FilmSnobbery http://filmsnobbery.com The Voice For Film Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:11:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 http://filmsnobbery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-FS-Social-Square-32x32.png FilmSnobbery http://filmsnobbery.com 32 32 Jeff Goldblum joins Michael Sheen and Michelle Monaghan in the dramedy PRICE OF ADMISSION http://filmsnobbery.com/jeff-goldblum-joins-michael-sheen-and-michelle-monaghan-in-the-dramedy-price-of-admission/ http://filmsnobbery.com/jeff-goldblum-joins-michael-sheen-and-michelle-monaghan-in-the-dramedy-price-of-admission/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 22:56:09 +0000 http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19735 NEDA ARMIAN IS PRODUCING WITH ALEX FOSTER   RADIANT FILMS INTERNATIONAL HANDLING SALES Los Angeles, CA (June 5th, 2018) – Academy Award Nominee Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Isle of Dogs, Thor: Ragnarok) is joining Golden Globe nominees Michael Sheen (Nocturnal Animals, Passengers, Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible Fallout, HBO’s “True Detective”, Hulu’s “The […]

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NEDA ARMIAN IS PRODUCING WITH ALEX FOSTER

 

RADIANT FILMS INTERNATIONAL HANDLING SALES

Los Angeles, CA (June 5th, 2018) – Academy Award Nominee Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Isle of Dogs, Thor: Ragnarok) is joining Golden Globe nominees Michael Sheen (Nocturnal Animals, Passengers, Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible Fallout, HBO’s “True Detective, Hulu’s “The Path) to star in writer/director Peter Glanz’s next feature film project The Price of Admission for producers Neda Armian (Rachel Getting Married) of Armian Pictures, Alex Foster (Sleepless), and Glanz who also produces, it was announced today by Radiant Films International President and CEO, Mimi Steinbauer.

In the tradition of Being John Malkovich and Barton FinkThe Price of Admission is a unique story that is part dramedy and part existential thriller.  Harold Sugar’s (Sheen) life is unraveling. He’s a middling playwright amidst a mid-life crisis and failing marriage. His wife, Eliza Sugar (Monaghan), is tired of being second-fiddle to his work, she wants a family. But incapable of functioning in reality, Harold submerges himself in an elaborate play about his life. The only person who understands his plight is his best friend, Alexander Taft (Goldblum), a behavioral psychologist with a mid-life crisis of his own. The blind leading the blind, it doesn’t turn out quite how either envisioned. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, we follow Harold as he descends into madness – the theatre can be a harsh mistress.

Peter Glanz is directing the film from his own screenplay. The dynamic commercial director also wrote and directed the stylish dramedy The Longest Week starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde as well as the short A Relationship In Four Days which screened at Sundance and Cannes Critics’ Week.

Radiant Films International is handling foreign rights to the project, which was presented to buyers at the Marché du Film in Cannes. Radiant’s acquisitions executive Mike Dougherty introduced the project to the company, with Steinbauer negotiating the rights deal. ICM packaged the film and is handling the U.S. rights.

“The Price of Admission is a brilliant, comedic dive into the mind of a playwright mounting a much anticipated play about his life while that life unravels around him scene by scene. The combination of the incomparable Jeff Goldblum alongside mega talented Michael Sheen and the luminous Michelle Monaghan gives this film its cinematic heartbeat and we could not be more honored to collaborate with this team,” commented producers Neda Armian and Alex Foster.

“Peter is assembling the perfect cast to match his unique creative vision. This type of fresh, innovative storytelling paired with the formidable talents of Michael Sheen, Michelle Monaghan and Jeff Goldblum will be a stand out project in the foreign market,” commented Steinbauer, President and CEO of Radiant Films International.

Jeff Goldblum is a stage, film and television actor. His film credits include: Isle of DogsThor: RagnarokIndependence Day: ResurgenceThe Grand Budapest HotelLe Week-End, Adam Resurrected, The Life Aquatic, Igby Goes Down, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Nashville, The Tall Guy, Annie Hall, The Big Chill and The Fly. On television, his credits include “Will & Grace” and “Portlandia.” Goldblum appeared in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of “Domesticated;” “The Pillowman, on Broadway;” the West End’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue;” and “Speed the Plow,” at the Old Vic Theatre.

Michael Sheen can currently be seen in Douglas MacKinnon’s Good Omens. Sheen has starred in several Academy Award nominated films including Stephen Frears’ The Queen, Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He also appeared in Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From the Madding Crowd and played the character of “Aro” in The Twilight Saga film series. Sheen received a Golden Globe nomination for his leading role in Showtime’s hit series “Masters of Sex”. Additionally, he can be seen in Tom Ford’s thriller Nocturnal Animals with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal and alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in the sci-fi adventurePassengers for Columbia Pictures. The versatile actor also starred opposite Richard Gere in Joseph Cedar’s thriller Norman.

Michelle Monaghan will next be seen starring in Netflix’s drama titled “Messiah,” written by Michael Petroni. Prior, she can most recently be seen on Hulu’s hit show “The Path” with Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy. Monaghan will next be seen in Christopher McQuarrie’s M:I 6-Mission Impossible opposite Tom Cruise. Monaghan can also be seen be seen opposite Mark Wahlberg in the Peter Berg Film, Patriots Day, about the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. She was also the lead in the crime-action feature, Sleepless, opposite Jamie Foxx. Monaghan was nominated for an Emmy for her performance on the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Monaghan had an extremely successful feature career, starting out with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mission Impossible: III. She proceeded to work on big films like Gone Baby GoneMade of Honor, Made of Honor, Eagle EyeDue Date, and Source Code among others. Monaghan also starred in the Shawn Christensen film, Sidney Hall, which premiered at Sundance 2017.

Goldblum is repped by Kevin Hussey, Hildy Gottlieb and Brian Mann at ICM Partners & Keith Addis and Mike Abrams at Industry Entertainment. Sheen is repped by ICM and Tammy Rosen of Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management. Monaghan is repped by ICM and Circle of Confusion.  Glanz is repped by ICM and Mosaic.

ABOUT RADIANT FILMS INTERNATIONAL:
Founded by industry veteran Mimi Steinbauer, Radiant Films International is an international sales company that acquires and distributes theatrical feature films for the foreign and U.S. markets.

Radiant Films International’s current slate includes Manto, directed by Nandita Das and premiering in Cannes in Un Certain Regard, the thriller The Gingerbread Girl adapted from Stephen King’s novella, the 2018 Marché du Film market premiere screening of Don’t Go, directed by David Gleeson and starring Stephen Dorff and Melissa George, TIFF 2017 selection and critical favorite Who We Are Now, starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto., Ashes in the Snow starring Bel Powley and Lisa Loven Kongsli, the YA thriller The Changeover starring Erana James, Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, and Lucy Lawless, and Nicholas Galitzine.

Other Radiant titles include TIFF selection Carrie Pilby starring Bel Powley (upcoming White Boy Rick, Diary of a Teenage Girl) which was released theatrically in the U.S. by The Orchard on March 31, 2017, the acclaimed Irish comedy Handsome Devil directed by John Butler, starring Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Moe Dunford, and Andrew Scott, set for a U.S. theatrical release in June 2017 by Breaking Glass, and the upcoming Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade starring Elizabeth Banks and breakout Japanese star Yosuke Kubozuka (Silence).

 

ABOUT ARMIAN PICTURES:

NEDA ARMIAN is a multiple award winning film producer with a varied roster of projects. Her company, Armian Pictures, produces feature films, documentaries, television, digital content and music videos. Prior to forming her company she worked with director Jonathan Demme for 11 years. Select credits include: Rachel Getting MarriedThe Ballad Of Lefty BrownFits And StartsJimmy Carter Man From PlainsThe Truth About CharlieUnion SquareShe’s The Best Thing In ItThe Longest WeekWhy Stop NowThe Loving StoryThe Trivial Pursuits Of Arthur BanksA Little CloserBad PostureThe BetrayalRight To Return: New Home Movies From The Lower 9th WardThe SituationBeah: A Black Woman Speakswww.armianpictures.com

 

ABOUT ALEX FOSTER:

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Alex began his career in the music industry working in business and legal affairs for Bertelsmann Music Group in NYC.  After transitioning to film, he served as Line Producer, Production Manager, and Second Assistant Director on numerous New York based independent films including STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, LOST REVOLUTION, and DESCENT.  After moving to Los Angeles in 2009 and attending the USC School of Cinematic Arts – Peter Stark Producing Program, Alex worked as a Finance & Development Executive at Mandalay Vision, where he Co-Produced Lionsgate’s THE VOICES (2014). Before joining Middleton Media as President of Production, Alex was a VP at Vertigo Entertainment and at the Affleck Middleton Project. Most recently, he Executive Produced the Open Road/Vertigo Entertainment film SLEEPLESS starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan.

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Dark Comedy from Norway “Vidar The Vampire” hits VOD on 06/12 http://filmsnobbery.com/dark-comedy-from-norway-vidar-the-vampire-hits-vod-on-06-12/ http://filmsnobbery.com/dark-comedy-from-norway-vidar-the-vampire-hits-vod-on-06-12/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 22:47:58 +0000 http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19731 “Vidar The Vampire” (Original title: “VampyrVidar”) have lived a long and impressive life on the major film festivals throughout the world for the past year and now hits VOD, courtesy of Dread Central Presents in collaboration with Epic Pictures. Cast and crew: Starring: Thomas Aske Berg, Brigt Skrettingland, Kim Sønderholm, Marit Sanden, Henrik Rafaelsen, Espen […]

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“Vidar The Vampire” (Original title: “VampyrVidar”) have lived a long and impressive life on the major film festivals throughout the world for the past year and now hits VOD, courtesy of Dread Central Presents in collaboration with Epic Pictures.
Cast and crew:
Starring: Thomas Aske Berg, Brigt Skrettingland, Kim Sønderholm, Marit Sanden, Henrik Rafaelsen, Espen Hana
Written and directed by: Thomas Aske Berg & Fredrik Waldeland
Director of photography: John Iver Berg
Editor: Tommy Enervold Jørpeland
Sound: Jan Erik Hagevold
Music: General Forsamling, Kriminell Kunst & Thomas Aske Berg
Producer: Thomas Aske Berg
Production company: UFOh! (www.UFOh.no)
Synopsis:
Vidar Haarr is a 33 year old, sexually frustrated bachelor farmer who leads a Christian, monotonous and strenuous working life on his mother’s farmstead in the Western outskirts of Norway. In a desperate attempt to break free from routine, Vidar prays to a higher power to grant him a life without boundaries. Unfortunately, his prayers are heard and Vidar wakes up one evening as the Prince of Darkness in sin city, Stavanger.

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Leigh Whannell UPGRADEs Rooster Teeth’s Burnie Burns http://filmsnobbery.com/leigh-whannell-upgrades-rooster-teeths-burnie-burns/ http://filmsnobbery.com/leigh-whannell-upgrades-rooster-teeths-burnie-burns/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 22:44:20 +0000 http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19728 Up Your Stuff is a hilarious new short series from Rooster Teeth starring Puppet Burnie, who gets ‘up your stuff’ as he interviews celebrities.   In this first episode, Puppet Burnie interviews Leigh Whannell (co-Creator of Saw) about his new feature film UPGRADE, what he loves about America, and oh so much more! Puppet Burnie […]

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Up Your Stuff is a hilarious new short series from Rooster Teeth starring Puppet Burnie, who gets ‘up your stuff’ as he interviews celebrities.

 

In this first episode, Puppet Burnie interviews Leigh Whannell (co-Creator of Saw) about his new feature film UPGRADE, what he loves about America, and oh so much more! Puppet Burnie is weird… Watch it now on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

Up Your Stuff is available to watch on Rooster Teeth’s streaming service available at RoosterTeeth.com and on Xbox One, Apple TV, iOS and Android apps.

 

Connect with Rooster Teeth

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Official website: roosterteeth.com


 

About Rooster Teeth

Rooster Teeth is a pioneering media and entertainment company responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, Red vs. Blue. They also produce the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, the first western anime series to be distributed in Japan; the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast; and Immersion, a reality format that brings video game theory to the real world. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 45 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 5 million unique monthly visitors to its RoosterTeeth.com hub and 3 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003, and is now a subsidiary of Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group. Discover more at RoosterTeeth.com.

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SEE-SAW FILMS APPOINTS NICKY EARNSHAW AS HEAD OF PRODUCTION FOR UK FILM AND TV DIVISIONS http://filmsnobbery.com/see-saw-films-appoints-nicky-earnshaw-as-head-of-production-for-uk-film-and-tv-divisions/ http://filmsnobbery.com/see-saw-films-appoints-nicky-earnshaw-as-head-of-production-for-uk-film-and-tv-divisions/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 20:16:19 +0000 http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19719 UK: May 31, 2018: See-Saw Films’ joint Managing Directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman today announced the appointment of Nicky Earnshaw as Head of Production for their UK film and television divisions. Effective July 9, Earnshaw will be responsible for the production and day to day operations of See-Saw’s expanding film and TV slate developed and produced out […]

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UK: May 31, 2018: See-Saw Films’ joint Managing Directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman today announced the appointment of Nicky Earnshaw as Head of Production for their UK film and television divisions. Effective July 9, Earnshaw will be responsible for the production and day to day operations of See-Saw’s expanding film and TV slate developed and produced out of the UK office.  In addition, she will oversee productions greenlit through the recently announced first look deal with New Regency, as part of See-Saw’s increasing presence in the US.

Canning and Sherman said “Nicky is undeniably one of the most experienced and respected production executives in the business with extensive industry knowledge particularly in the UK and excellent relationships with globally renowned filmmakers and talent. We are excited to have her join our team and have no doubt she will be an extraordinary asset to our growing film and television business.”

Earnshaw takes over the role from Amy Jackson who is moving into independent producing.  Jackson will continue to collaborate with See-Saw on various projects to be announced shortly. Earnshaw will report to Co-Managing Directors Canning and Sherman and Chief Operating Officer for TV Hakan Kousetta.  She will collaborate closely with Head of TV Jamie Laurenson, Head of Commercial Affairs, Film, Simon Gillis, and LA based Vice President, Creative Affairs Negin Salmasi on relevant projects.

Earnshaw commented, “I am thrilled to be joining Iain, Emile and the See-Saw family as they enter their second decade of leading the way in independent film and television production. They are a vibrant and dynamic company with an excellent track record and an exciting upcoming slate. I’m looking forward to immersing myself in projects of all shapes and sizes with brilliant colleagues and talent from around the world.”

Earnshaw joins See-Saw from her role as acting Head of Production at Film4 where she has worked with a mix of debut and established filmmakers from the UK and global film industry. There, she oversaw physical production on titles including Disobedience, Beast, I Am Not a Witch, The Festival and Calm with Horses. “Film4’s commitment to independent filmmakers and emerging talent is unique and it has been a privilege to be part of their culture and community. It is a wonderful place to work and I’ll miss the team and slate enormously,” added Earnshaw.

See-Saw’s current film projects that have been backed by Film4 include the upcoming Widows, directed by Academy Award® winner Steve McQueen, as well as the recently released Mary Magdalene starring Academy Award® nominees Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix and John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls At Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.

Daniel Battsek, Director of Film4, said “We’re extremely grateful for Nicky’s tireless work, particularly during the last few months while she’s been acting up and leading Film4’s production team. We’re delighted she’s joining such a respected company and one that we have such close ties with. We wish her the very best in her new role.”

Prior to joining Film4 Earnshaw freelanced as a co-producer, line producer and production manager on projects such as Berberian Sound Studio, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Johnny English Reborn, Cuban Fury and Attack the Block. In 2012 she became head of production for Pinewood Pictures where she supervised a number of films including Belle, Dom Hemingway, Mindhorn and Spooks: The Greater Good.

Earnshaw joins Saw-Saw at a particularly exciting time for the Academy Award-winning production company having recently expanded its UK and Australian operations to include a US office in addition to signing the three-year first look development, financing and production deal with New Regency. See-Saw is producing the upcoming Widows for New Regency to be released by Twentieth Century Fox later in 2018.

The appointment also follows the success of the six-time Academy Award® nominated Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. See-Saw is known for producing The King’s Speech which swept up 4 Academy Awards in 2011 including Best Motion Picture of the year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Colin Firth and Best Director win for Tom Hooper.

ABOUT SEE-SAW FILMS

Academy Award® winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman founded See-Saw Films in 2008. See-Saw is a UK and Australian company specializing in international Film and Television production.

See-Saw produced six-time Academy Award® nominated Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara as well as The King’s Speech which swept up four Academy Awards® in 2011 including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Colin Firth and a Best Director nod for Tom Hooper.

See-Saw’s current film projects include Mary Magdalene starring Academy Award® nominees Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix; John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls At Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman; and Academy Award® winner Steve McQueen’s Widows which See-Saw is producing for New Regency to be released by Twentieth Century Fox in 2018.

See-Saw’s television division formally started in 2012 and kicked off with the multi-award winning first season of Jane Campion’s ‘Top of the Lake’. Campion returned with ‘Top of The Lake: China Girl’ starring Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

The New Legends of Monkey’, is See-Saw’s live action television series produced for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ. See-Saw is currently in development on ‘The North Water’ to be written and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years), adapted from the novel by Ian McGuire.

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Exclusive Q&A with Keegan Michael Key – CNET Magazine Summer 2018 http://filmsnobbery.com/exclusive-qa-with-keegan-michael-key-cnet-magazine-summer-2018/ http://filmsnobbery.com/exclusive-qa-with-keegan-michael-key-cnet-magazine-summer-2018/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 22:18:41 +0000 http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19710 Keegan Michael Key, best known for his hilarious sketches on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” takes us into his fascination for Science Fiction and Action in films. We get a sneak peak on what to expect to see in one of his next projects, “The Predator”, and why he was interested in being part of the […]

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Keegan Michael Key, best known for his hilarious sketches on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” takes us into his fascination for Science Fiction and Action in films. We get a sneak peak on what to expect to see in one of his next projects, “The Predator”, and why he was interested in being part of the reimagining of the film.
 

“Sci-fi , I love sci-fi — I couldn’t pass it up…The first “Predator” was one of my first what I would call “Game of Throne” experiences, where anybody could die at any time..”

Key and Guglielmo also talked about:

 

His love for the original “Predator”. “It’s one of [Arnold Schwarzenegger] better performances in his entire oeuvre, if you will, because he chose a vulnerability you’re not used to seeing.”

 

What we can expect in the reimagining of “the Predator. “There’s quite a lot of humor. The beginning of the movie is like you’re watching six stooges. And it was really a riot, I mean an absolute riot to do.”

 
Where he wishes to see the future of VR go. “What I would love to see is the next step in our VR experiences… If I was going to go to a hockey game, I’d want to sit right in front of the glass. But I just want to have the experience that the spectators have, so if they’re beating on the glass going “Get them!”

To read this entire Q&A, head on over to our friends over at CNET at the link below:

https://www.cnet.com/features/keegan-michael-key-takes-on-the-predator-q-and-a/

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Bridget and Iain http://filmsnobbery.com/bridget-and-iain/ http://filmsnobbery.com/bridget-and-iain/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 19:34:23 +0000 http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19697 Written by Norelle Scott, who also wrote the play this short film is adapted from, BRIDGET AND IAIN is a heartbreakingly relatable film about the struggle of a mother trying to keep her relationship alive with her son in the face of his ongoing drug addiction.  Bridget (played with wrenching emotion by Vivienne Powell), is a soft-hearted […]

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Written by Norelle Scott, who also wrote the play this short film is adapted from, BRIDGET AND IAIN is a heartbreakingly relatable film about the struggle of a mother trying to keep her relationship alive with her son in the face of his ongoing drug addiction.  Bridget (played with wrenching emotion by Vivienne Powell), is a soft-hearted mother who has acted as an enabler for her manipulative son Iain (Damian Sommerlad).  Iain knows his mother’s soft spot for him and uses her kindness as a tool to get what he wants whether it be using his mother’s home as a rest stop in between drug binges and rehab stints, or as a scapegoat for his behavior.  Iain is a child in a man’s body, who guilts his mother for not taking care of him, providing for him, or otherwise giving him whatever he wants on command.  Despite her attempts to try to get her son help, ultimately she realizes that she needs to stop giving him what he wants, and allow Iain to decide for himself whether a relationship with his mother is worth getting clean for, or whether he’d rather continue down the same path he’s currently on without her.

With lingering shots designed to amp up the emotional punch of each scene, and a somber score provided by composer Catherine Grealish, this slice-of-life will hit home with any family affected by drug and/or alcohol abuse.  Director Leah Patterson gets great performances from her cast, and along with her cinematographer Senda Bonnet, shows a great talent for shot composition and giving each character their moment to shine.

BRIDGET AND IAIN clocks in at just over 18 minutes but leaves an impression long after the credits have rolled.  There are a couple of spots where it could have been a little tighter, and the subplot regarding Bridget holding onto a sum of money for Iain isn’t really ever resolved, but overall the film works on every level.  Patterson and Scott will continue to have success if they continue churning out films like this.

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CANNES: ARCLIGHT FILMS CLOSES NORTH AMERICAN DEAL WITH GRINDSTONE ENTERTAINMENT http://filmsnobbery.com/cannes-arclight-films-closes-north-american-deal-with-grindstone-entertainment/ http://filmsnobbery.com/cannes-arclight-films-closes-north-american-deal-with-grindstone-entertainment/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 14:41:11 +0000 http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19628 ARCLIGHT FILMS CLOSES NORTH AMERICAN DEAL WITH GRINDSTONE ENTERTAINMENT FOR BELGRADE FILM FESTIVAL WINNER “EDERLEZI RISING” Beverly Hills, California (May 12, 2018) Leading international sales company Arclight Films has finalized its North American distribution deal for the science fiction romance feature film Ederlezi Rising with Grindstone Entertainment, it was announced today by Arclight Films CEO Gary Hamilton. The Grindstone […]

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ARCLIGHT FILMS CLOSES NORTH AMERICAN DEAL WITH GRINDSTONE ENTERTAINMENT

FOR BELGRADE FILM FESTIVAL WINNER “EDERLEZI RISING”

Beverly Hills, California (May 12, 2018) Leading international sales company Arclight Films has finalized its North American distribution deal for the science fiction romance feature film Ederlezi Rising with Grindstone Entertainment, it was announced today by Arclight Films CEO Gary Hamilton. The Grindstone Entertainment acquisition will be a Lionsgate Home Entertainment release in March 2019.

Producer Jonathan English and Arclight’s Ruzanna Kegeyan negotiated the domestic deal with Stan Wertlieb and Ryan Black of Grindstone Entertainment.

Ederlezi Rising has proven to be an audience charmer both on the festival circuit and in the marketplace,” said Hamilton. “We are delighted to be in business with the outstanding Grindstone team again and know that they are going to be great partners on this fun and adventurous film.”

Grindstone’s Stan Wertlieb and Ryan Black both agreed, “Ederlezi Rising is as original a sci-fi film as we have seen in years.  Artificial intelligence will never be the same.”

Ederlezi Rising stars acclaimed actor Sebastian Cavazza (If I Were Someone, Short Circuits) and international adult star Stoya in the pulse-pounding science fiction romance set in the near future aboard a pioneering space station championed by the multinational Ederlezi Corporation. Cosmonaut Mllutin, who leads the mission to explore the star system Alpha Centauri, is accompanied by Nimani, a female android programmed to fulfill all his needs and desires.

Arclight Films is handling worldwide rights to the feature and launched sales on the heart racing title at the recent European Film Market in Berlin. The film recently premiered at the International Film Festival Belgrade where it was awarded prizes for Best Actor for Cavazza and Best Actress for Stoya. The director Lazar Bodroza was awarded the best director prize and a Special Recognition from the festival jury. The film unanimously won The Belgrade Victor Award for Best Serbian Film. Ederlezi Rising was also nominated for best European Film at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

Directed by Lazar Bodroza from the script by Dimitrije Vojnov and story by Zoran Neskovic, the unique romance is produced by Aleksandar Protic, Jonathan English, and the Film Center Serbia.

ABOUT ARCLIGHT FILMS

Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home entertainment. Arclight Films has sold over 300 motion pictures including the Best Picture Oscar® winner Crash, and Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee Bobby and Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hits Wolf CreekWolf Creek 2 and action thriller Bait 3D (the highest grossing Australian film in the history of Chinese cinema), and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non-Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 Blades starring Donnie Yen, and legendary auteur Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice.

The latest additions to Easternlight include Triple Threat starring Celina Jade, Guardians of the Tomb starring Kellen Lutz and Bingbing Li, Snow Girl and The Dark Crystal starring Bingbing Li, Wolf Warrior starring Wu Jing (which opened #1 at the Chinese Box Office, earning more than $32.5M in one weekend), Outcast starring Nicolas Cage, Special Id starring Donnie Yen, and Badges Of Fury.

Some of the latest additions to the Arclight Films’ slate include 2016 Official Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, directed and written by Paul Schrader, Hotel Mumbai starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, directed and written by Paul Schrader and an official selection at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, Heather Graham’s directorial debut Half Magic, The Confirmation starring Clive Owen and Maria Bello, directed by Academy Award-winner Bob Nelson (Nebraska), 2016 Sundance Official Selection Frank & Lola starring Imogen Poots and Michael Shannon, Predestination starring Ethan Hawke now in release through Sony Pictures, Last Knights starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, Paper Planes starring Sam Worthington, Shangri-La Suite starring Emily Browning and Luke Grimes, Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe released in the US October 20th, 2017, and the big budget Chinese co-production Killer 10 to be directed by Phillip Noyce.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing and Toronto.

For more information on Arclight Films please visit www.arclightfilms.com

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ANDREA RISEBOROUGH AND CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT

INHABIT BRANDON CRONENBERG’S SCI-FI THRILLER ‘POSSESSOR’

 

ARCLIGHT FILMS REPPING WORLDWIDE RIGHTS IN CANNES

Cannes, France (May 11, 2018) Andrea Riseborough (upcoming NancyThe Death of StalinBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)) and Christopher Abbott (upcoming Catch-22It Comes At NightJames White) are set to star in Brandon Cronenberg’s (Antiviral) anticipated sophomore feature film Possessor, it was announced today by producers Fraser Ash (Closet MonsterEnemy), Niv Fichman (The Red ViolinHobo With A Shotgun), and Kevin Krikst (Closet MonsterInto the Forest) of Rhombus Media, and Andy Starke (Free FireKill List) of Rook Films.

Arclight Films will represent worldwide rights to the sci-fi thriller and launch sales at the Cannes Film Market.

Cronenberg is directing from a script he wrote about Tasya Vos (Riseborough), an agent for a secretive organization who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of high-paying clients. But something goes wrong on a routine job, and she soon finds herself trapped in the mind of an unwitting suspect (Abbott) whose appetite for violence turns out to rival her own.

Possessor is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Elevation Pictures will distribute the film in Canada.

Arclight’s Gary Hamilton and Ryan Hamilton will Executive Produce, alongside Steven Squillante and David U. Lee of Leeding Media, Noah Segal and Adrian Love of Elevation Pictures, and Tony Roman.

“We are very delighted to be partnering with the producers of Possessor to represent this incredible new project from Brandon Cronenberg. Brandon has a superb talent and creative vision for storytelling with rich ideas and concepts,” commented Gary Hamilton, Chairman of Arclight Films. “We are eager to present this visceral, high-concept project to our buyers at the market. I have no doubt our buyers will be enthusiastic to get their hands on it.”

“Andrea and Chris are among the most exciting and versatile actors working today and are perfectly suited to bring Brandon’s characters to life,” says producer Niv Fichman. “We’re also thrilled to partner with Arclight and Leeding – they’re world-class collaborators who are as passionate about Brandon’s unique vision as we are.”

Brandon Cronenberg’s debut feature film, the sci-fi thriller Antiviral, was in competition for the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Camera and Un Certain Regard award. The film won Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival for its “ambitious commentary and visual sophistication.”

Riseborough is upcoming in Nancy a film she produced as well.  She is currently in production on Zero Zero ZeroThe Secrets from the Russian Tea Room and The Grudge. She is also upcoming in Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight selection Mandy opposite Nicolas Cage.  She recently starred in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Academy Award-winning Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), the BAFTA nominated The Death of Stalin, Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, and the sci-fi action thriller Oblivion opposite Tom Cruise. She has starred on the small screen in Netflix’s popular series BloodlineBlack Mirror, and National Treasure among many others.

Abbott has starred in such films Josh Mond’s James White for which he was nominated as Best Male Lead for an Independent Spirit Award and a Gotham Independent Film Award, Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night opposite Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough and Sean Durkin’s dramatic thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene opposite Elizabeth Olsen. He has also starred in the Golden Globe-nominated series The Sinner. He can next be seen in three films this Fall including Damian Chazell’s First Man opposite Ryan Gosling, Tyrel for director Sebastian Silva and Piercing opposite Mia Wasikowska for director Nicolas Pesce. Abbott is currently in production as the male lead in the upcoming George Clooney directed Hulu series Catch-22 opposite Clooney, Kyle Chandler and Hugh Laurie.

Riseborough is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group, Untitled Entertainment, and attorney Patti Felker. Abbott is also repped by CAA and Management 360. Cronenberg is represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and ICM Partners.

 

ABOUT RHOMBUS MEDIA

Rhombus Media is an internationally renowned producer of feature films and television drama.  Since its inception in 1979, the company has released over 200 productions and has received literally hundreds of awards, including numerous Genies, Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards, several Emmys, and an Oscar. Some of the company’s more notable projects include Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn GouldThe Red ViolinLast NightCleanBlindnessHobo With A ShotgunAntiviral, and Enemy. Rhombus’ more recent films include Patricia Rozema’s Into The Forest, starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood; Paul Gross’ Hyena Road, starring Gross and Rossif Sutherland; Pedro Morelli’s Zoom, starring Gael García Bernal, Alison Pill and Jason Priestley; and Stephen Dunn’s Closet Monster, starring Connor Jessup and Isabella Rossellini. All four films had their world premieres at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, with Closet Monster taking home the prize for Best Canadian Feature Film. Rhombus’ latest film The Man Who Invented Christmas, a Charles Dickens biopic starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, and Jonathan Pryce, was released throughout North America in November 2017. For more information, please visit www.rhombusmedia.com.

 

ABOUT ROOK FILMS

Rook Films was formed in 2008 by producer Andy Starke and director Ben Wheatley. Rook has made 6 films with Wheatley including, Free Fire, which won the Midnight Madness Audience Award at its world premiere at TIFF 2016 and was the closing night gala at LFF16. Jim Hosking’s cult classic The Greasy Strangler premiered at the Sundance Film festival and won BIFA and Empire awards for Best Comedy. His latest feature An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn will be released by Universal in 2018. Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy was the best-reviewed film at TIFF 15 and his new film IN FABRIC will be completed in 2018. Rook has a slate of movies and television in production and development with directors and writers Ashim Ahluwalia, Justin Anderson, Brandon Cronenberg, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Kier-La Janisse, Richard Littler and Ben Rivers.

 

ABOUT ARCLIGHT FILMS

Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home entertainment. Arclight Films has sold over 300 motion pictures including the Best Picture Oscar® winner Crash, and Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee Bobby and Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, and Ethan Hawke.

Some of the latest additions to the Arclight Films’ slate include First Reformed an official selection at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival to be released theatrically on May 18, 2018 by A24, starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, directed and written by Paul Schrader, Hotel Mumbai starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, the successful biopic Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe released recently by eOne and the big-budget Chinese co-production Killer 10 to be directed by Phillip Noyce.

Arclight’s past films include  2016 Official Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, The Confirmation starring Clive Owen and Maria Bello, directed by Academy Award-winner Bob Nelson (Nebraska), 2016 Sundance Official Selection Frank & Lola starring Imogen Poots and Michael Shannon, Predestination starring Ethan Hawke released through Sony Pictures, Last Knights starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman,  Paper Planes starring Sam Worthington, and Shangri-La Suite starring Emily Browning and Luke Grimes.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hits Wolf CreekWolf Creek 2 and action thriller Bait 3D (the highest grossing Australian film in the history of Chinese cinema), and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non-Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 Blades starring Donnie Yen, and legendary auteur Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice.

The latest additions to Easternlight include Triple Threat starring Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen and Celina Jade, Guardians Of The Tomb starring Kellen Lutz and Bingbing Li, Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal starring Bingbing Li, Wolf Warrior starring Wu Jing (which opened #1 at the Chinese Box Office, earning more than $32.5M in one weekend) Outcast starring Nicolas Cage, Special Id starring Donnie Yen, and Badges Of Fury.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing and Toronto. For more information on Arclight Films please visit www.arclightfilms.com.

ABOUT LEEDING MEDIA

Leeding Media is an international film and television company that serves as a bridge between the U.S. and Chinese entertainment industries. With offices in Beijing and Los Angeles, the company focuses on three main areas: acquiring rights to films for distribution in China; independent film production; and working with American studios, filmmakers and rights holders as well as Chinese investors, distributors and media companies to identify, negotiate and execute mutually beneficial partnerships and co-productions.

Led by founder and CEO David U. Lee and partner and COO Steven Squillante, Leeding Media is the premier independent aggregator and distributor of international films in China. In collaboration with its partners, Leeding Media is currently in production on the comedy-drama, Richard Says Goodbye, starring Johnny Depp, has theatrically marketed 12 feature films and controls exclusive Chinese digital distribution rights to nearly 500 titles. These include such acclaimed films as Best Picture Oscar®-winner Million Dollar BabyWhiplashNightcrawler, RushBobbyA Single Man and Kinsey, as well as blockbusters including the Divergent series,Ender’s Game, Ghost Rider 2, Underworld, Malcolm X, GI Jane and The Wedding Planner.

In 2014, the company helped orchestrate the launch of groundbreaking Chinese subscription streaming service Lionsgate Entertainment World, a joint venture between Lionsgate and China’s Alibaba Group.

In November 2016, Leeding Media announced a significant investment from China’s WinDigital Investment Fund, enabling it to increase its activities in licensing, co-financing, and producing films for both the Chinese and global markets.

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Chris Evans to Star in Neil Blomkamp’s GREENLAND from STXinternational http://filmsnobbery.com/chris-evans-to-star-in-neil-blomkamps-greenland-from-stxinternational/ http://filmsnobbery.com/chris-evans-to-star-in-neil-blomkamps-greenland-from-stxinternational/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 14:28:21 +0000 http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19621 Anton and STXinternational Board Neill Blomkamp’s Disaster Thriller GREENLAND CHRIS EVANS TO STAR Anton to Produce Alongside Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk   CANNES, FRANCE (May 13, 2018) — Chris Evans (The Avengers, Captain America franchises) will lead block-buster director Neill Blomkamp’s (Elysium, District 9) next film, Greenland, about one family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural […]

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Anton and STXinternational Board Neill Blomkamp’s Disaster Thriller GREENLAND

CHRIS EVANS TO STAR

Anton to Produce Alongside Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk

 

CANNES, FRANCE (May 13, 2018) — Chris Evans (The AvengersCaptain America franchises) will lead block-buster director Neill Blomkamp’s (ElysiumDistrict 9) next film, Greenland, about one family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster.

Greenland is produced by Thunder Road Picture’s Basil Iwanyk (SicarioJohn Wick, The Town). Anton is co-financing with Riverstone Pictures.  Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud and Harold van Lier are executive producing with Riverstone’s Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar. CAA Media Finance arranged the film’s financing and will represent the project’s domestic rights alongside Endeavor Content. Anton is fast emerging as a major industry player having already introduced the $40m Fireheart to buyers at Cannes.

Thunder Road developed the picture with Riverstone and UK financier Ingenious Media.

STXinternational, a division of STX Entertainment, is handling international distribution for the highly anticipated film as well as directly distributing the film in the UK and Ireland.  The company will present the project to buyers at the Marche du Film.

“When we read Greenland, we knew it was exactly the sort of film we wanted to make as we build the Anton brand – smart, character-driven genre with action and heart. We are very excited to work alongside our friends at STX with such exceptional talent as Neill Blomkamp, Chris Evans, and Basil Iwanyk,” said Sébastien Raybaud, CEO of Anton.

Greenland is the kind of highly commercial genre fare that sees Neill Blomkamp doing what he does best: delivering a smart, fresh, high concept narrative in a world we can easily recognize,” said David Kosse, President of STXinternational. “We were immediately attracted to this talent-driven, wide release, theatrical title that is so distinctive of the STX brand. Working alongside Neill, Thunder Road, Riverstone and Anton to bring this to the marketplace is a tremendous opportunity.”

Neill Blomkamp shot to international acclaim as the co-writer and director of the critically lauded and financially successful science fiction film District 9, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His following films Elysium starring Matt Damon and Chappie starring Hugh Jackman and Dev Patel made over $388 million cumulatively at the worldwide box-office.

Chris Evans became an international superstar as Marvel Comics’ Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the three Evans-led Captain America films grossing over $2 billion worldwide. Expanding his creative range, Evans made his directorial debut with the drama film Before We Go released by Radius.  He is upcoming in Gideon Raff’s The Red Sea Diving Resort, also represented by STXinternational, and is currently on Broadway in Lobby Hero where he has garnered universal critical acclaim.

Since its launch in 2016 Kosse, has crafted a formidable slate that includes the upcoming productions Mile 22 from director Peter Berg starring Mark Wahlberg, Adrift starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin (also co-financed by Ingenious) and The Happytime Murders starring Melissa McCarthy. The company’s dynamic slate also includes Peppermint starring Jennifer Garner, Second Act starring Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens and the highly anticipated animated feature Uglydolls from director Kelly Asbury, featuring the voice of Pitbull.

Kosse continued, “The recent reaction at Cinemacon to our current slate was a wonderful validation of the choices we make when investing in our films and filmmakers.  There are only a handful of truly great films available for the international marketplace and STX is consistently managing to be a destination company for those films – both our own in-house productions and titles we represent.  We came away from Cannes last year handling one of the most valuable titles in All the Money in the World and this year is looking equally rewarding.”

Evans is repped by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment, Narrative PR and attorney Jason Sloane. Blomkamp is repped by WME and Gendler & Kelly.

Principal photography is set for Q4 2018.

About Thunder Road Pictures

Headed by founder and CEO Basil Iwanyk, Thunder Road Pictures productions include Wind RiverJohn WickJohn Wick: Chapter 2Sicario: Day of the SoldadoSicarioGods of Egypt24 Hours to LiveThe TownClash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans.

About Anton

Anton is a global content business. The company has backed hits like the Paddington franchise or Shaun the Sheep, and has recently started to expand rapidly in high-end TV dramas through its partnership with BBC Studio backing shows such as the recent BBC success McMafia. It is also lead financing and selling another of the main titles in Cannes this year, Fireheart, the next animation of the very successful producers of Ballerina and Untouchables. For more information, please visit www.antoncorp.com

 

 

About STXinternational

STXinternational is a division of STX Entertainment, a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content.  It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.

The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG.  Other investors include Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China’s leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world’s largest distribution platform; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others.  With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market.

For more information, please visit http://www.stxentertainment.com.

 

About Ingenious

For almost 20 years, Ingenious has been at the forefront of investing in the UK’s creative economy and in that time has raised and deployed over £9 billion.

In the last decade, Ingenious has been involved in the production of a diverse and glittering slate of films, including the multi-award winning Life of PiAvatar (the highest grossing film of all time), Oscar®-nominated films Carol and Brooklyn, five films in the long-running X-Men franchise, the highly successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, breakout British hits including Suffragette and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as well as acclaimed television programmes The FallDr. Foster and The Honourable Woman, among many others.

Currently in post-production are Baltasar Kormákur’s Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Clafin, and Three Seconds, from Andrea Di Stefano starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen.

About Riverstone Pictures

Riverstone Pictures is a Reliance Entertainment company founded in 2014 by veteran Hollywood producer Deepak Nayar and former Ingenious Media MD Nik Bower. Based in London and Los Angeles, Riverstone is a film and television producer with a strong development slate led by Jeremy Baxter, as well as a financier of high-quality third-party productions including Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate and Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum.

Riverstone’s first in-house production, Final Portrait, is currently on release through Sony Classics, and Global Road is releasing its family feature Show Dogs later this month. Three more of its own productions are currently in post, including Michael Winterbottom’s The Wedding Guest starring Dev Patel.

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The H Collective Launches First-Ever Global Film Competition – “if24”

 

The US-based Film Company Will Produce a Full Length Feature Motion Picture with a $2.4M Budget, Inspired by the Winning Submission. 

May 3, 2018 – LOS ANGELES, CA – The H Collective, a premier production house in Los Angeles, launches its first-ever, global film competition, if24, today. Anyone with a mobile phone, anywhere in the world, can participate in the competition by entering online at www.if24.com.   Along with a team of Hollywood’s leading producers and filmmakers The H Collective will make one winning film into a feature film.

The theme for the inaugural competition is the number ‘24.’  The H Collective is asking filmmakers to bring to life the number 24 in all submissions – whether it is the theme or a recurring motif.  ‘24’ is the number of hours in a day, the frames per second that motion picture film is usually projected at, the number of sides in a tesseract, and the number of cycles in a Chinese solar year.  The number 24 is also the number of days that submissions will be open, the maximum runtime for all films (2 minutes, 40 seconds), and the production budget for the motion picture inspired by the winning submission will be $2.4 million.

“Crafting the look, the image and the global brand of if24 is something that Ignition Creative is exceedingly proud of and the collaboration with The H Collective has provided us with an opportunity to be in on something from the very beginning,” says Martin Kistler, CEO of Ignition Creative.  Kistler continued by saying “We at Ignition Creative truly believe that if24 will discover great new creative talent and bring incredible experiences to life for film lovers all around the world.”

Sponsor Extreme Music will provide all the participants the ability to download the music for their films via a special website available at www.if24.com.  Extreme Music is an international production music library that forms part of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. More information about Extreme Music is available at www.extrememusic.com.

Ignition Creative is serving as the creative partner with The H Collection in launching if24.

Submissions are open from May 7th to May 31st and voting will take place from June 7th to June 10th. Filmmakers can submit their films via www.if24.com.  All submissions will be streamed online and via social media in June, allowing the world a chance to vote on their favorite film entries.

Nic Crawley, CEO of The H Collective stated, “if24 is an innovative global platform for aspiring storytellers and filmmakers. It’s our goal at The H Collective to discover content with compelling stories and collaborate with emerging filmmakers. We’re looking forward to working with the winner of if24 on their film which will complete our slate and expand our promise to now deliver five movies per year.”

The H Collective also will be hosting cultural entertainment experiences throughout July in four cities – London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Shanghai. Each city will have 24 semi-finalists and on the night of their city’s specific event, one finalist will be announced, bringing the competition to just four finalists.

A panel of entertainment and film experts, including Academy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson, will then judge the four finalists of the if24 film competition. In September, the four finalists will be brought together in a world-class international city for a premiere of their work and the winner of the inaugural if24 competition will be announced.

“if24 is a truly original opportunity and challenge. Anybody with an imagination, which means all of us, can participate. Anybody with a smartphone can make himself/herself a director and enter the competition. Everybody is encouraged to participate. The sky is the limit. Everybody can be a filmmaker!” says Mark Johnson.

The winning filmmaker will get to see their winning submission be the inspiration for a full-length motion picture financed and produced by The H Collective, with a $2.4M budget, and participate in the production of that motion picture.

To find out more about if24 and how to submit to the competition, please visit www.if24.com.

 

 

ABOUT THE H COLLECTIVE

 

The H Collective launched in June 2017, as a film financier, producer, marketing and distribution company.  L.A.-based studio has partnered with Vin Diesel’s One Race Films in acquiring the “xXx” franchise rights.  Upcoming films include an untitled horror thriller directed by David Yarovesky, produced by James Gunn, and starring Elizabeth Banks.  They are currently in post-production on Christopher Cantwell’s “The Parts You Lose” starring Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, produced by Mark Johnson.

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