7 items from 2015
With one of last year’s Sundance intoxicatingly cute natured discoveries in Lola Kirke (from Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America) toplining, the reasonable five-year morphing phase into a larger feature film canvas, and the welcomed addition of actress Breeda Wool who got to work with the same character, we could easily see this slice of Lgbt grab a coveted spot. While it might have the queer factor working for it, Awol, the feature film version actually stems from a 2011 Sundance premiered short of the same title. Production took place at the very beginning of the year with major thumbs up support from Tribeca Film Festival where the film (not yet finished) landed the Iwc Filmmaker Award and this past summer, Deb Shoval‘s feature debut was submitted to Champs-Elysées Film Festival’s Us in Progress. Chosen for Film Independent’s Fast Track and Ifp’s Narrative Completion Lab, Shoval »
- Eric Lavallee
The 42-year-old Olympic athlete told Digital Spy that he would have liked "nicer" comments from some of the stricter judges, because while he admits he's not a natural dancer, he put his all into his performances.
"To put so much hard work into something and then you get - I won't say the word slated but you know when you get remarks that you think are slightly unfair then it's quite hard to take," he recalled of the comments made by judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
"Look, I know I'm not a good dancer, but I think it would have been nicer to hear something along the lines of, 'I know you're clearly not a good dancer but respect to you for throwing everything into that dance'. »
This Labor Day weekend, New York’s biggest electronic music festival makes its highly anticipated return as Electric Zoo: Transformed. The three day festival has received a complete makeover, and is expecting to draw over 50,000 fans from all over the country to Randall’s Island Park. There’s still time to grab tickets and join the chaos, but for those of us abstaining from the festivities, the entire three days will be live streamed thanks to T-Mobile.
Starting Friday, Sept. 4th at 5pm Est, fans can tune in to Beatport’s Twitch Channel to watch the chaos free-of-charge. The broadcast will last until Sunday’s final performance, including sets from Above & Beyond, The Chemical Brothers, Alesso, and more. Also, for those of you heading to the festival grounds today, don’t forget to flash your T-Mobile powered device to get access to the Fast Track Entrance and party like a VIP the entire weekend. »
- Tim Kusnierek
Today, Film Independent announced the 10 projects selected for the 13th annual Fast Track film financing market. Held during the Los Angeles Film Festival, now underway, the program helps producer/director teams push their projects forward through 60 meetings with top industry decision-makers, from financiers and agents to managers, distributors and granting organizations and production companies. Three days of intensive meetings will offer exposure and networking opportunities for filmmakers. The Fast Track is supported by Film Independent Artist Development lead funder Time Warner Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Nea Art Works, Efilm, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television and Netflix. At the annual Film Independent Fast Track Welcome Dinner, Film Independent also presented two Alfred P. Sloan grants to support films that explore science and technology themes or that depict scientists, engineers and mathematicians: Michael Almereyda's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Film Independent has announced the 10 projects and 21 filmmakers to be put on its 2015 Fast Track Program, as well as the two films that received $70,000 in Alfred P. Sloan grants. Held as a part of the Los Angeles Film Festival, “Fast Track is designed to help producer-director teams ‘fast track’ their projects forward through 60 meetings with top industry executives [including] financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting organizations, and production companies,” according to a statement. This year’s projects include Anil Baral’s “Ethel,” a film based on the true story about a couple accused of stealing the secret to the atomic bomb; “Dark Forest,” written and directed by Elena Greenlee about a hipster-millennial exploring the “psychedelic world of Amazonian shamanism”; a dark comedy titled “Millie to the Moon” about a woman who is relieved from taking care of her sick mother and autistic brother, and decides she wants to explore space and men »
Back in February we reported that Hollywood Gang, a production company on the Warner Bros. lot run by Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari had obtained the rights to the long-in-development Robotech movie and wanted Mama‘s Andy Muschietti to develop (and perhaps direct) the film. At the time I was guessing that Robotech would stay at Warner Bros. but now Deadline is reporting that the film has moved to Sony and is now on the fast track there since they see it as a potential franchise. Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca and Matthew Milam will shepherd the Robotech movie at the studio. De Luca commented: "Robotech is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life. That’s why we are so excited to be working with Mark and Gianni as we move forward on this project. With a history »
- Evan Dickson
Also Read: Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary
Read the full release from Film Independent:
Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, »
- Matt Donnelly
7 items from 2015
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