Golden Globe for U2, Mandela movie


first_img14 January 2014 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom achieved its first success of the film awards season at the 71st Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday night, winning the Best Original Song award for “Ordinary Love”, composed by Irish superband U2. U2 were inspired to write a song for the big-screen dramatisation of Mandela’s autobiography after watching an early cut of the film. U2 has a long association with South Africa as supporters of the anti-apartheid movement and as supporters of Nelson Mandela’s projects, including 46664, Mandela’s global HIV/Aids prevention and awareness campaign. “This is amazing,” U2 guitarist The Edge said on accepting the award. “We have been working for President Mandela since the ’70s, since we were teenagers and when we did our very first concert against the apartheid movement, so it has taken us 35 years to write this song.” “This really is personal for us,” U2 lead singer Bono said. “Very, very personal. This man turned our life upside down, right side up. A man who refused to hate, not because he didn’t have rage or anger, but he thought love would do a better job. “We wrote a love song because it’s kind of what’s extraordinary about the film. You know about the global statesman, but you don’t know about the man, that’s why you should see this film.” Producer Anant Singh congratuled Bono and U2, saying they had composed “an amazing song that truly captures the love story of Madiba and Winnie. ‘Ordinary Love’ was their first song in three years. We thank them for their contribution to our film, and for their commitment to Madiba and to our continent.” Source: Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

Dilemma, apartheid’s lost film


first_imgCD AndersonThe anti-apartheid film Dilemma (also known as A World of Strangers) is based on a novel by Nadine Gordimer, that depicts divisions and boundaries between ordinary South Africans during the early years of apartheid. The novel was banned in South Africa for 12 years.Dilemma, the 1962 docudrama by Henning Carlsen was secretly filmed in apartheid-era South Africa (pic: Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/dBYEyM7eln— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 9, 2016Filmed in South Africa by renowned Danish documentarian Henning Carlsen in 1962, the gritty black-and-white drama was filmed in secret. It offered international audiences their first glimpse behind the veil of how apartheid was taking its toll on the country.At the time, Carlsen had arrived in South Africa with a small film crew, telling government officials he was in the country to film a documentary about South African music and, bizarrely, “an industrial film about South African housewives and their refrigerators”, according to a 2013 blog post.Instead, he gathered a group of local actors, included Zakes Mokae and Evelyn Frank, to tell the story of Toby (Ivan Jackson), a wide-eyed young businessman facing difficult choices in a country in turmoil.At first oblivious to the deep-seated racial prejudices of white South Africans, Toby befriends an anti-apartheid activist (Frank) and a black South African (Mokae). Both of them, through a number of fervent discussions and clandestine visits to townships, open his eyes to the oppression of the system.The harsh realities of this divided society force him to choose between living a blissfully unaware middle class life in the suburbs or using his influence to change the system. It is a choice that itself, ultimately, has tragic consequences.Dilemma was secretly shot at various private locations around Johannesburg and Soweto, including the affluent white suburb of Sandringham and assorted Soweto shebeens. Carlsen smuggled completed film reels out of South Africa through the Danish embassy, according to the 2013 blog post, written on behalf of Frank’s son, Eddie Frank.For a detailed account of the making of the film, read the blog.In the film’s hauntingly striking opening scene, a hurried early morning commute out of the smoky haze of Soweto, accompanied by a frantic African jazz percussion soundtrack, contains jarring juxtapositions of everyday life in 1960s apartheid South Africa.Between gritty, fly-on-the-wall depictions of South African life, Dilemma contains a host of great South African music supplied by legendary jazz pianist Gideon “Mgibe” Nxumalo. There are also performances by Tandi Mpambane (Klaasen), Abigail Kubeka, Kippie Moeketsi and Wanda Makhubu.In 2008, the film’s music-rich shebeen scenes were featured in the Jazz Scores exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art, which celebrated jazz music and its role in film and politics. The New York Times hailed the film as “a crown jewel” of South African musical authenticity and heritage.South African actor Zakes Mokae in Dilemma, the 1962 anti-apartheid film by Henning Carlsen. pic.twitter.com/ql9gByGYkA— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 9, 2016Similar to the work of 1960s American independent cinéma vérité filmmaker John Cassavetes, Dilemma mixes ironic humour with powerful, visual elements. The improvised, urgent acting is passionate yet realistic, particularly from Mokae. He went on to build a long, illustrious career as a character actor in Hollywood until his death in 2009.Frank left South Africa shortly after the film was made, to become a respected theatre actress in Europe and the United States.Carlsen became one of Denmark’s most revered filmmakers, making films such as the award-winning social realism film The Hunger (1966) and a film version of the Gabriel García Márquez novella Memories of my Melancholy Whores in 2012. Carlsen died in 2014.Gordimer, Carlsen, Mokae and Frank reunited in 1996 to commemorate the making of the film for a Danish television documentary, titled Revisiting Johannesburg.SAfrican actors Evelyn Frank & Zakes Mokae remember the 1962 anti-apartheid film Dilemma https://t.co/KnnkU4E49k pic.twitter.com/t3dRJi1fQh— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 9, 2016Watch scenes from the film Dilemma, courtesy of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival YouTube page.A viewing and discussion of the film’s music scenes will be held at the Alliance Française Johannesburg during the September Jive South African musical heritage exhibition on 16 September 2016. For more details, visit the exhibition web page.Source: Tusker Geographica blogWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Google Buzz API: They Built It, But Will Developers Come?


