Friday, October 17, 2014

Award winning Science-Fiction short film “Chasing the Past” to screen at the prestigious 29th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Winner for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the Boston International Film Festival, NOMINATED for BEST SCIENCE FICTION FILM at the Burbank International Film Festival and accepted at the Academy Award qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival, “Chasing the Past” will make its Florida premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Thursday, November 13th at 3pm in the “Lets Take a Trip” block at the festival.

The film tells the story of a man who separates himself from society after the tragic loss of his fiancée when he meets a self-proclaimed time-traveler that he must now protect.   The emotional juggernaut is written and directed by Jonathan Salemi and stars Adam Marcinowski who is also a Producer on the project, Alycia Grant (“Chasing Life”), Ceri Bethan, Joberde Metellus and Graham Shiels who is known for his roles on “True Blood”, “Arrow” and the upcoming SyFy Channel original series “Olympus”.

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Opening Fri, Oct 31, 2014
New York City - Village East Cinema

Washington DC - Angelika Pop-Up / Union Market & 
Angelika Film Center / Mosaic (Fairfax, VA)

Opening Wed, Nov 5, 2014
Los Angeles - Sundance Sunset

Opening Fri, Nov 7, 2014
San Francisco - Opera Plaza

Distributor: Trinity
Directed by: Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson
Produced by: Mandy Jacobson
Executive Producer: Ivor Ichikowitz and the African Oral History Archive
Written by: Stephen W. Smith (also historical consultant)
Starring: Jean-Yves Ollivier, Thabo Mbeki, Joachim Chissano, Denis Sassou Nguesso, Pik Botha, Winnie Mandela, Jorge Risquet, Chester Crocker, Mathews Phosa, Wynand Tu Toit

Running Time: 84 Minutes

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Nelson Mandela’s release was a plot for peace. A previous unknown and improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell was a mysterious French businessman dubbed “Monsieur Jacques” in classified correspond-ence. His real name was Jean-Yves Ollivier and his trade secret was trust. Now for the first time, his true story is told in the documentary thriller, PLOT FOR PEACE.

In the mid-1980s, township violence raged in South Africa and one of the Cold War’s most vicious proxy conflicts devastated Angola. It was then that a foreign commodity trader with connections to all major stakeholders in the region became the lifeline for top-secret contacts. To build trust, he organized a huge prisoners’ exchange that opened the road for Mandela’s eventual release. A year later, in 1988, South Africa’s forces and 50,000 Cuban troops began withdrawing from Angola. In John LeCarré style, the land of apartheid and the front line states came out of the Cold War long before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Within fourteen months, Mandela walked out of jail – a free man and, soon, South Africa’s first democratically elected President.

PLOT FOR PEACE features exclusive interviews with current and former heads of state – South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki, Mozambique’s Joachim Chissano, Congo’s Denis Sassou Nguesso – and numerous other protagonists, such as apartheid’s longest-serving minister of Foreign Affairs “Pik” Botha, South Africa’s icon of resistance Winnie Mandela, Fidel Castro’s “African hand” Jorge Risquet as well as Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Chester Crocker, the father of “constructive en-gagement” – all bearing vivid testimony. Their first-hand accounts disclose in full detail both the official and the secret dealings between the last tenants of apartheid and the Marxist regimes at South Africa’s borders and confirm the unique role that Ollivier played.

About The African Oral History Archive
The African Oral History Archive (AOHA) aims to safeguard Africa’s dynamic heritage for future genera-tions. In a global effort, over 150 interviews have been recorded, giving unprecedented access to all those who have been instrumental in shaping South Africa’s modern history. AOHA is a project of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, founded by Ivor Ichikowitz, a South African industrialist and philanthropist. PLOT FOR PEACE is part of the Celebrating Twenty Years of Democracy initiative, a 6-part series on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in September 2014.

Mark your calendar for the World Premiere of ALMOST THERE, a Kartemquin Films documentary directed by Aaron Wickenden (of THE INTERRUPTERS) and Dan Rybicky!

ALMOST THERE is a coming-of-(old)-age story about 83-year-old Peter Anton, an "outsider" artist living in isolated and crippling conditions whose world changes when two filmmakers discover his work and storied past. Shot over eight years, Almost There documents Anton's first major exhibition and how the controversy it generates forces him to leave his childhood home. Each layer revealed reflects on the intersections of social norms, elder care, and artistic expression.

ALMOST THERE is one of four Kartemquin documentaries showing on the opening weekend of DOCNYC, the country’s largest documentary festival, held at New York's IFC Center. Filmmakers Wickenden and Rybicky will attend their world premiere on Saturday November 15th at 6:45pm and their encore screening on Monday, November 17th at 1pm.

Directed by Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky

Saturday November 15th ▪ 6:45 PM @ IFC Center  323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014

Monday November 17th ▪ 1:00 PM @ IFC Center  323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014

ALMOST THERE is a coming-of-(old)-age story about 83-year-old Peter Anton, an "outsider" artist living in isolated and crippling conditions whose world changes when two filmmakers discover his work and storied past. Shot over eight years, Almost There documents Anton's first major exhibition and how the controversy it generates forces him to leave his childhood home. Each layer revealed reflects on the intersections of social norms, elder care, and artistic expression.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

International Family Film Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

19th Annual International Family Film Festival also features Industry Panels, Screenwriter’s Showcase, YouthFest! Awards, and Closing Awards Ceremony

Hollywood, CA – Celebrating its 19th year, the International Family Film Festival announced its 2014 lineup, to be held November 7-9 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. The festival will screen 88 films and feature 14 screenplays, representing the U.S.,16 foreign countries, and multiple professionally accredited film schools. The complete lineup and details are available at All films and screenplays will compete in the spirit of family values in film.

"What makes our festival unique is our emphasis on themes that define and challenge the definition of family,” says Chris Shoemaker, IFFF Executive Director. “This year’s is a particularly robust festival, and we’re pleased to bring it back to Raleigh Studios.”

Screenings kick off on November 7, with opening-night film, Matthew Gratzner’s “Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink.” Actor/producer Jeffery Patterson stars in this period western playing two roles – twin brothers Vance and Tom Dillinger – who are separated when their parents are massacred and Tom is kidnapped. 30 years later, Vance is now a U.S. Marshal, while Tom has become The “Lucky” Bandit, a wanted outlaw.  A robbery gone wrong exposes Lucky’s identity, sending Vance and his posse on a quest to capture his own brother.  A chance discovery unveils the truth about their parents’ killer, leading Lucky on a ruthless quest for revenge.  Caught in the middle, Vance struggles between feelings of retribution and upholding the law.  To learn more about the film please visit

Another of Patterson’s productions, “Finding Harmony” (Billy Zane), is a touching, multi-generational southern drama about the wounds we carry, and those we leave behind.

Also slated is “The Town that Came a’ Courtin’” (Lauren Holly, Cameron Bancroft, and Valerie Harper), in which a small town plays matchmaker for its mayor and a successful author.

In “A Little Game,” (Olympia Dukakis, F. Murray Abraham, and Janeane Garofolo), a 10-year-old girl (Makenna Ballard) who is dealing with being an exceptionally smart child, and finds an unlikely mentor in a chess master who teaches her life lessons through the game.

In the way of shorts, “Before It’s Too Late” (Robert Loggia and Eric Roberts) takes a comedic look at how aging affects our driving skills to the point that become unsafe. We must then make one of the most difficult decisions of our lives; to give up our car keys.

In “Simpler Times” (Jerry Stiller and Ann Meara), a recently widowed man in his golden years moves in with his daughter and son-in-law and finds himself trapped in the world of modern technology.

“The Tunes Behind the Tunes” features a who's who of award-winning composers, (Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Richard Sherman, and more), sharing their insights into the role of music in adding character into animation over the decades.

Culminating the festival on November 9 is the IFFF Awards Ceremony, a black-tie ceremony and dinner showcasing the winning films, special honorees and celebrity presenters. Several special recognition awards are planned, including the “Friz Award,” for excellence in animation, and the “IFFF Excellence Award,” given to a person, production company, network or studio which produces excellent family entertainment. Previous Friz and IFFF Excellence awards recipients include: J.G. Quintel, Bill Farmer, Phil Roman, Charles M. Schulz, Chuck Jones, Joseph Barbera, and Friz award namesake Friz Freleng.

The 2014 IFFF will also conduct several film panels, offering attendees the opportunity to learn from and network with industry leaders & working professionals. This year’s panels include: The Los Angeles Digital Literacy panel, Indie Film Financing, Indie Film Distribution, Producers Networking brunch, and The Screenwriting 360º panel, covering Film, TV & CGI.

The Screenwriter’s Showcase and Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, November 9, features industry-working actors, cast by Lauren Patrice Nadler, performing a selected scene from each of the screenplay finalists. Screenplays were submitted from as far away as Belgium and the U.K. for categories including Drama, Comedy, Animation and Sci-fi/Fantasy.

For youth ages 8-17, the festival presents YouthFest! on Saturday, November 8. This all-day youth-friendly section features screenings, as well as acting, voice, and stunt workshops. YouthFest! culminates by celebrating the youth finalists and winners from the short film, comic book and screenplay categories.

The IIFF is a market that creates a positive and well-respected networking opportunity for film distribution deals.  Past IFFF’s have drawn over 5,000 film fans and industry professionals. Screenplays that compete in the Screenplay competition are frequently optioned and helmed into short and feature films. Through its partnership with Freshi Films, a national leader in digital education, the IFFF distributes digital-filmmaking kits to classrooms and after-school programs, helping youth nationwide discover the art and power of filmmaking.

Festival Passes are available to the general public and give access to all screenings and events. General admission tickets to individual films and events are also available. All-day passes for YouthFest! give access to all YouthFest! events. All tickets are available online at


Thursday, October 9, 2014


LOS ANGELES, CA – A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®.  Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants.

The 2014 submissions are:

Afghanistan, "A Few Cubic Meters of Love," Jamshid Mahmoudi, director;
Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damián Szifrón, director;
Australia, "Charlie's Country," Rolf de Heer, director;
Austria, "The Dark Valley," Andreas Prochaska, director;
Azerbaijan, "Nabat," Elchin Musaoglu, director;
Bangladesh, "Glow of the Firefly," Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director;
Belgium, "Two Days, One Night," Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors;
Bolivia, "Forgotten," Carlos Bolado, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, "With Mom," Faruk Lončarevič, director;
Brazil, "The Way He Looks," Daniel Ribeiro, director;
Bulgaria, "Bulgarian Rhapsody," Ivan Nitchev, director;
Canada, "Mommy," Xavier Dolan, director;
Chile, "To Kill a Man," Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;
China, "The Nightingale," Philippe Muyl, director;
Colombia, "Mateo," María Gamboa, director;
Costa Rica, "Red Princesses," Laura Astorga Carrera, director;
Croatia, "Cowboys," Tomislav Mršić, director;
Cuba, "Conducta," Ernesto Daranas Serrano, director;
Czech Republic, "Fair Play," Andrea Sedláčková, director;
Denmark, "Sorrow and Joy," Nils Malmros, director;
Dominican Republic, "Cristo Rey," Leticia Tonos, director;
Ecuador, "Silence in Dreamland," Tito Molina, director;
Egypt, "Factory Girl," Mohamed Khan, director;
Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze, director;
Ethiopia, "Difret," Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, director;
Finland, "Concrete Night," Pirjo Honkasalo, director;
France, "Saint Laurent," Bertrand Bonello, director;
Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili, director;
Germany, "Beloved Sisters," Dominik Graf, director;
Greece, "Little England," Pantelis Voulgaris, director;
Hong Kong, "The Golden Era," Ann Hui, director;
Hungary, "White God," Kornél Mundruczó, director;
Iceland, "Life in a Fishbowl," Baldvin Zophoníasson, director;
India, "Liar's Dice," Geetu Mohandas, director;
Indonesia, "Soekarno," Hanung Bramantyo, director;
Iran, "Today," Reza Mirkarimi, director;
Iraq, "Mardan," Batin Ghobadi, director;
Ireland, "The Gift," Tom Collins, director;
Israel, "Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem," Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, directors;
Italy, "Human Capital," Paolo Virzì, director;
Japan, "The Light Shines Only There," Mipo O, director;
Kosovo, "Three Windows and a Hanging," Isa Qosja, director;
Kyrgyzstan, "Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains," Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, director;
Latvia, "Rocks in My Pockets," Signe Baumane, director;
Lebanon, "Ghadi," Amin Dora, director;
Lithuania, "The Gambler," Ignas Jonynas, director;
Luxembourg, "Never Die Young," Pol Cruchten, director;
Macedonia, "To the Hilt," Stole Popov, director;
Malta, "Simshar," Rebecca Cremona, director;
Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
Mexico, "Cantinflas," Sebastián del Amo, director;
Moldova, "The Unsaved," Igor Cobileanski, director;
Montenegro, "The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street," Nikola Vukčević, director;
Morocco, "The Red Moon," Hassan Benjelloun, director;
Nepal, "Jhola," Yadav Kumar Bhattarai, director;
Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest, director;
New Zealand, "The Dead Lands," Toa Fraser, director;
Norway, "1001 Grams," Bent Hamer, director;
Pakistan, "Dukhtar," Afia Nathaniel, director;
Palestine, "Eyes of a Thief," Najwa Najjar, director;
Panama, "Invasion," Abner Benaim, director;
Peru, "The Gospel of the Flesh," Eduardo Mendoza, director;
Philippines, "Norte, the End of History," Lav Diaz, director;
Poland, "Ida," Paweł Pawlikowski, director;
Portugal, "What Now? Remind Me," Joaquim Pinto, director;
Romania, "The Japanese Dog," Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, director;
Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Serbia, "See You in Montevideo," Dragan Bjelogrlić, director;
Singapore, "Sayang Disayang," Sanif Olek, director;
Slovakia, "A Step into the Dark," Miloslav Luther, director;
Slovenia, "Seduce Me," Marko Šantić, director;
South Africa, "Elelwani," Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, director;
South Korea, "Haemoo," Shim Sung-bo, director;
Spain, "Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed," David Trueba, director;
Sweden, "Force Majeure," Ruben Östlund, director;
Switzerland, "The Circle," Stefan Haupt, director;
Taiwan, "Ice Poison," Midi Z, director;
Thailand, "The Teacher’s Diary," Nithiwat Tharathorn, director;
Turkey, "Winter Sleep," Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;
Ukraine, "The Guide," Oles Sanin, director;
United Kingdom, "Little Happiness," Nihat Seven, director;
Uruguay, "Mr. Kaplan," Álvaro Brechner, director;
Venezuela, "The Liberator," Alberto Arvelo, director.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan In Partnership with Landmark Theatres Announce...

A Nationwide Theatrical Sneak Preview Screening of 
New Film Series

20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss

Unprecedented 20-city First Look on Monday, October 20

SEATTLE / NEW YORK (October 8, 2014) — Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan in partnership with Landmark Theatres today announced a nationwide theatrical preview of the groundbreaking new film series WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. The series uses innovative storytelling to cultivate a more informed public understanding of the U.S. economy. The one-night-only event will take place on October 20, 2014 at Landmark Theatres in 20 cities nationwide, and will be offered at no cost to the public.

WE THE ECONOMY pairs award-winning filmmakers with leading economic advisors to create engaging stories that offer a better understanding of how the economy impacts all of our lives.  The series features multiple genres and 80 celebrated actors, performers and thought leaders including Adrian Grenier, Werner Herzog, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz.

Ted Mundorff, Landmark Theatres CEO and President states, “We’re thrilled to support WE THE ECONOMY by hosting this entertaining and informative series in the theatrical setting.” He continues, “We are excited to be a part of this groundbreaking project!”

WE THE ECONOMY will screen at 20 Landmark locations on October 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  All showings are free to the public.  Landmark locations include:  Atlanta, Ga. (Midtown Art Cinema), Baltimore, Md. (Harbor East), Berkeley, Calif. (Shattuck Cinemas), Boston, Mass. (Kendall Square Cinema), Chicago, Ill. (Century Centre Cinema), Dallas, Tex. (The Magnolia), Denver, Colo. (Chez Artiste Theatre), Detroit, Mich. (Main Art Theatre), Houston, Tex. (River Oaks Theatre), Indianapolis, Ind. (Keystone Art Cinema), Los Angeles, Calif. (The Landmark), Milwaukee, Wis. (Oriental Theatre), Minneapolis, Minn. (Edina Cinema), New York City, N.Y. (Sunshine Cinema), Philadelphia, Pa. (Ritz Five), San Diego, Calif. (Hillcrest Cinemas), San Francisco, Calif. (Embarcadero Center Cinema), Seattle, Wash. (Harvard Exit Theatre), St. Louis, Mo. (Tivoli Theatre), Washington, D.C. (E Street Cinema).

To order tickets to the Landmark Theatres special sneak preview event and to learn more, please visit Landmark Theatres.

Carole Tomko, General Manager and Creative Director of Vulcan Productions states, “The mission of WE THE ECONOMY is to demystify the economy by producing digestible, entertaining content that educates people about the fundamentals of the economy that are relevant to their lives. Adding the theatrical experience to the vast number of options for viewing the series expands our reach in a meaningful way. Landmark Theatres is an ideal partner in our national mission to bring this project to moviegoing audiences across the country through every available viewing experience.”

On October 21, 2014, WE THE ECONOMY will launch simultaneously across multiple platforms including online, video on demand, broadcast and mobile, reaching the broadest possible audience, at no charge to the viewer.

The WE THE ECONOMY series trailer can be viewed on VIMEO.  For more information on WE THE ECONOMY, please visit

You can also follow WE THE ECONOMY on -, Twitter - @wetheeconomy, and