Colorado Weed Prices Keep Fluctuating in 2019

After over a year of free-falling, marijuana prices are on the rise in Colorado, according to the state Department of Revenue. But several marijuana producers say those prices could be even higher than the state estimates.

According to the latest DOR estimates, wholesale marijuana flower is currently about $ 1,000 per pound, increasing by 17.5 percent from July to September, with trim, flower and whole plant matter allocated for extraction all rising in cost, as well. However, wholesale marijuana growers and dispensary general managers are telling us that wholesale flower prices are actually closer or above $ 1,300, and have been steadily rising all year.

According to the state’s estimates, prices are still getting much higher. In October 2018, a pound of flower was less than $ 760, past DOR figures show, or 24 percent lower than it is now. These rising wholesale prices have led to customers paying more for flower and concentrate at dispensaries, so don’t be surprised if those $ 15 eighths are now $ 20.

Why the increased costs? Industry sources we’ve talked to point to a number of reasons, including rising microbial issues in commercial grows, major suppliers limiting output, and new regulations that have changed how dispensaries stock their shelves — all of which, if true, could lead to supply shortages.

There have been reported supply shortages across the state. Dispensary general managers have been calling wholesale producers around the clock, worried their dispensary’s internal cultivations won’t supply enough to meet demand. 

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Seasons can also impact marijuana supply fluctuation. Although largely grown indoors, commercial pot is still a seasonal commodity, as a large chunk of flower and plant material designated for extraction come from outdoor growing operations. Because outdoor harvests only happen once a year, the supply traditionally dries up toward the end of summer and is replenished in October and November.

“You could get a pound for about $ 700 eight months ago,” one dispensary manager says. “I suspect that prices will drop greatly once the outdoor harvest starts coming in around October.”

If prices are still high around Christmas, this might be more than a phase.

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Health Highlights: Aug. 30, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

‘Rhoda’ Star Valerie Harper Dead at 80

Valerie Harper, star of two iconic TV sitcoms of the 1970s “The Mary Tyler. Moore Show” and her own spinoff hit, “Rhoda,” died Friday from cancer at age 80.

Harper’s passing was confirmed to CNN by Harper’s daughter Cristina Cacciotti and Deanna Buskey, a family friend.

Buskey told CNN that the family was not “providing details at this time,” but Harper had made no secret of her long struggle against cancer. First diagnosed with lung cancer, in 2013 Harper was also found to have another form of cancer, leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.

In July, husband Tony Cacciotti posted on Facebook that he would not follow the advice of Harper’s doctors and place her into hospice care. Even though her condition was worsening, Caccioti said he would “do my very best in making Val as comfortable as possible.” Buskey and other family members also launched a “Go Fund Me” campaign to help pay for Harper’s care.

Born in New York, Harper started out as a dancer in the 1950s before joining the renowned comedy troupe Second City. She shot to fame in the 1970s after being cast as Mary Richard’s wisecracking friend Rhoda Morgenstern, playing a more caustic foil to Mary Tyler Moore’s character.

That character became so popular that it led to the “Rhoda” spinoff, and Harper earned four Emmys for the role.

Harper’s career faltered in the 1980s when NBC cast her in “Valerie,” about a mother raising kids. But contractual issues led to her dismissal from that show. After that she remained active as an actress, appearing in guest roles on many TV series and even appearing in a 2000 movie, “Mary and Rhoda,” which reunited the two actresses and characters.


More Than 1,000 People Now Sickened by Salmonella from Live Poultry

An outbreak of Salmonella linked to backyard poultry flocks has now sickened more than 1,000 people in 49 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A CDC advisory said 235 cases have been reported since July 19 and 175 people have been hospitalized. Two people have died in the outbreak — one in Ohio and one in Texas.

Nearly 200 of those sickened are under age 5.

Contact with backyard poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, is the likely source of the disease, which causes diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, CDC said.

Those sickened reported getting poultry from several sources, including farm stores, websites and hatcheries.

Six of the strains making people sick have been identified in samples from backyard poultry areas at homes in California, Minnesota and Ohio and from retail stores in Michigan and Oregon, CDC said.

The current outbreak is the largest linked to backyard poultry since 2017, when a record 1,120 people were sickened and one died.

As the CDC explained, you can get Salmonella after touching poultry or places where they live and roam. Birds carrying the bacteria can appear healthy and clean.

To prevent illness, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching poultry or anything in their environment, CDC advised. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.

Never let backyard poultry inside your home. Take care to keep them away from areas where food or drink are prepared, served, or stored, including outdoor patios, the CDC added.

Salmonella infections usually last four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment, the CDC said. If you’re concerned about symptoms such as a fever over 102 degrees, blood in your bowel movements or frequent vomiting, see a doctor.

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Academy Investigating 9 Sci-Tech Areas for 2019

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that nine distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for 2019. These investigations are made public so that individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation within these areas will have the opportunity to submit achievements for review in consideration for the Scientific and Technical Awards.

The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee has started investigations into the following areas:

  • Professional desktop monitors with self-calibration
  • Head-mounted facial acquisition systems
  • Wireless video transmission systems used in motion-picture production
  • Frameworks enabling high-performance ray-geometry intersections
  • Hair simulation toolsets
  • Audio repair and restoration software for motion pictures
  • Automatic dialog post-synchronization systems
  • Costume, prop, hair and makeup tracking and inventory communication tools for physical production
  • Post-production tracking and scheduling systems

“The science and technology of filmmaking is constantly evolving and advancing. Each year, the Academy researches technology that has had a significant impact on the motion picture arts. This year, we are examining a distinct group of technologies, which includes hair simulation, facial capture and audio repair,” said Doug Roble, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. “The current awards cycle will commence with a series of exhaustive investigations, conducted by a committee made up of industry experts with a diversity of expertise, and culminate with the Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony in June.”

The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, September 17, at 5 p.m. PT. For more information on the Scientific and Technical Awards or to submit a similar technology, click here.

After thorough investigations are conducted in each of the technology categories, the committee will meet in the spring to vote on recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors, which will make the final awards decisions.

The Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

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Gamescom 2019 Award Winners & Congress Wrap-Up

The gamescom congress was held August 21, presenting a successful balance of enthusiastic visitors and heavyweight speakers in another sold-out edition. More than 900 attendees had the chance to hear from 103 speakers, who demonstrated the diverse potential of computer games, reinforcing the gamescom congress’ position as Europe’s leading think tank for games and digitalization.

Across the 48 sessions, the world of video games was illuminated from all angles. The emphasis was on topics that move the digital generation forward. Intense discussion was particularly enjoyed in the “Debatt(l)e Royale” political forum. The panel was attended by the federal directors and general secretaries of the German political parties CDU, SPD, FDP, Die Linke and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen.

In the subsequent keynotes, talks, panel discussions and workshops, the speakers demonstrated the impetus that digital games, games technologies and game developers provide. The new “Public Stage” program was streamed live on the internet with Axel Voss MEP, discussing network policy and political communication in the age of YouTube. In the “Quartet of Game Culture”, Lena Falkenhagen and Nina Kiel talked about historically inspired game settings that are fictitious at the same time. Lively discussions also took place in the other lecture halls where the use of games in schools and the important topics of cultural integration and inclusion were discussed. Prof. Dr. Linda Breitlauch (Trier University of Applied Sciences), Aiman Mazyek (Central Council of Muslims in Germany), Kathrin Trattner (University of Graz) and Olaf Zimmermann (German Cultural Council) discussed the integrative power of computer games, while Mark Barlet of Able Gamers demonstrated how inclusive games can be for people with disabilities.

“The gamescom congress 2019 demonstrates undeniably that there is much more to games than just entertainment. Digital games promote digitalization and support learning. Games are also an important cultural asset and bring people together worldwide. The congress attracted guests from all industries; from science, politics, and education. This diversity is unique,” said Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH.

The congress takes place annually as part of the gamescom event in Cologne, Germany.

A professional jury gave top honors in the gamescome awards to Dreams from Sony Interactive Entertainment (Best Sony PlayStation 4 Game, Most Original Game); another Sony title, Concrete Genie (Best Family Game); the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Best Nintendo Switch Game); Gears 5 (Best Microsoft Xbox One Game); Codemasters Grid (Best Racing Game); Koch Media’s Wasteland 3 (Best Roleplaying Game); Ubisoft’s Roller Champions (Best Sports Game); and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Best PC Game).

Gamescom Awards 2019 winners:
Best Action Adventure Game – Blacksad: Under the Skin, astragon Entertainment
Best Action Game – DOOM Eternal, ZeniMax Germany
Best Family Game – Concrete Genie, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Best Racing Game – Grid, Codemasters
Best Role Playing Game – Wasteland 3, Koch Media
Best Simulation Game – Planet Zoo, Frontier
Best Sports Game – Roller Champions, Ubisoft
Best Strategy Game – Desperados III, THQ Nordic
Most Original Game – Dreams, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Best Microsoft Xbox One Game – Gears 5, Microsoft
Best Nintendo Switch Game – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Nintendo
Best Sony PlayStation 4 Game – Dreams, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Best Mobile Game – Battle Chasers: Nightwar – Mobile Edition, HandyGames
Best PC Game – Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ubisoft

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint

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Top Trends Reshaping the Way Artists Work in 2019

Although the computer graphics (CG) industry is secure and successful, it is also undergoing rapid technological changes to meet an ever-increasing demand for content. The overall CG market is expected to grow to $ 147 billion by 2021. From blockbuster movies to marketing campaigns, clients across the board are investing in visually impressive, interactive experiences.

To stay ahead of the curve, production studios are constantly looking to onboard the latest creative technologies into their pipelines. As Head of CG at Saddington Baynes, it’s my responsibility to keep an eye on these new innovations and reshape how our digital artists work accordingly. Here are the most impactful changes coming to the CG community in 2019.

Blurred lines between CG and reality

A huge amount of technology is now dedicated to blending CG and live-action footage, resulting in seamless new environments for audiences to enjoy. The hardware and software have become so advanced that it’s possible to completely replace (or replicate) any set with a CG version, sometimes without a green screen. You can even populate that set with virtual talent and digital humans, as opposed to real actors.

Blending practical effects and CG in this way opens new possibilities, which our team at Saddington Baynes experimented with on a recent pharmaceutical shoot. The crew filmed live action cyclists on a self-engineered bicycle rig and green screen rolling road. This footage was later manipulated in post-production to depict a cyclist defying gravity, with natural dynamic movements, while still keeping the shoot controllable and safe. By integrating production like this, artists can produce incredible shots that previously would not have been possible without a Hollywood-sized budget.

It’s now considered standard for studios to add CG into a live action background, working with the shoot’s cinematic director to pin down an overall look. At Saddington Baynes, we carry out our own live action shoots to maintain control over the set, ensuring consistency and creative direction is accounted for. We capture various lighting setups and camera angles to work with in post-production, making sure our artists have as much room to manipulate a shot as possible. Using the flexibility of CG assets, artists have complete freedom to make dramatic, even fantastical adjustments to a live action shot at any time.

Automated, real-time workflows

Out of all the technology that has changed how artists work in recent years, two innovations particularly standout — cryptomatte and GPU rendering. These technologies are not visually impressive, but they take the pain out of production, reducing administrative tasks and freeing up more time for the creative to actually be creative.

Cryptomatte is a free tool released by Psyop a couple of years ago. It creates ID mattes automatically with support for motion blur, transparency and depth of field. In the past, we had to create a matte for every single small object – either red, green, blue or alpha. Hundreds and hundreds of objects can appear in complicated shots, sometimes layered on top of each other. Compositors and retouchers require mattes so they can isolate a particular piece of an object and manipulate it freely. It wasn’t sexy, but it was necessary. Cryptomatte streamlines that whole painful process, saving time and preventing headaches.

Also on the rise is GPU rendering. It’s been around for ages but not necessarily picked up as industry-standard. Ongoing software and hardware developments mean that this workflow is becoming more and more accessible. GPU rendering will allow artists to stay creative and turnaround more iterations, without being held up by expensive or delayed renders. Artists are also more likely to notice any potential errors as they appear. It’s something we’ve recently introduced to the Saddington Baynes pipeline. With GPU rendering, artists can explore extra lighting and texturing options throughout the working day, without losing their train of thought.

The rise of remote working

Visual communication technologies have advanced, becoming secure and speedy enough to handle the big data demands of CG software. When I first started in the CG business, we’d always work with clients face-to-face. Now, everything is done via phone calls, screen shares and project management software, allowing studios to streamline the review process for both in-house and client-facing shots.

For example, on a recent production for automotive brand Nio, the client was based in Germany and the project was under strict non-disclosure. Using a fully CG workflow, Saddington Baynes could communicate remotely with Nio, whilst ensuring their new car launch was kept secret. Having no physical photoshoot meant that launch videos could be swiftly delivered, without anyone seeing a physical prototype of the car.

We’ve essentially gone through a worldwide production revolution. Sometimes this can be challenging, as the creative nuances of a project might get lost in email chains and phone calls, but it also means that we can also be more nimble and jump on a quick call without disturbing the client’s working day. There are plenty of collaborative tools available to allow for transparent comms — and in a market where clients, producers and artists collaborate at a global level, you’re going to need them.

Rebekah King-Britton is Head of CG at London’s production studio Saddington Baynes. She leads the 3D team in crafting digital environments, characters and products for a wide variety of clients.



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VES Announces 2019 Special Honorees – Disney, Kubrick & Stan Lee Join Hall of Fame

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced the 2019 inductees into the VES Hall of Fame, the newest Lifetime and Honorary members and this year’s recipient of the VES Founders Award. The names of this year’s VES Fellows will be announced later. The honorees and Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at a special reception in October.

Venerated VES leader Susan Thurmond O’Neal was named recipient of the 2019 VES Founders Award. The Society designated award-winning VFX supervisor Michael Fink, VES with a Lifetime VES Membership and presents FotoKem’s Chief Strategy Officer, Mike Brodersen, with an Honorary VES Membership. This year’s VES Hall of Fame honorees are Walt Disney, Stanley Kubrick and Stan Lee.

“Our VES honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects,” said Mike Chambers, VES Board Chair. “We are proud to recognize those who helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners.”

Founders Award Recipient: Susan Thurmond O’Neal, for her sustained contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects and meritorious service to the Society. O’Neal joined the VES in the late 1990s and has served as a member of its global Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. For many years, she served as the Chair for the global Education Committee and currently Chairs the Membership Committee – and she has been instrumental in the work to grow the Society by leading the bi-annual membership review and approval process.

O’Neal is currently a recruiter for BLT Recruiting, Inc and has worked as an Operations Manager at The Mill, Operations Director at Escape Studios in Los Angeles and as an Account Manager at Side Effects Software, Inc. She started her career in visual effects at Digital Domain in 1993, where she worked in finance and operations before turning to production. O’Neal’s credits include T2: 3D – Battle Across Time, Titanic, The Italian Job, West Wing, Deuce Bigalow 2: European Gigolo as well as a host of music videos, commercials and other works.

Lifetime Member: Michael Fink, VES, for meritorious service to the Society and the global industry. Fink began working in film on The China Syndrome. He was hooked, and worked on films such as Star Trek – The Motion Picture and Blade Runner before becoming a Visual Effects Supervisor on War Games (BAFTA Nomination). He has since worked on The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Batman Returns (Academy Award and BAFTA nominations), Braveheart, Mars Attacks!, X-Men, X-Men 2, The Golden Compass (VES Award nomination, BAFTA and Academy Award winner), Avatar, TRON: Legacy, Tree of Life and Life of Pi.

Fink directed the first Coca-Cola Polar Bear spot in 1993, which was one of the earliest widely-seen examples of 3D fur on a CG creature. Fink is a founding member of the Visual Effects Society and a former VES Board Member. He is a member of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has served on its Executive Committee. He is currently a Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and Chair of the Division of Film and Television Production. He holds the Georges Méliès Endowed Chair in Visual Effects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Honorary Member: Mike Brodersen, for his exemplary contributions to the entertainment industry and for furthering the interests and values of visual effects practitioners. Brodersen is one of the owners of FotoKem, currently serving as its Chief Strategy Officer. Thanks to Brodersen, FotoKem has been a valuable longtime partner with the VES, including serving as the Los Angeles site for the VES Awards nominations events for many years.

