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Film Independent Names 30 Filmmakers for 2012 Project Involve; Speakers Include Pariah's Rees & Cooper

Film Independent has selected 30 filmmakers for Project Involve, their program designed to foster the careers of emerging filmmakers from communities underrepresented within the film industry. The program's guest speakers include producer director Dee Rees and producer Nekisa Cooper (Pariah), Stephanie Allain (Hurricane Season, Hustle & Flow), and others yet to be announced. Cooper is an alumni of Project Involve, as is Circumstance producer Melissa Lee. LA Film Fest's artistic director David Ansenand Zhiv Productions' Joyce San Pedro will serve as mentors. New this year is Sony Pictures' Diversity Fellowship, which is granted to one participating filmmaker and offers year-round support (complete with a cash production grant and professional development). Film Independent's Josh Welsh says the filmmakers coming out of Project Involve "continue to inspire us, and we remain committed to giving them the opportunity to further their careers." More on the program and this year's participants below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 2:42 PM
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Fox Searchlight Debuts New Shame Website

Check out the new Fox Searchlight website for Steve McQueen's Shame. The film's score, also featured on the site, is enough to make your heart ache. Not a gentle film, but certainly worth the ride.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 1:36 PM
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Snow White and the Huntsman Gets New Imagery, Loses Its Edge

It was bound to happen. Two Snow White projects have been defining themselves as special and unique--until commercial reality hits. Relativity's project finallly has a title - Mirror Mirror - and places stars Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer in a comedy/adventure kid-friendly version of the classic tale (here are pictures). Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman has been declaring itself a more badass rendition, with an edgy Kristen Stewart wearing armor, battling against Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth there to flex his muscles. With this new imagery, it looks like the facade is beginning to fall leaving Huntsman looking like it's only a teen-friendly step above Mirror.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 11:55 AM
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AFM: Cary Elwes' Directorial Debut Goes to K5 Int'l, Stars Bana & Huston as Elvis & Nixon

Benaroya Pictures, who financed and produced Margin Call, have sold Elvis & Nixon to K5 International for international distribution. Cary Elwes is directing the comedy, starring Eric Bana (Elvis Presley) and Danny Huston (Richard Nixon), from a script he wrote with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal. Michael Benaroya and Holly Wiersma are producing, and Bana's Pick Up Truck banner is serving as exec producer. The film is set to shoot in Shreveport and Los Angeles. Synopsis is below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 8, 2011 4:39 PM
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The Academy and MoMA Celebrate Graphic Designer Saul Bass

Saul Bass, one of the great designers of film posters and opening title sequences for the likes of Hitchcock, Preminger and Scorsese, is getting his day in the sun. The Motion Picture Academy and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are both presenting "Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design" on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at MoMA in New York City.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2011 2:12 PM
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AFM News: Is It Time for Neuromancer to Finally Get Made?

  • By Liza Foreman
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  • November 8, 2011 1:13 PM
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AFM News EXCLUSIVE: Keira Knightley To Star In Effie Gray Biopic Untouched

Keira Knightley is in talks to play the role of artists’ muse Effie Gray in period drama Untouched for Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington (House of Sand), reports Liza Foreman.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • November 7, 2011 10:38 AM
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The Latest Insta-Nostalgia Maker: LomoKino

Lomography has launched a camera that might give the Polaroid or Holga a run for their money as a hip, anti-digital, instantly retro accessory. Called the “Super 35 Movie Maker,” the LomoKino camera uses any 35 mm film to capture contemporary scenes in lo-fi light with minimal hand-cranked effort.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 7, 2011 9:27 AM
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Goldwyn Acquires Global Warming Doc The Island President

The Toronto Film Fest doc audience award-winner The Island President has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for stateside release in February 2012. The film will be screened at DOC NYC on Tuesday November 8, followed by a Q and A with director Jon Shenk by Michael Moore. Goldwyn has acquired all ancillary U.S. rights including theatrical and home video. The movie follows President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he struggles to save his Indian Ocean island archipelago from climate change that threatens to literally drown his country.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2011 7:26 AM
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AFM News EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Chastain To Star In Princess Di Biopic

Many of the deals announced at the American Film Market will never get made. One hot ticket item that could go forward is current it-girl Jessica Chastain starring as Princess Diana in Caught in Flight, reports Liza Foreman.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • November 6, 2011 7:53 PM
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