32nd American Film Market Continues Weeklong Run

Beverly Hills Courier

Thursday’s highlights include an 11 a.m. opening ceremony to celebrate “Hong Kong Day at AFM,” with screenings and events at the Lowes Santa Monica Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave.; a 3 p.m. screening of “Columbus Circle,” co-written and produced by Kevin Pollak and starring Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, Selma Blair and Amy Smart, followed by a conversation with Pollak, Blair and co-writer/director George Gallo; and a “Thai Night” celebration with Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi and senior Thai government ministers.

The event features screenings of close to 400 movies (27 of which were selected for the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest 2011), a conference series and financing options in venues throughout Santa Monica.

More information can be found at http://www.AmericanFilmMarket.com.


AFM: Industry Conversations Series Set

AFM: Panels And Speakers Schedule Set

The American Film Market has released the schedule for its new Industry Conversations program, which will spotlight prominent biz players, is free to attendees and runs November 2-8. AFM begins Wednesday and runs through November 9. Here’s the lineup:

Thursday, 3 November, 2011

Columbus Circle” – A Conversation with Actor Kevin Pollak (co-writer & producer), Actress Selma Blair, director and co-writer George Gallo; TBD executive from Lightning Entertainment or another Producer.

Columbus Circle” is a stylish and riveting thriller about a reclusive young heiress, Abigail, who lives a guarded and sheltered life in a luxurious New York penthouse. But when she is befriended by Lillian and Charlie, the glamorous new owners of the apartment next door, Abigail’s safe and secure existence is suddenly threatened. The film stars Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee and Kevin Pollak. (Lightning Entertainment; American Film Market World Premiere).

Flights. Camera. Action. How to make it all happen – A Conversation with Bertram von Munster, Co-creator and Executive Producer, “The Amazing Race.” Hosted by Jack Gonzales, Former Travel Director, Sony Pictures.

Friday, 4 November, 2011

The Producer’s Vision: A Conversation with Colombian Producer Rodrigo Guerrero Rojas, Producer, “Maria Full of Grace,” “Contracorriente (Undertow),” “La Cara Oculta.” Hosted by Bertrand Moullier, Naval Conseil, FIAPF Senior Expert for International Affairs.

With the support of FIAPF – The International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

Saturday, 5 November, 2011

The PGA Presents: A Conversation with Lauren Shuler Donner, Producer, “X-Men” franchise, “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Any Given Sunday,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “St. Elmo’s Fire.” Hosted by William Stuart, President, Aurora Productions.

Sunday, 6 November, 2011

“Summer at Dog Dave’s” – A Conversation with Director/Co-Writer Rob Reiner

A formerly famous western writer attempts to rediscover the talent that made him great in a small rural town. In doing so, he helps a young girl find her wild imagination and helps her mother find love once more. Film stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen and Madeline Carroll.

(Voltage Pictures, film is currently in post-production)

Monday, 7 November, 2011

From the Trenches: The Director’s Viewpoint with Jon Amiel, Director, “Creation,” “Entrapment,” “The Man Who Knew Too Little,” “Copycat,” “Sommersby,” “The Core,” and for television “The Tudors,” “The Borgias,” and “The Singing Detective.” Hosted by John Alan Simon, Writer/ Director, “Radio Free Albemuth;” Producer, “The Getaway;” Former Staff Writer, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Member, BAFTA/LA Board of Directors.

Presented by British Academy of Film & Television Arts – Los Angeles.


Lightning Entertainment Unveils Slate of Seven Titles For AFM

Just ahead of the next week’s American Film Market, sales-production-distribution company Lightning Entertainment is unveiling an ambitious slate of seven titles it is selling.

The seven titles, which range from horror to comedy, will screen at the market, with three making their world debuts. The films include:

– Brake, a thriller starring Stephen Dorff;

Columbus Circle, a thriller starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee and Kevin Pollak;

– The Trouble with Bliss, which sees Michael C. Hall leading a cast that includes Peter Fonda and Lucy Liu.

– Bloodwork, a thriller starring Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer;

Also on the slate are the romantic comedy Scents and Sensibility, crime movie Boy Wonder, and the Australian horror movie Wrath.

For two of the films, Bloodwork and Boy Wonder, as well as The Revenant, Lightning has acquired worldwide distribution rights and will be releasing them in the U.S. through their domestic distribution label, Lightning Media. The US release will be via theatrical, VOD, digital and home entertainment channels.

Lightning said it sees a “reinvigorated marketplace” it is hoping to capitalize with the titles, which it also hopes will expand its presence as a domestic distributor.


American Film Market Unveils Slate: Dark Horse & Columbus Circle To Premiere

Good News Selma Blair fans! Two of Selma’s new movies – Dark Horse and Columbus Circle might be coming to a theater near you soon! Columbus Circle is set for world premiere and Dark Horse is scheduled for market premiere at the 32nd American Film Market November 2nd – 9th 2011.

Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 12, 2011 – The 32nd American Film Market (AFM) will screen 395 motion pictures, including 65 world premieres and 295 market premieres, for thousands of buyers and industry professionals from 70 plus countries. Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, made the announcement today. The 2011 AFM will take place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA.

Films making their World Premieres include A Gang Story, starring Gérard Lanvin and Tchéky Karyo (Gaumont); Bad Karma, starring Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell and Rhona Mitra (Screen Media); Columbus Circle, starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin Pollak (Lightning Entertainment); Nobel’s Last Will, starring Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman and Leif Andrée (Zodiak Rights); Snowflake, the White Gorilla, starring Elsa Pataky and Pere Ponce (Filmax International); Special Forces, starring Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoit Magimel (StudioCanal); and The Expatriate, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko (Essential Entertainment).

Among the 295 films set to make their Market Premieres are: A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender (HanWay Films); Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Johnson (WestEnd Films); Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey (Hyde Park International); Dark Horse, starring Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Jordan Gelber and Christopher Walken (Goldcrest Films International); Detachment, starring Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks and Lucy Liu (Celluloid Dreams); Edwin Boyd, starring Scott Speedman, Brian Cox, Kelly Reilly and Kevin Durand (Myriad Pictures); Face to Face, starring Luke Ford, Vince Colosimo, Sigrid Thornton and Matthew Newton (Jinga Films); George Harrison: Living in the Material World, starring Paul McCartney and Terry Gilliam (Exclusive Films International, Limited); Hick, starring Blake Lively, Chloë Grace Moretz, Eddie Redmayne, Alec Baldwin and Juliette Lewis (Content); Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Juno Temple and Gina Gershon (Voltage Pictures); Le Skylab, starring Julie Delpy and Eric Elmosnino (Films Distribution); Loosies, starring Peter Facinelli, Jaimie Alexander, Michael Madsen, Vincent Gallo and Joe Pantoliano (CMG – Cinema Management Group); Lucky, starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor and Ann-Margret (ICAP Media); and Michael, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Mahie Gill and Purav Bhandare (Fortissimo Films).

For a complete list of the films and the screening schedule, visit TheFilmCatalogue.com. This year, 27 films will be presented in 3D. Additionally, 54 plus films not listed in The Film Catalogue will have their world or market premieres during AFM. Those films will be announced by their respective companies on the eve of the market.