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FACTORY 25 ANNOUNCES THE FACTORY 200 SERIES: EARLY FILMS BY SOME OF THE BEST DIRECTORS IN THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT SCENE

FACTORY 25 ANNOUNCES THE FACTORY 200 SERIES: EARLY FILMS BY SOME OF THE BEST DIRECTORS IN THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT SCENE Brooklyn, NY  – Factory 25 announces their new Factory 200 series of early films by some of the best American independent filmmakers of today including Funny Ha Ha by Andrew Bujalski (Results, Computer Chess), We Go Way Back by Lynn Shelton (Your Sisters Sister, Laggies, Outside In), Vacation by Zach…

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Artists, Critics, Writers, Filmmakers Among Sundance Institute 2017 Art of Nonfiction Fellows and Grantees

 Artists, Writers, Filmmakers Among Sundance Institute’s  2017 Art of Nonfiction Fellows and Grantees. New: Nonfiction Critics Fellowship, Fostering New Writing on Documentary Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute’s Art of Nonfiction Initiative welcomes four Fellows and five Grantees, as well as three Nonfiction Critics Fellows, in its third year of granting key creative and financial support to…

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Amazon Studios’ “Lord Of The Rings” Press Release

Amazon to Adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s Globally Renowned Fantasy Novels, The Lord of the Rings, for Television with a Multi-Season Production Commitment Television adaptation, exploring new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, slated to debut exclusively on Prime Video SEATTLE, Nov. 13, 2017 — Amazon today announced it has acquired the global television rights to The…

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Rian Johnson Charged With New Star Wars Trilogy

[PR] For director Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was just the beginning of his journey in a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce.  As writer-director…

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National, NY, LA, Boston Film Critics Groups DQ All Disney Films For Year-End Award Consideration

A STATEMENT FROM THE LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION, THE NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE, THE BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AND THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS Nov. 7, 2017 — The members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society…

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BFCA Announces Nomination And Awards Dates

[PR] Los Angeles, CA – November 7, 2017) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) are pleased to announce that the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air LIVE on The CW Network on Thursday, January 11, 2018 (8-10pm ET/PT).  The show will continue its combined Film and Television awards format, honoring the finest in…

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Volker Schlöndorff Statement on Dustin Hoffman Allegations

“I welcome the #metoo campaign and do not want to sound dismissive of what I consider a serious cause. However one should not smear, tar and feather indistinctively every male around. Calling Dustin Hoffman a predator is simply going too far. I hope this fades away. “It’s plain silly. Just watch Christian Blackwood’s wonderful documentary PRIVATE…

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Joint. Joint Venture: MGM and Annapurna Pact Joint Deal For U. S. Distribution; Bond In Play?

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER AND ANNAPURNA PICTURES FORM JOINT VENTURE TO DISTRIBUTE FILMS THEATRICALLY IN THE U.S. MGM Returns to Domestic Theatrical Distribution LOS ANGELES (October, 31 2017) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Annapurna Pictures (Annapurna) have formed a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S., it was announced today by Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer…

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Board Of Governors Drops Another Oscar On Alejandro G. Iñárritu

THE ACADEMY’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS AWARDS AN OSCAR TO ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU’S “CARNE Y ARENA”  VIRTUAL REALITY INSTALLATION LOS ANGELES, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Wednesday (October 25) to present a Special Award – an Oscar statuette – to director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality installation, “CARNE y ARENA (Virtually Present,…

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Bold Films Extends $50 Million Finance Pact with Comerica Bank

[pr] Three Year Agreement Will Fund Future Film and TV Slate Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 24, 2017 – Bold Films renews and increases its revolving line of credit with Comerica Bank, a $50 million dollar debt facility that extends for three years. The deal provides financing for the independent studio to produce four to six…

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Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award to Errol Morris

[pr] DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER ERROL MORRIS TO RECEIVE THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Morris will receive his award at the second annual Critics’…

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Get Out Tops Gotham Awards Noms With Four

 New York, NY (October 19, 2017) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, announced today the nominees for the 27th Annual IFP Gotham Awards. For 2017, ten competitive awards will be presented to independent features and series. In addition to the competitive awards, Gotham Award Tributes will be given…

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SAG-AFTRA Statement on Safety of Women in the Entertainment and Media Industry

“We commend the courage and candor of every woman who has spoken out about the disgraceful, aggressive and inappropriate behavior they experienced with prominent industry employers. We support their right to speak out and we lift up their voices so that their truths can be fully heard. Everyone has the right to work in an…

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Academy Names Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting

ACADEMY REVEALS WINNING NICHOLL SCREENWRITERS Scripts to be performed at live read in November LOS ANGELES, CA – Four individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at…

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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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“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster

“One of comedy’s defining pathologies, alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form.”
~ Lindy West