Press Releases Archive for August, 2013

Sundance favorite GOD LOVES UGANDA to receive theatrical release from Variance Films

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams’ exposé of US Evangelical influence in Ugandan anti-homosexuality laws to hit theaters October 11, 2013.  New York, August 29, 2013 – Variance Films announced today that Roger Ross Williams’ GOD LOVES UGANDA will be released theatrically beginning in New York City on October 11, 2013, followed…

Read the full article » No Comments »

DRAFTHOUSE FILMS, VICE, VHX & THE FILMMAKERS TO DELIVER ‘THE ACT OF KILLING’ FREE TO THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA

To Help Spur Social Change, The Year’s Most Acclaimed Documentary Will Be Made Available For All Of Indonesia August 28, 2013 –  Award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary film The Act Of Killing will be made available for free to the people of Indonesia in perpetuity, through the joint efforts of the US distributor Drafthouse Films,VICE Media, integrated digital platform VHX, Danish…

Read the full article » No Comments »

40th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PROGRAM LINEUP

27 new feature films in main program.

Read the full article » 1 Comment »

SCREEN MEDIA FILMS AND FOCUS WORLD ACQUIRE ADVENTURE COMEDY A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING, STARRING KODI SMIT-McPHEE, BEN KINGSLEY

New York, August 27, 2013 – Focus World, the alternative distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, and Screen Media Films have partnered for a third time on U.S. distribution rights to a feature film, acquiring the U.S. rights to A Birder’s Guide to Everything, which made its debut at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was a…

Read the full article » No Comments »

ACADEMY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF THE TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

Continuing its sponsorship of the Telluride Film Festival with a series of special events.

Read the full article » No Comments »

TOMORROWLAND is Today

Principal photography on Brad Bird’s film, edited by Walter Murch.

Read the full article » No Comments »

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces Spotlight on Documentaries and Film Restoration at the 2013 NY FILM FESTIVAL

PRESS RELEASE HOW DEMOCRACY WORKS NOW, APPLIED SCIENCES, and MOTION PORTRAITS comprise the new documentary section and restorations of works by Leos Carax, Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Ray, Alain Resnais, Luchino Visconti and many more in the REVIVALS section NEW YORK, August 26, 2013 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the details of the additional programming that will…

Read the full article » No Comments »

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces Gala Tributes to honor Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes at the 2013 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

NEW YORK, August 22, 2013 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes will be the subjects of this year’s NYFF Gala Tributes. The Gala Tribute to Cate Blanchett will take place on Wednesday, October 2, and the Gala Tribute to Ralph Fiennes will take place on Wednesday, October…

Read the full article » No Comments »

WEINSTEIN COMPANY AND SIMON & SCHUSTER ANNOUNCE UNCOVER THE MYSTERY BUT DON’T SPOIL THE SECRETS’ CAMPAIGN

Tthose seeing it before its official release date are being asked to sign nondisclosure agreements.

Read the full article » No Comments »

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TO EXPAND WOODY ALLEN’S BLUE JASMINE TO OVER 1,200 SCREENS NATIONWIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   New York, NY (August 21, 2013) –  Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will expand Woody Allen’s latest box office success BLUE JASMINE from 229 to over 1,200 screens nationwide this weekend.  This surpasses…

Read the full article » No Comments »

SUNDANCE SELECTS TO RELEASE KECHICHE’S PALME D’OR WINNER BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR WITH NC-17 RATING IN U.S.

NEW YORK, NY (August 20, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that they will release Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or Winner BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR with the MPAA rating of NC-17 in the United States, as opposed to trimming the film or releasing the film Unrated. With a screenplay by Kechiche…

Read the full article » No Comments »

SAMUEL L. JACKSON JOINS PRESENTERS OF WONG KAR-WAI’s THE GRANDMASTER

FILMMAKER MARTIN SCORSESE ALSO BACKING FILM New York, NY – August 20, 2013 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson is joining previously announced filmmaker Martin Scorsese in presenting their upcoming release, THE GRANDMASTER. Jackson, who attended the film’s New York premiere on August 13th, will be adding his name to…

Read the full article » No Comments »

OSCILLOSCOPE PICKS UP AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY “THE KILL TEAM”

The devastating moral tensions that tear at soldiers’ psyches.

Read the full article » No Comments »

PRODUCERS DISTRIBUTION AGENCY TO RELEASE “ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW”

Provocative Sundance Film To Hit Theaters and VOD This Fall PDA’s Follow Up To EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, SENNA, BROOKLYN CASTLE and THE WAY (New York, NY) August 19, 2013 –Producers Distribution Agency (PDA) announced today it will be releasing Randy Moore’s directorial debut ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW in the U.S. this fall, in partnership…

Read the full article » 1 Comment »

A TASTE OF THE 49th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

First Round of Titles Announced.

Read the full article » No Comments »

FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces Main Slate of selections for the 2013 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

PRESS RELEASE 35 Features include new films by Catherine Breillat, J.C. Chandor, Joel & Ethan Coen, Richard Curtis, Claire Denis, Arnaud Desplechin, Ralph Fiennes, James Gray, James Franco, Jim Jarmusch, Claude Lanzmann, Alexander Payne, Hong Sang-soo, Frederick Wiseman, and Jia Zhangke   NEW YORK, August 19, 2013 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today…

Read the full article » 1 Comment »

JOEL AND ETHAN COEN AND T BONE BURNETT TO PRESENT ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TIME: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF “INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS”

ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CONCERT EVENT TO BE HELD AT NEW YORK CITY’S TOWN HALL ON SEPTEMBER 29 Performers To Include The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Milk Carton Kids, Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, Secret Sisters, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings,…

Read the full article » No Comments »

14 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR 2013 ACADEMY AWARDS

“Non-explosive car flipping devices.”

Read the full article » No Comments »

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS PINS ANNAPURNA’S FOXCATCHER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  NEW YORK (August 15, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will distribute Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER in North America, currently in post-production.  The film is produced by Megan Ellison under her company Annapurna Pictures, as well as, Miller and Anthony Bregman and will be released on December 20. Miller’s prestigious cast…

Read the full article » No Comments »

DIRECTING ICONS WONG KAR WAI AND MARTIN SCORSESE CELEBRATE THE GRANDMASTER

DIRECTING ICONS WONG KAR WAI AND MARTIN SCORSESE CELEBRATE THE GRANDMASTER IN NYC New York, NY – August 15, 2013 – Filmmaking legends Wong Kar Wai and Martin Scorsese met in New York yesterday to celebrate the upcoming release of Wong’s kung fu epic THE GRANDMASTER. The Weinstein Company, who is releasing the film theatrically, recently announced…

Read the full article » No Comments »

Press Releases

Quote Unquotesee all »

“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