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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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook