NEW YORK, NY (April 29, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to Chiemi Karasawa’s directorial debut ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, a feature documentary about the stage and screen icon that made its world premiere last week at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film was produced by Karasawa and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, and executive produced by Alec Baldwin and Cheryl Wiesenfeld. READ MORE »
Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket added the Heineken Audience Award for best narrative to its previously-won jury awards Saturday at the Tribeca Film Fest. At Thursday’s awards the Laos-set pic nabbed Best Narrative Feature and Best Actor …
The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winners of its competition categories for a festival that runs through Sunday. Here are the feature film winners:
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The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature – The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt (Australia). Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by AKA, and the art award Two Voices #1 by Angelina Nasso. The award was given by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. The jurors for the 2013 World Narrative Competition were Bryce Dallas-Howard, Blythe Danner, Paul Haggis, Kenneth Lonergan, and Jessica Winter.
Jury Comments: “The Rocket is a spectacular achievement that is powerful and delightful in equal measures. Artfully structured and gorgeously shot, it chronicles the struggles of a displaced family while steering well clear of either sentimentality or despair. Complex in its tone and characterizations, the film takes an unflinching – and edifying – look at the suffering caused both by a legacy of war and the new status quo of economic globalization. And yet, while never losing sight of those grim realities, it also offers us a transcendent tale of hope and perseverance in a world that few Westerners ever have the chance to see.”
Special Jury Mention — Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors, directed by Sam Fleischner. The announcement was made by Kenneth Lonergan.
Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film – Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo in The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt (Australia). Winner receives $2,500. The award was given by Blythe Danner.
Jury Comments: “One of the great pleasures this year was the discovery of this young, non-professional actor, who plays his role with an irresistible blend of pluck, stoic determination and vulnerability. Sitthiphon Disamoe carried a big, ambitious production on his small shoulders, with charm and grace to spare.”
Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film – Veerle Baetens as Elise Vandevelde in The Broken Circle Breakdown, directed by Felix van Groeningen (Netherlands, Belgium). Winner receives $2,500. The award was given by Blythe Danner.
Jury Comments: “We’ve selected a woman who shows herself to be a totally committed and fiercely versatile actress. Veerle Baetens’ character goes from a sunny free spirit to grieving wife and mother, and no matter where we are in the course of that journey, this actress shows us the light burning inside her character, one that both sustains and destroys. She is the heart and soul of the movie, and her performance is nothing short of a tour de force.”
NEW YORK, NY – Anchor Bay Films has landed the rights to Mr. Jones at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The company has picked up all North American rights to the thriller from writer/director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of The Divide). Mr. Jones is produced by Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael. Mr. Jones, starring Jon Foster (Brotherhood, The Informers) and Sarah Jones (“Vegas”, “Big Love”, “Sons of Anarchy”), will have its world premiere at Tribeca on Friday, April 19th. Mr. Jones marks Anchor Bay Films’ third release produced by Dinerstein, having previously released director Zak Penn’s The Grand and Xavier Gens’ The Divide. Bill Clark, Anchor Bay Entertainment president, made today’s announcement. Content is handling worldwide sales and are co-representing North America with Preferred Content.
Red Obsession is directed by Warwick Ross and David Roach and features narration by Russell Crowe in telling the story of the history, triumphs and economic complexities of Bordeaux wine. The deal comes ahead of the film’s North American …
PHILADELPHIA – April 16, 2013 – Starting today, Comcast’s Xfinity TV and Tribeca Film® will bring Xfinity TV customers special access to the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival® on Xfinity On Demand. This offering includes four films available before they make their debut during the Tribeca Film Festival, which begins on April 17: The English Teacher, Fresh Meat, What Richard Did, and Greetings from Tim Buckley along with past Tribeca Film favorites that have screened at the Festival including Newlyweds, Grave Encounters, Janie Jones, Struck by Lightning, and over a dozen more.
Barnett Brettler‘s Waking Hours is set in a dystopian world where people are losing the ability to sleep and follows a British border agent as he leaves the safety of his country to search for the woman he loves. …
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Tribeca Expands In UK
The Tribeca Film Festival is coming to the UK, after a fashion. Distributor Tribeca Film will release select titles from the festival across multiple platforms in the region beginning April 16 and for an eight-week run. The movies, including two that are screening at the festival this year, will be accessible via pay-per-view with Virgin Media and on select digital platforms including iTunes, PlayStation, and Xbox. Greetings From Tim Buckley and Fresh Meat along with previous fest selections Supporting Characters, Rubberneck, Monogamy and The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia will be available. Tribeca chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore tells me the festival is also exploring the initiative in places beyond the UK. “We want to see how the model works and how much the Tribeca Festival brand can expand.” Gilmore says it’s clear that festival platforms are “something you have to take advantage of in the distribution world.
The Tribeca Film Festival‘s Tribeca Talks section will feature conversations with Clint Eastwood interviewed by Darren Aronofsky, Richard Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, director Mira Nair with actress Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jay Roach with Ben Stiller. Among the Tribeca Talks: After The Movie event panelists are Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Page, Gloria Steinem and Adrian Grenier. The Tribeca Talks panel series is open to the public and will take place throughout the festival, which will run from April 17-28, 2013 at locations around New York City.
As it does once each year, the very East Coast Tribeca Film Festival picked up its stakes this week and moved to the West Coast to create enthusiasm in Hollywood for this year’s 12th edition, as the fest is still trying to make its mark as it falls between Sundance and SXSW and Cannes. It opens April 17 with the world premiere of the musical documentary Mistaken For Strangers and will feature several world premieres spread among several sections and special screenings over the course of the fest, which concludes April 28th.
Tribeca’s Geoff Gilmore and his programming staff are in town all week making the rounds and also threw a splashy party Monday night at the Beverly Hilton pool to celebrate not only the 2013 festival program but also upcoming releases from Tribeca Film, the distribution arm of the company.