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img chris cameron When Google Buzz launched back in February of this year, it was initially met with intrigue which soon turned to concern as users became wary of the privacy concerns of mixing their email contacts with their social stream. Today at Google I/O, the Big G is hoping to take Buzz to the next level by introducing an application programming interface (API) which will allow third-party app developers to build native Buzz apps or integrate it with existing services.Twitter saw its use skyrocket with the introduction of a public API, and Google Buzz could see similar growth with its integration into popular web apps and services. Google accrued an impressive list of beta testers before announcing the API, including TweetDeck, Seesmic, Ping.fm, Plancast and Boxee. Fans of Buzz will soon be able to access their streams as easily as they do Twitter feeds, and will be able to post information directly to Buzz from web services that use the API. Google is taking the earlier privacy concerns surrounding Buzz to heart with their API releases today, making sure to note the control users will have over which applications can access which data. When an application wants to access the Buzz API, users will be taken to a page where they can determine which level of access they want to grant the app.The Google Code Blog outlined the features the API currently supports today, including “support for fetching public per-user activity feeds, fetching authorized and authenticated per-user activity feeds, […] searching over public updates, […] posting new updates, […] posting comments, liking updates, retrieving and updating profiles and social graphs, and more.”Will a Buzz API give the service a much-needed shot in the arm and help ease its earlier privacy concerns? Only time will tell, but it seems like an open invitation to develop third-party applications is a wise and logical next step. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Developers Discover That People Like to Walk


first_imgDevelopers Replace Golf Courses with Hiking TrailsDriving LessGreen Neighborhood in North CarolinaGreen Building Priority #4 — Reduce the Need for Driving A national poll two years ago among 3,000 adults showed that home buyers favor developments that make it easy to walk to stores, restaurants, and other community gathering spots. Residential developers have apparently taken note. An article posted at Construction Dive says that developers of master planned communities are increasingly likely to include more opportunities for walking, and they’re getting an especially positive response from Millennials — buyers in the 18-to-34 age bracket.Adam Drucker, managing director at real estate consultant RCLCO, said that residential developments of a generation ago often had no dedicated walking paths, and sometimes no sidewalks at all. But in the last 10 years, developers have started to favor networks of walking trails over more conventional community amenities like golf courses.“People want to engage with other people outside of their cars,” Drucker said. “Master planned communities (MPCs) are really focusing on providing walking opportunities and they’re getting good results… [Walkability] definitely isn’t a trend. This is now a permanent part of development.” Planned communities respondDevelopments such as the 7,200-acre Walsh community in Fort Worth, Texas, put a premium on open spaces, parks, and trails that connect different parts of the community, Construction Dive said. Residents of the first Walsh neighborhood, now underway, are within five minutes of a park or open space.Jake Wagner, co-CEO of the developer, Republic Property Group, said the appeal of walkways that connect neighborhoods is that they can be used by everyone who lives there, unlike other amenities that might be of interest to smaller groups of people.“Walking pathways are the backbone of the community because they connect homes and amenities,” he said.Municipalities also are doing more to become pedestrian-friendly. In Olympia, Washington, for example, sidewalks and planter strips are now required on every street. The city’s senior planner, Sophie Stimson, said, “Walking is a priority here.” A 2009 report from CEOs for Cities, “Walking the Walk,” said that houses located in walkable neighborhoods were worth more than similar houses in areas where walking was more difficult. “Above average” levels of walkability added a price premium of $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with “average” walkability in a typical metro area. Millennials show the most interest. The poll by the National Association of Realtors found that age group preferred walking over driving by 12 percentage points, a wider margin than any other generation. Millennials said that they wanted to live within walking distance of shops and restaurants, favored a short commute, and were most likely to use public transportation.Among all respondents, 77% said that being within an easy walk of community features like shops and parks was either very important or somewhat important (only 7% said that was not at all important); 85% said having sidewalks and places to take walks were very important or somewhat important. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Does Windows 8 Need Add-On Security Protection? And What Are Your Choices?


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Microsoft#security#web Lock image courtesy of Shutterstock. For example, both 360 and Norton Internet Security attempt to sniff out scams on social networking sites like Facebook. Widgets on Windows 8 allow users to control and manage their Norton installation. And though toolbars may be a (thankfully) thing of the past in the built-in IE10 browser, Norton is developing a custom, secured version of the IE browser with its own built-in protections, for users who want the extra security. Panda Security also announced its own security suite this week, which includes Panda Antivirus Pro 2013, Panda Internet Security 2013 and Panda Global Protection 2013. None of them seem particularly optimized for Windows 8, although they’re compatible with the new operating system.According to the company, the new suites offer a series of technological improvements:Better disinfection capabilitiesImproved on-access scanningA new operating system vulnerability disinfection systemA new built-in system to submit questions to technical supportA new password manager that protects users’ digital identity and allows them to store their credentials securely.According to the company, if consumers buy now, Panda will toss in an extra month on top of its annual subscription. Prices range from $40.99 for Panda AntiVirus Pro to $60.99 for Panda Internet Security 2013 to $71.99 for Panda Global Protection 2013. Kaspersky Lab, for its part, recently announced its Internet Security and Antivirus suite, which costs $79.95 for a year’s subscription to the former. In addition to improved performance, Kaspersky Interent Security includes Safe Money, a virtual keyboard to log into financial sites and avoid keyloggers that can sniff your hardware keyboard commands. markhachman Security vendors say add-on security products will be needed for Windows 8 – and they’re rolling out suites of solutions to enhance whatever Microsoft offers with its new operating system.According to Gerry Egan, a senior director of product management for the Security Technology and Response Group at security vendor Symantec, the new Windows 8 “Modern-UI”-style apps (formerly known as Metro) are sandboxed, or isolated from the rest of the system, as well as curated. But one of the “myths” of Windows 8 is that it’s more secure, because underneath the Metro interface lies the traditional desktop, Egan said.Security Vendors Say Windows 8 Still Needs Security HelpThat’s the standard line for most security vendors. For them, there’s no question that Windows 8 will require protection, no matter what improvements Microsoft has made.“[Microsoft has] minimal changes there,” Egan said. “They have SmartScreen [dialogues asking if a user wants to install new software] in more places; they’ve revamped the heap manager. But in our studies, most traditional malware runs there unchanged. [It] might be a little difficult to get at the system, but far from impossible.”“So, in that sense, the statement ‘Windows 8 is safer because it’s sandboxed is only partially true under certain circumstances,’” Egan said. “That’s our opinion, anyway.”Windows 8’s security enhancements include both the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), an improved version of the BIOS software that runs when a PC boots up, but one that requires modern hardware. Then an Early Load Anti Malware (ELAM) driver loads, which Egan said basically provides signature-level protection, the more traditional method of virus detection. (Most modern anti-malware now incorporates behavior-based heuristic detection and even reputation to sniff out new malware.)Neither approach can block social engineering attacks like phishing, which have become more and more common, Egan said. Naturally, social engineering is an area that Norton is focusing on. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Norton, Panda and Kaspersky Update Their Security SuitesSo although Symantec may or may not be able to sell security solutions for Windows RT devices, its traditional security solutions will be available for Windows 8, including Norton 360; Norton Internet Security, its “all-in-one” security suite; Norton Internet Security, which lacks the file backup and maintenance capabilities of Norton 360; and the stripped-down Norton AntiVirus solution, which protects the PC from malware.Norton 360 will cost $89.99 and Norton Internet Security will cost $79.99, both covering for a year’s subscription for three PCs. Norton AntiVirus will cost $39.99, but will cover a single PC for a year. All have been designed for Windows 8, Egan said.last_img read more

9 Must-Read Video Editing Articles (April 2015)


first_imgBetween NAB and news announcements, April was a great month for video editors. Here are 9 must-read video editing articles every video editor should read.April has been the busiest month all year for video editors. So, we thought it’d be helpful to share our 9 favorite video editing articles from April 2015. If you can think of any other must read articles, please share in the comments below.1. Life After ‘Life After Pi’: The VFX Industry One Year LaterIt’s been one year since the documentary ‘Life After Pi’ shed some light on the unsustainable state of the VFX industry. In this insightful post, Jonathan Paul gives us an in-depth analysis of the state of the VFX industry in 2015. The posts also outlines a few of the VFX companies that have shut their doors since the documentary was released.2. What if you forget to deactivate your Avid or Adobe cloud license? Both Avid and Adobe are distributed via digital download rather than physical copy. However, you can’t simply download and install the software on more than 2 machines at once. So, what are you supposed to do if you show up to edit on a new machine and you forgot to deactivate the software on your other computer? This insightful post from Pro Video Coalition tells us what to do.3. Essential Listening: 5 Inspiring Podcasts for Creatives Podcasts are a great way to feed your mind while editing without sound or doing motion graphics. Thankfully, there are a lot of good podcasts out there besides This American Life. Check out this list of 5 inspiring podcasts, exclusively curated for filmmakers and motion graphic designers.4. Video Editors Rejoice: Adobe Unveils Creative Cloud NextAdobe recently unveiled their 2015 update to their Creative Cloud video software. In this PremiumBeat post, we break down all of the new updates that video editors should get excited about. Notably, as a part of the update, the all-new Lumetri color panel will be included in Premiere Pro. After Effects users are also getting a new face tracker feature.5. Apple Updates FCPX with New Motion Graphics Features, Faster PerformanceApple also recently got a overhaul, and this post from No Film School outlines everything you need to know. The new FCPX template will include added 3D features to give editors the ability to create 3D text and objects directly in FCPX. Improved features in Motion will bring better shadows and lights.6. DaVinci Resolve 12 Has Powerful New Editing Features, Fusion 8 Coming for Mac & LinuxNot to be outdone, Blackmagic has unveiled a brand new version of DaVinci Resolve: Resolve 12. The program now includes multi-camera editing, improved color correction features, and an updated interface. The post also dives into new details surrounding the release of Fusion 8, which is coming to Mac and Linux users.7. Avid Announces a Free Version of Media ComposerIf you’ve always wanted to learn Avid, but have been afraid of the price tag, Avid has announced a free version of Media Composer. The inappropriately named Avid Media Composer First will have limited features, but for those interested in dipping their toes into Media Composer, this might be a good place to begin. Avid is claiming that their free version is very comparable to Premiere Pro and FCPX.8. After Effects Wishlist: 11 New Features AE NeedsAfter Effects is an awesome program, but it’s far from perfect. In this post from the After Effects template providers at RocketStock, we take a look at 11 ways in which AE is lacking. A few of them might surprise you.9. Will Apple’s FCPX Z-Depth Patent Revolutionize the Industry?Light field technology gives cameras the ability to record the distance with each pixel. Having the ability to manipulate this information in post is incredibly helpful – and some are arguing that it will change the entire industry as we know it. Apple just recently filed a patent for FCPX that will allow it to edit light field information and the implications are astounding.April is also that awesome month when a little event called NAB takes place in Vegas. If you haven’t seen all of the NAB news, here are 11 new gear announcements you should know about:SmallHD Unveils a Pocket-Sized Monitor/Viewfinder HybridCanon C300 Mark II: 15 Stops of Dynamic Range and MorePhantom 3: DJI’s Latest Drone Takes FlightDJI Releases the Ronin-M: lightweight and lower-pricedNAB 2015 Announcement: The Blackmagic URSA MiniThe Super16 RAW Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is Here!Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 12The Freefly ALTA Drone: A New Way to FlyNAB 2015 Announcements: News You Might Have MissedPanasonic Unveils the DVX200: A Pro All-In-One CamcorderThe 3DR Solo Smart Drone: So Easy a Monkey Can Use ItKnow of any other must read articles for video editors? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Slight intensity quake shakes Uttarakhand


