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QuickShots | Berlinger at Apple, Magnolia Promos, and a Ton of New News

QuickShots | Berlinger at Apple, Magnolia Promos, and a Ton of New News

Made on a Mac: Crude with Director Joe Berlinger

Join acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (“Brother’s Keeper,” “Paradise Lost,” “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”) as he discusses the making of his latest film, the award-winning official Sundance selection, “Crude.” Learn how Berlinger and editor Alyse Spiegel used the Mac and Final Cut Studio to turn the epic story of the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” lawsuit into one of the year’s most acclaimed documentaries. Crude opens in New York at the IFC Center on September 9. Berlinger will be at the Apple Store SoHo in New York on Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.

Begley and van Steemburg receive promotions at Magnolia

Magnolia Pictures has promoted Dori Begley from Director to Vice President of Acquisitions. She works closely with Senior Vice President Tom Quinn acquiring titles for Magnolia Pictures, Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Home Entertainment and Magnolia International, including such films as “Man on Wire,” “Splinter,” “Food Inc,” “Humpday” and “The Girl from Monaco.” Prior to joining the company in 2007, she served as Manager of Acquisitions for six years at Sony Classics, as well as Associate Programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. Magnolia has also promoted Peter Van Steemburg from Manager to Director of Acquisitions. Van Steemburg has been with Magnolia for nearly two years, also working closely with Quinn and Begley on acquiring films for the company’s several distribution arms, and notably was a key player in the acquisition of this year’s “Bronson” for Magnet Releasing. Prior to Magnolia, he worked for the film financing branch of Cinetic Media, and as an assistant with Miramax International.

“Bulletproff Salesman” travels to First Run

Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein’s feature documentary “Bulletproof Slaesman” has been picked up by First Run Features, which will open the film in theaters in early 2010, followed by a home video and broadcast release. The film focuses on war profiteer Fidelis Cloer whose career spanning two decades of global turmoil, has supplied kings, presidents and the odd dictator or two with the finest luxury armored vehicles, hand-crafted in Germany. The film was repped by Josh Braun at Submarine, and produced by Pepper & Bones Films.

Sharon Stone set to mentor “Breakthrough Performers” at upcoming 2009 Hamptons Fest

Following their showcase as Europe’s “best young actors” at the Berlin International Film Festival, three of EFP’s “Shooting Stars” 2009 will present their recent films at The Hamptons International Film Festival taking place October 8 – 12. Together with four selected North American emerging actors, they will participate in HIFF’s Breakthrough Performers Program. The group will be mentored during the event by Sharon Stone. The three Shooting stars include Danish director Cyron Melville from Moreten Giese’s “Love and Rage,” Italian actress Alba Caterina Rohrwacher from “Giovanna’s Father” by Pupi Avati and Finnish actor Samuli Vauramo from Dome Karukoski’s “Beauty and the Bastard.”

American Film Market Teams with People’s Choice Awards for “Film Pitch”

The People’s Choice Awards (PCA) and American Film Market (AFM) have teamed to create the “Favorite Film Pitch” contest, a competition which will provide industry professionals attending the AFM, Nov. 4-11, with the opportunity to get their pitches in front of producers, distributors and even the voting public. Submissions to the Favorite Film Pitch contest will be recorded live Nov. 7-10 on a mini-set at the American Film Market with each pitch limited to two-and-a-half minutes. For more information, visit the American Film Market’s website.

The Coens’ “A Serious Man” to open Friars Club Comedy Fest

The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival will open its inaugural year on Thursday, September 24th with the U.S. premiere of “A Serious Man,” the new film from Academy Award-winning writer/directors Joel & Ethan Coen. The Focus Features release will subsequently open in select U.S. cities on Friday, October 2nd. The Coens will join the opening night gala at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan along with cast members. Details of the first Friars Club festival will be unveiled soon.

IFP to showcase Telefilm Canada and UK Film Council presentations during Independent Film Week in NYC

Telefilm Canada will screen the latest edition of its Perspective Canada Showreel, and the UK Film Council will present its New Cinema Fund Showcase respectively on Tuesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 23 during IFP’s 31st Annual Independent Film Week taking place September 19 – 24 in New York City. Both Telefilm Canada and the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund are partners on IFP’s annual No Borders International Co-Production Market which is held during Independent Film Week. For more information about these screenings and Independent Film Week, please visit their website.

VAR: Urman launches distrib Paladin

Mark Urman has launched Paladin, a new distribution outfit staffed with some of his former ThinkFilm associates…Urman has wasted no time. He’s assembled an initial four-film release slate, including the Bryce Dallas Howard starrer “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” which bowed at the Toronto film fest last year. Amanda Sherwin serves as Paladin’s head of marketing and Michael Tuckman will handle theatrical sales. The execs worked with Urman in the same capacities for seven years at ThinkFilm. Sharon Swart reports.

AFP: At Venice, personal lens on 1968 student movement

Italian director Michele Placido offered a personal take on the 1968 anti-war movement in Italy in his autobiographical “Il Grande Sogno” (The Great Dream) at the Venice film festival. “This is a diary, a kind of popular novel, a political novel, even if I may seem to be saying something at the end,” said Placido, 63, formerly a young police officer who crossed the barricades to join the student movement. Gina Doggett reports.

HR: Made in Canada

Canada likes to paint its film tax credits as stable and predictable — certainly when compared with the U.S. But a closer look at the tax credits offered by its provinces reveals the same game of incremental one-upmanship that has become standard in the U.S. And, while that’s a mixed blessing north of the border, it might herald even sweeter giveaways for Hollywood studios seeking to film here.

Screen: Indonesian filmmakers condemn new film law

The Indonesian film industry is protesting against a film bill, passed into law on Tuesday, that increases censorship of local production and limits the distribution of foreign films. The controversial bill requires that 60% of screen time should be reserved for local productions regardless of quality. Liz Shackleton reports.

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