Catch MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI at the IFC Center in New York THIS FRIDAY November 25th
and nationwide December 2nd
Get tickets for IFC Center HERE!
Find the complete list of play dates below!
Don’t forget to check out the retrospective at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts along with MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI:
12/03 – SAMURAI REBELLION
12/04 – HIDDEN FORTRESS
12/04 – HIGH & LOW
12/08 – THRONE OF BLOOD
11/25/16 IFC Center New York, NY
12/02/16 Laemmle-Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre Beverly Hills, CA
12/02/16 Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema Cambridge, MA
12/09/16 Landmark Theatres San Francisco, CA
12/09/16 Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley, CA
12/16/16 Sie Film Center Denver, CO
12/16/16 Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Ctr New Orleans, LA
12/16/16 Parkway Theatre Pittsburgh, PA (McKee’s Rock)
01/06/17 Jean Cocteau Cinema Santa Fe, NM
01/06/17 Grand Illusion Seattle, WA
02/03/17 Landmark’s Ken Cinema San Diego, CA
Directed by Steven Okazaki
Narrated by Keanu Reeves
Features Interviews with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Teruyo Nogami, Kyoko Kagawa, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Takeshi Kato and Yoko Tsukasa
Mifune: The Last Samurai, a new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars, but also George Lucas’ Star Wars.
Mifune – wry, charismatic and deadly – re-invented the modern movie hero. “A lot of people try to imitate Mifune,” says Steven Spielberg, “especially when they’re playing strong and silent, but nobody can. He was unique in all the world.”
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Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) today announced that it has selected four recipients for its 2nd ARIGATŌ (Thank You) Award, honoring remarkable contributions to the Japanese film industry. Through this award, TIFF expects these four stalwarts of Japanese film to continue their successful careers and to make further contributions to the industry, as well as to increase their international recognition. We have called the award “Arigato” because the word is recognized globally.
He appeared like a comet in the anime film industry, and his latest film, your name., became the biggest hit of this year, as well as a social phenomenon.
Born in 1973, Shinkai’s theatrical film debut, Voices of a Distant Star (02), for which he did nearly everything himself, sent shock waves through the anime community with its unique vision of the world. He then increased his staff to put out the critically acclaimed The Place Promised in Our Early Days (04) and 5 Centimeters Per Second (07), before scoring a smash hit with The Garden of Words (13).
Charming audiences with her outstanding talent as an actress, her success in the future will bring bright hope to cinema.
Mitsuki Takahata was born in Osaka in 1991. At the age of 13, she debuted in the starring role of theater production “Playback Part 2: Okujo no Tenshi” (05). She went on to star in the stage musical “Peter Pan” for six years (07-12). In 2013, she earned accolades for her role as the stepsister of the heroine on NHK’s drama series “Gochisosan.” She starred in this year’s romantic megahit, Evergreen Love (16), and appeared in both Rage (16) and Japanese Girls Never Die (16), which was selected for the 29th TIFF Competition section. She is currently starring in the NHK series “Toto Nee-Chan: Fatherly Sister,” playing Tsuneko Kohashi. She will soon be seen in the play “My Name is Shingo” (December,
16) and “Elektra” (April, 17), and will be voicing the main character in the anime film Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me (March, 17).
Honoring his acting achievements in a wide variety of films, he plays an indispensable role representing the film industry.
Satoshi Tsumabuki was born in Fukuoka in 1980. He made his film debut in Waterboys (01), for which he earned both a Best Actor and Newcomer of the Year Award at the 25th Japan Academy Prizes. He has continued to receive awards for his work, including a Kinema Junpo Best Actor Award for Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (03), and a Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor and a Blue Ribbon Award for Best Actor for for Villain (10/directed by Sang-il Lee). He starred in NHK’s Taiga Drama “Tenchijin” in 2009. Other film highlights include My Back Page (11), Tokyo Family (13), The Little House (13), The Vancouver Asahi (14), The Assassin (15), What a Wonderful Family! (16), The Magnificent Nine (16) and Rage (16). He will be seen in Museum (16), Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy and Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl (17) and Traces of Sin (17), among others.
One of the world’s best-known characters for over 60 years, this Japan-born phenomenon will continue his ascent both locally and internationally.
An iconic character that first appeared in Godzilla (released November 3, 1954), it continued to star in a total of 29 Toho produced films, garnering an audience of over 100 million in Japan. After 12 years of dormancy since the last Toho production, it returned in Shin Godzilla (released on July 29, 2016) bringing more than 5 million audience members s to the theatre, to record the largest number of admissions in the Heisei series. While the size, expression and powers may differ according to film, it remains the most indestructible monster. Known as “King of the Monsters” internationally, its recent Hollywood reboot has multiple sequels being planned. The franchise has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the longest continuously running film series in the world and its name had been engraved in Hollywood Walk of Fame, the first and only character from Japan.
“A deeply personal Reiner affair that stings with honesty.”
– We Got This Covered
Directed by Oscar Nominee® Rob Reiner and Starring Nick Robinson
Available on Digital HD and On Demand September 6
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (August 23, 2016) – A heartfelt drama about the painful struggles of drug addiction, Being Charlie, directed by Oscar® nominee Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally, Stand by Me), arrives on Digital HD and On Demand September 6 from Starz Digital. Based on personal experiences and their own family’s battles, the film is co-written by Reiner’s son, Nick Reiner, along with fellow recovering addict Matt Elisofon, and stars Nick Robinson (Jurassic World, The 5th Wave), Cary Elwes (Saw, Twister, The Princess Bride), Morgan Saylor (“Homeland”), Common (Suicide Squad, Wanted) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, “The 100”).
Being Charlie centers on the eponymous 18-year-old (Robinson) as he drifts in and out of rehab clinics for drug addiction, while his actor-turned-politician father (Elwes) runs for governor of California. Charlie begins a relationship with fellow rehab patient Eva (Saylor) and the two attempt to get clean, but they find maintaining sobriety is a constant fight with the odds against them.
The coming-of-age dramedy will also be available on DVD October 4 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Press review screener links are available upon request. Be sure to use #BeingCharlie when socializing your coverage.
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The official trailer for Spike Lee’s latest film RED HOOK SUMMER is now available . RED HOOK SUMMER will debut in New York on August 10, and will expand to the top 30 markets throughout August.
The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, and HE GOT GAME), RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.
Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 1963 ensemble comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” as the inaugural film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Directed by nine-time Oscar® nominee Stanley Kramer, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Cinematography (Ernest Laszlo), Film Editing (Frederic Knudtson, Robert C. Jones, Gene Fowler, Jr.), Music – Music Score, substantially original (Ernest Gold), Music – Song (Gold, Mack David), Sound (Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon E. Sawyer, Sound Director), and took home the Oscar for Sound Effects (Walter G. Elliott).
Prior to the screening, there will be a panel discussion with actors Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan, Stan Freberg and Barrie Chase, as well as script supervisor Marshall Schlom, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and Stanley Kramer’s widow, Karen Kramer.
The 70mm short “The Miracle of Todd-AO” (1954) will be screened before the film. This live action short highlights the innovation of the Todd-AO wide-angle lens with an optical journey from the Grand Teton
National Park to the streets of San Francisco.
“The Last 70mm Film Festival,” a six-film series, will run Mondays through August 13, showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects.
The remaining screenings in the series are:
July 16 “Sleeping Beauty” (1959)
July 23 “Grand Prix” (1966)
July 30 “The Sound of Music” (1965)
August 6 “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
August 13 “Spartacus” (1960)
Series passes for “The Last 70mm Film Festival” are on sale now. Passes are $20 for the general public and $15 for Academy members and students with valid ID. Tickets to individual evenings, if still available, will go on sale Friday, June 29. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID. Passes and tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For the latest pre-show details call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
PAYING TRIBUTE TO MARILYN MONROE SURROUNDING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER FINAL MOMENTS VIRGIL DIGITAL PRESENTS THE UNTOLD STORY OF STRENGTH, COMFORT, AND CONTROL PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK
MARILYN IN MANHATTAN
FEATURING RARE FOOTAGE AND NEVER BEFORE SEEN PHOTOS
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, STREAMING DIGITAL
Premieres On Demand July 31ST
Trailer Available Now On YouTube
NEW YORK CITY (June 18, 2012) – At the height of her fame with Hollywood wrapped around her fingertips, Marilyn Monroe ditched the west coast for the cultural capital of the world: New York City. Within the streets of Manhattan, the Hollywood icon found her inner strength and engaged in the city’s elite world of the arts, founded her own production company, and took her career into her own hands. Featuring never before heard personal stories with friends, archival footage, home movies, and exclusive photographs, Marilyn In Manhattan will make its digital debut on July 31st. The biopic will be distributed to virtually every major digital platform through the company’s newly amped division, Virgil Digital. The announcement was made today by Joe Amodei, president of Virgil Films & Entertainment.
