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CENTURY CABLE TELEVISION AND BRAVO LAUNCH 'COMMUNITY CINEMA' PROGRAM; INDEPENDENT WOMEN FILMMAKERS TO BE SHOWCASED

CENTURY CABLE TELEVISION AND BRAVO LAUNCH 'COMMUNITY CINEMA' PROGRAM;
 INDEPENDENT WOMEN FILMMAKERS TO BE SHOWCASED
 Bravo and the Independent Feature Project/West to
 Co-Sponsor National Award for Filmmakers
 WOODBURY, N.Y., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Century Cable Television of Los Angeles and Bravo have teamed up to launch the first "Community Cinema" on Monday, Feb. 10, at 5 and 10 p.m., which will feature independent women filmmakers.
 The announcement was made today by William J. Rosendahl, vice president, Century Cable Television of Los Angeles.
 "We're excited about this type of partnership. We think it's a great example of cable television's innovative use of the medium to showcase talented local filmmakers," said Rosendahl.
 Bravo's new Community Cinema showcase permits local cable system operators to pre-empt its national feed once a month in order to feature the works of local independent filmmakers.
 Bravo and Century have formed a coalition of major film groups in Los Angeles in order to identify films for the showcase on a quarterly basis. The first group to be featured is Women in Film. Working with the Los Angeles office of Women in Film, Bravo and Century have selected three shorts by up-and-coming women filmmakers to launch the Community Cinema showcase on Feb. 10:
 -- "Article XXIV," a dramatic short (31 minutes) by Women in Film member Lisa Stoll who is co-producer, cinematographer, and editor. The film is a true account of the only hanging of a U.S. seaman in peacetime. In 1842, the captain of the U.S.S. Somers invoked Article XXIV on board to quelch a suspected mutiny. One of the three condemned sailors was Philip Spencer, son of the then-Secretary of War John Spencer.
 -- "Arduous Moon," a comedy short (30 minutes) co-produced by Women in Film members Cheryl Goetschius and Julie Cypher and directed by Cypher. Cypher, who has directed music videos, gathered the cast (including actor Lou Diamond Phillips and singer Melissa Etheridge) from her circle of friends. The film recounts a typical evening at a trendy Los Angeles restaurant and is accented by the musical observations and healing ability of the singer/pianist.
 -- "Halfway," a dramatic short (27 minutes) produced and directed by Women in Film member Gabrielle Liuzzi. A mental patient and a nurse in a halfway house seem to switch roles -- the viewer is never quite sure who is sane and insane in this touching dramatic short.
 "We have the opportunity to work with the vital film and video community and give our talented local artists an outlet for their works, which is unique to television and film," said Rosendahl. The Century Cable Television Community Cinema will reach 160,000 subscribers in the Los Angeles area.
 The Community Cinema showcase will air exclusively on the Century Cable Television Los Angeles area systems on channel 16 in West LA/East LA and San Fernando Valley; channel 26 in Santa Monica and channel 46 in Marina Del Rey; and channel 51 in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
 "At Bravo, we hope that the Community Cinema can encourage the development of the next generation of directors. We are particularly pleased to be working with Women in Film and offering these promising directors a showcase for their work which would not otherwise been available. Century Cable Television is to be applauded for their innovative approach to serving the Los Angeles film community," commented Jonathan Sehring, vice president and general manager of Bravo.
 All films entered in local Community Cinema showcases will be eligible to enter The National Community Cinema Competition co-sponsored by Bravo and the Independent Feature Project/West (there is no fee for any Community Cinema entry). The Independent Feature Project is dedicated to the support and promotion of independent feature filmmakers and has more than 4,000 members nationwide through its sister organizations. In addition, one film shown in a local Community Cinema screening from February to December 1992 will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and aired nationally on Bravo.
 Century Cable Television of Los Angeles is a subsidiary of Century Communications Corporation, which operates 55 cable television systems in 24 states and Puerto Rico.
 Bravo is owned by Rainbow Programming Holdings, Inc., which also includes American Movie Classics, the SportsChannel Regional network, and is affiliated with SportsChannel America.
 Bravo, television's leading cultural channel, is dedicated to American independent and international films as well as the performing arts, theater, music and dance. Bravo is seen in more than 7.5 million homes nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Caroline Bock of Bravo, 516-364-2222, or Frances Turner Brennan of Century, 310-315-4441/ CO: Bravo; Century Cable Television ST: New York, California IN: ENT SU:


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