Press Releases Archive for August, 2017

Telluride Sets The Big Show

44th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 PROGRAM LINEUP Telluride, CO (August 31, 2017) – Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, today announced its official program selections for the 44th edition of the Telluride Film Festival. TFF’s annual celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in…

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Marc Webb, Nick Hornby, Bill Pohlad, Condé Nast, Bruna Papandrea And Reese Witherspoon Team Of Bio Of Westboro Baptist Escapee

 MARC WEBB TO DIRECT AND NICK HORNBY TO WRITE THE SCREENPLAY FOR “THIS ABOVE ALL”—THE TRUE STORY OF MEGAN PHELPS-ROPER, A WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH CONVERT River Road and Condé Nast Entertainment Producing along with Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Marc Webb The Script to be Adapted from a New Yorker Article by Adrian Chen and…

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Chicago Underground Sets Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration

CALLING ALL STARS: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (CUFF) ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 25 ANNIVERSARY EDITION Still Alive at 25: Special Events, Special Screenings, Art Exhibits and Celebrity Guests of Honor Kick off the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Longest Running Underground Film Festival in the World. In 1994 a gallon of gas was $1.09,…

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Focus Features Live-Streaming Three Older Features On Facebook Live On Friday

  [PR] A trio of film favorites from Focus Features will be streamed on Facebook Live over the next three Friday nights in August and September. #FocusFridays will take place each Friday night on the Focus Features Facebook Page, beginning 6:00 PM PT. The lineup of movies: Friday, August 25: The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) won the Academy Award…

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Here Comes The 53rd Chicago Int’l Film Festival

[PR] Mimi Plauché, recently named Artistic Director of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced the first 25 films to be shown at the 53rd annual event, running October 12 – 26, 2017. The roster of films is wih an array of electrifying, challenging and entertaining feature and documentary films, including likely awards-season contenders, the work of highly acclaimed directors, indie…

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Clooney Foundation for Justice Grants $1 Million To SPLC To Counter Hate Groups 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is partnering with the Clooney Foundation for Justice to increase the capacity of the SPLC to combat hate groups in the United States. Through the generous support of George & Amal…

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Int’l Documentary Association Makes Statement About Terrorism

A Message from the IDA As documentary storytellers, artists, activists, and journalists, we believe in the power of images, and also of words. We believe it is important to identify the acts of racist violence committed in Charlottesville last weekend by white supremacists not merely as examples of extremism, but as terrorism. The International Documentary…

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Writers Guild President Howard Rodman Remarks On Writing And Responsibility; Calls For Trump Resignation

  August 16, 2017 Dear fellow Guild members, Writing in 1915, Theodore Roosevelt reminded us that Dante “reserved a special place of infamy in the inferno for those base angels who dared side neither with evil nor with good.”  It’s a caution that hits with shocking immediacy when the President of the United States can…

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NEON Launches New Label, Super LTD, With Anthony Bourdain-Produced Doc

  Super LTD, the newly announced boutique division and incubator from NEON headed by industry veterans Dan O’Meara and Darcy Heusel, officially opened for business with the acquisition of Anna Chai and Nari Kye’s WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE executive produced by Anthony Bourdain who makes several cameos in the film.  The documentary, which had its…

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Lalo Schifrin Gets An 85th Birthday Concert

Musicians at Play, Musicians Fund Los Angeles, in association with Varese Sarabande present Mission: Impossible’ Composer Lalo Schifrin’s 85th Birthday Concert October 7 at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA Legendary composer, musician, conductor and six-time Oscar nominee Lalo Schifrin (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) will celebrate his 85th birthday with a special concert in his honor Oct. 7 at the Alex, 216 North…

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Sony Pictures Classics Takes EON Int’l’s Latest, Slated For Toronto

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES PAUL MCGUIGAN’S FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL Sony Pictures Classics announced that they have acquired all rights in North America, Eastern Europe, Germany and Asia Pay Television to Paul McGuigan’s FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL. The film is premiering in Gala Presentations at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. FILM STARS DON’T…

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Seattle’s SIFF Names Beth Barrett Artistic Director

Beth Barrett Named SIFF’s Artistic Director SEATTLE – August 2, 2017 – Beth Barrett, former Director of Programming, has been named SIFF’s new Artistic Director. With her advancement, Barrett becomes SIFF’s first female Artistic Director, one of only a select few women in the United States holding this position for a major film festival. Barrett…

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Plan B, MACRO And Annapurna Producing Coming Of Age Drama On Black, Queer Debate Champion Ryan Wash

PLAN B, MACRO AND ANNAPURNA PARTNER ON UNTITLED RYAN WASH PROJECT The new project tracks the remarkable journey of black, queer debater Wash Los Angeles, CA (August 1, 2017) – Plan B Entertainment has partnered with Annapurna and MACRO to tell the true-life story of unlikely debate champion Ryan Wash, it was announced today. Annapurna will…

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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