Press Releases Archive for November, 2015

Slamdance Announces Competition Features And Docs

SLAMDANCE ANNOUNCES 2016 FEATURE FILM COMPETITION WITH INCREASED GLOBAL REACH AND DIVERSITY Lineup full of premieres and highlights first-time directors from around the globe including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Italy and UK tackles subjects of redemption, agoraphobia, misfits, captivity, friendship and whistleblowers (LOS ANGELES, CA – November 30, 2015) The Slamdance Film Festival today…

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DIRECTOR TOM MCCARTHY TO RECEIVE SONNY BONO VISIONARY AWARD AT 27th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

    Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(PSIFF) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. McCarthy…

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Sundance Announces Nine For Midnight, Including New Rob Zombie, Kevin Smith

Park City, UT — Adrenaline junkies and genre film-lovers know the real fun at the Sundance Film Festival starts at midnight. Sundance Institute tonight offers a first look at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival by announcing the nine feature films that will screen in its iconic Midnight section, which has launched films including The Blair…

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Oscar Shortlists 10 Animated Shorts

10 ANIMATED SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2015 OSCAR® RACE LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®.  Sixty pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by…

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Oscar Shortlists 10 Live Action Shorts

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®.  One hundred forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Ave Maria,” Basil…

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces 2016 Fiction Film Nominees That Blur Line Between Nonfiction, Including Tangerine, Taxi And Tribe

-Cinema Eye, the organization that presents the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking as part of the annual Cinema Eye Week, today announced the five nominees for its annual Heterodox Award. The Heterodox Award honors a narrative fiction film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production. The five films nominated this year…

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AMBI TO REMAKE CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S “MEMENTO” November 16, 2015 – Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Christopher Nolan’s iconic, twist-laden film “Memento.” Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted “Memento” from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon…

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Cinema Eye Announces Nominees For Ninth Annual Nonfiction Film Awards

  Cartel Land and The Look of Silence Lead Nonfiction Film Nominees With Nods for Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production & Cinematography Amy, Democrats, Listen to Me Marlon and The Wolfpack Round Out List of Six Nonfiction Feature Film Nominees 4 Nominations for Meru; 3 Nominations each for Going Clear, Heart of a Dog and Kurt…

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Kartemquin Pairs With Fandor For Distribution Of Doc Library

Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for independent and international films, announced today that they will jointly release over thirty films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films, sixteen of which debut today. The move underscores Fandor and Kartemquin’s commitment to providing extraordinary cinema to an ever-growing audience of film enthusiasts. “I…

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Ben Stiller And Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour Partners Production With Bold Films

                                Veteran Producer & Executive Nicky Weinstock Teams Up with Red Hou To Create a Production and Digital Powerhouse Los Angeles, CA – November 9, 2015 – Red Hour announced today that it is partnering with Bold Films to produce a new slate…

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16 ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2015 OSCAR® RACE

 Sixteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 88th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “Anomalisa” “The Boy and the Beast” “Boy and the World” “The Good Dinosaur” “Home” “Hotel Transylvania 2” “Inside Out” “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” “The Laws of the Universe –…

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Johnny Depp To Receive Maltin Modern Master Award At 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival

SANTA BARBARA, CA (November 4, 2015) – Johnny Depp is set to receive the newly renamed Maltin Modern Master Award at the 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the festival announced today.  Previously known as The Modern Master Award the honor was renamed this year to honor the famed film critic who has moderated the…

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ALL STAR CAST ANNOUNCED ON SHANE CARRUTH’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED UPCOMING FEATURE: THE MODERN OCEAN

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Abraham Attah, Jeff Goldblum LOS ANGELES- (Nov 3, 2015) Casting was announced today on Shane Carruth’s highly anticipated third feature, THE MODERN OCEAN starring Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz  (IF I STAY, THE EQUALIZER, KICK ASS 2), Tom Holland (SPIDERMAN, IN THE HEART OF…

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NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

The Lobster leads the nominations with 7 45 Years and Macbeth have 6 nominations each Amy, Brooklyn and Ex Machina have 5 4 nominations for High-Rise and Suffragette 28 different British feature films nominated London, Tuesday 3 November: The Lobster topped the list of nominations for the Moët British Independent Film Awards, announced this morning….

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Michael Moore “Rejects” “R” Rating For “Language, Some Violent Images, Drug Use And Brief Graphic Nudity”

Academy Award® winner Michael Moore announced today that he will reject the “R” rating the MPAA assigned to his latest comedy, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT.  The ratings group cited Moore’s film “for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.”  Tom Quinn, Jason Janego and Tim League, who are distributing the film, join Moore in…

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FSLC Sets Most Comprehensive Douglas Sirk Retrospective In Decades

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES IMITATIONS OF LIFE: THE FILMS OF DOUGLAS SIRK, DECEMBER 23 – JANUARY 6 Most comprehensive Sirk retrospective in decades includes 25 films with all but one in 35mm or 16mm      Image: Written on the Wind New York, NY (November 2, 2015) – The Film Society of…

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“With any character, the way I think about it is, you have the role on the page, you have the vision of the director and you have your life experience… I thought it was one of the foundations of the role for John Wick. I love his grief. For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm. I absolutely relate to that, and I don’t think you ever work through it. Grief and loss, those are things that don’t ever go away. They stay with you.”
~ Keanu Reeves

“I was checking through stuff the other day for technical reasons. I came across The Duellists on Netflix and I was absolutely stunned to see that it was exquisitely graded. So, while I rarely look up my old stuff, I stopped to give it ten minutes. Bugger me, I was there for two hours. I was really fucking pleased with what it was and how the engine still worked within the equation and that engine was the insanity and stupidity of war. War between two men, in that case, who fight on thought they both eventually can’t remember the reason why. It was great, yeah. The great thing about these platforms now is that, one way or another, they’ll seek out and then put out the best possible form and the long form. Frequently, films get cut down because of that curse in which the studio felt or feels that they have to preview. And there’s nothing worse than a preview to diminish the original intent.Oh, yeah, how about every fucking time? And I’ve stewed about films later even more because when you tell the same joke 20 times the joke’s no longer funny. When you tell a bad joke once or twice? It’s fine. But come on, now. Here’s the key on the way I feel when I approach the movie: I try to keep myself as withdrawn from the project as possible once I’ve filmed it. And – this is all key on this – then getting a really excellent editor so I never have to sit in on editing. What happens if you sit in is you become stale and every passage or joke, metaphorically speaking, gets more and more tired. You start cutting it all back because of fatigue. So what you have to do is keep your distance and therefore, in a funny kind of way, you, as the director, should be the preview and that’s it.”
~ Sir Ridley Scott