Check out more of today’s latest industry news below:
– The New York Times reports on the mounting pressures facing film festival programmers responsible for documentary programming. As the number of films grows, film festival programmers face more pressure to serve as judges of fairness and accuracy. Recent festival picks like “Vaxxed” and “Tickled” have recently made the problem a whole lot more public. Read the fascinating piece here.
– “The Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau is the recipient of PETA’s Innovation in Film Award for using innovative CGI to bring the iconic animals of the classic story to life for his new film. Forward-thinking directors like Jon Favreau know that the future of film lies in technical wizardry, not in beating animals into performing,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA calls on directors and producers throughout Hollywood to follow in Favreau and Disney’s progressive footsteps.”
– Spike Lee interviewed presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for a massive cover story – billed as “2 Guys From Brooklyn” – that covers a staggering amount of information and scope. Read the entire interview here.
– This year’s Tribeca Film Festival had today announced its jurors — a diverse group of industry leaders, including award-winning actors, acclaimed filmmakers, writers, entrepreneurs, artists and cultural leaders. The jury will be divided among eleven competitive Festival categories. This year’s jurors include names like Mya Taylor, Jennifer Westfeldt, Laura Poitras, Danny Glover, Mike Birbiglia, Parker Posey, Judy Greer, Laurie Anderson, Liev Schreiber and many more. Check out the full list at Tribeca’s official website.
– Fathom Events is bringing the classic “On the Waterfront” back to theaters for a special two-day event on Sunday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 27. See it in a theater, as God and Marlon Brando intended! Get tickets here.
– The Bentonville Film Festival, which is dedicated to championing women and diverse voices in media, today announced the full slate for its second edition, taking place in Bentonville, Arkansas from May 3 – 8. This year’s slate includes approximately 34 films in competition, including 16 documentaries and 18 narratives and an expansion of its platform with the addition of a short film competition. Highlights from the slate include “Embers,” “Operator,” “Newtown” and “Raising Bertie.” Check out the full slate here.
– New York City’s newest theatre, the Metrograph, is rolling out its first Criterion Live! event this evening with The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates, and we’ve got the exclusive poster of the event to share:
Watch the trailer for Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” below…