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Posts Tagged ‘John M. Glionna’

LAT Article Leads Filmmaker to $101,000 Documentary Prize

The LA Times and Kickstarter deserve equal amounts of credit for something that happened in San Antonio this past weekend.

It was a June 2011 LAT article by Southeast Asia correspondent John M. Glionna that first made filmmaker Brian Ivie aware of a South Korean pastor caring for unwanted disabled children. Inspired by the piece, Ivie that fall raised a relatively modest sum to make a feature documentary about the extraordinary man profiled by Glionna and on Saturday The Drop Box claimed a $101,000 Jubilee Award from the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival:

Judge Curtis Bowers, who won “Best of Festival” in 2010 for his film Agenda, remarked: “We saw in this young man [Ivie] someone who loved life so much; that loved the truth; that was willing to defend those that no one cares about and wants to get rid of. If he’s that passionate about that in a movie that he didn’t know if it’s ever going to make money or not . . . we could tell: That’s a young man we want to invest in, because he’s going to change the world with his films.”

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Kooky Howard Hughes Rumor Flickers Anew at Las Vegas Neon Museum

John M. Glionna has a fun look in the LA Times at Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the Neon Museum, which officially opened over the weekend. Located downtown, the non-profit offers guided tours Tuesdays through Saturdays for a minimum suggested donation of $15.00.

The Neon Museum will rank as must-see for many LA visitors the next time they hit the Strip. Among the attractions is this one as highlighted by Glionna:

Outside the museum sits the refurbished silver slipper that legend says once spooked Howard Hughes. The billionaire reportedly suspected the slipper that revolved outside the Silver Slipper casino was being used as a government surveillance ploy because it often paused momentarily, pointing at his Desert Inn penthouse. (Some say Hughes just didn’t like the sign’s light shining in his window, but he eventually bought the casino and slipper, which he had filled with concrete.)

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LAT In 90 Seconds

34521811.jpgBest Story Of The Day: We don’t know when John M. Glionna was sent to China, but he dug up a great story there: a profile of the founder of Rural Women magazine, a women’s rights activist with an amazing tale.

22178970.jpgPremature Speculation: The guys at The Envelope apparently don’t know what to do with themselves in these few weeks before awards season starts. So they’re planning for next year. Out loud.

34519188.jpgQuiet On The Set: Columnist Jay A. Fernandez takes Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and other A-list celebs to task for staying silent about the WGA strike.