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Catch up on the latest independent films we have been working with

Oscar-winning Filmmaker Luc Jacquet’s Latest Documentary Film on Global Warming

ANTARCTICA: ICE AND SKY

Opens in New York City, January 20th

A spectacular portrait of Claude Lorius, the legendary French explorer who foresaw global warming

 

 

With the remarkable ANTARCTICA: ICE AND SKY, Oscar®-winning filmmaker Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) tells the inspiring story of Claude Lorius, the 82-year-old glaciologist and explorer who has dedicated his life to studying the icescapes of Antarctica. Lorius’s groundbreaking discoveries over the decades would ultimately sound the alarm for the global warming crisis and expose humankind’s devastating impact on the Earth’s climate.

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Powerful Female Solidarity in Hands of French Director Anne Fontaine

“The Innocents” by Anne Fontaine

A POLISH CONVENT TRAUMATIZED BY WAR CRIMES IN THE LAST DAYS OF WWII

One of the best reviewed films and top box office performing foreign language releases of the year arrives nationwide beginning September 27th

 

“CRITICS CHOICE! Spellbinding… The Innocents Soars.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Powerful and Moving! Examines every moral crevice of an unthinkable scenario”  -Justin Chang, VARIETY

“Genius. A stunningly beautiful film.”  – Alissa Wilkinson, CHRISTIANITY TODAY

The Innocents - Photo courtesy of Music Box Films
The Innocents – photo courtesy of Music Box Films

 

The Innocents is director Anne Fontaine’s haunting and ultimately life affirming post-WWII drama about  a young, forward-thinking French Red Cross doctor who comes to the aid of a group of traumatized young Polish nuns whose lives and faith have been dangerously tested. The Innocents is based on the true story of heroic French doctor and Resistance fighter Madeleine Pauliac.

 

The second World War is finally over and doctor Mathilde (rising star Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of Nazi work camps in Poland. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as they face an unprecedented crisis of faith.

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The Club by Chilean Filmmaker Pablo Larrain Puts Spotlight on Exiled Priests

FOUR PRIESTS ARE EXILED TO A SEASIDE TOWN TO ATONE FOR THE SINS OF THEIR PAST IN THE POWERFUL DRAMA FROM CHILEAN FILMMAKER PABLO LARRAÍN

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 A 2016 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

 

From acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (Academy Award Nominee, No) comes the highly lauded film THE CLUB, a taut, blackly comic drama that revolves around a group of priests that are exiled to a small village to atone for the sins of their pasts. Directed and co-written by Larraín, THE CLUB functions as an insightful commentary on individual responsibility and organized religion, as well as an artfully relevant examination of what happens when those two combustible elements are combined.

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Resurrecting Women’s Lib thru Mary Dore’s documentary on Women’s History Month

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

A PROVOCATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL ACCOUNT OF THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN
WOMEN’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT

 

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is an insightful, rousing and often humorous account of the birth and rise of the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium.

Directed by Mary Dore, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY combines rarely-seen archival footage, a classic soundtrack of the era and the first-person stories of the protests, poetry slams and community meetings that engineered the women’s liberation movement and the meaningful social change it sought. Embracing the grassroots movement that proclaimed “the personal is political” and the women who dared to get furious about it, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is not only a tribute to past bravery and determination, but also a warning and urgent rallying cry to the next wave of those determined to ensure equal rights for all.

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Congratulations to The 100 Year Old Man’s Oscar Nomination

Congratulations to The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared for today’s Oscar® nomination for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Felix Herngren is based on an international bestseller of the same name, which has sold more than six million copies worldwide.

Described as “a start-to-finish rocket-speed riot ” by Colin Covert of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE and “a quirky comic odyssey with a winningly off-kilter sense of humor” by Charles Bramesco of THE DISSOLVE, THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED is a sheer delight—an irresistible, madcap adventure about an ordinary man who can’t help but to stumble into one extraordinary circumstance after another!
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Joe Angio’s How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) is a glorious commemoration of Melvin Van Peebles

How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)

A FIRST-RATE CHRONICLE OF THE REMARKABLE LIFE AND CAREER OF ARTIST/PROVOCATEUR MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, CREATOR OF THE LEGENDARY 1971 FILM SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG

 

Melvin Van Peebles’ extraordinary life story reveals an artist and a man whose groundbreaking impact on film, politics and pop culture remains as relevant as ever. On the 45th Anniversary of his landmark 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song—the most successful independent film of its time and a watershed in African-American cinema—Melvin Van Peebles’ life and career are celebrated in a DVD re-issue of filmmaker Joe Angio’s 2005 documentary How To Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (and Enjoy It).

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Heidi Philipsen’s This Is Nowhere Introduces Gus Birney in Coming of Age Drama

This Is Nowhere

A film by Heidi Philipsen and Jon Russell Cring, Starring Johnathan Tchaikovsky, David Thornton, and Introducing Up and Coming Star, Gus Birney

SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE IN 2016

A Coming-Of-Age Tale About An Innocent Teenage Girl Living With Her Parents In A Seedy Motel On The Edge Town And The Stranger Who Changes Her World

 

This is Nowhere (Courtesy: Personae Entertainment)
This is Nowhere (Courtesy: Personae Entertainment)

From Executive Producer Kathryn McDermott (The Last of the Mohicans, A League of Their Own), THIS IS NOWHERE is a new coming-of-age feature film co-directed by Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner (Marcy, Her Telling Heart) and Jon Russell Cring. Recently shot in Palenville, NY,  THIS IS NOWHERE is slated to be released in 2016.  The film’s cast includes: Johnathan Tchaikovsky (The Wolf of Wall Street, Reservation Road), David Thornton (The Notebook, John Q, Home Alone 3), Paulina Singer (The Intern), Bernadette Quigley (In America; The Suspect; The House is Burning; “Law & Order”; “Third Watch”) and introducing up-and-comer Gus Birney as the film’s young female protagonist.

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Maison Close Season Two Trailer

This is one sexy season not to be missed…

Maison Close is a scintillating French television drama series, which takes viewers into 19th Century Parisian brothel during a time of legal prostitution.

The wildly popular French erotic drama series MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO returns to further weave its sexy tales of the women of “The Paradise,” an infamous bordello that caters to aristocratic and bourgeois clientele known for its strange and refined practices during a time of legalized prostitution.

Check out the trailer and get ready for January 2016….

Maison Close: Season Two Continues Sumptuous Parisian Bordello Saga

Maison Close: Season Two

THE CONTINUATION OF THE ACCLAIMED FRENCH TELEVISION SERIES INVITES AMERICAN AUDIENCES INTO A SUMPTUOUS PARISIAN BORDELLO WHERE DESIRE REIGNS

 

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Set in a lavish brothel in 19th Century Paris, the wildly popular French erotic drama series MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO returns to further weave its sexy tales of the women of “The Paradise,” an infamous bordello that caters to aristocratic and bourgeois clientele known for its strange and refined practices during a time of legalized prostitution.

Created by Jacques Ouaniche, MAISON CLOSE focuses on a trio of The Paradise’s most provocative women: Rose (Jemima West), a young woman, newly arrived in Paris in search of her mother, who was tricked into service at the brothel; Véra (Anne Charrier),  a courtesan in her mid-thirties nearing the end of her career, hoping a wealthy customer will pay her debt and free her from servitude; and Hortense (Valerie Karsenti), the owner of The Paradise who must do whatever she can to retain her girls, keep the brothel open and steer clear of the forces intent on shutting her business down. The new season of the critically acclaimed drama picks up at The Paradise where Season One left off, as a royalist chief commander rises to power and reinstates a city-wide Moral Order which threatens the brothel’s very existence.

MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO has been praised as much for its historical accuracy and political astuteness as its bold eroticism, with Alessandra Stanley of THE NEW YORK TIMES lauding it as “Baudelaire meets The Playboy Channel.”

“For more than three years I have been thinking of this series whose heroine is a young girl, trapped, forced to prostitute herself in a luxury brothel at the end of the nineteenth century at the beginning of the Third Republic,” says MAISON CLOSE creator Ouaniche of the series’ origins. “I wanted to uncover the daily lives of these sex workers, most of all of the women, and their privileged relationships with powerful men in a time period not so remote from ours.”

Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO on Blu-ray and DVD on January 12, 2015 following its broadcast debut across leading markets in Europe, Asia and South America. The MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO Blu-ray and DVD editions will include a collector’s booklet and carry the suggested retail prices of $39.95 and $34.95, respectively.

MAISON CLOSE: SEASON ONE is available now on Blu-ray and DVD and will be available to stream on HULU beginning in January 7, just in time to catch up before the  Blu-ray and DVD release of MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO.

The release of the MAISON CLOSE series marks Music Box Films’ latest entry in the company’s growing international television catalog, which includes such recent releases as Sweden’s Wallander, Germany’s Generation War, France’s The Returned and Japan’s Penance by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

More information on MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website

http://www.musicboxfilms.com/maisonclose

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A RACY JOURNEY INTO THE COLORFUL, UNIQUE AND RISQUÉ WORLD OF EROTIC COMIC STRIPS

 Sex in the Comix

Hosted by renowned New York comic artist and burlesque performer Molly Crabapple

 

SEX IN THE COMIX embarks on a revealing voyage into the heart of erotic comic strips, the enticing art form that serves to unleash and expose society’s collective, if taboo, fantasies.

SexinComix_PosterHosted by erotic comic creator, burlesque performer and VICE contributing editor Molly Crabapple, SEX IN THE COMIX navigates the history of the art form, from special editions by masters of the genre to provocative new works from a younger generation of artists. The documentary features legendary comic creators R. Crumb, Milo Manara and Ralf König, as well as work from new wave and mainstream artists, including the impact of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, the game-changing graphic memoir which was adapted into last year’s Tony-winning Broadway musical. SEX IN THE COMIX serves as a stimulating and charming exploration into a one-of-a-kind medium.

Doppelgänger Releasing will release SEX IN THE COMIX on digital VOD for the first time in the United States on October 13, 2015, where it will be available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu and Vimeo On Demand

Filled with an array of alluring comic strip panels and equally beguiling segments featuring animation by graphics stylists Thomas Fage and Yann Deval, SEX IN THE COMIX is a delightful dip into the realm of comic strip eros—the perfect pick for those interested in animation, for those interested in erotica, and for anyone intrigued by the intersection of the two.