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Fandor Partners With Kartemquin to Release Rare and Underexposed Early Works

5 November 2015 11:17 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Fandor and Factory 25 Jointly Acquire 7 Feature Films Fandor will release over 30 films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films,16 of which will be released November 5. The films in this partnership include the digital premieres of many rare and underexposed early works from Kartemquin, which is best known for producing the Academy Award-nominated "Hoop Dreams," the multi-award-winning "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" and 2014's Roger Ebert biography "Life Itself."  "I have greatly admired the remarkable work of Kartemquin Films for decades," said Jonathan Marlow, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Fandor. "We are absolutely delighted to add their phenomenal documentaries to the Fandor service." "It's a pleasure to have so many of our classic films digitally released for the first time as a collection on Fandor where we know they will be well received »

- Sonya Saepoff

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Daily | FIXshorts, Round 2!

15 September 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Fandor is partnering with Kickstarter to launch production of four new short films: Daniel Stuyck's The Eternal, Lynne Sachs and Lizzie Olesker's Every Fold Matters, Ani Simon Kennedy's Hench and Josh Gibson's Pig/Pork. What's more, with Alex Cox joining our Fix Filmmakers Initiative, we'll be premiering a short from his new film, Tombstone Rashomon, currently raising funds with an Indiegogo campaign. "After the immensely successful launch of FIXshorts in March, it was essential to roll-out another quartet of projects as those films near completion," says our co-founder and Chief Content Officer, Jonathan Marlow. » - David Hudson »

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Cinema Slate, Fandor in Brazilian film pact

7 August 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cinema Slate, a new distributor focused on Latin American cinema launched by Rodrigo Brandão, has struck a deal with streaming service Fandor to release four films.

The titles are part of Cinema Slate’s Brazilian Film Series: Year One showcasing up-and-coming Brazilian directors and will go out theatrically via the New York-based Cinema Slate day-and-date with digital launches through Fandor.

The promgramme begins on September 11 at New York’s Cinema Village with Cateano Gotardo’s omnibus film The Moving Creatures (O Que Se Move).

The series will be co-presented with New York-based Cinema Tropical, a leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the Us, and sponsored by Brazilian Press, a newspaper servicing the Brazilian community in the East Coast. 

October 30 brings the release of Hard Labor (Trabalhar Cansa) co-directed by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas.

The third and fourth films in the series set for November and December are Fellipe Barbosa’s semi-autobiographical tale Casa Grande and Eryk Rocha »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Factory 25, Fandor to release seven

25 June 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The independent distributor and streaming service announced at BAMcinemaFest they will partner on the slate.

The companies have partnered on numerous releases since 2012 and this marks their first deal for joint releases.

Fandor will release the films day-and-date via its subscription service with Factory 25 handling theatrically and transactional platforms.

The films are: Todd Rohal’s Uncle Kent 2 (pictured); Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again; Nathan Silver’s Stinking Heaven; Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson’s Diamond Tongues; Maximón Monihan’s Voice Of The Voiceless (La Voz De Los Sileciados); Lynn Shelton’s We Go Way Back; and Alexander Rockwell’s Hero.

“Fandor is one of the few like-minded companies that really care about cinema as much as I do,” said Factory 25 founder Matt Grady, who also celebrates the company’s sixth anniversary. “I’m really excited about working together to release this slate of films by some of the most influential voices in independent film right »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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The Art of Filmmaking Revisited: Joshua Oppenheimer and The Look Of Silence

1 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The following is a continuation of an ongoing conversation that began in Telluride and Austin regarding The Act of Killing and then on to Berlin and back to Austin (where this discussion was recorded) about The Look of Silence. Jonathan Marlow speaks with celebrated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer about his latest documentary—soon-to-be-released by Drafthouse Films—on the occasion of the Fandor debut of several films either directed, written and/or produced by Oppenheimer.>> - Jonathan Marlow »

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Fandor Moves into Original Content with Shorts Program (Exclusive)

12 March 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Streaming  platform Fandor is moving into original content creation by backing 50% of the originating budgets of five short films and raising the remainder by crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

Under Fandor’s FIXshorts  program, each of the films will have guaranteed distribution on the platform along with outreach effort assistance. When completed, Fandor will premiere the FIXshorts exclusively in tandem with their respective festival premieres and the rights to each film will remain with the individual filmmakers.

“This collaborative approach to film production is an important step forward in our efforts to help new work reach new audiences,” said Jonathan Marlow, co-founder and chief content officer.

Fandor plans to support this project twice annually. The second round of proposals will go under consideration near the end of 2015.

The five projects were selected from 34 proposals and include:

— “Anyuka,” Maya Erdelyi. An animated documentary on the life of the filmmaker’s Hungarian grandmother.

— “Dead Ink Archive, »

- Dave McNary

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Fandor Reins Change Again, as Ted Hope Returns to Producing

7 January 2015 1:40 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Lead investor Chris Kelly, former Facebook General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, is stepping in as interim CEO to replace outgoing Ted Hope, whose avocation film producer reigns supreme. He came in just a year ago, after leaving another short-term gig as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society. Hope will be "pursuing a new film production venture, and will remain a close advisor to the company," according to a press release.  Last January, Kelly and Fandor founder and then-ceo Dan Aronson and chief content officer Jonathan Marlow approached Hope to take over as CEO. He was impressed with their curated collection of 5000 high quality indie and foreign films as well as the ways they share revenues with filmmakers and rights holders.  In 2013, Fandor brought in over three dozen new partners and individual filmmakers to its curated service. Fandor has also launched in Canada and expanded its services on a wide array of mobile. »

- Anne Thompson

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