In the News


Technicolor PostWorks Provides a Colorful “Band Aid” Solution

2017-06-22 07:57:10 artisanspr

NEW YORK—Released this month by IFC Films, Band Aid marks the directorial debut of Zoe Lister-Jones, best known for her acting roles on Life in Pieces and New Girl. The film has been earning rave reviews for its engaging story of a couple who turn to songwriting to work out their marital difficulties. It has also generated lots of buzz for Lister-Jones’s unique decision to employ women in all key production and post-production crew positions. That included Colorist Allie Ames from Technicolor PostWorks New York, who worked with the director and Cinematographer Hillary Spera through editorial conforming and final color grading.

Shot in Los Angeles, Band Aid captures both the city’s sun-drenched streets and dimly-lit clubs in a fresh natural manner. Spera, who primarily worked hand-held, says the visual style was heavily influenced by slice-of-life films of the ‘70s, citing the Woody Allen classic Husbands and Wives. “Films of that era have a tangibility; things feel very organic,” she explains. “We went for something similar where the action feels improvised, even though it’s scripted, and we’re just ‘there’ with the camera.”

“Zoe really wanted it to be hand-held, so the actors had space and a chance to roam,” she adds.  “We’re in their home and a part of their world.”


That naturalism was further refined during grading sessions at Technicolor PostWorks. “The film has a soft, filmic vibe,” says Ames. “It’s very Southern California: beautiful skin tones, golden light, slightly lifted blacks. It’s lush. Hillary did a beautiful job. The material looked wonderful coming out of the camera, so it was fun to play with.”

Spera says the grading sessions were very collaborative. She and Ames quickly developed a rapport and reacted similarly to the material. “Allie understood where we wanted to go from our initial talk,” Spera recalls. “We shot with two cameras and vintage lenses, so there was a lot to do in color to make it uniform. Mostly, we wanted to be subtle with color, and Allie got that, but at times we needed to go for more color or a stylized look, and she got that too. It’s hard to make the color feel organic with natural light, and Allie really achieved that beautifully”

As an example of the latter, Spera points to a montage of nightclub scenes where lighting was used to distinguish different performances. “There are a lot of color shifts, and we worked to make each one feel different,” she observes. “We went through that sequence with a fine-toothed comb because it really needed to say something narratively.”

Both Spera and Ames said that they found it inspiring to work on a project driven by women. “Zoe had the vision to hire an all-woman crew, but once we crewed up, it felt like any other project, except in its spirit of collaboration,” Spera says. “Everyone’s voice and ideas were considered and we worked together like a well-oiled machine. At every turn, it was the best it could be.”

“Camera, electrical, sound and editorial…they were all women,” adds Ames. “I’ve had the benefit of working with amazing women directors before, but this was unique and very exciting. It was a real girl power show.”

About Technicolor PostWorks New York

Technicolor PostWorks New York is the East Coast’s most comprehensive digital motion picture and post-production facility, employing an exceptional team of creative artists, engineers and project managers to serve our clients through the film and TV finishing process.

Technicolor PostWorks New York offers one complete source for every post requirement, including in-context digital dailies, film imaging and restoration, collaborative non-linear editorial and HD/UHD broadcast finishing, 4K digital cinema, global content lifecycle support, and comprehensive film and TV sound services on nine mix stages.

For more information, visit

Posted in: IndiesProduction & PostTagged in: color correctionindiespost production Read more... 0 comments


2017-06-15 19:53:21 ccwire-staff

DIRECTED BY: Jamie Kastner

Starring: Ishmael Muslim Ali (formerly LaBeet), Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Michael Ratner

Opens in New York on Friday, June 30th at the Village East with a national release to follow including Los Angeles on July 14 at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center.


From award-winning Canadian filmmaker Jamie Kastner comes THE SKYJACKER’S TALE, which gives unprecedented access to one of the top five most wanted US fugitives in Cuba.

Ishmael Muslim Ali (formerly LaBeet) is the American convicted of murdering eight people on a Rockefeller-owned golf course in the US Virgin Islands. After years of trying to get his conviction overturned, he took matters into his own hands and hijacked an American Airlines plane full of passengers to Cuba on New Years Eve 1984, and got away with it. Until now.

Thirty years on the FBI’s most wanted list and against the backdrop of his looming extradition to serve eight consecutive life sentences in the US, the film recounts the hijacking that got him here, re-examines his original trial and reveals a gross miscarriage of justice. In a story that is more relevant than ever with racially charged police brutality and injustice constantly in the headlines, THE SKYJACKER’S TALE captures LaBeet / Ali’s first interview since the hijacking and includes never before seen footage.

Is he a heartless criminal or a victim? The audience must decide. But what emerges is a picture of American government and law enforcement attitudes and actions toward their own population that are shockingly similar to the headlines of today.

Canada, 76 Minutes, Documentary Feature Film, In English.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Toronto International Film Festival 2016

Watch the TRAILER

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments


2017-06-13 19:54:56 ccwire-staff

HEARING IS BELIEVING, the new non-fiction feature from award-winning filmmaker Lorenzo DeStefano, introduces the world to the astonishing young musician and composer, Rachel Flowers.

Born 15 weeks premature, Rachel soon lost her eyesight. At two she began playing every song she heard by ear, including Bach fugues. Starting her musical education at the age of 4, it was soon clear that the child had perfect pitch.

DeStefano and his team have created a dynamic and engaging portrait of two years in the life of a tight- knit American family, a single mom and her two kids, living paycheck to paycheck in Oxnard, California, with Rachel’s stunning music as the soundtrack. The film revels in Rachel’s joyous and free-flowing love of song, illuminating the bonds of family and the divine mysteries of creativity.

Among the great musicians appearing with Rachel in the film are Grammy winners Dweezil Zappa, Arturo Sandoval, and Stevie Wonder, Grammy nominated jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, the late Progressive Rock icon Keith Emerson, Hawaii ukulele legend Benny Chong, and 50 members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony.

Rachel is the recipient of many awards, distinctions, and scholarships, including a Stanford University Jazz Residency, Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, winner of the Ventura County Student Jazz competition, and private instruction in advanced improvisation through the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

Rachel has performed for Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Herb Alpert, and Wayne Shorter. She is a very active part of several jazz lineups in California and is currently composing original songs and works for orchestra, jazz combo, piano, and voice.

