Sundance Film Festival: IFC Films Acquires romantic thriller PERFECT SENSE

Sundance Film Festival: IFC Films Acquires romantic thriller PERFECT SENSE

IFC Films announced from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director David Mackenzie’s romantic thriller PERFECT SENSE, which had its world premiere in the Premieres section this week. Directed by Sundance alum Mackenzie (who was at the festival in 2009 with Spread), with a screenplay by Kim Fupz Aakeson, the film reunites Mackenzie with star Ewan McGregor (who he directed in the critically acclaimed Young Adam).  The […]

Sundance Film Festival: IFC Films and Sony Pictures Acquire ‘Salvation Boulevard’

Sundance Film Festival: IFC Films and Sony Pictures Acquire ‘Salvation Boulevard’

IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that the companies are partnering to acquire North American rights to George Ratliff’s ‘Salvation Boulevard’, which premiered this week in the festival’s Premieres section. The film, with a screenplay by Ratliff (whose previous films include Hell House and Joshua) and Doug Max Stone, based on the novel by Larry Beinhart, stars Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear, Jim […]

Sundance Film Festivals: IFC | Sundance Selects Acquires documentary ‘These Amazing Shadows’ about The National Film Registry

Sundance Film Festivals: IFC | Sundance Selects Acquires documentary ‘These Amazing Shadows’ about The National Film Registry

The documentary ‘These Amazing Shadows’ about The National Film Registry, was picked up by IFC under their new banner, “Sundance Selects.”  IFC will make These Amazing Shadows available via VOD beginning January 22 (the date of the World Premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival) for 30 days. It will be available in approximately 40 million homes on most major cable systems including Bright House, Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, and Time Warner Cable. After the 30 […]

Sundance Film Festival: Motion Film Group Acquires Rashaad Ernesto Green’s debut feature Gun Hill Road

Sundance Film Festival: Motion Film Group Acquires Rashaad Ernesto Green’s debut feature Gun Hill Road

Motion Film Group, Inc., a newly formed independent film venture from entertainment financier Fotis Georgiadis, has acquired the worldwide sales and distribution rights to writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s debut feature Gun Hill Road, which premiered to a sold-out crowd and standing ovation at Sundance on Monday, January 24 in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. The coming-of-age drama set in The Bronx stars Esai Morales (“Caprica,” “NYPD Blue”), Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”), and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Cedar Rapids, […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Prizes in Short Filmmaking

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Prizes in Short Filmmaking

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival announced the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking and gave honorable mentions based on outstanding achievement and merit. The 2011 Short Film jurors are Barry Jenkins (director, writer, Medicine for Melancholy); Kim Morgan (Film and Culture writer, Sunset Gun, The Hitlist) and Sara Bernstein (Vice president, HBO Documentary films; supervising producer, Baghdad ER, White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). The Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking was awarded […]

Berlinale 2011: Panorama Programme Now Complete

Berlinale 2011: Panorama Programme Now Complete

This year Berlin International Film Festival Panorama is presenting 16 feature films in its main programme, 14 in Panorama Special, 20 works in its Panorama Dokumente series and three supporting films. They are from 29 countries, 27 of which are screening as world premieres, 12 are directorial debuts. Opening films of the main programme, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente The main programme will open on February 10 in CinemaxX 7 with Tomboy, French director Céline […]

Rendezvous to Debut in Atlanta

Rendezvous to Debut in Atlanta

Atlanta Businessman and Real Estate Investor, Duane Dixon of Imagery Films, will debut Rendezvous, his first of many feature films in Atlanta this spring. After watching the real estate market unravel, Dixon chose to diversify his business interests and pursue a lifelong dream of writing and directing his own film. Born in Queens in 1967, Dixon says at an early age he knew he wanted to be involved in entertainment. “My parents surrounded me with […]

10th LDS Film Festival, January 26-29, 2011 | Orem, Utah

10th LDS Film Festival, January 26-29, 2011 | Orem, Utah

The 2011 LDS Film Festival is scheduled for January 26-29, 2011, and will mark the 10th anniversary of the festival. It is also the 6th year the festival will take place at the historic Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah. The festival features films from Mormon writers or directors or Mormon cultural themes and opens with the premiere of Michael Fisher’s “Midway to Heaven.” The schedule for the 10th LDS Film Festival 2011 […]

Sundance Film Festival: Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘I Melt With You’

Sundance Film Festival: Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘I Melt With You’

Magnolia Pictures announced they have acquired US theatrical rights to Mark Pellington’s I MELT WITH YOU, an ensemble film starring Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino and Sasha Grey. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Richard (Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Tim (Christian McKay), and Jonathan (Rob Lowe) are friends from college who gather for a weekend each year to celebrate their friendship and catch up with each […]

RIP: German film producer Bernd Eichinger

RIP: German film producer Bernd Eichinger

German film producer Bernd Eichinger, best known for movies such as “The Neverending Story,” “The Name of the Rose” and “Downfall,” has died, his production company told CNN. He was 61. Eichinger died of a heart attack Monday night in Los Angeles while dining with family and friends, his production company, Constantin Film, said in a statement. Read more …

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Acquires Martha Marcy May Marlene starring Elizabeth Olsen

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Acquires Martha Marcy May Marlene starring Elizabeth Olsen

Fox Searchlight acquired the dramatic film Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley), playing in the  U.S. Dramatic Competition at 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Sean Durkin, the cast also includes Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, and Sarah Paulson. Haunted by painful memories and suffering from increasing anxiety, Martha escapes an abusive cult and returns home to live with her older sister, Lucy, and Lucy’s husband, Ted. […]

Sundance Film Festival: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Guard starring Don Cheadle

Sundance Film Festival: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Guard starring Don Cheadle

Sony Pictures Classics has reportedly close the deal to take domestic and Latin American rights to The Guard. The film screened opening night at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is featured in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category. Directed by John Michael McDonagh, the cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, and Dominique McElligot. Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a salty village cop in Ireland, has a subversive sense of humor, […]

Sundance Film Festival: Liddell Entertainment Acquires horror film ‘Silent House’

Sundance Film Festival: Liddell Entertainment Acquires horror film ‘Silent House’

Liddell Entertainment has acquired the horror film Silent House, a last minute addition to this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Directed by the Chris Kentis and Laura Lau  ( the duo behind Open Water, which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival) and starring Elizabeth Olsen (sister to the Olsen twins), Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, and Adam Barnett, the film is screening in the festival’s Park City at Midnight category. […]

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Acquires Mark Cahil’s debut feature film ‘Another Earth’

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Acquires Mark Cahil’s debut feature film ‘Another Earth’

Fox Searchlight continues its buying spree at Sundance Film Festival picking up Mark Cahil’s debut feature film “Another Earth” for a reported $1.5 million-$2 million. Another Earth which stars William Mapother, Brit Marling, Jordan Baker, Robin Lord Taylor, and Flint Beverage, is currently screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category. Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman recently accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. John Burroughs, a brilliant composer, has just reached […]

Kentucky & Regional Films showcased at upcoming Derby City Film Festival

Kentucky & Regional Films showcased at upcoming Derby City Film Festival

The Upcoming Derby City Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky is gearing up to be a big year, especially for local filmmakers. This year’s film festival includes 20 films from Kentucky filmmakers and 10 more from Indiana & Ohio. The latest press release from the festival follows below. Gritty crime dramas, quirky love stories, clay-mation sci-fi and stirring documentaries are just some of the themes being offered from films by Kentucky filmmakers at this year’s Derby […]

83rd Academy Awards® Nominations Announced

83rd Academy Awards® Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced today (Tuesday, January 25) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo’Nique. “The King’s Speech,” emerged the frontrunner with 12 nominations including best picture, best director and best actor. Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards Performance by an actor in a leading role * Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions) * Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” (Paramount) * Jesse […]

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Grabs “Homework” and Remake Rights to “The Bengali Detective”

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Grabs “Homework” and Remake Rights to “The Bengali Detective”

Fox Searchlight continues it buying streak at Sundance Film Festival picking up Gavin Wiesen’s “Homework”and grabbing the remake rights to Philip Cox’s “The Bengali Detective.” “Homework,” from first-time director Gavin Wiesen stars Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, and Blair Underwood. George (Freddie Highmore), a smart teenage loner, has made it to his senior year despite the fact that he has never completed an assignment. Enter Sally (Emma Roberts), the school […]

2011 Producers Guild of America; ‘The King’s Speech” Takes Top Award

2011 Producers Guild of America; ‘The King’s Speech” Takes Top Award

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last weekend. In addition to the competitive awards, the PGA honored several individuals with tribute awards including James Cameron with the 2011 Milestone Award; Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with the 2011 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television; Scott Rudin with the 2011 David […]

Sundance Film Festival: Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media to release ‘Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times” Documentary

Sundance Film Festival: Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media to release ‘Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times” Documentary

Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have partnered to acquire the U.S. rights to Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times. The documentary film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the New York Times newspaper – it goes inside the newsroom in 2010, capturing a tumultuous year of journalism The film, directed by Andrew Rossi, is playing in this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. documentary competition category. With the Internet surpassing print as our […]

Sundance Film Festival: Participant Media Acquires Iranian film ‘Circumstance’

Sundance Film Festival: Participant Media Acquires Iranian film ‘Circumstance’

Participant Media has grabbed the North American rights to the Iranian film Circumstance. The debut film from writer-director Maryam Keshavarz is competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category in this year’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Teenagers Atafeh, and her best friend, Shireen, are experimenting with their burgeoning sexuality amidst the subculture of Tehran’s underground art scene when Atafeh’s brother, Mehran, returns home from drug rehab as the prodigal son. Battling his demons, Mehran vehemently renounces […]

Sundance Film Festival: HBO Close to Getting Remake Rights to Irish Documentary ‘Knuckle’

Sundance Film Festival: HBO Close to Getting Remake Rights to Irish Documentary ‘Knuckle’

HBO is reportedly closed to deal to acquire the rights to director Ian Palmer’s Knuckle, a documentary about Irish bare-knuckle brawlers, and plan to turn it into a television drama for the network. The documentary, which premiered at 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is competing in the festival’s world cinema documentary competition, tells the story of the Travellers, a nomadic ethnic group that settles disputes through ritualized bare-knuckle fighting. The film tracks a long-simmering feud […]

Sundance Film Festival: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions to release ‘Margin Call’

Sundance Film Festival: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions to release ‘Margin Call’

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions has partnered to acquire and release J.C. Chandor’s “Margin Call” which is playing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. “Margin Call” tells the story of key players at an investment firm during a 24-hour period in the beginning stages of the 2008 financial crisis. Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period […]

Sundance Film Festival: Sundance Selects Acquires ‘Buck’ Documentary

Sundance Film Festival: Sundance Selects Acquires ‘Buck’ Documentary

Sundance Selects grabbed the North American rights to the movie, “Buck,” which is playing in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Selects announced today from the Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Cindy Meehl’s BUCK. The film, which is playing in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiered on Friday, January 21st.  The film centers around Buck […]