The Fourth Annual Asian World Film Festival will once again be held in Culver City, California with opening night scheduled for October 24 and closing night November 1. This year's theme will focus on the female empowerment, said the festival’s executive director Georges N. Chamchoum.
[Editor’s Note: Mark Smith is the owner and director of photography for Oh Seven Films, the production company he started in 2001. In this exclusive guest column he talks about the documentaries he's made about the search for Amelia Earhart.]
Over the years, my company has been involved in productions that span the gamut, from creating ads and television programs to documentaries and indie feature films. Though there’s certainly a lot of variety in our work, we focus heavily on documentary projects. For example, for the past 17 years, I’ve been the documentarian for TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) on an ongoing project to discover what happened to pilot Amelia Earhart — work that has resulted in a couple of Discovery Channel programs.
Abramorama is managing the theatrical release of Straight Into A Storm, the music driven documentary about the band Deer Tick. The film will premiere June 15 in New York at the Roxy Cinema Tribeca.
Over the past 10 years, technology has brought people together more than ever, while at the same time creating a huge disconnect in personal relationships. In his new documentary Beyond Transport, directed and produced by first time filmmaker Ched Lohr, this topic is examined from the unique perspective of cab drivers. Shot on all seven continents of the world, the film includes interviews with drivers who share their accounts of how socializing has changed dramatically in the 21st Century.
Powster has launched the official movie platform for Unrest to support the filmmaking team, promote the movie and increase ticket sales.
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 premieres 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.
Back for their seventh year, from November 29 through December 3, the Irish Film Festival London will present Ireland’s latest mainstream and independent films over five days across London with exclusive previews, panel discussions and director’s Q&As. This year’s festival opens with The Drummer and the Keeper, directed by Nick Kelly, telling the touching story of an unlikely friendship that develops between the bipolar drummer of a rock band and an institutionalized teen suffering from Asperger's syndrome.
For the third straight year, Italy’s Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo has selected WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform to manage film, television, documentary and gaming content. Relied on by festivals, studios and broadcasters worldwide, WCPMedia Services provided a fast and simple way for producers and distributors to submit projects to MIA and share them, securely, with potential buyers both at the market and around the globe.
Are we alone in the universe is a question that human beings have pondered likely since the dawn of time. The new documentary film ET Contact: They Are Here documents the jaw-dropping stories of individuals from around the world who share similar accounts of extraterrestrial otherworldly encounters. Written, directed and produced by Caroline Cory, the film takes viewers on an extraordinary journey to uncover whether these seemingly independent yet parallel reports may actually be scientific evidence of a greater phenomenon at work.
Defining Hope, a new documentary following eight patients with life-threatening illnesses and the nurses who care for them, will be released in select theaters nationwide for special screenings on November 1st, in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.