LOS ANGELES, CA -- Relativity Media's Rogue and AMC Theatres announced today that Sean Kirkpatrick's Cost of a Soul is the winner of "The Big Break Movie Contest." As the winner, Kirkpatrick receives exclusive on-screen distribution courtesy of AMC throughout the United States starting April 15th.
Kirkpatrick directed Cost of a Soul, starring Chris Kerson and Will Blagrove, from his original script. The movie tells the story of two Iraq War veterans who return home to their slum neighborhood in Philadelphia, only to find themselves trapped in a life they joined the military to escape. As they struggle for redemption, their own families become entangled in a web of crime, corruption and violence.
The panel of judges who chose Cost of a Soul included: actress Kate Bosworth, Relativity's CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity's President of Worldwide Production, Tucker Tooley, AMC Theatres' Vice President of Specialty and Alternative Content, Nikkole Denson-Randolph and Youtube "Beyond the Trailer" Creator, Grace Randolph.
While the decision ultimately rested on the judges, online voting was open to the public for one week, encouraging fans to connect with both outstanding independent films.
"The Big Break Contest was created for one reason - to support and encourage new filmmakers. Sean personifies the spirit that Rogue embraces, a young filmmaker who did it his way, wrote a heartfelt script about his hometown, raised the money himself from friends and family and shot it with a skeleton crew on the tough streets of Philadelphia. We're delighted that his movie has been chosen," said Randall Cox, President of Rogue Life, LLC.
"AMC Theatres salutes Cost of a Soul, which is a perfect example of the type of films we showcase through AMC independentTM," said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Vice President of Specialty and Alternative Content at AMC Theatres. "Cost of a Soul also illustrates our enthusiasm for celebrating independent filmmaking and providing unknown yet talented new filmmakers an opportunity to present their labors of love on the big screen."
Cost of a Soul opens in 50 theatres nationwide on April 15th as part of the AMC independentTM program which showcases the best independent films and targets interested moviegoers through unique promotions and other customized marketing efforts. For updates on the markets that will feature Cost of a Soul, visit AMCTheatres.com/independent.
Showings of Cost of a Soul at the 50 AMC theatres will begin after the film premieres at the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest and Philadelphia Cinefest.
Washington D.C. -- Jason Momoa will receive a "CinemaCon Rising Star of 2011 Award," it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, which will be held March 28-31, 2011, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Momoa will be presented with this special honor at the inaugural "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Award" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 31st in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, Official Presenting Sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program. In its first year, CinemaCon will be singling out the achievements of two up-and-coming talents, Jason Momoa and Julianne Hough, with special Rising Stars of 2011 Awards.
"Bringing with him an already loyal fanbase from ‘Stargate: Atlantis: Jason Momoa is sure to entertain audiences in the action adventure Conan the Barbarian," noted Neuhauser. "We are thrilled to be able to present him with a CinemaCon Rising Star of 2011 Award and can't wait to see what this new leading action star will do in the future."
"It's an incredible honor to be recognized in this way, and I'm happy that CinemaCon and the exhibition community are as excited as I am for the release of this film," said Momoa of receiving the award.
"Jason is the definition of a rising star," added President of Lionsgate's Film Group Joe Drake. "He will absolutely be the next unstoppable male action hero, and we are so proud that it will be because of this film. We're thrilled that CinemaCon has seen the same star qualities in Jason as we did."
Momoa explodes onto the big screen in this summer's action-blockbuster Conan The Barbarian. He will also appear in the highly-anticipated HBO series Game Of Thrones, as the warlord ‘Khal Drogo' which debuts April 17th. Jason, best known for his portrayal of ‘Ronan Dex' on Stargate: Atlantis is currently in pre-production on Road To Paloma, an art-house independent road project. He is represented by APA.
CYPRESS, Calif. -- Cineplex Entertainment ("Cineplex") (TSX: CGX) will debut a world-first showing of a movie in 4K DLP® cinema for moviegoers this week at Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, using the new Christie® CP4200 platform. The premium, high-definition 4K digital cinema format delivers four times as many pixels to screens as mainstream digital cinema. The first movie to be screened at the theatre using this platform will be an epic action movie debuting tomorrow.
"At Cineplex our goal is to deliver an exceptional entertainment experience to our guests," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "Christie projectors provide the sharpest on-screen image so our guests can enjoy the stunning imagery of today's movies the way they are meant to be enjoyed, on a big screen in a theatre."
Christie's new Solaria Series CP4200 platform is a superior 4K DLP® cinema projection solution that drives the world's most brilliant standard and 3D images, the highest level of content security, and the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance for cinema operators everywhere. The platform can drive screens as wide as 105 feet, and 3D screens as wide as 75 feet.
"This will mark the first time anywhere that moviegoers will be able to see what's possible on the big screen with a superior 4K DLP cinema projection solution. Cinema fans are going to enjoy the depth and extreme quality of the visuals this new projection technology delivers," says Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "We pioneered digital cinema and we're proud to deliver another ‘first' to movie audiences and exhibitors."
"This first installation has been completed at Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo in southern Ontario. The landmark project was managed by Christie and Cineplex, and installed by Cinematronix. The installation features a Solaria Series CP4230 to drive a 65-foot projection throw to a 52-foot wide silver screen," said Dave Muscat, senior director of sales, Christie Canada. The Solaria Series includes the CP4220 for traditional cinema venues, and the CP4230 designed for the largest theatres, Muscat added.
The CP4200 platform:
- Uses Brilliant3DTM technology to deliver high performance 3D with no compromises
- Delivers perfect pixel alignment for optimal image quality
- Drives the largest screens in premium movie theaters, up to 105-feet wide
- Streamlines time-consuming maintenance procedures
- The Christie SolariaTM Series CP4200, powered by Christie XenoliteTM lamps
- Offers the most enhanced, premium 4K experience for the lowest cost of DLP® operation
Christie is the world leader in the digital screening market (2D and 3D), approaching 20,000 digital cinema projectors installed to date and more being installed every day. Twice honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for technical achievement, Christie has used that experience and the proven design concepts of its best-selling Christie CP2000 digital cinema projector platform to introduce the powerful but cost-effective 4K DLP Cinema® projection solution.
Christie's 4K DLP Solution Boasts Impressive Numbers
Christie's 4K DLP solution is ideal for theatres with screens 55-feet and wider, using a 1.4" Enhanced 4K DMD DLP Cinema chip to drive a massive, crisp resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. The projectors provide 34,000 lumens brightness, with a contrast ratio greater than 2100:1.
A pioneer in digital projection technology for cinema, Christie is the first company to install and present digital cinema solutions based on 4K, Series 2 DLP® technology from Texas Instruments. Using Texas Instruments' 1.4 DLP Cinema chip, the 4200 series displays more than 35 trillion Academy® accurate colors, meaning moviegoers see every little detail, even in the shadows.