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Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary Coming from Hunting Ground Directors

Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary Coming from Hunting Ground Directors
Directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, who previously directed the college sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, are teaming up again for a project currently known as the Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary, which will delve into the rampant sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and many others that have come to light in recent weeks. Here's what Kirby Dick had to say about the documentary in a statement.

"Documentaries, more than any other medium, bring an intensely moving investigative lens to controversial subject matter. What our film will capture, especially at this pivotal turning point in Hollywood history, is the underlying current of abuse and manipulation at the hands of power. Our film will also underscore the courage it takes to come forward and be a catalyst for change."

Director Amy Ziering revealed that this project has been in various stages of development for the past five years, when she
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UK doc outfits Roast Beef, Nutopia strike production partnership

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Companies set to collaborate on feature and TV docs.

Ahead of this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK documentary specialist companies Roast Beef Productions and Nutopia have struck a creative partnership to produce feature and television projects.

Roast Beef, the company behind 2014 Oscar-nominated feature docs The Square [pictured] and Hell And Back Again, will join Nutopia in its newly-expanded London office.

Television-focused Nutopia’s credits include the 2010 Primetime Emmy-winning series America: The Story Of Us and 2013 series The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us.

In their new partnership, the companies will develop feature and television documentaries, including long-form and short-form projects, aimed at the international market.

The Roast Beef team is led by Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner and also includes Martin Herring, Havana Marking and Janet Knipe.

The company’s latest feature, Lana Wilson’s The Departure, premiered Tribeca and will have its European premiere at Doc/Fest on June 9.

Nutopia is led by Jane Root. The company
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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — J. Ralph (‘Jim: The James Foley Story’)

J. Ralph (Courtesy: Mark Abrahams)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“They’re all about these giant concepts — climate change, the war, autism, species extinction, globalization, one after the next,” says songwriter/composer J. Ralph of the documentaries to which he has contributed music over the years, as we sit down at his Malibu home to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. They have included several films that won the best documentary feature Oscar (2008’s Man on Wireand 2009’s The Cove) or were nominated for it (2012’s Hell and Back Again and 2014’s Virunga). However, 2016’s Jim: The James Foley Story, the most recent doc to which he lent his talents, is different. “This one was about one person,” he notes, namely the eponymous freelance American war correspondent who, in 2014, was killed in Syria while trying to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis occurring there. “I wanted
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Oscars: How Has Race Been Featured in the Best Documentary Category Since 2000?

Ava DuVernay (Courtesy: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Let’s talk about race in this year’s Oscar race, shall we? Three of the top films up for best documentary feature this year — 13th (Netflix), I Am Not Your Negro (Magnolia), and O.J.: Made in America (Espn) — all deal with the black experience in the United States through various lenses. These movies, all favorites to make the official list of five nominees that will battle it out for the big win, drive home the fact that this is still a very important and is one of the Academy’s favorite topics to highlight — but has that always been the case?

First, let’s take a more in-depth look at what these three leading docs deal center around. Ava DuVernay’s 13th provides an in-depth look at the prison system and how the nation’s history of racial
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Pinewood appoints global sales director

Eric Stevens takes up newly created role in bid to drive world sales.

Eric Stevens has joined Pinewood Studios Group in the role of global sales director, with a remit to develop and drive new revenue streams and opportunities on a global basis.

Stevens joins from media technology and software company, Arts Alliance Media (Aam), where he oversaw a doubling of the organisation’s market share during his tenure as commercial director.

Whilst at Aam, he was responsible for a series of major global deals - most notably in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to this, Stevens served as managing director at Independent Film Company, the sales, production and distribution outfit responsible for We Need To Talk About Kevin and Hell And Back Again, both Oscar nominated, as well as Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture.

Stevens has also held positions with Ingenious Media and United International Pictures, working in distribution, sales, marketing
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Errol Morris, Wim Wenders executive-produce drones doc

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Errol Morris, Wim Wenders executive-produce drones doc
Exclusive: ro*co films represents international sales rights to Berlinale Special title.

Documentary royalty Errol Morris and Wim Wenders have lent their names as executive producers to drones documentary National Bird, which debuts in Berlin this week.

San Francisco-based ro*co films has acquired the international rights to investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck’s new title, which follows the journey of three whistleblowers determined to break the silence around Us drone strikes.

Nfp will release in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland.

ro*co’s international catalog includes Hoop Dreams, Hell And Back Again, How To Survive A War and The Invisible War. The company’s North American ‘education’ catalogue includes Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison Of Belief and The Hunting Ground.

