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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“When books become a thing, they can no longer be fine.

“Literary people get mad at Knausgård the same way they get mad at Jonathan Franzen, a writer who, if I’m being honest, might be fine. I’m rarely honest about Jonathan Franzen. He’s an extremely annoying manI have only read bits and pieces of his novels, and while I’ve stopped reading many novels even though they were pretty good or great, I have always stopped reading Jonathan Franzen’s novels because I thought they were aggressively boring and dumb and smug. But why do I think this? I didn’t read him when he was a new interesting writer who wrote a couple of weird books and then hit it big with ‘The Corrections,’ a moment in which I might have picked him up with curiosity and read with an open mind; I only noticed him once, after David Foster Wallace had died, he became the heir apparent for the Great American Novelist position, once he had had that thing with Oprah and started giving interviews in which he said all manner of dumb shit; I only noticed him well after I had been told he was An Important Writer.

“So I can’t and shouldn’t pretend that I am unmoved by the lazily-satisfied gentle arrogance he projects or when he is given license to project it by the has-the-whole-world-gone-crazy development of him being constantly crowned and re-crowned as Is He The Great American Writer. What I really object to is this, and if there’s anything to his writing beyond it, I can’t see it and can’t be bothered. Others read him and tell me he’s actually a good writer—people whose critical instincts I have learned to respect—so I feel sure that he’s probably a perfectly fine, that his books are fine, and that probably even his stupid goddamned bird essays are probably also fine.

“But it’s too late. He has become a thing; he can’t be fine.”
~ Aaron Bady

“You know how in postproduction you are supposed to color-correct the picture so everything is smooth and even? Jean-Luc wants the opposite. He wants the rupture. Color and then black and white, or different intensities of color. Or how in this film, sometimes you see the ratio of the frame change after the image begins. That happens when he records from his TV onto his old DVCAM analog machine, which is so old we can’t even find parts when it needs to be repaired. The TV takes time to recognize and adjust to the format on the DVD or the Blu-ray. Whether it’s 1:33 or 1:85. And one of the TVs he uses is slower than the other. He wants to keep all that. I could correct it, but he doesn’t want me to. See, here’s an image from War and Peace. He did the overlays of color—red, white, and blue—using an old analog video effects machine. That’s why you have the blur. When I tried to redo it in digital, I couldn’t. The edges were too sharp. And why the image jitters—I don’t know how he did that. Playing with the cable maybe. Handmade. He wants to see that. It’s a gift from his old machine.”
~ Fabrice Aragno