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Screen Australia fast-tracks female-led films

Screen Australia has committed Au$3m ($2.3m) towards fast-tracking 58 projects by female filmmakers, as part of a broader gender equality initiative.

The cash injection from Australia’s federal screen agency will fund the development of 45 film and television story ideas and 13 female-led business proposals.

Several of the projects are by women filmmakers with past professional credits but a significant number of the features come from newcomers or those making the leap from other disciplines within the industry, who might not otherwise quality for funding under the established structures.

The scheme will support the development of projects by 27 new directors and 46 first-time writers.

Among the projects financed are: Kill The Messenger, a new romantic comedy from director Samantha Lang (The Monkey’s Mask); Ride Like A Girl, a story of Australia’s most successful female jockey, which marks the directorial debut of actress Rachel Griffiths; and drama thriller Runaway, from producer Alex White and writer Mirrah Foulkes (Blue
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Exclusive: Tony Bennett Talks About "The Butterflies That Make You Famous" In Clip From 'The Zen Of Bennett'

He may have left his heart in San Francisco, but for the legendary Tony Bennett, fame, fortune, respect and an impressive career that has spanned over six decades has followed him. At the age of 86, Bennett is still going strong, but he's taken a brief break from his busy schedule and allowed himself to be front and center in "The Zen of Bennett," a new documentary that allows the crooner to talk about his journey in his own words. Directed by Unjoo Moon and lensed by the Academy Award-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe ("Memoirs of a Geisha"), the film is both an intimate and stylistic look at Bennett's life, narrated by the man himself, that finds him discussing numerous topics including music, art and the lessons he's learned along the way. In this exclusive clip from the film, Bennett lays bare about "the butterflies that you make you famous" when it comes to performing,
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Tony Bennett Doc 'The Zen of Bennett' to Get a Release Through Netflix and Abramorama

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Tony Bennett Doc 'The Zen of Bennett' to Get a Release Through Netflix and Abramorama
Abramorama and Netflix have closed deals to acquire rights to “The Zen of Bennett,” a feature-length documentary about legendary crooner Tony Bennett. Abramorama will handle a limited theatrical release in select cities beginning October 24, while Netflix will stream the film exclusively starting November 12. Directed by Unjoo Moon and produced by Benedetto Films’ Danny Bennett and Jennifer Lebeau, “The Zen of Bennett” shows the 85-year-old singer, author, painter and activist looking back over his 60-year career and explaining his philosophies of life and the creative process. The project, which had its premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, is Benedetto’s first. Bennett will put out a new record, “Tony Bennett: Viva Duets,” and a book, “Life Is A Gift: The Zen of Bennett,” this fall. New York-based Abramorama has released the films “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” “Anvil! The Story of...
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Abramorama to Release 'The Zen of Bennett'

Abramorama to Release 'The Zen of Bennett'
Indie distributor Abramorama will handle the theatrical release of "The Zen of Bennett," a portrait of singer Tony Bennett, beginning October 24 in New York. The film will expand November 2 to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. Benedetto Films has also secured a deal making the film available for streaming exclusively through Netflix, starting November 12. The film, which debuted at Tribeca, was created and produced by Danny Bennett and directed by Unjoo Moon. Danny Bennett states: "'The Zen of Bennett' is many things – it’s an intimate portrait of the man as he turned 85, as he is now and as I know him. It’s also a meditation of contradictions. I wanted to share my unique perspective of the man and his creative process while at the same time explore the apparent isolation he experiences in the midst of the whirlwind of activity that invariably surrounds him during the creative process.
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Four Tribeca Docs: From Zen To Madness To Sexy

At 85, Tony Bennett looks and sounds great. In The Zen of Bennett, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will soon appear on Netflix, Bennett relies on a single word, repeated over and over throughout the documentary, to describe his life philosophy. That word is “quality.” For the clothes he wears, for the songs he sings, for the people who are his friends, for everything, quality is his guiding principle. Conversely, the elderly singer with the smoothest pipes in the business, disparages cheap songs, crude and outlandish behavior, and anger. “Everything you do should be done with love, not with anger.”

