Press Releases Archive for January, 2018

Sundance Director of Programmer Trevor Groth Joins 30WEST

[pr] 30WEST HIRES SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING CHIEF TREVOR GROTH LOS ANGELES (January 29, 2018) – 30WEST has hired the Director of Programming of the Sundance Film Festival, Trevor Groth, who will join the company in February. Groth first joined the programming staff of the Sundance Film Festival in 1993, was named Senior Programmer in 2003 and Director in…

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Nat’l Hispanic Media Coalition Targets Oscar

[pr] ACADEMY AWARDS TO BE TARGETED BY NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDIA COALITION ACTION NETWORK Feb. 5 and March 3 demonstrations launch nationwide campaign protesting “institutionalized racism” against Latinos by major movie studios PASADENA, CALIF., Jan. 23, 2018 – The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Action Network today announced it will hold two demonstrations targeting the 2018 Academy Awards® that will…

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Easterseals; Wal-Mart And Coca-Cola’s Bentonville Film Festival; AT&T And DirecTv Join In “Disability Film Challenge” at Sundance

[PR] Easterseals Disability Film Challenge & Bentonville Film Festival to Announce Alliance at Sundance Together, Celebrities & Entertainment Industry Professionals are Changing the Way the World Views & Defines Disability PARK CITY, Utah — Jan. 20, 2018 — For Immediate Release — Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities throughout…

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30WEST CONTINUES HOLLYWOOD EXPANSION TAKING MAJORITY STAKE IN FILM STUDIO NEON

LOS ANGELES (January 19, 2018) – 30WEST, a leading-edge investment and advisory company focused on film, media and other areas of popular culture, is continuing its Hollywood expansion, acquiring majority ownership in NEON, one of the most coveted theatrical marketing and distribution companies in the independent film space.  Both companies collaborated successfully on the theatrical release, I, TONYA, starring…

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The Producers Guild’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines In Full

PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT GUIDELINES 1/19/18 The Producers Guild is an organization that represents, protects, and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team and is committed to fostering work environments free from sexual harassment. We are in a transitional moment as a society, in which we are re-evaluating behavior in the…

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Dolby Donates Atmos Sound System To The Ray, New, Permanent 500-Seat Theater to Sundance

[pr] Dolby Atmos Elevates the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at The Ray, New 500-Seat Theatre Dolby Sound Fellowship Awarded to I Think We’re Alone Now and Blindspotting, Sundance Film Festival’s Opening Night Film SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17, 2018  — Sundance Institute and the Dolby Institute, along with the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, announced…

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Sundance Sets Juries

Sundance Film Festival: Juries, Awards Night Host Announced 24 Jurors to Award NUMBER Prizes, Including New NEXT Innovator’s Award Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute will convene 24 experts in film, art, culture and science to award feature-length work shown at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with 28 prizes, announced at a ceremony January 27 that will be…

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TRUE/FALSE & THE CROSSING TO ANNOUNCE THE 2018 TRUE LIFE FUND FILM AND NEW TRAVELING DOCUMENTARY SERIES.

Columbia, Missouri – True/False and The Crossing invite members of the press and community to The Crossing on Wednesday, January 17th at 9:00AM CST when they will announce the 2018 True Life Fund Film along with a new outgrowth of the partnership, the Alethea Project: a 10-week traveling documentary screening series that will take place…

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER KICKS OFF AWARDS SEASON WITH 90TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 23, 2018

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER KICKS OFF AWARDS SEASON WITH 90TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 23, 2018 Panel Discussion Features Top Chicago Film Critics J.R. Jones, Sergio Mims, Michael Phillips, Pamela Powell and Ray Pride CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the 90th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel Tuesday,…

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“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

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain