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Studios vs. theaters. Nato vs. Netflix. AMC Theaters vs. Universal. The stakes are high and the rhetoric is getting more heated as old economic models give way to new. And while the independents have more flexibility to experiment and challenge the established order, there are Big Guns in the indie world too: iTunes, Amazon, Netflix and Hulu.Indiewire Influencer Marc Schiller, CEO of BOND360, is taking what he learned about fan engagement online in the early '90s, when he helped to launch the House of Blues concert business and later launched Electric Artists, to the indie film world. Now all artists are figuring out how to be entrepreneurial and deploy digital tools to reach out to fans and build an online community.Now applying his Diy music strategies to film, Schiller has learned the digital film marketing ropes on such innovative releases as "Exit Through the Gift Shop," Formula 1 racing doc "Senna, »
- Anne Thompson
For his final week, Banksy went back to basics, putting up stenciled graffiti every day, with a few cheeky messages and moves in between.
The street artist tagged a truck last Saturday with the sentence, “The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet,” and followed that up with what he grumpily claims is a rejected column for The New York Times. In it, he criticizes the new One World Trade Center tower as “something they would build in Canada.” (Hey Banksy, every city’s got something people call an eyesore.) He goes on to say that the building fails to represent New York. »
- Shirley Li
One upcoming film we've been pretty excited about ever since it was first announced is Hammer's The Quiet Ones, and with today being Halloween, what better time to release the first teaser trailer? Check it out!
The film is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (Tpsc).
Look for it in theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.
Starring Jared Harris ("Mad Men", The Ward) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and directed by John Pogue, The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. »
- Debi Moore
We haven’t seen too much of Hammer’s latest production, The Quiet Ones, but that changes starting now. The very first trailer has just been released and we have it for you to watch:
“Starring Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, ‘Mad Men’) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), The Quiet Ones will be directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal). Joining the cast are Erin Richards (‘Breaking In’, ‘Being Human’), Olivia Cooke (‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’, ‘The Fuse’) and West End theater actor Rory Fleck-Byrne. With the story and original screenplay by Tom DeVille, revisions by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and most recently John Pogue, the film is produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) and Ben Holden in association with Tpsc Films.
Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of an unorthodox, »
- Jonathan James
Pic centers on a group of feisty retirees struck by the pension crisis, who hatch a plan to steal millions after the bank refuses to help their friend, leaving her on the brink of losing her home.
The pic will be produced by Exclusive Media in association with James Gay-Rees of Playmaker Films, who produced “The Quiet Ones,” which will be released by Lionsgate in the U.S. next year. Exclusive Media is fully financing the film.
Cole’s credits include the Golden Globe nominated “Saving Grace,” starring Brenda Blethyn and Martin Clunes, which won the Sundance Film Festival audience award; the BAFTA nommed “Made in Dagenham,” starring Bob Hoskins and Sally Hawkins; and the romantic comedy “A Lot Like Love,” starring Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher.
- Leo Barraclough
Every American has fond memories of Walt Disney World, moments in time that bond us to family like no other vacation really could. There’s magic in the air, and whether it’s manufactured or not, millions flock to the mouse Mecca every summer.
Well, first-time director Randy Moore is here to ruin all of that. To be fair, Escape From Tomorrow is not an assault on the corporate icon nor is it really offering deft social commentary about consumer culture. It’s just a weird, horror sci-fi hybrid that just so happens to be illegally shot on the grounds of Disneyland and Disney World. Moore came out of hiding from an undisclosed location to talk to Dread Central about the film and the surprising response it’s been getting since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.
DC: So, I saw the film this morning …
Rm: It’s a great morning movie. »
- Drew Tinnin
A documentary following six scientists who discovered the Higgs boson (aka “the God particle”) will be distributed and marketed by Abramorama and Bond Strategy and Influence, the companies announced today, the same morning when two of the scientists involved were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
The doc, titled “Particle Fever,” will open in New York at Film Forum on March 5, 2014, later expanding to additional cities across the country.
“’Particle Fever’ explores the stories of the people behind the experiment,” said director Mark Levinson. “We look forward to bringing the film to audiences beyond the scientific community, to anybody who might have an interest in learning about this momentous event.”
Producer David Kaplan added, “We’re very excited to be working with Abramorama and Bond in »
- Daniel Goldblatt
Welcome to New York, Banksy.
The notorious U.K. street artist (and Exit Through the Gift Shop subject) hit the walls of NYC this week with a new month-long “exhibit,” his first work in the city since 2010. After announcing the show Tuesday, his first piece — a stencil depicting a boy grabbing a can of spray paint from a sign saying “Graffiti Is A Crime” while standing on another boy’s back — appeared in the Lower East Side and was painted over less than a day later. The second has also been removed.
So far, the disappearances haven’t deterred the artist, »
- Shirley Li
Escape From Tomorrow—a low-budget, surrealist thriller surreptitiously shot inside Disney theme parks in Orlando and Anaheim—is actually getting a theatrical release, albeit a limited one. Though conventional wisdom after its Sundance premiere said Disney's legal team would probably sue its producers into a fine atomic dust before their movie ever saw the light of day, it's now looking as though Randy Moore’s completely unauthorized guerrilla indie will be distributed by Pda, who previously put out Banksy's similarly subversive sort-of-documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop. According to legal experts, the film—a dark portrait of »
The La Times is reporting that Escape from Tomorrow will be hitting major theatre markets in the United States as well as same day Video On Demand.
Escape from Tomorrow was a hit at Sundance this year, but may be best known as the indie films that was shot inside Disney owned parks in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida. The flick was hot on the sly using hidden cameras, The writer/director, Randy Moore communicated with the actors via cell phone from the other side of the park, so as not to attract attention.
From The La Times:
The movie centers on an alienated man (Roy Abramsohn) taking a family vacation as he slowly begins to get caught up in a conspiracy — or loses his mind. The version of the movie that will be released commercially has been re-cut and is about 15 minutes shorter than the edition that played Sundance, »
- Philip Sticco
Producers Distribution Agency (Pda) announced today it will be releasing Randy Moore's directorial debut Escape from Tomorrow in the U.S. this fall, in partnership with Abramorama and digital entertainment curator FilmBuff.
Escape from Tomorrow, a bold and ingenious trip into the happiest place on earth, was one of the most provocative films to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Drew McWeeny from Hitfix called it a "surrealist treat" adding "it is not possible this film exists."
Pda is an alternative theatrical distribution model best known as the company behind the Academy Award nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.
An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. »
“Escape,” which debuted at Sundance, will be released theatrically in select cities on Oct. 11 and be available via FilmBuff on VOD. Pda used a similar model in the distribution of Banksy’s doc “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”
Movie, shot in black and white, centers on a middle-aged American husband and father of two who learns he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he embarks on a full day at a Disney theme park, where the family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare.
Disney has not commented on the film.
- Dave McNary
"Escape From Tomorrow," the provocative indie shot guerrilla-style at Disney World, has landed U.S. distribution via Producers Distribution Agency (Pda), in partnership with Abramorama and digital entertainment curator FilmBuff. Read More: Columbia Law Professor Says Sundance Disney World Film 'Escape from Tomorrow' is a Cut-and-Dry Fair Use Case Pda, John Sloss's distribution offshoot of his sales and management company Cinetic Media, is best known for releasing the similarly bold "Exit Through the Gift Shop," which was Academy Award nominated for Best Documentary in 2010. "This loosely constructed, starkly black-and-white directorial debut of Randy Moore, which follows a family on their twisted final day of vacation in Disney World, takes place throughout the theme park behemoth and appears to have come together without an iota of permission," Eric Kohn wrote in his review out of Sundance, where the film premiered this year in the Next section. "Moore portrays Disney »
- Nigel M Smith
Escape from Tomorrow made a stir at Sundance earlier this year because director Randy Moore shot the film without permission at Disney World and Epcot. The story is a surrealistic nightmare where a father (Roy Abramsohn) starts losing his sanity on a family trip to the famous theme parks. It casts the Disney attractions in a grotesque light, but never gleams anything particularly insightful. I found the film to be repetitive and bland, especially when compared to the fascinating aspects of the production. Furthermore, there were the questions of whether or not the film would even get released, or if Disney's lawyers would descend to bury the picture. That question has now been answered as Pda has announced that Escape from Tomorrow will be released in theaters and on VOD on October 11th. Cinephiles who were tuned into Sundance coverage will undoubtedly be fascinated to see what all the ruckus was about, »
- Matt Goldberg
Is Logan visiting New York?! No, these subway ads were manipulated by "Poster Boy", a street artist in NYC who alters and redesigns ads with a rebellious undertone. Poster Boy is an infamous artist whose work appeared in Exit Through the Gift Shop and some of his latest creations are perfect manipulations of movie ads. There are so many (boring) movie ads placed all over the subway stations in New York City, it's easy to mess around with them. So he decided to add some slashes to the other ads along side of The Wolverine ad. The results? This enhancement should've been part of Fox's official campaign because this is awesome. Here's a few photos of The Wolverine subway ad Poster Boy calls "Director's Cut" as posted via his Flickr: Here's another movie ad defaced by Poster Boy NYC, this one called "Fasst" also found in his Flickr stream: The »
- Alex Billington
The documentary film is an interesting creature. Film fans often find them and adore them, becoming cheerleaders for films like The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and Exit Through the Gift Shop; while a large chunk of the movie-going audience seemingly abhor these slices of life on celluloid. Sure, every now and then a few good documentaries slip into the mainstream but these tend to have sensational topics (Super Size Me), are particularly current (Bowling for Columbine) or star some kind of celebrity (An Inconvenient Truth). The stigma of these films being boring or preachy is unfair. Documentaries can be just as exciting as the gluttony of superhero films that invade multiplexes and can easily make you have more feels than any super pale and sparkly vampire. I’m here to change your mind.
Let’s start off with a freebie. Out now on numerous instant platforms and »
- Derek Deskins
Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International (Ffi), announced multi-territory sales on director Asif Kapadia's (Senna, The Warrior) untitled documentary on five-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. Ffi also saw strong sales on seven-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director Mike Leigh's (Another Year, Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies) Untitled J.M.W. Turner Project, which stars Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, Secrets & Lies).
Ffi has secured the following territories and respective distributors on behalf of Asif Kapadia's Untitled Amy Winehouse Documentary: France - Mars Films; Germany -Prokino; Benelux - Cineart; Greece - Odeon; Iceland - Sena; Israel - Lev Cinema; Middle East - Italia Film; Portugal - Lusomundo Audiovisuals; Turkey - D Productions; Hong Kong - Edko Films; India - PVR Limited; Singapore - Shaw Renters; Thailand - Ipa Pacific; Australia/Nz - eOne; and South Africa - Ster-Kinekor. Focus Features International is currently fielding multiple offers for the UK, »
Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International (Ffi), announced multi-territory sales on director Asif Kapadia’s (Senna, The Warrior) untitled documentary on five-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. Ffi also saw strong sales on seven-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director Mike Leigh‘s (Another Year, Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies) J.M.W. Turner film, which stars Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, Secrets & Lies).
Ffi has secured the following territories and respective distributors on behalf of Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary: France – Mars Films; Germany – Prokino; Benelux – Cineart; Greece – Odeon; Iceland – Sena; Israel – Lev Cinema; Middle East – Italia Film; Portugal – Lusomundo Audiovisuals; Turkey – D Productions; Hong Kong – Edko Films; India – PVR Limited; Singapore – Shaw Renters; Thailand – Ipa Pacific; Australia/Nz – eOne; and South Africa – Ster-Kinekor. Focus Features International is currently fielding multiple offers for the UK, Cis, and Italy.
- Michelle McCue
Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International (Ffi), announced multi-territory sales on director Asif Kapadia’s (Senna, The Warrior) untitled documentary on five-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. Ffi also saw strong sales on seven-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director Mike Leigh’s (Another Year, Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies) J.M.W. Turner film, which stars Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, Secrets & Lies). Ffi has secured the following territories and respective distributors on behalf of Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary: France – Mars Films; Germany – Prokino; Benelux – Cineart; Greece – Odeon; Iceland – Sena; Israel – Lev Cinema; Middle East – Italia Film; Portugal – Lusomundo Audiovisuals; Turkey – D Productions; Hong Kong – Edko Films; India – PVR Limited; Singapore – Shaw Renters; Thailand – Ipa Pacific; Australia/Nz – eOne; and South Africa – Ster-Kinekor. Focus Features International is currently fielding multiple offers for the UK, Cis, and Italy. The untitled Amy Winehouse documentary is produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Lionsgate has nabbed the North American rights for the next chiller from Hammer, entitled The Quiet Ones, and they've already given it a release date! See how quickly things can move once they start cooking?
The Quiet Ones is inspired by true events and tells the story of an unorthodox but charismatic professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy. The film is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (Tpsc).
Look for it in theatres on April 25, 2014.
- Uncle Creepy
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