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'Trade of Innocents' Chosen for Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative

Christopher Bessette's "Trade of Innocents" has been selected for the The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative. The Initiative, which picks up to ten films a year, aims to expand indie films to a broader audience of leaders in the arts, entertainment, business and policy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 4:40 PM
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In the Works: River Road Acquires 'Fordlandia' Rights, Ben Coccio Adapting

Screenwriter Ben Coccio will pen the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize finalist Greg Grandin's "Fordlandia: The Rise And Fall Of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City." River Road Entertainment has acquired the writes and engaged the "Place Beyond the Pines" scribe to reimagine the 2009 book for the big screen. The book looks at the American men who built a utopian American indistrial town in the Brazilian Amazon, as part of Henry Ford's imperialistic machinations. The book's description states "Ford’s great delusion was not that the Amazon could be tamed but that the forces of capitalism, once released, might yet be contained."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 4:39 PM
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11 New Sundance Supported Films Now Streaming

Now available on SnagFilms, Hulu and Netflix are eleven new films supported by the Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program, which launched in February. Artist Services gives filmmakers exclusive opportunities to self-finance, market and distribute their films. Films from the program are also available on...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 4:23 PM
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Todd Berger's Apocalyptic 'It's A Disaster' Goes to Laub and Berger's Oscilloscope

Oscilloscope has picked up "It's A Disaster" for North American distribution, set for early 2013 release. The Todd Berger film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this Spring, and stars Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Erinn Hayes, Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, Jeff Grace and Blaise Miller.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 12:42 PM
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'Frankenweenie' Opening BFI London Fest Along with Burton's Traveling 'Art Of' Exhibition [Video]

Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" will go to London to open the 56th BFI London Film Festival on October 10, marking its European premiere. The opening night red carpet and screening will be broadcast live from Odeon Leicester Square to BFI IMAX as well as thirty screens in the UK.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 12:23 PM
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SnagFilms Launches Online Film Fest 'Snag the Vote 2012'

What better time than presidential election season for online indie distributor SnagFilms to launch "Snag the Vote 2012," a free online film festival running through Election Day? The fest will feature more than 100 documentaries highlighting ten key issues defining the 2012 presidential election, from Economy and Jobs and Health Care to Immigration, the Environment and National Security.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 5:00 AM
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Media: Movie Columnist Patrick Goldstein Leaves the LAT After 12 Years

Patrick Goldstein is leaving the LA Times after reportedly taking a buyout. After twelve years, his last column ran Wednesday. I'm sorry to see him go. But I have a confession to make. I had stopped reading Goldstein every week. I wasn't avoiding him. There was a time when I read the weekly The Big Picture column religiously, looked forward to it, good, bad or ugly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2012 5:50 PM
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'Snow White and the Hunstman' Star Claflin Confirmed for 'Hunger Games' But Will He Do SWATH Sequel?

Universal was originally planning a "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel that would bring back both Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders. The idea behind the first David Koepp script turned on doing more with the unresolved romantic triangle between Snow White (Stewart), the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and William (Sam Claflin).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2012 4:29 PM
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TIFF Preview: Fox Searchlight Pushes Oscar Contender 'The Sessions,' Releases Poster

Fox Searchlight, which snapped up Ben Lewin's "The Sessions" (formerly "The Surrogate") at Sundance for $6 million, holds high Oscar hopes for film, which stars John Hawkes as journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, who is afflicted with polio but wants to have sex. (Think "My Left Foot.") Searchlight is pushing the film into the Oscar race at Toronto, as it did Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2012 2:31 PM
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Tribeca Film Institute Awards New Media Grants

The Tribeca Film Institute announces the grant recipients for its second annual TFI New Media Fund. The grants are designed for an assortment of interactive, non-fiction, transmedia projects, and range from $50K to $100K apiece, with funding effective immediately. List of recipients below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2012 12:58 PM
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