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La Maestra: The Mayra Agulair Story

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 13:13 -- Nick Dager

While non-traditional gender roles are becoming more widely accepted, stereotypes still have a tendency to get in the way. This is particularly true for a Latina woman who is a teacher by trade, but wanted to blaze her own trail as the first female surfer in a tiny rural fishing village. Filmed on location in Baja, Mexico, La Maestra is a unique surfing movie told in the words of teacher/surfer, Mayra Agulair, which brings to light the issues facing female surfers, as well as the importance of taking care of the environment that we use for recreation and sports.

Cinedigm Acquires Anton Cobijn’s Life

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:53 -- Nick Dager

Following its critically praised premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, Cinedigm has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Dane DeHaan (Life After Beth; Kill Your Darlings; Place Beyond The Pines), Robert Pattinson (Twilight,Cosmopolis, Maps To The Stars), and Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Sexy Beast, Schindler’s List).

AlphaDogs Babysits Gone Doggy Gone

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:06 -- Nick Dager

Dogs have been considered man’s best friend for centuries, but these days it might be more accurate to consider dogs man’s best baby. This sometimes strange phenomenon inspired filmmakers Kasi Brown and Brandon Walter to produce Gone Doggy Gone, a film with a comedic twist that follows a couple stuck in a lackluster marriage who treat their dog like a baby until it gets kidnapped.

AlphaDogs Completes Work on Revision

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:18 -- Nick Dager

AlphaDogs is pleased to announce they have completed work on the new film Revision, where a petty thief seeks to atone for his past by returning to the house he robbed. It was director Zac Wong’s vision to not only tell a good story but also explore how a film could portray the overlap of human consciousness and memory. Wong explains, “I was fascinated by the way that we tend to experience several disconnected events in our past simultaneously. I found the feeling of guilt to be the most palpable manifestation of chaotic memory and a great subject for this film.”

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Cinedigm Acquires Distribution Rights to The Falling

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:29 -- Nick Dager

Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to The Falling, starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who), an evocative and beguiling film centered on an epidemic of fainting (mass psychogenic illness) at an English girls’ school in the 60s directed and written by Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life).

A Filmmaker First

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:38 -- Nick Dager

Alan Blanco says he thinks of himself “as a filmmaker first” and it’s understandable why. For someone still so early in his career he’s had a wide range of craft jobs on a long list of films. His IMDB credits list includes gaffer, key grip, camera operator, sound recordist, editor, sound editor and ADR engineer. Now, he’s added two more credits: screenwriter and cinematographer. Blanco co-wrote Manos Sucias, a widely acclaimed independent feature film with director Josef Kubota Wladyka and shot the film on location in Colombia. The film opens in select New York theatres April 3.

Modern VideoFilm Sends The Invitation to SXSW

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:15 -- Nick Dager

Continuing its support for quality independent films, Modern VideoFilm provided post-production services for The Invitation in advance of its world premiere at this month’s SXSW Film Festival. The facility’s role comprised editorial conforming, final color grading, technical support and deliverables, the latter including a Digital Cinema Package master for the festival screening.

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