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Award-Winning Filmmakers Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus Launch Story Syndicate Production Company

Monday, June 17th, 2019
 Academy Award® winning producer Dan Cogan (ICARUS) and two-time Academy Award® nominee and two-time Emmy-winning director and producer Liz Garbus (WHAT HAPPENED MISS SIMONE?, THE FOURTH ESTATE) have launched a new production company, Story Syndicate. They will be joined by Julie Gaither as their Head of Production and Jon Bardin, formerly Head of Documentaries at Discovery, as their Head of Development. The new venture will develop and produce premium non-fiction series, features, shorts and podcasts with the aim to expand into scripted series and features. It will be based in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
The company will make the kind of projects Cogan and Garbus are known for: character-driven, award-winning and bingeable non-fiction content that can grab audience’s attention and hold them rapt. The first four projects, which are currently in production, are the HBO true crime limited series I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK based on the best-selling book by Michelle McNamara; an ambitious upcoming feature documentary on the life of underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau with National Geographic Channel and the Cousteau Society (2021); an upcoming limited series with Netflix; and an upcoming short series with Quibi.
Throughout 2019, Dan will remain as Executive Director of Impact Partners, the pioneering Brooklyn-based financier of films such as the beloved box office and award-winning WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, Academy Award winners ICARUS and THE COVE, and Academy Award nominees including this year’s OF FATHERS AND SONS as well as HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE and HELL AND BACK AGAIN. He will be joined in managing Impact Partners by Jenny Raskin, who has been promoted from SVP of Development & Filmmaker Relations to Co-Executive Director.
Dan Cogan said, “Liz and I are excited to create a production home in which filmmakers we love can come and be supported creatively, strategically and financially. From established directors to up-and-comers, Story Syndicate will provide a home for a vibrant community of storytellers to come and do their best work and feel completely supported in every way.”
Liz Garbus continued, “Filmmaking is a team sport. I’m excited to build a company that can support the scale and scope of what I want to do as a director, and I’m really energized by the idea that this structure can also provide a foundation for the creative work of many other filmmakers. We’re at a moment of huge growth in the non-fiction world, and Dan and I are so excited to share our expansion with other storytellers we love.”
Dan Cogan Bio
Dan Cogan is the Academy Award®-winning producer of Icarus and the Co-Founder of Impact Partners, a fund and advisory service for investors and philanthropists who seek to promote social change through film.
Since its inception in 2007, Impact Partners has financed over 100 films, including: Icarus,which won the 2018 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature; Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, which won the 2019 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary; Of Fathers & Sons, which was nominated for the 2019 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; Dina, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was named Best Feature by the International Documentary Association; The Eagle Huntress, which was nominated for the 2016 BAFTA Award for Best Documentary; How to Survive A Plague, which was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature; The Queen of Versailles, which won the U.S. Directing Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; Hell and Back Again, which was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature and won the Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Awards at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; and The Cove, which won the 2010 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature.
In 2013, Cogan co-founded Gamechanger Films, which was the first for-profit film fund dedicated exclusively to financing narrative features directed by women. Its films includedThe Tale, The Invitation, Buster’s Mal Heart and Land Ho!
Cogan received his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude, and attended the Film Division at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts. In 2014, he was awarded the Leading Light Award at DOC NYC alongside filmmakers Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker, as well as the America Abroad Media Award in Washington, D.C.
Liz Garbus Bio
Two-time Academy Award®– Nominee, two-time Emmy Winner, Peabody Winner, Grammy Nominee, and DGA-Nominated director Liz Garbus is one of the most celebrated American documentary filmmakers working today.
Currently, Garbus is in post-production on Lost Girls, an upcoming scripted feature for Netflix based on the book by the same name, starring Amy Ryan, Thomasin McKenzie, and Gabriel Byrne. Garbus’ latest docuseries The Fourth Estate, for Showtime, was nominated for a 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, a Cinema Eye Honor for Outstanding Achievement in a Nonficiton Series, and a Humanitas Prize. “Engrossing… enthralling” (Washington Post), The Fourth Estate follows The New York Times reporters covering the first year of the Trump presidency, with unprecedented access and intimacy. What Happened, Miss Simone?, a Netflix original, was nominated for a 2016 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, received a Peabody Award, and six Emmy nominations including Best Directing. It took home the Emmy Award for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. The film delves into the life of Nina Simone, drawing from more than 100 hours of never-before-heard audiotapes, rare concert footage, and archival interviews.
Past work includes: Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (HBO) which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Love, Marilyn, which was a Gala Premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and released worldwide by StudioCanal and HBO. In 2011 her film Bobby Fischer Against the World premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and won the UK Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary and earned an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary Special. Garbus’ first documentary feature film, The Farm: Angola, USA, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, was awarded ten other festival and critics’ awards included NY and LA film critics awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award® in 1998. Other films as director or producer include: There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (HBO, 2011), Girlhood (Wellspring, 2003), and as producer Street Fight (PBS, Academy Award®– Nominee, 2005), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (HBO, Emmy for Best Doc, 2007), and Killing in the Name (HBO, Academy Award®– Nominee, 2010).

Sundance Institute Brings Free Summer Film Screenings to Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, St. George and Coalville

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Park City, UT — Summer has finally arrived, which means it’s time for the return of Utah’s outdoor movie tradition, now in its 22nd year! The nonprofit Sundance Institute will once again celebrate the season and Utah’s natural beauty with free screenings of eleven Sundance Film Festival favorites, taking place in Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, St. George and, new this year, Coalville. The screenings will also feature special guests, fun activities, delicious food and many surprises.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than sharing these great films made by talented artists with our friends and neighbors, all while surrounded by our state’s natural beauty,” said Betsy Wallace, Managing Director and CFO of Sundance Institute. “We’re proud of our year-round partnership with the state of Utah and always look forward to this opportunity to express our appreciation for our home state and the people we share it with.”

The series starts on July 3, with a special showing of Get Out at Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre. The Academy Award-winning film made its world premiere as a surprise screening at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival before going on to become a worldwide phenomenon. The series continues in Salt Lake with an advance screening of the 2019 Festival’s family-friendly film Abe prior to its theatrical release, before moving to Park City on July 12 with another standout from this year’s Festival, Top End Wedding. Other highlights of the series include 2018’s critically acclaimed Eighth Grade; the classic Festival favorite The Cockettes, featuring an in-person Q&A with co-directors Bill Weber and David Weissman; and the Summer Series’ first-ever screening in Coalville, with 2019’s Alfred P. Sloan Prize-winning The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Of the ten selected films, three made their world premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival; eight of the ten films played in the last three Festivals. A full lineup appears below.

Back once again, by popular demand, the Utah community will be able to vote to select the final film of the series, either online at sundance.org/utah or via onsite balloting at screenings through mid-August. The nominees will be chosen from a selection of classic Festival films from women filmmakers, including Leave No Trace, The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Little Miss Sunshine.

Films start at dusk (approximately 9:00 p.m.), with gates opening and activities beginning at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All screenings are free and open to the public (no tickets needed) with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and blankets or low-back lawn chairs to outdoor screenings.

“Each year, we look for more ways to connect people all over Utah with our work,” said LaraLee Ownby, Assistant Director of Utah Community Programs for Sundance Institute. “We’re thrilled to continue the Summer Series’ expansion this year and bring these recent Festival favorites, many directed by filmmakers from underrepresented groups, to entertain and hopefully inspire a new generation of art-lovers throughout the state.”

The Institute will again collaborate with other Utah-based organizations for the Summer Film Series, including DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, the Kimball Arts Festival and Ogden Amphitheater.

Zions Bank returns as our Principal Sponsor to present this year’s screening Series, along with our Major Supporter the State of Utah and our Community Supporters Salt Lake County Economic Development Department; Peggy Bergmann; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program; Summit County Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) Tax; Salt Lake City Arts Council; Promontory Foundation; and Red Butte Garden.

For more information about Sundance Institute programming for Utah residents and to vote for the Utah Community Choice Film visit sundance.org/utah.

Wednesday, July 3  ∙  Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre  ∙  Salt Lake City
Get Out
 / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jordan Peele) — Now that Chris and Rose have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway. At first, Chris reads her family’s behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship. But as the weekend progresses, a series of disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Lakeith Stanfield.

Sweet treats available from San Diablo Churros.

Tuesday, July 9  ∙  Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre  ∙  Salt Lake City
Abe 
/ Brazil (Director: Fernando Grostein Andrade, Screenwriters: Lameece Issaq, Jacob Kader) — The Israeli Jewish side of his family calls him Avram. The Palestinian Muslim side Ibrahim. His first-generation American agnostic lawyer parents call him Abraham. But the 12-year-old kid from Brooklyn who loves food and cooking prefers, well, Abe. Just Abe. Cast: Noah Schnapp, Seu Jorge Mário da Silva, Mark Margolis, Dagmara Dominczyk, Arian Moayed, Tom Mardirosian.

Delicious meals available from Spice Kitchen in support of local entrepreneurs in our refugee community.

Friday, July 12  ∙  The Ray Theatre  ∙  Park City
Top End Wedding
 / Australia (Director: Wayne Blair, Screenwriters: Joshua Tyler, Miranda Tapsell) Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just 10 days to find Lauren’s mother (who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia), reunite her parents, and pull off their dream wedding. Cast: Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Kerry Fox, Huw Higginson, Ursula Yovich, Shari Sebbens. 

Indoor screening. Venue opens at 6 p.m., screening starts at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17  ∙  Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre  ∙  Salt Lake City
Eighth Grade
 / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Bo Burnham) — Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year — before she begins high school. Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton.

Friday, July 19  ∙  Ledges Event Center  ∙  Coalville
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind / United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Chiwetel Ejiofor) — Against all the odds, a 13-year-old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the true story of William Kamkwamba. Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Lily Banda, Noma Dumezweni, Aïssa Maïga, Joseph Marcell.

Summit County Power Works will be hosting a Light Swap where you can switch in your old light bulbs for energy and money-saving LED light bulbs for free! There will also be games and a raffle drawing for prizes.

Friday, July 26  ∙  City Park  ∙  Park City
RBG
 / U.S.A. (Directors: Betsy West, Julie Cohen) — An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers show how her early legal battles changed the world for women. Now this 84-year-old does push-ups as easily as she writes blistering dissents that have earned her the title “Notorious RBG.”

Sweet treats available from Waffle Love.

Monday, July 29  ∙  Ogden Amphitheater  ∙  Ogden
Hearts Beat Loud / U.S.A. (Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch) — In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a father and daughter become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college. Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette. 

Film preceded by a screening of the short film The Saint of Dry Creek. Shown in collaboration with Ogden Amphitheater. Venue opens at 6:30pm, screening starts at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31  ∙ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre  ∙  Salt Lake
The Cockettes
 / U.S.A. (Directors: Bill Weber, David Weissman) — This documentary traces the rise and fall of the Cockettes, a troupe of hippies in drag famous for a notorious cabaret act in San Francisco in the 1960s and 70s.

In-person Q&A with co-directors Bill Weber and David Weissman to precede the screening.

Friday, August 2  ∙  City Park  ∙  Park City
Life, Animated
 / U.S.A. (Director: Roger Ross Williams) — Owen Suskind, an autistic boy who could not speak for years, slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies. Using these films as a roadmap, he reconnects with his loving family and the wider world in this emotional coming-of-age story. Shown in collaboration with Kimball Arts Festival.

Sweet treats available from San Diablo Churros.

Friday, August 9  ∙  Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center  ∙  St. George
Science Fair 
/ U.S.A. (Directors: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster) — Nine high school students from around the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at the international science fair. Facing off against 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries, only one will be named Best in Fair.

Indoor screening. Q&A with co-directors Christina Costantini and Darren Foster to follow screening. Venue opens at 6pm, screening starts at 7pm. Shown in collaboration with DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival.

Wednesday, August 21 ∙  Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre  ∙  Salt Lake City
Utah Community Choice Film
 — For the seventh year, Sundance Institute wants YOU to select the last film of the Summer Film Series. Through mid-August, vote onsite at screenings or at sundance.org/utah from a selection of Sundance films by female filmmakers. The winning film will be announced in late August.

Sweet treats available from Crumbl Cookies.

Sundance Institute
Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Sorry to Bother You, Eighth Grade, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, RBG, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Top of the Lake, Winter’s Bone, Dear White People, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, 20 Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Station, I’m Poppy, America to Me, Leimert Park, Spring AwakeningA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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“Jean-Pierre Melville built his own studio so that he wouldn’t have to take orders from anyone, and lived there with his wife and three cats. (The staircase from the studio to the flat upstairs features in nearly every Melville film.) He hated shooting because he had to wake up early and change out of his pyjamas. He could be charming but on set was often a tyrant; he considered it a betrayal when his actors became romantically involved. He was a great talker, with a deep, velvety voice, but he hated cliques and industry schmoozing. One of the fathers of the Nouvelle Vague, he soon fell out with his ‘children’. ‘I desire only one thing in life: to be left alone,’ he said.”

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

“Jean-Pierre Melville built his own studio so that he wouldn’t have to take orders from anyone, and lived there with his wife and three cats. (The staircase from the studio to the flat upstairs features in nearly every Melville film.) He hated shooting because he had to wake up early and change out of his pyjamas. He could be charming but on set was often a tyrant; he considered it a betrayal when his actors became romantically involved. He was a great talker, with a deep, velvety voice, but he hated cliques and industry schmoozing. One of the fathers of the Nouvelle Vague, he soon fell out with his ‘children’. ‘I desire only one thing in life: to be left alone,’ he said.”

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Abrams made a special trip to Los Angeles to tamp down more talk of a Hollywood boycott. “This is a situation where the political realities are that a boycott won’t have the intended effect,” Abrams said after meeting with industry leaders.

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

“Stacey Abrams made a special trip to Los Angeles to tamp down more talk of a Hollywood boycott. ‘The political realities are that a boycott won’t have the intended effect,’ Abrams said after meeting with industry leaders.”

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Saturday, June 15th, 2019

“Beijing is now constricting Hollywood’s ability to peddle its product. ‘I don’t want to use the words “total freeze,” but it’s real.They’re not saying it officially, but the industry is operating as if it’s close to a total shutdown.”

 

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Veteran Exec Gerry Rich Takes Marketing Reins At MGM and Annapurna’s United Artists Pictures

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Veteran Exec Gerry Rich Takes Marketing Reins At MGM and Annapurna’s United Artists Pictures

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Friday, June 14th, 2019

“The total number of master recordings lost in the fire could run as high as 500,000 recordings, the report said. Only a fraction of the original masters held in the facility were adequately copied, resulting in the loss of irreplaceable original masters by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, the Eagles, Elton John, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Muddy Waters, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Bing Crosby and dozens, if not hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other recording artists.”

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