Press Releases Archive for October, 2014

The Academy Lists The 134 Docs Submitted For Oscar 2014; Shortlist Of 15 Comes In December

134 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2014 OSCAR® RACE LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq” “Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case” “Algorithms” “Alive Inside” “All…

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Ridley Scott’s RSA Film and Wild Card Launch “Next Generation Marketing” For Global Audiences

RSA FILMS AND WILD CARD DEBUT JOINT MARKETING VENTURE: 3AM Supported by Ridley Scott’s RSA Films and Wild Card, New Creative Consultancy Offers Studios Next Generation Marketing LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 30, 2014 – Wild Card, an industry leader in theatrical advertising, and RSA Films, Ridley Scott’s award-winning commercial production company, have launched 3AM, a new venture geared towards the…

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NATO And MPAA Set “Zero Tolerance” For Google Glass And Other Wearable Recording Devices

Today, the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners announced an update to their joint policy to prevent film theft in theaters.  The update was made to fully integrate wearable tech into the rules following a joint meeting of NATO and MPAA theatrical anti-piracy teams at ShowEast, the annual industry…

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The International Documentary Association Announces Nominees For 2014 IDA Documentary Awards

  Emerging Documentary Award, Pare Lorentz Award, Creative Recognition Award Winners Named LOS ANGELES, October 29, 2014–The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced nominations for the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards today. This 30th edition of the world’s most prestigious awards for nonfiction filmmaking will take place on Friday, December 5th at the Paramount Theatre at Paramount…

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GRATEFUL DEAD ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY IN CELEBRATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Executive Producer Martin Scorsese And Director Amir Bar-Lev To Offer A Never Before Seen Look At One Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Most Fascinating And Enduring Bands  LOS ANGELES – The Grateful Dead are proud to announce their first official career-spanning documentary to coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary celebration. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev (“Happy…

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BROADWAY’S SHUBERT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES A DEVELOPMENT/PRODUCTION AGREEMENT WITH PRODUCERS CRAIG ZADAN & NEIL MERON

 NEW YORK (October 23, 2014) — The Shubert Organization has signed a three-year development/production deal with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, it was announced today by Shubert Chairman, Philip J. Smith, and Shubert President, Robert E. Wankel. Under the agreement, Shubert will partner with Zadan and Meron in the development/production of original plays and…

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Indiegogo Selected by Apple as Only Crowdfunding Platform Participating in Apple Pay Launch

Indiegogo announces the immediate integration of the new single touch iPhone payment system Apple Pay™. Indiegogo is the only online funding platform selected to join the launch of the transformative mobile payment technology. Apple Pay provides Indiegogo’s global customer base with a one-touch way to fund ideas that matter to them, wherever they are and…

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Oscar Shortlists 8 Doc Shorts

 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 87th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 58 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to…

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Tribeca And Lionsgate To Launch “Tribeca Short List” Subscription VOD Service In 2015

In a move to offer premium content to a growing online audience, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Tribeca Enterprises, a diversified global media company which owns and operates the Tribeca Film Festival, have partnered to launch a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, the two companies announced today. The service, called…

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Producer Barrie Osborne Turns To Kickstarter For “Environmental-Themed Family Drama”

Donors Contributing $1 Will Receive An On Screen Producer’s Credit – (Los Angeles, October 16, 2014) — Barrie M. Osborne, the Academy Award®-winning producer whose credits include some of the biggest blockbusters of all-time, among them The Lord of the Rings trilogy andThe Matrix, has turned to Kickstarter to help fund Talk Is Cheap, an important environmental-themed family drama for…

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Neil Patrick Harris Will Host Oscar 2015

Photo Credit: Eric Schwabel LOS ANGELES, CA – Award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.  This will be Harris’ first time hosting the ceremony.   The show will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015. “We are…

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FSLC Makes Redford 42nd Annual Chaplin Award Winner

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES ROBERT REDFORD AS RECIPIENT OF THE 42ND ANNUAL CHAPLIN AWARD; AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED APRIL 27, 2015 New York, NY (October 11, 2014) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Robert Redford, Academy Award–winning director, actor, producer, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival and Institute,…

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83 Countries Submit For Best Foreign Language Oscar

A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®.  Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants. The 2014 submissions are: Afghanistan, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director; Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director; Australia, “Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, director;…

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A&E NETWORK FORMS NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BROADCAST FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AND THE BROADCAST TELEVISION JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION TO TELEVISE ‘THE CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS’ AND ‘THE CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARDS’

20TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS’ TO AIR JAN. 15 ON A&E New York, NY—October 7, 2014 — A&E Network has partnered with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) to become the exclusive home to the 2015 and 2016 “The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” and “The Critics’ Choice Television…

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FOCUS FEATURES AND LAIKA PACT FOR DISTRIBUTION DEAL ON THREE NEW MOVIES

LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the hit animated feature The Boxtrolls, will continue their partnership on LAIKA’s next three projects. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel and LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight made the announcement today. As with the three movies that the companies have partnered on previously, Focus will distribute the next three…

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RADiUS FALLS FOR ‘HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT’ AHEAD OF ITS NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL DEBUT TOMORROW NIGHT

 DIRECTED BY THE SAFDIE BROTHERS, THE HIGHLY COVETED FILM WORLD PREMIERED AT THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL FOLLOWED BY A TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL INVITATION New York, NY (October 1, 2014):  RADiUS proudly announced today that it has acquired US rights to HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT – ahead of tomorrow’s NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL premiere – by celebrated filmmakers Josh…

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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