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Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival Announces LIneup

  THE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 LINEUP WITH NEW VENUES, SPECIAL SCREENINGS, AND MORE The 13th Annual Traverse City Film Festival, July 25-30, which will bring over 1000 movies to scenic Northern Michigan. Big change has come to the festival and the world since we last gathered on the beautiful shores of TC to…

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Kino Lorber And Zeitgeist Films Align; KL To Distribute ZF Library 

[pr] KINO LORBER AND ZEITGEIST FILMS ENTER A MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC ALLIANCE THAT INCLUDES CO-ACQUIRING FOUR TO FIVE THEATRICAL FILMS PER YEAR AND THE EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION OF ZEITGEIST FILMS’ LIBRARY Kino Lorber is pleased to announce a multi-year strategic alliance with renowned film distributor Zeitgeist Films, founded and run by industry leaders Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo. Going…

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Jeff Dowd And Alex Noh Launch Blood Sweat Honey, A Distribution-Marketing Consultancy

Indie Film Veterans Jeff Dowd & Alex Nohe Launch Full-Service Distribution & Marketing Consultancy Festival Strategy, Theatrical Release, Distribution & Creative Consulting Longtime film industry veterans Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe announce the launch of Blood Sweat Honey, a comprehensive consulting agency specializing in providing strategic counsel to indie filmmakers. Offering services such as producer representation,…

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Telluride 2017 Guest Director Is Joshua Oppenheimer

44th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 GUEST DIRECTOR JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER Telluride Film Festival, presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is proud to announce its 2017 Guest Director, Joshua Oppenheimer. The award-winning documentarian is set to select a series of films to present at the 44th Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4, 2017. Festival organizers…

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YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE 2017 presented by Chevrolet Announces CITY CINEMA presented by NOW: “Canucks, Comedy, and (John) Candy”

YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE 2017 presented by Chevrolet Announces CITY CINEMA presented by NOW: “Canucks, Comedy, and (John) Candy”  A great way for Torontonians to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial is in the heart of the city at YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE (YDS) while catching a fun flick with City Cinema presented by NOW. YDS is honouring all things Canadian with a…

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MoMA Film Curator Dave Kehr Awarded Insignia Of Chevalier Of The Order Of Arts And Letters

Dave Kehr A lifelong friend of France, Mr. Kehr has committed in his recent work as a curator, to support the film preservation and strengthened dialogue with foreign cinematheques including the Cinémathèque Française, by exchanging restored films for the creation of retrospectives or series. The passion he has had throughout his life for the seventh…

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New Ryan Gosling-Ken Kao Shingle To Co-Produce Lanthimos’ Latest

RYAN GOSLING AND KEN KAO PARTNER TO FORM PRODUCTION COMPANY ARCANA The company announces its first collaboration on The Favourite from director Yorgos Lanthimos June 14, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) – Golden Globe winner and Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and producer Ken Kao (The Nice Guys) have joined forces to form Arcana. The production company will focus…

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Academy Announces Deluxe Internships For “Underrepresented Communities”

[PR] ‘ACADEMY GOLD’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OFFERS EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM ACADEMY MEMBERS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ‘Academy Gold’ Adds Four Industry Partners; 20 to Participate in Pilot Year Program Kicks Off with Two-Day Orientation on June 15-16  LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce commitments…

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Depp Infinitum Nihil First-Looks With IM Global

[PR] IM GLOBAL LOCKS FIRST LOOK DEAL WITH JOHNNY DEPP’S PRODUCTION COMPANY INFINITUM NIHIL Los Angeles, CA, June 13, 2017 –  Prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global has signed a first look feature film deal with Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, it was announced today by IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford. The company will be…

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Fantasia Fest 21 Announces First Attractions, Including Larry Cohen Tribute

FANTASIA’S 21st EDITION TO FEATURE NUMEROUS WORLD PREMIERES, CANNES SENSATIONS, AND NORTH AMERICAN DEBUTS! The North American Premiere of Cannes Sensation THE VILLAINESS, World Premiere of new work from Géla Babluani, North American Premiere of Takashi Miike’s JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE, a special screening of Luc Besson’s VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A…

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Seattle Int’l Announces Its 2017 Prize Winners

Golden Space Needle Awards At the End of the Tunnel, Sami Blood, and Lane 1974 Win Top Awards at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival At the End of the Tunnel wins Golden Space Needle Audience Awards for Best Film and Best Director; Grand Jury Prizes go to Sami Blood, The Winter, Boundaries, Lane 1974, and…

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Palm Springs Int’l Shortfest Announces Line-Up

[PR]  Palm Springs, CA (June 9, 2017) – Now in its 23rd year, Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase 338 films including 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.  The selection of films for screening and competition features star-studded casts and award-winning films from 60 countries around the world.  There…

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Second City Veteran Actor-Writer-Improviser Tino Insana Was 69

Tino Insana: ‘The funniest man you ever spent the evening with.’ Tino Insana, improviser, actor, writer, award-winning voice-over artist, best remembered as Mr. Grouper in “Bubble Guppies,” for which he was nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award, USA, died Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Cause of death was complications from cancer. He…

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Academy To Salute Richard Donner

[PR] Tribute to include on-stage appearances by Donner and special guests Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo and many more The Academy will pay tribute to director-producer Richard Donner with an evening of personal anecdotes, film clips spanning his prolific career and special appearances by friends and colleagues on Wednesday, June 7, at 730pm at the…

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

[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…

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

[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…

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Sony Classics Goes Whistleblowing With Watergate-Deep Throat Drama

[PR] SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES “THE SILENT MAN” STARRING LIAM NEESON AND DIANE LANE WATERGATE WHISTLEBLOWER DRAMA TAKES ON RENEWED RELEVANCE AMIDST CURRENT WHITE HOUSE INVESTIGATION  Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to The Silent Man, the film based on the life of Mark Felt, the secret high-ranking FBI informant during the Watergate scandal…

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Annapurna Partners With Distribs In Japan, France, Italy

ANNAPURNA EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION WITH LONGRIDE, MARS, AND EAGLE/LEONE PARTNERSHIPS  Los Angeles, CA (May 24, 2017) – Continuing to grow its global reach, Annapurna has inked three new multi-year international distribution deals with Longride, Mars Distribution, and Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group in select territories, it was announced today. Longride and Mars will be…

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Universal Dubs Series Of Monster IP Remakes The “Dark Universe”; New Danny Elfman Musical Theme For All

[PR] UNIVERSAL PICTURES UNVEILS “DARK UNIVERSE” WITH  NAME, MARK AND MUSICAL THEME FOR ITS CLASSIC MONSTERS SERIES OF FILMS Brand Logo to Debut in Theaters on The Mummy with All-New Musical Theme Composed by Four-Time Academy Award Nominee Danny Elfman Oscar Winner Bill Condon as Director of Bride of Frankenstein, the Next Dark Universe Film, to be Released in…

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Annapurna And eOne Partner For Distribution

ANNAPURNA PICTURES AND ENTERTAINMENT ONE INK MULTIYEAR DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP  Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT set as first film under the new agreement  Los Angeles, CA (May 22, 2017) – Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One (eOne) today announced a new distribution partnership.  The multi-year deal will begin this summer with Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT. The film, Annapurna’s inaugural release under…

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch