October 2010 - Posts

Box Office: "Hornet's Nest" Caps Off Successful Millennium Trilogy In Style

The final film in the trilogy adapted form Stieg Larsson's Millennium series led the specialty market this Halloween weekend. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, "The Girl That Kicked The Hornet's Nest" debuted on 153 screens to find some very strong numbers for U.S. distributor Music Box Films and Canadian distributor Alliance. Directed by Daniel Alfredson and starring Noomi Rapace as heroine Lisbeth Salander, "Hornet's Nest" grossed $915,044 ...
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Toolkit | Finance, Marketing, Tax Incentives and All Around Useful Advice at Filmmaker Forum

Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum launched today with a bevvy of advice, insight and case studies to be had and digested by attendees at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. Discussions on tax incentives, the marketplace, budgeting, pitching for both narrative and non-fiction and more were just some of the topics showcased for Forum-goers during the event that began this morning with a keynote address by Lionsgate's Joe Drake. ...
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"Hawi" and "Balls" Lead Doha Winners

The second Doha Tribeca Film Festival wrapped things up in fine style on Saturday night, attracting thousands to the announcement of the Jury and Audience Award winners, a Closing Night Gala screening of "First Graders" and an open-hour concert by superstar Ragheb Alama at the brand new Katara Cultural Village. "Hawi" directed and written by Ibrahim El Batout, won Best Arab Film and "Balls" directed by Josef Fares picked up ...
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Toolkit | Lionsgate's Joe Drake: "You can’t just have a dream, you have to have a plan"

Good morning. Thank you Dawn... When Dawn asked me to speak today, I was actually at a loss for what to talk about. As those who know me will attest, that's a very rare occasion. I love to talk. What I didn't want to do was give that same old speech about how everything is changing and how difficult the market is. [Editor's Note: Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson ...
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"Fair Game" at FIND Filmmaker Forum

Director Doug Liman (left) with screenwriter John August on the stage at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles following a screening of Liman's latest, "Fair Game." The film centers on the events surrounding the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, played by Naomi Watts, and the fall out between Plame, her husband, Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) and the intrigue that shook at the core of the Bush Administration. ...
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Danny Glover and Co. Have a Good "Time" at MoMA

Danny Glover (left), Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Louverture Films poses at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for the kick-off to MoMA's Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to New, Part 1 series. Elia Suleiman's "The Time That Remains" served as the opening night screening. Suleiman was also on hand for the night's event (second from right), as was series curator Jytte ...
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Distributor Profile: Wolfe Releasing

All information published in the indieWIRE Distributor Profiles is provided by the individual company. Company History Our CEO and founder, Kathy Wolfe, started the company back in 1985 to distribute *** films on video. At the time, there were very few *** and gay films being made and it was extremely difficult for consumers to get access to them. The company has come a very long way since then, but ...
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Investigation | The Pirate in All of Us: The Digital Sin Nearly Everyone Commits

In the current era of media consumption, movie piracy is the digital sin that everyone commits. Even if a few pure souls never give into the lure of procuring unlicensed content from the web, they have friends that do. Regularly. While millions of viewers worldwide scour the Internet for openly circulated, often shoddy versions of new releases, the debate about the morality of that activity has branched out to the ...
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FUTURES | "Slackistan" Director Hammad Khan

"Slackistan" director Hammad Khan is on a mission. Pakistani by birth, Khan doesn't hail from a country known for its thriving film industry. Back in the 1960s and '70s, the biz was alive and well in Pakistan. Today it has all but vanished. Since first premiering at the Raindance Film Festival in London, and playing at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival earlier this month, Khan's first feature "Slackistan" has been ...
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Zeitgeist Acquires "Bill Cunningham, New York"

Zeitgeist Films has just acquired Richard Press' doc "Bill Cunningham, New York," which was opening night film of this year's New Directors/New Films. Produced by Philip Gefter, the film depicts Cunningham, the 80 year old New York Times photographer and unlikely man-about-town who is obsessively interested in only one thing - the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. Zeitgeist will open the film at New York's Film ...
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"Waste Land," "Winter's Bone" Highlight 7th Amazonas Film Festival

The Amazonian rainforest will once again host the film industry for the 2010 Amazonas Film Festival, running from November 5-11 in the Brazilian city of Manaus. The Voo no Florestra (Flight Over the Jungle) trophy is at stake as a slate of 35 films are set to compete under three different categories: International Features, Brazilian Short Films, and a shorts competition specially dedicated for films produced in the Amazonas region. ...
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Arthouse Films Takes Fiennes' Doc "Grass Will Grow" For USA

Arthouse Films and New Video have announced that they have acquired all US rights to Sophie Fiennes' feature length documentary film "Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow." Focusing about German artist Anselm Kiefer, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. "Sophie Fiennes has made a beautiful and poetic film about Anselm Kiefer's complex work," David Koh of Arthouse Films stated. "We are excited and proud to ...
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Danny Boyle Gets Feted By The BFI

Director Danny Boyle attends the reception for the 54th BFI London Film Festival Awards at LSO St Lukes last night, where Stephen Daldry was on hand to give Boyle the annual BFI Fellowship Award. Boyle's "127 Hours" closed the festival prior to the ceremony, which handed out awards in four categories. Photo care of Samir Hussein/Getty Images.
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In the Works: Carol Channing!, Teenagers Confined, Nancy Out of Control, Death Road

The profiles in this weeks In the Works column go to two extremes: "Carol Channing: Larger than Life" explores the epitome of letting loose, in an exploration of one of the most vibrant performers under the age of 100 working in the U.S. today; and in our smaller profiles, we see explorations of prisons of all sorts: teenage confinement, a conflict that traps its combatants, and traveling down the road ...
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Memories Under Development: Doug Block on "The Kids Grow Up"

Back in 2005 Doug Block released a documentary about his parents, "41 Birch Street," which received raves in Toronto and beyond. His follow-up film, “The Kids Grow Up," opening this Friday at New York’s Angelika Film Center, exhibits the same deeply personal sort of narrative that fueled his last outing. This time, Block focuses on his own role as a parent, chronicling the last year of his daughter’s life before ...
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