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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“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