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Fantômas—Revenge of the Image with Maya Brattkus October 19th – 28th Wuzhen China

Revenge of the Image, will receive its world premiere Oct. 19 at the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen China. The multidisciplinary work incorporates live performance and film to explore urban violence. CalArtian and mega-talent Maya Brattkus is among the cast of this piece focusing on the emergence of urban terror as an enduring facet of modernity. Inspired by the legendary figure of Souvestre and Allain's pulp fiction series as well as the films of Louis Feuillade.   Center for New Performance artistic director Travis Preston will direct the project, which was developed in collaboration with Tom Gunning.  [Wuzhen show poster]

 

Wild Prairie Rose – Winner Black Hills Film Festival – Best Feature Film 2017

We are so thrilled to announce that Wild Prairie Rose was named the BEST FEATURE FILM at the Black Hills Film Festival in South Dakota! As an independent film that was shot almost entirely in Beresford, SD this recognition means so much to us!  Thank you to the festival organizers and the jury for this honor!  If you are in the Black Hills area, WPR will screen on SUNDAY, APRIL 30th at the festival, and our director, DEBORAH LAVINE will lead a panel discussion on film making as well! We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Russian Vodka Hack

Russian Embassy buys its vodka like a suburban dad — at Costco

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is Washington’s most dangerous diplomat

Politico

…..  At Russia’s fortress-like Embassy on Wisconsin Avenue, north of Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, Kislyak also hosts parties for fellow diplomats, Russia specialists and other Washingtonians with personal or business ties to Russia. (Though elegant, those functions may also reveal hints of Russia’s economic malaise: At one recent event, bartenders served Kirkland vodka—the brand sold by the bulk-discount retailer Costco.)

The Russian Embassy did not respond to a request for comment.
 

 

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FBI Enlists Geek Squad

By Tom Jackman January 9 
 
At a giant Best Buy repair shop in Brooks, Ky., Geek Squad technicians work on computers owned by people across the country, delving into them to retrieve lost data. Over several years, a handful of those workers have notified the FBI when they see signs of child pornography, earning payments from the agency.  Read full article at Washington Post
 
NOTE – In this case, the alleged files weree in “unallocated space” – they had been deleted.  The tech had to intentionlly scan for dleted files and would not have been able to see or recover them without special tools.