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'Danger Close': Film Review

'Danger Close': Film Review
That the war in the Middle East has gone on for a depressingly long time becomes evident upon viewing Christian Tureud and David Salzberg’s third entry in their military-themed documentary trilogy. Revolving around intrepid war reporter Alex Quade and her involvement with the family of a soldier killed in Iraq, Danger Close provides a vivid portrait of combat and its emotional and physical aftermath. But despite its harrowing footage and moving elements, the film may feel all too familiar to viewers who have become numb in the face of seemingly countless other similar efforts.

In the film, Quade, an...
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Emma Watson’s The Circle Ends The Lame Spring Movie Season -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Even Emma Watson and Tom Hanks May Not Be Enough to Make a Mark As April Ends

The last weekend of April, and the “slower” spring movie season is ending this weekend, leading directly into the start of the lucrative summer box office next week. As has been the case in past years, the last couple weekends in April see a couple movies hoping to bring in any amount of money before the first big summer blockbuster, and other movies that will steal away their theaters. Last weekend was pretty sad, but hopefully a few of this weekend’s movies will fare better.

The movie that stands the best chance at finding an audience this weekend is the tech industry thriller The Circle
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Exclusive: Watch a clip from upcoming war documentary Danger Close

Hitting theatres on April 28th and VOD/Home Media on May 16th, the film, Danger Close, the third instalment of Sport Eagle Media’s “Heroes of Valor” trilogy – which features 2014s The Hornet’s Nest and last year’s Citizen Solider – follows female war reporter Alex Quade’s brave missions to tell soldiers’ stories at the height of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The documentary, as you’ll see from this clip, thrusts viewers straight into the war zone and looks set to provide an immersive experience of life in the military. The previous two films were noted for their immersive qualities and tension, and this looks set to continue in that vein.

Danger Close follows Edward R. Murrow Award-winning female war reporter Alex Quade and her mission to tell “soldiers’ stories” during a series of unprecedented embeds with U.S. Special Operations Forces (Sof) at the height of
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11th Gasparilla International Film Festival to Screen 35 Features Including J.K.

11th Gasparilla International Film Festival to Screen 35 Features Including J.K.
11th Gasparilla International Film Festival to Screen 35 Features Including J.K. Simmons’ ‘All Nighter’“All Nighter

The 11th edition of Tampa’s most prominent film event, Suncoast Credit Union’s Gasparilla International Film Festival (Giff), will take place March 2-March 9, 2017 at the Tampa Theater and AMC Centro Ybor. Gavin Wiesen’s “All Nighter,” starring Academy Award-winner J. K. Simmons will have its World Premiere as part of the festival.

A total of 35 films and over 70 shorts will screen over eight days and will include international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films from around the world. In addition to the film program, Giff will also feature master classes and panel discussions.

The title sponsor, Suncoast Credit Union, has been committed to the festival for three consecutive years with the goal of bringing quality entertainment and enrichment to the community. The Suncoast Credit Union also sponsors the Family Fun
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Lineup for the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival

Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (Giff) announced its official selection for the annual event held at the Tampa Theater and AMC Centro Ybor in Tampa, Florida, from March 2-March 9.

The festival will host the world premiere for All Nighter starring Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons and directed by Gavin Wiesen.

There will be 35 films and over 70 shorts, in which it will host international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films around the world.

Here are the highlighted line up of the films:

Opening Night Film:

Burn Your Maps: A nine-year-old boy, grieving with his parents over the recent loss of his baby sister, becomes obsessed with the idea that he’s a Mongolian goat herder who belongs back home in his small village in Mongolia. Cast: Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Virginia Madsen, Suraj Sharma. Directed by Jordan Roberts

Closing Night Film:

Unleashed: When
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War Documentary ‘Apache Warrior’ in the Works From ‘Citizen Soldier’ Producers (Exclusive)

Strong Eagle Media, producer of “Citizen Soldier,” has signed a multi-picture agreement with A. Smith & Co. Dox to create a slate of film projects with “Apache Warrior” as the first title, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Apache Warrior” focuses on the U.S. Army helicopter crews in the war-torn countries of Iraq and Afghanistan. The film includes real-life footage of the crews providing 24-hour transport, air cover and rescue.

“Apache Warrior” is produced by Bert Bedrosian, David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud for Strong Eagle Media and Frank Sinton, Arthur Smith and Jason Mergott for A. Smith & Co. Dox. Other titles will be announced within the coming weeks.

A. Smith & Co. Dox is a recently-launched division of A. Smith & Co. Productions, which served as co-producer on “The Hornet’s Nest,” “Citizen Soldier” and “Danger Close.”

