Press Releases Archive for June, 2017

22nd Nantucket Film Fest Announces Winners

22nd ANNUAL NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS FOR NARRATIVE, DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILMS  SHOWTIME TONY COX SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS INCLUDE JOHNNY ACE, THE LINE, CASEY CAN’T & THE YAO OF TAO WIND RIVER AND BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY ANNOUNCED AS BEST OF FEST Nantucket, MA (June 26, 2017) – The 22nd annual Nantucket…

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Palm Springs Shortfest Announces Winners

The 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 25, 2017.  338 short films screened throughout the Festival along with more than 4,200 filmmaker submissions available in the film market.  More than $115,000 in prizes, including $20,000 in cash…

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Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival Announces LIneup

  THE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 LINEUP WITH NEW VENUES, SPECIAL SCREENINGS, AND MORE The 13th Annual Traverse City Film Festival, July 25-30, which will bring over 1000 movies to scenic Northern Michigan. Big change has come to the festival and the world since we last gathered on the beautiful shores of TC to…

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Kino Lorber And Zeitgeist Films Align; KL To Distribute ZF Library 

[pr] KINO LORBER AND ZEITGEIST FILMS ENTER A MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC ALLIANCE THAT INCLUDES CO-ACQUIRING FOUR TO FIVE THEATRICAL FILMS PER YEAR AND THE EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION OF ZEITGEIST FILMS’ LIBRARY Kino Lorber is pleased to announce a multi-year strategic alliance with renowned film distributor Zeitgeist Films, founded and run by industry leaders Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo. Going…

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Jeff Dowd And Alex Noh Launch Blood Sweat Honey, A Distribution-Marketing Consultancy

Indie Film Veterans Jeff Dowd & Alex Nohe Launch Full-Service Distribution & Marketing Consultancy Festival Strategy, Theatrical Release, Distribution & Creative Consulting Longtime film industry veterans Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe announce the launch of Blood Sweat Honey, a comprehensive consulting agency specializing in providing strategic counsel to indie filmmakers. Offering services such as producer representation,…

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Telluride 2017 Guest Director Is Joshua Oppenheimer

44th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 GUEST DIRECTOR JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER Telluride Film Festival, presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is proud to announce its 2017 Guest Director, Joshua Oppenheimer. The award-winning documentarian is set to select a series of films to present at the 44th Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4, 2017. Festival organizers…

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YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE 2017 presented by Chevrolet Announces CITY CINEMA presented by NOW: “Canucks, Comedy, and (John) Candy”

YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE 2017 presented by Chevrolet Announces CITY CINEMA presented by NOW: “Canucks, Comedy, and (John) Candy”  A great way for Torontonians to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial is in the heart of the city at YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE (YDS) while catching a fun flick with City Cinema presented by NOW. YDS is honouring all things Canadian with a…

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MoMA Film Curator Dave Kehr Awarded Insignia Of Chevalier Of The Order Of Arts And Letters

Dave Kehr A lifelong friend of France, Mr. Kehr has committed in his recent work as a curator, to support the film preservation and strengthened dialogue with foreign cinematheques including the Cinémathèque Française, by exchanging restored films for the creation of retrospectives or series. The passion he has had throughout his life for the seventh…

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New Ryan Gosling-Ken Kao Shingle To Co-Produce Lanthimos’ Latest

RYAN GOSLING AND KEN KAO PARTNER TO FORM PRODUCTION COMPANY ARCANA The company announces its first collaboration on The Favourite from director Yorgos Lanthimos June 14, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) – Golden Globe winner and Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and producer Ken Kao (The Nice Guys) have joined forces to form Arcana. The production company will focus…

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Academy Announces Deluxe Internships For “Underrepresented Communities”

[PR] ‘ACADEMY GOLD’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OFFERS EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM ACADEMY MEMBERS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ‘Academy Gold’ Adds Four Industry Partners; 20 to Participate in Pilot Year Program Kicks Off with Two-Day Orientation on June 15-16  LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce commitments…

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Depp Infinitum Nihil First-Looks With IM Global

[PR] IM GLOBAL LOCKS FIRST LOOK DEAL WITH JOHNNY DEPP’S PRODUCTION COMPANY INFINITUM NIHIL Los Angeles, CA, June 13, 2017 –  Prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global has signed a first look feature film deal with Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, it was announced today by IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford. The company will be…

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Fantasia Fest 21 Announces First Attractions, Including Larry Cohen Tribute

FANTASIA’S 21st EDITION TO FEATURE NUMEROUS WORLD PREMIERES, CANNES SENSATIONS, AND NORTH AMERICAN DEBUTS! The North American Premiere of Cannes Sensation THE VILLAINESS, World Premiere of new work from Géla Babluani, North American Premiere of Takashi Miike’s JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE, a special screening of Luc Besson’s VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A…

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Seattle Int’l Announces Its 2017 Prize Winners

Golden Space Needle Awards At the End of the Tunnel, Sami Blood, and Lane 1974 Win Top Awards at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival At the End of the Tunnel wins Golden Space Needle Audience Awards for Best Film and Best Director; Grand Jury Prizes go to Sami Blood, The Winter, Boundaries, Lane 1974, and…

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Palm Springs Int’l Shortfest Announces Line-Up

[PR]  Palm Springs, CA (June 9, 2017) – Now in its 23rd year, Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase 338 films including 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.  The selection of films for screening and competition features star-studded casts and award-winning films from 60 countries around the world.  There…

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Second City Veteran Actor-Writer-Improviser Tino Insana Was 69

Tino Insana: ‘The funniest man you ever spent the evening with.’ Tino Insana, improviser, actor, writer, award-winning voice-over artist, best remembered as Mr. Grouper in “Bubble Guppies,” for which he was nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award, USA, died Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Cause of death was complications from cancer. He…

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Academy To Salute Richard Donner

[PR] Tribute to include on-stage appearances by Donner and special guests Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo and many more The Academy will pay tribute to director-producer Richard Donner with an evening of personal anecdotes, film clips spanning his prolific career and special appearances by friends and colleagues on Wednesday, June 7, at 730pm at the…

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“The sad and painful truth is that pretty much everyone in this town knew who Harvey was. I have had long talks with my most liberal friends. Did we know he was a rapist? We didn’t. But did we know that for decades he has been offering actresses big careers in exchange for sexual favors? Yes, we did — and make no mistake, that is its own kind of rape. And did we all — or did any of us — refuse to do business with him on moral grounds? No. We ALL STAYED IN BUSINESS WITH HIM. I have never done business with Harvey but I can tell you with certainty that I would have — because I was recently approached by a film festival he sponsors. They asked me to submit my short film for their consideration and I did it without thinking twice. I am a dyed-in-the-wool feminist and a vocal one at that. So why didn’t I think twice? Because this entire town is built on the ugly principals that Harvey takes to an horrific extreme. If I didn’t work with people whose behavior I find reprehensible, I wouldn’t have a career.”
~ Showrunner Krista Vernoff

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.

Yours,
John