Bill Benenson has teamed with cinematographer Steve Elkins for a documentary about the search for a legendary lost city in Honduras. The Dirt! The Movie filmmaker and the Emmy-winning Elkins will co-direct and co-produce the documentary. Venture Technologies Investment Group founder Gary Spire will executive produce. Shot over two decades in the Central American country, the doc also utilizes recently developed aerial laser imaging to survey the vast Mosquitia jungle region. The LiDAR tech was able to see through the thick rain forest growth. The result, Benenson tells Deadline, reveals “hidden manmade structures” and “lost remains” in the area rumored to once have been the home of the fabled city of Ciudad Blanca. The legend of the Mosquito Coast river valley’s White City, so named for its supposed white rock buildings, has grown over the centuries since conquistador Hernan Cortes first heard of it in 1526. Benenson’s feature film Dirt! The Movie, narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, was a 2009 Sundance Film Festival Selection. The film had its TV premiere on Earth Day 2010 on PBS’s Independent Lens. The film recently played at the Beijing International Film Festival as one of only two chosen American documentaries.
‘Dirt! The Movie’ In China
Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow’s Dirt! The Movie — the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility — is one of only a pair American documentary films chosen for the Beijing International Film Festival. Benenson is attending with his wife and executive producer Laurie Benenson. The second edition of the festival opened Monday amid a movie industry boom in China with box office revenue totaling in excess of $2 billion for the first time in 2011, and China just overtook Japan to become the largest foreign market for American films, according to the MPAA.
Cinemark Promotes Steve Bunnell To SVP Global Content
Movie exhibitor Cinemark has promoted Steve Bunnell to SVP Global Content Programming. Bunnell, who joined the company in 2009 to oversee film buying in the U.S., will manage film buying and programming efforts for Cinemark’s U.S. and Latin American markets. Bunnell will be a key figure in Cinemark’s global ambitions as the “industry embraces digital technologies, satellite delivery and alternative content,” according to CEO Tim Warner. With 456 theaters and 5,152 screens in the U.S. and Latin America as of December 2011, Cinemark soon add 17 theaters in the U.S. and Internationally.
Italy’s Switchover Media Hires Fabrizio Salini, Former Fox Exec
Rome-based channel operator Switchover Media has appointed Fabrizio Salini to its board …