Texas Film Festival to Screen, Honor Actor From Classic ‘Dazed and Confused’

The Deep in the Heart Film Festival has announced a 30th anniversary screening of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused on July 22.

The 1993 high school classic is available for digital rental and is on sale ($9.99) for digital purchase on Vudu. It’s also available in a Criterion 4K Ultra HD edition.
 
The screening will include the presentation of the Deep in the Heart Film Festival Trailblazer Award to the film’s star, Jason London. 
 
“We could not be more thrilled to add this weekend-long celebration of such an influential film shot here in Texas to what was already a jam-packed festival of great films and events,” festival co-founders and directors Samuel Thomas and Louis Hunter said in a statement. “Having Jason London here to accept our Chisholm Trailblazer Award, headline our Opening Night Red Carpet and participate in what is sure to be a very entertaining conversation about the making of the film and his career is just so much icing on the cake. Each year, we have tried to add something new and special for our film fans to enjoy, and what could be better than this?” 

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Screening at the Waco, Texas, Hippodrome at 1 p.m., Dazed and Confused is regarded as a cult classic, ranking third on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the “50 Best High School Movies,” as well as 10th on the same magazine’s “Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years” list. Quentin Tarantino included the film in his list of the 10 greatest films of all time in a poll he participated in for Sight and Sound. The film follows the exploits of a group of teenagers during the last day of school in 1976 Austin.
 
The film has also become noteworthy due to the large number of actors from its extensive ensemble who went on to become stars, including London, Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Cole Hauser, Milla Jovovich, Nicky Katt, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey and Renée Zellweger.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Media Play News’ Second Annual ‘Indie Power Players’

Media Play News is getting ready to once again honor the top players in independent film distribution — and based on the overwhelming response to our inaugural Top Indie Power Players feature last year, we are expanding the list of honorees to 30 from 20 in 2022.

“Top Indie Power Players” 2023 will be published in the March print and digital edition of Media Play News, which hits the street on March 20. The feature also will run online a week later.

Once again, we will profile the key executives who are bringing to consumers an eclectic mix of groundbreaking new productions, cult classics and niche product from documentaries to music, horror and other genres. They’ve been doing multi-platform releasing for years, with a special focus on home audiences across the three core platforms we cover: streaming, disc and digital (TVOD and electronic sellthrough).

“Once again, we’re going to dig deep into what they do, how they do it and where the business is headed,” said MPN publisher Thomas K. Arnold.

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 24. The official entry form may be accessed here.

Regal to Screen All 10 Oscar-Nominated Best Films for $6 Per Title

Following the Jan. 24 Oscar nominations, bankrupt exhibitor Regal said it would showcase the best picture nominees at the Regal Best Picture Film Festival, taking place March 3 to 12. Tickets for each nominated title will be available for $6, with a special $5 price and $7 concession combo for Regal Crown Club members.

Nominated films for the Best Picture include:

All Quiet on the Western Front (‘R’)
Avatar: The Way of Water (‘PG-13’)
The Banshees of Inisherin (‘R’)
Elvis (‘PG-13’)
Everything Everywhere All at Once (‘R’)
The Fabelmans (‘PG-13’)
Tár (‘R’)
Top Gun: Maverick (‘PG-13’)
Triangle of Sadness (‘R’)
Women Talking (‘PG-13’)

“To be nominated for best picture represents one of the most prestigious recognitions for the movie industry each year,” Andrew Turner, head of film at Regal, said in a statement.

Regal’s British owner Cineworld last September filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. The chain is the No. 2 exhibitor in the world behind AMC Theatres.

Georgia Latino Film Alliance Appoints Julie Ann Crommett Board Chair

The Georgia Latino Film Alliance (GALFA) has appointed Julie Ann Crommett, a former Walt Disney Studios, NBC Universal and Google exec, as its new board chair.

Crommett will work closely with the board of directors to grow the organization into a valuable resource and support system for next-generation Latino filmmakers, students, executives and content creators in Georgia, according to GALFA.

“It is my great honor to welcome Julie Ann Crommett as the newest elected GALFA board chair, “said Jose Marquez, CEO and founder, GALFA, in a statement. “Her unique business experience in the DEI [diversity, inclusion and inclusion] space, her creative insights and ongoing commitment to advocating for systematic change will undoubtedly help our organization scale to greater heights under her strategic guidance.”

“We are so fortunate to have Julie Ann join us in our mission towards achieving new benchmarks in the film and entertainment industry,” Yvette Moise, president and co-founder of the Georgia Latino Film Alliance and Festival, said in a statement. “Together we will work towards making this place a whole new world.”

The Georgia Latino Film Alliance and Film Festival conducts the Georgia Latino Film Festival in the state of Georgia, which features Latino-directed, -produced and -acted films among other national and international entries. The mission of the Georgia Latino Film Alliance is to build awareness of independent films and film as an art form, provide educational opportunities for students and Georgia Latino filmmakers, and create opportunities for the Georgia communities to experience high-quality Latino films.

Crommett has been working in the diversity, equity and inclusion space for more than a decade in the film, media, entertainment and tech industries.

“I am humbled to join the GALFA board and look forward to working with the talented board, partners and members who tirelessly foster Latino development in the film industry,” Crommett said in a statement. “GALFA is moving ahead stronger than ever. I’m excited to join Jose and Yvette and their outstanding team in giving voice to America’s next generation of Latinx Storytellers.”

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Crommett has worked at The Walt Disney Studios and NBC Universal as well as Google. She is currently founder and CEO of Collective Moxie, a consultative agency that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, narrative and community engagement.

While serving as VP of multicultural audience engagement at The Walt Disney Studios, she spearheaded efforts to diversify talent in front of and behind the camera, connect creative projects with communities they touched, and build a more inclusive culture within the studio. She played an integral role in contributing to key film release projects including Disney/Pixar’s Soul and Coco, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon, and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. She also created Disney’s “Launchpad: Shorts Incubator,” a program that provided six directors from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to produce a short film for Disney+. Additionally, and in partnership with Disney executive chairman Bob Iger, she launched and co-chaired Disney’s first-ever Creative Inclusion Council dedicated to increasing inclusion and accountability in Disney’s creative endeavors.

Crommett has been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter’s “35 under 35,” the IMAGEN Foundation’s Influential Latinos in Entertainment list and as an ADCOLOR Innovator. She hosted a TEDx Talk in 2016 covering equity and storytelling and serves on the boards for the Hispanic Federation, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and Women in Animation.

A Puerto Rican and Cuban American, Crommett was raised in Atlanta and earned her B.A. in English from Harvard University.