ashmore cast

Aaron Ashmore has been cast in the indie feature "The Thaw" opposite Martha MacIsaac and Val Kilmer. Anagram Pictures is producing the thriller about an Arctic research team attacked by a killer parasite released by melting polar ice caps. "Thaw" is written by Michael Lewis and Mark A. Lewis. The latter also will direct. Shooting begins in Vancouver today. Ashmore is repped by APA and Artistry Management.

seattle 'blossoms'

Audiences members awarded Doris Dorrie's "Cherry Blossoms — Hanami" the Best Film Golden Space Needle Award at the 34th Seattle International Film Festival, which ended Sunday. The jury's Grand Prize went to Tony Barbieri's "Em." For more on the fest, go to

fest cash in play

Seven film festivals across Britain have secured a share of £740,000 ($1.4 million) that the U.K. Film Council will dish out over the next three years via its Film Festival Fund. The Birds Eye View Film Festival and the Sheffield International Documentary Festival were the biggest winners, each scooping up £175,000 ($341,000) to fuel expansion ambitions.

marcus adds

Marcus Theatres is installing 12 digital 3-D systems at locations throughout the Midwest, in time for the July 11 bow of New Line's 3-D "Journey to the Center of the Earth." Ballantyne of Omaha and XpanD of Pasadena will provide equipment and glasses and Dolby will provide the d-cinema servers.