Press Releases Archive for March, 2016

Heroes and Outcasts Seek Redemption, Justice, Peace in POV’s 29th Season on PBS, Starting Monday, May 23, 2016

Returning veterans, newly paroled prisoners, Afghan girls and hospice patients navigate a world of new challenges in thought-provoking documentaries; Season opens with ‘The Return’ and features Oscar® nominee ‘The Look of Silence’ Not all eyes are on politicians seeking higher office. POV’s new season presents unforgettable stories of diverse people—ranging from war heroes to highly stigmatized…

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ACADEMY LAUNCHES 2016 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS COMPETITION

New Expanded Foreign Film Category Winners Eligible for Oscars®

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Ebertfest 2016 Sets Its Slate

EBERTFEST ANNOUNCES FINAL SLATE OF FILMS AND SPECIAL GUESTS FOR 2016 FESTIVAL 18th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival to take place April 13-17, 2016 in Champaign, IL CHAMPAIGN, ILL – March 23, 2016 – The 18th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as ‘Ebertfest,’ announced today the final slate of…

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NATO’s Statement On “The Screening Room”

Movie theater operators will individually decide what business models work for movie theaters.

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Academy Adds 3 To Board Of Governors; 6 Members Added To Board Committees

“We know there is more to do as we move forward to make this a more inclusive organization.”

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Peter Dinklage Seeks Your Memories

Clips of memories to appear in new film.

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Focus World Takes Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut

A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS, DIRECTED BY AND STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN

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Al Jazeera Offshoot beIN Media Group Acquires Miramax Assets

Miramax to continue operating as an independent film and television studio under new ownership.

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain