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Alchemy Post Provides Foley Sound for Sundance Films

2017-12-07 07:59:29 artisanspr

Westchester, New York— Continuing its longstanding support for independent film, Alchemy Post Sound provided Foley services for eight feature films debuting at next year’s Sundance Film Festival. They include five World Premieres screening in competition, two Premieres and a Documentary Premiere. The 2018 Sundance Film Festival runs January 18-28 in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort.

Alchemy Post Sound contributed to the following Sundance films:

I Think We’re Alone Now (In Competition/World Premiere). Director Reed Morano’s apocalyptic story of a lucky recluse and a second survivor who arrives with the threat of companionship. (Cast: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning.)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (In Competition/World Premiere). Director: Desiree Akhavan’s story of a girl who, after being caught having sex with the prom queen, is forced into a gay conversion therapy center. (Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle.)

Monsters and Men (In Competition/World Premiere).  Director and Screenwriter Reinaldo Marcus’s interwoven narrative explores the aftermath of a police killing of a black man. (Cast: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chanté Adams, Nicole Beharie, Rob Morgan.)

NANCY (In Competition/World Premiere). Director and screenwriter Christina Choe blurs the line between fact and fiction, in this tale of a woman who becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. (Cast: Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo.)

Wildlife (In Competition/World Premiere). Director: Paul Dano’s portrait of a family in crisis. (Cast: Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, Jake Gyllenhaal.)

Damsel (Premiere). Directors and screenwriters David Zellner and Nathan Zellner weave a story of an affluent pioneer, who ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life. (Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Robert Forster, Nathan Zellner, Joe Billingiere.)

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (Premiere). Director Gus Van Sant’s story of John Callahan, a man confined to a wheelchair, who finds beauty and comedy in the absurdity of human experience. (Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black.)

Chef Flynn (Premiere). Director: Cameron Yates profiles a 10-year-old who transforms his living room into a supper club.

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.

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Starring Reda Kateb and Cécile de France
Directed and written by Étienne Comar

The year is 1943 in Nazi-occupied Paris and Django Reinhardt is at the pinnacle of his art. The brilliant and carefree jazz guitarist, king of ethereal swing, plays to standing-room-only crowds in the capital’s greatest venues. Meanwhile his gypsy brethren are being persecuted throughout Europe. His life takes a turn for the worse when the Nazi propaganda machine wants to send him on tour in Germany.

DJANGO stars Reda Kateb, Cécile de France, Beata Palya, and BimBam Merstein. The film is directed and written by Étienne Comar, adapted from Folles de Django by Alexis Salatko. Cinematography is by Christophe Beaucarne and Monica Coleman edits. Django Reinhardt’s music is interpreted by The Rosenberg Trio – Warren Ellis.

DJANGO opens in New York Friday, January 5th and Los Angeles Friday, January 19th with additional markets to follow.
RT: 117 min / Not Yet Rated

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Director Lisa Azuelos’ much-anticipated Dalida biopic goes backstage with the enchanting Egyptian-born Italian singer who became France’s reigning pop star from the 1950s-1980s. Recording in more than five languages, Dalida sold a record-breaking 170 million albums during her lifetime, with chart-topping hits spanning Edith Piaf-esque classics to emotional disco numbers. Following Dalida’s extraordinary rise from beauty pageant contestant to cabaret artist to international superstar, this visually stunning new film tells a captivating story of professional success and personal tragedy in exquisite period detail. Italian-model-turned actress Sveva Alviti paints a nuanced portrait of the star in her breakthrough role.

Directed by: Lisa Azuelos (LOL, QUANTUM LOVE)
Starring: Sveva Alviti, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve, Nicolas Duvauchelle.

Opening on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, December 5 on all major platforms including: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators.

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In her feature directorial debut, Noël Wells portrays Emily, a talented but hard-to-classify comedic performer who left behind her home and boyfriend to pursue career opportunities in L.A. When a loved one falls ill, Emily rushes back to Austin where she’s forced to stay with her ex-boyfriend (Nick Thune) and his new-and-improved girlfriend (Britt Lower), a totally together woman with a five-year plan.Though Emily is the same, everything else is different: her house has been smartly redecorated, her rocker boyfriend is training to be a real estate agent, and her old haunts show serious signs of gentrification. Holed up in her own guest room, Emily–who has no idea what she’ll be doing five days from now, let alone five years–is forced to question everyone’s values: are they sell-outs or have they just figured out what makes them happy? And is she following her dreams or is she just a self-absorbed loser?
MR. ROOSEVELT premiered to great acclaim at SXSW, where it won the Audience Award in Narrative Spotlight and the Louis Black Lone Star Award, and has continued to garner plaudits on the festival circuit, most recently at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, where it won the Founders Prize for Best US Fiction Film.
MR. ROOSEVELT is written and directed by Noël Wells, who also stars and serves as an Executive Producer. Michael B. Clark, Chris Ohlson, and Alex Turtletaub produce. Cinematography by Dagmar Weaver-Madsen, editing by Terel Gibson, music by Ryan Miller. MR. ROOSEVELT is distributed by Paladin Pictures.

Directed and written by Noël Wells

Starring Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower, Danielle Pineda, Andre Hyland

Winner of the Audience Award in Narrative Spotlight and the Louis Black Lone Star Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival

Opening in Los Angeles, Friday, November 17
Opening in New York, Wednesday, November 22

RT: 90 minutes / Not Rated

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Ky Dickens’ “Zero Weeks” Tackles America’s Crisis with Paid Leave

2017-11-02 08:47:31 artisanspr

CHICAGO—The United States is the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee its citizens paid family leave. In the new documentary Zero Weeks, which premiers November 11 at DOC NYC in New York City, director Ky Dickens explores the impact of that policy on families dealing with the birth of a child, a medical crisis or an aging parent.  For many Americans, especially those with low incomes, it comes down to a choice between keeping a job and caring for someone they love.

Dickens, who directs advertising projects through STORY, explores the issue of paid leave through personal stories and expert testimony. We meet a young woman who, following the birth of a child, loses her job at a daycare center and ends up on food stamps. Another woman, battling cancer, receives chemotherapy treatments on her lunch break to avoid missing work.

Zero Weeks

The film pointedly shows that the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, which provides 12 weeks of unpaid leave for some workers, is of little use to lower income Americans who can’t afford to go without a paycheck. There are, however, hopeful signs as Dickens follows the recent successful effort to enact the nation’s most generous paid leave act in New York State. Among her interview subjects are New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Ellen Bravo, director of Family Values @ Work Consortium, which advocated in favor of the New York law.

Dickens became interested in the subject of paid leave after her daughter was born. “I was working for a small production company at the time and it could afford to give me only two weeks of paid leave,” she recalls. “I had assumed that all women got three months of maternity leave. In terms of paid leave, the United States lags countries like China, Venezuela and Chad.”

Ky Dickens

Zero Weeks will screen at DOC NYC, the country’s largest and most prestigious documentary film festival, on November 11th at 11:15 a.m. in the School of Visual Arts Theatre in Chelsea. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Bravo and DeLauro, as well as Dickens and members of her production team. Other upcoming screenings include one in Washington DC, hosted by Gillibrand. Ultimately, Dickens is aiming for a distribution agreement with a major studio or streaming service.

Dickens’ previous work includes Sole Survivor, a profile of four survivors of otherwise fatal plane crashes that premiered on CNN in 2014. Her 2009 feature Fish Out of Water won four juror prizes and secured international distribution by Netflix and First Run Features. On the advertising side, her work includes commercials and branded content for Tylenol, Sears, Hallmark, McDonald’s, Koehler, Purina, Huggies, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Wrangler.  She is featured on the highly competitive “Free the Bid” list of the top recommended female directors in America.

Ultimately, Dickens hopes that Zero Weeks will raise awareness for an issue that too long has languished on the fringe. “Paid leave doesn’t only mean maternity leave,” she notes. “It applies if you become sick or injured, if your spouse or your child becomes sick or injured, or if you have to care for an aging parent. It affects virtually every person in America.”

STORY is represented on the East Coast by Ilene Silberman (212) 794-9030; in the Midwest by Amy McIntyre (312) 550-2554, in the Southeast by Miller + Associates, (954) 563-6004; in the Southwest by Gossip!, (214) 288-2813 and on the West Coast by Yvette Lubinsky, (310) 827-2626.

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Opening in Los Angeles on October 20 and in New York on October 27

Director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all.

HEAL not only taps into the brilliant minds of leading scientists and spiritual teachers, but follows three people on actual high stakes healing journeys. Healing can be extremely complex and deeply personal, but it can also happen spontaneously in a moment. Through these inspiring and emotional stories we find out what works, what doesn’t, and why.

HEAL is directed, written, and produced by Kelly Noonan Gores and co-produced by Adam Schomer. Cinematography is Chris Gallo and film editing by Tina Mascara. Music by Michael Mollura.

