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The Hire – The Acclaimed Film Series by BMW Will End a 4 and a half Year Internet Run Oct. 21

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
News & Press Releases - Overview - BMW North America: "The Hire – The Acclaimed Film Series by BMW Will End a 4 and a half Year Internet Run Oct. 21

Woodcliff Lake, NJ, October 11, 2005…BMW announced today that its award-winning internet short-film series, The Hire, will end its internet run on October 21, 2005. The debut of the first two films inThe Hire series was online in 2001. The third film entitled, “The Follow,” by Wong Kar Wai, made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2001 to international acclaim. The Hire was one of the leading examples of convergence in the media industry – an unprecedented, groundbreaking effort. In total, eight films were created in the series. And, since its debut, The Hire has received more than 100 million film views.

BMW took its place alongside the major movie studios with the production of The Hire short-film series on the internet, bringing together high-level talent from a number of diverse fields – a synergistic effort that crossed and pushed boundaries. Key producers included David Fincher, Ridley and Tony Scott. Other prominent directors that made up the dream team included John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan.

The Hire has been showered with praise. The New York Times said, “The BMW films tingle with zest,” while Time Magazine added, “It surely deserves the attention of discerning movie watchers.” In 2002, the Cannes International Advertising Festival awarded The Hire with the Cyber Lion Grand Prix prize. Additional accolades include the 'Best Excuse for Broadband' award at WIRED Magazine's third annual Rave Awards in 2001 and the 2002 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival’s “Best Action Short” award, which was given to director John Woo for Hostage, the sixth film in The Hire. In 2003, The Hire series was inducted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

BMW took its non-traditional approac"

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Targa Newfoundland Videos

Saturday, October 01, 2005
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Oh my ... I absolutely LOVE this video. I saw Jim Kenzie's car a couple of months ago at MINI Durham where I bought my MINI, and also on Friday on the 407, heading east. It was probably going back to MINI Durham for more service after kicking ass in the rally!

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