“National Bird is a provocative and timely investigation into the human costs of the Us military drone program that is destined to have a powerful impact on the debate around drone warfare,” said
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Danfung Dennis introduces 360 degree film experience by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-01-31 19:57:00

Seeing American Bison in Virtual Reality

During a preview in New York of the work Danfung Dennis created with artists Casey Brown and Phil McNally and collaborators Jay Brown, Andrew Delpit and Chris McClanahan, before it was shown in the New Frontier program at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, I was able to come freckled nose to freckled nose with a jaguar, surround myself with monarch butterflies and settle down in the sand with a sea turtle for a few moments.

Dennis has a background as a photojournalist covering war zones and his documentary Hell And Back Again was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award. He developed a new camera capable of stereoscopic 3D, 360-degree video for his technology company Condition One.

In American Bison, wearing a headset, I was dropped off in the midst of a herd of wild buffalo and the effect was spectacular. When you turn your head to the right to.
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Make a Movie, Change the World: What It's Like to Work with Impact Partners

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Make a Movie, Change the World: What It's Like to Work with Impact Partners
Since its inception in 2007, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 50 films, including award-winning documentaries such as "The Cove," "An Inconvenient Truth," "The Garden," "Hell and Back Again," How to Survive a Plague" and many more. These films have not only been critical successes but have also succeeded in changing public opinion. This year, six films supported by the company will be screening at Sundance: "Sembene!," "How to Change the World", "Dreamcatcher," "Chuck Norris vs. Communism," "Censored Voices" and "The Hunting Ground." "Impact Partners was a key piece in the puzzle of putting ‘Chuck Norris vs. Communism’ together," said John Battsek, managing director of Passion Pictures and an executive producer on the film. "Companies like Impact are invaluable when it comes to social issue documentaries." Cogan's...
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Veterans Day: Fsu Student Veteran Film Festival - November 11th

During these past four years I have been asked to provide the curation for this initiative, on behalf of the College Of Motion Picture Arts, in support of our Student Veterans the annual featured motion picture presentation. This initiative provides a platform, utilizing cinema to engage conversation surrounding issues facing our student veterans returning from their service. The Collegiate Veterans Association leaders created the concept for this festival. As the Executive Director of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture ArtsTorchlight Program, and Faculty Executive Producer to the Fsu Svff, I have been able to merge my independent film industry background with educational opportunities at the University with the vision of expanding learning opportunities through cinema.

In year one the film selected to present was ”Hell and Back Again”, directed by Danfung Dennis, which went on to be nominated for an Oscar in 2011. Year two the Svff presented “The Invisible War”, directed by Kirby Dick, which also went on to be nominated, this time, for the Oscar in 2012. In November 2013 we presented Sebastian Junger with the Fsu Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking for his documentary, "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life And Time of Tim Hetherington". This year Rory Kennedy with her documentary will be the recipient of our 2014 award.

The Collegiate Veterans Association at Florida State University is one of the most universally known and well-respected student veteran groups in the nation. The university, the administration, and the student body have joined together in an effort to make Florida State University one of the most veteran friendly public universities, in the nation. Inherent in this goal is our effort to raise awareness and promote veteran’s issues. The Student Veteran Film Festival is one of our primary vehicles for achieving these goals.

The Student Veteran Film Festival is an annual event at the Florida State University that highlights veteran issues on campus, in the local community, and nationally. This event has a proud tradition of elegance, prestige, and creation of intense dialogue between filmmakers, students, and veterans.

The education and awareness that this event has been able to cultivate for issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma has been both significant and impactful. The inaugural event showcased the film ”Hell and Back Again” The nature of these films show that our student veterans are not afraid of engaging in difficult conversations and are serious about impacting real, meaningful, change.

This year, Florida State University students will bring filmmaker Rory Kennedy and her documentary film “Last Days in Vietnam” to the 4th Annual Student Veteran Film Festival Tuesday, Nov. 11.

The film, which captures the thrilling account of United States service members evacuating their South Vietnamese colleagues and friends during the closing days of the Vietnam War, will be followed by a discussion with Kennedy.

Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, is an Emmy Award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, as well as cofounder and president of Moxie Firecracker Films. Her films cover an array of issues ranging from poverty to politics to human rights and have been shown on HBO, A&E, MTV, Lifetime and PBS.

Kennedy also will receive the “Fsu Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking” following the screening of the film. The award, which comes with a $25,000 honorarium, is presented annually to a filmmaker who illuminates issues affecting veterans returning from their service.

“Florida State is committed to becoming the most veteran-friendly university in the nation, and recognizing filmmakers who document topics related to the military is another way we raise awareness and pay tribute to our veterans,” said Interim President Garnett S. Stokes. “We are pleased to honor Rory Kennedy with this award for her enthralling story about the final days of the Vietnam War.”

The film festival is intended to raise awareness of student-veterans’ issues and bridge the gap between veterans and the community.

As executive director of the College of Motion Picture Arts' Torchlight Program, I secured the rights to this year’s film from The American Experience Films and PBS. The film will make its broadcast debut April 28, 2015 on PBS.

The Student Veteran Film Festival and its Student Veteran Torchlight Award is attracting national film industry attention, which resonates on the university’s commitment and dedication to our student veterans.
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The Kill Team | Review

Kill or Be Killed: Krauss Meticulously Reassesses the Situation

Part courtroom drama, part frontline footage film contextualized by Morris-esque investigative interviews with those on trial for the murder of innocent Afghan citizens under the star spangled banner of the Us military, Dan Krauss’s incendiary documentary unveils the horrifying truths behind the media coined platoon, The Kill Team. Of the same ilk as The Invisible War, Kirby Dick’s recent inquisition into the military’s history of legal murkiness and systematic corruption, Krauss’s film sides with a young soldier named Adam Winfield whose reports to military authorities about the unprovoked killings of innocents within his platoon went ignored, until he himself was arrested alongside the men he was desperately trying to free himself from.

Winfield’s close-knit unit is shown dressed to the nines for Krauss’s interview, honestly sharing their versions of the events that took place with frightening candacy,
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Bowe Bergdahl and Beyond

The real story behind Bowe Bergdahl is only beginning to unfold. While it may take weeks or months to find out exactly why and how the U.S. soldier may have left his platoon in Afghanistan in 2009 and found himself held captive by the Taliban for five years, Bergdahl’s narrative has renewed long seething debates about America’s foreign entanglements in the Middle East. Was Bergdahl a deserter or hero, a traitor or a Pow? And ultimately, was his reason for being in Afghanistan justified or, to use the military acronym, Fubar (fucked-up beyond all recognition)? American documentary cinema has long embraced this debate, with U.S. soldiers like Bergdahl emerging as some of the most powerful characters in this ongoing national drama. Think of Scott Camil, the traumatized Vietnam vet, in 1972’s Winter Soldier, who testified to the horrifying brutalization and murder of innocent Vietnamese civilians by U.
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Disney grandniece backs Meryl Streep on Walt's racism and sexism

Walt Disney's grandniece Abigail Disney took to Facebook to voice her opinions about him in the wake of Meryl Streep highlighting his apparent racism, sexism and antisemitism

Abigail Disney, grandniece of Walt, has backed up Meryl Streep following the actor's recent comments about Walt Disney where she referred to him as a "gender bigot" and a member of an antisemitic lobbying organisation.

Disney took to Facebook to say she "loved" the actor's remarks, as she had "mixed feelings" about her great-uncle. "You really need to be as honest as possible about those feelings, or else you are going to lead yourself into many a blind alley in life," she said. "Anti-Semite? Check. Misogynist? Of Course!! Racist? C'mon he made a film (Jungle Book) about how you should stay 'with your own kind' at the height of the fight over segregation! As if the 'King of the Jungle' number wasn't proof enough!
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True Detective Ep. 1.01 “The Long Bright Dark,” the work of a mature, sure-handed director,

True Detective, Season 1: Episode 1 – “The Long Bright Dark” Written by Nick Pizzolatto Directed by Cary Fukunaga Airs Sunday nights at 9 on HBO -

Midway through the 2013 TV fall season, seven new shows glamorizing serial killers were added by various networks, bringing the total to 20. HBO seems a little late to the game with True Detective, a series which centers around two mismatched detectives, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), who, in 1995, investigate and solve the occult-like murder of Dora Lange, a young prostitute whose body is found in a section of a sugarcane forestry in the Louisiana countryside. Cut between the mid ’90s and present-day, the two detectives are called back for questioning when a similar case arises seventeen years later. With only eight episodes to tell its story, True Detective wastes no time in laying the groundwork. The story weaves back and forth from a present day interrogation,
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Oscar's Documentaries: Tales from the Shortlist (Part 1)

Glenn here with the first of three pieces looking at this year’s 15 finalists for Best Documentary. Watch along with us!

Prior to the announcement of the shortlist, I had seen roughly 30 of the 151 contenders. Hopefully by the end of the week I will have managed to catch up with all 15 of the shortlisted titles, which will be the first time that has ever happened. As Team Experience's apparent resident doc expert, I am determined to do it, although I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that I couldn't catch even more of the longlist. 151 is a lot even for me.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Synopsis: Filmed over the course of 6 months, this documentary tells the incredible story of three young moments of Pussy Riot, a Russian activist punk band out to disrupt the status quo and bring attention to their homeland's injustices by the hand of Vladimir Putin.
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Veterans Day: Fsu Student Veteran Film Festival - November 11th International Film Business

This November 11th will be the third year of The Florida State University Student Veteran Film Festival (Svff) . For the past three years I have been asked to be the executive advisor to this initiative to provide opportunity to curate on behalf of the College Of Motion Picture Arts, and at the request of my Dean Frank Patterson and the University President, Dr. Eric Barron, in support of our Student Veterans the annual featured motion picture presentation. This initiative provides a platform, utilizing cinema to engage conversation surrounding issues facing our returning student veterans returning from their service. The Collegiate Veterans Association leaders created the concept for this festival, and I have had the honor to participate in the opportunity. As the Executive Director of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture ArtsTorchlight Program, and Executive Advisor to the Fsu Svff, I have been able to merge my independent film industry background with educational opportunities at the University with the vision of expanding learning opportunities through cinema.

In year one the film selected to present was ”Hell and Back Again”, directed by Danfung Dennis, which went on to be nominated for an Oscar in 2011. Year two the Svff presented “The Invisible War”, directed by Kirby Dick, which went on to be nominated for the Oscar in 2012. Fsu President Eric Barron created an award that year to honor Kirby Dick for his filmmaking, the Fsu Student Veteran Torchlight Award (described in the material provided). This year, the award will be presented to Sebastian Junger for his documentary, "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life And Time of Tim Hetherington".

The Collegiate Veterans Association at Florida State University is one of the most universally known and well-respected student veteran groups in the nation. The university, the administration, and the student body have joined together in an effort to make Florida State University one of the most veteran friendly public universities, in the nation. Inherent in this goal is our effort to raise awareness and promote veteran’s issues. The Student Veteran Film Festival is one of our primary vehicles for achieving these goals.

The Student Veteran Film Festival is an annual event at the Florida State University that highlights veteran issues on campus, in the local community, and nationally. This event has a proud tradition of elegance, prestige, and creation of intense dialogue between filmmakers, students, and veterans.

The education and awareness that this event has been able to cultivate for issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma has been both significant and impactful. The inaugural event showcased the film ”Hell and Back Again” with the following year hosting “The Invisible War”. The nature of these films show that our student veterans are not afraid of having difficult conversations and are serious about impacting real, meaningful, change.

Third Annual Student Veteran Film Festival To Feature Award-winning Author And Film Director Sebastian Junger

Tallahassee – Florida State University students will bring award-winning author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger and his critically acclaimed documentary film “Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington” to the 3rd Annual Student Veteran Film Festival on Monday, Nov. 11.

A collaborative effort among the Collegiate Veterans Association , Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association and College of Motion Picture Arts, the event will feature a discussion with Junger about the film, which traces Hetherington’s work across the world's battlefields to reveal what made him such a singular talent — and remarkable human being. The film also illuminates the incredible risks combat journalists face, at a time when they are dying with greater frequency in war zones.

“We are proud to screen this acclaimed film and host an event that facilitates discussion about what life is like in war-torn parts of the world, which Tim Hetherington captured so movingly through his images,” said Ryan Taylor, president of the Fsu Collegiate Veterans Association.

Junger is a bestselling author (“The Perfect Storm,” “War”) who, with Hetherington, co-directed “Restrepo,” an Academy Award nominated documentary about an American combat outpost in Afghanistan.

Junger will also receive the “Fsu Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking” following the screening of the film. The award, which comes with a $25,000 honorarium, is given annually to a filmmaker who illuminates issues affecting veterans.

"As part of Florida State’s commitment to become the most veteran-friendly university in the nation, we are recognizing filmmakers who explore issues that affect military service members, veterans and their families,” said Fsu President Eric J. Barron. “I am pleased to honor Sebastian Junger with this award for his poignant tribute to Tim Hetherington."

The film festival is intended to raise awareness of student-veterans’ issues and bridge the gap between veterans and the community. Paul Cohen, director of the College of Motion Picture Arts’ Torchlight program, secured the rights to screen “Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington.” The film, telecast and distributed by HBO, was screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

The Student Veteran Film Festival will take place:

Monday, Nov. 11

3 – 7:30 P.M.

Ruby Diamond Concert Hall

222 S. Copeland St.

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Fla.

