Crunchyroll has announced that the first-ever Anime Movie Night will take place on April 26 in more than 200 theaters nationwide. The quarterly anime cinema programs are made possible through Crunchyroll’s alliance with Screenvision Media, in association with event cinema creators Kaos Connect.
Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are bringing film festival favorite American Wrestler: The Wizard to movie theaters nationwide for one night only May 3 only. Based on true events, the coming of age story is set in a world of competitive high school wrestling, starring William Fichtner, Jon Voight and introducing newcomer George Kosturos.
Twenty-eight independent theaters in cities across the country will participate in the fourth annual National Evening of Science on Screen. The event will feature a short introductory video, followed by a unique film and speaker presentation at each venue as part of its Science on Screen program. For example, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center will screen Robot & Frank with an introduction and post screening discussion with Michael Chuah, PhD Candidate, Biomimetic Robotics Lab Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Seattle’s SIFF Cinema and the Northwest Film Forum will present the world premiere of Danger Diva, a Robert McGinley film, with a live rock concert from Thunderpussy on April 13. Danger Diva is a cyberpunk musical thriller that McGinley wrote, directed and produced.
Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical three-day cinema event broke ticketing records to become the highest-grossing Broadway event to date from Fathom Events. An estimated 210,250 people saw the event on big screens across the U.S. on February 16, 18 and 22, amounting to $3.47 million in ticket sales. It also now ranks as the No. 2 top-performing title for Fathom Events to-date.
Fathom Events received the top honor of Best U.S. Distributor at the 2017 Event Cinema Association Conference that took place in London last week. The ECA awards recognize the year’s best achievements in the field of event cinema. It was the second consecutive years that Fathom Events won the award.
The Event Cinema Association has announced the winners of the 4th ECA Awards, which took place last week at the QEII Centre in London. The ceremonies were sponsored by Encompass Digital Media and featured sales director Nigel Crow on stage with One Show presenter Nick Wallis. ECA managing director said, “The event was a great success and the quality of the nominees reminds the wider media industry and ourselves just how far the sector has progressed in a decade.”
Screenvision Media, in association with Kaos Connect has announced an exclusive alliance with Crunchyroll to deliver quarterly anime event cinema programs in 2017. Anime Movie Night, presented by Crunchyroll, will feature some of the most popular anime titles, both new and classic.
Event cinema has come a long way since its earliest days more than a decade ago. The challenge now is to push the boundaries of event cinema to find new content, new concepts that can attract and sustain even larger audiences. To that end, the Event Cinema Association’s annual day-long ECA Conference & Awards session will be held in London this Friday February 3 at the QE11 Centre in central London, near Parliament Square in Westminster. The conference, now in its fourth year is the only event of its kind in the world. To learn more about the association, the conference and the event cinema business in general I spoke with Melissa Cogavin, the ECA’s managing director.
Later this week, audiences across the United States will have the chance to watch a film that promises to redefine the concept of event cinema. On January 19, Oscar-nominated actor Woody Harrelson will direct and star in an unprecedented live feature film event, Lost in London Live. Harrelson, who also wrote the film, will be joined by co-stars Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. Fathom Events will present the film live in 550 theatres in the US. Afterwards, he’ll participate in a question and answer session about the experience. No matter what happens, Lost in London is certain to make event cinema history.