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Pixel Market reveals competition titles

25 September 2013 7:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Selection of cross-media projects to compete for awards.

Power to the Pixel (PttP) has named the 30 cross-media projects from around the world selected to take part in The Pixel Market 2013 (Oct 16-17), the finance and co-production market held during the Cross-Media Forum (Oct 15-18) in association with the BFI London Film Festival. 

Eight titles have been selected to compete for the Arte International Prize for The Pixel Pitch, an award of €6,000 ($8,100), announced at a ceremony on Oct 17. The titles include:

Art with Mati & Dada

Giovanna Bo and Roberto Braga, Achtoons s.r.l. (Italy)

The Baghdad Station

Mahyad Tousi, BoomGen Studios, (Us)

Get Over It

Paula Schardorodsky, Rabia Williams - TalaTala (Argentina-Spain)

Netwars - Out of Ctrl

Saskia Kress, Filmtank GmbH  (Germany)

Life and Mind of Mark LeFriest/ Breaking the Box

Gabriel London and Jonathon Corbiere -  Found Object Films, The Secret Location, Thought Café (Us-Can)

Soundtrack of the World

Lisa Gray, Martyn Ware, The Feds »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Jordan Kerner’s Everyday Heroes

23 July 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Jordan Kerner, the prolific producer of tender family fare such as the “Smurfs” franchise, “George of the Jungle” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” is asked to describe the root of his particular penchant for stirring stories that tug at audiences’ hearts — or make the little ones giggle — he brings up a pivotal moment in his childhood.

It was May 7, 1959. In the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the recently transplanted Dodgers and the New York Yankees were playing an exhibition game to raise money for the medical expenses of legendary catcher Roy Campanella, one of the first players to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier, who had been left paralyzed by a car accident. More than 93,000 people were in the stands, among them 9-year-old Jordan, dozens of World War II veterans in wheelchairs and a vivid cross-section of the country’s racial and ethnic mix, all united in their love for a wounded hero. »

- Nick Madigan

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Why Hollywood kowtows to China

12 March 2013 10:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Films set in Shanghai, Chinese scientists saving the day, Beijing portrayed as the promised land … Us film-makers are flattering their way into the world's fastest-growing movie market

Last week North Korea threatened America with a nuclear strike. This week sees the UK release of Red Dawn, which features a North Korean invasion of the Us. An impressive instance of Hollywood's far-sightedness? Not quite.

Red Dawn is the reboot of a cold war thriller that's much cherished in some quarters. Back in 1984, when the original appeared, the aggressor could only have been the Soviet Union. With the new film comes a new commie bogeyman – but it was not supposed to be North Korea. These days, it's not so much Kim Jong-un's eccentric dictatorship that makes Americans tremble, it's their newfound rival for superpower status, China.

So, MGM's re-imaginers decided to reallocate Russia's role to the Chinese People's Republic. Fancifully enough, they »

- David Cox

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The Curious Case of Brad Pitt's China Tweet

11 January 2013 9:35 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Daily Beast reports that Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter (which is blocked there) with upwards of 400 million users, was sent spinning last week when Brad Pitt started an account, inaugurating it with this message: "It is the truth. Yup, I'm coming..." The Weibo message generated tens of thousands of responses, primarily positive, with more than 160K new followers added to the account. Then, on December 8, Pitt's message disappeared. What happened? Part of the initial excitement surrounding Pitt's supposed visit to China stemmed from the actor's presumed ban from the country. In 1997, Pitt played the young Dalai Lama's Austrian tutor in "Seven Years in Tibet," a film that didn't sit well with the Chinese government for its violent and "biased" portrayal of local officials. Martin Scorsese's "Kundun" and Richard Gere's "Red Corner" invoked the same »

- Beth Hanna

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