Press Releases Archive for June, 2013

The Academy Invites 276 New Members

he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

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12 YEARS A SLAVE moves To October 18, 2013

This film will be a limited platform release.

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BUMBLE WARD AND TRACY BECHTOLD LAUNCH NEW COMMUNICATION FIRM, HIVE COLLECTIVE

Digital-oriented firm will focus on entertainment and philanthropy   LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2013 — A fresh approach to communication comes in the form of Hive Collective, a new company launched by entertainment industry veteran Bumble Ward in partnership with philanthropy professional Tracy Bechtold.  Sitting at the intersection of entertainment and philanthropy in Los Angeles, the firm will offer…

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FOCUS FEATURES SETS RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTY SHADES OF GREY AS AUGUST 1, 2014

Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.

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IFC FILMS TAKES US RIGHTS TO MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM’S THE TRIP TO ITALY

Follow Up To 2010 Comedy Hit The Trip Also Will Star Coogan and Brydon  New York, NY (June 24, 2013) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring US rights to Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO ITALY.  The film is a follow up to the 2010 road trip comedy The Trip, which was…

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THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SUBMISSION DATES FOR 2013 OSCARS

June 24, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced category submission deadlines for 86th Academy Awards® consideration. Scientific and Technical Awards Friday, July 12 Documentary Short Subject Tuesday, September 3 Documentary Feature Monday, September 23 Live Action Short Film Tuesday, October 1 Animated Short Film…

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Sundance Institute Selects 22 Fellows for 2013 Documentary Edit and Story Labs

For Immediate Release Los Angeles, CA, June 19, 2013 — Sundance Institute today announced the selection of 22 Fellows representing nine documentary film projects to participate in the 2013 Documentary Edit and Story Labs, June 21-29 and July 5-13 at Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. Built upon the immersive Lab model launched in 1981 by…

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FOCUS FEATURES’ AFRICA FIRST PROGRAM BEGINS SIXTH YEAR, ACCEPTING ENTRIES

$10,000 IN FINANCING APIECE EARMARKED FOR NEW FILMMAKERS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 – To commence its sixth year, Focus Features’ Africa First Program will accept entries continuing through Monday, August 19, with applications needing to be received by Thursday, August 29. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today. The uniquely conceived…

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Sundance Selects Wraps Polanski’s VENUS IN FUR

SUNDANCE SELECTS ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO ROMAN POLANSKI’S VENUS IN FUR Film Made Its World Premiere In Competition at 2013 Cannes Film Festival New York, NY (June 5, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski’s VENUS IN FUR. With a screenplay by Polanski…

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS ENGLISH-LANGUAGE RIGHTS TO “A PROPHET”

To be produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe through the Original Film banner.

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FOCUS FEATURES INTERNATIONAL LOCKS MULTI-TERRITORY SALES FOR AMY WINEHOUSE DOCUMENTARY AND MIKE LEIGH’S J.M.W. TURNER PIC

Company also closes Italy for Jude Law Starrer Black Sea, Germany for Mike Flanagan’s Oculus London (June 3, 2013) – Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International (FFI), announced multi-territory sales on director Asif Kapadia’s (Senna, The Warrior) untitled documentary on five-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.  FFI also saw strong sales on seven-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director…

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FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES RICHARD SHEPARD’S “DOM HEMINGWAY”

“You only want the best for your baby. I’m over the moon and under the influence.”

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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier