Press Releases Archive for May, 2015

SLAMDANCE LOOKS FORWARD, GROWING YEAR ROUND ENTERPRISES

Submissions open for the 2016 Film Festival, Slamdance Alumni returns for Manager Position, and programs expand through Slamdance Cinema Club, Slamdance Studios on HULU, and beyond (LOS ANGELES, CA—May 29, 2015) Following last year’s record breaking submission numbers, Slamdance Film Festival is now open for 2016 entries with a new program called DIG and the return of…

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Seth McFarlane Gets A Non-MacArthur “Genius Award”

CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARDS ANNOUNCES LOUIS XIII GENIUS AWARD RECIPIENT SETH MacFARLANE MAY 18, 2015 (Burbank, CA) – The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) today announced that Seth MacFarlane, creator of long-running Emmy Award-winning TV series Family Guy and the Emmy Award-winning series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, will receive the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius…

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ORSON WELLES’ UNFINISHED FINAL FILM ‘THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND’ LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN  

 The film to be released in 2015, the centenary year of Orson Welles birth LOS ANGELES, CA, May 7, 2015 – Forty five years after the first scenes were filmed and 30 years after his death, legendary director Orson Welles’ never-before- seen final film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, has launched a campaign today…

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Chicago Underground Film Fest “Bar Talks” Moderated By Ray Pride

Where Filmmakers Meet The Audience Moderated By Film Critic Ray Pride The Logan Lounge at Chicago’s Logan Theatre May 13-17, 2015 The Chicago Underground Film Festival, the world’s longest-running underground film festival, presents the fourth edition of “Bar Talks,” presented by Tribeca Flashpoint College, an informal series of talks among local and visiting filmmakers during CUFF….

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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up