As soon as DP/director Alex Lehmann got the go-ahead to shoot Blue Jay, his first feature film, he immediately knew he wanted to shoot it in black and white, and he knew what camera he was going to use. He’d tested the new Canon ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera for a horror film he was set to shoot, but which never got made. He felt the camera was ideal for Blue Jay because it satisfied several concerns: it works in extremely low light, was affordable and is simple to operate. Shooting in black and white was a creative choice. “We were going for a timeless feeling,” Lehmann said.
In the wake of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Santa Monica-based Ultramedia and London's SC Films, have signed a distribution deal with Nettai Museum in Japan for the new sci-fi, 2307: Winter’s Dream, written and directed by Joey Curtis. The deal was negotiated by Fumie Suzuki Lancaster for the sales team and Fumiaki Ikeda for the distributor.
Screen Media Films acquired the U.S. rights for Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch following an all-night bidding session prior to its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The news followed the movie’s Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, where it had its world premiere.
The Bangladeshi drama Aynabaji will open the 11th annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival, which runs October 14-23. The festival will include 23 feature films and 22 shorts from nine countries, plus a landmark community symposium about film censorship in South Asia and topical film programs centered on youth, sexual minorities, and mental health.
The 8th Downtown L.A. Film Festival, September 21-28, which is being held at Regal Cinema’s L.A. Live has announced its feature films and special series. The line-up includes films from all genres and curated programming covering a wide range of topics Income Inequality, Art, Architecture & Design, Actions Sports, and The People and The Police.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Hollywood Professional Association today announced the Official Selections for the 2016 SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival. Jurors curated the selected shorts from a record number of more than 250 submissions from more than 46 countries.
The Arri Group is launching an initiative called the International Support Program. It is designed to support filmmakers who are working on distinctive projects with an international edge. Through the program, Arri will offer multifaceted support ranging from co-production, development and access to state-of-the-art Arri equipment, to postproduction and international sales.
Director Brian Hollars' short film boy about the families affected by Hurricane Katrina will premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival in October.
Glitter Tribe is an entertaining new documentary that follows a wide variety of burlesque dancers as they perform at their home theater in Portland Oregon. Directed by Jon Manning and produced by Manning and Julie Livingston, co-produced by Miriam Garcia, the film seeks to give the viewer an in depth look into the lives of these modern neo burlesque dancers and the motivation behind their lurid, exciting, and occasionally dangerous acts.
3 Weeks in Yerevan, a new comedy by the Award-winning collaboration of writer-director Vahe Berberian and producer-co-director Vahik Pirhamzei, will have its North American premiere September 14 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Sponsored by the Analysis Research Planning for Armenia Foundation, the premiere will feature a post-screening Q&A with the film's three leading men Berberian, Pirhamzei (who also star in the film), and actor-comedian Hrant Tokhatyan.