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Monday, February 16, 2015

Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2015 Reviews

The Movie Report

Pan African Film & Arts Festival

  • City of Dust ** 1/2
  • Cold Harbour *** Q&A video with Shane Daly, February 15, 2015
  • CRU *** Q&A video with Alton Glass, Keith Robinson, Antwon Tanner, Steven Williams, Diandra Lyle, Greg Davis Jr., Alton Weaver II, Kevin Welbeck, and Cheryl Francis Harrington, February 7, 2015
  • Devil in the Detail *** 1/2
  • The Diary of Imogen Brown **
  • Forgiveness ** 1/2 Q&A video with Hakim Khalfani, Keith Smith, and Daniel Mason, February 11, 2015
  • In the Morning *** 1/2 Q&A video with Nefertite Nguvu and Kim Hill, February 8, 2015
  • Invasion 1897: The Deposition of the Last King of Africa *** Q&A video with Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun and Mike Omoregbe, February 14, 2015
  • Rasin Mwen (My Roots) *** Q&A video with Robinson Vil, February 8, 2015
  • Skinned ** 1/2 Q&A video with LisaRaye McCoy, Jasmine Burke, Van Vicker, Dr. Clarice Kulah, Sharon Tomlinson, Queen Blessing Odegua Itua, Lotten Yeaney, and Cameron Miller, February 7, 2015
  • Sunshine, Noodles and Me *** Q&A video with Cheryl Ash-Simpson, Joyce Fitzpatrick, Brian Shackelford, and Ken Montgomery, February 14, 2015
  • Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions ** 1/2 Q&A video with Praheme and performance by Young Prince Charles, February 14, 2015
  • Vigilante: The Crossing ** 1/2 Q&A video with Marcia Weekes, David Weekes, Kirk Brown, and Malissa Alanna, February 6, 2015

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

F3PR: Bill Campbell to receive 2015 NATO Marquee Award at CinemaCon

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PRESS RELEASE


CINEMA BUYING GROUP’S BILL CAMPBELL
TO RECEIVE 2015 NATO MARQUEE AWARD
AT CINEMACON®


WASHINGTON D.C. (February 4, 2015) – The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) will honor Bill Campbell, Managing Director of the Cinema Buying Group (CBG) and second generation theatre owner of Orpheum Theatre, Inc. in Sheridan, Wyoming, when they present him with the 2015 NATO Marquee Award during this year’s CinemaCon, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon , the official convention of NATO, will be held April 20-23, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Campbell is being singled out by NATO for his unequalled dedication, commitment and service to the motion picture theatre industry. He will receive his industry tribute as part of CinemaCon 's "State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future" presentation on Tuesday morning, April 21.

"Bill Campbell personifies the best aspects of volunteerism. A busy and committed family man and small business operator, Bill nonetheless finds time to lead independent exhibitors through his management of NATO''s Cinema Buying Group,” noted John Fithian, President and CEO of NATO. “Bill helped hundreds of theater owners survive the digital transition and, by extension, preserved movie-going in small towns all across America. He is now leading independent exhibitors through new programs at the CBG. His positive impact on this industry will be felt for decades to come.”

Bill Campbell was born in the movie business where his father, Ross Campbell, was a lifelong exhibitor and active member in many of the industry trade associations. With the theatre business being the only full time job he has ever known Campbell began his apprenticeship at the age of eight, popping popcorn in the basement of the WYO Theatre in Sheridan, WY and continued learning about the business throughout his childhood. He earned a BS in Business from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, while working evenings and weekends as a manager for Theatre Operators, Inc. After graduation he returned to his hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming to take over the family business, Orpheum Theatre, Inc. which currently has seven screens in two locations. In receiving the 2015 NATO Marquee Award, Bill Campbell and his father Ross become the first father-son exhibition executives to receive the industry’s top award.

As Managing Director of NATO’s Cinema Buying Group since 2009, Bill has crisscrossed the country meeting with small-town theater owners, studio executives and equipment manufacturers. But more impressive than the number of frequent flyer miles Bill has racked up are the number of independent theaters that have converted to digital cinema under the CBG program. Two hundred twenty-one companies comprising 457 theaters and 2998 screens have made the leap into exhibition’s future. An untold number of moviegoers in small towns and cities across the country will continue to enjoy movies on the big screen because of Bill’s efforts. In addition Campbell is active in his regional NATO, first Colorado/Wyoming NATO and now Rocky Mountain NATO. He has also been the chairman of the Independent Theater Owners Committee for National NATO.

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -- from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas -- all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 32,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 81 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

Additional information on CinemaCon can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

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