Viewers are given an illuminating look at the starlet’s brief stint in NY through personal reminiscences of friends, including Oscar® winning actress Ellen Burstyn, actor Ben Gazzara, Amy Greene, Susan Strasberg, agent Jay Kanter, NY publicist, John Springer, and presenting archival footage with Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, Lee Strasberg, and Milton Greene. Marilyn in Manhattan reveals the untold story of a secret landing in New York that would soon serve purpose as the icon took pivotal steps that changed her life forever.
Virgil Digital proudly pays tribute to the life of a pop culture legend with the digital debut of Marilyn in Manhattan beginning July 31, 2012 to be available on digital platforms across the country to coincide with the August 6th anniversary.
The year was 1954 and Marilyn was distraught from her failed marriage to Joe Dimaggio and unsettled with her snubbed earnings for dumb blonde movie roles. With the help of celebrity photographer and friend Milton Greene, the blonde sensation walked away from her lackluster contract with 20th Century Fox and announced the newly formed Marilyn Monroe Productions helmed by Greene. Through MMP, she nabbed two breakaway roles in the acclaimed films, Bus Stop and The Prince and The Showgirl.
Throughout the big apple, the buxom bombshell walked among the crowds, drifted through the village, listened to jazz in Harlem, and even spent time in Fire Island with only a pair of sunglasses and a scarf. While focusing on her intellectual side, she cultivated her acting skills by enrolling in the famed Actor’s Studio and studied theater from the master, Lee Strasberg. These moments and more are shared on screen, along with her famous courtship with acclaimed playwright, Arthur Miller, whom she wed in White Plains, NY.
With the city’s help, Monroe paved her own road to substantial roles, bolder films, and challenging characters. Marilyn in Manhattan presents a charming side of the iconic beauty boasting newfound courage and a level of serious undertaking that would be forever influenced by the city of New York. Although she eventually went back to Hollywood, we are presented with Monroe’s rare moments of solidarity, anonymity, control, and confidence – much like a New Yorker.
The trailer for Marilyn in Manhattan is available on the Virgil Films Youtube channel at: http://youtu.be/vRFrVFJnqgE
MARILYN IN MANHATTAN – synopsis
An exclusive look at Marilyn Monroe just before her tragic end. Set in New York City in the 50’s – It’s a surprising documentary that captures the movie legend as she runs with Broadway pals from the Actors Studio. Ben Gazzara and Susan Strasberg tell of their nights studying with her while she tried to shake the Hollywood “dumb blonde” image. Home movies give us rare footage into her marriage to Arthur Miller.
VIRGIL FILMS & ENTERTAINMENT
Virgil Films & Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Joe Amodei to acquire, market and distribute DVD, TV and Digital product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with OWN, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the documentary, Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged; the award winning My Run, The Last Lions and the hit documentary Forks Over Knives. They have also successfully released last year’s Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo. For more information, please visit www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com
Theatrical and VOD release planned for 2013
Los Angeles, CA(June 5, 2012) – IFC Midnight is acquiring all US rights to REPLICAS, the acclaimed thriller from director Jeremy Power Regimbal, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Starring Selma Blair (HELLBOY), Joshua Close (THE PACIFIC), James D’Arcy (W.E.), and Rachel Miner (BULLY), the film was produced by Regimbal and Justin Tyler Close, and was executive produced by Tina Pehme, Kim C. Roberts and Susan Jackson. Celluloid Nightmares has all foreign rights.
Following a tragic incident, the Hughes family escapes their busy, upscale suburban life in order to spend some quality time at their isolated country home. An evening with friendly neighbors is suddenly interrupted when one man’s obsession with perfection escalates into a violent struggle, forcing all to go beyond anything they ever thought they were capable of in order to survive.
Jackson, of North American sales agent Turtles Crossing LLC, negotiated the sale with Jeff Deutchman, Director, Acquisitions & Productions, Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
REPLICAS is Jeremy Power Regimbal’s first feature after helming numerous commercials and music videos through his company The Lab Media Group. The script, co-written by cast member Joshua Close, was based on a story from Regimbal and producer Justin Tyler Close, the creators of The Lab Magazine.
IFC Midnight is a sister label to IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
About Turtles Crossing LLC:
In 1999 Susan Jackson founded indie film and TV sales company Turtles Crossing, LLC, selling hundreds of films and TV shows to studios, networks, Cable TV channels and independent distributors in the USA. Turtles Crossing’s clients include independent producers, investors, foreign sales companies, banks, foreign TV networks and agents. Previous Turtles Crossing titles include Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever and Dirty Girl starring Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, Tim McGraw and William H. Macy.
