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IFC Midnight’s Survival Thriller CENTIGRADE

Friday, August 28

Survival Thriller 30 degrees below zero

CENTIGRADE

Inspired by actual events

Directed By BRENDAN WALSH
Starring GENESIS RODRIGUEZ and VINCENT PIAZZA

Synopsis

In 2002, a young American couple, Matthew and Naomi, travel to the arctic mountains of Norway. After pulling over during a snowstorm, they wake up trapped in their SUV, buried underneath layers of snow and Ice. As if the stakes aren’t high enough, Naomi is eight months pregnant in their frozen prison. With few resources, a dwindling food supply, and nothing but time, tension, blame, and personal secrets bubble to the surface. Matthew and Naomi realize they must work together to survive in a crippling battle against the elements, hypothermia, disturbing hallucinations, and plunging temperatures reaching as low as -30C.

About the Filmmaker Brendan Walsh

Brendan Walsh is an award-winning director residing in New York City where he has been active in the film industry for over 13 years. Brendan has worked alongside acclaimed directors like Lasse Hallström, Darren Aronofsky, Doug Liman, and Ross Katz on various films and series like The Wrestler, The Bourne Legacy, “The Wire,” “Rescue Me,” and “30 Rock.” Brendan recently directed the new hit Netflix series “Friends From College,” six episodes of the final season of “Nurse Jackie” for Showtime, including the season premiere, Amazon’s “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” the CBS network series “Bull,” and an episode for the final season of “Royal Pains.” In 2011, Brendan was awarded the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for his work on the hit film Taking Chance.

Opens August 28th on VOD, all Digital Platforms
and in Drive-In Theaters

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THE SURROGATE Now Playing

The Surrogate

Written and Directed by Jeremy Hersh
Starring Jasmine Batchelor

Synopsis

Jess Harris (Jasmine Batchelor, “The Good Fight”), a 29 year old web designer for a nonprofit in Brooklyn, is ecstatic to be the surrogate and egg-donor for her best friend Josh (Chris Perfetti, “Looking”) and his husband Aaron (Sullivan Jones, Slave Play). Twelve weeks into the pregnancy, a prenatal test comes back with unexpected results that pose a moral dilemma. As they all consider the best course of action, the relationship between the three friends is put to the test.

“Jasmine Batchelor gives one of the year’s best performances in Jeremy Hersh’s propulsive examination of tough questions.”
– Kate Erbland, INDIEWIRE

“A great moralist drama. Jeremy Hersh’s beautiful and brutal film.. gets both harder to watch and harder to break away from with each passing minute.”
– Writer Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play, Zola)

“Hersh’s perceptive, thoroughly absorbing ethical drama is propelled by a performance of stunning psychological insight and raw feeling from Jasmine Batchelor.”
– David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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2020 VIRTUAL FEST (LESFF)

Thursday, June 18 to Monday, June 29

LLESFF stands with Black Lives Matter and is committed to continuing efforts that elevate and empower BIPOC voices in the independent film landscape. We acknowledge that there are many financial barriers for indie filmmakers, especially in final production and festival submission stages. LESFF will announce a new pilot program that financially supports BIPOC filmmakers through grants, submission fee waivers, and access to resources and partnerships with the existing LESFF alumni network to ensure that more of their films have the opportunity for festival circuit visibility and impact. More details on the initiative to be announced at this year’s event.

The 2020 Lower East Side Film Festival (June 18 – 29, 2020) invites you to experience innovative feature films and specialty short showcases, exclusive industry livestream Q&A’s, trivia nights, and more throughout the virtually interactive festival. The Lower East Side Film Festival (“LESFF”) has moved online and is excited to expand viewership to a broader audience demographic while continuing their mission of supporting independent filmmakers. The first five days of the online festival will roll-out premieres of feature films, short film showcases, and virtual events. The entirety of the program will remain live for the following week to allow festival goers 11 full days to soak up everything LESFF 2020 has to offer.

This year, LESFF is thrilled to announce they are spotlighting immigrant and 1st/2nd generation filmmakers with their 2020 film line-up echoing the ethos of The Lower East Side itself, a neighborhood that has been home to many of the country’s immigrants. LESFF understands the value a diverse culture brings to the unique storytelling that the cinematic language has offered for the past 100 years, and has championed that ideal in their programming in the past decade.

Notable presentations will include a conversation with Ramy Youssef that will offer audiences free access to a talk with the Golden Globe winner and the writers behind the highly lauded second season of Hulu’s Ramy, hosted in partnership with The Writers Guild of America East discussing the process behind writing about comedy, relationships and religion, moderated by Huffington Post’s Rowaida Abdelaziz. As well as the premiere of Joshua Edelman’s Mentally AI, which features Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Sarah Silverman (Bob’s Burgers,The Simpsons), and is an exploration of how artistic success is defined. Judges will include Indya Moore (Pose, Queen & Slim), Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), and more.

ABOUT LOWER EAST SIDE FILM FESTIVAL

2020 will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Lower East Side Film Festival. Since its inaugural year, the festival has premiered hundreds of short and feature films, hosted thousands of audience members, and has been deemed “one of the most exciting under the radar film events in all of New York City” by Film.com and was featured in New York Magazine’s ‘Approval Matrix’ under “Highbrow/ Brilliant”. Past judges and alumni have included Ethan Hawke, Rami Malek, Rosario Dawson, Susan Sarandon, Willem Dafoe, Denis O’Hare, Laverne Cox, Parker Posey, Ilana Glazer, Dolly Parton, Natasha Lyonne, Marky Ramone, Rebecca Miller, Judah Friedlander, Lizzy Caplan, Amy Arbus, Justin Bond, Nick Kroll and many more. LESFF believes great films are made with creativity, innovation, and heart and always seeks undiscovered and underdog filmmakers who understand that a huge budget does not always equal a great film.

LESFF 2020 Schedule

Thursday, June 18th – 6PM
Opening Night -All Films Go Live!
The Complete 2020 Film Line-Up is available online. Viewers can purchase individual tickets for features and short showcases ($10 each) or an All-Access Festival Pass ($30).
All films will be available online through June 29th.

Friday, June 19th – 6PM
Inside The Writers’ Room of Hulu’s Ramy with Ramy Youssef
Ramy Youssef (Golden Globe winner for Best Actor Musical or Comedy) and the writer behind the highly anticipated 2nd season of Hulu’s Ramy, in conversation with The Writers Guild of America East discussing the process of writing about comedy, relationships and religion.
Moderated by Huffington Post’s Rowaida Abdelaziz.

Saturday, June 20th – 6PM
I LOVE NY Trivia Night
Festival Director, Shannon Walker hosts a night of trivia celebrating all the reasons we love New York – pandemic or otherwise.

Sunday, June 21st – 6PM
Rebecca Miller In Conversation with Shaina Feinberg
Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan, Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, HBO’s Arthur Miller: Writer) talks with LESFF Alumni filmmaker Shania Feinberg (The Babymooners, Senior Escort Service) about their approaches to storytelling through indie film.

Monday, June 22nd – 6PM
Festival Awards
Festival Director, Shannon Walker and Roxy Hunt announce the festival winners.

Judges

LESFF Judges include Indya Moore (Pose, Queen & Slim, Saturday Church), Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Matt FX (MusicSupervisor — Broad City, Difficult People, In The Mix with Matt FX), Laura Brownson (The Rachel Divide, Lemon), Julie Cohen (Oscar-nominated RBG), Sam Levy (Ladybird, Jerry Before Seinfeld, Frances Ha) Heather Burns (Manchester by the Sea, Miss Congeniality), and Shannon Gibson (Executive Producer, Refinery29).

LESFF 2020 Films

FEATURE FILMS:

Blunderpuss. Written & Directed by Shaina Feinberg (The Babymooners, Shiva, Dinette, Senior Escort Service).Blunderpuss stars Chris Manley (The Babymooners, Shiva, Dinette), Jeff Seal (Shiva, Dinette) and Drae Campbell (Shiva, Dinette) that follows a clown who goes on an apology tour after rehab.

Mentally AI. Directed by Joshua Edelman. Mentally AI, featuring Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Sarah Silverman (Bob’s Burgers,The Simpsons) is a character study of, “the funniest comedian you’ve never heard of,” and an exploration of how we define artistic success, MENTALLY AL follows Al Lubel, a former Star Search grand champion as he struggles to get by, perpetually broke and sleeping on friends couches, as he continues to pursue his artistic dreams into his sixties.

Unschooled. Directed by Rachel Beth Anderson & Timothy Grucza (First to Fall).Unschooled is beset by drugs, violence and apathy the Philadelphia public school system is failing. Desperate for a solution, some inner-city parents turn their hopes to an unlikely place; a newly opened educational resource center in the north Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown called the Natural Creativity Center (NCC). Founded by veteran educator Peter Bergson, NCC (as it is known) is built on the belief that formalized education is just part of a larger systemic problem-the dehumanization of our children’s education. Bergson has set out to prove once and for all that the power and efficacy of self-motivation isn’t limited by race or economic background and that there is a more humane way to educate our children-one that taps into every child’s innate desire to learn. Undeterred in his belief, Bergson practices “unschooling” – a program developed over several decades at a center he and his wife Susan started 30 years ago in the suburbs – called Open Connections – empowering students to direct their own education, favoring dialogue, discovery and self-discipline over tests, teachers and timelines. When three young Philadelphia teens; Amani, Miles and Jaya enroll at NCC, all of Peter’s radical ideas are put to the test.

SHORT SHOWCASES:

‘I LOVE NY’ SHORTS
Missing your city a little bit right now? Let these short films remind you of the magic, the music, the mystery, and the magnetism of the greatest city in the world – NYC.
Films include: Yves & Variation, Sundays at The Triple Nickel, Corner Man, Cinema Rules Everything Around Me, The Cantor’s Last Cantata

‘THIS IS AMERICA’ SHORTS
This series of short films each capture a snapshot of today’s America – the search for acceptance, the fight for justice, and of course the emergency response to an accidental missile warning aimed at Hawaii.
Films include: Black Ghost Son, Coffee Shop Names, Do We Belong?, 808: How We Respond

‘ME, MYSELF, AND I’ SHORTS
Coming of Age; Mid-life Crisis; Self-exploration – we’re no stranger to seeing these themes on the big screen and these shorts tackle all the ups and downs of discovering, questioning, and owning your own identity.
Films include: Practice, A Mother, Eagle, Blocks, Mom and Me and My Little Rooster

‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’ SHORTS
Monsters, super-powers, aliens, and space travel – these shorts take you beyond the realm of reality and into a world of the extraordinary.
Films include: Below, Cosmic Fling, Balloon, Your Monster, Visitors

‘MIND F*CK’ SHORTS
If you’ve been to LESFF before – then you know. BUT if you’re new to us – strap in! These films will be tough to get out of your mind long after they’re over, for a variety of reasons. You’ll see.
Films include: Horse, Others, Gholü, Eat The Rainbow, Nailbiter

‘NSFW FROM HOME’ SHORTS
Description TBD
Films include: Symbiosis, The D, Boys & Toys, Marcy Learns Something New, Unfinished Business

‘IN THE BIZ’ SHORTS
Movies about movies! From a struggling writer, to a struggling actor, to a struggling voice over artist – we all know this business can be tough. But these shorts remind us that in the end – it’s all worth it! Right?
Films include: Avalanche, Dame, Marsha!, Ghostal Galaxies

SHORT HIGHLIGHTS:

Coffee Shop Names. Written by Deepak Sethi (Writer — Family Guy, Brickleberry, and TBS’ Close Enough.) Three Indian people starring Danny Pudi (Community, Star Trek Beyond), Karan Soni (Deadpool, Deadpool 2, Always Be My Maybe, Ghostbusters) & Kausar Mohammed (Silicon Valley, What Men Want) imagine their personas as their “coffee shop names,” the names they give baristas because their real names are hard to pronounce.

Marcy Learns Something New. Written & Directed by Julia Kennelly (Chandler). Marcy Learns Something New stars Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live, Broad City, Wine Country) as a widow who goes to a dominatrix class, “Marcy Learns Something New” explores themes of loneliness, connection and finding confidence in unexpected ways. Rather than portray BDSM as either a dismissable joke or a dark secret, as it’s often seen, the film seeks to show Marcy’s agency in finding joy during a difficult period of her life.

Eagle. Written & Directed by Jose Acevedo (Alternatino with Arturo Castro). Eagle stars Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah) and Antonio Ortiz Jr. (High Fidelity, Orange is the New Black) about a Brooklyn High School senior who receives some good news.

Balloon. Written by Dave Testa & Jeremy Merrifield and directed by Jeremy Merrifield, Balloon stars Paul Scheer (The League, The Disaster Artist) and Jonah Beres (Stranger Things, Splitting Up Together) that explores gender through a superhero myth.

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VIRTUAL SHORT FILM SPRING MINI-FESTIVAL ONLINE

Given the current situation that requires us to maintain healthy social distancing, CortoCircuito Latino Shortfest of NY and the Instituto Cervantes of NY will celebrate the Virtual Short Film Spring Minifestival with films coming from Spain, Latin America, and Latinos in the U.S. on June 4 and 11. Each program will bring unique stories that can be attended from home and accessible to individuals in the tristate area (NY, NJ, CT). In order to access Corto Circuito’s Virtual Cinema, people must register for each program in advance at www.cortocircuito.us
Each program will be made available for 12 hours (12 pm-11:59 pm) on June 4 and June 11 respectively. All foreign-language films are subtitled in English. Following aesthetic criteria more than commercial, our selection is comprised of films that are unavailable on traditional platforms and have participated and/or received awards from some of the most important festivals in the world.

Corto Circuito was formed to showcase short films made by filmmakers from and about Latin America, Spain, and the United States. The festival is unique in its mission to promote a wider and deeper understanding of the roots, life, and diverse cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities.

PROGRAM #1 – THURSDAY, JUNE 4 from 12 pm to 11:30 pm

NIÑOS DE MI TIERRA / THE KIDS FROM MY LAND
María Fernanda Jiménez | Colombia | Documentary | 2018 | 11 min
Lady (11) is a young indigenous expert in the cultivation of the papachina, who belongs to the Wounaan Docordó Reserve, Unión Balsalito. Her father is a teacher at the community school and her mother weaves baskets with Palma de Werrengue. Children of the Colombian Pacific have the chance to engage with Lady and ask her questions, learning through the exchange of their culture, ancestral knowledge, and games.

ASÍ SON LAS COSAS/ THE WAY THINGS ARE
Juan Pablo Zaramella / Argentina / Animation / 2018 / 7 min
Everyday elements have life and personality; They open to the viewer a new universe that is very similar to the one they know.

11:40
Claudia Ruiz | Argentina | Fiction | 2018 | 12 min
Damián (10) and his little brother Matias (7) begin to attend a school located next to a jail. Damián looks at the watch he just received for his birthday and waits, anxiously, for it to strike 11:40.

UN MINUTITO / A MINUTE
Javier Macipe| Spain | Fiction | 2016 | 8 min
Maria spends her days trying to collect signatures against a law she considers unfair, but nobody has time to listen to her. When she starts getting desperate, she meets Alejandro, who has a present for her.

