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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“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas

A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies