August 19th, 2007

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Dov Simens to Teach Acclaimed 2-Day Film School in Miami THIS MONTH

The creator of the Hollywood Film Institute, Dov Simens, will be offering his acclaimed 2-Day Film School on August 25th and 26th in Miami , Florida . The class, which has been attended by some of the industry's elite, will take place at the Doubletree Hotel Coconut Grove between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

"After taking Dov's course, I made "She's Gotta Have It" and launched my career," said American film director/producer/writer/actor Spike Lee.

Dov's students have made over 400 films, which have totaled more than six billion dollars in box office revenue. Past attendees of his 2-day film school, in addition to Lee, have included Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and Guy Ritchie.

The event is hosted by Women in Film and Television-Florida (WIFT-FL), in association with Florida's Future Filmmakers. Sponsors of the event include G-Star School of the Arts for Motion Pictures & Broadcasting, The Governor's Office of Film & Entertainment, Miami/Dade County Office of Film & Entertainment and The City of Miami Beach/Office of Film and Event Production Management.

Jennifer Pennypacker, President of WIFT-FL, sees it as a great opportunity for anyone serious about the film business. "Whether you are currently in the business, trying to break in, or just curious about how feature films get made, this course will be eye-opening for anyone who attends."

The course tackles the entire filmmaking process from start to finish with Dov's famous 38 steps as the heart of the course.

"For every feature film, whether your budget is $10,000 or $100 million, you are going to write thirty-eight checks," says Simens. "The 2-Day film school takes you through each one of those steps, explains the nuts and bolts and shows you how to complete a feature film for a small budget."

The course also tackles subjects outside of the production of feature film, including securing investment, marketing and distribution, the film festival circuit, and much more. The cost of the 2-Day course is $389.00, with discount rates for members of WIFT- Florida, Florida's Future Filmmakers, and Film Florida. The Doubletree Hotel Coconut Grove is also offering a discounted rate of $109 per night for all attendees of the event.

For more information or to register, go to or contact Jennifer Pennypacker: 407.422.7159 x 215 or
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"The Simpsons Movie" energized for the big screen

The question has been, "Why pay for something that one can get at home for free?" Homer Simpson asks the same question at the beginning of "The Simpsons Movie." Marketing specialists and academic philosophers will attempt to answer this phenomenon in which movie patrons invested over 165 million dollars into the box office of the Family Simpsons, when one could stay at home and watch the Simpsons on free Fox television on Sunday nights.

"The Simpsons Movie" proves that people still want a communal experience and collective laughter. The film really does not offer anything new to the "Simpsons" family canon (except a close up of Bart Simpson's little yellow naked boyhood). Except at the end of the movie, when little Maggie Simpson says her second word in eighteen years, which is "Sequel." Given their eighteen years of television triumph, "The Simpsons" have proven to be a consistent money maker for the Fox Financial Empire.

The success of "The Simpsons Movie" is that of an equal opportunity offender. Republican, Democrat and Independent dogma is shish kabobed. A statement is made about global warming, but the destructive solutions are a manifestation of the Chicken Little outcries of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." In some ways, "The Simpsons Movie" is a return to the roots of satire from the early days of free Fox television. "The Simpsons Movie" is not a must see, but it will provide some belly laughs when needed.