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‘Born to Be Free’ Documentary Hopes To Draw ‘Blackfish’-Level Attention To Beluga Whale Plight

‘Born to Be Free’ Documentary Hopes To Draw ‘Blackfish’-Level Attention To Beluga Whale Plight
A new documentary funded almost entirely by a IndieGoGo campaign aims to draw attention to the brutal treatment and rapid diminishing number of Beluga whales. “Born to Be Free” will highlight the dangerous predicament of 18 Beluga whales that were captured off the coast of Russia, as well as the overall negative effects of sea mammal captivity.

Read More: Hurt by ‘Blackfish’ Backlash, SeaWorld Ends Orca Show in San Diego

The 18 animals were originally intended for U.S. aquariums including SeaWorld, but a new law prohibited the import of sea mammals and left the group of Belugas stuck living in too-small tanks in Russia. By the time the documentary catches up with the group after six years of captivity, one whale had died and the others were severely ill.

“Born to Be Free” highlights the growing demand for sea mammals all over the world and the inhumane treatment that awaits them in captivity.
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Publicist Mickey Cotrell Stricken by Stroke, Friends Seek Financial Aid for his Care

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Our beloved friend and independent film cohort, Mickey Cottrell, has suffered a debilitating stroke and needs urgent help from his community of loved ones and admirers. He will require 24 hour care for the foreseeable future, and extensive physical therapy for a long time to come. He will not be able to garner any income during this time, and so we beseech you to help him through this difficult time.

Actor, publicist, producer, champion, friend, and activist… Mickey is an invaluable member of our community and a unique soul. All of you who know him know that.

We have set up a GoFundMe campaign at the following link and ask that you give whatever you can.

https://www.gofundme.com/InclusiveMickey

Donations will be used to cover immediate and future medical care. All contributions are deeply appreciated and a speedy response would be very helpful - knowing how much money is available will help us plan and prioritize his care.

Please donate as well as send this link to anyone you know who knows Mickey. And of course share on All your social media platform.

If you are a part of the press, and would like to honor Mickey with a helpful feature article, his full bio and info can be found at: www.http://inclusivepr.com/company-bio/

This campaign is set for 30 days. However the sooner the better.

Thank you so much for your time, consideration and prayers!
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Interview Foreign Oscar Entry: Director Srdan Golubovic on 'Circles' (Krugovi)

I had planned to see Circles (Serbia, directed by Srdan Golubovic) because my visits over the past 2 years to Romania, Poland, Lithuania and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo) have increased my interest in Central and Eastern Europe where the people are looking up (vs. in Western Europe where they are looking down). Now it has been submitted for the Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and so I reprint my interview here which I did during Sundance earlier this year.

Sarajevo itself is especially remarkable as the only place in Europe where there has been a war since I was born. From 1991 to 1999 Serbia was involved in the Yugoslav Wars - the war in Slovenia, the war in Croatia, the war in Bosnia and the war in Kosovo. During this period, Slobodan Milošević was the authoritarian leader of Serbia, which was in turn part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This was was a war between people who spoke a common language but were split along religious lines, the Serbs being Eastern Orthodox and the Bosnians, Kosovians and Croations being Muslim.

The country known as Yugoslavia had been unified from 1918 to 1991-- first under a king as The Kingdom of Yugoslavia until 1941 and then as the Social Republic of Yugoslavia. Even as the Social Republic of Yugoslavia, it was a country more liberal then the other communist countries. It was a socialist republic open to west; its people could travel, the people had good jobs, it was more an example of socialism than of communism. Its geographical location was also at a true crossroad between east and west, formerly Ottomon and Muslim and at the same time very Eastern Orthodox and Catholic.

When the Ussr collapsed, Sarajevo, situated in the break-off nation Bosnia and Herzogovina was surrounded by Christian Serbs who bombarded the cities of the nation which they saw more as Muslim than as Christian in order to annex the land.

My dear Berlin friend, Geno Lechner from Berlin asked me to see it because she is in it. She plays the German wife of the protagonist. And my good friend Mickey Cottrell, of Inclusive PR is the publicist for Circles from the time it was in Sundance 2013's World Dramatic Competition and has also asked me to revise and repost what I wrote in Sundance.

So here it is:

Circles ripples out as a stone dropped in a placid lake, concentrically creating moral complexities for a group of people as their story strands emerge from one fateful moment.

Marco, a Serbian soldier on leave from the Serbo-Croatian War in 1993, returns to his Bosnian hometown. When three fellow soldiers accost Haris, a Muslim kiosk vendor, Marco intervenes, and it costs him his life.

Twelve years later, the war is over but the wounds remain open. Marco's father is rebuilding a church when the son of one of Marco's killers appears looking for work. Meanwhile, in Belgrade, Marco's friend Nabobs, a renowned surgeon, debates whether or not to operate on another of Marco's killers. And in Germany, Haris, now married with a family (Geno Lechner and her two daughters) strives to repay his debt to Marco's widow who arrives at his door seeking refuge.

John Nein, Sundance Senior Programmer says, "Srdan Golubovic's third feature employs a multifaceted, yet simple, structure that contemplates revenge, redemption, and reconciliation. Aware of how easily hatred and violence can create life-shattering ripples, he looks at the consequences of moral courage and asks whether a heroic act can generate ripples of another kind."

Circles was financed with funds from Serbia, Germany, France, Croatia, and Slovenia. Its international sales agent is Memento. Circles also screened in the Berlin Film Festival's Forum.

It is very important for the film’s director, Srdan Golubovic, that Circles receive wide distribution. It is based upon the true story of Srdjan Aleksic, a Serbian soldier who saved the life of his neighbor. When Golubovic read the story some years ago, he was against the war but on the sidelines watching, occasionally demonstrating against it, but not a part of it. He chose not to remake the story of the man then but to make it contemporary in order to close the book of his own private feelings about the war.

The man is universal in that he is saving a man, not "an enemy". The escaped man moved into a German world, which at the time looked very much like his own world, sparse, unattractively Soviet in style. However, he found his fortune there and created a life. The actor, Aleksandar Bercek, says that when he met the real Srdjan Aleksic, he said to him, "Now I am walking; it could have been different. I could have been lying down." You will see in a Google search that the memory of Srdjan is very much alive today. The real man's grave is visited yearly by the survivor he saved and by all the former Yugoslavians in the area of Serbia, Bosnia, Herzogovina, Croatia and Slovenia. He has received a posthumous medal of honor and has streets named after him in several cities.

This is one of the rare films which unites everybody; it is about forgiveness and reconciliation. And as such it deserves very wide distribution. And as a work of heroic art, it deserves to be seen by many people. We hope you will visit Memento during Berlin and place your orders. For those of you who are not distributors going to market to acquire films, we hope you will have a chance to see this film in your local theaters or homes.

Srdan Golubovic’s earlier film from 2007, The Trap, garnered great acclaim and was Serbia’s submission for an Academy Award nomination.

When director Srdan Golubovic and producer Jelena Mitrovic and I spoke during Sundance, they spoke of what a great surprise Sundance was to them. They found the people very warm. The audiences were totally open, very curious and emotionally connected. It is very rare for Srdan to find an audience that is not afraid to ask questions and eager to talk about the film. And, unlike at most film festivals, at Sundance, they saw the programmers every day and were always able to speak to them. As there were not too many films in competition — 12 in World Cinema section as opposed to 16 last year — the attention they received from the Sundance personnel and volunteers was very special.

Read the praise received by The Hollywood Reporter

Further information:

Serbian with English subtitles, 2012, 112 minutes, color, Serbia/Germany/France/Croatia/Slovenia, World Dramatic Competiton at Sundance, Forum at the Berlinale

Cast and Credits

Director: Srdan Golubovic

Screenwriters: Srdjan Koljevic, Melina Pota Koljevic

Producers: Jelena Mitrovic, Alexander Ris, Emilie Georges, Boris T. Matic, Danijel Hocevar

Cinematographer: Alexsander Ilic

Production Designer: Goran Joksimovic

Composer: Mario Schneider

Sound Designer: Julij Zornik

Costume Designer: Ljiljana Petrovic

Principal Cast: Aleksandar Bercek, Leon Lucev, Nebojsa Glogovac, Hristina Popovic, Geno Lechner, Nikola Rakocevic, Vuk Kostic
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I Do movie trailer, poster and images

Opening May 31st, 2013, I Do views marriage equality in the U.S. through the prism of immigration rights. Stepping right into the middle of the marriage equality debate, I Do is the deeply affecting story about a man forced by discrimination to make an impossible choice. Yet while both sides of the issue passionately state their cases, what’s left in the balance are families and couples often split apart, especially those with bi-national makeups. Immigration, which most heterosexual couples take for granted as a given, complicates same-sex relationships, even in states where marriage is now legal. The cast of the film directed by Glenn Gaylord from the writing by David W. Ross, includes Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt, Maurice Compte, David W. Ross, Grant Bowler, Patricia Belcher, Jessica Brown and Mickey Cottrell.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

"I Do" at The Palm Springs International Film Festival

A same-sex bi-national couple fights inequality because of Doma (Defense of Marriage Act)

Next year the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Doma For the first time in history the Democratic Platform supports Gay Marriage. Last year the Obama administration stopped defending Doma as it finds it unconstitutional

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"Ross is appealing in the lead role…. with particularly strong efforts from Witt and,

in a solid supporting turn, Mickey Cottrell as Jack's elderly friend and mentor." - Hollywood Reporter

I Do

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Friday Jan 11th 7:30 Pm Camelot Theaters (cast & crew in attendance)

Saturday Jan 12th 2:30 Pm Camelot Theaters (cast & crew in attendance)

Director: Glenn Gaylord

Writer: David W Ross

Producers: David W Ross, Stephen Israel

Starring:

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Sopranos)

Alicia Witt (Friday Night Lights)

Maurice Compte (Breaking Bad, End of Watch)

David W Ross (Quinceanera)

Mickey Cottrell (My Own Private Idaho)

Grant Bowler (Liz & Dick)

World Premiere: Outfest 2012 Ford Series

Winner: Philadelphia QFest - "Rising Film Star Award" David W Ross

Winner: Long Beach QFilm Fest

Winner: Best Drama Atlanta Out On Film

Winner: Audience Award Pittsburgh Qfest

Winner: Audience Award Seattle Lgbt Film Festival

Beautiful urbanites steam up the screen in this ensemble family drama about a complicated love triangle from film maker Glenn Gaylord (Eating Out 3, Leave It On The Floor). To stay in New York City, gay Brit Jack (David W Ross "Quinceanera") convinces his lesbian best friend Ali (Jamie Lynn-Sigler, “The Sopranos”) to marry him. Things get messy when he falls for a sexy Spanish architect while his commitment to his brother's widow (Alicia Witt) and his young niece complicates his decision either to stay or to follow his lover.

I Do cleverly examines the complications of immigration issues in the absence of marriage equality for Lgbt people on a Federal level, while also presenting a nuanced adult drama that resonates deeply amidst the current fight for U.S. marriage equality.

for more info and trailer:

www.TwoWordscanChangeEverything.com

PR contact: idothemovie@gmail.com
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Director, 'Rebel' actor Corey Allen dies at 75

Director, 'Rebel' actor Corey Allen dies at 75
Corey Allen, who fatally challenged James Dean to a "chicken race" in the 1955 film classic "Rebel Without a Cause" before embarking on a career as a prolific TV director, died June 27 of natural causes in Hollywood, two days before his 76th birthday.

With the May 29 death of his longtime friend Dennis Hopper, Allen was briefly the last surviving member of the "Rebel" main cast. He played Buzz Gunderson, one of the pic's antagonistic tough guys in a leather jacket.

Allen collected an Emmy Award for a 1983 episode of "Hill Street Blues" after being nominated for another series episode two years earlier. He earned a CableACE award in 1984 for an episode of "Paper Chase" and received DGA TV noms for his work on "The Streets of San Francisco" and "Hill Street Blues."

As an actor, the ruggedly handsome Cleveland native also appeared in 1958 films "Darby's Rangers" and "Party Girl" (also directed
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Adam Scott, I love you -- now that I know your name!

Adam Scott, I love you -- now that I know your name!
When I saw that trailer for Leap Year I had one of those “hey I love that guy, but what's his name?!” moments with Amy Adams’ American boyfriend. And then today a friend forwarded me a trailer for this new indie film Passenger Side (I’ll watch anything named after a Wilco song) and there’s the guy again. Turns out the actor in question Adam Scott (not the equally attractive PGA golfer of the same name). I first realized I’d seen Scott in Passenger Side director Matt Bissonnette’s charming earlier film Who Loves The Sun. I IMDb’d him and,
See full article at EW.com - PopWatch »

Passenger Side | Review

Director: Matt Bissonnette Writer(s): Matt Bissonnette Starring: Adam Scott, Joel Bissonnette, Robin Tunney, Gale Harold, Penelope Allen, Vitta Quinn, Mickey Cottrell Michael (Adam Scott) is a frustrated writer living alone in Los Angeles. His younger brother, Tobey (Joel Bissonnette), needs to embark on a wild goose chase to find something; the problem is that his car is broken down, so he asks Michael to be his chauffeur. Tobey is a recovering drug addict, so most of his requests are greeted with suspicion by his older brother. Michael eventually gives in to Tobey’s pleading, and their entire day is spent driving around Los Angeles (as well as out-lying areas) in Michael’s car. Every location that they stop at, Michael remains in the car and is frequently subjected to absurd events, as Tobey acquires another clue sending them to another location. 90% of the film takes place within the
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Dude, where's my breakfast?

Breathless reports have swooped around the web about John Anderson, film critic for Variety, pounding the legendary publicist Jeff Dowd (aka The Dude) at Sundance. There was a jab to the chest! One to the shoulder! Dowd kept his guard down! A punch to the head! Anderson turned and walked away, then came back and threw his best right to the jaw!

I have this blow-by-blow account from The Dude himself. Park City Police Officer Bob deBotelho responded after a call from the Yarrow restaurant, collected eyewitness testimony, and offered to arrest Anderson. But the Dude declined to press changes, magnanimously explaining his forbearance:

"I like John, I think he is a good journalist and critic and a person who is a dad and someone who cares about our planet and future. And I don't think he is a danger to society or would inflict violence on women."

Why didn't The Dude,
See full article at Roger Ebert's Blog »

'River Man' swims to Revolver

'River Man' swims to Revolver
LONDON -- U.K. indie distributor Revolver Entertainment corralled U.K. rights to a pair of pictures on the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The company has picked up John Maringouin's documentary "Big River Man", which details the story of 55-year-old Balkan Martin Strel -- the only man to swim the length of the Yangtze, Mississippi and Danube rivers -- as he attempts to be the first person to swim the length of the Amazon.

Directed by Maringouin, "River" is produced by Maria Florio, Molly Hassell and Molly Lynch at Self Pictures/Earthworks Films. Mickey Cottrell is executive producer.

Revolver also has picked up John Dahl's "You Kill Me" from Capitol Films. The film stars Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni and Luke Wilson.

Pic to document Amazon swim

Pic to document Amazon swim
John Maringouin is filming a documentary about endurance swimmer Martin Strel, who began a planned, 70-day swim Thursday, starting at the source of the Amazon River in Peru and following the river until it meets the Atlantic Ocean at Belem, Brazil.

To be titled "Big River Man", the film will follow Strel as he attempts to cover 3,375 miles in what is being billed as the world's longest swim. Strel, who hails from Slovenia, previously completed record swims in the Danube, Mississippi and Yangzte rivers and holds several Guiness World Records.

Maringouin's previous docus include last year's "Running Stumbled", which documented the relationship between his artist father and troubled stepmother, and 2004's "Just Another Day in the Homeland."

Maria Florio, who served as a producer of 2002's "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion" and was a producer-director on the 1985 Oscar-winning docu "Broken Rainbow", is producing. Exec producers are Mickey Cottrell and Molly Lynch. Maringouin and Lynch's Self Pictures have acquired exclusive rights to film the swim as well as Strel's life rights.

Film review: 'Kiss & Tell'

Film review: 'Kiss & Tell'
This is a warped whodunit with a serial killer whose method of dispatching victims is so nasty it shows hilariously how far one has to go to keep up with big-budget Hollywood thrillers.

"Kiss & Tell" is a winning independent film from writer-director Jordan Alan ("Terminal Bliss", "Love & Happiness") that features a large and entertaining cast, including four Arquette family members (but not Rosanna or Patricia).

A candidate for eventual cult status, the Phaedra Cinema release should generate moderate interest in limited engagements before heading to video. Hip and breezily unconcerned with making sense, the improvisational "Kiss & Tell" feels like a story written by a roomful of people, with everyone taking turns adding a new scene and then passing it on.

"Kiss & Tell" stars Justine Bateman, Heather Graham and Peter Greene, and boasts bit players Traci Lind, Lukas Haas, Assumpta Serna, Alexandra Paul, Rose McGowan, Teresa Hill, Jill Hennessey, Roxana Zal, Mickey Cottrell, Nina Siemaszko and co-producer Pamela Gidley as the dreaded Betty "Beta" Carotene. Throw in Alexis, Richmond, David and father Lewis Arquette, and you have one strange brew.

Imagine Gregg Araki making "L.A. Confidential" and you can get a sense of the atmosphere and general punchiness of "Kiss & Tell," which pits lesbians against detectives against shifty suspects against wigged-out murderers in a willy-nilly noir fable that simultaneously makes use of and mocks many Los Angeles landmarks.

The ratio of good gags to so-so jokes is about 3-to-1 in this feast of up-and-coming stars, which achieves its best results with epiphanous events in many of the comic vignettes, moments when the characters come alive and their conflicts are intriguing.

But overall the wacky plot couldn't be more lurid and loaded with sin-city cliches that have been twisted into amusing satirical elements. Here's a sampling: an armless coroner eating a restaurant meal, a group therapy session attended exclusively by murderers, a hit man from New York named Lollypop Man and a psychopath using poisoned carrots to leave a trail of corpses.

Shocks and twists are frequent, but what's surprising is how well Alan and crew keep control of the project when it easily could have become too incoherent and unfunny. There are even a few scenes that are downright spooky, not an easy thing to pull off when the movie as a whole is impossible to take seriously.

By and large, the performances are on the money. Along with some great tongue-in-cheek moments from Greene and Richmond Arquette as grumpy detectives, Graham is memorable as a witchy friend of the most prominent murder victim (Bateman).

KISS & TELL

Phaedra Cinema

A Terminal Bliss production

in association with

Ron Travisano and Pamela Gidley

Writer-director Jordan Alan

Producers Pamela Gidley,

Ron Travisano, Jordan Alan

Executive producer Adam Fast

Director of photography Ron Travisano

Music Michael Mattioli

Editors Ed Marx, Chris Keenan, Jordan Alan

Color/stereo

Cast:

Molly McMannis Justine Bateman

Suzan Pretsel Heather Graham

Detective Finnigan Peter Greene

Detective Starr Richmond Arquette

Detective Furbal Lewis Arquette

Betty "Beta" Carotene Pamela Gidley

Ivy Roberts Teresa Hill

Jasmine Rose McGowan

Running time -- 90 minutes

No MPAA rating

Film review - 'My Own Private Idaho'

Though he has raised the risks considerably, once again writer-director Gus Van Sant Jr. has come up with a film that zeros in on the poignance and gentle comedy at the heart of an otherwise seamy situation. And with the sole exception of a misfired Orson Welles tribute, his new film, "My Own Private Idaho, '' is his most accomplished effort yet.

Despite the fact that it is the story of a teenaged narcoleptic male hustler in Portland, Ore., with an obsession about finding his mother, the film's tonal richness, its hipness and its plain humanity, as well as the considerably canny casting of River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves in lead roles, mark this feature as one to watch.

Outstanding specialty success is all but assured; even more, the film has the potential to wade into the mainstream and make a sizable cache.

Phoenix and Reeves play Mike Waters and Scott Favor, respectively, a pair of teenagers making their living off the mostly male, occasionally female, paying public.

Mike, the center of most of the attention, is actually gay and is obsessed with finding the mother who abandoned him to state care as a child. The movie's title refers to the image of a country home and family he carries around in his head.

Scott, whose own sexual preferences are straight but likes the money of hustling almost as much as the shock it gives his politician father, agrees to take off into the countryside, in the United States and eventually even Italy, in pursuit of leads.

A series of dead ends leads to Mike's brother Richard (James Russo, who, despite appearing only briefly onscreen, makes a powerful impression) and some devastating revelations that, nevertheless, help Mike get on with his life.

However, as with Van Sant's other features, plot doesn't do justice to the crowded anecdotes, varying tones and stylistic insouciance.

In one scene sure to increase the film's buzz factor, Reeves' picture on the cover of a male nudie magazine suddenly comes alive and starts talking about the vicissitudes of hustling, eventually landing in an argument with the many newly animated figures on the covers of the rack's other magazines.

Van Sant emphasizes the vulnerable side of Phoenix's persona, and not only does the young actor deliver his best performance, he manages to limn a gay character who will probably have an enormous appeal to young women. Even his narcolepsy, which causes Mike to fall asleep in moments of stress, alternates between the wryly sad and macabrely humorous.

Grace Zabriskie as a horny suburban matron, Udo Kier as the ultimate Euro-sleaze pickup artist, and Mickey Cottrell as a clean-freak client of Mike's, add to the general zaniness.

Yet, no matter how pronounced the sexual humor, pathos underlies every scene, and in the Italian interlude, when Scott falls for a beautiful girl (Chiara Caselli) he meets on a farm and perforce abandons Mike, Van Sant creates a profoundly sympathetic portrait of an emotionally impossible situation.

The film does contain interludes shot in the style of Welles' "Chimes at Midnight, '' during which Reeves' character acts out a drama of filial rebellion and reconciliation, with William Richert performing a good turn as the Falstaff character. Unfortunately, Van Sant's editing becomes so self-consciously heated, and the dialogue so ersatz, that barely a moment works.

MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

Fine Line Features

Writer-director Gus Van Sant Jr.

Producer Laurie Parker

Directors of photography Eric Alan Edwards,

John Campbell

Production designer David Brisbin

Editor Curtiss Clayton

Color

Cast:

Mike Waters River Phoenix

Scott Favor Keanu Reeves

Richard Waters James Russo

Bob Pigeon William Richert

Carmella Chiara Caselli

Alena Grace Zabriskie

HansUdo Kier

Running time -- 102 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

(c) The Hollywood Reporter

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