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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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas