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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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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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott