Press Releases Archive for June, 2018

Academy Announces 2018 Film Scholars Grants

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2018 FILM SCHOLARS  GRANT RECIPIENTS LOS ANGELES, CA – Glenn Frankel and Keri Walsh have been named 2018 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their respective book projects explore the historical context and creative influence of the revolutionary film for its time, Midnight Cowboy, and examine female Method actors…

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Telluride Names 2018 Guest Director Jonathan Lethem

45th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 GUEST DIRECTOR JONATHAN LETHEM BERKELEY, CA – Telluride Film Festival, presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is proud to announce its 2018 Guest Director, Jonathan Lethem. The award-winning novelist, essayist and short story writer is set to select a series of films to present at the 45th Telluride Film Festival running over Labor…

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elects 2018–19 Board of Governors

THE ACADEMY ELECTS 2018–19 BOARD OF GOVERNORS Runoff election required for Producers Branch LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2018–19 Board of Governors, who assume their posts as of July 1. Those elected to the Board for the first time are: Alfred Molina, Actors Branch…

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FRANCIS LAWRENCE ATTACHED TO DIRECT  CONSPIRACY: PETER THIEL, HULK HOGAN, GAWKER, AND THE ANATOMY OF INTRIGUE

Los Angeles, CA (June 11, 2018) – Noted filmmaker Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Red Sparrow) and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Big Short) are attached to the project, Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, it was announced today by David A. Neuman, CEO and partner of Blackrock Productions, Inc. Lawrence will…

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SUNDANCE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY ‘MINDING THE GAP’ ACQUIRED BY HULU

 Santa Monica, CA (June 5, 2018) – Hulu today announced that the company has acquired the rights to MINDING THE GAP, a moving documentary from director Bing Liu about three young men who bond across racial lines to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. Ten years later, while facing adult responsibilities, unsettling revelations force them…

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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