In his 25-year tenure at the company, Brodersen has helped incubate services including film scanning and recording, digital intermediate, digital restoration, software development and file-based dailies. Established in 1963 and one of the last remaining full service film laboratories in the world, FotoKem provides color grading, digital imaging, VFX, graphics, audio, and a variety of other post-production services from dailies through finishing. In recent years, the company has been able to provide post-production, imaging and VFX support services on titles like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Aquaman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Vice, Green Book, Kong: Skull Island, Better Call Saul and Homeland.

VES 2019 Hall of Fame honorees:

Walt Disney (1901-1966) – Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, TV and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced a score of innovations in the field of animation. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 26 Oscars. His creative vision gave rise to the groundbreaking theme park Disneyland and Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios, the origin of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Stanley Kubrick (1928 – 1999) – Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is frequently cited as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in cinematic history. His filmography includes Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey (Academy Award winner for Best Special Visual Effects), A Clockwork Orange and The Shining. All of Stanley Kubrick’s films from Paths of Glory until the end of his career, except for The Shining, were nominated for Academy Awards or Golden Globe Awards.

Stan Lee (1922 – 2018) – Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher and producer. He became Marvel Comics’ primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics industry. In collaboration with others at Marvel, he co-created numerous popular fictional characters, including superheroes Spider-Man, The X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man. Lee was an inductee into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame and a recipient of NEA’s National Medal of Arts, as well as the VES Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Encounters 2019 International Film Selections Announced

The International Competition program for the 2019 Encounters Film Festival (Sept. 24-29 in Bristol, U.K.) has been revealed, with titles from 94 different countries making the selection list. As ever, the festival strives to deliver extraordinary, original storytelling across a multitude of genres.

With over 100 films competing for the coveted Grand Prix, titles in 18 eclectic programs explore topics from Fake News! to Desire, Rebellion to Resolution, Intimacy to Isolation. Encounters Film Festival is an Oscars, BAFTA and European Film Award qualifying festival, with previous alumni going on to with these renowned awards.

This year’s program covers an array of themes cultivated to ensure there’s something for everyone: Rebellious females, deceiving technology, laugh out loud comedy and global challenges are just a few themes on offer, with tastes of the sinister supernatural, uncanny animation, family matters and more waiting to be discovered in the coming days.

Categories include animation, live action, immersive, VR, U.K. student films, children’s films and more both in and out of competition.

View the program online here.

International Competition (Animation):
#21xoxo | Sine Ozbilge & Imge Ozbilge | Belgium | 2019
32-Rbit | Victor Orozco Ramirez | Germany/Mexico | 2018
4:3 | Ross Hogg | Scotland, UK | 2019
Ablaze | Jan Koster, Alexander Lahl | Germany | 2019
The Backward Astronomer | Jake Nelson | North America, England | 2018
Bavure | Donatos Sansone | France | 2018
Best Friend | Nicholas Olivieri, Yi Shen, Juliana De Lucca, Varun Nair, David Feliu | France | 2018
Black Earth Rising | Steve Small | UK | 2018
Bloomers | Samantha Moore | UK, Austria | 2019
Chin Up | JoAnne Salmon | UK | 2018
Coming Up for Air | Jeroen Hoogaars, Anouk van Kalmthout, Willem Stapel | Netherlands, Iceland, Spain, Finland, Morocco, Nepal, Sri Lanka | 2019
Creepy Pasta Salad | Lauren Orme | UK | 2019
Dad | Atle S. Blakseth, Einer Dunsæd | Norway | 2019
Daughter | Daria Kashcheeva | Czech Republic | 2019
The Dawn of Ape | Mirai Mizue | Japan | 2019
Don’t Know What | Thomas Renoldner | Austria | 2019
Embraces & the Touch of Skin | Sara Koppel | Denmark | 2019
The Fear of Drawing | Hugo Morel | France | 2019
Featherweight | Kayleigh Gibbons | UK | 2019
Five Minutes to Sea | Natalia Mirzoyan | Russia | 2018
Flow | Adriaan Lokman | Netherlands, France | 2019
Flowing through Wonder | Joanna Lurie | France | 2018
Getting Started | William Crook | Switzerland | 2019
Good Intentions | Anna Mantzaris | UK | 2018
Half and Half | Baptiste Drapeau | France | 2018
Half Asleep | Caibei Cai | UK, China | 2018
Happy Ending | EunJu Ara Choi | UK | 2018
Hold Tight | Jessica Ashman | UK | 2018
I Want (Ich Will) | Anne Isensee | Germany | 2019
I’m Not a Robot | Sean Buckelew | USA | 2019
Inside Me | Maria Telxeira | Germany | 2019
It Starts With | Laura Nasir-Tamara | UK | 2018
Kids | Michael Frei | Switzerland | 2019
Laugh Lines | Patricia Wenger | Switzerland | 2018
Les Lèvres Gercées | Fabien Corre & Kelsi Phung | France | 2018
Lickalike | Rebecca Blocher | Germany | 2019
The Lonely Orbit | Frederic Siegel, Benjamin Morard | Switzerland | 2019
The Magic Boat | Naaman Azhari | Lebanon, UK | 2019
Mercurio | Michele Bernardi | Italy | 2018
Mind My Mind | Floor Adams | Netherlands, Belgium | 2019
A Minor Achievement | Kolin Pope | USA | 2018
Modern Babel | Zhao Lin | China | 2019
Music & Clowns | Alex Widdowson | UK | 2018
My Generation | Ludovic Houplain | France | 2018
My Moon | Eusong Lee | United States | 2018
My Troubled Mind: Ryan’s Story | Andy Glynne, Salvador Maldonado | UK | 2019
O Hunter Heart | Carla MacKinnon | UK | 2019
One Day | Moe Koyano | Japan, Denmark | 2018
The Opposites Game | Anna Samo and Lisa LaBracio | USA | 2019
The Origin of Man | Pjotr Sapegin | Norway, Sweden | 2019
The Other | Marta Magnuska | Poland | 2018
R.I.S.E Pathfinder | Chloe Dumoulin | France | 2018
Relation • Ship | Zoey Lin; VR creative director Kun Xia | USA | 2018
Ripple Home | Laura Reedy | USA | 2019
Roughhouse | Jonathan Hodgson | UK, France | 2018
Secret | Congying (Ysabel) Li | USA | 2018
Segregated by Design | Mark Lopez | USA | 2019
Serial Parallels | Max Hattler | Hong Kong, Germany | 2019
Sphere of Existence | Ugo Bienvenu | France | 2018
Squaring the Circle | Karolina Specht | Poland | 2018
Story | Jola Bankowska | Poland | 2019
Strong Independent Space | Damian Krakowiak | Poland | 2018
Swatted | Ismael Joffroy Chandoutis | France | 2018
Tango of Longing | Marta Szymasnka | Poland | 2018
There Were Four of Us | Cassie Shao | US, China | 2019
Thermostat 6 | Maya Av-Ron, Mylene Cominotti, Marion Coudert, Sixtine Dano | France | 2018
Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days | Regina Pessoa | Portugal, Canada, France | 2019
Where Do We Go from Here? | Stephen McNally | UK | 2018

There Were Four of Us

There Were Four of Us

R.I.S.E. Pathfinder

R.I.S.E. Pathfinder



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‘Hors Piste’ Wins 2019 BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners of the 2019 BAFTA Student Film Awards, presented by Global Student Accommodation (GSA) in a gala ceremony and presentation on July 9 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Following a record number of submissions for this year’s Awards, the finalists were selected from over 550 submissions by students at film schools in 38 countries across the world. The finalist filmmakers were from France, Norway, the Czech Republic, Lebanon, China, the U.K. and the U.S. Leading up to the awards ceremony, the finale week in L.A. also included a series of curated meetings, tours and industry experiences for the traveling filmmakers.

The BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation was awarded to Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert and Oscar Malet from École des Nouvelles Images, France for Hors Piste. The BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary was awarded to Ingrid Holmquist and Sana Malik from Columbia University for Guanajuato Norte. The BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action was awarded to Asher Jelinsky from American Film Institute for Miller & Son. The Special Jury Prize was presented to Rikke Gregersen from Kristiania University College, Norway for Dog Eat Dog.

“I was very surprised at how human every single story I saw was – everything from the documentaries to the live-action fiction to the animation, everything was so extremely human and personal. I cried with laughter and then I cried with tears of emotion just at how amazing they all were,” said Special Jury member Josh Cooley (director, Toy Story 4). “I’m not worried about the future of filmmaking at all. All I know is I’m gonna get stock in Kleenex because these films were so emotional in such great ways. I’m so honored to be here.”

“I think that across the board, the craftsmanship [of the films] was really high so that doesn’t surprise me, it excites me. It makes me feel hopeful for this new generation of filmmakers,” said Special Jury member Aurora Guerrero. “I think what sort of put me at ease and made me feel like ‘right on!’ was that a lot of the films tried to tell stories that have a social, cultural, political story to it, and I think that right now it’s something that is important to do with film.”

Additionally, the BAFTA-GSA Short Film Commissioning Grant was awarded to Drama Del Rosario from New York Film Academy for his documentary, I’m Okay (And Neither Are You), and Lola Blanche Higgins from AFI Conservatory for her short film project, Kissy and the Shark. Del Rosario and Higgins will share the $ 12,000 commissioning grant, which was launched this year to provide filmmakers with a platform to raise awareness and encourage change in how wellbeing is understood amongst 15- to 25-year olds.

“We’re immensely proud to have launched this initiative alongside BAFTA and could not have hoped for more deserving winners,” said GSA’s Global COO James Granger, who presented the Grant. “As global leaders in student living, we know how important positive mental health and student wellbeing are to a thriving society, and we fully believe that projects such as Lola’s and Drama’s can make a real difference. We’re certain BAFTA’s support will be invaluable to them both, and we can’t wait to see the final result of all their hard work.”

For the first time, Netflix sponsored the BAFTA Student Film Awards, as a continuation of their support of BAFTA’s worldwide initiatives, including the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits program, championing the next generation of creative talent across film, games and television in the U.K. and internationally.

Hors Piste (Off-Piste) is a six-minute, CG-animated comedy-adventure centered on two mountain rescue experts. Despite being the best at their job and ever-primed for action, their latest mission is doomed to go awry …

The film has made selection lists for numerous international film festivals. It was nominated for the student film Annie Award this year, and recently won the student film Genie Award from the Paris Images Digital Summit.

Hors piste – Trailer from École des Nouvelles Images on Vimeo.

BAFTA Student Film Awards Special Jury

BAFTA Student Film Awards Special Jury

BAFTA Student Film Awards Winners

BAFTA Student Film Awards Winners

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Health Highlights: July 3, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Lawsuit Challenges Mississippi Law on Labeling of Meatless Products

A Mississippi law that bans terms such as “meatless meatballs” and “vegan bacon” on plant-based food labels violates free-speech rights, opponents allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

The law states that “a plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product,” the Associated Press reported.

But the lawsuit says the law “serves only to create consumer confusion where none previously existed.”

The lawsuit was launched by the Plant Based Foods Association and Illinois-based Upton’s Naturals Co., which makes vegan products. They’re backed by the free-market advocacy group Institute for Justice, the AP reported.

Last year, a lawsuit was filed against a Missouri law that made it a misdemeanor to label plant-based products as meat. That legal challenge was launched by vegetarian food products maker Tofurky Co. and The Good Food Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for alternatives to meat.

In Louisiana, a law scheduled to take effect in October 2020 forbids vegetable products from being called meat, non-rice products from being called rice and sugar alternatives from being called sugar, the AP reported.

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Posted: July 2019 – Daily MedNews

FAQ: All About Ticks 2019

July 2, 2019 — No matter where you are in the U.S., expect to find ticks.

The blood-suckers are in every state – even Alaska and Hawaii.

Ticks are in more places than they’ve ever been before,” says Thomas Mather, PhD, known as “The Tick Guy,” director of the University of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter Resource Center. “Not necessarily more ticks, but in more places. This leads to more people having an encounter.”

Cases of tick-borne diseases have been increasing in the United States for the last 25 years; in 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number to the CDC. Lyme disease in particular has exploded, increasing by 300% in the Northeast and 250% in North-Central states.

Here’s what else you need to know about ticks:

Q. What’s the forecast for ticks this year?

That depends on where you live and a variety of other things, including the number of host animals that the ticks  feed on (such as deer), temperature, rainfall, and humidity. Some types, like the black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick — the one that carries Lyme disease), thrive in humid conditions. Others, like the Lone Star and American dog ticks, prefer a dry climate. The life cycle for disease-spreading ticks can be 2 to 3 years, so last year’s weather conditions matter, too.

Q. How many types of tick are there?

In the United States, nine different species are known to transmit diseases to humans. Recently a 10th species, the Asian longhorned tick, was found here for the first time. In other countries, it has made humans and animals seriously ill.

Q. Is their territory expanding?

Each species of tick claims a different area of the country, with plenty of overlap. For some types, their reach is growing. For instance, the Lone Star tick, which carries diseases like ehrlichiosis, which causes flu-like symptoms, originated in the southeastern U.S. It has expanded into Northern and Midwestern states. And the black-legged tick, which transmits Lyme, has more than doubled its range over the last 20 years. One species, the brown dog tick, is found in every state except Alaska.

One reason for the black-legged tick’s expansion is the spread of white-tailed deer. They act as the reproductive host for the tick, and they’ve been found in more urban settings — even in New York City.

Climate change also affects tick activity. Milder winters mean that fewer disease-carrying ticks die in the winter, while hotter, more humid summers give them more time to find hosts and feed.

Q. Can ticks live indoors?

Yes. If you have a pet that lives indoors and out, ticks can catch a ride into your home and stay there.

Depending on the species, they may last for 24 hours or up to several days.

Q. Can ticks survive cold weather?

Yes. Think about it: If ticks die when the temperature drops below freezing, where would next year’s ticks come from?

In fact, black-legged ticks can emerge in a winter thaw — and they’ll be looking for a meal.

Q. What diseases do ticks transmit?

Those nine species carry a dozen different diseases, and disease cases from tick bites have doubled in the United States over 12 years. Over the past 2 decades, scientists have identified another seven tick-borne germs that can make you sick.

Lyme disease is by far the most common. In 2017, there were more than five times as many cases as the next most common, anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis. Others include spotted fever rickettsiosis, babesiosis, and tularemia.

Q. How do ticks transmit disease?

It sounds gross, but they spit germs into your body. Ticks eat blood to survive. They wait on the tips of grasses and shrubs until a human or animal host brushes by, then scramble aboard. From there, the tick seeks out a safe spot and inserts a feeding tube into the skin, which may have barbs to keep it attached, or the tick may secrete a cement-like substance to hold it there. That’s when the tick starts sucking blood, which can go on for several days. While it’s sucking, it’s also spitting saliva. If the tick is carrying a disease, the saliva carries it into your body. The longer the tick stays attached, the greater your risk.

Q. How small can ticks be?

Over the course of their life cycle, ticks come in three sizes. Among the ones that bite humans, black-legged ticks are the smallest. Their larvae are tiny, nearly microscopic, but they don’t transmit diseases — they pick them up from host animals while feeding. The next stage, nymph, is about the size of a poppy seed. They’re hard to see on your body, which may be why nymph black-legged ticks are most likely to transmit Lyme disease to humans. Adult ticks can also give you Lyme, but they’re bigger, about the size of a sesame seed, so they’re easier to spot and remove before they can pass along the bacteria.

Q. How do ticks compare to fleas?

They’re both small, and they both bite humans, but fleas mostly just make you itch. They can carry plague, a potentially deadly disease, but only 89 cases were reported in the United States between 2004 and 2016.

More common — but still unlikely — is murine typhus, which mostly happens in the southern U.S., particularly Texas and California.

Q. How do ticks reproduce?

Most ticks that transmit disease mate while on a host’s body. (Yes, that can mean they’re getting it on, on you.) After feeding on a host animal’s blood, the adult female lays eggs — from 1,500 to as many as 5,000. Those eggs hatch several months later, and the life cycle starts again: larva, nymph, adult, eggs.

Q. Where do ticks lay eggs?

Not on you! Once the adult female is full of blood, she’ll drop off to lay her eggs somewhere sheltered.

Q. What do baby ticks look like?

Larvae are very small dots, barely visible. But if you look at them under a microscope, you’ll see six legs. Nymph ticks, the next stage, have eight.

Q. Will you feel it when a tick bites?

Probably not. When they’re attaching themselves to a host, ticks secrete saliva that acts like an anesthetic. So if they’re in a hard-to-see spot on your body, you may not notice.

Q. What should you do if you find a tick on your body?

Remove it as soon as possible. But don’t just yank; use a pair of pointy-tipped tweezers. They’ll give you the control you need to grab the tick as close as you can get to the skin. Pull straight up, steadily, without twisting or jerking. The idea is to remove the whole tick in one go, without leaving any of its mouth parts behind.

Once it’s gone, thoroughly clean the skin and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

Because it can take a while for a tick-borne disease to emerge, it’s a good idea to hold on to the tick, says Mather. The TickEncounter Resource Center offers “TickSpotters,” a crowdsourcing tool that helps you identify what type of tick you found. “We can’t help you if it doesn’t have a picture,” he says. “Put it in a Ziploc bag. It doesn’t take much space, you can write on it, and you’ll have it if you want to get it tested.”

Q. How can you avoid being bitten?

Ticks can’t jump or fly — they start from ground level and climb. If you never brush up against grasses or shrubs, you should be fine. But for most of us, that’s easier said than done. When you’re walking through an area with heavier brush, take extra precautions: Tuck your pants legs into your socks, so the tick can’t get to your skin. And if you know you’re in a tick-infested area, wear clothing — especially shoes, socks, and pants — treated with permethrin, which repels and kills ticks. Insect repellents containing DEET, which you put on your skin, add more protection, but DEET alone is nowhere near as effective as permethrin.

Once you get home, check your body for ticks: under your arms, in and around your ears, inside your bellybutton, behind your knees, between your legs, around your waist, and on your hairline and scalp.


Thomas N. Mather, PhD, director, University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and its TickEncounter Resource Center.

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Emerging Infectious Diseases: “Enhancement of Risk for Lyme Disease by Landscape Connectivity, New York, New York, USA.” “Tick Larvae: They’re Early, They’re Tiny, They’re Everywhere,” “Protect Yourself,” “Permethrin,”

Medline Plus: “Typhus.”

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: “Watching for Ticks.”

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Health Highlights: June 12, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

More Women Should Be On Scientific Panels, NIH Head Says

The head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, has vowed not to speak at conferences where women are not given a prominent speaking role.

Men have typically dominated the platform at scientific meetings, the New York Times reported.

In a statement, Collins said: “I want to send a clear message of concern: It is time to end the tradition in science of all-male speaking panels.”

“Starting now, when I consider speaking invitations, I will expect a level playing field, where scientists of all backgrounds are evaluated fairly for speaking opportunities,” he said.

Collins urged others to follow his lead.

The announcement was generally praised.

“We’ve been working on this for years, and it’s great to have someone who’s a leading figure and a man do the same thing,” Yael Niv, a Princeton neuroscientist, told the Times.

“People really want him at a conference — he brings the crowds. So if he says, ‘I’m not coming to your conference to give the keynote speech because I don’t see adequate representation,’ that is huge.”


Costco Frozen Blackberries May Be Tainted With Hepatitis A

Townsend Farms, Inc. has told food giant Costco that — according to a U.S. Food and Drug Admiration inspection — frozen blackberry products made by the company may be contaminated with hepatitis A.

The frozen blackberries are used to make the Costco brand Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend.

The possibly affected products had expiration dates of February 16, 2020, and May 4, 2020. The products are sold only at Costco stores in San Diego, Los Angeles and Hawaii.

Testing has so far shown that no products made for Costco by Townsend Farms have not been found to contain hepatitis A. None of the affected product is currently in inventory at Costco, but out of an abundance of caution Costco has been asked to tell its members about the possible contamination.

The warning affects the following products:

KIRKLAND SIGNATURE THREE BERRY BLEND, 4 lb bag — Best By codes located in the white box on the back of the Product bag:

  • FEB1620,(A),(B),(C),(D),(E),(F),(G), or (H);
  • FEB1820,(A),(B),(C),or (D);
  • FEB2920,(A),(B),(C),or (D);
  • MAR0120,(A),(B),(C),or (D);
  • APR1920,(B),(C), or (D);
  • APR2020(A),(B),(C),(D),(E), or (F);
  • APR2720(A),(B),(C),(D),(E),(F),(G), or (H);
  • APR2820(A),(B),(C),(D),(E),(F),(G), or (H);
  • MAY0220(A),(B),(C),(D),(E),(F),(G), or (H);
  • MAY0420 (H).


New Facebook Feature Aims to Boost Blood Donations

Facebook wants to help people who want to donate blood connect with local blood banks.

The new feature helps users to find places to give blood where they live and also notify them when blood is needed, CNN reported.

Users can sign up for the service in the “about section” of their profile.

