Press Releases Archive for October, 2012

Voice Media Group Hires Scott Foundas as New York-Based Film Writer

Foundas’ Film Reviews and Features will Appear across Voice Media Group’s Print Publications, Websites and Mobile Platforms DENVER, Oct. 31, 2012 — Voice Media Group announced today that Scott Foundas will join the staff of the Village Voice as its principal film writer. Foundas spent the last three years as associate program director at the Film Society of…

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DISNEY TO ACQUIRE LUCASFILM LTD.

Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd, including legendary STAR WARS franchise. Acquisition continues Disney’s strategic focus on creating and monetizing the world’s best branded content, innovative technology and global growth to drive long-term shareholder value. Lucasfilm to join company’s global portfolio of world class brands including Disney, ESPN, Pixar,…

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FOX INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS AND BONA FILM GROUP ANNOUNCE PRODUCTION DEAL

Agreement Includes Development Co-production and Joint Distribution of  Multiple Chinese-Language Films LOS ANGELES & BEIJING (October 26, 2012) FOX INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS (FIP), a division of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, and BONA FILM GROUP LTD. (Nasdaq: BONA), one of China’s largest motion picture producers and distributors, today announced a multi-picture deal in which the two…

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Gravitas Ventures Continues Horror Onslaught With Announcement of Ongoing Acquisitions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles, October 25, 2012 – With the frightful season in full swing, Gravitas Ventures has announced its upcoming horror acquisitions for October and November as part of their ongoing Gravitas Horror release schedule.  Gravitas Horror programs 10 hours worth of horror content each month and has released over 250 horror titles…

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“ANY DAY NOW” AND “QUARTET” SHARE CHICAGO INT’L AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

“The Central Park Five” receives Audience Choice for Best Documentary Feature FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO (October 25, 2012) – The 48th Chicago International Film Festival proudly announces the Audience Choice Awards, presented by American Airlines. Overall, the films in the Festival were warmly received by audiences, receiving an average of 4.1/5 rating on ballots, with the…

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IFP ANNOUNCED AS NEW PROGRAMMER OF BROOKLYN’S RERUN THEATER, LINES UP “GIRL WALK // ALL DAY,” “OTELO BURNING,” AND “HABIBI” FOR OPENING MONTH

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization for independent filmmakers, announced today a new partnership with DUMBO, Brooklyn’s reRun Theater,

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The IDA Announces Nominations For the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards

Penn Jillette to Host the Gala Event Celebrating Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking LOS ANGELES, October 22, 2012–The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced nominations for the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards today. This 28th edition of the world’s most prestigious awards for nonfiction filmmaking takes place on Friday, December 7th at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles….

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 FILM COMPETITION WINNERS

AUSTIN, Texas ­ October 21, 2012 ­ Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce its 2012 Film Competition winners. Each year, the Austin Film Festival holds film competitions in seven categories:Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Narrative Student Short, Animated Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, and Young Filmmakers Competition. Winners were selected from a record number of entries this year by a panel of industry jurors. Winners received cash prizes up to $1,000, reimbursements for travel and lodging while…

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce its 2012 Screenplay and Teleplay Competition winners.

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THE ACADEMY UNVEILS VISION FOR NEW MUSEUM BY ARCHITECTS RENZO PIANO AND ZOLTAN PALI

ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES WILL BE FIRST MAJOR MUSEUM IN U.S. DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE ART, SCIENCE OF MOVIES $100M RAISED TOWARD $250M CAPITAL CAMPAIGN GOAL October 18, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it has reached its initial goal of $100 million toward…

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BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 AWARD WINNERS

London – 10.30pm, 20th October 2012 The 56th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express announced the winners at its high-profile awards ceremony, at Banqueting House, Whitehall, SW1 this evening. Hosted by Sue Perkins the four awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world. BEST FILM: RUST…

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The 48th Chicago International Film Festival announces the winners of its competitions

FRANCE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, CANADA, ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES

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OPEN ROAD FILMS WILL BRING ROBERT RODRIGUEZ’S “MACHETE KILLS” TO THEATERS IN 2013

BIGGER AND EVEN MORE BADASSS THAN THE FIRST FILM

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Four Films and Composers Selected for 2012 Sundance Institute Composers + Documentary Lab

For Immediate Release October 18, 2012  Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the four documentary film projects and composers that have been paired together for the tenth Composers + Documentary Lab, October 26 through November 1 at Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. The Lab is a joint initiative of the Institute’s Documentary Film Program…

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR IFP’S 22nd ANNUAL GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

Nominations Honor 26 Films Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Middle of Nowhere, and Moonrise Kingdom Receive Two Nominations Each New York, NY (October 18, 2012) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced today the nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Awards™.  Signaling the kick-off to…

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Elevates Marketing Executives for Global Alignment

Vincent Marcais Promoted to EVP, Worldwide Brand Marketing James Finn Promoted to SVP, Worldwide Communications, Media and Partnerships LOS ANGELES, October 15, 2012 – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today a realignment of the division’s marketing management under President and Chief Marketing Officer of Worldwide Marketing Mary Daily to promote further growth, creativity and integration…

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IFC MIDNIGHT TAKES DAVID GUY LEVY’S WOULD YOU RATHER

 Film Premiered at Screamfest New York, NY (October 15, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring all rights in North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, France and Germany to director David Guy Levy’s thriller WOULD YOU RATHER. The film, written by Steffen Schlachtenhauffen, stars Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.,…

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BLACK LIST GRANTS HOLLYWOOD ACCESS TO ASPIRING SCREENWRITERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  ANNUAL “BEST OF” LIST NOW HOSTS AMATEUR SCREENPLAYS, RECOMMENDS “BEST OF” TO OVER 1,000 INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS  LOS ANGELES (October 15, 2012) – Hollywood’s annual list of most liked screenplays has expanded beyond Hollywood’s hallowed halls. The Black List founder Franklin Leonard and co-founder/CTO Dino Sijamic announced today the launch of a paid…

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HIT DOCUMENTARY SAMSARA BECOMES OSCILLOSCOPE’S HIGHEST-GROSSING FILM EVER THEATRICALLY

HIT DOCUMENTARY SAMSARA BECOMES OSCILLOSCOPE’S HIGHEST-GROSSING FILM EVER THEATRICALLY

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8 DOC SHORTS ON OSCAR’S 2012 SHORTLIST

October 11, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 85th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed…

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas