LOOK: Centuries-old Indian pole wrestling goes global

first_imgIn this Feb. 6, 2019, photo, players perform on a mallakhamb pole at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)MUMBAI, India — Is it gymnastics? Is it yoga? Is it even a sport?Picture a person climbing a coconut tree. Now imagine the person twisting, turning, rotating and practicing yoga postures, all while firmly gripping the tree with the thighs. Mallakhamb is this and more.ADVERTISEMENT Mallakhamb is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India, and its name comes from the words malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole.Now after centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship this weekend in the capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, where it first originated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn this Feb. 5, 2019, photo, a trainer helps Alfie Meeson of Newcastle, England, on a mallakhamb pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)Like yoga, the time has come for mallakhamb to be shared with people across the globe, said Uday Deshpande, director and secretary general of the Vishwa Mallakhamb Federation“Our goal is to inspire a new generation of sports fans who can experience the discipline, endurance and concentration required by this sport,” he said. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra To broaden its international appeal, it helps that the gravity-defying mallakhamb doesn’t require much money or equipment. With only a rope or a wooden pole, it is an activity compatible in a village playground as well as the neighborhood gym.In India, a country with some 800 million people living in poverty, that could be mallakhamb’s greatest strength.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Deshpande says the sport has gained an international audience owing partly to reality television shows such as India’s Got Talent where mallakhamb performers have won popularity. Cirque du Soleil’s show Bazzar also features a mallakhamb performance.In this Feb. 6, 2019, photo, Vikram Nadkarni, of Newcastle, England, performs a Mallakhamb pose on a pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)Participants from 15 countries, including the U.S. and Germany, will compete in the championship.In the evening, the historic Shivaji Park in Mumbai comes alive with mallakhamb players swirling around poles and on ropes, falling, only to get up and make another attempt.International players have started arriving to train. Delia Ceruti, 36, an aerialist and physical performer from Italy, has been practicing mornings and evenings under Deshpande.In this Feb 5, 2019, photo, a mallakhamb instructor Sachin Malekar, right, calms a child who made an unsuccessful attempt to climb the pole, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)“I am used to physically demanding activities but I am learning completely new techniques,” she said. 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Taxi driver run over by car – autopsy

first_imgBody found next to submerged carThe Corentyne, Berbice taxi driver, whose lifeless body was discovered a short distance away from his submerged car might have been run over by his own car.This view was arrived at after an autopsy was performed on the body of Lynsey Grant on Tuesday by Government Pathologist, Dr Vivakanand Bridgemohand.The grieving wife, Natasha Rambarose, being comforted by her brother, Michael RambaroseThe dead man’s brother-in-law, Michael Rambarose, who witnessed the autopsy and later spoke with the pathologist, explained that Grant also had several broken ribs.After revisiting the scene, Rambarose told Guyana Times that Grant might have hit a hump on the Lesbeholden Public Road while travelling at a fast rate and lost control of the vehicle which subsequently toppled.“The mirrors for the car were on the ground about thirty feet apart, this is from how the car was toppling, I presume.”Grant’s body was found next to the canal in which his car was submerged.“He did not go into the canal because there was no mud on his boots and a cushion that usually be in the car for his wife to sit on and drive was on the ground too. When the vehicle topple the cushion pitch out and like as the car keep toppling he pitched out too and the car rolled over him. That is why he had broken ribs and internal bleeding… His jaw was also in like he had a broken jaw,” the brother-in-law revealed.Dead: Lynsey GrantWhen Grant’s body was discovered, he was still wearing jewellery and had cash in his pockets. This dispelled rumours that he fell among robbers and his body was dumped.The body of the 39-year-old man of Lot 52 Adventure Public Road, Corentyne, was found on the parapet next to the canal on Monday.According to his wife, Natasha Rambarose, her husband was last seen at Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, at about 18:00h on Sunday and was expected to be home within an hour, but never turned up. This led to family members searching for Grant on Sunday evening and again on Monday.A farmer made the dreadful discovery on Monday morning.Natasha Rambarose described her husband as a very jovial person who was fond of the Indian culture.Grant had been operating his taxi along the Berbice-Georgetown route but had given that up to go into the construction field and also to operate in the Black Bush Polder as a taxi driver.However, over the past two months, Grant, who also plants cash crops at his Adventure home, returned to driving a taxi full-time.He leaves to mourn his wife of 14 years and his 12-year-old daughter.last_img read more

Kevin Durant gazes into his potential Chase Center future: ‘The possibilities’

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.Kevin Durant strolled across the dirt floor at Chase Center on Friday afternoon, his rented size-18 work boots slowing to a halt near a spot that approximated mid-court. Then the Warriors’ superstar forward looked toward the rafters, mouth agape, and contemplated his future.Durant signed a two-year, $61.5 million deal with Golden State this summer, but he carries a player option for the 2019-20 season. That option …last_img read more

Klay Thompson on his rehab and the changes to the Warriors offense

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — This is all new for Klay Thompson.Not just the shiny new arena along San Francisco Bay. Not just the residue from Kevin Durant’s departure. Not just the fact that he’ll be starting a season without Andre Iguodala or Shaun Livingston, but also that he’ll be starting the season on the shelf.Thompson, who has never missed more than 10 games in a season since his rookie year, is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the NBA Finals. Now, he’ll miss nearly a third of the season, …last_img read more

An overview of the history of South African art

first_imgSouth African art has always taken on the unique flavour of the country, from the 4 000-year-old cave paintings of the San Bushmen – the richest collection of rock art in Africa – to the homegrown conceptual art movement that sprang up as apartheid came to an end in the 1990s.(Image: Google Images)Brand South Africa reporterThe 4 000-year-old gallerySan Bushman rock painting in the Drakensberg range of mountains. (Image: Drakensberg Tourism)The San Bushmen, Africa’s oldest hunter-gatherers, lived in the massive Drakensberg range of mountains from 4 000 years ago until they were driven out by colonialists in the 19th century. Over that time, they created a vast body of art on the walls of caves and rock shelters – the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in sub-Saharan Africa.This rich collection prompted Unesco to inscribe the Drakensberg as a mixed natural and cultural world heritage site in 2000. The paintings, Unesco said, “represent the spiritual life of the San people” and are “outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject”.“The San people lived in the mountainous Drakensberg area for more than four millennia, leaving behind them a corpus of outstanding rock art, which throws much light on their way of life and their beliefs,” Unesco said.“The authenticity of the paintings, and their shelter and cave settings, as a reflection of the beliefs of the San peoples, are without question.”Colonial art‘Elephants Charging over Quartos Country’ by 19th century artist Thomas Baines (Image: Wikipedia)During the early colonial era, white South African artists tended to concentrate on depicting what they saw as a “new world”, in accurate detail. Artists such as Thomas Baines travelled the country recording its flora, fauna, people and landscapes – a form of reporting for those back in the metropolis.Towards the end of the 19th century, painters Jan Volschenk and Pieter Hugo Naude and the sculptor Anton van Wouw began to establish a locally rooted art. Their work – the first glimpse of an artistic vision that engaged with life as lived in South Africa – marked the moment the country began to acquire its own national identity, with the 1910 Union of South Africa marking the formal end of the colonial era.The 20th century and apartheid‘An extensive view of farmlands’ by 20th century South African artist Pierneef. (Image: Wikipedia)In the first decades of the 20th century, the Dutch-born painter JH Pierneef brought a coolly geometric sensibility to the South African landscape; he also, in a way that fed into Afrikaner nationalist ideology, found it bereft of human inhabitants.By the 1930s, two women artists, Maggie Laubscher and Irma Stern, brought the techniques and sensibilities of post-impressionism and expressionism to South African art. Their bold colour and composition, and highly personal point of view, rather scandalised those with old-fashioned concepts of acceptable art. Yet younger artists such as Gregoire Boonzaier, Maud Sumner and Moses Kottler were rejoicing in this new spirit of cosmopolitanism.Irma Stern Museum: www.irmastern.co.zaThe apartheid years (1948-1994) witnessed a great diversity in South African art – ranging from landscape painting to abstract art. There was engagement with European and American currents, but also a fiercely local sense of what it meant to be an artist in this country during troubled times.Inevitably, black artists were largely neglected. It was left to white artists, endowed with training, resources and supportive galleries, to build a corpus of South African art.After World War II, returning soldiers and some immigrants brought European ideas to the local art world. In the 1940s, Jean Welz, for instance, born in Austria in 1900, brought a detailed, nuanced and sophisticated style to still lifes, portraits, nudes and landscape paintings. Maurice van Essche, born in Belgium in 1906, applied the modernist techniques of his teacher Matisse to specifically African subject matter.Impact of African forms‘Mantis Man’ by 20th century South African artist Walter Battiss. (Image: Wikipedia)Meanwhile, African forms themselves began to have an impact on the work of white artists. An awareness of art forms ranging from those of the ancient Egyptians to San Bushman rock art increasingly influenced South African artists from the 1950s onwards.Walter Battiss, for one, had developed an interest in rock art long before he became an artist in the 1930s. Until his death in 1982, Battiss returned repeatedly to the motifs and styles of San rock art. In Symbols of Life (1967), for instance, San-type figures and patterns become stylised into a kind of symbolic alphabet.Walter Battiss: walterbattiss.co.zaOther artists found different ways of interacting with the visual stimuli of Africa, whether by adapting its outward forms or finding ways to incorporate its textures into the work.Alexis Preller, for instance, created fantastically detailed canvases influenced by the European surrealists of the 1920s and 1930s. Beginning in the late 1940s, Preller painted African scenes and themes such as The Kraal and Hieratic Women, but these were not realistic portraits of African life: instead, they were reinvented by Preller’s startling visual imagination.Cecil Skotnes, by contrast, took a leaf from Picasso’s book – the European art revolution instigated by the great Spaniard had, in part, been generated by his appreciation of African masks. Skotnes became South Africa’s master of the woodcut, bringing European modernism into fruitful collision with African styles.Meanwhile, a host of white artists were engaging with the South African landscape in interesting ways – though such formalism was increasingly criticised during the struggle against apartheid for its detachment from the political situation.Emerging black artists‘Song of the Pick’ by 20th century South African artist Gerard Sekoto. (Image: Wikipedia)By contrast, black artists such as Gerard Sekoto and George Pemba concentrated on depicting their realities and environments in a direct, though forcefully expressionist, manner.From the 1930s onward, Sekoto portrayed urban African life in places such as Sophiatown and District Six, vital and tumultuous hotspots of an emerging though unacknowledged black culture.In Sekoto’s works of the early 1940s, such as Street Scene, bustling African figures are placed in the context of their often denuded environment, while Yellow Houses (the first work by a black artist bought by the Johannesburg Art Gallery), reduces the human presence, focusing instead on the environment itself. In Song of the Pick, naturalism gives way to severe stylisation: a rank of workers wield picks in unison, forming a powerful image of African labour; a white overseer’s figure is dwarfed, even threatened, by this phalanx of diggers.In 1947, Sekoto left for Paris. Illness and intermittent impoverishment meant that his work never again reached the heights it had in South Africa.George Pemba, by contrast, stayed in the township of Motherwell near Port Elizabeth, living into his 90s and patiently continuing to paint despite the lack of public acclaim. His often naively styled work focused on the simple lives of poor black people, humbly and sometimes humorously evincing their fundamental humanity, though he also treated themes such as the story of the Xhosa prophetess Nongqawuse of the 19th century.Increasingly, and inevitably, black artists began to give voice to a political sensibility that left behind the realist depiction of township life. Lack of resources meant that many had to rely on media other than oil-painting, but making a virtue of necessity gave added force to their work. Dumile Feni (known as Dumile), for instance, became a master of drawing, often in ballpoint pen.Dumile’s sense of anger and despair fed into work of extraordinary power; his distorted figures seemed to have been physically deformed by the very forces of society. Called “the Goya of the townships”, he painted his own version of Picasso’s Guernica, a cry of pain at human suffering. Dumile went into exile in 1968 and died in New York in 1991.Black artists such as Azaria Mbatha and John Muafangejo also made striking use of the accessible and relatively cheap medium of the linocut. In the 1980s and 1990s, artists such as William Zulu, Vuyile Cameron Voyifwa, Cyprian Shilakoe and others extended linocut work into what has become practically a subgenre of its own.Gerard Sekoto Foundation: www.gerardsekotofoundation.com George Pemba: www.georgepemba.co.zaDistrict Six Museum: www.districtsix.co.zaDumile Feni: www.dumile.org.zaThe outsiders’ view‘The Rice Lady’ by Vladimir Tretchikoff. (Image: Wikipedia)Meanwhile, the idiosyncratic Jackson Hlungwane, discovered by the mainstream community only late in his life, produced a vast body of sculpture in wood and built environments expressing his own highly individual religious world. It contains a multitude of creatures both mythical and real, as well as a large cast of characters.In this he has something in common with another “outsider artist”, Helen Martins, who obsessively peopled her small-town home – known as the Owl House – with sculptures of concrete and found objects, up to her suicide in 1976.Yet South Africa’s most successful “outsider” artist is perhaps the Russian emigre Vladimir Tretchikoff, who developed a distinctive style in which arch sentimentality was rendered with virtuoso formal exactitude.Tretchikoff had considerable commercial acumen, turning paintings such as The Dying Swan and Chinese Girl (also known informally as The Blue Lady) into prints and selling millions around the world. To the post-modern eye, Tretchikoff’s work, long scoffed at as the peak of kitsch, now has a distinctive ironic charm.From the 1960s on, many South African artists responded to developments in American and British art. The severe yet sensual work of Cecily Sash showed the impact of post-painterly abstraction and later “op art”; the playful surfaces of Helmut Starke and Kevin Atkinson opened the dialogue with pop art.A wide range of styles and modes were now available to South African