ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Eduardo Sanchez is sleeping in his own bed, for once. He’s taking a short break from work, but the majority of his time over the course of the next few months will be spent in Dallas, where the filmmaker best known for “The Blair Witch Project” is able to work on film and TV productions with what he says are better state tax incentives than in his native state of Maryland. “I have a bunch of projects that I’d love to develop (in Maryland) that are, right now, dead in the water because of the (lack of) incentives,” Sanchez told Capital News Service. “If (a new tax incentive bill) passes, that opens up a lot of new work here, and I don’t think I’m the only one in that position. I think a lot of people are waiting for this to happen.” A push from local filmmakers like Sanchez for a new film tax credit plan reached the steps of the Maryland State House this year amid production of the shortened sixth and … [Read more...] about As ‘House of Cards’ nears end, Md. aims to remain film contender
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Hannah Yasharoff, Capital News Service Updated 1:35 pm, Friday, April 13, 2018 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Eduardo Sanchez is sleeping in his own bed for once. He's taking a short break from work, but the majority of his time over the course of the next few months will be spent in Dallas, where the filmmaker best known for "The Blair Witch Project" is able to work on film and TV productions with what he says are better state tax incentives than in his native state of Maryland. "I have a bunch of projects that I'd love to develop (in Maryland) that are, right now, dead in the water because of the (lack of) incentives," Sanchez told Capital News Service. "If (a new tax incentive bill) passes, that opens up a lot of new work here, and I don't think I'm the only one in that position. I think a lot of people are waiting for this to happen." A push from local filmmakers like Sanchez for a new film tax credit plan reached the steps of the Maryland State House this year amid … [Read more...] about As ‘House of Cards’ ends, state aims to stay film contender
With the banning of red-carpet selfies, a bitter renewal of last year’s heated Netflix debate and more intense discussion than usual over how many female directors would be selected for competition, it was shaping up to be a dramatic year for the Festival de Cannes even before its official selection lineup was announced.For those who hoped Cannes would shake things up further still with its freshest, nerviest, most unpredictable slate in years, the festival did not disappoint.Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake” will lead a relatively slim American presence in the main competition, for which selections were unveiled Thursday morning in Paris by festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux and President Pierre Lescure.The festival’s lone major studio title was already announced last week: “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Ron Howard (who took over the troubled production from Phil … [Read more...] about Spike Lee, David Robert Mitchell films will compete in most surprising Cannes lineup in years
When last we spoke of Ivan Villamel's short film Mr. Dentonn we were marvelling that it was very likely the most programmed and awarded short film of all time. After over five hundred festival stops it is finally time to reach out to the last... what... half dozen of us left in the World who were not at a festival when this played. . On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. "Mr.Dentonn", directed by Ivan Villamel, produced by Harmonica Films & Mordisco Films, and played by Irene Aguilar, Kaiet Rodriguez and Ander Pardo, has broken records in its genre, becoming the most awarded and selected horror short film of all time worldwide, with 500 official selections and more than 120 international awards, in addition to more than 1200 award nominations and 1500 screenings around the world. "Mr.Dentonn" is a tribute to the fantastic … [Read more...] about Watch MR. DENTONN, The Most Programmed And Awarded Short Film of All Time
A short film created by University of Chichester students for their final-year dissertations has been awarded a major accolade at an international festival. Horror-thriller Red River won best short film for its bold plotline of a concentration camp escapee’s pursuit of a former Nazi soldier.The short, which is just 11 minutes in length, received the accolade at the Eclipse international film festival at Pasadena in California.Writer and producer Tim Wickens, from the BA (hons) in digital film production and screenwriting degree at Chichester, said the accolade was a reward for the dedication of the student team: “We were surprised to win as we had a relatively-small budget but it is gratifying to know that you can achieve anything with hard work.“The film poses questions about choice and morality and the decisions of a survivor who mercilessly pursues the Nazi soldier who stole the last remaining photo of her daughter.”The production, which also received a … [Read more...] about University of Chichester students enjoy film success!