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Van Sant's 'Promised Land' Begins Production with Damon, Krasinski, DeWitt, MacDormand, Holbrook & McNairy

Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, begins production this week in Pennsylvania. Participant is co-producing with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights; the film will be shopped at Cannes and is slated for release next winter.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 24, 2012 6:10 PM
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Wolfe Takes US Rights to SXSW's 'Gayby'

"Gayby" has gone to Wolfe Releasing for US distribution. The comedy, written and directed by Jonathan Lisecki, premiered at SXSW and won audience and jury prizes at Ashland Independent Film Festival. The story, based on Lisecki's 2010 short film of the same name (that screened at over a hundred festivals), is about a gay man and a straight woman who decide to have a baby together. Wolfe's Maria Lynn says, “'Gayby' is the funniest movie I’ve seen in years." Wolfe will release the film theatrically later this year in collaboration with The Film Collaborative; a DVD/VOD release will follow in 2013. A full synopsis is below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 24, 2012 3:38 PM
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'Room 237' Goes to IFC Midnight; Doc Investigates Theories on Kubrick's 'The Shining'

IFC Midnight has picked up Rodney Ascher's documentary, "Room 237," for North American distribution. The film, which premiered at Sundance, is about theories and controversies surrounding Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining," based on Stephen King's novel.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 2:49 PM
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Cannes Critics' Week Celebrates First-Timers, Shuts Out Americans and Women from Competition

The Cannes Critics' Week will be packed will first-time filmmakers, save one...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 2:36 PM
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Focus Forward Partners with Tribeca, LA Film Fest and Other Fests; Opens Filmmaker Challenge Submissions

Focus Forward is a global documentary initiative that looks at the human power of ideas and innovation through three-minute films that can educate and inspire. GE and CINELAN's Focus Forward is now accepting submissions for their $200,000 Filmmaker Challenge, in celebration of nine Focus Forward documentary shorts playing at Tribeca on April 25.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 12:27 PM
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Robert Redford Presents on the Sundance Channel; Curated Indie Series to Begin with 'The Crucible'

The Sundance Channel will feature a series of indie films curated and introduced by creative director Robert Redford.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 11:49 AM
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Poster Watch: Timur Bekmambetov's 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

True confession. While I have not read Seth Grahame-Smith's book "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the name Timur Bekmambetov has me interested in this movie. The Russian/Kazakh director of "Night Watch" and "Wanted" is a virtuosic visualist who runs his own VFX company, Peter Jackson-style. He produced Shane Acker's animated film "9"with Tim Burton, who is producing this one as well, which Fox will release June 22. It will be style over content on this one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 6:16 PM
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SFIFF Bestows Graham Leggat Award to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Director Zeitlin; Film to Play Cannes in Un Certain Regard

It's a great day to be Behn Zeitlin. Not only did his Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning "Beasts of the Southern Wild" land in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, but the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival (April 19 - May 3) is bestowing upon him their inaugural Graham Leggat Award at their Film Society awards night on April 26.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2012 6:05 PM
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Focus World & Tugg Team for 'Extraterrestrial' Theatrical and VOD Release

Focus Features' VOD label Focus World is partnering with Tugg to release Nacho Vigalondo's "Extraterrestrial" in theaters and through VOD beginning June 15. "Extraterrestrial" is set to play theaters in Brooklyn, Seattle, North Hollywood, and Texas' Alamo Drafthouse cinemas, and will expand to wherever audiences demand it through Tugg.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 7:10 PM
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Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Characters Reveal Themselves in Multi-Site Scavenger Hunt

One recent marketing trend involves luring potential moviegoers into engaging with your product via interactive engagement. Call it marketing via scavenger hunt.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 7:05 PM
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