artists, and the likes of Judith Mason and Andrew Verster extended the traditions of oil painting into personal expressions of life, society and the world around them.Apartheid in crisis: 1970s and 1980s‘The Conservationists Ball’ by William Kentridge. (Image: Wikipedia)As the apartheid state became more repressive in the 1970s and 1980s, many artists faced the harsh realities of South African life, sometimes obliquely, sometimes head-on.In the early 1980s, for instance, Paul Stopforth made a series of works dealing with police torture – the cause of the death of resistance heroes such as Bantu Steve Biko. And Robert Hodgins satirised figures of power in paintings that turned leaders into sinister but laughable echoes of Alfred Jarry’s mad king Ubu.In paintings, lithographs and sculpture, Norman Catherine developed the playful sensibilities of Walter Battiss into a disturbing private menagerie of threatening and threatened theriomorphs and larger-than-life human figures.The crowded collages, pastels and charcoals of Helen Sebidi spoke of the struggle of human life; her figures seem to battle upwards, towards the picture plane, as though they were drowning.William Kentridge used expressionist drawings and highly developed personal metaphors, symbols and characters to expose the hypocrisies and ironies of white South African life. More recently, he has employed his powerful drawing technique in “animated” films and installations, and the set design of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.Penny Siopis tackled femininity and history in dense, allusive paintings, and in installations, photographs and other conceptual works.In the 1980s, “resistance art” was increasingly recognised as a genre of expression directed at the white elite’s oppressive exercise of power. For example, trade union posters and T-shirts used imagery that had something in common with the Russian constructivists as well as African art. And anonymous artists placed images of state violence (or bewildering dream reflections) at traffic intersections.Judith Mason: www.judithmason.comSteve Biko Foundation: www.sbf.org.zaNorman Catharine: www.normancatherine.co.zaWilliam Kentridge – Art21 Feature: www.pbs.org/art21/artists/william-kentridgeConceptual art of the 1990s‘The Butcher Boys’ by Jane Alexander. (Image: Flickr)Conceptual art in South Africa seemed to come into its own in the 1990s. Events such as the two Johannesburg Biennales (1995 and 1997) contributed to a new dialogue between local artists and currents from other countries. Media such as video, performance and installation took the place of painting.Jeremy Wafer, for instance, used photography, earth, and fibreglass sculpture to tackle issues such as borders and boundaries.The complex installations of Sue Williamson used found and reworked materials to speak of memory and history. Sandile Zulu made paintings out of the unpredictable marks of fire on surfaces, or created sculptural tableaux from natural materials.Even refuse was turned into suggestive assemblages and collages by Moshekwa Langa. Steven Cohen made drag into a form of sculpture-performance that addressed identity and marginality, while Kendell Geers interrogated the very process of artmaking itself.Other artists put a conceptual spin on traditional artforms: Jane Alexander, for example, took sculpture into new realms with disturbing figures that place the human form in extremis or subject it to frightening transformations, while Jo Ractliffe worked with photography to investigate personal and familial memory, death, decay and love. Hentie van der Merwe also used photographs, taken or found, to talk about the body in an age of HIV/Aids.Kendell Geers: kendellgeers.comCrafts: the reinvention of traditionAn example of traditional Ndebele beadwork. (Image: Wikipedia)While the “high art” continues to blossom in South Africa, the market for crafts has expanded to include every possible form of traditional artwork.There is a host of work in traditional media on the market. Artists are constantly developing the repertoire of African crafts – from intricate and near life-size beaded wire sculpture to tableware, ornaments and embroidered cloth, to stunning costume jewellery, welded cast-iron objects, folk painting and more.At the same time, the status of the traditionally anonymous maker of craft works is changing: “folk art” has made inroads into “high art”. For example, in the 1990s the work of late ceramicist Bonnie Ntshalintshali went well beyond the confines of traditional African pottery, yet her exquisite creations could conceivably still be used at the dinner table.The Ndebele tradition of house-painting exploded with the advent of commercial paints, giving rise to artists such as Esther Mahlangu, whose adaptations of the highly coloured geometric designs adorned everything from cars to aeroplanes.Notwithstanding the appearance of celebrity “folk artists”, ordinary craft continues to thrive – the main examples being beadwork, pottery, basketry and wooden carving.*Images updated November 2017Source: Wikipedia, Art Times website, Art Africa magazineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Top stories of 2018: No. 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two fires, a Fayette County hog farm and the beloved Darke County Fair hog barn were lost this yearTwo of the year’s top stories involve unfortunate hog barn fires — a commercial facility in Fayette County and a revered old building at the Darke County Fair. Approximately 5,000 hogs were killed in the Fayette County fire and the memories, architecture and history of the grand, old building at the Darke County fair is not replaceable.last_img read more

What Does It Take to Join a Motion Picture Industry Guild?

first_imgWhat’s required to join the major motion picture industry guilds? What are the benefits? Here’s what you need to know.Top image via Marvel Studios: DGA members Joe and Anthony Russo on the set of Captain America: Civil WarSince the industrial revolution, workers around the world have joined forces to form unions in order to “achieve certain goals” or standards for the workplace. Many of the unions of the motion picture industry are called guilds. While there are a host of similarities between labor unions and guilds (such as employee rights, grievances, benefits, and wages), there are also stark contrasts.Unlike labor unions, guilds have great influence — or rather, control — over the longterm careers of their members. This is done through various required qualifications, as well as ongoing professional experience in order to continue to be licensed. Let’s take a look at a few of the major motion picture industry guilds and see what they offer and require of their members.Directors Guild of AmericaImage via Amblin Entertainment: Lincoln, directed by DGA member Steven SpielbergThe guild for motion picture industry directors (both film and television) is the Directors Guild of America. This however isn’t the only directors union. There is also a Directors Guild of Canada and the Directors Guild of Great Britain. The DGA includes directors, assistant directors, unit production managers, associate directors, stage managers, and production associates.Labor organization that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, documentaries, news, sports and new media. – DGA WebsiteBenefits and DrawbacksThere are many benefits and potential drawbacks to joining the DGA. But the way in which the guild works for you begins with simple economics. As a member of the DGA, you are guaranteed minimum compensation and benefits through negotiated collective bargaining agreements which allow the DGA to “address changes in the industry.” Additional basic compensation that the DGA offers its members: health insurance after “requisite minimum earnings” and a pension plan for retirement. The guild also negotiates residuals (payments) from television reruns, basic cable exhibition, home video, and digital exploitation.Image via Warner Bros: The Aviator, directed by DGA member Martin ScorseseBeyond the economics, the DGA offers its members creative rights, ensuring that directors retain active participation in all aspects of the filmmaking process. These include the rule of one director to a film (though there are ways of obtaining a waiver for this), the right to choose the first AD, the right to engage with casting decisions, the right to direct all reshoots, giving directors a specific period of time to develop a first cut without interference, and legal representation.Requirements:Deal Memo or Commercial Project Listing FormCouncil Application ApprovalEndorsement from Three DGA MembersDGA Initiation Fees and Quarterly Dues (Follow the Link and Click “Dues”)One area where the DGA has really stepped up its game: content on YouTube. The official channel for the DGA is an amazing resource for professional and independent directors. There’s an amazing wealth of knowledge with each one of these videos as you’ll see below (via Directors Guild of America). This goes directly back to one of the main purposes of the guild: educating its members. Producers Guild of AmericaImage via Miramax: No Country for Old Men, produced by PGA member Scott RudinThe Producers Guild of America represents producers in the television, film, and new media industry within the United States. The PGA, as it exists today, was formed in 1962 when the Screen Producers Guild and the Television Producers Guild merged. Since this time, the Guild has grown to roughly over 7,000 members in every segment of the motion picture industry.The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. – PGA WebsiteBenefits and DrawbacksMuch like the Directors Guild of America, the PGA helps its members with networking, staffing, and employment opportunities. The guild also provides its members self-pay health coverage or employer-paid dental and medical, as well as retirement plans. There are also several other economic advantages such as discounted registration to conferences, seminars and access to the PGA Weekly Email Newsletters, which lists job postings for members.Image via Columbia Pictures: Lawrence of Arabia, produced by PGA member Sam SpiegelBeyond economic benefits, the PGA offers its members on-going educational opportunities, multitiered mentoring programs, and member-exclusive video content. The PGA also aids its members by providing complimentary screeners for award consideration. If a film is selected for an award, the PGA offers its members “free admittance (when available)” to theaters as well as discounts on car rentals, hotels, events, etc.Requirements:No Less than Two (2) Feature Film ProductionsNo Less than Five (5) Short Film ProductionsNo Less than Two (2) Long-Form Television ProductionsNo Less than Thirteen (13) Episodes of “Episodic” Televsion ProductionsReference from One (1) PGA Member, and Two (2) Additional Industry ReferencesApplication Fees – Producers Council ($1,170), AP Council ($595), New Media Council ($595)Annual Dues – Producers Council ($395), AP Council ($195), New Media Council ($195)*View all requirements on the PGA Website.The PGA offers a wide variety of video content through its official YouTube channel. These videos offer incredible insight into joining the guild as well as information from working producers. Check out the video below where members of the PGA discuss how to manage 4K technology. Motion Picture Editors GuildImage via Miramax: Gangs of New York, edited by MPEG Member Thelma SchoonmakerThe Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) is a Union Local 700 for post-production professionals. It is affiliated with the national labor organization International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. As of 2016, MPEG currently represents “7,300 freelance and staff post-production professionals.” It is considered to be the preeminent guild for promoting excellence and professionalism in the post-production industry. Just as the DGA and PGA provide their members with a wide variety of incentives and benefits, the MPEG does the same for its members. Let’s take a look at these incentives.The requirements to become a member of the Guild and placed on our Industry Experience Roster ensures the highest level of professionalism. – MPEG WebsiteBenefits and DrawbacksAs an affiliate of the IATSE, the Motion Pictures Editors Guild works to ensure that its members are receiving fair wages for work produced. Through their website, members and nonmembers can select a production type and a classification to gain access to all necessary provision information, wage rates, holidays, plus a downloadable contract. In addition to this, the MPEG offers its members Motion Picture Health and Welfare plans, as well as retirement and pension plans.Image via Paramount Pictures: Raiders of the Lost Ark, edited by MPEG Member Michael KahnBeyond the benefits listed above, the guild also offers its members access to a wide range of continuing education courses. These training courses take place at participating facilities. While there are fees to attend such courses, “many of the facilities waive the cost entirely.” MPEG also offers post-production practice facilities for its members to gain experience on the latest industry software and equipment. In addition to this, the guild provides access to quarterly magazine CineMontage, private screenings, bi-monthly mixers and annual events, as well as eligibility to join the First Entertainment Credit Union and the Actors Federal Credit Union.Requirements:175 Days of Non-Union Work in last Three (3) YearsWork Must Have Been Performed in the United StatesIndustrial and Educational Films are NOT CoveredTurn Initial Paperwork into CSATFAttend Orientation MeetingSubmit Initiation FeesSubmit Final Paperwork to CSATF*Two sets of requirements: one is for working with employers on the West Coast, the other is for working on the East Coast.While the MPEG isn’t as prolific about video content as the PGA and DGA, it does have a helpful informational video presentation. In the video below (via Motion Picture Editors Guild), MPEG members run through the benefits of joining the guild.center_img International Cinematographers Guild vs. The American Society of CinematographersImage via 20th Century Fox: The Revenant, shot by ASC Member Emmanuel LubezkiFor cinematographers, there are two potential membership opportunities. While one is strictly geared toward union rights, the other is a society which is an “educational, cultural, and professional organization.” The first is the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 which, just like the Motion Picture Editors Guild, is affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The second group is known as the American Society of Cinematographers.Advancing the art and science of cinematography and bringing cinematographers together to exchange ideas, discuss techniques and promote the motion picture as an art form — a mission that continues today. – ASC WebsiteBenefits and DrawbacksBetween these two organizations, it’s really broken down between representation and education. The ICG Local 600 provides its members with medical, dental, pension, and retirement. The ASC is more of a cultural and educational organization dedicated to advancing the art of cinematography. It is a very exclusive organization with only 350 active members, and 800 total members since its founding in 1919.Image via The Weinstein Company: Inglourious Basterds, shot by ASC Member Robert RichardsonThe International Cinematographers Guild provides its members with a wide range of wage rates and contracts as well as safety protocols and contact information. The ASC provides cinematographers with a wide variety of master classes to educate professional cinematographers on evolving filmmaking technology. In addition to these master classes,  the ASC and ICG offer an amazing magazine subscription for both members and nonmembers.Requirements (ICG):Indicate ClassificationRead the Membership BookletRead the Roster Placement Letter (Western Region)Send Resume and Letter of IntentICG Initiation Fees Estimated ($5000 – $10,000)ICG Annual Dues Estimated ($1000 + 1% of Income)Requirements (ASC):Membership is by Invitation OnlyThree Active or Retired Members Must Submit ProposalWorked as a Professional DP for Five (5) of Eight (8) YearsWork Most be Deemed Worthy of AcceptanceInterview with Membership CommitteeSubmission of Sample ReelOddly enough, neither the ICG or the ASC have any real presence on YouTube or Vimeo. However, there are countless videos on each platform that offer incredible insight from members of both organizations.Are you interested in joining a guild? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.last_img read more

Previous Congress government in Haryana created “obstacles” and “delayed” projects, alleges Modi

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the completion of the much-delayed Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, more than 12 years after the work started on January 31, 2006, presented contrasting pictures of the work culture of the Bharatiya Janata Party governments and the functioning of the previous government.He added that his government was working towards an integrated infrastructure system involving roadways, railways, waterways and i-ways to meet the needs of the 21st century.Mr. Modi was addressing “Jan Vikas Rally” at Sultanpur village here to mark the opening of 83km Kundli-Manesar section of the Western Peripheral Expressway or KMP Expressway. The 53 km-long Manesar-Palwal section was thrown open two years ago.Mr. Modi also inaugurated the Mujesar-Ballabhgarh metro link via video conferencing and flagged off the first train on the route.In a scathing attack on then Congress government, Mr. Modi said the culture of the previous government to mislead and cause delays had inflicted huge losses to the nation.Unsafe, says Cong.Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala, however, accused the BJP governments of opening the Kundli-Manesar section of the expressway without “completion certificate” and putting the lives of the commuters at risk.The Haryana government denied the charges.PTI adds…Addressing a public gathering in Sultanpur later, Mr. Modi said that with the inauguration of the KMP project, Ballabhgarh-Mujesar rail link and the foundation stone for the skill varsity being laid, Haryana had taken one more step towards all-round development. “Today is important for Haryana.”With the inauguration of the Kundli-Manesar section, the entire 135 km stretch of the KMP had been completed. The occasion was to remember two pictures — one, when a work was done and completed with determination which, he said, was reflective of his government; and the second one showed and reminded people of how work was done during the previous regime.“That picture reminds us that work on this expressway had been going on for 12 years…This project should have been completed 8-9 years ago, but it did not happen,” he said.“Atkana, bhatkana aur latkana wale sanskriti mein [the culture of creating obstacles, misguiding and delaying]… Haryana ka, janta ka kitna nuksan kiya hai  [caused loss to the people],” he said.The KMP project was to be completed much earlier and used during the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, but that did not happen. The cost had escalated manifold from Rs. 1,200 crore earlier, he noted.While the KMP Expressway and the metro rail link projects would help in bringing revolution in connectivity, the university would empower youth at the same time.Mr. Modi said that when the NDA government came to power, he himself held meetings pertaining to this project and did regular follow-ups with the present Haryana government.Inaugrations from Sultanpur villageThe Prime Minister, on arriving at Sultanpur village in Gurugram district, went around a visual art exhibition pertaining to the KMP project and briefed by officials.The inaugurations and foundation-laying functions were done by the Prime Minister through remote from Sultanpur.Mr. Modi was accompanied by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Ministers Birender Singh and Rao Inderjit Singh, who is also the Gurugram MP. Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya was also present.A sum of Rs 6,400 crore haD been spent on the expressway project and 3,846 acres were acquired at a cost of Rs 2,788 crore, a Haryana government spokesperson said.The length of the stretch from Kundli to Manesar is over 83 km. This stretch has 14 major or minor bridges, 56 underpass or agricultural vehicular underpasses, seven intersections and seven toll plazas.The expressway will decongest the road traffic from Delhi, especially reducing the number of trucks entering the national capital, helping reduce the pollution.Besides, the project will also provide high-speed link between northern Haryana and southern districts and provide uninterrupted high-speed link for traffic, especially commercial traffic, from Haryana to the neighbouring States.last_img read more

