Press Releases Archive for October, 2015

America pays tribute to Sylvie and Maurice Pialat

Two events will soon shine the spotlight on Maurice Pialat in the USA and inCanada : a retrospective held at the MOMI (Museum of the Moving Image) in New York from October 16 through November 1, 2015; and “Love Exists: The Films of Maurice Pialat” at the TIFF Cinematheque in Toronto fromOctober 22 through December 5, held in the presence…

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Ziggy Kozlowski Receives 2015 Polish Film Festival in America Golden Ciupaga Award

I can hardly imagine more hardworking and humble behind-the-stage PR professional than Ziggy Kozlowski who makes such a colossal difference in introducing foreign language films, including the ones made by Polish directors. His enthusiasm and expertise are simply priceless… Christopher Kamyszew PFFA Founder & Society for Arts/Society Films CEO Ziggy Kozlowski is a partner at…

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Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Cage And Paul Schrader Get Down To DOG EAT DOG

Edgy Contemporary Crime-Thriller Directed by Paul Schrader.

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FSLC Pairs Lynch And Rivette For Dual Retrospective

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR LYNCH/RIVETTE, DECEMBER 11-22 Dual retrospective pairs seven Lynch and seven Rivette films, including Rivette’s rarely screened Duelle with Lynch’s Lost Highway, L’amour fou with Wild at Heart, and more New York, NY (October 28, 2015) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the details…

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Par Picks Michael Mann’s Ferrari Pic After Finance Found, Partially From China

Par Picks Michael Mann’s Ferrari Pic After Finance Found from Vendian Entertainment And China’s Yoozoo Bliss.

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Academy Shortlists 10 Doc Shorts

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order

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Yet-To-Be-Named Quinn-Janego-League Label Releases Michael Moore Pic December 23

via their new, clandestine and as-yet-unnamed distribution label.

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124 Documentary Features Submitted To Oscar 87

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are…

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TRIBECA AND CHANEL ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THROUGH HER LENS: THE TRIBECA CHANEL WOMEN’S FILMMAKER PROGRAM TO SUPPORT EMERGING WOMEN WRITERS AND DIRECTORS

*** Inaugural three-day workshop in collaboration with Pulse Films and supported by Tribeca Film Institute® will provide seven female filmmakers with project support, master classes and mentorship, and award $75,000 for project development *** Leadership committee includes Julianne Moore, Catherine Hardwicke, Rebecca Miller, and Donna Gigliotti, among others New York, NY [October 22, 2015] –…

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Chris Rock To Host Oscar 77

“Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars for a second time.”

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Academy Lingos 81 Foreign Language Film Entrants

And the 2015 submissions are…

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Shirley Temple Black Family Gifts Academy Museum $5 Million In Money And Artifacts

“Her gift to the Academy Museum ensures her work will continue to inspire future generations of film lovers.”

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“The Black White Love Play (The Story Of Chaz & Roger Ebert)” Debuts In Chicago

PRESS RELEASE RogerEbert.com announces the premiere of THE BLACK WHITE LOVE PLAY (The Story of Chaz & Roger Ebert)   Conceived and produced by Jackie Taylor, founder, CEO of The Black Ensemble Theater September 26 – November 15, 2015   CHICAGO, October 2, 2015 – As film critic Roger Ebert told it, he was smitten with…

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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