RT: 106 minutes / Not Rated
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Los Angeles, NY- 13 Paces ( is pleased to announce the official selection of ‘SHINE’, for the 21st annualUrbanworld Film Festival to take place September 21-24, 2017 at the AMC Cinemas in Manhattan. The feature film will be screened as part of the American Narratives slate on Friday, September 22 at 5:00 pm EST.

‘SHINE’ clocked in as the first film to sell out of tickets at the 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival, one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind, which holds the support of sponsors like HBO and industry trailblazers Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman as collaborators.

‘SHINE’ is the story of two brothers, once celebrated Salsa dancers, are reunited years after the death of their father, on opposing ends of a city in full bloom gentrification. The film’s message promotes the need for community unification during a pivotal time when America and the world, need it most. The stirring screenplay opens and closes with, We’re all connected from the very first beat to the very last echo.”

Actor David Zayas (Gotham, FOX and Dexter, Showtime) stars as the patriarch driven by family and heritage, and actress, Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black, Netflix and Better Things, FX) basks as a relentless real estate developer that’s motivated by capitalistic intentions for East Harlem’s shrinking Barrio.

To learn more about ‘SHINE’ and 13 Paces please visit Follow the conversation via the social media handle @SHINEFILM and the hashtag #Shinethemovie.

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“The Atoning,” is a horror/suspense/thriller from writer/director Michael Williams (OzLand) where, while haunted by ghostly apparitions, two parents try to protect their young son from a dark secret that could destroy their family. “The Atoning” is now available for pre-orders on iTunes, and will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD, and in REDBOX on September 5, 2017, announced Williams.

In “The Atoning,” Vera, Ray, and Sam, a seemingly normal family, are haunted by more than mere ghosts. The lingering horror of their past threatens their ability to function as a loving family until they become enlightened by a mystical encounter. From that moment on, they’re thrust into a horror worse than anything they’ve ever experienced. Personal demons manifest and tear the family apart from the inside out as they come to terms with their past.
“The Atoning” was shot in a 140-year-old Victorian house in the director’s hometown of West Point, Mississippi, with principal photography wrapping on August 31, 2016. The film stars Virginia Newcomb, Michael LaCour, Cannon Bosarge, and Dorothy Weems.
“We were incredibly fortunate in the strength and talent of our entire cast and crew and the film’s success is a testament to their energy, commitment, and hard work.  Our producers also did a fantastic job throughout the entire process navigating the business side of things and positioned our film very well,” said Actor/Producer Michael LaCour.
Practical effects were utilized almost exclusively in the film. Beside a handful of shots that required digital enhancements, the vast majority of the effects in the film are practical.
“I wanted “The Atoning” to feel very real and grounded in the film’s aesthetic, even when the story went into other worldly directions. It is important to do as much practically as possible to not only be more efficient but to also make the cinematic experience more fulfilling,” said Williams.
The production utilized FX makeup, old-school camera tricks, and on-set movie magic to realize the film’s various ghostly and demonic elements.
“I’ve been making films in MS for over 13 years and have been fortunate enough to see the industry grow throughout the state. I am consistently amazed at the quality of actors, crew, and filmmakers that populate Mississippi and the surrounding region. For me, it makes sense to produce films in the environment where I feel inspired by the atmosphere around me and to realize that inspiration with talented and hard-working collaborators,” said Williams.
Filmmakers of “The Atoning” are Writer/Director/Producer Michael Williams, Executive Producer/Producer Michael LaCour (who also stars), Executive Producer Daniel Wood, Producer Joni Seitz, Associate Producers Sabrita Gordon and David Roberson, and Composer Keatzi Gunmoney. Williams also serves as the film’s Cinematographer and Editor.
“Both Gravitas Ventures and Cardinal XD have proven to be strong advocates for our film and have done a great job, thus far.  There’s certainly a lot of excitement in the air right now as “The Atoning” creeps towards its release date,” said LaCour.
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STARRING: Céline Bonnier , Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Gilbert Sicotte, Marie Tifo and Andrée Lachapelle.

Opening on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, August 15 on all major platforms including: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators

THE PASSION OF AUGUSTINE stars Céline Bonnier as Mother Augustine, a Roman Catholic nun who teaches music in a convent school in rural Quebec in the 1960s and who is fighting to preserve her school against the backdrop of the social changes wrought by Vatican II and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.

When her talented but rebellious niece joins the convent, and when the government threatens to shut down the school in favour of public education, her world is suddenly turned upside down. She and her fellow nuns are forced to confront the waves of modernity, and Mother Augustine herself must search her soul for a new calling. Can she accept her past in order to move forward? Or will she perish with tradition?

THE PASSION OF AUGUSTINE garnered two Canadian Screen Awards at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016, for Best Actress (Céline Bonnier) and Best Original Score (François Dompierre). For the 18th Quebec Cinema Awards (formerly known as the Prix Jutra), the film won 6, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress, Céline Bonnier.

SOLARIS is a project supported by Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund as part of their multi- platform “discoverability” initiatives to promote English and French language Canadian movies featuring the country’s brightest stars. In partnership with distributors, Under The Milky Way is internationally releasing some of the best Canadian films in a minimum of six languages on multiple digital platforms over the world including iTunes.

To find out more about these organizations please visit their respective websites.

DRAMA ,103 Minutes, Canada, In French With English Subtitles

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In the summer of 1978 convicted murderer Gary Tison (Robert Patrick) and his cellmate Randy Greenawalt (Chris Browning) staged a daring escape from an Arizona State Prison, with the help of Tison’s three teenage sons. Their murderous rampage through the southwestern desert shocked the nation with its brutality. While Sheriff Cooper (Bruce Davison) hunted them down, Tison’s wife (Heather Graham) vehemently defended her family in the press.

LAST RAMPAGE features a chilling tour-de-force turn by Robert Patrick as Gary Tison in a terrifying story about the dark side of family loyalty.

Director Dwight Little’s true crime thriller is based on James W. Clarke’s bestselling book, Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison. The script was penned by Alvaro Rodriguez (“MACHETE”, “FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES”) and Jason Rosenblatt. Produced by Eric M. Breiman and Robert Patrick. Executive Producers are Dwight Little and Alex Hertzberg. Music by Richard Patrick and Tobias Enhus.

Robert Patrick, Heather Graham, Bruce Davison, and Chris Browning star in LAST RAMPAGE, which is distributed by Epic Pictures.

Established in 2007 by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson, Epic Pictures Group has grown to become one of the most creative and dynamic independent studios, focusing on filmmakers’ vision driven projects, shaping them from script to launch via its domestic distribution division Epic Pictures Releasing. Throughout the past 10 years, Epic produced many genre cult hits including the 2015 Sundance premieres “ENTERTAINMENT” and “TURBO KID” and all-star horror anthology “TALES OF HALLOWEEN”. More recently Epic produced the psychological horror “THE LODGERS,” sci-fi thriller “RADIUS,” action horror “REDCON-1,” and the adventure thriller “THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT” starring Sam Elliott.

In Theaters and On Demand / Digital HD September 22, 2017


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A gripping drama about three lives irrevocably changed when a gun is accidentally fired on a busy Los Angeles street, SHOT is a visceral roller coaster ride unflinchingly exploring the consequences of gun violence in America.

SHOT begins as sound mixer Mark Newman (Wyle), is pumping up the volume on a bloody shootout scene in an action film. Hours later, after an argument with his wife Phoebe (Leal), Mark is suddenly felled by a real random bullet, and lies bleeding on the pavement with a chest wound. With Phoebe desperately trying to stop the bleeding, they both agonizingly wait for an ambulance to arrive as Mark fights for his life. Meanwhile, hidden behind a fence across the street, a teenager, Miguel (Lendeborg), watches in horror with the still smoking gun in his hand. A gun that was just handed to him by his cousin and meant to protect him against gang bullies.

From the moment the shot rings out, Kagan’s camera in real time daringly follows Mark from the street, to stretcher, to gurney, to examining table, as we watch the paramedics and medical teams in full life-saving mode. Through the imaginative use of split-screen, Kagan juxtaposes Mark’s medical crisis with Miguel’s moral one, as we simultaneously see the frightened young man wrestle with the fact that an innocent man was injured – or worse – as a direct result of his actions.

SHOT is directed by Jeremy Kagan and written by Anneke Campbell and Will Lamborn, based on a story by Kagan. The film stars Noah Wyle, Sharon Leal, and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. Producers are Jeremy Kagan, Dave O’Brien, and Josh Siegel. Cinematography by Jacek Laskus, editing by Norman Hollyn, and original music by Bruce Broughton.

RT: 89 minutes





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Alchemy Post Sound Delivers Shattering Foley Effects for Heist Film “Good Time”

2017-07-10 16:57:30 artisanspr

Westchester, New York—Good Time, the new thriller from directors Benny and Josh Safdie, tells the story of a bank heist gone wrong. The film, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and has attracted wide critical acclaim, stars Robert Pattinson as Connie Nikas, a thief who robs a bank in Queens as part of an ill-conceived scheme to get his mentally handicapped brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail.

Alchemy Post Sound provided Foley effects for the film, supporting its riveting action, vivid imagery and dark humor with creative sound. Working under the direction of Supervising Sound Editor Ryan M. Price, MPSE, and Re-Recording Mixer Evan Mangiamele, the Alchemy team (consisting of Foley artists Leslie Bloome and Joanna Fang and Foley mixers Ryan Collison and Nicholas Seaman) produced a vast assortment of custom sounds in preparing the film for festival screenings.

Sound plays a critical role both in setting the scene and creating the film’s tense atmosphere. “Good Time is a very intimate, gritty film,” explains Price. “The sound needed to have a lot of texture. It needed to make you feel that you were in New York, in a car with the actors and being chased by the police.”


Mangiamele adds that while the Foley needed to be realistic and blend with the production sound, it also had to have a musical quality to integrate seamlessly with Composer Daniel Lopatin’s score, which is featured prominently. “Benny and Josh were really psyched about the score and wanted it to drive the soundtrack,” he notes. “Sound effects are woven in with the music and dialogue in an interesting way.”

Having collaborated previously with Alchemy, Price felt confident that they could deliver Foley effects that met the creative need, and do it efficiently. “The turnaround was tight,” he says. “When the film got into Cannes, we had to move at a fast pace so, for me, it was important to work with people whom I knew were dependable. Alchemy is my go-to facility. They do a great job and I trust their crew.”

One memorable use of sound occurs early in the film. Connie and his accomplices are fleeing a bank after a hold up when a dye pack hidden among their loot explodes and releases an aerosol jet of red dye. Alchemy’s crew added to the frenzy with a dense mix of sound elements. “We took compressed air and gently worked it in as the bag of cash opens,” recalls Fang. “Then, as it explodes, we went crazy. You hear money and plastic flying everywhere. The air sprays viscously as the characters are doused with dye.”

The film’s setting in a rundown section of Queens and cast of low-life characters had a big impact on Alchemy’s approach to Foley. They went to considerable lengths to replicate the environments pictured on screen and mimic the characters’ personalities through their body movements. “The characters in this movie don’t have a lot going for them and the actors do a wonderful job in bringing that out,” notes Bloome. “We wanted to support that in their footsteps.”

Similarly, the film has a very distinct visual style. Cinematographer Sean Price Williams shot much of the film in tight close ups with a hand-held camera. That lends the action a sense of immediacy and realism that the Foley team sought to match. “Scenes like these are very challenging to capture on the Foley stage,” says Bloome. “You want to get the sync right—that’s important—but you also want to capture the actors’ performances, and you’ve got two guys running down a street with stolen cash and you only see them from the chest up.”

The Foley team had the most fun with a scene where a fleeing robber runs into a large window and is captured by police. It includes shattering glass, snapping handcuffs and crunching bootsteps as the perp is led away.  Bloome and Fang created the initial crash by smashing a brick through a giant piece of a plate glass. “We have a very large, dedicated glass pit that we smash stuff in,” says Bloome. “It allows us to do massive effects that at other places might be impossible or would decommission a room for hours.”

Although most of the sound effects in the film are realistic, the shattered glass is purposefully over the top. “Part of our job is to help preserve the first-time viewing experience of the audience,” explains Fang. “We wanted the crash to be just as impactful and out of nowhere for people in the theater as it is for the characters. It’s sudden, it’s painful and it’s loud.”

Although the project had a tight deadline, Fang notes that Alchemy is used to pressure, having worked on many independent films with festival commitments. She adds that the Foley work was split between two crews so that they could meet the deadline without shortchanging creativity or production value. “For us, it’s all about the story and making the characters feel real and alive,” Fang observes. “We are really good at making use of the budget and doing a great job in a limited period of time.”

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.


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From the director of Our Children Joachim Fosse, comes the story of Boris (Cédric Kahn) and Marie (Bérénice Bejo), a couple who have decided to separate after 15 years together. They have two girls that they adore, but tensions rise as cash-strapped Boris continues to live in the family home. Neither of the two is willing to compromise, making their apartment a war zone.

AFTER LOVE captures with great magnitude, the painfully intimate, harrowingly drama, emotional and financial complexities of a separation, at the end of a long love story.

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DIRECTED BY: Joachim Lafosse
STARRING: Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) , Cédric Kahn

Directors Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival,
London Film Festival, AFI Fest and many more.



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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.

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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

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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
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New York, NY 10003

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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.

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“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.

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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

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Technicolor PostWorks Supports 13 Tribeca World Premieres

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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.

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