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Spacewar! - 1st Video Game & More at the Museum of the Moving Image

Spacewar! - 1st Video Game

While a medium that is veritably in its infancy, video games have simultaneously undergone much change and yet remained very much the same. What has undeniably undergone the most change is how we play our games.

Most people look to Pong as the first major debut of video games, a communal experience that set the tone of gaming as grounded in arcades, before things shifted to home console, and home consoles shifted to personal tablets and smart phone games.  But what many people don’t realize is that video games had a far more humble beginning 50 years ago.

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Mr. Tastee Has Been Found on the Satellite of Love: Cinefamily's Everything is Festival III

cinefamily pete posterCinefamily’s Everything is Festival III: The Domnation (August 19 - 28, 2012) in Los Angeles (various locations) is “the world’s greatest (and only) gonzo convention for found footage collectors, alternative comedy, and experimental artists.“ A strange assembly of bizzarre amateure films, lost odities, and a few appearances from some 90's paragons of pop-culture.

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EditFest 2012 Assembles in NYC

EFNY2012FRONTPAGENEW2On June 8th and 9th, EditFest 2012 -- scheduled at the DGA Theater (110 West 57th Street) -- brings some of the movie world's finest editors to New York City. Editors for hit movies and TV shows will be assembled to give informative panels and Q&A sessions on the world of editing.

EditFest includes editors that have worked on: 

  • The Avengers
  • Moneyball
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Network
  • Treme
  • Bully
  • Smash 

Michael Berenbaum, A.C.E., moderator for this year's EditFest NY says, "EditFest NY is a great venue for editors, professional and novice, to share stories and trade secrets from real world work situations. I love the opportunity to hang out with old friends and meet new ones." 

Panelists and participants include:

  • Alan Heim (All That Jazz, Network, The Notebook)
  • Alexander Hall (Treme, Blue Bloods, The Messenger
  • Arielle Amsalem (By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, The Education of Dee Dee Ricks)
  • Brian Kates (The Savages, Taking Chance)
  • Camilla Toniolo (Smash, Mildred Pierce, I Don't Know How She Does It)
  • Christopher Tellefsen (Moneyball, Capote)
  • David Tedeschi (George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Shine a Light)
  • Jeffrey Ford (The Avengers, Crazy Heart)

And if you want more or missed this EditFest, there will be another in Los Angeles -- Edit Fest LA, August 3 - 4, 2012, at Universal Studios (100 Universal City Plaza) in Universal City, CA, 91608.

To learn more buy tickets and get the full schedule, go to:

EditFest NY
June 8 - 9, 2012

DGA Theater 
110 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

World Science Festival 2012 in NYC

Icarus_at_the_Edge_of_TimeFrom May 30 to June 3, 2012, New York City will become a gigantic playground and monument to science.

The World Science Festival was launched in 2008 by the Science Festival Foundation whose mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

Kicking off the festival is the multimedia event, Icarus at the Edge of Time at the United Palace Theater (4140 Broadway). Part movie, part concert, the film is accompanied by a live orchestra performing an original score by Philip Glass and live narration by LeVar Burton (yes, of Star Trek: TNG and Reading Rainbow fame). Based on the children’s book by physicist Brian GreeneIcarus is about a young boy’s journey into a black hole.

Celebrating man’s scientific endeavor to alchemize rotting grains into liquid gold Cheers to Science! A Drinkable Feast of Beer, Biotechnology and Archaeology examines the science and history behind beer.

Being held at the La Scuola Grande & La Birreria at Eataly (NYC’s colossal temple to Italian cooking at 11 West 23 Street), biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern and pioneering brewmaster Sam Calagione explore ancient ales from around the world and retrace their journey to Italy to reconstruct an Etruscan fermented beverage circa 800 to 700 BC. The event is followed by a tasting of a recreation of this ancient ale on Eataly’s rooftop.

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