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London-based festival to open with Oh Lucy! with Josh Hartnett.
The 25th Raindance Film Festival (Sept 21 -Oct 2) has revealed the majority of its line-up and jury members.
The international premiere of Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy! (USA), starring Josh Hartnett, is the opening night film of the London-based event. The closing night film will be announced later this month.
The competition jury includes ex-bifa director Johanna Von Fischer, Spanish producer Rosa Bosch and actors Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight), Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones), Christopher Eccleston (Dr Who), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), Celia Imrie (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Training Day), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda), Josh Whitehouse (Northern Soul), Neil Marshall (Game Of Thrones) and Rachel Portman (Chocolat).
They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the European premiere of Koichiro Miki’s Noise and the world premiere of Evald Johnson’s High & Outside: A Baseball »
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Virtual Reality – the ability to strap on a headset and interact with a digital story in a lifelike way –is a medium that’s moving beyond the fringes of the tech world and starting to be embraced by world-renowned creators. Hollywood kingpins and inspired writers have been drawn to Vr for its unparalleled ability to connect viewers to stories in a way movies and television cannot. At its highest level, Vr experiences become an “empathy machine” – in the words of Within Vr CEO Chris Milk – allowing users to place themselves in the shoes of Batman in one »
- Sean Burch
Upcoming virtual reality experiences based on hot properties like “Breaking Bad” and “Star Wars” may suggest Hollywood’s growing interest in the budding Vr market, but don’t expect drastic moviegoing changes any time soon. At least according to Chris Milk, CEO of Los Angeles-based Vr platform developer Within. In an interview with TheWrap, Milk, whose company specializes in story-based Vr experiences, says Vr will compliment, rather than cannibalize, the moviegoing experience. “ is not a medium to make movies through,” said Milk. “New art forms do not replace the old.” Also Read: How Cooking Meth in Virtual Reality Can Bring »
- Sean Burch
Veteran marketing executive James Finn has been named executive VP and head of marketing for FoxNext, the recently created division that works across Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group.
Finn will continue in his role within Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment as executive VP, co-head of marketing. FoxNext is part of Fox’s push to commercialize next-generation entertainment experiences in gaming, location-based entertainment and virtual and augmented reality productions.
The FoxNext division consists of FoxNext Games, FoxNext Destinations and FoxNext Vr Studio. Finn will oversee all aspects of marketing for FoxNext, developing campaigns from creative development through commercial release. He will also continue in his role of leading marketing communications strategies at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and continue oversight of marketing projects for the Fox Innovation Lab.
He’ll report to both FoxNext President Salil Mehta and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Keith Feldman.
“FoxNext is »
- Dave McNary
Although Virtual Reality (Vr) has yet to take off commercially, so far the Hollywood studios are mostly embracing the new digital frontier as a marketing vehicle to promote their franchises. On Wednesday, Paramount hosted the first Vrtl Summit for Vr professionals and investors, and announced a partnership with MoveoPlus to provide Moveo Virtual Reality Simulators in theaters and theme parks, with content provided by J.J. Abrams and Michael Bay.
While they are among many top directors, from Alejandro González Iñárritu to David Goyer, who are experimenting with Vr storytelling, everyone acknowledges that the technology needs to improve — along with bringing down the cost of those bulky headsets. And the push to bring engaging content to consumers remains a challenge. It comes down to effective storytelling. Nobody’s going to pay for Vr marketing promos, so immersive adventures and interactions with virtual characters are going to have to be compelling for »
- Bill Desowitz
The annual jamboree in Austin, Texas, has been about so much more than just film and TV for many years.
Attendees can listen to keynotes by extraordinary people on all manner of topics – be they sports, medicine, politics, technology, activism – the list goes on.
True to Screen’s roots, the list that follows is culled mostly from the world of content creation with one or two gravity-defying exceptions.
March 11. After Edgar Wright quit as director of Ant-Man over creative differences, he went to work on something creatively different. The result will be on view at SXSW as the action thriller gets its world premiere. Ansel Elgort stars as the eponymous getaway driver; a man in love who tries to break away from the life of crime »
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In 2017, for the first time, the Tribeca Film Festival will expand to feature a full slate of interactive and virtual reality (Vr) projects. The festival’s Vr selections will be displayed at an exhibition called Virtual Arcade, and the assembled lineup will be a strong one that includes innovative creators like Chris Milk as well as forward-thinking studios like Felix and Paul, Eko, and Wevr.
In total, 23 projects will be featured in the Virtual Arcade. Traditional film fans will recognize names like Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) among the list of Vr filmmakers who will have their work showcased at Tribeca.
Many of the other Virtual Arcade selections highlight major innovators in the Vr space. Milk, who helped a dedicated Vr app for Samsung, is involved in two projects at Tribeca, including Life of Us, which he co-created. Felix & Paul, which helped Barack Obama »
- Sam Gutelle
The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced today its lineup of immersive films, including 29 Vr and interactive projects in its Storyscapes and Virtual Arcade exhibits. Tribeca was one of the first U.S. festivals to showcase experimental storytelling projects, and as such the festival attracts world premieres from some of the vastly growing industry’s leading creators and studios.
Highlights include a virtual reality tour of the White House led by Barack and Michelle Obama; a new Vr collaboration from Chris Milk and by Pharell Williams; a mystery starring Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola from interactive studio Eko; and a multidisciplinary exploration of women of color’s experience through the lens of technology, society and culture, titled “NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism.”
“As Vr has continued to evolve technologically, so has the storytelling. Our mission »
- Jude Dry
World-premiere virtual reality projects including Kathryn Bigelow’s look at rangers at a poacher-beseiged African park and an immersive experience tied to India’s biggest movie franchise are among the works on tap for the Vr and interactive component of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival’s slate.
The newly announced additions to the festival’s overall slate encompass the six entries in Storyscapes, the competitive section of programming dedicated to the intersection of film, tech and storytelling, along with the 23 titles lined up for the festival’s Virtual Arcade. Storyscapes titles range from personal projects such as “Draw Me Close,” Jordan Tannahill’s memoir about his relationship with his mother; to Hyphen-Labs’ scifi-themed entry “NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism”; to an immersive recording of a Holocaust survivor’s testimony in Gabo Arora and Ari Palitz’s “The Last Goodbye.”
Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2017 Feature Film Slate (Full List)
The Virtual Arcade roster, meanwhile, »
- Gordon Cox
Virtual reality has been on the cusp for decades, but many in the tech industry touted 2016 as the year Vr finally arrived. Multiple consumer headsets were released, billions of dollars were invested, and more media companies experimented with Vr content. One widely circulated industry projection predicted Vr and Ar (augmented reality) revenues of $150 billion by 2020.
Right now, however, that hype seems overblown. The technology is still clunky, many Vr systems remain prohibitively expensive, and headset sales have been less than impressive. One major obstacle to mainstream adoption of Vr is that there currently isn’t enough compelling content to make the high prices and frequently buggy technology worthwhile for most consumers. Creators, manufacturers, and audiences are all still trying to understand what, exactly, Vr is for.
At Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier, a showcase for work “at the forefront of art and technology,” creators are attempting to answer this question in different ways, »
- Sue Ding
This is the kind of world domination we’re okay with.
If Annapurna Pictures were a human, it would be just entering grade school. Megan Ellison founded Annapurna in 2011, which still seems like yesterday to be honest. In the time that most six-year-olds have just started learning how to read and color inside the lines, Annapurna has produced films like Her, Spring Breakers, American Hustle, The Master, 20th Century Women.
Not content with simply producing some of the best films of the past seven years, Annapurna is now branching into distribution and marketing. That’s pretty damn cool in itself but even cooler is that their first film will be Kathryn Bigelow’s long-awaited “Untitled Detroit Project.” Annapurna produced Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty (2012), so it makes sense that they would team up again.
It will be interesting to see how Annapurna tackles distribution and marketing, especially considering how they’ve been expanding over the past few »
- Siân Melton
Fox is strapping on goggles and diving into virtual reality, launching a new division focused on the technology Wednesday and announcing a content partnership with Vr firm Within Thursday that will include a “Planet of the Apes” immersive experience and a Vr film with Annapurna Pictures and Spike Jonze. FoxNext, a brand new division that works across the film and television businesses of 21st Century Fox, and Within will work together on several Vr experiences, the first being an immersive project based on “Planet of the Apes” directed and produced by Within founder and CEO Chris Milk. The “Apes” Vr experience will. »
- Matt Pressberg
Veteran Fox executive Salil Mehta has been named president of the studio’s newly created FoxNext division that will work on its immersive businesses across Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group.
He will oversee video gaming, location-based entertainment, virtual and augmented reality productions. The studio is aiming to drive the company’s next-generation storytelling experiences.
Mehta joined Fox in 2013 and most recently served as president of content management for Twentieth Century Fox Film. He will begin his new role immediately, and report jointly to Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, and Stacey Snider, Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film.
FoxNext will oversee the production of studio franchise virtual reality experiences, such as the already announced “Alien” and “Planet of the Apes.” FoxNext will also combine the efforts of the video gaming groups responsible for “The Simpsons: Tapped Out” mobile game and the “Alien: »
- Dave McNary
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