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53rd Annual CAS Awards: La La Land Scores Top Sound Mixing Honors

February 2017
53rd Annual CAS Awards: La La Land Scores Top Sound Mixing Honors

Racking up another win on its way to the Oscars next week, La La Land took home the Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture – Live Action at the 53rd annual awards. Director Damien Chazelle was on hand to support his sound mixing team of Steven Morrow, CAS, Andy Nelson,... »

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Director Garth Davis Finds Magic in Lion

February 2017
Director Garth Davis Finds Magic in <em>Lion</em>

“I could feel there was magic in this story. Magic is a tricky thing to portray,” stated director Garth Davis about Lion, the touching true account of a five-year-old Indian boy, adopted by an Australian couple after surviving the challenges of being lost on the streets of Calcutta, who twenty-five years later, uses Google... »

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Sundance/Slamdance Female Directed Narratives

February 2017
Sundance/Slamdance Female Directed Narratives

Although Hold On (Sundance) was merely nine minutes long, it packed more of an emotional arc than many feature films. Director Christine Turner had worked as a hospice volunteer in New York and drew upon her experience and observations of dementia patients to write the touching story of a young millennial tasked with caring... »

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Contender – Justin Timberlake, Best Song “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls

February 2017
Contender – Justin Timberlake, Best Song “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” <em>Trolls</em>

When actor Justin Timberlake was approached to voice the character of Branch in the animated film, Trolls, he was also pitched the idea of making the music “exciting.” Timberlake thought producing the music would be an “amazing opportunity,” but quickly realized he was taking on a lot of work and responsibility. Halfway kidding he... »

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DGA Awards: Damien Chazelle Dances to Best Directing Honors with La La Land

February 2017
DGA Awards: Damien Chazelle Dances to Best Directing Honors with La La Land

At the 69th Annual Directors Guild of American Awards held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, La La Land director Damien Chazelle took the top prize. The best feature-film directing award was presented by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant), recipient of the honor during the past two years. After victories at the... »

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Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 2)

February 2017
Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 2)

Part 1 here: http://www.btlnews.com/community/73847/ In Hotel Coolgardie (Slamdance) two Finnish backpackers, drawn by a desire for an authentic outback experience, are hired to work as barmaids in a remote gold-mining town. Their job entailed dealing with cultural differences, an exacting boss and a boozed-up mix of coarse customers. During a stint as a laborer in... »

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Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 1)

February 2017
Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 1)

Sundance and her little sister, Slamdance bring together some of the best independent documentary filmmakers from around the globe. Despite language and cultural differences, the international filmmakers all wanted to disappear into the background so that they could observe people going about their daily routines, immersing the viewer into the diverse lives of the... »

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67th ACE Eddie Awards: Arrival and La La Land Take Top Editing Honors

January 2017
67th ACE Eddie Awards: <em>Arrival</em> and <em>La La Land</em> Take Top Editing Honors

At the 67th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, Joe Walker, ACE took home the Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) Eddie for Arrival, while Tom Cross, ACE won Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) for La La Land.  Zootopia, edited by Fabienne Rawley and Jeremy Milton, won Best Edited Animated Feature Film. In accepting his award Walker... »

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Director Denis Villeneuve Challenges Intellect with Arrival

January 2017
Director Denis Villeneuve Challenges Intellect with <em>Arrival</em>

For a long time Denis Villenueve was looking for a science fiction project to direct. In the genre, it was not easy to find strong material that had depth and freshness, not old recycled ideas. He wanted the story to be new, with an emotional journey that was mature and intellectually challenging, something like... »

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Contender – Editor Joe Walker, Arrival

January 2017
Contender – Editor Joe Walker, <em>Arrival</em>

Playing with time has a big appeal for Joe Walker, editor of Arrival, the non-linear, sci-fi mystery starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, as a linguist and scientist tasked with interpreting the language of alien visitors. “We’re talking about time. That is certainly something I’ve been obsessed by in the last few films I’ve... »

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