Press Releases Archive for May, 2016

54th New York Film Fest Poster Designed By Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul

“Apichatpong Weerasethakul is one of the world’s greatest filmmakers and he works in the visual arts.”

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES MICHAEL DUDOK DE WIT’S THE RED TURTLE

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, THE RED TURTLE recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

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 “Library Of Congress Leads Hunt For “Mostly Lost” Films

Fifth Annual Silent-Film Identification Workshop.

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Sundance Institute Announces “FilmTwo” Initiative To Support Second-Time Feature Filmmakers

13 Filmmakers Selected for Inaugural FilmTwo Fellowship.

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Kodak Salutes Four Shot-On-Film Features In Cannes Competition

2016 marks the moment when film is not only still a viable creative choice, but thriving again.

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Sony Classics Picks Cannes Competition’s Toni Erdmann

NEW YORK (May 15, 2016) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America and Latin America to TONI ERDMANN. The German film, written and directed by Maren Ade, screened “In Competition” yesterday at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to great critical acclaim. The film stars Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller…

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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Paul Verhoeven’s Latest

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES PAUL VERHOEVEN’S ELLE NEW YORK (May 11, 2016) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired rights in North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe (excluding Russia) and Asia (excluding China and Japan) to Paul Verhoeven’s ELLE.  Written by David Birke based on Phillipe Djian’s novel “Oh…”,…

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Thessaloniki Int’l Film Festival Names Orestis Andreadakis Successor To Dmitri Eipides

Film critic Orestis Andreadakis is the new Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), appointed by a decision of the Board of Directors, following a recommendation by TIFF’s General Director, Mrs. Élise Jalladeau. On the occasion of the changes in the Festival’s management and given the organization’s extended annual activity, the General Director…

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Ridley Scott And Drew Goddard Reteam For Period Western From Writer-Director Of Bone Tomahawk

‘THE MARTIAN’ DUO RIDLEY SCOTT AND DREW GODDARD TO RETEAM ON WESTERN ‘WRAITHS OF THE BROKEN LAND’ FOR FOX Academy Award-nominated writer Goddard to adapt the acclaimed novel by Bone Tomahawk’s S. Craig Zahler LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 10, 2016 – Ridley Scott will direct and Drew Goddard will adapt S. Craig Zahler’s western…

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SAG-AFTRA Celebrates The Life Of William Schallert

LOS ANGELES (May 9, 2016) — SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of William Schallert, who served as president of Screen Actors Guild from 1979–1981. He was 93. His most memorable regular role was as the TV father of another future SAG president — Patty Duke — on The Patty Duke Show. From 1985–1987 he served with his…

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Friends Of Mickey Cottrell Seek Help For Veteran Indie Publicist And All-Round Good Guy

  Our beloved friend and renowned independent film publicist Mickey Cottrell has suffered a debilitating stroke and needs urgent help from his community of loved ones. He will require 24 hour care for the foreseeable future, and extensive physical therapy for a long time to come. He will not be able to garner any income…

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Cinetic Media Sets Int’l Sales Division

JASON ISHIKAWA JOINS THE TEAM AT CINETIC MEDIA, HEADING UP NEW INTERNATIONAL SALES DIVISION Monday, May 9, 2016– In advance of the Cannes Film Festival, New York-based film and media company Cinetic, run by John Sloss, announces today that it is launching an international sales division and has hired Jason Ishikawa to run it. The…

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Sundance Institute Selects Eight First-Time Filmmakers For Directors Lab

Filmmakers Head to Mountains of Utah for Month of Hands-On Project Development; Advisors, Actors and Crew Include Robert Redford, Catherine Hardwicke,  Kasi Lemmons, Ira Sachs Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute has selected eight first-time filmmakers for its signature Directors Lab, which helped launch the careers of award-winning filmmakers Cary Fukunaga, Dee Rees, Marielle Heller, Benh Zeitlin and…

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First-ever “The Simpsons” Store Opens In Taikooli Sanlitun, Beijing

May 5 2016, Beijing — The first-ever The Simpsons store opened today in Taikooli Sanlitun, Beijing it was announced by Jeffrey Godsick, President of 20th Century Fox Consumer Products and Yoyo You, General Manager of Her-Chain. Featuring over 125 specially curated items, the store offers never-before-available apparel, bags, head gear and accessories; each invoking the distinctive…

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FSLC Announces New Editorial Director; And Editor Of Film Comment

New York, NY (May 2, 2016) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center is pleased to announce Michael Koresky as the organization’s new Editorial Director and Nicolas Rapold as Editor of Film Comment. The Editorial Director is a newly created position at the Film Society, and Koresky will oversee planning, strategy, and development of all…

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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