Sundance Institute to Present New “Sundance Kids” Section in Collaboration with Utah Film Center at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

NEW YOUTH-ORIENTED CATEGORY WILL FEATURE ONE WORLD PREMIERE AND ONE U.S. PREMIERE

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The Sundance Institute (www.sundance.org) has announced today a new section for younger audiences called “Sundance Kids” for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (www.sundance.org/festival). Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Little Miss Sunshine, An Education, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, The Cove, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier Initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®.

Programmed in partnership with the Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds Program, the inaugural “Sundance Kids” section features the World Premiere of the English-language version of the acclaimed Ernest and Celestine (Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar) and the U.S. Premiere of Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (Director: Oskar Santos), and will be part of the 2014 Festival, running from January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Ernest and Celestine / France, Belgium, Luxembourg (Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Screenwriter: Daniel Pennac) – Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer. When she nearly ends up as breakfast for a bear named Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond that is quickly challenged by their respective communities.  Cast: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally. Recommended for ages 5+.

Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang director Oskar Santos (photo credit - Jose Haro)

Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang director Oskar Santos (photo credit – Jose Haro)

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang / Spain (Director: Oskar Santos, Screenwriters: Francisco Roncal, Jorge Lara, Oskar Santos) – Zip and Zap are punished by being sent to a re-education center. Guided by intelligence, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives. Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Daniel Cerezo, Raúl Rivas, Claudia Vega, Marcos Ruiz, Fran García. Recommended for ages 9+.

The Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals. Emphasizing social content and artistic excellence, they present the best documentary, independent, and dramatic cinema year-round and collaborate with various educational and community organizations to promote a diversity of ideas, to provide forums for underrepresented groups, and to develop new audiences for film. Movie screenings take place in Salt Lake City, Kamas, Lehi (coming soon), Logan, Moab, Ogden, Orem, Park City, and more coming soon.

The 2014 Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth runs March, 14-16 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and the City Library in Salt Lake City.  The Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds program is generously sponsored by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, George S. and Delores Doré Eccles Foundation, Art Works for Kids and Zions Bank.  The annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival is the only film festival in the Intermountain West that presents films specifically for children and youth.

The addition of Sundance Kids allows us to engage younger audiences around the power of independent film,” said Trevor Groth, Director of Programming. “We are excited to collaborate with Tumbleweeds and The Utah Film Center in presenting Sundance Kids.”

This unique collaboration between the Utah Film Center and Sundance Institute is a great opportunity to elevate the profile of international and independent films for kids,” said Patrick Hubley, Artistic Director of the Utah Film Center and Founder of Tumbleweeds. “We launched our Tumbleweeds programming four years ago with the goal of fostering the next generation of filmmakers and film fans, and we hope this programming will inspire the creativity and imaginations of young film-goers not only in Utah but across the country.”

Visit www.sundance.org/festival for more information about screening dates, times and locations.

Delta Faucet Company Shares 2014 Kitchen Design Outlook

Industrial accents, muted palettes and the blend of timeless design with modern technologies top trend forecasts for the New Year

Delta Faucet Company’s award-winning design team is pleased to unveil its 2014 kitchen design predictions to help homeowners stay ahead of the ever-evolving style curve when updating their kitchens, a project that can result in up to a 75 percent return on investment, according to Remodeling Magazine.

The design team at Delta Faucet Company constantly evaluates the landscape to identify what trends are current and to anticipate how various design elements will influence and evolve into the trends of tomorrow,” said Judd Lord, Delta Faucet Company director of industrial design. “Our team works to develop products years in advance, and we rely on the inspiration found all around us to ensure our fixtures not only meet but exceed consumers’ style expectations. Everything from the sleek lines of the newest automobiles, to the fabrics used in high fashion runways, is taken into consideration.”

