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Oscar-Nominated Minding The Gap Debuts On POV February 18

POV DOCUMENTARY ‘MINDING THE GAP’ RECEIVES ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE ‘MINDING THE GAP’ WILL HAVE ITS NATIONAL TELEVISION DEBUT ON PBS DOCUMENTARY SERIES POV ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AT 9PM New York, N.Y.  — This morning the critically acclaimed coming-of-age story Minding the Gap received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature for the…

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Specialized SVOD Streaming OVID.TV Launches in March

[PR] (New York, January 2019)  Jonathan Miller, of Icarus Films, announced today an unprecedented collaborative effort between six of the most noteworthy independent film distributors in the U.S., each respected for the depth of their industry experience and the vitality of their collections. Together, they are supporting the launch of OVID.TV, an innovative new video-on-demand subscription…

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Academy Sets Nomination Announcement Times

1st Oscars® Nominations Announcement Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:20 a.m. PST/8:20 a.m. EST/1:20 p.m. GMT/9:20 p.m. CST FORMAT The 91st Academy Awards® nominations in all 24 Oscar® categories will be announced in a two-part live presentation on Tuesday, January 22, via global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms – Twitter, YouTube, Facebook – a satellite feed and local broadcasters. 5:20:00 a.m….

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Sundance 2019 Juries Set

Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute will gather 20 celebrated and revered expert voices across film, art, culture and science to award feature-length and short films shown at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with 12 prizes, announced at a ceremony February 2 that will be livestreamed at sundance.org and on YouTube. Short Film Awards will be announced at a…

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Film Independent Backs 30 Filmmakers Through Project Involve 2019

FILM INDEPENDENT SELECTS 30 FILMMAKERS FOR PROJECT INVOLVE 2019   LOS ANGELES (January 15, 2019) — Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, has selected 30 filmmakers for Project Involve, the organization’s signature diversity mentorship program. Now in its 26th year, the Project Involve program fosters the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally…

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2019 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

SCREENPLAY NOMINEES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24 Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix Vice, Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures ADAPTED SCREENPLAY…

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE  69TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS  RECOGNIZING BEST EDITING OF 2018  IN FILM, TELEVISION AND DOCUMENTARIES

Winners to be announced at the 69th Annual ACE Eddie Awards presented by American Cinema Editors (ACE) on Feb. 1 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Los Angeles, Jan. 7, 2019 — American Cinema Editors (ACE), the honorary society of the world’s top film editors, today announced nominations for the 69th Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing…

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Academy’s 15-Documentary Feature Shortlist To Screen In 13 Cities

ACADEMY PRESENTS NEW THEATRICAL SCREENING PROGRAM: “OSCARS® SPOTLIGHT: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SHORTLIST” LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, led by its Future of Film Committee, will present “Oscars® Spotlight: Documentary Feature Shortlist,” a new program showcasing the 15 shortlisted documentary feature films in contention for the 91st Oscars.  The films will screen…

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Academy Named Christine Simmons CEO

ACADEMY NAMES CHRISTINE SIMMONS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER LA Sparks President and COO to come on board January 2019     LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Christine Simmons to the position of Chief Operating Officer, it was announced today by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. Simmons, president and…

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Three-Hundred-Forty-Seven Features Are Best-Picture Eligible

[pr] Three hundred forty-seven feature films are eligible for the 2018 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. To be eligible for 91st Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven…

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Academy Shortlists Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Visual Effects

[pr] LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars in nine categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Fifteen films…

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Post-Les Moonves, CBS Grants Producers Guild $2 Million To “Combat Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry”

[pr]  LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2018) — The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that its charitable arm, the Producers Guild of America Foundation 501(c)(3), has received a grant of $2 million from CBS in support of its landmark new program, the “Independent Production Safety Initiative,” which will provide free anti-sexual harassment training and legal consultation for independent…

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Sundance Institute Announces 2019 January Screenwriters Lab Fellows

Los Angeles, CA — Fifteen screenwriters from countries including the U.S., Lebanon, South Africa, Turkey, and the United Kingdom will bring twelve projects to the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, taking place January 18-23, 2019 at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. The Lab provides an immersive environment that encourages all participants to embrace a spirit of…

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Academy Awards Go To Nine Scientific and Technical Achievements

9 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE HONORED WITH ACADEMY AWARDS® Curtis Clark to receive John A. Bonner Award LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that nine scientific and technical achievements represented by 27 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation…

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African American Film Critics Association Announces Awards And Top Ten Films

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (AAFCA) ANNOUNCES ITS AWARD WINNERS AND  TOP TEN FILMS OF THE YEAR BLACK PANTHER wins three awards including Best Film, Best Director (Ryan Coogler) and Best Song John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”), Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”), Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”), Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)…

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Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Nod Roma as Best Film, Cinematography and Foreign Film

December 8, 2018 PHILADELPHIA FILM CRITICS CIRCLE NAMES ROMA THE BEST FILM OF 2018  Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia Film Critics Circle today voted on its second annual year-end awards, and the choice for Best Movie was Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma.  Roma also won awards for Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Film. Tying Roma for the most awards, with three,…

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ALFONSO CUARÓN’S ROMA TO BE RELEASED THEATRICALLY IN OVER 600 THEATERS WORLDWIDE

Hollywood, Calif. – (December 7, 2018) – Netflix confirmed today that Academy Award® winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA, produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, will be released in over 100 theaters in the United States and more than 500 theaters internationally in over 40 countries, curated by Netflix by territory around the…

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Cohen Media Press Release On Landmark Theatres Acquisition

COHEN MEDIA GROUP BUYS LANDMARK THEATRES FROM WAGNER/CUBAN COMPANIES   Nation’s Largest Independent Theater Chain Sold to Indie Film Distributor and One of the Country’s Most Influential Patrons of Culture and the Arts- (December 4, 2018) — Landmark Theatres, the nation’s largest specialized theater chain dedicated to independent cinema with 252 screens in 27 markets, has…

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SLAMDANCE ANNOUNCES 2019 FEATURE FILM COMPETITION LINEUP 

  11 Narrative and 9 Documentary Features To Be Showcased in Competition During 25th Annual Festival, Including 18 World, North American, and U.S. Premieres Festival Also Announces Inaugural Breakouts Section Lineup NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (Los Angeles)– The Slamdance Film Festival  today announced the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs, as well as the lineup for its…

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Sundance 2019

[PR] Park City, UT — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the showcase of new independent feature films selected across all categories for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 24 – February 3, 2019. The Festival is the Institute’s…

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“I had this friend who was my roommate for a while. She seemed really normal in every way except that she wouldn’t buy shampoo. She would only use my shampoo. And after a year it’s like, “When are you going to buy your own shampoo?” It was her way of digging in her heels. It was a certain sense of entitlement, or a certain anger. It was so interesting to me why she wouldn’t buy her own fucking shampoo. It was like,“I’m gonna use yours.” It was coming from a place of “You have more money than me, I just know it”—whether I did or I didn’t. Or maybe she felt, “You have a better life than me,” or “You have a better room than me in the apartment.” It was hostile. And she was a really close friend! There was never any other shampoo and I knew she was washing her hair. And clearly I have a thing about shampoo, as we see in ‘Friends with Money.’ I had some nice shampoo. So I found that psychologically so interesting how a person can function normally in every way and yet have this aberrance—it’s like a skip in the record. It was a sense of entitlement, I think. I put that in Olivia’s character, too, with her stealing someone’s face cream.”
Nicole Holofcener

“When books become a thing, they can no longer be fine.

“Literary people get mad at Knausgård the same way they get mad at Jonathan Franzen, a writer who, if I’m being honest, might be fine. I’m rarely honest about Jonathan Franzen. He’s an extremely annoying manI have only read bits and pieces of his novels, and while I’ve stopped reading many novels even though they were pretty good or great, I have always stopped reading Jonathan Franzen’s novels because I thought they were aggressively boring and dumb and smug. But why do I think this? I didn’t read him when he was a new interesting writer who wrote a couple of weird books and then hit it big with ‘The Corrections,’ a moment in which I might have picked him up with curiosity and read with an open mind; I only noticed him once, after David Foster Wallace had died, he became the heir apparent for the Great American Novelist position, once he had had that thing with Oprah and started giving interviews in which he said all manner of dumb shit; I only noticed him well after I had been told he was An Important Writer.

“So I can’t and shouldn’t pretend that I am unmoved by the lazily-satisfied gentle arrogance he projects or when he is given license to project it by the has-the-whole-world-gone-crazy development of him being constantly crowned and re-crowned as Is He The Great American Writer. What I really object to is this, and if there’s anything to his writing beyond it, I can’t see it and can’t be bothered. Others read him and tell me he’s actually a good writer—people whose critical instincts I have learned to respect—so I feel sure that he’s probably a perfectly fine, that his books are fine, and that probably even his stupid goddamned bird essays are probably also fine.

“But it’s too late. He has become a thing; he can’t be fine.”
~ Aaron Bady