Movie City Indie Archive for November, 2008

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Luc Dardenne[Back in a bit. Turn off the lights when you go.]

[PR] More movies going digital via Cinetic Rights Management

CINETIC RIGHTS MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION OF INDEPENDENT FILM CATALOGUE THROUGH AMAZON VIDEO ON DEMAND AND CREATESPACE
New York, NY (November 13, 2008) – Cinetic Rights Management (CRM) announced today that its catalogue of independent films will be available on Amazon Video on Demand and via CreateSpace DVD on Demand. Through this unique online film distribution effort, certain titles will be made available to consumers exclusively each month. In addition, both CRM and Amazon Video on Demand will curate a slate of approximately twenty independent films each month. These films will then be made available to consumers as digital downloads on Amazon’s Video On Demand and also as on-demand DVD’s via Amazon’s CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com group of companies which enables discs to be manufactured only after a customer places an order. This new venture launches today with an Amazon exclusive of writer/director milk_5898.jpgDave McLaughlin’s ON BROADWAY (2007) starring Joey McIntyre and Eliza Dushku which focuses on a Boston playwright who stages a production of his work in the back of an Irish pub. “We’re so excited about our partnership with Amazon Video On Demand,” said Matt Dentler of Cinetic Rights Management. “Audiences are no longer required to live in a specific city to see new and classic independent film. All they need now is an Internet connection.”
“Amazon customers love independent films,” said Roy Price, director, digital video, Amazon.com. “With Cinetic, we’re able to deliver them unique, exclusive and compelling movies that are not available anywhere else.” Among the other films being released on Amazon Video on Demand in November are:
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984), director Rob Epstein
This Oscar-winning documentary takes a look at the political rise and tragic slaying of the first openly gay city official in the United States, Harvey Milk.
YOUR MOMMY KILLS ANIMALS (2007), director Curt Johnson
A documentary about the battles of the government against extreme animal rights’ activists.
A MODERN AFFAIR (1995), director Vern Oakley
A man and woman fall in love after they meet following a visit to the fertility clinic. Starring Stanley Tucci.
All Cinetic titles will be made available to Amazon Video on Demand customers for rent or purchase. Movie rentals are $2.99 for a seven day rental, and movie purchases are $9.99. Amazon Video on Demand titles can be played instantly on PC’s or MAC’s, or downloaded and watched on PC’s, TIVO boxes, compatible Sony Bravia televisions, and portable video players. Customers can purchase titles by going to www.amazon.com/vod.

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Tilt-shifting San Francisco


Dawn and dusk in mini San Francisco from captin nod on Vimeo.


A sweet snip of homage. “Captin Nod” writes that this brief taste of homage had its “Inspiration drawn from Keith Loutit and his series of amazing time-lapsed, tilt-shifted videos of Sydney.

[LOOK] London: harder, better, faster, stronger


London (harder, better, faster, stronger) from David Hubert.


Danny Boyle used a digital SLR for the helicopter shots in Slumdog Millionaire; more about that later. But this piece is a swell look at London in public spaces, with bonus Guinness. Scored to Daft Punk. As Hubert writes on his Vimeo page, the effort took “a few weeks on my spare time, probably a total of 10 days of work to get the footage and do the edit,” and he worked with a Canon EOS Rebel [$700 retail] and edited it in Adobe After Effect and Premiere.”

[PR] Forget The Reader, WeinsteinCo's got The Cheech and Chong Concert Movie!

Smokin’! “THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY PARTNERING WITH CHEECH MARIN AND TOMMY CHONG ON A NEW CONCERT MOVIE TWC to Retain Worldwide Rights
NEW YORK, NY (November 11, 2008) The Weinstein Company (TWC) have partnered with Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, and their managers Ben Feigin and Josh Klein to produce a concert movie to memorialize the comic duo’s reunion and first tour together in 25 years. The announcement was made today by Barry Gordon, executive vice president of home entertainment at TWC. Unknownunknownunknownunknown.jpeg As part of the arrangement, TWC has worldwide theatrical, home video, digital and television rights. The feature-length program, which will portray a live concert experience of the “Cheech & Chong: Light Up America” tour, is expected to make a major TV premiere, followed by the DVD release. “The Cheech and Chong Concert Movie” will be an historic, must-experience event for the many fans that grew up listening to their recordings and watching their movies,” said Barry Gordon, EVP of Home Entertainment at TWC. “For the millions of new fans who have discovered Cheech and Chong over the years as cultural icons, this will be the first time many of them will be able to enjoy the artistry and one-of-kind magic that is Cheech and Chong live on stage. This is the comedy event of the decade.” “It’s great to get a chance to cap a long career with a show of where we are now,” said Marin. Chong stated, “I really like Harvey because he picked up my dinner tab.” Start of production and official release dates are to be announced.

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Closing night Roller Disco Cleidh at Sheffield Doc/Fest



Masterclasses with Nick Broomfield and D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus and documentary market activities left and right? Yes, plus events like this on Saturday night to close the five-day event.

Computer modeling Laurel & Hardy's Culver City



From a Dutch documentary on “The Shortest Main Street In the World.”

Get your war on: "New World Order"

Indie is heading into the Yorkshires

Power




Way out

Festival notes to follow…

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Reasons to vote, including canceling out your neighbors



A video for North Carolina voters, by Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies) and Scott Jacobson (The Daily Show, SNL’s “TV Funhouse”).

Indie is festival-bound

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Kodak Kodak

A journalist's grasp

Yma Sumac was 86; inspired the amazing "Yma Dream"



The Peruvian singer with the notorious multi-octave range has died at 86. Among her accomplishments was inspiring this sketch from Anne Bancroft’s 1970 television special, “Annie: The Women in the Life of a Man,” adapted from the New Yorker piece by Thomas Meehan.

Studs Terkel's red socks

Studs Terkel's red socks“With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, ‘Studs, you’re an optimist.’ I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what’s the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.”

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch