Press Releases Archive for October, 2016

145 Documentary Features Submitted For Oscar

One hundred forty-five features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 89th Academy Awards®. The submitted films, listed in alphabetical order, are: “The Abolitionists” “Abortion: Stories Women Tell” “All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone” “Almost Holy” “Amanda Knox” “Among the Believers” “Anne Frank Then and…

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Chicago In’tl Names Audience Awards

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Sun Valley Film Fest Goes Deep On Film Funding And Mentorship

With a mission to serve as “a filmmakers’ festival.”

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STX Entertainment To Co-Produce Short Content

Builds on Strategy to Become the Best Home for Storytellers

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Academy Shortlists Ten Documentary Shorts

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SAG-AFTRA Members Declare Video Game Actors’ Strike

Members Want Decades-Old Interactive Contract Modernized.

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Film Society Of Lincoln Center Goes Total Verhoeven

“Surviving in a world populated by assholes.”

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Penn Jillette To Host First Critics’ Choice Doc Nods

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Robert De Niro To Receive FSLC’s 44th Annual Chaplin Award

[PR] The Film Society of Lincoln Center is pleased to announce that Academy Award–winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored at the 44th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, May 8, 2017. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in…

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STX On The Launch of DESIERTO

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ASC To Honor Ed Lachman, Ron Garcia, Philippe Rousselot, Nancy Schreiber

[PR] –  The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the honorees for the 31st annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Edward Lachman, ASC; Ron Garcia, ASC; Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC; and Nancy Schreiber, ASC will be recognized for their contributions to the art of cinematography at the organization’s awards gala on February 4, 2017, at…

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85 Countries Submit For Foreign Language Oscar

60th anniversary of the Foreign Language Film Category.

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Reykjavik International Film Festival Presents Its Awards

“Godless” winner of the Golden Puffin 2016.

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NATO CEO John Fithian Reacts To Netflix/iPic Simultaneous Release Push

NATO President & CEO John Fithian’s Statement on Netflix/iPic Simultaneous Release Plan As always, individual companies make their own decisions about the appropriate release window for movies. The theatrical window is a longstanding industry practice that has benefited studios, theaters and moviegoers. We all should tread lightly and be mindful that over the years, the…

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“When books become a thing, they can no longer be fine.

“Literary people get mad at Knausgård the same way they get mad at Jonathan Franzen, a writer who, if I’m being honest, might be fine. I’m rarely honest about Jonathan Franzen. He’s an extremely annoying manI have only read bits and pieces of his novels, and while I’ve stopped reading many novels even though they were pretty good or great, I have always stopped reading Jonathan Franzen’s novels because I thought they were aggressively boring and dumb and smug. But why do I think this? I didn’t read him when he was a new interesting writer who wrote a couple of weird books and then hit it big with ‘The Corrections,’ a moment in which I might have picked him up with curiosity and read with an open mind; I only noticed him once, after David Foster Wallace had died, he became the heir apparent for the Great American Novelist position, once he had had that thing with Oprah and started giving interviews in which he said all manner of dumb shit; I only noticed him well after I had been told he was An Important Writer.

“So I can’t and shouldn’t pretend that I am unmoved by the lazily-satisfied gentle arrogance he projects or when he is given license to project it by the has-the-whole-world-gone-crazy development of him being constantly crowned and re-crowned as Is He The Great American Writer. What I really object to is this, and if there’s anything to his writing beyond it, I can’t see it and can’t be bothered. Others read him and tell me he’s actually a good writer—people whose critical instincts I have learned to respect—so I feel sure that he’s probably a perfectly fine, that his books are fine, and that probably even his stupid goddamned bird essays are probably also fine.

“But it’s too late. He has become a thing; he can’t be fine.”
~ Aaron Bady

“You know how in postproduction you are supposed to color-correct the picture so everything is smooth and even? Jean-Luc wants the opposite. He wants the rupture. Color and then black and white, or different intensities of color. Or how in this film, sometimes you see the ratio of the frame change after the image begins. That happens when he records from his TV onto his old DVCAM analog machine, which is so old we can’t even find parts when it needs to be repaired. The TV takes time to recognize and adjust to the format on the DVD or the Blu-ray. Whether it’s 1:33 or 1:85. And one of the TVs he uses is slower than the other. He wants to keep all that. I could correct it, but he doesn’t want me to. See, here’s an image from War and Peace. He did the overlays of color—red, white, and blue—using an old analog video effects machine. That’s why you have the blur. When I tried to redo it in digital, I couldn’t. The edges were too sharp. And why the image jitters—I don’t know how he did that. Playing with the cable maybe. Handmade. He wants to see that. It’s a gift from his old machine.”
~ Fabrice Aragno