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The Austin Film Society has announced that they have partnered with Dell to establish the Afs "Powered by Dell" Grant for Texas-based filmmakers in post-production. The awards will be given out as a part of the annual Afs Grant cycle in September, which annually awards $100,000 to filmmakers in the state of Texas. This grant will award $15,000 in cash, plus high-end Dell Precision workstations with Adobe Creative Cloud editing software and UltraSharp displays. Afs Grant winning filmmakers have gone on to screen their films at top festivals around the world, such as Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. The list of Afs grantees include David Lowery ("Ain't Them Bodies Saints"), Jeff Nichols ("Mud"), David Zellner ("Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter") and more. Filmmakers residing in Texas can apply to the Afs Grant for funds for production, post-production and distribution of independent films of any length and genre. Grant submissions open at the end of. »
- Jena Keahon
Read More: Watch: 'Wild Canaries' Trailer Mixes Old-School Screwball Comedy, Brooklyn and Murder If you love indie films and winning things, you now have a chance to combine both. Upon the release of his film "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," director David Lowery hosted a social media giveaway to anyone who watched four Indie films in one weekend. The prizes were impressive, including signed scripts. Now, filmmaker Riley Stearns announced another Indie Film Giveaway upon the release of three new indie films, "Buzzard," "Faults" and "Wild Canaries." The official tweet for the announcement came from Stearns' Twitter page on March 6, promising that if people see all three films (in a theater or rented/bought on VOD) by March 12, they would be getting some prizes their way. Check out the tweet below, and email IndieFilmGiveaway@gmail.com to enter. See (in a theater)/rent/buy all three films by March »
- Travis Clark
A few years back, for the release of his new film, director David Lowery of Ain't Them Bodies Saints (great film) hosted a social media giveaway where they would send prizes to anyone who saw four indie films in one weekend. They sent out some truly one-of-a-kind prizes, including signed scripts and props from the films, but above all just wanted to remind people to support indie films. Well, another filmmaker by the name of Riley Stearns is launching a brand new "Indie Film Giveaway" for three new features that were just released: Lawrence Michael Levine's Wild Canaries, Joel Potrykus' Buzzard and Stearns' Faults. Similar to Lowery's fun giveaway, it's as simple as photographing your ticket stubs and emailing them in. Here's the official tweet below from writer/director @RileyStearns announcing details about their "Indie Film Giveaway" for these three films. They're even including VOD rentals, so if »
- Alex Billington
The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard as a park ranger who discovers the existence of the dragon, Wes Bentley as a local mill owner, Karl Urban as the mill owner's brother, Oona Laurence as a young girl who befriends Pete, and Robert Redford as the girl's father.
Shooting will begin around Wellington before moving north to Rotorua and later to the south in Tapanui and Invercargill. "Pete's Dragon" is currently slated for an August 2016 release. »
- Garth Franklin
Principal photography began in New Zealand today on "Pete's Dragon," writer/director David Lowery's re-imagining of the 1977 Disney animated hybrid. Indie "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" turned studio director Lowery's version will not be a musical, as the neglected Mouse House Classic is, but it will blend live-action with CGI to tell the story of orphan boy Pete and Elliott, his often-invisible dragon pal. Studios chase hot indie mavericks like Lowery out of Sundance for large properties, for one, because they're presumably cheaper than A-list talent. Other indie finds to helm similarly ambitious projects for-hire include "Safety Not Guaranteed" director Colin Trevorrow for "Jurassic Park 4," "Kings of Summers"'s Jordan Vogt-Roberts for Legendary's King Kong prequel "Skull Island" and, earlier, Gareth Edwards, director of SXSW premiere "Monsters" who Legendary tapped for 2014's "Godzilla." Read »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Principal photography on Pete's Dragon commenced today in New Zealand. A reimagining of the 1977 Disney classic, Pete's Dragon will blend live action and CGI to tell the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon.
The film starsBryce Dallas Howard as Grace, a park ranger who discovers the existence of Elliott; 10-year-old Oakes Fegley as Pete; Wes Bentley as Jack, a local mill owner; New Zealand native Karl Urban as Jack's brother, Gavin; Oona Laurence as Natalie, the young girl who befriends Pete; and Oscar winner Robert Redford as Grace's father.
Pete's Dragon is directed byDavid Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) and produced by Jim Whitaker, with Barrie Osborne serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks. Weta Digital, the visual effects company founded by filmmaker Peter Jackson based in New Zealand, »
The Star Trek actor replaces Michael C Hall in the project, The Wrap reports.
Hall had to step down from his unspecified role in the movie due to scheduling issues.
The new film is not expected to be a musical, and will use CGI to create the dragon.
Pete's Dragon follows the story of a young boy who escapes from his abusive adoptive parents with his pet dragon.
Spoiler alert, but Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was, in fact, not my favorite film of the year. I figured I should just get that out of the way at the start for those of you who feared I might have the same #1 film as Brad and Mike, both of whom listed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest as their favorite film from 2014. Don't get me wrong, I really liked Birdman, but in a surprise to even myself, it didn't make my list, which I think you can pretty much chalk up to the surprisingly good year 2014 wound up being. I was certainly among the scoffers last fall about it being a bit of down year, and just a month or so ago I was of the opinion 2014 offered a lot of films to like, but very few to love. After going through and finalizing my list, I'd like to retract that statement. »
- Jordan Benesh
Towards the end of December last year, we learned Warner Bros. Pictures had moved back their gestating Jungle Book: Origins back to 2017, and now Walt Disney Pictures is making some changes to their schedule today and it involves pushing back their new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book as well. Today, the studio announced that Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book will move back to April 15th, 2016, and its old October 9th, 2015 date will now go to their Coast Guard drama The Finest Hours with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. But that's now all the studio has revealed for their forthcoming calendar. More below! Disney has also set their remake of Pete's Dragon, starring Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Michael C. Hall, Wes Bentley, Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence, for a debut on August 12th, 2016. The film is directed by Ain't Them Bodies Saints helmer David Lowery, based on the »
- Ethan Anderton
Michael C Hall has joined the cast of Pete's Dragon.
The Dexter star has signed on for Disney's remake of its 1977 movie, reports Variety.
The original film was a live action/animation hybrid that centred around Pete and his best friend and dragon Elliot.
Hall was most recently seen in the crime drama Cold in July.
Just two days after Wes Bentley signed on for Disney's remake of Pete's Dragon, Dexter star Michael C. Hall has come onboard. While no character details were given, the actor joins a cast that includes newcomer Oakes Fegley as Pete, Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Oona Laurence. Unlike the original Pete's Dragon, which debuted in 1977, the remake will remove all of the musical elements, although it still will be a live action/CGI hybrid, with the dragon Elliot portrayed through animation.
The remake is set in a logging village instead of a fishing village like the original, focusing on Pete, who lives in the woods with his pet dragon Elliot after his parents died in a car accident. His home forest is now being threatened by a logging company. Robert Redford is playing a local resident who tells stories about dragons that no one in town believes, similar to »
The Hunger Games star Wes Bentley has joined the cast of Disney's Pete's Dragon remake. No details were given regarding his character, but he joins a cast that includes Oakes Fegley, Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Oona Laurence. David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks.
The original Pete's Dragon hit theaters in 1977, a live-action/animation hybrid that followed the adventures of a young New England orphan named Pete (Sean Marshall), who escapes from his abusive adoptive parents and encounters a dragon named Elliot. The duo make their way to Passamaquoddy, Maine, where they find refuge with a lighthouse keeper named Nora (Helen Reddy) and her father Lampie (Mickey Rooney). The remake is said to remove all of the musical elements of the original, setting this new story in a logging village, instead of a fishing village. The story follows Pete, »
The on-going film vs. digital debate seemed to reach a bit of a fever pitch in 2014. A lot of that had to do with the fight by filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan to maintain Kodak's production of film stock. It was a fight they won in August, while the industry at large would surely prefer to march headlong into the (more affordable) future of ones and zeroes. But this "debate" has remained a somewhat nuanced one, even as the separate passionate sides have presented it as cut and dried. Archivally, with the expanded shelf life of celluloid and in the face of file type obsolescence, maintaining the production of film stock is absolutely crucial. Aesthetically, it will always come down to preference, of course. But beyond even that, digital encroachment has meant more opportunity for young artists to break into the form, and that's the position »
- Kristopher Tapley
13 items from 2015
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