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10-13-2009

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10-02-2009

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09-30-2009

This just in! Opening Night Information October 21, 2009! Ticket prices and venue information below!

Opening night will take place

1. starting on the hudson river at Pier 84 (43rd street) in a NY Water Taxi for a Sunset cruise at approximately 5:30pm,

2. after will be a party held within walking distance (To be disclosed on the boat)

3. Followed by the Opening Night Film "Dirty Step Upstage" which will be screened at "the Tank" on 45st off 9th avenue. Click here to Order

Who knows where the night can go from there, but I have to get up and begin screenings the next morning at 10am. Which I am gambling on with strong movies playing so early in the morning.

Our Screenings will be held at 217 East 42nd Street, a 74 seat venue.

While you wait for your movie to start or just want to relax and see some cool art we have made 679 Third avenue our official Final Cut Lounge for all cFF goers. We will have lot's of fun stuff going on there including panel discussions, film lectures, performances by local artists, art installations, refreshments and many more fun cool things. Check our listing on the daily news online.

Single ticket $7
Day Pass $15
Weekend pass $30 (thursday to monday)
Opening Night All access pass $50 (wednesday-monday)
All passes include admission to screenings and festival lounge.
To enter the festival lounge you must have some kind of pass.

Also we'd like to announce !!!!!!!!

chashama Film Festival VICTOR AWARDS 2009
A jury made up of five film industry professionals selects each winner of the Victor Awards.  The winners are announced at the awards ceremony on October 25th. 

Best Picture and Best Film Made Under 10K will receive a prize of $500 in cash.
Categories Include:
Best Picture
Best Film Made Under 10K
Viewer’s Choice
Best Feature
Best Documentary
Best Underground
Best Short
Best Short Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Picture                                
Best Director                              
Best Actor                                  
Best Actress                              
Best Screenplay                          
Best Cinematography                 
Best Story

 

 

 

 

09-25-2009

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Tentatively this is our schedule for the chashama Film Festival 2009!

TYPES OF CULTURAL + SOCIAL CHANGE
THURSDAY
10:00 AM
Every Child is Our Child(High School Appropriate) 0:14:14
10:15 AM
Ubuntu - I am because we are (H S A) 0:11:58
10:27 AM
Silent Partner(H S A) 0:12:00
10:42 AM
Sansei(H S A) 0:14:56
10:57 AM
Kumbh Mela - Walking with the Nagas 0:40:12  
11:40 AM
*******BREAK******* 1:00:00
12:40 PM
Chungking Dream(H S A) 0:17:00
1:00 PM
Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness(H S A) 1:00:00
2:00 PM
*******BREAK******* 1:00:00
3:00 PM
Speaking in Tongues(H S A) 1:00:00
5:00 PM
*******BREAK******* 1:00:00
SOCIALIZATION + DEVIANCE
6:00 PM
Ein Traum in Erdbeerfolie (Comrade Couture) 1:22:00  
*******BREAK*******
8:30 PM
Topi 0:06:17
8:37 PM
Umbrella 0:09:41
8:47 PM
crescendo 0:14:00
9:01 PM
Red Ink 0:08:01
9:10 PM
*******BREAK*******
9:30 PM
Detox 1:22:00  
10:52 PM
^^^^^^^^^END^^^^^^^^^
FRIDAY
INTERACTION GROUPS + ORGANIZATIONS
11:00 AM
Music of the Brain(H S A) 0:55:00
POLLUTION, ECOLOGY, URBANIZATION
12:15 PM
Maria y el Nuevo Mundo(H S A) 0:57:00
*******BREAK*******
2:00 PM
Ground Truth(H S A) 0:12:37
2:15 PM
Voyage of the Vezo(H S A) 0:23:30
2:40 PM
Rapayan(H S A) 0:52:00
3:40 PM
*******BREAK*******
SOCIAL INEQUALITIES: UNEQUAL SOCIAL CLASS, RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER
4:27 PM
Hearts Suspended(H S A) 0:27:00
4:54 PM
Censorious 0:34:00  
5:28 PM

On a Clear Day(H S A)

0:11:30
5:40 PM
To Be There 0:10:00
SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS: MARRIAGE, FAMILY, EDUCATION, RELIGION, POLITICAL ORDER, ECONOMY, HEALTH CARE
5:50 PM
Strike Dice! Betting on My Father(H S A) 0:56:09
6:46 PM
*******BREAK*******
7:45 PM
The Power of the Powerless(H S A) 1:18:00
9:03 PM
*******BREAK*******
9:30 PM
Decalage 0:05:30
9:35 PM
Light of Darkness(H S A) 0:26:00
PERSONALITY: DEVELOPING HUMAN CAPACITIES
10:01 PM
One Hit Wonder(H S A) 1:28:00
11:31 PM
^^^^^^^^^END^^^^^^^^^
SATURDAY
WORKING FOR CHANGE: COLLECTIVE SOCIAL ACTION, COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
10:00 AM
Echoes(H S A) 0:02:15
10:02 AM
American Dumpling(H S A) 1:21:00
11:08 AM
*******BREAK*******
11:30 AM
Across the Waves(H S A) 1:00:00
12:30 PM
*******BREAK*******
PHILOSOPHY: REALITY: 4 AUTONOMIES, LIMIT OF PLURALITY, CAUSALITY + NECESSITY AS WHOLE, THE COSMOS
1:00 PM
Roue(H S A) 0:05:13
1:05 PM
A GLIMPSE OF REALITY: Soul Biographies(H S A) 0:08:00
1:13 PM
Pause Replay(H S A) 0:05:38
1:18 PM
Distortion(H S A) 0:04:37
1:23 PM
Dolly Belle(H S A) 0:05:16
1:28 PM
Dirty Step Upstage 1:23:23
2:53 PM
*******BREAK*******
BODIES: UNIVERSAL LAWS OF NATURE
3:45 PM
But Some Are Brave(H S A) 0:05:21
3:50 PM
The Farm(H S A) 0:11:00
4:01 PM
City of Noise(H S A) 0:04:18
4:05 PM
Holding it together.(H S A) 0:02:00
PERSONALITY: DEVELOPING HUMAN CAPACITIES
4:07 PM
Tumaco Pacifico(H S A) 1:29:33
5:35 PM
*******BREAK*******
6:30 PM
Letters in the Sand(H S A) 0:08:46
6:38 PM
Pause Replay(H S A) 0:05:38
6:44 PM
Holding it together.(H S A) 0:02:00
6:46 PM
Baby Dino 0:14:45
7:01 PM
Empty House(H S A) 0:04:54
KNOWLEDGE: ANALYTIC VS. SYNTHETIC JUDGMENTS, KNOWLEDGE OF FAITH
7:21 PM
What Will I Be?(H S A) 0:03:01
7:24 PM
POSTCARDS(H S A) 0:14:45
7:38 PM
Marathon Beirut, For the Love of Lebanon(H S A) 1:13:00
8:51 PM
*******BREAK*******
KNOWLEDGE: ANALYTIC VS. SYNTHETIC JUDGMENTS, KNOWLEDGE OF FAITH
9:30 PM
Goodbye Victoria 1:48:00
11:18 PM
^^^^^^^^^END^^^^^^^^^
SUNDAY
FREEDOM+ NECESSITY
10:00 AM
A Day in the Life of a Street Sweeper(H S A) 0:07:50
10:07 AM
Sexy Sharks(H S A) 0:10:00
HISTORY OF POLITICAL EXPLORATIONS
10:00 AM
Closed Zone(H S A) 0:03
10:17 AM
Virtual JFK(H S A) 1:20:00
11:40:00
*******BREAK*******
PEOPLE FROM POLITICAL EXPLORATIONS
History Matters(H S A) 0:06:48
12:40 PM
American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi(H S A) 1:16:00
14:00:00
*******BREAK*******
CURRENT + IMMEDIATE SITUATIONS
3:00 PM
Desert in the Coffeehouse(H S A) 0:27:30
FILMMAKERS VIEW
3:34 PM
I Covered My Eyes(H S A) 0:29:00
JUSTICE SYSTEM
4:03 PM
The True Story Behind The Plot To Blow Up The Washington Monument(H S A) 0:15:00
4:30 PM
Ein weites Feld (Expansive grounds)(H S A) 1:06:00
6:00 PM
AWARDS
7:30 PM
Help 0:38:00
SOCIETY
8:10 PM
New York Trilogy(H S A) 0:09:09
9:20 PM
*******BREAK*******
9:30 PM
Unraveling Michele(H S A) 1:18:00
10:48 PM
END
MONDAY
WORLD GOVERNMENTS
10:00 AM
The Calling(H S A) 0:13:37
10:15 PM
ABRIL: LA TRINCHERA DEL HONOR.(H S A) 1:30:15
12:00
*******BREAK*******
FULFILLMENT: HAPPINESS, MORAL PERFECTION
1:00 PM
THE RIDDLE OF HAPPINESS: SOUL BIOGRAPHIES(H S A) 0:07:11
1:10 PM
Horsemen(H S A) 1:38:00
2:50 PM
3:00 PM
Sketches of Nothing By a Complete Nobody(H S A) 0:27:23
3:30 PM
Make A Difference(H S A) 0:13:55
3:45 PM
Border Stories(H S A) 0:07:40
3:55 PM
*******BREAK*******
MORALITY, MORAL TRAINING
5:00 PM
Move! (to the main club) 0:05:00
5:05 PM
Beautiful 0:07:30
5:15 PM
Pechatnikoff Alley, 3 0:39:23
6:00 PM
Are We Predestined?(H S A) 1:12:10
7:15
*******BREAK*******
8:15 PM
Echoes 0:02:15
RELIGION
8:20 PM
The Devil Within 0:03:26  
8:25 PM
Her Special Day 0:16:05  
8:40 PM
Maleldo 0:33:39  
9:15 PM
*******BREAK*******
CAPITALISM
9:30 PM
Imminent Domain(H S A) 0:41:41

 

09-24-2009

Sickness hit our small crew of late and we kind of fell behind. Now we are just about back full force and hope to move on what we need to as the festival approaches fast and furious. It has been a question in my mind for awhile: do we go through with our viral campaign of chashama ://wide web. It costs us alot of money and we are short handed already, for everything; people, money, time. Well, not everything: we have some great films and willing participants to push on this exciting web wide venture. It would be great to hit up the local press in each town/country that has a participating film to create buzz. I believe we have films from at least 5 continents that are willing. We could have more if it weren't for those silly rules the other "independent" film festivals have about not showing films that have been on the web or television. I personally think they are old fogies afraid of the new era and are trying to hinder good work from circulating and little filmmakers making money. Right!? If there was a good movie and it was presented professionally over the net, the filmmaker is more likely to make money and gain recognition from showing their film online than if a big film festival showed it and nothing else ever happens with the film or the director. I've heard stories about plenty of directors that have shown in these "big" festivals and then can't even continue making their own films because they can't afford it. I don't know, big festival's are big problem's for little filmmaker. ???

 

09-12-2009

Announcing this year's Jury!

JURY 2009:

Annette Danto

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Professor Annette Danto is a filmmaker, educator and faculty program director for Brooklyn College Study Abroad India.

Professor Danto holds a BA magna cum laude from McGill University (1980), an MS from Columbia University (1982), and an M.F.A. from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Program in Film and Television (1989). Since 1997 she has been a professor at Brooklyn College, with a joint appointment in the Department of Film and the Department of Television/ Radio. She has been a Fulbright Research Scholar to India (2002-03), a Leonard and Claire Tow Faculty Fellow (2003, 2008), and a Fulbright Senior Specialist to India (2004). She has received grants from the Ted Turner Foundation (2001), Gates Foundation (2004, 2005), Eastman Foundation (2008), and has directed films in West Africa for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and in India for Pathfinder International. Her award winning films have exhibited nationally and internationally.

In 2002-03, she was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health in Ambathurai, Tamil Nadu. In 2004, she received a second Fulbright grant to co-organize an International Environmental Health Roundtable in Chennai, India. The conference included participants from all SAARC countries, and was funded through grants from the U.S.EPA, U.S.AID, U.S.AEP and the USEFI .

In addition to international screenings of her films, she has given lectures and special presentations at conferences and universities in Istanbul, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Karnataka and in the United States.

Professor Danto is the President of Friends of Fulbright to India, an alumni association of former Fulbright Scholars to India. She has also been selected as a panelist for the Fulbright Scholar Review board. She is an active member of New York Women in Film & Television, as well as the Film & Television Union - I.A.T.S.E. Local 52.

 

Julie Fossum

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Julie was born on the South side of Minneapolis. She studied Psychology and Modern Art at the well known Saint Thomas University located in Saint Paul Minnesota. Aside from her astute studies, Julie enrolled and excelled in the Korean born martial art of Tae-Kwon-Doe, earning several degrees of black belt. Approaching her fifteenth year of training and the birth of her second child, Julie has incorporated her Tae-Kown-Doe studies with modern dance and child rearing. Julie can be reached by e-mail at the following address:

jfkahn@comcast.net

 

Daniel J. Kahn

dan bio

Age: 33
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Favorite modern film: Once Upon a Time in America
Favorite all time films: Ikiru, Night of the Living Dead, M, etc, etc, etc, etc,
Favorite genres: Horror, Independent, Short Films, Film Noir

Daniel grew up on the mean streets in Chicago's rough and tough South Side. He inherited a love for film and photography from his father, Journet Kahn, an amateur photographer whose works have been published in many well known journals. The "obsession" manifested early. At age ten, Daniel received his first video recorder (VHS-C) and immediately rounded up the neighborhood kids to perform in short films which he wrote and directed. This "hobby" continued well into adult life. At the ripe age of nineteen he hooked up with Rick Kariolic, a good friend and neighbor who was assigned to write, direct and perform in a short film for college credit. The two friends collaborated beautifully. Rick received an "A" in the course and his film was shown to the entire institution.

Shortly after this minor success Daniel spent time studying film at both the Chicago Art Institute and the Gene Siskel Film Center, attending courses with his then seventy-seven year old father.

At age 25, a new existence began. An extravagant "man of the world" Daniel's excesses' led him to live a simpler, safer life in Minnesota where he continues to practice his love of the arts by watching dozens of movies a week, attending theatre and taping his fifteen-month old son. Daniel is honored to participate in ChaFilmFest. He will dedicate any amount of time needed to view, analyze, critique and most importantly enjoy the films selected.

You can contact Dan by e-mail at djkahn@comcast.net

 

Vinit Parmar

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Assistant Professor
B.A., SUNY Buffalo; J.D. New York Law School

BLACK WATERS won awards and had juried international and regional film festival screenings in 2008 for Outstanding Environmental Vision and Katherine Knight Award for Excellence in Documentary on Pollution. He is a repeating Leonard and Claire Tow Travel recipient (2006, 2008) to make QUEST FOR LIGHT. ONLY ONE CHILD: FANG SHA’S STORY is based on a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship (2006) on Women, Family and Social Change, a Stewart Fellowship Award (2006) and New Faculty Fund Award (2006, 2007). Directed and produced multiple environmental short documentaries. Received the CUNY Collaborative Incentive Grant (2007).

Worked as a freelance Camera Operator, Sound Mixer, Editor on over thirty film productions for Independent Film Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and a variety of other cable and television companies as well as independent feature film productions.

 

Garry Pastore

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Garry Pastore comes from an early theater background. He was a drama major in high school and took some drama classes in college where he was a Culinary Arts major. When he decided that life as a chef was really no life for him, he began doing off – off Broadway plays and summer stock. Garry started his film career at age 22 when he accepted a job as a pickpocket on the Sergio Leone epic ‘Once Upon A Time In America’.  Once bitten by the feature film bug, he immediately went to work with legendary Director John Huston on the last film before his death, Prizzi’s Honor.  Since his induction into the Screen Actors Guild in 1984, Garry has appeared in over 35 television and feature film productions including ten supporting roles on various independent and studio features. He also appeared on the much revered HBO series The Sopranos as New York Underboss Jerry Basile in season five.
Garry began his writing career in 1992; with Love Lost, Love Found, Love and the Rebound a trilogy of love stories. Garry directed the play to rave reviews off-Broadway for a 2 week run in 1993. The play starred Sopranos alumni Vincent Pastore and Vincent Curatola. His passion for writing intensified after losing his mother to heart disease the month before the play opened. Garry has since written ten feature film screenplays and a teleplay for cable titled ENFORCEMENT.
He just produced “On the Waterfront” in Hoboken NJ as a play with his company Hudson Film Group. The play received amazing reviews and press in all metro and national papers. He had a star studded cast and a special appearance by Budd Schulberg who passed away one week after seeing it. Wasteland is a film written from Garry’s knowledge of the street and how it has its effect on today’s youth with a production scheduled for late spring 2010. Waiting for.. BUDD is Garry’s directorial debut which is now in the post production editing phase with a late 2009 release expected. Garry attended NYU’s Film and Drama Program at the school for continuing education in September 1992 and took a two year intensive course on directing and film production. Garry also wrote and published a cookbook in 1996 titled “You’re Not in Mom’s Kitchen Anymore” the book sold 10,000 copies on its first run. 
In 1996 Garry joined IATSE Local 52 and became a member in their property division. He has worked as a prop master, set decorator and set dresser on 20 feature films and television programs. ‘I wanted to work in the trenches with crew members and learn every aspect of the film business; it’s also not a bad way to make a living!’ In 1999 Garry met Deborah Mello and the two joined forces to open Willowcreek Entertainment an independent production company on 5th Ave in NYC.  The terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent shut down of filming in NYC forced Garry and Deborah to close their offices. Garry and Deborah continued to collaborate, develop and write together over the years and in 2008, they decided to give their ambition and great working relationship another go. Together they formed Hudson Film Group they own a total of ten written feature film properties, a cable television crime drama series, a network series about nurses and a teen driven girls talk show.

09-09-2009

This is the biggest news of the day! Historical! Tributary! Thank you all for your submissions. The following movies are announced as cFF's 2009 lineup:


A Day in the Life of a Street Sweeper

A GLIMPSE OF REALITY: Soul Biographies

ABRIL: LA TRINCHERA DEL HONOR.

Acid Burn

Across The Waves

American Dumpling

American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi

ARE WE PREDESTINED?

Baby Dino

Beautiful

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness

Border Stories

But Some Are Brave

Censorious

Chungking Dream

City of Noise

crescendo

Decalage

Desert in the Coffeehouse

Detox

Dirty Step Upstage

Distortion

Dolly Belle

Echoes

Ein Traum in Erdbeerfolie (Comrade Couture)

Ein weites Feld (Expansive Grounds)

Empty House

Every Child is Our Child

Goodbye Victoria

Ground Truth

Hearts Suspended

Help

Her Special Day

History Matters

Holding it together.

Horsemen

I Covered My Eyes

Imminent Domain

Kumbh Mela - Walking with the Nagas

Le Chat Noir

Letters in the Sand

Light of Darkness

Make A Difference

Maleldo

Marathon Beirut, For the Love of Lebanon

Maria y el Nuevo Mundo

Move! (to the main club)

Music of the Brain

New York Trilogy

On a Clear Day

One Hit Wonder

Pause Replay

Pechatnikoff Alley, 3

POSTCARDS

Rapayan

Red Ink

Roue

Sansei

Silent Partner

Sketches of Nothing by a Complete Nobody

Speaking in Tongues

Strike Dice! Betting on My Father

The Calling

The Devil Within

The Farm

The Power of the Powerless

THE RIDDLE OF HERE: SOUL BIOGRAPHIES

The True Story Behind The Plot To Blow Up The Washington Monument

To Be There

Topi

Tumaco Pacifico

Ubuntu - I am because we are

Umbrella

Unraveling Michelle

Virtual JFK

Voyage of the Vezo

What Will I Be?

