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ACE Eddies to Take Place at Academy Museum — Film News in Brief

ACE Eddies to Take Place at

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced today that the 72nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards, recognizing outstanding editing in film and television, will be held on Feb. 26, 2022.

The event will be held at the brand-new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. ACE is planning an in-person, black-tie affair adhering to all COVID safety protocols.

The 71st Annual ACE Eddie Awards took place in a virtual ceremony due to the pandemic. “We are so pleased to bring our ceremony to the newly minted Academy Museum and celebrate the incredible achievements in film and TV editing of the year in a one-of-a-kind environment that celebrates the history of cinema,” stated ACE president Kevin Tent, ACE. “We are looking forward to celebrating in person but will, of course, continue to watch the COVID situation very closely and adjust as needed.”

Three special honors will be handed out that evening including two Career Achievement recipients presented to film editors of outstanding merit and the Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to a filmmaker who exemplifies distinguished achievement in the art and business of film. Honorary award recipients will be announced later this year.

Tasveer Film Fund Triples Funding in Second Year

Tasveer announced its second year of the Tasveer Film Fund (TFF), which first launched in June 2020 to help bolster emerging South Asian filmmakers in the U.S.

With support from Netflix, Tasveer is expanding its program to support three filmmakers developing short film, documentary and LGBTQIA+ film projects, with triple the amount of funding it had last year. This collaboration is part of Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity, in which the company will invest $100 million over the next five years in a combination of external organizations that help underrepresented communities succeed in TV and film.

“In an effort to bring out-of-the-box, diverse South Asian story ideas to the forefront, we have tripled our grant from last year,” said Tasveer executive director Rita Meher. “We feel there is an urgency and the time is right. We want to show that the South Asian experience is not monolithic.”

Applications are open until Sept. 25.

The Gotham Announces Project Market Slate for 43rd Annual Gotham Week

The Gotham Film and Media Institute announced the slate for the Project Market at its 43rd annual Gotham Week, which will take place virtually from Sept. 19-24.

The Gotham Week Project Market is a series of artist and industry meetings designed to facilitate long-term relationships between filmmakers and distributors, financiers, production companies, festival programmers, agents and other collaborators. Highlights of this year’s slate include Sean Baker-produced narrative feature “The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed” and “Boycott,” a documentary by Julia Bacha. Past attendees have connected with the talent behind recently successful projects such as “Crip Camp,” “Nine Days,” “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” “Miss Juneteenth” and more.

Ebs Burnough Elected As Chair as Sundance Institute Board Of Trustees Announces Board Changes

Ebs Burnough will serve as the nonprofit’s next Chair, Board of Trustees, starting in October 2021, The Sundance Institute Board of Trustees  announced.

Burnough will succeed Pat Mitchell when her term as Chair expires in October 2021. She will continue on as a Trustee when Burnough assumes the role of Chair. Mitchell has been an actively engaged Trustee for 25 years, serving as Chair of the Development Committee, as Vice Chair and was elected Chair in 2014.

“Redford saw a need 40 years ago to create a space where artists could fail and try again; where new ideas and new voices could be nurtured and supported. That same need continues today, and the original lab programs he created continue year-round, supporting artists from around the world,” said Mitchell. “He went on to found the Sundance Film Festival, expanding the vision to create audiences for independent film. In a dynamic and ever-evolving ecosystem of storytelling, Sundance continues to uniquely serve a global community of film, theatre, and multidisciplinary artists and it has been my privilege to support Redford’s vision over the years.”

“We are grateful for Pat’s dedication to the Institute’s core mission over decades of service. Her leadership as Chair came at a critical period of transition and growth, which she helped navigate with a strong, steady hand,” said Robert Redford, the Institute’s President and Founder. “We thank Pat for her service and ongoing Trustee support and welcome Ebs to his new role as Board Chair. Ebs is committed not just to culture at large, but the evolving culture of our organization; he has shown a depth of understanding and commitment to the Institute.”

Burnough is currently Chair of the Institute’s Racial Equity and Justice Task Force and serves on both the governance and finance committees of the board. He has nearly two decades of strategic leadership in the arts, public policy, the private sector and politics and has been actively involved in the Institute since he joined the Board of Trustees. He is a filmmaker, writer, producer, visiting Oxford scholar, and marketing and communications executive.

“I could not be more honored to step into this role at this transformative and crucial time in our cultural landscape. I am immensely grateful for Pat’s tireless commitment and Bob’s incredible vision; and I pledge to continue to serve the Institute’s mission, as well as, advocate for conversations and actions across Sundance and the storytelling community at large to ensure all voices are heard,” said Burnough.

Sundance also announced today two new Vice Chairs of the Board: Sean Bailey and Gigi Pritzker, who will begin their roles in October 2021. Bailey was most recently the Chair of the 2021 Festival Task Force, is the Chair of the Board’s Marketing Committee and sits on the CEO Search Committee. Pritzker currently Chairs the Building Committee and sits on the Racial Equity and Justice Task Force and the CEO Search Committee.

Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees is also composed of the following industry leaders: Robert Redford, President & Founder; Ritesh Batra, Jason Blum, Kenneth Cole, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Pascal Desroches, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Fred Dust, Philipp Engelhorn, Caterina Fake, Robert J. Frankenberg, Donna Gruneich, Cindy Harrell Horn, Uzodinma Iweala, Amanda Kelso, Charles D. King, Lisa Kron, Lyn Davis Lear, Ann Lewnes, Wonya Lucas, William Plapinger, Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Amy Redford, Geoffrey K. Sands, Junaid Sarieddeen, Nadine Schiff-Rosen, and Lynette Wallworth.

‘The Night House’: Rebecca Hall Uncovers Chilling Secrets

Searchlight’s forthcoming summer thriller, “The Night House,” starring Rebecca Hall and directed by David Bruckner will be released Aug. 20.

Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep together—but then the dreams come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house call to her, beckoning with a ghostly allure. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, yearning for answers. What she finds are secrets both strange and terrible and a mystery she’s determined to resolve.

Sarah Goldberg (“Barry”), Evan Jonigkeit (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) also star. The film is produced by David S. Goyer (“The Tomorrow War”), Keith Levine and John Zois.

ARRAY Launches Haile Gerima Storytelling Masterclass

Ava DuVernay’s arts and social impact collective ARRAY announced “Liberated Territory: A Masterclass with Haile Gerima,” a five-day storytelling workshop taking place at the Array Creative Campus in Los Angeles this September.

Gerima is an Ethiopian filmmaker and Howard University professor best known for his Golden Bear-winning 1993 film “Sankofa,” and is also set to receive the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’s inaugural Vantage Award in September. The workshop is open to emerging and experienced artists in any discipline, not just film, who wish for “a deeper understanding of connecting their personal roots to narrative story development,” and will be split into three parts: “The Art and Craft of Screenplay,” “Cinematography” and “Film Directing.” This is the inaugural masterclass to be offered by ARRAY.

“Ava has always been a supporter of me and my work,” Gerima said via press release. “I come from a generation of filmmakers — independent filmmakers in the late 60s, early 70s — where making films about marginalized communities and people of color was not always accepted by mainstream audiences. It was important to Ava and Array that this next generation of filmmakers get an opportunity to see my past work and to understand it. This masterclass is structured based on my personal practice, not only writing my own screenplays but also directing and editing my own films. Most of all, it demonstrates how editing my own films shaped my ideas of holistic filmmaking.”

“Mr. Haile Gerima is the reason I was inspired to create my own film distribution company and he is, very simply, one of my heroes,” DuVernay added in the release. “He disrupted the system long before anyone was willing to take notice and continues to chart his own path. Launching the ARRAY Masterclass program with Mr. Gerima is a surreal once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait to watch him in action as he shares his filmmaking expertise with the next wave of disruptive filmmakers at our liberated territory, the ARRAY Creative Campus.”

