Strong/MDI Screen Systems has appointed Dennis Pacelli national cinema sales manager for the United States, effective immediately. Pacelli brings decades of experience in global sales and business development to his new role where he will lead sales initiatives and drive new client acquisitions in the region. He will also provide strategic insight to guide business growth.
Distribution & Exhibition
The Athena Cinema in Athens, Ohio, has introduced a new film series focused on providing an accessible theatre experience for visitors that features screenings of contemporary independent films. Each Saturday in September, the theatre will feature a limited one-time-only screening of a contemporary art film. In addition to showcasing independent films, the Athena Cinema will create events that are inclusive for all, including for individuals who find traditional films screenings uncomfortable or inaccessible due to the atmosphere.
CJ 4DPlex and AmazeVR have formed a partnership to source the work of leading artists and secure talent to develop innovative immersive music experiences. The goal of this collaboration is to create immersive shows that will be created and distributed for ScreenX showings and movie theaters, particularly those with 4DX.
Media company Gathr will showcase the re-mastered and digitally enhanced 50th anniversary edition of the Oscar-nominated 1971 documentary On Any Sunday via its fan-driven cinema distribution model Theatrical on Demand. The documentary, financed by and starring movie icon and motocross weekend warrior Steve McQueen, is regarded as the best film ever made on the sport of motorcycle racing.
The call for proposals for the Hollywood Professional Association’s Tech Retreat 2022 main program is now open. The HPA Tech Retreat brings together some of the most innovative thinkers in the motion picture industry to discuss, debate, and enjoy new ideas.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has released the names of the industry leaders and innovators who will be honored at this year's SMPTE Awards Gala. "This year's honorees have done so much, in so many ways, to help our industry evolve and grow," said Hans Hoffmann, SMPTE president. "Their achievements include remarkable technical advances from image capture to display, creative solutions for increasing representation across the industry, leadership in research and education, innovation in delivering moving images to consumers around the world, and critical work in standards development. We're proud to highlight and honor their work at this year's SMPTE virtual Awards Gala."
Severtson will feature options for its folded SeVision 3D GX line of cinema projection screens during the 2021 MENA Cinema Forum, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from October 26-28. Severtson Screens has also been named a Strategic Cinema Screens Partner for the show.
AMC Theatres today announced an unprecedented more than $25 million national advertising campaign across the United States to remind movie lovers that Hollywood’s stories are enjoyed in their best light – with a seamless, communal, multi-sensory experience – at AMC. The message of the campaign is simple but clear: AMC Theatres. We Make Movies Better. This messaging also will be used in nine European countries by AMC-owned Odeon Cinema Group.
For the 21st year in a row Christie is the Official Digital Projection Partner of the Toronto International Film Festival. Running September 9-18, the 46th edition of TIFF will feature in-person and outdoor screenings, as well as the return of digital screenings, with more venues.
National CineMedia today announced that Maria Woods has rejoined the company as executive vice president and general counsel. Woods previously served in several key leadership roles on NCM’s legal team from 2010 through 2015. She reports to NCM CEO Tom Lesinski and will be based in Denver.