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scottTribute to Dr. Scott Field, Production Advisor to Gibran Biographical Feature Film (In Memoriam). We note with great sadness, the loss of Dr. Scott Field, who passed in September 2014 as a result of a hiking accident in the French Alps. He was a steadfast advocate for the unity views of Kahlil Gibran and an active production advisor to the Gibran biographical feature film. He was an expert in international affairs and the Middle East. He worked and traveled widely in the region since the early 1990s. He has been a conference speaker and otherwise involved with the Skoll Foundation and the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Dr. Field served as the Middle East Manager at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where he led the development of philanthropic initiatives aimed at mitigating conflict in the region, particularly in Israel-Palestine and Syria. In this capacity he has also acted as an advisor to Participant Media on the films State 194 and The Square. At the time of his passing, he was serving as the Political Officer at the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Syria.

Previously, Scott had been a lecturer and briefer in International Relations and Middle East politics for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and a World Peace Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He maintained an affiliation as a Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies and has written numerous articles on current issues in Middle East politics for Al Jazeera, The Daily Beast and Al Monitor. He was also a champion footballer, who left the sport to pursue his academic and political studies.

Scott had a longstanding personal connection with Kahlil Gibran’s hometown of Becharré, and the nearby Cedars of God, where he celebrated his ceremony of marriage, and which he first visited in 1995.

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toronto2tiffThe Toronto International Film Festival (September 4-14, 2014) has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including a Special Presentation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Canada/France/Lebanon/Qatar/USA World Premiere Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Michal Socha Inspired by the beloved classic, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is a richly-animated story and celebration of Gibran’s book, created by artists, animators and musicians from around the world. Starring Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek-Pinault, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, John Rhys-Davies and Quvenzhané Wallis.

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The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) released a May 28, 2014 Report on the progress made to date implementing the Copyright Alert System – a voluntary initiative that was created with input from content owners, rights holders, Internet service providers (ISPs), and consumer advocacy groups. The Copyright Alert System was designed to educate consumers about the misuse of their Internet accounts to access illegal copies of music, films, and television shows – and about the large and growing list of legal sources of digital content.

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cgpbadgetheshipanimCANNES: Salma Hayek Presenting ‘The Prophet’ as Work-in-Progress 

Dave McNary Film Reporter@Variety

Cannes Film Festival has set an Official Selection work-in-progress screening of the animated feature “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” on Saturday, May 17th. The screening will feature highlights from the film and be presented by producer Salma Hayek-Pinault and director Roger Allers (“The Lion King”).

The story portrays the unlikely friendship between a young mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet.The event will also include animation directors involved with the film: Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”), Joan Gratz (“Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase”), Joann Sfar (“The Rabbi’s Cat”), Bill Plympton (“In Your Face”), and Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”). Composer Gabriel Yared will also participate.

Wild Bunch International is handling international sales at Cannes, excluding North America, which will be sold by Participant Media.

cannofficialThe film includes the voices of Hayek-Pinault, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhane Wallis. Producers are Hayek-Pinault, Clark Peterson, Jose Tamez, William Nix and Ron Senkowski.

Participant Media is financing along with Doha Film Institute, FFA Private Bank, MyGroup Lebanon, Financiere Pinault, and Code Red Productions.

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cgpbadgeElizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating. Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple -- though hard -- way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

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cgpbadgeThe Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) held its 2014 Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala" in Washington, D.C. on April 25th. Naya Salah began the evening event with her beautiful rendition of America the Beautiful in Arabic. http://www.aaiusa.org/blog/entry/naya-salah/ Honored at the event were Ambassador George Mitchell, who received the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, Martin Luther King, III, who was given a Special Service Award, and Participant Media, which received the Award for Corporate Citizenship. Participant's CEO, Jim Berk, accepted the award on behalf of the company. Established in 2004 by eBay founder and philanthropist Jeff Skoll, Participant Media is responsible for more than 50 films, of which 36 received Academy Award nominations and 7 earned Academy Awards, including "Good Night and Good Luck," " North Country," "Syriana," "An Inconvenient Truth," "Lincoln," "State 194," and "The Square." Participant has pioneered the ground-breaking marriage of entertainment media and social activism, using film as the cornerstone of campaigns to facilitate social change. One campaign, in conjunction with the release of "Food, Inc.," prompted nearly 250,000 people to petition Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act of 2010. This year, Participant Media and Ms. Salma Hayek will debut an animated film based on Kahlil Gibran's world-renowned book "The Prophet." William Nix, an Executive Producer of the film, attended the AAI event and, along with Dr. Scott Field, Middle East Manager for the Skoll Global Threats Fund, and author, Dr. Jack Shaheen, worked with Participant on the sizzle reel of Participant films, which included film clips from "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," in their first public exhibition at the event.

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cgpbadgeCreative Projects Group® Chairman, William Nix, has joined the National Advisory Council of Journeys in Film, an educational organization led by its Founder and Executive Director, Joanne Ashe. Other Advisory Council Members include National Spokesperson, Liam Neeson, Actors Brooke Adams, Ted Danson, Tony Shalhoub and Mary Steenburgen, as well as Harvard Professors Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Alan Dershowitz. Aligned with various prominent national initiatives, Journeys in Film helps America's youth develop the kind of worldview and understanding that should be a primary 21st century educational goal. Its educational program has proven to be effective in connecting cultures, broadening world-views, teaching for global competency and building a new paradigm for best practices in education. Journeys in Film and the USC Norman Lear Center are committed to seeking new alliances and fostering partnerships that address further advancement of global education programs, as well as those promoting the power of film as a tool for teaching. The Norman Lear Center is a nonpartisan research and public policy center that studies the social, political, economic and cultural impact of entertainment on the world. The Lear Center translates its findings into action through testimony, journalism, strategic research and innovative public outreach campaigns. On campus, from its base in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Lear Center builds bridges between schools and disciplines whose faculty study aspects of entertainment, media and culture. Beyond campus, it bridges the gap between the entertainment industry and academia, and between them and the public. Through scholarship and research; through its conferences, public events and publications; through its role in the formulation of the academic field of entertainment studies; and in its attempts to illuminate and repair the world, the Norman Lear Center works to be at the forefront of discussion and practice in the field.

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cgpbadgeCreative Projects Group® has become a Coalition and Creative Partner of CreativeFuture, an organization that promotes the value of creativity in the digital age. CreativeFuture embraces expanded audience access to content in ways that reward creativity and hard work. It is united in opposition to for-profit theft of creative works, which jeopardizes the rights of all creative individuals, puts jobs at risk, and undermines new business models and distribution platforms. CreativeFuture's mission is to empower the creative community to speak out with one collective and powerful voice – advancing a positive, dynamic vision of a digital future that better serves audiences and artists alike.

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cgpbadgeCreative Projects Group® Advisory Board Member, Claude Johnson's Black Fives Foundation was featured in a "New York Times" review of its Black Fives exhibition at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan. The exhibition is open through July 20th.

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cgpbadgeProducer Susan Cartsonis, CEO of Storefront Film Group, was featured in the March 19, 2014 issue of "LA BizWomen Journal" for her work to promote women in film and films that appeal to the underserved women's market. Creative Projects Group's investment banking strategic partner, Avalon Group, is working to help with the financial underwriting of her company's slate of feature film and other productions.

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