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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“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster

“One of comedy’s defining pathologies, alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form.”
~ Lindy West