Press Releases Archive for April, 2016

Turner And Criterion Developing Streaming FilmStruck For Fall 2016

Turner to Launch New Streaming Movie Service: FilmStruck Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and the Criterion Collection Collaborate to Develop Turner’s First Domestic Direct-To-Consumer Streaming Product, Launching in Fall 2016 FilmStruck Video Preview: filmstruck.com Global media company Turner is launching the company’s first direct-to-consumer product in the U.S., called FilmStruck. This brand new subscription video on-demand service for film aficionados,…

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Nashville Film Fest Announces Winners

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM AWARDS FOR 2016 NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL Top Prizes Go to Magallanes, SEED: The Untold Story, The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, Transpecos, Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows, The Lure, Josephine Honorable mentions include  Free in Deed, The Bandit, The Fits, Colin Hay – Waiting for My Real Life, Curtain Nashville, TN – Nashville Film…

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Louisiana Int’l Film Fest Marks Passing Of Artistic Director Dan Ireland

Baton Rouge, LA – Dan Ireland was currently serving as the Artistic Director for the Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) and Louisiana Film Society, a position he held since LIFF’s inception in 2013. Dan shared that title with Jeff Dowd as Co-Artistic Director in the inaugural year. Dan was scheduled to attend…

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Tim League Has A Bucket Of Shush For AMC Floating Texting-In-Theaters Notion Once More

Alamo Drafthouse Founder/CEO Tim League: First off, I’d like to say that I am very excited for Adam Aron to be taking the helm at AMC.  I am a fan of the Starwood Hotel and Resort brand and the customer experience that his former company consistently delivers.  Bringing that leadership focus to our industry will…

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Alamo Drafthouse Sets 7-Screen Brooklyn Enclave

Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin.

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch