A Record Five Films from The New Yorker Studios Receive Academy Award Nominations

Record Five Films from The New Yorker Studios Receive Oscar NomsA record five films from The New Yorker Studios have been nominated for the 95th Academy Awards, joining a list of nominees announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this morning.

Every shorts category is represented: “Stranger at the Gate” and “Haulout” were nominated in the Documentary Short Film category; “Ice Merchants” and “The Flying Sailor” were nominated in the Animated Short Film category; and “Night Ride” was nominated in the Live Action Short Film category.

To date, fifteen New Yorker films have been nominated for an Oscar. The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 12th, in Los Angeles.

“We are delighted that The New Yorker Studios has been recognized with a record five nominations,” Agnes Chu, the President of Condé Nast Entertainment, said. “The New Yorker is a trusted and powerful voice, and our team is passionate about producing films that bring its storytelling to life on screen in ways that connect and unite us all.”
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“The Pod Generation”: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Sundance Institute Award for Science-in-Film Initiative Recipient

The Pod Generation Sundance Institute AwardToday at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute Science-in-Film initiative with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation celebrated this year’s Feature Film Prize winner The Pod Generation directed by Sophie Barthes and the recipients of three artist grants for three projects in development at a reception following the Appetite for Construction panel at Filmmaker Lodge.

The four filmmakers received a total of $70,000 in funding through the Prize and three artist grants for projects: Benjy Steinberg for The Professor and the Spy received the Sloan Episodic Fellowship, Cynthia Lowen for Light Mass Energy received the Sloan Development Fellowship, and John Lopez for Incompleteness received the Sloan Commissioning Grant.

“We are in a global moment where arts institutions must recognize in actionable ways the importance of science in media and entertainment, and Sundance Institute is deeply appreciative that the Sloan Foundation has partnered with us over two decades to nurture that connection,” said Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente.”It’s a pleasure to return to Park City to honor our Feature Film Prize winner and grantees after an engaging chat with our panelists about the bright side of science and the ethical framework scientists and storytellers alike bring to the idea of progress.”
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“Nam June Paik: Moon Is The Oldest TV” Doc Premieres At Sundance

Nam June Paik Moon Is The Oldest TVThe documentary is set to premiere at this year’s Sundance Festival tomorrow, Sunday January 22.

“The George Washington of Video Art”…“Cultural Terrorist” … “Citizen Zero of the Electronic Superhighway”…But who really was Nam June Paik, pillar of the American avant-garde in the 20th century and arguably the most famous Korean artist in modern history?

Director Amanda Kim tells, for the first time, the story of Paik’s meteoric rise in the New York art scene and his Nostradamus-like visions of a future in which “everybody will have his own TV channel.” Thanks to social media, Paik’s future is now our present, and “Nam June Paik: Moon Is The Oldest TV” shows us how we got here.

Featuring an extensive archive of performance footage, original interviews from Paik’s contemporaries and collaborators, and a voiceover narration of Nam June Paik’s writings read by Executive Producer Steven Yeun ( Minari , Nope ), “Nam June Paik: Moon Is The Oldest TV” is a timely meditation on the contradictory ways in which technology elicits both fascist tendencies and intercultural understanding

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Stephen Curry, Ryan Coogler, & More Premiere “Stephen Curry: Underrated” At Sundance 2023

Stephen Curry Ryan Coogler Underrated At Sundance 2023Award-winning filmmaker Peter Nicks documentary is an intimate look at NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s improbable coming of age at tiny Davidson College, where, under the wing of coach Bob McKillop, the team made a thrilling run in the 2008 NCAA tournament. With access to Curry throughout the 2021 season, the film also weaves the Golden State Warriors’ attempt to win another NBA championship following one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

The documentary “Stephen Curry: Underrated” is an official selection of the Special Screenings section at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. It is an Apple Original Films along with A24.

The film is a remarkable coming-of-age story of one of the most influential, dynamic and unexpected players in the history of basketball: Stephen Curry.

This feature documentary, blending intimate cinéma vérité, archival footage and on camera interviews, documents Curry’s rise from an undersized college player at a tiny backwater Division I college to a four-time NBA champion, building one of the most dominant sports dynasties in the world.

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Decentralized Pictures and Decrypt Studios To Discuss How Web3 Is Opening Doors For Indie Filmmakers

Decentralized Pictures and Decrypt StudiosDecentralized Pictures and Web3 production company Decrypt Studios will present FILM3 On the Mountain in Park City on Saturday January 21. The event will feature a panel discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of blockchain technology for filmmakers, as well as a chance to network with leaders in film and television.

A 501c3 non-profit founded by Roman Coppola, Leo Matchett, Michael Musante, and American Zoetrope, Decentralized Pictures (DCP) is dedicated to elevating the voices of independent filmmakers through a fair blockchain protocol. DCP has launched partnerships with filmmaker/producer Kevin Smith and not-for-profit The Gotham to create financing awards for undiscovered talent.

At the conclusion of FILM3 on the Mountain, Steven Soderbergh will be on hand to announce the winner of the first Andrews/Bernard Award, which his production company Extension 765 launched on the DCP platform in 2022 to discover and support emerging talent in the film industry. The award will support three filmmakers with finishing funds for fiction features or shorts worth $100,000 each.

The winning projects are determined via transparent voting powered by blockchain technology on DCP’s film funding platform. The next two recipients will be voted on and announced later this year. To submit applications to be considered for these awards or to participate as a voter, please visit DCP’s website.

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“The Accidental Getaway Drive” World Premiere Set At Sundance Film Festival 2023

The Accidental Getaway Drive World Premiere Set At SundanceBased on a true story, the film is directed by Sing J. Lee and starring Hiệp Trần Nghĩa, Dustin Nguyen, Dali Benssalah, Phi Vũ, and Gabrielle Chan

“The Accidental Getaway Drive” is Written by Sing J. Lee and Christopher Chen, with Kimberly Steward, Basil Iwanyk, Andy Sorgie, Brendon Boyea, and Joseph Hiếu serving as producers.

The film is set to premiere the 2023 Sundance Film Festival as part of the U.S. Narrative Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Visit the Sundance Festival website for screening times.

Sing J. Lee is an award-winning writer and director of Hong Kong descent, born in Manchester, UK. With a background in music, illustration, and animation, Lee’s early short films have garnered nominations including BBC Best of the North, which led to a decade-long foray in the music video and commercial space; working with artists including Pharrell, Donald Glover, Alicia Keys, Migos, and Halsey, among others. Prevalent through all is Lee’s distinct cultivation of visual language and exploration of themes of duality and human spirit.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

Long, a Vietnamese driver in Southern California answers a late-night call for a ride. Already in his pajamas, he reluctantly accepts, picking up a man, Tây, and his two companions. But the men, recently escaped convicts from an Orange County jail, take Long hostage at gunpoint, thrusting him into their getaway plan. When complications arise, the fugitives and their hostage hole up at a motel, and a tense waiting game unfolds.

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“Somebody I Used To Know” Official Trailer Released

Somebody I Used To Know Official Trailer ReleasedPrime Video has released the official trailer for the upcoming new film “Somebody I Used To Know” from Dave Franco, who wrote and directed the film. The romantic comedy film features Franco’s his wife Alison Brie, who also co-wrote the script.

Also in the film are Kiersey Clemons, Jay Ellis, Julie Hagerty, Haley Joel Osment and Amy Sedaris.

Franco has also directed Brie in the 2020 horror film The Rental.

In “Somebody I Used To Know”, Ally (Brie) who reunites with an ex-boyfriend on a trip, makes her start to question all of her prior life choices. The turn of events gets confusing when she meets Cassidy (Clemons), a younger woman who reminds her of the person she used to be.

“Somebody I Used To Know” is set for release February 10, 2023 on Prime Video.

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Trailer For Netflix’s Upcoming Film “True Spirit” Released

Trailer For Netflix True SpiritA tenacious Australian teen chases her dreams, and faces her fears, as she sets out to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

That is the premise of Netflix’s autobiographical drama “True Spirit”.

In the film, an Australian teenager plans to become the youngest sailor to have travelled the world alone. In doing so, the intrepid 16-year-old not only seeks to fulfil her dream, she also faces her greatest fears at the same time.

The film stars Teagan Croft, Cliff Curtis, Anna Paquin, and Josh Lawson. The film is directed by Sarah Spillane from the screenplay of Sarah Spillane, Cathy Randall.

Netflix is set to release “True Spirit” on February 3, 2023.

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First Look At “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”

First Look At Are You There God It's Me Margaret

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Lionsgate has revealed first look for the coming-of-age comedy-drama film “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”.

Featuring Rachel McAdams, Abby Ryder Fortson, Benny Safdie, and Kathy Bates, the film is based on the 1970 novel of the same name by Judy Blume. It is written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen) and Gracie Films’ Academy Award®-winning producer James L. Brooks.

“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” is set for theatrical release on April 28, 2023, by Lionsgate.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

At 11, Margaret is moving to a new town and beginning to contemplate everything about life, friendship, and adolescence. She relies on her mother (McAdams), who offers loving support but is herself finding her own footing in a new place, and her grandmother Sylvia (Bates), who is coming to terms with finding happiness in the next phase of her life. For all three, questions of identity, one’s place in the world, and what brings meaning to a life will draw them closer together than ever before.

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New Trailer for “Shotgun Wedding” Released

New Trailer for Shotgun Wedding ReleasedPrime Video has just release a new official trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s new film, Shotgun Wedding. The film also stars recent Golden Globe winner Jennifer Coolidge and Josh Duhamel.

Directed by Jason Moore, the romantic action comedy also stars Sônia Braga, Cheech Marin, Selena Tan, D’Arcy Carden, Callie Hernandez, Desmin Borges, Steve Coulter, Alberto Isaac, and Lenny Kravitz.

Coolidge is once again the scene stealer. She plays the mother of Josh Duhamel’s character Tom. “I’ve been looking forward to this moment ever since baby Tommy was cut out of my abdomen,” Coolidge’s Carol says, as wedding preparations get underway.

In the film, Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) get their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as the couple get cold feet. But suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken hostage. The couple must work together to save their loved ones — if they don’t end up killing each other first.

Shotgun Wedding premieres on Prime Video on January 27, 2023.

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