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"Mission Blue" documents the life work of pioneering oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who is still jumping into the ocean at age 79. She shows us what the ocean was like when she first explored it back in the 50s. The not-for-profit film has been re-edited since playing the Berlin, Santa Barbara (our review here) and Ashland film festivals. Netflix released it in theaters August 15 backed by a massive outreach campaign to promote understanding and awareness about the threats faced by Earth's oceans. The film is both enlightening and entertaining, not unlike producer Stevens' Oscar-winning indie hit "The Cove." Stevens came by Sneak Previews for a Q & A: Anne Thompson: After I saw this movie, I admired oceanographer Sylvia Earle but I thought, “Oh my god, I can’t eat fish anymore.” What movie did you set out to make? Fisher Stevens: Originally, after I made “The Cove” with Louie Psihoyos, I was asked by Ted (Technology, »
- Anne Thompson
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Vulcan Productions has signed on as a partner of the Oceanic Preservation Society’s documentary Racing Extinction, by Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove). The film, about undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction, screened on Apr. 27 as a work in progress at Tribeca Film Festival, before Allen funded its completion. The film is "almost locked," says a publicist, and will premiere across theatrical, broadcast and digital platforms in 2015, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films "It's like The Avengers, but real,
- Tim Appelo
“Do you enjoy breathing?”
It’s a question Dr. Sylvia Earle asks people who wonder why we need to protect the oceans. The legendary marine biologist and National Geographer Explorer-in-Residence has been studying the ocean since the 1950s. Her life and work are now the subject of a new documentary, “Mission Blue,” hitting theaters and Netflix today.
As Earle points out, Earth would not be hospitable for humans if it weren’t for the ocean. “It’s filled with living things that shape the chemistry of Earth,” she says. “It’s where we get most of our oxygen, from small organisms that make up the plankton in the sea. Of course trees and other green things have much to do with generating oxygen and taking up carbon dioxide—but there’s no green without blue.”
Her cause has already earned the endorsement of the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, who has hosted screenings of the film, »
- Jenelle Riley
When filmmaker-actor Fisher Stevens met Sylvia Earle for the first time, he couldn't comprehend the idea that she wasn't already on his radar. Stevens was a producer behind the exposé The Cove, about dolphin hunting in Japan, and yet was only just learning of Earle's incredible story. At 78 years old, she is one of the world's top marine biologists, explorers, and environmental advocates — a job she began in the 1950s. One glimpse of Earle in action and Fisher knew he couldn't leave her side. So he didn't. Fisher's latest directorial effort, Mission Blue (which premieres exclusive today on Netflix), is part character study, part nature film, and part activist call-to-arms, hoping to “ignite public support for a global network of marine-protected areas.” From Los Angeles, where fellow environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio was set to present a screening of Mission Blue, Fisher told Vulture about assembling Earle's life story into a »
- Matt Patches
The cold-hearted bastard who kicked a squirrel off a Grand Canyon ledge will absolutely be hunted down because he pissed off the wrong people ... according to actor Fisher Stevens. Fisher was outside Boa Steakhouse last night when we told him about the insane story -- 2 French-speaking men recently used bread crumbs to lure the squirrel, and then one of them punted the poor animal into the air. Video of the crime went viral.Now the »
- TMZ Staff
Emmy award-winner Lauren Sanchez, who is a frontrunner to join The View as a co-host, has formed Pursuit Productions with Dan Friedkin. Pursuit will focus on telling compelling real life stories from around the globe. The company already has its first documentary feature in the works, Found, and closed a deal with Mark Monroe (Sound City, The Tillman Story, The Cove) to write. Found follows the search for those pilots whose planes were lost in The Battle of Peleliu during World War II. Also joining the search for the missing pilots in the doc is former United States Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, whose memoir Lone Survivor […] »
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Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles’ career — the touring years.
The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse’s Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Howard. Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East will serve as executive producers.
Howard said, “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”
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- Michelle McCue
Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized Documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles ' career - the touring years. The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse's Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Ron Howard. Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and White Horse's Guy East will serve as executive producers.
Ron Howard said,
"I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."
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Louie Psihoyos is pretty serious about the environment. His house is solar powered, he drives an electric car—the license reads Vus for “Vehicle Uses Sun,” it’s also the reverse of SUV—and yeah, he’s making a movie that may change the way we treat our planet. Psihoyos isn’t the first (or the last) to make a film that highlights how we’re killing the planet and guilting us to change our habits, but the Oscar-winning filmmaker of The Cove has more in store with his next film, 6, than exposing our sins. Screened as a work-in-progress at the Tribeca Film Festival, 6 (which producer Fisher Stevens said at the screening may not be the film’s final title) stands for our current state with the planet, as we’re on the verge of...
- Jason Guerrasio
Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos ("The Cove"), producer Fisher Stevens, and the subjects of their film Travis Threlkel and Leilani Münter, discussed their documentary "6" in a panel moderated by Indiewire's Paula Bernstein. The conversation is part of a series of talks hosted at the Apple Store in SoHo. As a documentary, "6" assembles a team of activists employing creative channels to show the world never-before-seen images that will change the way we understand issues of endangered species and mass extinction. When an audience member asked Psihoyos about when creativity started informing his activism, the director provided an anecdote. Psihoyos described the moment he shirked the formal constraints of journalism. In trying to tell the story of "The Cove" legally, Psihoyos was stymied by bureaucracy. Psihoyos said, "I had this lighting bolt of an idea. If we could break into the cove, we could actually show what's going on. I realized I was. »
- Luke Slattery
Few nature activists can bring their work to the masses, but that's exactly what longtime National Geographic photographer-turned-documentarian Louie Psihoyos didd with 2009's Oscar-winning "The Cove," an exposé of the rampant dolphin slaughter in the Japanese fishing industry. Now Psihoyos is attempting a similar achievement with "6," which showcases various activist efforts he's engineered with his colleagues at the nonprofit Ocean Preservation Society (Ops). "6" casts a much wider net than "The Cove." It explores the threat of a sixth "mass extinction" on Earth, citing the alarming statistic that around 30,000 species go extinct each year. On Friday, Psihoyos screened the film as a work-in-progress at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it still needs a lot of work. Like "The Cove," the filmmaker's new documentary turns the activist efforts of Ops into an exciting espionage tale as his team travels the world busting people killing and smuggling endangered ocean species. There's no »
- Eric Kohn
"Chef" and "Keep On Keepin' On" won the Heinecken Audience Awards at the the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, the festival announced tonight. "Chef," written and directed by Jon Favreau, won the Narrative award. "Keep On Keepin’ On," directed by Alan Hicks, won the Documentary award. Hicks also was honored at the Festival awards on Thursday with the award for Best New Documentary Director. Each award comes with a cash prize of $25,000. Separately, Radius-twc acquired worldwide rights as well as remake rights for the documentary "Keep On Keepin' On," which had its premiere at Tribeca. The film was produced by Academy Award nominee Quincy Jones and Paula DuPre' Pesmen ("The Cove"). Read More: Tribeca Film Festival Winners Include "Zero Motivation" and "Point and Shoot" Throughout the Festival, which kicked off on April 16, audiences have had the chance to vote for the Heineken Audience Awards. Films in the World Narrative Competition, World »
- Paula Bernstein
Update, 6:15 Pm: Hours after it was bought by RADiUS-twc, the documentary Keep On Keepin’ On was chosen to receive the Documentary Award and the Jon Favreau-directed Chef won the Narrative Award. Both audience awards are sponsored by Heineken. Open Road begins the release rollout of Chef on May 9. Earlier Exclusive, 2:32 pm Pst: RADiUS-twc has closed a deal for worldwide rights and remake rights for Keep On Keepin’ On, the documentary about a blind piano prodigy and his mentorship by a jazz legend whose pupils included Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. The film, which is produced by Jones and Paula DuPré Pesman (who won an Oscar for The Cove), made its premiere at Tribeca, where it won the Best New Documentary Director prize for helmer Al Hicks. The dealmaking at Tribeca is not usually memorable, but several films at the fest have bites and other sales might follow this. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Tribeca Film Festival began as a way for New York to rebuild culturally after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. For the first time since then, the area around Ground Zero is dominated by a sparkly, newly finished Freedom Tower, which represents so much more than the city’s resilience and recovery. The Tribeca festival played a small, but not insignificant, role in that recovery, inviting artists and film lovers to the city and reassuring New Yorkers that life can be beautiful even in the darkest of days.
After more than a decade of growth, Tribeca is also entering »
- Jeff Labrecque
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival launches this Wednesday with the world premiere of the Nas documentary "Time is Illmatic," directed by multimedia artist One9. To get you primed for the big event, Indiewire weeded through the massive lineup of films to bring you the 10 to watch out for at this year's fest. They're listed below in alphabetical order. "6" Director Louie Psihoyos won an Academy Award for Best Documentary his first film, "The Cove" in 2010. "The Cove" was as gripping as a thriller. Now with "6," which is premiering at Tribeca as a work-in-progress, Psihoyos returns with many of his fellow activists/collaborators from "The Cove," to tackle issues of endangered species and mass extinction. Using guerilla-style tactics, as they did in "The Cove," Psihoyos and his team also manage to capture the beauty of the natural world -- as they simultaneously warn us of the danger we are in of losing it. »
Kino Lorber has dated documentary "Who is Dayani Cristal?," winner of the Sundance 2013 World Cinema documentary award, for theatrical release. The documentary directed by Marc Silver and written by "doc fixer" Mark Monroe ("The Summit," "Chasing Ice," "The Cove") focuses on the human toll of the U.S. immigration crisis. Starring Mexican actor/activist and Canana producer Gael García Bernal ("Y Tu Mamá También," "No") the film will open on April 25th in New York, followed by a release to select cities nationwide. (My interview with Monroe is here.) García Bernal traces the steps of one of many workers on the Central American migrant trail who have died in the Arizona border desert known as “the corridor of death.” Aided by the forensic examiners of the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, the filmmakers look into the mystery surrounding the death of this unidentified man. During the investigation, Bernal embeds himself »
- Anne Thompson
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 »
- Jeff Labrecque
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival has filled out its 2014 feature slate with a starry Spotlight section as well as midnight and special screenings, a group that taken together includes a new movie written by Joss Whedon, the directorial debut of Courteney Cox, a Katie Holmes starrer, meme-fodder mashup “Zombeavers” and a doc about “bronies,” the adult-male fans of “My Little Pony.”
Programmed alongside the three major subcategories announced earlier this week, the Spotlight section, weighing in at 31 features, incorporates work from recognizable talent that is likely to attract attention to the fest.
The section’s roster includes a notable list of world premieres including “In Your Eyes,” a metaphysical romance penned by Whedon, directed by Brin Hill and starring Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David; “Just Before I Go,” the Cox-helmed comedy that stars Seann William Scott, Rob Riggle, Olivia Thirlby and Garret Dillahunt; and Holmes starrer “Miss Meadows,” Karen Leigh Hopkins »
- Gordon Cox
Spotlight features 31 films comprising 22 narratives and nine documentaries, of which 20 receive world premieres. The Midnight section will open with Preservation and includes the Efm buzz title Zombeavers.
Special Screenings include 6, a work-in-progress documentary by The Cove director Louie Psihoyos. The transmedia Storyscapes line-up returns for the second year. As previously announced, the festival will open on April 16 with the Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic and runs through April 27.
“Spotlight and Special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s programme, both in range of styles and stories,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal relationships at pivotal moments of transition. We look forward to sharing these engaging stories with audiences.”
“Whether they made us laugh, squirm, or plain scared the heck out of us, each of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
We previously announced some of the films that will be showing at the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. The remaining films that will premiere in the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screenings sections have also just been announced. Selections for Tribeca's Storyscape program were also revealed. The Festival will take place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City. 31 films will show as part of the Spotlight section, nine of them documentaries and 20 will make their world premieres. Narrative highlights include Ira Sachs's Sundance hit "Love is Strange," "Every Secret Thing," penned by Nicole Holofcener, Jon Favreau's "Chef," Courtney Cox's directorial debut, Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur," and "In Your Eyes," written by Joss Whedon. The Midnight section, which opens with the feature "Preservation," also includes seven very different films. "6," an unfinished documentary film by Louie Psihoyos ("The Cove"), will premiere in the Special Screenings »
- Eric Eidelstein
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