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.
Last month, ten founding companies and 50 forming companies announced the formation of the Entertainment Globalization Association to create a closer connection to the creative community to better facilitate the retelling of their stories for global audiences. Globalization is defined as dubbing, subtitling, and audio description services, which allow content to be consumed in languages other than the original version. The EGA’s ten founding companies are Audiomaster Candiani, Deluxe, Hiventy, Iyuno Media Group, Keywords Studios, Plint, SDI Media, Visual Data Media Services, VSI, and Zoo Digital. The additional 50 companies represent high caliber service providers from all around the world. Chris Fetner was named managing director of the association
The global pandemic has touched every business in the world and few have been impacted more than cinemas. In response to the situation, over the past ten months Screenvision Media has developed new ways for its cinema advertising customers to reach the public. To understand how this evolved and to learn what happens next for the company, I spoke by email with Screenvision’s chief revenue officer Katy Loria and chief partnership officer, operations & exhibitor relations Darryl Schaffer. Here is our conversation:
Fugitive Dreams, based on the play by Caridad Svich, is an allegorical road movie touching on themes of homelessness, mental health and addiction, as two lost souls embark across a dreamscape America. Their darkly strange journey confronts them with their traumatic pasts, and bonds them in compassion and love. For cinematographer Peter Simonite, ASC, CSC lensing the film meant needing a vintage look — but a look that was also consistent between lenses.
Cinemas temporarily closed by the government lockdown are re-opening to the public with the launch of a new virtual cinema called YourScreen, a partnership of local, independent exhibitors created to stream new films and films unavailable on other digital platforms into the homes of audiences around the United kingdom. These are films that might normally play in their local cinema.