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Rights Round Up AFM 2011 Day 1

  • November 2, 2011 10:55 AM
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Napa Valley Film Festival Inaugural Fest Announces Juries and Prizes

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  • September 26, 2011 9:00 AM
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Cinetic Media’s John Sloss will serve as President of the Jury for Inaugural Festival, November 9-13, 2011

Napa Valley Film Festival Inaugural Fest Announces Star Studded Films

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 26, 2011 3:49 AM
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November 9 – 13 Napa Valley Film Festival's first edition looks like it will be a big beautiful event.Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer have announced a roster of high profile films to be screened at the inaugural film festival. Showcasing the best of new independent cinema along with the Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality, NVFF makes its debut with a five-day festival spanning the Valley’s four postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga.

Toronto by Numbers Films with U.S. Distributors A-Z

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 25, 2011 2:30 AM
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This U.S. distributor list is a work in progress which invites comments, latest news, etc. Please help us with your comments! After Toronto all U.S. acquisitions will be included in the Rights Roundup for Toronto, San Sebastian and AFM and any and all stops between stopping at BerlinGoing into Toronto out of 337 films showing, 56 had U.S. distributors attached. More U.S. distributors will be added as they acquire titles throughtout the Fall Festival and Market Season, so stay tuned. For a comprehensive report on current U.S. Distributors A - Z, use the link provided. (International Sales Agents are listed in parentheses.)Predictably, SPC and IFC had the most films going into the festival, each with 7 films. There is also the competition of the Producer Reps with CAA leading the pack with 12 films, only one of which already has U.S. distribution.

Rights Round Up Toronto 2011, Venice, Telluride through AFM 2011

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 25, 2011 2:30 AM
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This reports on sales made during this fall season. It includes rights acquired in Venice, Telluride, Toronto, San Sebastian and will continue through AFM 2011. It is organized by international sales agent. Additions are made daily.

IFP and The Film Society of Lincoln Center Announce Collaboration for Independent Film Week 2011

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  • September 21, 2011 2:00 AM
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Independent Film Project (IFP) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the new collaboration that includes the relocation of IFP’s signature program, Independent Film Week, to The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and to provide joint programming during the New York Film Festival. Both partners will present a daylong event in October that will showcase emerging artists engaging with industry powers.

IFP’s Independent Film Week To Launch “Future of Film Today” Short Film Series

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  • September 20, 2011 12:00 PM
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New York, NY – In partnership with Royal Bank of Canada and the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, IFP announced the launch of the “The Future of Film Today” short film series, highlighting the work and personal stories of six talented New York-based independent filmmakers during Independent Film Week. Formerly known as the IFP Market, Independent Film Week is the leading forum in the U.S. dedicated to discovering and showcasing new independent film projects and talent. It is the place where filmmakers, film lovers and film professionals can come together to support new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene.

IFP Announces Titles for Project Forum - The Centerpiece of Independent Film Week

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  • September 18, 2011 6:30 AM
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150 New Films in Development from Emerging & Established Filmmakers

Women to Watch: Ellen Pittleman on Online Self-Distribution Options

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  • July 28, 2011 2:00 AM
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Ellen Pittleman is a veteran studio executive based in Los Angeles. While at Paramount Pictures, she was SVP, International Co-Productions and Worldwide Acquisitions for Paramount Pictures. Along with acquiring for both U.S. and international territories, she created the International Co-Production business for the studio which was responsible for local language production. She also launched the DVD Premiere group there, with films including Jonathan Demme’s Neil Young: Heart of Gold and the sequel to the $100MM+ Save the Last Dance. Now as president and founder of Hybrid Entertainment, she consults on strategic planning, deal negotiation, acquisitions, film library valuation and feature development with clients from Rio to London to Beijing. She published a review of the 2009 Worldwide Box Office performance on a territory-by-territory basis for N.Y. Times' international database, Screenline.

Gun Hill Road

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • March 25, 2011 2:30 AM
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I am finally catching up with some of what I missed at Sundance -- just in time for Cannes!. This one I had heard about from a acting school colleague of Rashaad before Sundance was announced. Now I have finally seen the film! Wow! It is so strong and uncompromising, I actually had a tough time staying with these characters, so strongly into their own world were they. The realism of their characters, flaws and strengths, the realism of those rough South Bronx streets, the grittiness and proximity were palpable. This film will remain with me for a long time to come. Esai Morales and Judy Reyes were great. And the young man...who is he? Even IMDb didn’t help me find him as I forgot his name in the film. What a sweet and beautiful young man. All the actors were good, even the supporting roles, especially of the nemisis, Sugar, played by Robert Salzman, who must have done something as horrendous as what our hero, Enrique, fears in his own son. Enrique's steadfast and unquestionable machismo made Esai Morales' figure positively tragic. The video here speaks with Robert Salzman's own voice and makes you understand how he was able to play the role of the convict/ ex-con Sugar:Director Rashaad Ernesto Green started his own his career as an actor and has a natural feel for the actors. A New York native, he received his BA from Dartmouth College, MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and will graduate this May from NYU's Graduate Film Program. After spending three years acting in theaters nationwide and working with directors such as Spike Lee, Rashaad worked as a teacher in the South Bronx before moving behind the camera to tell stories. Rashaad was included on the latest edition of Filmmaker Magazine’s elite 25 New Faces of Independent Film list as well as indieWIRE's 2009 Top Ten New Voices in Cinema. Gun Hill Road's Rashaad Ernesto Green, courtesy of Sundance InstituteThe world premiere of Rashaad’s film Premature won the Grand Jury Prize in the HBO Short Film Competition at the 2008 American Black Film Festival, is currently airing on HBO and has played over 40 festivals worldwide, including Palm Springs International Shortfest, Munich International Film Festival, Sapporo International Film Festival of Japan, has broadcast in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Kenya, Japan, and has garnered over 20 awards, including the Directors Guild of America Student Award and the National Board of Review Award. His short Choices premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and his latest short Cuts has also screened on HBO. Selected for the 2010 Tribeca All Access Program, IFP’s Independent Film Week, and a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation–Cary Grant Film Award, Rashaad recently completed his thesis feature film Gun Hill Road which premiered in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition. Gun Hill Road was picked up by U.S. distributor Motion Film Group and will be released early this summer.

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