Student Veteran Film Festival website – http://vetfilmfest.fsu.edu Svff page on the Student Veterans Center website – http://veterans.fsu.edu/Student-Veteran-Film-Festival (As mentioned, the story on this page will be replaced by the news release, once its been finalized by the Communications office.) Svff Tickets – http://tickets.fsu.edu Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - http://tickets.fsu.edu/Venue-Information/Ruby-Diamond-Concert-Hall
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Stalled M.I.A. doc begins shoot

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Stalled M.I.A. doc begins shoot
Britdoc backs feature that was on hold due to funding issues.

Production has begun in London on a feature documentary about the life of musician M.I.A.

The film is directed by Steve Loveridge, who reportedly stepped down from making the documentary in July.

At that time, Loveridge used his Tumblr account to leak a teaser trailer for the film, which was later removed.

According to an email posted to Loveridge’s site, a representative from Roc Nation claimed “the timing of this leak … screws with everything we’ve been working on”.

“I know how frustrated you must be with the [film],” they wrote, “but I promise we’ve been having ongoing conversations internally, trying to get legal stuff and funding resolved, it Is going to move forward and get done in time for this album cycle and festivals.”

“I really couldn’t give a flying fuck,” Loveridge replied. “Count me out. Would rather
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New Best Actor/Actress Categories at Gothams to Increase Likelihood of Matching Oscar Nods?

Gotham Awards 2013: Nominations don’t necessarily mean Oscar 2014 recognition (photo: Gotham Award nominee Robert Redford in ’All Is Lost’) Nominations for the indie-oriented, East Coast-based Gotham Awards, announced a few days ago, don’t necessarily translate into nominations for the equally indie-oriented, West Coast-based Spirit Awards. And they certainly don’t mean the likelihood of a matching Academy Award nod. (See list of 2013 Gotham Awards nominations.) In fact, in the last five years (2012-2008), of the 25 nominees in the Gotham Awards’ Best Feature category, only seven films — or less than one in three — received matching Academy Award nominations despite the fact that since 2009 up to ten films have been eligible for the Best Picture Oscar. Gotham Awards’ Best Feature vs. Academy Awards’ Best Picture The Gotham Awards’ Best Feature / Academy Awards’ Best Picture "double nominees" were the following: Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker Joel and Ethan Coen’s
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Gamechanger Films, Supporting Women Narrative Directors, Launches Today

Gamechanger Films, a new for-profit film fund exclusively targeting narrative feature-length films directed by women, was announced today. The New York-based company was founded by Julie Parker Benello (Afternoon Delight, Pariah, Brooklyn Castle), Dan Cogan (Hell and Back Again, How to Survive a Plague, The Queen of Versailles), Geralyn Dreyfous (Born Into Brothels, The Invisible War, The Square) and Wendy Ettinger (Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The War Room, Eye of God), and will be led by producer Mynette Louie (Cold Comes the Night, California Solo, Children of Invention). Producer Mary Jane Skalski (Very Good Girls, Win Win, The Visitor) is […]
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Gamechanger Films, Supporting Women Narrative Directors, Launches Today

Gamechanger Films, a new for-profit film fund exclusively targeting narrative feature-length films directed by women, was announced today. The New York-based company was founded by Julie Parker Benello (Afternoon Delight, Pariah, Brooklyn Castle), Dan Cogan (Hell and Back Again, How to Survive a Plague, The Queen of Versailles), Geralyn Dreyfous (Born Into Brothels, The Invisible War, The Square) and Wendy Ettinger (Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The War Room, Eye of God), and will be led by producer Mynette Louie (Cold Comes the Night, California Solo, Children of Invention). Producer Mary Jane Skalski (Very Good Girls, Win Win, The Visitor) is […]
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How to Manage The Relationship Between Film Producer and Investor

As the co-founder and Executive Director of the equity fund Impact Partners, Dan Cogan has supported many independent films, including "How to Survive A Plague, "Hell and Back Again," "The Cove," "Detropia," "The Island President" and "Midway." Yesterday at the Doc Conference at The Toronto Film Festival, Cogan presented "The Gift," a speech about how filmmakers can best manage their relationships with the investors who make their work possible. Cogan advised producers to give filmmakers the freedom to make the film they want to make and filmmakers to respect "the gift" they have been given and make the best film they can. Read his full speech below: Venal. Manipulative. Short-sighted. Just downright pathetic. There are no better words to describe the dominant strain in the relationship between film producer and investor throughout the sorry history of filmmaking. Both sides are to blame for this state of affairs. Film producers, often
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