The 22nd Arab Film Festival in San Francisco will open October 12 at the historic Castro Theatre with director Lucien Bourjeily’s Heaven Without People (Ghada El Eid).
Production & Post-Production
ReRun, a new feature film directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett and written by Gary O. Bennett of Stonestreet Studios, will premiere October 15th at the Woodstock Film Festival.
The way it’s supposed to work, a cinema should be able to acquire DCI Compliant equipment with the assurance that first release movies would not be withheld for reason of having the wrong gear. With the recent release of its DCI Memorandum Regarding Direct View Displays, it is no longer clear where DCI is heading.
Sony has unveiled a new 31-inch Grade 1 reference monitor, the BVM-HX310, that offers accurate color reproduction and high-contrast performance to provide professional content creators enhanced flexibility and precision for critical picture grading decisions. It is also fully capable of reproducing 4K and high dynamic range content, supports industry standard brightness of up to 1,000 nits in full-screen and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio for HDR productions. The launch of the new reference monitor also marks the introduction of Sony’s new technology brand TriMaster HX.
The Hollywood Professional Association has issued the call for proposals for the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat, which includes Tech Retreat Extra, the Supersession, breakfast roundtables, an Innovation Zone, and the main conference. Also open now are submissions for the breakfast roundtables. Now in its 24th year, the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 11-15, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California.
T&B Media Global, Thailand’s largest film fund, has invested $2.25 million to enable Cinelytic to further advance its role in artifical-intelligence driven decision support for the entertainment industry.
The American Film Institute has appointed industry veteran Juli Goodwin as its new chief communications officer. Goodwin brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing and publicity to AFI, most recently as executive vice president of domestic publicity for Warner Bros. Pictures. Goodwin will serve on AFI's senior management team, leading communications strategies for AFI's national arts and education programs.
Crazy Rich Asians is one of the summer’s biggest success stories. Shot by cinematographer Vanja Černjul, ASC, HFC (The Perfection, The Deuce, Marco Polo) with VariCam Pure cinema cameras, the film is based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, and tells the story of an Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend's family, only to find out they are one of the richest families in Singapore. The Warner Bros film was directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and features an all-Asian cast, including Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, and many others. It is the first Hollywood studio film to feature Asians in leading roles since director Wayne Wang’s 1993 film, The Joy Luck Club.
Filmmaker Megan Griffiths has announced that she and producers Lacey Leavitt and Jennessa West will independently release her acclaimed drama Sadie. Working with creative distribution strategist Mia Bruno, the film will begin its roll out in New York and Los Angeles on October 12.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will review emerging storage and workflow systems for 4K post-production at its monthly meeting September 19 in Hollywood.