Nouveau film financing...United 93 marketing...Widest digital release yet...John Waters, David O. Russell, and others at BAM
- From the interesting e-mail marketing campaign for `United 93,' which is trying to turn the drama into a patriotic (and religious) must-see:
...[V]isit Motive Entertainment’s www.U93.org, where you can see the MOVIE TRAILER and download free teaching and preaching resources to engage in key issues like, “Why do Islamic terrorists hate America? How should we respond as Americans? As Christians? As Jews? As Muslims?”
- Kodak says that `Mission: Impossible III' is the largest digital release to date, playing on 170 digital cinema screens in North America. (According to Kodak, that's more than one-third of all the digital screens available.) From the press release:
In its digital release, [M:I3] needed to be encoded in two different compression formats, packaged for four different server brands, and distributed via hard drive and satellite. The movie was encrypted to prevent piracy, so a unique pair of ‘keys’ – software codes – for each screen had to be created and sent separately.
I wonder which two compression formats they're talking about. I though DCI had determined that only JPEG 2000 was kosher...
- If you're in New York on May 21st, I'd suggest heading to BAM for a program they're putting on with the Sundance Institute called "Four Independents That Turned The Tide," featuring screenings and a panel discussion with Hal Hartley, David O. Russell, Allison Anders, and John Waters. According to the release, "...[T]he audience and panelists alike will have an opportunity to explore the origins, evolution, and future of independent film and how it altered aesthetics, social discourse, and the film industry." Info at www.bam.org/sundance.