June 2011 - Posts

Film Movement Acquires French Romanctic Comedy "Queen of Hearts"

Film Movement acquired North American distribution rights to the directorial debut of French actress Valerie Donzelli, the romantic comedy "Queen of Hearts." Here's a synopsis courtesy of Film Movement: Thirty-something Adele is devastated following a painful breakup. With no close friends or family, her distant cousin Rachel reluctantly takes her in and graciously attempts to salvage Adele’s personal and professional life. Rachel finds her a job and suggests that Adele ...
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Daily indieWIRE Clicks: More Oscar Bait, Someone to Watch Out For & Much More

Today on indieWIRE a teaser dropped for a surefire awards contender, we told you what hit and what missed at the box office so far this year and much more. Mid-Year Box Office Report We offer our look at the numbers 2011's specialty releases have been bringing in. Click here for some very encouraging news. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” Teaser Drops "Let the Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson's first ...
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IN HIS OWN WORDS | Yoav Potash Shares a Scene from “Crime After Crime”

In Yoav Potash’s first full-length feature documentary, “Crime After Crime,” the filmmaker went to great lengths to follow the epic legal battle to free Deborah Peagler. To gain access to the maximum-security prison in Chowchilla, California where Peagler was incarcerated, he used a two-pronged approach; first he embedded himself with Peagler’s pro-bono attorneys as her official legal videographer, and second, he made an entirely separate documentary about the rehabilitative programs ...
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Lionsgate Announces Restructured Theatrical Publicity Department

Lionsgate's Executive Vice President of Theatrical Publicity Julie Fontaine has announced a restructuring of the department. Under Fontaine, films on the theatrical release slate will be divided between two project teams, each led by a Vice President who will spearhead all public relations initiatives. The Vice Presidents of National Publicity are Jennifer Peterson, who joined Lionsgate this year after ten years with Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing, and Jamie ...
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"Project Nim" Premieres in New York

Co-president of Roadside Attractions Howard Cohen and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins came together last night for the New York premiere of James Marsh' acclaimed Sundance smash "Project Nim," at the Time Warner Center. The film is getting a theatrical release through Roadside in July and will hit HBO later in the year. The majority of the film's spirited subjects showed up in support of the documentary and took ...
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2011's 30 Highest Grossing Specialty Films So Far

Here's a chart of 2011's thirty highest grossing films tracked by the iW BOT (including films that screened only as an Academy-qualifier in 2010), as of June 26, 2011. It only includes specialty films that opened in limited release in 2011. Check out indieWIRE's run down of the year's winners and losers so far here: 1. Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics) - $28,270,637 2. The Conspirator (Roadside Attractions) - ...
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Mid-Year Box Office Report: 2011's Winners and Losers So Far

Last summer indieWIRE reported on the indie box office for the first half of 2010, generally suggesting things had taken a hopeful turn in comparison to the year prior. A year later, it seems reasonable to suggest that not only has that trend held, but that things are continuing to spiral upwards. At this point last year, the top five specialty releases - "The Ghost Writer," "The Girl With The ...
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"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" Teaser Drops

Just yesterday Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" trailer drummed up early awards buzz. Today the trailer to do the trick is for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the first English language film from "Let the Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson. Based on the John le Carre bestselling psychological thriller, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" stars Gary Oldman as George Smiley, an espionage veteran who comes out of semi-retirement to help uncover a ...
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iW's Online Video of the Day: A Secret Avant-Garde Netflix Masterpiece?

Every day, indieWIRE will scour the internet looking for an online video we think our audience will appreciate. From artistic videos making their rounds on Vimeo and Youtube to online tutorials, we're committed to making sure filmmakers, industry, and fans find the online videos that most suit them. Those looking for something a bit cerebral to add to their Netflix queue should look no further than "Example Short 23.976," its ...
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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Binational Romantic Reuniting "I Am the Water, You are the Sea"

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "I Am the Water, You are the Sea" Tweetable Logline: The true story of 2 men, a Peace Corps volunteer and an Iranian Muslim, who fell in love in ...
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FUTURES | Jacob Wysocki Moves from TV to the Big Screen in "Terri"

Why He's On Our Radar: With Azazel Jacob's "Terri," newcomer Jacob Wysocki has made his entrance. In every single scene of the film, critics and audiences at the Sundance Film Festival (where the film world premiered) were clearly won over by Wysocki's portrayal of the titular character, an overweight teenager who struggles at home (his primary caregiver is a pill-popping uncle) and at school (kids taunt him with names like ...
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REVIEW | "The Perfect Host" is Perfectly Predictable

The American thriller with a twist has been done so many times that it rarely manages to surprise. In the years following "The Usual Suspects," few movies have successfully altered the relationships between various main characters in a way that's both dramatically satisfying and unexpected. Rare exceptions, including "Memento" and the undervalued "A Perfect Getaway," assume that audiences have active imaginations, and so their scripts contain valuable efforts to remain ...
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Sundance Institute Names 18 Doc Fellows for Two Labs

Eighteen Documentary Fellows from nine projects will take part in the 8th Documentary Edit and Story Lab (June 24 - July 2) and ninth Composers + Documentary Lab (July 6-12) at Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute said Wednesday. Documentary Film Program (DFP) provides a "global resource for contemporary independent documentary film," including the Sundance Documentary Fund, Labs/Workshops and other support opportunities. The DFP supports nonfiction storytelling about a ...
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Kevin Smith vs. Amy Taubin: He Says She's Careless; She Calls "Red State" "Half-Baked Cheap Shots"

Today, Kevin Smith announced that his DIY release strategy for "Red State" now includes a deal with Lionsgate to release the film on VOD in September. However, the announcement was packaged in a 4,000-word blog post that also took aim at veteran film critic Amy Taubin, whose Film Comment piece on "Red State" was less than kind: I always considered film critic Amy Taubin a friend. I was pretty sure ...
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iW's Favorite Online Video of the Day: The Award-Winning Nokia Cell Phone Romance

Every day, Indiewire will scour the internet looking for an online video we think our audience will appreciate. From artistic videos making their rounds on Vimeo and Youtube to online tutorials, we're committed to making sure filmmakers, industry, and fans find the online videos that most suit them. Last week, Edinburgh International Film Festival audiences were treated to eight short films shot on N8 cell phones supplied by Nokia. The ...
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