Press Releases Archive for January, 2013

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES FOR NO GOOD REASON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         NEW YORK (January 30, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Charlie Paul’s directorial debut, FOR NO GOOD REASON from Itch Film.   Foreign sales…

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SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES 2013 FEATURES LINEUP

Austin, Texas – January 31, 2013 – Marking its 20th Anniversary, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year’s Festival, running March 8 – 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The 2013 lineup continues the SXSW Film celebration of the intersection between culture and creativity, revealing…

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CINEDIGM ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO SHAUL SCHWARZ’S SUNDANCE 2013 COMPETITION TITLE “NARCO CULTURA”

Cinedigm Plans Theatrical and Awards Qualifying Run This Year LOS ANGELES, CA (January 30, 2013) – Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired North American distribution rights to Israeli photographer and filmmaker Shaul Schwarz’s NARCO CULTURA, which world premiered last week at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition section. The film was produced by…

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BARBRA STREISAND TO PERFORM ON THE OSCARS® FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 36 YEARS

January 30, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA– Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast on February 24. Streisand last sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original…

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Music Box Films acquires LE WEEKEND, directed by Roger Michel and starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum

Chicago, IL, January 29, 2013 — Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to LE WEEKEND, directed by Roger Michel (‘Hyde Park on Hudson’) from a script by Hanif Kureishi, and starring Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum.  The film recently finished shooting in Paris and will be released theatrically this summer. …

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ADRIAN SMITH NAMED PRESIDENT, SONY PICTURES RELEASING DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION

The promotions are part of a realignment of the studio’s domestic distribution division.

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Sundance Film MILKSHAKE Acquired For Kevin Smith Movie Club

Phase 4 Films acquires Sundance 2013 NEXT film, MILKSHAKE, the directorial debut of David Andalman and Mariko Munro, for its Kevin Smith Movie Club New York, January 28, 2013 – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the Company has acquired the dark comedy MILKSHAKE from Sundance’s NEXT program.  Starring…

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IFC FILMS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO DAVID LOWERY’S DRAMATIC COMPETITION TITLE AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS AT SUNDANCE FILM FEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Nate Parker Star PARK CITY, UT (January 25, 2013) – IFC Films announced today from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to writer-director David Lowery’s second feature AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, which premiered on January 20 at the 2013 Sundance Film…

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2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards

For Immediate Release January 26, 2013 2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM AWARD. Blood Brother, Fruitvale, A River Changes Course and Jiseul Earn Grand Jury Prizes Audience Favorites Include Blood Brother, Fruitvale, The Square (Al Midan), Metro Manila and This is Martin Bonner Park City, UT — Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury,…

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PHASE 4 FILMS ACQUIRES SUNDANCE HIT ‘NEWLYWEEDS’

Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the Company has acquired all North American rights to NEWLYWEEDS.

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ENTERTAINMENT ONE EATS UP THE US RIGHTS TO JIM MICKLE THRILLER WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SUNDANCE FILM ACQUIRED BY eONE FOR U.S. THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION   LOS ANGELES/TORONTO – January 26, 2013 – Entertainment One (“eOne”) has acquired the U.S. rights to Jim Mickle’s suspenseful horror thriller WE ARE WHAT WE ARE for a theatrical release planned for later this year.  The film premiered to major critical acclaim this…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES SUNDANCE FAVORITE BEFORE MIDNIGHT

The third installment to BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET.

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OSCARS TO FEATURE TRIBUTE TO MOVIE MUSICALS OF THE LAST DECADE

 January 25, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Oscars will include a special celebration of movie musicals of the last ten years, the telecast’s producers announced today. “The musical as a motion picture genre has had a remarkable renaissance in the last decade,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.  “We are excited…

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Magnolia takes North American rights to David Gordon Green’s PRINCE AVALANCHE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Park City, UT – January 23, 2013 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to PRINCE AVALANCHE after its rapturously received Sunday premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The new film from writer/director David Gordon Green, PRINCE AVALANCHE stars Paul…

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2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Awards in Short Filmmaking

For Immediate Release January 22, 2013 2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Awards in Short Filmmaking Park City, UT — Sundance Institute this evening announced the jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. This year’s Short Film program…

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2013 SUNDANCE INSTITUTE | MAHINDRA GLOBAL FILMMAKING AWARDS

Four directors from India, Italy-US, Brazil and UK-Germany honored for their visionary projects PARK CITY, UT, U.S.A. — Sundance Institute and India’s Mahindra Group today announced the four winners of the 2013 Sundance Institute |Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards, in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. The winning directors and projects are: Sarthak Dasgupta, THE…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES SUNDANCE HIT KILL YOUR DARLINGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         NEW YORK (January 22, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US, Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV, and Eastern European (minus CIS which has already been…

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FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES “THE WAY, WAY BACK”

Directed and written by Academy Award® winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

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RADiUS / THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY KNOCKS IT OUT WITH ‘CONCUSSION’

BOUTIQUE LABEL MAKES SECOND BIG PURCHASE OF FEST AFTER ACQUIRING OPENING NIGHT FILM ’20 FEET FROM STARDOM’ Park City – January 21, 2013:  RADiUS – TWC proudly announced tonight that it has acquired North American rights to CONCUSSION, one of the most provocative and well received films at this year’s Festival that is drawing endless…

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A24 Acquires Sundance breakout THE SPECTACULAR NOW

Park City, UT (January 21, 2013) – A24 announced the acquisition of North American rights to Sundance favorite THE SPECTACULAR NOW.  The James Ponsoldt directed film, from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, has become one of the darlings of the Sundance Film Festival and features breakout performances by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley….

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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