twitter. At April 23 UNESCO World Book Capital City opening ceremonies, VP of World Bank Africa Oby Ezekwesil demanded the release of the girls, saying, “Bring back the girls.” Ibrahim M. Abdullahi tweeted the statement with #BringBackOurGirls and #BringBackOurDaughters. (Mashable)
April 28
  • Borno state governor said that eight more girls had escaped over the weekend, meaning a total 52 had fled. (BBC News)
April 29
  • Malala Yousafzai speaks with BBC Radio 4 about the abducted girls in Nigeria, calling the girls her sisters, and saying that every girl has a right to an education, that Boko Haram is abusing Islam, and that the international community must listen and must raise their voices. (BBC Radio 4)
April 30
  • New outlets reporting girls are being sold by Boko Haram for $12 and are being taken across border to Chad and Cameroon. (Washington Post)
  • Spike in international tweets mentioning #BringBackOurGirls in response to girls being sold as slaves. (Mashable)
  • One Million Women March in Abuja, Nigeria, including mothers and families of missing girls, women from Chibok, and hundreds of Nigerians in protest about government and military response. (The Guardian)
  • Petitions on Change.Org and the WhiteHouse.gov begin appearing to pressure U.S. and UN to send aid to Nigerian military. (Mashable)
May 1
  • Social media campaign takes off in U.S. with celebrities such as Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown tweeting to #BringBackOurGirls. It was tweeted 268,616 times on May 1. (Mashable)
May 3
  • John Kerry states that the U.S. will help in search for missing girls during a speech in Ethiopia, beginning the first official U.S. governmentt response to Nigeria. (Washington Post)
May 4
  • President Goodluck Jonathan makes statement vowing to find missing girls, three weeks after they were abducted. Jonathan is facing criticism from parents of missing girls, many Nigerians, and also international pressure. (TIME)
May 5
  • Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau publishes a video saying they kidnapped the girls and will sell them on international “human market.” (The Guardian)
  • Reports of 11 more girls kidnapped from two more Borno state villages, as well as reports that two girls had died of snake bites and 20 girls are ill. (Associated Press)
May 6
  • President Obama makes statement that the U.S will send help to the Nigerian military and government, including small team of advisors on military, hostage situations, and law enforcement. (TIME)
May 7

  • FLOTUS Michelle Obama posts to Twitter and Instagram a photo of her holding a #BringBackOurGirls sign, and it’s been retweeted 45,310 times so far. (ABC News)
  • Nigerian police offer $300,000 reward for information on location of girls. (LA Times)
  • As of May 7, #BringBackOurGirls has been tweeted 1.3 million times…and counting. (BBC News)
  • As of May 7, there have been over 30 protests worldwide against the abduction and government’s response, and in support of the missing girls and their families. Many more are planned for following weeks, with more being added daily across the globe. (Bring Back Our Girls)

 





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