2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL® SET TO OPEN WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF HBO DOCUMENTARY FILM THE APOLLO ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams’ film celebrates the historic New York City cultural landmark where musical legends were discovered

Features interviews with Pharrell Williams, Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle, Ta-Nehisi Coates and more

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will open its 18th edition with the world premiere of the HBO Documentary Film The Apollo. Helmed by Academy and Emmy Award-winning director Roger Ross WilliamsThe Apollo chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of the New York City landmark, the Apollo Theater. The film will debut at the iconic theater itself on Wednesday, April 24, 2019and later this year on HBO. The feature-length documentary weaves together archival footage, music, comedy and dance performances, and behind-the-scenes verité with the team that makes the theater run. The Apollo features interviews with artists including Patti LaBelle, Pharrell Williams, Smokey Robinson, and Jamie Foxx. The documentary is produced by Lisa CortésNigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures, and Williams. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival runs April 24-May 5.

The Apollo covers the rich history of the storied performance space over its 85 years and follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as it comes to the theater’s grand stage. The creation of this vibrant multi-media stage show frames the way in which The Apollo explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle and the broad range of African American achievement that the Apollo Theater represents.

The Apollo Theater is internationally renowned for having influenced American and pop culture more than any other entertainment venue. The space has created opportunities for new talent to be seen and has served as a launchpad for a myriad of artists including Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Luther Vandross, Dave Chappelle, Lauryn Hill, Jimi Hendrix, and more. 

“We’re excited to finally be going uptown to play the Apollo,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder and CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival. “The Apollo gives audiences an inside look at the major role this institution has played for the past 85 years. It’s seen the emergence of everything from Jazz to R&B to Soul and Gospel - all quintessential American music genres, and this is the time to remind people of our nation’s rich history. ”

The Apollo is about so much more than just music, it’s about how we used music and art to lift ourselves out of oppression,“ commented director Roger Ross Williams.  “The story of the Apollo is the story of the evolution of black American identity and how it grew to become the defining cultural movement of our time.  I was fortunate to make my first film with HBO and I am thrilled to be coming back home with The Apollo. Premiering at The Tribeca Film Festival, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem is a dream come true.”

“The Apollo Theater is a symbol of the creative spirit of New York and beyond, and I’m very happy that we’re kicking off our 18th Festival celebrating it with this documentary from Roger Ross Williams,” said Tribeca Co-Founder Robert De Niro.

The Apollo, directed by Academy Award-winning and Tribeca alumnus Roger Ross Williams (Music by Prudence; Life, Animated) and is produced by Lisa Cortés (Precious), White Horse’s Nigel Sinclair (George Harrison: Living in the Material WorldUndefeated), Jeanne Elfant Festa (Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, Pavarotti) and Cassidy Hartmann (The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, Pavarotti) along with Williams.

The Apollo will have additional screenings during the Festival. Passes and packages to attend the Festival go on sale on February 19, 2019.

The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate on March 5.

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About The Filmmakers:

The producers Lisa Cortés, Nigel Sinclair, Jeanne Elfant Festa, Cassidy Hartmann and Roger Ross Williams have assembled an outstanding creative team with editors Jean Tsien, ACE (Miss Sharon Jones!, Shut Up & Sing) and John S. Fisher and Grammy-Award-winning composer Robert Glasper (Miles Ahead13th) who is composing the score. Hartmann and Tsien also co-wrote the documentary. 

Nicholas Ferrall of White Horse and Dan Cogan of Impact Partners are Executive producing the film alongside Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures, and the Apollo Theater’s Jonelle Procope. Jenny Raskin and Geralyn Dreyfous will also Executive Produce for Impact Partners, along with the Embrey Family Foundation, the Lagralane Group, and Ken Pelletier. Carlene C. Laughlin and Dave Knott are also Executive Producing. Cynthia Sexton and David Blackman will Executive Produce for Polygram Entertainment. MACRO’s Charles D. King, Kim Roth, and Poppy Hanks will also executive produce, along with Jayson Jackson.

Impact Partners is financing the film along with the Chicago Media Project, Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment, MACRO, 164 OWR, Bert Marcus Productions, and the Ford Foundation.

About Tribeca Film Festival past opening nights:

Since its inception 18 years ago, Tribeca Film Festival has opened with a range of films, both narrative and documentary, that celebrate cinema and storytelling: 2018 – Love, Gilda (Documentary); 2017 – Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (Documentary); 2016 – The First Monday in May(Documentary); 2015 – Live from New York! (Documentary) with a live performance from Ludacris; 2014 – Nas: Time is Ill-matic (Documentary) with a live performance from Nas; 2013 – Mistaken for Strangers (Documentary) with a live performance from The National; 2012 – The Five-Year Engagement(Narrative); 2011 – The Union (Documentary) with a live Elton John performance; 2010 – Shrek Forever After (Narrative); 2009 – Whatever Works(Narrative); 2008 – Baby Mama (Narrative); 2007 – SOS (Shorts program); 2006 – United 93 (Narrative); 2005 – The Interpreter (Narrative); 2004 –Raising Helen (Narrative); 2003 – Down with Love (Narrative); 2002 – About a Boy (Narrative).

About the Tribeca Film Festival:            

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, brings visionaries and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online work. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment. The Festival champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.      
The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now in its 18th year, the Festival has evolved into a destination for creativity that reimagines the cinematic experience and explores how art can unite communities. The 18th annual edition will take place April 24 - May 5, 2019. 

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About 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Partners:       

As Presenting Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of filmmaking through access and innovation, while expanding opportunities to diverse creators around the globe. AT&T helps millions connect to their passions – no matter where they are. This year, AT&T and Tribeca will once again collaborate to give the world access to stories from underrepresented filmmakers that deserve to be seen. “AT&T Presents Untold Stories” is an inclusive film program in collaboration with Tribeca - a multi-year, multi-tier alliance between AT&T and Tribeca along with the year-round nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute.

The Tribeca Film Festival is pleased to announce its 2019 Partners: 23andMe, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Bai Beverages, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), BVLGARI, CHANEL, Diageo, ESPN, IMDb, Kia, Montefiore, National CineMedia (NCM), Nespresso, New York Magazine, NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Prime Video Direct, PwC, Spring Studios New York, Squarespace, and Status Sparkling Wine.

2019 ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF NARRATIVE, DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILMS, AND ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING

Festival to Open with Julia Hart’s “Fast Color”

 “Knock Down The House,” directed by Rachel Lears to Close Festival

Amy Berg’s “This Is Personal” to Screen as Documentary Centerpiece;

Carol Morley’s “Out Of Blue” to Screen as Narrative Centerpiece

9th Annual Festival Takes Place February 28 - March 3, 2019

The Athena Film Festival (AFF) at Barnard College announced today its film slate, including opening night, closing night, and centerpiece films, as well as additional programming for the 2019 festival. The ninth annual festival, co-founded by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, will take place February 28 to March 3, 2019, at Barnard College in New York City. AFF showcases films, television and content that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless female leaders from all walks of life. Stories of ambition, courage, and resilience amplify the voices of strong, bold women, curating a public discourse on gender equality, and changing the cultural conventions surrounding leadership.

The festival will open on Thursday, February 28, with the New York premiere of “Fast Color.” The film, directed by Julia Hart and written by Hart and Jordan Horowitz, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a hero forced to run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after abandoning her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. Lorraine Toussaint and David Strathairn co-star.

The festival will close on Sunday, March 3, with the New York premiere of the documentary “Knock Down The House,” directed by Rachel Lears, and featuring NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The film centers on a young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri, as they build a movement comprised of insurgent Congressional candidates who challenge powerful incumbents. One of their races ultimately becomes the most surprising political upset in recent American history.

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The festival’s Documentary and Narrative Centerpieces were also announced. The Documentary Centerpiece, “This Is Personal,” is directed by Amy Berg, featuring Tamika Mallory and Erika Andiola. While the 2016 election catalyzed the Women’s March and a new era of feminist activism, Tamika and Erika have been fighting for their communities for years. Their stories expose the fundamental connection between the personal and the political, and ask, how can intersectionality birth a new social justice movement? The Narrative Centerpiece, “Out Of Blue,” written and directed by Carol Morley, will have its U.S. premiere at the festival. Patricia Clarkson stars as Detective Mike Hoolihan, who is called to investigate the shooting of a leading astrophysicist. As Mike tumbles down the rabbit hole of the disturbing case, she finds herself grappling with cosmic secrets that may hold the key to unraveling the crime, while throwing into doubt her very understanding of reality.

“We are thrilled to announce our phenomenal lineup of films for this year’s festival,” said Melissa Silverstein, co-founder and artistic director of the festival and founder of Women and Hollywood. “The Athena Film Festival’s goal is to showcase the diverse work of women leaders, and this year, we have some incredible films and stories that aim to change the narrative and highlight important topics.”

The festival will feature a curated program of narrative, documentary and short films, including: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” directed by Marielle Heller and starring Melissa McCarthy; “On The Basis Of Sex” (2014 Athena List Winner), directed by Mimi Leder and starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer; “The Favourite,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone; “Jinn,” written and directed by Nijla Mu'min and starring Zoe Renee; “The Miseducation Of Cameron Post,” written and directed by Desiree Akhavan and starring Chloë Grace Moretz; “Rafiki,” written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu; “On Her Shoulders,” directed Alexandria Bombach and featuring Nadia Murad; “Whispering Truth To Power,” directed by Shameela Seedat and featuring Thuli Madonsela; “Worlds Of Ursula K. Le Guin,” directed by Arwen Curry and featuring Ursula K. Le Guin. Shorts include: “7 Planets,” written and directed by Milda Baginskaite; “Heed The Call,” written and directed by Laura G. Chirinos; “Masks,” written and directed by Mahaliyah Ayla O; and “A Woman’s Place,” directed by Jen Zhouwenyue Xu.

Over the last nine years, the Festival has welcomed more than 35,000 people from all over the world to 200+ screenings.  In 2018, 46 films were screened, including 17 features, 13 documentaries, and 16 shorts. Distinguished guests such as Billie Jean King, JJ Abrams, Lena Dunham, Amma Asante, Barbara Kopple, and Bridget Everett, among many others were welcomed at the Festival.

Additional programming and 2019 honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2019 festival co-chairs include J.J. Abrams P’22, Julie Parker Benello ’92, Debra Martin Chase, Geralyn Dreyfous, Ava DuVernay, Paul Feig, Greta Gerwig ’06, Sherry Lansing, Jon Levin P’13, Katie McGrath P’22, Pat Mitchell, Sheila Nevins ’60, David Oyelowo, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Susan Rovner ’91, Regina K. Scully and Rachel Weisz. 

Tickets and passes are on sale now. Please visit http://www.athenafilmfestival.com for regular updates and more information.

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FULL INFORMATION ON ANNOUNCED FILMS AND PROGRAMS:

FEATURES

A Private War

Director: Matthew Heineman

Writers: Marie Brenner and Arash Amel

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. 

Ask for Jane

Director: Rachel Carey

Writers: Rachel Carey and Cait Cortelyou ‘09

The true story of determined women in the 1960s who quietly provided the phone number of reliable abortion doctors to women in need. Operating like a spy network, using blindfolds, code names, and secret locations, the Jane Collective helped over 11,000 women receive safe, illegal abortions until they were legalized in 1973.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Director: Marielle Heller

Writers: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty

Based on a true story, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer who makes her living profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead. Unable to get a new publishing gig, Lee turns to artistic deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

Don’t Talk To Irene

Director and writer: Pat Mills

When an overweight and unpopular teenager is suspended from school, she must endure two weeks of community service at a nearby retirement home. She secretly signs up the residents for a dance-themed reality show to prove that you don't have to be perfect to be perfectly awesome. 

Fast Color - OPENING NIGHT FILM & NEW YORK PREMIERE

Director: Julia Hart

Writers: Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz   

This fantasy, superhero re-mix stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a hero forced to run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after abandoning her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. Lorraine Toussaint and David Strathairn co-star.

Jinn

Director and writer: Nijla Mu'min

In writer-director Nijla Mu’min’s debut feature, an African-American teenager’s world is turned upside down when her mother, a popular TV meteorologist, abruptly converts to Islam, prompting both mother and daughter to reevaluate their identities.

On The Basis of Sex

Director: Mimi Leder

Writer: Daniel Stiepleman

The compelling story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early years, as she crafts a national legal strategy to win equal rights for women and fights to succeed in a profession notably hostile to women. The screenplay was a 2014 Athena List winner. 

Out Of Blue - NARRATIVE CENTERPIECE AND U.S. PREMIERE

Director and Writer: Carol Morley
Detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) is called to investigate the shooting of a leading astrophysicist. As Mike tumbles down the rabbit hole of the disturbing case, she finds herself grappling with cosmic secrets that may hold the key to unraveling the crime, while throwing into doubt her very understanding of reality.

Rafiki

Director and writer: Wanuri Kahiu

In their community “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls are forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Saint Judy - NEW YORK PREMIERE

Director: Sean Hanish

Writer: Dmitry Portnoy

Based on a remarkable true story, when an Afghan woman flees her home after being persecuted by the Taliban, immigration attorney Judy Wood (Michelle Monaghan) takes her case. In the process, she changes U.S. asylum law and saves the lives of countless people.

Support The Girls

Director and writer: Andrew Bujalski

The general manager at a highway-side ''sports bar with curves" who has incurable optimism and faith in her girls, her customers, and herself, is tested over the course of a long, strange day.

The Favourite

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writers: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

Set in early 18th-century England, this award winning comedy-drama stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as cousins whose quarreling take center stage as each jockeys to be the court favourite of a frail and mercurial Queen Anne.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Director: Desiree Akhavan

Writers: Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele

In this drama directed by Desiree Akhavan, Chloë Grace Moretz plays a teenager sent away to a remote “treatment center” after being caught in the backseat with the prom queen. As she is subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she finds both challenges from and solace in fellow residents.

Working Woman

Director: Michal Aviad

Writers: Michal Aviad, Sharon Azulay Eyal, Michal Vinik

Orna’s life at work becomes unbearable when her boss, a major Israeli developer, makes inappropriate advances. Caught between the need to support her family and the increasingly disturbing behavior of her boss, Orna fights for her job and her sense of self-worth.

DOCUMENTARIES

93Queen

Director: Paula Eiselt

Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, a tenacious group of Hasidic women challenge stereotypes and power structures in their tight-knit community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. This film was a 2015 Athena Work in Progress film.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Director: Pamela B. Green

In 1896, Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female film director at age 23. She went on to write, direct, produce, or edit more than 1000 films and became one of the early film industry’s biggest stars. Then she vanished from history.

Dykes, Camera, Action!

Director: Caroline Berler

Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, set the stage for lesbian filmmakers to transform how society views queerness. In this moving and often hilarious film, lesbian filmmakers share their stories and discuss how they express their queer identity through film. 

Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order

Director: Ruth Leitman

Led by The Daily Show’s co-creator Lizz Winstead, the Lady Parts Justice League barnstorms the country to support abortion providers and defend women’s reproductive rights. Using comedy as the ultimate weapon to mobilize voters for the 2018 elections, they use a boots-on-the-ground strategy to protect bodily autonomy for all.

Life Without Basketball

Directors: Tim O'Donnell, Jon Mercer

After the International Basketball Federation forbids head coverings, making it impossible for Muslim women to maintain their religious convictions while on the court, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir fights to change the rules. With her victory, she becomes the first Division I basketball player to play wearing the hijab and inspires the young Muslim women she coaches.

Knock Down The House - CLOSING NIGHT FILM & NEW YORK PREMIERE

Director: Rachel Lears

A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most surprising political upset in recent American history.

Netizens

Director: Cynthia Lowen

The proliferation of cyber harassment spreads from the web to the most intimate corners of women’s lives. As the internet becomes the next frontier of civil rights, three women who are targets of harassment confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. The film was a 2017 Athena Work in Progress film. 

Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS

Director: Harriet Hirshorn

A compelling portrait of the inspiring and remarkable women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement who work tirelessly to end the 30-year old pandemic and help women around the world at risk of HIV and AIDS.

On Her Shoulders

Director: Alexandria Bombach

With deep compassion and an elegance that matches her calm and steely demeanor, 23 year-old Nadia Murad survives the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escapes ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people.

The Feminist

Director: Hampus Linder

This personal and compelling portrait follows Gudrun Schyman, spokesperson of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative political party as she moves between small towns, refugee camps, and the corridors of power. In the process, she inspires women across the globe and becomes one of Sweden’s most influential politicians.

The Great Mother

Directors: Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker

When two U.S. born children share that their mother is being deported, immigration activist Nora Sandigo steps up to become their legal guardian, saving them from the fate of  “immigration orphans’’ trapped in the foster care system. Six years later, Nora’s charges have grown to nearly 1,000 children.

This is Personal - DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE

Director: Amy Berg

While the 2016 election catalyzed the Women’s March and a new era of feminist activism, Tamika Mallory and Erika Andiola have been fighting for their communities for years.Their stories expose the fundamental connection between the personal and the political, and asks: how can intersectionality birth a new social justice movement?

Warrior Women

Directors: Elizabeth A. Castle and Christina D. King

Madonna Thunder Hawk, unapologetic organizer of the American Indian Movement,  has cultivated a ragtag gang of activist children—including her daughter Marcy—into the We Will Remember survival group. Through their story, the film highlights the struggle for native rights and how activists pass their legacies from generation to generation.

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Director: Rob Garver

This nuanced portrait of Pauline Kael, among the most famous and divisive film critics of all time, uses never-before-seen archival film, wide-ranging interviews and her own writings voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, to capture her complexity while revisiting late-twentieth-century cinema through her lens.

Whispering Truth to Power

Director: Shameela Seedat

After her appointment as South Africa’s Public Protector in 2009, Thuli Madonsela immediately faces violent protests, court interdicts, political and personal attacks, and death threats, as this remarkably steadfast woman seeks justice in a country still coming to terms with its apartheid past.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Director: Arwen Curry

Explore the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. She holds her ground on the margins of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work forces the mainstream to embrace her science fiction and fantastic writings.

SHORTS

7 Planets - NEW YORK PREMIERE

Director and writer: Milda Baginskaite

A young girl dreams to escape planet Earth.

A Woman’s Place

Director: Jen Zhouwenyue Xu

Three female chefs grapple with barriers in the male-dominated food service industry.   

Cinematographer

Director: Demi Waldron

Six women cinematographers share the complexities of working in an industry that rarely hires women.

Come & Take It

Directors: Ellen Spiro, PJ Raval

America’s most irreverent anti-gun activists create the Great Texas Dildo Revolt.  #CocksNotGlocks.

Cross My Heart

Director: Sontenish Myers

While visiting her family in Jamaica, an American teenager becomes her cousin's confidant, changing the way she sees the people she loves.

Game

Director and writer: Jeannie Donohoe

The new teenager in town shows up at the boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?

Giving Birth in America: California

Director: Clancy McCarty

A Mexican farmworker, pregnant with her third child, seeks prenatal care from a clinic in the “Strawberry Capital” of California.

Happy Today

Director: Giulio Tonincelli

In Northern Uganda, a midwife accompanies new mothers through the physical pain and intense emotion of giving birth.

Heed the Call - NEW YORK PREMIERE

Director and writer: Laura G. Chirinos

In the midst of World War II, a young woman must decide if she is willing to defy both social expectations and her family by joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

I’m Just Here

Director: Lara Aslanian

Writer: Mari Savinar

A suicide helpline operator fields an unforgettable call from a young, queer woman.

Juck

Directors: Ulrika Bandeira, Julia Gumpert, and Olivia Kastebring

Feminist activists use dance to challenge popular notions of modern femininity.

Lotte That Silhouette Girl

Directors: Carla Patullo, Elizabeth Beecherl

With music, magic and a stirring narration by Lotte herself, Lotte that Silhouette Girl tells the tale of one of animations' foremost pioneers, German Film Director, Lotte Reiniger.

Masks

Director and writer: Mahaliyah Ayla O

A closeted medical student’s secret is threatened when out on a date with her girlfriend. 

Newport Gun Girls - NEW YORK PREMIERE

Director: Lauren Orme 

Writer: Nigel Crowle

The story of a forgotten group of Welsh women who worked at an ordnance factory during World War II.

Nour - NEW YORK PREMIERE

Director and writer: Danielle Naassana

A young girl feels self-conscious about wearing a hijab at her new school.

One Small Step

Directors: Bobby Pontillas, Andrew Chesworth 

Writer: Andrew Chesworth

In this animated short, an ambitious girl aspires to be an astronaut, guided by her supportive father.

Rise and Shine

Director: Ben Dai 

Writer: Andrew Robinson

Waking up after years in a deep sleep, the last surviving scientist in Antarctica must use her ingenuity and science to survive.

Sister Hearts

Director: Mohammad Gorjestani

After thirteen years in prison (six in solitary), an ex-offender opens Sister Hearts, the largest thrift store in New Orleans, and offers a path forward for women like her.

Waahi - US PREMIERE

Director: Aftab Abbasi

A Pakistani wheat farmer shatters stereotypes with her courage and resilience.

While I Yet Live

Director: Maris Curran

Acclaimed quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, talk about love, religion, and the fight for civil rights, as they continue the tradition that brought them together.

VIRTUAL REALITY

She Flies By Her Own Wings

Project Creator: Jesse (Jesus) Ayala

Driven by the military tenet of “Leave No One Behind,” Shannon Scott, a proud transgender veteran, seeks justice for those vets who championed equality before her.

Sun Ladies

Project Creator: Celine Tricart

Meet Xate Singali, captain of the Sun Ladies, a female-only fighting unit that risks everything to protect the Yazidi community from violent attacks by ISIS.

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project
Directed by:  Michele Stephenson

The story of acclaimed poet, Nikki Giovanni and the revolutionary historical periods through which she lived—reveals the enduring influence of one of America’s greatest artists and social commentators.

Surge

Project creators: Hannah Rosenzweig, Wendy Sachs and Tanya Selvaratnam

Tired of being ignored, angered by government policies, and anxious about the future, thousands of women were inspired to run for office in what became an historic midterm election.

ABOUT THE ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL

The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College, is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless female leaders from all walks of life – stories of ambition, courage, and resilience. We amplify the voices and stories of strong, bold women, curating a public discourse on gender equality, and changing the cultural conventions surrounding leadership.

As the only film festival specifically focused on women’s leadership, the Athena Film Festival provides a forum for dialogue about and an opportunity to showcase what it means to be a powerful woman today, inspiring women and girls in the process.

ABOUT THE ATHENA CENTER

Established at Barnard College in 2009, the Athena Center for Leadership Studies is a catalyst for the education, development and advancement of inspired and courageous women leaders worldwide.

 ABOUT WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD

Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry. Over the last 11 years, it has grown to be one of the most respected sites focused on women's issues and popular culture, and its founder, Melissa Silverstein, has become a well-respected leader on the subject.

ABOUT BARNARD COLLEGE

Barnard provides a singular educational experience, as a world-renowned college focused on excellence across the arts and sciences, with all the academic resources of Columbia University and the City of New York as an extended classroom. Founded in 1889, Barnard was one of the few colleges in the nation where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. Today, Barnard is one of the most selective academic institutions in the country and remains devoted to empowering extraordinary women to become even more exceptional.

ABOUT ARTEMIS RISING FOUNDATION

Artemis Rising Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that transform our culture through media, education and the arts. Founder & CEO, Regina K. Scully.

The Athena Film Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired rights in North America, The Middle East, Scandinavia, India, South Africa, Benelux, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Latin America to DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME, produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Cameron Crowe.  The film, by first time director A.J. Eaton, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition.

A revealing and deeply personal documentary exploring the life and creative renaissance of music icon David Crosby. A cultural force for over fifty years, Crosby faced uncertain future after the 2015 dissolution of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Racked with health issues and personal obstacles, Crosby forged a new path at the age of 77. With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, Crosby shares his often-challenging journey with humor and bite. 

BM and Vinyl Films produced the film, in association with PCH Films.  Cameron Crowe, Michele Farinola, and Greg Mariotti produced with executive producers Kathy Rivkin Daum, Justus Haerder, James Keach, Jill Mazursky and Norm Waitt.

Said Cameron Crowe, “I couldn’t be happier that Tom and Michael acquired our film.  I’ve always admired their work. With their extraordinary track record and passion for independent cinema, SPC is the perfect home for our film. We are looking forward to sharing David’s inspiring story with his loyal fans and legions of new ones.”

“It doesn’t get much better than this. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank BMG, David for his candor and generosity of spirit, and I can’t thank Cameron and Vinyl Films enough for their hands-on approach to making this most personal movie sing,” stated A.J. Eaton.   

CAA Media Finance sold the film on behalf of BMG and the filmmakers.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world.  Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 39 Academy Awards® (35 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 169 Academy Award® nominations (151 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.

BMG is the new model music company founded by Bertelsmann in 2008. Key to its innovative approach is representing the traditionally separate music publishing and recording rights off the same state-of-the-art platform internationally. Over the past four years, BMG’s endeavor into films projects yielded its first feature-length documentary, Bad Reputation, a film on Joan Jett. Additional recent BMG films include The Show’s The Thing, a documentary about the legendary promoters and agents; The Children of The Revolution, a documentary film celebrating the music of T. Rex; and Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, a celebration of the music, history and cultural legacy of the pioneering British record label. Owned by international media, services and education company Bertelsmann, BMG is a multi-platform perspective, integrated technology platform and commitment to help artists maximize their income. www.bmg.com

ABOUT VINYL FILMS

Vinyl Films is Cameron Crowe’s film and music production company. Started in 1996, it includes such feature films as Jerry MaguireAlmost FamousVanilla SkyElizabethtown and the feature documentaries Pearl Jam Twenty and Elton John: The Union. Their specialty vinyl music releases include the never-before-available soundtrack to Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude. Crowe and his producing partner, Greg Mariotti have a number of upcoming projects in the works, including Crowe’s own next film.

ABOUT PCH FILMS
PCH Films, based in Los Angeles, California, is a multimedia company founded by James Keach in 2002. The company develops, produces, and finances feature films, TV and documentaries. Credits include Walk the LineGlen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Augie, and Turning Point.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com. 

JOIN INTERACTIVE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH CELEBRATING LEGENDARY FILM ICON FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA IN HIS 80TH YEAR

The Family Coppola wants to feature your stories, and through community, partnerships and content, reminds its fans in the New Year: You get one life. The biggest risk is to waste it.

Today, The Family Coppola, a global lifestyle brand that represents specialties in wine, film, food, resorts, spirits and adventure, launches an interactive campaign to celebrate creativity, courage and innovation. Inspired by its Chairman, visionary and risk-taker Francis Ford Coppola, this campaign kicks off a yearlong celebration of what he’s created throughout his life. Fans, media and brand partners of past and present will help The Family Coppola build momentum to Francis Ford Coppola’s 80th birthday in April, through unforgettable storytelling of passion and fortitude.

“An essential element of any art is risk,” said Francis Ford Coppola, entrepreneur and six-time Oscar® winning director, when asked about filmmaking. “If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful that hasn’t been seen before?”

The digital campaign reflects on the risks and rewards of living life to the fullest. From January 24 through April 13, people across the country can visit CoppolaRisk.com and share stories of dreams, courage, sacrifice and risk. Simply log on and upload your brief video to be entered for a chance to win a mystery vacation at one of The Family Coppola Hideaways and experience adventure at a resort in one of five countries. Drawing upon inspiration from Francis’s film career and travels around the globe to the far-reaching corners of the world, The Family Coppola created each luxury property, embracing off the beaten path locations and making each locale an ideal destination for exploring the natural wonders of the area while relaxing in tranquil surroundings.

“The only way to grow is to take risks; get a little uncomfortable. Nothing great happens when you’re complacent,” says Jennifer Leitman, The Family Coppola Marketing EVP. “Innovation, originality and embracing change are deeply ingrained in our culture at The Family Coppola. We’re excited to hear stories of risk from our passionate fans and partners. Who knows what provocative tales they’ll tell.”

For a third year in a row, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery will partner with the Oscars® and Sundance Film Festival to raise a glass to film lovers everywhere and Francis Ford Coppola’s impact on the industry. Sundance Institute recognizes “risk is the unlikely hero that unites artist and audience,” urging the community to Risk Independenceas a theme for its 35th Annual Sundance Film Festival. As the Francis Ford Coppola Winery 2019 official wine designation coincides with the countdown to Francis’s 80thbirthday, The Family Coppola awarded one lucky winner a trip to the Sundance Film Festival through Coppola Rewards, its new program bringing together quality wine, culinary exploration and adventure.

2019 Sundance Film Festival attendees will experience The Family Coppola in a variety of experiences and thought-provoking opportunities that lean into risk. In partnership with illycafè and a host of other brands in and around the Sundance Film Festival, audiences will enjoy premium wine offerings from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery portfolio. The Director’s wines, from superior Sonoma County fruit, celebrate the uncompromising standards of quality winemaking and artistic interpretation through its innovative labels. The Director’s Cut wines, also from Sonoma County, are named for the version of a film that most reflects the director’s vision and its labels are replicas of zoetrope strips from Francis Ford Coppola’s personal collection. The twelve distinctive wines of the Francis Coppola Diamond Collection are made from grapes grown in vineyards across California, from coastal regions to inland valleys.

Join courageous people everywhere who aspire to continually move in the direction of their ambitions and learn more at CoppolaRisk.com including campaign rules and regulations. Check out The Family Coppola on YouTube and online conversations on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. 

About The Family Coppola

The Family Coppola encompasses all of the things Francis loves most—cinema, wine, food, resorts and adventure—and embraces quality, authenticity and pleasure as a backbone to each of these vibrant business endeavors. Anchored in Sonoma County, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, known for its superior level of quality and integrity, is, as Francis puts it, “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life: food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.” Coppola’s second foray into Sonoma County came in 2015 with the launch of Virginia Dare Winery,American wines since 1835, ushering in a new era of elevated quality and vineyard-specific wines. The Family Coppola are lovers not only of wine, but spirits as well. Great Women Spirits—small-batch, house-crafted, classically styled spirits—are a collection of spirits as unique and remarkable as the women they honor. The Family Coppola Hideaways are a collection of unique properties where adventure meets serenity. Drawing upon inspiration from his film career and travels around the globe to the far-reaching corners of the world, Francis created each resort, embracing off the beaten path locations and making each locale an ideal destination for exploring the natural wonders of the area while relaxing in tranquil surroundings. Additionally, The Family Coppola operates a venerable film production company, American Zoetrope; the award-winning literary and art magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story; Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco’s iconic Sentinel Building in North Beach; and Mammarella Foods, an authentic line of premium organic pastas and sauces. Earn and redeem points through Coppola Rewards membership at CoppolaRewards.com or visit www.TheFamilyCoppola.com to learn more.

BURIED ALIVE 2018 Full Schedule and Ticket Info

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The full schedule is now up for BAFF 2018 is up at the website and the Facebook page. We've got 7 features, 4 special event screenings, and a ton of shorts. To go with the already announced special events, we have added a special event screening of our friend James Bickert's Amazon Hot Box.

For the main features of the fest, there are 7 films varying in style and tone from absurdist comedy to documentary to extreme horror.

The opening night feature is Joe Badon's bizarre and intriguing The God Inside My Ear. On Friday, we get to share two of the special event screenings (The Golem and Amazon Hot Box), but not before The FP2 hits Atlanta in all of its unique and weird glory. We kick our international groove into full swing on Saturday with Spain's Framed and Japan's Violence Voyager, before the Taboo-La-La event with The Lost Boys hits the stage and we round out the night with midnight movie Dead by Midnight

On Sunday, the day kicks off with a reprise of the live Samahda soundtrack event screening of 1920's The Golem for the earlier birds in the crowd. The fascinating documentary Survival of the Film Freaks follows and the night wraps up with the WORLD PREMIERE of anticipated Todd Sheets future classic Clownado, a classic horror style film with all of the fixing you've come to expect from the warped mind of one Mr. Sheets.

Top off these features and event screenings with tons of short films, split into several blocks for your viewing pleasure, as well as the return of the SINEMA CHALLENGE on Wednesday night before the official kickoff of the festival. There is so much genre madness crammed into this year's festival, we're bursting at the seams.

Tickets are $12 for each screening block of the festival, $10 for the Sinema Challenge screenings, and $120 for a full festival pass (an over $80 discount). You can purchase tickets at FilmFreeway by clicking here or visiting filmfreeway.com/BuriedAliveFIlmFestival/tickets.

Chat w/ Sandra Seeling Lipski - Founder/Director, Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival

Born in Berlin and raised in Palma de Mallorca, Sandra is an award-winning actress, filmmaker, and festival director with a unique international background and experience, currently based in Los Angeles and Palma de Mallorca. She is fluent in English, Spanish and German.

Her earliest passion was acting, and after working professionally as a teenager in Europe, she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre School in New York City. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career, and begin her filmmaker career as well. She graduated from the Los Angeles Film School with a degree in Directing and Producing in 2012.

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In 2012 she founded the inaugural Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival, with the goal of creating a world-class, destination film festival in the Mediterranean that celebrates innovative independent cinema amidst the natural beauty of Palma de Mallorca.

We had a chat with Sandra. Here are the excerpts.

  • What inspired you to start/conduct this festival. 

I started the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival because I saw there was great potential  (in my home, where I grew up) to establish an event could attract the international film industry once a year to celebrate independent film in Mallorca. I am a filmmaker myself and after visiting numerous festivals throughout the years I wondered by Mallorca didn’t have it’s own great festival? I pitched my idea to some friends who lived on the island, all involved in their own amazing businesses and to my surprise everyone jumped on board and the EMIFF was born in 2012. 

  • How does this festival stands apart from other festivals?

Location, Location, Location. It’s a cliche but so true. Mallorca has forever been a magical place; enchanting light, beautiful beaches, impressive mountains, excellent food and of course wonderful people. It sits right in the middle of the mediterranean so the weather in October is mild and warm compared to the rest of Europe. Mallorca boasts amazing shooting locations, production services and crew. Apart from the Locals, Mallorca has a large expat community of german, British, Swedish, French and American business entrepreneurs, bringing a fresh new line of innovative start ups, cafes and restaurants, and design oriented brands to the island. Airline connections are endless every day and I have never met a person who wouldn’t want to come to Mallorca.

  • What are the few things to look forward to, at the festival this year?

EMIFF 2018 offers 7 full days and nights of films, panels, networking events and parties. Our program includes 102 films, including feature films, short films, documentaries a Made In Baleares section, a virtual Reality lounge, experimental films, Music Videos and films for Kids. We are the only European Film Festival with an original Drive in Cinema hosted by Port Adriano. Our Industry panels are called Producers Club (28.10.) and this year we welcome great names to talk about International Co-Production and Marketing for film such as: Lucinda Syson (Casting Director for Wonder Women, Batman, Inception etc.), Tore Schmidt (Producer of the Academy award winning Danish Girl, 2015), Journalists Hus Miller and Anna Smith (President of the Film Critics Circle UK) and many more. Our 2018 Award winners include Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen who receives the Evolution VISION Award, Academy Award nominee writer/director Tobias Lindholm who will receive the Evolutionary Award and Grand Dame of Spanish cinema Marisa Paredes whom we will honer with the Evolution Honorary Award. 

  • Any exciting things you are currently working on?

It’s all very exciting! The 7th EMIFF edition is around the corner and I am 7months pregnant, so lot’s to look forward too :)

  • Anything else you would like to share?

EMIFF’s mission since it’s inception as always been BRIDGING CULTURES / BRIDGING PEOPLE. My goal is to create an international Film community on the island who all come together under one roof, no matter their skin color, religion or nationality, all are welcome - Come and Join the Evolution!

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Information on Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival:

Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF) is one of the fastest growing, most respected and exciting film festivals in the Mediterranean. An excellent hub for networking with some of the brightest minds in filmmaking, EMIFF is as intimate and invigorating as it is breathtakingly gorgeous. Filmmakers and storytelling enthusiasts visit this island paradise to discover "the next great generation of filmmakers" They've yet to go home disappointed. 

Now in its 6th year, EMIFF is based in the heart of Mallorca’s buzzing and culturally rich center of Palma. In addition to feature films and short films, EMIFF also welcomes documentaries, music videos, animation shorts, experimental shorts and more. With competitive screenings unfolding at Teatro Principal, Cineciutat, Port Adriano and the museum of modern and contemporary art Es Baluard, EMIFF is an ideal place for indie filmmakers to rub elbows with industry professionals, while enjoying one of the most stunning islands in the Mediterranean as their backdrop.

This year's EMIFF will include screenings, networking events, panels, and workshops every single day with up-and-coming filmmakers, established industry professionals as well as the general public interested in arts, film and culture.

EMIFF attracts over 2500 attendees from over 20 countries worldwide. In conjunction with its sister-screening event in Los Angeles; SEE THE WINNERS, a special selection of winning films screened at the Los Angeles Film School in the heart of Hollywood, EMIFF is becoming an international launching pad for promising new talent in all film genres

Additional Information about Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival is available at www.evolutionfilmfestival.com

Connect with Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival:

https://www.facebook.com/EvolutionFilmFestival/

Twitter: @EvolutionIFF

Instagram: evolutionmallorcafilmfestival

Mallorca Int'l Film Fest Announces Slate and Special Guests (Oct. 25 - 31)

7th ANNUAL EVOLUTION MALLORCA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

October 25th - 31st, 2018

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Events include Opening Night Gala

Gala Award and Tribute to GOYA winning Spanish actress Marisa Paredes

Evolution VISION Award to Cannes winning Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen

Closing Night Evolutionary Award presentation to Academy Award nominated filmmaker Tobias Lindholm

Spanish premiere of Funny Story with writer/director Michael J. Gallagher and lead actors Matthew Glave and Jana Winternitz

Spanish premiere of acclaimed French film M by Sara Forestier

Special Tribute screening of Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed Spanish cult film The Flower of My Secret with Marisa Paredes in attendance

Special screening of Arctic followed by Q&A with Mads Mikkelsen

Screening of Berlinale hit Away You Go by Philipp Eichholtz

Spanish premiere of acclaimed Documentary George Michael - Freedom

Palma de Mallorca, October 3, 2018: Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival, set in the heart of Mallorca's buzzing and culturally rich center of Palma, has announced its line-up of screenings and events for the festival's 7th edition. The six-day festival will take place, October 25th - 31st, 2018, and includes in-person Gala tributes to actress Marisa Paredes, actor Mads Mikkelsen, and Academy Award nominated filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, a Gala Opening Night event, narrative and documentary competition sections, a Drive-In Cinema section at Port Adriano, a Kids section co-curated by the Andorra Kids Film Festival, and Virtual Reality and collaborative sections with the Festival de Cinema de Menorca.

EMIFF will present 11 films in Narrative feature and 6 films in Documentary feature Competition, 48 international short films, a Music Video section, and many additional nightly events and special screenings. Special events include the Opening Night Gala Screening of Funny Story, produced by Cinemand Productions. Centerpiece Gala will be the 'Evolution Honorary' Award Presentation to iconic actress Marisa Paredes, with a screening of her award-winning film The Flower of My Secret, by Pedro Almodóvar. Other Gala events include the Evolution Vision Award presentation to Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, with a screening of his new film Arctic; Closing Night Evolutionary Award presentation to Academy Award nominated filmmaker Tobias Lindholm; Spotlight Gala Screening of acclaimed French narrative film M, with writer/director Sara Forestier; a Closing Night Gala Screening of Back For Good by German writer/director Mia Spengler by acclaimed German Production company Zum Goldenen Lamm; and an Awards Gala at Gerhardt Braun Gallery.

Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF) is one of the fastest growing and exciting film festivals in the Mediterranean. An excellent hub for networking with some of the brightest minds in filmmaking, EMIFF is as intimate and invigorating as it is breathtakingly gorgeous.

Filmmakers and industry professionals visit this island paradise to discover "the next great generation of filmmakers" The festival presents a diverse selection from world premieres to film festival favorites, short film screenings, Q&As, a Drive-In Cinema section at the Philip Stark designed Port Adriano, an Art & Cine event at the Gerhardt Braun Gallery and Industry events such as the Producers Club at the modern museum of contemporary art Es Baluard.

Said EMIFF Founder and Executive Director Sandra Seeling Lipski, "EMIFF is more than a film festival; it provides a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, focusing on showcasing a diverse collection of both local and international independent films."

"For seven days and nights, EMIFF invites you to join us on a journey to far away lands, intimate stories and unexplored realities. With the intention to encourage positive change, EMIFF's films will push your limits and raise your consciousness. Our goal is to bridge bultures and build a stronger and more purposeful community. I believe we have to recognize each others individual stories and dreams in order to realize, that at the end of the day, no matter where we are from, we are not that different from each other."

"I am particularly excited for our Evolution Honorary Award and Evolution Vision Award recipients this year, globally acclaimed actors Marisa Paredes and Mads Mikkelsen. Ms. Paredes has captivated generations, known around the world for her work over five decades, including captivating audiences in her work with Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar. Her extensive and prolific career is defined by a body of international films defined by risk and prestige. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen remains a singular European actor who eloquently balances award-wining performances in visionary European films with a successful career in Hollywood blockbusters. From his eloquent work with director Susanne Bier and his Cannes Best Actor winning performance in Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt to his standout performance in the Star Wars series, we celebrate Mr. Mikkelsen as visionary actor who inspires audiences, breaks boundaries and bridges cultures" said Lipski.

About Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival

Now in its seventh year, EMIFF has attracted over 4000 attendees from over 30 countries worldwide. In 2018, EMIFF will continue to expand the presence of international filmmakers and strengthen its position within the worldwide film festival calendar. Since its 2012 inception, the number of films screened has tripled, counting over 100 movies from 25 countries during the 2017 festival program.

Previous guest filmmakers, talent, and industry attendees include: Danny DeVito, Paul Haggis, Oscar Jaenada, Emma Suarez, Manuella Velles, Marc Clotet, Ana de Armas, Colm Meaney, Benito Zambrano, Feo Aladag, Ronald Souse Richter, Lilith Stangenberg, and Claudia Eisinger.

EMIFF is extremely grateful for the incredible support of: 2018 EMIFF Sponsors Rialto Living and MallorcaSite.com. Additional collaborators include Turismo Mallorca, with the support of Port Adriano, Es Baluard Museum, Gerhardt Braun Gallery, Mercedes Auto Vidal, Consell de Mallorca, Islas Baleares Film Commission, Illenc, Teatre Principal and Ajuntamiento de Palma among others.

Festival passes and individual tickets are available now.

Additional Information about Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival is available at www.evolutionfilmfestival.com

Connect with Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival:

https://www.facebook.com/EvolutionFilmFestival/

Twitter: @EvolutionIFF

Instagram: evolutionmallorcafilmfestival

All screenings and events will take place in Palma de Mallorca, at venues including the Teatro Principal, Cineciutat, Rialto Living, Port Adriano, Musuem Es Baluard and Gallery Gerhardt Braun.

Festival Awards will be awarded on October 31st by internationally esteemed jurors in the following categories: Feature film - Best feature film, Best Actress, Best Actor. Short Film - Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Feature and Short Documentary, best Music Video, Best Experimental short, Best feature film Screenplay, Festival Awards -, Best Film Made in Baleares short, Evolution Island Award (best feature film made in Baleares) and the Evolutionary award (best new filmmaker).

The EMIFF award was designed by internationally acclaimed artist GUSTAVO.

GALA AND COMPETITION SLATE BELOW:

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Funny Story, Director Michael J. Gallagher (USA)

After years of being a neglectful father, a womanizing TV star decides to crash his estranged daughter's vacation in Big Sur. FUNNY STORY is a tragicomedy you never saw coming. FUNNY STORY teaches us about the destructive power of narcissism, the healing power of forgiveness, and our willingness to do karaoke after drinking enough tequila.

Filmmakers and talent will be in attendance.

SPOTLIGHT GALA SCREENING

M, Director: Sara Forestier (France)

Lila and Mo meet at a bus stop. Lila has a paralyzing speech impediment. Mo is chatty and exuberant. Lila is preparing for her exams. Mo illegally races cars for a living. Opposites attract, and they fall in love. But Mo carries a secret burden.

CENTERPIECE GALA TRIBUTE & SCREENING - HONORING MARISA PAREDES

'Evolution Honorary' Award Presentation to iconic actress Marisa Paredes, with a screening of her acclaimed film The Flower of my Secret (1995), by writer/director Pedro Almodóvar.

CENTERPIECE GALA TRIBUTE & SCREENING - HONORING MADS MIKKELSEN

'Evolution Vision" Award Presentation to actor Mads Mikkelsen, with a screening of his new film Arctic by director Joe Penna (2018).

CLOSING NIGHT GALA SCREENING & AWARDS PARTY

Back for Good, Director: Mia Spengler (Germany)

Angie, a reality-TV Star just moved back in with her mom, since none of her friends would take her in after she came out of rehab totally broke. Her mom's health is as bad as their relationship and Angie finds herself taking care of everything at the same time.

CLOSING NIGHT AWARD

Evolutionary Award for Academy Award nominated writer/director Tobias Lindholm

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

ARCTIC - Joe Penna, 2018, (Iceland)

A man stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost. He must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

BACK FOR GOOD - Mia Spengler, 2018, (Germany)

Angie, a reality-TV Star just moved back in with her mom, since none of her friends would take her in after she came out of rehab totally broke. Her mom's health is as bad as their relationship and Angie finds herself taking care of everything at the same time.

M - Sara Forestier, 2018, (France)

Lila and Mo meet at a bus stop. Lila has a paralyzing speech impediment. Mo is chatty and exuberant. Lila is preparing for her exams. Mo illegally races cars for a living. Opposites attract, and they fall in love. But Mo carries a secret burden.

ANA DE DIA - Andrea Jaurrieta, 2018, (Spain)

Ana discovers one day that a double identical to her, whose presence does not seem strange, has taken her place. Now, that other person covers all of her obligations in life. She then debates over her lost identity or, on the contrary, tries try to find a new identity outside of everything that used to be her normal life.

DADDY ISSUES - Laura Holliday, 2018,(USA)

Twenty-something stand-up comedian Henrietta hasn't been funny since her dad died. Distraught, in a quart life crisis, she leaves her messy London life behind for LA, to re-examine her past relationships with dysfunctional ex-lovers and friends struggling with adulthood. Henri tries comedically and introspectively to find humour in her darkest moments.

HAWAII - Jesus del Cerro, 2017, (Romania)

Andrei and his father Vasile live in sovietic Romania. Unexpectedly, they receive news from Petrus who was assumed dead and he left them a large heresy. It will be not easy for Andrei and Vasily to take his brother's legacy in a communist country.

AWAY YOU GO (RÜCKENWIND VON VORN) - Phillip Eichholtz, 2018, (Germany)

The young Berlin schoolteacher Charlie no longer wants to continue as usual on her chosen path and asks herself what she really wants and needs.

Premiered at 68TH BERLINALE, Perspektive Deutsches Kino

YOU GO TO MY HEAD - Dimitri de Clercq, 2018, (France, Germany, Belgium)

In a desolate stretch of the Sahara, a mysterious car accident leaves a young woman lost and alone. Jake finds her unconscious, intoxicated by her beauty, he claims to be her husband. He names her Kitty and takes her to his remote desert home to recuperate. Little by little, Kitty begins to fall in love with him. But when shreds of her past begin to surface, Jake increasingly lives in fear of losing her.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

GEORGE MICHAEL - FREEDOM - David Austin, 2018, (UK)

A deeply autobiographical, feature documentary personally narrated by the late Grammy® Award winner. George takes us through his musical life, his thoughts on his public life and his honestly and openly into his very private life. Musically George talks about his first youth band to teen pop idol to becoming a worldwide icon at the time of "Faith".

OUT OF PLASTIC - Line Hadsbjerg, 2018, (Spain)

A documentary film that sets out to explore the obscure depths of plastics in the Mediterranean. Set in the Balearic Islands, it offers viewers a moment to reflect on the profound presence of plastic in our lives and in our natural environment. Views of sweeping landscapes and mystic ocean depths.

THE SILENCE OF OTHERS - Robert Bahar & Almudena Carracedo, 2018 (Spain)

The stolen children, the disappeared, the graves. After decades of silence, Spanish society faces the ghosts of the dictatorship: tortures, executions, summary trials. Through the stories of those who are seeking answers we find the country who wants to reconcile with its past.

ALL THE WOMEN I KNOW - Xiana Gomez Diaz, 2018, (Spain)

From the personal to the political, experiences of diverse women speaking about how masculinized and violent the streets still are nowadays.

HAYATI: MY LIFE - Sofi Escude & Liliana Torres, 2018, (Spain)

In 2015, Ossamah Al Mohsen and his 8-year-old son were tripped up by a TV reporter on the Hungarian border. The moment was captured on film and it soon became one of the most iconic images of the Syrian conflict. This incident helped Ossamah get a job as a football coach when he reached Madrid. But the rest of his family is still stuck in Turkey.

BALTASAR SAMPER - Victoria Morell Salom, 2018, (Spain)

Baltasar Samper is the protagonist of this film that uncovers the cultural vacuum caused by one of the worst armed conflicts of Europe's recent history. The Civil War and the subsequent exile of more than half a million Spaniards. Samper was one of the most recognized musicians of his time.

"THE GOLEM" w/ LIVE soundtrack and "THE LOST BOYS" w/ burlesque: at BURIED ALIVE FILM FESTIVAL

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Submissions are closed and the lineup is being finalized, but we couldn't wait any longer to share our amazing new posters for two of our special events at this year's BAFF.

First, our annual silent film experience with Samadha continues when they provide a kickass live soundrack for 1920's The Golem. Check it out on Friday, November 16th at 10:00pm and Sunday, November 18th at noon. $15 per ticket, a one of a kind experience.

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Second, another annual tradition continues when Altanta's "Illegitmate Burlesque" troupe, Blast-Off Burlesque. On Saturday, November 17, join BAFF and Blast-Off for another round of Taboo-La-La with classic 80s vampire flick The Lost Boys and the most unique burlesque show you've ever seen. LEave the kiddos at home though, because this event is 18+.

espnW: Women + Sports Summit Speaker Line-Up

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GRAMMY-Nominated Singer Andra Day, Maverick Carter, the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, Danica Patrick, Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart, and Jordyn Wieber Headline the Ninth Annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit


Featured Speakers also include Michele Roberts, Val Ackerman, Willow Bay, Audrey Gelman and ESPN’s Sam Ponder, Maria Taylor, Doris Burke and Beth Mowins Discuss Breaking Barriers in Sports Media

The ninth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Toyota will again showcase key figures in sports, business and entertainment, and will be headlined by GRAMMY-nominated singer Andra Day, retired motorsports star Danica Patrick, WNBA greats Candace Parker and Breanna Stewart, former gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and Sarah Klein – two of the Sister Survivors who spoke out against sexual abuse by their former team doctor, the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team and Maverick Carter (LeBron James’ partner in SpringHill Entertainment). The yearly gathering will take place October 1-3 at The Resort at Pelican Hill, in Newport Beach, Calif., and will include keynotes, work sessions, panels, presentations and activities focused on advancing women in sports.

On the first night of the conference, Andra Day will offer an intimate musical performance after sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with SportsCenter’s Cari Champion. Day’s debut album, Cheers to the Fall, was nominated for Best R&B Album and the single “Rise Up” was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards. She was also nominated with rapper Common for a GRAMMY in 2017 for their song “Stand Up for Something.” 

Danica Patrick will be featured in a keynote interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm, also on Monday, Oct. 1. ESPN The Magazine’sMina Kimes will conduct a keynote interview with Jordyn Wieber and Sarah Klein on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to discuss their journeys to help to bring justice to hundreds of female athletes. Carter, a childhood friend of James’, who has managed the basketball star’s career for the last 15 years and is his production partner, will have a candid one-on-one interview with Champion Tuesday evening, as part of her signature Be Honest interviews.

“The Summit always aims to further the conversation around key issues for women in sports,” said Laura Gentile, senior vice president, espnW, Business Operations & Content Strategy. “This year we have a lineup of powerful voices who will enable us to focus on the most relevant issues impacting women today- from the disturbing abuse of female athletes to pay equity in sports.”

On Monday, Julie Foudy will host a conversation with leaders of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Hockey Team – Jocelyne Lamoureaux-Davidson, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne Schofield – about their road to gold and their fight for equality. On the final day of the conference, WNBA superstars Breanna Stewart and Candace Parker will discuss their lives and goals, on and off the court, with ESPN’s Sarah Spain.

On Tuesday, College GameDay’s Maria Taylor will join ESPN’s Doris Burke, Beth Mowins and Sam Ponder for a panel on “Breaking Barriers in Sports Media.” ESPN The Magazine and espnW editor in chief Alison Overholt will conduct a Female Founder Interview with The Wing’s Audrey Gelman, then later that evening, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro will sit down for a discussion withSportsCenter anchor Sage Steele.  

Other speakers and panels will include:

  • “Voices of the Future” – featuring dual-sport star Kiana Clay (adaptive motorcross and snowboarding), 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Rachel Garcia (softball), 15-year-old World Championship bronze-medalist Jade Howson (paddleboarding), and 2018 Olympian and World Junior Short Track Speed Skating gold medalist Maame Biney (speedskating);

  • “The State of Journalism” – by Willow Bay, dean of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Annenberg professors Vince Gonzalez, Stacy Smith and ESPN’s Shelley Smith;

  • “World Cup Preview” – a look at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by former U.S. Women’s National Team stars and World Cup champions Julie Foudy and Kate Markgraf.

 Also joining this year’s Summit will be espnW’s Allison Glock, ESPN commentator Victoria Arlen and ESPN The Magazine/espnWsenior writer Alyssa Roenigk. In addition, ESPN executives Christine Dreissen, Connor Schell, Laura Gentile and Alison Overholt will each formally address attendees during the Summit.

 The espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the only one of its kind in the industry. Through structured and thoughtful conversation, the event pushes the boundaries on topics surrounding women and women in sports, and has offered insight from such notable and groundbreaking people as: Los Angeles Lakers owner and president Jeanie Buss, WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon, civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, phenom pitching ace Mo’Ne Davis, tennis legend and civil rights activist Billie Jean King, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, journalist and philanthropist Maria Shriver, Ambassador Madeline Verveer, soccer stars Mia Hamm, Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, and more. 

Interviews, photos and additional content will be posted to espnW.com throughout the Summit. In addition, this year’s conference will be livestreamed from start to finish on espnW.com and via the ESPN app. For more information about The espnW: Women + Sports Summit and to see the complete agenda visit www.espnWsummit.com or follow on Twitter with @espnW and #espnWsummit.

About espnW

espnW is a global multiplatform brand dedicated to engaging and inspiring women through sports. espnW.com, the brand’s content home, offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and captures the biggest trends in sports life/style.  espnW also provides a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women and highlights the crossroads of sports and culture. Founded in July 2010, espnW’s content and voices live across digital, television, radio, films, events, educational platforms and social media. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit, now in its ninth year, brings together top athletes and industry leaders for meaningful conversations around women and sports, and is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry.

Catriona McKenzie - First Indigenous Australian Woman To Direct US Series TV - Launches Dark Horse Production Company Ahead Of LA Film Festival

CATRIONA McKENZIE LAUNCHES PRODUCTION COMPANY DARK HORSE AHEAD OF LA FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS OF KIKI AND KITTY

THE FIRST INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN WOMAN TO DIRECT SERIES TV IN THE UNITED STATES

Los Angeles, Calif. – September 12, 2018 – Ahead of the LA Film Festival screenings of her series Kiki and Kitty this monthmulti-award-winning writer/director/ producer Catriona McKenzie has announced that she is setting up her own production company, Dark Horse.

The first Indigenous Australian woman to direct series television in the US (Shadowhunters for Freeform), Catriona spent time as a director’s attachment on the television series Prison Break (Fox) and she interned at Ridley Scott’s production company and as a director’s attachment on his film Alien: Covenant.

Kiki and Kitty, based on an original concept from and written by Nakkiah Lui and produced by Porchlight Films’ Liz Watts and Sylvia Warmer, is a 6 x 12-minute series about the adventures of a young, black woman in a big, white world, where her vagina is a big, black woman and her best friend. The series won two prizes at Series Mania in Paris.

First on the slate at Dark Horse is Stolen, which Catriona is co-writing with Patricia Cornelius (Blessed). Catriona is also attached to direct the US feature Driven with producers Veronica Sive and Brian Gersh at Sunjive.

Catriona’s recent directing credits include Tidelands, Australia’s first Netflix Original, and the series Wrong Kind of Black, Harrow and The Warriors. She has directed outstanding television series including the Emmy-nominated Dance Academy; Logie and AFI award-winner My Place (series 1 and 2) and Satisfaction starring Academy Award-nominated Jacki Weaver. She has also directed the pilot of award-winning series The Circuit, Redfern Now and The Gods of Wheat Street (ABC-TV). Her first feature, Satellite Boy, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, and screened at Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2013, as well as collecting the international and children’s juries’ Special Mention at Berlinale. Satellite Boy was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Film and was the 2014 recipient of the Australian Directors Guild Finders Award and Best Feature at imagiNATIVE Media Arts Festival, Canada.

Dark Horse is the next step in McKenzie’s passion for telling audacious stories to her audience.

“I am partnering with international creatives to bring uniquely diverse stories to the global market. I am committed to championing diverse creative talent and gathering exciting partners around Dark Horse, such as brand strategist Greg Logan at The Definery. I am also working with Erin Bretherton on developing new projects domestically and internationally across various platforms, and with writer Ligiah Villalobos on new television projects,” she says.

Catriona graduated with Honours from the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School and she also studied screen writing at NYU, TISCH. She has mentored other emerging filmmakers at Sundance Native Writing Lab, OUTFEST and UC and she has sat on various film juries including Berlinale and the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Catriona is of Australian Aboriginal descent; her tribe is the Kunai Gurnai of South Eastern Australia.

Kiki and Kitty screens as part of the following LA Film Festival sessions. Q&A follows each session.

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13TH Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Unveils Finalists, Setting New Festival Record for Female Representation In Front and Behind the Scenes

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13TH Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Unveils Finalists,

Setting New Festival Record for Female Representation In Front and Behind the Scenes

The Six Finalist Shorts Explore Race Relations, Women’s Rights and Gender/Sexual Identity

Finale Screening and Awards Ceremony Recognizing Finalists Will Be Held October 24 in Hollywood

The 13th Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, which celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers, has unveiled six original short films, pilots and webisodes as this year’s finalists. They will be recognized at the festival’s finale screening and awards ceremony on October 24, 2018 at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood.

The finalists shorts, “B.U.T.S: Spanish Class,” “Kyenvu,” “Masks,” “Monday,” “Rani” and “We Know Where You Live” were selected from 15 semi-finalist shorts after being showcased at public screenings in New York City this past August. They have already earned acclaim at prominent festivals including CAAMFest, the New York Television Festival, Outfest and the Pan African Film Festival.

This year’s finalists, chosen from more than 3,400 submissions, set a festival record for female representation—both on and off camera. Four out of the six finalists were written and/or directed by women, and female characters are at the center of four of the shorts. While each short film depicts stories exploring today’s social and cultural issues in its own way, they are all rooted in universally relevant themes of love, acceptance and compassion.

“In the festival’s most competitive year to date, we had an incredible selection of shorts, and we are thrilled with the quality and caliber of our finalists,” said Karen Horne, SVP of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment. “Our festival has always aimed to bring unique, diverse stories and storytellers to the forefront, and each finalist is a fantastic representation of the kind of talent we seek to foster.”

At the finale screening and awards ceremony next month, the festival will announce winners for awards such as Best Writer, Best Director and Best Actor. They will be determined by a panel of entertainment industry professionals, members of the press, and NBCUniversal executives. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved at the festival website.

The NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is presented by NBCUniversal and NBC Entertainment. It is one of the tentpole initiatives within the NBC Talent Infusion Programs (NBC TIPS) that promote and encourage people of diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of storytellers. Other programs include Female Forward, the Alternative Directors Program, Writers on the Verge and the StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians.

Synopses of the finalist films are:

B.U.T.S: “SPANISH CLASS” Episode Director: Brendan Colthurst

Writers: Emma Ramos, Irene Lucio, Bernardo Cubria and Timmy Wood

Nominated twice for an Imagen Award for Best Web Series, B.U.T.S is a sketch comedy web series created and starring Irene Lucio and Emma Ramos making fun of themselves and their surroundings through a Latina lens. In each episode, they portray different characters that parody and satirize the many ‘afflictions’ of the modern-day woman. In the “Spanish Class” episode, a couple, Lucy and Timmy, get way more than they bargained for when they set out to learn Spanish in a week. (trailer)

KYENVU Writer & Director: Kemiyondo Coutinho

An independent young Ugandan woman lives through the taunts of using public transport on a daily basis. As she struggles to find her footing in a patriarchal society that entitles men to women’s bodies, she finds love in a bittersweet moment. The film won at the Pan African Film Festival and Zanzibar International Film Festival. (trailer)

MASKS Writer & Director: Mahaliyah Ayla O

A closeted medical student risks being outed to her family on the same evening a masked gunman opens fire at a gay nightclub. “Masks” won the AT&T Audience Award for Best Short Film at the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. (trailer)

MONDAY Writer & Director: Dinh Thai

Kwan is everyone’s one-stop shop for anything stolen or illicit, but his reasons for hustling are not as clear-cut as they seem. While maneuvering between disparate cliques and facing racism, he’ll be forced to question the immorality of his occupation. “Monday” was a first place winner at the HBO APA Visionaries and won Best Direction at the New York Television Festival. (trailer)

RANI Writer & Director: Hammad Rizvi

In the streets of Pakistan, a socially outcast transgender woman sets out to take care of an abandoned child. “Rani” won the Fox Inclusion Award at Outfest Los Angeles. (trailer)

WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE Director: Honora Talbott

Writers: Bill Posley and Honora Talbott

When a newlywed Latinx couple moves into a trendy, gentrifying LA neighborhood, two hipsters invite themselves over to offer a "warm welcome." But as the night goes on, it’s clear these neighbors are not what they seem: cold pressed, cold brewed and cold blooded. (trailer)

About the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Founded in 2006, the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is the first and only film festival created and run by an entertainment studio solely dedicated to celebrating the importance of diversity in entertainment and discovering the next generation of storytellers. The annual bicoastal program is a nationwide search for diverse talent, both in front of and behind the camera, including those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, members of the LGBTQ community and female content creators. Winners are awarded with prizes ranging from development meetings and holding deals with NBCUniversal to cash grants and industry standard software and camera packages. Festival alumni include Steven Caple Jr. (“Creed 2”), Hasan Minhaj (“The Daily Show”), Randall Park (“Fresh Off the Boat”) and Simone Missick (“Luke Cage”). For more information, visit NBCUshortsFEST.com #NBCUshortsFEST

About the NBC Talent Infusion Programs (NBC TIPS)

Since 2000, NBC has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing on screen and behind-the-camera talent of diverse and inclusive backgrounds through the NBC Talent Infusion Programs (NBC TIPS). NBC TIPS are amongst the most extensive and robust diversity and inclusion programs in the television industry. They feature more than 20 programs including Writers on the Verge, the Diverse Staff Writer Initiative, Female Forward, Emerging Director Program, Alternative Directors Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians and the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL that celebrates diverse stories and the filmmakers who create them. Program alumni are celebrated producers, writers, directors and actors in the entertainment industry who have gone on to win Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards and include Deon Cole, Donald Glover, Lil Rel Howery, Mindy Kaling, Danny Pudi, Natasha Rothwell, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, Keto Shimizu and Alan Yang. For more information, visit NBCUniTIPS.com.

18TH ANNUAL TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2019 DATES, APRIL 24 - MAY 5, AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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18TH ANNUAL TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL®, PRESENTED BY AT&T, ANNOUNCES 2019 DATES, APRIL 24 - MAY 5, AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Critics Week Debuts; Tribeca X Award Expands with New Juried Award Competitions in Branded Entertainment

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced that its 18th edition will take place April 24 - May 5, 2019 in New York City. Tribeca celebrates storytelling in all its forms from film to TV, VR to gaming. Submissions will open on August 20 for feature and short films; episodic and online storytelling; virtual, immersive, and augmented reality; as well as branded entertainment.

The 2019 Festival will introduce Critics Week, the first for a North American film festival, as a sidebar to the main program. Tribeca is collaborating with New York-based film critics to curate the section including Eric Kohn (IndieWire Chief Film Critic and Deputy Editor), K. Austin Collins (Vanity Fair Film Critic), Bilge Ebiri (Village Voice Film Critic), Alison Willmore (BuzzFeed News Film Critic and Culture Writer), and Emily Yoshida (New York Magazine and Vulture Film Critic). The inaugural Critics Week will highlight a slate of 5-7 feature films and screen throughout the Festival.

Tribeca also announced that the Tribeca X Award, which debuted in 2016 to honor the best in branded entertainment, will expand with new juried award competitions for feature length film, short film, episodic, and VR. Past Tribeca X winners include works for Samsung (Hearing Colors, directed by Greg Brunkalla), Smirnoff Ice (Chris Fonseca: Keep It Moving, directed by Zachary Heinzerling), and Square (For Every Kind of Dream Series, directed by Mohammad Gorjestani).

Tribeca is a longstanding champion for female filmmakers – last year 46% of the feature films were directed by women. The 7thannual Nora Ephron Award will again recognize a female writer or director whose work embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron with a $25,000 prize.

In addition to honors for films playing In Competition, Tribeca continues to focus on the discovery of new filmmakers with juried awards for best new narrative and documentary filmmakers.

“The New York critical community has long been our compatriots in championing the most exciting new voices and trends in cinema, so we are thrilled that Tribeca will officially partner with them with this inaugural Critics Week program,” said Tribeca’s Director of Programming Cara Cusumano. “We look forward to discovering the new work they select, along with all the upcoming features, shorts, TV, VR, and online work from around the world as we officially open for submissions for Tribeca 2019.”

“We have been impressed with the caliber of stories and creators submitting to Tribeca X to the point where we see a need to increase visibility for the work being done in branded entertainment by expanding with additional awards opportunities,” said EVP Paula Weinstein.

Last year’s Festival celebrated storytelling and diverse voices with a slate of feature films; acclaimed shorts programming; TV including the world premiere of National Geographic’s Emmy®-nominated Genius: Picasso, the second season of the series which world premiered at the 2017 Festival; in addition to Tribeca N.O.W.’s (New Online Work) showcase of innovative digital storytellers. Tribeca Immersive expanded with the debut of VR theater Tribeca Cinema360, and its acclaimed line-up included projects likeVestige, one of the first VR experiences to be acquired at a major festival. The Festival debuted the first film funded through Untold Stories, the Festival’s premier program awarding $1M to an underrepresented filmmaker, in collaboration with the Festival’s Title sponsor AT&T and the Tribeca Film Institute.

Submissions open on August 20 for all sections of the Festival – feature and short films, TV, Immersive, N.O.W., and the Tribeca X Award. Filmmakers and creators can submit for consideration for all categories directly at https://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions or via Withoutabox at https://www.withoutabox.com/tribeca.

Submission deadlines for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival:

Feature and Short Films, Tribeca TV, Tribeca N.O.W., and Tribeca Immersive:
August 20, 2018 – Submissions Open
September 26, 2018 – Early Deadline
October 31, 2018 – Official Deadline
November 28, 2018 – Late Deadline

Tribeca X Award:
August 20, 2018 – Submissions Open
November 28, 2018 – Early Deadline
January 9, 2019 – Official Deadline
January 30, 2019 – Late Deadline

Submission rules, regulations, and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival are now available athttps://tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to entries@tribecafilmfestival.org or by calling 212.941.2305.

The Tribeca Film Festival is curated by Director of Programming Cara Cusumano, Artistic Director Frederic Boyer; VP of Shorts Sharon Badal; Senior Programmers Liza Domnitz (features, TV, and online work), Loren Hammonds (virtual reality and features), Ian Hollander (features); Programmer Ben Thompson (shorts) and Ingrid Kopp (virtual reality); and program advisors Paula Weinstein and Tammie Rosen, along with a team of associate programmers.

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Instagram: @tribeca

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Hashtag: #Tribeca2019

About the Tribeca Film Festival:

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, is the leading cultural event that brings visionaries and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online work. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment. The Festival champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.

The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now in its 18th year, the Festival has evolved into a destination for creativity that reimagines the cinematic experience and explores how art can unite communities. The 18th annual edition will take place April 24 - May 5, 2019. www.tribecafilm.com/festival 

About 2019 Presenting Sponsor, AT&T:

As Presenting Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of filmmaking through access and innovation, while expanding opportunities to diverse creators around the globe. AT&T helps millions connect to their passions – no matter where they are. This year, AT&T and Tribeca will once again collaborate to give the world access to stories from underrepresented filmmakers that deserve to be seen. AT&T Presents Untold Stories. An Inclusive Film Program in Collaboration with Tribeca, is a multi-year, multi-tier alliance between AT&T and Tribeca along with the year-round nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute.

12th Manhattan Film Festival premieres 'KACHREWALA: Five Cents Each', a short film about bottlepickers in NYC

The 12th Manhattan Film Festival runs from April 18-29, bringing some wonderful feature, shorts and documentaries from NYC and around the world . One of the buzzed-about short films takes a look into the subculture of New York City bottle pickers, giving a rare glimpse into what it really means to pick up discarded bottles, and cans using the money as necessary income.

"KACHREWALA: Five Cents Each", Written, starring and produced by Indian immigrant Art Shrian Tiwari, takes a moment to step back and look at a “secretive” world that's taking place in plain sight, in the city, and being able to capture and present this as his first short film actually ushered in a sweeping change in the writers/actors' life.

There is another perspective that a person gains when they are "literally" getting their hands dirty and being viewed, by so many New Yorkers' as undesirable people in the city, performing an act that many, dare I suggest, would never do out of sheer pride, opting to beg.  As one character, an older white woman in her late 70 says in the short film, "begging is a lot harder than picking bottles, I tell you that!"

To get ready for the role, and to become a part of the fabric of this subculture Tiwari, did just that. He rolled up his sleeves, and picked up discarded cans and bottles, turning them in for 5 cents each in the drop off locations around the city.  It's hard work and it's messy. A far, far cry from the job that Tiwari, performed when he arrived, from India, years ago.

For a long time, in New York, Tiwari, worked as in software engineering and program management, with extensive experience in e-commerce and financial services as well as an expertise in web and mobile domains. In those roles, he’s worked for such well-established organizations as the Weight Watchers, Scholastic, Sprint, Starwood Hotels and New York Stock Exchange.

Now in his early 30s he decided to make a change.  He left the financial security of working in the i.t. field and stepped out, in faith, to pursue his writing and acting life, full time.  This along with being a husband, and new father.

Says Tiwari “I am proud of being an immigrant in America, an Indian-American.  I grew up in a middle-class family, with a happy upbringing surrounded by family, love, and support. My father was in Air Force, with a transferable job, thus we moved a lot. That opened me up to experiencing new cultures, people and be more open-minded in general”.

Writers write about what the know, or what they live.  For this, again, Tiwari took a look inside another part of a glamours city, that most New Yorkers never glimpse, or care to know about.

The core of “Kachrewala: Five Cents Each,”  is about a single day in the life of a bottle collector, and his challenges of navigating the streets of New York.  As Tiwari explained about wrestling his idea into a script, he learned quite a bit about bottle people. “We see these people around us in this great city every day. But we don't know anything about them. We just assume them to be homeless, scavengers or beggars of the sort. But in reality, they truly work hard for a meager amount of money. Of course, that little money can mean a lot, when you are in need."

The April 24th screening of the short film “Kachrewala: Five Cents Each,” will take place at Cinema Village East Theater at 5 pm. It stars Tiwari, Nitin Mandan, Ilissa Jackson, Dequan Deveraux, and Mary Lu Garmone, it was directed by Daniel Guillaro, written by Tiwari.  

You can follow the film on Facebook & Twitter at @KachrewalaFilm. To learn more and get your tickets for the screening, check out the link below.
http://manhattanff.com/event/kachrewala-five-cents-each

About Manhattan Film Festival
Manhattan Film Festival was founded by independent filmmakers that learned first-hand how hard it is to find an independent film an audience. Originally launched as the start-up Independent Features, MFF evolved into a globally recognized brand. The festival is covered by local, national, and international media outlets. This includes The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Good Morning America, The New York Times, as well as international outlets such as The Sun, BBC, and The Guardian. The festival has been named both “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “The Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine. Although we have grown into one of the largest independent film festivals on the circuit, we have stayed true to our principals. We have thrived by building our festival through the voices of filmmakers rather than corporate sponsors. That is one of the keys of our success and a main reason MFF was founded.
http://manhattanff.com

'Hand Sight' official selection of the XVII INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RED CROSS & HEALTH FILMS

“Hand Sight,” one of Anaïs Michel’s latest short documentary films, will premiere at the International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films that starts tomorrow in Varna, Bulgaria. The nine-minute short follows Lana, a four-year- old blind girl who was born in Russia and now lives with her family, in New York City. She attends the Children’s Learning Center at the Helen Keller Center in Brooklyn, where she learns to develop her tactile skills in the absence of her sight. We hear from Garth White, the principal of the school; her mother, who encourages Lana to play the piano; and a current teacher, who is especially admiring of Lana’s tenacity. All in all, the film allows viewers to experience the challenges of growing up blind and reminds us of the importance of having a strong network of individuals that can push us to strive for more.

Anaïs Michel is a New York City based documentary filmmaker and editor. After getting a Bachelor’s degree at La Sorbonne and a Master’s degree at the French Press Institute, Anaïs Michel decided to leave Paris to learn how to make documentary films in New York. She fell in love with the craft and the city and decided to stay to pursue her career. After graduating, she crossed the country to work as an editor in Portland, Oregon with the Oscar nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky. Back in New York, she has worked for the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vice News Tonight and is now editing at HBO.

Learn more about the International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films at the link below
http://redcrossfilmfest.org/fest_eng.html

Nordic International Film Festival announce their opening night film and their 2017 line-up

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The Nordic Film Festival is proud to announce their third year line up, with 24 competing films of Nordic and International decent. 83% of the films have female producers, directors and writers! The opening night feature is the international premiere of Finland’s and ‘Man and a Baby’, directed by Marja Pyykkö. That will screen at 7pm at the renowned Scandinavia House on Park Avenue, New York.

The Nordic consulate will attend the opening night film and the award ceremony gala the last night.

The festival will screen 6 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres, and all the rest; US or New York Premieres will screen at Scandinavia House October 12 - 14th.

New York Women in Film and TV will have an industry panel on the co-work of International Productions at NIFF on October 12th.

The competition jury includes Bo Svenson (Inglourious Basterds) Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie), Charlotte Munck (Anna Pihl), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails), Jacob A Ware (Boardwalk Empire), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Kristin Chenoweth (Glee) and Selenis Leyva (Orange is the New Black).

The Nordic International Film Festival (NIFF) celebrates Nordic and international films. They discover new and upcoming independent films as well as honoring great work from already established filmmakers. NIFF's programmers focus on finding diverse independent films with strong characters and storylines and encourage all filmmakers, regardless of ethnicity or religion. The festival was founded by Johan Matton and Linnea Larsdotter; they have partnered this year with Volvo.

This year the Nordic International Film Festival (NIFF) will be held from October 12-14th at Scandinavia House in New York. Nordic International Film Festival has throughout the year collaborated with Gunpowder and Sky a distribution company that focus one finding new films from around the world.

“This way of introducing non-represented films as a festival to distribution companies is our way to help independent filmmakers obtain distribution for their films without having to pay for sales agent fees. As a festival we have leverage to help the filmmakers though the distribution companies know we as a festival have watched hundreds of films and selectively introduces only, maybe, only 2-3 titles to the distribution company that we believe hold very high quality” - John Matton, Founder of Nordic International Film Festival.

http://www.nordicfilmfest.org/

Competition line-up

  • Narrative Short
    • Far from the Tree – US – New York Premiere, Dave Thomas
    • Tomorrow Is Far Away - France - North American Premiere, Capucine Lespinas
    • Limbo - Greece - New York Premiere, Konstantina Kotzamani
  • Documentary Short
    • Love and Fear - Denmark - World Premiere, Thora Lorentzen
    • Per - Sweden - World Premiere, World Premiere
    • A Home In Memory - Finland - US Premiere, Helena Oest
    • Kometen - Sweden - International Premiere, Victor Lindgren
  • Narrative features
    • Quit Staring At my plate - Croatia - East Coast Premiere, Hana Jušić
    • The Strange Ones – US, Christopher Radcliff
    • Documentary features
    • A Modern Man - Denmark - East Coast Premiere, Eva Mulvad
    • Waiting For The Sun - Denmark - New York Premiere, Kaspar Astrup Schröder
    • 69 Minutes of 86 Days - Norway - New York Premiere, Egil Håskjold Larsen

 

  • Nordic shorts A
    • Under The Surface You Are Never Alone - Sweden - North American Premiere, Alessandro Berellini
    • Renard Rouge - Sweden - North American Premiere, Leonard Rääf
    • Retrett - Norway - North American Premiere, Itonje Søimer Guttormsen
  • Nordic shorts B
    • An Autobiography – Finland, Mari Mantela
    • Superluminal - Sweden - International Premiere, Patrick Alexander
    • Distance - Denmark - International Premiere, Rikke Louise Schjødt
    • Cubs - Iceland - New York Premiere, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
    • Forever Now - Denmark - East Coast Premiere, Kristian Håskjold
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  • Nordic feature
    • Man and a baby - Finland - International Premiere, Marja Pyykkö
    • Lovers - Denmark - World Premiere, Niels Holstein Kaa
    • Bakerman - Denmark - North American Premiere, David Noel Bourke

It’s the Best of African and African-American filmmakers and stories at the 2017 New York Film Festival 55 — September 28 to October 15

Seven films with black star power will make their impact on the 2017 New York Film Festival — running from September 28 to October 15, 2017. And that includes an evening with director Ava DuVernay (October 6th) who will choose an artist to join her for a special onstage conversation, which will include wide-ranging discussion about the state of the cinematic arts.  

The overall festival is built around a thoroughly vetted main slate culled from films seen in top global festivals (and meant for theatrical runs) but, this year, has many drawn from the streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. ell.

This year, the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival will also feature the Convergence section (which runs from September 29 – October 1). In its sixth edition, the highly anticipated annual program delves into the world of immersive storytelling via interactive experiences, and features virtual reality, augmented reality, live labs and demos, and more.  From October 6th-9th, the Projections section screens eight features and eight shorts programs which present an international selection of film and video work that expands upon our notions of what the moving image can do and be

Among the 18 days of the fest, check out these picks of the must-see films at the 2017 NYFF:

“Mudbound" by writer/director Dee Rees

This is a historical epic about a failing economy of Mississippi during the World War II era. Two families, one white (the landlords) and one black (the sharecroppers) work the same miserable piece of farmland. A Netflix release.

“Félicité” directed by Alan Gomis 

A feature made by a French director of Guinea-Bissauan and Senegalese descent. This story is set the Congo where a woman named Félicité (Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu) scrapes together a living as a singer in a makeshift bar (her accompanists are played by members of the Kasai Allstars band).  

“Boom For Real - The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat” directed by Sara Driver 

A look at Jean-Michel Basquiat's life pre-fame, and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements around him formed the artist he became.

“The Rape of Recy Taylor” directed by Nancy Buirksi 

From the Spotlight on Doc section comes this film about Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother, and sharecropper, who was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama — something that happened far too often in the Jim Crow South. Recy Taylor bravely identified her rapists.                                               

“Tonsler Park,” directed by Kevin Jerome Everson

On Election Day, 2016 Everson’s 16mm camera quietly observed a community of mostly African-American voters and volunteers at a local polling precinct in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“The Mike Henderson program” (Projections)  

A singular cinematic figure, San Francisco's Mike Henderson became one of the first independent African-American artists to make inroads into experimental filmmaking in the 1960s.

“Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?” by director-screenwriter-producer-editor Travis Wilkerson  

Another Spotlight on Doc film, this unique production tries to answer how is it that some people escape the racism and misogyny in which they are raised, and some cling to it as if it were their reason for existence? This film/theater hybrid investigates the creator’s great-grandfather's killing of a black man in 1946.

“Piazza Vittorio” directed by Abel Ferrara

Also in the Spotlight on Doc program, this film illuminates the African musicians and restaurant workers, and others who call Rome’s biggest public square, Piazza Vittorio, (built in the 19th century) home. 

Seinfeld, Hart, Apatow, take the stage at JFL 2017, + "Stand Up On The Spot"

Yesterday, the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal heated up with performances from some of the world's top comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Mike Birbiglia. It was a big day for the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, now with its 35th annual event in full swing. 

Jerry Seinfeld made his return to the festival since his performance in the 1980s, bringing him face-to-face with his French doppelgänger, Gad Elmelah, on stage for the first time in a shared co-headlined event. Elmelah, an emerging comedic superstar around the world, is often referred to as the "Jerry Seinfeld of France" and the two comedians have even joked that their similarities go way beyond similar comedy styles as it's been said that they also share similar physical appearances. 

Kevin Hart, who is attending the festival this week to announce the winners of "Eat My Shorts”, a talent search competition for his LOL Network, gave a surprise midnight performance to excited festival goers, bringing him back to his stand-up roots at the very same festival that gave him his start when he was named a “New Face” in 2001. Hart's set touched on his life experiences as a parent, including his excitement (and anxiety) over his forthcoming third child.

Stand Up on the Spot (Photo Credit. Just for Laughs-Joseph Fuda)

Check out this photo from the "Stand Up On The Spot" show. One the best parts of this festival is that it shows the comedian camaraderie. It’s “comedian summer camp” where they all want to hang out with each other, and do pop up sets at each other's shows. From left to right: David Kau, Tom Segura, Jeffrey Ross, Judd Apatow, Russell Peters, Chris D'Elia and Wayne Federman. Credit: Just For Laughs/ Joseph Fuda

The day also featured galas hosted by David Spade, as well as SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost, showcasing a range of talent from today's top comedians, including Jeff Ross, The Lucas Bros., Katherine Ryan, K. Trevor Wilson, Godfrey, Arj Barker, Jim Norton, Lil Rey Howery, Sarah Millican, Steve Byrne, Ivan Decker, Phil Hanley, and David Baddiel. 

Audiences were also treated to stand-up sets from Mike Birbiglia and Tom Segura.

Finally, always a highly-anticipated annual event, Just for Laugh's "New Faces" showcase introduced 2017's top emerging names in comedy to watch out for. The event previously introduced some of today's comedic heavy hitters, including Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer,Hannibal Buressand Demetri Martin. Hosted by Montreal's very own, Sugar Sammy, this year's talent showcase included Jared Freid, Taylor Tomlinson, Martin Urbano, Preacher Lawson, Blair Socci, Yedoye Travis, Charles Gould, Danny Jolles, Rae Sanni, and JR De Guzman. 

NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (June 30 – July 16)

FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER and SUBWAY CINEMA Announce Full Lineup for THE 16th NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
(June 30 – July 16, 2017)

Opening Gala is the International Premiere of Thai high school thriller Bad Genius, Centerpiece Gala is the North American Premiere of slow-burning Filipino thriller Birdshot, and Closing Gala is the U.S. Premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s revenge thriller The Villainess

Just shy of 60 films, the festival features a 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Panorama with an eye on emerging talent, a focus on LGBTQ films, Nikkatsu’sRoman Porno Reboot Project, and spotlights on the cinemas of mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia

Plus the brand new NYAFF Main Competition featuring seven diverse films by first- and second-time directors receiving their North American Premiere

Festival honorees include Star Asia Lifetime Achievement awardee Tony Leung Ka-fai (Hong Kong), Star Asia Award recipient Gang Dong-won (South Korea), and Screen International Rising Star Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying (Thailand)

Other prominent guests will include director Lawrence Lau and actress Carrie Ng (Hong Kong), Korean actress Han Ye-ri, Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu, and more

 The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announced today the complete lineup for the 16th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which will take place from June 30 to July 13 at the Film Society and July 14 to 16 at the SVA Theatre. North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema will showcase 57 feature films, including 3 International Premieres, 21 North American Premieres, 4 U.S. Premieres, and 15 films making their New York City debuts. The festival will feature in-person appearances by more than 20 international filmmakers and celebrity guests from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

This year, all three of NYAFF’s Gala screenings are brilliant reinventions of the thriller genre. The Opening Gala will be the International Premiere of Nattawut Poonpiriya’s Bad Genius, the first Southeast Asian film to open the festival, with the director and stars in attendance. In this exhilarating high-school thriller, straight-A students Lynn (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying) and Bank (Chanon Santinatornkul) stage a heist that will undermine the U.S. university entrance system after they lose their own scholarships.The Centerpiece Gala of the festivalwill be the North American Premiere of Mikhail Red’s Birdshot, a continuation of the festival programmers’ efforts to champion films from Southeast Asia, and the Philippines in particular. The Closing Gala is the U.S. Premiere of Jung Byung-gil's The Villainess, fresh from its Midnight screening in Cannes. The adrenaline-soaked action film stars Kim Ok-vin as a ruthless female assassin trained in China who starts a new life with South Korea’s Intelligence Agency.

New to NYAFF in 2017 is the Main Competition section, featuring seven diverse works by first or second-time directors that are all having their North American premieres at the festival. Competing are Bad Genius (Thailand), Birdshot (Philippines), A Double Life (Japan), The Gangster’s Daughter (Taiwan), Kfc (Vietnam), Jane (South Korea), and With Prisoners (Hong Kong). The competition jury will be announced at a later date, with winners revealed on the festival’s final night at Film Society of Lincoln Center on July 13.

“We were seeking a range of original films from young, first-time directors, films that represent the diversity of filmmaking from Asia, stories that say something both very local and specific to their countries of origin and something very universal: we hope we achieved at least some of this with our inaugural competition selection, which includes films from seven countries/cities in the region in a broad variety of genres,” NYAFF executive director Samuel Jamier said. “It’s important for us to champion new filmmaking from Asia, and the diversity of film made there at a time when other festivals in North America seem to be reducing the size of their Asian lineups.”

More now than ever, Hong Kong cinema is at the core of the festival’s programming: faithful to its Chinatown origins, this year’s edition celebrates the best filmmaking from the Special Administrative Region with a central Hong Kong Panorama section, commemorating the 20th anniversary of its establishment, with major support from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York. Over the past two decades, Hong Kong cinema has continuously influenced and inspired many filmmakers in Asia and in the world. This year’s lineup proves the originality and excellence of its production is intact: from a powerful condemnation of life inside the territory’s juvenile detention centers (With Prisoners),  to a tale of corruption and redemption set in the underbelly of 1960s Hong Kong (Dealer/Healer), the films bear testimony to the city’s rich cinema history.

The core of the panorama will be a special (and first of its kind) focus on the exciting new generation of directors, titled Young Blood Hong Kong. As part of the 20th anniversary, the festival is looking to the future of Hong Kong cinema, rather than its past: these recent Hong Kong directors are working in various genres, tackling a range of social issues, and paying homage to the film traditions they grew up with, from tenement dramas to vampire comedies. Meanwhile, NYAFF continues to bring established, major filmmakers from the region: Lawrence Lau, who, along with Ann Hui, is one of Hong Kong’s best neorealist directors, will be introducing his star-studded crime action drama Dealer/Healer; the Panorama will spotlight the new generation from the region with guest filmmaker Wong Chun and screenwriter Florence Chan with Mad World, Derek Hui with This Is Not What I Expected, and Alan Lo with Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight. Other films by first-time Hong Kong directors in this year’s lineup are Derek Tsang’s Soul Mate, Yan Pak-wing and Chiu Sin-hang’s Vampire Cleanup Department, and Andrew Wong’s With Prisoners.

The 2017 lineup also includes five LGBTQ-themed films: two dramas with transsexual protagonists, Naoko Ogigami’s Close-Knit from Japan, and Cho Hyun-hoon’s drama Jane from South Korea; two coming-of-age high-school youth dramas, Ahn Jung-min’s Fantasy of the Girlsfrom South Korea, andLeste Chen’s 2006 Eternal Summer from Taiwan, which merits a second look a decade on; and Lee Sang-il’s wild and violent mystery thriller Rage, featuring Go Ayano (NYAFF 2016 Rising Star Asia awardee) as a homeless stranger invited into the home of a semi-closeted salaryman (Satoshi Tsumabuki) as his live-in-lover.

Another highlight of this year’s festival are three films that celebrate Japan's unique "Roman Porno" genre, each having their North American premieres: Aroused by GymnopediesDawn of the Felines, and Wet Woman in the Wind. Nikkatsu, Japan’s oldest film studio, is celebrating 45 years since they birthed the softcore Roman Porno genre (roman derives from the French word for novel). Invented to save a dying industry, they gave carte blanche to directors with minimal rules: keep it under 80 minutes with a sex scene every ten. This allowed for wild stream of consciousness works of both the highest and lowest caliber. Now, Nikkatsu has enlisted top contemporary talent for the Roman Porno Reboot Project, taking the provocative, envelope-pushing format to a whole new level.

In addition to the festival’s screenings, the NYAFF awards a number of honorees each year, including this year’s recipients:
 

·       The 2017 NYAFF Lifetime Achievement Award goes to veteran Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka-fai, who will attend a three-film tribute, including Johnnie To’s Election, Longman Leung & Sunny Luk’s Cold War 2 and Tsui’s Hark’s The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D. In a career spanning 35 years, Leung has worked with the iconic directors Li Han-hsiang, Wong Kar-wai, Stanley Kwan, and Jean-Jacques Annaud, and starred opposite the screen legends Jackie Chan, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Jet Li, and Fan Bingbing. Leung was arguably the first Hong Kong star to become an international heartthrob, in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Lover.

·       Our Star Asia Award recipient is Korean movie star Gang Dong-won, whose charisma and emotional investment in his performances gives his films a unique edge. His most iconic films include Lee Myung-se’s Duelist, Park Jin-pyo’s Voice of a Murderer, and Jang Hoon’s Secret Reunion. Last year, NYAFF presented two of his films, The Priests and A Violent Prosecutor, and in 2017, the festival will be joined by Gang to present a special screening of the magical fable Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned.

·       The Screen International Rising Star Asia Award will be given to Thailand’s Chutimon “Aokbab” Chuengcharoensukying. The 21-year-old model, who is still a student at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University, found fame last year in Thank You for Sharing, an eight-minute, viral short about cyber-bullying. The NYAFF is opening with her feature debut, Bad Genius, in which she stars as a high-school student who masterminds an ambitious heist of the American university entrance exam system. It's a demanding role, in which her quick-witted character must navigate a complex moral universe where parents and teachers don’t always know best.

Tickets go on sale June 15, with Film Society and Subway Cinema members receiving an early access period beginning June 13. Tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for Film Society members. See more and save with a 3+ film discount package and All Access Pass. Learn more at filmlinc.org.

Credits:

Curated by executive director Samuel Jamier, deputy director Stephen Cremin, and programmers Claire Marty and David Wilentz.

The New York Asian Film Festival is co-presented by Subway Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and takes place from June 30 to July 13 at Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th St), and July 14 to 16 at SVA Theatre (333 West 23 St).

Keep up to date with information at www.filmlinc.org and www.subwaycinema.com. Subway Cinema can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nyaff and Twitter at www.twitter.com/subwaycinema.

FULL LINEUP :

Titles in bold are included in the Main Competition

CHINA:
Co-presented with Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Institute

Battle of Memories (Leste Chen, 2017)

Blood of Youth (Yang Shupeng, 2016)

Duckweed (Han Han, 2017)

Extraordinary Mission (Alan Mak & Anthony Pun, 2017)

Someone to Talk to (Liu Yulin, 2016)

Soul on a String (Zhang Yang, 2016)


HONG KONG PANORAMA :
Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York

Cold War 2 (Longman Leung, Sunny Luk, 2016)

Dealer/Healer (Lawrence Lau, 2017)

Election (Johnnie To, 2005)

Mad World (Wong Chun, 2016)

Soul Mate (Derek Tsang, 2016)

The Taking of Tiger Mountain (Tsui Hark, 2014)

This Is Not What I Expected (Derek Hui, 2017)

Vampire Cleanup Department (Yan Pak-wing, Chiu Sin-hang, 2017)

With Prisoners(Andrew Wong, 2017)

Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (Alan Lo, 2017)
 

JAPAN:

Aroused by Gymnopedies (Isao Yukisada, 2016)

Close-Knit (Naoko Ogigami, 2017)

Dawn of the Felines (Kazuya Shiraishi, 2016)

Destruction Babies (Tetsuya Mariko, 2016)

A Double Life (Yoshiyuki Kishi, 2016)

Happiness (Sabu, 2016)

Japanese Girls Never Die (Daigo Matsui, 2016)

The Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa, 2016)

Love and Other Cults (Eiji Uchida, 2017) 

The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio (Takashi Miike, 2016) 

Rage (Lee Sang-il, 2016)

Suffering of Ninko (Norihiro Niwatsukino, 2016)  

Survival Family (Shinobu Yaguchi, 2017)

Traces of Sin (Kei Ishikawa, 2016) 

Wet Woman in the Wind (Akihiro Shiota, 2016)


SOUTH KOREA:

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Center New York

Fabricated City (Park Kwang-hyun, 2017)

Fantasy of the Girls (Ahn Jung-min, 2016)

Jane (Cho Hyun-hoon, 2016)

Ordinary Person (Kim Bong-han, 2017)

A Quiet Dream (Zhang Lu, 2016)

A Single Rider (Lee Joo-young, 2017)

Split (Choi Kook-hee, 2016)

The Tooth and the Nail (Jung Sik, Kim Whee, 2017)

The Truth Beneath (Lee Kyoung-mi, 2016)

Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (Uhm Tae-hwa, 2016)

The Villainess (Jung Byung-gil, 2017)

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Bad Genius(Nattawut Poonpiriya, Thailand, 2017)

Birdshot (Mikhail Red, Philippines, 2016)

Kfc (Le Binh Giang, Vietnam, 2017)

Mrs. K (Ho Yuhang, Malaysia, 2016)

Saving Sally (Avid Liongoren, Philippines, 2016)

Town in a Lake (Jet Leyco, Philippines, 2015)

TAIWAN
Presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York

Eternal Summer (Leste Chen, 2006)

The Gangster’s Daughter (Chen Mei-juin, 2017)

Godspeed (Chung Mong-hong, 2016)

Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Giddens, 2017)

The Road to Mandalay (Midi Z, 2016)

The Village of No Return (Chen Yu-hsun, 2017)

 

DOCUMENTARIES

Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno (Jung Yoon-suk, 2017)

Mrs. B., A North Korean Woman (Jero Yun, 2016)
 

NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF)

Now in its 16th year, the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) is North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema, which The Village Voice has called “the best film festival in New York,” and The New York Times has called “one of the city’s most valuable events.” Launched in 2002 by Subway Cinema, the festival selects only the best, strangest, and most entertaining movies to screen for New York audiences, ranging from mainstream blockbusters and art-house eccentricities to genre and cult classics. It was the first North American film festival to champion the works of Johnnie To, Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Takashi Miike, and other auteurs of contemporary Asian cinema. Since 2010, it has been produced in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

 

FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from The New York Times, Shutterstock, Variety, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.org and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.

 

ABOUT SUBWAY CINEMA

Subway Cinema is America’s leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the exhibition and appreciation of Asian popular film culture in all forms, building bridges between Asia and the West. With year-round festivals and programs, the organization aims to bring wide audience and critical attention to contemporary and classic Asian cinema in the U.S. In 2002, Subway Cinema launched its flagship event, the annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which is North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema. Subway cinema’s other events and initiatives include Old School Kung Fu Fest (OSKFF).

For more information, visit www.subwaycinema.com, www.facebook.com/NYAFF, and follow @subwaycinema on Twitter (#nyaff16).

Subway Cinema receives generous, year-round support from the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation and sponsorships from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, Korean Cultural Center New York, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, China Institute, Manhattan Portage, Tsingtao Beer, Japan Foundation New York, Maven Wine, Bruce R. Watts, and thanks their media partners: Screen International, Asian Crush, China Film Insider, Chopsticks NY.

NYC'S IFC CENTER UNVEILS ADDITIONAL LINEUP FOR INAUGURAL SPLIT SCREENS FESTIVAL

NYC'S IFC CENTER UNVEILS ADDITIONAL LINEUP FOR INAUGURAL SPLIT SCREENS FESTIVAL 

Week-Long Event, Programmed And Moderated By Critic/Author Matt Zoller Seitz,

To Present First Legacy Award to Actress/Director/Trailblazer Lee Grant, Monday, June 5th

Additional Panels Showcasing Acclaimed, Highly Anticipated Scripted Content Include: Premiere of USA Network’s ‘The Sinner’; Special Screening of ‘The Sopranos’ Pine Barrens Episode With Creator David Chase, Recipient of The Festival’s Vanguard Award; An In-Depth Look at Margo Martindale’s Many Roles Including Amazon’s ‘Sneaky Pete’; An Exploration of Web Series; A Deep-Dive into the End of ‘Hannibal’;

A Discussion About the Art & Craft of Amazon’s ‘The Man In The High Castle’;

Plus A Look at the Art of TV Criticism Featuring Seitz and TV’s Most Prominent Critical Voices

Festival To Take Place from June 2-8; Tickets Now on Sale at SplitScreensFestival.com

[New York, May 22, 2017] – IFC Center today announced the remaining events scheduled during the inauguralSplit Screens Festival (www.splitscreensfestival.com) taking place Friday, June 2 through Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the IFC Center in New York City.  

 

Details announced last week, including a premiere of HBO's period drama, "The Deuce,"  plus panels for “Difficult People” (Hulu), “The Get Down (Netflix), “Orphan Black” (BBC AMERICA), “Search Party (TBS); “The Girlfriend Experience”(STARZ), “Underground” (WGN America); “Billions" (Showtime), “Brockmire”(IFC), “Mr. Robot” (USA Network),  and “Better Call Saul” (AMC), laid the groundwork for what is expected to be New York's premiere television festival event this summer.

 

As previously announced, the festival will be anchored by four signature categories: PREMIERES, an opportunity for audiences to be  among the first to screen an anticipated new series; CLOSE-UP, focused primarily on the work of one or two celebrated actors in a series; SHOWCASE, which will take a deeper look at a series through the lens of its creators, producers and stars;  and REWIND, revisiting an iconic episode of television via a screening and conversation with the creatives who have brought their vision to life.

 

IFC Center along with Split Screens’ curator/moderator Matt Zoller Seitz said that the Festival will feature several signature events and presentations including the first-ever Legacy Award, sponsored by AMC Networks, an annual honor presented to a television leader who has broken new ground and reshaped the landscape and the industry over the course of a significant career.  On Monday, June 5 at 6:30 PM, the 2017 Legacy Award will be presented to actress/director and trailblazer, Lee Grant followed by a thoughtful exchange between Grant and Seitz about Grant's body of work over the past seven decades.  Most recently, Grant created a short piece for YouTube entitled “Battered: The Assault on Hillary Clinton,” a montage of what Grant saw Clinton endure during the presidential campaign.  

 

New festival highlights announced today include: PREMIERE of USA’s “The Sinner”; CLOSE-UP conversation featuring Margo Martindale of “Sneaky Pete” (Amazon); a REWIND panel on “Hannibal” (NBC); SHOWCASE event on “The Man in the High Castle” (Amazon); and lastly two SPECIAL EVENT panels: “The Evolution of Television Criticism” featuring some of the country's most well-respected critical voices as they dissect the latest and (sometimes not so) greatest moments in TV and “New Platforms, New Voices” exploring the creation of web series.

 

In addition to the Legacy Award, Split Screens will present the Festival’s Vanguard Award to “The Sopranos” visionary David Chase, a creative master whose work has demonstrably shifted the direction of the television industry. The June 5th event, scheduled for 8:30 PM, includes a special screening of the classic Pine Barrens episode directed by Steve Buscemi, who will be in attendance, and will present the award along with co-writer and co-executive producer Terence Winter.

 

Most festival screenings and panel discussions will be hosted and moderated by Split Screens artistic director Matt Zoller Seitz. As Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com, TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, and the author of TV (The Book) and studies on Wes Anderson, Oliver Stone and Mad Men, Seitz, the ultimate TV fan, knows that audiences can't get enough of good television content.

 

“We spent hours considering those talented individuals whose work and ethic stood out amongst a long list of brilliant creatives,” noted Matt Zoller Seitz.  “In the end, we chose to honor two individuals who we believe have changed the face of the entertainment industry --Lee Grant, a woman whose long record of excellence both in front of and behind the camera speaks for itself, and David Chase whose masterful work was on the leading edge of what we now call Peak TV.  It’s an honor and a privilege to have them with us during the week of the festival and we look forward to getting their take on the world of television today.”

 

Split Screens Festival is made possible by Major Sponsors SHOWTIME®, AMC Networks; Supporting Sponsor BBC AMERICA; Event Sponsors USA Network, FX Networks. Additional support from Friends of the Festival include WGN America, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Wheelhouse Creative.

 

Social Media Handles:

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Twitter:                @SplitScreensTV

Instagram:          @SplitScreensTV

 

Ticket Information:

  • Tickets for the opening night premiere of “The Deuce” are $30 ($25 IFC Center members)
  • Tickets for individual events are $12-$19 ($10-$16 IFC Center members)
  • A festival pass, providing admission to all festival programs, is available for $125 ($95 IFC Center members)

 

Tickets, festival passes and additional program information are available online at SplitScreensFestival.com, or in person at the IFC Center box office at 323 Sixth Ave. (at West 3rd St.), open daily 10:30am-10:00pm

 

Press Contacts:

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SplitScreensPR@ferencomm.com

212-983-9898

For sponsorship information, please contact sponsorship@splitscreensfestival.com

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SPLIT SCREENS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2  

7:00PM - “THE DEUCE” (HBO) PREMIERE

In person: Series producer and co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal, pilot director Michelle MacLaren and series co-creator George Pelecanos

 

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Split Screens premieres the pilot episode of HBO’s eagerly anticipated New York period drama from executive producers David Simon and George Pelecanos (The Wire), about the rise of the porn industry in and around Times Square in the 1970s. The cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal as an entrepreneurial sex worker and James Franco as twin brothers who serve as fronts for the Mafia. True to form for a producing team that shepherdedThe Wire and Treme into existence, The Deuce is a beating-heart-of-the-city drama that explores the interconnectedness of characters from different social classes and ethnicities, some of whom find themselves at odds over money, honor and the obligation to uphold the law.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3  

1:00 PM - THE EVOLUTION OF TELEVISION CRITICISM  SPECIAL EVENT

In person: Sonia Saraiya, Variety; Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker; Angelica Jade Bastien, contributor to Vulture and The Atlantic; and Matt Zoller Seitz

 

Much of early television was, to quote Edward R. Murrow’s exhausted call for substance in TV journalism, little more than lights and wires in a box. And TV criticism was a similarly disreputable arm of print journalism, the job you took if no other discipline would tolerate you.  It consisted largely of rote descriptions of what aired last night and teasers for whatever was coming up tomorrow, plus listings, and, if the readers were lucky, the writer was funny and would throw in a not-terrible joke.

 

The medium evolved through the years, though, and critics evolved with it, treating Murrow’s idiot box as a window into and mirror of the world at large. Reflecting the diversity of its subject, TV criticism has exploded into dozens of different subgenres, from sociopolitical “hot takes” to deep-dish formal analysis to recaps of individual episodes and even video essays that use bits and pieces of the shows themselves in order to analyze, praise or decry them. A panel of distinguished columnists with experience that spans three decades will take us through the changes and talk about where both TV and TV criticism might be headed.

 

2:45 PM - BUILDING THE WORLD OF “THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE” (AMAZON) SHOWCASE

In person: Production designer Drew Boughton and costume designer J.R. Hawbaker

 

 

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Based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 novel, Amazon's The Man in the High Castle visualizes an alternate reality in which the Axis powers won World War Il. The continental United States has been divvied up into three zones: the East Coast, run by Germany; the West coast, run by imperial Japan, and the middle part of the country, a no-man's land that suggests an industrialized version of the mythic Wild West of yore. This lavishly produced nightmare adventure is one of the most thoroughly imagined worlds ever built for television, mixing an array of cultural, architectural and historical influences to suggest how competing world views express themselves in daily life. This special panel will reveal how the High Castle team works to convince the audience that this is all actually happening, using everything from green-screen composited digital skyscrapers to cleverly fabricated documents, cigarette packages, high heeled shoes and "vintage" revolvers, none of which ever existed in our world.

 

4:30 PM – “MR. ROBOT” (USA Network) CLOSE-UP with Rami Malek

In person: Actor Rami Malek

 

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It’s tricky enough to be the lead actor on a TV drama, more so when you’re in almost every scene, and trickier still when your character narrates the show. USA Network’s Golden Globe® award winner Mr. Robot tasks its star, Rami Malek, with all these responsibilities, then adds more: It’s one of the most relentlessly interior shows, inviting you into the headspace of its lead character—computer expert and secret vigilante hacker Elliot Alderson—and showing you the world as he sees it.

Through clips and discussion, the event takes a deep dive with Malek into his performance as the show’s title character. Playing an introvert turned underground revolutionary, Malek shapes his role through research and prep work, posture and gestures, and even the way he modulates his voice between Elliot’s dialogue with different characters and his voiceover narration directly to the audience. Co-presented By USA Network.

7:00 PM - “THE SINNER” (USA NETWORK) PREMIERE

In person: Series creator and showrunner Derek Simonds and executive producer and director Antonio Campos.

 

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In this remarkable new psychological thriller, Jessica Biel stars as Cora Tannetti, a young mother who is suddenly and mysteriously subsumed by rage and commits a shocking act of violence in plain view of others. Bill Pullman costars as Detective Harry Ambrose, who tries to understand why she did it, a question that no one, Cora included, can answer.  Created by screenwriter Derek Simonds and featuring a pilot directed by independent filmmaker Antonio Campos (Simon KillerChristine), it’s a rare potboiler that’s more concerned with the psychology of disturbed people than with the procedural details that too often bog down these kinds of stories. Everyone knows what happened and who did it; the big question is why. Co-presented by USA Network. 

