Jason Blum honored with the American Cinematheque Power of Cinema award


Jason Blum was selected by the American Cinematheque to receive this year’s Power of Cinema Award. Blum and his company will be honored for their achievements in the film industry at the top of the Cinémathèque’s annual benefit. Ryan Reynolds will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s benefit gala, November 17 at the Beverly Hilton.

“Jason Blum and Blumhouse are the ideal recipients of the American Cinematheque’s Power of Cinema Award in World and Culture of 2022. They make high-quality films at appropriate budgets that have broad commercial appeal and are the best examples of their kind. They promoted and increased the appeal of the theater experience and entertained a wide range of audiences. They caught the zeitgeist of our changing times,” said the organization’s president, Rick Nicita.

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Blum produced films such as “Get Out”, “Halloween Kills”, “Black Box” and “The Invisible Man”.

Academy Reappoints Current At-Large Governors

The Academy’s Board of Governors reappointed its current Governors General, DeVon Franklin (Executive Branch), Rodrigo García (Directors Branch) and Janet Yang (Producers Branch).

The additional three-year squad of Franklin, Garcia and Yang begins July 1.

“The level of commitment that DeVon, Rodrigo and Janet have shown to the Academy, its members, and our continued investment in representation, inclusion and equity is immeasurable. They are highly valued leaders, and as a Board of Trustees, we are pleased to offer them this opportunity to continue their great work,” said Academy President David Rubin.

As with governors representing each of the 17 branches of the Academy, governors general may serve up to two three-year terms (consecutive or non-consecutive), followed by a two-year hiatus, after which eligibility is renewed. for up to two additional three-year terms, to a lifetime maximum of 12 years. The Board of Directors establishes the Academy’s strategic vision, safeguards the financial health of the organization and ensures the achievement of its mission.

The 2022-2023 Academy Board of Directors will be elected in June.

Premiere Digital to Distribute Mental Health Documentary “The Girl on the Bridge” in the U.S. and Worldwide

Digital premiere has acquired worldwide distribution rights, including in the United States, for “The Girl on the Bridge”, a mental health documentary directed by New Zealand filmmaker Leanne Pooley.

“The Girl on the Bridge” tells the story of 22-year-old Jazz Thornton, who survived multiple suicide attempts and now works as a filmmaker and youth mental health activist. The film sees her juggle the personal cost and pressures of advocacy work as she runs her own charity.

Previously only viewable in New Zealand and Australia, “The Girl on the Bridge” is now available on digital platforms. See a trailer below.

The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Sets the Schedule for the 59th Annual CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society has set its schedule for the 2023 CAS awards, with the ceremony taking place on March 4. The deadline for submission is December 1. Final voting will begin on February 9 and end a few weeks later on February 21. .

“The Cinema Audio Society is thrilled to celebrate another year of excellence in sound mixing,” said CAS President Karol Urban. “The fullness and range of work to be considered continues to expand from year to year. We are thrilled to learn about and celebrate this year’s outstanding achievements.

Stephen Lighthill re-elected president of the American Society of Cinematographers

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) The Board of Governors of has elected the organization’s officers for 2022-2023 and Stephen Lighthill has been re-elected President for a third consecutive one-year term. He will serve alongside Vice Presidents Amy Vincent, John Simmons and Shelly Johnson; Treasurer Steven Post; secretary Gregg Heschong; and Sergeant-at-Arms Chris Chomyn.

“As an organization, we are focused on education, continuously improving safety practices, and expanding our diversity and awareness efforts,” Lighthill notes. “The past year has presented many adversities for our community, and we’re proud of how our members have risen to those challenges while continuing to take the storytelling to new places.”

Lighthill is also Discipline Chair for Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where he has been a leader in promoting gender diversity at the faculty and graduate levels.

Carl Spence named Artistic Director of Sonoma Film Festival

Carl Spence, previously co-director and artistic director of the Seattle International Film Festival, has been named artistic director of the Sonoma Film Festival in Northern California. He succeeds Kevin W. McNeely, who will become Chairman Emeritus.

The annual festival takes place in March, with events throughout the year such as Summerfest, scheduled for August 4-6.

Spence, who is based in Spain, has programmed festivals such as Palm Springs, Miami, San Francisco and Arte Careyes.

Frameline announces full program for Frameline46

Frameline has announced the full schedule for Frameline46, the world’s largest LGBTQ+ film festival, taking place June 16-26.

The program includes more than 125 films and represents more than 30 countries. The all-in-person festival will take place at theaters and venues across the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Castro Theater, Roxie Theater, SFMOMA, AMC Kabuki and Proxy in San Francisco; and the New Parkway Theater in Oakland.

“We are beyond excited to welcome moviegoers back for in-person screenings at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theater, which celebrates its 100th anniversary during the festival, as well as other Bay Area venues,” said Frameline executive director James Woolley. “We hope this year’s festival will remind us of the importance of community and connection, while continuing to inspire change through film.”

“This year’s festival builds on Frameline’s long-standing commitment to celebrating and amplifying queer voices,” adds Frameline’s Director of Programming, Allegra Madsen. “Exploring themes ranging from queer family histories to coming to terms with the future in a changing world, the diverse lineup of films sheds light on what it means to be queer around the world.”

Frameline46’s opening night will feature the West Coast premiere “A League of Their Own.” While the Centerpiece: Documentary will feature a screening of Coline Abert’s documentary, “Last Dance.”

Visit https://www.frameline.org/ for more information.

‘Triple Threat’ will premiere at Newfilmmakers LA Monthly Film Festival

“Triple Threat” has been named the centerpiece of the Newfilmmakers LA Monthly Film Festival screening where it will premiere on June 18.

The film stars Stacey Maltin who is also the producer and director of the film. Maltin is co-producing with co-star Margarita Zhitnikova under their Besties Make Movies banner. Jay DeYonker (co-writer), Mark St. Cyr (“The Menu”, “High School Musical: The Musical – The Series”), Yurel Echezarreta (“West Side Story”) are also on the bill.

The film features “a love story within a love story” and has been hailed as “a euphoric journey” with “sultry, high-octane choreography…and haunting music.” (Broadway World) It hits theaters in select markets and on-demand on June 21 and is distributed by Gravitas Ventures.

ArtClass Announces Expansion of Post-Production Division with Over 20 New Recruits

Next-Gen production company ArtClass has announced the expansion of its post-production team, with award-winning talent in Los Angeles, Kansas City and New York led by Corwin Carroll as General Manager of Post-Production, Sean Owolo as executive producer and Brian Keegan as head of post-production.

“Post-production is our opportunity to continue to elevate great work, which is why we’re committed to seeing projects through to delivery,” Carroll noted. “We are constantly on the lookout for creative, collaborative individuals who seek innovative ways to elevate our clients’ works from social content to feature films. At ArtClass, we facilitate a variety of postal needs with the most respected staff in the industry.

Carroll brings years of experience with advertising agencies, production companies and visual effects working with clients including ESPN, Ford, Carvana, Amazon and many more. Owolo was previously at Roger and Big Machine (Discovery Warner Bros, Netflix), and Keegan was previously at Los York, Roger and Timber VFX (ABC, Nike, GNET).

ArtClass’ full-service post-production pipeline includes editorial, design, animation, color, visual effects, finishing, and sound. As part of the expansion, director Chris Eckardt of Framestore LA is joining the team as executive creative director. “It’s amazing to be part of an organization with endless opportunity and energy,” adds Eckardt. “Teaming up with Corwin and his team, as well as Rebecca Niles; I look forward to all that can be dreamed of and accomplished. This new division will allow us to continue to break the mold when it comes to the visions of our people by maximizing the quality we deliver of storytelling in brand experiences. »

The team of Emmy-winning and multi-talented artists also includes editors Morgan Bradley (Nike, Sephora), Tyrone Rhabb (FitBit, Adidas), James Lee (MLB, Kohler), James Boger (Carvana, Meta ), VFX supervisor/composer/director Joshua Guillaume (Nat Geo, Jeep), and animators/art directors Mike Healy (HBO “Betty”), Tyler Keith (Samsung, Discovery), Brandon Todd (ESPN, Taco Bell), composer/sound engineer Julian Bickford (SoundCloud, GoDaddy) and colorist Taylre Jones (Wendys, IBM).

“I am thrilled to be collaborating with Corwin and his team,” said Rebecca Niles, General Manager of ArtClass Live-Action. “This new division provides us with an incredible opportunity to continue to break the mould, execute superb vision and maximize the quality of storytelling in brand experiences.”

ArtClass is a team of award-winning directors, producers, editors, writers, and designers dedicated to creating groundbreaking work with agencies and brands.

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