The 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival now in its third year will take place from October 14-19 with screenings held at the UCLA James Bridges Theater. Each day of the festival will feature dedicated events including a Film Panel and Lounge Comedy Night British Night and an Indian Bollywood themed evening. The festival will be presenting 58 films including 35 world premieres and 12 Los Angeles premieres. “I am thrilled and excited for the Third Annual Bel-Air Film Festival.
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Carmike Cinemas has extended its existing relationship with Screenvision for a 30-year term. In addition to its regular periodic payments throughout the term of the agreement Carmike will receive a cash payment of $30 million in January 2011. Carmike will also receive an approximately 20 percent ownership interest in the growth of Screenvision. We have been a business partner of Screenvision for over twenty years and we plan to be a partner for many more says David Passman president and CEO of Carmike.
Dickinson Theatres will use its Cinedigm Phase 2 deployment financing to begin installing 250 digital cinema systems at 25 sites immediately. One half of the installations are anticipated to be complete in the next 12 months. Dickinson will celebrate its 90th anniversary in November 2010 with its first digital cinema screens up and running.
Deluxe Digital Cinema and EchoStar Satellite Services have announced the formation of Deluxe/EchoStar a joint venture to build an advanced digital cinema satellite distribution network targeting delivery to digitally equipped theaters in the U.S. and Canada. EchoStar Satellite Services has developed a strong partnership with Deluxe one built on a common foundation of superior service and innovative thinking says Dean Olmstead president of EchoStar Satellite Services.
The world premiere of Facing the Storm: the Story of the American Bison will be held at the Kansas International Film Festival on October 2. The film is an ITVS/Montana PBS co-production. Facing the Storm is the account of our tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. It explores the visionary quest to protect and restore bison and details the inextricable relationship of the Plains Indians with the animal.
The Independent Film & Television Alliance has announced its new executive committee and board of directors. The elections were held as part of the IFTA’s annual members meeting. The seven-member executive committee is headed by IFTA chairman Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment) who was re-elected last September and is serving the second year in his term.
A year or so after apparently abandoning its efforts in the digital cinema market Eastman Kodak Company has developed laser projection technology that the company says delivers both 2D and bright 3D images within today's stringent technical standards for digital motion picture presentation. Kodak is currently demonstrating a prototype projector. So far reaction has been tremendous says Les Moore Kodak's chief operating officer for digital cinema.
Laser Light Engines has closed in $13 million in financing from returning investors Braemar Energy Ventures and Harris & Harris Group and from current strategic partner Imax. LLE will use the funds to accelerate expansion of its product development engineering and marketing organizations. The company will also develop a custom version of its laser engine for use in Imax digital projection systems.
MPC has purchased three FilmLight Truelight 3D systems: two systems have already been installed in its Wardour Street headquarters (London) for use on a current stereo 3D project. “We needed a 2K stereo player with a comprehensive toolset that integrated into our Linux stereo pipeline ” says David Spilsbury head of engineering at MPC. “We worked with FilmLight’s R&D team to upgrade our existing Truelight Player and having tested the workflows we’ve now purchased a further two systems.
Responding to a surge in client demand for the highest-quality digital film grading full-service South African post-production facility The Refinery has invested in a Baselight HD color grading system from FilmLight. The system will be installed in a brand-new digital theatre complete with a 3D-enabled 2K Barco projector. The theatre will also feature FilmLight’s Truelight color management system. Charl van der Merwe managing director at The Refinery says “We had absolutely no hesitation about the decision to purchase Baselight.
The fast-growing Russian film industry looked like it had hit a bump in first half 2009 as the financial crisis bit and piracy undermined key growth areas. But full-year figures for 2009 and data for first half 2010 show the industry getting back on track. These are the findings of The Film Industry in the Russian Federation the latest report commissioned by the European Audiovisual Observatory from research company Nevafilm with contributions from RFilms and Groteck Business Media.
Sachtler has introduced a new fluid head specially designed for DSLR filmmakers. The Cine DSLR has a payload range of 2 to 11 pounds and is thus ideal for state-of-the-art digital single-lens reflex cameras with HD video function. A counterbalance in ten steps as well as three vertical and horizontal grades of drag allow for professional operation. In addition the Cine DSLR comes with a special camera plate with an anti-twist retainer for HD DSLR cameras.
SmartJog has launched a mobile application called SmartJog2Go! which is designed to give clients quick access to information on content being sent received and stored using SmartJog’s digital delivery system. SmartJog2Go! features the ability to view tracking information of incoming and outgoing files as well as files being transferred to cloud storage. Clients can also use the application to find a directory of SmartJog’s networked locations for a quick response if files need to get to a certain territory quickly. The SmartJog2Go!
XDC has sold Arqiva’s digital cinema satellite distribution system to five cinema chains operating in Austria Portugal and Malta. Each site will be fitted with Arqiva’s digital satellite receiver to receive Digital Cinema Packages (feature films trailers and advertising) as well as live events distributed via Arqiva’s IS905 platform.
The British gave Americans the Beatles James Bond and Shakespeare. The Library of Congress is returning the favor by repatriating a treasure trove of TV programs that represent Britain’s golden age of television. Considered lost for more than 40 years the programs include footage of some of the biggest names in entertainment including Sean Connery Maggie Smith John Gielgud Robert Shaw David Hemmings and Susannah York.
The Entertainment Technology Center @ USC is seeking broad multi-industry feedback for the Interoperable Master Format draft specification. Over the last year the ETC@USC has hosted the IMF project seeking to develop a voluntary specification for an interoperable set of master files (and associated metadata) to enable the interchange and automated creation of downstream distribution packages within the motion picture and television production and post-production industries.
The Independent Film & Television Alliance marking its 30th anniversary has selected the 30 Most Significant Independent Films from around the world produced over the past three decades. IFTA chairman Lloyd Kaufman and president and CEO Jean Prewitt jointly made the announcement. Since 1981 IFTA members have produced and distributed 18 of 30 films that have won the Best Picture Academy Award. Overall IFTA members produce more than 400 films annually.
German movie fans are now enjoying open-air digital 3D cinema outside. The Starpac Open-Air Cinema on the grounds of the Mönchengladbach Germany public swimming pool organized by the local Comet Cine Center is showing numerous 3D movie highlights including Avatar Alice in Wonderland Forever Shrek and Step Up in addition to popular 2D films. The spectators can make themselves comfortable on the 200 deck chairs that have been placed on the lawn or on their own picnic blankets.
The SMPTE 2010 Technical Conference and Expo and a special-pre-conference seminar will provide an opportunity to gain insights from industry leaders and experts about the latest research affective the communications media and entertainment industries – as well as technologies and tools for monetizing new opportunities across the entire digital media ecosystem.The conference is being held October 26-28. Staged at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel and adjacent Mann Theatre in Hollywood California the gathering will feature three days of technical sessions a high-tech exhibition hall
Digital cinema service company XDC has signed a cooperation agreement with Rising Alternative a pan-European alternative content distribution company to provide in Europe digital mastering and distribution logistical services for their alternative content programs. The agreement signed between XDC and Rising Alternative covers the technology cinema services required for the distribution of content in digital file format to digital screens installed in Europe. We are very proud to have been selected by Rising Alternative as its technology partner in continental Europe.