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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“As these stories continue to break, in the weeks since women have said they were harassed and abused by Harvey Weinstein, which was not the birth of a movement but an easy and highly visible shorthand for decades of organizing against sexual harassment that preceded this moment, I hope to gain back my time, my work. Lately, though, I have noticed a drift in the discourse from violated rights to violated feelings: the swelled number of reporters on the beat, the burden on each woman’s story to concern a man “important” enough to report on, the detailed accounting of hotel robes and incriminating texts along with a careful description of what was grabbed, who exposed what, and how many times. What I remember most, from “my story” is how small the sex talk felt, almost dull. I did not feel hurt. I had no pain to confess in public. As more stories come out, I like to think that we would also believe a woman who said, for example, that the sight of the penis of the man who promised her work did not wound her, and that the loss she felt was not some loss of herself but of her time, energy, power.”
~ “The Unsexy Truth About Harassment,” by Melissa Gira Grant

“To say I knew exactly what I was doing at the outset — what’s that called? I think that would be a lie. Wormwood is something that was figured out as we went along. There was a kind of plan. My sales pitch to Netflix was, ‘I’m going to create the cinematic version of the everything bagel, except no raisins. I don’t like them in bagels. I think raisins are wrong, at least as far as bagels are concerned. But I told them I wanted to do something that combines straight drama, reenactments, archival research, various diverse graphics elements, and on and on and on. It wasn’t going to be documentary business as usual. It was going to be something different. I have suffered for years this idea that interviews aren’t directing and that there’s something really different about real people and actors. Whereas I’ve always believed that it’s really about performance — eliciting a performance, creating a performance on film. That’s true of interviews, it’s true of scripted material, it’s true of reenactments, it’s true of everything. It’s all direction.”
~ Errol Morris