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9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival Presents the Best Indie Films This May!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

The 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival will take place this year from May 7th to May 13th in the heart of New York City. The Festival will screen over 250 films from over 30 countries, as well as hosting networking events and educational panels. For more information, please visit: www.nycindieff.com

The Festival serves as a showcase for the best of indie film from over 30 countries around the world. Official selections at the Festival have gone on to be shortlisted at the Oscars, most recently including 2018 Best Animated Short nominee In a Heartbeat, as well as get distribution at our events, including 2017 official selection Bruce, acquired by Comedy Dynamics. The Festival is placing a heavy emphasis on educating young, independent filmmakers by offering panels and presentations on topics including Film Distribution, Music Licensing, Film Finance, Women in Film, and many more.

For the second year, the Festival will be holding a Virtual Reality showcase, exhibiting the finalists in the category. The VR showcase is open to the public for free! In response to multiple sold out screenings in 2017, the Festival will also be hosting live performances by our short sketch finalists after their video screening.

The NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates true independent cinema. The non-profit organization’s mission is to support independent filmmakers and showcase the best independent films, from all around the world, to the public and the entertainment industry in New York City.

PLAN B & ANNAPURNA TO PRODUCE UNTITLED MIRANDA JULY PROJECT

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Miranda July is set to start production on her latest film in late May. The film follows the story of Old Dolio and how her world is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet.

The project will be July’s third film and first she will not star in. Her feature, ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, which July wrote, directed and starred in, won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.

Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her most recent book is The First Bad Man, a novel. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; It Chooses You was her first book of non-fiction. July’s participatory art works include the website Learning to Love You More (with artist Harrell Fletcher), Eleven Heavy Things (a sculpture garden created for the 2009 Venice Biennale), New Society (a performance), and Somebody (a messaging app).

The production will mark July’s first film with Plan B and Annapurna. Youree Henley will also produce.

July is repped by UTA, and Plan B by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

LIFE OF THE PARTY WANTS TO BRING HOLLYWOOD TO ONE LUCKY COLLEGE TOWN IN AMERICA

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Students who participate in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s LIFE OF THE PARTY Premiere Promotion can help bring the party—and the movie premiere—to their city simply by showing they have more school spirit than their peers at other colleges across the country.

The Premiere Promotion launched online at www.LifeofthePartyPremiere.com and via all WB social arenas on March 8th. Just by posting a photo on a social media account depicting their school spirit and uploading it to the site, students will be eligible to make their school’s town the site of the LIFE OF THE PARTY World Premiere. Participants will also need to follow either the official “Life of the Party” Twitter or Instagram accounts (see links below) during the entirety of the Promotion to remain apprised of Promotion developments.

In the spirit of March’s usual madness, entries will be accepted through 11:59 PM PT on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. On Friday, March 23, when the Top 25 universities vying for the Premiere will be announced on the website. Then the Promotion heats up between them, with the last school standing announced on Friday, April 6.

Starring the eternally youthful Melissa McCarthy, LIFE OF THE PARTY tells the story of longtime dedicated housewife Deanna who, when her husband suddenly dumps her, turns regret into re-set by going back to college—alongside her daughter—and plunging headlong into the campus experience!

It’s possible that no one is quite as spirited as McCarthy’s Deanna, but real students can give it the old college try by entering the promotion beginning today, and continuing to share with all their friends on social media channels, proving just who has the most school spirit in the U.S. One lucky university will then be selected to host the movie’s star-studded, red carpet world premiere in their city in advance of the film’s release in theaters on May 11.

Watch the LIFE OF THE PARTY movie trailer here: https://youtu.be/T1B1CxmAXLk

LIFE OF THE PARTY is directed by Ben Falcone and stars McCarthy, alongside Gillian Jacobs (“Don’t Think Twice,” “Love,” “Community”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids,” “Sisters”), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Matt Walsh (“Veep,” “Ghostbusters”), Molly Gordon (“Love the Coopers,” “Animal Kingdom”), with Stephen Root (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”), and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “Animal Kingdom”), Jessie Ennis (“Better Call Saul”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective,” “Emerald City”), Debby Ryan (“Jessie”) and Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”).

McCarthy and Falcone co-wrote the screenplay and produced through their production company, On the Day. Chris Henchy also produced the film, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco and David Siegel serving as executive producers. New Line Cinema Presents an On the Day Production, “Life of the Party.” Slated for release on May 11, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. It has been rated PG-13.

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “FIREWORKS” THEATRICAL RELEASE SLATED FOR SUMMER 2018

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights to FIREWORKS, from director Nobuyuki Takeuchi and general director Akiyuki Shinbo. The deal for the film was negotiated by Eric Beckman of GKIDS and Rui Machida at Toho Co., Ltd. GKIDS will release the film theatrically in Summer 2018.

SYNOPSIS
Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit Your Name with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist. Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

Fireworks tells a simple story of adolescent longing that taps deep wells of emotion. It is tale of youthful wistfulness, missed opportunities and long-ago dreams, of the urgency of young lovers, and the desire to create a separate universe, a magic place outside of time, where they can be together.

SLASHER FEATURE “DON’T LOOK” SET TO PREMIERE MARCH 26TH IN L.A.

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

“Don’t Look”, the first feature film for Latina director Luciana Faulhaber, will premiere on Monday, March 26th, at North Hollywood CineFest 2018. It will be the world and L.A. premiere for the horror slasher film with touches of dark humor recently acquired by Wild Eye Releasing, a distributor that specializes in independent genre cinema.

Director and actress Luciana Faulhaber in new slasher horror feature “Don’t Look”.
“I am thrilled by the warm welcome that ‘Don’t Look’ is receiving by the industry and horror fans alike,” said Faulhaber. “The film was indeed a labor of love and to premiere in L.A. just weeks after the film’s worldwide acquisition, is a complete honor.”

“Don’t Look” centers on five New York City Millennials who escape the big city for a rustic Thanksgiving weekend in the country. But as will happen in horror, something threatens to shatter their peaceful getaway and they are targeted for murder.

Actor and co-producer Javier E. Gomez in new slasher horror feature “Don’t Look”.

“I thank North Hollywood Cinefest for the opportunity to premiere our film for the world and the West Coast,” said Javier E. Gomez, a co-producer for “Don’t Look”. “I invite everyone to join us for the screening, plus an insightful panel discussion and celebration afterwards.”

In “Don’t Look”, newcomer Faulhaber injects current events into the traditional horror genre tropes.

“Don’t Look’s” screening at North Hollywood CineFest will take place on Monday, March 26th, 7:50pm (PT) at Laemmle NoHo 7, 5420 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA. For tickets and information, visit www.dontlookthemovie.com. The director, cast and crew will be in attendance.

The film’s international premiere is scheduled for April 6th, 2018, at Rock Horror in Rio Film Festival in Brazil.

“Don’t Look” is scheduled for VOD release in the Fall 2018. More details about the VOD release and other forms of digital and traditional showings will be announced in upcoming months. The producers are Luciana Faulhaber, Javier E. Gomez, Lindsay Eshelman, Daniel Shaw and Jessica Boucher, who is also one of the film’s writers.

JUSTICE LEAGUE – Photo Gallery and Trailer

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

To celebrate the release of “JUSTICE LEAGUE” on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download, here is the film’s trailer and a photo gallery.

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ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS AND MIRAMAX TO RELEASE “WHITNEY,“ THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DOCUMENTARY FILM ON WHITNEY HOUSTON, IN THE U.S. ON JULY 6, 2018

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Roadside Attractions and Miramax will release Whitney, Academy Award®-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s highly anticipated documentary about the life and career of legendary superstar Whitney Houston this summer in the United States on July 6th, it was announced today by Roadside Attractions presidents and co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff, along with Miramax’s CEO Bill Block.

