Press Releases Archive for September, 2016

Academy Names Five Nicholl Screenwriters

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Paramount Dates Scorsese For Awards Limited Release

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Annapurna Pictures Launches TV Shingle

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David Rubin To Produce 2016 Governor’s Awards

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SAG-AFTRA Statement On Jerry Brown And Age Discrimination Bill

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Statement On Gov. Brown Signing AB 1687 Los Angeles (September 24, 2016) — “Gov. Jerry Brown today stood with thousands of film and television professionals and concerned Californians who urged him to sign AB 1687, a California law that will help prevent age discrimination in film and television casting and hiring,”…

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Student Academy Awards Named

17 student winners from colleges and universities around the world.

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Charlie Sheen Goes Crackle

Directed by Fred Wolf (Drunk Parents, Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser)

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces 2017 Shorts List

    CINEMA EYE ANNOUNCES 2017 “SHORTS LIST” 10 Semi-Finalists for Outstanding Nonfiction Short Film Honor All ten films to screen this weekend at Camden International Film Festival New York, NY  – Cinema Eye, the largest annual celebration for, and recognition of, the nonfiction film artform and creators, today announced 10 nonfiction short films as…

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Academy Reveals Nicholl Screenwriting Shortlist

“To identify and encourage talented new screenwriters from around the world”

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43rd Telluride Fest Reveals Its Lineup

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“The sad and painful truth is that pretty much everyone in this town knew who Harvey was. I have had long talks with my most liberal friends. Did we know he was a rapist? We didn’t. But did we know that for decades he has been offering actresses big careers in exchange for sexual favors? Yes, we did — and make no mistake, that is its own kind of rape. And did we all — or did any of us — refuse to do business with him on moral grounds? No. We ALL STAYED IN BUSINESS WITH HIM. I have never done business with Harvey but I can tell you with certainty that I would have — because I was recently approached by a film festival he sponsors. They asked me to submit my short film for their consideration and I did it without thinking twice. I am a dyed-in-the-wool feminist and a vocal one at that. So why didn’t I think twice? Because this entire town is built on the ugly principals that Harvey takes to an horrific extreme. If I didn’t work with people whose behavior I find reprehensible, I wouldn’t have a career.”
~ Showrunner Krista Vernoff

From AMPAS president John Bailey:

Dear Fellow Academy Members,

Danish director Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is not only one of the visual landmarks of the silent era, but is a deeply disturbing portrait of a young woman’s persecution in the face of the male judges and priests of the ruling order. The actress Maria Falconetti gave one of the most profoundly affecting performances in the history of cinema as the Maid of Orleans.

Since the decision of the Academy’s Board of Governors on Saturday October 14 to expel producer Harvey Weinstein from its membership, I have been haunted not only by the recurring image of Falconetti and the sad arc of her career (dying in Argentina in 1946, reputedly from a crash diet) but of Joan’s refusal to submit to an auto de fe recantation of her beliefs.

Recent public testimonies by some of filmdom’s most recognized women regarding sexual intimidation, predation, and physical force is, clearly, a turning point in the film industry—and hopefully in our country, where what happens in the world of movies becomes a marker of societal Zeitgeist. Their decision to stand up against a powerful, abusive male not only parallels the cinema courage of Falconetti’s Joan but gives all women courage to speak up.

After Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting, the Academy issued a passionately worded statement, expressing not only our concern about harassment in the film industry, but our intention to be a strong voice in changing the culture of sexual exploitation in the movie business, already common well before the founding of the Academy 90 years ago. It is up to all of us Academy members to more clearly define for ourselves the parameters of proper conduct, of sexual equality, and respect for our fellow artists throughout our industry. The Academy cannot, and will not, be an inquisitorial court, but we can be part of a larger initiative to define standards of behavior, and to support the vulnerable women and men who may be at personal and career risk because of violations of ethical standards by their peers.

Yours,
John