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  • Hope for Film
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    “A Tree Falls In The Forest” and Other Ruminations on Social/Community-based Marketing…

    The old philosophical thought experiment "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" has never been truer for film distribution. With the incredible number of films available for consumption on innumerable platforms, getting some form of distribution for your film is no longer the core problem. The central issue now is: how will anyone know about it? How will you find your audience? And how will you communicate enough to them to drive them to the point of actually seeing it?

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  • Press Play
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    PAMELA AUCOIN: How HOMELAND validates the war on terror

    Pop culture serves to entertain, and reinforce cultural norms. Television shows have always done this; studying them, and their attitudes towards authority reveals a lot about America. One of the most well-received shows of the season is Showtime’s "Homeland." The series features a fine pedigree of actors, like Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, and was originally a show on Israeli television. While that may not sound exactly like the BBC, it still has the allure of the foreign-produced, which suggests a less provincial background.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Deal: IFC Takes 'Liberal Arts'

    IFC Films is acquiring North American rights to writer-director-actor Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts," which debuted at Sundance on January 22 to a rousing standing ovation. It's "How I Met Your Mother" star Radnor's follow-up to Sundance hit "happythankyoumoreplease." Trained as an actor, Radnor wrote the film for acting idols Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") and Allison Janney ("Juno, The Help"). Also starring are Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene"), Elizabeth Reaser ("The Family Stone," "Twilight') and John Magaro ("The Brave One"). IFC plans to release the film theatrically later this year. In the film, a brainy thirty something (Radnor) returns to his college for the retirement of his favorite professor (Jenkins). He meets a young co-ed (Olsen) and flirts with a relationship; he's also attracted to his old romantic literature professor (Janney).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Deal: Sony Worldwide Partners with Goldwyn for 'Robot & Frank'

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films have partnered to acquire North American rights to rookie Jake Schreier's "Robot and Frank," which had its world premiere Friday in Salt Lake City, then played at the Eccles Theatre Saturday night. The movie stars Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon"), Susan Sarandon ("Dead Man Walking"), James Marsden (Sundance comedy "Bachelorette"), Liv Tyler and Peter Saarsgard ("Shattered Glass"). Additionally, SPWA has acquired all media rights for Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe including Russia. New Sony acquisitions exec Joe Matukewicz had been tracking the film from the script stage, he said. “This winning film strikes a special chord with audiences... Jake’s film shows us a future that is right around the corner, and I for one, can’t wait for my own Robot!”

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Video: The Emotional Sundance Q&A For "How To Survive a Plague"

    A few days back here in Sundance I caught a screening of David France's astonishingly powerful documentary "How To Survive a Plague." A chronicle of AIDS activism in New York, the film shows how a group of men and women fought against a remarkably homophobic establishment to help bring life-saving drugs to America.  The film moved me so much that I decided to check out a public screening the next day just so I could take in one of the Q&As (there wasn't one at the industry screening I initially attended). And as expected, it was pretty powerful stuff:

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  • The Playlist
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    Steven Spielberg Zeroing In On 'Saving Private Ryan' Style Moses Tale 'Gods And Kings'; Spring 2013 Start Eyed

    Taking on a Steven Soderbergh or Woody Allen-esque workload, Steven Spielberg -- who dropped two movies in 2011 with "War Horse" and "The Adventures Of Tintin" -- shows no sign of slowing down. He's already deep into his next film, the long developing dream project "Lincoln" which he'll deliver at the end year and after that, he'll shift gears and jump right into "Robopocalypse" which already has a big summer tentpole date of July 3, 2013 penciled in. But it looks like he won't have a moment to slow down.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Kathryn Galan of National Association of Latino Independent Producers Resigns

    NALIP announces the departure of Kathryn F. Galán. After 10 1/2 years at NALIP, Kathryn has decided to resign as Executive Director to finish her Master's Degree and pursue new opportunities. Bienvenida (Beni) Matas will act as Interim Executive Director until a permanent replacement is found. Beni has a long history with NALIP and its mission, as a founding Board member and the organization's first coordinator. The Board of Directors and staff will continue with its mission to further Latino content creators with upcoming conference Diverse Voices, Universal Content (April 13-15 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, CA) and NALIP's other excellent programs.

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  • Caryn James
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    FIRST LOOK: 'No Room for Rockstars' Music Doc Captures the Wild, Weird, World of Warped Tour

    "No Room for Rockstars" premiered at Slamdance on January 22. Then it will play one night on Cinedigm digital screens across the country, on March 1, 2012.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Partners with Everyone Counts for 2013 Electronic Oscar Ballots

    The 2013 Academy Awards are already making news, with the Academy announcing today that it has partnered with Everyone Counts to develop an electronic voting system for next year's Oscars.

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