first_imgA slight intensity earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale shook parts of Uttarakhand on December 28 evening.Epicentred in the hilly Chamoli district, the earthquake, the second this month, was felt in various parts of the state around 4.45 p.m., Met Office Director Vikram Singh said. It had a depth of 33 km which eliminates any possibility of damage to life and property, he said.An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale had shaken the whole of Uttarakhand on the night of December 6.The last one had its epicentre in Rudraprayag, another hilly district neighbouring Chamoli.last_img read more

JCA to Host ‘Customs Meets the Community’ Forum on March 11


first_imgJamaicans, especially members of the Diaspora, are invited to participate in the first in a series of ‘Customs meets the Community-the Diaspora Online Edition’ forum on Monday, March 11 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.The engagement is a Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) public education initiative designed to engage various stakeholders and clients on customs-related matters.The JCA’s Public Relations and Customer Service Director, LaDonna Manning, told JIS News that persons may participate via their electronic devices by logging onto any of the sites or social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) accessible at www.jacustoms.gov.jm, or through similar channels hosted by the Gleaner or Nationwide 90 FM.The session will be streamed live, thereby enabling persons to submit questions and have them answered immediately. Individuals can also tune in to the Jamaica News Network to watch the session.Panelists and resource persons slated to participate include representatives from the Ministries of Finance and the Public Service, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; National Education Trust; Health for life and Wellness Foundation; the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies; the Plant Quarantine Unit; the Veterinary Services Division; the Trade Board; and the JCA.Ms Manning said one of the initiative’s objectives is to provide a medium for stakeholder feedback.“We want to hear from them [about] the challenges that they might have, and also their recommendations as to how we, as an Agency, can serve them more effectively,” she pointed out.Ms. Manning indicated that the session will serve to inform, educate, and provide clarity on matters regarding charitable items being brought in, among other things.“Persons sometimes wish to send things to charities in Jamaica, but are unaware of the protocols. So this engagement should inform persons of the do’s and the don’ts,” she added.Ms. Manning further indicated that the session will inform members of the Diaspora wishing to return home, about the concessions available to them and the requisite steps to access these benefits.She assured that “persons can expect to leave the session better informed, better educated and much more comfortable doing business with the Agency”.“The JCA will continue to seek various ways to channel information to our customers, wherever they are, [and] to serve them as best we can, as we must continue to be customer-focused, transparent, professional and accountable,” Ms. Manning added.last_img read more