American Film Market to Screen 513 Films Including 102 World Premieres

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Sun, 10/26/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The 29th American Film Market is set to screen 513 motion pictures in 35 languages including 102 world premieres and 375 market premieres during its annual event scheduled for November 5-12 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Le Merigot Beach Hotel in Santa Monica. The announcement was made by Jonathan Wolf AFM’s managing director and executive vice president Independent Film & Television Alliance.
Films making their world premieres at the AFM include: •    The Lonely Maiden starring Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken and also starring William H. Macy (Yari Film Group) •    The Killing Room starring Timothy Hutton Chloe Sevigny Nick Cannon and Peter Stormare (ContentFilm International) •    Powder Blue starring Forest Whitaker Jessica Biel Kris Kristofferson Ray Liotta and Patrick Swayze (QED International) Other pictures set for world premieres in Santa Monica include: •    Baby on Board with Lara Flynn Boyle John Corbett Heather Graham and Jerry O’Connell (Entertainment 7) •    Evil Angel starring Ving Rhames (Arrow Entertainment) •    High Life with Timothy Olyphant (Shoreline Entertainment) •    La Linea featuring Armand Assante Bruce Davison Andy Garcia Ray Liotta and Esai Morales (Lightning Entertainment) •    The Legend of Secret Pass featuring Graham Greene Frankie Muniz and Joe Pantoliano (Starz Media) •    Nothing Like the Holidays starring Luis Guzman Jay Hernandez John Leguizamo Debra Messing and Alfred Molina (Paramount Vantage International) •    Run for Her Life featuring Rosanna Arquette Diane Kruger Dermot Mulroney and Sam Shepard (Echo Bridge Entertainment) •    Tenure starring Gretchen Mol and Luke Wilson (Inferno) •    The Heavy starring Stephen Rea (Parkland Pictures) •    The Least of These starring Robert Loggia and Isaiah Washington (North by Northwest Entertainment) Films scheduled to make their market premieres include: •    45 RPM with Kim Coates Michael Madsen and Amanda Plummer (IndustryWorks Entertainment) •    9.99 starring Anthony LaPaglia (Fortissimo Films) •    Adam Resurrected starring Willem Dafoe and Jeff Goldblum (Bleiberg Entertainment) •    All Roads Lead Home featuring Peter Boyle Peter Coyote and Patton Oswalt (Curb Entertainment International) •    American Swing with Helen Gurley Brown Buck Henry and Melvin Van Peebles (Magnolia Pictures) •    An Education featuring Alfred Molina Peter Sarsgaard and Emma Thompson (Odyssey Entertainment) •    Arn -- The Knight Templar with Stellan Skarsgard (Svensk Filmindustri) •    The Burning Plain starring Kim Basinger and Charlize Theron (2929 International) •    Celia the Queen featuring David Byrne Gloria Estefan Andy Garcia Wyclef Jean and Quincy Jones (Altadena Films) •    Dean Spanley starring Bryan Brown Sam Neill Jeremy Northam and Peter O’Toole (New Zealand Film Commission) •    Genova starring Colin Firth and Catherine Keener (HanWay Films) •    Good with Viggo Mortensen (Odd Lot International) •    Heaven on Earth (Seville International) •    Long Weekend featuring James Caviezel (Arclight Films Pty. Ltd.) •    Management starring Jennifer Aniston Woody Harrelson Fred Ward and Steve Zahn (Kimmel International) •    Miracle at St. Anna from director Spike Lee and starring John Turturro (TF1 International) •    Not Forgotten starring Simon Baker Claire Forlani and Paz Vega (Myriad Pictures) •    Push with Lenny Kravitz (Elephant Eye Films) •    Rain Fall starring Gary Oldman (Distribution Workshop) •    The Hurt Locker with Anthony Mackie Jeremy Renner Brian Geraghty Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes (Voltage Pictures) •    The Ministers featuring Harvey Keitel and John Leguizamo (AV Pictures Ltd.) •    The Narrows with Sophia Bush and Vincent D’Onofrio (6 Sales) •    The Other Man starring Antonio Banderas Laura Linney and Liam Neeson (Ealing Studios International) •    Oliver Stone’s W. starring Josh Brolin Ellen Burstyn James Cromwell Richard Dreyfuss Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright (QED International) •    Winged Creatures starring Kate Beckinsale Dakota Fanning Jennifer Hudson Guy Pearce Jeanne Tripplehorn and Forest Whitaker (Peace Arch Entertainment) •    Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love with Youssou N’Dour Peter Gabriel Moustapha Mbaye Kabou Gueye and Fathi Salama (Celluloid Dreams) The screening schedule a full list of films available during AFM and additional information is located in the recently re-launched The Film Catalogue IFTA’s online resource housing 4 300 motion pictures and 1 000 trailers. Available in English Italian Spanish German French Portuguese Japanese Mandarin and Korean the site features a number of new tools making it an extensive online resource for distributors and buyers. The Film Catalogue’s advance search tools allow users to seek films by language production status and year of completion budget director cast company title and genre.  Users can also track changes to the catalogue by searching new updates within the past 24 hours week month and quarter as well as creating a list of favorite titles to better assist them in their buying/distribution activities. In addition to all films available at AFM the site operates on a year-round basis and highlights market line-ups at EFM Filmart and Cannes.
For the fifth consecutive year the AFM has reached full capacity at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Le Merigot Beach Hotel having sold out all exhibition space at both venues. AFM’s festival partner AFI FEST 2008 presented by Audi will take place October 30-November 9. Together the two events represent the largest gathering of film industry professionals and the only combined film market-festival event in North America.

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