Friday, April 17, 2015 – Dior and I, Director Frédéric Tcheng

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Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director – a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision. Dior and I director Frédéric Tcheng is a French-born filmmaker. Originally trained in civil engineering, he moved to New York City in 2002 to attend Columbia University’s film school, from which he obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in 2007. He co- produced, co-edited and co-shot Valentino: The Last Emperor (directed by Matt Tyrnauer), the 2009 hit documentary shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar. He is the co-director (with Lisa Immordino Vreeland and Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt) of DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL, a Samuel Goldwyn release. Director Tcheng joins us to talk about his enthralling behind the scenes look at the iconic fashion institution, its founder, the talented men and women who make it work and the “new” guy in the world of haute couture.

For the latest news and updates go to: diorandimovie.com

“A piece of superb filmmaking that opens a window into a hidden world.” – Independent

“If the ungodly star-driven media frenzy that surrounds the spring collections of the great Paris houses like Christian Dior is the public face of designer fashion, “Dior and I” shows us that what goes on behind the scenes is even more intriguing.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times

“The drama of getting new dresses on the runway turns out to be transfixing, while the hero redefines the notion of intense.” Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“’Dior and I’ intimately demonstrates the tricky balance between art and commerce, between perpetuating a mythology while attending to the bottom line, and doing it with the pressure of a ticking clock.” – Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com

Friday, April 17, 2015 – The Human Experiment, Co-director Dana Nachman

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What if the greatest chemical disaster of our time didn’t involve oil spills or nuclear meltdowns? Instead, it was much lower levels of exposure, inflicted over several generations and affecting every person on the planet. The result: Rising rates of everything from cancer to infertility. This is the shocking reality explored in The Human Experiment, a look at the personal costs associated with the chemicals in our most common household products. The film follows a band of unlikely activists who are fighting back. Ranging from Howard, a conservative businessman, to Maria, a Latina house cleaner, they are staking their lives on this battle to protect our health. And their opposition is goliath. The powerful and well-funded chemical industry is heavily invested in maintaining the status quo, pulling unseen strings to create an aura of skepticism and confusion. It’s an emotionally and politically charged showdown and the stakes couldn’t be higher – for these activists on the front lines and for every one of us. Academy Award®-winning actor and filmmaker Sean Penn is executive producer and narrator of the compelling new documentary film about the thousands of untested chemicals in our everyday products. Have we all become unwitting guinea pigs in one giant human experiment? The Human Experiment co-director / co-producer Dana Nachman, - co-director / co-producer Don Hardy – talks about the insidious impact of chemicals in our daily lives.

http://thehumanexperimentmovie.com/

“A must see… It might just turn you into an activist.” – Boulder Weekly

 “An Inconvenient Truth, but about chemicals”- PureWow.com

It may leave many bases uncovered (a section on groundbreaking European legislation is inadequately explained), but it will also leave you looking a lot more closely at what you put on your skin, in your mouth and underneath your sink.” – New York Times

“Gradually marshals its arguments and evidence in such a way that it ends being compelling and illuminating for viewers who are more interested in useful information than artful presentation.” RogerEbert.com

“A cautionary expose’ making a convincing argument that consumers would be very wise to learn all they can about the ingredients in the products they buy.” Kam Williams, Baret News

Friday, April 17, 2015 – Newport Beach Film Festival, CEO and co-founder Gregg Schwenk

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The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate. Since its inception in 2000, the Festival has presented many acclaimed films such as the U.S. Premiere of  Gregg Schwenkn NBFFCrash and other notable films including (500) Days of Summer, The Cove, Waitress, Son of Rambow, Paprika, Broken English, American Teen, Fugitive Pieces, Death Note: The Last Name, The King of Kong, Layer Cake, The Illusionist, Art School Confidential, Emmanuel’s Gift, Mad Hot Ballroom, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Spellbound, Castle in the Sky, Born into Brothels, and Pieces of April. Through tributes, special screenings and seminars, the Festival has honored film industry notables, including Aaron Sorkin, Haskell Wexler, Robert Wise, Henry Bumstead, Elmer Bernstein, John Waters, Alan Arkin, Bruce Brown, Richard Sherman, Penelope Spheeris, and McG. Co-founder and CEO Gregg Schwenk stops by to talk about the 2015 edition of NBFF, the opening night film, The Water Diviner, directed by Academy Award winner Russell Crowe and many of this year’s special screenings and events.

