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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“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many recappers, while clearly over their heads, are baseline sympathetic to finding themselves routinely unmoored, even if that means repeating over and over that this is closer to “avant-garde art” than  normal TV to meet the word count. My feed was busy connecting the dots to Peter Tscherkassky (gas station), Tony Conrad (the giant staring at feedback of what we’ve just seen), Pat O’Neill (bombs away) et al., and this is all apposite — visual and conceptual thinking along possibly inadvertent parallel lines. If recappers can’t find those exact reference points to latch onto, that speaks less to willful ignorance than to how unfortunately severed experimental film is from nearly all mainstream discussions of film because it’s generally hard to see outside of privileged contexts (fests, academia, the secret knowledge of a self-preserving circle working with a very finite set of resources and publicity access to the larger world); resources/capital/access/etc. So I won’t assign demerits for willful incuriosity, even if some recappers are reduced, in some unpleasantly condescending/bluffing cases, to dismissing this as a “student film” — because presumably experimentation is something the seasoned artist gets out of their system in maturity, following the George Lucas Model of graduating from Bruce Conner visuals to Lawrence Kasdan’s screenwriting.”
~ Vadim Rizov Goes For It, A Bit

“On the first ‘Twin Peaks,’ doing TV was like going from a mansion to a hut. But the arthouses are gone now, so cable television is a godsend — they’re the new art houses. You’ve got tons of freedom to do the work you want to do on TV, but there is a restriction in terms of picture and sound. The range of television is restricted. It’s hard for the power and the glory to come through. In other words, you can have things in a theater much louder and also much quieter. With TV, the quieter things have to be louder and the louder things have to be quieter, so you have less dynamics. The picture quality — it’s fine if you have a giant television with a good speaker system, but a lot of people will watch this on their laptops or whatever, so the picture and the sound are going to suffer big time. Optimally, people should be watching TV in a dark room with no disturbances and with as big and good a picture as possible and with as great sound as possible.”
~ David Lynch