Ten Nonfiction Films Combine Art, Science: Sundance Institute | Sandbox Fund Grantees

The nonprofit ​Sundance Institute​ and ​Sandbox Films​, a new mission-driven documentary studio, selected and announced their latest cohort of filmmakers and projects supported by the ​Sundance Institute | Sandbox Fund​, an initiative that elevates the voices of independent artists.

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TBS Orders Full Season of Go-Big Show

TBS has ordered a full season of Go-Big Show, an hour-long extreme talent competition starring celebrity judges Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles and "The American Nightmare" Cody, and hosted by popular comedian Bert Kreischer.

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Screen Media Acquires MMA Fight Film "Cagefighter"

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, announced today the acquisition of all US rights to the mixed-martial-arts, action film Cagefighter. Screen Media will release the film day and date on October 9, 2020.

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Amazon Unveils Steve McQueen's Mangrove Trailer

Amazon Prime Video has debuted the official trailer for Mangrove, one of five films featured in Small Axe, the highly anticipated anthology series from Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen (Hunger, 12 Years A Slave).

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Academy Board of Governors 2020-2021 Officers Elected

Casting Director David Rubin was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's Board of Governors. Others elected include Lois Burwell, Larry Karaszewski, Isis Mussenden, Wynn P. Thomas, Jim Gianopulos and Janet Yang.

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Star-Studded Documentary "Becoming Iconic: Jonathan Baker"

Independent distributor Green Apple Entertainment is set to distribute the highly anticipated Digital HD, DVD and VOD debut of filmmaker Jonathan Baker's fascinating Hollywood documentary, BECOMING ICONIC:  JONATHAN BAKER, following academic distribution through the Fall of 2020.

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Academy Announces Academy Aperture 2025

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the next phase of its equity and inclusion initiative, Academy Aperture 2025, which includes inclusions standards for Oscar eligibility, maximum governor term limits, and permanent Best Picture category total.

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AFI DOCS 2020 Forum to Feature Sessions In Rapidly Changing World Events, Filmmaker Panels, Networking Opportunities

AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T, has announced its 2020 Forum. Open to all AFI DOCS passholders and festival filmmakers, the five-day Forum will take place June 17-21, with live sessions streaming online.

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Amazon Studios Greenlights Season Two of Upload

Amazon Studios announced today that it has renewed Upload, to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime video, for a second season of the sci-fi comedy series from the award-winning, beloved creator Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation). 

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  • Five Must-Visit Southwest Vacation Destinations

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    Whether for a stress-relieving holiday getaway, vacation in the New Year, or for those on your "nice list," as it is better to give than receive, travel is top of mind for many this time of year.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama, G7 Meet; Hillary Kicks Off Campaign; Rachel Dolezal; Jurassic World Rules

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    President Obama attended the G7 Summit where the nations present affirmed a uniformed approached to key issues effecting all countries, including the recovery process of the economic recession, the direction of the war on ISIS and sanctions on Russia.

     
  • Pastry Love Cookbook Review – Enticing, Thorough, Easy to Understand

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    Pastry Love: A Baker's Journal of Favorite Recipes, brings to the pages of this oversize hardback the favorite recipes that have made its author, Joanne Chang, a well-known, award-winning, and internationally respected professional pastry arts Chef.

     
  • The William Blake Gallery San Francisco Presents: William Blake in Color

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    The William Blake Gallery presents William Blake In Color, a selection of plates from the Illuminated Books of William Blake (1951 - 1987) by the Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust. Exhibition Dates: April 22 - July 28, 2017.

     
  • Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, Patty Jenkins Among Artists At 2017 AFI Awards Luncheon

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    America's finest film and television artists were among the guests honored by the American Film Institute (AFI) at its annual AWARDS luncheon.  With no winners or losers, AFI AWARDS celebrates the creative ensembles behind the year's most outstanding storytelling in film and television.

     
  • Interview & Review: Pawn Shop Chronicles, a Disturbing Red Neck Romp from Director Wayne Kramer

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    Pawn Shop Chronicles” from Anchor Bay Films and Mimran Schur Pictures, presents a frenzied, disturbing trip full of all the conflict, offense, and drama, one could expect in a confederate red neck romp.

     
  • Three Defendants Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Participating in $57.3 Million Fraud on Victims of Nazi Persecution

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    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that GENRIKH KOLONTYRSKIY, MOYSEY KUCHER, and DORA KUCHER pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to defraud programs administered by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (the Claims Conference), established to aid the survivors of Nazi persecution, out of more than $57 million.

     
  • Deadpool 2 - A Wild, Over The Top, Ride Through A Mad Man’s Mind

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    Deadpool 2, from Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox, picks up the sequel as Wade Wilson, Deadpool, combining his crime fighting, heroic and super mutant powers with a little slice of normal, set out to rid the world of really bad guys.

     
  • Business News: The Evaporating American Homeownership Dream Verses Higher Education

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    Picture a home of your own, a white-picket fence, front porch, yard or view. Sound like a fairy tale? Homeownership appears increasingly elusive to a large population subset, but a whopping 72% or $8.74 trillion of U.S. debt is mortgage-related, according to MarketWatch.  

  • Beltway Insider: Iran Deal Finalized; ISIS Attack; Drug Lord Escapes; Greece; Memphis Soul

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    President Obama, after a series of delays, announced an historic deal with President Rhouhani and the people of Iran that will greatly reduce the nuclear power generated and permanently dismantle the ability to develop atomic weapons.

     
  • WINNERS INTERVIEWS: LIFE OF PI Snags Four OSCARS, ARGO, LES MIZ Take Home Three; LINCOLN, DJANGO UNCHAINED Leave with Two

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    The 85th Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, provided an evening of surprising upsets, with no real conqueror emerging, as eight of the nine Best Picture nominated films picked-up at least one golden statuette from academy voters.

     
  • Beltway Insider: President Signs Budget, Defense Law; Snowden Satisfied; Beirut, Russia Suicide Bombs

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    President Barack Obama, in Hawaii with his family for the annual holiday break, has signed the defense law which calls for harsher penalties for sexual assault within the military and begins the process of closing Guantanamo Bay.

     
  • Boy Erased Review - Exceptional Character Driven Performances Drive this Religious Drama

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    Boy Erased, from Focus Features, presents the true story of a Pentecostal preacher and his son, whom after discovering he is gay presents to him the option of attending conversion therapy or leaving his family forever.

     
  • Harry Winston Diamonds, Colombian Emeralds, Kashmir Sapphires and Art Deco Jewelry Headline Bonhams Fine Jewelry New York Sale

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    Among the many jewels with fascinating provenance being offered to Bonhams clients will be a remarkable collection of jewelry owned by the Olympic gold medalist Katherine Domyan. Leading the sale are two necklaces formerly owned by the swimmer.

     
  • Mommy Review – Character Driven Brilliance

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    Mommy, from TeleFilm Canada and Roadside Attractions, brings to the screen a deeply concerning story of a widowed mother, her bi-polar violent son, a traumatized neighbor and the choices, intersections and decisions contemporary life presents.