Going from Tony Bennett in The Zen of Bennett to Morton Downey, Jr. in Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie is like going from a soothing, relaxed discussion in a cinematic sauna to being manhandled out of that sauna and confronted by a raving maniac aiming a flamethrower at your cojones.
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Film Selections For Spotlight And Cinemania Sections And Special Screenings

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Film Selections

For Spotlight And Cinemania Sections And Special Screenings

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Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Lineup Also Revealed

The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival lineup. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 in New York City.

The Spotlight section screens 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries that demonstrate the breadth of films at the Tribeca Film Festival. Nineteen films in the selection will have their world premieres at the Festival. The Cinemania section offers a largely international assortment of seven thrilling narrative films.

.The Spotlight program is a wonderful encapsulation of the originality and diversity of filmmaking that Tribeca seeks to highlight. We have films from emerging filmmakers as well as seasoned veterans, narratives that
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'Take This Waltz,' '2 Days in New York,' 'Chicken With Plums,' & 'Lola Versus' Added To 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up

A new big batch of films have been added to the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival line-up, and while there aren't a lot of big premieres in the bunch, there's a lot to catch up with for those of you (and us) who didn't attend Tiff 2011, Sundance 2012, etc. etc.

Highlights for us include Sarah Polley's sophomore directorial effort "Take This Waltz," starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, Julie Delpy's "2 Days In New York," starring herself and Chris Rock in a sequel to "2 Days in Paris," Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's "Chicken With Plums," their directorial follow-up to the very excellent 2007 animated film "Persepolis," Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, and "Lola Versus," Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones' follow-up to the celebrated 2009 micro-budgeted indie "Breaking Upwards" starring Lister Jones herself alongside Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman (AMC's "The Killing," the new "RoboCop"), Bill Pullman,
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Tribeca 2012 Announces Final Line-Up Including ’2 Days,’ ‘Take This Waltz,’ ‘Sleepless Night’ & More

After an initial unveiling earlier this week, Tribeca Film Festival 2012 have announced the rest of their feature film line-up and it is a surprisingly strong one. We’ve got lots of great films that have premiered at previous fests.

There is July Delpy‘s 2 Days In New York (our Sundance review here), Sarah Polley‘s Take This Waltz (our Vancouver review here), the awesome action thriller Sleepless Night (our Tiff review here), as well as one of my favorites from Toronto, Chicken with Plums (our Tiff review here), from the Persepolis directors. We’ve also got premieres of Jenna Fischer‘s Mechanical Man and Chris Colfer‘s Struck by Lightning, as well as docs by Billy Corben, Morgan Spurlock and Keanu Reeves‘ filmmaking doc Side by Side. Check them all out below.

Spotlight Section

2 Days in New York, directed and written by Julie Delpy. (France) – New York Premiere, Narrative. This
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces More Selections

HollywoodNews.com: The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival lineup. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 in New York City.

The Spotlight section screens 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries that demonstrate the breadth of films at the Tribeca Film Festival. Nineteen films in the selection will have their world premieres at the Festival. The Cinemania section offers a largely international assortment of seven thrilling narrative films.

‘The Spotlight program is a wonderful encapsulation of the originality and diversity of filmmaking that Tribeca seeks to highlight. We have films from emerging filmmakers as well as seasoned veterans, narratives that showcase stellar performances and insightful writing, and documentaries that challenge and inform their audiences,’ said Frédéric Boyer, newly appointed Artistic
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Tribeca: Morgan Spurlock, Michelle Williams, and Chris Colfer join festival

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its Spotlight and Cinemania programs today, including Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary, Mansome, period drama Cheerful Weather for the Wedding with Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones (right), and Struck By Lightning, written by Glee’s Chris Colfer. “It was important that we head into Tribeca’s second decade highlighting projects that were attuned to the pulse of our cultural climate,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, in a release. “That said, both consciousness and levity play a prominent role in this year’s selection. We are also eager to introduce audiences to a group of
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