Indian hockey eves thrash Malaysia in Asiad opener

first_imgIndian eves started their campaign in style in the hockey event of the 16th Asian Games, thrashing lowly Malaysia 4-0 in their opening Group A match in Guangzhou on Saturday.India were by far the better side on display under lights at the Aoti hockey field on Saturday evening as they controlled the game during the entire 70 minutes and pumped in four field goals to start their campaign on a winning note.Thokchom Chanchan Devi opened the scoring for India in the 26th minute from a field strike but that was all that coach Sandeep Somesh’s girls could manage in the opening period.However, after the change of ends it was a different story as Deepika doubled India’s lead in the 43rd minute and then after 10 minutes Rani Rampal made it 3-0.Captain Surinder Kaur too registered her name in the scoresheet, scoring India’s fourth goal just three minutes from the hooter in the one-sided affair.India will face Japan in their next group match on November 16.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Broadcasting Ban on TV’s “E” for Racist Comments against Antetokounmpo

first_imgThe Greek National Council for Radio and Television (ESR) imposed on TV channel “E” a 24-hour broadcasting ban scheduled for January 10, 2019, it was announced on Tuesday, as penalty for the offensive comments made by Dimitris Tsoukalas during his show in relation to basketball player Thanassis Antetokounmpo.E channel is also made to pay 30,000 euros for broadcasting racist statements and low-quality programming. The ESR took into consideration when determining the fine the remorse shown by the channel and the fact that the program in question has already been discontinued, both of which were seen as mitigating factors.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more