Independent Filmmakers

Canadian Cinema Takes Center Stage April 18-23

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:58 -- Nick Dager

A celebration of Canadian cinema will take place in Los Angeles April 18-23 with a variety of screenings at The Cinefamily and The Aero. The Los Angeles marathon of screenings will kick-off on the evening of April 18 with Polytechnique (Denis Villeneuve) and continue on, April 19 with screenings of The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin), Meatballs (Ivan Reitman), Strange Brew (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) and Incendies (Denis Villeneuve).

Grasshopper Films Acquires Last Men in Aleppo

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:57 -- Nick Dager

Grasshopper Film has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Last Men in Aleppo, directed by Feras Fayyad and co-directed and edited by Steen Johannesen. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize, then went on to screen as the Opening Night selection of CPH:Dox where it won the Dox:Award.

Gunpowder & Sky Acquires Little Boxes

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 10:51 -- Nick Dager

Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired Rob Meyer’s Little Boxes, with a theatrical release set for April 14th. Written by Annie J. Howell, Little Boxes stars Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Nelsan Ellis (Get On Up), Armani Jackson (The Last Witch Hunter), Oona Laurence (Broadway’s Matilda), and Janeane Garofalo. It's the summer before sixth grade, and Clark (Jackson) is the new biracial kid in a very white town.

AFI Statement on Asghar Farhadi

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:31 -- Nick Dager

The American Film Institute released a statement today regarding award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who will not attend this year’s Academy Award ceremonies because of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Iranians from entering the country. Farhadi, who received a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation, is nominated again in the same category this year.

Iraqi Filmmaker Will Not Attend Festival

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 15:18 -- Nick Dager

Hussein Hassan, the director of the award-winning Iraqi film Reseba – The Dark Wind, has withdrawn his visa application to the United States Consulate for clearance to attend the North American premiere of his film at the 34th edition of Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival. Festival director Jaie Laplante said the Festival will proceed with the screening of Reseba – The Dark Wind as scheduled, but with a deep sense of loss and disappointment.

Rooftop Hosts Fundraiser, Honors Filmmakers

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 14:59 -- Nick Dager

Rooftop Films will host their first ever Gala on January 31 at Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan to raise funds for Rooftop’s vital community programs as well as celebrate two gifted, creative and fearless artists who have made a contribution to the art of filmmaking this past year: Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson) and Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

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