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Brandon Routh Lacrosse Picture Sells to Strategic Film Partners at Cannes

May 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

 

GRB ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM DIVISION AT CANNES

May 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

‘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.

 

Arclight Films’ BRANDED with Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor & Max von Sydow Makes Cannes Market Premiere

May 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Arclight Films Announces the Market World Premiere of
BRANDED
This May in Cannes

Mind-Bending Sci Fi Thriller Stars Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor
& Oscar Nominated Max von Sydow

LOS ANGELES (May 11, 2012) – Arclight Films, one of the world’s premiere independent film sales companies, with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto announces the world premiere of the mind bending, sci fi thriller BRANDED starring Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor and Max von Sydow who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in INCREDIBLY LOUD AND EXTREMELY CLOSE. Roadside Attractions has acquired all North American distribution rights. The film rounds off Arclight Films’ Darclight label.

BRANDED is a dark and mind-bending journey into a surreal, dystopian society where corporate brands have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive.  One man’s (Misha, played by Ed Stoppard) passion to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world.

“The most powerful weapon on earth today is not a gun or a disease, nor is it even visible to many. It is marketing,” said the film’s director, Jamie Bradshaw. “Marketing is the power to control your desires and change your mind, and if you look closer there is something about it that is not of this earth.”

BRANDED is the vision of two widely respected marketing executives:  Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain.  Bradshaw co-founded Ignition Creative, one of the leading creative advertising agencies in Hollywood.  Doulerain is Chief Creative Officer of one of Russia’s most popular TV Networks TNT.  Bradshaw and Doulerain co-wrote, produced and directed.  Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, Ingeborga Dabkunaite and Max Von Sydow star.

“BRANDED is a thrilling project from all angles and a very special addition to the Darclight label,” said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films. “We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about working with Jamie Bradshaw, Alexander Doulerain and an extremely talented team of players. The special f/x and commercial value of this film are particularly exciting.”

BRANDED was picked up by Roadside Attractions who’ve acquired all North American rights for the film. The studio plans a nationwide theatrical release this September and Lionsgate has home entertainment, VOD and other ancillary rights through their output deal.

The market world premiere takes place this May in Cannes.

About Arclight Films
Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home video and is celebrating its tenth year in business. Arclight Films has sold over 130 motion pictures including the 2004 Best Picture Oscar® winner CRASH, and 2007 Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee BOBBY.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hit WOLF CREEK (2005) and the current slate that includes 3D shark action thriller BAIT and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (2008) starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 BLADES (2010) starring Donnie Yen, legendary auteur Chen Kaige’s SACRIFICE (2011) and a live action adaptation of the world-renowned legend MULAN, now in pre-production. The latest additions to Easternlight’s slate include 2012 Cannes Film Festival “Directors Fortnight” official selection DANGEROUS LIASIONS and THE ASSASSINS starring Chow Yun Fat.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto.

 

40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks announces theatrical release plans for Spike Lee’s RED HOOK SUMMER

April 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Will partner with Variance Films for August 10th theatrical release

Republic of Brooklyn, April 25, 2012 – 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks announced today that the company will undertake its first independent distribution effort with founder Spike Lee’s Brooklyn coming-of-age story, RED HOOK SUMMER. 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks will partner with New York-based Variance Films for the theatrical release, which will begin August 10th, 2012 in New York City theaters, expanding to the top 30 markets throughout the month of August.

“From my very first joint back in 1986, SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, I have been an independent filmmaker, and even today I still am,” said Spike Lee.  “I’m elated to join forces with Variance Films for the independent distribution of my new joint RED HOOK SUMMER.  We look forward to getting this film into the marketplace, where we believe 100 percent that there is a starving audience for American independent films like RED HOOK SUMMER.”

“Variance’s sole mission is to ensure filmmakers retain their rights and their power,” said Dylan Marchetti, founder of Variance Films, “and I can’t think of a filmmaker that would make better use of both than Spike Lee.  Spike is truly one of the godfathers of independent filmmaking, and RED HOOK SUMMER is an entertaining, yet thoughtful, film that says something we think needs to be said.  We couldn’t be more excited to work with Spike and his team to ensure that audiences across the country will be experiencing this fantastic film with their friends and family.”

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.

The deal was brokered by Dylan Marchetti of Variance Films with CAA and Robert Strent of Grubman, Indrusky & Hireon on behalf of 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:www.redhooksummer.com

 

ABOUT 40 ACRES AND A MULE FILMWORKS
40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks is the production company of Spike Lee. Founded in 1986 in his childhood neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, it has produced feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos and short films. 40 Acres has been a training ground for young unknown black talent, both in front of and behind the camera, who have gone on to make their mark in Hollywood today.

ABOUT VARIANCE FILMS
Founded in 2008 in Brooklyn, Variance Films is a New York City-based theatrical distributor whose sole mission is to bring the best in independent cinema to theaters across the continent, while allowing filmmakers to retain all rights to their work.  Founded in 2008 by Dylan Marchetti, Variance distributes films using innovative release strategies that focus on collaborative, filmmaker-centric grassroots marketing to drive audiences to theaters.  Recent Variance Films releases include John Sayles’ Philippine-American War epic AMIGO, José Padilha’s ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN (Brazil’s official submission for the 2011 Academy Awards™), Damien Chazelle’s jazz musical GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, and the highest-grossing film of all time in China, Jiang Wen’s hilariously dark action-comedy LET THE BULLETS FLY.  For more information, please visit www.variancefilms.com.

 

Arclight Films Announces 2012 MIPTV Lineup

April 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pacino’s WILD SALOMÉ, 33 POSTCARDS starring Guy Pearce &
THE POWER OF FEW starring Christopher Walken Included in Arclight Films’ MIPTV Lineup

For more information on Arclight Films, please visit www.arclightfilms.com

CANNES (April 2, 2012) – Arclight Films, one of the world’s premiere independent film sales companies, with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto announces their 2012 MIPTV Lineup that includes Oscar Wilde’s SALOMÉ directed by and starring Al Pacino and featuring Jessica Chastain (THE HELP), THE POWER OF FEW starring Christopher Walken, Christian Slater (now starring in the new FOX series BREAKING IN) and Q’orianka Kilcher. Arclight Films encompasses one of the most diverse libraries of genre films in the industry.

MIPTV premieres include 33 POSTCARDS, THE POWER OF FEW and supernatural thriller SHADOW PEOPLE from the producer of CAPOTE.

The ever-expanding business, Arclight Films is now in its tenth year, offering a dynamic roster of films that span three divisions: Arclight Films, the parent company, Darclight, specializing in edgy genre-driven feature films, and Easternlight, with the largest offering of Asian Feature Films of any non Asian-based indie film label in the world. Easternlight recently sold THE ASSASSINS, starring Chow Yun Fat, to Well Go USA in the days leading up to Hong Kong Filmart.

“MIPTV is recognized in the industry as a world class leader, showcasing new projects in every genre for all platforms” said Clay Epstein, newly appointed VP of Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “Arclight Films’ wide-ranging slate reflects the very heart of this market,” he continued.

Below are highlights of the 2012 Arclight Films MIPTV lineup.

Arclight Films Lineup
Including but not limited to: THE POWER OF FEW starring Christopher Walken, Christian Slater and Q’orianka Kilcher, WILD SALOMÉ directed by and starring Al Pacino, and Jessica Chastain 33 POSTCARDS starring Guy Pearce, and HEARTBEAT AWAY starring Isabel Lucas and BREAKAWAY with Vinay Virmani, Russell Peters and Rob Lowe.

Darclight Lineup
SHADOW PEOPLE (Supernatural Thriller) produced by Michael Ohoven (COPOTE, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS) featuring Alison Eastwood (MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, TIGHTROPE), Dallas Roberts (3:10 TO YUMA, WALK THE LINE), PANIC AT ROCK ISLAND (Disaster Thriller) starring Grant Bowler and Vince Colosimo, ALTITUDE (Disaster Thriller) with Jessica Lowndes, Juliana Guill and Ryan Donowho UNREQUITED (Psychological Thriller) with Michael Welch, Sarah Habel and David Keith, CAUGHT INSIDE (Psychological Thriller) with Ben Oxenbould, Daisy Betts, Sam Lyndon and Simon Lyndon SCARY OR DIE (Horror) with Corbin Bleu, Bill Oberst Jr, Domiziano Arcangeli, Nicole Moore, Alexandra Choi and BEREAVEMENT (Horror Thriller) with Michael Belhn, Alexandra Daddario, and Peyton List.

“We’re thrilled to have the ability to offer such high quality films by legendary and award-winning filmmakers as well as giving up-and-comers a platform to showcase their work,” said Gary Hamilton, CEO of Arclight Films. “The market is always evolving and we are right there with it.”

About Arclight Films
Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home video and is celebrating its tenth year in business. Arclight Films has sold over 130 motion pictures including the 2004 Best Picture Oscar® winner CRASH, and 2007 Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee BOBBY.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hit WOLF CREEK (2005) and the current slate that includes 3D shark action thriller BAIT and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (2008) starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 BLADES (2010) starring Donnie Yen, legendary auteur Chen Kaige’s SACRIFICE (2011) a live action adaptation of the world-renowned legend MULAN. The latest additions to Easternlight’s slate include DANGEROUS LIASIONS and THE ASSIASINS.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto.

 

Academy Celebrates French New Wave with Photo Exhibition and Screening of Godard’s “Breathless”

March 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a recently restored 35mm print of “Breathless” (“À bout de souffle”) on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The screening is presented in conjunction with the opening of the Academy’s new exhibition “Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier.” Cauchetier was the set photographer for this and many other key titles of the French New Wave movement.  There will be special evening gallery hours from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and immediately following the screening.

“Breathless” (1960) launched a global passion for “La Nouvelle Vague” (“The New Wave”) and made actors Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo international stars.  The film also became an inspiration for a generation of legendary French filmmaking talent.

Writer-director Jean-Luc Godard made his feature film debut with this now classic work.   François Truffaut conceived the story, Claude Chabrol served as the artistic supervisor, and Jean-Pierre Melville appears in the role of the writer, Parvulesco.

The film’s cinematographer, Raoul Coutard, supervised the creation of this new print in 2010, for the 50th anniversary of the original French release date.

Since “Breathless” impressed audiences and filmmakers alike with its jazzy take on the American crime film, Godard has continued to write and direct challenging and sometimes controversial films, cementing his reputation as one of the seminal modernists in the history of cinema.  He is credited with having influenced numerous contemporary directors, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino.  Godard received an Honorary Award from the Academy in 2010, inscribed “For passion. For confrontation. For a new kind of cinema.”

“Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier,” which includes production photographs from “Breathless,” is the first exhibition outside of Europe to showcase Cauchetier’s motion picture work.  On view will be 125 newly made, black-and-white prints from Cauchetier’s own 35mm negatives.  The printing was personally overseen by Cauchetier, now in his 90s, at his preferred lab in Paris.  Other films represented in the exhibition include “Adieu Philippine,” “Baisers volés” (“Stolen Kisses”), “Jules et Jim,” “Lola” and “La peau douce” (“The Soft Skin”).  “Photos de Cinéma” is open to the public through June 24 in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills.  Regular viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m.  Admission to the gallery is free.

Tickets for “Breathless” on March 23 are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  All seating is unreserved.  For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners­—the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
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TRAVIS CAMPBELL WINS BEST DIRECTOR AT QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL FOR “MR. BRICKS”

March 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

March 7, 2012, New York, NY – Greetings from Tromaville! Troma Entertainment is proud to announce that Mr Bricks, the heavy metal murder musical, won the prestigious Directing Award at the Queens World Film Festival. Director Travis Campbell was presented with the honor at the awards ceremony on Sunday 4 March 2012. The film had its New York premiere at the festival, following its world premier at Sitges Film Festival. Mr Bricks will be presented in a limited number of top quality North American cinemas and festivals prior to its release on home video and The Pirate Bay.

Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical introduces tattooed muscleman Tim Dax as Mr. Bricks, an ex-con left for dead in an empty New York City warehouse. Rocked by headaches caused by the bullet lodged in his brain, he pieces together memories – the barrel of a gun…his girl’s scream…and eventually, the face of the dirty cop (Vito Trigo, Dark Windows) who pulled the trigger! All he wants is to find his missing girl Scarlet (Nicola Fiore, Miss Cannibal Holocaust, Game Over), and vows to kill anyone who gets in his way…but what if Scarlet doesn’t want to be found?

Love is murder in this bloody tale of lust, desire, and revenge. Like G. G. Allin meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mr. Bricks will knock you out of your seat with nine head-banging musical numbers, including Motörhead’s latest hit, “Outlaw.”
Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history, and one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Class of Nuke’em High, Mother’s Day and Tromeo and Juliet, Troma’s seminal films are now being remade as big budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, and Steven Pink. Among today’s stars whose early work can be found in Troma’s 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio and Samuel L. Jackson. Visit Troma at www.troma.com, www.lloydkaufman.com, www.twitter.com/lloydkaufman, and www.tromapast.tumblr.com.

 

FRANCE AWARDS LEGION D’HONNEUR TO THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY CO-CHAIRMAN HARVEY WEINSTEIN

March 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

FRANCE AWARDS LEGION D’HONNEUR TO
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
CO-CHAIRMAN HARVEY WEINSTEIN

Weinstein To Receive Country’s Oldest And Highest Honor In Ceremony In Paris

Paris, France – March 2, 2012 – French President Nicolas Sarkozy has named Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC), a recipient of the 2012 Légion d’Honneur, in recognition of Weinstein’s contributions to cinema and his decades of work producing some of the most highly regarded films of our time. Weinstein was nominated personally by President Sarkozy on July 22, 2011 and will receive the award in a ceremony to take place in Paris.

President Sarkozy wrote the following upon nominating Weinstein to the Légion d’Honneur:  “This prestigious distinction, which I wanted to come from my personal allocation, is a testimony of the admiration of millions of French citizens for the exceptional quality of the films that you have produced.  It also expresses our gratitude to someone who has always shown great friendship towards our country and our cinema which you have enabled so many Americans to discover.”

Said Weinstein, “I am honored and humbled by this recognition from President Sarkozy and the people of France.  All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema.  I am still the young boy who walked two miles to The Mayfair movie theater in Flushing, NY to see films by the greats – Lelouch, Godard, Renoir and my personal favorite François Truffaut. They inspired me and led me to the place I am in today. I hope to continue my friendship with France and its filmmakers for many years to come.”

France’s oldest and highest distinction, the Légion d’Honneur was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and is awarded to outstanding individuals who have contributed to France and to the ideals it upholds.  Past recipients include Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Akira Kurosawa, Clint Eastwood, Robert DeNiro, Satyajit Ray, and Steven Spielberg to name just a few. Weinstein requested to keep the honor private until now to avoid any conflict of interest with Academy Award® Best Picture winner THE ARTIST.

Weinstein will enter the Légion d’Honneur with the grade of “Chevalier.” Weinstein has been bringing interesting and cutting edge independent films to audiences for three decades, first as founder and Chairman of Miramax from 1979-2005, and subsequently as founder and Co-Chairman of TWC, launched in 2005. In spring 2011, he acquired Michel Hazanavicius’s THE ARTIST, a French production that went on to win five 2012 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Over the years, the cultural impact of some of his most well known films – PULP FICTION, GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE AVIATOR, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE PIANO, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, GOOD WILL HUNTING – has been recognized and awarded on many levels. Weinstein has been responsible for the distribution and promotion of more than 30 French films in the United States, including previously released EDITH AND MARCEL (EDITH ET MARCEL, 1983); DELICATESSEN (1991); THREE COLORS: BLUE (TROIS COULEURS: BLEU, 1993); THREE COLORS: RED (TROIS COULEURS: ROUGE, 1994); THREE COLORS: WHITE (TROIS COULEURS: BIALY, 1994); AMÉLIE (2001); LE CONCERT (2009); SARAH’S KEY (ELLE S’APPELAIT SARAH, 2010); and upcoming releases including box office sensation THE INTOUCHABLES (UNTOUCHABLES, 2011); A GANG STORY (LES LYONNAIS, 2012); WAR OF THE BUTTONS (LA NOVELLE GUERRE DES BOUTONS, 2012); and PLAYERS (LES INFIDELES, 2012).

LETTER TO HARVEY WEINSTEIN FROM PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY

July 22, 2011

Dear Mr. Weinstein,

I have great pleasure of informing you that I have signed a decree which nominates you to the order of the Legion D’Honneur.

This prestigious distinction, which I wanted to come from my personal allocation, is a testimony of the admiration of millions of French citizens for the exceptional quality of the films that you have produced.  It also expresses our gratitude to someone who has always shown great friendship towards our country and our cinema, which you have enabled so many Americans to discover.

I would like to express my personal congratulations for the well deserved distinction which France has bestowed on you.

Yours sincerely,
Nicolas Sarkozy

 

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