Entertainment Inside Out, Nantucket Film Festival Lineups Set; ‘The Wedding Pact 2’ A Go; Freestyle Digital Media Hire; ‘Songs For A Sloth’ Deal – Film Briefs

04:30  08 may  2021
04:30  08 may  2021 Source:   deadline.com

Sundance Hit Docu ‘Playing With Sharks’ To Open KCET-PBS So Cal-Link TV Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

  Sundance Hit Docu ‘Playing With Sharks’ To Open KCET-PBS So Cal-Link TV Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival The third annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival, and the first to take place virtually in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, kicks off tonight and runs through April 23 via Southern California’s flagship PBS stations PBS SoCal and KCET along with national independent satellite network Link TV. The opening-night film is the West Coast premiere of Playing With Sharks, the extraordinary life story of pioneering scuba diver Valerie Taylor, who has dedicated her life to exposing  the myth surrounding the fear of sharks. The film documents her quest as well as history including her work on several films including 1975’s iconic Jaws.

It’s possible: In-person film festivals are making a comeback — for the most part. Two major Bay State festivals open this June with more than 130 feature films and shorts on the docket. After last summer’s all-virtual festivities, the Provincetown and Nantucket film festivals debuted their 2021 lineups this week — each with a host of in-person options. The slightly smaller Nantucket Film Festival promises 25 features, 32 shorts, and a comparable list of celebrity appearances. As an expanded 12-day festival , the Nantucket event offers an at-home, drive-in, and garden series from June 17-28.

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The 31st Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival this week unveiled its full lineup for its virtual edition, which will run May 27-June 6. A total of 143 films including 33 features and five episodic series will unspool, according to new executive director Lauren Howes and director of programming Andrew Murphy. A total of 70% of this year’s selected films are by women/trans/non-binary directors

Natalie Morales’ directorial debut Language Lessons, which won the audience award at this year’s SXSW, will open the festival, with the Charli XCX documentary Alone Together set to close. Highlights of the slate include Sundance winner Ma Belle, My Beauty, Wes Hurley’s Potato Dreams of America and Mari Walker’s See You Then, along with the world premiere of Shelley Thompsons’ trans family drama Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor. Docs include the Zachary Quinto-narrated Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story and Drag Invasion, about an LGBTQ community in Peru who find empowerment in watching episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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The Nantucket Film Festival is committed to presenting our event during the summer of 2021 and hopes to be able to host an in-person festival . Categories are Feature Screenplay, Short Screenplay, Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition, Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) Competition. Feature Screenplay Competition / Screenwriters Colony Residency: In addition to a $ 2 ,000 cash prize, the Feature Screenplay Competition winner is invited to participate in a month-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in October through our sister organization, Screenwriters Colony.

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Other events include the annual “Pitch, Please!” short-film pitch competition June 5 and the fifth edition of Inside Out’s International Financing Forum.

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The Nantucket Film Festival, which will run its hybrid edition from June 17-28 this year, will open with Questlove’s documentary Summer of Soul, Searchlight’s documentary about about 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival that will bow in theaters later this year and on Hulu.

Watch April and Jackson Come Face-to-Face on ‘Grey’s Anatomy' After 3 Years

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Inside Out is a 2015 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

The fest, which is expanding from six to 12 days this year, said its centerpiece film will be Sally Aitken’s National Geographic Films doc Playing With Sharks, about about marine maverick, cinematographer and conservationist Valerie Taylor. It will close with the Sundance hit CODA, by Siân Heder, from Apple Original Films.

Organizer said ore than 50 feature and short films, as well as conversations with Ethan Hawke, Alice Hoffman, Mark Duplass and more, will be available online via NFF Now: At Home. NFF at the Drive-In will offer eight screenings at the Dreamland Drive-In. The fest will also host 11 open-air events at private residences across Nantucket through the NFF Garden Series, with special guests including Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, Kelsey Grammer, Lesley Stahl, Chris Matthews, Elin Hilderbrand, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Blue Balliet, Michael Ian Black, Ophira Eisenberg, and Colin and Nick Barnicle.

Helen Mirren Is Seen Shooting Her New Film in Prague, Plus Eugene Levy, Awkwafina and More

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Promo for Nantucket Film Festival —Comedy Roundtable that featured Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock and hosted by Bill Hader.

Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama Disney/Pixar film which was released on June 19, 2015 as Pixar's 15th feature-length animated film . In keeping with Pixar tradition, a short film called Lava accompanied the movie.

Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino will receive the fest’s annual Excellence in Television Writing Award for their work on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, while Grammer will be presented with the Compass Rose Award for Career Achievement.

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The Wedding Pact 2 (The Baby Pact), a sequel to the 2014 film The Wedding Pact is now underway in Los Angeles and Orange County, with Haylie Duff returning to star alongside Leslie Easterbrook, Scott Michael Campbell, Eric Scott Woods and Kelly Perine. Matt Berman, who wrote and directed the original film, is helming from his script.

Wedding Pact 2 picks up three years after Elizabeth (Duff) and Mitch got married at the end of first pic. After the sudden death of her husband, newly pregnant Elizabeth starts a new life back in her hometown. Soon her mother in-law arrives seeking custody of her baby believing it’s what her son wanted. Heather McComb, Quinton Aaron, Chase Masterson, Gail O’Grady, Connor Trinneer, Kevin Farley and Richard Riehle also star.

Damian King and Jack Serino are producers, and Michael Gouloff is executive producer of the Fantasy Forge Films production. SFO Entertainment reps the film domestically and Blairwood Entertainment has international rights.

NENT Sets Icelandic Crime Drama; Tony Todd Sci-Fi Gets Domestic Deal; Venice Fest Ceremonies Host; 200,000 Free UK Cinema Tickets — Global Briefs

  NENT Sets Icelandic Crime Drama; Tony Todd Sci-Fi Gets Domestic Deal; Venice Fest Ceremonies Host; 200,000 Free UK Cinema Tickets — Global Briefs NENT Orders Icelandic Crime Drama Nordic streamer Nordic Entertainment Group has ordered psychological crime drama Sisterhood. The six-episode series stars Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir (The Midnight Sky), Jóhanna Friðrika Sæmundsdóttir (Happily Never After) and Eddan Award winners Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir (Trapped) and Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir (Woman at War). The drama will premiere on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service in 2022. The series will ask who was really responsible for a young girl’s disappearance in Iceland 25 years ago.


Chris Gray has been hired as Director of Acquisitions at Freestyle Digital Media, the digital distribution unit of Byron Allen’s feature film distributor Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures. He will report to Chris Charalambous, Head of Acquisitions for Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures and Freestyle Digital Media.

Gray, most recently Director of Programming and Acquisitions at Crackle Plus, will now oversee theatrical and direct-to-VOD acquisitions for Freestyle as well as oversee the company’s festival and market coverage program.

Before Crackle Plus, Gray worked at Lakeshore Entertainment and started his career as an assistant at Paradigm.

“Chris Gray is an excellent addition to our growing Freestyle Digital Media division,” said Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Allen Media Group. “Chris will continue Freestyle Digital Media’s aggressive pursuit of the best content for our global distribution platforms and partnerships.”


Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Bradley Hasse’s live-action comedy drama Songs for a Sloth. The pic starring Guiding Light‘s Richard Hollman, Brian McCarthy, Ava Eisenson, Arian Moayed and the voice of Jack McBrayer will be released on demand June 15.

The plot follows Maxwell Grant (Hollman), who is on the edge of a nervous breakdown when he discovers he’s inherited a sloth sanctuary from his late father. When a talking sloth (voice of McBrayer) visits his dreams, Maxwell becomes obsessed with saving the animal’s habitat in his waking life by returning to his first passion, music.

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Hesse, a veteran commercial and music video director, is making his feature directorial debut. He co-wrote the pic with Hollman. Producers are Grayson Ross, Joe Labbadia, Hollman and Hasse through Pudding Boy Productions and Port 33 Studios.

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