Press Releases Archive for March, 2017

Annapurna Adds Marketing And Distribution Hires

[PR] – As part of their growing marketing and distribution operation, Annapurna has hired a number of new executives to build out the division.  Annapurna’s inaugural release is Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT on August 4, 2017. Reporting to President of Marketing, David Kaminow, Annapurna has expanded its marketing team with the hires of Anne Yoo, as…

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Ebertfest Fills Out Its Schedule

EBERTFEST ANNOUNCES FINAL SLATE OF FILMS AND SPECIAL GUESTS FOR THE 2017 FESTIVAL 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival to take place April 19-23, 2017 in Champaign, IL CHAMPAIGN, ILL – March 30, 2017 – The 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as ‘Ebertfest,’ announced today the…

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Annapurna Pictures Partners With MGM For Some Int’l Distribution Of Theatrical Slate

ANNAPURNA PICTURES PARTNERS WITH METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER ON SELECT INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF FILM SLATE Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2017) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is partnering with Annapurna to distribute all of Annapurna Pictures’ films in select international territories, it was announced today.  The multi-year partnership is set to begin this year with Annapurna’s first distribution title, Kathryn…

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Ebertfest Sets First Slate Of Attractions

“HAIR” SET AS OPENING NIGHT FILM OF EBERTFEST 2017 INITIAL SLATE OF FILMS AND SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival to take place April 19-23, 2017 in Champaign, IL CHAMPAIGN, ILL – March 23, 2017 – The 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as…

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The Int’l Doc Association On Funding From CPB, NEH, NEA

The Int’l Doc Association On Funding From CPB, NEH, NEA

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Veteran Publicist Adriene Bowles Joins Annapurna Pictures As President Of Publicity

[PR] Adriene Bowles has joined Annapurna Pictures as President of Publicity, it was announced today. Bolstering the company’s new marketing and distribution operation, Bowles will spearhead publicity and awards campaigns on behalf of Annapurna’s future releases as well communication initiatives for the company. Bowles joins Annapurna from Focus Features where she served as President of Worldwide Publicity…

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Tribeca Closes Out 2017 Programming Roster

[PR] – The reunion of talent and creators from iconic films and musical acts will be showcased at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. The 16th edition of the annual cultural festival today announced the program’s Closing Night, Galas, Special Screenings, as well as the titles premiering under the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival banner. The…

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Tribeca Announces Shorts

[PR] – The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced its lineup of 57 thought-provoking and diverse short films in competition, including 36 world premieres. The selected shorts, 40% of which were directed by women, and include filmmakers from every corner of the globe, were curated from a record 4,385 submissions. They will…

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Cohen Media Group’s Renovated Quad Cinema Opens April 14

  Welcome back. Look forward. New York, NY (March 6, 2017) — Cohen Media Group (CMG) announced today that New York City’s  original multi-screen theatre, the Quad Cinema, will officially reopen to audiences this spring on Friday, April 14, 2017.  Helmed by its new owner, Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation president, Charles S. Cohen, the theater…

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Tribeca Sets Feature Film Lineup

[PR] An exciting slate of films that showcases the breadth of contemporary filmmaking across a range of styles will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. The Festival today announced the feature films across the following programs: Competition, including U.S. Narrative, Documentary, and International Narrative categories; Spotlight, supported by The Lincoln Motor…

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Scorsese Announces Film Foundation Partnership With FEPACI And UNESCO To Locate, Restore And Preserve Films Made In Africa

  THE FILM FOUNDATION’S WORLD CINEMA PROJECT, THE PAN AFRICAN FEDERATION OF FILMMAKERS (FEPACI), AND UNESCO ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO RESTORE AFRICAN CINEMA NEW YORK, NY (March 2, 2017) – The Film Foundation founder and chair, Martin Scorsese, announced today a partnership with the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) and UNESCO to launch a long-term…

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Int’l Documentary Association Appoints Clair Aguilar Director Of Programming And Policy

[PR] The IDA is thrilled to announce the appointment of Claire Aguilar as Director of Programming & Policy.  Aguilar will oversee IDA’s professional development, education, mentorship and training initiatives. Aguilar will work in tandem with IDA’s Filmmaker Services team and the recently announced Enterprise Documentary Fund to build a suite of support services for documentary makers….

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch