2019 Sundance Film Festival: Amid Record High Submissions, Announcing New Hires, Talent Forum, Data-Driven Demographic Initiatives & Critic Stipends

With less than two weeks until the program is announced, and less than three months until The 2019 Sundance Film Festival is to start, Sundance Institute has announced details about new hires on its programming team and new initiatives to deepen support for independent storytellers and broaden access to the Festival. The 2019 Festival will…

DWAYNE JOHNSON AND DANY GARCIA’S SEVEN BUCKS PRODUCTIONS AND BEAU FLYNN’S FLYNNPICTURECO. LAUNCH A NEW INTERNATIONAL FAMILY ACTION ADVENTURE FOR NETFLIX

  Netflix has secured the rights to an original pitch from writer Tom Wheeler (The Lego Ninjago Movie) currently entitled John Henry and The Statesmen, developed with Hiram Garcia, President of Production (Seven Bucks Productions). The film will be directed by Jake Kasdan and star Dwayne Johnson in a follow up to their incredibly successful…

“Regionrat” Tragic Consequences Of High School Drama

By William Engel “Regionrat”, based on the Richard Laskowski novel of the same name, follows Ray (Connor Williams), a broke and lonely young man who spends six months trying to make it in Seattle before deciding to move back to his hometown to finish high school. He runs into trouble before long, however, when the…

Filmmakers Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns Talk About [The Chinese Exclusion Act] A Forgotten Part Of Our History

By William Engel Tomorrow, PBS will be airing “The Chinese Exclusion Act”, a documentary about one of the most heinous yet oft-forgotten eras in American history. From the late 19th century up until World War II, it was legally impossible for Chinese-Americans to obtain citizenship, making them an arbitrary exception to the regulations mandated by…

Jeremie Battaglia Is A Filmmaker With A Vision

    By William Engel Jeremie Battaglia’s aim is to shine the spotlight of the “everyday heroes” of the world, or the people who accomplish incredible feats that go unrecognized by the public. One of his most recent films, “Perfect”, is a documentary about one of the most unappreciated and underrated sports in the world…