PROGRAM #2 – JUNE 11 from 12 pm to 10:30 pm

PORQUE ME QUIEREN / BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME
Poll Andrium Landazuri | Colombia | Documentary | 2019 | 9 min
Poll, who feels neither male nor female, and who has expressed their lesbianism openly from an early age, gathers their large family, residents of the Siloé neighborhood in Cali, to ask them a simple and at the same time profound question: Why do you love me?

THE FOURTH KINGDOM / EL CUARTO REINO
Alex Lora, Adán Aliaga | U.S.A-Spain | Documentary | 2016 | 13 min
The Fourth Kingdom is the kingdom of plastics, a redemption center in NY for immigrants and underdogs where the American Dream becomes a possibility. Through the stories of Mexican immigrant Rene, African-American Pier, disabled Eugene and the mysterious Walter from El Salvador we revisit this particular planet and their inner worlds.

IRMA
Alejo Schettini – Germán Tejeira | Uruguay | Animation | 2017 | 6 min
In a city besieged by the wind and the cold, Irma, an old dressmaker living in a building where the heating has broken, will take the initiative to do something for all her neighbors.

EL ESCARABAJO AL FINAL DE LA CALLE / THE BEETLE AT THE END OF THE STREET
Joan Vives | Spain | Fiction | 2017 | 18 min
Amadeo is a good person. He lives in a small village of Valencia, and since his wife died, he sacrifices himself in taking care of his father-in-law, Agustín, who is disabled. Due to this, he doesn’t participate much in social life in the village. One day Lolín, the fishmonger, has a magic foresight while decapitating an eel: Amadeo has only seven days to live. This fact will develop a series of events that will change his life completely.

LOS ÁNGELES 1991
Zacarias & Macgregor | U.S | Fiction | 2015 | 10 min
Los Angeles, 1991. The streets have become a hotbed of racial tension and hate about to burst… Today is an important day for Eladio: he is going to avenge the death of his older brother. Within minutes he will find out that he is not the only one who has reasons to kill someone.

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I, PASTAFARI

A Film By:
Michael Arthur

Synopsis:
With millions of believers worldwide, The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the world’s fastest growing religion. I, PASTAFARI follows a few brave members of the church, the Pastafarians, as they fight for their religious freedom to access privileges and exceptions in law granted to other religions. Along the way, the Pastafarians force skeptics to answer the question, “what is a real religion anyway?”

Filmmaker Statement:
“Too many people seem convinced that science is just another system of belief, and that fact and opinion are equivalent arguments. They are not. This is what drew me to Pastafarianism,” states filmmaker Michael Arthur. “ Instead of preaching, the Pastafarians use other methods to entice people to critically think for themselves. In a time of flat-earthers, anti-vaxxers, fake news, and alternative facts, the Pastafarians may be the savior the world has been waiting for.”

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B is for: BILL W. – Reel Recovery Film Festival

It’s Friday evening, your Zoom meeting is over, dishes are done, it’s time to curl up with a dog and a doc.
B is for: BILL W.
The Virtual REEL Recovery Film Festival presents films about addiction and mental injury.
Coming this fall in partner with Film Festival Flix.

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DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY – Virtual Cinema

Friday, May 22

**OPENING DAY MEMO**

Greenwich Entertainment presents

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY
Nominated for 2020 James Beard Award

DIRECTED BY: Elizabeth Carroll

FEATURING: Diana Kennedy, Alice Waters, José Andrés, Rick Bayless and
Gabriela Cámara

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY will open nationwide on Friday, May 22nd as part of Greenwich Entertainment’s virtual cinema partnership with theaters throughout the country. 50% of proceeds will go to local theaters to support them during this unprecedented time.

New York and LA Theaters

New York, NY – Angelika Film Center (entire circuit)
Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle Theaters (entire circuit)
Los Angeles, CA – Metropolitan Theatre
Beverly Hills, CA – Lumiere Cinema

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Online Film Series

Online Film Series

Wednesday, May 13 at 3:00 PM to Wednesday, June 17 at 6:00 PM
From the comfort of your home!

The Online Film Series is an opportunity to experience the San Diego International Film Festival at home. It’s the perfect antidote to Shelter-In-Place – six screenings of films not available anywhere else! The SD Intl Film Festival’s Online Film Series: Track 2 includes five screenings of films, shorts and documentaries PLUS the May 20 Film Insider Series Screening that will be announced soon! Many thanks to the filmmakers that have generously agreed to support the series by sharing their films.You can join the Festival’s Online Film Series: Track 2 for a minimum donation of $30 or buy a pass for the 2020 Festival.

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Reel Recovery Film Festival

It’s Friday night, your Zoom meeting is over, laundry is done and it’s time to curl up with a good movie. With so many choices even Lola is cross-eyed wondering what to watch.
This week’s film recommendation is:
AMY

The Virtual REEL Recovery Film Festival presents new original films about addiction and mental injury.

Coming this fall in partner with Film Festival Flix.

Be part of our transition to the digital world. Please visit our GoFundMe page. No gift is too small.

Help us spread the message that “treatment works and recovery is possible.”

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First-Ever NBCUniversal’s Peacock Fan Festival, Peacock Live!

Saturday, March 28 at 12:00 PM to Sunday, March 29 at 11:30 PM
Universal Studios Hollywood

NBCUniversal has announced a robust slate of new show panels, celebrity appearances and interactive activations at Peacock Live!, its first-ever two-day fan festival taking place March 28-29, 2020 on the legendary Universal Studios backlot.

In addition to 2-Day tickets currently available, fans can now purchase 1-Day General Admission adult tickets starting at $99 at www.PeacockLive.com. Plus, fans who purchase their tickets before Sunday, February 16 are eligible for pre-mailed custom credentials, offering an expedited arrival experience at the event. Peacock Live! ticketholders will receive general admission entry to Universal Studios Hollywood, including exclusive after-hours park after dark access, offering a great value for the ultimate NBCUniversal insider weekend. Plus, Peacock Live! guests will be among the first to experience the spectacular new ride inspired by Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets.”

For more information, visit peacocklive.com

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Fallen Dream

A ‘STAR STUDDED’ CONTROVERISAL FILM INSPIRES TO MORAL REFLECTION
-Fallen Dream, a highly anticipated “Times Up” project, is now screening internationally.-

(London) The original short film story “Fallen Dream” created by Fancy Alexandersson and Erica Bergsmeds has caught a lot of attention prior to being completed.

Fallen Dream is produced by Fancy Alexandersson (lead actress and noted international personality) and Glen Kirby from West One Entertainment

Directed by Erica Bergsmeds (acclaimed Creative & Fashion Photographer) and Screenplay by Thomas Beatty.

The international cast includes the ‘raising stars’ Fancy Alexandersson, Laura Whitmore, Jack McEvoy, Linus Wahlgren, Elijah Rowen & former ‘The Pussycat Dolls’ singer turned actor Kimberly Wyatt.

Soundtrack by young artist Alysha. Music composed by Grammy winning producer Nate Walker (Jamie Foxx, Trey Songz, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled etc).

The short film follows Jessica, a young gifted dancer who is offered the role of a lifetime, but at what cost? Fallen Dream explores a ‘new angle’ on the ‘me too’ theme with women supporting women and men supporting women in a story where common challenges of a woman has an unexpected turn.

Swan Princess 25th Anniversary DVD

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Golden Globe®-nominated animated classic THE SWAN PRINCESS, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is making the fan-favorite available in brilliant high definition for the first time ever with a collectible anniversary edition Blu-ray and in 4K HDR on digital, both available on October 29th. As fans reminisce over 25 years of the beloved series, they will also be able to enjoy the newest magical installment when THE SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC debuts on DVD and Digital August 6.