Joel Signer and Will Townsend
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Sarofsky Ups Joel Signer to Head of Production, Adds Producer Will Townsend

One-stop cross-media production company Sarofsky continues to grow, adding LA-based Producer Will Townsend to its staff, and promoting Senior Producer Joel Signer to Head of Production, it was recently announced by Steven Anderson, the company’s Managing Director/Executive Producer. A key contributor to the high-profile output of Chicago’s most prolific agencies and studios for the past two decades, Signer is a former Optimus Colorist who also held Chicago staff producer positions […]

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California Film Commission Releases Annual Progress Report for Film, TV Tax Credit Program

The California Film Commission released its annual progress report, stating that overall in-state spending by projects in California’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program grew by more than $200 million, from $2.1 billion to $2.3 billion, during the fiscal year of 2021-2022. The estimated total spending for the first 2 1/2 years of the 3.0 Tax Credit Program will top $6.2 billion. The report also found projected spending by projects […]

Tony Kent
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Sidney Editor Tony Kent on How Film Licensing Issues Helped Him Trim the 3-Hour Cut of Apple’s Sidney Poitier Documentary

While Sidney, the new Sidney Poitier documentary on Apple TV+, runs shy of two hours, Editor Tony Kent initially turned in an assembly cut of three hours — because when it comes to an iconic actor like Poitier, more than enough footage exists to craft a two-part film or even a docuseries. Thus, a lot of thought and careful consideration went into cutting the film down to its current running […]

Volker Bertelmann
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All Quiet on the Western Front Composer Volker Bertelmann on Finding the Right Sound for Netflix’s Anti-War Film, and His Shorthand With Its Director

All Quiet on the Western Front marks the fifth collaboration between German filmmaker Edward Berger and Composer Volker Bertelmann, his fellow countryman who previously scored Berger’s Showtime miniseries Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The anti-war film, which is now streaming on Netflix, represents the first-ever German adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque‘s classic novel, and it follows in the footsteps of Universal’s Oscar-winning 1930 film directed by Lewis Milestone. Suffice it to say, […]

Susan E. Arnold
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Bob Iger Returns to Disney as CEO, Replacing Bob Chapek Atop the Throne, Much to Hollywood’s Relief

In what many industry observers claim is shocking news, but I’d argue was always inevitable, Bob Iger has returned to Disney as CEO, thereby replacing his hand-picked successor Bob Chapek atop the Mouse House… at least for the next two years. The news reportedly caught even senior Disney executives off-guard, and when Disney’s corporate communications team announced Iger’s return to the company’s 190,000 global staffers, some initially thought it was […]

Asian World Film Festival 2022
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Asian World Film Festival Announces Competition Winners at Star-Studded Closing Night Gala

The eighth annual Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) announced its competition winners at a star-studded event on Saturday night at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. 17 films screened in competition, and India’s The Last Film Show, directed by Pan Nalin, won the Snow Leopard Award for Best Film, while Mohsen Tanabandeh won Best Actor for World War III (Iran), and Hui Fang Hong won Best Actress for Ajoomma (Singapore). The […]

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HPA Awards Announces Creative Category Winners for Post at Annual Gala

The HPA Awards, handed out annually by the Hollywood Professional Association, returned to the historic Hollywood Legion Theater tonight to celebrate exceptional achievement in color grading, sound, editing, and visual effects. The gala, which filled the Legion to capacity, also honored industry veteran Kim Waugh with its Lifetime Achievement Award and bestowed additional honors for engineering excellence and outstanding achievement in restoration. The winners of the 2022 HPA Awards Creative Categories […]

Bones and All
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Bones and All Review: Timothée Chalamet’s Meandering Cannibal Movie Is Rather Tasteless

The clever critic, with even a superficial knowledge of film history, will dutifully reference two all-time classics in describing Luca Guadagnino’s new film — Silence of the Lambs and Bonnie and Clyde — both of which feature taut stories with gripping emotional centers. But Guadagnino’s latest, Bones and All, is never quite as gripping or as emotional as it should be, and what could’ve been a classic falls short of […]

Florian Hoffmeister
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TÁR Cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister on Technocranes, Tracking Shots, and Cate Blanchett’s Haunting Laugh

Todd Field‘s drama TÁR, the director’s first feature in 16 years, is a must-see thanks to Cate Blanchett‘s towering performance alone, but the film’s other standout element is its cinematography, courtesy of Florian Hoffmeister. Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, a world-renowned composer who’s on top of the world when certain allegations are made against her and her kingdom begins to crumble. Charting her meteoric rise and stunning fall, TÁR charts the […]

Luc Montpellier
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Women Talking DP Luc Montpellier on Why He Was, Oddly Enough, the Right Man for the Job on Sarah Polley’s Female-Led Drama

Miriam Toews’ 2018 novel Women Talking presents a fascinating and thought-provoking scenario partially inspired by real-life events at a Mennonite colony where a group of men repeatedly attacked and sexually assaulted more than 100 women. Bringing that story to the screen was no doubt a difficult task, one for which writer-director Sarah Polley was particularly well-suited. To ensure that the film had the proper look and feel, Polley brought on […]