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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You worked as second AD on Jerry Lewis’ The Day the Clown Cried,  about a clown entertaining Jewish children in a WW II concentration camp. 
Yes, and I never saw the film. I was just the second assistant and it was an incredible fairytale for me, to work with Jerry Lewis. Jerry Lewis, along with Louis de Funes—who, by the way, had a very similar career to Jerry Lewis. He was a huge comic in France, but never, ever until now, 20 years after his death, recognized as a great actor. But they both made me laugh as a child. Jerry Lewis did everything: he did stand-up. He could act. He could sing and dance. He’s a photographer. He’s a director. And his films, when you look at them, are extremely daring and inventive. So he was someone that I wanted to emulate, in a way. The cinematographer of the film, Edmond Richard, who had shot a film I worked on directed by Rene Clement, called Hope to Die, with Jean-Louis Trintignant, Aldo Ray and Robert Ryan. It was like I had been invited to the court of Queen Elizabeth. It felt like a real achievement. I tried to work as hard as possible, and be very speedy. Like the weather, you don’t wait for somebody to ask. The moment the director says “I would like to have a…” you know what needs and get it for him. The greatest moment on that set for me was, one day Jerry Lewis got really upset with his crew, and went off on them, saying “You’re all too lazy. You don’t work hard enough. There’s only one guy who understands!” And he pointed to me. I only worked on the film for 15 days, at the circus in Paris. I never heard a thing about it after. I knew it was bogged down in lawsuits after it was finished, but it was an important moment in my professional life. I worked with a lot of amazing people before I directed my first film. I was an assistant director for twelve years. It was a great training ground, watching those masters work. I have many great memories. I started making films very late, you know.”
~ Jean-Jacques Beineix

“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