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Color Me Resilient

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:32 -- Nick Dager

Arsenal FX Color provided post-production finishing services for Ferguson Rises, director Mobolaji Olambiwonnu’s inspiring documentary about Ferguson, Missouri which in 2014 became a flashpoint for the civil rights movement after a white police officer was acquitted of criminal charges in the killing of Michael J. Brown, an unarmed black man, sparking days of protest and rage. Says Olambiwonnu, I wanted to provide a counternarrative to the events that took place, one based not on loss, but on hope and resilience.”

Cherokee Nation Offering Prize for Best Indigenous Short Film

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 10:20 -- Nick Dager

Cherokee Nation Film Office and deadCenter Film, the state’s largest film festival, have partnered to recognize Indigenous filmmakers with the festival’s inaugural award for Best Indigenous Short Film. This year’s honoree will be recognized and awarded a $1,000 cash prize, provided by the generosity of the Cherokee Nation, on Sunday during the festival’s annual award show.

AFI Announces Docs Talks, Industry Forum for Annual Festival

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 10:11 -- Nick Dager

AFI Docs — the American Film Institute's documentary film festival — has announced its Docs Talks and Industry Forum events for its 19th edition, June 22-27. The inaugural Docs Talks section will feature the World Premiere of Netflix’s and Higher Ground Production’s We the People, as well as History Is Out of the Closet: Excavating Queer Stories for the Screen, a live stream conversation celebrating LGBTQ+ pride. Docs Talks events are free.

New York Indian Film Festival Begins June 4

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:05 -- Nick Dager

The New York Indian Film Festival kicks off June 4-13 with 58 screenings and interactive discussions. Presented by the Indo-American Arts Council and powered by MovieSaints, NYIFF celebrates the 21st year of independent, art house, alternate cinema from India and brings this rich collection of films to audiences in the U.S. and North America. Some films will also stream globally.

Social Cinema Platform Kinema Launches

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:01 -- Nick Dager

The social cinema platform Kinema has launched following a $2 million seed funding round backed by key investors, including Kindred Ventures, Lupa System, Galaxy Interactive and I2BF Global Ventures. According to the company, the Kinema platform expands the film marketing and distribution industry by enabling a social and immersive cinema experience. With the goal of eliminating ‘theater deserts’ and expanding access to engaging film, Kinema is building a world-wide network of screening hosts, filmmakers and filmgoers.

Indie Films Take Center Stage at Next PNYA Post Break

Wed, 05/19/2021 - 08:47 -- Nick Dager

In the next edition of Post Break, the free webinar series from Post New York Alliance, a panel of production and post-production experts will offer advice to independent filmmakers on how to finish their projects on time, on budget…and without compromising their creative vision. The session, titled Small Budgets, Big Imaginations - Post for Indie Films, is scheduled for Thursday, May 20th at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Zoom.

AFI Docs Announces Film Choices for 19th Annual Festival

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 08:40 -- Nick Dager

AFI Docs, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration in the nation's capital, has announced the Opening Night, Closing Night and Centerpiece Films for its 19th annual edition. As previously announced, this year's hybrid festival will include limited in-person screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as a full slate of virtual offerings. AFI Docs runs June 22–27, 2021.

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