Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Facets Video Releases Alexander SokurovÂ’s War Documentaries

Facets Video Releases Alexander SokurovÂ’s War Documentaries

Two never-before released films by RussiaÂ’s most celebrated filmmaker, Alexander Sokurov (The Russian Ark, Mother and Son, Moloch), Spiritual Voices: From the Military Diaries and Confession: From the Commander's Diary will be released on DVD by Facets Video on March 29, 2005.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 14, 2005

Two never-before released films by RussiaÂ’s most celebrated filmmaker, Alexander Sokurov (The Russian Ark, Mother and Son, Moloch), Spiritual Voices: From the Military Diaries and Confession: From the Commander's Diary will be released on DVD by Facets Video on March 29, 2005. The two films, each of them a separate 2-disc set, was produced for DVD by Ideale Audience, Paris. Retail price of each set is $39.95.

Spiritual Voices and Confession represent Sokurov’s daring approach to the documentary format. Using long takes, minimal dialogue, and painterly cinematography, he constructs two of the most striking nonfiction films in recent times. Susan Sontag called Sokurov “perhaps the most ambitious and original serious filmmaker of his generation working anywhere in the world today.”

Filmed over six months in 1995 along the Tadjik/Afghani border, Spiritual Voices tells the story of 11th border guard of the Moscow Army, virtually abandoned on the frontiers of the ruined Russian empire, left to face an omnipresent yet invisible enemy. Opening with Sokurov’s mediations on Mozart and Beethoven, the film illuminates the texture of the soldier’s lives, following them as they maneuver tanks and lay mines, ending on New Year’s Eve, the soldiers still waiting. “We worked in the places where war is a daily routine, where the state of war is not a sudden attack, but normal life itself,” Sokurov states in his television introduction to the film. Spiritual Voices was a critical sensation at the New York Film Festival and was awarded the special prize of SONY at the “Filmmakers of the Present” showcase at the Locarno Film Festival in 1995. It traveled European art galleries and museums in an installation capacity and all five episodes were shown simultaneously on various screens. Its feature length is 327 minutes and it is covered in five episodes originally shown on television. Richard Williams of The Guardian calls Spiritual Voices “a work of great originality and power, comparable only with similarly unclassifiable films such as Edgar Reitz’s Heimat…and Krzystof Kieslowski’s Decalouge.”

Filmed and released in 1998, Confession chronicles the lives of a soul-searching captain and his young sailors as they sail the Arctic region in a Russian naval ship. A lyrical diary, Confession is narrated mainly by the captain, focusing on his frustrated efforts to “be patient,” and the daily routine of the sailors. It is a study in human solitude and the effects of isolation. Fred Camper of the Chicago Reader says that in Confession “[Sokurov] creates a tremendously moving portrait of despair and its causes through imagery that’s both sensuous and confined, giving his repetitions a strange beauty.” Confession was originally shown on television as five episodes, and was edited as a theatrical version by Sokurov, pared down to 218 minutes.

Sokurov shot these films for and originally showed them on television. Yet these films exceed the television format, and are a step forward for the documentary as an expanding format. Often compared to Andrei Tarkovsky, his mentor and friend, Alexander Sokurov makes films with the deliberate contemplation of an artist who is sure of what he wants. CineasteÂ’s Krill Galetski states that “Sokurov lives in a world far removed from commercial cinema as it is possible to get. Using modest means, he produces uncompromising works that address the most profound quandaries of human existence, giving form to spiritual concerns.” 

In 1979, Sokurov graduated from the Russian film school in Moscow (VGIK) and began making films during the 1980s after Andrei Tarkovsky recommended him for work in the Lenfilm Studio. But his work was not well received by the Soviet government because of its ambiguous nature. It was not until the late 1980s that Sokurov was visible to an international audience. His first film was A Lonely Human Voice (1978) and was followed by MariaÂ’s Lovers (1983) and Days of Eclipse (1989). Since the fall of the Soviet Union, SokurovÂ’s career, rich in literary adaptations, documentaries and film festival favorites has grown, making him one of the worldÂ’s most prolific directors, making over 35 films in the last 30 years. 

Facets Multi-Media, Inc. licenses and distributes world and independent cinema on the facets Video DVD label and exclusively distributes DVD product for other DVD publishers including Cinemateca, Accent Cinema, Arte Video, Life Size Entertainment, Polart, Ron Knight Media, and OtherCinemaDVD. The over 400 works on the Facets Video label include Krzysztof KieslowskiÂ’s epic film The Decalogue, Lars von TrierÂ’s Medea, William KleinÂ’s Muhammad Ali the Greatest, and the upcoming DVD version of Peter BrookÂ’s Hamlet.

Facets Video is a pioneering distributor and licensor of independent, world, and classic cinema. The complete Facets Video Catalog is available online at www. facets. org or by calling 1-800-331-6197. The catalog includes more than 60,000 DVD and video titles from over 1,200 companies and distributors.

For further information contact:

Tracy Lynn


Tracy@facets. org

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AAA Members Take an Extra 10% Off When Staying at the Dallas Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center

AAA Members Take an Extra 10% Off When Staying at the Dallas Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center

Dallas / Plano hotel guests can enjoy an extra 10% off Family Escape Package if they are AAA members -- A great offer just got better.

Plano, TX (PRWEB) December 17, 2009

Near upscale shopping, entertainment, scenic parks and ponds, this Plano hotel overlooking Bishop Park is located within the Shops at Legacy. Hotel guest can walk to over 25 nearby Plano Texas restaurants or enjoy a complimentary shuttle serving a 3 mile radius.

The AAA Members Family Escape Package offers an additional 10% the already low Family Escape Package rates and includes deluxe room accommodations with plush feather beds, rainfall showerheads, and other rejuvenating amenities as well as free breakfast, lunch or dinner for children under 12 when an adult is present.

AAA Members can take advantage of this great offer made better as well as complimentary self-parking at the Dallas Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center now through March 31, 2010 with rates starting from $125 per night.

Reservations can be made online at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center (http://www. marriott. com/hotels/travel/dalpt-dallas-plano-marriott-at-legacy-town-center/) using the promotional code AAZ or by calling the hotel directly at 1-972-473-6444

For more information about this offer and other Plano hotel deals, go to http://www. marriott. com/hotels/hotel-deals/dalpt-dallas-plano-marriott-at-legacy-town-center/ (http://www. marriott. com/hotels/hotel-deals/dalpt-dallas-plano-marriott-at-legacy-town-center/)

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Traverse Magazine Launches MyNorth. com, Putting 27 Years of Northern Michigan's Lifestyle and Much More Online

Traverse Magazine Launches MyNorth. com, Putting 27 Years of Northern Michigan's Lifestyle and Much More Online

MyNorth. com Offers Video, Real Estate Listings, Cottage Rentals, Restaurant Guides, Vacation Planning Tools, Recipes, Plus All the Great Features & Photos of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse City, MI (Vocus) April 11, 2008

Deborah Wyatt Fellows, founder and editor in chief of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine today launched MyNorth. com, the online home of Traverse, as well as sister publications Northern Home & Cottage and Destination Northern Michigan.

"MyNorth. com is not a typical magazine website," says Fellows. "We've chosen to do something far more encompassing. In addition to the familiar content of the magazines--the award-winning stories, the gorgeous photos--website visitors will see that MyNorth. com is a vibrant, current, easy-to-use web version of who we are and who we have been to Northern Michigan for almost three decades."

MyNorth. com Tools Support Michigan Tourism
From MyNorth. com, visitors can book a flight (http://www. mynorth. com/My-North/Vacation/), find a cottage to rent (http://www. mynorth. com/My-North/Vacation/Cottage-Rentals/) and track down a dream piece of real estate (http://www. mynorth. com/My-North/Real-Estate/). Discover the latest travel deals, get news on the region's best wines, hear music by emerging Northern artists, sort through hand-picked recipes that suit the season, read input from Northern neighbors and check out their photos--and, of course, share comments and pictures. At MyNorth. com, visitors will find a complete database of Up North attractions, trails, lighthouses, golf courses, ski areas and restaurants (http://www. mynorth. com/My-North/Food-Wine/Dining-Guide/).

"We have 27 years of the best of life Up North stored in paper magazines," says Traverse vice president and editor Jeff Smith. "The most relevant features and articles are now available to a broad new Internet audience in a way that allows readers to search for just the story they want."

Plus, MyNorth. com has added an internal video (http://www. mynorth. com/My-North/Video/) department, covering topics like the outdoors, entertainment and home style, and giving visitors expertly shot videos on topics like dog sled excursions, eco-friendly home design, insider tips about home style and more.

Open Access to What Makes Traverse Great
"One of my jobs over these last few months has been to sort content from the magazines and put it into web-ready format," says Fellows. "After untold hours marveling all over again at the ease with which this staff captures Northern Michigan, I'm reminded that our staff is made up of professionals in every sense of the word, from the creativity with which they gather the elements of a feature to how they execute its layout on the page."

Last year this team earned the title "Magazine of the Year" from the International Regional Magazine Association. This year the team has been notified that it has won a general excellence award from the City & Regional Magazine Association, continuing a history of general excellence awards from this organization.

As the website developed, Fellows had many colleagues, advertisers and friends ask, "If you put all the content on the website, won't that discourage people from subscribing or buying the magazines at the newsstand?"

"Research has shown us that introducing our content to a wider audience will result in more subscriptions, not less," explains Fellows. "Reading our magazines is a rich experience of stunning photos, wonderful layouts, varied typefaces and pages--and you don't mind if it gets a little sandy if you read it on the beach. The Internet has benefits the printed page can't provide--updates are immediate, you can watch video or search databases endlessly or share your experiences with the world through our comments sections. We expect our audience to enjoy both products and in fact, that's what subscribers are telling us."

Traverse subscribers are extremely loyal to the publication; many have subscribed without pause for 10, 15 and 20 years. And a great many readers buy several gift subscriptions for loved ones who've moved away. Subscriber response to MyNorth. com is positive, especially regarding the tools available to review restaurants, recipes, cottage rentals and real estate listings. Many subscribers indicated that they will use the site to help friends and family understand the benefits of subscribing to the magazine.

More Tools, Features & Community to Come
Fellows points out that there are a great many more plans for MyNorth. com, especially in user-generated content. Today's visitors are seeing just the beginning.

"There will be more places to share comments, photos and video. We'll add topics, provide more products in the store and of course, there will be more articles, videos and photography," says Fellows.

"We expect MyNorth. com to be the gathering place for people who love Up North. And we're also excited about the site's ability to introduce Northern Michigan and all it has to offer to those people who are considering a visit or a move to the region. For either group, MyNorth. com is a whole new way of experiencing this place."

About Prism Publications, Inc.
Prism Publications, Inc., founded in 1981 by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, publishes MyNorth. com, Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage and Destination Northern Michigan, a Northern Michigan travel guide, in addition to several other print and online publications. Traverse and its staff have won more than a dozen national and international awards for excellence, including most recently "Magazine of the Year" from the International Regional Magazine Association and a 2007 silver award for general excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association. Prism has also published Reflections of a Life Up North a coffee-table book of stunning photography from Traverse paired with a collection of Fellows's columns, which has been reprinted in an expanded edition. Prism Publications is also a proud sponsor of many events including the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, the Michigan Log & Timber Expo, The Epicurean Classic and the National Cherry Festival's Cherries D'Vine event. The privately held company is headquartered in Traverse City, Mich. For more information, visit MyNorth. com or call (231) 941-8174.