Press Releases Archive for July, 2016

UCLA Explains The Coppola Live Cinema Workshop

“I felt the need to experiment in order to learn the actual methodology of live cinema, which is a hybrid of theater, film and television.”

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Screenwriter Mark Boal Sues Feds For Military Overreach In Bowe Bergdahl Case

MARK BOAL SUES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR OVERREACH BY MILITARY IN BOWE BERGDAHL CASE   Military Prosecutor’s Threat to Subpoena Boal’s First Amendment-Protected Taped Interviews with Bergdahl Prompts Suit   Taped Interviews Were Part of Boal’s and NPR’s Peabody Award-Winning Investigative Report, ‘Serial’   LOS ANGELES, CA, THURSDAY, JULY 21—Mark Boal filed a suit in a…

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54th NYFF Sets First Nonfiction Opener, Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Doc On Racial Inequality

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES AVA DuVERNAY’S THE 13th AS OPENING NIGHT OF THE 54th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL First nonfiction film to ever open the festival makes its world premiere New York, NY (July 19, 2016) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening…

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Spielberg, Laura Dern, Roger Ross Williams Among New Academy Governors

THE ACADEMY ELECTS 2016–17 BOARD OF GOVERNORS Runoff election required for Film Editors Branch LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2016–17 Board of Governors.  A runoff election is required for the Film Editors Branch. “I’m honored and privileged to welcome the Academy’s new Board,”…

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“SONY PICTURES’ “GHOSTBUSTERS” OFFERS FIRST-EVER FRONT AND REAR-FACING LENS ON SNAPCHAT”

 On July 7th, Snapchatters Can “Bust” Ghosts Using Their Front-Facing Camera or “Slime” Friends Using their Rear-Facing Camera on Highly Popular Lens Feature Adored By Millions For the first time ever, Snapchatters can use both the front and rear cameras of their phones with a new type of Lens as millions of users become true Ghostbusters on…

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JOHN COOPER AND JAMES FRANCO TO RECEIVE AWARDS AT OUTFEST LOS ANGELES

FILMMAKERS ROSE TROCHE AND GUS VAN SANT TO PRESENT Los Angeles, July 7, 2016 – Outfest – the Los Angeles–based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen – has announced the recipients of their two major awards. Former Outfest Director of Programming and current Sundance Film Festival Director,…

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SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR 2016 OSCARS® APPROACHING

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today published its list of upcoming submission deadlines for 89th Academy Awards® consideration. Submissions for individual categories and the General Entry/Official Screen Credits (OSC) form are due by 5 p.m. PT on the following dates: Scientific and Technical Awards Wednesday, July 13 Documentary…

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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