Penny Lane's Our Nixon
Our Nixon Wins Ann Arbor Film Festival Prize
Penny Lane's documentary Our Nixon, which will close out New Directors/New Films on March 31, won the Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival at the 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival. The film recalls the Nixon Administration through Super 8 footage created by advisors close to the President. Other prizes at the Festival include winner I Am Micro, by Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel, taking the Stan Brakhage Film at Wit's End Award, Song E Kim's Bite of the Tail (Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film), Michael Almereyda's Skinningrove (Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film and Takashi Madino's 2012 (Award for Best International Film).
Participant Media Unveils Launch Date for New Cable Network, Pivot
Pivot will begin programming August 1 with 40 million subscribers and over 300 hours of original programming this year. Participant acquired the Documentary Channel last December. It will target millenials through Participant's brand of socially relevant entertainment. Its films include An Inconvenient Truth, Food Inc, The Help, Lincoln and the recent Promised Land, Deadline reports.
Six Films Selected for 35th Annual Kino! Exhibition at MoMA
The North American premiere of Stephan Lacant's Free Fall (Freier Fall) will open the series April 18. The film centers on police officer Marc who is shaken to his core when he meets his new colleague, Kay, on a training course and develops feelings for him. Also screening are the East Coast premiere of Jan Ole Gerstner's Oh Boy, which picked up international festival awards; the North American premiere of Nico Sommer's Silvi about a woman whose marriage has failed and seeks comfort in the arms of a string of lovers; David Sieveking's documentary Forget Me Not which centers on the director's mother's fight with Alzheimers; Laura Mahlberg's North American premiere Kalifornia, about an elderly man's quest to find happiness; and the International Premiere of The Revenants by Andreas Bolm about an aging hippie couple who endure isolation, ghostly existence in an old country house.
Havana Film Festival New York Unveils Lineup
Forty-five films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. will screen in the fest, which takes place April 12 – 19. Concert documentary Havana, Havana! will be the kick-off screening April 5 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, while the N.Y. premiere of Amor Crónico will officially open HFFNY on April 12. 7 Cajas (7 Boxes) will close out the festival April 19. The full lineup is available on the festival's website.
NO to Open Buenos Aires Festival of International Independent Film
Pablo Larraín's Oscar-nominated NO will open Buenos Aires' Independent Film Festival taking place April 10 – 21 in the Argentine capital. The film, starring Gael García Bernal recalls the 1988 referendum that unseated neighboring South American country Chile's longtime dictator, Augusto Pinochet. Twenty films will compete in the festival's International Competition, including Bill and Turner Ross' Tchoupitoulas, Matt Porterfield's I Used to Be Darker and Nathan Silver's Exit Elena. FIfteen films will screen in the festival's Argentine Competition. Agnes Jaoui's Au Bout Du Conte will close out the festival. For details on the lineup, visit their website.