Press Releases Archive for September, 2017

Academy Museum Gets $50 Million Gift From Cheryl And Haim Saban

RON MEYER TO LEAD NEWLY ESTABLISHED MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces a landmark donation of $50 million from philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban. This commitment—the largest gift to the Academy Museum Campaign—brings the museum’s fundraising success to $288 million, nearly 75% of its $388 million goal. In recognition of…

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Louis C. K.’s Hot-Button Clandestinely-Produced Woody Allen Homage Gets November NY/LA Release

THE ORCHARD ANNOUNCES LOUIS C.K.’S “I LOVE YOU, DADDY” TO OPEN THEATRICALLY NOVEMBER 17 IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES Comedy Stars Louis C.K., John Malkovich, Chloë Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Edie Falco, Charlie Day, Pamela Adlon, Helen Hunt, and Ebonee Noel Photo credit: Courtesy of The Orchard. Click here for artwork. NEW YORK (September 27, 2017) – The Orchard announced…

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Dee Rees Adapting Joan Didion Novel With Producer Cassian Elwes And Others

[PR] Award-winning independent filmmaker Dee Rees (Mudbound, Pariah) will direct the best-selling 1996 Joan Didion political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted from publisher Alfred A. Knopf.  Elevated’s Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) optioned the book last year from Didion to develop it in partnership with Rees following their incredible collaboration on Mudbound, which premiered to standing…

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Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Awards Grants Across Nonfiction Formats

Los Angeles, CA — Projects and artists on the frontlines of nonfiction storytelling received nearly $2 million in grants from Sundance Institute, furthering their work across subjects and forms. Works originate in 26 countries and six continents, and teams include Academy Award nominees (Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, Richard Rowley, Jon Else and David France), and first-time feature filmmakers (Cody Lucich, Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu…

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Scorsese Joins The Online “MasterClass” Gig

Academy® Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese’s First Ever Online Class The filmmaker behind GOODFELLAS, CASINO, GANGS OF NEW YORK, and THE DEPARTED talks about film and filmmaking on MasterClass.com SAN FRANCISCO, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 – MasterClass, the premier online education platform, announced today that Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese will have his first ever online class. The class is open…

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Mike Plante Named Las Vegas Film Festival “Captain of Strategy”

MIKE PLANTE JOINS LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL AS CAPTAIN OF STRATEGY Las Vegas Film Festival and CineVegas to Partner on Presenting Films, Comedy, Independent Video Games and More 2018 Festival to Return to Brenden Theatres and Palms Casino Resort June 6 – 10 LAS VEGAS (September 21, 2017) – Seasoned film festival programming veteran Mike Plante returns to…

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FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO LADY BIRD

TORONTO, CANADA, September 11, 2017 – Focus Features has acquired international rights to Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed directorial debut Lady Bird, company chairman Peter Kujawski announced today. A24 and IAC Films are partners on the movie.  Focus will be handling distribution in all territories outside of North America. Lady Bird has emerged as one of the biggest breakouts of the fall season,…

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Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

Telluride, CO, September 11, 2017 – Telluride Film Festival (September 1-4, 2017), presented by the National Film Preserve, reflects upon a spectacular four-day celebration of diverse programming and special guests attended by more than 4,000 movie lovers. “This was my 44th Telluride Film Festival,” remarked co-founder and artistic director Tom Luddy. “I feel it was one…

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NEON AND 30WEST LAND DOMESTIC RIGHTS TO CRAIG GILLESPIE’S STANDOUT DARK COMEDY “I, TONYA”

Toronto, Canada (September 11, 2017) – In one of the most high-profile sales of Toronto International Film Festival, NEON and 30WEST are excited to announce they have landed domestic rights to Craig Gillespie’s much talked about dark comedy, I, TONYA which premiered here on Friday to both critical and audience acclaim. I, TONYA is an at times absurd,…

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Annapurna Adds $350 Million Credit Facility

[PR] – Annapurna, an independent entertainment company with film, television, and interactive verticals as well as an upstart marketing and distribution operation, has completed a $350 million revolving credit facility, it was announced today. The new line of credit will provide a firm financial foundation as the company continues to expand their enterprises and build its production,…

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch