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Laird Hamilton Documentary ‘Take Every Wave’ Acquired By Sundance Selects

Laird Hamilton Documentary ‘Take Every Wave’ Acquired By Sundance Selects
Exclusive: After making his bow at Sundance last January, extreme surfer Laird Hamilton has caught his wave with Sundance Selects. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights to Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton, the documentary directed by Last Days in Vietnam and Ethel helmer Rory Kennedy. The film seemed to take the baton from Riding Giants, another seminal surfing film that briefly described how Hamilton was growing from Hawaii surf rat toward the sport's…
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Film Sales Company boards five for Park City

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Film Sales Company boards five for Park City
Exclusive: Andrew Herwitz has picked up four world premieres for his Sundance slate and added a fifth title from Main Street neighbour Slamdance.

The line-up includes Will Allen’s Us Documentary Competition entry Holy Hell (pictured), about a California cult that features footage shot by the director over the course of years while serving as the group’s videographer. Holy Hell premieres on January 25.

How To Tell You’re A Douchebag comes from first-time filmmaker Tahir Jetter about a relationship blogger in Brooklyn who meets his match. The Next entry’s world premiere is set for January 25.

Us Dramatic Competition entry Spa Night by Andrew Ahn premieres on January 24 and centres on a Koreatown family in Los Angeles.

Heidi Brandenburg and Matthew Orzel’s When Two Worlds Collide premieres in World Cinema Documentary Competition on January 22.

The story centres on Peruvian president Alan Garcia’s attempts to extract oil and minerals from untouched Amazonian land and his
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China's Original Force opens Us animation hub

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The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.

Original Force president and founder Harley Zhao (pictured, centre) told guests at a party in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening that the company has started production on three features and will aim produce at least one CG film approximately every 18 months.

Rabins (pictured at far left) and Finkelman Cox (pictured at far right) will serve as co-presidents of Original Force Animation and are partners with Zhao on the newly launched animated feature division.

The new arrivals launched Sony Pictures Animation in 2002 and have deep ties to DreamWorks Animation. They have overseen such titles as Shrek, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Open Season and have begun to assemble their team for the inaugural slate.

Meanwhile Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting
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Original Force opens Us hub

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The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.

Original Force president and founder Harley Zhao (pictured, centre) told guests at a party in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening that the company has started production on three features and will aim produce at least one CG film approximately every 18 months.

Rabins (pictured at far left) and Finkelman Cox (pictured at far right) will serve as co-presidents of Original Force Animation and are partners with Zhao on the newly launched animated feature division.

The new arrivals launched Sony Pictures Animation in 2002 and have deep ties to DreamWorks Animation. They have overseen such titles as Shrek, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Open Season and have begun to assemble their team for the inaugural slate.

Meanwhile Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting
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China’s Original Force Expands to Hollywood With Three Animated Films in Production

Chinese digital animation studio Original Force is expanding into Hollywood, opening a new motion picture division for its own projects and moving forward on the production of three animated films, Original Force founder Harley Zhao announced at a launch party at L.A. Live’s Triple8 China Bar & Grill on Aug. 12.

Original Force Animation has opened production offices in Culver City headed up by animation production veterans Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. Finkelman Cox and Rabins have worked together on such hit films as “Shrek,” “Prince of Egypt,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “Open Season” and “Surf’s Up.”

“There is no one more talented, skilled or experienced in leading animated films than Sandy and Penney,” said Zhao. “Each has had an extraordinary career, and their track record co-running DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures Animation has given them a completely unique perspective on building a contemporary animation studio from the ground up.
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‘Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La’ Trailer: Globe-Trotting Surf Documentary Now on iTunes

‘Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La’ Trailer: Globe-Trotting Surf Documentary Now on iTunes
The surf documentary has a long and storied history. As seen in The Endless Summer and Riding Giants and dozens in between, surfers and filmmakers have been traveling the globe together for decades, documenting the unique lifestyle and incredibly beautiful sport. The latest entry into this specific genre is out today. It’s called Strange Rumblings in […]

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Watch: New Us Trailer for Sam Worthington's Surfing Movie 'Drift'

"Go for it man, get into it. That's the whole point, right?" Lionsgate & Wrekin Hill has debuted another new trailer for the Australian film Drift, starring Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel and Sam Worthington as surfing legends from the 1970s. We ran a much longer original trailer back in December, but this one is a tighter cut focusing on the drug drama that could "end it all." It looks a bit better than Chasing Mavericks, and I am curious to check it out sometime, but not before I watch Soul Surfer or Lords of Dogtown or the doc Riding Giants first. The trailer ends on a fairly odd note, but if you dig surfing or Australia give it a look. Here's the brand new trailer for Morgan O'Neill & Ben Nott's Drift, in high def from Apple: In the 70s, two brothers Andy & Jimmy (Myles Pollard & Xavier Samuel) battle killer waves,
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Trailer for the New Surfing Doc - Storm Surfers 3D

Check out this cool trailer for a crazy looking new surfing documentary called Storm Surfers 3D. I love watching surf documentaries! I'm a huge fan of films such as The Endless Summer parts one and two, Riding Giants, Billabong Odyssey and several more. Storm Chasers looks like it's going to make a great addition to all of those docs. Not only am I a fan of these films, but I also enjoy surfing, just not waves as big as these guys ride, because I would die.

The film centers on Aussie surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll as they hunt down the craziest waves on the planet and then ride them. The movie is narrated by Toni Collette, and you can check out the first trailer here! I can't wait to see this film! It looks intense. 
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Watch: Ocean is Scary & Beautiful in Epic 'Storm Surfers 3D' Trailer

Following in the footsteps of surfing documentaries like Step into Liquid, Riding Giants and The Endless Summer, a new documentary is diving into the ocean, showing the seemingly insane thrill-seeking hobby of big-wave riding. But this time, the action will come at audiences in another dimension with Storm Surfers 3D. Not only are Tom Carroll and Ross Clark-Jones surfing legends, but they have surf forecaster Ben Matson helping them track and chase giant storm systems in order to catch the biggest and most dangerous waves. Seriously, some of this footage is breathtaking and unbelievable. It should be impressive in theaters. Here's the first trailer for the documentary Storm Surfers 3D from YouTube: Combining cutting-edge 3D technology and bravura filmmaking, Storm Surfers 3D is the ultimate big-wave thrill ride, directed by Justin McMillan and Chris Nelius.. The film follows best friends and surfing legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones, along with surf forecaster Ben Matson,
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Sound City Confirmed for Theatrical and VOD Release February 1, 2013

Sound City Confirmed for Theatrical and VOD Release February 1, 2013
Celebrating the confirmation of its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) announced today that Sound City will be released as an HD digital download (DRM-free) and stream February 1 via SoundCityMovie.com. Fans who pre-order the film now will receive instant exclusive rewards followed by a stream and download of the entire film on February 1. The pre-order price of the DRM-free film is $10 and is also available to send as a gift. A pre-order date from iTunes and other digital partners will be announced shortly. The film will also be released theatrically, in association with Variance Films, on February 1. A list of cities and theaters will be announced shortly.

Sound City, the film, was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment,
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Sound City Official Trailer Unveiled Featuring Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Stevie Nicks And Neil Young

In the wake of the confirmation of its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) has given fans an unprecedented peek behind the scenes of his directorial debut: The official trailer for his feature documentary film, Sound City, about the legendary Van Nuys, CA studio has just been unveiled via @soundcitymovie and @foofighters.

Grohl, who will travel to Sundance next month along with select artists featured in the film and its forthcoming soundtrack album commented yesterday, “As a first time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America’s greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City. Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art.
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Dave Grohl Makes Directorial Debut with Sound City

Dave Grohl Makes Directorial Debut with Sound City
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana announced today that his directorial debut, the feature documentary film, Sound City about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California will have its premiere screening at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Grohl and select artists from the film will be in attendance at this year's Festival. More information can be found at SoundCityMovie.com. Here's what the director had to say about his first film.

"As a first time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America's greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City. Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!
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A Sneak Peek at '1: The Unvarnished Story'

By Susan Lamarca

A local sneak peek of the documentary 1: The Unvarnished Story helped kick off the 2012 Formula One Us Grand Prix in Austin on November 15. The red carpet included former drivers Emerson Fittipaldi, Jackie Stewart and Brett Lunger, plus  Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of F1 Management and F1 Administration.

1 is an account of Formula One from the 1960s and 1970s, culled from thousands of hours of archival footage and contemporary interviews with 60 drivers and professionals. During those years, television audiences and sponsors brought business to motor racing as advancements in technology and engineering increased the performance of race cars. These decades marked the most dangerous period in the history of the sport, and many drivers were killed due to lack of safety regulations.

Producer Michael Shevloff introduced director Paul Crowder (Riding Giants, Dogtown and Z Boys) and writer Mark Monroe before the screening. After working on the
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Surf’s Up With Patagonia’s Branded ‘Deep Water’ Web Series

There have been many feature films with the ultimate goal of glorifying and immortalizing life among the waves. For my money, you can't beat Riding Giants, the 2004 documentary about big wave surfers, but the recent film Chasing Mavericks is offering up a more narrative approach. Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has now submitted its entry into the library of surfing media with Deep Water, a web series that follows the life of a big wave surfer in Hawaii. The subject of Deep Water is Kohl Christensen, who serves as Patagonia's 'surf ambassador'. Christensen lives on Oahu, where he leads a double life as both a surfer and a farmer. He doesn't seem to be as in interested in money or big competitions, preferring to take on giants for the thrill alone. From what I can understand (or at least from what the first episode tells me), Christensen is a much-respected figure in the big-surf world.
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Sliff Day Eight – Bitter Buddha, Headshot, Eliminate: Archie Cookson, and More

Wow, the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival already has been amazing!

Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il

The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.

http://cinemastlouis.org/sliff-2012

Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Thursday, November 15th

Shorts Program 8: Quirky Relationships

Shorts Program 8: Quirky Relationships plays at 5:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre

Shorts that give romance a twist.

Boo! (Rupert Reid, Australia, 2012, 5 min.): An aging married couple keep their love alive by staying one step ahead of each other. Coffees (Alex Beh, U.S., 2012, 11 min.): As a last-ditch effort, Mikey decides to go to his ex
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Michael Fassbender to Narrate the Formula One Documentary 1

Long time Formula 1 enthusiast and Golden Globe nominated actor, Michael Fassbender, has signed on to narrate Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures' new documentary film 1, it was announced today by the film's producer and Exclusive Media co-chairman Nigel Sinclair and fellow producer Michael Shevloff together with director Paul Crowder.

Fassbender, is the German-Irish actor who stars in Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class and Prometheus. For his acclaimed performance in Shame he won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award. He recently completed shooting Terrence Malick's latest and untitled film with Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and will shortly begin production on Jane Got a Gun also starring Natalie Portman and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here's what producers Nigel Sinclair and Michael Shevloff had to say in a joint statement.

"We are honored that Michael has
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Michael Fassbender to Narrate Formula 1 Documentary

Michael Fassbender, the charismatic actor who brought Prometheus' android, David, to life, will now lend his voice to Formula 1 racing documentary, 1. A long-time F1 fan, Fassbender will narrate the documentary from award-winning filmmaker Paul Crowder (Riding Giants). Written by Mark Monroe (The Cove), 1 is an action documentary that brings the spectacle and drama of Formula One Grand Prix racing to the big screen. Complete with never-before-seen footage and interviews with 12 former champions as well as power players from the F1 world, 1 will screen tomorrow at Austin's Paramount Theater and will be completed with Fassbender's narration. Hit the jump for the full press release. Here's the full press release: Michael Fassbender Drives Exclusive Media’S Spitfire Pictures’ Formula 1™ Documentary “1” Golden Globe Nominee To Narrate Highly Anticipated Feature Film Los Angeles, California (November 14, 2012) Long time Formula 1™ enthusiast and Golden Globe nominated actor, Michael Fassbender, has signed on to narrate Exclusive Media
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Michael Fassbender Signed To Narrate Exclusive Media.s Spitfire Pictures Formula 1 Documentary “1″

Long time Formula 1. enthusiast and Golden Globe nominated actor, Michael Fassbender, has signed on to narrate Exclusive Media.s Spitfire Pictures. new documentary film .1., it was announced today by the film.s producer and Exclusive Media co-chairman Nigel Sinclair and fellow producer Michael Shevloff together with director Paul Crowder.

Fassbender is the German-Irish actor who stars in Inglourious Basterds, X-men: First Class and Prometheus. For his acclaimed performance in Shame he won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award. He recently completed shooting Terrence Malick.s latest and untitled film with Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and will shortly begin production on Jane Got A Gun also starring Natalie Portman and X-men: Days Of Future Past.

.We are honored that Michael has agreed to lend his voice to our film. He is one of the most
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'Bones Brigade' Skater Steve Caballero Rips and Shreds

"It's not a death metal band, an extreme diet club or historic dominoes association."

The name "Bones Brigade" could certainly apply to any of the above, but skate enthusiasts will know it refers to what many consider to be the greatest skateboarding team of all time.

Director Stacy Peralta ("Dogtown and the Z Boys," "Riding Giants,") returns to the park once again for a look at this gang of teenage misfits who, for most of the '80s, dominated the industry with their complete dedication to a disrespected art form: skateboarding.

"Bones Brigade" features interviews with Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill and many more. Check out Caballero waxing (ripping? shredding?) nostalgic about the old days in our exclusive clip from the film.

"Bones Brigade: An Autobiography" will hit Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on Nov. 6.
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Great New Trailer for The Bones Brigade

Here's another great trailer for Stacy Peralta's latest documentary Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, which follows the rise of skateboarding in the 1980's. This was such an incredible documentary, and a must see for anyone that is a fan of Tony Hawk and the skateboarding scene. Hell, even if you're not, it's still an amazing documentary worth watching!

The Bones Brigade is a skateboarding team that was organized by 70's skateboarding legend and the film's director Stacy Peralta in the early 80's. He set out to start his own team of skaters, gathered together a group of no-name kids that had a deep passion for skateboarding, and mentored them to the top. This team produced some of the greatest, most legendary skateboarders of all time including Tony HawkSteve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen, who I admired as a kid growing up in the 80's.
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