Watch as the cast and crew of Humpday head to their premiere!
New York Times:
For Sandy Cioffi, 46, a tenured professor of film and video at Seattle Central Community College, film has been more about politics than about making a living (although she’d like that to change). Her experience in Nigeria became a personal journey reflected on film. Originally intending to make a movie about the building of a library in the Niger Delta, she became involved in the political struggle there, making efforts to get the message of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta into the global conversation. In the process, she was arrested by the Nigerian military. “I’ve always been a believer in the idea that if you simply put a light on in a corner it changes the situation,” said Ms. Cioffi, who in 1998 was part of team recording the aftermath of the Good Friday peace accord and became firmly convinced that the presence of cameras affected the course of Northern Irish history.
The Seattle Times:
Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton’s third feature, “Humpday,” was one of the first movies to ink a distribution deal at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, over the weekend. Magnolia Pictures bought worldwide rights to the film, for a dollar amount described by Variety as “mid-six figures,” and plans to release it theatrically in August following a video-on-demand campaign. At the festival, Shelton said, “This is beyond my wildest dreams.”
New York-based sales company Visit Films has bulked up its already busy Sundance slate by acquiring worldwide rights to David Russo’s Spectrum screener The Immaculate Conception Of Little Dizzle. The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle recieved its world premiere on January 19 and Visit will commence international sales at the EFM in Berlin next month. The film focuses on a computer programmer who loses his job and finds work as a janitor where he gets entangled in a bizarre experiment where he and his fellow guinea pigs start to give birth to blue fish. Peggy Case produced and the ensemble cast includes Marshall Allman, Natasha Lyonne, Tania Raymonde, Tygh Runyan, Matt Smith and Vince Vieluf.
From Hollywood Reporter:
Movie rental service Netflix and Los Angeles-based Film Independent are joining forces to discover a new independent filmmaker, who will receive a $150,000 production grant to make a feature film, which will be distributed online by Netflix. Josh Brolin is serving as honorary chair and as one of the judges of the competition, dubbed the “Netflix FIND Your Voice Film Competition.” The winner will own all rights to his or her film. Film Independent will provide advisement and mentorship to the winning filmmaker throughout the production process and will also screen the winner’s movie at the Los Angeles Film Festival.