SUNDAY ROUNDUP: TOWER, HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT REDUX, TITUSS BURGESS, CIVIL WAR, TROLLHUNTERS

SUNDAY ROUNDUP: TOWER, HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT REDUX, TITUSS BURGESS, CIVIL WAR, TROLLHUNTERS 1

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THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT REDUX Comes to Digital Platforms and DVD on October 4th From Virgil Films

As the U.S. approaches its most consequential presidential election in generations, a powerful, newly updated film reveals just what is at stake for the country and the world.  THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT REDUX, a “riveting and revealing” documentary (David Sterritt,
Christian Science Monitor), will be available across HD digital platforms and DVD from Virgil Films on October 4, 2016.
There can be no doubt that we live in one of the most tumultuous political climates in the nation’s history, a climate where politicians can be toppled on a whim, election results disputed in the country’s highest courts, and governors unceremoniously recalled. It’s enough to leave even the most cynical voter asking, how did this happen?
Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry’s incendiary documentary THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT REDUX, based on the best-selling book The Hunting of the President by journalists Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, offers a glimpse at the genesis of these partisan vendettas and explores the myths and truths behind the more than 25-year campaign to systematically destroy the political legacy of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The film was originally released in 2004, but anti-Clinton forces managed to get it largely suppressed. But now it is back – with more eye-opening revelations – and available for more people to see than was previously possible.
The film, now including new interviews and insights, explains clearly and convincingly how and why right-wing zealots have tried to destroy the Clintons – initially during Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign and his two terms in office, and now as Hillary Clinton aims to make history by becoming America’s first female president.
Prominent figures in politics and journalism who appear in the film, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, include James Carville, Paul Begala, Jonathan Alter and Richard Ben-Veniste; also interviewed are many of those who have sought to discredit the Clintons. Gene Lyons says, “The honor of journalism has been compromised to the point where people just assume you’re lying if they don’t want to hear it” – and THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT REDUX shows how we got to this dangerous state of affairs. Another interviewee chillingly says, “The current mood in America is reminiscent of 1932 Germany.”
Reviewing the original film, Variety‘s Dennis Harvey called it “an eye-opening look at how disreputable characters can impact government – and how easily the mainstream media can be manipulated.” Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post called it a “fascinating documentary on what Hillary Rodham Clinton once called the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ … a frighteningly coherent argument that Clinton was railroaded.” Pete Vonder Haar of Film Threat described the film as a “chilling look at the lengths to which some with go to destroy someone.” The Austin Chronicle‘s Cathy Ross called it “a stunning documentary … a case study in the power of special interests to manipulate scandal-hungry journalists and thus mold public opinion.”

Tower has a new trailer and poster!

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August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered.  A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation  of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy.  The film highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever – a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.


TRT: 82 Minutes

Country:  USA

Language: English

Tituss Burgess to receive NewFest Voice & Visibility Award

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NewFest – the Film and Media Arts organization that will present its annual festival of LGBT cinema from October 20 to October 25 in partnership with Outfest and sponsored by HBO – announced today that Emmy Award-nominated actor Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) will be receiving NewFest’s very first Voice & Visibility Award during the festival. Burgess will be presented the award by Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Messing (“Will & Grace,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Smash”). The award will be given on Opening Night of the 28th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival, October 20th at 7pm, before the screening of the North American Premiere of the highly anticipated THE PASS starring Russell Tovey.

“It’s an honor to be the first recipient of this award. What a lovely reminder to us all that being yourself gives others permission to stand proudly in their own individuality,” Burgess said.

Burgess’s work as an actor, singer, stage performance and out entertainer has resonated with LGBT audiences for years, but as Titus Andromedon on Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” he has been newly embraced by audiences all over the world as well as within the critical community. For his performance this past season, the New York Times called him “more than ever the heart of the show,” and he received his second Emmy Award nomination. With his performance, Burgess has created one of the most infectiously lovable characters on television and brought a multi-dimensional gay man of color into the homes of many viewers for the first time.

NewFest’s mission is to give voice and visibility to the full scope of the LGBT community by presenting films and supporting filmmakers, writers and actors whose stories entertain, educate and empower. The Voice & Visibility Award will be presented to Burgess in recognition of his contributions both on and off screen, which have resonated with LGBT audiences through his boundless positivity, presence, and wit. He will be presented the award at NewFest’s Opening Night Gala at Chelsea’s SVA Theatre on Thursday, October 20th at 7pm.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Tituss Burgess receive NewFest’s inaugural Voice & Visibility Award to kick off our 28th Annual festival,” said Robert Kushner, NewFest’s Executive Director. “NewFest is all about LGBT storytelling, and as an immensely talented actor of both stage and screen, Tituss presents his characters and his own stories with insight, strength, and heart–echoing the power and passion of the LGBT community.”

Although Burgess will be receiving NewFest’s first Voice & Visibility Award, past Visionary Award recipients from NewFest include writer-director Ira Sachs, producer Christine Vachon and LGBT rights icon Edie Windsor.

NewFest is also pleased to announce new additions to what was already the festival’s largest slate ever (The full program, which was announced last week on Sept. 14th, is currently available online at newfest.org/2016 ). The festival will be hosting the U.S. Premiere of John Butler’s delightful Irish coming-of-age HANDSOME DEVIL (straight from sold out screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival) featuring two breakout performances from newcomers Fionn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine, and a terrific turn from Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”).

They will also be presenting a companion piece screening of Academy Award Winners Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman’s essential 2000 Documentary PARAGRAPH 175 on Oct. 22nd, which Epstein will be on hand in-person to introduce, along with a post-screening Q&A. This screening will stand powerfully on its own as well as a contextual cinematic partner to the festival’s Legacy Centerpiece, DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS, the newly restored 1919 narrative film by Outfest UCLA Legacy Project  which screens in 35mm with live musical accompaniment by Steve Sterner on Oct. 21st, about two men torn apart by the Paragraph 175 law. The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project is a partnership between Outfest and UCLA Film & Television Archive and is the largest archive in the world exclusively dedicated to preserving and restoring LGBT moving images.

Epstein will also appear as part of the extended panel following the Legacy Centerpiece screening of DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS on Oct. 21st. He will be joined by fellow panelists Bob Hawk, filmmaker; Ashley Swinnerton, Collection Specialist, Department of Film at MoMA; and more to be announced. The panel will be moderated by Outfest Executive Director Christopher Racster.

Voltron + del Toro’s Trollhunters Headed to NYCC 2016

DreamWorks Animation and Netflix will present a blockbuster duo of panels at New York Comic Con 2016. Trollhunters and Voltron Legendary Defender, two of DreamWorks’ highly-anticipated Netflix original series, are set to make their New York Comic Con debuts, with both series world premiering brand new episodes from upcoming seasons.

 

Join acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro as he and voice cast unveil DreamWorks Trollhunters at Madison Square Garden. Screen the pilot of this cinematic and groundbreaking animated series, slated to premiere worldwide on Netflix in December, which will raise the bar for kids programing and thrill the entire family. Panelists include voice talent Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman and Steven Yeun, as well as executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Rodrigo Blaas. The panel will be moderated by Laura Prudom, television editor for Mashable.

 

Form Voltron! Fans will be treated to a sneak peek into the highly-anticipated second season of the Netflix original series and pop culture phenomenon DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender. Join executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, story editor Tim Hedrick and voice actors Jeremy Shada and Bex Taylor-Klaus on the NYCC Main Stage for a special screening and a first look into what’s to come for Team Voltron. The panel will be moderated by Jim Viscardi, executive editor of ComicBook.com.

 

DETAILS ON PANELS/SCREENINGS AND ACTIVITIES (in chronological order):

 

FRIDAY, OCT 7:

 

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Signing

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Table 21 of Autographing Area at Javits Center (Hall 1-B)

A DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender signing with Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomery and Tim Hedrick will take place from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM on Friday at Table 21 the Autographing Area located in Hall 1-B of the Javits Center.

 

Season 2 Sneak Peek: DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, a Netflix Original Series

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Main Stage at Javits Center

Catch the world premiere of an episode from the highly anticipated upcoming second season of DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender with executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, story editor Tim Hedrick and voice actors Jeremy Shada and Bex Taylor-Klaus.  Together they’ll discuss what’s in store for Team Voltron and provide a glimpse inside what promises to be an epic second season, coming soon to Netflix. All panel attendees will receive an exclusive limited-edition Voltron poster.

 

Voltron Collective Fan Party

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location to be announced

DreamWorks Animation presents the Voltron Collective, a collaboration of leading lifestyle and apparel brands that have created exclusive product inspired by the Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender. Event details to be announced.

 

SATURDAY, OCT 8:

 

Lion Forge Comics Signing

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

Booth #1669

Lion Forge Comics will host a signing in booth #1669 with writers of the Voltron Legendary Defender comic series Tim Hedrick and Mitch Iverson. A Voltron #1 New York Comic Con Exclusive Variant cover will be available at the booth, limited to 250 copies.

 

World Premiere: DreamWorks Trollhunters, a Netflix Original Series

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Madison Square Garden Theater

From the limitless imagination of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes a tale of two worlds set to collide in the epic saga DreamWorks Trollhunters. When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil, Jim is determined to save the world – right after gym class. A must-see viewing event for the entire family, DreamWorks Trollhunters will bring viewers of all ages around the globe into the rich and creative world of this all-new Netflix original series. Join creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro alongside voice talent Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman and Steven Yeun and executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Rodrigo Blaas, as they discuss bringing this global television event to life and world premiere the first two episodes.

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