Press Releases Archive for April, 2011

SAG National Board of Directors Unanimously Establishes Merger Task Force; Adopts Successor Union Mission Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Guild Task Force to work directly with AFTRA counterparts to develop formal merger plan for approval by National Boards in January 2012. Los Angeles, (April 30, 2011) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today unanimously approved the creation of a Merger Task Force to work with their AFTRA counterparts…

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2011 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HEINEKEN AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER – GIVE UP TOMORROW

New York, NY [April 30, 2011] – The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by founding sponsor American Express, announced the winner of the Heineken Audience Award – Give Up Tomorrow – tonight at Eye Beam in New York City. The film’s director,…

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SIFF ANNOUNCES GALAS, TRIBUTES, SPECIAL EVENTS FOR 37th SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Seattle, WA – The 37th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind in the United States today announced the galas, tribute events and special presentations for this year’s Festival. The 25 day event, which runs from May 19 through June 12, will feature 441 films (257 features, 184 shorts)…

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Variance Films announces acquisition of theatrical rights for festival favorites “General Orders No. 9,” “Littlerock,” and “The Weird World of Blowfly”

New York, April 28, 2011 – Variance Films has acquired US theatrical rights for three highly-acclaimed independent films, it was announced today by founder Dylan Marchetti: the thought-provoking Slamdance and River Run award-winning experimental documentary GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9, the Gotham and Independent Spirit Award-winning drama LITTLEROCK, and the SXSW favorite music documentary THE WEIRD…

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2011 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARDS

SHE MONKEYS, JOURNALS OF MUSAN, BOMBAY BEACH AND LIKE WATER WIN TOP AWARDS IN JURIED WORLD COMPETITIONS * * * FESTIVAL AWARDS MORE THAN $185,000 IN CASH PRIZES [April 28, 2011 – New York, NY] – The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by…

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TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 2011 AWARD WINNERS AND GRANTEES FOR TRIBECA ALL ACCESS PROGRAM, LATIN AMERICA MEDIA ARTS FUND AND THE TFI DOCUMENTARY FUND

Overall TFI Funds for Filmmakers Reach $1,000,000 New York, NY – April 28, 2011 – The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced several program award winners and grantees at the TFI Awards Luncheon at Riverpark NYC during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Two winners of the Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Awards presented by…

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VARIANCE FILMS TO RELEASE LiTTLEROCK, SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 9 AND THE WEIRD WORLD OF BLOWFLY

New York, April 28, 2011 – Variance Films has acquired U. S. theatrical rights for three highly-acclaimed independent films, founder Dylan Marchett announced today: the thought-provoking Slamdance and River Run award-winning experimental documentary GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9, the Gotham and Independent Spirit Award-winning drama LiTTLEROCK, and SXSW favorite music documentary THE WEIRD WORLD OF BLOWFLY….

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PRESIDENT’S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES (PCAH) AND SUNDANCE INSTITUTE TO PRESENT 10 AWARD-WINNING FILMS AT 10 LOCATIONS ON NATIONAL MALL

Winter’s Bone, Last Train Home, La Mission, Son of Babylon, Freedom Riders, A Small Act, Amreeka, Afghan Star, Boy, and Udaan to Be Screened One Night Only May 12 — in Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services Expected Attendees Include…

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PAUL HAGGIS TO BE HONORED AT 16TH ANNUAL NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL

Disney•Pixar’s Cars 2 and Sundance Selects’ Buck to open; Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut Higher Ground to close. April 28, 2011 (New York, NY) – Today the Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) announces its film lineup for its expanded 16th edition, taking place June 22-26, 2011.  With a sum total of 55 films (and more to be announced…

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FILMS, HOT DOCS AND REALSCREEN UNITE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHER TIM HETHERINGTON WITH SPECIAL ONE-OFF SCREENING OF “RESTREPO”

·         RESTREPO Co-Director Sebastian Junger will attend the event and pay tribute to his friend and collaborator, with Q&A following the screening ·         Proceeds will be donated to a charitable organization to be chosen by the Hetherington family to honor Tim’s life and work ·         Screening will take place Saturday, May 7, during the Hot…

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The Rubber Band Craze Moves from Kid’s Wrists to the Silver Screen with BANDS ON THE RUN, a Bouncy, Full-Length Animated Movie!

THIS SPRING, THE WIDESPREAD RUBBER BAND CRAZE IS MOVING FROM AROUND THE NATION’S WRISTS TO DVD WITH ONE BOUNCY, PLAYFUL ANIMATED MOVIE! BANDS ON THE RUN Street Date: May 31, 2011 DVD SRP: $14.98 Over the past several years, has there been any kid’s fad more pervasive than shaped rubber band bracelets? Brands such as…

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MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION OF EPIC FEATURE “MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS”

Marvel Super Heroes Assemble To Commence Principal Photography In Preparation for May 4, 2012 Film Release BURBANK, Calif. (April 26, 2011) — Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) from a screenplay by Whedon.  The film will continue principal photography…

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GARY BUSEY DIVES INTO PIRANHA 3DD (DOUBLE D)

Gary Busey is on board for PIRANHA 3DD now in production in Wilmington, NC. As more potential fish bait, Busey joins the other cast members announced earlier this week including Danielle Panabaker (THE CRAZIES), Matt Bush (ADVENTURELAND), Chris Zylka (THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN), David Koechner (ANCHORMAN), Meagan Tandy (UNSTOPPABLE) and others. PIRANHA 3DD shows its teeth…

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PIRANHA 3-DOUBLE-D SPLASHES INTO PRODUCTION

New York, NY, April 25, 2011 – After earning rave reviews from top critics and wild cheers from audiences around the country, Dimension Films has started production on the sequel to PIRANHA 3D. Principal photography is now underway in Wilmington, NC on PIRANHA 3DD, being directed by John Gulager (FEAST). There’s something in the water ….

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KEY DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA, April 26 , 2011 – The 84th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. The ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. …

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IFC MIDNIGHT PICKS UP DICK MAAS’ SAINT FROM XYZ FILMS ON EVE OF TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE

New York, NY (April 21, 2011) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company has acquired U.S. distribution rights from sales and production outfit XYZ Films for director Dick Maas’ evil Santa film SAINT. The deal includes a theatrical component and was made prior to the movie’s North American premiere in the Cinemania section at…

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HYDE PARK PICKS UP INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS FOR RICHARD LINKLATER’S ‘BERNIE’

Mandalay Vision and Wind Dancer Films’ Project Stars Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine Los Angeles, CA (April 21, 2011) – Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park International has come aboard to handle international rights on Richard Linklater’s BERNIE starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine. BERNIE was written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth, and produced by Linklater, Ginger…

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RED FLAG RELEASING ACQUIRES SUNDANCE FAVORITE “WE WERE HERE”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “WE WERE HERE” To Open Theatrically in North America September 2011 RED FLAG TO PARTNER WITH FILMMAKERS AND THE FILM  COLLABORATIVE (TFC) IN COMPREHENSIVE RELEASE Los Angeles – April 20, 2011 – Red Flag Releasing announced today that it has acquired “WE WERE HERE,” produced and directed by David Weissman and editor/co-director…

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY ON PROTECTING THE MOVIE-GOING EXPERIENCE

AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY ON PROTECTING THE MOVIE-GOING EXPERIENCE We are the artists and business professionals who help make the movie business great. We produce and direct movies. We work on the business deals that help get movies made. At the end of the day, we are also simply big movie fans….

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SCOTT SHERR PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT WORLDWIDE MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION

CULVER CITY, Calif., April 19, 2011 – Scott Sherr has been promoted to executive vice president, worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, it was announced today by Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing. Sherr will continue to negotiate and help guide Sony’s theatrical digital delivery…

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“The sad and painful truth is that pretty much everyone in this town knew who Harvey was. I have had long talks with my most liberal friends. Did we know he was a rapist? We didn’t. But did we know that for decades he has been offering actresses big careers in exchange for sexual favors? Yes, we did — and make no mistake, that is its own kind of rape. And did we all — or did any of us — refuse to do business with him on moral grounds? No. We ALL STAYED IN BUSINESS WITH HIM. I have never done business with Harvey but I can tell you with certainty that I would have — because I was recently approached by a film festival he sponsors. They asked me to submit my short film for their consideration and I did it without thinking twice. I am a dyed-in-the-wool feminist and a vocal one at that. So why didn’t I think twice? Because this entire town is built on the ugly principals that Harvey takes to an horrific extreme. If I didn’t work with people whose behavior I find reprehensible, I wouldn’t have a career.”
~ Showrunner Krista Vernoff

From AMPAS president John Bailey:

Dear Fellow Academy Members,

Danish director Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is not only one of the visual landmarks of the silent era, but is a deeply disturbing portrait of a young woman’s persecution in the face of the male judges and priests of the ruling order. The actress Maria Falconetti gave one of the most profoundly affecting performances in the history of cinema as the Maid of Orleans.

Since the decision of the Academy’s Board of Governors on Saturday October 14 to expel producer Harvey Weinstein from its membership, I have been haunted not only by the recurring image of Falconetti and the sad arc of her career (dying in Argentina in 1946, reputedly from a crash diet) but of Joan’s refusal to submit to an auto de fe recantation of her beliefs.

Recent public testimonies by some of filmdom’s most recognized women regarding sexual intimidation, predation, and physical force is, clearly, a turning point in the film industry—and hopefully in our country, where what happens in the world of movies becomes a marker of societal Zeitgeist. Their decision to stand up against a powerful, abusive male not only parallels the cinema courage of Falconetti’s Joan but gives all women courage to speak up.

After Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting, the Academy issued a passionately worded statement, expressing not only our concern about harassment in the film industry, but our intention to be a strong voice in changing the culture of sexual exploitation in the movie business, already common well before the founding of the Academy 90 years ago. It is up to all of us Academy members to more clearly define for ourselves the parameters of proper conduct, of sexual equality, and respect for our fellow artists throughout our industry. The Academy cannot, and will not, be an inquisitorial court, but we can be part of a larger initiative to define standards of behavior, and to support the vulnerable women and men who may be at personal and career risk because of violations of ethical standards by their peers.

Yours,
John