January 12, 2011 -- Cinedigm, the global leader in digital cinema, has teamed with Red Bull and its media distribution partner WAX to bring the harrowing documentary "Mount St. Elias" to 15 digital theatres around the U.S. and Canada. For one night only, moviegoers can witness this visually stunning film. Audiences will get a big screen glimpse into one of the greatest feats in mountaineering and skiing history as three Alpine skiers risk their lives in pursuit of the world's longest descent.

Created by the Red Bull Media House, "Mount St. Elias" is a perfect candidate for digital distribution and benefits from the extremely targeted and efficient distribution model brought forth by digital cinema technology. Digital cinema provides moviemakers with a unique opportunity to bring their theatrical releases to screens while eliminating the cost of film prints and effectively reaching the fan base through social media, grassroots efforts and highly targeted media campaigns without the cost of a traditional national advertising campaign.

The film, a recipient of global film festival awards, follows three skiers as they brave temperatures of 40 degrees below zero, dense fog and falling rocks in hopes of descending the longest continuous ski run in the world - a 21 mile descent from summit to sea level featuring a massive vertical relief up to 60 degrees steep. The previous attempt to ski this slope ended in tragedy when two of the most experienced skiers fell to their deaths in 2002. Director Gerald Salmina captures adventurer Axel Naglich, ski alpinist Peter Ressmann and free ski pro Jon Johnston as they risk everything to achieve what no man has ever done before.

"Mount St. Elias" is one of many recent live and alternative content programming releases by Cinedigm including the ground-breaking world-wide LIVE 3D broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Championship, the BCS National Championship in LIVE 3D, the Dave Matthews Band concert in 3D and the sold out PHISH 3D concert. Cinedigm also releases the six-year-old KIDTOONS series, a weekly family friendly matinee series that runs in more than 165 theatres across the country.

The theatres presenting "Mount St. Elias" on January 27, 2011:

City/Theater
Boise, ID/Regal Boise Stadium 22
Colorado Springs, CO/Carmike Chapel Hills 15
Denver, CO/AMC Cherry Creek 8
Eugene, OR/Regal Valley River Center Stadium 15
Grand Junction, CO/Carmike 7-Grand Junction
Los Angeles, CA/Rave 18
Missoula, MT/Carmike 10-Missoula
Portland, OR/Cinemagic Clarks Pond 8
Pullman, WA/CFB Village Center 8
Seattle, WA/Regal Meridian 16
South Portland, ME/Cinemagic Clarks Pond 8
Stateline, NV/Hollywood Horizon Stadium 8
Steamboat Springs, CO/Carmike Chief Plaza 4
Vancouver, BC/Cineplex International Village
Williston, VT/Maple Tree Majestic 10

For more information on the screenings, and details on the film, please visit: http://www.cinedigm.com/mountstelias/

 

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New York, NY -- IFC Films announced today that the company is releasing the original, uncut version of Gaspar Noe's ENTER THE VOID in New York and Los Angeles. The new cut includes 20 minutes of footage never before seen in American theaters-although it was this longer version that was released theatrically in France, to great acclaim. VOID first opened in New York on September 24th, 2010 at the IFC Center and still continues to play to packed theaters as it enters into the fifth month of its run, making it one of the top grossing films in IFC Center history. Gaspar Noé's provocative drama has proven to be one of the most talked about films of the year, appearing on numerous top-ten lists, including lists by filmmakers such as Edgar Wright, John Waters, and Quentin Tarantino who have all named it one of the best films of 2010. Tarantino comments about VOID, "Hands down best credit scene of the year... Maybe best credit scene of the decade. One of the greatest in cinema history."

Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) and his sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta) are recent arrivals in Tokyo. Oscar's a small time drug dealer, and Linda works as a nightclub stripper. One night, Oscar is caught up in a police bust and shot. As he lies dying, his spirit, faithful to the promise he made his sister that he would never abandon her, refuses to leave the world of the living. It wanders through the city, in visions growing evermore distorted, evermore nightmarish. Past, present and future merge in a hallucinatory maelstrom.

Required to deliver a shorter version of ENTER THE VOID for international sale, Noé decided to excise an entire reel from his original cut, skipping over part of Oscar's transition into the spirit world. In the restored footage "Oscar wakes up in the morgue and he thinks he's alive but he's dead," Noé explains, "and his sister, his friends say, "No, man, you're not you, you're not Oscar. You're a zombie." He looks in the mirror and sees the face of his father instead of his own face and Alex says, "No, c'mon, man. You never came back to life. You're dead, you've been cremated. You're just dreaming that you're alive. And then we go to that astral vision where he comes out from that urn where his ashes are inside his sister's apartment and she throws his ashes into the sink and the camera gets into the sink. And that's where we see some weird kind of insects..." Noé adds, "Actually, when I proposed that solution to the producers, they told me they thought it was never going to work."

The French Theatrical ENTER THE VOID will be playing the IFC Center January 14th through January 20th with daily showtimes at 3:10pm and 8:40pm and an additional Friday and Saturday showing at 11:45pm. The film will also be playing an engagement at The Landmark Nuart Theater in Los Angeles on January 21st for a special midnight showing. This will be the last chance to see ENTER THE VOID in theaters before the DVD release on January 26th by MPI Home Video.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for the year 2010.

