Realabilities: The First Annual NY Disabilities Film Festival debuts this fall simultaneously in 14 locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. From September 21-23 Realabilities will showcase feature documentary and short films by and about the lives of people with disabilities. Premiering the week before National Disability Awareness Month Realabilities aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.
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The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West is seeking submissions for its sixth annual event to be held February 13-22. Final deadline for submissions is October 20. The festival will screen 100 films including world and U.S. premieres classics rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula Montana. In addition to 10 days of screenings the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions galas receptions and networking round tables.
Digital Domain says it will integrate the Tactic digital asset management system from Southpaw Technology into its digital production workflow. The company plans to use it on upcoming feature film commercial and game projects. “Tactic promises to provide us with a solid infrastructure for managing the complex flow of digital assets through our pipeline ” says Phil Peterson Digital Domain’s senior technology officer.
Zacuto has opened a professional video sales showroom in River North Chicago. The company says it is now the only full service showroom in Chicago selling professional video camera setups. The focus of the new showroom is on the Zacuto USA brand of products all designed and manufactured in the USA. Zacuto also is a complete reseller of a large brand selection of production equipment cameras and accessories.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is establishing a task force to define the parameters of a stereoscopic 3D mastering standard for content viewed in the home. Called 3D Home Display Formats Task Force the project promises to propel the 3D home entertainment industry forward by setting the stage for a standard that will enable 3D feature films and other programming to be played on all fixed devices in the home no matter the delivery channel.
EUE Screen Gems Studios home of the largest studio lot east of California is building the largest film and television production stage on the east coast says Chris Cooney COO and president of EUE Screen Gems Ltd.
IndiePix the Internet-based distributor of independent films has announced a partnership with Nelson Madison Films’ distribution arm Indie Rights Inc. The partnership coincides with the launch of the new ‘Activist’ and ‘Educational’ Editions of Skid Row – a no-holds-barred documentary featuring Pras Michael from the Fugees as he takes to the streets of downtown Los Angeles for nine days with no money or food.
The Production Equipment Rental Association has opened a new national office in Manhattan at 101 West 31st Street. This location will now serve as a place for meetings and consolidated communications for members. PERA has been listening to members and the industry since our member meeting at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in April says executive director John Johnston. We are acting on recommendations to rebuild the organization focus on current issues address member needs and increase the value of membership in PERA. PERA has also launched a new Web site.
The Cinema Advertising Council has named the winners of its 2007 Creative Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize high-quality entertaining advertising that has been showcased in movie theatres during the past year on a national regional and local basis. “With Madison Avenue's continued embrace of cinema advertising it comes as no surprise that advertisers and their agencies continue to raise the bar relative to their on-and off-screen creative ” says Stu Ballatt president and chairman of the CAC.
National CineMedia has promoted Pam Biederman Beth Hoff and Lauren Leff to the role of senior vice president. Biederman has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president central division in National CineMedia’s Chicago office where she will continue to lead the Midwest national sales team. Biederman joined Regal CineMedia (now National CineMedia) in 2002 as Midwest sales director and was elevated to vice president in 2003. Prior to joining the company Biederman opened and managed the Midwest sales offices for Screenvision in 2000.
Digital Cinema is more than just about a digital projector. The entire value chain is changing - everything from the excitement caused by a new company selling a camera called Red to new ways to make money with Blu-ray and everything in between. It is difficult to find an industry that is undergoing so much change. And where there is change there are opportunities for companies to find growth. It has been three years since the Digital Cinema Initiative published recommendations for how distributors and theatres should handle movies distributed and exhibited digitally.
Carmike Cinemas has announced that Cirque Du Soleil's Delirium and the Broadway hit Rent will be featured on 176 digital screens at Carmike movie theatres through Sony's The Hot Ticket. Tickets will cost $20 for each event. For fans of Broadway shows rock concerts or premier sporting events The Hot Ticket will provide a community experience to see some of the world's best entertainment on larger-than-life digital screens it was announced.Starting Aug. 20 Carmike Cinemas will feature Cirque Du Soleil's Delirium on 176 of its digital screens.
Sensio has signed a licensing agreement with International Datacasting Corporation for the integration of the Sensio 3D cinema decoding technology into products for the digital cinema market. This agreement comes with the first sale of licenses for an initial deployment of 3D systems for 50 movie theatres to enable the broadcasting of live stereoscopic 3D events. “We are extremely pleased of this agreement with IDC and this initial order ” says Nicholas Routhier president and CEO of Sensio.
Real Digital Media has announced a new on-demand feature for its Neocast digital signage platform. Using a simple remote control device with a tiny receiver connected via USB Neocast clients are now able to instantly suspend a running play list jump to a menu screen scroll up and down to select a desired menu item and have that selected item start playing instantaneously.
NEC RealD Ballantyne Partner on 3D Release in U.S. Theatres NEC RealD 3D and Ballantyne joined forces to provide digital 3D projection capability to multiple U.S. theatres. This latest wave of upgrades was driven by the release of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Ballantyne of Omaha/Strong Cinema Products is an industry leader in projection systems and trusted partner of Great Escape Theatres says Chance Ragains chief operating officer Great Escape Theatres.
As exhibitors bask at least temporarily in the financial glow of The Dark Knight there is now reason to be cautiously optimistic about the box office outlook for 2009. It was widely announced in recent days that Twentieth Century Fox has reached an agreement with the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners.
Digital Intermediates Three-Dimensional Scratch Scratch Takes the Amazing Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D For film studio Walden Media’s latest feature film with New Line Cinema Journey to the Center of the Earth Assimilate’s Scratch was the stereoscopic 3D workflow of choice for the film.
TheseMajor Hollywood Feature Films are Scheduled to be Released Digitally Here is ourcurrent list of major Hollywood feature films that are scheduled for digitalrelease.
Christie Unveils Lightweight CP2000-M DLP Cinema Projector Christie introduced the new light and compact CP2000-M DLP Cinema projector at Cine Expo in Amsterdam.The latest addition to the company's CP 2000 series it weighs in at only 95 pounds yet delivers up to 12 000 ANSI Lumens of output power. Ideal for screens 35 feet wide Christie says the new projector opens up a whole new universe of digital cinema excitement for smaller theatres multiplexes and post-production facilities around the world.
The State of Visual Effects in the Entertainment Industry The Visual Effects Society the entertainment industry's only official organization representing the extended community of visual effects professionals has published its first white paper entitled The State of Visual Effects in the Entertainment Industry.