Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, takes place annually in Park City, the largest independent film festival in the United States with more than 46,660 attending in 2016. It is held in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as at the Sundance Resort, it is a showcase for new work from international independent filmmakers. The festival consists of competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature films and short films, a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Midnight and Documentary Premieres; the 2019 Sundance Film Festival began January 24 and ran through February 3. Sundance began in Salt Lake City in August 1978, as the Utah/US Film Festival in an effort to attract more filmmakers to Utah, it was founded by John Earle. The 1978 festival featured films such as Deliverance, A Streetcar Named Desire, Midnight Cowboy, Mean Streets, The Sweet Smell of Success. With chairman Robert Redford, the help of Utah Governor Scott M. Matheson, the goal of the festival was to showcase American-made films, highlight the potential of independent film, to increase visibility for filmmaking in Utah.
At the time, the main focus of the event was to conduct a competition for independent American films, present a series of retrospective films and filmmaker panel discussions, to celebrate the Frank Capra Award. The festival highlighted the work of regional filmmakers who worked outside the Hollywood system; the jury of the 1978 festival was headed by Gary Allison, included Verna Fields, Linwood G. Dunn, Katharine Ross, Charles E. Sellier Jr. Mark Rydell, Anthea Sylbert. In 1979, Sterling Van Wagenen left to head up the first-year pilot program of what was to become the Sundance Institute, James W. Ure took over as executive director, followed by Cirina Hampton Catania as executive director. More than 60 films were screened at the festival that year, panels featured many well-known Hollywood filmmakers; that year, the first Frank Capra Award went to Jimmy Stewart. The festival made a profit for the first time. In 1980, Catania left the festival to pursue a production career in Hollywood. Several factors helped propel the growth of Utah/US Film Festival.
First was the involvement of actor and Utah resident Robert Redford, who became the festival's inaugural chairman. By having Redford's name associated with the festival, it received great attention. Secondly, the country was hungry for more venues that would celebrate American-made films as the only other festival doing so at the time was the USA Film Festival in Dallas. Response in Hollywood was unprecedented, as major studios did all they could to contribute their resources. In 1981, the festival moved to Park City and changed the dates from September to January; the move from late summer to midwinter was done by the executive director Susan Barrell with the cooperation of Hollywood director Sydney Pollack, who suggested that running a film festival in a ski resort during winter would draw more attention from Hollywood. It was called the US Video Festival. In 1984, the now well-established Sundance Institute, headed by Sterling Van Wagenen, took over management of the US Film Festival. Gary Beer and Van Wagenen spearheaded production of the inaugural US Film Festival presented by Sundance Institute, which included Program Director Tony Safford and Administrative Director Jenny Walz Selby.
The branding and marketing transition from the US Film Festival to the Sundance Film Festival was managed under the direction of Colleen Allen, Allen Advertising Inc. by appointment of Robert Redford. In 1991, the festival was renamed the Sundance Film Festival, after Redford's character the Sundance Kid from the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. UK-based publisher C21 Media first revealed in October 2010 that Robert Redford was planning to bring the Sundance Film Festival to London, in March the following year, Redford announced that Sundance London would be held at The O2, in London from 26–29 April 2012. In a press statement, Redford said, "We are excited to partner with AEG Europe to bring a particular slice of American culture to life in the inspired setting of The O2, in this city of such rich cultural history, it is our mutual goal to bring to the UK, the best in current American independent cinema, to introduce the artists responsible for it, in essence help build a picture of our country, broadly reflective of the diversity of voices not always seen in our cultural exports."The majority of the film screenings, including the festival's premieres, would be held within the Cineworld cinema at The O2 entertainment district.
The 2013 Sundance London Festival was held 25–28 April 2013, sponsored by car-maker Jaguar. Sundance London 2014 took place on 25–27 April 2014 at the O2 arena; the Sundance London 2015 Festival was cancelled in an announcement on 16 January 2015. Sundance London returned to London from 2–5 June 2016 and again 1–4 June 2017, both at Picturehouse Cinema in London's West End. Inaugurated in 2014, Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong took place from 22 September to 2 October 2016 and is scheduled again for 21 September to 1 October 2017, it is held at The Metroplex in Kowloon Bay each year. From 2006 through 2008, Sundance Institute collaborated with the Brooklyn Academy of Music on a special series of film screenings, panel discussions, special events bringing the institute's activities and the festival's programming to New York City. M
Anne Fletcher is an American dancer, actress and film director. She is best known for 27 Dresses and The Proposal. Born Anne Marie Fletcher in Detroit, Fletcher lived with her family in the local lakefront suburb of St. Clair Shores, Michigan until her 1984 graduation with honors from Lake Shore High School. Fletcher began taking dance lessons at a local dance studio, Turning Point School of the Performing Arts, at age 12 after watching her mother take a dance class. At age 15, she appeared in the local show Salute to the Superstars at the now-defunct Mr. F’s Beef & Bourbon dinner club in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Upon graduation from high school, Fletcher moved to Los Angeles, where she attained further training and began working as a professional dancer. In 1990, Fletcher met Adam Shankman when they were hired to perform as dancers at the 62nd Academy Awards. Shortly thereafter, Shankman hired Fletcher to become his assistant choreographer; this sparked professional affiliation. Fletcher worked with Shankman both during his career as a choreographer and as a film director and has credited her collaborations with Shankman for allowing her to both develop her own set of choreographic and film directorial skills and to achieve a successful career path.
In her first film roles, Fletcher appeared as a dancer, including The Flintstones, The Mask, Tank Girl and Titanic. Fletcher developed choreography for the Oscar-nominated drama film Boogie Nights starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and Heather Graham, in which she appeared as a dancer, as well as for the comedy film A Life Less Ordinary with Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. After acquiring numerous professional choreography credits in collaboration with Adam Shankman, with encouragement from Shankman, began to consider a directorial career, she worked alongside Shankman, who had moved from choreography to directing with films such as Hairspray and The Wedding Planner, for both of which she was an associate producer. Although Fletcher began to break into the production side of filmmaking throughout the early 2000s, she continued to choreograph in films such as the Ice Princess and The Pacifier in 2005, she did choreograph work in other films like Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Hairspray.
Fletcher directed the 2006 romantic dance film, Step Up starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum. The film was nominated for one Young Artist Award. Although Fletcher didn't direct the sequel to this film, she choreographed on Step Up 2: The Streets, directed by Jon M. Chu. Panned by critics, the film was well received by audiences and earned Fletcher a second successful director credit on the popular 2008 romantic comedy film, 27 Dresses, starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden; this film was nominated for eight awards: one People's Choice Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, three Golden Trailer Awards, one Artios Award and one EDA Special Mention Award. Based on the success of these two initial efforts, Fletcher has gone on to direct the popular 2009 romantic comedy film, The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds; this film was nominated for twenty-seven awards. Following the success of The Proposal, Fletcher directed The Guilt Trip starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand.
She followed this by directing Hot Pursuit starring Sofía Vergara. This film was nominated for four Teen Choice Awards. Step Up 27 Dresses The Proposal The Guilt Trip Hot Pursuit Dumplin' Critical and commercial reception to films Fletcher has directed as of May 13, 2015. Anne Fletcher on IMDb Press release biography to support her work on the Reebok "Time Out" commercials
The Yellow Birds (film)
The Yellow Birds is a 2017 American war film directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the novel The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; the film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017. It was released on May 17, 2018, through DirecTV Cinema before being released in a limited release and through video on demand on June 15, 2018, by Saban Films. Two young soldiers and Murph navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise. Alden Ehrenreich as John Bartle Tye Sheridan as Daniel Murphy Jack Huston as Sergeant Sterling Jennifer Aniston as Maureen Murphy Toni Collette as Amy Bartle Jason Patric as Captain Anderson Carrie Wampler as Jenny Smith Lee Tergesen as Jim Murphy Olivia Crocicchia as Tess Gershwyn Eustache Jnr as the Lieutenant Daniel Jose Molina as Yasquez Mikey Collins as Whitaker Carter Redwood as Crockett Ray Fearon as the Colonel Tom Bates as the embedded Journalist Renée Willett as Claire Douglas McFerran as the airport bartender Gwydion Lashlee-Walton as the clerk T. R. Boyce, Jr. as the chaplain Colton Medlin as Luke Lebrandon Shead as the prison guard Henry Leroy-Salta as Dentler Khadija Hatimi as the old woman Ahmed Izm as the hermit David Lowery first adapted the book into a screenplay and was tapped to direct, but had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict with Pete's Dragon.
Once Alexandre Moors replaced Lowery as director, Moors' Blue Caprice screenwriter R. F. I. Porto was brought on to revise the script. Benedict Cumberbatch and Will Poulter were cast but they dropped out after the project was delayed and were replaced by Jack Huston and Alden Ehrenreich; the title song was written by John Mellencamp. Principal photography on the film began in October 2015 in Morocco, it wrapped up on January 29, 2016; the film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017. Shortly after, Saban Films and DirecTV Cinema acquired U. S. distribution rights to the film. It is scheduled to be released on May 17, 2018, through DirecTV Cinema before being released in a limited release and through video on demand on June 15, 2018. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 47% based on 34 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 5.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Yellow Birds has a strong cast and a worthy message, but they're both lost in this war drama's rote, clichéd story."
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". The Yellow Birds on IMDb The Yellow Birds at Rotten Tomatoes
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is an eleven-day film festival held in Santa Barbara, California since 1986. In 2014, the festival screened over 200 films, including feature films and short films, from different countries and regions. Besides screenings, the festival contains different sections, including celebrity tributes, industry panels and education programs. Though founded in 1986, the festival has changed over years; when the present executive director, Roger Durling, first took over in 2002, he was confused by the low attendances of the film festival. It was believed that he noticed the "Sundance Effect" which refers to the popularity of Sundance Film Festival taken place in January, he decided to move the festival to late January. Durling believed that by holding the film festival just days before Academy Awards in the spring, SBIFF can invite celebrities that have potential to win awards and provide audiences a chance meet them. Over the years, SBIFF has invited numerous potential award-winning celebrities, including Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger.
It was believed that Santa Barbara International Film Festival tries to shines a light on independent and ethnic film-makers. In the past, Roger Durling saved a third of his festival's slots to films by Hispanic filmmakers in order to better represent Latino population in the area. Durling decided to add nature films. "Now between you and me, I fall asleep at nature films," he said.'"But hey — they draw a huge crowd." He decided to bring in surf flicks and adventure-sports film that would attract young college students. "Film festivals have a tradition of being for the elite, but they shouldn't be", Durling said. "It should be like a candy store. Anyone should be able to walk in and grab whatever they want."In the past, the festival has honored numerous independent filmmakers. Organizers of the festival have pointed out that some of their honorees were not the most popular stars, they all contributed to the industry at a great level; when Tom Selleck received a salute at SBIFF, Phyllis de Picciotto, the artistic director and founder of the festival back said that "He's not a movie star like Sigourney Weaver, but he's such a special actor who's been all over the place.
He's just tremendously appealing." Modern Master Award Santa Barbara Award Outstanding Performance of the Year The American Riviera™ Award Cinema Vanguard Award Virtuosos Award The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema The Best International Film Award The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film Best Documentary Film Award Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award The Audience Choice Award 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting Competition 2005: Annette Bening 2006: Naomi Watts 2007: Bill Condon 2008: Javier Bardem 2009: Kate Winslet 2010: Julianne Moore 2011: Geoffrey Rush 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis 2014: Oprah Winfrey 2015: Jennifer Aniston 2016: Sylvester Stallone 2017: Isabelle Huppert 2018: Saoirse Ronan 2004: Charlize Theron for The Italian Job and Monster 2005: Kate Winslet for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Finding Neverland 2006: Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain 2007: Helen Mirren for The Queen 2008: Angelina Jolie for A Mighty Heart 2009: Penélope Cruz for Elegy and Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2010: Colin Firth for A Single Man 2011: James Franco for 127 Hours 2012: Viola Davis for The Help 2013: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games 2014: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine 2015: Steve Carell for Foxcatcher 2016: Brie Larson for Room & Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn 2017: Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone for La La Land 2018: Allison Janney & Margot Robbie for I, Tonya 2019: Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody 2004: Diane Lane 2005: Kevin Bacon 2006: Philip Seymour Hoffman 2007: Forest Whitaker 2008: Tommy Lee Jones 2009: Mickey Rourke 2010: Sandra Bullock 2011: Annette Bening 2012: Martin Scorsese 2013: Quentin Tarantino 2014: Robert Redford 2015: Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke 2016: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo 2017: Jeff Bridges 2018: Sam Rockwell 2019: Viggo Mortensen One feature of the film festival is the 10-10-10 competition.
Students enrolled at Santa Barbara area high schools and colleges are invited to submit either a 10-page sample of writing for the Screenwriting portion of the competition, or a five-minute sample of their best filmmaking efforts for the directing portion. Ten writers are selected to write one 10-minute script each; those students have ten days to shoot and edit the completed ten-minute short film, during the ten days of the festival. Films are screened and winners are announced on closing night. A selection committee consisting of representatives from each school, Industry professionals and SBIFF representatives select the participants. SBIFF Website Santa Barbara Film Commission Santa Barbara International Film Festival - A Photoessay by Scott London
Shanghai International Film Festival
The Shanghai International Film Festival, abbreviated SIFF, is one of the largest film festivals in East Asia. Along with Tokyo International Film Festival, the SIFF is one of the biggest film festivals in Asia; the first festival was held from October 7 to 14, 1993. In 2003 there was no festival due to the SARS outbreak. Since its beginning in 1993, Shanghai International Film Festival has grown to become an A-category international film festival. SIFF organized by Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Film & TV and Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group, it awards several "Golden Goblet" Awards for best film, best director, best actor/actress, other categories, as well as a "Special Jury Award." SIFF Mart consists of the Film Market, China Film Pitch and Catch, Co-production Film Pitch and Catch. The SIFFORUM is a communication platform; the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival was held from June 11 to June 19, 2011 and was chaired by US director Barry Levinson. The 2018 Shanghai International Film Festival was held from 16 June to 25 June 2018.
The most prestigious award given out at Shanghai is the Jin Jue for the Best Feature Film. Best Feature Film Jury Grand Prix Best Actress Best Actor Best Director Best Screenplay Best Music Best Cinematography Outstanding Artistic Achievement An award launched in 2004 aimed at gathering new forces in film creativity, excavating/tapping fresh young faces on screens, boosting newly made productions by young film makers into worldwide perspective. Best Film Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Scriptwriter Best Cinematographer International Student Shorts Award was introduced since the 9th SIFF in 2006, as a stage for the young people to communicate with renowned film masters and to display their works, it is one of the three grand awards of Shanghai International Film Festival, together with Golden Goblet Award and Asian New Talent Award, by which more and more students approach to the world film industry. Best Film Award Best Director Award Best Animation Award Best Creative Idea Award Special Jury Award China Movie Channel Media Awards are presented at each Shanghai International Film Festival by China Movie Channel since 2007.
Voted by the reporters in the entertainment industry, the awards are aimed at "promoting medium-and-small-budget homegrown movies and exposing talented young directors and actors". Best Film Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards are presented during the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week during the Shanghai International Film Festival since 2015. Voted by the reporters in the entertainment industry, the awards are aimed at "celebrating international action movies and honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the genre.". Best Action Movie Best Action Movie Director Best Action Choreographer Best Action Movie Actor Best Action Movie Actress Best Action Movie New Performer Best Special Effects Best Fight Cinema of China Film festivals List of film festivals in China Shanghai International Film Festival official site IMDb entry State of the Shanghai International Film Festival by Casey Hall, CNN International, 8 June 2011 13th Shanghai International Film Festival CRI
William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. Pitt first gained recognition as a cowboy hitchhiker in the road movie Louise, his first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the drama films A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall, horror film Interview with the Vampire. He gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven and the science fiction film 12 Monkeys, the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. Pitt starred in the cult film Fight Club and the heist film Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, his greatest commercial successes have been Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, World War Z. Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Moneyball, he produced The Departed and 12 Years a Slave, both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, The Tree of Life and The Big Short, all of which garnered Best Picture nominations.
As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry. For a number of years, he was cited as the world's most attractive man by various media outlets, his personal life is the subject of wide publicity. In 2000, he married actress Jennifer Aniston. In 2014, Pitt married actress Angelina Jolie, they have six children together. In 2016, Jolie filed for a divorce from Pitt, pending. Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to William Alvin Pitt, the proprietor of a trucking company, Jane Etta, a school counsellor; the family soon moved to Springfield, where he lived together with his younger siblings, Douglas Mitchell and Julie Neal. Born into a conservative household, he was raised as Southern Baptist but has since stated that he does not "have a great relationship with religion" and that he "oscillate between agnosticism and atheism". Pitt has described Springfield as "Mark Twain country, Jesse James country", having grown up with "a lot of hills, a lot of lakes".
Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the golf and tennis teams. He participated in the school's Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, in musicals. Following his graduation from high school, Pitt enrolled in the University of Missouri in 1982, majoring in journalism with a focus on advertising; as graduation approached, Pitt did not feel ready to settle down. He loved films—"a portal into different worlds for me"—and, since films were not made in Missouri, he decided to go to where they were made. Two weeks short of completing the coursework for a degree, Pitt left the university and moved to Los Angeles, where he took acting lessons and worked odd jobs, he has named his early acting heroes as Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke. While struggling to establish himself in Los Angeles, Pitt took lessons from acting coach Roy London. Pitt's acting career began in 1987, with uncredited parts in the films No Way Out, No Man's Land and Less Than Zero. In May 1987, his television debut came with a two-episode role on the NBC soap opera Another World.
In November of the same year, Pitt had a guest appearance on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. He appeared in four episodes of the CBS primetime series Dallas between December 1987 and February 1988 as Randy, the boyfriend of Charlie Wade. In 1988, Pitt made a guest appearance on the Fox police drama 21 Jump Street. In the same year, the Yugoslavian–U. S. Co-production The Dark Side of the Sun gave Pitt his first leading film role, as a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic to find a remedy for a skin condition; the film was shelved at the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence, was not released until 1997. Pitt made two motion picture appearances in 1989: the first in a supporting role in the comedy Happy Together, he made guest appearances on television series Head of the Class, Freddy's Nightmares and Growing Pains. Pitt was cast as Billy Canton, a drug addict who takes advantage of a young runaway in the 1990 NBC television movie Too Young to Die?, the story of an abused teenager sentenced to death for a murder.
Ken Tucker, television reviewer for Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Pitt is a magnificent slimeball as her hoody boyfriend. The same year, Pitt co-starred in six episodes of the short-lived Fox drama Glory Days and took a supporting role in the HBO television film The Image, his next appearance came in the 1991 film Across the Tracks. After years of supporting roles in film and frequent television guest appearances, Pitt attracted wider recognition in his supporting role in Ridley Scott's 1991 road film Thelma & Louise, he played J. D. a small-time criminal. His love scene with Davis has been cited as the event. After Thelma & Louise, Pitt starred in the 1991 film Johnny Suede, a low-budget picture about an aspiring rock star, the 1992 live-action/animated fantasy film Cool Wor