Press Releases Archive for January, 2011

Women’s Media Center Video Spotlights Serious Gender Disparity in Film Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 31, 2011 NOTE: Most WMC Sundance coverage is available for reposting with permission and the following disclaimer, as well as a link to the post: This article originally appeared on the Women’s Media Center Blog New York City: The Women’s Media Center (WMC) released a video it produced during the…

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Screen Actors Guild Honors Outstanding Film And Television Performances at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 30, 2011) – Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2010 at the “17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The “17th…

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2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARDS

Happy, Happy, Hell and Back Again, How to Die in Oregon and Like Crazy Earn Grand Jury Prizes Audience Favorites Include Buck, Circumstance, Kinyawaranda and Senna; to.get.her Awarded Best of NEXT! Audience Award For Immediate Release – January 29, 2011 – Park City, UT–The Jury, Audience, NEXT! and other special award-winners of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were…

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ALFRED P. SLOAN FEATURE FILM PRIZE AWARDED TO MIKE CAHILL’S ANOTHER EARTH

For Immediate Release Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grants and Lab Fellow Also Announced Park City, UT, January 28, 2011 – Sundance Institute today announced that Another Earth, directed and written by Mike Cahill and written by Brit Marling,  is the recipient of the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at this year’s Sundance Film…

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FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO PARIAH

FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO PARIAH, DEBUT FEATURE FROM WRITER/DIRECTOR DEE REES, EXECUTIVE-PRODUCED BY SPIKE LEE; DRAMA WORLD-PREMIERED AT THIS YEAR’S SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK, January 28, 2011 – Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to the contemporary drama Pariah, the debut feature from writer/director Dee Rees. Pariah world-premiered In Competition this past week at the…

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NEW VIDEO ACQUIRES DAVID SINGTON’S 2011 SUNDANCE ENTRY, “THE FLAW,” FOR MULTI-PLATFORM RELEASE

New York, NY – January 27, 2011 – New Video, a leading independent film and TV distributor, announced today that the Company has acquired THE FLAW (www.theflawmovie.com) for release across DVD, Cable VOD and digital distribution platforms, with plans for a limited theatrical run. THE FLAW (www.theflawmovie.com), a new documentary directed by British filmmaker David…

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CHERIEN DABIS WINS 2011 SUNDANCE/NHK INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER AWARD

For Immediate Release, January 28, 2011 WHAT: Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced Cherien Dabis, director of May in the Summer, as winner of the 2011 Sundance / NHK International Filmmaker Award. Originally created to celebrate 100 years of Cinema, the annual award recognizes and supports a visionary filmmaker on his or…

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IFC FILMS AND SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS JOIN TO TAKE NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO GEORGE RATLIFF’S SALVATION BOULEVARD

Park City, UT (January 27, 2011) – IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced today from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that the companies are partnering to acquire North American rights to George Ratliff’s SALVATION BOULEVARD, which premiered this week in the festival’s Premieres section. The film, with a screenplay by Ratliff (whose…

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RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2011 ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2011 THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER AND UNIFRANCE PRESENT THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY FRENCH FILM, MARCH 3-13 Francois Ozon’s “POTICHE,” starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu selected for Opening Night NEW YORK – January 27, 2011 – The 16th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film…

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DADA FILMS ACQUIRES THEATRICAL RIGHTS TO BILL HANEY’S “THE LAST MOUNTAIN”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE: Film Recently had its World Premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition section. LOS ANGELES, CA – January 27, 2011 – MJ Peckos announced today that Dada has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Bill Haney’s “The Last Mountain” and will release the film June 3.  The film…

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM TO CONNECT ARTISTS WITH AUDIENCES

Three-Year Plan with Kickstarter as Creative Funding Collaborator Facebook® to Provide Guidance to Institute Alumni PARK CITY, UT — Sundance Institute today announced a new program to connect its artists with audiences by offering access to top-tier creative funding and marketing backed by the Institute’s promotional support. These essential services will act as building blocks for…

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IFC FILMS TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO DAVID MACKENZIE’S PERFECT SENSE

Park City, UT (January 26, 2011) – IFC FILMS announced today from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director David Mackenzie’s romantic thriller PERFECT SENSE, which had its world premiere in the Premieres section this week.  Directed by Sundance alum Mackenzie (who was at the festival in…

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OVERBROOK ENTERTAINMENT AND SHAWN “JAY-Z” CARTER FORM JOINT FILM VENTURE

OVERBROOK ENTERTAINMENT AND SHAWN “JAY-Z” CARTER FORM JOINT FILM VENTURE Los Angeles, Calif., January 26, 2011 – Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have formed a joint venture with Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter to develop and produce major motion pictures. One of the projects being discussed is the re-imagination…

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FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES “ANOTHER EARTH”

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES A UNIT OF FOX FILMED ENTERTAINMENT For Immediate Release FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES “ANOTHER EARTH” Specialty Arm Acquires Rights to English Speaking Territories PARK CITY, UT January 26, 2011 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired rights to English speaking territories for…

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FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES REMAKE RIGHTS TO THE BENGALI DETECTIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Specialty Arm Acquires Worldwide Remake Rights PARK CITY, UT January 24, 2011 – Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis announced today that the company has acquired worldwide remake rights from Native Voice Films to the entertaining original feature documentary, THE BENGALI DETECTIVE, directed by Philip Cox and produced by Giovanna…

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS WITH SCOTT FREE UK AND YOUTUBE FOR THE NEXT PHASE IN THE LIFE OF KEVIN MACDONALD’S ‘LIFE IN A DAY’

Nat Geo will release film domestically in partnership with YouTube World Premiere Thursday, Jan. 27, as Part of Premiere Section of Sundance Film Festival PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 24, 2011) – National Geographic has acquired the U.S. rights to the global film project “Life in a Day,” executive produced by Ridley Scott, through his Scott…

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND INDIAN PAINTBRUSH ACQUIRE WORLDWIDE RIGHTS OUT OF SUNDANCE FOR “LIKE CRAZY”

For Immediate Release HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 23, 2011) – Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush announced today the worldwide acquisition of LIKE CRAZY for Paramount Pictures to release in 2011. The Super Crispy Entertainment production from co-writer and director Drake Doremus (“Douchebag”), producers Jonathan Schwartz (“The Way Back,” “Douchebag,” “Funny Games”) and Andrea Sperling (“Kaboom,” “Sympathy…

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SUNDANCE SELECTS TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO CINDY MEEHL’S BUCK

Park City, UT (January 24, 2011) – Sundance Selects announced today from the Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Cindy Meehl’s BUCK. The film, which is playing in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiered on Friday, January 21.  The film centers around…

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IFC FILMS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO MATTHEW CHAPMAN’S THE LEDGE

THEATRICAL RELEASE PLANNED FOR LATE SPRING Park City, UT (January 24, 2011) – IFC FILMS announced today from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that the company acquired the U.S. rights to THE LEDGE. The film, which is playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition premiered this past Friday.  THE LEDGE, directed and written by Matthew Chapman, stars Charlie Hunnam…

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Paramount Acquires Like Crazy

PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND INDIAN PAINTBRUSH ACQUIRE WORLDWIDE RIGHTS OUT OF SUNDANCE FOR “LIKE CRAZY” HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 23, 2011) – Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush announced today the worldwide acquisition of LIKE CRAZY for Paramount Pictures to release in 2011. The Super Crispy Entertainment production from co-writer and director Drake Doremus (“Douchebag”), producers Jonathan Schwartz…

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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott