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first_img Harvard to host more than a dozen sessions during second Boston festival celebrating innovation, creativity The people wearing the giant goggles and laughing, ducking, jumping, and wildly waving their arms weren’t the only ones having fun.“Watching people in visual reality is the best thing,” said a man as he waited for a chance to don a large black headset and hand-held controllers and take a turn as a professional hockey goalie deflecting virtual pucks.“Dude, it’s addicting,” said another, fresh from a trip to the ocean floor and a close encounter with a blue whale. Across the hall, a line formed for a motion simulator that mimicked a shaking race car, taking headset-wearing users for a spin on a virtual speedway.For a real-world observer at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) on Wednesday, the entertainment potential of visual and augmented reality was abundantly clear.But what many consider the next great tech revolution isn’t only about fun. Experts say it has the potential to transform business, art, education, science, design, manufacturing, and medicine. It’s also expected to be worth $100 billion by 2020.The future of virtual and augmented reality was the theme of a HUBweek event that attracted scholars, students, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, and software developers along with the merely curious for an afternoon of demonstrations and discussions.In the coming weeks the i-lab will open its own augmented reality-virtual reality lab, said Jodi Goldstein, the facility’s Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director. Goldstein introduced the keynote address, featuring Rony Abovitz video-linked to the talk via a rolling robot. Abovitz, an entrepreneur who made his mark with computer-assisted surgery, is the man behind what Goldstein called “one of the most mysterious yet highly transformative ventures in this space”: Magic Leap Inc. At HUBweek, ideas for living Related Abovitz’s firm is developing “Mixed Reality Lightfield,” a combination of virtual reality, in which users wear goggles and look into a screen that simulates an alternate universe; augmented reality, which takes a person’s view of the real world and layers on top of it things such as Pokémon characters or maps of the nearest subway stops; and light fields.The technology fits perfectly with the brain’s spatially oriented visual-processing mechanism, said Abovitz, and will open a world of discovery to those who have struggled to transfer two-dimensional information or text into “spatial learning.”“I think it will make life easier for a lot of people and open doors for a lot of people because we are making technology fit how our brains evolved into the physics of the universe rather than forcing our brains to adapt to a more limited technology,” said the Magic Leap president and CEO, whose hopes for the technology include, among other things, parking a virtual “Star Wars” X-wing in his driveway.A range of discussions highlighted the practical applications of virtual reality. In a session on surgery and rehabilitation, Jayender Jagadeesan, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, described research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in which a modified Oculus Rift augmented-reality headset is helping surgeons determine a tumor’s exact location.The future of visual and augmented reality moved into the world of surgery and rehabilitation during the HUBweek event, which attracted a full house at the i-lab. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“You can pull in any of the patient’s specific imaging, while the surgeon is actually doing this procedure,” Jagadeesan said of the multiple diagnostic screens a physician can instantly access while wearing the headset during an operation.Chris Dede of the Harvard Graduate School of Education discussed his work on a suite of virtual and augmented reality applications for young learners.“You can be in a classroom in the middle of the winter, but psychologically you are at a pond or a forest in the middle of the summer,” said Dede, the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, of ecoMUVE, a technology that uses immersive virtual environments to teach students about delicate ecosystems.In the i-lab’s exhibit hall visitors had access to a range of experiences and applications, including a round rolling camera developed to help first responders assess dangerous situations and a wearable device that lets users feel virtual objects.Among the Harvard undergrads at the event was Madeleine Woods ’19, who was on site with Harvard College Virtual Reality, or Convrgency. The organization aims to bring students together to explore the creative potential of virtual reality.Woods, a joint concentrator in folklore and mythology and English with a secondary in archaeology, described herself as a theater kid who loves the arts and humanities along with coding and technology. She said virtual reality merges her varied interests, calling it both “empathetic” and “humanistic.”“This is the first time I think technology really opens people up,” said Woods. “You can experience the life of someone else across the world. You can see something you’ve never [seen in person]. I think you can understand people so much better when you can walk in their shoes, and this is something that literally puts that technology in hand.”SaveSaveSavelast_img read more

