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The Gatekeepers

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2012 at 11:24 am


In what can only be called an historic achievement, director Dror Moreh has brought together six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s Secret Service, who reflect on their successes and failures to maintain security while responding to the shifting politics and imperatives of the “peace process.” Each man weighs in on topics ranging from preemptive strikes to confronting terrorists both Palestinian and Israeli; their thoughts and responses are candid, well-informed and rarely short of remarkable. An insider’s guide—and what insiders!—to five decades of Israeli history, THE GATEKEEPERS will surely be one of the most widely and hotly discussed films of the year.

An official selection: 2012 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and  New York Film Festival, THE GATEKEEPERS will be released by Sony Pictures Classics February 1, 2013.

 

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a gripping documentary from Oscar winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Men in the Room), which exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the US. – long before the crisis in Boston, a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. These heroes, four deaf young men,  set out to expose the priest who had abused them and so many others by trying to make their voices “heard.”   Their investigation helped to uncover documents from the secret Vatican Archives that shows the Pope – who must operate within the mysterious rules of the roman Curia – as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

From HBO Documentary Films Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is now playing in theaters and will be broadcast on the cable network February 4, 2013.

The Queen of Versailles

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

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Magnolia Pictures will release The Queen of Versailles on July 20

Directed by lauded filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield, who won the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for this film, The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.

With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.

 

To Rome With Love

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love on June 22, 2012. 

To Rome With Love is a story about a number of people in Italy, some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors, and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.

To Rome With Love is a Gravier Productions film produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, and financed by the Italian production and distribution company, Medusa Film.

To Rome With Love Trailer

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

IFC will release Peace, Love & Misunderstanding on June 8, 2012

Bruce Beresford’s dramatic comedy PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING features a screenplay by Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski, and boasts an all-star cast headlined by two- time Academy Award® and Emmy Award winner Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award® nominee Catherine Keener, Kyle MacLachlan, Elizabeth Olsen, Chace Crawford, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rosanna Arquette and Nat Wolff.

Fonda makes a triumphant return to the screen working with Australian film veteran Beresford (DRIVING MISS DAISY, TENDER MERCIES, MAO’S LAST DANCER). Together with a wonderful cast, they deliver a heartfelt and funny comedy about reunion and second chances. Diane is a conservative lawyer (Keener) who, after splitting with her husband, takes her two teenage children, Zoe (Olsen) and Jake (Wolff) to meet their estranged, eccentric grandmother Grace (Fonda), the epitome of the term “free spirit” who lives in Woodstock, NY. Her personality was always so immense Diane felt there was rarely any room for anyone else. The film playfully depicts a string of new beginnings founded in letting go of the past. Diane isn’t sure what she came to Woodstock for, but what she finds is an open offer of motherly solace, the chance to bond with her children and perhaps the opportunity to open her heart to someone new. She meets a carpenter/singer/songwriter named Jude (Morgan). He’s handsome, generous, impulsive, and really corny. He also clearly adores her. But is Diane ready for romance? Meanwhile her daughter also meets a local (Crawford) who she connects with.

Marley

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm


Magnolia Pictures will release MARLEY on April 20th, theatrically and to VOD.

“This documentary is the ultimate revelation of my father’s life,” says Ziggy Marley. “The family is proud to be able to have the world finally experience this emotional journey.

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super stardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald  (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.

MARLEY made its world premiere at the Berlin Film festival in February and had it’s North American premiere at SXSW.

Marley trailer

The Hunter

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Magnolia Pictures will release the THE HUNTER theatrically on April 6th and is now available on VOD.

From the producers of ANIMAL KINGDOM, and based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh,  Magnolia Pictures presents THE HUNTER.

While THE HUNTER is a powerful psychological drama, it goes even further to highlight the Darwinian struggle between man and nature, while telling a very timely story. Martin played by Willem Dafoe is  a mercenary hired by a secretive biotech company to hunt for the last surviving Tasmanian tiger in the lush wilderness. Though the tiger has been officially extinct since the 1930s, sightings have been reported intermittently ever since, with no conclusive proof ever produced that the animal still exists. The animal’s disappearance from the ecology of mainland Australia and the Southern Hemisphere is attributed to being hunted by humans, and the tiger’s own legend expertly mirrors the film’s complex themes of conservation, animals living in captivity, selective culling and even cloning. The visually-striking film examines how we can make choices that will either help break the cycle of ecological violence against the planet –and against ourselves– or cause even more destruction and extinction.

The Hunter Trailer

DDPR Slate / Sundance 2011: Higher Ground, Bobby Fischer Against The World, Reagan, Magic Trip

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2011 at 9:53 am

HIGHER GROUND (123 min.)
Directed by and starring Vera Farmiga
Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga’s hotly anticipated directorial debut, Higher Ground, is an incredible achievement for a first-time director while directing herself as the lead. This is a coming of age drama in which Farmiga delivers a subtle, nuanced performance completely from the gut with equally strong and compelling supporting characters. Set against the landscape of the Sixties when feminism reached its zenith, the film expertly depicts the landscape of a tight knit spiritual community. Inspired by the resonant memoir written by Carolyn Briggs (who also wrote the screenplay), the film is an exquisite study of one woman’s internal struggle with the primary love relationships in her life. The casting was done by Paul Schnee and Kerry Barden, who also cast last year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone. John Hawkes, Donna Murphy, Bill Irwin, Dagmara Dominczyk and Joshua Leonard round out the cast as well as Vera’s younger sister Taissa Farmiga, who proves herself to be an extraordinary new talent as young Corinne.
Sundance Screening Dates: HIGHER GROUND
Sunday, January 23, 12:00 p.m. at Eccles Theatre (Park City) – public
Sunday, January 23, 5:30 p.m. at Holiday Village III (Park City) – P&I
Monday, January 24, 8:30 a.m. at Yarrow Hotel Theatre (Park City) – public
Tuesday, January 25, 6:00 p.m. at Tower Theatre (Salt Lake City) – public
Wednesday, January 26, 8:15 p.m. at Library Center Theatre (Park City) – public
Friday, January 28, 2:15 p.m. at Holiday Village III (Park City) – public
Talent Attending:
Vera Farmiga & Cast
Carolyn Briggs, screenwriter and author of This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost

BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD (93 min.)
Directed by Liz Garbus
Academy-Award nominee, Sundance Grand Jury Prize-Winning and Emmy-Winning Producer/Director Liz Garbus brings a meticulously crafted story, Bobby Fischer Against the World, which tells not only the tale of this man’s tortured journey through life but also shows the larger global political ramifications of the time and how the sport of chess was changed forever through Fischer’s genius.
Sundance Screening Dates: BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD
Friday, January 21, 11:30 a.m. at Library Center Theatre (Park City) – public
Friday, January 21, 7:30 p.m. at Holiday Village III (Park City) – P & I
Saturday, January 22, 7:00 p.m. at Redstone Cinemas 7 (Park City) – public
Sunday, January 23, 11:30 p.m. at Prospector Square Theatre (Park City) – public
Wednesday, January 26, 9:00 p.m. at Tower Theatre (Salt Lake City) – public
Friday, January 28, 11:30 a.m. at Egyptian Theatre (Park City) – public
Saturday, January 29, 3:30 p.m. at Peery’s Egyptian Theater (Ogden) -public
Talent Attending:
Liz Garbus
Harry Benson – world famous photographer who photographed Fischer countless times for Life Magazine and other outlets
Four Chess Grandmasters will also attend the Festival courtesy of the World Chess Museum

REAGAN (120 min.)
Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, and acclaimed author and expert on the Military Industrial Complex, Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) couldn’t be coming out with a film on a timelier subject than Reagan on the eve of his Centenary in February. Especially as we examine the times we’re living through now and how we got here, this doc is a textured and honest look at the life and career of one of the most influential Presidents in our history. Rather than oversimplifying his massive, larger than life legacy, Jarecki strikes at the heart of the story and presents a clear-eyed look at the man and the myth.
Sundance Screening Dates: REAGAN
Sunday, January 23, 2:15 p.m. at Library Center Theatre (Park City) – public
Monday, January 24, 7:00 p.m. at Redstone Cinemas 7 (Park City) – public
Wednesday, January 26, 9:00 a.m. at Holiday Village II (Park City) – P&I
Wednesday, January 26, 9:00 p.m. at Sundance Resort (Park City) – public
Thursday, January 27, 9:30 p.m. at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (Salt Lake City) – public
Saturday, January 29, 5:30 p.m. at Prospector Square Theatre (Park City) –public
Talent Attending:
Eugene Jarecki

MAGIC TRIP
Directed by Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood
What would Sundance be without a film from two time Academy Award nominee and Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, whom Esquire called the most important documentary filmmaker of our time? Previously we brought the Festival Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and Casino Jack and the United States of Money. Once more, he unveils something completely different, entertaining, and utterly fascinating with the story of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in Magic Trip. This time, Gibney along with co-director Alison Ellwood has uncovered a vast treasure trove of archival footage, photos and audio recordings to create an immersion experience of Kesey’s acid-fueled cross-country road trip in 1964 to the New York World’s Fair. The meticulous restoration of the never-before-seen-and-heard footage and audiotapes was undertaken by the UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding from The Film Foundation (Martin Scorsese’s film preservation foundation) and The History Channel, with Imaginary Forces providing the super-psychedelic graphics.
Sundance Screening Dates: MAGIC TRIP
Friday, January 21, 1:30 p.m. at Holiday Village Cinema I, Park City – P &I
Friday, January 28, 3:00 p.m. – Temple Theatre, Park City
Saturday, January 29, 3:00 p.m. – Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Talent Attending:
Alex Gibney
Alison Ellwood

YES MEN planning East River Launch Tues 9/22 AM in Survivaballs to crash UN Summit on Climate Change after Fake NY Post Blitz

In Yes Men on September 21, 2009 at 2:19 pm

**MEDIA ALERT**MEDIA ALERT**MEDIA ALERT**MEDIA ALERT**

YOUR COVERAGE IS INVITED

WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 – 9AM

WHO: THE YES MEN
Geniuses” – Naomi Klein
Two of the ballsiest guys I’ve ever met” – Morgan Spurlock
Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are the Yes Men. They are known for posing as top executives of corporations they hate, lying their way into business conferences and parodying their targets to wake up the corporate suits to the danger of letting greed run our world.

WHAT: SURVIVABALLS™… The Yes Men Solution to Climate Change
SIX OF THEM….Swimming up the East River to the U.N. Watch the balls hit the water and swim upstream to the U.N. – in real time.
More info: http://www.survivaball.com/
See how it works

WHY: Because the U.N. Summit is planning a form of diplomatic shock therapy for world leaders this week in the hope of injecting badly needed urgency into negotiations for a climate change treaty.

WHERE: East 20th Street – on the East River. Map

Perhaps you saw their version of the New York Post this morning with one reported arrest of a volunteer outside of the News Corp Building. 2000 volunteers mobilized at 3am today to hand out a million free copies.
Headline: WE’RE SCREWED.
http://nypost-se.com/

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