Thursday, December 22, 2005

At the Luncheon, Who Picks Up the Award For Endangering the Theatrical Experience? A Woman With a Screaming Baby in Her Arms?

From the Hollywood Reporter:

The American Film Institute unveiled Wednesday the year's AFI Moments of Significance. The six issues or events were selected for having the greatest impact on the world of the moving image in 2005.

The Moments of Significance, which were chosen by a 13-person jury consisting of scholars, artists, critics and AFI trustees, included:

-- The growing trend of media consolidation, including the sale of MGM and DreamWorks to larger corporations.

-- The artistic reactions to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as evidenced on television's 24, Sleeper Cell, Rescue 9/11 and Battlestar Galactica and film's War of the Worlds and Good Night, and Good Luck, among others.

-- Amid an industrywide boxoffice slump, the theatrical experience is in danger.

-- TV content migrated to multiple screen platforms, including video iPods and cell phone-ready TV episodes.

-- The impact of the televised images of Hurricane Katrina.

-- America Online's coverage of the multicity Live 8 concert proved a seismic moment in global access to live events.

AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the honorees at a luncheon January 13th at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

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