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Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Dish Their Favorite Field-Tested Gear

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first_imgAndy Mossey and Steph Whatton know how to road trip. The couple does it for a living. Mossey and Whatton are a traveling trainer team for Subaru and Leave No Trace, driving across the Eastern U.S., educating schools, camps, and the general public about Leave No Trace principles. They live year round in an Outback and spent 250 nights camping last year. “The best part of living in your car, is you have everything you need to adventure all the time,” says Mossey. “If we have a couple of hours of free time, and we’re in a spot with incredible climbing or trail running, we’re ready to go.” After a year on the road, Mossey and Whatton have dialed in their road trip gear and system. Here, they outline their favorite pieces of road trip gear.Taxa TigerMoth ($12,900)AM: We recently put a trailer on the Subaru. It only weighs 900 pounds, but has a queen sized bed and a pull out kitchen. There’s tons of storage room…it’s amazing. It’s designed to give you every piece of living equipment, as if you’re living in a basecamp.tigermoth1_FIXBig Agnes Double Z ($110)SW: I couldn’t do this job without that thing. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial, and this insulated sleeping pad is more comfortable than the mattress in my last apartment.DoubleZ_Small2014_FIXThule Sonic XL ($659)AM: This roof box is our gear closet. It has a super rigid design, with tons of room for all of our climbing gear. Says Whatton, “It’s so sturdy, and unbelievably durable for all weather conditions. I don’t know what we’d do without it.”thule-sonic-xl-cargo-box_FIXENO Hammock ($60)SW: We have our ENOs with us at all times—a DoubleNest and a SingleNest. I really like the new strap system, the Helios, made from Dyneema. They’re really lightweight but also user friendly. The SingleNest is key if we want to have our own space. We’re together all the time, so sometimes that’s nice.SH khaki-olive_FIXCamp Chef Everest Stove ($125)AM: We’re big foodies, making food every day, twice a day. It’s a two-burner stove that’s incredibly reliable You can cook anything on this stove. Our go-to meal is vegetable stir fry, with curry rice.MS2HP_FIXRinse Kit ($90)This little tub of sanitation holds and pressurizes two gallons of water so you can get clean and hit the town immediately after that trail run, ride or climb.RinseKit-Product-2016-Open-Print_FIXMazama Sidestream Hydration Pack ($39) The Sidestream provides a smooth, bounce-free run and an easy, one-handed drink motion that doesn’t interrupt your stride. Just pull the hose to your mouth and drink.Sidestream_FIXSOL Urban Survivor Kit ($80)This grab-and-go emergency backpack filled with all the necessary essentials to survive when a disaster strikes, including water, food, survival tools, and first aid.SOLUrbanSurvivorKit_FIXYakima Streamline $199-towers, $119-crossbarsYakima reinvented rack Streamline features towers that can adjust to most car shapes, and new cross bars that are more aerodynamic, but also stronger than their predecessors.Shot_4_RidgeLine_JS_Slvr_FIXlast_img read more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy for Aaron Ramsey to join Manchester United as part of Paul Pogba transfer

