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Us Briefs: Academy unveils 2016-17 board of governors

18 July 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Major!, Miles win at Outfest; Ken Burns doc secures qualifying run; IFC picks up King Cobra; FilmBuff takes Level Up

Costume designer Sharen K. Davis and documentarian Roger Ross Williams are among the new influx of governors as Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs hailed “another step towards inclusion” on Monday.

Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern are among others voted to the board for the first time, alongside Laura Karpman and Kevin Collier.

Re-elected incumbent governors are: David Rubin, John Bailey, Jan Pascale, Mark Johnson, Nancy Utley, Jon Bloom, and Robin Swicord.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are: William M. Mechanic, Leonard Engelman, and Craig Barron. A run-off election is required for the film editors branch.

The board includes the three governors-at-large appointed in January by Isaacs: Reginald Hudlin, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Gregory Nava.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. 

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- (Jeremy Kay)

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Steven Spielberg & More Elected To Film Academy Board Of Governors

18 July 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today has elected its 2016–2017 Board of Governors, with a runoff election required for the Film Editors Branch. The new board members: Laura Dern, Actors Branch Sharen K. Davis, Costume Designers Branch Steven Spielberg, Directors Branch Roger Ross Williams, Documentary Branch Laura Karpman, Music Branch Kevin Collier, Sound Branch Incumbent governors re-elected are David Rubin, Casting Directors Branch; John Bailey… »

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Academy’s New Board of Governors Includes Steven Spielberg

18 July 2016 10:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its new board of governors for 2016-17, which includes director Steven Spielberg and actress Laura Dern.

The film editors branch will require a run-off election after a tie between candidates Maryann Brandon and Mark Goldblatt.

Here are the new governors elected:

Laura Dern, actors branch

Sharen K. Davis, costume designers

Steven Spielberg, directors

Roger Ross Williams, documentary

Laura Karpman, music

Kevin Collier, sound

Returning after a hiatus are governors William M. Mechanic, executives branch; Leonard Engelman, makeup artists and hairstylists; and Craig Barron, visual effects.

The board so far includes 17 women, but that number could change, depending on the results of the film-editors runoff. (Voting will take place July 25-28.) The 2016 board includes seven people of color: Daryn Okada, Sharen K. Davis, Roger Ross Williams, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Gregory Nava and Reginald Hudlin. The latter three were appointed as governors-at-large in January. »

- Variety Staff

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Kieslowski, ‘Cat People,’ and the Coen Brothers Lead The Criterion Collection’s September Line-Up

16 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

September tends to be the time of year that movie studios start busting out the big guns, and 2016 finds the Criterion Collection following suit, as the boutique home video label will be releasing one of the most significant cinematic landmarks on which they’ve yet to put their stamp.

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s mammoth “Dekalog” makes the company’s September lineup something of a bumper crop in and of itself, but — lucky for us — it’ll be accompanied by an essential Kenji Mizoguchi classic, two ample doses of Jacqueline Susann-inspired campiness, some old school Coen brothers and much more. Check out the full release slate below, listed in rough order of our excitement for each title.

1.) “Dekalog” (dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988), Spine #837

This would be at the very top of the list regardless of what else Criterion is releasing in September. One of the greatest achievements in all of film (though »

- David Ehrlich

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Kodak's Student Scholarship Program calls for international entries

25 May 2016 10:38 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Kodak's student scholarship program..

The program awards grants to young filmmakers consisting of discounts and sponsorship as well as mentoring..

The international competition is open to university students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, shooting both digitally and on film.

There are three Kodak Student Scholarship Awards (all formats eligible); two Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards (any format eligible); and the Kodak Vision Award, recognizing an outstanding project of which at least 50 percent was shot on film..

The prizes for the Student Scholarship Awards are as follows:

Gold Award: $5,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant. (all formats eligible)

Silver Award: $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant. (all formats eligible)

Bronze Award: $2,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant. (all formats eligible)

Leading the judging panel is cinematographer John Bailey (Groundhog Day, As Good As It Gets, Silverado, The Big Chill »

- Staff Writer

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Us briefs: Kevin Bacon joins 'Patriots Day'

30 March 2016 11:18 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Lonsgate, Kevin Hart partner on Ott platform; FilmRise acquires Harry & Snowman; and more

Kevin Bacon has joined CBS Films and Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing drama Patriots Day.

Bacon joins Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, and Michelle Monaghan on the film, which is currently filming in Boston and is scheduled to open in the Us on December 21.

FilmRise has acquired exclusive worldwide rights from Concourse Media to Ron Davis’ horse-jumping documentary, Harry & Snowman. The film will receive a theatrical release in September.Grasshopper Film has acquired all Us rights from Assemblage Films to Don’t Blink – Robert Frank, the documentary from Laura Israel about the life and work of the influential artist. The film will open on July 13 at New York’s Film Forum.Lionsgate has formed a partnership with Kevin Hart and his Hartbeat Digital to launch Ott platform Laugh Out Loud and create a social adventure mobile tablet game. One of the »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Academy Increases Diversity Push by Adding Three Governors

15 March 2016 7:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences furthered its efforts at diversity by adding three members to the board of governors, and six members to various board committees.

The board Ok’d president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’s choices of Reginald Hudlin (directors branch), Gregory Nava (writers branch) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (short films and feature animation). They will serve three-year terms, effective immediately.

“I’m proud of the steps we have taken to increase diversity,” said Boone Isaacs. “However, we know there is more to do as we move forward to make this a more inclusive organization.”

The board also appointed additional Academy members to each of the six board committees that provide oversight to specific Academy areas.

Actor Gael García Bernal joins the awards and events committee, chaired by first VP Jeffrey Kurland. Cinematographer Amy Vincent joins the preservation and history committee, chaired by VP John Bailey. Producer Effie Brown joins the museum committee, »

- Tim Gray

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