The 2016 Awards Season Has Begun!: 31st Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

$75,000 In Grants To Be Awarded To Filmmakers

Carol” Leads With Six Nominations, Followed by “Spotlight” with Five and “Tangerine” with FourFi_Primary_Logo_RGB_POS

Spirit Awards To Be Broadcast Live Exclusively On IFC, Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:00 Pm Pt / 5:00 Pm ET

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight and Tangerine.Fi_SpiritAwards_Primary_Logo_RGB_POS

This year’s nominees are a testament to the strength, vitality and diversity of independent, artist-driven filmmaking,” said Welsh. “It’s an astonishingly strong group of films and performances this year and we look forward to celebrating them all at the Spirit Awards.”

Now in its 31st year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

The winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members. Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best International Film, Best Documentary and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award and the Truer Than Fiction Award.

Spotlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Spotlight is a remarkable film that excels on every level, but the Nominating Committee thought it was especially deserving of the Robert Altman Award,” said Welsh. “The film is beautifully cast with every member of the ensemble working together to tell the story of the Boston Globe investigating allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church.FI_SA16_NomineeLaurel

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

BEST MALE LEAD

Christopher Abbott, James White

Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind

Jason Segel, The End of the Tour

Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Robin Bartlett, H.

Marin Ireland, Glass Chin

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa

Cynthia Nixon, James White

Mya Taylor, Tangerine

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Kevin Corrigan, Results

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Anomalisa: Producers: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, Dino Stamatopoulos, Rosa Tran

Beasts of No Nation: Producers: Daniel Crown, Idris Elba, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker

Carol: Producers: Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley

Spotlight: Producers: Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar

Tangerine: Producers: Sean Baker, Karrie Cox, Marcus Cox, Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou

BEST FIRST FEATURE – Award given to the director and producer.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Director: Marielle Heller. Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit

James White, Director: Josh Mond. Producers: Max Born, Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Melody Roscher, Eric Schultz

Manos Sucias, Director: Josef Kubota Wladyka. Producers: Elena Greenlee, Márcia Nunes

Mediterranea, Director: Jonas Carpignano. Producers: Jason Michael Berman, Chris Columbus, Jon Coplon, Christoph Daniel, Andrew Kortschak, John Lesher, Ryan Lough, Justin Nappi, Alain Peyrollaz, Gwyn Sannia, Marc Schmidheiny, Victor Shapiro, Ryan Zacarias

Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Director/Producer: Chloé Zhao. Producers: Mollye Asher, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Angela C. Lee, Forest Whitaker

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded. Continue reading

Heineken® Launches “Dance More, Drink Slow” Global Responsibility Campaign

Partnership with World-Famous DJ Armin van Buuren Makes Responsibility Aspirational

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 Today, Heineken®officially announces the launch of ‘Dance More, Drink Slow,’ a partnership with world-famous Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren to make moderate consumption aspirational. The movement, socialized as #DMDS, is the natural progression of Heineken’s belief that one should always be ready to maximize what the night brings. The movement is brought to life through “The Experiment,” a film debuting today, featuring van Buuren and under the direction of Philip Andelman – who has worked with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jay-Z, John Mayer and Lenny Kravitz.
“The Experiment” showcases a social experiment with ordinary “club goers” and focuses on two separate nights out in the same Miami club. The only difference is the DJ. “The Experiment” (found here: YouTube) demonstrates that when people take the focus off drinking, they will actually dance more and have a better night. It looks at the natural energy that can be created on a night when in control, and features another element of the “Dance More, Drink Slow” movement, a new track from van Buuren – “Save My Night.”

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Armin van Buuren, currently holding the #2 position in the DJ Mag Top 100, has been named number one in the prestigious popularity poll a historic five times, as the first DJ in the history of the DJ Magazine. One of the biggest successes in his 15 years of dj’ing and producing, is the popular A State of Trance radio show, listened to by more than 20 million people in over 60 countries each week. His A State of Trance and Armin Only world tours attract people from all across the globe, and Armin looks back upon the release of 5 critically acclaimed artist album, of which ‘Intense’ is his latest. For more info, check outwww.arminvanbuuren.comwww.armadamusic.com orwww.astateoftrance.com

When I play a DJ set to thousands of music lovers, I want them to enjoy the moment, to remember it after the night has finished. This means consuming alcohol in moderation, so that the moment is not lost,” said van Buuren. “The reason I have partnered with Heineken on ‘Dance More, Drink Slow’ is because we have a fantastic opportunity, and responsibility, to connect better with our audience and affect behavioral change. Drinking responsibly is an important issue and being able to use music, specifically the “Save My Night” track, to innovatively deliver that message directly to fans on the dance floor is unique.”

Dutch record label Armada Music was founded in 2003 by Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis. Throughout the years, the record company has brought countless of quality releases within a wide spectrum of electronic dance music, working with names such as W&W, Dash Berlin, Cosmic Gate, Paul Oakenfold and of course Armin van Buuren himself. In 2013, Armada Music celebrated its 10 year anniversary, enjoying a 5 year win of the International Dance Music Award for ‘Best Global Record Label’. With more than 25 sublabels residing under Armada and the record label serving its very own worldwide Armada Night events, the Amsterdam-based company has built a solid reputation in the global dance scene.

The campaign is bolstered by a refreshed “Sunrise” TV spot, a campaign that first aired in 2011, bringing to life the powerful idea that there are no limits, when you know your limits. It highlights that by enjoying Heineken in moderation, the Heineken drinker has the opportunity to engage with friends, meet new people and have a longer, more memorable night. “Dance More, Drink Slow” now takes this message to a new level.

As an industry leader, Heineken wants to contribute to the positive role of beer in society, by making moderation aspirational for consumers. We believe that we can be more effective in making positive behavior aspirational by utilizing our creativity and tackling the issue of abuse in an engaging and relevant way,” said Alexis Nasard, global chief marketing officer and president of Western Europe at Heineken.

Added Gianluca Di Tondo, senior director Global Heineken Brand at Heineken, “For us, ‘Dance More, Drink Slow’ is an opportunity to create a moderation movement – a fresh look at how we approach the single most difficult issue that affects our industry today. Collaborating with Armin Van Buuren – another iconic Dutch brand – to create “Save My Night” sends a clear message to consumers that they can enjoy themselves, while also remaining in control.”

Launching in more than 20 countries globally, “Dance More, Drink Slow” builds on this long standing commitment to the “Enjoy Heineken Responsibly” message, which has been seen across the world since 2004 through Heineken’s sponsorship platforms such as UEFA Champions League, Rugby World Cup and hundreds of music events including the Ultra and Coachella music festivals. The messaging also appears on hundreds-of-millions of bottles and cans annually.

For more information on Heineken, please follow us on Twitter,@Heineken_US or visit the Heineken Facebook page,www.facebook.com/Heineken. View the “The Experiment” and the “Sunrise” television spot on YouTube. The “Save My Night” is available today on Spotify and iTunes. Join the conversation using #DMDS.

 

AQUA ART MIAMI Announces 2013 Exhibitors for Its First Edition Presented BY ART MIAMI during Art Week

NINTH FAIR AT AQUA HOTEL TO HOST 46 INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES AND PROJECTS

Aqua Art Miami (www.aquaartmiami.com) is pleased to announce its roster of confirmed exhibitors and curated projects for Miami Art Week, when the popular contemporary art fair runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 8, 2013. Its inaugural edition as part of the Art Miami family will retain the fair’s dynamic programming and intimate atmosphere, while providing audiences and exhibitors with the expanded amenities and infrastructure that have become signatures of Art Miami and CONTEXT.

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Aqua Art Miami’s ninth consecutive installment continues this tradition, maintaining the fair’s signature relaxed vibe and spirited energy while attracting increasingly distinguished galleries. The 2013 edition will feature 46 international exhibitors showing a wide range of high-quality emerging art by artists working in all media from painting, photography and works on paper to sculpture, installation, video and multimedia art.

Since 2005, Aqua has established itself among the top fairs for emerging art during Miami Art Week, recognized for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young and established galleries with strong emerging and early-to-mid-career artists. This curatorial commitment is complemented by the unique art fair setting of a classic Art Deco hotel on South Beach with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, charming courtyard. These surroundings have become a favorite gathering spot during the busy week to acquire work, exchange ideas, and discover new artists. Its close proximity to Art Basel Miami Beach has also helped make Aqua Art Miami one of the venues most attended by collectors, artists, curators, critics and the art-loving public. Continuous shuttle service will connect Aqua Art Miami and the nearby Art Basel Miami Beach to Art Miami and CONTEXT in the Wynwood Arts District.

Eric Mack, WGM-34340, Courtesy of whitespace

Eric Mack, WGM-34340, Courtesy of whitespace

 

2013 PARTICIPATING GALLERIES includes:

Antonio Colombo Gallery | Milan Artêria | Bromont, QC ArtSlant | Los Angeles AWOL Gallery | Toronto Being 3 Gallery | Beijing Cancio Contemporary | Miami Charlie James Gallery | Los Angeles Coagula Curatorial | Los Angeles Contemporary Art and Editions | Millburn, NJ Ellie S. Jo|Korea Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design | Atlanta Everything is art! | Moscow Galeria Casa Cuadrad | Bogota galerie bruno massa | Paris Galerie Michael | Beverly Hills galerie juliane hundertmark | Berlin Gallery 300 | Santa Rosa, CA Gallery at Gray’s | Cleveland Get This! | Atlanta Ghostprint Gallery | Richmond Hamiltonian | Washington DC Hoffman LaChance Contemporary | St. Louis Island Press | St. Louis j fergeson gallery | Farmville, VA Jack Geary Contemporary | New York JAG Modern | Philadelphia K. Imperial Fine Art | San Francisco Lonsdale Gallery | Toronto LOOC Art | Bedford Hills, NY Lyons Wier Music & Audiophile Plus | New York Mark Miller Gallery | New York Mayer Fine Art | Norfolk McCaig-Welles | Brooklyn Monkey Town | New York Morton Fine Art | Washington DC Pele Prints | St. Louis Perihelion Arts | Phoenix Portrait Society Gallery | Milwaukee Projects Gallery | Miami Prole Drift | Seattle Rice Polak Gallery | Provincetown Robert Fontaine Gallery | Miami Robert Henry Contemporary | Brooklyn Shulamit Gallery | Los Angeles Toomey Tourell Fine Art | San Francisco VICTORI CONTEMPORARY | New York Whitespace | Atlanta William Baczek Fine Arts | Northampton, MA

Aqua has consistently delivered a strong roster of galleries featuring artists of the highest caliber. Returning visitors and the collectors new to Aqua will enjoy a diverse mix of established galleries and young exhibitors new to Miami Art Week,” said Jennifer Jacobs, Director of Aqua Art Miami. “Our affiliation with Art Miami will take this new chapter of Aqua to the next level, underscoring our commitment to furthering the fair’s artistic vision while expanding our capacity to shine an even greater spotlight on our galleries and artists, strengthening Aqua Art Miami’s position as one of the must-see destinations during Art Week.” Continue reading

Organizers Announces the Complete Line-Up of Films, Documentaries and Events for the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®

The British Film Institute has announced the complete program for the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, with BFI’s Head of Cinemas and Festivals, Clare Stewart returning for her second year with a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema.

As Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive, BFI remarked in the Festival Introduction Letter on the BFI London Film Festival lff13-artworkwebsite, “The BFI London Film Festival is a brilliant achievement – and I think it’s okay for me to say that! Every year, without fail, I get a sense of excitement and anticipation that is heightened the minute I finally get to see the programme laid out in its entirety. Our Festival team has scoured the globe to set it before us. It is the BFI doing what it does best – completing the perfect circle from taking that initial act of confidence to invest in a film as yet unformed, to believing in the vision of filmmakers and writers, both established or as yet untried; igniting the imagination and minds of audiences with one of the richest and most imaginative cultural programmes in the world. We give film a powerful expression. The BFI London Film Festival celebrates new voices, new stories and new ideas and brings them not only to audiences across London, but increasingly UK-wide over a range of platforms. There are films that will dazzle, entertain, educate and astound; we have filmmakers who have picked up a camera for the first time, and established auteurs with more magic to unveil. It really is brilliant and it’s all for you.”

Stewart also took the opportunity to celebrate the life of her predecessor, who recently passed away: “On a more sombre note, I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, the ground-breaking Sheila Whitaker who was LFF’s Festival Director from 1987 to 1996, as well as head of programming for the National Film Theatre (now BFI Southbank) from 1984. Sheila, who remained an exemplary friend to our programming team, sadly passed away this August. All at the LFF acknowledge her legacy, and proudly carry it forward. It is timely that, during this year’s Festival, we will launch a new BFI Southbank strand – Discover Arab Cinema – and Sheila, whose speciality was in this field, had a guiding hand in establishing this important new programme.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: CEO of the BFI Amanda Nevill and BFI Head of Cinema and Festivals Clare Stewart attend a photocall for the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: CEO of the BFI Amanda Nevill and BFI Head of Cinema and Festivals Clare Stewart attend a photocall for the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Director Paul Greengrass attends the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch Photocall at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Director Paul Greengrass attends the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch Photocall at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

The Festival will screen a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. There will also be screenings of 134 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes and other special events. The 57th BFI London Film Festival will run from 9-20 October 2013.

Taking place over 12 days, the Festival’s screenings are at venues across the capital, from the West End cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square and a new addition this year the Cineworld Haymarket; central London venues – BFI Southbank; the ICA, Curzon Mayfair, and Ciné Lumière; and local cinemas – Ritzy Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix. Additional screenings and events will take place at the Curzon Chelsea, BFI London IMAX and Village Underground.

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The BFI London Film Festival experience can be enjoyed UK- wide with the upcoming launch of the BFI Player, the BFI’s new web VOD service, featuring a Festival digital channel showing regular red carpet action and film maker interviews. BFI London Film Festival content will be a key attraction in the first range of services on the BFI Player and will also be available on the recently launched BFI Samsung smart TV app.

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips," a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips,” a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

L-r, Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips", a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

L-r, Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips”, a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

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Mark McNairy And Heineken Debut Exclusive Collaboration For The 2013 “#Heineken100 ” Program

Popular Menswear Fashion Designer Creates Two Unique Exclusive Offerings

Heineken® announced two collaborative shoes with menswear fashion designer Mark McNairy for the #Heineken100 program — an exclusive seeding program that celebrates Heineken’s “Man of the World.” Through the creative helm of the #Heineken100 creative director, Chris Gibbs, the duo created two signature colorways for McNairy’s classic chukka saddle boot.

#Heineken100 Mark McNairy White Chukka Saddle Boot.  (PRNewsFoto/HEINEKEN USA Inc.)

#Heineken100 Mark McNairy White Chukka Saddle Boot. (PRNewsFoto/HEINEKEN USA Inc.)

In its fourth year, the #Heineken100 influencer program identifies and celebrates various tastemakers across the nation that represent Heineken’s “Man of the World.” The collaborative products are exclusively available to the 100 individuals on the #Heineken100 list. Previous collaborative products for the program include: McNairy saddle shoes, a Public School designed camouflage duffle bag, a Tsovet watch, Android Homme sneakers, and tote bags designed by fashion duo Dee & Ricky.

Each of the 2013 #Heineken100 program collaborative shoes feature a Heineken green eva sole, white laces, black weld, white eyelet, and black pebbled leather side — one pair having a white suede upper with a red rear stripe, and the other having a black pebbled upper with a black rear stripe. Both will be packaged in a clear acrylic lid box, and customized sizing label.

#Heineken100 Mark McNairy Black Chukka Saddle Boot.  (PRNewsFoto/HEINEKEN USA Inc.)

#Heineken100 Mark McNairy Black Chukka Saddle Boot. (PRNewsFoto/HEINEKEN USA Inc.)

This is Heineken’s second year partnering with the fashion visionary, Mark McNairy, for our coveted ‘#Heineken100’ program,” said Belen Pamukoff, Brand Director of Marketing, HEINEKEN USA. “Mark McNairy has provided Heineken with not only a progressive take on classic men’s fashion, but a signature collaborative product that is exclusive to the brand.”

Announced earlier this month as the Creative Director for the 2013 #Heineken100 program, Gibbs led the charge for the design of each shoe. The two collaborative pairs of shoes mark the first of four collaborative products that Heineken and Gibbs will release during the remainder of 2013.

When developing this year’s program, I decided to bring Mark McNairy back as a partner to create an updated version of last year’s shoe,” said Gibbs. “But in true McNairy fashion, Mark took it one step further and created two pieces for this year’s ‘#Heineken100’ program.”

Supported by the strength of a cult following of dedicated, fashion/forward young men around the globe, designer Mark McNairy has risen from an under-the-radar favorite to a driving force in contemporary American style with his new collection of menswear and footwear, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam. Defined by a strong sense of sartorial history with an eye fixed on the future, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam is the result of the designer’s vast knowledge of American and English tradition and complete dedication to craftsmanship.

Heineken and I had such great chemistry working together for last year’s ‘#Heineken100’ program that I wanted to take it up a notch,” said McNairy. “For this year’s collaboration, I decided to put a modern spin on a classic silhouette in two colorways that speak to various Heineken ‘Men of the World.’ One colorway is for those who desire a more traditional look and the other for those who have a more adventurous style.”

Link to view video footage of Mark McNairy and Chris Gibbs discussing the #Heineken100 Mark McNairy collaborative classic chukka saddle boots: https://vimeo.com/72866892

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