Press Releases Archive for June, 2016

AWARDS RULES APPROVED FOR 89TH OSCARS®

AWARDS RULES APPROVED FOR 89TH OSCARS® CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS UPDATED FOR NEW AWARDS SEASON   LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy’s Board of Governors approved Oscars® rules and campaign regulations for the 89th Academy Awards® at their most recent Board meeting (Tuesday night, 6/28).  The most significant changes affect the Los Angeles qualifying run required in…

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THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES KEY DATES FOR 89TH OSCARS®

Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017.

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Academy Invites 683 To Membership

ACADEMY INVITES 683 TO MEMBERSHIP LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 683 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in…

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Hw’d Chamber Of Commerce Announces Those Who Agree To Walk Of Fame For 2017

A new group of entertainment professionals in Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was announced today by the Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. These honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the…

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Nate Parker To Receive Sundance Institute Vanguard Award

Sundance Institute today announced it will present its Vanguard Award to filmmaker and actorNate Parker at NIGHT BEFORE NEXT, a summer celebration benefiting the Institute and its artists on the eve of Sundance NEXT FEST at the iconic Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, August 11. Parker’s directorial debut, The Birth of…

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Hot Docs Gets $5 Million Gift From Rogers Foundation

This morning Hot Docs announced that it has received a remarkable $5-million gift from the Rogers Foundation to support its mission to showcase and celebrate the art of documentary and to enable production opportunities for documentary filmmakers. As a non-profit cultural organization, Hot Docs relies on such support for its ongoing growth and activity, and…

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Volker Schlöndorff Named Telluride 2016 Guest Director

“Volker is the type of person Tom Luddy and I dream about when we begin the Guest Director selection process.”

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MICHAEL MOORE’S TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 LINEUP WITH HISTORIC GAME CHANGERS

This is it – the unveiling of the 200+ movies we’ll be bringing to the 12th annual Traverse City Film Festival, July 26 -31! It is a list unlike any we have ever brought you, one that we are very proud to present. Please read Michael Moore’s thoughts about this historic festival we’ve put together. As you…

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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up