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David Oyelowo to Star in ‘A Day in the Death of America’

13 April 2016 4:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Oyelowo will star in and produce the movie “A Day in the Death of America,” which focuses on the ten children killed by guns on Nov. 23, 2013.

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.

Eisner will produce and finance through his Double E Pictures. Oyelowo will produce through his Yoruba Saxon Productions. The Allegiance Theater’s Tim Crane and Younge serve as executive producers.

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- Dave McNary

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A&E IndieFilms Thrives After Decade of Backing Steady Stream of Quality Docs

12 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Gary Hustwit launches Vr studio Scenic

7 April 2016 4:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

Besides Curry and Edwards, the initial stable of content creators includes Amir Bar-Lev, Curry, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Liz Garbus, Sam Green, Dawn Porter, and filmmaker-artist Lucy Raven.

“There’s so much focus on Virtual Reality as a technology, but Vr won’t achieve mass adoption without great content,” said Hustwit »

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