‘Smash & Grab’ is a fascinating documentary about the infamous real life Pink Panther diamond thieves. The film is available On Demand alongside ‘Twice Born’ starring Penelope Cruz and, for one more week, Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Mud.’
at the IFC Center in New York and select markets this fall
WILD STYLE 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTORS EDITION
Newly Re-mastered Edition Debuts on DVD and On Demand October 1
Marking the 30th anniversary of the hugely influential hip-hop musical drama, WILD STYLE, Music Box Films will return to theaters this Fall including the IFC Center in New York City on September 27th in addition to other select national markets. The re-release is in conjunction with the DVD and Digital Platform release of WILD STYLE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION, a newly-re-mastered version featuring never-before-seen bonus materials and a 48-page booklet written by director Charlie Ahearn.
Employing a cinema verite approach that can found in the finest documentaries and filmed with the raw authenticity of a zero-budget New York City indie flick, WILD STYLE, features legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones in the role of Zoro, and presents appearances and performances by such seminal artists of the day as Grandmaster Flash, Fab Five Freddy, Rock Steady Crew and Cold Crush Brothers. Thirty years later, WILD STYLE continues to reign as one of the most important artifacts in hip-hop culture.
Featuring a re-mastered edition of the film, Music Box Films will present a re-release of WILD STYLE at select theaters including: the IFC Center in NYC on September 27th; Portland (Hollywood Theatre, beginning 9/18); Seattle (SIFF Cinema beginning 9/19); Pittsburgh (Hollywood Theater, beginning 10/10); and Baltimore (Charles Theater, beginning 11/4).
Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release WILD STYLE: 30th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION on DVD and all Digital Platforms beginning October 1st (prebook Aug 27, 2013). The two-disc DVD setwill include a host of bonus features, special booklet and carry the suggested retail prices of $29.95.
More information on WILD STYLE: 30th ANNVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at http://www.musicboxfilms.com
World Premiere of The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky
A Short Documentary Film at the DC Independent Film Festival
MONDAY, MARCH 11TH, 6:30PM: Naval Heritage Center
Washington, DC, March 7, 2013 –The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky will screen at the DC Independent Film Festival on Monday, March 11th, 2013 at the Naval Heritage Center, followed by a Q&A and reception after the screening. The documentary short-film by director Gillian K. Willman, resurrects the incredible odyssey of Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky, a daring entrepreneur, athlete, and celebrated globetrotter, and introduces her, for the first time in 119 years, to American audiences. The evening is co-sponsored by Docs in Progress and the Washington Area Bicyclists Association.
In 1894, this 23-year old Jewish immigrant and mother of three changed the world for women by climbing aboard a 42-pound bicycle and setting off from the tenements of Boston to circle the globe. Annie’s journey was more than one of miles—she left in full skirts as a nineteenth century housewife and returned in bloomers as a celebrated (and controversial) heroine of a new era.
At the time, The New York World called her trip “the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman” and said it marked the birth of “the new woman”—independent, dynamic, and free. But for over a century, Annie’s extraordinary story has remained practically unknown, lost somewhere along the dusty corridors of women’s history. Until now. The film shows how, by sheer force of will and bravado, Annie achieved the impossible.
Historical reenactments, beautifully restored archival footage, newspaper accounts, and dozens of original animations bring Annie’s story to life. The documentary is based on Around the World on Two Wheels, a book by Peter Zheutlin, Annie’s great-grandnephew, who also features prominently in the film.
Director, Producer, Writer, Editor of “The New Woman: Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky
The New Woman is the directorial debut for Washington, DC filmmaker Gillian K. Willman and has been a seven-year long labor of love. In addition to producing this independent documentary, Gillian is also Producer / Writer at Cortina Productions, a multimedia production company, where she has written, directed, and produced video and interactive content for more than a dozen cultural institutions, including presentations in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Tolerance, the Capitol Visitor Center, the Sports Museum of
America, and the Lincoln Cottage Visitor Education Center.
Gillian has played a key role in the research and production of several long and short form documentary projects, including Peter Jennings Reporting: Guantanamo,Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report, and Discovery Education’s “The Science of Plants.” She is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Ben, daughter, Leila, and cats, Lucy and Oscar. She is originally from Saddle River, NJ.
ch of Estranged Father Becomes An Obsession in This Breathtaking Drama, The First Narrative Feature Film by a Female Filmmaker Shot in Guadeloupe
ELZA makes its U.S. theatrical premiere on Friday, November 30th at New York City’s new MIST Harlem Cinemas
“…beautiful, affecting performances, especially by the arresting [Stana] Roumillac as Elza and [Vincent Byrd] Le Sage as her father.”
–Vanessa Martinez, Indiewire.com
New York, NY (September 10, 2012) — Based on the real-life experiences of the filmmaker and the growing issue of African American and Caribbean children who are estranged from their fathers, writer/director Mariette Monpierre’s feature film debut ELZA is a tale of hope, family and acceptance. A new film from the Caribbean, ELZA presents a touching story about a young college graduate who returns to her hometown in Guadeloupe in search of a fleeting childhood memory and a father she barely remembers. Presented by Autonomous Entertainment, the film will make its U.S. theatrical premiere at New York’s new MIST Harlem Cinemas on Friday, November 30th and will run for at two weeks.
ELZA makes its U.S. premiere following acclaimed screenings at film festivals around the world, including the Pan African Film & Arts Festival, where it received Special Jury Recognition for Best First Feature, British Academy of Film & Television Arts/LA Festival Choice Award and the Programmer’s Award for Narrative Feature. ELZA also was nominated for Best Picture of the Diaspora at the African Movie Academy Awards in Lagos, and won Best Narrative Feature at the Roxbury International Film Festival.
Elza (Stana Roumillac), a beautiful young woman who lives in Paris with her mother (Mariette Monpierre), has reason to celebrate, as she’s just become the first in the family to earn a college degree. But on the eve of her great achievement, Elza realizes that she has never come to terms with her sense of identity, prompting her to return to her hometown in Guadeloupe to make contact with her long-lost father (Vincent Byrd Le Sage). Bringing passion and perseverance to her shocking discoveries on the sun-kissed Caribbean island, Elza discovers hard truths beneath the beauty and lushness of Guadeloupe’s gorgeous landscapes.
ELZA is inspired by director Mariette Monpierre’s personal story of searching for her biological father in her native Guadeloupe. With a reported 50% of African American and Caribbean children estranged from their fathers, the issue that Monpierre addresses is a real one. In many cases, these communities have a history of slavery, while in others the father simply neglects his responsibilities. As the story unfolds, the deep-rooted ELZA presents a breathtaking look at the troubling hardships that lay beneath the sun-kissed Caribbean island.
A wonderful and altogether fresh combination of coming-of-age family drama, and search for sense of self, ELZA is set to a soundtrack of sensual ballads and vibrant beats by such entrancing Caribbean artists as Victor O, Soft and neo-folk-soul performer Stévy Mahy.
Born in Guadeloupe and raised in Paris, Monpierre earned her Master’s degree in Media and Languages at the Sorbonne University and Smith College before taking up residence in New York City. After sharpening her skills as a producer at BBDO in New York where she produced commercials for Pepsi Cola, Visa, Pizza Hut, Gillette and FedEx, Monpierre won acclaim with her short film Rendez-vous at the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, which then went on to festival screenings around the world. ELZAis Monpierre’s first feature film.
ADVANCE SCREENERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW CONSIDERATION
ARTWORK AND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
INTERVIEWS WITH CAST AND CREW ARE AVAILABLE
ELZA – Synopsis
The first feature narrative film written, produced, directed and shot in Guadeloupe by a female filmmaker Bernadette, a single mother in Paris is thrilled when her eldest daughter, Elza, completes her master’s degree and is the first college graduate of the family. But Elza ruins her mothers’ happiness when she leaves Paris to return to Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers. This feature directorial debut offers an insider’s view of a lush island culture, capturing the passion and contradictions of this family in transition.
MIST Harlem (My Image Studios) is New York City’s long-anticipated new cultural entertainment center that’s poised to become a leading showcase for independent black and Latino cinema from around the world.Designed by A. Jay Hibbs of Hibbs Architects in Wappingers Falls, New York, MIST Harlem boasts 20,000 square feet with three state-of-the-art theaters-two with 92-seats each and a third with 164 seats to present film, music, live spoken word, and theater from African and Latino Diaspora. The new venue also features a 130-seat restaurant named Harvist, a lobby bar, as well as an outdoor bar and dining area. OTELO BURNING will be the first film to premiere at the venue andin conjunction with the film’s release, MIST Harlem will feature a series of South African cultural events including live performances, celebrity appearances, and South African food and wine. For more information on MIST Harlem, contact Taneshia Nash Laird at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autonomous Entertainment is headquartered in New York City with a comprehensive unit focusing on communication, strategic marketing and distribution consultation for independent media. The company’s mission is to present high quality film projects that are both entertaining and informative modules with integrated engagement campaigns.
ELZA will open at MIST Harlem located at 46 West 116th Street, New York, New York on Friday, NOVEMBER 30, while the premiere event will be held on November 29th, and will also be open to the public. http://www.myimagestudios.com/
ELZA Autonomous Entertainment
Official Website: www.ElzaTheMovie.com
Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Lebonheurdelza Official Twitter: @elzathemovie
Director: Mariette Monpierre Writers: Mama Keita, Mariette Monpierre Cast: Stana Roumillac, Vincent Byrd Le Sage, Chrisophe Cherki, Sophie Berger, Teddy Doloir, Mariette Monpierre; Eva Constant Running Time: 82 minutes
Sound Format: Stereo
Country: Guadeloupe / France
Language: French with English subtitles
LEGENDARY FRENCH COMPOSER, LYRICIST AND PROVOCATEUR SERGE GAINSBOURG IS CELEBRATED IN AWARD-WINNING BIO-PIC ABOUT HIS LIFE, LOVES & MUSIC
Available onBlu-ray, DVD, and VOD March 20, 2011
“Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a portrait of creativity from the inside…” – Los Angeles Times
“If only all bio-pics were this entertaining.” – New YorkDaily News
“Impassioned, sexy and charming.” -GQ
His music was visionary. His lovers were renowned. His life was extraordinary. And now, for the first time, the life, loves and music of France’s incomparable singer-songwriter and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg are celebrated in GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE, thestunning and sensational debut film by famed French comic book artist-turned-director Joann Sfar.
The Names of Love will be available on DVD, Video on Demand and Digital Download On October 18th by Music Box Films
Baya is a VERY eccentric girl who sleeps with “right-winged” politicians in order to get them to support her political causes. She takes the slogan “make love, not war” and runs with it……literally! She seems pretty ok with this…..that is until she meets Arthur Martin, a middle-aged scientist with tech saavy Jewish parents,whose at a crossroads in life.
Sparks fly between Baya and Arthur as they have deep conversation about everything from French politics, Jewish and Arabic stereotypes, and French culture.
The Names of Loves has been deemed “Wildly Funny’ by The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal raved “A sharp-witted sometimes surreal comedy”, while The Hollywood Reporter hailed, “A delightful, sexy, and often audacious crowd pleaser.”
Although I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies, The Names of Love had me laughing out loud and left me feeling that Sara Forestier deserved to win a Cesar Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Baya Benmahmoud. Sara Forestier and Jacques Gamblin play off each other well, and it shows all throughout the film.