Press Releases Archive for December, 2013

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCED TODAY ROSE KUO IS STEPPING DOWN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCED TODAY ROSE KUO IS STEPPING DOWN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LESLI KLAINBERG APPOINTED AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEW YORK, NY (December 18, 2013) — The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Rose Kuo is stepping down as Executive Director. Lesli Klainberg, currently Managing Director of the Film…

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Sundance Institute Announces 12 Projects For 2014 January Screenwriters Lab

Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects.

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“12 Years A Slave” and “American Hustle” Get 13 Nominations Each From BFCA’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 19th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS BEST PICTURE American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska Saving Mr. Banks 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street BEST ACTOR Christian Bale – American Hustle Bruce Dern – Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Tom…

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2014 Sundance Film Festival Announces 20th Anniversary of Hoop Dreams as ‘From the Collection’ Screening

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today announced that the newly restored Hoop Dreams (1994) will screen in the From the Collection program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 20 years after the film made its world premiere at the 1994 Festival. The recently completed restoration represents the collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film…

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A24 and Demarest team up on TUSK

 A24 will distribute Kevin Smith’s epic twist on horror to the masses in 2014.  New York (December 10, 2013) –A24 and Demarest Films have teamed up on Kevin Smith’s latest film TUSK. The film, which stars Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, and Haley Joel Osment, was born out of one of Kevin Smith’s immensely…

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM PROGRAM FOR 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival.

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Cinema Eye Launches Voting for 2014 Audience Choice Prize

All 10 Audience Choice Films Screening in Toronto at Hot Docs Bloor Cinema Tickets Now On Sale for January 8, 2014 Cinema Eye ceremony at Museum of the Moving Image New York – December 9, 2013 – The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking have opened voting for the 2014 Audience Choice Prize, the Cinema Eye…

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ROGER EBERT DOC “LIFE ITSELF” TO WORLD PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WITH SIMULTANEOUS PRIVATE STREAMING EXCLUSIVELY FOR INDIEGOGO SUPPORTERS

Life Itself, a new documentary about the life of Roger Ebert, will premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the film will also be viewable via private stream simultaneous with the world premiere screening exclusively to backers of the film’s Indiegogo campaign (igg.me/at/EbertMovie). Supporters…

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“The Square” and Spurlock’s “Inside Man” Take Top Honors at 2013 IDA Documentary Awards

LOS ANGELES, December 6, 2013 — Winners in the International Documentary Association’s 2013 IDA Documentary Awards were announced during tonight’s program, giving Jehane Noujaim’s THE SQUARE top honors with the Best Feature Award. The first major film acquisition by Netflix, THE SQUARE follows a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes, and…

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Fandor partners with Cinedigm, Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Laboratories

 On-demand movie service expands independent film library with key distributor partnerships  San Francisco, CA (December 5, 2013) – San Francisco-based Fandor announced today new partnerships with Cinedigm, Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Laboratories that reinforce the company’s commitment to expand the depth of their library with high quality and distinctive independent films from every genre. These partners…

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES FILMS AND INSTALLATIONS FOR 2014 EDITION OF NEW FRONTIER AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

For Immediate Release December 5, 2013 FEATURING U.S. PREMIERE OF DOUG AITKEN’S THE SOURCE (EVOLVING) KLIP COLLECTIVE SHOWCASES FESTIVAL’S 30-YEAR LEGACY WITH 3D-MAPPING PROJECTIONS New Location, Expanded Offerings Mark 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films and installations to be featured in the 2014 edition…

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES FILMS IN SPOTLIGHT, PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT AND NEW ‘SUNDANCE KIDS’ SECTION FOR 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2013 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and new ‘Sundance Kids’ section of films for younger audiences. The Festival takes place January 16-26…

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10 CONTENDERS REMAIN IN VFX OSCAR RACE

December 5, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10 CONTENDERS REMAIN IN VFX OSCAR RACE BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 86th Oscars®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Elysium” “Gravity” “The Hobbit:…

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES FILMS IN U.S. AND WORLD COMPETITIONS, NEXT <=> FOR 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival will Feature 117 Feature-Length Films Park City, UT, December 4, 2013— Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt…

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15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2013 OSCAR RACE

December 3, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2013 OSCAR RACE BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 86th Oscars® . One hundred forty-seven films had originally qualified in…

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SLAMDANCE’S 20TH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DYNAMIC 2014 FEATURE FILM COMPETITION LINEUP

(LOS ANGELES, CA – December 3, 2013) The Slamdance Film Festival today announced their Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs for its 20th Festival season. As the premiere film festival for filmmakers by filmmakers, Slamdance’s showcase for emerging filmmakers includes 10 narrative and 8 documentary films, including 11 World Premieres, 4 North American, and…

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TRIBECA FILM ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO GIA COPPOLA’S FEATURE DEBUT PALO ALTO, BASED ON JAMES FRANCO’S SHORT STORY COLLECTION

Spring 2014 theatrical release set for teen drama starring Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, James Franco and Val Kilmer “One of the best movies ever made about high school life in America.” – David Ehrlich, Film.com  “A knockout… Coppola’s direction is amazingly free and relaxed, with a loose, lyrical visual style, and a firm sense of what’s…

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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