Film Independent’s 9th Annual Directors Lab
Film Independent’s 9th Annual Directors Lab is now accepting applications, described as ” an intensive eight-week incubator designed to help directors who are prepping their feature films,” is now accepting applications for the event. The deadline is October 5. For more information, visit their website.
Method Fest call for entries
The 12th annual The Method Fest independent film festival, scheduled for March 25 – April 1, 2010 in Calabasas, Calif., is looking for character and story-driven films featuring “strong acting performances.” Deadlines for film submissions for the 12th annual The Method Fest are: October 1 (Early Bird), December 1 (Regular Entry) and February 1 (Late Deadline). For film submission information call (310) 535-9230 or visit the festival’s website.
Hamptons concludes Summer Docs series with “Kunstler”
The Hamptons International Film Festival will conclude its its three-part “Summer Docs” series with a screening of the highly anticipated film by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, William Kunster: Disturbing the Universe. The film will screen at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Friday, September 4th. Series host Alec Baldwin will introduce the film and lead a discussion with Criminal Defense Attorney Gerald B. Lefcourt, who worked closely with William Kunstler on controversial cases through the 1960s and 1970s. The 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will now take place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 8th – 12th. For more information, visit the festival’s website.
North Carolina signs tax incentive
Gov. Bev Perdue signed legislation increasing the film incentive to 25 percent in North Carolina. “North Carolina is one of the most cost effective film production centers in the country,” says Chris Cooney, co-owner and COO of EUE/Screen Gems Studios, in Wilmington. “Raising this incentive ensures that the impressive talent already here in this state–crew, grip, lighting and set design professionals–will stay here and continue to contribute to the economy and the excellent reputation we’ve built over the last 25 years.”
Screen Media to “Punch” in first quarter
Robert Townsend’s “Phantom Punch” has been picked up by Screen Media Films, which will release the film in the first quarter of 2010. Starring Ving Rhames, the film is based on the true story of Sonny Liston and the future Mohammed Ali’s knock out punch that would change his life forever. The deal was brokered with Abhi Rastogi, Managing Director, Cinesavvy Inc representing Access Motion Pictures and Suzanne Blech, Executive Vice President, Screen Media Films.
VAR: Hippies face horror at weekend B.O.
In an unusual blood fest, two horror films are opening directly against each other Friday at the domestic B.O. — Warner Bros./New Line’s “The Final Destination” and the Weinstein Co.’s “Halloween II.” Focus Features hopes the rock ‘n’ roll appeal of “Taking Woodstock” will expand beyond baby boomers as it opens nationwide after unspooling in New York and Los Angeles Wednesday. Pamela McClintock reports.
H.R. Venice Fest: The Young Lions
In a move that has generated plenty of chatter in the already-chatty Italian film world, the grand dame of film festivals is undergoing a youthful makeover. With a total of 17 first and second works in the festival’s official selection — including an unprecedented five first works and one second work in the 24-film main competition — the lineup for the 66th edition of the storied Venice Film Festival is younger than at any time in recent memory. Eric J. Lyman reports.
Screen: Max Manus wins seven Amanda Awards as Haugesund ends
Opened by HRH Crown Prince Haakon and culture minister Trond Giske, the 37th edition of the Haugesund festival showed 90 features – 23 in the main programme – with Europe accounting for 70% of the selection, and 12 titles which had been in official selection at Cannes. Guests from 30 countries flew in for the showcase which registered a record number of 42,000 admissions. UK director Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank repeated its success from the Cote d’Azur and bagged the Critics’ Award. Jorn Rossing Jensen reports.
Spout: Heathers the TV Show Could Be Very
Though I didn’t include it on my list of 80s movies that need TV series, I could actually see a show based on Heathers being pretty cool. No, I’m not pulling your dick. And no, I didn’t have a brain tumor for breakfast… Christopher Campbell gives his take on the newly announced “Heathers” TV sho