Catalina Film Festival Honors Nasatir with "Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award"

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Marcia Nasatir was honored at the 7th annual Catalina Film Festival with the inaugural BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING Award on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  Festival Founder & Executive Director Ron Truppa, along with Co-Founder Delious Tim Kennedy presented Marcia with the award highlighting her many groundbreaking achievements in film and storytelling. 

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Marcia was also part of the Women in Film panel with Director Catherine Hardwicke
(pictured above on red carpet and below) Actress Cady McClain and Tamika Lamison of the Make-a-Film Foundation, moderated by Gena Vazquez of Monte Carlo Pictures. 

Left to Right: Cady McClain, Marcia Nasatir, Catherine Hardwicke, Tamika Lamison.

Left to Right: Cady McClain, Marcia Nasatir, Catherine Hardwicke, Tamika Lamison.

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Marcia pictured with Luke Guldan, actor from ROCKAWAY film. 

Marcia pictured with Luke Guldan, actor from ROCKAWAY film. 

A CLASSY BROAD was an official selection of the festival and screened Sunday, following the Women in Film panel. 

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: Moscow Int'l Film Festival

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A Classy Broad celebrates our INTERNATIONAL DEBUT as an Official Selection at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival with two screenings of our documentary on June 26th and 27th. 

As part of the festival, our director and Hollywood editor Anne Goursaud will be speaking in a webinar for Moscow Film School on July 3rd, covering the following: 

  • As a French woman becoming a director in Hollywood: I started my first big break as I was engaged in directing feature films and, finally, documentary films
  • EDITING OF FUNCTIONAL FILMS: reading the script, the first meeting with the director, watching dailies, from the first to the final installation
  • FUNCTION director-mounting in HOLLYWOOD
  • WHAT DIFFICULTIES IN THE director-INSTALLATION FOR WOMEN
  • What are the differences MOUNTING feature films and documentaries.

History of Moscow International Film Festival

The Moscow International Film Festival is one of the oldest in the world. For the first time it was held in 1935 with Sergei Eisenstein as chairman of the Jury but the Festival history is usually traced back to 1959 when it became a regular event. It is noteworthy that the Festival was reborn in the 1960s during the so called “period of thaw”, when film industry experienced an influx of filmmakers of a new generation whose spiritual experience was shaped by the great victory over fascism. In 1959 the opening ceremony of the first “thaw” Festival was held in the grand Palace of Sports in Luzhniki,  Moscow. Chronologically this event coincided with more than the renunciation of the totalitarian path by the leaders of the country, which had only recently been cut off from the West by the Iron Curtain.

In the early 1960s Russian cinema alongside world cinema experienced a period of renewal; competition and out-of-competition programs  of the MIFF featured the names of foreign filmmakers who re-invented the very notion of cinema in their works, who renounced classical forms, rejected acknowledged classical masters. And incidentally, sometimes they made use of the practices of “renunciation” tested by Soviet filmmakers of the 1920s. It goes without saying that not all the innovators whose works overwhelmed the Cannes and Venice in the 1960s found their way to the Moscow festival venues, but MIFF programs of the early 1960s carried the names of Federico Fellini, Valerio Zurlini, Kaneto Shindo. The Festival was attended by well-known stars of the time like Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Finch, Toshiro Mifune, Richard Burton, Anna Karina, Simone Signoret, Jean Marais, Yves Montand. Among the Festival guests were numerous film classics who used the new opportunity to learn about the country which had just lifted the veil off its cultural life. 

San Antonio/LA Soiree - SA Film Festival

This past Sunday, Marcia hosted a SA/LA Soiree for Executive Director and Founder of the San Antonio Film Festival, Adam Rocha, along with his A-list team - his wife Susan and best friend Martin - during their trip to Los Angeles. Adam was in town scouting for studio films, independent features, panelists and experts to attend the 23rd annual film festival in San Antonio. 

Last year, A Classy Broad was an official selection of the San Antonio Film Festival, and Rocha awarded Nasatir with a Lifetime Achievement Award, being a native San Antonian and glass ceiling breaker. 

We were thrilled to return the favor and introduce Adam to notable Hollywood movers and shakers to attract more attention to South Texas' LARGEST Film Festival. 

This year's festival will be held August 1-6th and word on the street is that there will be a new award given out to an outstanding female filmmaker who strives to break glass ceilings. That award will be The Mogulette - The Marcia Nasatir Award. 

Washington Jewish Film Festival

Marcia Nasatir had hoped to run into President Trump while in our nation's capital...but instead she made new friends at the Washington Jewish Film Festival. 

Director Anne Goursaud and our Classy Broad, Marcia Nasatir attended both screenings on May 20th at Bethesda Row Cinema and on May 21st at E. Street Cinema and dazzled the audience during both Q&A's -- they even managed to get in a bit of sightseeing.... although the current administration was nowhere to be found :) 

Women Who Work: Roundtable Video Shoot

Marcia Nasatir hosted a Women Who Work brunch for ladies in the workforce to discuss their careers and how their role as a woman has played out within their professions. This experimental video shoot, shot by our Classy Broad Director of Cinematography Shea William Vanderpoort, assisted by Duran Castro, will be edited and released to continue the conversation. Nasatir was overwhelmed with a guest list consisting of award-winning producers, composers, directors, writers and business savvy professionals from all walks of life. From age 15 to age 91, every generation was represented and documented in this exciting social project. 

Stay tuned for debut of the first roundtable and let us know if you'd like to be on the guest list for an upcoming shoot. Thank you to everyone who participated, was inspired and has requested we continue this classy conversation... 

A CLASSY BROAD Goes to Washington

A CLASSY BROAD is thrilled to be heading east to DC as an official selection of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. ACB will have two screenings on May 20-21st - the first, available by pre-sale tickets only for Saturday, May 20th at Bethesda Row Cinema at 2pm followed by a screening on Sunday, May 21 5pm at E Street Cinema in Washington DC.

Tickets for saturday screenings before 6:15pm are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.

One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series, in our home venue at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

The WJFF annually serves over 15,000 people through 80+ screenings, nearly all of which are regional, US or world premieres. Most screenings are followed by discussions with guest filmmakers and subject matter experts -- Director Anne Goursaud and Marcia Nasatir will both be in attendance. 

The 27th Festival lights up screens throughout the DC metropolitan area from May 17-28, 2017.

For tickets and more --> CLICK HERE

A CLASSY BROAD to Screen at Middleburg Film Fest

A CLASSY BROAD is among an incredible lineup of films showcasing this week, October 20th-23rd at the Middleburg Film Festival in the state of Virginia. Marcia Nasatir, our "Classy Broad" will be in attendance for the screening on Sunday, October 23rd at 3:30pm in the Sporting Library, located at 102 The Plains Rd. Middleburg, VA 20117.  

The Middleburg Film Festival highlights the screening for A CLASSY BROAD: Trying to level the playing field for women in Hollywood is a hot topic these days. But it’s also not a new conversation as the subject of this captivating documentary makes clear. Back in the 1970’s, Marcia Nasatir was one of a handful of women wielding influence in Hollywood. As a Vice President for United Artists, Nasatir championed films that have become American classics, including Rocky & Apocalypse Now.

For more information and tickets, check out middleburghfilm.org

SAFILM Petitions The Academy to Honor Nasatir

Executive Director Adam Rocha presents Marcia Nasatir with Lifetime Achievement Award 

Executive Director Adam Rocha presents Marcia Nasatir with Lifetime Achievement Award 

The San Antonio Film Festival presented Marcia Nasatir with a Lifetime Achievement Award on July 31st during their brunch ceremony at O'liva Restaurant. While this meant the world to Marcia, being a native of San Antonio, Executive Director Adam Rocha revealed his petition to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to honor our CLASSY BROAD with a very special honorary award (a.k.a OSCAR)!! Please join us and SIGN THE PETITION HERE!

Adam Rocha in the background wearing our official DONE. NEXT! T-shirt, moments after giving Marcia the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Adam Rocha in the background wearing our official DONE. NEXT! T-shirt, moments after giving Marcia the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

After receiving the award, A CLASSY BROAD screened as an official selection of the San Antonio Film Festival in the Alvarez Studio at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. 

Marcia on the Riverwalk overlooking the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts & SA skyline

Marcia on the Riverwalk overlooking the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts & SA skyline

Adam Rocha, Marcia Nasatir and Director Anne Goursaud

Adam Rocha, Marcia Nasatir and Director Anne Goursaud

Marcia Nasatir and her sister Justice Rose Spector, pictured in the center, with Lando Morales and his wife Kel French, who currently live in Marcia & Rose's childhood home, featured in A CLASSY BROAD

Marcia Nasatir and her sister Justice Rose Spector, pictured in the center, with Lando Morales and his wife Kel French, who currently live in Marcia & Rose's childhood home, featured in A CLASSY BROAD

Adam Rocha, Dana Ward, Marcia Nasatir, Anna Catalani and Anne Goursaud 

Adam Rocha, Dana Ward, Marcia Nasatir, Anna Catalani and Anne Goursaud 

Once again, the CLASSY BROAD team was overwhelmed by the generosity and support from our friends in San Antonio. We'd love to especially thank Adam & Susan from the SA Film Festival, Dana Ward from the Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society, and Anna Catalani & Wes Hughes for making sure we had transportation in San Antonio --- we are truly grateful for your continued friendship!  

SAFILM - San Antonio Film Festival Honors Marcia with LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

A CLASSY BROAD: Marcia's Adventures in Hollywood, RETURNS to San Antonio as an official selection of the San Antonio Film Festival for the closing night screening on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 4pm in Alvarez Studio at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

During last month's event at Thomas Jefferson High School, Adam Rocha, Director of the San Antonio Film Festival, invited A CLASSY BROAD to be a part of the 22nd annual festival and plans to honor Marcia with a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the Awards Brunch.

The SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival takes place at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts in the heart of downtown San Antonio from July 26- July 31 with over 100 feature-length and short films. The 3rd annual Awards Brunch is on Sunday, July 31 from 12pm-3pm at O'liva Restaurant.

Tickets are available for individual films and the Awards Brunch as well as festival passes for all-access and screening badges. Check on the SA Film Fest website for more details. 

Director Anne Goursaud's Short Story Published on Hollywood Dementia

You may or may not have known that the incredibly talented Anne Goursaud is not only a director, editor and producer but also an accomplished writer. Dive into her latest published piece on Nikki Finke's Hollywood Dementia, called KEEP THE GOOD PIECES

Illustration by thomas warming 

Set in Hollywood, KEEP THE GOOD PIECES, chronicles Claire's big break as a female editor, working to cut a film by one of the most legendary directors of all-time. 

Take a read... you may notice a little ACB cameo in this great piece of fiction. Reminds us of Oscar Wilde's famous quote, "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life." Do you agree? 

Texas Premiere: A CLASSY BROAD screens in San Antonio

Director of SA-Film , Adam Rochas, moderates the Q&A after the Texas premiere at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. 

Director of SA-Film , Adam Rochas, moderates the Q&A after the Texas premiere at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. 

The girl from San Antonio, who shattered Hollywood's glass ceiling, returned to her roots for a special Texas screening of A CLASSY BROAD: Marcia's Adventures in Hollywood on Friday, June 17th. Hosted at her alma-mater, Jefferson High School, this film event was co-sponsored by the Northwestern University Alumni Club of San Antonio, the Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society and the Lassos, Alumni Association. 

Guests were invited to tour the nationally-recognized school before the screening, featuring a live Lasso performance, the debut of the ACB t-shirts, AND a Q&A with the dynamic duo: Marcia & Anne. 

Of course, the best part was getting to meet all the wonderful people who helped bring A CLASSY BROAD to Marcia's hometown.

Thank you so much Sandy Gulledge with the Northwestern University Alumni Club of San Antonio; Dana Ward with Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society; and Nancy Andry with The Lassos Alumni Association for producing the event and celebrating Marcia's legacy! We appreciate all of your hard work, generosity and love for our A CLASSY BROAD. 

L-R: Nancy Andry, Dana Ward, Marcia Nasatir and Sandy Gulledge.

L-R: Nancy Andry, Dana Ward, Marcia Nasatir and Sandy Gulledge.

Marcia and members of The Lasso Alumni Association

Marcia and members of The Lasso Alumni Association

Marcia with her sister and Executive Producer, Judge Rose Spector and Morris Spector.            

Marcia with her sister and Executive Producer, Judge Rose Spector and Morris Spector.            

Anne and Marcia pictured with Wes Hughes (in our official ACB t-shirt) 

Anne and Marcia pictured with Wes Hughes (in our official ACB t-shirt) 

The Classy Broad team would also love to thank our Executive Producer, Judge Rose Spector and her husband Dr. Morris Spector, Marcia's sister and brother-in-law for their incredibly generous hospitality and continued support. And we must give an extra special thanks to Wes Hughes, for keeping us in check and being our tour-guide, driver, and t-shirt merchandiser - you're a true Texas gentleman! 

A CLASSY BROAD to Screen in San Antonio; Featured in The Jewish Journal

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A CLASSY BROAD goes to San Antonio!

The premiere Texas screening is co-sponsored by the Northwestern University Alumni Club of San Antonio, the Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society and the Lassos Alumni Association.  

The event will take place on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Thomas Jefferson High School with the following itinerary:

5-6 pm - Explore outside campus.

6-6:30 pm - Limited tour of the interior of the school.

6:30 pm - Local comedian Cleto Rodriguez, MC, honors Marcia Nasatir.

7 pm - Documentary begins.

8:30 pm - Q&A with Marcia Nasatir and Director/Producer Anne Goursaud.

For tickets and more information on this screening, check out the event website at www.aclassybroad.info 

BTS: Marcia in 35MM

Our camera operator, Duran Castro, is an extremely talented photographer (of course) and took some incredible BTS images in 35MM of our star, Marcia Nasatir, while on set filming, A CLASSY BROAD. These photos are so incredibly beautiful and cinematic, we just had to share. 

Perhaps you'll recognize the scenes these shots came from... remember the breaking of the breads for Thanksgiving? 

We can't thank Duran enough for these gorgeous images from Marcia's close-up! 

For more of Duran Castro's portrait work, check out his website at TheDiligentHand.com

A CLASSY BROAD'S Awesome Pecan Recipe

If you saw A CLASSY BROAD, then you are probably dying to try Marcia's FAMOUS Pecans (well they were her sister Rose's recipe first). 

PECANS ARE THE NEW POPCORN!

Try some today when you are watching your favorite film...we hope that film will be A CLASSY BROAD - Marcia's Adventures in Hollywood! Enjoy! 

A CLASSY BROAD'S AWESOME PECANS

Roast 1 lb. (about 3 cups) pecan halves for 15 minutes in 300-325 oven. In the meantime, spread wax paper on a cookie sheet or a large wooden surface.

Next, in a heavy saucepan: 
Mix 1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
Add 1/2 cup water and mix well.

Cook over medium high heat to 238 degrees. Or if you don't have candy thermometer, you can drop a small amount into cold water and use your fingers to form a soft ball.

Remove from heat. stir with wooden spoon and add 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Be sure it is well-mixed.

Put the roasted pecans in a large bowl. Add the syrup, mix well. Pour out onto waxed paper. Separate the pecans with two forks and let them cool.

Store in any kind of container. Or can be left in candy dish. Stays fresh and tasty for a long time. 

Final note: this recipe can be doubled and tripled.