KINO LORBER ACQUIRES ALL US RIGHTS TO MEET THE FOKKENS, A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT 69-YEAR-OLD TWIN PROSTITUTES AND BROTHEL OWNERS IN AMSTERDAM
CEO RICHARD LORBER CLOSES DEAL DURING 2012 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
New York, NY – May 21, 2012 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all US rights to Meet The Fokkens (Ouwehoeren – 2011), an acclaimed and humorous documentary about 69-year-old twins Louise and Martine Fokkens – and their experience working as prostitutes in the world-famous red-light district in Amsterdam, for over 40 years. The film had its world premiere at IDFA in Amsterdam, and is set to begin its US festival run at the upcoming SilverDocs Film Festival in mid-June.
Directed by Gabrielle Provaas & Rob Schröder (Bonanza), Meet The Fokkens is slated for a theatrical premiere at New York’s Film Forum on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. The film will expand to major markets in September and October 2012.
For over fifty years, Louise and Martine Fokkens worked as prostitutes in Amsterdam’s red-light district. After a rough start, the sisters freed themselves from the control of their pimps, ran their own brothel, and set up the first informal trade union for prostitutes. They are familiar faces in Amsterdam’s Red Light District … But soon, they will bid their farewells to their profession.
Representing the old-fashioned side of Dutch prostitution that has now become almost extinct, Meet The Fokkens depicts two sisters who are proud of the lives they lead. With courage and an unapologetic attitude, the sisters share many tales of how they entered into this line of work, how they eventually went into business for themselves, and how relationships in the world of prostitution have changed over the years.
Kino Lorber’s Vice President Elizabeth Sheldon, who negotiated the deal with Peter Jager, CEO of Autlook Films, commented: “When I saw Louise and Martine on the big screen, I was charmed by their stories, their wry humor and their spirit.”
“Meet the Fokkens,” continues Sheldon, “is an important addition to our collection of films that openly explore sexuality and never more uniquely than with this witty tribute to twin pioneers of the oldest profession.”
About Kino Lorber:
With a library of 700 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, Redemption Films, Horizon Movies and Alive Mind Cinema banners.
In addition, the Company brings over 60 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as digital distribution on over 15 internet platforms and VOD services.
Kino Lorber is currently releasing the French drama Elles, directed by Malgoska Szumowska and starring Juliette Binoche, and will open Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps, the follow-up to the Academy Award-Nominated Dogtooth, on July 13 in New York City.
Other 2012 summer releases are the Palestinian and Israeli doc 5 Broken Cameras, slated to open on May 30 at New York’s Film Forum, Daniel Auteuil’s The Well-Digger’s Daughter, and the SXSW sensation Kumaré, directed by Vikram Ghandi.
Crooked Arrows Will Be Released in the U.S. on May 18Th
Prior to the 2012 World Championship Lacrosse Tournament
LOS ANGELES, CA MAY 18, 2012 –Strategic Film Partners has acquired international sales rights to the feature film Crooked Arrows starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns). The film, which depicts the story of an underdog American lacrosse team, was directed by Steve Rash (The Buddy Holly Story, Bring It On 3 & 4) and opens in limited engagements in the U.S. on May 18th, expanding with a wider national and Canadian release on June 1st. The timing of the release is significant as global interest in the sport is at an all time high due to the upcoming 2012 World Championships of the Federation of International Lacrosse in July in Finland.
Crooked Arrowsis the first mainstream lacrosse movie. It pays homage to the fast growing sport’s history by featuring a Native American high school team as the heroic underdogs, who rediscover their spirit when paired with a reluctant coach (Routh). Routh plays the mixed blood son of the nation’s chairman who has returned to his reservation to expand the community’s fledgling casino, but his traditionalist father and the tribal council insist that he must first re-examine his spirit before he can undertake his enterprise. Together with his skeptical team, he leads them on an unlikely journey to the New York prep league championship game.
In addition to Routh, the movie stars Gil Birmingham (Twilight), Crystal Allen, Chelsea Ricketts, Dennis Ambriz, and Tom Kemp. The lacrosse players are actual lacrosse players from around the country. The Native high school team was cast by Sports Studio’s Mark Ellis (Invincible, Miracle, Game Plan) in a visit to Syracuse last spring with all of the team’s players originating from the Six Nations Confederacy in upstate New York, with most being Onondaga, Tuscarora, or Mohawk.
The movie, which was shot in Massachusetts last August, has attracted substantial attention from the international lacrosse world, which is booming in several markets under the Federation of International Lacrosse. Leagues and teams from the UK, Spain, France, Germany Netherlands, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Japan and Australia have all made multiple inquiries about the film’s international plans.
“This is a fun family-oriented movie that should play very well overseas,” said Strategic Film Partners’ CEO Alex Barder. “It’s much more than a typical sports picture, with several positive messages about finding one’s family and spirit and a father and son reconnecting. I think people will laugh and cry and be thrilled by the action, whether they know lacrosse or not.”
From its first stages of development, the picture organically attracted widespread support in the both the lacrosse and Native American worlds. Sponsors include Reebok, US Lacrosse, and the Onondaga Nation, which also made a substantial investment in the $10M movie. The film has also gained endorsements from Inside Lacrosse Magazine, Major League Lacrosse, National Lacrosse League, and dozens of the sport’s top players, including Paul Rabil.
Producers J. Todd Harris (Bottle Shock, The Kids Are All Right) and Mitchell Peck (Priest) led the charge to put the production and P&A financing together, along with former All-American Jeff McCormick, a Boston-based venture capitalist who led his 1983 Syracuse lacrosse team to the NCAA championship. Over fifty investors, most of them lacrosse enthusiasts, participated in the film’s financing.
Branded Pictures Entertainment is releasing the film in conjunction with Freestyle Releasing and Pandemic Marketing. May 18th will see a release on 55 screens in 17 cities and June 1st should see an expansion to over 400 screens in over 75 cities.
About Freestyle Releasing
Freestyle Releasing is a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company that specializes in representing independent companies, major studios, and mini-major studios for the purpose of exhibiting their films in a first class theatrical release. The Principles of Freestyle Releasing are highly regarded and experienced motion picture veterans with a combined total of over a century of respected work in the industry.
‘Queen Freak’ and ‘When Angels Sing ‘are the first two titles on inaugural slate
Los Angeles, CA – (May 14, 2012) Gary R. Benz (President & CEO) of long established TV company GRB Entertainment announced today the official launch of the company’s international feature film division which will be selling rights to two films at this year’s Marche du Film. GRB’s expansion into feature theatrical films began last year when Benz set up the feature division and brought Todd Olsson on board. The company has been looking for high quality commercially viable features that are a cut above the usual fare.
“We’ve been working hard to find the right films to get off to a great start, and both of these films are extraordinary,” said Benz.
The company will bring QUEEN FREAK, which stars Matthew Modine, Kristin Chenoweth, Joey King, Shirley Jones, and a relatively new-comer in the lead, Olesya Rulin. It’s a wickedly sharp tale about a dysfunctional family, where the kids take matters into their own hands to “re-educate” their eccentric and distant parents (Modine and Chenoweth), in an attempt to form an actual family, very much in ‘Wes Anderson-style.’ The film was directed by Benjamin Epps and produced by Adam Saunders and Chris Aronoff, through their Footprint Features banner, in association with The Bedford Falls Company.
WHEN ANGELS SING is a unique Christmas film, produced by the iconic producer of the SPY KIDS franchise, Elizabeth Avellán, and producer Shannon McIntosh. They bring an ensemble cast led by Harry Connick Jr. and Connie Britton and including Chandler Canterbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Lyle Lovett. Tim McCanlies directs from a script based on the Turk Pipkin novel of the same name. The film is about Michael (Connick) who got the ‘Christmas kicked out of him’ and now avoids it in every way possible. But when a mysterious man ‘Nick’ sells him a very special house, he soon finds out he now lives exactly in the heart of Christmas central.
Todd Olsson, VP Feature Films, and Joey Sabella, Director of International for GRB will be selling both films at Cannes.
Said Olsson, “We have two really phenomenal films coming out of the gate. Both will have their World Premiere in Cannes. It’s a nice bonus they’re screening at the first market we’re presenting them. It gives buyers a great opportunity to really know what the film is, and how strong it plays.”
Both films will screen several times during the market and are currently available for all international territories. Domestic distributors have been circling the films, and will have a chance to see the titles for the first time in Cannes.
About GRB Entertainment:
Since Gary R. Benz founded the company over 26 years ago, GRB has distributed more than 2500 hours of television content, including programs aired during primetime in over 190 countries. GRB’s international team is recognized as one of the premiere distributors of quality programming, with timely servicing and unmatched professionalism.
As an industry trendsetter in the unscripted alternative programming arena, GRB is expanding the success of the company with the launch of GRB’s theatrical feature film division. This new division will be dedicated to the acquisition, production, and co-production of films for international distribution. The launch is part of a far-ranging effort by the company to expand the reach of its renowned business, bringing a slate of high-caliber feature films to markets and audiences around the world. GRB’s strategy to create partnerships with producers with proven track records, will bring 8-10 high quality theatrical films to market each year.