According to the Delta Faucet design team, the following trends will help fuel the kitchen design industry in 2014:

  • Sophisticated, Industrial Accents: Industrial revolution sensibilities will remain strong next year, but in a more sophisticated way. While “industrial accents” once narrowly represented the integration of professional ranges and stainless steel, the trend has broadened to allow homeowners to build eclectic charm with unique materials reminiscent of architectural salvage. To build this look, it is important to keep all accents in their simplest form. Light fixtures stripped down to nothing more than sockets and wires, open metal shelving stacked with cast iron cookware, and reclaimed wood elements can easily reinforce this look with minimal cost.
  • Prominent Neutrals Paired with Complex Patterns: The New Year will make neutrals more prominent in the kitchen, especially on walls, flooring and cabinetry. While white will reign supreme, soothing shades of beige and gray will also grow in popularity. There will also be an increased desire for bolder patterns as neutrals dominate the color landscape. Whether it’s through an intricately woven rug or high-end wood, like zebra or cherry, complex patterns, which are currently popular on the runway, will add intrigue to muted palettes.
  • Unique Blends: Compliance to conventional style categories will lessen as homeowners work to create a space uniquely their own. New designs will mix traditional and contemporary styles; old and new; DIY and high-end materials; as well as rustic and sleek to create a look reflective of the homeowner’s individual personality. This convergence of styles will allow homeowners to explore how new colors, finishes and texture can affect their overall aesthetic. A homeowner who once defined her home as strictly traditional, may see how a modern fixture, like the Delta® Trinsic™ pull-down kitchen faucet with Touch2O® Technology that allows the flow of water to be activated with a simple tap, could not only work within, but elevate, their style beyond the expected when paired with the right finish.

For additional style inspiration, how-to’s and advice, visit DeltaFaucet.com/inspiredliving.

Allrecipes’ 2014 Trend Report Provides A Preview Of What’s In Store For Home Cooks In The New Year

WORLD’S LARGEST DIGITAL FOOD BRAND ANTICIPATES MORE SAVORY DESSERTS, A COCONUT KITCHEN INVASION AND A RENEWED DEDICATION TO DIY

Allrecipes, the world’s largest digital food brand, with more than 1 billion visits annually, today announced the results of its annual 2014 Food Trends Report, providing a preview of what America’s home cooks will be preparing, eating and shopping for in the year ahead.

We’re fortunate at Allrecipes to have an engaged community of 30 million home cooks who have opened their kitchens and shared their shopping, cooking and eating habits to provide us with timely insights into upcoming food trends,” said Esmee Williams, vice president of Brand Marketing at Allrecipes. “As we enter into the new year, we will look forward to seeing more home cooks get back to the kitchen as part of a growing DIY trend and experimenting with new flavors, ingredients and recipes.”

Findings from the Allrecipes.com 2014 Food Trends Report were based on analysis of search and recipe viewing behaviors of home cooks across more than a billion visits to the site and mobile apps in the past year. The results show that specialty diets, such as paleo, will continue their popularity in 2014, especially among Millennials. With this, comes an increased scrutiny among home cooks of how their specialty meats are sourced. Home cooks will also try exotic nut butters, and find more ways to use coconut-derived products in the kitchen.

Below is a summary of the top trends for 2014:

Trend #1: Sweets Take a Back Seat to Savory
It seems that no flavor is too bold for home cooks as more consumers turn to bacon, basil and rosemary for desserts instead of traditional sweet flavors. However, not all savory desserts are created equal. The dual savory/sweet flavor of salted caramel is the top flavor choice for desserts with a 61 percent preference rating. And, regardless of flavor, home cooks across the country prefer cupcakes (61 percent) to ice cream (34 percent) for after-dinner treats.

Trend #2: Putting Meat under the Microscope
More home cooks are paying closer to attention to how their food is sourced, especially in the meat department. When purchasing specialty meats, nearly half of home cooks (49 percent) say hormone-free and grass-fed will continue to be their top purchasing criteria.

Trend #3: Smash-ups are King in the Southwest
Home cooks in the Southwest were found to cook up more smash-up dishes – meals combining unlikely pairings. For example, tater tot casserole was rated as the top smash-up recipe in the Southwest by 41 percent compared to a preference rating of only 27 percent in the Pacific Northwest.

