|March Newsletter 2008
- Ramping up for Book Expo Canada & US
- Food, Sex and Salmonella Released
- Moving Stories Film Fest Reg Submissions Deadline
- Opening the Book on Film a Smash Success IMHO
- Bravo!FACT Lends Support, Premiere to
Bravo!FACT supports Quarrington's
Ramping up for Book Expo
Canada and America
Retailers as content producers; shorts and interviews and
trailers and more; a virtual explosion in the use of on-screen
media; validation indeed. From the ChaptersIndigo online
Community initiative, to Borders installation of digital
download stations in-store, to Barnes & Noble's original
series "Tagged' and "Obsessed," the year
is shaping up as the tipping point in book-to-screen media.
BookShorts is right up front, where we've been for years.
With the help of our sponsors BookExpo Canada and King Products
(interactive touchscreen kiosks) the BEC BROADCAST
PROGRAM will premiere titles just launched and
to be launched.
The BEC Broadcast Program will be produced on disc too,
for take-away by booksellers and librarians who come by
the BOOKSHORTS LOUNGE, on the BEC Toronto
show for our fourth year.
We'll be offering the SCRIPT TO SCREEN program
at BEA and BEC '08, where authors and publishers commission
author videos by means of our turn-key solution. We script,
shoot, post and distribute video interviews on site at BEA
May 29 - June 1
and BEC June 15-16.
FOR INFO ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN BOOK EXPO PROGRAMS ...
contact MEISNER, DE GROOT & ASSOCIATES, or
visit BookShorts' websites BookExpo
Canada and Book
Food, Sex and Salmonella Launches Campaign
Dr. David Waltner-Toews
is a natural teacher, passionately curious. He is an intrepid
traveler, in a search for better balance amongst the world's
food supplies and a growing population's desire to appease
its whims for every food imaginable. It is, in many ways,
Director KATE HOLLETT brings
the character of Dr. Waltner-Toews personable and informative
writing to the screen with the just-finished FOOD,
SEX AND SALMONELLA: HOW OUR FOOD IS MAKING US SICK. Watch
the short, then grab the book -- its in bookstores now.
Come and celebrate all kinds of
things on March 19, when Paul Quarrington launches THE RAVINE
TINARS event at The Gladstone Hotel, accompanied by his
truly with PORKBELLY FUTURES.
Its a double-hit event also marking
the release of the band's second recording, also called Porkbelly
Futures, and their just-dry contract with fast-growing label
OK, one more thing to celebrate
-- Quarrington's BookShort received a vote of confidence from
who have awarded us support and its premiere broadcast (conditional
on the finished work of course, as with all such broadcaster
deals) - we'll invite you all to that launch too!
More about the event >>
Reminder MSFF Regular deadline
Lots of films in so far, andm more on the way - make sure
yours are postmarked MARCH 15 to qualify for regular submission
deadline! Guidelines and info at MOVINGSTORIESFILMFEST.COM
the Book on Film Conference BC
People in BC are really nice. And talented.
And open to new ideas. Those are some of the first thoughts I
had as BookShorts took part in OPENING
THE BOOK ON FILM, a conference produced collaboratively by
BC Film, the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia
and CFTPA BC Producers' Branch.
What the organizers accomplished was one
of those forehead-slapping good ideas - put a bevy of publishers
representing hundreds of great books in a big beautiful room with
accomplished TV and film producers, add a generous dose of facilitated
discussion and voila; no doubt there will be a rash of projects
hitting screens of all sizes in no time at all.
We couldn't talk fast enough to connect
with all the folks on both sides of the equation, though we tried.
On the producing side, BookShorts was reaching out to those who
make screen-media inspired by the written word. On the publisher
side, BookShorts was reaching out to those who are ready, willing
and eager to use this media to spread the word to new audiences.
It definately feels like a home run on both fronts - our sincere
thanks to all who indulged the BookShorts song and dance.
With gratitude to organizers Liz Shorten
who invited us (by way of early BookShorts CBC ZeD champion Sue
Biely, now of Nimble Media) Lodi Butler of BC Film who kept us
on time and connected. Super special creds to dedicated colleague
Andrea Oberdieck - despite broken toes and uncomfortable shoes,
Andrea represented us with grace and aplomb!
BookShorts are short films adapted from books, including exclusive
behind-the-scenes features. They have screened nationally on television
specialty channels, in film and literary festivals from Vancouver
to St. John's, New York and Washington. BookShorts Literacy Program
is supported by Canadian
Heritage Book Publishing Industry Development Fund and our partners
in the Canadian publishing community .For media catalogue, visit
Judith Keenan, BookShorts Literacy
Program / BookShorts Inc.