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The Cannes Marche featured an enhanced documentary offering this year.
Producer Lawrence Bender remembered that it was a decade ago at Cannes when he launched Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth [pictured], the climate change film that starred Al Gore. “Every once in a while you get lucky, lightning strikes, we didn’t change the world but we added a few bricks to the process,” he said. “Millions of people saw the movie a lot was affected… We have made an enormous amount of progress.”
Bender was speaking at the first Doc Day conference at Cannes yesterday, organised by the Marche’s Doc Corner and The Ford Foundation’s Just Films with Screen International as the media partner. The Day had the theme of Global Awareness For Social Justice: Impact-Making Documentaries.
Bender said to make the most impact on audiences, filmmakers need to remember that it’s not just issues that draw people to documentaries, it is stories »
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Bernardo Bertolucci will head the jury of the Film4Climate Global Video Competition, a new festival dedicated to shorts intended to raise climate-change awareness around the world.
The fest, which is an initiative of the World Bank’s Connect4Climate program, will be unveiled this May 16 in Cannes at the Plage Royale.
The venerable Italian auteur, whose “The Last Emperor” won nine Oscars, will preside over a large group of prominent jurors which includes U.S. producer Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction”); British-American documaker Robert Stone (“Pandora’s Promise”); Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismaki (“Zombie and the Ghost Train”); Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who is the only Pakistani to have won two Oscars (“Saving Face,” and short “A Girl in the River”); Argentine director Pablo Trapero (“The Clan”); and Carole Tomko, director of productions at Paul Allen’s Vulcan Prods.
Vulcan Prods, known for making pics such as “Ivory Rising,” about the illegal ivory trade, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rising with terrifying grandeur, the forest is real – and it is the suspense-filled setting of The Forest, a frightening supernatural thriller on Digital HD now, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 12, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Forest on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD comes with terrifying bonus features including behind-the-scenes photos and feature commentary with director Jason Zada.
A young woman’s hunt for her missing sister leads to horror and madness in The Forest, starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games) and Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire, Zero Dark Thirty). When her troubled twin sister Jess mysteriously disappears, Sara Price (Dormer) discovers Jess vanished in Japan’s legendary Aokigahara Forest. Searching its eerie dark woods with the help of journalist Aiden (Kinney), Sara plunges into a tormented world where angry spirits lie in wait for those who ignore the warning: stay on the path. »
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Plus: Music Box nabs Seasons; CNN takes Holy Hell; and more…
The film will run along with the museum’s exhibition Happy Birthday, Mr. Lewis: The Kid Turns 90, which celebrates the actor’s career. Producers Lawrence Inglee of Blackbird and Garrett Kelleher of Lightstream finalised the deal to release the film theatrically in the Us through Paladin.
Daniel Noa wrote and directed the story about a retired jazz musician who sets out to learn whether his late wife had an affair.
Music Box Films has acquired Us rights to Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud’s Seasons and will release this autumn. Shot in seven countries, the film documents the rise of seasons and their effect on life after the 80,000-year long Ice Age came to an end. Music Box brokered »
Viewers will soon be able to visit Japan’s Aokigahara Forest from the comfort of their couches with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s March 22nd Digital HD debut of The Forest, followed by their April 12th Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release of the Natalie Dormer-starring film.
Press Release: Universal City, California, February 25, 2016 – Rising with terrifying grandeur, the forest is real – and it is the suspense-filled setting of The Forest, a frightening supernatural thriller coming to Digital HD on March 22, 2016, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 12, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Forest on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD comes with terrifying bonus features including behind-the-scenes photos and feature commentary with director Jason Zada.
A young woman’s hunt for her missing sister leads to horror and madness in The Forest, starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games) and Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire, Zero Dark Thirty »
- Derek Anderson
The stars of Starz were out in full force on Friday night, descending on West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont to celebrate the premium cabler’s six Golden Globe nominations at a lively bash that counted Patrick Stewart, Steven Soderbergh, Mark Wahlberg and Sam Raimi among its attendees.
Stewart, nominated for his lead role in comedy series “Blunt Talk,” was in high spirits as he fielded a steady stream of well-wishers throughout the evening. Fellow nominees Caitriona Balfe (lead actress in drama series “Outlander”) and Sarah Hay (lead actress in limited series “Flesh and Bone”) were also in attendance, along with “Outlander” showrunner Ron Moore, author Diana Gabaldon and co-stars Sam Heughan and Lotte Verbeek, and “Flesh and Bone” boss Moira Walley-Beckett, exec producers Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown and John Melfi, and cast members John Allee and Raychel Diane Weiner. “Outlander” scored a nomination in the competitive Best Television Series – Drama field, »
- Laura Prudom
6 items from 2016
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