09-04-2009

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Breathe. This is what I need to do. It seems everything in production is going backwards, but time is still racing forward. 


My personal life consists of just one person, me. I have a family that I don't get to see much and when I do, I'm totally exhausted. I am used to working out minimum 3 days a week, and recently I'm lucky if I get one day in. This festival's making me fat!


It'll all be worth it come festival time. Things are slowly coming together. Last minute movies are still coming in. We're trying to find some decent sponsors so we can put on a good show for all of you (We're not professional sponsor seekers, but we're trying). 


This festival would be nothing without the help of my lovely ladies, who bust their asses for peanuts. What goes around comes around. Thank you so much for your help. ladies! :)  


Did you read that, guys? Ladies! I am the only guy in this circuit, surrounded by 5 beautiful ladies, 4 of whom are single, I think. Their descents are from all over: Asia, Africa, India, Europe and Canada. Oh, and our part time cooks are Cambodian and Venezuelan. Can you really beat the thoroughness of our theme? We are truly a Festival of the Worlds. So if you wanna come help, you'll be in good company!  Volunteer now! We need as much help as we can get, we're an ultra low budget film festival! 


This week we figured out the layout of the lounge/panel space. We're going for a real off-the-wall vibe and we're playing with all the possibilities. We're not going for normal here; we want Fun, New, Exciting! Like our movies, if learning about the world is something you're interested in. 


Oh, I almost forgot. We're scrambling around trying to figure which movies of the 140 we'll be able to exhibit during the festival. Tough decisions call for tough measures, but there's just too much talent
We've come up with a possible solution: throughout the festival, we'll video stream the movies we don't have time to show. This way it can open our viewers to a much broader audience around the world. Making it truly a Festival of the Worlds. (We just have to figure out the logistics.)


At the end of the day, it's the films that make the festival. It's been such an impressive array of submissions this year. To all the filmmakers, thank you for putting your hearts and souls into your projects. This year's festival is going to feature the cream of the crop. Like I said, it'll all be worth it come festival time.

 

 

 

08-27-2009

pic3We're here in the 9th hour, contemplating…… which good movies we should exclude (can you believe that?!).  We've got SO MANY great movies, but due to the constraints of time and space, we can't show them all. Right now, we have the unenviable task of figuring out which good movies we can't show. So, on top of all the other launching-of-the-festival work, we're on the lookout for new venue sponsors (so if anyone reading this knows of a space that could use some attention, let us know...). In two weeks, we'll announce the festival selection for those who are in. If we get another space, we'll announce second set of selected films. IF we get another space.
Small festival production with big fest needs. Here's to dreamin'!


08-20-2009

pic1Today is the last day of submissions! Holy....I just finished watching ALL the movies. Has anyone out there ever watched over 200 movies in 3 weeks? Whew! It is TOUGH, on the body and the mind. But definitely worth the experience. The majority are in, right now; however, we don't have the funding or space to show them all. Now it's time to go through each one and see how it would best fit the festival.
It'll all be figured out by September 7 (we hope). We'll list the movies on the website and also send movies at random to the press for reviews. Shortly after, we'll be sending all the festival films to our esteemed jurors; their verdicts will be in by the last day of the festival.
Last but not least, we are starting the design for our festival t-shirts. When they're ready, they'll be available on the website for pre-purchase.

08-11-2009

It's an exciting time for chashama Film Festival 2009! Our new website is up and our team is pulling together to gather sponsors and make this festival the best it can be!
The movie submission deadline is just about up - August 21 - and the DVDs keep rolling in. We've gotten some great movies and we can't wait to show them. (Sorry, we can't let anyone know until September 7 which ones made it in :P). On a key note: we are finalizing all our jurors, which will be announced as soon as they are all selected and confirmed.
If you haven't seen it, check out our teaser - Just press PLAY.

festival director
rick kariolic

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