November 2010 - Posts

The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

"Littlerock" director Mike Ott and the film’s star and co-writer Atsuko Okatsuka celebrate their Gotham Award for the "best film not playing at a theater near you." Check out indieWIRE's profile of Ott here. Photo by Brian Brooks.
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The Sadfies Congratulate Bernstein On "Daddy"'s Win

Josh (left) and Ben (right) Safdie embrace their "Daddy Longlegs" star Ronald Bernstein after his Gotham Award win for best breakthrough performance. Photo by Brian Brooks.
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Paul and Julianne Go Gotham

Gotham Award presenters Paul Rudd and Julianna Margulies backstage at the awards last night after presenting the breakthrough filmmaker trophy to "Holy Rollers"' Kevin Asch. Photo by Brian Brooks.
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Asch Celebrates His "Holy" Gotham Win

"Holy Rollers" director Kevin Asch backstage at the Gotham Awards after his surprise win in the best breakthrough director category. “I love movies so much,” a clearly touched and surprised Asch said on stage. “You have all inspired me my whole life.” Photo by Brian Brooks
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"Delaware" Duo At The Gothams

"12th & Delaware" directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady celebrate their Gotham Award nomination for best documentary last night at the at the Cipriani Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. Photo by Brian Brooks.
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OWN Appoints Two Advertising Executives

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has appointed two executives to key advertising sales positions. Darren Olive will serve as vice president, digital media advertising sales, while Jill Buzas haas been brought on as director, advertising sales for the Midwest Region. Both Olive and Buzas join OWN from positions within Discovery Communications' ad sales division. Prior to coming on board, Olive held digital sales positions at Electronic Arts and Universal Group. Buzas ...
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Academy Announces Finalists For Live-Action and Animated Short Categories

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced ten Animated Shorts, of thirty-three qualifying entries, and ten Live Action shorts, of seventy-six entries, that will move on to the voting process for the Academy Awards. The ten films in each category, as chosen by the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee, are listed below. Nominations will follow on January 25th for the 83rd Annual Oscar presentation ...
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For Your Consideration: The 10 Biggest Surprises of the Spirit Award Nominations

Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone" led the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, which were announced this morning. The film was joined by the likes of "The Kids Are All Right," "Black Swan," "127 Hours," and "Rabbit Hole" in many of the major categories, together leading a list of nominations that was at times entirely expected, and at others quite perplexing. While "Winter's Bone"'s nods were among those in the "entirely ...
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Small Screen | Move Over "Twilight," Disney Films & Clarkson-Starrer Also on DVD and Blu-Ray

While the new "Twilight" film on DVD may "eclipse" the indies and smaller films this week (and let's not forget the Nic Cage fantasy "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"), there's still a notable list of films headed to the home market this Tuesday. Here's indieWIRE's top five for this week: 1. "Cairo Time" (criticWIRE rating: B-) In "Cairo Time," Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) arranges a vacation in Cairo with her husband, a UN ...
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2011 Spirit Award Nominations

The nominations for the 26th Film Independent's Spirit Awards are been announced in Los Angeles this morning by Jeremy Renner and Eva Mendes. Watch the nomination announcement live here, and check out a complete list of nominations below. Joel McHale has been announced as the host of the ceremony, which will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The list of nominations: ...
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Spirit Awards Nominations Coming Soon

The Film Independent Spirit Award nominations are coming momentarily, check out the live stream and the entire list will be posted on indieWIRE following the announcements. The 2011 Spirits will take place Saturday, February 26 in Santa Monica, California. spiritawards on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free
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Gotham Awards 2010: Minute By Minute

9:12pm EST: Jesse Eisenberg and Winona Ryder (!) have taken the stage to present best breakthrough performance. 9:10pm EST: Rosie Perez lets Mike Ott know that $15,000 is coming his way thanks to, yes, The Royal Bank of Canada. 9:07pm EST: A bit of excitement as "Littlerock," directed by my friend Mike Ott, is the Gothams' Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You 9:05pm EST: Rosie Perez and ...
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2010 Gotham Award Winners (In Progress)

The 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards will be announcing its winners at Cipriani Wall Street in Lower Manhattan over the course of the evening. indieWIRE is on the scene, and will be publishing the winners as they come in. Check out a full list of nominees here Best Feature TBA Best Documentary TBA Best Ensemble Performance TBA Breakthrough Director TBA Breakthrough Actor TBA Best Film Not Playing at a ...
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10 Films Slated for Sundance Institute's Inaugural Film Forward Initiative

Ten films have been selected to take part in Sundance Institute's inaugural cultural exchange program, Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative. The first year slate includes five American and five international titles, screening in New York and Tunisia in December. The concept is a public/private cultural exchange effort spearheaded by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in cooperation with its federal cultural partners, the National Endowment ...
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2011 Student Academy Awards Competition Announces Deadlines

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting entries for the 2011 Student Academy Awards competition. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, will be awarded along with cash prizes to U.S. student filmmakers in three categories: Alternative, Animation, and Narrative and Documentary. In addition, this year the Academy will honor up to three foreign films with medals, as opposed to previous years when the Academy recognized student filmmakers ...
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