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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“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