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Forty-Sixth Telluride Film Festival Announces Guest Director Pico Iyer

BERKELEY, CA – Telluride Film Festival (TFF), presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is proud to announce its 2019 Guest Director, Pico Iyer. The celebrated author is set to select a series of films to present at the 46th Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, August 30 through September 2, 2019. Festival organizers annually…

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

 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,…

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

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,…

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Academy Elects 2019-2020 Board Of Governors

THE ACADEMY ELECTS 2019–20 BOARD OF GOVERNORS  Runoff election required for Film Editors Branch  LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2019–20 Board of Governors. They will assume their posts July 1. Newly elected to the Board: Ellen Kuras, Cinematographers Branch Ruth Elaine Carter, Costume…

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Slamdance Goes Miami 2020

LOS ANGELES (June 6, 2019) – Slamdance  today announced Slamdance Miami, their inaugural South Florida festival, which will kick off May 28-31, 2020 and shine a spotlight on the next generation of multicultural filmmakers. In collaboration with Slamdance alumni partners and Miami’s leading arts and educational organizations, Slamdance Miami seeks to help local, Caribbean, Central and South American…

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Sundance Institute Brings $182 Million in Economic Impact to Utah with 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Benefits Highlighted by 122,000 Attendees, $18 Million in State and Local Tax Revenue, 3,052 Jobs Supported Park City, Utah — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today that its 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Salt Lake City and Sundance, Utah from January 24 through February 3, generated a total economic impact of…

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2019 Governors Awards: Geena Davis, David Lynch, Wes Studi, Lina Wertmüller

THE ACADEMY TO HONOR GEENA DAVIS, DAVID LYNCH, WES STUDI AND LINA WERTMÜLLER AT 2019 GOVERNORS AWARDS LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy announced today that its Board of Governors voted (Saturday, June 1) to present Honorary Awards to David Lynch, Wes Studi and Lina Wertmüller, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Geena Davis….

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Winners of the Inaugural Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards

“QUEER EYE” LEADS WINNERS OF THE INAUGURAL CRITICS’ CHOICE REAL TV AWARDS   Leah Remini Receives First Ever Impact Award Netflix Tops Networks with Nine Awards  Show Will Air on VH1 on Sunday, June 9 Los Angeles (June 2, 2019) – The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) and NPACT, the trade organization serving the producers of…

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Fox Searchlight and Malick Reunite

CANNES, FRANCE, May 23, 2019 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired North American and select international territory distribution rights to writer-director Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life.” Fresh off its World Premiere in competition at the 72nd Festival de Cannes, the film reunites Malick with Searchlight following…

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Academy Announces Three New At-Large Governors

The Academy Board of Governors has confirmed the appointment of three new governors-at-large, DeVon Franklin (Executives Branch), Rodrigo García (Directors Branch) and Janet Yang (Producers Branch). They will each serve a three-year term, beginning July 1. This furthers the Academy’s A2020 initiative, which seeks to support inclusion and increase representation within its membership and the greater film community. “The Board looks…

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For Oscar 92, Academy Issues New Rules (Which May Still Change)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AWARD RENAMED “INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM AWARD” LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved Oscars® rules for the 92nd AcademyAwards®.  Notable changes and updates are as follows: In the Animated Feature category, the theatrical release of eight eligible animated features in the calendar year is no longer required for the awards category to be activated….

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Satanic Temple Officially Recognized As Church On Eve Of Release Of Penny Lane’s HAIL SATAN?

NEW YORK, NY (April 24, 2019) – It was announced today that The Satanic Temple, the focus of filmmaker Penny Lane’s (Nuts!, Our Nixon) critically-acclaimed documentary HAIL SATAN?, has been officially recognized as a church by the IRS, setting a historical precedent. Since the inception of the United States, no satanic religious organization has ever been recognized as a…

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New Oscar Rules (Likely Subject To Further Revision)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AWARD RENAMED “INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM AWARD” LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved <K=-WTMYOscars® Mrules for the 92nd Academy Awards®.  Notable changes and updates are as follows: In the Animated Feature category, the theatrical release of eight eligible animated features in the calendar year is no longer required…

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George Lucas Family Foundation To Furnish Admissions to Academy Museum for Those Under 18

  LOS ANGELES, CA, April 18, 2019 — Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced the George Lucas Family Foundation has provided a transformative grant in support of the Academy Museum’s educational mission. The Academy Museum will use the funds to create an endowment underwriting free admission to the Museum in perpetuity…

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Sundance Institute Names Four To Board Of Trustees, Including Jason Blum

Los Angeles — Sundance Institute announced today that Jason Blum, Ebs Burnough, Lynette Wallworth and Lisa-Michele Church will join the Institute’s Board of Trustees. The new Trustees bring deep experience and broad expertise spanning communications, emerging media, and film production to the Institute’s governance, and will work closely with President & Founder Robert Redford, Board Chair Pat Mitchell and Executive Director Keri Putnam. “Jason, Ebs, Lynette…

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IFP Announces Jeffrey Sharp New Executive Director To Lead the Organization

[pr]  – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) has announced Jeffrey Sharp as the new Executive Director.  Sharp will lead the institution, which is the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers.  An award-winning international film and TV producer and publishing entrepreneur, Sharp brings decades of experience to IFP, including his work producing films such as Boys…

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“David Gordon Green and John Sloss announced they will partner to create Brand New Story. The company will work with world class brands and elite Hollywood storytellers to finance, develop, distribute and market long-form content, seamlessly integrating brand ethos into pure entertainment.”

FILM VETERANS DAVID GORDON GREEN & JOHN SLOSS LAUNCH BRAND NEW STORY TO ACCELERATE THE CONVERGENCE OF BRAND MARKETING AND LONG-FORM ENTERTAINMENT   Venture will be a joint undertaking from indie powerhouses Rough House Pictures and Cinetic Media. For Immediate Release (New York, NY – Tuesday, March 5) David Gordon Green and John Sloss announced…

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Tribeca 2019 Sets Lineup

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM LINEUP FOR 18th EDITION, APRIL 24 – MAY 5 NEW YORK – March 5, 2019 – The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today unveiled its feature film lineup. Continuing its tradition of elevating exceptional storytelling rooted in today’s global film communities, the 18th annual Festival will showcase debut works…

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Wolfgang Puck Marks Twenty-Fifth Year Feeding Oscars Governors Ball

91ST OSCARS® GOVERNORS BALL CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED LOS ANGELES, CA – Academy governor Lois Burwell, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will team to create this year’s Governors Bal, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscars celebration, which will immediately follow the 91st Oscars ceremony on Sunday, February 24….

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Paul Feig’s Powderkeg launches Break the Room, company based on a development process to empower underrepresented voices

[PR] Paul Feig’s production company, Powderkeg has launched an innovative development company called Break the Room (BTR) with writer/producer Sameer Gardezi.  BTR is a writers room development process originally piloted by Gardezi in partnership with MuslimArc, and with support from the Pop Culture Collaborative, that approaches the creation of diverse content by bringing writers of color together with…

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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier