The Hollywood Professional Association awards committee will honor Peter Jackson’s documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old with the organization’s Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. The award, whose recipient is selected by a jury of industry luminaries, was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow, process or project to support creative storytelling, or in technical innovation. The award will be bestowed on November 21 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Abramorama is partnering with Shakey Pictures and Reprise/Warner Records to release the latest Neil Young film Mountaintop across North America on October 22 and in Europe and South American on November 18. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Neil Young continues his 50-year odyssey with Crazy Horse, this time in the mountains of Colorado with Mountaintop, a Bernard Shakey + dhlovelife film with cinematographer Adam C.K. Vollick.
Abramorama and Eagle Rock Entertainment are releasing a Banger Films documentary feature film that tells the story of how three oddball teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – became ZZ Top, one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers a half century after the band’s inception. All three band members will be in attendance at the premiere, as they prepare to embark on their 50thAnniversary Tour.
Fifty years later, the groundbreaking film that captured the original Woodstock music festival has become one of the most acclaimed documentaries ever produced – and Fathom Events is partnering with Warner Bros. to bring it back to movie theaters for one night only. Woodstock: The Director’s Cut will play at 7:00 p.m. local time, August 15, in movie theaters nationwide.
In Dopesick Nation, recovering addicts Frankie and Allie take on the heroin epidemic by working to save as many addicts as they can. The series, which premiered on Viceland last year, takes place in southern Florida and also tries to expose the corruption and exploitation that takes place in the rehab industry.
Documentary filmmakers understand that the job requires contending with all kinds of weather, environmental conditions, outside noise and un-trained talent. Freelance cinematographer Neil Fernandez, owner of Lucky Finn Productions, has traveled to the Black Rock Desert to shoot a short about Burning Man, along Route 66 filming Alien Highway for the Travel Channel and to Bora Bora, Jamaica and the Bahamas to shoot various swimsuit campaigns.
Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky has acquired worldwide rights to Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan’s SXSW music documentary, Everybody’s Everything. The film follows the life and career of Lil Peep, the genre-bending rapper who was just rising to fame when he died of an accidental drug overdose at 21 years old. Dubbed the future of emo by Pitchfork, Gustav Åhr was influential in bringing emo and pop-punk to hip-hop through his mixtapes, released via SoundCloud. Ahr’s first mixtape, 2015’s Lil Peep Part One generated 4,000 plays in its first week.
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, announced the 13 filmmakers and eight projects selected for its 2019 Documentary Lab. The Lab is an intensive two-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films.
Fathom Events has entered into a multi-year master distribution agreement with global independent film distributor 1091, formerly known as The Orchard. Under the agreement, 1091 and Fathom will work to curate and distribute compelling content, including sports and action/adventure films, to cinemas across the United States.
Marcus Theatres has announced the expansion of the CineLatino Milwaukee Film Festival, which is presented by Advocate Aurora Health. The 2019 event takes place April 10-14 and features 15 films, three locations and a variety of special activities that help raise money for the community. A portion of net proceeds will be donated to local Hispanic health and education efforts; combined, the first two years of the festival raised more than $40,000 for these initiatives.