Executive producers Altitude Film Entertainment are handling international sales and their award-winning distribution arm will release the film, produced by Lightbox and Lisa Erspamer Entertainment, in the UK and Ireland also on July 6th.

Whitney is the intimate, definitive account of the superstar’s life and career, authored by renowned Oscar®-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. The only film officially supported by the late singer’s estate, it includes previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life, as well as original studio recordings and acapellas of some of the late singer’s greatest hits. Because the filmmakers had access to vast archives of the Houston estate, the film also contains personal home movie footage that has never been seen publicly before, offering a rare glimpse of Whitney’s life behind-the-scenes as known only to her closest relatives, friends and collaborators.

Director Macdonald says, ““I approached Whitney’s life like a mystery story; why did someone with so much raw talent and beauty self-destruct so publicly and painfully? I was lucky enough to have the support of Pat Houston and the Whitney Houston estate in this quest. They entrusted me with the ‘keys to the vault’ while giving me complete freedom to follow the story wherever it went. At heart, Whitney is an intimate family story that reveals a new side to a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew.”

“To tell Whitney’s story, you have to know her story,” says Patricia Houston, the late singer’s manager, sister-in-law and the executor of Houston’s estate. “We could not be more excited that Whitney’s fans will have this authoritative and definitive documentary chronicling the full arc or her career and the scope of Whitney’s entire life. This is an amazing retrospective that celebrates Whitney with never-before-seen footage and Kevin approaches her life with no blinders on. He captures all of Whitney’s magic, and he does not ignore the hard times. This is a film that will truly thrill all who knew and loved her as a musician, actress, model and so much more.”

Academy Award®-winner Kevin Macdonald (Marley, Touching The Void, One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland), Academy Award®-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching For Sugarman), and his Lightbox co-founder Emmy® Award-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, Fantastic Lies) and multi-Emmy® Award nominated and Happy Street Entertainment co-founder Lisa Erspamer (“Running From Crazy”) tell the unvarnished and authentic story of the late icon’s life in a film that examines both the meteoric highs and devastating lows of her remarkable and unforgettable career. Patricia Houston, Nicole David, Zanne Devine, Rosanne Korenberg, Joe Patrick, and Altitude Film Entertainment’s Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, and Mike Runagall executive produced.

Often referred to simply as ‘The Voice’, Whitney Houston was a singular talent, blessed with an extraordinary vocal range and incredible technical skill. As one of music’s biggest selling artists ever, she broke more records than any other female singer in the history of pop music. With over 200 million album sales worldwide, and remaining the only artist to chart seven consecutive US No. 1’s, Whitney Houston became the voice of a generation and is the most awarded female singer in history. Coming from an esteemed lineage of singers, Whitney was destined to be plucked from her gospel-singing roots to rule the world stage. She inspired a generation of singers from Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga to Beyoncé and her unforgettable performance of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ moved the nation.

But all these achievements became overshadowed by a story of deep internal turmoil, addiction and self-destruction. With unprecedented access to friends, family and collaborators – some of whom have never told their story before, Kevin Macdonald offers the first comprehensive look at Whitney Houston’s life, work and creative process. The film reveals a woman who was both blessed and cursed with perhaps the greatest natural ability of any pop star in history.

Whitney is the third collaboration between Roadside Attractions and Miramax. The two companies have previously partnered on 2015’s Mr. Holmes and Southside With You. Along with the U.S., Miramax has also acquired rights for more than a dozen territories for Whitney, including Canada, Latin America, China, CIS, and Benelux.

THE 16th ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES LINEUP AND GALA SCREENINGS

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its galas and 2018 lineup of narrative and documentary features as well as short films for its 16th annual festival. Gala tickets and passes as well as regular screening tickets are now available at www.indianfilmfestival.org.

The festival is widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally. IFFLA will take place April 11-15, 2018 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles. This is IFFLA’s second year in this state-of-the-art, world-class cinema in the heart of Los Angeles’ vibrant and developing downtown district. Zee Cinema is returning for a fourth year as presenting sponsor.

“This year’s lineup is a testament to the rich variety of genre, style and skill that exists within the Indian filmmaking community. We’re enormously proud to present this collection of exciting, inspiring, and challenging stories that are sure to make for a thrilling festival experience,” said Mike Dougherty, IFFLA’s Director of Programming.

The festival will open with IN THE SHADOWS, starring Manoj Bajpayee in a tour de force performance as a reclusive shopkeeper who vows to rescue his young neighbor from abuse at the hands of his father. The film premiered at the Mumbai Film Festival and features an impressive Bollywood cast that also includes Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Shahana Goswami and introduces Om Singh as the young boy. The film’s award-winning Los Angeles-based director Dipesh Jain – making his feature debut – will be in attendance along with star Manoj Bajpayee.

Festival will close with the Los Angeles premiere of VILLAGE ROCKSTARS, one of the most lauded Indian films on the festival circuit in the past year. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and is directed by emerging Indian filmmaker Rima Das. The film, written, shot, edited and directed by Das, is a touching coming of age story of a ten-year-old girl in a remote Assamese village who dreams of buying a guitar and starting her own rock band.

This year the festival will feature four world premieres, three North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, and 14 Los Angeles premieres. The lineup represents an impressive 12 languages and a strong list of first and second time filmmakers, including 11 female filmmakers.

The festival will also hold a memorial tribute to the late, beloved Bollywood actress Sridevi. IFFLA will screen a 2K print of Sridevi’s 1989 hit CHANDNI, courtesy of Yash Raj Films.

Highlights from the lineup include the U.S. Premiere of IFFLA alum Hansal Mehta’s 2017 Toronto Film Festival selection OMERTA, featuring rising Indian star Rajkummar Rao as notorious real-life terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh as well as THE ASHRAM, directed by Ben Rekhi and starring Sam Keeley, Melissa Leo, and Kal Penn. Rekhi brings together this star-studded cast for a story of mystical intrigue in the Himalayas. The film’s screening will be preceded by the world premiere of short film FIFTEEN YEARS LATER, directed by and starring Manish Dayal (THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, VICEROY’S HOUSE, TV’s The Resident), and co-starring recent Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Matt McGorry (How to Get Away with Murder, Orange is the New Black), and Tracy Mulholland (CRAZY STUPID LOVE).

Other films in the lineup include the 2017 Toronto Film Festival selection THE HUNGRY, starring Bollywood royalty Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra in a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”; Devashish Makhija’s festival favorite AJJI, a revenge story centered on a woman seeking justice for her 10-year-old granddaughter after a brutal assault; Nila Madhab Panda’s eco-thriller DARK WIND; and a pair of Malayalam language features: Bash Mohammed’s delightful fish-out-of-water comedy PRAKASAN and TAKE OFF, featuring South Indian superstar Parvathy in the true story of courageous Indian nurses who travel to Iraq for work and find themselves thrust into a hostage negotiation with ISIS. Parvathy has received multiple accolades for the role, including Best Female Actor at the International Film Festival of India, the first time an Indian actor has been given this honor.

On the non-fiction side, Vaishali Sinha’s ASK THE SEXPERT, about 93-year-old sex advice columnist Dr. Mahinder Watsa, headlines a progressive group of documentaries that also includes Ann S. Kim and Priya Giri Desai’s LOVESICK, about Dr. Suniti Solomon’s matchmaking service for her HIV-positive patients, and UP DOWN AND SIDEWAYS, a stunning ethnographic portrait of an indigenous community and their remarkable musical traditions.

Several of the lineup’s talented filmmakers and actors will attend the festival, including Hansal Mehta (OMERTA), Bornila Chatterjee (THE HUNGRY), Vaishali Sinha (ASK THE SEXPERT), Nila Madhab Panda (DARK WIND), AJJI lead actress Sushama Deshpande, and many more.

Competing in the shorts program are 13 films including Sundance highlight COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO, directed by Reema Sengupta, the first Indian short to be featured in Park City in 15 years, and the world premiere of AN ESSAY OF THE RAIN, directed by IFFLA Grand Jury Prize winner Nagraj Manjule (FANDRY).

Christopher Robin – Trailer

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film Christopher Robin. The film is directed by Marc Forster. Starring Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, Chris O’Dowd.

EQUAL PLAYING FIELD Starts Production

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

This month, 30 women who broke the Guinness World Record for the highest altitude soccer game ever played, continue their quest for gender equality in sports by heading to Jordan to play the lowest altitude soccer game ever. The challenges they will face are symbolic of the many obstacles they have had to overcome trying to play the game they love. It is well-documented that women have fewer opportunities to play sports, get paid less compared to their male counterparts when they do, and do not receive the same coverage or respect in the media for their efforts. Although the inequities in sports are just as vast as those faced by women in other industries, such as business or entertainment, they fail to incite the same level of outrage.

To raise awareness and help the development of women’s football on a grass-roots level, the teams will launch a 12-day tour of Jordan to play exhibition games and set up football clinics for local communities, reaching over 400 girls in the region. They will be delivering a message of inclusivity and equality, with the official endorsement of His Royal Highness Prince Ali Bin Hussein and the support of the Jordanian Embassy.

ESPN has partnered with Equal Playing Field for coverage on ESPN’s SportsCenter and a live stream with the players immediately following the Dead Sea game, which will take place on April 5th, 2018.

“We were thrilled to learn about these remarkable women and the records they are going to great lengths to achieve,” said Michael Epstein, Coordinating Producer of ESPN’s SportsCenter. “We thought it would be something our fans would be interested in and we’re excited to have them join us live on SportsCenter after the game!”

In an effort to document this moment in history, when gender inequality is at the forefront, director Tamara Rosenfeld and producer Amirose Eisenbach have teamed up to highlight these women’s two incredible journeys in the form of a full length documentary feature.

“Radiant J. is committed to elevating women and creating content that fosters positive, social impact,“ said Amirose Eisenbach, founder of Radiant J. Productions. “We’re living in an incredible time in history right now and this film has the power to continue to raise consciousness around gender equality, diversity and representation.”

“We wanted to address the many challenges we face as women ,” said Tamara Rosenfeld, founder of Rosenfeld Films. “These soccer players are pioneers, showing that women from around the globe can come together to accomplish what is seemingly impossible.”

The mission statement for the Equal Playing Field initiative is, “Opportunity, equality and respect. Nothing more, nothing less.” The filmmakers hope to make strides towards this goal for future generations of women everywhere.

“After setting a world record, we’re using our platform to enable other women to share their stories,” said Laura Youngson, Equal Playing Field co-founder. “Our Jordan Quest is an opportunity to celebrate women’s football by bringing together women from over 23 nationalities to play and coach in communities around Jordan. We want to encourage more girls to challenge expectations and have no limits when it comes to sport. Our message is clear: invest in women and girls in sport and see them thrive.”

These brave female athletes stem from more than twenty countries, and include South Korean National team player Hwang In-sun, former Saudi Arabia National team player Saja Kamal, Nepali soccer star Dipa Adhikari , Afghan National team player Hajra Khan, Egyptian soccer star Esraa Awad, as well as pro players and competitive amateurs from the USA, Spain, India, Syria, France, Jordan, Palestine, Tanzania, Australia, Canada, the UK and many more.

The stories of these women will be captured by London-based cinematographer Thomas Shawcroft on camera equipment provided by ARRI. “ARRI Rental strives to provide unique film projects with access to state-of-the-art ARRI equipment,” said Harriet Cannon, Rental Manager at ARRI Rental UK. “Equal Playing Field appealed to us because we support the pursuit of gender equality and diversity. The ARRI Amira will allow these filmmakers to capture these courageous female soccer players in a truly cinematic style.”

This project is being made with the support of Women Rising Productions, who is the film’s nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Women Rising Productions champions the storytelling of inspiring female voices around the world. This fund powers the rising of history in the making: lighting the way for women and girls one new heroine at a time.