Mangurama and Bobb Films have acquired the U.S. and Canadian theatrical distribution rights for director Abby Epstein (Until The Violence Stops, The Business of Being Born) and executive producer Ricki Lake’s (The Business of Being Born, Breastmilk, The Mama Sherpas) Weed the People. The film premiered at the 2018 SXSW Festival, was the Audience Award Winner at The Nashville Film Festival and will have a West Coast premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
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Keeping projectors and other cinema equipment up and running is a primary concern for exhibitors. If you own a Series 1 or an early Series 2 projector, you may already be facing significant cost of ownership issues, including more frequent breakdowns and longer downtimes. Even worse, manufacturers may no longer support your equipment — or may soon stop supporting it — making replacement parts expensive or even unavailable.
Ymagis Group and Webedia have announced a partnership to promote EclairColor HDR cinemas and mastered films on AlloCiné (France) and Filmstarts (Germany). The companies’ two websites attract respectively 13.8 million and 3.1 million unique visitors per month.
Vox Cinemas has selected Volfoni for their 3D hardware systems for the first multiplex at Riyadh Park in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Vox Cinemas was awarded one of the first licenses to operate cinemas in Saudi Arabia and their multiplex at Riyadh Park is the first of its kind in the kingdom.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television will examine the entertainment industry’s need for greater diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent at its monthly meeting October 11, in Hollywood.
MediaMation today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 10,076,712, entitled "Systems and methods for fluid delivery in seat systems".
European cinema exhibitor services provider CinemaNext today announced that it has completed the installation of three new auditoria at France’s National Center of Cinematography and Moving Image headquarters in Paris. The CNC’s brand-new site has been equipped with the latest in image technology including EclairColor high dynamic range, 3D-capable Sony Digital Cinema 4K projectors, and Twavox for audio description and hearing support.
Supercines, the largest cinema operator in Ecuador, today announced that it has selected Volfoni as their exclusive provider for their 3D technology requirements. Volfoni partnered with Santa Clara Poltronas, a leading Brazilian cinema system integrator, to supply Supercines with their 3D hardware systems across all their cinema locations in Ecuador.
Vivendi’s CanalOlympia has signed an agreement to roll-out Vista Cinema’s Veezi cinema management system across all their cinema venues. Currently operating nine venues across seven countries, CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinema and live performance venues in Africa. Several additional sites are set to open in the months to come, extending the breadth of the CanalOlympia footprint.The CanalOlympia operation showcases the diversity of African culture and has helped bring cinemas back to countries currently short on entertainment choices and cultural infrastructure.
Éclair today announced that, starting in November, it will install a Samsung Onyx Cinema LED screen in its facilities in Paris-Vanves. This will make Éclair one of the first to provide professional services specifically tailored for the Onyx Cinema LED – contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, color grading with true zero nit black, and ÉclairColor DCP mastering – to European filmmakers, producers and distributors.
Extending its engagement in virtual reality and augmented reality applications, Sennheiser has partnered with spatial computing leader Magic Leap and joined the Works with Magic Leap certification program. This partnership consolidates Sennheiser’s presence and thought leadership in spatial audio as it continues to develop innovative audio tools for spatial audio visionaries and content creators.
Shin Kong Cinemas, a member of the Shin Kong Group, one of Taiwan’s leading financial, retail, and entertainment groups has selected Arts Alliance Media’s Screenwriter Theatre Management System to provide automated scheduling and content management for every screen in SKC’s estate across Taiwan. The deal marks AAM’s first entry into the Taiwan market.
The demands of moviegoers are growing and with them the pressure on cinema operators to enable ever better and increasingly immersive cinema experiences. Dolby's surround sound technology Atmos is one of the most sought-after features in the cinema market, and is often integrated into a larger premium concept. Such a premium concept was realized recently by the two Munich companies ZweiB and Videocation in a joint project in the 363-seat Saal 8 of the Dietrich Theater in Neu-Ulm, Germany.
Contenders for the American Society of Cinematographers 2018 Student Heritage Awards have been named by the organization. Designed to inspire the next generation, the awards recognize graduate, undergraduate and documentary cinematography students for their exceptional work. The 13 nominees this year hail from 10 universities nationwide; the winners will be announced October 13.
Cineplex and CJ 4DPlex today announced a new agreement that will bring the 4DX experience to as many as 13 additional Cineplex locations across Canada over the coming years. The companies opened Canada’s first 4D auditorium at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ontario, in 2016, and its popularity with guests has prompted this new partnership and investment.
Screenvision Media has teamed up with Xbox to announce the national debut of two new cinematics that utilize immersive MX4D technology in select theatres. Xbox's advertisements will support the October 2 launch of open-world racing game Forza Horizon 4 and Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's gaming membership. They are the first ads to utilize this technology to provide moviegoers a seat shifting, heart racing advertising experience.
Last summer, Emagine Entertainment showed the first-run movie Ideal Home starring Paul Rudd at its Royal Oak Cinema in Detroit using Nagra’s myCinema technology. “This is the first-time audiences have enjoyed a feature length film leveraging advanced digital compression technology via Nagra-secured myCinema theater premise equipment,” said Jean-Luc Jezouin, Nagra’s senior vice president business development. “The plug-and-play experience of the myCinema solution offers a significant leap in digital cinema distribution technology, alleviating enormous costs experienced with traditional digital cinema prints.”
The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS presents its new software development kit with optimized functions to code images with the new JPEG XS codec. JPEG XS is suited for use in production environments where high-resolution image data of up to 8k/60p UHD video must be transferred via Ethernet. The coding specialists of Fraunhofer IIS will demonstrate the JPEG XS codec as complete live stream with real-time playback.
The 22nd Arab Film Festival in San Francisco will open October 12 at the historic Castro Theatre with director Lucien Bourjeily’s Heaven Without People (Ghada El Eid).
ReRun, a new feature film directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett and written by Gary O. Bennett of Stonestreet Studios, will premiere October 15th at the Woodstock Film Festival.