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Schwarzenegger Vows to Match Donations to Anti-Gerrymandering Campaign

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Schwarzenegger Vows to Match Donations to Anti-Gerrymandering Campaign
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to shake up Congressional races nationwide by redrawing political districts that are now reliably Republican or Democrat — and he’s pledging to match donations to his anti-gerrymandering campaign. The Republican, who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, said members of Congress are re-elected despite being less popular than “Herpes, colonoscopies, and cockroaches.” He blames districts that have been designed to favor one or the other of the major parties. “Washington doesn’t work — at least not for us,” Schwarzenegger began. Also Read: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Right About Gerrymandering The former governor said Congress.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He Isn’t Running for Senate: ‘My Mission Is to Bring Sanity to Washington’

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He Isn’t Running for Senate: ‘My Mission Is to Bring Sanity to Washington’
Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be making a run for a Senate seat, but he’s not giving up on politics all together.

The former governor of California, 69, took to social media Sunday to refute speculation that he is considering re-entering the political arena.

“I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” the actor wrote. “Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Won’t Run For U.S. Senate

Senator Arnold Schwarzenegger? Thanks, but no thanks, says the former California governor and Celebrity Apprentice host. “I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” Schwarzenegger writes on his Facebook page today. “Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform…
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‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview

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‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview
The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game is the big kid on the block among this holiday weekend’s batch of newcomers. The title is following in the footsteps of past TWC heavyweights The King’s Speech and The Artist, both of which opened to solid box office numbers and eventually scored Oscars for Best Picture. The distributor is expecting good numbers for Imitation Game over the Thanksgiving frame. IFC Films’ horror pic The Babadook has some good buzz heading into the weekend, though it might show its biggest heft via VOD with its day-and-date rollout. Remote Area Medical is one of those films one hopes everyone will see. Timed perfectly for this time of the year’s focus on thanks and giving, the documentary shows the underbelly of America’s healthcare crisis by way of people who provide free medical services to needy people in pop-up clinics around the country.
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Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres

Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we
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Healthcare Documentary ‘Remote Area Medical’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Healthcare Documentary ‘Remote Area Medical’ Gets U.S. Distribution
Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights to “Remote Area Medical,” a documentary about Americans without access to basic health care.

“Remote,” directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, made its world premiere at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The film was produced by Reichert, Zaman and Dan O’Meara.

The film takes its name from the nonprofit Remote Area Medical, which operates pop-up health care clinics. The film was shot over three days in 2012 at the Nascar speedway in Bristol, Tenn., where nearly 2,000 people received free medical, dental, and vision care provided by a team of medical volunteers.

Cinedigm, which will release the film in the spring, said the film “provides viewers with an unobstructed look at what it means to be an American without access to basic healthcare, a valuable perspective at a time when the battle over Obamacare has dominated the news cycle.”

Remote Area Medical
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Indiewire @ Hulu Docs Goes to Washington

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Indiewire @ Hulu Docs Goes to Washington
The festival formerly known as Silverdocs has been renamed AFI Docs, moving its center from Silver Spring MD to the nation's capital, and holding its eleventh edition this week. The latest edition of Indiewire's curation of Hulu's Documentaries page celebrates this shift with a selection of politically-focused films giving an insider look at Washington DC.  Watch them now for free! A number of the selections look at voting and the democratic process. Jeff Reichert's "Gerrymandering" explores the process of redistricting, where politicians can literally redraw electoral districts to give themselves, or their party, an advantage at the polls.Also looking at the darker side of the political process, Francis Megahy's "The Best Government Money Can Buy?" offers a non-partisan look at the unprecedented influence of lobbyists on Capitol Hill, and how their interests shape the legislation that affects us all.Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's "The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's.
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Exclusive: 2 Powerful Scenes From Health Insurance Doc 'Remote Area Medical'; Premieres at Full Frame

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Exclusive: 2 Powerful Scenes From Health Insurance Doc 'Remote Area Medical'; Premieres at Full Frame
Last year, filmmaker duo Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman (2010's election doc "Gerrymandering") made a three minute informational doc on Remote Area Medical, a free, three day pop up medical clinic in Tennessee that specializes in providing care to Americans without health insurance. You can see the short here, but ever since the two have been working on completing a full length version of the doc. The feature, also titled "Remote Area Medical," aims to put a human face on what it means to not have health insurance. It will have its world premiere at Full Frame Film Festival, which runs from April 4th to 7th in Durham, North Carolina. It'll then move over to Hot Docs, the Canadian International Film Festival, from April 25th to May 5th. The moving doc boasts a score from longtime David Gordon Green collaborator David Wingo and was cut by Spike Lee's go to doc editor Sam Pollard.
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Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy

Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry.

Terrence Malick, who somehow wasn’t already a member, received an invitation, as did fellow directors Rodrigo Garcia and Asghar Farhadi.

For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website.
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Oscar invites 176 artists and executives

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:

Actors

Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”

Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”

Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon

Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che

Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life

Clifton Collins,
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Now Online: Farihah Zaman And Jeff Reichert’S “Remote Area Medical”

Last week at the the Los Angeles Film Festival, our very own Lady Vengeance, Farihah Zaman, premiered her documentary short Remote Area Medical, co-directed with her husband Jeff Reichert, himself a filmmaker (Gerrymandering) and film journalist. The film — which is embedded below — was made as part of the Focus Forward series, for which 30 filmmakers have been commissioned to make three-minute documentaries. There is, however, a feature-length version of Zaman and Reichert’s film in the works, to be released in 2013; to stay updated on its progress, “like” its Facebook page and follow @RAMmovie on Twitter.

In a recent email, Zaman wrote that Remote Area Medical was

about a group of the same name that sets up free pop-up medical clinics, predominantly in poor rural communities in the Us, where people can’t afford or literally have no access to healthcare. They do medical, dental, vision, chest X-rays, mammograms, and a
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Jeff Reichert on "Gerrymandering" (Watch It Now Free!)

Jeff Reichert on
In his film, "Gerrymandering" - available in its entirety at the bottom of this page courtesy of SnagFilms - filmmaker Jeff Reichert explores the secret deals that go down to define and redefine the nation's congressional districts. "Gerrymandering" Director: Jeff Reichert Subjects: Dave Aronberg, Ben Barnes, Gray Davis 77 minutes The full film, "Gerrymandering" is available free on SnagFilms (and at the end of this article). This interview with Jeff ...
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Futures | Jeff Reichert Takes on the Pillars of Power with "Gerrymandering"

Futures | Jeff Reichert Takes on the Pillars of Power with
Filmmaking newcomer Jeff Reichert opens his first feature documentary this weekend, and the former film distribution exec is taking on a relatively little-known political ploy that seriously questions the widely held belief that America is a beacon of democratic values. "Gerrymandering," which opened Friday, October 15th in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and San Diego, spotlights a practice that many politicians may prefer their constituents not know. Every ten ...
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Video Interview: Gerrymandering Documentary Director Jeff Reichert

Jeff Reichert had working on nearly every side of the industry that writes about and promotes films, founding the online film magazine Reverse Shot and serving as the senior VP of Magnolia Pictures, but only this year did he finally step behind the camera for his debut feature. The documentary Gerrymandering came out when he noticed the oddities in his own Brooklyn district, when his local representative suddenly had been drawn out of his own district. That inspired Reichert to travel the country to explore the notion of gerrymandering-- the highly political process of redrawing districts to benefit politicians desperate to hang on to their seats and their power by whatever means necessary. I saw Gerrymandering-- which opens today in limited release-- at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring, and found a fun, entertaining, and in its own way, deeply patriotic film. A few days later I talked to
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Film: Review: Gerrymandering

If we stipulate that gerrymandering is a pox on the American political process, do we have to sit through a documentary that makes that case in the most earnest, predictable way possible? Jeff Reichert’s Gerrymandering looks at the history and hassles of redistricting, and how politicians of both parties have worked to isolate minorities and independents and assure that their respective decks remain well-stacked for election day. In theory, districts are meant to be reshaped rarely: after a census, primarily, when the number of local representatives gets reapportioned. But increasingly, political parties find reasons to get their maps and ...
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Q&A: Gerrymandering

On a crisp Thursday eve, policy wonks, politicians, and documentary film industry, including Magnolia Pictures' Eamonn Bowles, packed the Village East Cinemas 3-floor theater for the world premiere of filmmaker Jerry Reichert's Gerrymandering. True to the nation it depicted, the 77-minute, feature length expose of partisan redistricting certainly had a diverse audience, age, gender, and ethnicity wise. Writer/director Reichert, who himself was a former film distributor, was greatly aided by teaming with respected editor Samuel D. Pollard. The result of their teamwork is a thoroughly watchable educational documentary, which shows how both parties will carve up of districts to protect their seats in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. Beginning with the first case in Massachusetts, Gerrymandering chronicles how this bi-partisan practice has evolved over the years, culminating in computer-driven, contentious mapping battles, which have become even more vicious with advancements in software and programs, such as Google maps.
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Tribeca Review: Gerrymandering

t the most basic level, Gerrymandering is a documentary about drawing lines, the way every corner of the country is split up into districts and jurisdictions and zones in order to pick the people who represent them, whether on the school board or in the national House of Representatives. To even the most devoted of political nuts that probably sounds deathly dull, but first-time documentarian Jeff Reichert has made a funny, entertaining and, in its own way, deeply patriotic film about both the ways in which the American government systematically fails us, and how simple it can be to fix it. The zippy "Schoolhouse Rock"-inspired opening of the film does a better job of explaining gerrymandering than I possibly could, but I guess I can try. The word, a funny portmanteau originating from a particularly unscrupulous 19th-century Massachusetts governor, is the process of politicians and legislators redrawing district lines
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Magnolia Pictures to Distribute Mega-Documentary Freakonomics

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We have just received a press release from Magnolia Pictures saying that the studio will release the documentary adaptation of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s best-selling book Freakonomics. As we previously reported, the film is a type of uber-documentary with noted documentary filmmakers such as Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Eugene Jarecki, and Seth Gordon, doing individual segments on various case studies in human behavior and sociological results.

Hit the jump to read the full press release. The film is set to close out this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 21st to May 2nd.

Here’s the full press release from Magnolia:

Magnolia Pictures Acquires North American Rights to Film Version of Smash Bestselling Book Freakonomics

New York - April 5, 2010 - The Wagner/Cuban Companies’ Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to Freakonomics, the highly anticipated film version of the
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Tribeca Announces Full Film Fest Schedule

While most of the eyes in film are on either SXSW or ShoWest out on the West Coast, folks out on the East Coast are gearing up for Tribeca Film Festival coming up next month. Last week, the fest announced the first group of films, which included the World Narrative films, the Documentaries, as well as Showcases and Special Events.

Now, the festival is getting a bit more star-heavy, as films starring such actors as Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Casey Affleck, and even Jessica Alba have joined the list of those titles appearing at the fest. All of these films are now coming to the festival this year, as well as the world premiere of Shrek Forever After.

The fest runs from April 21st to May 2nd. Check out the full list of new films after the jump, and be sure to keep it here, as the full list of
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2010 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup Revealed

The Tribeca Film Festival opens on April 21, 2010 and a variety of films will be on display, from documentaries and international films, to big budget films like "Shrek Forever After" (which will make its world premiere at Tribeca).

Today the festival has announced its entire feature film lineup, and you can check out below what films will be on display.

2010 Tribeca Film Festival:

Encounters

"The Chameleon ("Le Cameleon")," directed by Jean-Paul Salomé, written by Jean-Paul Salomé and Natalie Carter. (France, USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. "Climate of Change," directed by Brian Hill. (USA/UK) – North American Premiere, Documentary. "Every Day," directed and written by Richard Levine. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. "Last Play at Shea," directed by Paul Crowder and Jon Small (concert footage). (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. "Meet Monica Velour," directed and written by Keith Bearden. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. "Monogamy," directed by Dana Adam Shapiro, written by Dana Adam Shapiro and Evan Weiner.
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