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WATCHERS OF THE SKY examines the life and legacy of human rights pioneer Raphael Lemkin

WATCHERS OF THE SKY

 

A PASSIONATE DOCUMENTARY ILLUMINATING THE POWERS OF GLOBAL ACTIVISM AND LOBBYING EFFORTS TO END TO GENOCIDE

 

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We Are The Giant, an insightful portrait of six young activists determined to crush popular uprisings

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We Are The Giant

  A REMARKABLE CHRONICLE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ARAB SPRING AND THE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE AT ITS HEART WHO STRUGGLED FOR JUSTICE AND FREEDOM …BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

 Coming to VOD on February 10, 2015

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THE GREEN PRINCE, a documentary based on best-selling novel Son of Hamas

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The Green Prince

 

THE HARROWING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE SON OF A PALESTINIAN HAMAS LEADER WHO WAS RECRUITED AS A SPY FOR ISRAEL, AND THE ISRAELI AGENT WHO RISKED IT ALL TO PROTECT HIM

 

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Acclaimed International Filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA Presents Hauntingly Beautiful Tale

 

 Music Box Films Home Entertainment Presents:

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 IDA

A film by Pawel Pawlikowski

A YOUNG WOMAN EMBARKS ON A LIFE-ALTERING JOURNEY AFTER MAKING A SHOCKING DISCOVERY ABOUT HER FAMILY’S PAST IN THIS HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL TALE FROM PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI

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Mads Mikkelsen Stars in Medieval Saga AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS

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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

 

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR MADS MIKKELSEN STARS AS A WRONGED MERCHANT ON A QUEST FOR JUSTICE IN EPIC HISTORICAL DRAMA SET IN 16TH CENTURY FRANCE

 

Coming to Theaters and VOD on May 30, 2014

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Dree Hemingway Dazzles in Award Winning Film STARLET

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Starlet

ELECTRIFYING NEWCOMER DREE HEMINGWAY DAZZLES AS AN ASPRIRING ACTRESS LIVING IN CALIFORNIA’S SAN FERNANDO VALLEY IN THIS ACCLAIMED NEW DRAMA

  

Available on DVD and VOD Beginning May 7, 2013

 
CRITICS' PICK:  “A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie.”
– Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
 “This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific.”
 –Ben Sachs, CHICAGO READER
 
“One of the year's most arresting, heartfelt indies.”
– Robert Abele, LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

 

Chicago, IL (January 09, 2013) – An unlikely cross-generational friendship develops between a young aspiring actress and an elderly woman when their two worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley in STARLET, the astute and emotional drama directed and co-written by Sean Baker and starring Dree Hemingway, one of the screen’s most exciting new talents in her breakthrough performance.

Ms. Hemingway (great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel) stars as Jane, a sweet-smiling, blond-tressed 21-year-old looking to become an actress, who generally spends most of her time hanging around, getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, and taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Drifting and driving contentedly around the sun-dappled San Fernando Valley, Jane one day finds a pile of cash stashed inside an old thermos she’s purchased at a yard sale held by the elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson). After treating herself to a manicure and Starlet to a sparkly new halter, Jane returns to the house where she bought the thermos and, prompted by a growing sense of morality and guilt, begins a tentative friendship with Sadie, a sad woman who seems to be as isolated as Jane. Secrets emerge as Jane and Sadie’s relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.

 

Jane (Dree Hemingway) and Arash (Karren Karagulian) in STARLET. Courtesy of Music Box Films

Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release STARLET on DVD and VOD for the first time on May 7, 2013  following its theatrical rollout to theaters in the U.S.’s top 25 markets in 2012 and 2013. The STARLET DVD will include a host of bonus features and carry the suggested retail price of $29.95.

The winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and the Fipresci Critics' Award at the 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival, STARLET recently garnered a nomination for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, and was selected to receive the Independent Spirit’s Robert Altman Award. For her starring role, Dree Hemingway picked up the Breakthrough Performer prize at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival, while Variety Magazine named her an “Actor To Watch” in 2012. Additionally, director/co-scripter Sean Baker was nominated for a Golden Leopard Award at the 2012 Locarno International Film Festival.

At Rotten Tomatoes, STARLET holds an outstanding rating of 92%, based on 38 published reviews, with Sean Baker receiving much praise for continuing the naturalistic directing style that he was touted for in his earlier films, the Independent Spirit Award-nominated Prince of Broadway and Take Out. Dree Hemingway, in particular, is being universally lauded for her star-making turn in STARLET as the beautiful young wannabe actress whose fateful encounter with a saddened, elderly woman sparks a moral awakening and her first tenuous step

s into true adulthood.

“Ms. Hemingway gives Jane an offbeat charm that steers STARLET away from sentimentality, and a generosity that is of a piece with its gentle humanist vision” said Dennis Lim of THE NEW YORK TIMES, while the LOS ANGELES TIMES’ Mark Olsen declares that “Dree Hemingway gives a performance of flaky charm, and tender sensitivity.”

STARLET is at once provocative, haunting, unpredictable, and surprisingly sweet…and it demands to be seen! More information on STARLET can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at http://www.musicboxfilms.com/starlet-movies-44.php.

STARLET— Synopsis:

An unlikely friendship develops between 21-year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson) after their worlds collide one sunny day in California's San Fernando Valley. The two women are very different people—with Jane spending most of her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her Chihuahua Starlet, and Sadie passing her days alone, tending to her garden. After a confrontation between the women at Sadie's yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie's past. Her curiosity piqued, Jane tries to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her seeming dilemma. Secrets emerge as Jane and Sadie’s relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.

About Music Box Films:

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theatres, on DVD/Blu-ray and via Video-on-Demand. Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One was the most popular foreign-language film of 2008. in 2010, the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy of international mega-sellers dominated the foreign-language film market. The first in the series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was one the most popular international releases of the decade, earning more than $10 million at the U.S. box office. Additionally, Music Box’s recent US release of Monsieur Lazhar earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Music Box Films is rapidly expanding into English-language programming, having acquired and released Terence Davies’ period romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation, which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.

Starlet
Music Box Films Home Entertainment
STREET DATE:  May 7, 2013
SRP:   $ 29.95  DVD
Director:  Sean Baker
Cast: Starring Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian
Running Time: 103 minutes
Format:        Widescreen 2.35:1
Sound Format:  Dolby Digital
Rating:                      NR
Country:      U.S.
Language:    English

Bonus Features

  • Behind the Scenes featurette
  • Cast auditions
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • English captions

 


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Kevin Macdonald’s Youtube-Generated Film Captures LIFE IN A DAY

Presented by Virgil Films & Entertainment and National Geographic Entertainment

Executive

Produced by Ridley Scott and Directed by Oscar®-Winning

Director Kevin Macdonald

YouTube-Generated Film Captures Life

Around the World in One Day

LIFE IN A DAY

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Delivery

November 8

“…engrossing and visually remarkable…” – CNN.com

“Provocative, gorgeous…deeply moving” – Wired

“Masterful…Life affirming, uplifting” – The Independent

“***** A thrilling piece of cinema” – The Times

New York, NY (October 25, 2011) – From the creative minds of Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker/producer Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise) and Academy Award®-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) comes LIFE IN A DAY, the groundbreaking, user-generated, feature-length documentary film shot on a single day by people from all over the world. Through the Scott Free UK Banner, Scott and Macdonald asked people around the globe, via YouTube, to capture their lives over the course of one day, July 24, 2010. More than 80,000 videos from 192 countries were submitted, totaling more than 4,500 hours of footage. LIFE IN A DAY presents the most compelling footage from around the globe in a feature-length motion picture.

Virgil Films & Entertainment has teamed up with National Geographic Entertainment to present the DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Streaming and On-Demand premiere of LIFE IN A DAY on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, with special bonus features, for a suggested retail price of $19.99 (DVD) and $29.99 (Blu-ray).

LIFE IN A DAY is one of the most honest documentaries I’ve seen in a long time,” says Joe Amodei, President of Virgil Films & Entertainment. “This film is a beautiful representation of life on Earth today, and we are excited to add Kevin Macdonald’s film to the Virgil Films catalog.”

The film, described by CNN.com as “a rousing success of an experiment,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, with Macdonald, editor Joe Walker and invited contributors in attendance for a unique one-time-only YouTube live-streaming event broadcast in conjunction with the premiere. Through a partnership with National Geographic and YouTube, LIFE IN A DAY also enjoyed a limited theatrical release and has generated more than 40 million YouTube channel views to date.

Bonus features on the disc include interviews with Joe Walker and Kevin Macdonald, director commentary, editor commentary and footage from unused submissions.

Synopsis – LIFE IN A DAY

Oscar®-winning film director Kevin Macdonald’s LIFE IN A DAY was born out of a unique partnership between Ridley Scott’s Scott Free UK and YouTube. The film is a user-generated, feature-length documentary shot on a single day – July 24, 2010. Enlisted to capture a moment of the day on camera, the global community responded by submitting more than 80,000 videos to YouTube. The videos contained over 4,500 hours of deeply personal, powerful moments shot by contributors from Australia to Zambia, and from the heart of bustling major cities to some of the most remote places on Earth. LIFE IN A DAY brings together the most compelling footage from YouTube to create a 90-minute film crafted by Macdonald, executive producer Ridley Scott, producer Liza Marshall and their teams. The film offers a unique experience that shows – with beauty, humor and joyful honesty – what it’s like to be alive on Earth today.

VIRGIL FILMS & ENTERTAINMENT

Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the documentary My Run; the Sci-fi thriller Lunopolis; The Wildest Dream, narrated by Liam Neeson; the hit film Forks Over Knives; Michael Imperioli’s directorial debut The Hungry Ghosts; and National Geographic’s Oscar®-nominated documentary Restrepo. For more information, please visit: www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENTERTAINMENT

National Geographic Entertainment (NGE) is part of National Geographic Global Media and combines into a single operating group National Geographic Films (NGF), National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV), Kids Entertainment and Music & Radio. Over the last decade, NGE units have produced or released a number of successful films in both traditional, digital and giant screen theaters, including the Oscar-winning film March of the Penguins, Oscar®-nominated documentaries Restrepo and The Story of the Weeping Camel; giant-screen films Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, U2 3D and Mysteries of Egypt; and traditional feature-length films The First Grader, The Last Lions, The Way Back and Amreeka. Daniel Battsek is president of NGF, Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV and Mark Katz is president of NGCV Distribution.

LIFE IN A DAY
Virgil Films & Entertainment/National Geographic Entertainment
Street Date: November 8, 2011
SRP: $19.99 DVD
$29.99 Blu-ray
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary
Type: DVD premiere
Format: Widescreen 16:9
Run Time: 95 min

Bonus Features:

  • Footage from Unused Submissions
  • Interviews with Joe Walker and Kevin Macdonald
  • Director Commentary
  • Editor Commentary

Watch the Trailer here:

OSS 117: LOST IN RIO

Music Box Films Home Entertainment Announces

COOL, CUNNING AND STILL COMPLETELY CLUELESS
SECRET AGENT OSS 117 RETURNS IN
OSS 117: LOST IN RIO

Available on DVD August 31st

“4 Stars! Possibly the 2nd funniest spy spoof ever!”
— BoxOffice.com

“If you are a fan of inspired silliness, you won’t want to miss OSS 117: Lost in Rio!”
— Vogue

“I don’t know that we actually need Agent OSS 117, but the
world is a slightly better place with him around.”
— Los Angeles Times

Chicago, IL (June 10, 2010) – He’s James Bond, Inspector Clouseau and Matt Helm all rolled into one…and he’s back to save the Free World one more time! We can only be talking about the womanizing, ethnically insensitive and wholly imbecilic French secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, otherwise known as OSS 117. Cool, cunning and clever-or so he thinks!–and still completely clueless, the Pride of the French Secret Service returns in OSS 117: Lost in Rio. Following its 2010 national theatrical release in the U.S.’s top 25 markets, Music Box Films presents the DVD premiere of OSS 117: Lost in Rio, boasting impressive bonus features, on August 31st for the suggested retail price of $29.95.

Written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, OSS 117: Lost in Rio is the much-demanded sequel to the 2006 satirical spy spoof OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, which was a smash in its native France and a major cult hit in the U.S. OSS 117: Lost in Rio, once again stars French comedy sensation Jean Dujardin as the ever-absurd Agent OSS 117. In his latest outing, it’s 1967 and OSS 117’s mission finds him partnering with a sexy Israeli Mossad agent (Louise Monot) and traveling to swinging to Rio de Janeiro to track down a roll of elusive microfilm and capture a high-ranking Nazi officer (Rüdiger Vogler) who has gone into exile in Brazil.

OSS 117: Lost in Rio is a jubilantly designed and stylized love letter to a long-gone movie genre: the Sixties spy thriller. Embellished with such delicious Sixties-era flourishes as colorful jet-set locales, split-screen cinematography, a Bossa Nova-flavored retro score and state-of-the-decade fashions-not to mention a bunch of insanely overwrought gunfights and chase scenes and a healthy dollop of cleavage. It’s a movie that happily presents to audiences a ridiculously politically incorrect “hero” who could give Maxwell Smart and Austin Powers a run for their secret decoder rings!

Described as “a very funny French comedy of a variety that usually doesn’t make its way here” by the San Francisco Chronicle, proclaimed “larky, snarky fun” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and lauded as “naughty, silly, and wildly non-PC!” by The Guardian (UK), OSS 117: Lost in Rio is an exuberant, knowing and hysterical parody that demands to be seen.

Special features on the disc includes: a making-of featurette, blooper reel, and deleted scenes.

More information can be found on the film’s website at Music Box Films


Oss 117: Lost in Rio – Synopsis:
Twelve years after his Egyptian excursion in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, French operative Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, otherwise known as Agent 117 (Jean Dujardin) returns for a new mission on the other end of the world. Sent to steamy Rio de Janeiro by his government to track down a roll of microfilm that contains a list of World War II French collaborators, France’s most famous secret agent must team up with sexy Israeli Mossad agent (Louise Monot) who’s determined to capture a high-ranking Nazi officer (Rüdiger Vogler) who has gone into exile in Brazil. The pair embarks on a death-defying adventure that takes them from the luxurious Amazonian rain forest to a bikini-filled Brazilian luxury hotel to a secret underground grotto to a climax atop Rio’s famed Corcovado Christ statue. And it’s all up to Agent 117, armed and abetted with his Sixties-styled chauvinism, ethnic insensitivity, wanton womanizing and overall cluelessness, to save the Free World from others who may very well be even more foolish than he is!

About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films serves the viewing interests of sophisticated US movie audiences in select cinemas nationwide, on DVD and Blu-ray, on cable TV and on emerging VOD delivery formats. With a focus on foreign-language cinema, Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s TELL NO ONE was the most popular foreign-language DVD of 2009, while The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the most highly anticipated DVD release of 2010. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by Southport Music Box Corporation, which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.

OSS 117: LOST IN RIO
Music Box Films Home Entertainment
STREET DATE: August 31, 2010
SRP: $29.95
Cast: Jean Dujardin (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies), Louise Monot (MR 73, The Wedding Cake), Rüdiger Vogler (Effi Briest), Alex Lutz, Reem Kherici
Running Time: 97 minutes
Format: Widescreen 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen
Sound Format: Dolby Digital
Rating: Not Rated
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles

BONUS FEATURES:
• Making of Featurette
• Blooper Reel
• Deleted Scenes

Media Contact:
Margarita Sophia Cortes, MSOPHIA PR
Margarita@msophiapr.com