Producer David F. Friedman (b.1923) died on February 14. Friedman produced many horror films, including Two Thousand Maniacs, The Adult Version of Jekyll & Hide, and others. He often acted in his own, or other, films, including An American Werewolf in Paris. Many of the films he produced skirted the line (or crossed over) into erotica.
The call for nominations for the 2011 National Australia Fan Fund (NAFF) has opened. NAFF sends one fan each year to the current National Science Fiction Convention, which this year will be held in Perth at Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty. Any active fan living outside Western Australia is eligible to nominate.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the winners of the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards. Genre films did not do particularly well, but Sir Christopher Lee, who has appeared in numerous fantasy films ranging from Dracula to The Lord of the Rings to Gormenghast, was recognized with an Academy Fellowship. Winners of genre interest are listed below.
- Animated Film: Toy Story 3
- Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
- Sound: Inception, Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick
- Special Visual Effects: Inception, Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb
- Make Up & Hair: Alice in Wonderland, Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch
Actor Kenneth Mars (b.1936) died on February 14 of pancreatic cancer. Mars appeared as Inspector Kemp in Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein (and as Franz Liebkind in the original The Producers). He provided voice work for King Triton in The Little Mermaid and the Kingdom Hearts video game series, appeared in multiple versions of Superman, appeared in The Twilight Zone, and The Adventures of Wonder Woman, and had many more genre credits.
Margaret K. McElderry (b.1912) died on February 14. McElderry began her career as a librarian, working at the New York Public Library. She left the library in 1945 to become head of the juvenile department at Harcourt, Brace and Company, where she was the first editor to have books with the Newbery and Caldecott in the same year. In 1971, she moved to Atheneum to found Margaret K. McElderry, becoming the first juvenile books editor to have her own imprint.
Joanne Siegel (b. Joanne Carter, 1918) died on February 14. Siegel was married to Jerry Siegel, one of the creators of Superman and was one of the models of Lois Lane. She met Siegel when she placed an ad to become a model. Siegel’s partner, Joe Shuster, hired her and Siegel married Joanne in 1948, after he divorced his first wife. She filed a lawsuit in 1999, claiming the Siegel and Shuster estates owned part of Superman and in 2008, a federal judge ruled in her favor, although details of the settlement have not been finalized.
Atlanta Nights, by Travis Tea, has been optioned for a film. The book was created in 2004 as part of a sting operation by members of SFWA against the publisher PublishAmerica. After the book was accepted the the hoax revealed, PublishAmerica canceled the contract. Each chapter of the work was written by a different author with no regard for plot, continuity, spelling, or grammar. According to one of the authors, the film would take the form of a joint documentary and partial dramatic presentation. As with the money raised through past sales of the book, the option money will be used for the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund. The project is being crowdfunded.
The Faan Awards, given to recognize achievements in fannish publishing and voted on by fans, were presented at Corflu in San Jose this weekend.
- Best Fanzine: Trapdoor, edited by Robert Lichtman
- Best Fan Writer: Roy Kettle
- Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
- Best Fannish Website: Efanzines.com
- Harry Warner Memorial Correspondent Award: Robert Lichtman
Screenwriter Donald S. Sanford (b.1918) died on February 8. Sanford may be best known for writing the script for the film Midway, but he also worked on several genre projects, including writing The Outer Limits episode “The Guest,” several episodes of Thriller, and the film Ravagers.
Holly Lisle has announced the closure of her nascent publishing operation Rebel Tales. Lisle has stated that the misrepresentation of the company by a potential editor has convinced her that she “cannot guarantee that some other person will never misrepresent himself and his actions while using [Lisle’s] name and the name of Rebel Tales as cover for wrongdoing.