Press Releases Archive for November, 2011

2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Competition

For Immediate Release November 30, 2011 — Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah….

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Constellation introduces Virtual Theatrical (“VT”) Exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York – As the consumption of media content has changed dramatically over the last few years to include subscription on-demand streaming services like Netflix; and online rentals and downloads via iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, and others, a new form of film distribution is now in place – virtual theatrical (VT) exhibition. CEO…

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Variance Films and Might Entertainment announce theatrical and VOD release of “The Trouble with Bliss”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Comedy formerly known as “East Fifth Bliss,” starring Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Peter Fonda, and Lucy Liu, to open in theaters on March 23, 2012 New York, November 30, 2011 – Variance Films has acquired US theatrical rights and Might Entertainment, along with its investors at Rilean Pictures, have acquired US digital distribution…

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IFC FILMS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO SAMUEL L. JACKSON’S THE SAMARITAN

New York, NY (November 30, 2011) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to THE SAMARITAN, starring Academy Award® nominated Samuel L. Jackson, produced by Andras Hamori and directed by David Weaver from a screenplay by Weaver and Elan Mastai.  THE SAMARITAN also stars Luke Kirby (TAKE THIS WALTZ), Ruth Negga (LOVE/HATE) and Oscar…

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Australia: The Human Centipede II (full sequence) classified RC upon review

28 November 2011 MEDIA RELEASE A three member panel of the Classification Review Board (the Review Board) has by unanimous decision determined that the film The Human Centipede II (full sequence) is classified RC (Refused Classification). In the Review Board’s opinion, The Human Centipede II (full sequence) could not be accommodated within the R 18+…

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JEFERY LEVY TO LAUNCH PRODUCTION COMPANY, XMARKSTHEEARTH, IN 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Company is fully funded to produce three films a year for the next five years Los Angeles, CA (November 30, 2011) – The critically acclaimed and award-winning writer, director, and producer Jefery Levy and his partners will launch a new production company, XMarksTheEarth, in early 2012, Levy today announced. XMarksTheEarth has been…

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NY Film Critics Circle Winners

Best Picture The Artist Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life Best Screenplay Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Best Foreign Language Film A Separation Best Actor Brad Pitt, Moneyball & The Tree of Life Best Actress Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive…

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2012 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

2012 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED – $115,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers – LOS ANGELES (November 29, 2011) – Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Anthony Mackie and Kate…

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GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

New York, NY (November 28, 2011) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today the winners at the 21st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony in New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street. Presented by IFP, the Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM is one of the leading awards…

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL NAMES FREDERIC BOYER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Veteran Leader of Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight Arrives As TFF Starts Preparations For 11th Edition in April 2012 New York, NY (Nov. 28, 2011) – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced today that Frederic Boyer, a veteran executive who most recently ran the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, has…

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UNDER THE HIGH PATRONAGE OF HIS MAJESTY THE KING MOHAMMED V: The 11th Marrakech International Film Festival

FEATURE FILM JURY MEMBERS (AMENDMENT) and THE OFFICIAL SELECTION; FEATURE FILM JURY MEMBERS (AMENDMENT) Marrakech, November 20, 2011 – Due to a heavy working schedule in connection with the Oscar submission of the award winning A SEPARATION, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has unfortunately been forced to cancel his planned attendance as member of the feature film…

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FRENCH FILMMAKER MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS TO RECEIVE THE SONNY BONO VISIONARY AWARD AT 2012 PALM SPRINGS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 23, 2011) – The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present acclaimed French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award during its annual Awards Gala.  Presented by Cartier, the Gala will be held Saturday, January 7 at the Palm Springs Convention…

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State Theatre Takes Major Next Step in Renovating Downtown Traverse City’s Historic Movie Palace

“ANOTHER HUNDRED YEARS” YEAR-END FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR FRONT EXTERIOR RENOVATION AND COMMUNITY FUND SURPASSES HALFWAY MARK Traverse City, Mich. (November 22, 2011) — The Traverse City Film Festival has surged past the halfway point to mark $317,000 in progress just days after launching a year-end capital and community fund campaign called “Another Hundred Years!” that…

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“War Horse” Presents Spielberg Live Via Satellite—Audiences Worldwide to Participate

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 22, 2011 — DreamWorks Pictures announced today that they will be presenting an advance screening of Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” on Sunday, November 27th in New York City. The event, which starts at 2:00 p.m. (EST), features a live Q&A session with director Steven Spielberg following the presentation of the film. This…

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SISKEL FILM CENTER TO HONOR ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS REESE WITHERSPOON AT ANNUAL BENEFIT

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 21, 2011 “A SUMMER EVENING WITH REESE WITHERSPOON” SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012 AT THE RITZ-CARLTON CHICAGO Witherspoon to Receive “Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award,” and Participate in Insightful Discussion with Special Guest to Be Announced Chicago — The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of…

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LEADING INDEPENDENT FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY LIKELY STORY EXPANDS WITH LOS ANGELES OFFICE

Los Angeles / New York, NY – November 21, 2011 – Likely Story, a New York based independent film production company is expanding, with Head of Production and Development Stefanie Azpiazu relocating from the New York headquarters to open a Los Angeles office.  Azpiazu has been with Likely Story since its inception in 2006, previously working…

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IFC MIDNIGHT TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO EVAN KELLY’S DIRECTORAL DEBUT THE CORRIDOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (November 21, 2011) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to first-time director Evan Kelly’s sci-fi thriller THE CORRIDOR. The film, with a screenplay by Josh MacDonald, (FAITH, FRAUD AND MINIMUM WAGE) stars Stephen Chambers, James Gilbert (THE TUDORS, SAW 6) and David Patrick Flemming. Craig Cameron…

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POP SENSATION KATY PERRY PARTNERS WITH THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY TO PROMOTE UPCOMING FILM MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

MUSICIAN DEBUTS EXCLUSIVE MARILYN MONROE MASHUP FOR HER 48 MILLION SOCIAL MEDIA FANS ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER NEW YORK (November 18, 2011) –  Two-time GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling recording artist Katy Perry has partnered with The Weinstein Company (TWC) to promote the Thanksgiving release of MY WEEK WITH MARILYN with her new hit single “The One…

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CARMEN AND DOLORES CHAPLIN, GRANDDAUGHTERS OF THE MOST LEGENDARY SILENT FILM STAR, CHARLIE CHAPLIN, TO HOST A SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE ARTIST

Hosts to be joined by “The Artist” Writer/Director Michel Hazanavicius and Cast Members Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Uggie the dog and more Screening to be held Monday, November 21, 7:30pm PST at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 – The Weinstein Company…

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15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2011 OSCAR RACE

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with…

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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up