Citizen Soldier,” released earlier this year, is told from the point of view of a group of
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San Diego International Film Festival: Five Days of Screenings, People, and Parties

San Diego International Film Festival: Five Days of Screenings, People, and Parties
This year’s fest is anchored by two high-profile films. “Other People,” written and directed by “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kelly, and starring Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford and Jesse Plemons, will open festivities on Sept. 28. Then, in a very different vein, Otto Bell’s documentary “The Eagle Huntress” will be the closing film on Oct. 2.

While the former is a heartfelt, biographical story about a struggling comedy writer helping his mother as she’s dying from cancer, the latter tells the story of a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who breaks with ancient tradition in her quest to become Mongolia’s first female practitioner of the art of hunting game in tandem with a trained eagle.

In between, the festival will screen Garth Davis’ debut “Lion,” starring Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and Dev Patel. The Weinstein crowd-pleaser tells the story of how a 5-year-old Indian boy was separated from his family,
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San Diego Film Festival Sets Its Aim for a Global Reach

San Diego Film Festival Sets Its Aim for a Global Reach
Now in its 15th year, the San Diego Intl. Film Festival has established itself as a major showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. Produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, the event will once again showcase more than 100 films as it celebrates the year’s best indie cinema from emerging and established filmmakers around the world.

This year, the fest’s global outlook theme reflects an ambitious strategy that promises “an even bigger and better festival experience,” says Tonya Mantooth, the exec VP of the festival.

But the impact is also local. “One of the main things we’re excited about is the footprint of the festival downtown,” Mantooth says. “We’re building out a very walkable festival in the heart of San Diego, and a lot of our screenings will be held in the renovated historic Balboa Theater, a beautiful setting that seats 1,200. So there’s
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How ‘Citizen Soldier’ Captured Life in Combat, as It Actually Is

How ‘Citizen Soldier’ Captured Life in Combat, as It Actually Is
Citizen Soldier,” which is being released on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray on Tuesday after a theatrical run earlier this month, is not the first movie to capture the experience of combat in Afghanistan, but it may be the most immersive.

Relying on footage from a combat photography team and soldiers themselves, the movie is a contrast to cinematic reenactments in that its moments of combat are interspersed with extended downtime. As one of the soldiers says, “War is boring until it’s punctured by these moments of heart-stopping terror.”

Directed by David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud, and executive produced by Wendy Anderson, a former high ranking official at the Department of Defense, “Citizen Soldier” focuses on a group of soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, sent to a remote region of Afghanistan in 2011, the height of the surge. The the result is personal and,
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Exclusive Clip: Citizen Soldier, Heart-Stopping Terror For Your Brother

It's a beautiful day in Afghanistan. Overhead, the sun is shining, puffy clouds push through the sky ... and four RPGs are on their way, headed straight for a small group of soldiers. In our exclusive clip from Citizen Soldier, a documentary by David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud (The Hornet's Nest), the team has just been attacked, an attack that left a fellow soldier dead. An officer checks with his team members, to ensure they can deal with what they must do in order to survive. Here's the official synopsis: Citizen Soldier is a dramatic feature film, told from the point of view of a group of Soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known since World War II as...

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 5, 2016)

Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 5, 2016)
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 5. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Bazodee

Director: Todd Kessler

Cast: Chris Smith, Kabir Bedi, Kriss Dosanjh, Machel Montano, Natalie Perera, Staz Nair

Synopsis: Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer,
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Citizen Soldier Exclusive Clip Showcases Brave Thunderbirds’ View of the War in Afghanistan

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Citizen Soldier Exclusive Clip Showcases Brave Thunderbirds’ View of the War in Afghanistan
A group of brave young American Soldiers are fearlessly highlighting their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan in the upcoming documentary, ‘Citizen Soldier.’ The Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is offering an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood and patriotism in Shockya’s exclusive clip from the film. ‘Citizen Soldier’ is the next feature made from actual combat footage from directors David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud, the team behind critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful 2014 war documentary, ‘The Hornet’s Nest.’ The filmmaking duo’s latest project is set to be released in limited theaters this Friday, August 5 by Gravitas Ventures. The distributor will then unveil the movie nationally [ Read More ]

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Well, here we are in the closing weeks of summer movie season. It’s the last gasp for big-budget blockbusters before the coming fall festival season, but there are plenty of indie alternatives for whatever your tastes may be. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of August, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week, we’ll give you an update with screening locations for these various titles. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!

Week of August 5 Wide

Suicide Squad

Director: David Ayer

Cast: Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood

Synopsis: A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned
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Senior Pentagon Official Wendy Anderson Joins Strong Eagle Media

Wendy R. Anderson, who held key roles in the Department of Defense from 2010 to 2014, is joining Strong Eagle Media, set up earlier this year to produce inspirational military stories.

Anderson, who most recently was chief of staff to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, is one of the highest ranking members of the Obama administration to make the crossover into entertainment. She’ll be working as managing director of military and national security initiatives at Strong Eagle with David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud, directors of the documentary “The Hornet’s Nest” and branding specialist Bert Bedrosian.

