The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) has called for films selected in competition at leading film festivals to receive a full theatrical release. Following the decision from the Berlinale Film Festival to include the Spanish original film Elisa y Marcela in its 2019 official selection, the association released the following statement:
Dark Dunes Productions and Taormina Films have partnered with filmmaker Sam Koji Hale to help realize Yamasong: March of the Hollows, a fantastical puppet vision, with a screenplay by novelist Ekaterina Sedia. The film was executive produced by Toby Froud (son of Brian and Wendy Froud) and Heather Henson (daughter of Jim Henson) and is being released February 15 in select theatres the United States, as part of an exclusive cinematic distribution partnership between Dark Dunes Productions, myCinema and Random Media.
Leading event cinema distributor Abramorama has partnered with Experience Hendrix and Sony Legacy Recordings to release Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church in select theaters around the world. The film opens at the ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome January 31with a special Q&A with director John McDermott, legendary record producer and engineer Eddie Kramer, and Janie Hendrix, the late artist’s sister who is the CEO of Experience Hendrix.
Qube Cinema has published a case study highlighting the deployment of Qube Wire by Tugg, a pioneer in developing the Cinema On Demand model bridging the gap between filmmakers and audiences. According to the company, Tugg has the ability to book titles into more than 85 percent of commercial movie theatre screens in the US, from the largest circuits to independent art houses. One noteworthy aspect of the Tugg platform is that it also provides access to venues that potentially wouldn’t ordinarily play a film, such as churches, museums and libraries.
The concert film BTS World Tour, Love Yourself, in Seoul, will be released in CJ 4DPlex’s multi-screen ScreenX format on January 26 for a two-week run. The film was shot at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul last August and captures the opening of the current tour. The tour has already drawn thousands of fans spanning the world from North America to Europe and Asia, and has proved to be the most sought-after tour of 2018.
FandangoNow, Fandango’s video on-demand service, will become the first U.S. digital retailer for IMAX Enhanced films releasing to home video. FandangoNow will have exclusive rights as the sole transactional VOD service to feature this content in the U.S. through 2019. The IMAX Enhanced program is a certification and licensing program, combining IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K high dynamic range content and DTS audio technologies.
CinemaNext is relocating its UK offices to a new, high-tech facility in the west London town of Uxbridge. The result is an optimized and fully secure hub to support CinemaNext’s fast-growing activities in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
MyCinema is marketing Patient 001 to cinema circuits in the United States for an exclusive cinematic release from November 27, 2018 through January 15, 2019. A dark psychological thriller that tests the edges of humanity, ethics, science and the supernatural, Patient 001 is about an unthinkable act inspired by love, when a wife desperate to keep a piece of her husband alive, leads to the ultimate taboo and forbidden act.
Abramorama and Giant Pictures announced today that the punk music documentary, Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is being released in more than 70 territories including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil and Latin America. The film can now be purchased only on iTunes.
Abramorama originally released the film in theaters during the Fall of 2017, and it has played to enthusiastic audiences in more than 125 markets across the U.S.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will be released November 16 in ScreenX, bringing the Wizarding World to the big screen for the first time ever in the unique immersive format.