Press Releases Archive for November, 2016

Sundance 2017 Competition And NEXT Announced

Sundance Institute convenes a full slate of provocative and agenda-setting independent films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, beginning with today’s announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT, as well as a slate of environmentally focused programming under the Festival’s New Climate program. The Festival hosts screenings in Park…

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Slamdance Announces 2017 Competition

Festival to Showcase 11 Narrative and 8 Documentary Features Lineup Spotlights 8 Directorial Debuts From Women Filmmakers The Slamdance Film Festival announced today their Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs for its 23rd Festival edition, taking place in Park City from January 20-26, 2017. Driven by a dedication to emerging artists, Slamdance continues to…

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Showtime Showing First Two Seasons Of “Twin Peaks” For The Horrordays

SHOWTIME CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS BY OFFERING ITS SUBSCRIBERS THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF TWIN PEAKS The Groundbreaking Original Series TWIN PEAKS Will Be Available On December 26 On The SHOWTIME Streaming Service, SHOWTIME On Demand® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® The Oscar® and Golden Globe®-Nominated Film Blue Velvet Directed By David Lynch Available Now Photo: Courtesy of…

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10 Animated Shorts Up For Oscar

  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®.  Sixty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev, director…

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Official Screen Credits Due December 1 For 2016 Oscars

[PR] Thursday, December 1, is the deadline to submit Official Screen Credits (OSC) forms to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 89th Academy Awards® consideration. For a feature film to be considered for the 2016 Awards, the film’s distributor or producer must either send a scanned, signed copy of the OSC form…

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Seventh Annual H’wd Music In Media Awards Announced

(PR)  The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) announced today its winners in film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers. This year’s theme recognized trail blazers and trend setters within the music industry. The event was at capacity and virtually every winner was in attendance. Justin Timberlake delivered a tapped acceptance speech from the airport in…

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ANNAPURNA INTERNATIONAL AND SACHA BARON COHEN’S “KLOWN” REMAKE SELLS OUT WORLDWIDE AT AMERICAN FILM MARKET

  Los Angeles, CA (November 17, 2016) – Annapurna Pictures and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Four By Two Films’ English-language remake of the hit Danish film KLOWN is the highest performer out of AFM, it was announced today. The title was the only new property on the market to sell-out in all international territories. Annapurna Pictures…

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LEADING CANADIAN DISTRIBUTOR ELEVATION PICTURES LAUNCHES PRODUCTION ARM

[PR] Leading Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures has announced the launch of a production division as Canada’s production business continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.  Canadian film production veteran Christina Piovesan will partner with Elevation on the new division, which will build on Elevation’s existing distribution business by providing best-in-class production services to all types…

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Collaborative Releasing Partners Hybrid Distribution Initiative With Multiple Players

[PR] WILL PARTNER WITH: ALEXANDER STREET, COLLECTIVE EYE FILMS, FILM SPROUT, GRAVITAS VENTURES, KANOPY, OUTCAST FILMS, PASSION RIVER,  RIGHTS STUFF, RO*CO FILMS EDUCATIONAL, RO*CO FILMSINTERNATIONAL, TUGG and JON REISS/HYBRID CINEMA In service to its ongoing commitment to mentor filmmakers and provide them with the most filmmaker-friendly, sustainable and successful distribution, The Film Collaborative (TFC) announces COLLABORATIVE RELEASING, a new soup-to-nuts…

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A Record 27 Animated Features Submitted For Oscar

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “The Angry Birds Movie” “April and the Extraordinary World” “Bilal” “Finding Dory” “Ice Age: Collision Course” “Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Kung Fu…

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Academy Appoints Director Of Talent Development And Inclusion

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the appointment of Edgar Aguirre as its Director, Talent Development and Inclusion. Beginning November 21, Aguirre will become an integral member of the Academy’s education and outreach team and play a critical role in driving diversity awareness, inclusion and outreach efforts with stakeholders in the…

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89th Oscar A De Luca-Todd Production

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Tenth Cinema Eye Honors Document Nominees

CINEMA EYE HONORS ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 10th ANNUAL AWARDS Feature Film Nominees | Cameraperson, Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, OJ: Made in America and Weiner  I Am Not Your Negro and OJ: Made in America Lead With 5 nominations Cameraperson and Fire at Sea receive 4 nominations Weiner, The Eagle Huntress and…

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7th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards Announces Nominees in Film, TV, & Video Games

[PR] The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) announced today the nominees for music in film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers. The HMMA nominations have historically been representative of the nominees of key awards shows that are announced months later.  Music nominees are chosen in specific genres for films including dramatic feature, Sci-Fi Fantasy, documentary…

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AMIA Conference Offers Diverse Look at Media Preservation

 [PR]  The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) will bring new breadth and depth to the discussion about the complexities of moving image preservation and access by focusing on the need for diversity in every aspect of the field. Not only through panels, but in a special day devoted to the diverse collections in Pittsburgh…

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Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” Begins

Shot on 35mm by Philippe Le Sourd.

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SPC Sees Happy End For Michael Haneke

Fourth collaboration with Sony Classics.

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And The Nominees For The 32nd Annual Int’l Documentary Awards Are…

And The Nominees For The 32nd Annual Int’l Documentary Awards Are…

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas