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Ex-Focus Features Exec Launches Bleecker Street Distribution Company

In advance of the Toronto International Film Festival, Andrew Karpen, former Co-CEO of Focus Features, is launching new distribution company Bleecker Street to be based in New York City. Bleecker CEO Karpen will scout new films at this year’s TIFF; he plans release 3-5 pictures in 2015 and more as time goes on. Karpen looks to fill the specialty market void left when Peter Schlessel took over Universal indie label Focus Features with a more genre-focus in mind.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 3:39 PM
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The Met Opera Struggles to Adapt and Survive Amid Controversy ('60 Minutes' VIDEO)

A major labor lock-out looming, a famous composer's opera facing scrutiny from those fearing it will incite anti-Semitism abroad: these days, the majority of the drama at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City seems to be happening not onstage, but offstage.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 30, 2014 2:51 PM
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NYFF: Stiller's Fantasy Crowdpleaser 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Divides Critics (VIDEO)

A review and roundup of Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which recently premiered at NYFF, and a video of the press conference,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2013 1:33 PM
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NewFest Celebrates 25 Years of LGBT Film in New York City (CLIPS)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of NewFest, New York's LGBT film festival, and the second year the fest has partnered with L.A.'s Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Below, you can check out a trailer of clips from films featured at NewFest 2013, available for the first time on the web here at TOH!
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 10, 2013 11:47 AM
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City of New York Invests in Brooklyn College Graduate School of Cinema, Opening Fall 2014

Brooklyn College and the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment announces that the City of New York is investing in the Brooklyn College Graduate School of Cinema, due to welcome its first students Fall 2014. It will make the announcement formally at this evening's Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 20, 2012 12:55 PM
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Inaugural First Time Fest Seeking Submissions, Announces John Huston Lifetime Achievement Prize

A new film festival is seeking submissions for its inaugural event. First Time Fest will celebrate first time filmmakers and offer a Grand Prize of theatrical distribution. The festival will take place at New York City's Gramercy Park Players Club and the Loews Village VII theater from March 1-4, 2013. The festival states;
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 4:43 PM
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First Look: DocuWeek's Untold 9/11 Story of Cantor Fitzgerald, 'Out of the Clear Blue Sky'

From August 10-16, Danielle Gardner's 9/11 documentary “Out of the Clear Blue Sky,” a behind-the-scenes, intimate story of the devastation of 9/11, will screen at DocuWeeks 2012. The film delves into the untold story of Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial firm that occupied the top five floors of the World Trade Center.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 7:00 AM
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New Media: Film Society of Lincoln Center, StoryCode and Kill Screen Mag Present Story Hackathon

Jumping into multi-platform media programming, on April 28th, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and partners StoryCode and Kill Screen Magazine will host the first "Story Hackathon." This 24-hour event will challenge participants to design a cohesive narrative that spans three or more technology platforms to execute a single story.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 1:05 PM
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