Press Releases Archive for June, 2015

20TH ANNUAL NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED

  AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS INCLUDE ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, HARRY & SNOWMAN and PINK BOY   ANIMATED FEATURE SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE RUNNER UP AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER   Nantucket, MA (June 28, 2015) – The 20th Anniversary Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) today announced the winners of the prestigious Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay…

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Academy Invites 233 New Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of…

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FSLC Salutes “Richard Lester: The Running Jumping Pop Cinema Iconoclast”

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES RICHARD LESTER: THE RUNNING JUMPING POP CINEMA ICONOCLAST  (AUGUST 7-13) Lineup includes classics A Hard Day’s Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Petulia, Robin and Marian, the U.S. Premiere of The Return of the Musketeers, and many more on 35mm New York, NY…

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PRODUCTION BEGINS ON TODD SOLONDZ’S ‘WIENER-DOG’

Principal photography has begun on Todd Solondz’s WIENER-DOG, Annapurna Pictures announced today. Solondz wrote and directs the film, which stars Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and Tracy Letts. Megan Ellison is producing through her Annapurna Pictures alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films. David Distenfeld is the…

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Los Angeles City Council Approves Academy Museum Design

  CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULED TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER   LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall. “I…

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Small Number Of Academy Changes Most Add Oscar Slots; Marketing Changes Again Afoot

The Academy’s Board of Governors approved Oscars rules and campaign regulations for the 88th Academy Awards® at their most recent Board meeting (Tuesday night, 6/23). In the Best Picture category, to qualify as a producer nominee for a nominated picture, the producer must have been determined eligible for a Producers Guild of America (PGA) award…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS  I FOUND THIS FUNNY: THE COMEDY WORLD OF JUDD APATOW July 10-14

Includes An Evening with Apatow and Lena Dunham; FREE Freaks and Geeks marathon; a complete showcase of the films he’s directed, selected films he’s produced, and two from Hal Ashby that have influenced him On July 14 the series concludes with the World Premiere of Apatow’s latest film from Universal Pictures, Trainwreck, which will screen…

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KARTEMQUIN, VHX AND INDIEGOGO TO RELEASE “SAVING MES AYNAK” FILM FREE TO ALL PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN

AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY EXPOSES CHINESE COMPANY’S PLAN TO TURN  5,000 YEAR-OLD ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE IN AFGHANISTAN INTO COPPER MINE, DESTROYING PRICELESS BUDDHIST RELICS   JUNE 23 2015 (Chicago) — Acclaimed Chicago not-for-profit documentary collective Kartemquin Films announced today that they will make director Brent E. Huffman’s film Saving Mes Aynak available for free to the people of…

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AFI DOCS FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

Best Feature goes to WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? Best Short goes to A CONVERSATION WITH MY BLACK SON Festival Convenes Global Filmmakers With U.S. and International Leaders FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Washington, DC, June 22, 2015 — AFI DOCS announced today its Audience Award winners, concluding the five-day festival in the Washington, DC area. This year’s…

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The 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival Wraps With Record Attendance, Jury Awards Announced

(Logan Square, June 17, 2015) – The Chicago Underground Film Festival, presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey with additional support from Lagunitas Brewing Company, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy and SAG-AFTRA, concluded its 22nd edition with another year of increased attendance. More than 2,000 cinephiles converged on the Logan Theatre for the five-day event, which drew an unprecedented…

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Sundance Institute Adds Five New Trustees

Fred Dust  |  Philipp Engelhorn  |  Caterina Fake  |  Gigi Pritzker  |  Alejandro Ramírez Magaña New Trustees Bring Experience in Creative Design, Social Innovation, Philanthropy,  Technology, Culture, Producing, Financing and Film Exhibition Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced five new members of the Institute’s Board of Trustees: Fred Dust, Philipp Engelhorn, Caterina Fake,…

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James Wan Hires Michael Clear to Head Production Company Atomic Monster

James Wan today announced the hiring of Michael Clear to head his Atomic Monster production company.  Clear will oversee day-to-day operations reporting directly to Wan. “Michael is a great addition to the Atomic Monster team,” said Wan.  “Michael is a savvy decision-maker and a dynamic executive.  He and I have a similar taste in films…

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ANIMATION VETERAN ERIC GOLDBERG JOINS USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS’ JOHN C. HENCH DIVISION OF ANIMATION AND DIGITAL ARTS

 LOS ANGELES, CA JUNE 16, 2015– Veteran animator Eric Goldberg joins USC School of Cinematic Arts’ John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts. Goldberg will teach classes on the fundamentals of character animation beginning in the fall of 2015, it was announced by Tom Sito, Chair of SCA’s John C. Hench Division of…

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MARK ROMANEK TO DIRECT ADAIR COLE’S SCRIPT “NORCO”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — (June 15, 2015) — MadRiver Pictures announced today thatMark Romanek (NEVER LET ME GO) is in final negotiations to direct NORCO. MadRiver Pictures will finance and produce the actioner, which is based off a script written by Adair Cole (SAN PATRICIOS). Producers are Marc Butan and Mason Novick (JUNO, RICKI AND…

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OPEN ROAD FILMS, MOVIETICKETS.COM AND GOCOIN PARTNER FOR FIRST EVER BITCOIN FILM TICKETS PARTNERSHIP FOR UPCOMING NATIONWIDE RELEASE OF DOPE

Moviegoers can purchase tickets for DOPE using digital currency Bitcoin exclusively through MovieTickets.com NEW YORK (June 15, 2015) – For the upcoming nationwide release of the highly anticipated comedy DOPE, Open Road Films has partnered with MovieTickets.com, and the leading international payment platform GoCoin to accept Bitcoin as payment when purchasing movie tickets at participating…

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SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE & COMPETITION AWARDS

  And the Golden Space Needle Audience Awards Are… “The Dark Horse” wins Best Film & Best Actor (Cliff Curtis) Alfonso Gomez-Rejon of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” wins Best Director “Romeo is Bleeding” wins Best Documentary; Nina Hoss (“Phoenix”) wins Best Actress “Liza, The Fox-Fairy,” “The Great Alone,” and “Chatty Catties” Win…

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Lost Jules Feiffer Script Set For Production

Bugeater Films and director Dan Mirvish announced today that they have acquired the rights to Pultizer/Oscar/Obie winner Jules Feiffer’s screenplay “Bernard and Huey” and are launching a Kickstarter campaign to generate early support for the film.  Mirvish is attached to direct, and is producing with Mike S. Ryan and Dana Altman.  “Bernard and Huey” is…

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NYFF To Open With Zemeckis 3D Philippe Petit Picture

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCED TODAY THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ROBERT ZEMECKIS’S THE WALK AS THE OPENING NIGHT SELECTION OF THE 53rd NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL      New York, NY (June 4, 2015) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk will make its World Premiere…

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Wes Anderson Awarded Chevalier Of The French Order Of Arts And Letters

AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR WES ANDERSON TO BE AWARDED CHEVALIER OF THE FRENCH ORDER OF ARTS AND LETTERS NEW YORK, June 03, 2015 — Wes Anderson, award-winning screenwriter and director, will be awarded Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Lettersby Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy Bénédicte de Montlaur on June 9in New York. Anderson…

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates, Ticket Sale Date

31ST ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO RUN FEBRUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 13, 2016   Discount passes and ticket packages go on sale July 27th Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced dates for its 31st year. The festival will kick off on Wednesday, February 3rd, and will run…

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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