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Put Down Your Flip Cam! UCLA's First Barbie Video Girl Film Festival

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 14, 2011 at 7:57AM

If Todd Haynes could make a Barbie Doll movie-- Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (trailer below) broke him out at Sundance 1987, but was not cleared for theatrical release--why not UCLA film students?
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If Todd Haynes could make a Barbie Doll movie-- Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (trailer below) broke him out at Sundance 1987, but was not cleared for theatrical release--why not UCLA film students?

In a promo tie-in that would make Morgan Spurlock proud and may provide a replacement for grieving Flip Cam owners, Mattel challenged UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) to use their Barbie Video Girl Doll™ to create two-minute short films. The competition rules were of the anything-goes variety: shooting with dolls was enough. On April 15, the films will be screened at the first annual (and free!) Barbie Film Festival at the James Bridges Theater and will compete for awards and door prizes. Three winners will be named.

Here's UCLA details, UCLA's Bruin story, and the official Facebook page.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.