“I am drawn to this team and the way they are approaching content,” she said, calling them “smart, effective and business minded,” but determined to take the “high road” when it comes to projects.

The company already has two projects in the works for its military hero series, to be released in 2016, including “Citizen Soldier” and “Danger Close.
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Team Behind 'Hornet's Nest' Doc Launching a Pair of Military-Themed Films (Exclusive)

Buoyed by the DVD success of The Hornet’s Nest, the team behind the war-zone documentary is launching Strong Eagle Media, a production and digital media company that will focus on military-themed films. Industry veterans Bert Bedrosian, Christian Tureaud and David Salzberg, who previously collaborated on the baseball drama The Perfect Game, are putting together their debut slate, which includes two documentaries — Citizen Soldier and Danger Close — that are fully financed and will be released in 2016. Sources say the trio has lured high-ranking Obama administration alum Wendy Anderson to join Strong Eagle Media. Anderson served

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‘Hornet’s Nest’ Filmmakers Form Strong Eagle Media

Branding specialist Bert Bedrosian is joining forces with producers David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud (“The Hornet’s Nest”) to form Strong Eagle Media, Variety has learned exclusively.

The company will focus on producing inspirational military stories. John BrenkusBase Productions will serve as co-production partners in military film projects. Strong Eagle will also produce sports and action adventure programming for TV and digital networks.

Bedrosian, Salzberg and Tureaud joined forces for the 2014 military documentary “The Hornet’s Nest,” which followed U.S. troops battling in Afghanistan and grossed $312,706 in the U.S. It is the only film to ever be enshrined into the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning, Ga.

The company has already begun production on its next two films in its military hero series. Both films are fully funded, have worldwide distribution in place and are slated for 2016 release.

Prior to “The Hornet’s Nest,” Bedrosian, Salzberg and
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Film Review: ‘The Hornet’s Nest’

Film Review: ‘The Hornet’s Nest’
At once immersive and apolitical, “The Hornet’s Nest” offers a vivid up-close look at the carnage and chaos that define the day-to-day life — and death — of U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. This gripping documentary about soldiers in harm’s way during America’s longest war seems all the more relevant as we begin the countdown to troop withdrawals from that war-torn land. But while timeliness could enhance its commercial appeal during limited theatrical release (where it faces some competition from Sebastian Junger’s Afghanistan docu “Korengal”), the film likely will have a long shelf life in home-screen and noncommercial platforms more because of its timeless qualities as a grunt’s-eye view of savagely and sacrifice in battle.

Co-directed by Christian Tureaud and David Salzberg, “The Hornet’s Nest” consists almost entirely of footage shot by Mike Boettcher, a TV correspondent who has spent more than three decades in various war zones,
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Afghanistan War Documentary ‘Hornet’s Nest’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Freestyle Releasing has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Afghanistan combat documentary and set May 23 for a nationwide theatrical release.

Directed by David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud, “Hornet’s Nest” stars father-son journalists Mike and Carlos Boettcher, Emmy award-winning correspondents embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Producers are Salzberg and Tureaud of HighRoad Media and the Boettchers, with John Brenkus and Mickey Stern exec producing for Base Prods.

Freestyle is touting “Hornet’s Nest” as being in the vein of Relativity’s “Act of Valor” — which grossed $70 million domestically — and Universal’s “Lone Survivior,” which has topped $119 million in the U.S. The film will open in select markets on May 9 and May 16.

The Boettchers spent almost two years covering the American troop surge in Afganistan and are the only father and son to ever win an Emmy for the same news story, having won for ABC News for
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Afghanistan War Film 'Hornet's Nest' to Hit Theaters in Late May

Afghanistan War Film 'Hornet's Nest' to Hit Theaters in Late May
Freestyle Releasing has won the battle for U.S. rights to Afghanistan combat film The Hornet's Nest, in which real-life father and son Mike and Carlos Boettcher re-create their time embedded as ABC News correspondents with American forces. Hornet's Nest, made in the same immersive vein as Act of Valor, will open in select theaters May 9 before expanding nationwide May 23, the beginning of the lucrative -- and patriotic-themed -- Memorial Day holiday. David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud directed the feature film, which hopes to emulate the success of Act of Valor, as well as Peter Berg's Lone

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Freestyle sets Hornet’s Nest release

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Freestyle sets Hornet’s Nest release
Freestyle Releasing will distribute war documentary The Hornet’s Nest nationwide in theatres on May 23.

David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud directed the film starring real-life father and son journalists Mike and Carlos Boettcher, the Emmy award-winning correspondents embedded with Us troops in Afghanistan.

The Boettchers spent two years with the Army on the front lines during a sequence of harrowing combat episodes.

Salzberg and Tureaud of HighRoad Media produced with the Boettchers. John Brenkus and Mickey Stern served as executive producers for Base Productions.

The Hornet’s Nest will platform release on May 9 and 16.
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