IFC Films Presents GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA, A Film by Nicholas Wrathall

Film to Opens at IFC Center & Lincoln Plaza in NYC on May 23, 2014 and at the Nuart in LA on June 6, 2014
IFC Films will theatrically release the acclaimed documentary GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA in New York on May 23rd and in Los Angeles on June 6th, with a concurrent national release. This is Gore Vidal’s last word and testimony.
After a triumphant premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival where it was a critical and fan favorite, the film has had equally triumphant screenings at film festivals and arthouse/independent film houses around the world, including the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Young At Heart – Seniors Film Festival (Sydney, Australia), Sonoma International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Filmfest – Washington DC, Independent Film Festival Boston, FRAMELINE37 – SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL, MARTHA’S VINEYARD FILM FESTIVAL, OUTFEST LOS ANGELES, Melbourne International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Fabulous Independent Film Festival Florida, FILM FESTIVAL OF COLUMBUS, Lisbon LGBT Festival, 19th Athens International Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, PORTLAND GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL, Zurich Film Festival, 57th BFI London Film Festival, New Horizons International Film Festival Poland, United Nations Association Film Festival, The Ojai Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and the Salt Springs Film Festival.

No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal.  Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, GORE VIDAL is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.

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Gore Vidal’s professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters.  His return to America in 2005 marked the last great stage in his creative career and this film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the twenty-first century.  Featuring candid vérité footage of Vidal in his final years, the film explores his enduring global impact on art, politics, and everything in between.  His overview of the current state of the Republic and the health of US democracy is unique and incisive.

No other twentieth-century figure has moved as easily and confidently and had a more profound effect in the worlds of literature, drama, film, politics, historical debate, and the cultural wars than Gore Vidal.  He was a brilliant novelist, political essayist, literary critic, historian, scenarist, television pundit, political activist and candidate.  As a raconteur, lecturer, and platform performer, Vidal is rivaled only by Mark Twain.

 

Gore Vidal was born in 1925 with high political and social connections. His father, Eugene Luther Vidal, worked for the Roosevelt administration as Director of Air Commerce from 1933 until 1937. His maternal grandfather was the legendary blind Senator Thomas Prior Gore of Oklahoma, a Democrat who played an important role in Democratic politics for many decades. Gore Vidal’s mother, Nina Gore Vidal, was divorced in 1935, when Vidal was ten. She then married Hugh D. Auchincloss, a wealthy financier, who in turn divorced her and married Jacqueline Kennedy’s mother, thus establishing a connection between Vidal and the Kennedy clan that persisted through the presidency of John F. Kennedy.In 1943, after graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, he entered the Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army. After a brief training period at the Virginia Military Institute, he joined the Army Transportation Corps as an officer and was sent to the Aleutian Islands. He wrote much of his first novel, WILLIWAW, during a run between Chernowski Bay and Dutch Harbor. Suffering from serious frostbite and arthritis, he was sent back to the States, where he finished the novel while recuperating in a military hospital. In its tight-lipped, minimalist style, WILLIWAW reflects Vidal’s reading of Hemingway and Stephen Crane. This novel put Vidal on the map of young postwar novelists that included Norman Mailer, John Horne Burns, and Truman Capote.

By any standard, the postwar years were productive ones for the young Vidal, who published eight novels in succession between 1946 and 1954. These include THE CITY AND THE PILLAR, THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS, and MESSIAH. THE CITY AND THE PILLAR is notable for reasons that go beyond its aesthetic qualities; it counts among the first explicitly gay novels in the history of American fiction. Vidal suffered the consequences of bringing a gay novel before a wide audience in 1948. Indeed, his next five novels were dismissed by the mainstream press. Among the best of these was MESSIAH, a prophetic novel that makes deft use of the modernist technique of the journal within the memoir — a form that Vidal would exploit to good effect in later novels.

After a period in Europe, where he traveled with his friend Tennessee Williams, he settled along the Hudson River in a mansion called Edgewater with his companion, Howard Austen. Among the many projects that occupied him during this period was THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS, one of his most compelling early novels.

Needing money to support his expensive establishment, he took on a variety of commercial ventures, writing a series of mysteries under the pseudonym Edgar Box. Unlike his serious fiction, these potboilers were very well received in the press.  However, these clever fictions did not solve their creator’s financial problems. Vidal then opted to make a more unusual move by entering the new medium of original drama for television.

At the time, many of the most popular programs were anthology shows, such as Studio One and Playhouse 90, broadcast live. Most serious writers in the ’50s shunned the medium, but Vidal seized the opportunity. In a few years, he was to write 20 of these dramas.  He scored his greatest success in the medium with an original fantasy, Visit to a Small Planet. He adapted Visit to a Small Planet for the Broadway stage, where it was an immediate hit.

Television dramatists like Vidal, Paddy Chayefsky and Rod Serling were public figures in the 1950s, and Vidal was asked to appear on the new talk programs like Today and The Tonight Show. His mellifluous voice, ready wit, gift for mimicry, and unexpected candor about sex, politics and every other subject made him a sought-after guest..

Film adaptations of Visit to a Small Planet, and Vidal’s Billy the Kid drama, Left-Handed Gun, were disappointments to him. He accepted an offer from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and was one of the last writers to be placed under long-term contract to any studio.  Vidal prospered in Hollywood, writing acclaimed screenplays for The Catered Affair, Suddenly Last Summer (based on a play by his friend Tennessee Williams) and J’Accuse. He also worked as an uncredited script doctor on the epic film Ben Hur, in exchange for which he was released from his contract. His earnings from television, Broadway and Hollywood had now freed him to write what he pleased without taking on other work. But just as he was prepared to plunge full-time into literary labor, ghosts of his Washington past returned to draw him back into the world of electoral politics.

Vidal observed the political world from the sidelines for many years, but this vantage did not satisfy him. He wrote a play, The Best Man, exposing the backstage intrigues at a presidential nominating convention. The play was a hit on Broadway, and was later made into a successful motion picture, the only film version of his work with which Vidal was entirely satisfied.

Meanwhile, Vidal had become friends with a Dutchess County neighbor, Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of the 32nd president. With the encouragement of the Kennedys and the Roosevelts, Vidal decided to challenge the incumbent Congressman from Dutchess County, a strongly Republican area. Although he lost the general election, he garnered more votes in the district than Kennedy, the party’s presidential candidate. Continue reading

L’Oreal Paris Announces Search For Women Making A Beautiful Difference In The World With First-Ever Women Of Worth Forum

To kick-off the ninth annual Women of Worth program, L’Oreal Paris will convene thousands of women, including Maria Shriver, Arianna Huffington, Mika Brzezinski and L’Oreal Paris Ambassadors Lea MicheleEva Longoria and Liya Kebede for the first-ever Women of Worth Twitter Forum.  This day-long discussion on April 16 will focus on the power of self-worth and its ability to propel women forward.

More than 40 years ago, L’Oreal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy “Because I’m Worth It” was launched to celebrate women’s worth and self-esteem. This signature phrase was brought to life when L’Oreal Paris established Women of Worth to honor women making a beautiful difference in the world through volunteerism.

L'Oreal Paris (PRNewsFoto/L'Oreal Paris)

L’Oreal Paris (PRNewsFoto/L’Oreal Paris)

In a recent study commissioned by L’Oreal Paris* on the power of self-worth, 81 percent of women agree that seeing other women give back inspires them to do the same.  The study goes on to find that those giving back themselves tend to enjoy a stronger sense of self-worth.  The L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth program shines a spotlight on amazing women who give back, helping to fuel a cycle of self-worth for all women.

STUDY FINDINGS has shown that:

  • Helping others is the number one driver of self-worth: 96 percent of women feel that helping others is a part of life that gives them self-worth.
  • The effect of giving back: Women who do give back through their charity involvement (such as volunteering time or money, being a member, managing or being on the board, or founding the organization) are particularly likely to have a strong sense of self-worth compared to those who are not involved.
  • Women fuel Women’s Worth: More than 90 percent of women’s self-worth role models are women they have a personal connection with.

Since 2006, L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth has recognized 80 inspiring women who have selflessly devoted themselves to causes at the local and national level, and have motivated others to get involved. The Women of Worth program is conducted in partnership with Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most.

Past honorees have been involved in a range of important causes from advocating for victims of childhood abuse and mentoring homeless youth, to helping break the cycle of poverty and empowering teens with disabilities.

The L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth program reinforces the importance of recognizing exemplary women who have dedicated their time to supporting the needs of others,” said Tracy Hoover, President, Points of Light. “Exceptional women everywhere are leveraging their time, skills, resources, and personal power to solve the world’s most pressing challenges and to inspire others to serve.

Starting on April 16, nominations for the 2014 Women of Worth program will be accepted at WomenofWorth.com.  The 10 women selected will be awarded $10,000 and one woman will be named the national honoree and awarded an additional $25,000 to further her philanthropic efforts.  All 10 honorees will be recognized in December at a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by L’Oreal Paris in New York.

