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Thurs. March. 18

‘P!NK Documentary ‘All I Know So Far’ Launching Worldwide on May 21′

A new documentary featuring superstar P!NK will be launched worldwide on May 21.  “P!NK: All I Know So Far,” will stream exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories.

The documentary follows performer and musician P!NK as she embarks on her record-breaking 2019 “Beautiful Trauma” world tour and welcomes audiences to join her chosen family while trying to balance being a mom, a wife, a boss and a performer. Mixing footage from the road, behind-the-scenes interviews and personal material, director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) gives audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of the circus that she calls life.

“P!NK: All I Know So Far” is produced by Michael Gracey and Isabella Parish in conjunction with Luminaries, Silent House and Lefty Paw Print.

Nichelle Protho Joins Loud Sis Productions As Senior Vice President of Development and Production

Nichelle Protho has been tapped as Senior Vice President of Development & Production at Dayna Lynne North’s Loud Sis Productions. She and North will work closely as part of the company’s commitment to producing content that amplifies the stories of Black women, women of color and marginalized voices.

This follows a 2-year overall deal North recently inked with Sony Pictures Television to create, develop, write, produce and supervise comedies and dramas across all platforms.

Protho said, “It’s an honor and a privilege to be embarking on this journey with the remarkable talent and human being that is Dayna Lynne North. I truly believe that I was destined to be here at this exact time to help realize the goals of Loud Sis by developing powerful & transformative content led by women of color, both in front of and behind the camera.”

North added, “When launching a production company, having an executive by your side who’s an experienced, savvy, outside-the-box thinker is essential. When that person is also a lifelong friend, it is a blessing beyond measure. I cannot imagine Loud Sis without Nichelle Protho. It’s a joy to be on this ride with her.”

Protho was previously at Sander/Moses Productions (“Ghost Whisperer”) where she worked as a Development Executive. Protho also oversaw production at early streaming and internet startup Urban Entertainment, where she developed & produced the John Ridley web series “Undercover Brother” that became the first internet to feature film adaptation in Hollywood.

North founded Loud Sis Productions in 2020 as a women-centered, social impact driven production company to create space and expand opportunities in television, film, digital and tech for creators of color. It was recently announced that North will write and executive produce the television adaptation of “The Best Man” together with executive producer Malcolm D. Lee, for Peacock.

 

Wed. March. 17

‘Tenet’ Arrives in L.A Movie Theaters

Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is finally coming to movie theaters in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area.

“Tenet” will be opening in numerous theaters throughout the L.A. market from Friday March. 19, including on IMAX® screens at such cinemas as AMC Universal CityWalk, where it can be seen in 70mm, AMC Burbank, AMC Century City, AMC Promenade Woodland Hills, AMC Santa Anita, AMC Del Amo Torrance and AMC Covina, and at Cinemark IMAX® Lancaster.

Written, directed and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “Dunkirk”), “Tenet” opened globally beginning in August 2020 and has grossed $364 million to date.

The film was shot using a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film, giving it the picture quality that makes it the optimum theater experience.

The film has two Oscar nominations including Best Visual Effects and Best Production Design.

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ and ‘The Bad Guys’ Get Release Dates

Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation’s has set release dates for two of its upcoming animated features. “The Bad Guys” will be released on Friday, April 15, 2022, and “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” will be released on Friday, September 23,

“The Bad Guys” follows five notorious bad guys—Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula—attempt their most challenging job yet…going good. Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as The Bad Guys.

Based on the bestselling Scholastic blockbuster book series by Aaron Blabey, which has more than 8.2 million copies in print worldwide, “The Bad Guys” is directed by Pierre Perifel (director, DWA award-winning short Bilby; animator, the Kung Fu Panda films), making his feature directing debut.

The film is produced by Damon Ross (co-producer, Nacho Libre) and Rebecca Huntley (co-producer Abominable, associate producer, The Boss Baby). The executive producers are Blabey, Etan Cohen and Patrick Hughes.

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” will be directed by Joel Crawford and produced by Mark Swift, the creative team behind DWA’s  “The Croods: A New Age,” which earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture-Animated.

Antonio Banderas will again voice the suave feline outlaw. This time, Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: He has burned through eight of his nine lives, leaving him with only one life left. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

Mon. March. 15

Nine Female Filmmakers Chosen For Future Directors of Studio Features Initiative

Nine female filmmakers have been selected to participate in the inaugural Future Directors of Studio Features Initiative.

Blackmagic Collective announced the initiative, which is designed to elevate and polish undiscovered and underrepresented female-identifying storytellers who are poised to make the transition to feature directing. The fellows – each with a strong body of work, distinctive style and clear voice – were professionally recommended and vetted.

As the anticipated new faces of feature film directing, fellows will meet with industry mentors, advisors and studio partners to prepare their portfolios, amplify their creative brand and learn how to navigate studio-level feature production.

Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”), who is a mentor for the program, shared “It’s so fun to be an FDSF advisor this year – not only to meet more and more women storytellers, but also to watch them thrive!”

“The women we’ve selected don’t need another mentorship program – they are skilled, working professionals,” explained Blackmagic Collective’s Executive Director Jenn Page. “They need someone to open the door and allow them an opportunity to put their skills into action. We’re hoping to facilitate that.”

Blackmagic Collective is non-profit that offers a robust schedule of events, training sessions and workshops, panels featuring expert content creators, networking and a film festival celebrating new short works.

The Future Director of Studio Features fellows are Alexandra Velasco,  an award-winning writer and director from Mexico City working in narrative films, branded content and music videos; Cate Carson, Ebony Blanding, Kylie Eaton, Natalie Simpkins, Olia Oparina, Robyn Paris, Susan Dynner (“Punk’s Not Dead”, “Brick”),  a band photographer turned award-winning director, producer, writer and Sundance Fellow and Tiffany Frances, a Taiwanese American writer and director.

Cinedigm Acquires North American Rights to ‘The Stairs’

Cinedigm announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to the horror film “The Stairs.”

Directed by Peter “Drago” Tiemann, “The Stairs” blends the sweeping natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with the stomach-churning gore of Hollywood in a modern-day monster movie. Tiemann co-wrote the screenplay with Jason L. Lowe, both men took on additional roles for the film; Tiemann Producing and Lowe working as an Executive Producer.

Other producers include Amanda Rae Jones, with additional Executive Producers Andrew Nevils, Christopher Hill & Amy Bovenkamp, John Kritsonis, Karl Lindor, Thomas Lowe, Wesley Barker and Scott Riefler.

“I am thrilled to finally be able to share ‘The Stairs’ with everyone,” said the first-time director Tiemann. “I fell in love with horror as a young boy, and soon found a way to turn my passion into a career. For this story, I wanted to give the cast, crew and audience a visceral experience, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

“’The Stairs’ truly delivers for horror fans looking for a movie with real scares, suspense and a terrifying conclusion,” said Melody Fowler, Vice-President of Acquisitions for Cinedigm. “Along with its satisfying story and well-developed characters, the film features superb stunts and inventive creature design and effects. All of these elements together elevate the film’s strong festival reception with genre fans further confirms that it is a must-see.”

This film is currently on the festival circuit and was just nominated for six awards at the HorrorHound Film Festival – Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best Special Effects Feature and Best Feature Film. Winners will be announced on March 21.

The deal was negotiated by Melody Fowler, Vice-President, Acquisitions, on behalf of Cinedigm, with Amanda Rae Jones and Peter “Drago”Tiemann, on behalf of Wandering Dragon Productions.