Press Releases Archive for May, 2018

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AMIA’s Digital Asset Symposium Presents A Powerful Lineup of  Two Keynotes, Netflix’s “Bobby Kennedy for President” and Crowdsourcing for Data Collection, Join Archive, Data Science, and Object Storage Discussions NEW YORK (May 16, 2018) – The Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Digital Asset Symposium (DAS) returns to New York on June 6, presenting a full day of…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES DENYS ARCAND’S THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE

NEW YORK (May 16, 2018) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in the US, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand to Academy Award® winner Denys Arcand’s THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE.  The film, a follow up to his critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE, is written and…

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Gary Oldman to Direct, Star In Longtime Passion Project, Bio Of Motion Pioneer Eadward Muybridge

Gary Oldman to Direct, Star In Longtime Passion Project, Bio Of Motion Pioneer Eadward Muybridge

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CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL Announces Audience Award Winners, Exponential Festival Growth

(Chicago, IL) — The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the Audience Award winners following the 6th Chicago Critics Film Festival. Audiences selected Closing Night feature presentation Eighth Grade as winner of the Audience Award for narrative…

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ANDREA RISEBOROUGH AND CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT INHABIT BRANDON CRONENBERG’S SCI-FI THRILLER ‘POSSESSOR’

Cannes, France Andrea Riseborough (upcoming Nancy, The Death of Stalin, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)) and Christopher Abbott (upcoming Catch-22, It Comes At Night, James White) are set to star in Brandon Cronenberg’s (Antiviral) anticipated sophomore feature film Possessor, it was announced today by producers Fraser Ash (Closet Monster, Enemy), Niv Fichman (The Red Violin, Hobo With A Shotgun), and Kevin Krikst (Closet…

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BOARD THANKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TRACY LANE FOR NINE YEARS OF SERVICE

Tracy Lane has been part of Ragtag Film Society since 2009, and has served as its Executive Director since 2010. On May 1, Tracy informed the Board of Directors that she has accepted a position as Executive Director at Roots N Blues. Her last day with Ragtag Film Society will be June 3, 2018. Ragtag…

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NEON NABS NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO ALI ABBASI’S “BORDER” FOLLOWING WORLD PREMIERE IN CANNES

CANNES (May 11, 2018) – Immediately following the world premiere, NEON acquired the North American rights to Border, a troll love story directed by Ali Abbasi (Shelley) and based on a novel by the writer of Let the Right One In. The Swedish genre film made its World Premiere yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. …

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Saban Takes North America For Matthew Ross’ Keanu Reeves Crime Thriller

 CANNES (May 11, 2018) – Film acquisition and distribution company, Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Matthew Ross’s Siberia, starring Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, John Wick) and Ana Ularu (Inferno, Emerald City) with supporting performances from Golden Globe Nominee Molly Ringwald (“Riverdale”, Jem and the Holograms) and Pasha Lychnikoff (Ray Donovan, Shameless). The romantic crime-thriller was produced by…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES NADINE LABAKI’S CAPERNAUM

Acquisition Comes In Advance Of The Film’s Cannes Premiere CANNES, FRANCE (May 10, 2018) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired North American and Latin American rights to Nadine Labaki’s CAPERNAUM. The film is set to premiere next Thursday at Cannes, where it screens in competition. CAPERNAUM marks a return to Cannes for the…

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Sundance Institute Selects Erica Tremblay and MorningStar Angeline Wilson For 2018 Native Filmmakers Lab

Sundance Institute Selects Erica Tremblay and MorningStar Angeline Wilson For 2018 Native Filmmakers Lab Los Angeles, CA — Two emerging Native storytellers, Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga) and MorningStar Angeline Wilson (Navajo, Blackfeet, Chippewa Cree) will participate in the 2018 Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab, continuing the Institute’s year-round work in the discovery and development of artists from diverse backgrounds. The Lab takes place May 13-18 in…

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MovieCoin Launches Revolutionary Blockchain-Based Entertainment Financing Fund and Platform Innovative System Will Democratize Hollywood Investment

Opportunities and Bring Unprecedented Transparency and Enhanced Payment Processes to Industry Financial Transactions May 7, 2018 – Los Angeles, California, USA – MovieCoin (the “Company”) has launched a transformational entertainment industry financing fund that will offer qualified investors an unprecedented opportunity to invest in Hollywood films, television programs and other strategic assets using a blockchain-based financing…

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BINGE ACQUIRES COMPELLING DOCUMENTARY BEYOND BITCOIN

Marks First Acquisition of the Market for Blockchain Powered Streaming Platform in a 7 Figure Deal with Fulwell 73 and Conch Studios CANNES (May XX, 2018) – In its first acquisition of the market, Slate Entertainment Group (SEG) has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the much-anticipated cryptocurrency documentary Beyond Bitcoin, directed by Jake Witzenfeld, for is a blockchain video on…

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EDGAR RAMIREZ AND PEDRO PASCAL TO STAR IN OLIVER ASSAYAS’ “WASP NETWORK” FOR RT FEATURES AND CG CINEMA

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2018) – RT Features announced today that Golden Globe® and Emmy® Nominee Edgar Ramirez (The Girl on the Train, Hands of Stone) and Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones”, Kingsman: The Golden Circle) will star in Wasp Network. Oliver Assayas (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria) wrote and will also direct the film, which is based on Fernando Morais’ book, The…

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RT FEATURES AND MARTIN SCORSESE’S SIKELIA PRODUCTIONS BOARD DANIELLE LESSOVITZ’S“PORT AUTHORITY” AND ANTONETA ALAMAT KUSIJANOVIC’S “MURINA”

    Films Follow Jonas Carpignano’s “A Ciambra” which was the First Film out of the Joint Venture   CANNES (May 9, 2018) – RT Features and Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions announced today that they have signed on to produce and finance Danielle Lessovitz’s Port Authority and Croatian writer-director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic’s Murina, a tense coming-of-age drama.  Both films come out of RT Features joint venture…

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Brooklyn Film Festival Announces Lineup for 2018 Edition

Brooklyn, NY (May 9, 2018) – Bad times make great art, so this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) should be amazing! And so BFF announces today the film lineup for its 21st edition: THRESHOLD. Like an aircraft entering the threshold on runway “21,” BFF takes off on Friday, June 1st at returning venue: Wythe Hotel…

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Nominees For 19th Annual Golden Trailer Awards Named

  Netflix and Warner Bros. Earn Most Nominations By Studio With 61 Nominations As 21st Century Fox Rounds Out Top 3 with 53 Nominations; Top Nominations by Vendors Include Buddha Jones with 30 Nominations, Trailer Park with 29 and Mark Woollen & Associates with 23 (Beverly Hills, CA, May 9, 2018) — The Golden Trailer Awards, the entertainment…

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FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES CANNES OPENING NIGHT FILM EVERYBODY KNOWS STARRING PENÉLOPE CRUZ AND JAVIER BARDEM

[pr] [Focus comcast zoomed logo] FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES CANNES OPENING NIGHT FILM EVERYBODY KNOWS STARRING PENÉLOPE CRUZ AND JAVIER BARDEM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CANNES, May 9th, 2018– Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus has acquired the Cannes Film Festival’s opening night film Everybody Knows (Todos Los Saben).  Focus Features will distribute the film…

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DIRECTOR RENNY HARLIN & PRODUCER DALJIT DJ PARMAR LAUNCH BEIJING BASED EXTRAORDINARY ENTERTAINMENT LIMIT

  First Film from Extraordinary is Sci-Fi tentpole Solara   CANNES –– Director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) and Producer Daljit DJ Parmar (Kung Fu Yoga) have launched Extraordinary Entertainment Limited 鼎趣影业, a production and finance company based in Beijing and Hong Kong. Parmar will serve as CEO and Harlin as Chief Creative Officer. The company will focus on…

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KEANU REEVES AND ALEX WINTER REUNITE FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THIRD INSTALLMENT “BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC” DIRECTED BY DEAN PARISOT 

  BLOOM to Introduce to international Buyers in Cannes; MGM’s Orion Pictures to release in the US   Los Angeles, CA (May 8, 2018) – BLOOM announced today that Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix) and Alex Winter (Deep Web; Downloaded) will officially be reuniting on screen after 27 years as the legendary Ted “Theodore” Logan (Reeves)…

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Founder/CEO Of Chicago In’tl Film Fest Michael Kutza To Step Down After 55 Years

FOUNDER AND CEO OF CINEMA/CHICAGO MICHAEL KUTZA TO STEP DOWN AT THE END OF 2018 Kutza’s 55 Years of Service to Chicago International Film Festival to be Celebrated at July 14 Gala at Loews Chicago CHICAGO – Michael Kutza, Founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced that he will…

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“There are different signs that this is not stopping. I don’t think that anger and frustration and those feelings can go away. I hope they don’t. The attention and support for the victims needs to be continued, more than people worried about these abusers and what’s next for them, how are they going to move on — shut up. You know what? If any of these people come back, I would say, “I can’t wait to see who is actually going to support them.” That is going to be the glaring horror. Who is going to be, like, “This is a pressing issue, and we need to get them back?” If a janitor was so great at cleaning the building but also tended to masturbate in front of people, would the people at that building be like, “Yes, he masturbated, but I’ve never seen anyone clean so thoroughly, and I was just wondering when he’s going to get his job back, he’s so good at it.” No, it would be, “That’s not acceptable.” It’s fame and power that people are blinded by.”
~ Tig Notaro in the New York Times

“It’s never been easy. I’ve always been one of the scavenger dogs of film financing, picking up money here and there. I’ve been doing that all my life. This was one was relatively easy because certain costs have gone down so much. I made this film in 20 days whereas 30 years ago, it would have been made in 42.”
~ Paul Schrader