Press Releases Archive for November, 2013

OFFICIAL SCREEN CREDITS FORMS DUE DECEMBER 2 FOR 2013 OSCARS

For a feature film to be considered for the 2013 Awards, the film’s distributor or producer must deliver an OSC form and legal billing to the Academy’s 8949 Wilshire Boulevard office by 5 p.m. PT on December 2. I

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THE 29th ANNUAL FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

 – $75,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers – LOS ANGELES (November 26, 2013) – Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, announced nominations for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent…

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Variance Films to release Eliza Hittman’s Sundance favorite IT FELT LIKE LOVE

Powerful coming-of-age story to hit theaters in early 2014.

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CHICKEN & EGG PICTURES ANNOUNCES $220,000 IN NEW GRANTS TO 23 DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Organization Surpasses Milestone of Over $3 Million in Grants NEW YORK (Monday, November 25, 2013) – Chicken & Egg Pictures today announced the 23 feature-length documentary films that will receive more than $220,000 in grants from its 2013 Open Call. The organization has awarded over $3 million in grants to nearly 160 film projects and…

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces 2013 Heterodox Nominees

Award Celebrates Narrative Features that Blur the Line Between Scripted and Nonfiction.

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces Josh Fox as Recipient of Hell Yeah Prize for Gasland Films

Award Celebrates Intersection of Great Nonfiction Filmmaking and Measurable Real World Impact.

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10 Live Action Shorts Advance In 2013 Oscar Race

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title.

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ROGER EBERT DOCUMENTARY “LIFE ITSELF” LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN WITH A PRE-RELEASE PRIVATE STREAM TO SUPPORTERS

ROGER EBERT DOCUMENTARY “LIFE ITSELF” LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN WITH A PRE-RELEASE PRIVATE STREAM TO SUPPORTERS Steve James directs, Martin Scorsese to executive produce On November 20th 2013, Life Itself, a new documentary about the life of Roger Ebert, will launch a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo seeking support for an innovative pre-release led strategy which the film’s producers…

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THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES ANNOUNCES MAJOR GIFTS FROM JEFFREY KATZENBERG AND STEVEN SPIELBERG

KATZENBERG AND SPIELBERG DONATE $10 MILLION EACH TO THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES November 19, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received separate $10 million gifts from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. In recognition of these gifts,…

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Peter Wintonick Mourned By Thessaloniki Doc Festival, National Film Board, Hot Docs

THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY Dimitri Eipides, director of The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, as well as its staff, mourn the passing of Peter Wintonick. He passed away on November 18 in his hometown of Montreal. Canadian Wintonick, a brilliant figure and strong voice of the documentary world, was a director, producer, journalist,…

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Sundance Institute Announces Tabitha Jackson as Director, Documentary Film Program

Will Oversee $1.8 Million in Grants to Filmmakers and Five Creative Labs Annually.

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“Seasoned Film Critics Collaborate to Launch New Movie Review Site Cinephiled”

SEATTLE, Nov. 12, 2013 – After a stealth launch in October, the brand-new film and pop-culture site Cinephiled.comformally announces its mixture of commentary, community, creativity and conversation for people who love film and pop culture. Cinephiled features a staff of writers who have previously contributed to publications as diverse and distinguished as The Village Voice, RogerEbert.com, Film Comment, Salon,…

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Top 5 Nominees For Gotham Independent Film Audience Award Announced

 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station, Best Kept Secret Among Audience Favorites  New York, NY – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier advocacy organization for independent filmmakers, announced today the top five nominees for the 4th annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award, voted on by the independent film community and film fans worldwide.  To be eligible, a U.S. film must…

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Filmmaker, IFP And MOMA Announce “Best Picture Not Playing” Series

  For immediate release FILMMAKER MAGAZINE, INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER PROJECT (IFP) AND THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ANNOUNCE EIGHTH ANNUAL BEST FILM NOT PLAYING AT A THEATER NEAR YOU SERIES PROGRAM RUNS NOVEMBER 15-18 AT MoMA NEW YORK (November 7, 2013) – Filmmaker Magazine, Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and The Museum of Modern Art announce today the…

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces Nominees for 7th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cinema Eye Honors Announces Nominees for 7th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards Cutie and the Boxer Nominated for Six Awards, The Act of Killing Up for Five After Tiller, Leviathan and Stories We Tell Round Out Feature Film Nominees First Nominees for Television Award Announced Alan Berliner, Alex Gibney, Julie Goldman, Dave Grohl,…

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19 Animated Features Submitted For 2013 Oscar

The 19 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are…

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FSLC Sets Terrence Malick Favorite “Ben Stiller Directs”

A five-film mid-career look back.

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Participant Media Sets Social Action Campaign For The Square

“Participant Media will mount a comprehensive social action campaign targeting universities, cultural institutions and thought leaders across the country.”

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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