 

9:00 PM – “SEARCH PARTY” (TBS) SHOWCASE

In person: Series creators, co-directors and executive producers Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, and executive producer Lilly Burns

 

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It’s rare to encounter a TV series that could accurately be described as a satire, much less an unsparing one, butSearch Party absolutely qualifies. It’s a mystery about people trying to get to the bottom of a young woman’s disappearance, but that’s just what’s happening on the surface. The detective story is the gimmick that draws you in so that this exceptional and surprising show — credited to a rogue’s gallery of executive producers, including Michael Showalter, Sarah-Violet Bliss, and Charles Rogers — can work its dark magic. The vanishing is a device that the show uses to explore Dory’s (Alia Shawkat) world and make uncomfortable observations about modern life, in particular the tendency to confuse the ego-stroking virtual busywork of the text- and social media-driven era for actual, meaningful action. There’s an even deeper level to this series, something on the order of an existential quest, a long journey into the heroine’s emotional interior. The condition of believing oneself sensitive while feeling very little has rarely been examined with such exactness.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 4

12:30 PM - “SNEAKY PETE” (Amazon) CLOSE-UP with Margo Martindale

In person: Actress Margo Martindale  

 

 

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Born and raised in Jacksonville, Texas, Margo Martindale was a reliable character actor on stage and in films and television series for decades before she suddenly and delightfully became a star on FX Networks’ crime saga Justified, playing Mags Bennett, a Ma Barker-styled Kentucky crime boss who dispatches her foes with poisoned moonshine. A string of very different, equally eye-catching roles followed, in such series as The Americans (playing Claudia, a devious KGB handler) and the Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman (playing a version of herself, appropriately referred to by other characters as “Esteemed Actress Margo Martindale”).

 

Her most recent role might be her most all-encompassing: on Amazon’s Sneaky Pete, Martindale plays the grandmother of Giovanni Ribisi’s con man hero, a small town bail bondswoman who is determined to keep her family together even as it threatens to buckle under the pressure of repaying a debt to a gangster (series co-creator Bryan Cranston). Mixing Mags’ ferocious family loyalty, Claudia’s barbed wire ruthlessness and the eccentric warmth she brought to the short-lived CBS sitcom The Millers (which Martindale still recalls fondly), it’s a milestone role in a career that continues to surprise and delight.

 

2:30 PM - “THE GET DOWN” (NETFLIX) SHOWCASE

In person: co-creator and executive producer Stephen Adly Guirgis, supervising producer Nelson George

 

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“Unfold your own myth,” blares a graffiti tag on the skin of a subway car in The Get Down. Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 1970s musical melodrama about the birth of hip-hop and the fall of dirty-glorious Gotham is forever characterizing itself this way: like a rapper nimbly reframing a story as he tells it. It’s a multimedia work—television, cinema, a novel, a scrapbook; collage, decoupage, a montage barrage. The sheer, shameless entertainment value of The Get Down camouflages how formally inventive it is. The gleeful way that the image texture (1970s TV news video, 16mm, what looks like enhanced YouTube footage) changes from shot to shot suggests the filmmakers are glorying in a crazy-quilt aesthetic instead of knocking themselves out trying to make every piece seem like part of a seamless whole. The show is sampling pop culture history, New York City history and music history to create its own sound.

 

4:30 PM – “DIFFICULT PEOPLE” (HULU) SHOWCASE

In person: Series creator, co-executive producer and costar Julie Klausner

 

 

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Julie Klausner’s series about brilliant, acerbic, self-defeating best buds on the fringes of stardom is tailor-made for the YouTube era, when artists and entertainers act as their own agents, publicists and managers and watch their colleagues’ successes and failures unfold in real time, with envy or glee, depending.

 

Julie (Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) keep hatching schemes like a couple of Lucy Ricardos, even though their quest is motivated less by a burning urge to express themselves than a lust for fame and comfort. They pop others’ delusions and preserve their own, but even at their pettiest, there are moments when they speak the truth, and some of their most penetrating insights have to do with the show you’re watching and the medium that spawned it. One of Difficult People’s fiercest convictions is that a sitcom’s first obligation is to be funny and engaging, a surprisingly contrarian point of view now that every form of scripted entertainment is striving to subvert rather than embrace proven formulas. “When did comedies become 30-minute dramas?” Billy asks, with an aghast tone that suggests Difficult People is not interested in becoming one.

 

6:15 PM – “BETTER CALL SAUL” (AMC) CLOSE-UP with Michael McKean as Chuck McGill

In person: Actor Michael McKean and series co-creator and co-executive producer Peter Gould

 

 

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Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s improbably just-as-good prequel to Breaking Bad, is a showcase for ace character actors, none as sneakily great as Michael McKean, who costars as the slippery hero’s straight-arrow older brother, Chuck McGill. Chuck is a feared trial lawyer at a top Albuquerque, New Mexico law firm who claims to be hypersensitive to electricity, and is equally allergic to laziness and ethical short cuts. In lesser hands, he could have been an amusing if one-note foil. But McKean, a wizardly comic actor with the soul of a Method chameleon, imbues him with so many layers of personality, all operating simultaneously, that you can’t help feeling for him and understanding Chuck even when the character grates on you. This Close-Up panel will explore McKean’s collaboration with the character’s creator, writer-producer Peter Gould, and delve into McKean’s long and rich career as a dramatic and comedic actor and improvisational comic.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 5

6:30 PM SPECIAL EVENT

FIRST ANNUAL LEGACY AWARD: HONORING ACTRESS/DIRECTOR LEE GRANT

In person: Lee Grant

 

 

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Split Screens is proud to announce the inaugural Legacy Award, presented by AMC Networks, honoring an individual whose career has had a lasting impact on television, to actress, director, author and activist Lee Grant. Born in Manhattan to Russian Jewish immigrants, Grant scored her first Oscar® nomination playing opposite Kirk Douglas in 1951’s Detective Story. But her budding career was temporarily derailed the following year, when the House Un-American Activities Committee, angered by her criticism of their methods, demanded she testify against her husband, playwright Arnold Manoff. Her refusal led to her being blacklisted.

 

When the political climate cooled, she returned to stardom in an Emmy-winning role on the first successful nighttime soap opera, Peyton Place, a series controversial for its frank, often sexual themes. She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar® for her role as Warren Beatty’s lover in 1975’s Shampoo, then channeled her political awareness into a career as a director of socially aware fiction and nonfiction films, tackling such hot-button subjects as workplace discrimination (A Matter of Sex), transgender identity (What Sex Am I?), poverty and Reaganomics (the Oscar®-winning documentary Down and Out in America), and sexism in medical treatment (the TV movie Nobody’s Child, for which Grant became the first woman to win a Director’s Guild of America award). She is also the author of the acclaimed 2014 memoir I Said Yes to Everything. Grant will touch on these highlights and more in a one-on-one interview about her extraordinary life and career.

 

8:30 PM- VANGUARD AWARD: HONORING DAVID CHASE followed by a special screening of “THE SOPRANOS” (HBO) Season Three: “Pine Barrens” SPECIAL EVENT

In person: Creator and executive producer David Chase; co-executive producer and co-writer Terence Winter; director and actor Steve Buscemi.

 

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David Chase’s gangster series shattered the industry’s preconceptions and showed what TV drama could be. Part crime thriller, part domestic drama, and part social satire, The Sopranos was also innovative in its structure. It split the difference between serialized, long-form storytelling, in which an entire season was united by ongoing plot strands, and more traditional TV narrative, where characters and conflicts were introduced at the start of an episode and resolved neatly at the end.

 

These qualities and more are exemplified by Season Three’s “Pine Barrens,” in which Paulie Walnuts and Christopher Moltisanti ineptly try to kill a Russian gangster in a snowy stretch of New Jersey forest, with an ending that is classic Sopranos, offering a conclusion at once inevitable and surprising—and also prankishly frustrating, denying both characters and viewers the closure they crave. In that respect, it feels like a harbinger of the show’s notorious 2007 cut-to-black ending, which Sopranos fans argue about to this day. The episode’s screenwriter Terence Winter and director Steve Buscemi will present Chase with Split Screens’ first-ever Vanguard Award, then take us behind the scenes of one of the greatest of all Sopranos episodes.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 6

6:30 PM – “ORPHAN BLACK” (BBC AMERICA) SHOWCASE

In person: Actors Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu and Ari Millen, and executive producers Graeme Manson and John Fawcett

 

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BBC AMERICA’s clone conspiracy thriller stars Emmy® award winner Tatiana Maslany as multiple genetically identical women. But this is not merely a series about clones; it’s a continuous study in nature versus nurture that routinely puts Maslany in conversations with iterations of herself, and each iteration feels like a distinct human being rather than a sketch-comedy caricature. Graeme Manson and John Fawcett create a maze-like world where the reflections can not only talk, but have their own opinions. The result is sorcery, and Maslany is at the center, playing as many as four personalities at once while a constellation of gifted supporting players, including, Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyn Brochu, and others swirl around her. The show’s bottomless inventiveness and persistent sense of fun are infectious. In addition to the suspense generated by the story itself, there’s a secondary thrill from watching the cast and crew struggle to top themselves in sheer outrageousness. Co-presented by BBC AMERICA.

 

8:45 PM - “BILLIONS” (SHOWTIME) CLOSE-UP with Asia Kate Dillon

In person: Actor Asia Kate Dillon and creators David Levien and Brian Koppelman

 

 

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In its second season, Showtime’s hit drama series Billions made history by introducing TV’s first gender non-binary major character, Taylor Mason (played by Asia Kate Dillon), an intern at Axe Capital who unexpectedly becomes a favorite of macho hedge funder Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Dillon, who uses the singular they pronoun, auditioned for the role shortly after playing the racist skinhead Brandy on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Sharing the stage with series creators and executive producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien, our three guests will discuss the second season of Billions and the joys and challenges of playing a trailblazing character in a medium where starkly defined gender roles still rule the perceptions of casting directors and viewers alike.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7

7:00 PM - “BROCKMIRE” (IFC) CLOSE-UP with Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet

In person: Series executive producer and star Hank Azaria and star Amanda Peet

 

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Although he’s perhaps best known as one of the versatile repertory actors on The Simpsons, Hank Azaria is also a formidable live-action performer who can adjust his body to suit the needs of a role as deftly as he can his voice. Jim Brockmire, a minor-league sportscaster struggling with alcoholism and his own monstrous ego, gives the actor a rare opportunity to hold the spotlight for the entire running time of a series, as a character he’s been developing for years. The results are dazzling.

He’s matched by Amanda Peet, who brings a no-nonsense toughness to the role of Jules James, the owner of both the team and a local bar. Peet is equally comfortable as a romantic leading lady, a kitchen-sink drama actress and a pratfaller, and she gets to combine all three of those talents here. This detailed one-on-one discussion will delve into Peet and Azaria’s varied careers, their chemistry on the show, and the fine points of bringing these two eccentric characters to life.

7:30PM - NEW PLATFORMS, NEW VOICES  SPECIAL EVENT

In person: “Bravest Warriors” executive producer Fred Seibert; “Eat Your Feelings” creators and writers Emma Jane Gonzalez and Sasha Winters; “The Outs” writer and director Adam Goldman; “Gunner Jackson” creator and star Christian Strevy.

 

Series on the web, which originally served as an alternative ecosystem for storytellers who couldn't get their work onto larger platforms, now serves as an unofficial farm team for those same platforms, birthing such recent web-to-cable successes as “Insecure,” “High Maintenance” and “Broad City.” But the format is equally fascinating as an incubator for new voices and storytelling forms that might not be possible in traditional venues.  

Split Screens' inaugural web series panel spotlights four titles, each with a distinct style and point-of-view: “Bravest Warriors,” from “Adventure Time” mastermind Pendleton Ward, follows four teenaged heroes-for-hire as they warp through the universe to save adorable aliens and their worlds using the power of their emotions; “Eat Your Feelings,” a combination sitcom and cooking show that follows two Brooklyn 20-somethings cooking and eating their way through life's challenges; “The Outs,” which tells the story of broken-up couple, Jack and Mitchell, in non-linear scenes, and “Gunner Jackson,” in which a 26-year-old inventor tries to prove he's being surveilled by the U.S. Government.

8:45 PM – “THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE” (STARZ) REWIND with “Separation”

In person: Co-executive producers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz

 

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The most narratively complex single episode of an ongoing series since the hero of Louie went to China, this alternately unnerving, baffling and hilarious half-hour of The Girlfriend Experience works as a psychological X-ray of the show’s heroine, escort Christine (Riley Keough); a play within a play; and a meditation on voyeurism, exhibitionism, sex, and acting. Co-written by series creators Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan, and directed by Kerrigan, the episode doesn’t just avoid the traditional sorts of closure that TV viewers tend to crave; it throws the totality of the show’s first season into question, making us question the intent and substance of everything we’ve seen. As such, it owes less to current trends in scripted TV, even the most rarified kinds, than to 1960s European art cinema classics like Blow-UpLast Year at Marienbad and The Exterminating Angel.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 8

7:00 PM –“UNDERGROUND” (WGN America) REWIND Season Two: “Minty” episode

In person: Actor Aisha Hinds and executive producer/director Anthony Hemingway

 

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WGN America’s groundbreaking series “Underground” made television history with the extended episode “Minty” that originally aired April 12.  During her hour-long solo, and career-defining, performance, Aisha Hinds brought Harriet Tubman back to life when she delivered a monumental and definitive speech in character as the Underground Railroad's most famous conductor.  Set in 1858 against the backdrop of a nation deeply divided by race, class and gender, Tubman makes a passionate plea to abolitionists to shift their thinking as she challenges them to take swift action against those who are determined to oppress others.  “Minty,” was written by series co-creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, and directed by Emmy and Golden Globe Award® winner Anthony Hemingway. Co-presented by WGN America.

 

9:00 PM –”HANNIBAL” (NBC) REWIND Season Three: “The Wrath of the Lamb”

In person: Leila Taylor, Creative Director at the Brooklyn Public Library; novelist Rob Hart (New YorkedThe Woman from Prague); composer Matt Marks of Alarm Will Sound; illustrator and author Janice Poon, food stylist for Hannibal and author of Feeding Hannibal.(Via Skype) Hannibal creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller.

 

 

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A special theatrical screening of the finale of NBC’s “Hannibal,” a nightmare fantasy from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) that reinterpreted Thomas Harris' novels through the eyes of an expressionist, polymorphous sensualist. Reworking much of the plot of Harris’ Red Dragon, but in a more hallucinatory way than in earlier film versions, the finale builds to an orgiastic release of pent-up intellectual and sexual energy so intense that viewers may need a cigarette and a towel afterward.  Fuller will join the audience via Skype to discuss the finale, the legacy of his cult classic, his new Starz series American Gods, and what a hypothetical fourth season of “Hannibal” would look like. A panel of New York-based Fannibals will discuss the legacy of the show, including its impact on popular art.

 

ABOUT SPLIT SCREENS FESTIVAL

Split Screens Festival (www.splitscreensfestival.com) is produced and presented by IFC Center, one of New York’s leading independent cinemas, and is organized by the core team of its successful DOC NYC documentary film festival, including Executive Director Raphaela Neihausen, Partnerships Director Deborah Rudolph and Operations Director Dana Krieger. Collaborating with broadcasters, cable networks and streaming services, the annual festival will highlight acclaimed and anticipated content from a range of platforms to bring together the creative talent behind TV’s most acclaimed shows and sophisticated New York audiences.

 

ABOUT IFC CENTER

IFC Center is a five-screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village that opened in June 2005 following an extensive renovation of the historic Waverly Theater. Headed by Senior VP and General Manager John Vanco, IFC Center presents the very best in new foreign-language, American independent and documentary features to audiences and is also known for its innovative repertory series and festivals, showing short films before its regular features in the ongoing “Short Attention Span Cinema” program, and special events such as the guest-programmed “Movie Nights” and frequent in-person appearances by filmmakers. In 2010, IFC Center launched the acclaimed DOC NYC festival, a high-profile showcase that celebrates nonfiction filmmaking and is now the largest documentary festival in the US. For additional theater information, current and upcoming program details and more, visit ifccenter.com.