Reading International has launched Angelika Anywhere, a streaming platform curated for film lovers, as inspired by its Angelika Film Center in New York City, one of North America’s most recognized dedicated arthouse. Since its inception in 1989, the Angelika’s flagship SoHo cinema has been debuting and celebrating groundbreaking independent and international films, many of which have gone on to become important pinnacles of the cinema industry at large.
The future of independent film production in a post-covd-19 world is taking “virtual” shape at Pace Pictures in Hollywood. The boutique facility recently used groundbreaking virtual production technology to produce Match, a feature-length romantic comedy from director Sean McGinly (Silver Lake, The Great Buck Howard). Actors were shot on a green screen stage and placed into virtual three-dimensional environments while incorporating complex camera movement and lighting. Most remarkably, principal photography was accomplished in just five days and at a fraction of the cost of most conventional film productions.
When director Carlos Montero finalized the deal to turn his novel, The Mess You Leave Behind, into an eight-episode mini-series for Netflix, one of the first calls he made was to cinematographer Isaac Vila to ask him to take on the project. Vila, a frequent Cooke lenses user, knew the range of S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses would allow him to achieve a sharp, subtle and smooth rendering to create magical scenery when playing around with the fog, humidity, stone, and contrasts of the scenery the series would have in the background.
Visualization services company Opsis recently provided end-to-end services from concept, pre-vis, post-vis, and finalizing VFX shots to assembling the right talent on Songbird, director Adam Mason's new dystopian thriller from producer Michael Bay. Opsis integrated VFX Legion into its effects team.
New York Women in Film & Television has presented two filmmakers with grants funded by the Alan M. & Mildred S. Ravenal Foundation. The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant supports the production of a feature film from a female director over 40. Funds may be used for pre-production, production, or post-production.
In an open letter to the motion picture industry today CMX Cinemas’ chief financial officer Luis Castelazo called upon the studios to recognize the challenges that exhibitors are currently facing and to treat them as the important partners they are. Here is his letter in its entirety:
The documentary Baby God, from first-time director Hannah Olson and executive produced by Academy Award nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, is a shocking examination of the work of a Las Vegas fertility specialist, Dr. Quincy Fortier, and the many women he guided to pregnancy through the use of his own sperm, often without their knowledge or consent. The documentary follows his newly discovered offspring as they grapple with the scope of his misdeeds and the impact that his genes may have on their own identities.
Showbiz Cinemas has opened a new theatre at the site of its previous location in Waxahachie, Texas. The 66,000 square foot building is now home to Bowling, Movies & More, offering an exciting one-stop destination for all family members. The location features thirteen auditoriums, all with new plush power recliner seating, new 7.1 surround sound systems and wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor curved screens.
Deluxe has appointed George Eyles executive vice president and general manager, worldwide cinema. He will report directly to Deluxe chief operating officer Warren Stein and be responsible for the company’s global cinema (formerly digital cinema) strategy and operations.
Joshua A. Friedman started his decades-long career in the motion picture business as a production assistant on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, working his way into the Director’s Guild as an assistant director on Person of Interest. Along the way he wrote the book Getting It Done: The Ultimate Production Assistant Guide. Friedman jumped into the producing world with the movie Warning Shot, allowing him to span productions both above and below the line. Friedman's insider experience led him to create Crew Me Up, a mobile labor platform bridging the gap between people and productions. I recently spoke via email with Friedman about the app and what he sees as its mission: To reinvent the way filmmakers connect, create and collaborate.