Jamie Redford honored at AmDocs2017
Jamie Redford, son of Robert Redford, is the recipient of the 2017 Seeing The Bigger Picture Award from the American Documentary Film Festival.
Ted Grouya, AmDocs’ festival director, says Redford’s work “exemplifies the sort of documentary filmmaking we strive to celebrate with our festival.”
As co-founder and chair of the Redford Center, a non-profit committed to transforming environmental and social challenges into stories that inspire action and change, Jamie Redford has made it his business to tell stories that shine a light on issues that might have otherwise remained untouched.
AmDocs will screen three of his films as part of its retrospective on this dynamic filmmaker, including Watershed, Toxic Hot Seat and Happening. Redford will participate in a Q&A following the Happening screening.
AmDocs 2017 takes place from March 31 to April 5 in Palm Springs, CA.
Endemol Shine, CJ E&M close deal for “The Society Game”
Global production juggernaut Endemol Shine Group and South Korean content and media company CJ E&M have announced the second series of reality format The Society Game.
Developed with Endemol Shine Asia, The Society Game premiered last November in a primetime slot on CJ E&M’s flagship channel tvN.
The series features two contrasting “societies”, based on authoritarian rule and democracy models, compete to win physical and mental challenges or risk de-establishing their community.
“CJ E&M are a brilliant partner and this social experiment uniquely engages the audience’s interest in politics,” said Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at Endemol Shine Group. “The first series of The Society Game was a hit with the key younger demographic in South Korea and we’re incredibly proud given the market’s reputation as a hotbed of creativity.”
First Pond acquires arctic rap doc
Los Angeles-based First Pond Entertainment has acquired world rights to the documentary Arctic Superstar.
The documentary follows rapper Nils Rune Utsi (otherwise known as SlinCraze) as he attempts to find fame, rapping in an endangered language that only 20,000 people in the world speak. Utsi lives in a remote town in the Arctic Highlands of Norway, playing sparsely-attended shows on makeshift stages.
Arctic Superstar screened at the Bergen International Film Festival, Dok.fest Munchen Film Festival and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It will screen next at the Nashville Film Festival, which takes place April 20 to 29.
The doc was directed by Simen Bratthen and produced by Indie Films AS. It was produced by Stig Andersen and executive produced by Carsten Aanonsen.