Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tribeca Film acquires U.S Rights to ' I am Big Bird' documentary based on Caroll Spinney

Tribeca Film today announced it has acquired U.S. rights to the heartwarming documentary I Am Big Bird, directed and produced by Dave La Mattina and Chad Walker. The film had its world premiere at Hot Docs earlier this year and will go on to play at DOC NYC in November. It will be released theatrically and on VOD day-and-date in the first quarter of 2015.

For over 40 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch - and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. 

A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart. http://www.iambigbird.com/

“Big Bird is one of the iconic figures in American television and this portrait of the man inside,
Caroll Spinney, is simultaneously joyful and fascinating,” said Tribeca Film GM Todd Green.
“Dave and Chad weave together years of archival footage to create a truly revealing look at the
man inside the Big Bird suit.”

"Caroll entrusted us with telling his story and we're thrilled that we'll finally be able to share it
with audiences across the country," said director and producer Chad Walker.

"This is a project we've spent years of our life on and we're ecstatic to be working with Tribeca, a company that shares our vision for I Am Big Bird," said director and producer Dave LaMattina.

The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Alison Diviney, and Abby Davis of Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers.


About Tribeca Film

Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution label dedicated to acquiring and releasing independent films across multiple platforms, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, home video and television. It is an initiative from Tribeca Enterprises designed to provide new platforms for how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing audiences to films they might not otherwise see. Current and upcoming Tribeca Film releases include Nas: Time Is Illmatic, Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip, and Scott Foley’s directorial debut Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife.

*thanks to Tribeca Enterprises and Rubenstein communications*

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Private Peaceful, Pat O'Connor's film to premiere in Los Angeles, New York, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

BBC Worldwide North America announces the New York and Los Angeles theatrical premiere of Private Peaceful, a feature film directed by Pat O’Connor (Dancing at Lughnasa, Sweet November).

Adapted from the best-selling novel by former children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), the World War I film stars two of the UK’s most promising young actors, Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, Unbroken) and George Mackay (Pride, Defiance), and features Richard Griffiths’ (The Harry Potter series, The History Boys) final performance.

Set to open on October 31, 2014, at New York’s AMC Empire 25 and Los Angeles’ Laemmle’s Playhouse 7, Private Peaceful will expand to other markets nationwide in late 2014 and early 2015.

Private Peaceful tells the story of two devoted brothers who struggle through a harsh childhood and adolescence in rural Devon, England, before enlisting in the military for the First World War. They experience the brutal realities of the trenches and the killing fields of Flanders, and are forced to make life-altering choices in order to remain loyal to each other through the dehumanizing reality
of this unprecedented war.

Told from the viewpoint of Tommo Peaceful (George Mackay), a young child who looks up to his resourceful big brother Charlie (Jack O’Connell),Private Peaceful is also a powerful coming of age story about two brothers who fall in love with the same girl and must adapt to the evolving pressures of their feudal family life. When Charlie and Tommo enlist and join thousands of other unsuspecting young men in experiencing the horrors of trench warfare, they instinctively look out for each other – until a terrible incident reveals to them the heartless, brutal nature of war.

The release of Private Peaceful continues BBC Worldwide North America’s commitment to marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with high-quality theatrical releases, allowing US audiences to reflect upon an event that changed world history. Earlier this summer, BBC Worldwide North America organized a series of free theatrical screenings in over 40 markets, featuring new and rare films about World War I.

Best known in the US for his best-selling novel War Horse, which became a phenomenal success on Broadway and an Oscar®-nominated film directed by Steven Spielberg, Morpurgo describes Private
Peaceful as “my most powerful book.” He serves as executive producer on this film.

Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUoA8njBZVA
IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1667439/

About BBC Worldwide North America:

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operating in the U.S. and Canada. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programming in return for rights. The company operates channels, a production arm, consumer products and a digital business, in addition to handling sales & co-productions. Under these businesses fall two key brands in the U.S. – digital cable channel BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide Productions, the production arm responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars.

*Thanks to Indie Strategy LLC*

AFI Fest 2014, Bold New Auteurs, Shorts, and American Independents films

AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced the films that will be featured during this years Film Festival which takes place November 6th to 13th November 2013 in the categories of New Auteurs, Shorts and American Independents. The New Auteurs and Shorts sections both showcase filmmakers from around the world; the New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives. The Shorts program this year features a full program of animated films in addition to a program of midnight shorts. 

Both sections are juried and are available for the Grand Jury Awards. This year's New Auteurs jury features Alonso Duralde (The Wrap and The Advocate), Tim Grierson (Screen International), Eric Kohn (IndieWire) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood). The Shorts jury features Kahlil Joseph (filmmaker), Sara Murphy (producer), Mike Ott (filmmaker), Matthew Takata (Sundance Institute) and Brian Udovich (producer).

"These sections are where you will see some of the most exciting movies from around the world from filmmakers who take risks," said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming of AFI FEST. "Our competition this year could not be finer with debuts from countries all over the globe including Vietnam, Ukraine, Korea and the Ivory Coast. These extraordinary filmmakers are making their mark on modern cinema with their genuinely distinctive voices."

The American Independents section represents the best of independent film making this year. Pushing boundaries with form and content across both narrative and documentary cinema, these films feature fresh voices, as well as filmmakers returning to AFI FEST with their latest work.

"We hope that the audience goes on a journey of discovery at the festival and experiences the creative visions of the talented and audacious filmmakers in our New Auteurs, American Independents and Shorts sections," said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST, "These sections are not curated to focus on premiere status, but rather, to showcase the best new films and filmmakers of the year."

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and Galas are available now to the general public online at AFI.com beginning Friday, October 24, but only the Cinepass Express pass will provide priority entry to all regular screenings including the New Auteurs, Shorts and American Independents selections, as well as access into the Cinema Lounge. These and other AFI FEST Passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST, and AFI Members receive special discounts. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

AFI FEST will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, CA, at the Dolby Theatre, the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. As previously announced, the Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (DIR J.C. Chandor) on Thursday, November 6; INHERENT VICE (DIR Paul Thomas Anderson) will be the Centerpiece Gala on Saturday, November 8; the World Premiere of THE GAMBLER (DIR Rupert Wyatt) will be the Centerpiece Gala on Monday, November 10; Sophia Loren will be honored with a special Tribute on Wednesday, November 12; and FOXCATCHER (DIR Bennett Miller) will be the Closing Night Gala on Thursday, November 13. The full festival lineup will be unveiled later this month.

For the 11th year, Audi is the festival's presenting sponsor. Additional top sponsors include AT&T, Coca-Cola, VIZIO, American Airlines (the official airline of AFI), Dunkin' Donuts, Netflix and Stella Artois. The festival's venue sponsors include the Dolby Theatre, the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Egyptian Theatre.


ALIVE (SANDA) - A poor mountain laborer finds himself caught between harrowing dramas
playing out at work and at home. DIR Park Jungbum. SCR Park Jungbum. CAST Park Jungbum, Lee Seungyeon, Park Myunghoon, Shin Heatbit. South Korea. US Premiere

BLIND - A recently blinded woman handles the loss of her sight by writing stories about the world she's beginning to forget. DIR Eskil Vogt. SCR Eskil Vogt. CAST Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt. Norway, Netherlands.

Huyen dabbles in prostitution to earn money for an abortion, she meets a mysterious client who takes a tender yet obsessive interest in her pregnancy. DIR Nguyen Hoang Diep. SCR Nguyen Hoang Diep. CAST Nguyen Thuy Anh, Tran Bao Son, Hoang Ha, Pham Tran Thanh Duy. Vietnam, France, Norway, Germany. US Premiere.

GÜEROS - In this playfully energetic debut, three young pranksters embark on a road trip
adventure to pay their last respects to their musical hero. DIR Alonso Ruizpalacios. SCR Alonso Ruizpalacios & Gibrán Portela. CAST Tenoch Huerta, Sebastián Aguirre, Ilse Salas, Leonardo Ortizgris. Mexico.

RUN - This West African mystic fable follows a young man's trajectory from rainmaker-in-training to fugitive political assassin. DIR Philippe Lacôte. SCR Philippe Lacôte. CAST Abdoul Karim Konaté, Isaach de Bankolé, Reine Sali Coulibaly. Ivory Coast, France.

SELF MADE (BOREG) - When two young women – one Palestinian and one Israeli – cross paths at a border checkpoint, they experience a magical identity exchange. DIR Shira Geffen. SCR ShiraGeffen. CAST Sarah Adler, Samira Saraya. Israel.

THE TRIBE (PLEMYA) - This daring film, acted entirely in sign language without the aid of
subtitles or voiceover, follows a new student at a corrupt Ukrainian school for the deaf. DIR
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. SCR Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. CAST Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova. Ukraine.

VIKTORIA - Young Viktoria, born without an umbilical cord, is exalted as Bulgaria's "Child of the Future." But when the Communist Party falls, she faces a crisis. DIR Maya Vitkova. SCR Maya Vitkova. CAST Irmena Chichikova, Daria Vitkova, Kalina Vitkova, Mariana Krumova, Dimo Dimov, Georgi Spasov. Bulgaria.

VIOLET - In this visually stunning debut, teen Jesse must readjust to the world and cope with grief after witnessing his friend's murder at a local shopping mall. DIR Bas Devos. SCR Bas Devos. CAST César De Sutter, Raf Walschaerts, Mira Helmer, Brent Minne. Netherlands, Belgium. North American Premiere.

THE WONDERS (LE MERAVIGLIE) - When a television competition comes to the Italian
countryside, farmer's daughter Gelsomina sees a way to assert her independence in this
mesmerizing tale. DIR Alice Rohrwacher. SCR Alice Rohrwacher. CAST Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Monica Bellucci. Italy, Switzerland, Germany.


8 BULLETS (8 BALLES) - A grief-stricken expat hunts the man he believes is responsible for
killing his family in this mixed-media fever dream. DIR Frank Ternier. SCR Frank Ternier. France.

130919 • A PORTRAIT OF MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ - This one-take 3D film majestically
documents legendary performance artist Marina Abramović in a manner befitting her art. DIR Matthu Placek. SCR Matthu Placek. CAST Marina Abramović. USA.

AFRONAUTS - Inspired by true events, It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat them to the moon. DIR Frances Bodomo. SCR Frances Bodomo. CAST Diandra Forrest, Yolonda Ross, Hoji Fortuna. USA.

BATH HOUSE (SIMHALL) - The mice are going after the bath house safe in this droll stop-motion puppet short. DIR Niki Lindroth von Bahr. SCR Niki Lindroth von Bahr & Jerker Virdborg. Sweden.

BUFFALO JUGGALOS - There is a secret land in upstate New York, where the Juggalos roam free... DIR Scott Cummings. SCR Scott Cummings. USA.

THE CHAPERONE 3D - More than 10,000 drawings intersect with a series of animation techniques to tell the true story of a lone teacher's stand against a motorcycle gang in the 1970s. DIR Fraser Munden. SCR Fraser Munden & Neil Rathbone. CAST Ralph Whims, Stefan Czernatowicz. Canada.

CHILDREN'S SONG - Children sing a song. DIR David O'Reilly. USA.

THE CUT (LA COUPE) - A father and daughter fluctuate between proximity and detachment during the course a haircut. DIR Geneviève Dulude-De Celles. SCR Geneviève Dulude-De Celles. CAST Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau, Alain Houle. Canada.

DAY 40 - Sinister forces take hold in the untold sordid story of what really happened on Noah's Ark. DIR Sol Friedman. SCR Evan Morgan. CAST John Boylan, Rowie Spodek. Canada.

