Stu Smiley, co-founder of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival with Brian Murphy, is getting an exclusive production shingle with HBO to be called the Comedy Arts Studio.
Lot 47 Films has acquired North American rights to Michael Cuesta's Sundance entry, "L.I.E." Pic, Cuestra's first, is the story of a troubled Long Island teenager and his relationship with a gay…
For five days in Aspen, Colo., each February, to paraphrase Shakespeare, all the world's a stage. Comedians from across the country and beyond descend on this playground of the rich and famous, and…
When the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival's Film Discovery Program kicked off in 1999, it viewed comedies as the world's cinematic orphans, fighting for scraps on the crowded festival circuit. It was bad…
What did one political comic say to another about the George W. Bush presidency? "This may not be good for the country, but it's time for the country to take one for us comedians."
Rain may have dampened attendance but certainly not the spirits of national film commissioners and production officials fighting for their share of the locations pie at the Assn. of Film…
As the April 1 pre-strike production deadline nears, the A-list is taking the A-train from one gig to another.
The Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival gets its seventh go-round February 2-11, offering 22 features, 15 documentaries and 80 shorts at a half-dozen venues around the capital city.
"Akira," one of the earliest and most popular films in the Japanese anime film wave, is being restored in preparation for a theatrical re-release in the U.S. this spring.
Blow Up Pictures partners Joana Vicente and Jason Kliot have linked arms with the brothers Lipsky, inking a three-year output deal with Lot 47 Films, the Gotham distrib run by Jeff, Mark and Scott…
Backers of tax incentives to slow runaway production are planning to reintroduce such legislation during the current congressional session. Reps. Xavier Becerra and Howard Berman, both Los…