"The best documentary filmmaking provides the audience with the rare opportunity of experiencing a life, a place or a situation that might otherwise be too remote or too unknown to ever discover on our own," said Hackford. "The excellent work of our five nominees illuminates, educates and inspires us in extraordinary ways. My congratulations to each of our nominees."

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

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DOCUMENTARY

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

LIXIN FAN

Last Train Home

Eye Steel Film, ITVS, Canada

Council for the Arts

Zeitgeist Films

This is Mr. Fan's first DGA Award nomination.

CHARLES FERGUSON

Inside Job

Representational Pictures

Sony Pictures Classics

This is Mr. Ferguson's first DGA Award nomination.

ALEX GIBNEY

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

ES Productions

Magnolia Pictures

This is Mr. Gibney's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for Taxi to the Dark Side in 2007.

DAVIS GUGGENHEIM

Waiting for "Superman"

Public Education LLC

Paramount Vantage

Mr. Guggenheim's Directorial Team:

· Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey

This is Mr. Guggenheim's first DGA Award nomination.

TIM HETHERINGTON AND SEBASTIAN JUNGER

Restrepo

Outpost Films

National Geographic Entertainment

This is the first DGA Award nomination for Mr. Hetherington and Mr. Junger.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) today announced an agreement with Paramount Pictures to release four of the studio's tentpole releases in 2011 -- Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Each film will open day-and-date in IMAX(R) theatres worldwide. Sony Pictures Entertainment is co-production partner on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) will handle distribution and marketing in most key territories overseas.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, both originally shot in 3D, will be digitally re-mastered into IMAX's format for presentation in IMAX(R) 3D.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol continues the legacy of The Dark Knight and its revolutionary integration of IMAX original footage as this fourth chapter in the Mission: Impossible franchise will feature scenes shot with IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, exclusively in IMAX, will expand on the screen and further immerse the audience in the explosive action and vast scope of the film.

"Consumer demand for The IMAX Experience(R) has never been higher," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. "Coupled with the rising popularity of the IMAX brand, the growing number of IMAX screens and the increased interest from our top filmmakers to have their movies offered in this format, IMAX is and continues to be a key part of our release strategy."

"Paramount Pictures consistently delivers top-quality, highly entertaining films that audiences love to see in IMAX, and with these new titles, we believe our 2011 lineup is on its way to becoming the most robust slate we've ever had," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Our growing worldwide network will enable even more movie fans to experience their favorite films in the best possible way."

"When you combine the incredible storytelling talents of J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Brad Bird, and Steven Spielberg with technologies that transport the audience into the story, you create an awe-inspiring experience that takes movie-goers to places they only dream of -- and that is what the core and spirit of our partnership with Paramount Pictures is all about," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are very excited to share these amazing event films with IMAX exhibitors and movie-goers and look forward to working with these brilliant filmmakers as they showcase their talents in our format."

Super 8 will be released on June 10, 2011; Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be released on July 1, 2011; Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol will be released on December 16, 2011; and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be released on December 28, 2011 (U.S. release date).

 

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Raleigh, NC, and Los Angeles -- Microspace Communications Corporation (Microspace), the leading distributor of digital cinema via satellite, announced today that it has been selected by Emerging Pictures to deliver its 2010/2011 Ballet in Cinema series. The Ballet marks the 20th live and alternative programming Microspace has delivered to date, with an additional 19 events already scheduled for delivery to movie theaters in 2011. Microspace began the agreement with the December 19 live Moscow transmission of holiday favorite "The Nutcracker" by the famed Bolshoi Ballet.

Microspace continues to grow its slate of live and alternative content programming deliveries to theater customers all across North America, further establishing its leadership role in delivering digital cinema via satellite to more than 3,500 screens in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Previously, Microspace has provided Emerging Pictures with satellite services for its ongoing Opera in Cinema series, coordinating and delivering live feeds from Milan, Barcelona, London and other international locations.

With more than 130 venues, Emerging has a network of commercial multiplexes, performing arts institutions, and independent art house theaters, tied together through digital technology - enabling them to cost effectively exhibit specialty films, documentaries, foreign language films, independent cinema and cultural programming.

"Emerging Pictures selected Microspace to deliver all our Culture in Cinema series for its expertise in delivering content under a tight timeline at a very competitive cost," said Barry Rebo, managing partner, Emerging Pictures. "Microspace plays an important role in coordinating the technical efforts between our content partners and theaters, insuring the content plays flawlessly and looks amazing on the big screen. Our international content partners - RAI Trade, Opus Arte, CielEcran, and others - have all come to respect Microspace as an invaluable member of the Emerging team."

Microspace is a one-stop-shop for a live and alternative content delivery, providing consulting services and acting as the conduit between content creators, exhibitors and production teams.

"The live and alternative content business is a very nice complement to our digital cinema delivery via satellite services, because of our large installed base in North America and our experience in delivering content on a regular basis for virtually all of the major movie studios," said Joe Amor, vice president and general manager, Microspace. "With more than 19 event programming already scheduled for 2011, this sector of our business continues to grow at a rapid rate."

Since 2005, Microspace has delivered 72 major motion pictures from nine studios, including the first 3-D movie and the first 4K movie via satellite using its VELOCITY® system. Microspace now services 260 theaters within the United States, Mexico and Canada including Allen Theaters, AMC, Carmike Cinemas, Celebration! Cinema, Cineplex Entertainment, Mann Theaters, Marquee Cinemas, Megaplex and Ultrastar Cinemas.

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