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Production companies are the Allegiance Theater, headed by Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine, and Eric Eisner’s Double E Pictures. They have acquired exclusive feature film and life rights to Gary Younge’s non-fiction book of the same name.
The ten victims ranged in age from nine to 19 and the deaths took place in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos with none making the national news. There is an average of seven children and teens killed by guns daily and Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and told their stories.
- Dave McNary
Tucked into the Manhattan skyscraper that serves as the home base of A+E Networks is a small division that looks like nothing you’d expect to find in a broad corporate portfolio of television holdings: a feature film production company with an emphasis on premium content and robust theatrical releases.
But for 10 years now, A&E IndieFilms, with a dedicated staff of two led by senior VP Molly Thompson, has parlayed an unorthodox business model and a keen eye for story into a low-volume but enduring generator of noteworthy independent features, especially documentaries such as “Cartel Land,” “The Imposter” and “The September Issue.”
“Molly and A&E have an established position in the space, and they have impeccable taste and amazing instincts in terms of finding stories,” says Paul Davidson, senior VP of film and TV at distributor The Orchard. “If we see they’ve got something at a festival, »
- Gordon Cox
Brooklyn-based filmmaker has launched a Virtual Reality content studio focusing on non-fiction films and enlisted the support of world-class documentarians including Marshall Curry and Jessica Edwards.
Hustwit’s privately backed Scenic will fund and produce original Vr (virtual reality) documentary shorts and series made by a collective of renowned independent filmmakers and will also work with brands and organisations on commissioned projects.
The films will cover an array of subjects and debut on the company’s website and app and through exclusive distribution partners. They will also be viewable on Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear Vr, Oculus Rift, and other Vr platforms.
“There’s so much focus on Virtual Reality as a technology, but Vr won’t achieve mass adoption without great content,” said Hustwit »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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