19th IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards set
IFP announced that the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards will return for the second year to Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, on Tuesday, December 1st. Additionally, the group is now accepting submissions for five of its six competitive categories, including: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Actor, Breakthrough Director and Best Ensemble Performance. Consideration for the sixth competitive award, Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, is by invitation only. The deadline for submissions is 5pm EST on Monday, September 21st.
“45365” screening on SnagFilms for SummerFest
SXSW-winning documentary “45365” will be exclusively screened for one week starting Friday on the SnagFilms.com Distribution Network. SnagFilms will feature “45365” as the second film for its online SummerFest. Directed by Bill and Turner Ross, the film portrays the daily life of residents in the small American town of Sidney, Ohio.
NBR Sets ’09 dates
The National Board of Review will hold their annual awards gala on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The NBR, celebrating its centennial year, also announced that they have awarded $100,000 in student grants to 10 university film schools, The Children’s Aid Society, The Ghetto Film School and Reel Works Teen Filmmaking. The National Board of Review will screen approximately 300 films for awards consideration in 2009. This year’s winners will be announced on Thursday, December 3rd.
Woods Hole Fest welcomes actors this week
This week the Woods Hole Film Festival welcomes a number of notable actors and individuals to the festival. On Monday, hippie icon and Woodstock emcee Wavy Gravy attended the festival with director Michelle Esrick for the New England premiere of “Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Story.” On Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 PM actress Michelle Monaghan (“Mission Impossible”) will be at the festival with director James Mottern for the film “Trucker.” On Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 PM, actor Joey Pantoliano (Joey “Pants”) brings his film “No Kidding, Met Too” to the festival and will participate in a panel discussion about the portrayal of mental illness in the entertainment industry. Finally, on Saturday, August 1st, “The Simpsons” writer and executive producer Ian Maxtone Graham will participate in a Q&A with former LA producer Beth Colt about his life with the popular animated television series from 4-6:00 PM. Details can be found at their website.
“Dead Tone” finds US home
Deon Taylor Enterprises/Vista Taylor and Screen Media Films have entered into a distribution deal for the thriller film “Dead Tone” starring Rutger Hauer (“Blade Runner”). Based on true events, “Dead Tone” follows a group of college students whose prank phone calls accidentally target the wrong person. A madman traces their call and turns the night of fun and games into a horrifying game of survival. “Dead Tone” will be released theatrically by Deon Taylor Enterprises and Vista Taylor in select cities across the country beginning September 3rd. Screen Media Films acquired all other rights including DVD, VOD and ancillary in a deal negotiated by Deon Taylor’s agent Jay Cohen of Gersh with Screen Media Films’ Robert Baruc and David Fannon.
Foster and Azabal shooting “Here”
Ben Foster (“3:10 TO Yuma”) and Lubna Azabal (“Paradise Now”) have been cast as the leads in Braden King’s romantic road-trip drama “Here,” which is commencing principal photography July 22nd in Armenia. “Here” was co-written by King and Dani Valent, and is being produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy through their company, Parts and Labor.
Choreographer Merce Cunningham dies at 90
U.S. choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham, credited by many with revolutionizing visual and performing arts, has died at age 90, his foundation and dance company said on Monday, AP reports.
Uighur premiere a sell-out in Australia
The premiere of a documentary about a Uighur activist that Chinese officials tried to have pulled from Australia’s biggest film festival was a sell-out success, organisers said Monday. The Melbourne International Film Festival called in security guards for Sunday night’s premiere of “Ten Conditions of Love” fearing trouble amid Chinese anger over the film about exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer, AFP reports.
New film puts the Coco into Chanel
Abandoned by her parents and brought up in an orphanage, Gabrielle Coco Chanel went on to build, arguably, the world’s most famous fashion house. So it is a bit of a surprise that only one film, 1982’s Coco Solitaire, has been made about Chanel’s life. Until now. This year, not one, but three movies are ready to be added to that collection. “It was the obvious time, when she was forming her personality,” says Belgian director and writer Anne Fontaine in an interview with BBC. “She was poor, she didn’t have a home. It is incredible that someone so young and from her social class, with no advantages, became this strong personality, the face of modern women.”