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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“With any character, the way I think about it is, you have the role on the page, you have the vision of the director and you have your life experience… I thought it was one of the foundations of the role for John Wick. I love his grief. For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm. I absolutely relate to that, and I don’t think you ever work through it. Grief and loss, those are things that don’t ever go away. They stay with you.”
~ Keanu Reeves

“I was checking through stuff the other day for technical reasons. I came across The Duellists on Netflix and I was absolutely stunned to see that it was exquisitely graded. So, while I rarely look up my old stuff, I stopped to give it ten minutes. Bugger me, I was there for two hours. I was really fucking pleased with what it was and how the engine still worked within the equation and that engine was the insanity and stupidity of war. War between two men, in that case, who fight on thought they both eventually can’t remember the reason why. It was great, yeah. The great thing about these platforms now is that, one way or another, they’ll seek out and then put out the best possible form and the long form. Frequently, films get cut down because of that curse in which the studio felt or feels that they have to preview. And there’s nothing worse than a preview to diminish the original intent.Oh, yeah, how about every fucking time? And I’ve stewed about films later even more because when you tell the same joke 20 times the joke’s no longer funny. When you tell a bad joke once or twice? It’s fine. But come on, now. Here’s the key on the way I feel when I approach the movie: I try to keep myself as withdrawn from the project as possible once I’ve filmed it. And – this is all key on this – then getting a really excellent editor so I never have to sit in on editing. What happens if you sit in is you become stale and every passage or joke, metaphorically speaking, gets more and more tired. You start cutting it all back because of fatigue. So what you have to do is keep your distance and therefore, in a funny kind of way, you, as the director, should be the preview and that’s it.”
~ Sir Ridley Scott