THE WOMEN OF WORTH FORUM
To celebrate the call for nominations and to ignite a discussion on the dynamic role of self-worth among women today, L’Oreal Paris is inviting all women to join the Women of Worth Twitter Forum on Wednesday, April 16. Join the conversation by following @LOrealParisUSA and tweeting during one of the five scheduled chats (#WomenofWorth):

  • 9 a.m. ET: Women of Worth: Celebrating Extraordinary Women
  • 1 p.m. ET: The Worth Effect: The Power of Giving Back
  • 4 p.m. ET: Passion and Positivity: How Feeling Your Best Fuels Success
  • 8 p.m. ET: The Beauty of Worth: Achieving Happiness in Life, Work and Love
  • 9 p.m. ET: What’s Worth It: Charting Your Course & Realizing Your Dreams

Celebrating the intrinsic beauty and worth of all women is the heart of the L’Oreal Paris brand – and we are deeply committed to championing women who are going above and beyond to serve their communities,” said L’Oreal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu.  “Worth has a multi-dimensional role in a woman’s life – it’s more than just confidence or self-esteem – it’s the foundation of everything we can and will achieve.  The Women of Worth program was conceived as a way to demonstrate, through the achievements of incredible women, the impact of pursuing your passion and believing in your worth.”

For more information on Women of Worth and to learn more about past honorees, visitwww.WomenofWorth.com.

*L’Oreal Paris’ study on Self-Worth was conducted online by Ipsos.  The study tapped 1,006 women ages 18-74 from all over the United States and was fielded in February 2014.

 

Woodford Reserve® Celebrates the Run for the Roses™ with Exclusive $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for Charity

In honor of the 89th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby®‘s designation as the “Run for the Roses,Woodford Reserve will offer an exclusive $1,000 Mint Julep Cup to raise funds for a good cause at Kentucky Derby 140. With proceeds benefitting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center,

89 exclusive rose-themed mint julep cups with a selection of uniquely handcrafted rose-themed ingredients will be available for purchase online beginning April 142014 marks the ninth year of the program with more than $354,000 raised for equine and humanitarian causes.

Woodford Reserve announces the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for charity at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2014. Proceeds from the sales of these exclusive cups benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center. (PRNewsFoto/Woodford Reserve)

Woodford Reserve announces the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for charity at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2014. Proceeds from the sales of these exclusive cups benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center. (PRNewsFoto/Woodford Reserve)

Consumers age 21 years and older can log on towww.woodfordreservemintjulep.com to purchase one of the Kentucky Rose or Royal Rose Cups. Each cup is presented in a box made from the same American oak as Woodford Reserve barrels and is lined with a custom silk fabric designed by the Connecticut-based lifestyle brand vineyard vines®, the Official Style of the Kentucky Derby. Online sale closes on May 1, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. E.T.

Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends cares for more than 130 horses across three states, most of them stallions whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. They are the only Thoroughbred retirement facility that specializes in accepting stallions and so they take exceptional pride in their pensioned champions. At Old Friends, visitors can hear the stories of the horses while learning about racing and ways to help with Thoroughbred aftercare. (To make a contribution supporting Old Friends, please visithttp://www.oldfriendsequine.org/.)

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center is very grateful for all of the funds raised and recognition gained from the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program,” said Michael Blowen, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center President. “We appreciate the support to help us take care of the retired racing heroes here at Old Friends.”

There will be a total of 89 cups available for purchase online from April 14-May 1 at www.woodfordreservemintjulep.com. 79 Kentucky Rose Cups are available for $1,000 each on a first-come-first-serve basis and are individually numbered cups and hand-engraved with a gold-plated medallion of a Thoroughbred adorned in the traditional Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses along with the 2014 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and is accompanied by a gold-plated sipping straw. Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

The Mint Julep Cup’s Special Ingredients
This year’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will feature uniquely handcrafted ingredients created in collaboration with Kentucky-based Bourbon Barrel Foods:

  • Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby
  • Ice infused with rose water
  • Mint julep simple syrup crafted by Bourbon Barrel Foods
  • Bourbon Barrel Foods hand-selected and candied rose petals

 

In addition to the 79 Kentucky Rose Cups, there are 10 Royal Rose Cups available for purchase online for$2,000 on a first come, first buy basis. These individually numbered cups are gold-plated and hand-engraved with a sterling silver medallion of a Thoroughbred adorned in the traditional Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses along with the 2014 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and is accompanied by a gold-plated sipping straw. Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

( Purchase of  each cup does not include admission to Churchill Downs.  Purchased cups must be claimed by buyer or his or her proxy at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. For complete terms and conditions, go to www.woodfordreservemintjulep.com.)

The 89 cups will be presented only on Kentucky Derby Day, May 3, 2014.

Woodford Reserve has also teamed up with vineyard vines® to create a custom fabric exclusively for the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup along with a collection of wearables for purchase with proceeds benefitting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center. The wearables include a limited quantity of bowties, neckties, pocket squares and scarves available for purchase at the Woodford Reserve Distillery or by calling 859-879-1940. Continue reading

CAMPARI PRESENTS THE 2014 ART LABELS

Campari presents the new Art Labels limited edition, a modern reinterpretation of a number of works by Fortunato Depero, one of the most representative artists of the Futurist movement and an artist who had a long association with Campari.

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Three collectible labels are the protagonists of the Campari limited edition and summarize three moments strongly related to the optimal consumption of the product: the preparation of a perfect cocktail, the pleasure of enjoying a Campari and its tasting.

The first label was inspired by a black and white ink sketch made on paper in 1928. It was a graphic study made for Campari, closely recalling aperitif time, revisited and re-colored, presented on a green background with the color red in strong evidence.

The second label on a yellow background depicts a collage dating back to 1927. The image takes up a sketch, the original of which is kept in the archive of the Galleria Campari collection, created by the artist with colored pencils. It represents the pleasure and passion of enjoying a Campari: the most evident detail of the portrayed character is his heart, which is colored as the liquid in the glass.

The third Art Label, which completes the collection, on a purple background, the only one already created in color, is a 1928 illustration created by Depero with the collage technique. The work depicts the iconic little man of Depero during the tasting of a Campari. The combination of colors has a particular impact and is also emphasized by the red liquid of the product.

Andrea Conzonato, Chief Marketing Officer, Gruppo Campari, commented: “The new Art Labels want to be a tribute to a great artist, Fortunato Depero, who worked extensively with Campari and produced truly unique works of art, connected with the brand by an unbreakable bond. Much of the artist’s production is kept at the Galleria Campari collection and is a piece of art history and of the company’s communications. The aim is to pay homage to the brand’s tradition and celebrate it in a new and original way by reinterpreting an art movement that still today is contemporary and very modern. Thus, Campari wants to present its consumers with a special collection that is a testimony to the strong innovative nature of the brand”.

The Campari Art Labels will initially be available in Italy from May 2014 and in the rest of the world thereafter.

Bacardi Expands Flavor Portfolio with Launch of BACARDI® Mango Fusion™

BACARDÍ® rum announces the latest addition to the brand’s flavored rum family, BACARDÍ® Mango Fusion(TM), a one-of-a-kind product that fuses the ripe flavor of mango with a recognizable hint of orange. BACARDÍ rum created the flavored rum category when it launched BACARDÍ Limon in 1995 and BACARDÍ Mango Fusion joins the lineup of flavored rums both on- and off-premise and is available in 750 ml size for a suggested retail price of $14.99, in addition to 50 ml, 200 ml, 375 ml, 750 ml, 1 liter and 1.75 liter sizes. BACARDÍ Mango Fusion is a BACARDÍ original flavor that’s great as a shot drink or mixed with fruit juices, lemon-lime soda or sweet and sour mix for a twist on cocktail favorites.

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BACARDI Mango Fusion (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.)

Select BACARDÍ Mango Fusion Cocktails:

Mango Fused:
1 part BACARDÍ(®) Mango Fusion(TM)
3 parts orange juice
Pour ingredients over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Mango Mojito:
2 parts BACARDÍ(®) Mango Fusion(TM)
2 tsp. caster sugar
4 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
1 part soda water/club soda
Spring of fresh mint to garnish

Gently press together the limes and sugar; bruise the mint leaves by clapping them between your palms, rub them on the rim of the glass and drop them in.  Next, half fill the glass with crushed ice, add BACARDÍ(®) Mango Fusion(TM) and stir. Top with crushed ice, a splash of soda and a sprig of mint.

Chilled Mango:
1 part BACARDÍ(®) Mango Fusion(TM)
Mix in a shaker with ice and pour in a shot drink glass.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES 98th ANNUAL PULITZER PRIZES IN JOURNALISM, LETTERS, DRAMA AND MUSIC

The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced today by Columbia University.

The Pulitzer Prize Board made its recommendations for the 2014 prizes when it met at Columbia on April 10 and 11 and passed them to President Lee C. Bollinger. It announced that the awards would be presented at a luncheon on May 28 at Columbia
University. Randell Beck, Robert Blau, Joyce Dehli, Steven Hahn and Keven Ann Willey were re-elected to membershippulitzer_prize_medal_a_p on the board.

In any category in which board members have an interest due to the action of the various nominating juries, those members do not participate in the discussion and voting and leave the room until a decision is reached in the affected category. Similarly, members of nominating juries do not participate in the discussion of or voting on entries in which they have an interest.

The winners in each category, along with the names of the finalists in the competition, follow:

A. PRIZES IN JOURNALISM

1. PUBLIC SERVICE

For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, including the use of stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, a gold medal.

Two Prizes of a gold medal each:

Awarded to The Guardian US for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.

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Awarded to The Washington Post for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.

Also nominated as a finalist in this category was: Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for its use ofin-depth reporting and digital tools to expose shootings, beatings and other concealed misconduct by some Long Island police officers, leading to the formation of a grand jury and an official review of police accountability. Continue reading