HEARING IS BELIEVING is produced & directed by Lorenzo DeStefano. Executive producer is Patti Channer. Co-producers are Randell J. Brasher, Sandra Laby, Jordan Laby, and Mary Karrh. Editing by Kevin D. Wilson. Cinematography by David Pu’u and Nik Blaskovich. Music by Rachel Flowers.

RT: 104 min / Unrated






Laemmle Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments


2017-06-10 20:00:31 ccwire-staff

Till, a bank teller in his mid-30s, is living an uneventful and average life. His marriage to Miriam is happy, but in danger of getting into a rut after all these years of harmony. Suddenly, Till is torn from his routine when a bank robber storms his branch and takes Till and his car hostage. When the kidnapper takes his mask off, Till recognizes Nappo, a former convict and unsuccessful loan applicant at Till’s bank.

As the police set up roadblocks, Nappo decides to abandon Till in the trunk of the car and disappear with his loot. But things do not work out that way and Till and Nappo escape together. After the first shock, Till throws all caution to the wind and dives into adventure with his kidnapper.

Directed by: Peter Thorwarth

Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Axel Stein, Jasmin Gerat, Anna Maria Mühe,Nele Kiper, Ralf Richter

Opening on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, July 11 on all major platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators.

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments


2017-05-18 21:04:02 ccwire-staff

“On a Knife Edge” is a father-son story about Guy and George Dull Knife that unfolds over the course of George’s coming-of-age journey. Under his father’s guidance, George becomes an activist and organizer, and begins identifying with the role of traditional Lakota warrior, which he views as his family legacy. He commits himself to the fight for social justice, but struggles with adapting the old ways and his father’s expectations to the modern-day realities of growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Told largely through George’s eyes, the film offers a privileged glimpse into the youngest generation of the American Indian Movement, as well as George’s own evolving notions of Native identity, manhood, and duty.

His story is interwoven with animated sequences that depict five generations of family history, narrated by his father and based on paintings he has created to explore the continuum of their fight through the generations.

“On a Knife Edge” will have its world premiere June 10 and June 15 at the 16th annual San Francisco Documentary Film Festival.

About the filmmakers
Jeremy Williams (Director) is a BAFTA Award-winning director who has worked in television for twenty years and made more than 40 documentary films as a producer and director. He is currently a lecturer in Film and Television practice at the University of Falmouth in the UK in their Department of Film and Television. Jeremy has been a long‐time collaborator with October Films, producing a number of television documentaries and two feature-length docs: London and Ghosts of the 7th Cavalry, the latter nominated for a One World Media Award for Best Documentary in 2008. Recently he produced and directed Restless Flights, which profiled Nobel Literature Prize winner JMG Le Clezio, and Orphans of Burma’s Cyclone, for Channel 4 in the UK which was shown in WNET’s Wide Angle series as Eyes of the Storm. Orphans recently won the Rory Peck Award in London as well as the Childrens’ Rights Award at the 2010 One World Media Awards. Jeremy made Jack with Normal Life Pictures, a short film about a Lakota Vietnam veteran, which won first prize at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Veteran’s Day Film Contest in 2010.

Eli Cane (Producer) runs Normal Life Pictures, a New York-based production company. Most recently, he produced the ground-breaking videos for Solange’s Grammy-winning song “Cranes in the Sky” and “Don’t Touch My Hair.” He was producer and music supervisor for The Market Maker, which aired nationally on PBS as a Wide Angle in 2009 and was selected for the Good Pitch at Silverdocs. He also produced a feature-length documentary for the Why Poverty? series entitled Land Rush, about agricultural land grabs in Mali and the future of food sovereignty. The film was featured at the Good Pitch London in 2011 and at IDFA in 2012, and has been screened in both the UK Parliament and the US Capital Building. In addition, the film became a center-piece of Oxfam’s “Behind the Brands” campaign, and aired in dozens of cities around the US in honor of World Food Day in 2013. The film was instrumental in achieving the campaign’s primary goal of convincing PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Nestlé, and Illovo to adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards land grabs. The Why Poverty? series was a co-production between ITVS and the BBC and over a dozen other broadcasters, and when it aired in December 2012 it was seen by over 800 million viewers worldwide. The films in the Why Poverty? series won a Peabody Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2013.

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments


2017-04-26 16:32:09 ccwire-staff

A film by Stéphane Brizé
Based on the novel Une Vie by Guy de Maupassant

Starring: Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau, and Swann Arlaud

Adapted from the novel Une Vie by Guy de Maupassant, A WOMAN’S LIFE is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne (Judith Chemla) marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away. French filmmaker Stéphane Brizé shoots this follow-up to his Cannes and César Award-winner The Measure of a Man in constricted 4:3 Academy ratio, creating a tightly composed work that perfectly translates de Maupassant’s portrayal of life’s indifferences.

RT: 119min / Not Yet Rated
LANGUAGE: French, Subtitles in English

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments

Technicolor PostWorks Supports 13 Tribeca World Premieres

2017-04-11 12:47:08 artisanspr

NEW YORK—Continuing its long support for filmmaking in New York, Technicolor PostWorks provided post-production services to 13 films screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, including three films in the U.S. Narrative competition, two in the Spotlight Narrative section, one in the World Documentary competition, four in the Spotlight Documentary section and one in the Shorts sections. Additionally, the facility supported three projects produced for television screening in the second annual Tribeca TV festival. Services included editorial conforming and color grading. PostWorks provided ADR, sound editorial and sound mixing.

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19-30, 2017.

Technicolor PostWorks projects include:



Aardvark, (USA, World Premiere), Director Brian Shoaf’s story of a therapist whose professional and personal worlds collide when a new patient walks through her door.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Alex Bickel, Colorist; Sean R. Smith, Online Editor. PostWorks provided ADR; Chris White ADR Recordist.

Abundant Acreage Available, (USA, World Premiere), Director Angus MacLachlan’s tale of siblings Jesse (Terry Kinney) and Tracy (Amy Ryan) who attempt to settle into their new lives after their father’s death.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Alex Bickel, Colorist; Sean R. Smith, Online Editor.

Saturday Church, (USA, World Premiere), Director Damon Cardasis’ drama of a shy and effeminate teen being raised in the Bronx by his strict Aunt Rose.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Anthony Raffaele, Colorist; Ryan Duffy, Color Assist; Ryan Rolandelli, Online Editor.



Dabka, (USA, World Premiere), Director Bryan Buckley’s story of rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters), who, after a chance encounter with his idol (Al Pacino), moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime.

PostWorks provided re-recording mixing; Martin Czembor, Re-Recording Mixer; Ruy Garcia, Supervising Sound Editor.

Permission, (USA, World Premiere), Director Brian Crano’s film focusing on a couple who embark on an experiment to broaden their horizons without sabotaging their relationship.

PostWorks provided ADR; Chris White, ADR Recordist.



The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, (USA, World Premiere), Academy Award-nominated Director David France investigates the death of the black transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson.

PostWorks provided re-recording mixing; Martin Czembor, Re-Recording Mixer; Luciano Vignola, Sound Supervisor.



Get Me Roger Stone, (USA, World Premiere), Directors Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme explore the world of political firebrand and noted eccentric Roger Stone.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Allie Ames, Colorist; Jeff Cornell and Ryan McMahon, Online Editors. PostWorks provided sound editorial and re-recording mixing; Christopher Koch, Re-Recording Mixer; Eric DiStefano, Sound Editor. 

I Am Evidence, (USA, World Premiere), Directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir examine the issue of untested rape kits with hundreds of thousands left in police storage facilities.

Technicolor PostWorks provided color grading and deliverables; David J. Colonna, Colorist.

No Stone Unturned, (USA and Northern Ireland, World Premiere), Director Alex Gibney probes the 1994 murder of six men while watching a World Cup soccer match in a pub in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland.

Technicolor PostWorks provided additional color; Jack Lewars, Additional Colorist.

WASTED! The Story of Food Waste, (USA, World Premiere), Directors Anna Chai and Nari Kye show how $218 billion in food is thrown out each year, while nearly a billion people worldwide face starvation.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading (four-wall) and deliverables; Stephen Beganyi, Colorist; Ryan Rolandelli, Online Editor.



Lemon, (USA, World Premiere), Director Timothy Michael Cooper’s tale of a bride who is stunned to learn that her new husband fudged nearly everything about his past, his family, and his accomplishments.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming and color grading; Sean R. Smith, Colorist/Online Editor.



Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, (USA, World Premiere), Director Alexandra Dean tells the story of an actress known for her unmatched beauty, who also possessed a beautiful mind.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Allie Ames, Colorist; Ryan McMahon, Online Editor. PostWorks provided sound editorial and re-recording mixing; Eric DiStefano and Filipe Messeder, Sound Editors; Eliott Taylor, Re-Recording Mixer.

The Last Poker Game, (USA, World Premiere), Director Howard Weiner’s story of Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau), who moves into a nursing home with his wife and forms an improbable relationship with a gambler and womanizer.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Anthony Raffaele, Colorist; Zac Gobetz and Ryan McMahon, Online Editors. PostWorks provided re-recording mixing; Michael Kurihara, Re-recording Mixer; Marlena Grzaslewicz, Sound Supervisor.



The Sinner, the World Premiere of the new USA series.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Sam Daley, Colorist; George Bunce, Online Editor.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the World Premiere of Season 3 of the hit Netflix series.

Technicolor PostWorks provided dailies, editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables. Adam Moore, Dailies Colorist; Roger Doran, Colorist; Pat Kelleher, Online Editor.

The Vietnam War, (PBS, Special Sneak Peek), Ken Burns’ new documentary on the conflict in Southeast Asia.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading; Jack Lewars, Colorist; Jeff Cornell, Online Editor. PostWorks provided sound editorial and re-recording mixing (International Version); Michael Kurihara, Sound Editor/Re-recording Mixer.

About Technicolor PostWorks New York

Technicolor PostWorks New York is the East Coast’s most comprehensive digital motion picture and post-production facility, employing an exceptional team of creative artists, engineers and project managers to serve our clients through the film and TV finishing process.

Technicolor PostWorks New York offers one complete source for every post requirement, including in-context digital dailies, film imaging and restoration, collaborative non-linear editorial and HD/UHD broadcast finishing, 4K digital cinema, global content lifecycle support, and comprehensive film and TV sound services on nine mix stages.

For more information, visit

Posted in: IndiesNewsletterPress ReleaseTagged in: film festivalspost production Read more... 0 comments


2017-03-09 15:18:58 ccwire-staff

An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.

Written and Directed by: Michael O’Shea

Starring: Eric Ruffin and Chloe Levine

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival 2016, SXSW 2017

Opens in New York on Friday, April 7th at the Angelika Film Center

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, April 21st at The Nuart Theatre

March 10th, Alamo Lamar A, 9:30pm
March 13th, Alamo Ritz 1, 9:45pm
March 17th, Alamo Ritz 2, 2:15pm

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments

Technicolor PostWorks’ Sam Daley Replicates Black & White Look for Horror Tale “The Eyes of My Mother”

2017-02-27 11:56:22 artisanspr

NEW YORK— Writer-Director Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature, The Eyes of My Mother, which was finished  at Technicolor PostWorks New York, is a beautifully calibrated horror story of a young woman scarred by childhood tragedy. The film is packed with heart-pounding moments, made all the more chilling by an artfully crafted black & white look captured by Cinematographer Zach Kuperstein (also making his feature debut) and finished by Colorist Sam Daley.

The film is set on a secluded farmhouse where a young girl, Francisca, lives with her Portuguese parents. The girl’s idyllic life is shattered with the arrival of a mysterious visitor who commits an act of terrible violence before her eyes. The consequences of that trauma come to fruition decades later after the girl reaches adulthood.


The film was digitally captured by Kuperstein in color and converted to black & white during post-production processing at Technicolor PostWorks. Kuperstein notes that planning for that conversion began early on and involved nearly every aspect of production. “A lot of our work with production designer, Sam Hensen, and costume designer, Whitney Adams, was focused on creating color contrast in the design elements so they could be easily separated when we got to the DI,” he recalls. “We captured all of the color information on set, viewing the image with a simple black and white LUT, with the intention of grabbing those distinct colors and adjusting their brightness values in post.”

Working under the direction of Pesce and Kuperstein, Daley used Da Vinci Resolve to draw down the color and recreate the classic look of a black & white print. “In my early days as a telecine colorist, I worked a lot with black & white negative and it was a thrill to dive back into that world,” Daley recalls. “It’s not as simple as desaturating the images. Getting the true qualities of vintage black & white requires precise manipulation of tonality within the frame before the color is removed.”

In fact, Daley made a first pass through the film in color, using digital tools to simulate the way black & white negative reacts to light. “I spent a lot of time isolating and brightening faces so that, when they were desaturated, they would appear more like they would if exposed on black & white film. There was a lot of dodging and burning, brightening and darkening of small areas to make the images feel more dynamic.”

“Sam was able to isolate the unusually saturated colors, such as a bright orange couch or the green line’s in Francisca’s dress, and make them stand apart,” adds Kuperstein.  “This added a kind of texture and contrast that would not have otherwise been possible.  The approach is akin to using a yellow filter on B&W negative to darken a sky.”

Daley made other adjustments to the look to add to the growing sense of horror. Many of the most shocking events in the film appear on the periphery of the frame. Subtly adjusting light and shadow, Daley helped to draw attention to such creepy details while keeping them barely visible.

“We create a sense of mystery by the way the image rolls off into the blacks,” he explains. “There are a lot of scary things in the film and you see just enough of them. We walked a fine line, where the audience sees the horror, without making it the central focus.”

Distributed theatrically in the U.S. by Magnet Releasing, The Eyes of My Mother has earned critical raves on the festival circuit. Kuperstein, who was earlier nominated for Best Cinematography Debut at Cameraimage, is currently nominated for Best Cinematography at the Independent Spirit Awards. Daley says the movie’s success is well deserved. “It’s a very well-crafted film; the cinematography is spot on,” he observes. “It’s flawless.”

About Technicolor PostWorks New York

Technicolor PostWorks New York is the East Coast’s most comprehensive digital motion picture and post-production facility, employing an exceptional team of creative artists, engineers and project managers to serve our clients through the film and TV finishing process.

Technicolor PostWorks New York offers one complete source for every post requirement, including in-context digital dailies, film imaging and restoration, collaborative non-linear editorial and HD/UHD broadcast finishing, 4K digital cinema, global content lifecycle support, and comprehensive film and TV sound services on nine mix stages.

For more information, visit

Posted in: IndiesNewsletterTagged in: color gradingindiespost production Read more... 0 comments

Acclaimed Director Susan Froemke Releases Trailer and Website for new film The Resilient Heart

2017-01-27 15:41:02 ccwire-staff

New York, NY  – Oscar nominee and Grammy winning director, Susan Froemke, has unveiled an advance trailer and website for her latest film, The Resilient Heart, which is now in post-production. The upcoming documentary feature film was announced in Park City, UT following the 2017 Sundance Film Festival premiere of her documentary Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, an Official Selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, already generating a lot of buzz.

“When I first met Dr. Valentin Fuster, I thought cardiovascular disease was a rich nation’s illness, but I soon found out it was the leading cause of death across the globe,” said Froemke. “Dr. Fuster’s mission to stem the tide of this debilitating epidemic inspired me to make The Resilient Heartwith the hope to bring his important story to a wide audience.”

The film website offers some general background information about the film, full color photographs from the making of the documentary and the theatrical trailer.

The film, made with generous support from Mt. Sinai Health System, centers on the work of Dr. Valentin Fuster, a world-renowned cardiovascular scientist and Physician-in-Chief at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Through his research and travels, Dr. Fuster discovers that the real answer to fighting chronic disease lies in early education. The Resilient Heart follows Dr. Fuster as he travels to Eldoret (Kenya), Bogota, Grenada, Madrid and Harlem, where he encounters the profound impacts of coordinated global health initiatives, proactive public policy, and the passion of people to better the health and well-being of populations, no matter the circumstances.

The film was directed by Oscar nominee and Grammy winner Susan Froemke, a non-fiction filmmaker with over 30 documentaries to her credit, including the iconic Grey Gardens (1976), the Academy Award nominated Lalee’s Kin (2001), Conversations With The Rolling Stones (1994), and Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare which premiered at Sundance in 2013.

The Resilient Heart will premiere Spring 2017.

Dr. Valentin Fuster, MD, PHD

For four decades, Dr. Fuster has been a global leader in the field of cardiology, including cardiovascular medicine, translational research, and education. He has a keen interest in defeating the global epidemic of obesity and its impact on cardiovascular health, especially for the world’s tiniest hearts — those in our children. Dr. Fuster has published more than 1,000 research studies on the prevention and treatment of heart disease, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and thrombosis, and is Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital.

About Mount Sinai

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

About Mount Sinai Heart

Mount Sinai Heart is one of the world’s leading centers for cardiovascular medicine and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, successfully treating cardiac conditions from chronic arrhythmias to sudden heart attacks.

The center’s mission is to dramatically improve the heart health of patients from the local, regional, and global communities. The steadfast commitment of Mount Sinai Heart to its patients is dramatically changing lives, and its collaborative, comprehensive approach to health care is revolutionizing the practice of medicine around the world.

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments

Noir City Returns to Seattle

2017-01-18 16:03:28 ccwire-staff

SEATTLE – The 2017 incarnation of the world’s most popular film noir festival, Noir City, is returning to the legendary Egyptian theater February 16 through 22, with 20 exceptional films ranging from the mid-twentieth century to today and culled from all parts of the globe. “The Big Knockover” is a veritable history of the heist film, from black-and-white Hollywood classics such as Criss Cross (1949) and The Asphalt Jungle (1950), to stunning contemporary thrillers like The Aura (2005) and Victoria (2015). Noir City’s lineup explores, in films both suspenseful and comedic, the desperate lengths to which people will go to beat the system and hit the big time.

Films in the Festival come from the United States, England, Japan, France, Argentina, and Germany and span eight decades of filmmaking. Festival producer, programmer and all around Czar of Noir Eddie Muller clarifies that despite the change of pace, “This doesn’t mean we’ve run out of films from the original noir movement. That remains our primary focus, and it is films of that period the Film Noir Foundation is dedicated to rescuing and restoring. But this particular theme—heist films—is much richer when the parameters are expanded to include films from different countries and eras. By making that leap, a more intriguing experience emerges for those loyal patrons who join us for the full ride.” Eddie will be maestro for the week-long Festival to delight patrons with intrigue and sordid anecdotes from Hollywood.

“We are excited for this year’s Noir City to return after a fantastic run at the Egyptian last summer,” says SIFF Interim Artistic Director, Beth Barrett, “Audiences in Seattle can’t get enough of dark and thrilling cinema and there’s no better or more atmospheric movie palace to host Noir City in than the Egyptian.”

Opening Night the Egyptian will be transformed into a haven for gangsters, molls, vixens, and villains, with Noir-themed wine and a shadowy cityscape photo booth to capture patrons at their fiendish best. The Opening Night film sets the stage for the Festival with the gold standard of heist noir, The Asphalt Jungle (1950), presented in 35mm. John Huston’s classic proves that while there’s no perfect crime there is a perfect ensemble cast, including Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, Louis Calhern, and Marilyn Monroe in her screen debut.

Join us on this journey around the globe showcasing how the “heist” was the perfect compliment to Noir with style, sexiness, and cynicism that crossed all international borders.

Passes for NOIR CITY 2017 are on sale at HERE. Full schedule and individual tickets are available now.

Thursday, February 16 – Wednesday, February 22
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Festival Passes: $150 | $100 Members
Single film admission: $15 | $10 Members | $14 Seniors and Youth
SIFF Cinema Vouchers accepted at the rate of two for each single admission.


Thursday, February 16

The Asphalt Jungle
A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel. (d: John Huston c: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, Marilyn Monroe, USA 1950, 112 min)

Criss Cross
An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route. (d: Robert Siodmak c: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, USA 1949, 89 min)

Friday, February 17

Kansas City Confidential
An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits. (d: Phil Karlson c: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, Dona Drake, USA 1952, 99 min)

Violent Saturday
Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly. (d: Richard Fleischer c: Victor Mature, Richard Egan, Lee Marvin, Stephen McNally, Sylvia Sidney, USA 1955, 90 min)

Saturday, February 18

The Ladykillers
Five diverse oddball-criminal-types planning a bank robbery, rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. (d: Alexander Mackendrick c: Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner, USA 1955, 91 min)

The League of Gentlemen
A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military precision. (d: Basil Dearden c: John Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Bryan Forbes, Richard Attenborough, USA 1960, 116 min)

The Killing
A gang of greedy petty criminals plan a race track robbery. The plan gets foiled and disaster ensues. (d: Stanley Kubrick c: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Elisha Cook, USA 1956, 85 min)

Cruel Gun Story
A convict fresh out of prison, with a handicapped sister, is coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing an armored racetrack car heist. (d: Takumi Furukawa c: Jô Shishido , Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawaji, Yûji Odaka, Minako Kazuki, Japan 1964, 87 min)

Sunday, February 19

The Brink’s Job
Crime story based on the real armed robbery of the Brink’s Building in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17th, 1950. (d: William Friedkin c: Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands, Paul Sorvino, USA 1978, 104 min)

The Sicilian Clan
A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them. (d: Henri Verneuil c: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick, Sydney Chaplin, France/USA 1969, 122 min)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it’s paid, how could they get away? (d: Joseph Sargent c: Waltar Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, USA 1974, 104 min)

Charley Varrick
A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob. (d: Don Siegel c: Walter Matthau, Andrew Robinson, Joe Don Baker, John Vernon, Felicia Farr, USA 1973, 111 min)

Monday, February 20

Transplanted American director Dassin executes the most suspenseful robbery sequence of all time in this legendary crime classic. Jean Servais leads the gang. (d: Jules Dassin c: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey, Pierre Grasset, France 1955, 122 min)

Classe Tous Risques
As the police close in, a wanted Frenchman assesses his relationship with his estranged family and his former friends. (d: Claude Sautet c: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, France 1960, 110 min)

Blue Collar
Three workers, Zeke, Jerry, and Smokey, are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their wives to have some fun they get the idea to rob the local union’s bureau safe. (d: Paul Schrader c: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, Ed Begley Jr., Harry Bellaver, USA 1978, 114 min)

Straight Time
After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go by society’s rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer. When he is released again, he assaults the parole officer, steals his car, and returns to a life of crime. (d: Ulu Grosbard c: Dustin Hoffman, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, Theresa Russell, M. Emmet Walsh, Kathy Bates, USA 1978, 114 min)

Tuesday, February 21

Film pending

The Aura
A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime. (d: Fabián Bielinsky c: Ricardo Darin, Dolores Fonzi, Alejandro Awada, Pablo Cedron, Argentina/Spain/France 2005, 134 min)

Wednesday, February 22

Cash on Demand
A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds. (d: Quentin Lawrence c: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird, United Kingdom 1961, 84 min)

A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. (d: Sebastian Schipper c: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff, Andre M. Hennicke, Germany 2015, 140 min)

About the Film Noir Foundation
The Film Noir Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement.

As a focal point of the classic film noir revival, the Foundation serves as a conduit between film companies and repertory cinemas still eager to screen these films in 35mm. Revenues generated by ticket sales encourage studios film archives to strike new prints of films that are at risk of disappearing from public view, either through neglect or scarcity. Once these films are unearthed and returned to circulation, the chances exponentially increase that they will be reissued on DVD, available in pristine, affordable form for future generations of film-lovers.

Posted in: IndiesPress ReleaseTagged in: Noir CitySIFF Read more... 0 comments

Technicolor PostWorks Prepares 10 Films for Sundance

2017-01-09 17:03:48 artisanspr

NEW YORK— Continuing its long-standing support for independent film, Technicolor PostWorks New York helped to prepare a combined 10 features and documentaries for screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The facility provided services including editorial conforming, color grading, deliverables and sound mixing for films premiering in the U.S. Narrative and Documentary competitions and other programs. The Sundance Film Festival is scheduled for January 19–29 in Park City, Utah.

Sundance films serviced by Technicolor PostWorks include:

Band Aid, U.S. Narrative Competition, Director and Screenwriter Zoe Lister-Jones’ story of a couple who can’t stop fighting and embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Allie Ames, colorist/online editor.

Before I Fall, Premieres, Director Ry Russo-Young’s story of a woman who has everything until she wakes up one fateful night with no future at all.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading, visual effects and deliverables; Alex Bickel, colorist; Ryan McMahon, online editor; Sean Perry, Keith Jenson and Brian Keefe, VFX artists.

“Band Aid”, “Before I Fall”

The Big Sick, Premieres, Director Michael Showalter’s dramatization of the real-life courtship of Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and a grad student.

Technicolor PostWorks provided dailies, editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Alex Bickel, colorist; Josh Olive, dailies colorist; Sean R. Smith, online editor.

Crown Heights, U.S. Narrative Competition, Director and Screenwriter Matt Ruskin’s crime drama of a man wrongfully convicted of murder and his best friend who devotes his life to proving his innocence.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Jack Lewars, colorist; Jeff Cornell, online editor.

“The Big Sick”, “Crown Heights”

The Discovery, Premieres, Director Charlie McDowell’s futuristic love story of a world where the afterlife has just been scientifically proven—resulting in millions of people taking their own lives to get there.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Alex Bickel, colorist; Pat Kelleher and Sean Perry, online editors.

Long Strange Trip, Documentary Premieres, Director Amir Bar-Lev’s tale of The Grateful Dead, a tribe of contrarians who made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Jack Lewars, colorist; Keith Jenson, online editor.

“The Discovery”, “Long, Strange Trip”

Novitiate, U.S. Narrative Competition, Director and Screenwriter Maggie Betts’s drama set in the 1960s, during the Vatican II era, about a young woman training to become a nun who struggles with issues of faith, sexuality and the changing church.

Technicolor PostWorks provided sound mixing services; Martin Czembor, Re-Recording Mixer.

Strong Island, U.S. Documentary Competition, Director Yance Ford’s thoughtful examination of the violent death of his brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Anthony Raffaele, colorist; Sean Perry, online editor.

“Novitiate”, “Strong Island”

Water & Power: A California Heist, U.S. Documentary Competition, Director Marina Zenovich’s examination of California’s convoluted water system and its impact on small farmers and everyday citizens.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Jack Lewars, colorist; Keith Jenson, online editor.

The Yellow Birds, U.S. Narrative Competition, Director Alexandre Moors’ film focusing on two young men who enlist in the army and are deployed to fight in the Gulf War.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming and deliverables; Allie Ames and Ryan McMahon, online editors.

“Water & Power: A California Heist”, “The Yellow Birds”

About Technicolor PostWorks New York

Technicolor PostWorks New York is the East Coast’s most comprehensive digital motion picture and post-production facility, employing an exceptional team of creative artists, engineers and project managers to serve our clients through the film and TV finishing process.

Technicolor PostWorks New York offers one complete source for every post requirement, including in-context digital dailies, film imaging and restoration, collaborative non-linear editorial and HD/UHD broadcast finishing, 4K digital cinema, global content lifecycle support, and comprehensive film and TV sound services on nine mix stages.

For more information, visit

Posted in: IndiesNewsletterTagged in: color gradingfestivalsindiespost production Read more... 0 comments

Alchemy Post Sound Supports Ten Sundance World Premieres with Foley

2016-12-20 15:12:14 artisanspr

Westchester, New York— Alchemy Post Sound provided Foley sound services for ten films premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Among them are five films included in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, two films included in the U.S. Documentary Competition, one film in Premieres and two films included in the festival’s NEXT lineup. The Sundance Film Festival screens in January 19-29.

Alchemy Post Sound has a history of supporting independent film through its work as a premiere provider of Foley sound services. “We are passionate about quality filmmaking and are always excited to work with new and emerging filmmakers,” said Alchemy Post Sound COO Andrea Bloome. “We are very proud of our association with these nine great films and congratulate the filmmakers and their sound teams on their success.”

Sundance films supported by Alchemy Post Sound include:

“Rebel in the Rye” “Brigsby Bear”

Rebel in the Rye (Premieres/World Premiere) Director and screenwriter Danny Strong’s portrait of the life and mind of reclusive author J.D. Salinger.

Brigsby Bear (U.S. Dramatic Competition/World Premiere) Director Dave McCary’s comedy about a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one.

“Golden Exits” “Novitiate”

Golden Exits (U.S. Dramatic Competition/World Premiere) Director/screenwriter Alex Ross Perry’s drama about a young foreign girl whose arrival disrupts the lives and emotional balance of two Brooklyn families.

Novitiate (U.S. Dramatic Competition/World Premiere) Director/screenwriter Maggie Betts’ story of a young woman training to be a nun during the Vatican II era.

“Patti Cake$” “The Yellow Birds”

Patti Cake$ (U.S. Dramatic Competition/World Premiere) Director and screenwriter Geremy Jasper’s tale of an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs in an unlikely quest for glory.

The Yellow Birds (U.S. Dramatic Competition/World Premiere) Director Alexandre Moors’ war drama about two young men who fight in the Iraq War.

“Trophy” “City of Ghosts”

Trophy (U.S. Documentary Competition/World Premiere) Director Shaul Schwarz’s in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa.

City of Ghosts (U.S. Documentary Competition/World Premiere) Director Matthew Heineman’s documentary which follows the extraordinary journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a group of anonymous citizen journalists who banded together after their homeland was overtaken by ISIS.

“Dayveon” “Thoroughbred”

Dayveon (NEXT) Director Amman Abbasi’s story of a 13-year-old boy who becomes involved with a local gang in rural Arkansas.

Thoroughbred (NEXT) Director/screenwriter Cory Finley’s thriller of two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut who rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart and learn that neither is what she seems to be.

About Alchemy Post Sound

Alchemy Post Sound is a 3,500 square foot, dedicated Foley studio designed specifically for Foley by resident Foley Artist Leslie Bloome. The company’s Emmy Award-winning staff has created sound for numerous major feature films, long-running television series, independent films and popular games. Alchemy’s services also include music recording, live performance, video production, ADR, and sound design.

Posted in: IndiesNewsletterSoundTagged in: festivalsfoleypost productionsoundSundance Read more... 0 comments


2016-11-16 22:01:08 ccwire-staff

ANONYMOUS follows Alex Danyliuk (McAuliffe) a teenager learning the ins and outs of computer programming. When his family hits financial trouble, he turns to a life of online crime and identity theft, fueled by rage at the banking institutions’ status quo.

Along the way he meets Sye (Gold), a street-wise hustler who introduces him to the world of black market trading, and Kira (Nicholson) a young hacker secretly working as an FBI mole. After quickly finding success in causing financial market chaos, they gain the attention of Z (Collins Jr.) – a mysterious, masked figure, who’s the head of an online crime group, and a number one target by the FBI.

ANONYMOUS is directed by Akan Satayev, written by Sanzhar Sultan, and co-written by Timur Zhaksylykov. Produced by Sanzhar Sultan. Executive produced by Jai Khanna, Loudon Owen and Akan Satayev. Cinematography by Pasha Patriki. Editing by Alex Marquez. Casting by Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert.

RT: 95min / Rated R


Anonymous | In Theaters Friday, December 2nd

Los Angeles
New York City
San Diego
San Francisco

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments


2016-10-27 22:09:48 ccwire-staff

LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES offers a fresh perspective on a modern-day miracle that many of us take for granted: flying. Narrated by Harrison Ford and featuring an original score from Academy Award® winning composer James Horner, the film takes viewers to 18 countries across all seven continents to illuminate how airplanes have empowered a century of global connectedness our ancestors could never have imagined.

Following its premiere at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC, the film continued its successful run on giant screen, digital, IMAX® and museum cinemas worldwide in 2015/2016. It will be released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray in October 2016 along with the release of the original soundtrack.

LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES is directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (One Six Right) and produced by Terwilliger and Bryan H. Carroll. Director of Photography is Andrew Waruszewski. Music is by James Horner (Avatar, Titanic). Editor is Brad Besser.





Special Features:

  • ALASKA FLYING: Montage of deleted footage: airplanes exploring the remote Alaskan wilderness.
  • 3 STORIES IN 4 MINUTES: Three stories: One Camera, Underwater in the Maldives, Journey to the South Pole.
  • PLANE SPOTTING: A collection of the crew’s best takeoff & landing shots captured on 5 continents.
  • FLIGHT OVER AFRICA: The biplane sequence from the film “Out of Africa” re-created 30 years later.
  • IMPOSSIBLE SHOTS: VISUAL EFFECTS: Go behind-the-scenes and learn how the impossible shots in the film came to life.
  • MAKING OF THE ALASKA HOUSE: Get an inside look at how the sequence in the Alaska House was created.
  • HAWAII [DELETED SCENE]: One of the most remote places on Earth is almost exclusively visited by air.
  • FLOWER SEQUENCE “DECONSTRUCTED”: A unique, real-time look inside one of the film’s most complex sequences.
  • ALASKA FLYING II: Same visuals as “Alaska Flying” with the addition of radio communications.
  • SEEING AVIATION FOR THE FIRST TIME: Witness aviation through the eyes of a group of kids in Kenya, Africa.
  • IN-FLIGHT PREMIERE: Experience a first-of-its-kind premiere as the film debuts on board an Emirates A380.


Product Details:
Price: Blu-ray $32.95; introductory $29.95 through the Holidays. DVD $24.95
Narrator: Harrison Ford
Director: Brian J. Terwilliger
Audio/Languages: English DTS-HD Master Audio in 7.1 and 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Mandarin (Simplified) Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1 (Special Features)
Subtitles: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Mandarin (Simplified), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Number of Discs: 1
Blu-ray and DVD Disc Release Date: October 25, 2016
Run Time: 47 minutes and 40+ minutes of special features

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments

“Kickstarted” Released on Vimeo

2016-10-18 14:43:12 artisanspr

act_logofull_2015LOS ANGELES—Kickstarted, a feature-length documentary that offers an incisive look into the crowdfunding revolution, is now available through Vimeo. Written and directed by Jay Armitage and Jason Maxwell Cooper, and produced by Armitage and Cooper in association with J.P. McMahon and Tristan Drew of A Common Thread, the film follows a musician, a filmmaker and a pair of inventors as they pursue their dreams through the transformative and sometimes baffling world of crowdfunding. Kickstarted can also be purchased via

Kickstarted reveals the potential and the limitations of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo through the experiences of real people who’ve turned to the sites to fund dream projects. At the center of the film is Brad Carter, a musician suffering from a neurological disease that took away his ability to play guitar. Carter launches a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the production of the album he hopes to make as he recovers.

The film also follows Dallas King, a filmmaker hoping to raise $75,000 to produce a movie, and a pair of California engineers seeking funding to bring their latest invention to market. Also featured are some of the superstars of the crowdfunding world: Amanda Palmer, LeVar Burton, Emily Best and Ryan Grepper of the Coolest Cooler.

The film offers new insight into the pursuit of the American Dream. “It’s a film about people chasing their dreams,” says Armitage. “Although crowdfunding has given people new tools, it hasn’t made the chase any easier. You still have to give it everything you’ve got to succeed.”

Kickstarted is itself the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Cooper, a former producer at NBC, and Armitage, the former principal of an ad agency, used the service to raise $87,000 in 30 days for initial production costs. They followed all or part of eight crowdfunding campaigns and interviewed more than 100 creators and experts. “It’s been a wild ride,” says Cooper, “but we think we’ve put together something that gets to the heart of the modern creative experience.”

Kickstarted was a Gold Award winner at the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards. It was also an Official Selection at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the American Documentary Film Festival, the Glass City Film Festival and New Filmmakers Los Angeles.

Kickstarted Trailer from Kickstarted on Vimeo.

Led by Producers J.P. McMahon and Tristan Drew, A Common Thread produces television advertising, feature films, documentaries, music videos and other creative and commercial content. An ardent supporter of independent film, it has produced short- and feature-length projects for a number of new and emerging filmmakers, including The Comments, $50K and a Call Girl: A Love Story and FDR: American Badass.

Posted in: IndiesTagged in: directorsdocumentaryindependent film Read more... 0 comments


2016-10-05 14:32:00 ccwire-staff

From the Executive Producer of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and INSIDIOUS comes THE UNSPOKEN, starring Neal McDonough (Suits, Arrow) and Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill). Directed by Award-winning filmmaker Sheldon Wilson (Kaw, Shallow Ground), THE UNSPOKEN is an eerie thrill ride into the horror that lurks in an unsuspecting small town.

In 1997 the close-knit Anderson family vanished from their country home without a trace without an explanation. No bodies were ever found and for 17 years the house has remained undisturbed…until now. A sinister tale of haunting and murder, THE UNSPOKEN is a refreshing twist on the horror genre just in time for Halloween.

Executive Producer: Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious)

Written & Directed by: Sheldon Wilson (Kaw, Shallow Ground)

Starring: Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill), Neal McDonough (Suits, Arrow)

Sunny Suljic and Matt Bellefleur.

In Theaters and on Digital HD October 28, 2016 from Starz Digital, and on

DVD December 6, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment

Opens theatrically on October 28 in New York (Cinema Village), Los Angeles (Noho 7) and regional territories including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Orlando and more.

Not rated, Runtime 90 minutes (Canada/USA)

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments


2016-09-29 21:29:34 admin

In Minneapolis’ large Somali refugee community, Adan (Barkhad Abdirahman) has nowhere to go. His mom kicked him out, and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways. As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, praying for a little help. Surprisingly, God seems to answer. Adan quickly lands a good job, devout friends, and a newfound faith. When Adan nearly hits a stray dog on the job, he’s forced to take it in for a night. But one of his new mosque friends considers the dog impure, and he throws Adan out. With Adan back on the streets, surrounded by his old crew, ex-girlfriends, prying FBI agents, and his estranged family, the dog may be his only friend as he tries to keep his faith and get through the night.

Filmmaker Musa Syeed’s first narrative feature VALLEY OF SAINTS won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance and was a New York Times Critics Pick. The result of an immersive research process similar to A STRAY, the film was shot during a military curfew in Kashmir, employing a community of boat people as cast and crew. His previous documentaries, also produced with cinematographer Yoni Brook, include BRONX PRINCESS (Berlinale, POV) and A SON’S SACRIFICE (Tribeca Best Short Doc, Independent Lens).

Written & Directed by Musa Syeed

Produced by: Jamila Wignot

Starring: Barkhad Abdirahman (Captain Phillips)



FOR A FULL ONE WEEK RUN AS A PART OF THE IFP Screen Forward Screening Series

USA (Feature Film) –Not Rated- Running Time: 82 Minutes

Posted in: Indies Read more... 0 comments

The 6th Annual Seattle Shorts Film Festival Brings Industry and Diversity to the Emerald City

2016-09-07 22:13:49 ccwire-staff

Seattle Shorts Film Festival may feature short films, but big things are in the works for the sixth year. This year the festival will be three days, Friday November 11th to Sunday the 13th, with new program elements. Seattle Shorts once again received over 1,000 films from Pacific Northwest, national, and international filmmakers. Seattle audiences should be ready to watch a wide variety of films this year, from music videos to shorts to even a full feature film.

The 2016 festival will open with screening Before I Disappear, a feature-length adaptation of director Shawn Christensen’s 2012 Oscar-winning short film, Curfew. Seattle Shorts is excited to announce special guests Fatima Ptacek, lead actress and voice of Dora the Explorer, and producer Brendan Hubbard. This year Seattle Shorts will also screen for the first time music videos to provide Seattleites with diverse film categories.

Seattle Shorts will be hosting two panels for the curious and aspiring individuals who are interested in the film industry. The Navigating the Film Festival Circuit panel would be the opportune time for filmmakers to get the ins and outs of film festivals. The Breaking into the Business: Young Actors panel will be perfect for those who are interested in getting their start in the film industry. Lastly, for festival attendees and filmmakers can celebrate another year the Seattle Shorts Film Festival bringing Seattle film lovers the very best short films from around the globe at the Dance Party on Saturday night.

The 49 short film lineup will make the audience experience all types of emotions. The thriller Burned, starring Beau Knapp (Southpaw) and Maika Monroe (The 5th Wave), will have the audience on the edge of their seats. While Lemonade Mafia starring Marsai Martin (Blackish) will make the audience break out in laughter.

Seattle Shorts takes pride in showcasing the incredible local talent. Michelle a 1960s period film focuses on the struggle to be yourself and The Cost of Things starring David S. Hogan and Angela DiMarco, are few of many local films that will be screened this year.

Piece of Cake and Creased are just a couple of films that will be screened at the festival this year that have creatively touched on real-world issues; such as racism and incurable diseases. And speaking of real-world, documentaries like Her & Me will be shown. Frontman starring Kristoffer Polaha (Where Hope Grows) playing a rock star who is losing his hearing, will kick off the music video program. Seattle Shorts enjoys screening work of students from around the world and are excited Lucky Strike and other student films will be shown. Randy and many other films at this years festival will warm the hearts of audience.

The festival is held at the SIFF Film Center, a state-of-art 95 seat cinema inside the Seattle Center. Tickets and passes will be available online prior to the festival through For a full description of the films, special events and upcoming announcements visit

Accepted Films: Trashonauts, The Wishgranter, Froot Loops, Racing to 500, Lucky Strike, My Daddy Eric Tsang, Rae, The Cost of Things, A Walk In Winter, Burned, Randy, Rainfall, Woodshed, Cradle, Lemonade Mafia, The girls I know… get their hands dirty, The Red House, Her & Me, Seven Never Wins, Marina and Adrienne, A Short Trip, Too Dark, Frontman, Streets Don’t Love Me, Release Me, Behind the Wall, Calling Me Home, One of them Days, Dying, Cupido, Cheatin’, So It Goes, Before I Die, Oceancrest, Hug Me For Real, Lay Me Down, Creased, Venom Therapy, Bunee: The Boy from Constanta, Last Night in Edinburgh, Piece of Cake, Trapped, Michelle, Trading Secrets, In this Economy, This Pretty Face, Starry Night, Cab Elvis, and Dead in the Water.

Posted in: IndiesPress Release Read more... 0 comments


2016-09-07 21:44:47 admin

MILTON’S SECRET is a movie about family and the uncertain times families live in. Milton (William Ainscough) is a 12 year-old boy growing up in an economically and socially unpredictable world. His mother and father (Mia Kirshner, David Sutcliffe) are workaholics with marital and financial problems, and he is bullied at school. When his grandfather (Donald Sutherland) visits, Milton learns rehashing the past and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness

MILTON’S SECRET is directed by Barnet Bain and produced by Sean Buckley, Fred Fuchs, Ryan Lockwood, and Stephen Huszar. The script was written by Donald Martin, Sarah B. Cooper and Barnet Bain. Director of Photography is Ray Dumas CSC. Music is by Michael Brook. Editor is Dev Singh.

Directed by: Barnet Bain
Based on the book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Michelle Rodriguez, William Ainscough,
Mia Kirshner, and David Sutcliffe

RT: 88 min / Rated PG


In Theaters on Friday, September 30th

Posted in: IndiesTagged in: Milton's Secret Read more... 0 comments

Leave a comment