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September 16, 2010
IFC Gets Rights to ‘Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project’



IFC Films has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, Barry Avrich's documentary about the co-founder of Miramax Films. 

The film follows Weinstein from concert promoter to his first movie deal at the Cannes Film Festival to winning an Oscar, featuring insight into his relationship with his brother, family and Hollywood at large, with interviews with industry insiders.

“I believe that great stories must be told,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films. “Harvey and Bob Weinstein, without a question, redefined so many rules of Hollywood marketing, distribution and filmmaking that you simply can't ignore their impact on history."

Unauthorized joins IFC Films’ other acquisitions at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, James Gunn’s Super, starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, and Werner Herzog’s 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams. IFC Films distributes films simultaneously in theaters and through cable’s on-demand platform and through pay-per-view.

By: Billy Gil


August 11, 2009
IFC Films Continue to Screen On Demand This Summer


Five Minutes of Heaven


Independent film fans: Are you sad the recession has left you without the means to travel to your favorite film festival? IFC continues to make it easy to hold film-festival screenings in your living room, provided you subscribe to a major cable provider. Providers such as BrightHouse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Insight and Time Warner are among the participants, with Comcast and Cablevision showing films in high-definition.

The IFC in Theaters VOD platform offers critically acclaimed independent movies on demand at the same time they premiere theatrically. Movies this month include Five Minutes of Heaven, from Sundance (starts Aug. 19 on demand, in theaters Aug. 21), starring Liam Neeson in a thriller about a reformed killer in Northern Ireland who meets the father of his victim on a TV show (watch the trailer here: http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/five-minutes-of-heaven-trailer); and Still Walking, from the Toronto Film Festival (starts Aug. 26 on demand, in theaters Aug. 28), a family drama from director Kore-Eda Hirokazu (After Life, Nobody Knows) (trailer: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/453472/Still-Walking/trailers).
 
IFC Festival Direct is an electronic film festival, meaning that on-demand viewers get to see up to six films that have recently premiered at major film festivals. New films this month include Someone Else (now playing), a British romantic comedy from the Edinburgh Film Festival about a man torn between his safe girlfriend and a crazy, sexy crush (see the trailer here: http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/someone-else-2); The Undeserved (starts Aug. 12), a psychological drama from the Mill Valley Film Festival about a quaint New England college town loaded with secrets; Cass (starts Aug. 5), a crime drama inspired by the true story of a boy who grows up to become a British crime boss (see the trailer here: http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/cass-2); and Quiet Little Marriage (starts Aug. 19), from the AFI Film Festival and Slamdance, about the travails of young matrimony.
 
IFC Midnight collects new action, horror, sci-fi and genre independent films. New films include I Sell the Dead (starts Aug. 12), from Slamdance and the LAFF, about two bumbling grave robbers dealing with the undead, starring Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman and Larry Fessenden (see the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psfPNVTZjzc).
 
Here’s where the films are available:

·       BrightHouse: Movies on Demand > IFC In Theaters

·       Cablevision: Movies On Demand > Independent Films > IFC In Theaters or Festival Direct

·       Charter (IFC IN THEATERS ONLY): Movies On Demand > Channel 1 > Movies > IFC In Theaters

·       Comcast (IFC IN THEATERS): Channel 1 > Movies & Events > Same Day as Theaters

·       Comcast (IFC FESTIVAL DIRECT): Channel 1 > Movies & Events > IFC In Theaters or IFC Festival Direct

·       Cox: Channel 1 > Movies On Demand > IFC In Theaters

·       Insight (IFC IN THEATERS ONLY): Channel 1 > Movies On Demand > IFC In Theaters

·       Time Warner: Movies On Demand > IFC In Theaters
 

By: Billy Gil


July 24, 2009
Toronto Film Festival Lineup


Have you see the Toronto Film Festival lineup yet? They’ve been adding titles throughout the past month, including this week’s announcement of George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead. See the whole list here: http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/filmlist/default.aspx

By: Billy Gil


July 21, 2009
Romero’s ‘Survival of the Dead’ to Premiere at Toronto


George A. Romero’s next horror opus will be called George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead and will premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival as part of its “Midnight Madness” series, spotlighting the ten best new international horror movies.

I suppose that’s better than Blank of the Dead, which is what he’s been calling it.
 
“We’re overjoyed to welcome George back into the dark hallowed halls of Midnight Madness,” says Colin Geddes, international programmer of the festival. “And on a personal note, it’s a thrill for my inner 10-year-old, who rolled pennies to buy a VHS copy of Night of the Living Dead.”
 
The movie concerns a band of soldiers on a remote island that promises paradise — but delivers zombies.
 
“We’re in the final stages of post-production and it’s great to come up for air and find out the film’s been chosen to appear at the Festival,” Romero says. “It’s just a terrific honor.”

No, George, we’re the ones honored.

Hurrah, more zombies!

By: Billy Gil





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