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Cohen Media Group has picked up North American distribution and world sales rights outside of France, Germany and China.
Now in production, the docu project is a celebration of images, still and moving, and the way they are shown, shared and exhibited.
Varda is an iconic filmmaker whose credits include “Cleo from 5 to 7,” “Vagabond” and “The Beaches of Agnès.” Jr is a famed artist who exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors.
“Agnès Varda is a visionary director. Her curiosity about the world she lives in has fed her amazing work for more than 60 years, and she finds yet more to say and reveal in this unique work that will captivate all who experience it,” said Cmg’s Charles Cohen. »
- Elsa Keslassy
One of New York City and Los Angeles’ most important real estate moguls, Charles Cohen also applies his decades of experience and business acumen to the independent film distribution business, an enterprise known for sending even the most well-heeled and good-intentioned investors scrambling back to their estates and penthouses.
He established his Cohen Media Group in 2008 when he executive produced the indie drama “Frozen River,” a project Cohen says fit the bill for his aspirations because “you need an entry point that distinguishes you.” He also quickly notes that the film, which drew Oscar nominations for original screenplay and lead actress, “didn’t get its investment back.”
Undaunted, Cohen focused his sights on building a company of substance and heft by purchasing the rights to more than 700 classic art films, including 500 features that make up the bulk of his Cohen Film Collection library.
One of the gems he purchased when »
- Steven Gaydos
Paris — Thierry Fremaux looks relieved. Four hours after the press conference in which he unveiled nearly the entire lineup for Cannes’ official selection, the festival’s artistic director is back in his office a couple blocks from the Eiffel Tower, fielding interviews from the same journalists who, in four weeks’ time, will be picking apart his team’s choices.
“I’m tweeting,” he explains, taking a moment to post a word of thanks to his selection committee — 17 die-hard cinephiles who helped him comb through a record-setting 1,869 submissions to choose the 49 features announced today. According to industry whispers, phone calls and text messages were being exchanged late into the night, including a last-minute no to producers of the planned closing-night film.
According to Fremaux, who sees his role as head of the world’s preeminent festival as a chance to give the world’s best films a boost, it personally pains him to turn films down. »
- Elsa Keslassy and Peter Debruge
It's called the "now what" moment. It's that moment of truth for filmmakers who, having won applause at the Sundance Film Festival and perhaps even secured distribution, now have to ask themselves that dreaded question: How will their film avoid instant oblivion? How will it find an audience? For Charles Cohen, the "now what" moment at the 2008 Sundance prompted, not defeat, but an ambitious business plan — one involving not only his film, Frozen River, but also scores of… »
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