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Mar 2020 1:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy for Aaron Ramsey to join Manchester United as part of Paul Pogba transfer Advertisement Advertisement Ramsey is wanted by Solskjaer (Picture: DeFodi Images via Getty)Juventus have offered Aaron Ramsey as part of a fresh approach for Paul Pogba, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would welcome the former Arsenal midfielder to Old Trafford, reports claim.Solskjaer is a fan of the Wales international and he believes Ramsey would be a better fit in his new-look Manchester United midfield, with Bruno Fernandes as the side’s chief playmaker. There are concerns over how Solskjaer would squeeze Pogba and Fernandes into the same midfield three and the Norwegian views Ramsey as a more adaptable player to work with. Of course, a hefty sum of money would still need to be involved for any potential deal to get over the line. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAccording to the Transfer Window Podcast, Manchester United remain open to the sale of Pogba so long as their valuation is met and would be willing to negotiate with Ramsey being a part of the deal. While Pogba would also be keen on a return to Juventus, the question remains how much capital the Italian giants could put up, particularly amid the covid-19 crisis. Pogba is set to leave (Picture: AMA/Getty)Ramsey has struggled to make an impact since moving to Serie A and has only scored three goals in Italy’s top-flight this season. Pogba has failed to score in the Premier League this season, largely due to an ankle injury.Should Manchester United sign Aaron Ramsey?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img read more

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Magath erases Fulham fear factor

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first_img Press Association “We invited some fans here to join training and afterwards we sat together for lunch with the fans, they talked together. “We had a sports day for Sport Relief, with the players and the staff on the same teams.” Fulham are two points adrift of safety with four matches remaining and Magath has urged his squad to ensure survival for the club, not for him. “I don’t want the players to go for me, because I don’t pay them. The club is paying them, not me,” he said. “So I tell them every time: you have to go for your club through a wall or spring from a bridge. “Not for me, I don’t want that so I don’t ask for that.” Felix Magath insists his Fulham players have learnt he is not a “monster” despite the fearsome reputation that accompanied him to Craven Cottage. The Whites will climb out of the relegation zone if they win at Tottenham on Saturday, with Magath having masterminded successive victories over Aston Villa and Norwich. Magath was viewed as a disciplinarian unafraid to push his players to the limit during his long career as a manager in Germany’s Bundesliga, but he has also demonstrated a softer touch since arriving at Fulham two months ago. As a reward for their 1-0 victory over Norwich on Sunday, the players were given two days off. Magath insists his players now understand he is a reasonable man. “The players read a lot of stories before I came, and they are afraid: ‘What happens now?'” the Fulham manager said. “If the players work with us – not only me, but my athletic coach and my assistant coach – they realise that we are not monsters. Don’t worry about it, it’s not so bad! “Maybe at the beginning they were afraid about what they had read.” Magath explained that one of the most pressing matters when he joined relegation-threatened Fulham on February 14 was to ease the sense of fear that had gripped Craven Cottage. “You have to change the atmosphere to take out the fear,” he said. “We have done a lot of things, the whole club has done a lot of things to give them more confidence and give the players the feeling that all are behind them. “That was the most work, that the whole club supports the players and gives them confidence. last_img read more

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Millennial Esports to acquire Stream Hatchet

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first_imgMillennial Esports has announced it will acquire Stream Hatchet as they look to expand their esports offering.Credit: Millennial EsportsThe deal will see Millennial Esports issue 2,951,973 common shares of Millennial Esports at an issuance price of $0.225 per share as well as paying 125,000 EUR (£106,000) to former security holders of Steam Hatchet. Millennial are arguably best known for owning and operating “thE Arena”, the first dedicated esports venue in Las Vegas. The 15,000 square foot facility is located on Fremont Street at the Neonopolis and has already played host to Halo and Madden with more to come.In addition, Millennial operates millennialesports.gg a platform and online community which provides gamers with online competitions, leagues and ladders allowing them to win prizes and recognition within the community. In addition, Millennial provides turnkey solutions to game publishers, consumer brands and other partners to offer exposure and influence on the coveted millennial audience. Stream Hatchet is a data analytics company based in Terassa, Spain. It provides analytics and business intelligence for persons and entities involved in game streaming. It provides holistic data to its users and the users are then able to make dcisions based on the data. Current users of Stream Hatchet are streamers, Esports organisations, video game producers and advertising agencies. The company also offers solutions to its users by providing data, insights and intelligence they need. It looks to assist advertisers in entering esports through targeting streamers. Stream Hatchet currently tracks all the broadcast activity on Twitch, Azubu, Hitbox and Beam. “We are excited to soon welcome the Stream Hatchet team to the Millennial Esports family” said Alex Igelman, CEO of Millennial Esports Corp. “We continue to expand our offerings to focus on Esports technology and business solutions in addition to operating our state of the art downtown Arena, tournament platform, game related apps and functioning as a tournament organiser. Our motto is ‘All things Esports’ and we will continue to explore other business opportunities in Esports in order to be able to capitalise on this emerging but still nascent space.”Esports Insider says: Millennial have been busy recently and it doesn’t look like stopping with this acquisition. It’s another service to add to the plethora of existing solutions. Good luck to both parties.last_img read more

