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.
Distribution & Exhibition
Cinemaxx Global Pasifik has selected Cielo for the digital management of the entire Cinemaxx circuit in Indonesia. Founded in 2014, Cinemaxx, part of Lippo Group, operates 45 theater complexes with 235 screens and growing across Indonesia.
The National Association of Theatre Owners will honor John D. Loeks, chairman of Studio C, with the 2019 NATO Marquee Award during this year’s CinemaCon, according to the conference’s managing director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 1-4, 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Sony Professional Solutions China and GDC Technology Limited today announced that Sony’s SRX-R608-DS dual 4K laser projection system integrated with GDC’s SR-1100 integrated media block has completed the full range of tests necessary to receive compliance from Digital Cinema Initiative. As a result of receiving DCI compliance for this latest projection system, exhibitors are positioned to capitalize on the continuing advancement in laser and high dynamic range technologies with a high-end, reliable product designed for small theatres.
Ymagis Group has announced the implementation of the Employment Protection Plan for Eclair Cinema SAS following its approval by the regional labor authority and validation by the official receiver. This decision follows the placement in receivership of the French subsidiary Eclair Cinema SAS last November. For information, Eclair Cinema SAS represented 5.5 percent of Ymagis Group’s revenue for the first half of 2018 and almost all losses recorded over this same period.
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.
More than one hundred dog owners and their pets from all over Taiwan recently converged on Songshan Cultural and Creative Park for a charity premiere of the Hollywood film, A Dog’s Way Home. The film chronicles the heart-warming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.
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.
Arts Alliance Media is providing their Screenwriter Theatre Management System and software support to the Sundance Film Festival for the third year running at six festival screening locations across Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah, from January 24 to February 3.
Self-service ticket kiosks have wide acceptance in movie theatres, but Brisbane-based TouchMate saw the potential in combining the widespread use of video walls in cinema foyers with kiosk-style features. To bring the concept to market, the company joined forces with touch sensor supplier Zytronic. TouchMate director David Ellsworth said, “Our system is an evolution of the current technology. Traditionally, the cinema might spend more than $50,000 on a video wall then install eight self-service kiosks that might cost an extra $50,000-plus. If you merge the two technologies you halve the capital costs and costs of maintenance. You save space and money.”