Press Releases Archive for October, 2013

Int’l Documentary Association Announces 2013 IDA Nominations

Act Of Killing, Blackfish, Let The Fire Burn, The Square, Stories We Tell.

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Gotham Independent Nominations Announced; 12 Years a Slave Has 3 Noms; Blue Caprice, Concussion, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis, Upstream Color 2 Each

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 23rd ANNUAL GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS BY IFP   Monday, December 2nd at Cipriani Wall Street Nominations Honor 23 Films   12 Years a Slave Receives Three Nominations Blue Caprice, Concussion, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis, AndUpstream Color Receive Two Nominations Each   New York, NY (October 24, 2013) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier advocacy organization for independent…

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SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL FALL CELEBRATION HONORING FRUITVALE STATION, HER, NEBRASKA AND THE SQUARE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 22, 2013 Ryan Coogler, Spike Jonze, Michael B. Jordan, Jehane Noujaim, Alexander Payne and June Squibb in Attendance San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society announces its first annual Fall Celebration, which seeks to honor creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration in cinema. Fruitvale Station, Her, Nebraskaand The Square will be honored at the premiere gala celebration. The…

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Applications now open for second year of Kartemquin / Community Film Workshop mentorship program for filmmakers of colo

Chicago, IL – The first class of graduating fellows from Diverse Voices in Docs, a professional development and mentorship program for documentary makers of color, will be celebrated at a free, public event at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center at 6:30-9:30pm on October 30th. Host Robin Robinson (FOX 32) will present a screening of clips…

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Peter Travers Q&A National Simulcast Series Starts With NEBRASKA

Peter Travers is the Wizard in the Skype.

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Woody Allen Sees Magic In The Moonlight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WOODY ALLEN’S NEW FILM IS TITLED “MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT”   NEW YORK (Oct 15, 2013) – Woody Allen’s new film is titled Magic in the Moonlight. Set in the South of France, it stars Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver; and co-stars Erica Leerhsen,…

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Open Road Films Extends Tom Ortenberg As CEO

Los Angeles, CA – October 9, 2013 – Open Road Films has extended Tom Ortenberg’s employment agreement as CEO.  Since it was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), Open Road has established itself as a premiere independent theatrical distributor, acquiring and distributing star-driven hits and working with first-class filmmakers. OpenRoad recently…

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Ted Hope Steps Down As Exec Director Of SFFS

The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Ted Hope, Executive Director since August 2012, will step down at the end of the year to pursue other film-related interests. He will continue in his current role and will manage all activities of the organization until December 31, working with the staff and board to facilitate a smooth leadership transition….

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National Association of Theatre Owners Elects New Officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NATO ELECTS NEW OFFICERS Industry Volunteer Leaders Selected at Annual Meeting; Theater Owners Visit Lawmakers In Nation’s Capital Despite Government Shutdown  (Washington, D.C. and North Hollywood, Calif. – 8 October 2013) The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), announced today the election of new officers to two-year terms by the Executive Board of Directors at the…

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INDUSTRY VETERANS ALAN KLINGENSTEIN, DANNY FISHER AND JACK FISHER LAUNCH DISTRIBUTION COMPANY FILMRISE

2,500 FILM AND TELEVISION TITLES ACQUIRED   NEW YORK – OCTOBER 8, 2013 – Alan Klingenstein, Danny Fisher and Jack Fisher today announced their new distribution company, FilmRise.  As the industry continues to evolve, FilmRise approaches distribution in a forward-looking way with its emphasis on worldwide digital distribution and online DVD sales, together with traditional distribution models…

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76 Countries Listed For 2013 Foreign Language Film Oscar

A record 76 countries have submitted films for consideration.

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49th Chicago International Film Festival Dedicates Opening Night To Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert didn’t just write about the movies — he was the movies.

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“When books become a thing, they can no longer be fine.

“Literary people get mad at Knausgård the same way they get mad at Jonathan Franzen, a writer who, if I’m being honest, might be fine. I’m rarely honest about Jonathan Franzen. He’s an extremely annoying manI have only read bits and pieces of his novels, and while I’ve stopped reading many novels even though they were pretty good or great, I have always stopped reading Jonathan Franzen’s novels because I thought they were aggressively boring and dumb and smug. But why do I think this? I didn’t read him when he was a new interesting writer who wrote a couple of weird books and then hit it big with ‘The Corrections,’ a moment in which I might have picked him up with curiosity and read with an open mind; I only noticed him once, after David Foster Wallace had died, he became the heir apparent for the Great American Novelist position, once he had had that thing with Oprah and started giving interviews in which he said all manner of dumb shit; I only noticed him well after I had been told he was An Important Writer.

“So I can’t and shouldn’t pretend that I am unmoved by the lazily-satisfied gentle arrogance he projects or when he is given license to project it by the has-the-whole-world-gone-crazy development of him being constantly crowned and re-crowned as Is He The Great American Writer. What I really object to is this, and if there’s anything to his writing beyond it, I can’t see it and can’t be bothered. Others read him and tell me he’s actually a good writer—people whose critical instincts I have learned to respect—so I feel sure that he’s probably a perfectly fine, that his books are fine, and that probably even his stupid goddamned bird essays are probably also fine.

“But it’s too late. He has become a thing; he can’t be fine.”
~ Aaron Bady

“You know how in postproduction you are supposed to color-correct the picture so everything is smooth and even? Jean-Luc wants the opposite. He wants the rupture. Color and then black and white, or different intensities of color. Or how in this film, sometimes you see the ratio of the frame change after the image begins. That happens when he records from his TV onto his old DVCAM analog machine, which is so old we can’t even find parts when it needs to be repaired. The TV takes time to recognize and adjust to the format on the DVD or the Blu-ray. Whether it’s 1:33 or 1:85. And one of the TVs he uses is slower than the other. He wants to keep all that. I could correct it, but he doesn’t want me to. See, here’s an image from War and Peace. He did the overlays of color—red, white, and blue—using an old analog video effects machine. That’s why you have the blur. When I tried to redo it in digital, I couldn’t. The edges were too sharp. And why the image jitters—I don’t know how he did that. Playing with the cable maybe. Handmade. He wants to see that. It’s a gift from his old machine.”
~ Fabrice Aragno