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Actor John Turturro and Movie Critic Neil Rosen Discuss the Importance of Independent Films At 2001 East Coast Video Show ``Opening Session''.

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ENCINO, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Sept. 19, 2001

In addition to receiving the Video Software Dealers Association's (VSDA) "Independent Career Achievement" Award, acclaimed actor-director John Turturro will also participate in an interactive discussion about the importance of independent films to the creative community with Emmy award-winning film critic and movie historian Neil Rosen, at the home video industry's 2001 East Coast Video Show (ECVS) scheduled October 9-11, 2001 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

This special forum and award presentation will take place at the show's Opening Session on Tuesday, October 9 at 9:30 a.m.

"We think video retailers, distributors and studio executives alike will find this one-on-one forum a highly compelling forum that explores the freedom of expression independent filmmakers enjoy and a wider range of material that video retailers can access that are not always available through more main-stream studio productions," said VSDA President Bo Andersen. "While independent films often provide a showcase for new talent, it also attracts such established and prestigious talent as John Turturro who continually make both studio and independent films."

Acclaimed movie critic Neil Rosen recently won an Emmy award for entertainment journalism. He was also recently nominated for three other Emmy awards for his celebrity interviews, his film reviews and for his entertainment reporting. He is currently the entertainment critic/reporter for NY1, and is also a frequent on-camera contributor to the USA Network, CNBC and American Movie Classics and can be heard regularly on BBC Radio.

Rosen is also the author of several comprehensive movie catalogs and has written the liner notes to thousands of films on videocassette. Quotes from Neil's movie reviews can be found daily in hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the country, as well as in national television spots for numerous films. Rosen's celebrity interviews have included such notables as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood and Luciano Pavorotti, just to name a few.

Actor John Turturro has worked in films for more than 20 years, and has played a series of eccentric roles in films such as "Raging Bull" (his first film, 1980), and throughout the past two decades in "The Flamingo Kid," "Desperately Seeking Susan," "To Live and Die in L.A.," "The Color of Money," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Five Corners" (which caught the attention of directors Spike Lee and the Coen brothers), "Unstrung Heroes," "The Cradle Will Rock," "Fearless" and "Quiz Show," among numerous others. His most recent film credits include "The Luzhim Defence," "The Man Who Cried," and "Monkeybone."

He has worked with directors Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, and has become a favorite of director Spike Lee, and producer-director siblings "the Coen brothers," who between them all have cast him in more than twelve films. Turturro's work in Lee's films include "Mo' Better Blues," "Girl 6," "Clockers," "Jungle Fever," "Do The Right Thing" and "He Got Game." His work in Ethan and Joel Coen films include "Miller's Crossing," "Barton Fink," "The Big Lebowski" and most recently "O'Brother Where Art Thou?" (2000). Turturro also had prominent roles in other independent films such as "Grace of My Heart," "Box of Moon Light" and "The Search For One-Eye Jimmy."

In addition to acting, Turturro wrote, directed and produced two independent films, "Illuminata" (1998) and "Mac" (1992). "Mac," his most personal project to date, which he also starred in, is a blue-collar slice of life story based on his own father's life. Turturro won a 1992 Cannes Film Festival "Golden Camera" Award for this film. He was also nominated for Best Director for this film by the Independent Spirit Awards. "Mac" was also nominated for Best Feature by the Independent Spirit Awards.

Additionally, Turturro has won and been nominated for numerous other acting awards throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor in 1991 for his role in "Barton Fink," and was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for "Quiz Show" in 1994. He was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in "Quiz Show."

ECVS is the largest gathering of home entertainment retailers on the East Coast. Exhibits include a full range of home entertainment software such as VHS, DVD, CD-ROM, etc. The show also features exhibitors in non-software categories such as store fixtures, store management systems, and snacks. Attendees have opportunities to attend conferences and roundtable discussion groups and have networking opportunities during evening events, for a pre-registration fee of only $20 for VSDA members, and $35 for non-members (available until September 5). The East Coast Video Show is open to the trade only. No one under 18 will be admitted.

The exhibits at the East Coast Video Show are open Tuesday, October 9, and Wednesday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, October 11, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Attendees can register for the 2001 show by calling toll-free 888-778-8892, or 218-723-9130, or online at

For information on exhibiting, contact Janet Gibson (Adult, N.Y. and N.J. customers only) at 800-854-3112 ext. 682 or via email at, or Beth Reinstein (all other states and International) at 800-854-3112 ext. 697 or via email at For general information, call 714-513-8448. For VSDA membership information, call 800-955-VSDA.

Established in 1981, the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) is a not-for-profit international trade association for the $19 billion home entertainment industry. VSDA represents over 2,000 companies throughout the United States, Canada, and 22 other countries. Membership comprises the full spectrum of video retailers (both independents and large chains), as well as the home entertainment divisions of all major and independent motion picture companies, video game and multimedia producers, and other related businesses that constitute and support the home entertainment industry.

The East Coast Video Show, the VSDA Convention, and the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo are organized through Home Entertainment Events (HEE), a joint venture that owns and produces conferences, trade shows and other events in support of the home and adult entertainment industry.
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