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ATV Found

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first_imgOn October 31st, 2008 the RCMP found a three wheel all terrain vehicle that was abandoned on the corner of 85th avenue and 91st street in Fort St. John. The owner of the vehicle will be required to provide a description and preferably proof of ownership.You can contact the detachment at 250-787-8140- Advertisement –last_img

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MOTORIST COLLAPSES WITH HEART ATTACK AFTER CAR SEIZED BY GARDAÍ

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first_imgA MOTORIST who a history of heart complaints has been rushed to hospital after his car was seized by Gardaí.The incident happened earlier this afternoon at Dreenan Bridge Ballybofey.Gardaí were manning a checkpoint in the area earlier and the motorist was one of a number checked by officers for NCT and road tax. His car was seized and was driven from the scene by Gardaí.The man then collapsed at the side of the road and local workmen went to his rescue.An ambulance was called and the man – a well-known and respected businessman with a history of heart complaints – was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where his condition is understood to be stable.The scene of the checkpoint before the incidentIt’s understood an investigation is now underway into the circumstances surrounding the incident. An eye witness told Donegal Daily the man was in a very distressed state.“There were a few men working in a field nearby and they saw the man rolling around in the grass,” he said.“They went to his aid and saw that he was in a very distressed state and immediately made contact with the emergency services.“Thankfully their response was prompt, although it took them quite a while to remove the man from the scene as he was gravely ill and they were worried about moving him.”There has been a huge increase in both Garda and Customs checkpoints in Donegal in recent weeks. Last week we reported how 39 vehicles had been seized for failing to pay VRT.Meanwhile Revenue has dismissed as “a false rumour” claims that a car was rammed during one operation in Inishowen.The man is taken to an ambulance after the incident todayMOTORIST COLLAPSES WITH HEART ATTACK AFTER CAR SEIZED BY GARDAÍ was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballybofeycar taxcollapseddonegalDreenanGardaiHeart attacklast_img read more

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Frustrated Lampard bemoans Chelsea’s missed chances

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first_imgChelsea’s Frank Lampard rued his side’s missed chances following their 1-0 Club World Cup defeat against Corinthians in Japan.Goalkeeper Cassio produced a number of good saves – including a late stop from Fernando Torres, who should have scored.Lampard told Chelsea TV: “It was always going to be a tough game. They’re a very good team and you come away with that bad feeling we had enough chances to at least draw the game.“They’re very organised and counter attack. We knew what they were going to bring. It’s disappointing really to get all the way here and not win it.”More reaction to follow later.See also:Chelsea beaten in Club World Cup 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Remembering Boutros Boutros-Ghali

