The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) 2013 was held from July 31st to August 4th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. The opening night showcased the film “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” by filmmaker Anna Muylaert, one of Brazil's most prominent filmmakers. Muylaert is heralded as a beacon of a new generation of Brazilian women filmmakers. Currently in its fifth year, the festival also featured a "Focus on Diversity" panel discussion with Deborah Calla of Producers Guild of America (PGA), Kimberly Myers of Writers Guild of America (WGA), and Regina Render of Directors Guild of America (DGA). Among the many Hollywood celebrities at the opening gala, was actress Mena Suvari who is best known for her roles in the blockbuster films “American Beauty” and “American Pie.”
Besides Brazil's fiercely independent-minded filmmaking, the country's entertainment technology industry has also been flourishing. Dating back to 2008, ACM Computers in Entertainment (CIE) has published many research papers highlighting media arts, games, and interactive mobile apps from Brazilian researchers. Some of the often-cited CIE papers include:
Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, ACM Computers in Entertainment is truly an international online magazine. In the future blogs, I will continue to highlight contributors from different countries around the world.