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Broad Green Pictures Is Missing Release Dates and Angering Filmmakers. Here’s Why.

16 February 2017 4:13 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It was baffling when distributor Broad Green Pictures pulled Lucy Walker’s “Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary” from the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, the same day as its intended premiere, with a press release that said the “post production process has taken longer than expected.”

Nearly a month later, Broad Green has made no further comment on the film’s status, but its homepage still boasts that “Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club documentary will have it’s [sic] official world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival!”

That disconnect (and typo) could be a matter of sloppy site maintenance, but multiple IndieWire interviews with people familiar with Walker’s film and Broad Green suggest more complex issues dog the three-year-old would-be studio. (Walker declined to comment for this article; Broad Green executives didn’t respond to requests for comment.)

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- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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Broad Green Pictures Is Missing Release Dates and Angering Filmmakers. Here’s Why.

16 February 2017 4:13 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was baffling when distributor Broad Green Pictures pulled Lucy Walker’s “Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary” from the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, the same day as its intended premiere, with a press release that said the “post production process has taken longer than expected.” Nearly a month later, Broad Green has made no further comment on the film’s status, but its homepage still boasts that “Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club documentary will have it’s [sic] official world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival!”

That disconnect (and typo) could be a matter of sloppy site maintenance, but multiple IndieWire interviews with people familiar with Walker’s film and Broad Green suggest more complex issues dog the three-year-old would-be studio. (Walker declined to comment for this article; Broad Green executives didn’t respond to requests for comment.)

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- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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Sundance Cues Up a Chorus of Music Docs and Features

20 January 2017 6:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From “Once” to “20 Feet From Stardom,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “Whiplash,” Sundance has long been a key launchpad for music features and docs, and this year’s edition is primed with a slew of music-infused entries, from documentaries to features.

Even though Lucy Walker’s follow-up to “The Buena Vista Social Club” was forced to withdraw from the program at the start of the fest, one Sundance music doc managed to make ripples before films had even started screening, as Amir Bar-Lev’s four-hour Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” was picked up for distribution by Amazon. Singers Adam Levine and Mary J. Blige will both be in town as castmembers for “Fun Mom Dinner” and “Mudbound,” respectively, and L.A.’s electronic music wizard Flying Lotus makes his directorial debut with “Kuso,” in Sundance’s Midnight section. Documentaries touch on everything from early rock icon Link Wray (“Rumble: »

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Broad Green Pulls Buena Vista Social Club Doc From Sundance

20 January 2017 1:24 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar nominee Lucy Walker’s forthcoming documentary about revolutionary musicians in Cuba has been abruptly pulled from the Sundance lineup. The untitled project was a pseudo-follow up to the hit Wim Wenders doc “Buena Vista Social Club” about the ensemble from 1999. Sundance officials announced the change early Friday morning, with the film’s distributor Broad Green following up with a statement about delayed post-production. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? “We at Broad Green are disappointed that we will not be able to premiere this compelling documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, »

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‘My Happy Family’ Exclusive Clip: Georgian Woman Leaves Her Family Behind To Live On Her Own

20 January 2017 12:15 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The World Dramatic section at the Sundance Film Festival features films from around the globe by filmmakers with fresh, dynamic perspectives, such as the new Georgian film “My Happy Family.” The film follows Manana (Ia Shugliashvili) who announces to her family and family on the eve of her 52nd birthday that she plans to leave home. A wife of 25 years to a good husband, Manana has lived under one roof and co-existed with three generations of family, but suddenly she decides to break from tradition and live on her own in a new apartment. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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The film was directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross. They previously directed the film “In Bloom,” about two friends living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992 who wand to escape society and their families, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘It’s Not Yet Dark’ Exclusive Trailer: Colin Farrell-Narrated Documentary Explores The Story of an Irish Filmmaker With Mns

20 January 2017 11:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The new documentary “It’s Not Yet Dark” follows the story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a young Irish filmmaker who went on to direct an award-winning feature film despite a diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease (Mns). Narrated by Colin Farrell and featuring music from James Vincent McMorrow, the film follows Simon from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival where he premiered his short film “The Sound of People” to his diagnosis and fight against the disease. He wrote a feature film script entitled “My Name is Emily” despite being completely paralyzed and only using eye gaze computer software. Five years later, he wrote a memoir and directed “My Name is Emily,” which will be released in the United States this February. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.

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“I’m so excited for Simon and Ruth, who have shared their lives and »

- Vikram Murthi

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Untitled Buena Vista Social Club documentary pulled from Sundance

20 January 2017 8:52 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lucy Walker’s documentary will not screen in Park City due to a longer than expected post-production and Friday’s world premiere has been scrapped.

Sundance staff were informed late on Thursday night and have replaced the Friday slot with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, which premiered on Thursday night.

“We at Broad Green are disappointed that we will not be able to premiere this compelling documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival,” a spokesperson for Broad Green said.

“The film’s post-production process has taken longer than expected and thus the decision was made to wait to introduce the film to audiences until it can be presented in its best possible iteration.”

A scheduled press screening on Friday night will be replaced with another title to be announced and the festival will do the same with subsequent slots as the event progresses.

The untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary is a companion piece to [link »

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Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club Documentary Pulled From Sundance

20 January 2017 8:10 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Sundance Film Festival announced Friday morning that filmmaker Lucy Walker’s “Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary” would not premiere at the 2017 fest as previously announced. The Sundance Institute only learned that the film would not play late on Thursday.

“We at Broad Green are disappointed that we will not be able to premiere this compelling documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival,” Broad Green Pictures said in a statement. “The film’s post production process has taken longer than expected and thus the decision was made to wait to introduce the film to audiences until it can be presented in its best possible iteration.”

The film, which at one point carried the title “The Flowers of Life: Social Club Buena Vista,” revisited the Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club, also the subject of filmmaker Wim Wenders’ eponymous doc from 1999.

 

 

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Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary Pulled From Sundance Lineup

20 January 2017 8:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary will not to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, robbing the mountainside indie film gathering of one of its higher-profile debuts. Broad Green, the film’s distributor, attributed the last minute decision to pull the film to the need to make more post-production tweaks. It was originally slated to have its first public screenings on Friday, but Festival organizers said that they were informed Thursday that the picture would not be shown.

“We at Broad Green are disappointed that we will not be able to premiere this compelling documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival,” a spokesperson for Broad Green said in a statement. “The film’s post production process has taken longer than expected and thus the decision was made to wait to introduce the film to audiences until it can be presented in its best possible iteration.”

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Fight the power: documentaries to unleash the activist in you

2 January 2017 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Children in poverty, rape in the military, mass murderers at large … Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker picks 10 powerful documentaries to galvanise you into action

More inspiring culture for 2017

The documentaries praised on these pages are all ones that fired me up, galvanised me into action, which are also magnificent works of film-making well worth watching now. I’m proud to look around and, as that there are far too many non-fiction films to choose from, please forgive the omissions as I’m spoiled for choice by my inspiring film-maker colleagues.

There are brilliantly energising films that have brought real-world justice, such as The Central Park Five (directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon) about five black and Latino teenagers wrongly convicted of raping of a white woman jogging in New York in 1989. In this category, I would also mention The Jinx (directed by Andrew Jarecki) about the real estate heir Robert Durst, »

- Lucy Walker

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