Entertainment SXSW Winners 'Beautiful Something Left Behind' and 'Finding Yingying' Nabbed by MTV Documentary Films (Exclusive)

21:10  08 october  2020
21:10  08 october  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

Andy Cohen Denies That Snooki Is Joining RHONJ — But Says 'It's Something to Keep Our Eyes Out for'

  Andy Cohen Denies That Snooki Is Joining RHONJ — But Says 'It's Something to Keep Our Eyes Out for' "Maybe a season 11 or 12 conversation," Andy Cohen said of Snooki possibly joining The Real Housewives of New Jersey — at least for now! Though Andy Cohen finally put the rumor to rest on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Thursday, he admitted to Kelly Ripa that the idea isn't too far-fetched. "First of all, we are already in production on next season of the show. So, the answer is: at no time soon would that happen," Cohen said of Polizzi, 32, being cast on the Bravo reality series. "That's a rumor that's popped up a few times over the years," Cohen continued.

Video: Inspirational drama 'Critical Thinking' marks a first for veteran actor John Leguizamo (FOX News)

a child looking at the camera: Beautiful Something Left Behind Finding Yingying MTV Documentary © TheWrap Beautiful Something Left Behind Finding Yingying MTV Documentary

MTV Documentary Films has acquired the rights to the documentary features "Beautiful Something Left Behind" and "Finding Yingying," both of which won prizes at this year's canceled South by Southwest Film Festival, MTV Studios announced Thursday.

MTV Is Bringing Back '16 and Pregnant' (Exclusive)

  MTV Is Bringing Back '16 and Pregnant' (Exclusive) MTV is bringing back "16 and Pregnant," which launched in 2009 but hasn't aired since 2014. What MTV is calling "a newly reimagined docuseries" will air a six-episode season beginning next month with all new moms and stories. The 2020 iteration – part of MTV's "16 and" franchise – will follow the unexpected pregnancy journey from multiple perspectives, not just from the young mother, according to MTV's description. Video confessionals from members of each family aim to allow the series to more substantively explore the lives of those impacted by the experience. Readers can watch a promo via the video above.

MTV will give both films a full awards campaign and will qualify them for the Academy Awards this season after nabbing an Oscar nomination for its short film "St. Louis Superman" and winning acclaim and prizes for the film "Gay Chorus Deep South."

MTV Documentary Films also acquired tw0 short films, including the Tribeca Documentary Short winner "My Father The Mover" and "A Life Too Short."

All four films round out the MTV Documentary Films lineup focused on social, political and cultural topics affecting young people today. The label re-launched last year under the direction of executive producer Sheila Nevins.

Emmy Awards 2020: 10 Best and Worst Moments, From Essential Workers to Kimmel's Faux Crowd (Photos)

  Emmy Awards 2020: 10 Best and Worst Moments, From Essential Workers to Kimmel's Faux Crowd (Photos) With the 2020 Emmy Awards in the can, here are some of the highs and lows of this year's virtual awards show. Worst: Jimmy Kimmel's Opening Monologue in Front of (obviously) Pre-Taped Crowd. We didn't need Kimmel to pull the bait-and-switch with his opening monologue at the end to know that the "crowd" wasn't actually there. Best: 'Schitt's Creek' Parties it up in Canada. While most winners accepted their awards at home in front of family, the cast of the Pop TV series (sans Annie Murphy) gathered together up in Canada, where they have a much better handle on the pandemic.

"Beautiful Something Left Behind," formerly titled "An Elephant in the Room," won the SXSW Grand Jury Documentary prize at this year's SXSW. It's directed by Katrine Philp and goes inside an organization called Good Grief, which allows a space for children who are grieving after the loss of a parent or sibling to play and let out their emotions on the road to recovery. The film closely follows six children who have all lost someone special and sees them acting with puppets, unleashing their emotions in the "volcano room" or saying goodbye to teddy bear patients in a hospital bed.

"Finding Yingying" won the SXSW Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Voice, as well as Best Documentary Feature at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, and follows a Chinese family unraveling the mystery of their daughter's disappearance from a college in America. The film's director, Jiayan Shi, was just chosen as one of Sundance Institute's Women at Sundance and Adobe Fellowship recipients, which supports women artists creating bold new work in film and media.

Going For the Mirror Ball Trophy: Here's Who Is Still in the Competition on DWTS

  Going For the Mirror Ball Trophy: Here's Who Is Still in the Competition on DWTS Dancing With the Stars season 29 is in full swing!

"My Father The Mover" is directed by Julia Jansch and looks at how the South African electronic music genre Gqom has helped the township of Khayelitsha to motivate its youth through hardship. The film won Best Documentary Short Film at the postponed Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Finally, "A Life Too Short" is directed by Safyah Usmani and Saad Zuberi and is the story of an honor killing of activist Qandeel Baloch, who died at 26 years old when her brother smothered her to death for her open exclamations of women's equality and sexuality through her sensational social media presence. The film is produced by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a two-time Oscar winner and three-time Emmy winner.

"Culling the magnificent film festivals with their extraordinary choices of documentary offerings, it is a gift to acquire films with heart and soul, insight and vision," Nevins said in a statement.

Sales were negotiated by Submarine Entertainment on behalf of "Beautiful Something Left Behind," and Submarine Entertainment and CAA Media Finance on behalf of "Finding Yingying." Attorney Kenneth Weinrib negotiated sales on behalf of "My Father The Mover" and Obaid-Chinoy negotiated directly on behalf of her short.

“Historic Highs” For Female Directors, Writers & Producers Of Indie Films, Study Finds .
Female independent filmmakers made historic gains in 2019-20, according to a report released today by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The report, titled Indie Women, cites more than a dozen categories in which women attained “recent historic highs” as directors, writers, producers, editors and cinematographers of indie feature films and documentaries. “We have now seen gains over the last two consecutive years for women working as directors, writers, and producers in independent film,” Lauzen said.

usr: 0
This is interesting!