“In five U.S, cities, we’re going to put a notice right at the top of News Feed, asking people to register if they want to,” Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, told CNN.

The first cities are Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Baltimore and Washington. Facebook plans to roll out the feature throughout the country in the next few months.

“Then, if there’s a blood shortage in your city, our partners like the American Red Cross can notify you and give you an opportunity to donate,” Sandberg said. “This is an opportunity for us, we think, to help people contribute to each other in a way that’s really important.”

Similar programs are already operating in India, Pakistan, Brazil and Bangladesh, and more than 35 million people have signed up, according to Facebook.

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Colorado Marijuana Advocates Won Big in 2019

With a few strokes of his pen, Governor Jared Polis ushered in the most change to Colorado’s marijuana landscape in a single day since voters approved recreational pot in 2012.

Inside a sweaty, packed governor’s office at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 29, Polis approved bills that legalized social marijuana consumption and commercial delivery and opened the state’s pot industry to public investors, as well as measures that significantly overhauled and expanded both the medical and recreational marijuana sectors.

“We really have an opportunity with a series of bills that we’re going to sign…to really help make sure that Colorado can maintain its leadership position in job creation in the cannabis industry,” Polis said before signing the bills. “We can’t rest on our laurels as one of the first states to legalize marijuana through Amendment 64, which the voters chose to pass.”

Marijuana advocates believe 2019 to be the most successful legislative session yet for the plant, so we combed through the laws recently signed by the governor to highlight some of the biggest changes.

Social consumption will finally be legal
The bill that received that most attention during Polis’s signing spree was House Bill 1230, which allows restaurants, hotels, music venues and other businesses to apply for social pot use permits and dispensaries to apply for a tasting room license similar to that of a brewery — if their respective town or county decided to allow them, as local governments must still opt in to the program.

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If your local jurisdiction does allow social consumption licenses, non-dispensary businesses could also apply for limited pot sales, while mobile marijuana lounges such as tour buses and limousines will also be licensed but cannot sell marijuana; temporary licenses for special events will be available, too. None of these entities could have an active liquor license and allow social pot use, however.

And so will delivery
House Bill 1234 will eventually bring marijuana to doorsteps. Medical marijuana delivery could begin as early as 2020, and recreational as early as 2021. Municipalities will have to opt in to this program, too, and the state Marijuana Enforcement Division will have heavy input into the law’s details during rule-making sessions. The industry was split on the measure and language that allowed third-party delivery businesses, but it looks like we can order a smoke and a pancake to our homes soon.

Outside investors and publicly traded companies can invest in the pot industry
Another controversial effort among the marijuana industry because of fears of further consolidation and corporate influence, House Bill 1090 opens the state’s cannabis industry to out-of-state investors and capital, including publicly held companies and large venture funds. It also permits investors to own smaller stakes (less than 10 percent) in a pot business. Advocates of the measure believe the move was necessary to keep Colorado competitive as more states legalize recreational marijuana and allow similar investment opportunities.

Medical marijuana access significantly expanded
The potential access to medical marijuana in Colorado exponentially increased through a series of laws Polis signed in April and May. During his recent spree, Polis signed a medical marijuana sunset law that allows doctors, dentists (and some nurses) and anyone with prescribing power and a “valid license to practice within his or her scope of practice” to recommend medical marijuana. Days earlier, he signed a new law that gives doctors the right to recommend medical marijuana in lieu of opioid medications. The new medical marijuana cards would be valid for a length of time determined by the recommending doctor instead of the standard one year that patients with other conditions currently see.

In April, the governor signed House Bill 1028, which added autism spectrum disorder to the state’s list of qualified medical marijuana conditions.

New social equity efforts
Legalized via a wide-ranging bill that addresses sunsetting recreational pot laws, newly created “accelerator licenses” will be reserved for people who have lived in low-income areas of Colorado for five of the past ten years. These micro-licenses were created to enable newer, smaller businesses to use the facilities of established companies as they research and create their own cannabis products, which they would completely own. However, the MED still has to hammer out the details of the new business licenses.

Another change via the recreational sunset bill changes a former state law that banned anyone from becoming a licensed marijuana employee if they were convicted of a felony within the past five years, or of a drug felony within the past ten years. Marijuana and minority advocates believed the rule excludes certain demographics unfairly affected by the War on Drugs, so the new law removes the special drug-felon ban and cuts the five-year ban for felons to three years.

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing Drug Tests in 2019

So, you want to pass a drug test in 2019?  The landscape of marijuana being available in many states at the recreational as well as medicinal level has given people the right to smoke marijuana for leisure, or pain, which is a great step forward in society.  However, that still hasn’t changed the way that employers drug test.  There are many situations where people who are on medicinal marijuana change careers and their employment depends on passing a drug test. In other cases, people who have jobs that prohibit them from being impaired (think machinery operations) have to pass drug tests as well.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, what do you do?

Fortunately, over the years we’ve not only been through these situations, but we’ve also had THOUSANDS of our readers go through them as well.  Instead of keeping all of these hacks to ourselves, we’ve always been the type of people who like to share the wealth of information we consume in this budding space. (Pun entirely intended.)  So with that being said, here is our complete guide to passing tests, as well as products that are tried and tested, so you can rest assured you give yourself the best chance at beating that test.

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All in all, there has never been a more crucial time to pass drug tests.  Using these products can ensure you pass your test and gain – or keep – your employment.  Don’t be cheap and risk losing out on income because you “thought you were good.”  We have had many people go down that road, only to come back to regret it.

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Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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