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Sundance: Changing of the Guard Opens Door for Forward-Thinking Players

Micah Green is no stranger to the marathon deal-making frenzy that gives the Sundance Film Festival its energy and excitement.

The former CAA agent spent two decades on the front lines of the indie film gathering, hammering out distribution deals for the likes of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” This year, Green’s flying out to Utah on a different mission. Last spring, he co-founded 30West with entrepreneur and producer Dan Friedkin. The 10-person company buys films, sells them and invests in them at various stages of production. As more and more independent movies are consigned to on-demand debuts or forced to forgo a stint in cinemas, 30West wants to fill a vacuum.

“It remains a buyer’s market for theatrical independent films,” said Green. “Just look at [the Toronto Film Festival]. Only a handful of the promising films that premiered there walked away with a legitimate theatrical release commitment.”

Green’s company is a signal of the tectonic
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‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award

‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award
Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Stanley Kramer Award.

The prize will be presented on Jan. 20 at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer, or other individuals whose contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “The electrifying response to ‘Get Out’ demonstrates that the power of motion pictures to crystallize and reflect our collective social anxieties remains stronger than ever. It’s hard to imagine two more different sensibilities approaching the problem of race in America than Stanley Kramer and Jordan Peele, but despite the different paths their stories take, their power springs from the same outrage, fearlessness, and passion.”

Kramer’s producing credits include “Inherit the Wind,” “On the Beach,” “The Defiant Ones,” and “Guess
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Oscar Narrows the Documentary Feature Field

Chris here, with more Oscar bake off lists. Today we have the 15 films advancing in the Documentary Feature race, many of which we have covered here at The Film Experience in Glenn's column Doc Corner. The eventual lineup could include two recent Honorary Oscar winners: Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris: New York Public Library) and Agnès Varda (Faces Places, with Jr), neither of who had ever been nominated in the category. Al Gore could be returning to the Oscars, as the follow-up to winning climate change doc An Inconvenient Truth has also advanced. Take a look at the rest of the list:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Chasing Coral City of Ghosts Ex Libris: New York Public Library Faces Places Human Flow Icarus An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Jane La 92 Last Man in Aleppo Long Strage Trip One of Us Strong Island Unrest

Some beloved players that missed the lineup include Kedi,
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Exclusive Interview – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power directors Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk on the energy revolution, documentary making and more

Alex Moreland talks to the directors of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk

So, it’s been a decade since the first movie came out. Why was now the right time for a sequel?

Jon: Well, Al Gore and Participant Media, who made the first film, had been talking about a follow-up in the years after An Inconvenient Truth. And, I think, a number of things happened. One was that the story really has changed significantly in the last years, partly because of the cost down-curve of solar, wind, and other sustainable sources of energy has really become equal – if not lower – in many parts of the world to generate electricity that way. And so, that was a significant update to the story. When an “Inconvenient Truth” came out it was sort of a hopeful thing that solar and wind might someday help us solve the problem.
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Shortlist for Oscars® Nominated Docu Features

Shortlist for Oscars® Nominated Docu Features
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and Wgbh/Frontline.

Director Steve James

A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States’ 2008 mortgage crisis.

Chasing Coral, Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund. Directed by Jeff Orlowski

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
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Oscars: 15 Feature Documentaries Shortlisted

Oscars: 15 Feature Documentaries Shortlisted
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards.

Notable titles include “Jane,” “Long Strange Trip,” “Chasing Coral” and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting from 170 films that were originally submitted. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and Wgbh/Frontline

Chasing Coral,” Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund

City of Ghosts,” Our Time Projects and Jigsaw Productions

“Ex Libris – The New York Public Library,” Ex Libris Films

Faces Places,” Ciné Tamaris

Human Flow,” Participant Media and AC
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‘Unfractured’: An Underwhelming Portrait Of Protest & Sandra Steingraber [Doc NYC Review]

Advocacy documentaries are a huge risk — such blatantly opinionated content risks alienating viewers, playing to an already established audience, and, in the end, failing to educate anyone. Still, some manage to make a big splash, for better or worse (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Super Size Me”), but others can truly be sickeningly partisan garbage (anything by Dinesh D’Souza and his manipulative ilk). It’s quite a wide spectrum, but how could it not be?

Continue reading ‘Unfractured’: An Underwhelming Portrait Of Protest & Sandra Steingraber [Doc NYC Review] at The Playlist.
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Ifp Gotham Awards recipients announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-11-07 17:21:00

Dustin Hoffman to receive an Ifp Gotham Award career tribute Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Independent Filmmaker Project will present six career honors at their 2017 Gotham Awards, hosted by How To Talk To Girls At Parties director John Cameron Mitchell. Cannes Film Festival Best Director winner for The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola (Director Tribute); Yorgos Lanthimos's The Killing Of A Sacred Deer star Nicole Kidman (Actress Tribute); Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) star Dustin Hoffman (Actor Tribute); longtime Todd Haynes collaborator (Wonderstruck, Carol, Far From Heaven) Edward Lachman (Cinematographer Tribute); former Vice President and An Inconvenient Truth presenter Al Gore (Humanitarian Tribute), and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (Industry Tribute).

Dee Rees's Mudbound cast of Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks will receive a special Gotham Jury Award for their ensemble performance.

The Ifp...
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Participant Media Hires Girl Rising Co-Founder Holly Gordon

Participant Media Hires Girl Rising Co-Founder Holly Gordon
Participant Media has appointed Holly Gordon, a co-founder of the Girl Rising movement, to the newly created role of chief impact officer.

Gordon will expand the company’s social impact strategy through global, multi-year campaigns that are driven by Participant’s content and powered by strategic partnerships to address the most important current issues. She will report to CEO David Linde, who made the announcement Tuesday.

“Participant was founded on Jeff Skoll’s vision of compelling social action worldwide through poignant content, a vision that is more pertinent than ever today,” said Linde. “With social impact as a cornerstone of our business, we will benefit from Holly’s leadership in activating on our mandate to inspire action among a wide audience on timely initiatives. Her impressive background in both film and social impact programs makes her the ideal fit to drive our distinctive mission.”

Skoll founded Participant in 2004 as a means of inspiring social change. Its most notable
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Hollywood Contenders – Looking at potential Best Documentary Feature contenders

Ahoy there folks! For what is one of my final installments in the annual category/contender rundown, I’m beginning to finish things up by moving on from the big eight categories. Yes, I’m taking a look now at one of the in betweens, or as I call them, the “mini-majors”. That’s where the focus will now be. This time out, that happens to be the rarely boring and highly unpredictable Best Documentary Feature race. Obviously, this is a rather hard one to pin down early on, or really ever, but as always, I’m feeling more than up for the challenge. Take a gander below and obviously keep in mind that this one also will be more fluid than normal going forward, as lots is still to be decided. Additionally, I’ll make up my mind soon about if there’s another category getting this treatment after Foreign Language Feature next week.
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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Giveaway: Win a Blu-Ray Copy of Al Gore’s Climate Change Sequel

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Giveaway: Win a Blu-Ray Copy of Al Gore’s Climate Change Sequel
In 2006, Al Gore released “An Inconvenient Truth,” which broke down the science behind climate change and made it easily digestible for audiences. The impact was enormous, and climate change became a serious talking point in both politics and popular culture. “An Inconvenient Truth” inspired countless documentaries that have come in its wake, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2016 documentary “Before the Flood.”

Although Al Gore gained the nation’s attention in 2006, climate change has continued to spiral out of control, prompting the former Vice President to film a follow up film. As climate change continues to be debated in Congress, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” feels like an even more timely and necessary watch.

Read More:‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to PowerReview: Al Gore Drops the Mic (Again) On Climate Change

In honor of the Blu-Ray release of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” we’ve giving away
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Geostorm review – Gerard Butler's dull disaster movie is a washout

An ill-timed action thriller about a rogue weather-controlling system is as clunky as its premise and dumber than a street full of hailstones

When writer-director Dean Devlin titled his handsomely budgeted new action tentpole Geostorm, he entered into an unspoken pact with his prospective audience. He chose a goofy, make-believe word, and in doing so, promised a goofy, make-believe movie. Nobody’s walking into the auditorium looking for lofty insights on the complexities of the human condition, or even a commentary on how the timebomb that is climate change continues ticking away due to political gridlock. It ain’t Citizen Kane and it ain’t An Inconvenient Truth, and there’s no sport in expecting it to be. All parties involved should understand the terms of this tacit agreement, an “if you build it, they will come” proposition in which “it” refers to nothing short of a natural apocalypse. All
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Brett Morgen’s Jane Goodall Doc ‘Jane’ Swings in to Hollywood Bowl Mega Premiere (Photos)

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Brett Morgen’s Jane Goodall Doc ‘Jane’ Swings in to Hollywood Bowl Mega Premiere (Photos)
Decades before “Planet Earth,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Naked and Afraid,” or even kids’ “Nature Cards” in the 1980’s, Jane Goodall was nature and environmental media’s “Eve.” At 83, Eve headlined the Hollywood Bowl on Monday night as the star of Brett Morgen’s feature documentary “Jane.” National Geographic, which will release the film in theaters later this month, leveled-up with a King Kong-sized outdoor seated dinner, premiere, and live orchestra scoring the film for over 15,000 guests. Also Read: Jane Goodall Thinks Cecil the Lion's Killer Has a 'Very Small Penis' (Video) Peter Rice, National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe,
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Participant Promotes Jonathan King, Diane Weyermann to Lead Film, TV Initiatives

Participant Promotes Jonathan King, Diane Weyermann to Lead Film, TV Initiatives
Participant Media has promoted Jonathan King and Diane Weyermann to the newly established roles of presidents, with King overseeing narrative film and television projects, and Weyermann handling documentaries.

The promotions were announced on Sunday by CEO David Linde. Both Weyermann and King report to Linde.

“By shepherding inspiring and highly compelling films over the last decade, Diane and Jonathan have played integral roles in shaping Participant into the dynamic company it is today,” Linde said. “Their promotions are not only well deserved, but also reflect their substantial commitment to our success and Jeff Skoll’s prescient mission of creating socially impactful content that inspires audiences to action.”

Skoll founded Participant in 2004 as a means of inspiring social change. Its most notable titles have included “Syriana,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Spotlight,” and “Citizenfour.”

King and Weyermann said, “We are grateful to all the talented artists who share our belief that films can be both popular and
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As Box Office Goes to Hell, Specialty Market Hangs on with ‘Beach Rats’

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As Box Office Goes to Hell, Specialty Market Hangs on with ‘Beach Rats’
On a disastrous weekend at the overall box office –with the lowest per capita attendance since the Fdr administration — specialty movies did comparatively better. On a smaller scale.

Still, continuing a recent trend, a slew of Sundance premieres expanded to weak results. “Ingrid Goes West” (Neon) and “Good Time” (A24), both with significant support and strong theater placement, are barely treading water in most locations as they broaden.

Beach Rats” (Neon), another Sundance American indie, leads among new openers with an adequate start in its initial two city dates. But it is below other films that are now struggling to find interest with broader audiences.

Like the mainstream market, the specialized scene has gone from a strong early summer with several notable titles (led by “The Big Sick”) to a wide number of disappointments that have come and gone very quickly. With the fall festival and awards season just around the corner,
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Gotham Awards: Al Gore & Jason Blum On Tap For Tributes

Gotham Awards: Al Gore & Jason Blum On Tap For Tributes
Former Vice President Al Gore and producer Jason Blum will be honored at this year’s Ifp Gotham Awards, with Gore on the heels of his follow-up climate documentary An Inconvenient Sequel set to receive the Humanitarian Tribute and Blum the Industry Tribute during the event’s annual awards ceremony November 27 in New York. Gore has been making the rounds for his movie, an update to his original An Inconvenient Truth which won the 2007 Documentary Oscar. The Gotham award…
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Al Gore, Jason Blum to Be Honored at 2017 Gotham Awards

Al Gore, Jason Blum to Be Honored at 2017 Gotham Awards
Al Gore and Jason Blum will be honored at the 2017 Ifp Gotham Awards, with Gore set to receive the humanitarian tribute and Blum tapped to get the industry tribute.

The Gothams, the Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual round of awards honoring indie film, typically dole out a handful of pre-announced tributes to notable figures, in addition to awards in ten competitive categories. This year’s crop will also include tributes to an actor and an actress, among others.

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Former Vice President Gore, now the chairman of the Climate Reality Project, gets the Gotham honor for his decades of work calling attention to climate change, especially in films “An Inconvenient Truth” and this year’s sequel, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Blum, meanwhile, receives the industry award for helping to spur the resurgence of low-budget genre films, starting with “Paranormal Activity” in 2000. More recently, his
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Gotham Awards: Al Gore, Jason Blum Set for Tributes

Gotham Awards: Al Gore, Jason Blum Set for Tributes
Former Vice President Al Gore and low-budget horror mastermind Jason Blum will receive the humanitarian and industry tributes at this year's Gotham Independent Film Awards, it was announced Monday.

The humanitarian tribute recognizes an individual who has had a profound, transformative global impact through film. Nobel Prize-winner Gore, who in recent years has focused on finding solutions to climate change, starred in the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth and this year's follow-up, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

The industry tribute is given to an individual whose vision, innovation and contributions have had a significant impact on the...
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‘Patti Cake$’ Opens Soft as ‘Ingrid Goes West’ and ‘Wind River’ Hold Strong

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‘Patti Cake$’ Opens Soft as ‘Ingrid Goes West’ and ‘Wind River’ Hold Strong
A slew of hit-and-miss indie films from Sundance and elsewhere continue to roll out at the specialty box office. Fox Searchlight took another blow as high-end Sundance acquisition “Patti Cake$” fell below the expectations set by its expensive $9.5 million price tag.

“Gook” (Goldwyn) and “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios/IFC) both enjoyed respectable initial limited responses ahead of other openers. A24’s Robert Pattinson actioner “Good Time” also showed some promise in its second weekend.

The most encouraging news comes from the second weekend of Neon’s “Ingrid Goes West” and third for The Weinstein Co. breakout “Wind River.” Both look positioned to dominate the specialized scene over the next few weeks in advance of upcoming fall post-festival releases.

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Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 65; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, New Directors/New Films 2017

$66,000 in 14 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $4,714

Fox Searchlight won an intense Sundance acquisition battle with its reported $9.5 million offer.
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power review – another climate change lesson from Al Gore

A necessary essay from the sharp end of the global warming crisis

Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) was an effective consciousness-raising exercise, focusing on Al Gore’s “slide shows”, as he calls them, on the reality of climate change. Eleven years on, the sequel brings home the intensification of the crisis: needless to say, as the film’s timeline approaches the present, the spectre of Trump looms like an iceberg on a foggy Arctic night. As Gore visits the world’s environmental flashpoints, the footage of floods, storms and exploding glaciers adds ballast to the statistics. There’s a sliver of against-the-clock narrative at the 2015 Paris climate summit, although the film simplifies matters in suggesting that India’s coming on board was the result of Gore making a few well-placed phone calls behind the scenes. Useful as a teaching tool, strictly functional as cinema.

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