The Big Picture
Next Stop, the Oscars
By Nick Dager
Almost a year after Cinedigm Entertainment Group and distributor New Video jointly acquired the North American distribution rights to director Kirby Dick’s powerful The Invisible War the movie will be front and center as a finalist for Best Feature Length Documentary when the 2013 Academy Award winners are named. Focusing on the emotional stories of rape victims, the film is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It also features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm of conditions that exist for rape in the military, its long-hidden history, and what can be done to bring about much-needed change. As much as the filmmakers would love to win that award, they believe that the movie’s real mission to reduce the number of rapes committed in our military. And the clearly don’t intend to stop no matter what happens on Oscar night.Read More >>>
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Reinventing Cinema: The First Decade of Digital Cinema by Nick Dager is now available at Diesel Books. In May 1999 Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace opened with digital screenings in a handful of movie theatres in and around New York and Los Angeles: digital cinema’s first decade was underway. Now on sale for only $1.99.
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Doremi IMS 1000 Gets DCI Compliance
Doremi has announced that its Integrated Media Server the IMS1000 has passed the Compliance Test Plan and achieved the DCI standard of excellence. The server is the first commercially available single board Integrated Media Server on the market, with key features that include a combined SMS, digital storage and a secure DCI image media block in a compact form that enables it to fit inside DLP projectors.
Soho Digital Cinema Selects Fraunhofer to Optimize Distribution Workflow
The Department of Moving Picture Technologies of Fraunhofer IIS has announced that Soho Digital Cinema to simplify distribution workflow and ensure adherence to screening rights. The integration of the easyDCP KDM Generator in SDC’s MEL, a web application for KDM management and distribution, enables SDC customers to create their own KDMs through the SDC website.
Bulgaria to Lead European Audiovisual Observatory
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has announced that Bulgaria will take over its annually rotating presidency for 2013. Bulgaria is represented in the Observatory’s Executive Council by Irina Kanousheva, who is responsible for international relations, festivals and promotion at the Bulgarian National Film Center.
SmartJog Signs Delivery Deal with VS2, Portugal
SmartJog has signed with VS2, Portugal’s main independent local mastering lab. This agreement enables VS2 to use SmartJog’s delivery platform service to distribute digital cinema preshow content, trailers, and feature films directly to theaters connected in Portugal.
Kon-Tiki to Open Göteborg International Film Festival
Norway's Oscar entry, Kon-Tiki, will open the 36th edition of the Göteborg International Film Festival. Kon-Tiki was made by the directors behind the previous film success, Max Manus, and is Norway's biggest and most expensive film production to date. For the first time, the festival's opening film will be screened at several theaters simultaneously. Both the directors and actors will be visiting the festival.
Hong Kong Film Development Council Funds New Cinema
The Hong Kong Film Development Council has provided funding support for the renovation of the Hong Kong Arts Centre cinema. With the upgraded facilities, films of more diverse formats and genres can be screened at the cinema to further promote film culture in the community.
Sub Sea Research Announces Shipwreck Series
Maine-based shipwreck recovery company Sub Sea Research has announced their latest venture, a documentary series entitled The Port Nicholson Experience. The Port Nicholson, a wreck off the coast of Massachusetts that is said to be carrying around $3 billion in platinum and gold, is Sub Sea Research's current target. The series will focus on the crew's journey as they work to recover the cargo. The company plans to show this documentary in installments on their satellite site Shiprex.net.
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