Trend #4: Home Cooks Look Outside the Box
Recipes that were commonly prepared from a box, including pancakes and macaroni and cheese, are now being made from scratch thanks to a growing DIY trend in the kitchen. Most home cooks are selecting to prepare these dishes from scratch to enjoy homemade flavors (41 percent), eat “cleaner” (29 percent), and save money (18 percent).

Trend #5: More Exotic Nut Butters Take Over
Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of home cooks are recognizing the health benefits of nut butters, such as almond and hazelnut butter, as an alternative to peanut butter. In fact, more than two-thirds of America’s home cooks already have tried a nut butter alternative.

Trend # 6: Going Coconuts
From coconut oil to coconut milk and water, the tropical fruit has invaded nearly every phase of cooking and will continue to do so in 2014, especially among Millennials.

Trend #7: Pickling More than Pickles
Home cooks continue to see appeal in fermented foods, pickling everything from asparagus to kimchi. Baby Boomers are among the largest group of home fermenters, with 31 percent making a pickled food in the last year versus just 21 percent of Millennials.

The full report of Allrecipes’ 2014 Food Trends is available as a free download, with all graphic charts accessible here: http://freshbitesblog.com/2013/12/allrecipes-measuring-cup-trend-report.html

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Methodology
Data provided is from Allrecipes’ 2014 Trends Survey hosted on Allrecipes.com from October 25-November 4, 2013, and completed by 2,930 U.S.-based community members. No incentives were used to reward or incent participation. For more information on the survey methodology such as response counts for each question or details on questions in order or format, please feel free to contact us.

Acclaimed Documentary, Desert Runners, Comes to DVD and VOD

BRAINSTORM MEDIA AND SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT IN ASSOCIATION WITH BOND 360, SMUSH MEDIA, SALTY FEATURES and SPOKEN MEDIA BRING DOCU TO ALL PLATFORMS INCLUDING AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, PLAYSTATION, XBOX and ITUNES.

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Dave & Ricky in Desert Runners (Courtesy: Desert Runners)

Dave & Ricky in Desert Runners (Courtesy: Desert Runners)

Brainstorm Media and Something To Talk About, in association with BOND360, Smush Media, SALTY Features, and Spoken Media, announces the worldwide release of critically acclaimed documentary, DESERT RUNNERS, on DVD and Digital Download on all platforms including Amazon, Google Play, VUDU, Playstation, Xbox and iTunes.

Director Jennifer Steinman’s DESERT RUNNERS is an exhilarating and often inspirational story of what can happen when a group of ordinary people attempts the extra-ordinary. The film follows a cast of non-professional runners as they attempt to complete the most difficult desert ultra marathon series on Earth.

Their intense journey takes them to the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts in the world: the Atacama in Chile, the Gobi in China, the Sahara in Egypt and finally, Antarctica. Along the way, the runners face the thrill of danger, the agony of physical pain and mental defeat, and the emotional victory of crossing the finish line, forever changed from the inside out.

Hailed as “a rich and unforgettable experience…inspiring” by Yahoo Movies!, DESERT RUNNERS, presented by Brainstorm Media and their “Something to Talk About” documentary brand won Audience Awards at both Vancouver Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival and was awarded Best of the Fest at the Edinburgh Film Festival earlier this year.

(Courtesy: Desert Runners)

(Courtesy: Desert Runners)

The Special Edition DIRECTOR’S CUT, available exclusively on DVD and direct digital download on the film’s official website, contains a multitude of EXTRA Features, including Bonus Material with the Filmmakers and Ultrarunners.

EXTRA Features include:
· Exclusive interview with Executive Producer “Ultramarathon Man” Dean Karnazes, discussing his Grand Slam experience and how he prepares for endurance races like the 4 Deserts Grand Slam.
· Interview with Director Jennifer Steinman about the amazing adventure of making Desert Runners, and recounting behind-the-scenes stories along the way.
· Interview with Cinematographer Sevan Matossian about his training in preparation for filming in extreme locations.
· Tips from Desert Runner Ricky Paugh about preparing his backpack for one of the grueling races.

DESERT RUNNERS can be licensed to schools, non-profits and organizations as well as special events for public screenings. Please inquire at www.desertrunnersmovie.com/screenings.