Press Releases Archive for November, 2013


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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 – $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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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 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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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,, 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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Press Releases

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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh


“I have made few films in a way. I never made action films. I never made science fiction films. I never made, really, very complicated settings, because I had modest ambitions. I knew they would never trust me to have the budget to do something different, so my mind is more focused on things I know. So they were always mental adventures I wanted to approach and share. Working for cinema with no – not only no money, but also no ambition for money. I was happy and proud [to receive the honorary Oscar] because of that, that [the Academy] could understand what kind of work I have done over 60 years. I stayed faithful to the ideal of sharing emotion, impressions, and mostly because I have so much empathy for other people that I approach people who are not really spoken about. I have 65 years of work in my bag, and when I put the bag down, what comes out? It’s really the desire of finding links and relationships with different kinds of people. I never made a film about the bourgeoisie, about rich people. about nobility. My choices have been to show people that are, in a way, more common and see that each of them has something special and interesting, rare and beautiful. It’s my natural way of looking at people. I didn’t fight my instincts. And maybe that has been appreciated in the famous circle of Hollywood.“

Agnes Varda