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Ben Fong-Torres on getting old, on 'American Idol' getting mean, and on Johnny Carson.
Well, that was interesting.
I turned 60 the other day, and nothing seems different. What changes thereve been the various aches and pains, the thinning hair, the widening waistline began years ago.
Friends and family asked how it felt to be turning 60 as if they didnt know, or wouldnt know soon enough. To them, Id only say: All these years, Ive been called a former Senior Editor of Rolling Stone . Now, you can call me a senior former editor of Rolling Stone .
Strangers expressed a charitable amazement: You dont look a day over 40!
Actually, except for the occasional white strand that Dianne spots, my hair hasnt turned white or blue, the definite signs of old age. But, then, my dad didnt go gray till he was deep into his seventies. My mom? Only her hairdresser knows for sure.
So, given my laconic attitude about the landmark date, I opted for a low-key observance. No big party, like the one Dianne and I staged for my 50th. We had maybe 100 friends and family over, with caterers serving food and drinks, and with the more professionally entertaining among us doing some karaoke. They included Huey Lewis, Annie Sampson (who was part of the band, Stoneground, among many rockin credits), and local lounge legend Bud E. Luv.
This time, it was two smallish events. Immediate family gathered at my karaoke hangout, the Yet Wah restaurant on Diamond Heights for dinner, singing, and, in the case of my...
Our Renaissance Man is innocently visiting an open house. Next thing he knows, he's in a stranger's blog! Crazy...
Maybe its just me, but I dont get this whole blogging phenomenon. People writing anything from diary entries to political rants and posting them; other people trolling the Internet and stumbling into them. And thenand this is what gets metaking the time to read the stuff.
Yeah, I know. There are professional writers blogging away. Brian Williams , the NBC anchor and managing editor, writes one on www.dailynightly.msnbc.com. The San Jose Mercury's fine young pop music critic, Marian Liu , offers backstage info on the myriad shows she catches: The Roots, Black Eyed Peas , the hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari , and Japan Girls Nite with Red Bacteria Vacuum --and that's all in one night, just about. The girl never sleeps. She even says as much on her blog, which is at http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/marian_liu/index.html.
And, yeah, Im aware that this little column is, in essence, a (too-) long running blog, only housed in an established portal. But most bloggers are no more interesting than anyone who writes letters to the editor, or who goes onto an Internet site and posts reviews of books and movies, or joins a bulletin board, where they can rant and rave, hoping to draw a commentthat is, another ranter and raver out there.
Obviously, people are into it, as we now have the audio version, called Podcasting.
So, anyway, I was Googling myself one late night and...
Chow Yun-Fat as pirate Lord Captain Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Joyce Lee of San Francisco and Connie Florez from Honolulu are winners of the "Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers."
The grants are awarded by the national alliance organization of Women In Film (WIF) and the General Motors Corporation (GM).
Two Asian Pacific Islander women are winners of the second annual "Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers."
The grants were announced by the national organization Women In Film and General Motors Corporation.
Connie Florez of Honolulu and Joyce Lee of San Francisco are among the five winners nationally selected. They join three other grant winners, Jamie Taucher of Sedona, Arizona; Julia Kots of New York; and Mable Valdiviezo of San Francisco.
The goal of the Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers is to support talented filmmakers from under-represented communities. The awardees attended a six-day full-immersion mentoring program in Los Angeles during American Film Market week in November. They met with studio executives and distributors in film and television, and discussed national and international finance, marketing, distribution and legal aspects of the film business.
All five winners of the 2007 Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers are accomplished filmmakers in their own right:
Connie M. Florez, Honolulu, Hawaii — Florez has been working in the Hawaii film and television industry for 10 years and served as producer for the recently completed narrative feature All for Melissa. She is also working on three...