DAILY NEWS: Abortion Doc Set; IFILM Cash
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>>Cowboy Booking and Antidote Sign Abortion Doc as New Code Red Release; Julianne Moore On Board as Spokesperson
(indieWIRE/02.06.01) -- Saying, in a prepared statement, "The stakes have never been higher for those who risk their lives to provide reproductive health care to women," actress Julianne Moore signed on to support the latest acquisition by Code Red, a joint effort of Cowboy Booking International and Antidote Films. The film, Liz Mermin and Jenny Raskin's documentary entitles, "On Hostile Ground," will be released by Cowboy in early April starting at The Screening Room in New York.
Described in a statement yesterday as "a look at the daily battles of three ordinary medical professionals placed in extraordinary situations by their choice to provide abortions, "the new documentary was produced by Catherine Gund's Aubin Pictures. Proceeds from its release will go to Planned Parenthood and Medical Students for Choice. Julianne Moore, a member of Planned Parenthood's "Board of Advocates" will speak out in support of the release, Cowboy's Noah Cowan told indieWIRE yesterday. "'On Hostile Ground' is a compelling call to action for everyone who values reproductive freedom," Moore explained in her prepared statement yesterday.
"We are honored to be included in this exceptional project," commented Noah Cowan, Cowboy Booking's Co-President, in a prepared statement. "Reproductive choice continues to be one of the most pressing issues facing this country and we feel this film poignantly captures the heroes who make abortion available to women despite the physical violence directed against them and their families."
Recent Code Red films include David Gordon Green's acclaimed "George
Washington" and Lane Janger's "Just One Time." Among the docs recently released by Cowboy are Aviva Kempner's award-winning "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg" and Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen's "Benjamin Smoke." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> IFILM Secures $10 Million
(indieWIRE/02.06.01) -- When IFILM announced, one year ago, that it had
raised $35 million in venture capital financing, few were surprised. It was a great time for the rapidly expanding online entertainment sector. Sites with barest of business plans were cropping up left and right and securing cash and IFILM, already a leader in the space, had carved out a niche. 13 months later, the space has contracted significantly and in the wake of the recent AtomFilms/Shockwave.com merger many have taken a wait and see approach while more sites have shut down.
IFILM declared its determination to be one of the survivors yesterday,
announcing a new $10 million round of financing. The investment, from
previous funders including Eastman Kodak Company, Sony Pictures
Entertainment and others, also includes money from Yahoo!. In a prepared
statement announcing the news, IFILM CEO Kevin Wendle touted the
relationship with Yahoo!.
"We are thrilled to have successfully closed our latest investment round and to be deepening our relationship with Yahoo!," said Wendle. "With IFILM's focus on the film community and Yahoo!'s global reach, we believe we are able to provide the best possible experience online for film fans and filmmakers everywhere."
IFILM launched nearly two years ago and later qcquired FilmFinders, the
Hollywood Creative Directory, and Lone Eagle Publishing, among other
Industry resources. [Eugene Hernandez]