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Bali Salutes Hollywood Filmmakers  

by on Thursday, 19 April 2007No Comment | 894 views

Since the 1930’s Bali has been the premier destination for celebrities and noted personalities who were inspired by the island as a place of sensuality, mystery, romance, and adventure. Bali continues to be an artistic and spiritual haven attracting celebrities, writers, actors and directors from around the world and Bali Film Center (BFC) is inviting those who have this Bali connection to the first ever BALI TAKSU FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS.

The four-day event to be held on Bali October 25-28 includes a salute to these ‘Ambassadors’ in the international film industry for their continued support of Bali and Indonesia, a retrospective of Bali-themed Films, a Tribute to Indonesian Filmmakers, a Christies Charity Art Auction plus a Celebrity Golf Challenge. In addition, producers and directors will take this opportunity to explore the abundant film location possibilities available throughout the country and discover why Bali first came to the attention of Hollywood through films like Andre Roosevelt‘s (US President Theodore Roosevelt’s nephew), Goona Goona (1932). Goona Goona was originally released in two-color Technicolor and one of the last films released with unsynchronized sound track.

The last silent film ever produced in Hollywood and the last film to use the two-strip Technicolor process was Constance Bennet and husband Henri de la Falaise’s Legong: Dance of the Virgins. Also set on Bali, the film was released by Paramount International in 1935. These films helped launch Bali as a free loving paradise for a host of Hollywood trendsetters including Charlie Chaplin who is quoted as saying, ‘If it comes to the worst, we’ll go to Bali’.

Bali continues to be a magnet for filmmakers of today and BFC provides the professional production assistance and logistical support necessary for filming in this vast geographically and culturally diverse country, with the aim of bringing Indonesia to the world’s cinemas.

Bali Film Center is a private initiative providing production services and promoting film, education and film industry development for Bali and Indonesia.

Contact:
Deborah Gabinetti – Bali Film Center
Tel: (62 81) 835 0145 (Bali)
Tel: (1) 310 388 7758 (USA)
contact @ balifilm.com

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