Newport Beach Film Festival – Thursday, April 23rd – Sunday April 30th

For the latest news and updates go to: newportbeachfilmfest.com

Friday, April 10, 2015 – Man From Reno, Director Dave Boyle

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In a small town south of San Francisco, Sheriff Paul Del Moral (Pepe Serna) is driving home through the fog when he accidentally strikes a pedestrian, a lone Japanese man.  However, before an investigation can take place the man disappears from the hospital without a trace. At the same time, Japanese mystery author Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) takes a trip to San Francisco in order to escape the press tour for her latest book–a potboiler in her world famous “Inspector Takabe” series. Feeling lonely and vulnerable, she begins a romantic affair with a mysterious Japanese traveler from Reno (Kazuki Kitamura). Her new lover is charismatic and charming but abruptly disappears from the hotel, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions. Director Dave Boyle joins us to talk about his beautifully crafted noir-ish, bilingual thriller.

For news and updates on Man From Reno go to: manfromrenomovie.com

MAN FROM RENO was a 2015 Spirit Award nominee for the John Cassavetes Award

“”Man From Reno” fascinates. It invites you to go back, decipher its clues and discern a grand design, if there is one.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Man from Reno seems primed to become a cult hit, and fans will be justly singing its praises for many years to come.” – Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine

“…A RETRO-STYLE MYSTERY…a CLASSIC crime-saga face off… — Hollywood Reporter

“This is STELLAR PULP STORYTELLING with a TWIST… a LEAN and GRIPPING thriller… — The Playlist

Friday, April 3, 2015 – Ned Rifle, Director Hal Hartley

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Ned Rifle is the third and final chapter of Hal Hartley’s tragicomic epic which began with Henry Fool (1998) and continued with Fay Grim (2007). At once a saga concerning the Grim family of Woodside Queens and how their lives are turned upside down by the arrival of the self-proclaimed genius, Henry Fool, the trilogy is also an illustration of America’s grappling with ideas, art, politics, and religion over the course of twenty years. In this swiftly paced and expansive conclusion, Henry and Fay’s son, Ned, sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother’s life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome, sexy, and hilarious Susan, whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family. A funny, sad, and sexy adventure, Ned Rifle is an intellectually stimulating and compassionate satire. Hartley is an American filmmaker who attracted considerable attention in the early 1990’s with such films as Trust (1990), Simple Men (1992), and Amateur (1994) featuring Isabelle Huppert, often cited for their dialogue that is both humorous and philosophical. He has made twelve feature films, won awards at Cannes and Sundance, and staged theater and opera on occasion. He runs his company, Possible Films, from his base in New York City. Director Hartley joins us for a conversation on filmmaking, music and his desire to challenge an audience with his own approach to satire, conflict and redemption.

For news and updates on Ned Rifle and other Hartley films go to: possiblefilms.com/2014/08/ned-rifle/

*** Friday, April 3, 8:00 pm Cinefamily (Los Angeles premiere) An Evening with Hal Hartley featuring NED RIFLE. Join Hal Hartley, and film stars Aubrey Plaza, James Urbaniak, and Liam Aiken in attendance for Q&A

“(W)hen the writer-director is on his game, as he is in “Ned Rifle,” the effect is bizarre black comedy that is designed to set you thinking about what his satire is really saying.” – Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

“Like the best of Hartley’s work (“Fool,” “Trust,” “Simple Men”), “Ned” leaves behind little bits of wisdom.” – Joe Nuemaier, New York Daily News

“For all the evident despair, Hartley can’t repress his love of cinema; the comic dialogue sings and many of the images have a fragile beauty.” – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

“Move over, Boyhood. And less Boyhood than perhaps Boy In The Hood, Hal Hartley completes his bio-trilogy half a dozen years longer than Linklater’s decidedly conventional odyssey – an infinitely more dark and daring, toxically tantalizing suburban noir.” – Prairie Miller NewsBlaze

Friday, April 10, 2015 – The Hand That Feeds, Co-Director / Producer Rachel Lears

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THE HAND THAT FEEDS hits theaters on April 3 in NYC and April 10 in LA. In this remarkable film from filmmakers Robin Blotnick and Rachel Lears, shy sandwich-maker Mahoma Lopez sets out to end abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars. Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. THE HAND THAT FEEDS was a frontrunner in the film festival circuit last year and took home an Audience Award at both the Full Frame Film Festival and DOC NYC, as well as the Best of Fest at AFI Docs amongst others. Co-director Rachel Lears stops by to talk about the character and determination of the small band of workers committed to carving out a better future for their families.

For news and updates on The Hand That Feeds go to: thehandthatfeedsfilm.com

“A crowd pleaser… a well-plotted and captivating David & Goliath story.”- Anthony Kaufman, Indiewire

“As rousing as it is seemingly implausible.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“An inspiring story.” – Anne Hornaday, The Washington Post

“Noteworthy.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Engaging nonfiction storytelling, deftly edited for maximum suspense.” – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

“It’s Norma Rae with a side of sauerkraut… socially conscious documentary filmmaking at its best.” – Peter Keough, The Boston Globe

“A powerful story that we don’t often see in movies.” – Chris Barsanti, Pop Matters

AWARDS

Audience Award for Best Feature – Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC

Audience Award – DOC NYC, New York, NY

Selection “Best of Fest” – AFI DOCS

Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature – Sidewalk Film Festival

International Jury Prize – Document Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland

Friday, April 3, 2015 – White Dog, Director Kornel Mundruczó

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Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2014 Cannes Festival, Kornel Mundruczó’s newest film is a story of the indignities visited upon animals by their supposed human superiors, but it’s also a stark, beautiful metaphor for the political and cultural tensions sweeping contemporary Europe. When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed “unfit” by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called “unfit” dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time house pet who has learned all too well from his “Masters” in his journey through the streets and animal control centers that man is not always dog’s best friend. Director Kornel Mundruczó’s joins us to talk about his startling and provocative political allegory.

Opens in theatres April 3, 2015 – Nuart Los Angeles

For news and updates on White Dog go to: White Dog at Magnolia Pictures

“FIERCE AND BEAUTIFUL. Extraordinarily choreographed.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“REMARKABLE AND RIVETING. This surprising movie is perhaps the most memorable of all the films I saw at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It’s haunting, and quite extraordinary.” – Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood

“White God confirms Mundruczó’s position as one of Europe’s most exciting, unpredictable and technically competent directors. In a world where so many filmmakers seem to rework the same material over and over, he’s a true wild card—a filmmaker with ‘un certain regard’ if ever there was one.” – Nick Roddick, Sight & Sound

“A triumphantly idiosyncratic film with smarts and visceral impact in equal measure.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist on Indiewire

“The more you command it to sit and stay-to settle down as a plausible plot, or to cohere as a political fable-the more it slips its leash and runs amok.” – Anthony Lane. New Yorker Magazine

Friday, April 3, 2015 – Cheatin’, Director Bill Plympton

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Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic  Design. Plympton moved to New York City in 1968. He began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw. In 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short “Your Face”. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for a short film “Guard Dog”. “Push Comes to Shove” another short film, won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or. After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991 he’s made 9 feature films, 6 of them, “The Tune”, “Mondo Plympton”, “I Married A Strange Person”, “Mutant Aliens”, “Hair High” and “Idiots and Angels” are all animated features. His latest feature animated film is Cheatin’ is a fateful tale of a bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity spells out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine,” Ella takes the form of Jake’s numerous lovers, desperately fighting through malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny. Animator / director Bill Plympton joins us to talk about his latest, magically adult tale of love and fidelity.

For news and updates on Cheatin’ go to: cheatinmovie.com

“At a time when so many computer-generated features have an increasingly homogenized look, Plympton is a welcome reminder that the art of animation is too protean to be limited to a single visual style, medium or point of view.” – Charles Solomon, LA Times

“Strife and sexual humor reign in this energetic romp, one of Bill Plympton’s best longform animated works.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

“It’s pleasingly old-school stuff that harks back to older, non-realist, counter-cultural schools of cartooning, a style through-line that reaches back to the very early days of Winsor McKay, through Tex Avery shorts and Ralph Bakshi in his Fritz the Cat-heyday.” – Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Winner of the Prix du Jury at Annecy 2014

Nominated for 3 Annie Awards

Opening night film for the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival

Best Animated Film at the Gujun International Film Festival

Friday, March 27, 2015 – Broken Horses, Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra

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Having left town as a child after the death of his father, young music prodigy, JACOB HECKUM, returns to his desolate hometown after years only to discover that BUDDY, the child-like elder brother he left behind, now works for a notorious drug gang. The gang’s ruthless boss has twisted Buddy’s simple mind and manipulated him into a killer…asurrogate son who blindly does as he is told. Jacob is unable to convince Buddy to leave his new fraternity. Drowned in guilt for having abandoned him, Jacob realizes the only way to save Buddy is from the inside out. Set in the shadows of the turbulent American-Mexican border Broken Horses is a gritty, epic thriller about bonds of brotherhood, laws of loyalty and the futility of violence. Director Vinod Chopra talks about the difference directing a film for Hollywood and Bollywood and why he wanted to make a western-style tale of love and loyalty.

In Theatres on April 10, 2015

For news and updates on Broken Horses go to: vinodchopra.com

“Beautifully written, acted and imagined. This film wraps slowly around you like a King Snake and squeezes” – James Cameron, director of Titanic and Avatar

“The greatness of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s films come from the fact that all of his characters are driven by love.” – Alfonso Cuaron, director of Gravity

Friday, March 27, 2015 – Kill Me Three Times, Director Kriv Stenders

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KILL ME THREE TIMES is a darkly comedic thriller from rising star director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog). Simon Pegg plays the mercurial assassin, Charlie Wolfe, who discovers he isn’t the only person trying to kill the siren of a sun-drenched surfing town (Alice Braga). Charlie quickly finds himself at the center of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge. With an original screenplay by James McFarland, the film also stars Sullivan Stapleton (as a gambling addict who attempts to pay off his debts through a risky life insurance scam), Teresa Palmer (as a small town Lady Macbeth), Callan Mulvey (as a wealthy beach club owner simmering with jealousy), Luke Hemsworth (as a local surfer fighting for the woman he loves) and Bryan Brown (as a corrupt cop who demands the juiciest cut). KILL ME THREE TIMES was produced by Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings (the team behind Death At A Funeral and A Few Best Men) and Tania Chambers. Director Kriv Stenders stops by for a conversation on the making of his “popcorn” film and the state of Australian film.

On Demand March 26 and in Theatres April 10

http://www.magnetreleasing.com/killmethreetimes/

“For Pegg fans, it’s pretty much continuous pleasure throughout.” – Hitfix



“A brutal and twisted potboiler full of bloodbaths, double-crosses and vicious fun.” – The Wrap 



“Pure genre fun, executed with precision and glee.” – Ain’t it Cool News



“A wild ride that is pure cinematic fun, thoroughly entertaining, and utterly hilarious, Kill Me Three Times is a must for fans of Pegg and the genre alike. Not to be missed.” – Final Reel