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Film Review: ‘Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny’

4 August 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny” is a fun, wily, and infectious portrait-of-the-artist documentary, filled with things we haven’t seen before (there’s a ton of footage of Linklater on the set), crafted with a deep curiosity about the mysterious, ever-changing nature of how movies actually get made. The film starts by going back to the halcyon indie days of 1991 and replaying the opening minutes of “Slacker” — a sequence that features the director himself, though no one knew it at the time. He’s a talky young guy in a loose-fitting green T-shirt, with dreamy eyes and a quasi-’70s bowl cut, who climbs into a taxi cab and starts waxing poetic to the driver (who greets his words with stone-cold indifference) about how if he had decided to walk or hitch a ride instead, he might have been inside a different reality. In that one, he could have met »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Nat Geo Acquires Climate Change Pic from Leonardo DiCaprio, Partners with Katie Couric on Gender Doc

30 July 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

National Geographic Channel has acquired the worldwide rights to an untitled climate change feature documentary produced by Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio, the cable network announced at their Television Critics Association summer press tour panel Saturday. NatGeo plans to release the film theatrically in New York and Los Angeles in October, followed by a global premiere on National Geographic Channels worldwide preceding the U.S. election in November.

The film presents an account of how society can prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe. Audiences are presented with visual evidence of a worsening environmental crisis that is inflicting irreversible damage on landscapes from Greenland to Indonesia, disturbing the balance of our planet’s climate and hastening the extinction of beloved animals. DiCaprio interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide their views on what must be done today – and in the future – to transition »

- Laura Prudom

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Cinetic Media launches international sales unit

9 May 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jason Ishikawa has joined Cinetic Media on the eve of Cannes to run the New York-based company’s new unit.

The international sales division will operate as a separate entity from the Us sales team that John Sloss launched years ago and marks a critical expansion in the company’s mandate.

Cinetic will now work with existing sales, management and finance teams to devise strategies on film finance and worldwide sales and will acquire international sales rights.

The company specialises in film finance, sales, distribution, talent management and corporate consulting.

Ishikawa most recently served as senior director of acquisitions at The Film Sales Company and said: “I look forward to working alongside our robust domestic sales, financing and management divisions to execute global sales and distribution strategies for our clients.”

“Jason is the perfect fit for our team,” said Sloss. “With his enthusiastic love and understanding of film and his knowledge of worldwide rights and markets, we feel »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: John Sloss’s Cinetic Launches International Division

9 May 2016 10:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a pre-Cannes Film Festival announcement, John Sloss’s New York-based film and media company Cinetic has launched an international sales division and hired Jason Ishikawa to run it.

Cinetic, founded in 2001, specializes in film finance, sales, distribution, talent management and corporate consulting. It’s previously focused on domestic sales but Cinetic will now be working with existing sales, management and finance teams to devise strategies on film finance and worldwide sales as well as acquiring international sales rights.

“While the domestic and international sales teams will doubtless work together frequently, the international sales dvision is an independent entity. Cinetic will work with filmmakers to craft the best strategy for each film,” the company said.

Ishikawa joins Cinetic from The Film Sales Company, where he was the senior director of acquisitions. During his tenure, the sompany sold over 100 titles across domestic and international territories.

“I’m very excited to be »

- Dave McNary

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Cinetic Media Launches International Sales Division Ahead Of Cannes

9 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Ahead of the start of this week's Cannes Film Festival, New York-based film sales, finance, distribution and talent management company Cinetic Media, headed by John Sloss, is launching into the international arena with a new division. Jason Ishikawa, will lead a new international sales division for Cinetic, which had until now focused on domestic sales. With Ishikawa on board, Cinetic will now be working with existing sales, management and finance teams to, as… »

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A24 Boards ‘I Want My MTV’ Movie With James Ponsoldt

19 April 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 is developing a movie based on Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks’ book “I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution.”

The company will re-team with director James Ponsoldt for the third time following collaborations on “The Spectacular Now” and “The End of the Tour. Ponsoldt will write, produce and direct the narrative feature.

A24, which optioned film rights, will produce alongside frequent collaborator Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions.

I Want My MTV” chronicles the founding and first ten years of the network, which started as a channel showcasing videos from obscure British bands but soon transformed into a cultural sensation.

The book follows the young group that built the company and ushered it into a global phenomenon that influenced everything from movies, music and television to fashion, sports and politics. The film will weave the book’s testimonials into its narrative.

“As a child of the 1980’s, »

- Dave McNary

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A24 Boards ‘I Want My MTV’ Movie With James Ponsoldt

19 April 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A24 is developing a movie based on Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks’ book “I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution.”

The company will re-team with director James Ponsoldt for the third time following collaborations on “The Spectacular Now” and “The End of the Tour. Ponsoldt will write, produce and direct the narrative feature.

A24, which optioned film rights, will produce alongside frequent collaborator Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions.

I Want My MTV” chronicles the founding and first ten years of the network, which started as a channel showcasing videos from obscure British bands but soon transformed into a cultural sensation.

The book follows the young group that built the company and ushered it into a global phenomenon that influenced everything from movies, music and television to fashion, sports and politics. The film will weave the book’s testimonials into its narrative.

“As a child of the 1980’s, »

- Dave McNary

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Michelle Williams Joins Haynes' "Wonderstruck"

18 April 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Michelle Williams is in negotiations to co-star with Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes' next feature "Wonderstruck" at Amazon Studios and Killer Films, the latter producing Haynes' most recent film "Carol".

Based on Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel, the story follows Ben and Rose - children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook.

When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry. Williams plays Ben's mother.

Amazon will finance, produce and distribute the movie. Christine Vachon, Pam Koffler and John Sloss will produce.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Netflix Acquires Doc ‘Sky Ladder’ on Chinese Artist Cai Guo-Qiang (Exclusive)

1 March 2016 12:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix is in final negotiations to acquire worldwide streaming rights to the Sundance documentary “Sky Ladder,” about celebrated Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, Variety has learned.

The film, directed by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland,” “Life in a Day”), chronicles Cai’s life history and inspirations through his signature works of art involving gunpowder and explosives. The story focuses on Cai’s attempts to stage his most ambitious project to date: a fireworks display in the shape of a sprawling ladder, cast over his hometown in China.

“Sky Ladder” premiered in the world documentary category at Sundance, where it received strong reviews. The film pulls back the curtain on a well-known figure to international audiences, and Netflix — which is now available in 190 countries, after an aggressive expansion in January — has been on a buying spree for product that will appeal to viewers around the world.

At Sundance, Netflix also »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Katie Couric’s Sundance Documentary ‘Under the Gun’ Acquired by Epix

18 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance documentary “Under the Gun” has been acquired by premium network Epix for the U.S. and Canada. Executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric, the film aims to present a balanced look at the gun debate.

The feature length doc will make its world television premiere on Epix and all its platforms on May 14 at 8 p.m., Epix announced Thursday.

Lionsgate will coordinate the release of “Under the Gun” in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, as well as manage digital distribution on platforms including Est and VOD. Lionsgate will also manage distribution in Canada.

In “Under the Gun,” Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig (“Fed Up”) examine why, despite the increase in deaths at the hands of guns and the outpouring of shock and outrage that comes with it, our nation has failed to respond with meaningful action. What is keeping the two sides of this debate »

- Laura Prudom

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Katie Couric’s Sundance Documentary ‘Under the Gun’ Acquired by Epix

18 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sundance documentary “Under the Gun” has been acquired by premium network Epix for the U.S. and Canada. Executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric, the film aims to present a balanced look at the gun debate.

The feature length doc will make its world television premiere on Epix and all its platforms on May 14 at 8 p.m., Epix announced Thursday.

Lionsgate will coordinate the release of “Under the Gun” in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, as well as manage digital distribution on platforms including Est and VOD. Lionsgate will also manage distribution in Canada.

In “Under the Gun,” Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig (“Fed Up”) examine why, despite the increase in deaths at the hands of guns and the outpouring of shock and outrage that comes with it, our nation has failed to respond with meaningful action. What is keeping the two sides of this debate »

- Laura Prudom

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Sundance: Jared Leto Executive Producing Cult Documentary ‘Holy Hell’ (Exclusive)

1 February 2016 11:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jared Leto has come aboard as an executive producer on the cult documentary “Holy Hell” following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Variety has learned exclusively.

“‘Holy Hell’ is relentless, haunting and unforgettable,” Leto said. “This unflinching documentary expose takes us on a beautiful and bizarre journey in search of faith, love and family, but ends up showing us how the business of spirituality, power and corruption are often religion’s ménage à trois.”

It was announced in early December that the film would play in the U.S. documentary competition lineup, with the director remaining anonymous. The helmer was revealed the next month as Will Allen, who said in an interview that his name was kept secret so that he could finish the project while minimizing the possibility of interference by the some of the subjects of the film. The movie marks Allen’s first feature documentary »

- Dave McNary

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'Amy' director to tackle 'Maradona'

29 January 2016 2:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amy distributor Altitude pre-buys new documentary ‘Maradona’ for the UK, Cinetic to handle Us sales.

Footballing icon Diego Maradona is the subject of new feature documentary Maradona from the team behind Oscar and BAFTA-nominated Amy.

Director Asif Kapadia, producer James Gay-Rees and editor Chris King will reunite on the story of the genius Argentinian beset by personal demons. Production is underway.

The team will be joined on the project by producer Paul Martin (Ronaldo) and will have access to hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive.

Altitude Film Sales will introduce the project to buyers at the Efm with Us sales being handled by Cinetic Media.

UK rights have been acquired by Altitude Film Distribution, who released Amy to £3.76 million in the UK, making it the highest grossing British documentary at the UK box office.

The film is being fully financed by Julian Bird’s Lorton Entertainment, the new financier-distributor »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Fortitude International lines up 'Marjorie Prime' for Efm

28 January 2016 2:04 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis, and Tim Robbins star in the sci-fi drama.

Los Angeles-based Fortitude International will introduce Marjorie Prime to international buyers in Berlin next month. 

Michael Almereyda, whose Experimenter premiered in Sundance 2015, directs the adaptation of last year’s Pulitzer prize-nominated play by Jordan Harrison starring Smith in the title role.

Uri Singer of Experimenter producer Bb Film Productions produced the film, which is currently in post-production.

Marjorie Prime centres on an aging violinist with deteriorating memory who hires a service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones.

In this way she is able to spend time with her daughter and son-in-law and an imperfect copy of her late husband as he looked in his 30s and 40s. John Sloss of Cinetic Media handles Us rights.

“The cast of Marjorie PrimeTim Robbins, Geena Davis, Jon Hamm and Lois Smith – deliver exceptional performances in this film,” said Fortitude »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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[Sundance Review] Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny

27 January 2016 10:01 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Premiering at Sundance 25 years after his seminal second feature film, Slacker, Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, produced for the PBS series American Masters, is the kind of documentary that requires little introduction. Borrowing its title from the opening moments of his Waking Life — a film that itself represented a rebirth for the Austin-based filmmaker following his second studio feature The Newton Boys — and combining behind-the-scenes footage from many of Linklater’s films (from Slacker to his upcoming Everybody Wants Some) with a history of Austin’s independent film scene, as developed by Linklater and the Austin Film Society, the picture reflectively weaves together a history of a master filmmaker whose work is squarely interested in the passage of time. The picture includes commentary by the late Siskel and Ebert, along with critic / scholar Kent Jones and, very briefly, Kevin Smith.

Directed by Louis Black (SXSW and Austin Chronicle founder) and Karen Bernstein, »

- John Fink

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Cinetic Media Adds Management Division, Expanding Services for Indie Filmmakers

22 January 2016 5:40 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

John Sloss' New York-based Cinetic Media, longtime sales rep for indie filmmakers, is adding a management division to its expansive portfolio of services, which also include film financing, distribution ("Exit Through the Gift Shop," "Senna"), and corporate consulting. Developing its management capabilities allows Cinetic to leverage its existing relationships with filmmakers by offering, in essence, to take care of their careers full-time—and to generate more income. The company has opened an L.A. office and plans to add to its current management staff of five. At Sundance, where the Sloss and his team throw an annual party at Zoom to cap off the the first weekend of dealmaking, Cinetic is representing Asif Kapadia (“Ali and Nino”), Brian Oakes (“Jim”), and Rebecca Miller (“Maggie’s Plan”), among others.   »

- Anne Thompson and Matt Brennan

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Sundance: Cinetic Media Launches Management Division (Exclusive)

21 January 2016 10:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinetic Media, the scrappy New York-based film and media company run by John Sloss, is launching a management division targeted to multi-hyphenate talent, Variety has learned.

