LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired North American distribution rights to Israeli photographer and filmmaker Shaul Schwarz's NARCO CULTURA, which world premiered last week at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition section. The film was produced by Parts & Labor's Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy and Ocean Size Pictures' Todd Hagopian; executive produced by Fred Warren and Robin Warren; and edited by Bryan Chang and Jay Arthur Sterrenberg. It will next screen at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama section. Cinedigm plans a theatrical release and awards qualifying run for the film in 2013.
To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws, glorified by musicians who praise their new models of fame and success. To this new constituency, they represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new American dream fueled by an addiction to money, drugs, and violence. NARCO CULTURA is an explosive look at the drug cartels' pop culture influence on both sides of the border as seen through the eyes of an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico's Drug War.
"Through its unprecedented access and shocking imagery, NARCO CULTURA reveals the complex interplay between the tyranny wrought by the drug cartels, as well as their prominent role in defining the culture at large," said Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Acquisitions, Theatrical, for Cinedigm. "We are so proud to be working with Shaul and the producers to bring NARCO CULTURA to audiences, who upon seeing the film, will not be able to ignore this crisis any longer."
"From the first time I went to Juarez in 2008 as a photojournalist, I knew I wanted to tell the complex story of the drug war not from the side of policy, police, or cartel, but instead from the lives of people who are directly and indirectly affected by the endless cycle of violence," said Schwarz. "Today I am ecstatic that Cinedigm has come onboard to distribute this film. We had an amazing reception at Sundance and now I know more people will get a chance to see the reality that is commonly ignored as the drug war rages on."
Emily Rothschild, director of acquisitions for Cinedigm, negotiated the film deal with CAA, on behalf of the filmmakers.
NARCO CULTURA is Schwarz's film debut. His photography work has appeared in major international publications such as National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Geo, Paris Match, Stern, El Pais Magazine, GQ and Marie Claire among others. His coverage of the conflict in Haiti in 2004 received two World Press Awards. In 2005, Schwarz won the highly acclaimed humanitarian Visa D'or Award for his photographic work on settlers from the Gaza Strip. Schwarz is represented by CAA.
Hagopian is currently in pre-production on another collaboration with Parts & Labor, DIRTY WHITE BOY, which will star Michael K. Williams as the late hip-hop artist Old Dirty Bastard.
This deal marks the third in the last week for Parts & Labor producers' Van Hoy and Knudsen who went to Sundance this year with three films in competition. In addition to NARCO CULTURA, the duo produced Andrew Dosunmu's MOTHER OF GEORGE featuring a breakout performance by Danai Gurira (which sold to Oscilloscope Laboratories), and David Lowery's romantic drama AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster (which was acquired by IFC Films). Parts & Labor has produced more than a dozen films including Mike Mills' BEGINNERS (for which Christopher Plummer won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Ira Sachs' KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, Aaron Katz's COLD WEATHER and Julia Lotkev's THE LONELIEST PLANET.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jan. 30, 2013-- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announces Regal Oscar® Movie Week featuring all nine Best Picture nominated films back on the big screen Friday, February 15, through Thursday, February 21. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 1 at participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres.
"Regal's Oscar® Movie Week is the most convenient way to see all of the Best Picture Nominees. Regal is the only major exhibitor showcasing these nine fantastic films back on the silver screen for a full week," stated Ken Thewes, Chief Marketing Officer for Regal Entertainment Group. "Again this year, we are also thrilled to offer our Regal Crown Club members the chance to win a seat along the red carpet at next year's ceremony."
The "Red Carpet Dreams Sweepstakes" is an exclusive opportunity at Regal Entertainment Group theatres to win a trip to L.A. to view the Red Carpet Arrivals at the 2014 Oscars®. Regal Crown Club members are automatically entered for their chance to win the trip by purchasing tickets to Oscar® nominated films at Regal.
Starting on Friday, February 15, Regal will alternate between presenting 4 or 5 of the Best Picture nominated films each day for the entire week-long festival. Moviegoers can purchase a daily pass for $30 or a special 2-day pass to see all nine films for only $50. Daily passes are available online and at participating locations. The special 2-day pass is only available at the box office. Additionally, with each ticket purchased, moviegoers will receive a coupon good for the Regal Oscar® Movie Week Combo of a medium popcorn and medium drink for only $5. Those purchasing the special 2-day pass will receive 2 coupons valid for the combo.
During Regal Oscar® Movie Week, the nine nominated films will be presented on the following days:
Fri (2/15); Sun (2/17); Tue (2/19) & Thu (2/21)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) 12:00
Life of Pi (PG) 1:50
Les Miserables (PG-13) 4:20
Amour (PG-13) 7:20
Lincoln (PG-13) 9:50
Sat (2/16); Mon (2/18); Wed (2/20)
Django Unchained (R) 12:15
Silver Linings Playbook (R) 3:20
Zero Dark Thirty (R) 5:45
Argo (R) 8:45
Kansas City, Mo. -- For the past 24 years, John McClane has done battle in a building, an airport, on the streets of New York and against Cyber Terrorists. Before seeing him back in action in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, guests can experience all of the action and thrills from the previous Die Hard films, as AMC Theatres® and 20th Century Fox present a Die Hard Marathon on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
AMC is running the all-day Die Hard Marathon, beginning at noon on Feb. 13, and concluding with the 10 p.m. premiere of the newest installment of the Die Hard franchise: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. In addition to access to five of the greatest action movies of all time, guests attending the Die Hard Marathon will receive a collector lanyard and an exclusive AMC commemorative gift (a full-size original DIE HARD poster). AMC Stubs members will receive $5 bonus bucks to use on the day of the event when they purchase their tickets in advance.
"Die Hard is an iconic movie franchise that helped redefine the term 'action movie,'" said Sun Dee Larson, vice president of film marketing and communications at AMC. "What better way to get ready for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD than with all of the action, thrills, explosions and general melee that we've become accustomed to with the Die Hard films."
DIE HARD MARATHON - Wednesday, Feb. 13, beginning at Noon
DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER
DIE HARD WITH A VENGANCE
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
The Die Hard Marathon is available for $35 at approximately 100 AMC locations nationwide. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.amctheatres.com/movies/die-hard-marathon.
Cinema do Brasil -- a national organization formed by a coalition between several groups including the Audiovisual Industries Union for the State of São Paulo, the Cultural Department of the Ministry of External Relations, and the Brazilian National Film Board -- will give sales agents $40K to promote Brazilians films at international festivals. The new initiative will launch at this February's Berlin Film Festival, where the major Brazilian films in contention will be Bruno Barreto's Reaching for the Moon and Maria Florencia Alvarez's Habi, the Foreigner. Said Cinema do Brazil's Andre Sturm, "Promoting a film selected in these events is costly work. This action provides resources to sales agents that were successful in including Brazilian films in important festivals, to allow them to do an even better job." The goal of the CDB is to build ties to distribute Brazilian films abroad and encourage international co-productions. Plans have already been announced to donate the same amount of financing to upcoming film festivals in Cannes, Locarno, Venice and San Sebastian.
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Adrian Smith has been promoted to the position of president of Sony Pictures Releasing Domestic Distribution, it was announced today by Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment. In conjunction with the promotion, Adam Bergerman and John Spinello have been named Assistant General Sales Managers for Domestic Distribution and each will report to Smith.
The promotions are part of a realignment of the studio's domestic distribution division. Commenting on the announcement, Bruer said, "For nearly 25 years, Adrian has helped to make our domestic team the best in the business. He is one of the most savvy and skilled sales executives in our industry. Adrian is both respected and beloved by our team and our exhibition partners."
Smith added, "Adam and John collectively bring over 30 years of experience to the company - both have been with us since the mid-1990s and have played key roles in building all of our key franchises, from Spider-Man and Men in Black to Robert Langdon, not to mention the three biggest James Bond films of all time. It's an honor to work with two of the most accomplished and well regarded sales executives in the industry and these promotions are well-deserved. I feel privileged to work with such a dynamic and experienced distribution team."
Smith is a veteran of hundreds of release campaigns, joining Sony Pictures in 1989 as western district manager for TriStar Pictures. In 2000, he was named senior vice president and western division manager for Sony Pictures Releasing, and in 2011, he was appointed executive vice president and general sales manager, overseeing domestic sales for all Sony Pictures films. He began his career at Mann Theatres in Westwood in 1976, then segued to the sales department at United Artists in 1979. He joined 20th Century Fox in 1983, then was appointed branch manager at Cannon Releasing in 1985.
Spinello joined Sony Pictures in 1997 as managing director, Eastern Sales Division and was promoted to vice president, Eastern Sales Division in 2003. He was again promoted to senior vice president / division manager Eastern Sales Division in 2008. He began his career at United Artists Theaters in 1991, joining their film division in 1992 and overseeing numerous territories.
Bergerman joined Sony Pictures in 1996 as a booker for the Eastern Division, was promoted to sales manager Eastern Division in 1998, district manager for the Eastern Division in 2001, vice president / managing director for the Eastern Division in 2009, and senior vice president / division manager for the Western Division last year.