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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“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas

A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies