Press Releases Archive for January, 2017

Latest Tommy O’Haver And Joe Swanberg Joints Direct To Netflix After SXSW Bow

Netflix original films Win It All, from filmmaker Joe Swanberg and starring Jake Johnson, Aislinn Derbez and Keegan-Michael Key, and The Most Hated Woman in America featuring Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo, Adam Scott and Juno Temple, will make their world premieres at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in March before launching on Netflix. A true-crime biopic about the disappearance of Madalyn Murray O’Hair,…

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True/False Sets Media Literacy Initiative

  JANUARY 30, 2017 True/False Film Fest TRUE/FALSE MEDIA LITERACY INITIATIVE The Media Literacy Initiative is True/False’s ambitious new educational partnership with Ragtag Cinema, Columbia Public Schools, and the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. After more than 10 years of high school programming, T/F recognized that students are often already documentarians. Constantly recording, archiving and compiling…

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And Sundance Awards…

And Sundance Awards…

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Santa Monica’s 30-Year-Old Vidiots Closing Doors, But Expanding Activities

VIDIOTS TO MOVE FROM HISTORIC SANTA MONICA LOCATION AND TRANSITION TO NEW HOME The beloved video store-turned film non-profit will close the doors of its original location on February 15, but will maintain many of its services and programs as it identifies a new location Vidiots, the nonprofit film foundation, video store and longtime resource…

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2017 Oscar Nominations

Best Picture Arrival – Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers Fences – Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams…

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Academy Outlines Prerecorded Oscar Nomination Anecdotes From Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe, Ken Watanabe And Others

Tuesday, January 24 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST/1:18 p.m. GMT/9:18 p.m. CST To help guide this year’s nominees through the 33 days between the nominations announcement and the Oscars ceremony, the Academy invited 11 Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members to share personal anecdotes about their Oscars experience and offer advice to the new class of…

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League-Quinn Neon Label Makes First On-Site Sundance Acquisition

  In a competitive bidding situation, Tom Quinn and Tim League’s new distribution banner, Neon, have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sundance breakout, Ingrid Goes West, following the world premiere on Friday night. Directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, “Parks and Recreation”) and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age…

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True/False Film Fest Names 2017 True Life Fund Film

The indomitable Rainey family, featured in the new film Quest, have been selected as 2017’s True Life Fund recipients. The fund, True/False’s yearly philanthropic initiative, serves as a tangible way of thanking documentary subjects. “The True Life Fund represents us completing a circuit,” T/F co-director David Wilson says. “The film subjects share their stories, and…

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Annapurna Pictures Distribution Launches August 4 With Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Project

ANNAPURNA PICTURES LAUNCHES NEW FULL SERVICE MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATION Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT will be the company’s inaugural release, hitting theaters nationwide on August 4, 2017 Los Angeles, CA (January 20, 2017) – Annapurna Pictures is launching its long-planned, full-ervice distribution and marketing operation with Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT.  Marc Weinstock, who…

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A24 To Make Donation To Planned Parenthood On Film Opening

A24 WILL MAKE A DONATION TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN HONOR OF ALL THE WOMEN (AND MEN) WHO SEE THE FILM THIS WEEKEND Writer/director Mike Mills and stars Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning reflect on those who raise us and the times that shape us in latest video ‘Modern Women’, featuring an exclusive interview with Planned…

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Martin Short to Receive Oscar Wilde Award

[PR] The Oscar Wilde Awards will not be short of laughter with Martin Short receiving an award at the February 23rdevent at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot in Santa Monica.  The US-Ireland Alliance’s annual event will also honour Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard and “Outlander” star Caitriona Balfe. US-Ireland Alliance founder Trina Vargo notes that Short’s father was from Northern…

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GKIDS Names David Jesteadt President

GKIDS, the producer and distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced today that David Jesteadt has been appointed to the role of President. GKIDS founder Eric Beckman will continue to serve as CEO.  Jesteadt joined GKIDS in 2007 and has served a variety of roles within the company, most recently as…

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Oscar Scraps Dawn Nominations Presser For Online Live Stream And Featured Placement On ABC’s “Good Morning America”

  [PR] We’ve got exciting news. To welcome our new class of nominees, several Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members including Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe will join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to reveal the 89th Oscars® Nominations, on Tuesday, January 24, beginning at 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST/1:18…

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Annapurna Promotes Chelsea Barnard To President Of Film

ANNAPURNA PICTURES PROMOTES CHELSEA BARNARD TO PRESIDENT OF FILM Barnard will continue to serve her role as Chief Creative Officer for the company and is currently an Executive Producer on Mike Mills’ Golden Globe-nominated film, 20th CENTURY WOMEN. Annapurna Pictures has promoted Chelsea Barnard to President of Film, it was announced today by Founder and…

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER KICKS OFF AWARDS SEASON WITH 89TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 24, 2017 Alison Cuddy Moderates Panel Discussion Featuring Film Critics J.R. Jones, Sergio Mims, Pamela Powell, Ray Pride and Dean Richards CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the…

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2016 National Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture: Moonlight Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle, Things to Come Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea Best Cinematography:  James Laxton, Moonlight Best Foreign Film: Toni Erdmann Film Heritage Award:  “Pioneers of African-American…

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SPC Takes Worldwide On Latest Luca Guadagnino

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TAKES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO LUCA GUADAGNINO’S  CALL ME BY YOUR NAME NEW YORK (January 6, 2017) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Luca Guadagnino’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME.  The film, based on André Aciman’s acclaimed novel of the same name, is directed by Guadagnino (I AM LOVE, A BIGGER SPLASH,…

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Houston Film Critics Society Awards

La Land Land Director — Damien Chazelle Screenplay — Hell Or High Water Actor — Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea Actress — Natalie Portman, Jackie Supporting Actor — Jeff Bridges, Hell Or High Water Supporting Actress — Viola Davis, Fences Animated Film — Kubo and the Two Strings Documentary — O.J.: Made in America Foreign…

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“Women’s March On Main” Will Hit Park City Alongside Women’s March On Washington

WOMEN’S MARCH ON MAIN Park City, UTOrganizing Committee Member Chelsea Handler will lead the Park City sister march to take place in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington WHAT: The creative and Park City communities come together to stand in solidarity with the rest of the country in demonstrating universal respect for social justice…

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STX Takes On Europacorp Theatrical Distribution

STX MOTION PICTURES GROUP AND EUROPACORP ENTER INTO MULTI-YEAR THEATRICAL MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT  EuropaCorp’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “The Circle,” “Renegades” and “Their Finest”  to be released by STX Motion Pictures Group in 2017 (Burbank, CA and Beverly Hills, CA – January 3, 2017) — STX Motion Pictures Group, a…

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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.


.“People that are liars — lying to his wife, to his children, to everyone — well, they have to turn around and say, ‘Who stabbed me?’ It’s unbelievable that even to this moment he is more concerned with who sold him out. I don’t hear concern or contrition for the victims. And I want them to hear that.”
~ Bob Weinstein