THE DIGGERS - These are the grave diggers. This is their day. DIR Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck. USA.

THE DRAGON IS THE FRAME - This experimental detective film explores the enigma of
depression and its subtle interplay between presence and absence. DIR Mary Helena Clark. USA.

EXCHANGE AND MART - An unorthodox self-defense class at a remote Scottish boarding school yields unusual results. DIR Cara Connolly & Martin Clark. SCR Cara Connolly. CAST Ewen Bremner, Grace Chilton. United Kingdom.

FUNNEL - Dude. Ran out of gas again?! DIR Andre Hyland. SCR Andre Hyland. CAST Andre Hyland. USA.

GARY HAS AN AIDS SCARE - Gary might have a bit of a problem... DIR Joe Callander. USA.

HACKED CIRCUIT - This circular study of the Foley process portrays sound artists at work
constructing complex layers of fabrication and imposition. DIR Deborah Stratman. USA.

THE HAIRCUT - In 1976, Amy defies expectations and joins the first class of female cadets
accepted for military service. She'll have to prove to all that she has what it takes. DIR Alexis O. Korycinski. SCR Julia Cox. CAST Bailey Noble, Molly Quinn, David Starzyk, Walter Fauntleroy, Chad Michael Collins. USA.

HAZE - A well-intentioned young man struggles to explain last night. DIR Chloe Domont. SCR Chloe Domont. CAST Casey Drogin, Hannah Gross. USA.

HERE I AM...THERE YOU ARE... - When a married couple's foreplay veers into domination, reality is stronger than the imagination. DIR Dikla Jika Elkaslassy. SCR Dikla Jika Elkaslassy. CAST Ohad Knoller. Israel.

HOLE - A fearless portrait of a disabled man in search of intimacy. DIR Martin Edralin. SCR
Martin Edralin. CAST Ken Harrower, Sebastian Deery, April Lee. Canada.

HUMAN VOICE (VOCE UMANA) - Sophia Loren stars in this spirited adaptation of Jean
Cocteau's one-woman play. DIR Edoardo Ponti. SCR Erri De Luca & Edoardo Ponti. CAST Sophia Loren, Virginia Da Brescia, Enrico LoVerso. Italy.

LIGHT - After suffering a devastating loss, a Lebanese man is challenged by a mother's request. DIR Yassmina Karajah. SCR Yassmina Karajah. CAST Ahmed Muslimani, Soad Karim, Timothy J O'Leary. Canada, Lebanon.

MAN ON THE CHAIR (L'HOMME SUR SA CHAISE) - Does the man on the chair exist? DIR
Dahee Jeong. SCR Dahee Jeong. France, South Korea.

MASTER MUSCLES - Veronica and Efren take an explosive road trip through a strange America. DIR Efrén Hernández. SCR Efrén Hernández. CAST Jehina Malik, Efrén Hernández. USA.

MI NINA MI VIDA - The bustling crowds and noisy rides of the amusement park won't be enough to make Jack smile today. DIR Yan Giroux. SCR Yan Giroux. CAST Joël Henriques. Canada.

MIGRATION - Observe the migration patterns of a most unusual herd. DIR Fluorescent Hill. SCR Mark Lomond. Canada.

NDA - Man enacts legal fantasy. DIR David O'Reilly. USA.

THE OBVIOUS CHILD - Somebody broke the girl's parents. The rabbit was there when it
happened. It was an awful mess. DIR Stephen Irwin. SCR Stephen Irwin. CAST Ron Masa. United Kingdom.

ONE YEAR LEASE - Brian and Thomas document one year's worth of their communication from their landlady, who has an itchy speed-dial finger and much to say. DIR Brian Bolster. CAST Brian Bolster, Thomas Harrington. USA.

PERSON TO PERSON - A stranger passed out on his floor after last night's party. Now she won't leave. At least it will make a good story. DIR Dustin Guy Defa. SCR Dustin Guy Defa. CAST Bene Coopersmith, Deragh Campbell. USA.

THE PRESENT - An Eastern ghost story with haunting implications. DIR Joe Hsieh. SCR Joe Hsieh & Ching-Chwang Ho. CAST Yu-Jane Liu, Pi-Li Yeh, Ming-Shiou Tsai. Taiwan.

RABBITLAND - Those brainless rabbits are completely fulfilled. Why should their votes matter? DIR Ana Nedeljkovic & Nikola Majdak Jr. SCR Ana Nedeljkovic. CAST Masa Mileusnic. Serbia.

RAT PACK RAT - Even Sammy Davis Jr. impersonators have it tough. DIR Todd Rohal. SCR Todd Rohal. CAST Steve Little, Eddie Rouse, Margie Beegle. USA.

SEND - The Internet can be a dangerous place for teenage girls. DIR Peter Vack. SCR Peter Vack. CAST Julia Garner, Jake Cannavale. USA.

SHIPWRECK - A tour de force rumination on the terrible tragedy that befell a boat carrying 500 Ethiopian refugees on October 3, 2013. DIR Morgan Knibbe. SCR Morgan Knibbe. Netherlands.

SILENT - A magical contraption brings the history of the movies to life! DIR Brandon Oldenburg and Limbert Fabian. SCR Limbert Fabian & Brandon Oldenburg. USA.

SLAP - A teenage boxer comes to terms with his true self. DIR Nick Rowland. CAST Joe Cole, Elliott Tittensor, Skye Lourie, Stephen Bent. United Kingdom.

SLEEPING GIANT - The chaotic nature of boys is captured in this lyrical coming-of-age journey. DIR Andrew Cividino. SCR Andrew Cividino. CAST Isaac Wiebe, Nick Serino, Reece Moffett, Zoey Sawdo. Canada.

SLUT - A young girl with love in her heart unwittingly attracts the attention of a murderous
sociopath. DIR Chloe Okuno. SCR Chloe Okuno. CAST Molly McIntyre, James Gallo, Sally
Kirkland, Kasia Pilewicz, Cody Beverstock. USA.

SOUND THAT - A few minutes spent looking for leaks in the infrastructure with the employees of the Cleveland Water Department. DIR Kevin Jerome Everson. SCR Kevin Jerome Everson. CAST Kaulee Miller, Mark Pottinger, Terrance Martin. USA.

WASHINGTONIA - The Washingtonia is the only palm tree whose heart is not devoured by the red beetle, because its heart is small and dry and no one likes small, dry hearts. DIR Konstantina Kotzamani. SCR Konstantina Kotzamani. CAST Mamadu Dialo. Greece.

WHITE MORNING - The violent little boys become violent little men. DIR Paul Barritt. SCR Paul Barritt. United Kingdom

WRONG NUMBER - Girl can't throw up. DIR David O'Reilly. USA.

YEARBOOK - A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before Earth blows up. DIR Bernardo Britto. SCR Bernardo Britto. USA.

YES WE LOVE (JA VI ELSKER) - Four generations, each in crisis on Norwegian Independence Day. DIR Hallvar Witzø. SCR Hallvar Witzø. CAST Edvard Hægstad, Terje Ranes, Hanne Skille Reitan, Johan Fredrik Bergflødt-Johannessen. Norway.

YOUNG LIONS OF GYPSY (A CIAMBRA) - Over the course of one long night, a young Romani boy grows up. DIR Jonas Carpignano. SCR Jonas Carpignano. Italy, France.


10,000 KM - Alexandra and Sergi's deeply passionate relationship is tested when it becomes long distance, with computer technology their only medium for communication. DIR Carlos Marques- Marcet. SCR Clara Roquet & Carlos Marques-Marcet. CAST Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer. Spain, USA.

BUZZARD - Slacker temp-worker Marty goes into hiding following a slew of self-designed scams in this acidic dark comedy from AFI FEST alum Joel Potrykus. DIR Joel Potrykus. SCR Joel Potrykus. CAST Joshua Burge, Joel Potrykus. USA.

FAULTS - A washed-up expert on mind control accepts an offer to kidnap a young woman from a cult in this assured indie thriller. DIR Riley Stearns. SCR Riley Stearns. CAST Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, John Gries. USA.

FELT - Amy, haunted by a recent trauma, plunges into the world of her art to create an alter ego as a coping mechanism. DIR Jason Banker. SCR Jason Banker & Amy Everson. CAST Amy Everson, Kentucker Audley, Roxanne Knouse, Alanna Reynolds. USA.

HAPPY VALLEY - The Penn State child sex-abuse scandal, and subsequent downfall of local
heroes Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky, is examined in this insightful documentary. DIR Amir Bar- Lev. USA.

HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT - The Safdie brothers' third narrative feature explores the lives of three heroin junkies living on the streets of New York City. DIR Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie. SCR Ronald Bronstein & Josh Safdie. CAST Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Buddy Duress, Necro. USA.

THOU WAST MILD & LOVELY - In this psychosexual drama, a young farm worker's attraction to his boss's daughter unearths dark secrets. DIR Josephine Decker. SCR Josephine Decker & David Barker. CAST Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub, Robert Longstreet, Kristin Slaysman, Geoff Marslett. USA.

THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA - This essay film finds a fertile metaphor for Eastern Europe's changing relationship with the natural world in the Slavic folktale of witch Baba Yaga. DIR Jessica Oreck. SCR Jessica Oreck. USA, Ukraine, Russia, Poland.

About the American Film Institute

AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information

About AFI FEST presented by Audi

A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today's Hollywood – an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®. Thisyear's edition takes place November 6 – 13, 2014. 

Additional information about AFI FEST is
available at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Connect with AFI FEST

About Audi
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Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.comfor more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Steve Martin to be honored with the prestigious 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award.

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees, announced the Board's decision to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, known to be Americas highest honor within the industry. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015. The 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its third year on TNT when it airs in June 2015, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

"Steve Martin is an American original," said Stringer. "From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award."

A multi talented, diversified performer and acclaimed artist of his generation, Steve Martin is of course an actor,comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician. Recipient of an Emmy®, four Grammy® Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and an Honorary Oscar®, Martin first rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian and quickly established himself as a leading man with a body of work defined by his unique creative voice.

Martin began his career writing for THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR – and in 1969, won an Emmy® for his work. Through the 1970s, he appeared on a number of memorable TV shows – including iconic spots on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – as well as comedy essays and albums. The big screen beckoned......

Martin's first film was a seven-minute short he wrote and starred in, THE ABSENT-MINDED WAITER. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Short Film, Live Action in 1977. In 1979, he had a break-out role as the sweet and clueless "Navin Johnson" in THE JERK (which Martin also co-wrote). It was a perfect showcase for his distinct comedic sensibilities –earnest, innocent and absurd – and it launched him into the zeitgeist. PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (1981) followed, and he went on to become a bankable big-screen star, with distinct roles in films such as DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (1982), THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS (1983), THREE AMIGOS! (1986), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986) and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988) – while also embodying an endearing everyman in ALL OF ME (1984), PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987), ROXANNE (1987) and FATHER OF THE BRIDE parts I and II (1991, 1995). He proved himself more than just a funnyman in bittersweet ensemble works including PARENTHOOD (1989), GRAND CANYON (1991), L.A. STORY (1991) and SHOPGIRL (2005) – a film which he wrote based on his own novella of the same name.

In addition to his beloved film credits and his successful writing career, Martin is also an accomplished musician. Martin recently premiered his new musical BRIGHT STAR, at the OldGlobe Theater featuring original music by Martin and songwriter Edie Brickell, inspired by their Grammy® Award-winning collaboration "Love Has Come For You."

Steve Martin was born in Waco, Texas but was raised mostly in Southern California. As a teenager, Martin sold guidebooks and performed magic tricks at Disneyland – honing his craft among seasoned performers at the Happiest Place On Earth. He studied philosophy at Long Beach State College but eventually transferred to the theater program at the University of California, Los Angeles – before leaving college altogether to become a comedy writer for THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR, winning an Emmy® Award in 1969.

In the 1970s, Martin performed stand-up comedy in local clubs, wrote for THE SONNY AND CHER COMEDY HOUR and appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. In 1979, he brought his offbeat humor to his first starring role in a feature film with THE JERK, which he also co-wrote.

Among Martin's additional credits are DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (1982), ALL OF ME (1984), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986), ¡THREE AMIGOS! (1986), ROXANNE (1987), DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988), L.A. STORY (1991), FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1991), CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (2003), SHOPGIRL (2005) and THE PINK PANTHER (2006).

He has also released four comedy albums between 1977 and 1981, winning GRAMMY® Awards for "Let's Get Small" and "A Wild and Crazy Guy." He received a gold record for his hit comedy song "King Tut" and recently won another GRAMMY® – Best American Roots Song for "Love Has Come For You," off his nominated album of the same name. An accomplished playwright and essayist, he wrote his first book – "Cruel Shoes" – in 1977.

The AFI Life Achievement Award awarded to Martin is based on specific criteria mandated via the board of AFI trustees :-

"The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time."

Most recently, the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute brought together the film community to honor Jane Fonda. AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Michael Douglas (2009) presented the award, while past honorees Robert De Niro (2003), Morgan Freeman (2011) and Meryl Streep (2004) paid tribute to Fonda and her diverse talent. 

Steve Martin joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973 - 
1973 John Ford, 1974 James Cagney, 1975 Orson Welles, 1976 William Wyler, 1977 Bette Davis
1978 Henry Fonda, 1979 Alfred Hitchcock, 1980 James Stewart, 1981 Fred Astaire, 1982 Frank Capra, 1983 John Huston, 1984 Lillian Gish, 1985 Gene Kelly, 1986 Billy Wilder, 1987 Barbara Stanwyck, 1988 Jack Lemmon, 1989 Gregory Peck, 1990 David Lean, 1991 Kirk Douglas, 1992 Sidney Poitier, 1993 Elizabeth Taylor, 1994 Jack Nicholson, 1995 Steven Spielberg, 1996 Clint Eastwood, 1997 Martin Scorsese, 1998 Robert Wise, 1999 Dustin Hoffman, 2000 Harrison Ford, 2001 Barbra Streisand, 2002 Tom Hanks, 2003 Robert De Niro, 2004 Meryl Streep, 2005 George Lucas, 2006 Sean Connery, 2007 Al Pacino, 2008 Warren Beatty, 2009 Michael Douglas, 2010 Mike Nichols, 2011 Morgan Freeman, 2012 Shirley MacLaine, 2013 Mel Brooks, 2014 Jane Fonda.

The American Film Institute (AFI) is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory.

For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI

TNT is television's destination for drama. Seen in 101 million households and ranking among cable's top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes,Falling Skies, The Last Ship, Murder in the First,Legends, Perception, Dallas and Franklin & Bash. TNT's upcoming slate of original scripted dramas includes The Librarians, Public Morals, Proof and Transporter The Series, which will make its U.S. television debut on the network this fall. TNT also
features such dramatic unscripted series as Cold Justice and the upcoming On the Menu and Wake Up Call. 

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. TCM, which is available in more than 85 million homes, features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. Currently in its 20th year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials; film series like The Essentials, hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore, and Friday Night Spotlight;and annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® in February, Summer Under
the Stars in August and TCM Essentials Jr. during the summer. TCM also connects with movie fans through such events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and via their broadcasts.

*Thanks to the American Film Institute for the updated information and press release*