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first_imgIt was a tricky global environment when Boutros Boutros-Ghali became the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1992. The world was emerging from the Cold War and countries were redefining relationships with each other. He navigated a new path for the organisation.United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali addresses the International Conference on Population and Developments in Cairo on 5 September 1994 to produce a Programme of Action. (Image: UN Photo, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr) • Connecting women to technology  • South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world  • South African feminist a global voice for women  • UN launches Mandela Rules for prisoners • UN awards first Nelson Mandela prize Priya PitamberBoutros Boutros-Ghali became the sixth secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) on 1 January 1992, when he began his five-year term at the helm of the global organisation. He died on 16 February 2016 at the age of 93.“We pay tribute to the former UN secretary-general and wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family and his country, Egypt,” said President Jacob Zuma on his death. “May his soul rest in peace.”Born in Cairo, Boutros-Ghali was the first African to hold the position of secretary-general of the UN. During his tenure, the world was in a “critical post-Cold War period when the world body was redefining itself and engaging in more international peacekeeping operations that often received criticism for its efforts”, said the Presidency.Time of promise and perilAddressing the General Assembly’s special tribute at UN Headquarters in New York, current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Boutros-Ghali had both the fortune and the misfortune to serve as the first post-Cold War UN chief.“While the United Nations was never as paralysed during the Cold War as many have portrayed, the new dynamic gave the organisation new leeway to act,” Ban said. “This brought promise and peril – and Mr Boutros-Ghali experienced both.Memory of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali honoured at the UN, see more: https://t.co/TPqYWDcec1 pic.twitter.com/Wci00qhHbE — United Nations (@UN) February 18, 2016“Perhaps he was too direct for some; he might have been too professorial for others. Some definitely found him too independent – a goal that he considered among the highest virtues for any secretary-general of the United Nations,” said Ban.He described Boutros-Ghali as relentless in defending the organisation and its charter, and quoted the former secretary-general:“With all the convulsions in global society, only one power is left that can impose order on incipient chaos: it is the power of principles transcending changing perceptions of expediency.”Boutros-Ghali broke barriers & new ground – @UN_Radio covers Friday’s #UNGA tribute https://t.co/LJJ6fo4jh6 pic.twitter.com/ldpRS4uXMM — United Nations (@UN) February 19, 2016Career highlightsSoon after Boutros-Ghali was inaugurated, the UN Security Council met in it’s first-ever summit of Heads of State and requested a report on the way the organisation could strengthen capacity for preventive diplomacy, peace-making and peacekeeping. It resulted in a report, penned by Boutros-Ghali, called An Agenda for Peace.“As secretary-general, he presided over a dramatic rise in UN peacekeeping,” Ban told reporters. “He also presided over a time when the world increasingly turned to the United Nations for solutions to its problems, in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War.”Boutros Boutros-Ghali, secretary-general of the United Nations, with President Nelson Mandela at the presidential residence in Pretoria on an official visit to South Africa on 26 April 1996. (Image: John Isaac, UN Photo, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)In his article celebrating 70 years of the UN, Boutros-Ghali wrote that the invention of peacekeeping was one of the organisation’s proud moments.Another standout moment for him was the declaration of human rights and the World Conference on Human Rights held at Vienna in 1993. “There have been many conferences setting world agendas and goals before and after Vienna, but for the world to come together to define human rights, and to state clearly a global commitment to their achievement, was an important moment in history,” Boutros-Ghali wrote.See more from Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s tenure as Secretary-General in @UN_Photo gallery: https://t.co/fcoW75ZBqP pic.twitter.com/3CTQvjkMJu — United Nations (@UN) February 18, 2016Watch more on his appointment to the UN:About Boutros-GhaliBoutros-Ghali was born in Cairo on 14 November 1922. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from Cairo University in 1946 and diplomas from Paris University in subjects such as political science, economics and public law. He received his PhD in international law from Paris University in 1949.He became Professor of International Law and International Relations at Cairo University, and from 1974 to 1977, he was a member of the Central Committee and Political Bureau of the Arab Socialist Union.He “had a long association with international affairs as a diplomat, jurist, scholar and widely published author”, according to his profile on the UN website.He became a member of the Egyptian parliament in 1987 and was a member of the secretariat of the National Democratic Party from 1980. Until assuming the office of secretary-general of the UN, he was also vice-president of the Socialist International.Boutros-Ghali was also part of the Camp David Summit Conference in September 1978, which resulted in the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel, signed in 1979.“He led many delegations of his country to meetings of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, as well as to the Summit Conference of the French and African Heads of State. He also headed Egypt’s delegation to the General Assembly sessions in 1979, 1982 and 1990.” Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali (third from right) visits with young residents of a UN-supported orphanage on 22 October 1993, operated by the Irish humanitarian organisation GOAL. To the left of the secretary-general is Brigadier General Maurice Quadri, commander of the French contingent of the Second United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II). (Image: F Ribere, UN Photo, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)In celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UN, Boutros-Ghali wished to build on past achievements and update it for a changing, modern world. “Just as the United Nations invented peacekeeping, we now need to modernise the practice, and the Security Council’s use of the instruments at its disposal to promote international peace and security. We need a new Agenda for Peace,” he wrote.last_img read more

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South African producer premieres new film at Venice festival

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first_img7 September 2015Anant Singh, the South African film producer, has teamed up with Canadian producer Robert Lantos, famous for his collaborations with auteur David Cronenberg, to produce a new film by acclaimed art house director Atom Egoyan.Remember is a contemporary drama about revenge and road trips, featuring an impressive cast of Hollywood legends and popular character actors. The film will be officially entered for competition at the Venice International Film Festival this month, as well as the Toronto Film Festival. Following the festivals, it will released on the North American art house circuit and later internationally, including an early 2016 release in South Africa.The film features a remarkable lead performance by Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music and the Oscar winning Beginners) with an incredible supporting cast that includes fellow Oscar winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (Downfall) and Dean Norris from TV’s Breaking Bad.It tells the story of Zev (Plummer) as he discovers the Nazi guard who murdered his family during World War 2, living in the US under an assumed identity. Determined to find the man and deliver due justice, Zev must embark on a momentous cross-continent road-trip filled with interesting characters and surprising consequences.Singh says the performances by Plummer and Landau are what make the film so extraordinary, “coupled with the thrillingly dramatic storyline, (Remember) is a gripping film. (and we, the producers of the film) are confident that this will make the film a serious awards contender”.Director Egoyan, whose oeuvre explores themes of alienation and isolation in idiosyncratic but convincing tones, gained praise and recognition for his film The Sweet Hereafter in 1997. He went on to helm an impressive collection of modern cult and art house classics.Lantos has produced some of Canada’s biggest films, including Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and eXistenZ, as well as 2010’s festival favourite Barney’s Version, starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman.Singh is best known in South Africa for his ground-breaking work for the local film industry over the last 25 years. He was behind such box-office hits as Leon Schuster’s Mr Bones movies – South Africa’s highest grossing South African film series of all time – as well as critically acclaimed and award-winning showcases of South African stories, including Yesterday, Sarafina, Cry the Beloved Country and Long Walk To Freedom, starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela.His production company, Videovision Entertainment, is one of the leading media and entertainment bodies in Africa. With Videovision, Singh was instrumental in setting up Cape Town Film Studios in 2010. Offering state-of-the art equipment and technology, as well as over 60 hectares of film studios and associated facilities, Cape Town Film Studios has helped South Africa become a leading shooting location for local and international productions, including this year’s Mad Max: Fury Road.This is the first time Lantos and Singh have worked together on a production, despite being long-time contemporaries. Remember offers the opportunity for the two seasoned film business magnates to use their skills and knowledge to not only finance and market the film, but also to help find its direction. “It is wonderful to have a South African-Canadian collaboration on a project as illustrious as this. It is highly exciting for us (in light of the film being selected for) two of the world’s most prestigious film festivals,” Singh says.And for South African film, this is not the only project getting lots of international festival buzz in 2015. Also screening for competition in Venice is Endless River, by award-winning director Oliver Hermanus (Skoonheid and Shirley Adams).A 20-strong delegation of emerging filmmakers accompanied by Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzandile Masina will visit the Toronto Film Festival this year. The group intends to give the South African film industry more exposure on a world stage and network with some of the biggest names in film.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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