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‘Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary’ Is A Riveting, Twisted Examination Of Non-Fiction Filmmaking [Sundance Review]

The unbelievable strangeness inherent in truth has made for some incredibly destabilizing documentaries about the blurred lines of fact and fiction. Films like “Dear Zachary,” “Catfish,” “Exit Through The Gift Shop”’ and “The Imposter” all blow themselves up in the middle all featuring “oh shit!”-like twists so disarming, so surprising they make one question the very reality and existence of what you’ve been watching.

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Former Arrow Films, Kaleidoscope execs launch UK distribution outfit Lightbulb (exclusive)

Peter Thompson, Matthew Kreuzer form joint venture.

Peter Thompson, former head of sales at Arrow Films, and Matthew Kreuzer, former sales director at Kaleidoscope, have teamed to launch a new UK distribution label, Lightbulb Film Distribution.

The company will look to pick up independent genre films from around the world, with a broad focus across language and country of origin, and the team are now reviewing potential first acquisitions. It plans to distribute theatrically as well as on digital platforms and broadcasters.

Despite the ongoing challenges in the sector, several new UK distribution banners have opened in 2018, including former Arrow
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First Trailer for ‘Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.’ Takes an Intimate Look at the Complex Layers of a Pop Icon

At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, documentary filmmaker Stephen Loveridge made his directorial debut with the premiere of Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. Following its initial premiere, Loveridge’s newest feature documentary will now find its way into theaters – courtesy of Yellow Submarine and Exit Through The Gift Shop distributor Abramorama.

The documentary centers on Sri Lankan musician and rapper Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam – better known by her artistic alias “M.I.A.” As the three-part title suggests, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. delves into the different stages of Maya’s life and takes an intimate look at her upbringing. To achieve this effect, it’s fitting that the film is culled from over 700 hours of M.I.A.’s self-archived footage of her life and career.

Our own Leonardo Goi caught the film at the New Directors/New Films Festival and applauded Loveridge’s inaugural execution in depicting an artist
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Here’s What Leaving Netflix in April 2018

Netflix has announced the titles it will be adding in April 2018, which means we also have to say good-bye to a handful of titles next month as well. The service is losing some noteworthy titles including Apollo 13, Batman, Batman Returns, Caddyshack, Cool Runnings, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Eagle vs. Shark, John Mulaney: New in Town, Never Let Me Go, Small Soldiers, The Shawshank Redemption, The Prestige, and Exit Through the Gift Shop. If you had these movies on your list for a while, perhaps bump them up to the top so you can check them out before …
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Trailer for Hulu's 'Obey Giant: The Art & Dissent of Shepard Fairey' Doc

"The idea that someone didn't like it, didn't really phase me." Hulu has premiered the trailer for the new feature-length documentary titled Obey Giant: The Art & Dissent of Shepard Fairey, which will be available on Hulu starting this weekend. Made by Oscar-winning documentarian James Moll, the film profiles the life and work of artist Shepard Fairey, following his roots in punk rock and skateboarding to his creation of the iconic Obama Hope poster and the controversy that surrounds it. We're big fans of street art and the artists behind controversial street art, including Banksy (including his two docs Exit Through the Gift Shop and Banksy Does New York) and many others. Fairey is also a prominent, well-respected artist and this seems like a fascinating, exciting look at his life and all of his work. I really want to watch this doc. Official trailer for James Moll's doc Obey Giant
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Gravitas Ventures expands into international sales

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Distribution and sales veteran Scott Kaplan has joined Gravitas Ventures as senior vice-president of global sales.

Kaplan will be based in New York and report to Gravitas president Michael Murphy, licensing new releases and library titles to international buyers.

“We see traditional international sales as complementary to our global licensing business,” Murphy told Screen. “We want to be able to give our filmmakers the best of both worlds to maximize revenue and exposure.”

Kaplan most recently served as senior vice-president of global sales at Gunpowder & Sky Distribution, and served in the same capacity at FilmBuff, which Gunpowder & Sky acquired last year.

“In addition to having great sales acumen, Scott brings a critical expertise to our team,” Murphy said. “He has a great eye for global acquisitions. In the last few years we’ve seen strong international growth and with the addition of Scott we’re going to step on the gas to further increase global awareness.”

Kaplan
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Taking a Closer Look at the Cannes Line-Up

Sophia Coppola, Yorgos Lanthimos, Noah Baumbach, ‘Twin Peaks,’ and more…2017 Official Poster © Bronx (Paris). Photo: Claudia Cardinale © Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images

The official lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 18–28, was announced April 13. While a few more screenings will undoubtably be added as we creep nearer to the festival, the selections announced feature a lot worth getting excited over — including, for the first time, two television shows (Twin Peaks and Top of the Lake) and a virtual reality film (Carne y Arena). Also, considering that The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Beguiled are both in the main competition, there is, assuming equal probability, an 11.1% chance that a film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell will take home the top prize. Considering

This year, the festival jury will be headed by acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, with French actress Sandrine Kiberlain presiding over the Camera d’Or jury and Romanian
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Trent Reznor, Massive Attack, Flea and More Record Music for Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel

Trent Reznor, Massive Attack, Flea and More Record Music for Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel
England’s elusive graffiti master, painter, activist and “Exit Through the Gift Shop” filmmaker Banksy has a new project: the Walled Off Hotel, an art hotel and gallery located in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. The hotel has nine rooms that were customized by Banksy, Palestinian artist Sami Musa and Canadian artist Dominique Pétrin.

Read More: Ariana Grande and John Legend SingBeauty and the Beast’ With Rose Petal Fan Dancers In New Music Video

The hotel also has a piano bar, which features a mechanical piano that is controlled remotely. According to the hotel’s website, every night, the piano will play back a concert recorded exclusively for it. Elton John performed via the remote-controlled piano at the grand-opening party (see video below). Massive Attack’s 3D will be the first artist in residence. Upcoming performers include Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Flea and Hans Zimmer.

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Bring On the Bidding Wars: 14 Movies That Could Sell Big at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

  • Indiewire
Bidding wars have already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Buyers snapped up six titles in the days leading up to the fest, including one that A24 purchased sight unseen: David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Other movies acquired in the past two weeks are “Berlin Syndrome” (Netflix), “Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics), “Casting JonBenet” (Netflix), “Cries From Syria” (HBO for television rights) and “Long Strange Trip” (Amazon).

Read More: Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’

With 120 features playing at Sundance, there are plenty of hot titles remaining for acquisition executive, though it will be tough for any film to exceed last year’s $17.5 million purchase of “The Birth of a Nation” by Fox Searchlight, the biggest deal in the festival’s history.

Which movies are likely to have buyers lining up in the cold this year? Here are 14 hot
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T2: Trainspotting Gets Featured On Empire Magazine Covers

With the release of T2: Trainspotting less than a month away now – on the other side of the pond, at least – the hugely anticipated sequel is moving along steadily with its promotional campaign, which continues today with some slick new Empire Magazine covers.

Each cover highlights one of the main characters, draped in orange, black and white, as they were on the original film’s poster. The first cover features Ewan McGregor’s Renton, the second Robert Carlyle as Begbie, the third Ewen Bremner as Spud, and the fourth sees Jonny Lee Miller as Simon aka “Sick Boy.”

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In addition to these character-centric covers, Empire subscribers will also receive a special one designed by none other than Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop subject Mr. Brainwash. It features the four main characters in a street-art style cover resembling graffiti.

Drawing inspiration from Irvine Welsh’s novel sequel Porno,
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Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema: Why New York Cinephiles Could Lose a ‘Crown Jewel’

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The clock may be ticking for New York City’s Landmark Sunshine Cinema. The building that houses the arthouse theater on Manhattan’s Lower East Side has been up for sale for more than a year, and while no buyer has materialized yet, some feel it’s only a matter of time before real estate developers turn the beloved cinema into a high rise apartment building.

Read More: iPic’s Big Gamble: How a High-End Theater Chain Hopes to Change the Way We Go to the Movies

Though a number of media outlets have reported that the Sunshine’s lease will be up for renegotiation at the end of 2018, the existential threat facing the theater has less to do with its lease than the possibility that a new buyer will demolish the building and replace it with a towering apartment complex. Built in 1898, the property has a reported price tag of more than $35 million.
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NYC Weekend Watch: Paul Verhoeven, 3-D Auteurs, Tom Hanks & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

“Total Verhoeven” begins with the likes of RoboCop, Showgirls, and Turkish Delight.

Film Forum

Experience the best of an oft-maligned format with “3-D Auteurs,” showcasing contemporary and classic technological innovation.

Labyrinth will screen on Sunday morning.

Museum of Modern Art

Tom Hanks: A Tribute” begins tonight, while “To Save
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‘Where in the Hell is the Lavender House?’ Pursues the Creator of a Prank-Call Comedy Empire

‘Where in the Hell is the Lavender House?’ Pursues the Creator of a Prank-Call Comedy Empire
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Where in the Hell is the Lavender House?

Logline: Two unlucky filmmakers get way lost trying to find and interview the Banksy of prank phone calls: Longmont Potion Castle.

Elevator Pitch:

This film is a documentary about a documentary about two documentarians trying to make a documentary about an anonymous prank phone caller with a huge cult following. It’s a scripted/unscripted reality performance piece about a crazy dude who has taken prank phone calls to a new artistic level over the past thirty years. It’s got a great indie comedy vibe, but with hidden camera pranks,
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Cinema Eye Names Top Documentaries and Directors of the Past Decade

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Cinema Eye has named 10 filmmakers and 20 films that have been voted as the top achievements in documentary filmmaking during the past 10 years. Founded in 2007 to “recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film,” Cinema Eye polled 110 members of the documentary community to determine the winning films and filmmakers just as the organization kicks off its tenth year.

Read More: Behind the Scenes of Cinema Eye’s Secret Field Trip for Nominees

Among the films chosen are Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning “Citizenfour” and Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Poitras and Oppenheimer were both also named to the list of the top documentary filmmakers, joining Alex Gibney, Werner Herzog and Frederick Wiseman, who recently won an honorary Oscar and will be saluted at the annual Governors Awards on November 12.

“It’s fantastic that he is being recognized by the Academy for a
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Van Toffler’s Digital Studio Gunpowder & Sky Acquires John Sloss’s FilmBuff

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Gunpowder & Sky, the digital studio backed by The Chernin Group’s and At&T’s Otter Media, has acquired distribution company FilmBuff. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. FilmBuff is a nine-year-old distributor founded by veteran sales agent John Sloss behind indie movies like “Senna,” Jared Leto‘s “Artifact” and the Oscar-nominated documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Lately it has focused more on distribution deals for content creators with digital-first platforms like Mashable, YouTube and Vice. As part of the acquisition, FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown will become the executive vice president of the newly dubbed GunPowder & Sky Distribution.
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Gunpowder & Sky Forms Sales And Distribution Arm Following Acquisition Of FilmBuff

Digital studio Gunpowder & Sky, which was co-founded by former Viacom and Endemol executives Van Toffler and Floris Bauer, has acquired FilmBuff, an indie content sales and distribution company. This means that nine-month-old Gunpowder & Sky now comprises in-house development, production, financing, and distribution capacities in its quest to develop subversive short-form and feature-length premium content. Now, the company says, it will be able to distribute and market originals globally across all platforms, and represent third-party producers and creators as well.

FilmBuff, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York, will be rebranded Gunpowder & Sky Distribution as part of the deal, and former CEO Janet Brown has been named Gunpowder & Sky’s Evp of distribution. Founded in 2007, FilmBuff was responsible for distributing the Oscar-nominated Exit Through The Gift Shop as well as Rooster Teeth’s Lazer Team. In addition to bold-faced publishers like Vice, Conde Nast, and Mashable, FilmBuff has also handled branded content from Ge,
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Arthouse Audit: ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ Concert Doc Soars in Hybrid Release

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Arthouse Audit: ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ Concert Doc Soars in Hybrid Release
Reaching back over a half century, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” thrived with a contemporary mix of theaters and Hulu home viewing availability to become a major grossing event this weekend. The Ron Howard concert doc led an otherwise bleak set of new openers as audiences wait for top titles from festivals to reach theaters.

Included among the openers are two films from directors of Best Picture winners that got little attention: “Mr. Church” from Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”) and “Finding Altamira” from Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire”). Fortunes take different paths. Ron Howard directed “Eight Days a Week,” while Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone are nabbing attention with “Sully” at #1 and “Snowden” farther back in the pack, respectively.

Opening

“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” (Abramorama) – Metacritic: 72

$615,632 in 88 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7,243 ; Cumulative: $772,467

Ron Howard is the latest Oscar-winner (see Eastwood,
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Saving Banksy Trailer: A Documentary About Removing Street Art

Saving Banksy Trailer: A Documentary About Removing Street Art
One of my favorite documentaries is Banksy‘s Exit Through The Gift Shop, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. That film, which was directed (or at very least edited) by Banksy himself, takes a look at the ride of street artist Mr. Brainwash using his story as a cautionary tale for the industry built […]

The post Saving Banksy Trailer: A Documentary About Removing Street Art appeared first on /Film.
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The Best Films That Blur the Line Between Fact and Fiction

There is no other place where fact and fiction become more indistinguishable from one another than at the cinema. What you see isn’t always what you get: a manufactured image might feel genuine, while an image that feels inauthentic might be the real thing. The finest stories can often be found somewhere in the middle. As Pablo Picasso once said, “Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”

Kate Plays Christine, the latest film from Actress and Fake It So Real director Robert Greene, caught a great deal of attention at Sundance — we gave it the highest grade at the festival — and is now in limited release. It’s a documentary that follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards) as she prepares for the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life news reporter who committed suicide via handgun on live television in 1974, and the
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Doc Corner: Reality Bites in 'Kate Plays Christine'

Glenn here. Each Tuesday bringing you reviews of documentaries from theatres, festivals and on demand.

There is so much to unpack within Robert Greene’s Kate Plays Christine, not least of which is whether the film ought to be considered a documentary in the first place. Greene pushes the concept of documentary as a malleable construct that audiences should question the authenticity of much further than his previous 'non-fiction' work, Actress. This time by altogether abandoning reality, he calls into question everything we see in a documentary. By making the audience ask what is and is not real in Kate Plays Christine, Greene is essentially making us question what is real in any documentary and consider the motivations and mechanics behind them.

Audiences have no doubt asked these questions before in famously are-they-or-aren’t-they works of documentary like Catfish, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and even this year’s Tickled.
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