The twelfth annual Lower East Side Film Festival concluded at Manhattan’s Village East Cinema last week. This year’s winners, which were named today, include Bacon N’ Laces from director Stephen Michael Simon which took the top prize for Best of Fest - Prix D’or and I am Gen Z from director Liz Smith, which was named Best Feature Film.
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The United Arab Emirates' Media Regulatory Office has announced that new movies will be released in cinemas there without any censorship. The move comes in the wake of the UAE’s decision last month to ban Disney Pixar's Lightyear based on what it said was "a violation of the country's media content standards." The animated film depicts a romantic kiss between two female characters.
[Editor’s Note: Jeroen Hendriks served as digital imaging technician on the feature film Where the Crawdads Sing, which opened in theatres this past weekend. Here, in his own words, are his thoughts about the project.] After having positive experiences using Sony’s OLED monitors for years, I chose their PVM-X2400 24-inch 4K high dynamic range monitor for use on my latest project Where the Crawdads Sing, based on the best-selling novel.
David Grindle, SMPTE's new executive director, officially takes office today. SMPTE also announced that the new term for all newly elected and continuing section officers and managers began on July 1.
Yosemite Cinema, an independent movie theatre located inside Yosemite National Park, has opened a Positron XR Cinema virtual reality theatre equipped with 16 motion pods designed to give audiences premium cinematic VR experiences.
Break+Enter, a Nice Shoes company, served as a key visual effects provider on the second season of Russian Doll, the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series starring Natasha Lyonne, and co-created by Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler. The studio delivered nearly 150 visual effects shots for the eight-episode season. Most notably, Break+Enter, led by VFX supervisor Gabe Regentin, teamed with Lyonne, her production team, cinematographer Ula Pontikos and LED lighting specialist 4Wall Entertainment to recreate a large portion of the New York subway system using groundbreaking virtual production technology.
London-based extended reality technology company disguise has acquired Atlanta-based immersive entertainment specialists Meptik to empower a global deployment of immersive productions, studios and installations delivered by Meptik and powered by disguise.
Neon has wrapped production on Tilman Singer’s Cuckoo, the feature film debut of Hunter Schafer (Euphoria). The horror film, written and directed by Singer, was shot in Germany. With plot details being kept under wraps, post-production is currently underway for the film’s 2023 release
Re-recording mixer James Wichall fell into the audio business almost by chance while he was working in the legal department at UK-based Ragdoll production company, the team behind the popular Teletubbies children’s television program. It was there that he was first introduced to the possibilities of sound design.
The Göteborg Film Festival has appointed Josef Kullengård head of industry. Kullengård has a broad background in film festivals and industry forums. He joined Göteborg Film Festival in 2017 as the industry producer for the Nordic Film Market and worked with the development of the industry program up until 2021.