Applications for the masterclass open from now until Aug. 9 at www.arraynow.com/masterclass.

Pillars Artist Fellowship Opens Applications for Emerging Muslim Directors and Screenwriters

The Pillars Artist Fellowship, a partnership between Pillars Fund, Riz Ahmed and Left Handed Films, is opening applications for emerging Muslim directors and screenwriters July 29 through Sept. 1.

The selected applicants will receive an unrestricted $25,000 grant and mentorship from the fellowship’s advisory board, made up of Muslim artists, including Ahmed, Mahershala Ali, Ramy Youssef, Lena Khan, Sana Amanat, Karim Amer, Rosa Attab, Nida Manzoor, Jehane Noujaim and Hasan Minhaj.

“The Pillars Artist Fellowship is not about creating ‘positive’ stories about Muslims. We developed this program to support Muslims who want to tell authentic and provocative stories, full of the mess, nuance and beauty that exists across the human experience,” said Arij Mikati, Pillars Fund managing director of culture change. “Muslim communities often face economic hardship — Muslims in the U.S. are the most likely faith community to live in poverty, and half of British Muslims live below the poverty line. Providing artists with the financial means to pursue their talents without worrying about paying the bills can be transformative.”

Redbox and Quiver Acquire North American Distribution Rights to ‘Bandit’

Redbox Entertainment and Quiver Distribution have nabbed the North American rights to “Bandit,” a true-crime thriller starring Josh Duhamel, Elisha Cuthbert, Nestor Carbonell and Mel Gibson.

Directed by Allan Ungar and written by Kraig Wenman, the film is based on Robert Knuckle’s best-selling novel “The Flying Bandit,” which follows the true story of Gilbert Galvan Jr. (Duhamel), who successfully got away with 63 bank and jewelry heists during his crime spree. When he escapes from a U.S. prison and changes his identity in Canada, he gets involved with gangster Tommy (Gibson), further complicating his life of crime.

“Bandit” is produced by Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman of Yale Productions, Eric Gozlan of Goldrush Entertainment and Ryan Donnell Smith of Thomasville Pictures.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with the teams at Redbox and Quiver on the release of ‘Bandit,’” Levine and Beckerman said. “We know this film will appeal to audiences around the country, and Redbox is the perfect partner to give everyone a chance to see it.”

Casting Society of America Announces New Board of Directors with Kim Williams as President

Casting Society of America announced a new board of directors for 2021 to 2022, with Kim Williams serving as president and Caroline Liem as vice president.

Williams is the fifth woman to hold the role as president and second woman of color in the organization’s history, with the first being Chemin Sylvia Bernard from 2006 to 2008. William’s presidency comes after a year of the creation of the Casting Executive Committee and the recent addition of commercial casting directors.

She has been the vice president of casting at Disney Television Studios since Oct. 19, where she oversaw casting for the Emmy-nominated “Genius: Aretha” for National Geographic and the recently completed pilot of Lee Daniels’ television adaptation of the critically acclaimed 1960s book and film, “The Spook Who Sat By The Door” for FX.

Liem’s past roles include casting studio features, independent films, television series and pilots for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney Studios, Sony, Warner Bros., among others.

Along with the addition of Williams and Liem are Jason Kennedy, Jessica Daniels, Elizabeth Berra, Felicia Joseph, Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick, Sunday Boling, Caitlin Jones, Zora DeHorter, Destiny Lilly, Claire Simon, Julie Tucker, Mike Page, Rachel Reiss, Stephanie Klapper, Victor Vazquez, Charley Medigovich, Erica Hart and Sujotta Pace.

The CSA board of directors has merged with the organization’s New York Board of Governors as one board of directors. The merging took place in response to the surge in membership over the last five years, from 600 members to 1,100 to serve the entire membership.