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NYPost Says “Bill Cosby Plays Race Card”

Friday, May 26th, 2017

NYPost Says “Bill Cosby Plays Race Card”

Ariana Grande On Her Plans For Manchester Benefit Concert

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Ariana Grande On Her Plans For Manchester Benefit Concert

“Ozon’s Alfred Hitchcock influences have never been hard to spot. Here, he tears his shirt off and goes full Brian De Palma, with sinuous tracking shots, shattering glass and mad narrative gambits in which the lines between reality and illusion are deviously blurred, and certain objects are piled up with absurd degrees of metaphorical significance: just wait for the stuff with the cats.”

Friday, May 26th, 2017

“Ozon’s Alfred Hitchcock influences have never been hard to spot. Here, he tears his shirt off and goes full Brian De Palma, with sinuous tracking shots, shattering glass and mad narrative gambits in which the lines between reality and illusion are deviously blurred, and certain objects are piled up with absurd degrees of metaphorical significance: just wait for the stuff with the cats.”

True/False And Catapult Set 2017 “Rough Cut Retreat”

Friday, May 26th, 2017

[PR]  (Columbia, Missouri/San Francisco) – Catapult Film Fund and the True/False Film Fest are presenting the second year of the Rough Cut Retreat, a four-day workshop that unites filmmakers and mentors in a creative and engaged atmosphere.

Rough Cut Retreat was borne out of Catapult’s and T/F’s shared mission of supporting work whose content and aesthetics push boundaries and that provoke dynamic discussion. Rough Cut Retreat provides filmmakers with dedicated time to focus on post-production and receive invaluable feedback from other filmmakers.

“It was hugely gratifying to see the projects from last year’s retreat turn out so beautifully and  make their way into festivals,” said Lisa Chanoff, co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund. “At Catapult we love helping projects get off the ground. We are thrilled to partner again with True/False to help take films across the finish line.”

Each year, five filmmakers with in-progress projects are paired up with invited mentors to take their rough cut to a fine cut with an eye toward fall festival deadlines. Mentors are hand-picked for their editorial strength and generosity of spirit.

Selected projects include:

Amal (dir. Mohamed Siam) follows an Egyptian teenager, from the age of 14 till the age of 20 while she’s searching for her identity within a constantly changing country.

America (dir. Chase Whiteside & Erick Stoll) is about a dreamer who reunites with his brothers to take care of their 93-year old grandmother, América in southwest Mexico.

Pigeon Kings (dir. Milena Pastreich) tracks a peculiar subculture of pigeon competitions in So. Central LA presided over by the godfather Keith London.

The Punch (dir. Andre Hörmann) looks at the dangerous, volatile world of Chicago’s South Side from the point of view of two promising young boxers and their fathers who train them.

Voices of the Sea: A Cuban Odyssey (dir. Kim Hopkins) takes us into the heart of a high- stakes family drama playing out in a remote Cuban fishing village.

This year’s Rough Cut Retreat will take place July 23-27 at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough, MA deep in the Berkshire mountains.

The mentors joining the 2017 retreat are:

  • Director/producer Mark Becker, (Art & Craft, Pressure Cooker) has  co-edited Lost Boys of Sudan and Circo, about a hardscrabble traveling Mexican circus troupe.

  • Producer Amanda Branson-Gill, most recently produced Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known. She also produced Morris’ 2008 film Standard Operating Procedure.

  • Director Chris Hegedus (The War Room, Startup.com), has been making films as a director, cinematographer, and editor for four decades with her partner D.A. Pennebaker.

  • Director Pete Nicks (The Force, The Waiting Room), is a director/shooter known for his courageous cinema vérité style.

  • Editor/producer David Teague (Life Animated, Cutie and the Boxer, Freeheld) is a noted documentary film editor.

 Last year’s cohort included five projects that launched at spring festivals:  Ask the Sexpert, dir. Vaishali Sinha (Hot Docs); For Ahkeem, dir. Jeremy Levine & Landon Van Soest (Berlin, Tribeca); Distant Constellation, dir. Shevaun Mizrahi (True/False). Quest, dir. Jonathan Olshefski (Sundance); When God Sleeps, dir. Till Schauder (Tribeca).

For more information about the retreat, please visit roughcutretreat.org

True/False Film Fest will take place March 1-4, 2018 in downtown Columbia, Missouri. For more information, please visit truefalse.org.

Catapult Film Fund provides early funding and mentorship to documentary filmmakers telling powerful, artful stories. For more information, please visit catapultfilmfind.org

Wall Street Journal Password Hack — media/media — Is No More

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Wall Street Journal Password Hack — media/media — Is No More

Starting With Lucky Logan, Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing Made Possible By Amazon’s Contribution To Key P&A, As Well As Universal Home Video

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Starting With Lucky Logan, Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing Made Possible By Amazon’s Contribution To Key P&A, As Well As Universal Home Video

Austin Film Society Cinema Puts On Final Touches After 32 Years

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Austin Film Society Cinema Puts On Final Touches After 32 Years

A. O. Scott Would Have You Know A Thing Or Three About The Latest Pirates

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

“This review will be short and dismissive. Its pleasures are so meager, its delight in its own inventions so forced and false, that it becomes almost the perfect opposite of entertainment. To insist otherwise is a variation on the sunk cost fallacy. Since you exchanged money for fun, fun is surely what you must have purchased, and you may cling to that idea in the face of contrary evidence. But trust me on this: This movie would be a rip-off even if someone paid you to see it.”
A. O. Scott Would Have You Know A Thing Or Three About The Latest Pirates

Scout Tafoya Reports On The State Of Film Criticism From Academic Conference In New Hampshire

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

“You will not just write reviews. You will visit film festivals, talk to industry people, moderate film premieres, write liner-notes for avant-garde DVDs.”
Scout Tafoya Reports On The State Of Film Criticism From Academic Conference In New Hampshire

LAist Likes Richard Rushfield’s Hw’d Newsletter, The Ankler

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

LAist Likes Richard Rushfield’s Hw’d Newsletter, The Ankler

In Spoilertown, Kyle Buchanan Fixates On Francois Ozon’s Vagina In Cannes’ De Palma-Boiler L’amant double

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In Spoilertown, Kyle Buchanan Fixates On Francois Ozon’s Vagina In Cannes De Palma-Boiler L’amant double

“I grew up with Sophia Loren, Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, among so many more. I remember seeing these women commanding a screen, their beauty and passion carrying a movie. I loved these women and I wanted to be these women. On the ride home, my aunt and mother would talk about how much they loved these actresses and I bonded with them during those quiet moments. Wonder Woman, I realized, could be that for so many other families; a chance for a young daughter and her mother or other family members to go and watch a beautiful, strong women on screen stand-out from the rest of the men who crowd it.”

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

“I grew up with Sophia Loren, Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, among so many more. I remember seeing these women commanding a screen, their beauty and passion carrying a movie. I loved these women and I wanted to be these women. On the ride home, my aunt and mother would talk about how much they loved these actresses and I bonded with them during those quiet moments. Wonder Woman, I realized, could be that for so many other families; a chance for a young daughter and her mother or other family members to go and watch a beautiful, strong women on screen stand-out from the rest of the men who crowd it.”

Fox News Turns Its Eye Momentarily From DNC Murder Conspiracy And Attacks On Journalist Body-Slammed In Montana For Coverage Of Alamo Drafthouse Woman-Only Wonder Woman Screenings; Major Quote Drawn From “One Viewer On Their Facebook Page”

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Fox News Turns Eye Momentarily From DNC Murder Conspiracy And Attacks On Journalist Body-Slammed In Montana For Coverage Of Alamo Drafthouse Woman-Only Wonder Woman Screenings; Major Quote Drawn From “One Viewer On Their Facebook Page”

H’wd Red Carpet Freelancer Fictionalizes Experiences

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

H’wd Red Carpet Freelancer Fictionalizes Experiences

Columbia Journalism Review Asks For Help Tracking The Quiet Disappearance Of Local Journalists

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Columbia Journalism Review Asks For Help Tracking The Quiet Disappearance Of Local Journalists

Tim League Toasts 20 Years Of Alamo Drafthouse

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Tim League Toasts 20 Years Of Alamo Drafthouse

IFC Films To Inhabit Trier’s The House That Jack Built

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

IFC Films To Inhabit Trier’s The House That Jack Built

IFC FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO LARS VON TRIER’S “THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT”

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
[PR] CANNES, FRANCE (May 25, 2017) – IFC Films announced today that they are acquiring U.S. rights to Lars Von Trier’s THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT.  The film stars Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Siobhan Fallon Hogan.  THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Group in co-production with Film i Väst, Copenhagen Film Fund, Slot Machine, with support from Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, CNC, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, The Media Programme of the European Union, and in cooperation with DR, Nordisk Film Distribution, Concorde Filmverleih, Potemkine, Les Films du Losange, SVT. IFC Films also released Von Trier’s 2009 film ANTICHRIST.
USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chance
“Lars von Trier is an unparalleled cinematic provocateur and one of the world’s great auteurs. It’s great to be working with old friends and colleagues such as Lars, Peter Aalbaek Jensen and the entire Trust team – we are anticipating audiences will see a Matt Dillon they have never dreamed of before,” said Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects
Co-founder of Zentropa and executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen says: “The lovely people at IFC have always been generous. Now also money-wise! We celebrate this and the life-long relationship with Jonathan & Co by delivering a smashing film by notorious, Lars von Trier.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films with TrustNordisk on behalf of the filmmakers.
TrustNordisk is handling international sales.
IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight Selects and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
ABOUT IFC FILMS
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. Recent releases include Olivier Assayas’ PERSONAL SHOPPER starring Kristen Stewart, Robin Swicord’s WAKEFIELD starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner, Kelly Reichardt’s CERTAIN WOMEN starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Lily Gladstone and Matthew Brown’s THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel . Some of the company’s notable releases over the years have included Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture; Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO ITALY starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; Joel Zwick’s MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING; Michael Moore’s FAHRENHEIT 9/11; Lena Dunham’s TINY FURNITURE; Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA; and Alfonso Cuaron’s Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

Lost City Of Z Loses ABCDEFGH Of Its Running Time In China To Compete With Wonder Woman

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Lost City Of Z Loses At Least “ABCDEFGH” Of Its Running Time In China To Compete With Wonder Woman

Christening The Maryland Film Fest’s New-Old Home With John Waters

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Christening The Maryland Film Fest’s New-Old Home With John Waters