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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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“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