Press Releases Archive for May, 2013

TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DEAN TAVOULARIS AS 40th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL POSTER ARTIST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 30, 2013 BERKELEY, CA – The 40th Telluride Film Festival (August 29 – September 2, 2013), presented by National Film Preserve LTD., proudly announces Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis as its 2013 poster artist. Tavoularis will attend the 40th Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend to present his poster design to…

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THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES MUSEUM GIFT FROM BRETT RATNER

A $1 million gift from director Brett Ratner to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES JIM JARMUSCH’S ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      NEW YORK (May 24, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, which…

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CINEDIGM ACQUIRES “VISITORS”

CINEDIGM ACQUIRES “VISITORS,” THE LANDMARK NEW FILM COLLABORATION BETWEEN DIRECTOR GODFREY REGGIO, COMPOSER PHILIP GLASS AND FILMMAKER JON KANE PRESENTED BY STEVEN SODERBERGH Cinedigm to Release Theatrically Following World Premiere Live Symphony Event at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival   LOS ANGELES, CA (May 22, 2013)– Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired all North American distribution rights…

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BLOOD TIES – Lionsgate Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights from Worldview Entertainment

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to BLOOD TIES from Worldview Entertainment.  The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Festival and the studio will release through its sister company Roadside Attractions.  Directed by Guillaume Canet from a screenplay written by Canet and James Gray, the film is based on the screenplay “Les Liens du sang” by…

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ACADEMY ANNOUNCES ANIMATED FEATURE FILM RULE CHANGE

May 20, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved rules for the 86th Oscars®.  The most significant change affects the Animated Feature Film category. In this category, the new rule designates a maximum of two award recipients, one of whom…

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MUSIC BOX FILMS ACQUIRES 2013 CANNES COMPETITION TITLE ‘MICHAEL KOHLHAAS’ STARRING MADS MIKKELSEN

  Cannes, France… – May 17, 2013 – Chicago-based Music Box Films has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Arnaud des Pallières’ MICHAEL KOHLHAAS, starring Mads Mikkelsen and freely adapted from the 1811 Heinrich von Kleist novel, in advance of its first market screening. Films du Losange is handling international sales. As director Arnaud des Pallières describes it, his story…

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CASSIAN ELWES AND ROBERT OGDEN BARNUM FORM NEW FILM FINANCING AND PRODUCTION VENTURE e2b CAPITAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  LOS ANGELES, CA (May 17, 2013) – It was announced today that independent film producers Cassian Elwes and Robert Ogden Barnum have launched e2b Capital, a new entertainment company for independent filmmakers and financiers seeking financing and global distribution expertise. Elwes and Barnum will serve as co-heads of the Los Angeles-based operation.  Backed by a growing group of…

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Set to Star In John Slattery’s “God’s Pocket”

Film Marks Slattery’s Feature Directorial Debut And Co-Stars Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro Park Pictures Features Will Produce In Partnership with Cooper’s Town Productions and Shoestring Pictures NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15, 2013 — Park Pictures Features announced today Academy Award®-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, is set to star in God’s Pocket, the upcoming film directorial debut from Emmy®-nominee John Slattery….

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS®

BOB SAGET TO HOST AWARDS CEREMONY

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Oak Cliff Film Festival 2013 Announces Films, Events, and Sponsors

Opening night: Swanberg’s DRINKING BUDDIES; PUSSY RIOT

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IFP ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARY LINE-UP FOR ITS ANNUAL INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER LABS

First Time Directors Selected for Highly Successful Year-long Mentorship New York, NY  (May 13, 2013) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today the ten documentaries selected for the 2013 Independent Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s  annual year-long fellowship for first-time feature directors.  The key creative teams of the selected films, chosen from a national pool of 200…

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VIRGIN PRODUCED AND OVERBROOK ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES ON NON-EXCLUSIVE PACT BEGINNING WITH “AFTER EARTH”

“At Virgin, we believe it’s important to give mankind a heightened awareness of the nature and vulnerability of our planet. “

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Kino Lorber and Adopt Films Pact on an Exclusive Distribution Deal

Agreement to distribute selected titles from Adopt Films on home media and digital platforms.

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Sundance Institute Selects 13 Projects for 2013 June Directors and Screenwriters Labs

For Immediate Release May 9, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the 13 projects selected for its annual June Directors and Screenwriters Labs, taking place at the Sundance Resort in Utah from May 27 through June 27. Under the leadership of Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Institute’s Feature Film Program, and…

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The Walt Disney Company Reports Second Quarter Earnings for Fiscal 2013

“Our results reflect our successful strategy, the strength of our brands and the value of our high-quality creative content.”

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ACADEMY ANNOUNCES RULE CHANGE IN TWO CATEGORIES

The entire voting membership will automatically be eligible to vote in all 24 Oscar categories

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2013 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

May 1, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBEVERLY HILLS, CA – Thirty-eight students from 17 U.S. colleges and universities as well as nine students from foreign universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition.  Winners will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry…

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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