What a banner year this has been already for the San Francisco Film Society and its new executive director Ted Hope. Two beneficiaries of SFFS filmmaking grants – FRUITVALE STATION and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD – have now won back-to-back jury prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, not to mention four Oscar nominations. And now SFFS’ own film festival, the longest running cinematic showcase in the Americas, has also been making waves. Last week’s “State of Cinema” keynote address delivered to the San Francisco International Film Festival by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has been the talk of the industry ever since – and will likely continue doing so all the way to the Cannes Film Festival later this month when Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, premieres in the main competition. Talk about setting an agenda.
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This week all film industry eyes have been trained on New York City where the Tribeca Film Festival is now in full flow. A total of five Slated films were selected for this year’s edition including BLUEBIRD, Lance Edmands’ striking directorial debut that was chosen to open the World Narrative Competition.And what an affecting opening it proved, judged by the first reviews that immediately came in for BLUEBIRD. The Hollywood Reporter critic praised “the soulfully acted drama” for “bringing a potent sense of place to its wintry Maine locations.” IndieWire’s reviewer was equally won over by this “superbly restrained, adult and thoughtful picture” that was garlanded with “terrific performances.” No wonder producers Kyle Martin and Laura Heberton were in such visibly good spirits during the post-premiere celebrations at the McKittrick Hotel.
It is with great pleasure that we announce Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out premieres today on VoD. This marks the first film to successfully secure financing through Slated AND achieve domestic distribution (US & Canada). Congratulations to director Marina Zenovich, producer Lila Yacoub, and the crew behind this incredible follow on to the Emmy Award-Winning film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. We'd also like to extend congratulations to the Executive Producers including all Slated investors who helped make this happen.
More than than six thousand films were submitted for next month’s 12th Tribeca Film Festival. And with good reason. Last year, this ascendant New York showcase saw 37 of its selections secure some form of commercial distribution as a result of their industry exposure. From that deluge of 2013 Tribeca hopefuls angling for similar success this year, 89 feature-length films caught the judicious eye of the festival’s seasoned programmers and got accepted into the April 17-28 event. They include, we are delighted to confirm, four films that have been listed here among Slated’s own selective roster.