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'Memoirs of a Geisha' Tops Cinematographers Awards

2006 American Society of Cinematographers winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 26, 2006.

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
* Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS for Memoirs of a Geisha
Robert Elswit, ASC for Good Night and Good Luck.
Andrew Lesnie, ASC, ACS for King Kong
Wally Pfister, ASC for Batman Begins
Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC for Brokeback Mountain

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in TV movie/miniseries/pilot
Alan Caso, ASC for Into the West/"Wheel to the Stars" (TNT)
Thomas A. Del Ruth, ASC for Code Breakers (ESPN)
* Robbie Greenberg, ASC for Warm Springs (HBO)
Jan Kiesser, ASC, CSC for Reefer Madness (Showtime)
Bill Roe, ASC for Faith of My Fathers (A&E)

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Television Series (one episode)
John Aronson for "Freefall"/Without a Trace (CBS)
* Nathan Hope for "Who Shot Sherlock?"/CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
Jeffrey Jur, ASC for "Los Moscos"/Carnivale (HBO)
John C. Newby, ASC for "Everything Old is You Again"/LAS VEGAS (NBC)
Glen Winter, CSC for "Sacred"/Smallville (The WB)

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Kline
ASC Board of Governors Award: Sydney Pollack
ASC International Award: Gilbert Taylor
ASC Award of Distinction: Frederick Wiseman
ASC President Award: Woody Omens


American Society of Cinematographers website.

Tampere Short Film Festival

Now in its 36th year, the Tampere International Short Film Festivalcontinues its open-minded exploration of Planet Earth. This years Festival had a record number of entries. More and more short films are produced around the world. Filmmaking is much cheaper and easier than it used to be. But of course it doesnt mean that making a good film is any easier than before, says Festival Director Jukka-Pekka Laakso.

This years program includes films dealing with the confrontation between Islam and Christian/secular cultures, such as Lieber Muslim (2005), which revolves around a young Chechen boy, and Zeina Durras American narrative short Seventh Dog (2005), a black comedy depicting the tragicomic life of two Arabs in New York City. "When we chose the themes a year ago, says Laakso, we didnt know just how highly topical this issue would be.

Theres also a focus on Brazilian films, including the screening of a 1929 rarity called São Paulo, Sinfonia da Metrópole, directed by Adalberto Kemeny and Rudolf Rex Lustig, and which was inspired by Walter Ruttmanns 1927 film Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt / Berlin, Symphony of a Great City.

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