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Momentum Generation Wins Emmy

By Jake Howard

Long after graduating, the boys from the ‘90s New School continue to collect accolades.

Last night it was announced by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards that the film “Momentum Generation” was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Long Sports Documentary.


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Tribeca Docu ‘Momentum Generation’ Surfs To HBO In TV Deal

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By Patrick Hipes

HBO has acquired U.S. and Canada TV rights to Momentum Generation, the feature-length surfing documentary from Jeff and Michael Zimbalist that won an audience award after its premiere this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will air on HBO on December 11 after Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group’s international digital release set for November 5. Read more

New York Times: “Opera and Film Takes On A New Note in Bel Canto”

By Michael Cooper

Sept. 7, 2018

“Bel Canto” is the rare film that does not use opera to comment ironically on bloodshed, or signal sinister depravity, or provide the sonic equivalent of a heart-shaped box of chocolates in a moment of slightly cloying Valentine’s Day-style romance. Mixing elements of thriller and romantic drama, “Bel Canto” is not exactly an opera film. But it uses music as character and catalyst, a vital force uniting artist and fan, hostage and guerrilla, plutocrat and revolutionary.

“It’s about the power of art to humanize,” the star soprano Renée Fleming, who recorded the arias by Dvorak and Puccini that Ms. Moore lip-syncs to in the film, said in an interview.

Robert Redford-Produced Surfer Doc to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

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‘Momentum Generation’ shows how one house in Hawaii nurtured surfer crew that would “forever reshape worldwide culture in the 1990s”

A crew of surfers who helped change the sport tumble into each other’s company in a new clip from Momentum Generation, a documentary executive-produced by Robert Redford (among others), that’s set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film tracks the rise of athletes who eventually “win world titles and forever reshape worldwide culture in the 1990s and beyond,” according to a statement from the directors, Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

In the Momentum Generation teaser, the surfers come together as a group for the first time. “We all knew each other from surfing different amateur events,” Rob Machado says. “But it wasn’t until we stayed at Benji’s house that we became a posse.” Read more

Berlin: Bloom’s ‘Bel Canto’ Adds Trio to Drama’s Cast

Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, and Elsa Zylberstein have joined Paul Weitz’s “Bel Canto.”

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s sales and production shingle, Bloom, introduced the pic at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, and will continue sales at Berlin’s European Film Market. WME Global is handling U.S. rights.

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NYT Review: ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ Revisits the Psychology of Power and Abuse

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By Neil Genzlinge

July 16, 2015

Fine ensemble acting brings a notorious psychological study to life in “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” The research, now 44 years old, may today seem as if it merely confirmed the obvious, but the film, by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, certainly makes you feel the claustrophobic intensity of what went on.

The film is about a 1971 study done by a Stanford University professor, Philip Zimbardo, in which students were recruited to play either guards or inmates in a make-believe prison. Guess what? People put in positions of authority, like prison guards, sometimes abuse that authority, and in startlingly cruel ways.

Billy Crudup, playing Dr. Zimbardo, is the most recognizable name in the cast, and he does nice work portraying a man who, as the experiment spirals out of control, is torn between protecting the students and protecting his research. But it’s the young actors playing the students who really make an impression.

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The Land trailer: Skateboard dreams derail in Nas-produced crime drama

Directed by first-time filmmaker Stephen Caple Jr. — and executive-produced by the rapper Nas — The Land is a drama about four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding, but instead find themselves ensnared in the web of a drug queen-pin. The movie stars Erykah Badu, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Ezri Walker, Linda Emond, Natalie Martinez, Colson Baker, and the very busy Kim Coates.

“I’m so proud of that,” says the Sons of Anarchy actor. “This young actor called Jorge Lendeborg is the lead. It’s about four boys in high school. Cleveland. They’re on the wrong side of the tracks. Do they go the right side? I play his uncle, and Erykah Badu is sort of my girlfriend. It was so well-received at Sundance. So, look for that!”

The Land opens in theaters and on VOD, July 29. You can see the film’s new trailer, above.

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