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CLINT EASTWOOD’S “THE MULE” BEGINS PRODUCTION THE DIRECTOR ALSO STARS, ALONGSIDE BRADLEY COOPER, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, MICHAEL PEÑA, DIANNE WIEST, ALISON EASTWOOD, TAISSA FARMIGA AND IGNACIO SERRICCHIO

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Cameras rolled today on esteemed filmmaker Clint Eastwood’s next feature film, a drama entitled “The Mule,” from Warner Bros. Pictures and Imperative Entertainment. In addition to directing, the veteran actor will step in front of the lens again, alongside fellow stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña and Dianne Wiest, as well as Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga and Ignacio Serricchio.

Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.

“The Mule” marks Oscar-winner Eastwood’s first time on both sides of the camera since he starred in 2009’s critically acclaimed “Gran Torino.”

Cooper, who stars as Bates, received his most recent Oscar nominations for his work with Eastwood, acting in and producing “American Sniper.” Oscar nominee Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It,” TV’s “Black-ish”) plays a DEA special agent in charge; Peña (upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Netflix’s “Narcos”) plays a fellow agent; Oscar winner Wiest (“Bullets Over Broadway,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” TV’s “Life in Pieces”) plays Earl’s ex-wife; Alison Eastwood (“Rails & Ties”) plays Earl’s daughter; Farmiga (upcoming “The Nun”) plays the role of Earl’s granddaughter; and Serricchio (Netflix’s “Lost in Space,” “The Wedding Ringer”) plays Earl’s cartel handler.

Clint Eastwood (“Sully,” “American Sniper”) directs from a screenplay by Nick Schenk (“Gran Torino”). Eastwood also produces the film under his Malpaso banner, along with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier, and Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. The film’s executive producers are Dave Bernad, Ruben Fleischer and Todd Hoffman. Imperative’s Jillian Apfelbaum will co-produce.

The film will be shooting primarily in Georgia and New Mexico. “The Mule” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in Association with Imperative Entertainment. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

On DVD and Blu-ray June 5, 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

EVERY DAY


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Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, “Every Day” tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.

Release Date: June 5, 2018

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A WRINKLE IN TIME


A WRINKLE IN TIME Blu-ray

More than 50 years after Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel “A Wrinkle in Time” was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal, the big-screen retelling of this timeless classic takes audiences on a transformative journey, exquisitely illustrated through jaw-dropping visual effects, a stirring musical score and diverse, star-studded cast. Three celestial guides, Mrs. Which (two-time Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling), come to Earth to share their wisdom and love with struggling eighth-grader Meg Murry (Storm Reid) as she journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) in search of her father (Chris Pine), a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years ago.

Release Date: June 5, 2018

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SOUTH PARK SEASON 21


SOUTH PARK SEASON 21 Blu-ray

Come on down to South Park with all-new, uncensored episodes from the show’s incredible 21st season! Join Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle as they take on the opioid epidemic, experiment with water bears, dig into the underbelly of social media, and go to war with Canada.
Release Date: June 5, 2018

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PREMIERE FILMS COMING TO THE NINTH ANNUAL SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 14TH – 21st

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

With the Ninth Annual SOHO International Film Festival kicking off in just TWO WEEKS on Thursday, June 14th through Thursday, June 21st screening some of the biggest independent films worldwide along with premieres, cast and crew red carpet appearances, Q&A sessions, and capping off with an awards ceremony – you won’t want to miss #SOHO9 at Village East Cinemas (189 2nd Avenue on 12th Street)!

Sibyl Santiago, Executive Director and Head of Programming says of the festival “This year has been quite exciting as we have received record submissions and premieres coming from all over the world! I’m continually inspired by the amount of incredible films premiering and look forward to another amazing year!”

SIFFNYC spotlights world renowned features, documentaries, and short films with the opening night film block ALREADY SOLD OUT (Not to worry, there will be a Closing Night Reprise!). Opening films include “Block Island” (U.S. Premiere) from Director Tony Glazer staring Jeff Kober (“The Walking Dead”) and Matty Cardarople (“Stranger Things”), a Dramatic thriller about a group of college kids who miss the ferry to their graduation party on Block Island, then fall prey to a local fishing boat captain and his sadistic first mate; “Washed Out” (World Premiere) from Writer/Director Alice Boucherie, a Short about a lonely little boy whose routine is a living hell – His authoritarian father often locks him in the basement for no reason, and he starts to develop friendship with the washing machine, believing it is magical, and “Sundays” (U.S. Premiere) – a short written and directed by Sean & Ryan McIlraith that follows Seamus and his younger brother Joe, who don’t enjoy going to Sunday mass at their local church, especially since the recent passing of their father, starringf Xander Crowell (“American Genius”) and Owen Halligan (“Joseph Smith: American Prophet”).

Other films include the NY Premiere of “SNAPSHOTS” from director Melanie Mayron, an LGBTQ Drama about a grandmother’s secret past colliding with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter’s angry present, starring Piper Laurie (“Carrie”) and Brooke Adams (“Monk”); “The Visit” from Writer/Director Romina Schwedler staring Academy Award Nominee June Squibb (“Nebraska”) about a man devastated by the loss of his wife and son who responds to his mother’s sudden request for a visit, but when she announces the alleged arrival of his departed family, what he strives to sustain as a gentle encounter soon spirals into torment; “Artemis & The Astronaut” from Writer/Director Alice L. Lee staring Lynn Cohen (“The Hunger Games”) about Artemis and Henri, who’ve spent a lifetime together and loved one another deeply and imperfectly, but when he dies so much is left unsaid; Documentary “Poisoning Paradise” from award-winning broadcast journalist turned documentary filmmaker Keely Brosnan (“Entertainment Tonight”) & Executive Produced by Pierce Brosnan (“James Bond”) follows the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides sprayed upwind of their homes, schools, hospitals, and shorelines; “Without Grace” from Director Deborah Kampmeier starring Ann Dowd (“A Handmaid’s Tale”) & John Doman (“Gotham”) is based on a true story about Grace, a woman with multiple psychiatric diagnoses, who returns home to live with her aging parents; “Diminuendo” from Director Adrian Stewart starring Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”) about filmmaker Haskell Edwards, who becomes obsessed with the lifelike robot created to mimic his actress girlfriend who committed suicide while directing her biopic; “Sam Did It” Written/Directed by and Starring Dominic Burgess as Sam, who loves his job working in a morgue almost as much as he loves his celebrity idol – Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man”), and when Molina arrives on Sam’s cold hard slab (a potential victim of some nefarious seals), Sam’s world is thrown into chaos and despair; Clark Middleton (“Sin City”) stars in two films – “Laying Low” from Writer/Director Hank H. Kim, and “Mortal Wounds” from Director Frank Dale Arroyo, and the Northeast Premiere of “Limerence” from Writer/Director Tammy Minoff and starring Matthew Del Negro (“The Sopranos”) that follows Rosemary, an aspiring painter and free spirit as she moves to Venice and hooks up a local gallery director, and their intense chemistry quickly and unexpectedly evolves into a serious relationship.

The foreign films category also includes actors Tomasz Kot (“Teatr Telewizji”) and Lech Mackiewicz (“Na Dobre i Na Złe”) in “BIKINI BLUE”, a World Feature and Northeast Premiere from Poland from Writer/Director Jarek Marszewski; “Just A Fling”, a World Feature and U.S. Premiere from France starring Fanny Valette (“Spiral”) and Amaury de Crayencour (“Le Bureau des Légends”) from Writer/Director Gorune Aprikian; “Never Saw It Coming” a World Feature and U.S. Premiere from Canada from Director Gail Harvey starring Katie Boland (“Reign”), Emily Hampshire (“Mother!”), and Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight”), and “Cabeza Madre (Mothers Head)”, a World Feature and Northeast Premiere from France & Cuba Directed by Edouard Salier and starring Clifton Collins Jr. (“Westworld”).

Past attendees to to the festival include actors/actresses/writers/directors such as Octavia Spencer, Armand Assante, William Sadler, Dominic Purcell, Danny Aiello, Richard Kind, Frank Vincent, Luis Guzman, Carrie Preston, Beth Grant, Sean Young, Kevin “Dot Com” Brown, Alysia Reiner, James McCaffrey, Joe D’Onofrio, Kevin Jonas, Margaret Colin, Mark Feuerstein, Charlie Bewley, Luke Guldan, Melissa Archer, Constancce Schulman, Yara Martinez, Adam Brody, Josh Lawson, Matthew Daddario, Franky G, Coach Tom Coughlin, Lans Kinsey, Grant Shaud, Spencer Graham, Jessica Hecht, Zach Grenier, Patrick Fischler, Sam Underwood, Neal Bledsoe, David Zayas, Michael Imperiolli, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, and Vinny Pastore, just to name a few.

By enticing filmmakers, journalists and cineastes from The US and across the globe, SOHO Film Fest draws audiences to New York City–known for its artistic community and cultural sophistication–helping boost the profile, the sense of pride, and the economy of the local community and the city itself. Panels, social events, and other networking opportunities for everyone involved will feature leading figures from all disciplines of the film industry including distributors and media, who will also be in attendance.

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY HAS BEGUN ON TAIKA WAITITI’S “JOJO RABBIT” FOR FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography on JOJO RABBIT has begun in and around Prague, Czech Republic. The film is written and directed by Taika Waititi (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, THOR: RAGNAROK) and stars Golden Globe® nominated Scarlett Johansson (AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, LOST IN TRANSLATION), Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS), Rebel Wilson (PITCH PERFECT, BRIDESMAIDS), Thomasin McKenzie (THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, LEAVE NO TRACE), and introducing Roman Griffin as Jojo. The film’s producers are Waititi, Carthew Neal (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE) and Chelsea Winstanley (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS) with Kevan Van Thompson (THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE) serving as executive producer.

“I’m stoked to begin shooting my anti-war satire. We’ve assembled an incredible cast and I couldn’t be more excited to finally ridicule Nazis and their beliefs. This film is going to piss off a lot of racists and that makes me very happy,” said Waititi.

“Taika is a master at bringing honesty and humanity to the surface in any story, all while allowing us to laugh. We could not be more thrilled to join him in the remarkable journey of Jojo Rabbit,” said Presidents of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum.

In JOJO RABBIT, writer director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to a World War II satire. The story follows an awkward young German boy (Roman Griffin) raised by a single mother (Scarlett Johansson), and whose only ally is his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi). His naïve patriotism is tested when he meets a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) who upends his world views, forcing him to face his biggest fears.

Joining Waititi on the film is director of photography Mihai Malaimare Jr. (THE MASTER), production designer Ra Vincent (THOR: RAGNAROK), editor Tom Eagles (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), costume designer Mayes Rubeo (THOR: RAGNAROK) and make-up and hair designer Dannelle Satherley (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE).

The film will be overseen by Presidents of Production David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, SVP of Production DanTram Nguyen and VP of Production Taylor Friedman.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE Epic Feature Film To be Produced by Gary Kurtz, Directed by Greg Hall, From a Script by Francis Hamit

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

A new, epic feature film about Christopher Marlowe, perhaps best remembered as William Shakespeare’s friend and rival, is in the works from British crime film director Greg Hall and producer Gary Kurtz, who is best known for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Marlowe, while a student at Cambridge University, becomes a spy for the crown and the greatest playwright of his day, but the much darker truth involves real-life intrigue, politics, religion and espionage. Today (May 30) is the 425th anniversary of the tragic early death of Marlowe on this date in 1593, at the age of 29, which has long been assumed to have been because of a fight between friends over a bar bill. In reality, due to his involvement in secret affairs, he was assassinated as a matter of state policy.

The script, by Francis Hamit, details the Elizabethan-era poet and playwright’s other career as a spy for the Crown as part of the early English Secret Service that fought a bitter war with Catholics who wanted Elizabeth I assassinated and Mary, Queen of Scots, placed on the throne instead. Even after Mary was executed, the threat persisted and there was not a day for the rest of her life that Elizabeth did not fear death at Catholic hands. The result was one of the most oppressive tyrannies in history, as Elizabeth’s government sought to control every aspect of English life and culture through law and regulation and enforced the government’s policies through an extensive system of spies and censorship. Marlowe’s own rebellion included preaching atheism and openly bragging about his own homosexuality at a time when other men were burned at the stake for it.

The most famous playwright of his day, he was too well-known and popular to be tried and executed publicly; Queen Elizabeth ordered him secretly assassinated by his fellow secret service agents. Only recently have academic researchers uncovered the truth.

“Marlowe is a tragic figure, undone by his own fatal flaws,” Francis Hamit said. “Despite the passage of time, it is a story which will resonate with today’s audiences.”

Greg Hall added, “The storyline is quite dynamic. It’s more about the secret underworld of spies and criminals that Kit Marlowe embraced at the same time he was social climbing with very prominent men such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Walsingham, the Secretary of State, and the most powerful man in England. It is going to be a very exciting production and we are casting it now.”

Plans are to make the film mostly in Wales this fall. North American distribution has been assigned to Lightyear Entertainment in Los Angeles. Among Lightyear’s theatrical releases was Tanna, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017.

Arnie Holland, Lightyear’s CEO, is an Executive Producer of the film. Other Executive Producers include Michael John Donahue and Craig Miller, CEO of Wolfmill Entertainment.

Director Greg Hall came to early notice with his breakthrough debut drama The Plague, made on a shoestring budget but eliciting the support of industry stalwarts such as Mike Leigh who awarded Hall the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation scholarship. He has gone on to make a name for himself as an independent filmmaker on the rise with six feature films under his belt and a growing domestic and international audience. Hall specializes in strong dramatic performances, visual flare and often a focus in the crime genre.

Producer Gary Kurtz is an American film producer whose list of credits includes American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal and Return to Oz.

Writer Francis Hamit is a graduate of the world-famous Iowa Writers Workshop, has published two historical spy novels set at the time of the American Civil War and is working on a memoir about military intelligence during the Vietnam War. After Christopher Marlowe, his next project will be a film or limited-run television series about Belle Boyd, the protagonist in Hamit’s 2008 novel The Shenandoah Spy.

JESSICA WILLIAMS, JASON SUDEIKIS, LISA KUDROW AND WILL FORTE ROUND OUT CAST OF UP AND COMING TALENT

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Annapurna Pictures announced today that principal photography on BOOKSMART has begun in Los Angeles. The film is directed by Olivia Wilde and stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Mike O’Brien have also joined the ensemble cast comprised of rising new talent, including Molly Gordon, Billie Lourd, Skyler Gisondo, Noah Galvin, Diana Silvers, Mason Gooding, Victoria Ruesga, Austin Crute, Eduardo Franco and Nico Hiraga.

Megan Ellison, David Distenfeld and Chelsea Barnard are producing for Annapurna, and Jessica Elbaum, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are executive producing for Gloria Sanchez.

The story follows Dever and Feldstein’s characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

The original script is by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, with current revisions by Katie Silberman.

SCREENVISION MEDIA, UNIVERSAL PICTURES, AND TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THEATRE EVENT FOR 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF SCARFACE

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Universal Pictures, Screenvision Media, a national leader in cinema advertising, and Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced today the return of Scarface to movie theatres nationwide, in celebration of its 35th anniversary. Additionally, film fans outside of New York will have the chance to participate in a Tribeca Film Festival retrospective event on the big screen for the first time ever. As part of the 35th anniversary celebrations, moviegoers are invited to watch the cult classic film followed by the Tribeca Film Festival post screening conversation, during which Scarface director Brian De Palma, along with actors Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer reunited to discuss the film and its lasting impact. Screenings will take place at select theatres in top cites nationwide such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Dallas on June 10, 11, and 13.

“Scarface is a timeless film that has influenced pop culture in so many ways over the last 35 years. We’re thrilled to partner with Universal Pictures and Tribeca Film Festival to bring it back to the big screen in celebration of its anniversary,” said Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president of operations and exhibitor relations, Screenvision Media. “The Tribeca Film Festival talk was an important commemoration of the film. We’re excited to extend it to the big screen and provide fans a behind-the-scenes insight into what production was like in the 1980s.”

Brian De Palma’s modernization of Howard Hawks’ 1932 classic Scarface is a somber consideration for the humanizing motives of evil men. The film received three Golden Globe nominations and remains one of the most referenced films in pop culture. Al Pacino helped garner a huge cult following for the film after delivering one of his riskiest performance in this career-defining role.

“Tribeca has a rich history of producing legendary reunion events. We are thrilled to be able to replicate the Festival experience with audiences across the country. Our gratitude to Screenvision and Universal,” said Paula Weinstein, EVP, Tribeca Enterprises. “Scarface has had a strong influence on popular culture and reuniting the cast for the 35th anniversary was an evening not to forget.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.scarface35.com.

PRODUCTION SET TO START ON NEW LINE CINEMA’S “THE KITCHEN”

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Principal photography began May 11, on New Line Cinema’s gritty drama “The Kitchen,” written and directed by Andrea Berloff, who was nominated for an Oscar for the original screenplay for “Straight Outta Compton.” Based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, the film stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”) and Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…literally. “The Kitchen” also stars Domhnall Gleeson (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), James Badge Dale (“Only the Brave”), Brian d’Arcy James (“Spotlight”), Margo Martindale (TV’s “The Americans”), Oscar winner Common (“Selma,” “Marshall”), Bill Camp (TV’s “The Night Of”), Jeremy Bobb (“Marshall”), Alicia Coppola (TV’s “Shameless”), John Sharian (“True Story”) and Myk Watford (“Earth to Echo”). Berloff directs from her own screenplay, based on the comic book series created by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle for Vertigo from DC Entertainment. Multiple Oscar nominee Michael De Luca (“Captain Phillips,” “Moneyball” and “The Social Network”) and Marcus Viscidi (“Rampage”) are producing. Berloff’s creative team includes director of photography Maryse Alberti (“Creed”), production designer Shane Valentino (“Straight Outta Compton”), Oscar-nominated editor Christopher Tellefsen (“Moneyball,” “A Quiet Place”) and costume designer Sarah Edwards (upcoming “Ocean’s 8,” Showtime’s “Billions”). Principal photography will take place primarily in and around the film’s setting, New York City’s famed Hell’s Kitchen. A New Line Cinema production, “The Kitchen” is currently set for release on September 20, 2019. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Passion River Films Sets Release Date for THE WORKERS CUP

