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‘Miss Juneteenth’ Getting Theatrical Re-Release To Celebrate Juneteenth Holiday — Film News in Brief

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Miss Juneteenth Getting Theatrical Re-Release To Celebrate Juneteenth Holiday

Vertical Entertainment announced that they will re-release “Miss Juneteenth” in theaters around the country for this year’s Juneteenth holiday from June 18-24, one year after its initial theatrical run.

The National Board of Review and Gotham Award-winning film follows a former beauty queen turned hardworking single mom who prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the Miss Juneteenth pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she made.

Written and directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples, “Miss Juneteenth” stars Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Akron Watson, Liz Mikel, Phyllis Cicero and Lori Hayes. Nate Kamiya and David Lowery served as executive producers on the film.

News of the special re-releases comes as President Joe Biden signed a bill on Thursday that made Juneteenth a federal holiday.

“Untitled Horror Movie” Rolls Out Globally, NFTs and All

Though Hollywood’s home state of California enjoyed its most lax pandemic restrictions since the dawn of coronavirus, we’re still getting quarantine-produced content. “Untitled Horror Film” launched globally this week. The innovative slasher stars Luke Baines, Claire Holt, Emmy-Raver Lampman, Darren Barnet, Katherine McNamara, Tim Granaderso, Kal Penn, and Aisha Tyler.

Directed via Zoom and shot on iPhones, it follows six actors whose hit TV show is on the brink of cancellation. The group decided to film their own horror movie, unintentionally summoning a spirit with an affinity for violence. The project launched a global premiere on the platform Maestro before hitting digital release on June 15. Additionally, producers teamed with NFT analytics leader CUB3 on a series NFTs — combining digital art and props from the movie. This includes work by Huxley, the emotional AI artist (Duran Duran’s “Invisible” video).

WIF(Women In Film, Los Angeles) To Host Inaugural #Voteforwomen TV Summit

WIF (Women In Film, Los Angeles) has announced their first-ever TV Summit gathering together the creative forces behind more than twenty of the television projects likely to be recognized with nominations at the 73rd Emmy® Awards.

The WIF’s #VoteForWomen campaign has been amplifying the women whose work behind the camera is deserving of consideration for our industry’s major awards. WIF will host conversations with women creatives working on television content spanning all genres and formats.

This series of programs will culminate on Wednesday, June 23 with WIF’s first-ever #VoteForWomen TV Summit, comprised of virtual panels offering audiences the opportunity to hear from women creatives behind different series in conversation with each other on topics about the art, craft, and business of television—and learn about the industry they are transforming—as well as two panels highlighting series brilliantly executed by Black creatives.

The events are free and will be available for all to view on WIF’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/wiflavideo beginning June 23 for Television Academy members to watch and consider the work of these talented women before nominations-round voting ends at 10:00 p.m. on June 28.

Registration and further information about WIF’s #VoteForWomen interviews throughout the month of June can be found at” wif.org/voteforwomen

Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman Discuss their Collaboration in Conversation at Nantucket Film Festival

The Nantucket Film Festival kicks off today and runs through June 28.

As part of the virtual fest, Katie Silberman and Olivia Wilde are the writing and directing team and friends behind “Booksmart” and the highly anticipated film, “Don’t Worry Darling.”

During the In Their Shoes…with Kate Silberman and Olivia Wilde conversation, the two discussed how they first met.

Wilde discussed her move from actress to director and how she wanted to create.

“It is a leap that’s tricky to make because you feel that there is a delineation between the sides of the camera,” she says of the jump.

She talked about her experience and the environment she wanted to create for her sets. “What we have to get rid of is the hero narrative of the idea of a director who is all-powerful, and everybody else who knows nothing. We have to get rid of the idea that actors are godlike deities.”

Tickets can be bought: https://nantucketfilmfestival.org/nff-now-at-home-films-conversations/2021/6/17/katie-silberman

 

Sean Penn’s ‘Flag Day’ Will Premiere on Aug. 13

United Artist Releasing announced that Sean Penn’s Cannes Film Festival feature “Flag Day,” which was recently nabbed by MGM, will get a limited theatrical release on Aug. 13.

Based on the memoir “Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life,” the film follows the upbringing of Jennifer Vogel (Dylan Penn) as she navigates a complicated relationship with her father, con man John Vogel (Sean Penn).

Directed by Sean Penn and written for the screen by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, “Flag Day” also stars Josh Brolin, Norbert Leo Butz, Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan, Bailey Noble, Hopper Jack Penn and Katheryn Winnick.

Maximilien Arvelaiz, Lawrence Kopeikin, Phyllis Laing, Devan Towers, Thorsten Schumacher, Vincent Maraval, Sidney Kimmel, Allen Liu, Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Vaishali Mistry and John Wildermuth executive produce with William Horberg, Jon Kilik and Fernando Sulichin.

FuseFX Names Julian Sarmiento As Global Director of Virtual Production and Real-Time

FuseFX has named Julian Sarmiento as its global director of virtual production and real-time.

Sarmiento’s appointment is part of FuseFX’s efforts to integrate virtual production and real-time services into the visual effects studio’s key service offerings, which provides services for television, film and commercials across the globe. This move will allow aspects of post-production to be brought forward to early planning, pre-production and final shots.

“FuseFX is building an exciting and cutting-edge department to empower creative visions while being able to deliver at the speed the market is moving,Sarmiento said in a statement. The possibilities when creating post-production quality content in the planning or exploratory phase in real-time is a game-changer. This will allow creators to elevate storytelling and creative development.”

Prior to joining the visual effects studio, Sarmiento was a VFX supervisor at Mirada Studios and an executive creative director at Digital Domain. He brings 20 years of combined experience in visual effects, location-based entertainment and virtual production to FuseFX. Sarmiento is known for pioneering technologies such as immersive/interactive media, virtual production, digital characters and live real-time performance.

“I am very enthusiastic to have Julian join our team to lead our efforts and further develop our virtual production and real-time capabilities across all our studios, CEO David Altenau said. Julian brings a wealth of experience and provides key leadership to take our virtual production offerings to the next level. We anticipate virtual production to continue to grow as a key component of what we offer to our clients.”

With this new department, FuseFX is positioning itself to be at the forefront of emerging technologies that will better serve its clients and empower creative storytelling.

Visual Data Media Services Taps Theo Gluck as Director of Library Restoration and Preservation

Visual Data Media Services has tapped industry veteran Theo Gluck as the director of library restoration and preservation.

In his new role, Gluck will focus on growing the company’s restoration business to meet the increasing global demand for diverse media. He is leaving his position at Walt Disney Studios as the director of library restoration and preservation, which he served for over 17 years.

“Theo’s knowledge and expertise in restoration and preservation are second to none,” Visual Data CEO John Trautman said in a statement. “As we continue to broaden and enhance our media supply chain capabilities, we will look to Theo, who has been instrumental in establishing the foundation for restoration, to help us engage with the industry and deliver on our mission to provide a truly customer-centric experience.”

Since 1995, the global media provider has provided some of the world’s best-known entertainment brands with digital media supply chain services, including restoration, remastering, content management, digitization, digital cinema mastering, dubbing, translation and localization. With the recent partnership with Endeavor Capitol, Visual Data has continually grown its operations through a series of strategic acquisitions and technology collaborations.

“There’s never been a better time to be in this business and Visual Data is at the forefront of thought leadership for content preservation and distribution,” Gluck said. “Audiences have so many distribution platforms and content viewing options to choose from. That opens the door to new creative possibilities for preserving, presenting and delivering the titles people want to see, and I’m looking forward to working with the team at Visual Data to drive innovation around audience demand for content.”