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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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up