Monday, May 14th, 2018



Passion River Films has acquiredThe Workers Cup, and set the release date for the feature documentary, which premiered opening night at Sundance.The Workers Cup is set inside the labor camps of Qatar, where the 2022 World Cup facilities are being built on the backs of 1.6 million migrant workers. The film debuts June 8 in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Monica Film Center, and in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image.

In 2022 Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, far away from the bright lights, star athletes and adoring fans, migrant laborers from Africa and Asia toil exceedingly long hours for scant salaries, and live isolated in work camps which are by law kept outside city limits. By day they sweat to build the World Cup, but at night they compete in the “workers welfare” football tournament, playing in the same stadiums that will one day host the world’s greatest players.

The film follows one team of men from Nepal, India, Ghana, and Kenya whose only common ground is their love for football. Each match offers them a momentary escape from the homesickness and isolation they endure as the lowest class in the world’s richest country. Ultimately, the complicated relationship with sport is revealed, as we see its power to unite and divide society by turns.

Over the course of the tournament the men alternate between two startling extremes: they play heroes on the football pitch – but are the lowest members of society off the field.The Workers Cupexplores universal themes of ambition, aspiration and masculinity, as we see the men wrangle hope, meaning, and opportunity out of dismal circumstances.

“The Workers Cup epitomizes the best and worst of the World Cup,” says director Adam Sobel, “It features all the sweat, blood, tears and cheers of the game and shows how soccer can be used to unite and divide people. So there’s no better time to release the film than during the 2018 World Cup. While celebrating the matches in Russia, I hope people take a moment to reflect on the workers toiling behind the scenes in Qatar whose lives are being sacrificed for the sake of the next World Cup.”

The Workers Cup is Sobel’s feature film debut. Sobel has produced television and journalism around the Middle East for outlets including The Guardian, CNN and ITN, including directing a series on Mt. Everest, following the first woman from Saudi Arabia to reach the top. The film was produced by Ramzy Haddad and Rosie Garthwaite, with Dennis Paul and Paul R. Miller serving as executive producers.

Film Mode Entertainment Reveals Sneak Peek of PROJECT ITHACA in Cannes

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Film Mode Entertainment’s Clay Epstein announces the Cannes World Promo Premiere of PROJECT ITHACA (formerlyGRIM TRIGGER).

In PROJECT ITHACA, a mind-blowing sci-fi adventure filled with amazing special effects, a group of strangers awaken aboard an alien spacecraft. Divided they will die, but together, they hope to find a way home.

The film boasts an international ensemble cast starring JAMES GALLANDERS (SAW II, BRIDE OF CHUCKY, MURDER AT 1600), DERAGH CAMPBELL(FAIL TO APPEAR, NEVER EAT ALONE, THE OTHER HALF), DANIEL FATHERS (Dark Matter, Snatch)and ALEX WOODS (BURNING MUSSOLINI, The Expanse, Covert Affairs). The new and exhilarating feature film is currently in post-production

“Audiences will be blown away by PROJECT ITHACA,” says Clay Epstein, President of Film Mode Entertainment. “The special effects and visual sequences are so impressive; our clients, and audiences around the world are in for something special.”

PROJECT ITHACA is directed by award-winning Canadian Director Nicholas Humphries. The sci-fi feature is written by Anthony Artibello and Kevin C. Bjerkness.

Producer James Milligan and President and CEO of Wild Media Entertainment asserts, “Wild Media’s objective was to create a theatrical quality, cinematic feature film with emerging talent. I believe we delivered. Not only in front of the camera, but also in post. The team we assembled in Canada was top notch and it shows in the VFX, color and score. Film Mode is the final piece in bringing PROJECT ITHACA to market, and we’re thrilled to be partnered with them. They’re a great fit for this film.”

Film Mode will be sharing first look footage during Cannes.

Film Mode Entertainment is representing the world excluding Canada for the film.