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‘Stargate’ Creator Robert C. Cooper to Showrun ‘Generation Mars’ Sci-Fi Drama

Stargate writer, producer and director Robert C. Cooper is set to showrun Generation Mars, a sci-fi series adapted from Douglas D. Meredith’s book series. Cooper is best known for having showrun 17 seasons of the Stargate franchise for MGM Television, having served as executive producer and co-created two of the series’ spinoffs. Even Stevens child […]

Kino Lorber Lands North American Rights to Sundance Doc ‘Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power’ (Exclusive)

Kino Lorber has landed the North American rights to the Sundance documentary Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power, which scrutinizes the “male gaze” and visual objectification of women in film. Brainwashed, which debuted in the Park City fest’s Premieres section and later screened at the Berlin Film Festival, argues that many of cinema history’s most iconic and acclaimed films […]

Sundance Unveils Dates for Hybrid 2023 Festival

After an all virtual festival in 2021 and an 11th-hour switch to online again in 2022, Sundance is planning a hybrid film festival for its 2023 iteration. The festival will run Jan. 19 to Jan. 29, the Sundance Institute said Tuesday, with the in-person portion taking place in Park City, Utah. The 2023 fest will […]

Toronto Film Fest Names Beth Janson, Former Tribeca Film Institute Head, as COO

Former Tribeca Film Institute head Beth Janson, who returned to Canada to lead the organizer of the country’s film and TV awards in 2016, has been named as the chief operating officer for the Toronto Film Festival. Janson, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, will join TIFF on May 20, as she […]

Neon, Nat Geo to Release Sundance Opener ‘Fire of Love’

Neon has pacted with National Geographic Documentary Films to release the documentary Fire of Love out of the Sundance Film Festival. The immersive doc, which premiered in the U.S. doc competition section, tells the story of eccentric French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft as they captured the spectacular imagery of volcanoes and died in a […]

Paul Pope, Film and Television Producer, Dies at 63

Veteran Canadian film and TV producer Paul Pope, best known for indie movies like Grown Up Movie Star, starring Tatiana Maslany, and Rare Birds, toplined by William Hurt and Molly Parker, has died. He was 63. Pope died on Thursday morning in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a representative of his production banner, Pope Productions, told The […]

‘Navalny’ Director Talks Shooting Harrowing Russian Dissident Doc: “We Were Catching Something Remarkable and Historic”

Despite having made only his second feature documentary, Navalny director Daniel Roher is good at pitches. Back in 2017 in an L.A. recording studio, Roher had to sell fellow Toronto native Robbie Robertson on his vision for a film about the rock legend. “Kid, let’s make trouble together,” Robertson eventually told the precocious director before […]

Lily-Rose Depp, Hoyeon, Renate Reinsve to Star in ‘The Governesses’

A24 has greenlit The Governesses, with Lily-Rose Depp, Squid Game star Hoyeon and Cannes best actress winner Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person in the World) on board to star. Joe Talbot will direct the drama from a screenplay he wrote along with Olivia Gatwood that is based on Anne Serre’s novel of the same name. The […]

John Zaritsky, Oscar-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 79

Veteran Canadian filmmaker John Zaritsky, who earned an Oscar in 1983 for best documentary feature for Just Another Missing Kid, has died. He was 79. Zaritsky died on March 30 due to heart failure at the Vancouver General hospital, according to his family. His prolific doc output included Men Don’t Cry: Prostate Cancer Stories, which he […]

Russian Dissident Doc ‘Navalny’ to Receive Special Theatrical Release

In light of world events, Warner Bros. and Fathom have decided to give Navalny — the doc about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was targeted in an assassination attempt in August 2020 — a special release in more than 800 theaters on April 11-12. The doc, directed by Daniel Roher, premiered to critical and […]

Sundance Winner ‘Nanny’ Sells to Amazon, Blumhouse

The winner of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize, Nanny, has sold to Blumhouse and Amazon Prime Video, nearly two months after making its debut at the virtual festival. The horror drama comes from director Nikyatu Jusu and stars Anna Diop as a Senegalese immigrant nanny, piecing together a new life in New […]

Abigail Disney, Rachel Lear and Reid Davenport Films Set for 2022 Hot Docs Festival

Abigail Disney’s The American Dream & Other Fairy Tales, a documentary critical of how Disney and other big corporations treat their employees and co-directed with Kathleen Hughes, is getting an international premiere as part of the Hot Docs festival’s upcoming Special Presentation sidebar. The U.S. indie film received its world premiere at the Sundance Film […]