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LA Startup Not Waiting for Superman

There’s a very informative interview today over at SoCalTech.com with CauseCast.com head honcho Ryan Scott. The Culver City firm, nurtured in 2008 by Arianna Huffington (who remains on the Advisory Board), is mainly about helping non-profits master the web and create online pathways at pinnacle media-attention moments.

FishbowlLA had no idea that CauseCast’s co-branded blogger ranks had passed the 1,000-person threshold. Thanks to contributors like George Lucas and Bill Gates, the site gets over a million uniques per month. Scott shares a great example of how the company was able to help extend the underlying mission statement of Davis Guggenheim‘s most recent documentary:

We launched an education section–partially in response to the Changing The Equation effort by the White House, but also because of the Waiting for Superman movie, which catalyzed a lot of the current talk about reforming education. We launched that section with Paramount, with the movie ad as the lead sponsor. It’s doing very well.

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Bel Air Graduates To Major Leagues — Gets Its First Film Festival

The swanky L.A. suburb of Bel Air will catch up to the big boys with its first film festival, running Nov. 14-19.

And because it’s a short film fest and it is Bel Air, screenings will take place in private homes with private screens and probably private guests.

“Film Fashion Night,” will kick off the festival, hosted by Genlux Magazine, with a celebration of fashion, film and art held at Lionsgate Vice Chairman and Director Mark Amin‘s exclusive private estate in Bel Air.

Screenings include Louise Dahl-Wolfe: Painting with Light, a short documentary about the famed photographer’s life and her “discovery” of actress Lauren Bacall, as well as short documentary James Gill Full Circle, an autobiographical look at American pop artist James Gill that chronicles his meteoric rise and sudden disappearance from the Hollywood scene and art world. Honorees for the evening include Anya Sarre, celebrity stylist and head fashion stylist for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and ET on MTV; and Orian Williams, producer of the award-winning film Control and one of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch.”

On Saturday, Nov. 15, a screening of the short documentary Carissa sponsored by Virgin Mobile and the Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation, will be shown at the Motion Picture Academy Theater in Beverly Hills.

The film has won the Jury Prize in its category and six film festivals and is Executive Produced by Davis Guggenheim, Academy Award winning director of An Inconvenient Truth and Jamie McCourt, Owner & President of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Carissa Phelps and director David Sauvage. Carissa tells the story of a homeless 12-year-old in Fresno, who was forced into prostitution, but strived against all odds to eventually graduate from UCLA last year with a law degree and MBA.

For more info, check out the release below:

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An Inconvenient Number of Producers in Documentary

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Tom Roston, writing in Premiere.com, tries to tie the “how many producers can grab an Oscar” semi-crisis to the documentary category. Documentaries nominated all get space for one producer and one director. Davis Guggenheim, the director of An Inconveient Truth, will bound up to the stage alone should the film win. The three producers–Laurie David, Lawrence Bender, and Scott Burns agreed to stay seated, although they did apply to the Academy for an exception.

Roston foresees Al Gore striding manfully to the podium in a star-making moment. FBLA thinks it would awesome if Big Al laid a big wet one on the statuette babe, ala Adrien Brody.