The company already counts directors such as Richard Linklater (“Boyhood), Justin Lin (“Fast Five”) and Charles Ferguson (“Inside Job”) among its clients. But it’s looking to expand its management portfolio, hoping to capitalize on a moment in Hollywood when up-and-coming talent may struggle to find a foothold at the traditional agencies and the bigger studios. Cinetic has already added a new manager in New York who specializes in actors: Avi Lipski, formerly of Brookside Artist Management.

Cinetic, which helped pool financing for such high-profile art films as “Boyhood” and “Carol,” has ambitions to be a one-stop shop for those who can direct, produce, write and act as many entertainment industry players are straddling the lines between television, film, and digital media. The major »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Napa Valley Film Festival Announces 2016 Call for Entries

18 January 2016 1:56 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The 6th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff) taking place November 9 - 13, 2016 is now accepting film submissions. Nvff showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling. The ultimate celebration of the best films and engaging filmmakers, accompanied by Napa Valley’s world-class food, wine and hospitality, Nvff is a five-day immersive experience that annually lights up the gloriously scenic towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.

Nvff welcomes submissions of any genre and will be selecting approximately 100 new independent films to be programmed alongside a dozen or so awards season contending films, presented courtesy of Nvff’s many studio partners. Submission categories include narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, and short features (films with running times between 20 and 50 minutes). Organizers are looking for films that will best entertain, inspire, educate and intrigue audiences.

All of the films programmed from submissions are eligible for Audience Awards. Audience Awards presented each year include: Favorite Narrative Feature, Favorite Narrative Short, Favorite Documentary Feature, Favorite Documentary Short, Favorite Short Feature, Favorite Actress and Favorite Actor. The festival also offers a variety of Juried Awards. The jurors for 2016 will be announced at a later date. Three jurors will serve on each of the five juries: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, and The Lounge (a collection of bolder, edgier films curated from submissions). All juried and audience awards will be presented at an exciting Awards Ceremony on Nvff’s Closing Night, Sunday, November 13, 2016. All award winners will take home signed collectible magnums and/or double magnums of wine from Nvff’s Vintner Circle winery partners.

Feature length films (50 minutes or longer) can be programmed in one of the following sections: Narrative or Documentary Features Competition (U.S. productions only), The Lounge (foreign and domestic productions), or Special Presentations (foreign and domestic productions). An example of a curated film selection from Nvff’s 2014 Special Presentations was the Latino Spotlight, composed of three feature length films and four short films, all in Spanish language and/or dealing with Latino culture and heritage. Each film in the Special Presentations component of the program is up for Audience Awards.

Short films (narrative and documentary, under 20 minutes of running time) are programmed in curated collections. Shorts may be selected for the Narrative or Documentary Shorts competitions, for The Lounge, or as part of Special Presentations. Short Features (running times between 20 and 50 minutes) play in curated collections of 2-3 films.

The 20 films in Nvff’s U.S. feature competition categories (10 each) vie for the titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature (as determined by our prestigious juries). Each award comes with a $10,000 cash prizes presented by Meadowood Napa Valley. The 20 directors of these films also participate in Nvff’s unique Artists-in-Residence program that includes a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, master classes with industry leaders, networking with and learning from each other, pairing with top festival patrons at lavish receptions and winemaker dinners, and enjoying the world-class hospitality of one of wine country’s most beautiful resorts. Past Faculty for the Artists-in-Residence Program have included producer Christine Vachon (Killer Films), composer Carter Burwell, writer-director Atom Egoyan, Cinetic Media’s John Sloss, indie distributor Kevin Iwashina, producer Nicolas Gonda, producer Michael de Luca, and Amazon’s Ted Hope.

Filmmakers can submit films through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.com. For early submission with discounted entry fees, the Earlybird Deadline is February 26 and the final extended submission deadline is June 24.

Visit www.napavalleyfilmfest.org

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- Peter Belsito

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