Hillary Clinton to Speak at TIFF — Film News Briefs


Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton will appear as guest speakers at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced today.

The two will speak at the festival’s industry conference “Visionaries,” during a presentation of their documentary series “Gutsy.” Based on their book “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience,” the upcoming Apple TV+ show follows the mother and daughter team as they travel across America to speak to female artists, activists and leaders notable communities. Guests announced for the first season include Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, Dr. Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson. The series is produced for Apple by HiddenLight Productions in association with Left/Right LLC, with the Clintons executive producing alongside showrunner Anna Chai, Johnny Webb, Siobhan Sinnerton, Roma Khanna, Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver.

“We are delighted to welcome Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to TIFF 2022,” TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said in a statement. “As two ‘bold’ women themselves, their vast experience and understanding of social issues and gender politics is inspiring. We are honored to host this special conversation as part of TIFF’s industry conference and spotlight their upcoming Apple Original documentary series “Gutsy”.

TIFF runs from September 8-18. “Gutsy” will premiere on Apple TV+ on September 9.

Roger Deakins exhibition announced

The inaugural exhibition of photographer and filmmaker Roger Deakins will open on September 17 at the Peter Fetterman Gallery.

The opening reception will include a book signing of Deakins’ “Byways” and signed copies will also be available for purchase and pre-order at the gallery. The exhibit features never-before-seen photographs of Deakins, as well as some of his work published in “Byways.”

Deakins won two Oscars for his cinematography in “Bladerunner 2049” and “1917.” He has also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Society of Cinematographers, the British Society of Cinematographers and the National Board of Review.

The Roger Deakins exhibition will run from September 17 to December 17. 31.

Prime Video unveils the first trailer for “Samaritan”

Sylvester Stallone becomes a superhero. Prime Video has released the first trailer for ‘Samaritan,’ a new film starring the ‘Rocky’ and ‘Rambo’ star.

The film is set in a world where superheroes exist, the greatest being the super strong and shadowy Samaritan. When Samaritan abruptly disappears for 25 years after an epic battle, the world believes he’s dead, until ordinary boy Sam Cleary (Javon Walton) comes to suspect that his neighbor Joe Smith (Stallone) might be the legendary hero.

In addition to Stallone and Walton, the cast of “Samaritan” also includes Martin Starr, Moisés Arias, Dascha Polanco and Pilou Asbæk. The film was directed by Julius Avery from a screenplay by Bragi F. Schut. The film is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Schut, Marc Olivent and Renzo Podesta, itself based on a screenplay written by Schut. Stallone is producing the film with Braden Aftergood through his Balboa Productions banner, while Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer serves as an additional studio for the film.

“Samaritan” premieres on Prime Video on August 26. Watch the full trailer below.

The teaser for “Argentina, 1985” was released before the Venice Film Festival

Ahead of its premiere at the Venice Film Festival this fall, Santiago Miter’s “Argentina, 1985” received a first preview on Prime Video.

The streamer’s first Argentinian original film, “Argentina, 1985,” stars Ricardo Darín and Peter Lanzani as real-life prosecutors Julio Strassera and Luis Morena Ocampo, who at a young age tried members of the former Argentine military dictatorship in what is now called the Juntas trial, one of the largest modern war crimes prosecutions. In particular, the film was shot in the test rooms and the actual locations where the actual events took place.

In addition to directing, Miter co-wrote the screenplay with Mariano Llinás and produced with Darín, Axel Kuschevatzky, Federico Posternak, Agustina Llambi-Campbell, Santiago Carabante, Chino Darín and Victoria Alonso. Cindy Teperman and Phin Glynn are executive producers.

The Venice Film Festival runs from August 31 to September 10. The film will receive a theatrical release and premiere on Prime Video later in the fall. Watch the teaser below.

Sony announces new initiative for Future Filmmaker Awards

The Sony Future Filmmakers Awards, a new award program for short films, has been announced.

The program will select thirty filmmakers who will take part in three competitions: the filmmakers’ competition, which is divided into the categories of fiction, non-fiction and environment; the competition for student filmmakers, divided between the fiction and non-fiction categories; and the Future Format Competition, which challenges filmmakers to shoot a short film exclusively on a smartphone.

The thirty shortlisted filmmakers will attend an awards ceremony at the Cary Grant Theater in Culver City, California on February 22. Winners in each category will be announced in the evening and will receive cash grants and free Sony digital imaging equipment. The winners will be selected by a jury chaired by director Justin Chadwick.

Immediately following the awards ceremony, the 30 shortlisted directors will attend a two-day series of workshops, screenings and panel discussions on the Sony Pictures studio lot. Programming will be led by Sony executives and will cover topics such as pitching, working with talent agencies, and using CGI and other cinematic technologies.

Applications for the awards are currently open, with the application deadline being December 13. To submit, go to official website of the award.

Launch of the Vashon Island Film Festival in Washington State

The Vashon Film Institute has announced the slate for the inaugural Vashon Island Film Festival, which will take place August 12-14 on the island off the coast of Washington.
The festival will present ten feature films and ten short films as well as an opening gala, a party on Saturday evening and two seminars.
The founder is producer and island resident Mark Mathias Sayre, who explains. “100% of net profits will go to the Vashon Theatre, a cultural landmark built in 1947 which, like many other theaters in a post-pandemic world, has struggled to keep its doors open. We still plan to institute the youth program in 2023, but plan to fund it primarily through grants and donations.

Narrative features include Nick Richey’s “1-800-HOT NITE”, “Crabs!” by Pierce Berilzheimer, “Freedom Path” by Brett Smith and “Good Girl Jane” by Sarah Elizabeth Mintz.

Guild of Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Announces Awards Timeline

The 10th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) returns to the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2023.

The MUAHS awards recognize outstanding achievement by makeup artists and hairstylists in film, television, commercials and live theater. The announcement was made today by Julie Socash, President of MUAHS, Local 706.

2022-2023 Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards Schedule:
• Submissions open for television and feature films – October 31
• Closing of submissions for entries – November 30 (5:00 PM PT)
• Start of voting for nominations – December 16
• Closing of the vote on nominations – January 6, 2023
• Appointments announced – January 11, 2023
• Start of the final online vote – January 23, 2023
• Closing of the final online vote. – February 3, 2023 (5:00 p.m. PT)
• Winners are announced at the MUAHS Awards Gala – February 11, 2023
*Dates subject to change

BAFTA Announces 2022 Yugo BAFTA Student Prize Winners and $20,000 Special Jury Prize

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the winners of the 2022 Yugo BAFTA Student Awards at a two-night ceremony July 21-22 in Los Angeles. New York University student Shuhao Tse won the Special Jury Prize of $20,000 for his film “Found,” which also won the event’s documentary award. The decision came from the jury made up of actress Angela Sarafyan, director Anthony Hemingway, director Domee Shi, writer Lucy Alibar and cinematographer Natalie Kingston.

Other winners include the Animation Prize awarded to Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Filipino singer and Alice Letailleur from Pôle 3D, France for “Les Larmes de la Seine”. The Live Action award went to Shulamit Lifshitz and Oriel Berkovits of Ma’aleh School of Television, Film & the Arts, Israel for “Girl No. 60427”.

“It is truly remarkable to see the talent of these emerging filmmakers across the globe. The student finalists continue to raise the bar each year, paving the way and setting a precedent for future filmmakers. BAFTA is thrilled to be part of their success and champion their professional growth for years to come,” said Kathryn Busby, Board Chair of BAFTA North America.

ABFF Global’s international screening series returns to the UK

The American Black Film Festival will bring its International Screening Series, which includes screenings, panel discussions and networking with London-based content creators, to the UK from September 16-18. The second installment in the ABFF Global series is presented by ABFF Ventures and Sony Pictures Entertainment in association with Britain’s SOUL Fest, a film festival aimed at black audiences. Events will take place at the British Film Institute and other venues around London during the 5e annual SOUL Fest.

The upcoming World Series continues ABFF’s return to in-person programming, with the USA festivities taking place in Miami Beach in June. Live events took place June 15-19, with virtual programming continuing through the rest of the month.

“ABFF is rooted in building bridges and fostering alliances among Black content creators around the world. SPE’s support of ABFF Global has allowed us to continue this mission,” said Jeff Friday, Founder of ABFF and CEO of ABFF Ventures “We have deep respect for the SOUL organization and appreciate that they welcome us to be part of their annual event.”

Future episodes of the series will be presented in other major cultural centers such as Madrid, Abu Dhabi, Paris and Gaborone.


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