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    News from The Film Collaborative about Sundance

    Happy New Year from The Film Collaborative!The Film Collaborative has already been guiding 3 feature filmmakers and are also going to assist a short and probably add a 4th of 5th feature. Sundance filmmakers benefit from our distributiion education because we're helping them navigate distribution and avoid the pitfalls of excessive middlemen or not-so-ideal companies who are pursuing them. We're helping them choose wisely and sometimes also directly representing their films on the sales side. And of course we educate and guide them on the DIY side. It's still early in the process to see exactly how much we'll end up doing per film (in terms o...

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    Navajo Nation and a New Sort of Giving - DVD Distribution

    Making a difference in society calls for more tools than you can find in a documentary film. It calls for vision and creative activism involving marketing, educating and partnering with real people from different walks of life. That's how to build a groundswell.I am not going to start a series here on DVD distribution benefitting the worthy causes of the subjects of films, but coming on the heels of The Creative Coalition's endeavors, this distributor to the non-theatrical community came my way, and in the interest of a good cause, I am posting it here on the heels of Poliwood and TCC. Both these postings are good case studies for others and...

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    Sundance's "Pariah" Seeks Help Through Kickstarter

    Help “Pariah” Get To Sundance! Dee Rees‘ feature film debut, Pariah, makes its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival next month. Now that the film is Sundance (the premiere film festival in these United States), the work has just begun. Every filmmaker's dream is that Sundance means smooth sailing from thereon. Its debut will make a splash, then it will get picked up for distribution after a big multimillion advance has been paid to the filmmaker, it will open on 3000 screens next year (or even in the top 25 markets), it win lots of acclaim. do well at the box office, and the filmmaker will sign a 3-picture deal with Sony Pictures ...

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    Oscar Watch: Austria's La Pivellina by Tizza Cavi and Rainer Frimmel

    La Pivellina is almost the sort of film which could win at least one of the five nominations for the Academy Award Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It's about a child and a family living in the exotic though poor circumstances of circus performers. A beautifully authentic and touching film, it is clearly a favorite of festivals where it premiered in Cannes' Directors Fortnight in 2009 and thoroughly covered the festival circuit including Karlovy Vary, Toronto Vancouver, Palm Springs, Berlin, New Directors and has won the requisite awards. Represented internationally by Films Distribution, and by First Run in U.S., it has sold widely t...

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    Oscar Watch: Hermano by Marcel Rasquin, Venezuela

    Venezuela’s submission for Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film Oscar, Hermano, (official site: www.hermano.com.ve) just showed at the Havana Film Festival in Cuba, where it won the Special Jury Prize for Opera Prima (First Film), and played in 800 and 1,200 seat theaters filled with enthu...

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    Latino in Sundance (and Slamdance)

    Last year's blog on Latin America in Sundance had more to say and more films to choose to talk about, including Lucy Walker's acclaimed Waste Land which I loved back then. This year's Slamdance has 3 Latino films. One, Drama, is most notable because of its filmmaker. Matias Lira spent much time here in L.A. and we even eagerly sponsored him for his green card. Matias graduated UCLA Film School and stayed on as an acquisitions person for a large Latin American distributor. He seemed to be the only genuine Latino here and looked like he was going to go to the highest levels possible here. But Chile suddenly awoke and created a film world wh...

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    Oscar Watch: Thailand's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    This film received mucho publicity during Cannes but has very lttle visibility here in the U.S. in spite of its having been picked up for U.S. by Strand and its being Thailand's official submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Oscar. I don't think it will be nominated as feels so off-kilter, albeit totally original. I don't think the Academy will have the patience for it. However, this Cannes winning competition film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the penultimate example of how a film from a perhaps underfunded country can get enough financing to be made and d...

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    Oscar Watch: Kazakhstan's Strayed by Akan Satayev

    Paradigm is repping U.S. distribution and remake rights to Strayed, Katzakhstan's submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Oscar. They are showing it to U.S. distributors now and there is interest. It mixes genres and yet is reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs although its story ...

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    Oscar Watch: When We Leave (Die Fremde)

    This past summer I spent in Berlin and was invited to the first screening of When We Leave (Die Fremde), Germany's submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language film. I was welcomed to the screening by a tall young man who turned out to be American but had come to Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship and stayed to enter the film business there. We became friendly and he asked my advice about going to UCLA film school where he had applied. I strongly suggested he go if accepted, telling him he would have such an advantage over others because he already had the international perspective so needed in film today. Not only is ...

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    More on African Cinema

    I have discovered a wonderful new blog on Africa for those of you interested in keeping up with the latest developments taking place in cinema there. African Screens' Don Omope describes it below.Don Omope

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