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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“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