2015 Rendez-Vous Near You

The 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, sweeps across screens at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the IFC Center, and BAMcinématek, March 6-15. The 2015 edition returns with another program of features and shorts that exemplify today’s most innovative French artistry by burgeoning talents and avowed masters alike. The lineup—which consists of 22 feature films and four short films making their New York, U.S., or North American premieres—demonstrates that the landscape of French cinema has never been more fertile, and the voices issuing from it never more diverse. This anniversary year also marks a special acknowledgment in support of French cinema with the appointment of two festival Co-Chairs, Nathalie Baye and Martin Scorsese. A complete schedule and additional special events in celebration of the 20th Anniversary will be announced at a later date.

The 20th Anniversary also marks the fourth year collaborating with Emerging Pictures on a select number of titles. The films will screen in venues across the country contemporaneously with their showings at Lincoln Center via Emerging’s network of digital theaters. The selected titles include Eat Your BonesGaby Baby Doll, Hippocrates, In the Courtyard, Love at First Fight, and Stubborn.

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Gaby Baby Doll

Stubborn / Une histoire américaine


In the Courtyard

Love at First Fight

Eat Your Bones

“Letters to Jackie”. Commemorating a national memory with a national movie event.

The last week of August saw the country commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. On the National Mall in Washington D.C. and all over the US people celebrated the momentousness of late summer 1963. A few months later in 1963 the nation would once again be brought together, this time in the shock and mourning after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. November 22 will mark fifty years from that tragic date in American history, a time poignantly captured in the new documentary LETTERS TO JACKIE: REMEMBERING PRESIDENT KENNEDY.

On the Monday three days after John Fitzgerald Kennedy died, 45,000 letters arrived at the White House from bereaved citizens, who had sat down after the assassination to share their grief, shock, outrage. Within seven weeks, Jacqueline Kennedy had received over 800,000 letters. LETTERS TO JACKIE employs 20 remarkable letters read by an all-star cast of actors and actresses and archival footage (including never-before-seen Kennedy home movies) to bring to vivid life the emotions of late 1963, from the words of ordinary citizens, not from history books.

On Tuesday, September 17th LETTERS TO JACKIE will have its theatrical premiere at a special event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, featuring a post-screening panel that includes filmmaker Bill Couturie, Academy Award-winner (and a voice in the film) Chris Cooper, Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of the book on which the film is based, and four individuals whose letters to Jackie are featured in the film. Emerging Cinemas across the United States will be screening the film simultaneously and offering their audiences this resonant post-show discussion LIVE. For a film about a time when the entire country was joined together, how fitting to have movie audiences in theatres around the US experiencing the film together as well.


Kenneth Branagh joins multiple Emerging Cinemas for virtual Q&A

Last Sunday Emerging Cinemas around the United States hosted the domestic theatrical premiere of Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, distributed by Revolver Entertainment. Of those 150 theatres, around twenty-five topped off the event by welcoming Mr. Branagh himself into the auditorium via live webcast from his home in London. Audience members were able to Tweet comments and questions in real time directly to the Oscar-nominated actor and director after the screening. The result was a truly interactive Q&A, one that crossed the Atlantic and all four US time zones.

Below is the full recording of that conversation.


Famed author Judy Blume finally in the cinema

For just about anyone under the age of, say, 50, the name Judy Blume congers up early and fond memories of reading. Whether during elementary school or young adulthood, most of us recall a Judy Blume book at some point along the way. So it comes as a bit of a shock to learn that not one of the prolific author’s works has ever been realized on the big screen. Until this Friday (June 7) that is, with the nationwide opening of the new movie Tiger Eyes, directed by Ms. Blume’s son no less. Lawrence Blume and her mother adapted the 1981 novel together, an alliance covered in last weekend’s New York Times (see below). Tiger Eyes was produced by George Cooper, a co-founder of Emerging Cinema affiliate Tropic Cinema in Key West, which gives us a bit of extra pride in offering this feature through our network day-and-date with the June 7th nationwide break.

For locations and showtimes playing Tiger Eyes in the Emerging network, visit the movie’s page here.

Oscar-nominee Kenneth Branagh joins Emerging audiences for the US premiere of “The Magic Flute”

Continuing our tradition of offering exclusive and interactive filmmaker Q&As to arthouses across the country, this June we’re bringing multiple Oscar-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh into Emerging affiliated theatres via live webcast to mark the U.S. theatrical premiere of his film The Magic Flute. This lost gem, which premiered at the Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and had limited overseas runs, finally gets its overdue big-screen presentation stateside on Sunday, June 9th exclusively in participating Emerging locations. The premiere screening (1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT) will be followed by a live webcast conversation with the director, Kenneth Branagh. Through Twitter, audiences everywhere will be encouraged to send him questions in real time.

Mozart’s classic opera The Magic Flute has been brilliantly reimagined and adapted for the big-screen by Branagh and is set against the backdrop of World War I. Opening with a breathtaking single shot in the trenches at the onset of battle, The Magic Flute is a stunning visual achievement and a brilliant marriage of opera and cinema. The film also features a new libretto by well known English actor-writer-comedian Stephen Fry, with music arranged by James Conlon.

Kenneth Branagh is probably best known for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare, for which he’s received Oscar nominations for direction (Henry V) and screenwriting (Hamlet). He is also familiar to moviegoers through his onscreen performances and has been nominated for Best Actor (for Henry V) and more recently Best Supporting Actor for playing Lawrence Olivier in 2011’s My Week with Marilyn alongside Michelle Williams.

For a complete list of theatres presenting The Magic Flute check out the list below or visit the film’s page here. Locations offering the live virtual Q&A with Kenneth Branagh are noted with “LIVE Q&A“.

Where the Trail Ends… is on the big screen this spring

Our adrenaline is pumping!… Starting in April, and marking our first collaboration with Red Bull Media House, we’ll be kicking off a series of special event screenings of the mountain bike action film Where the Trail Ends at upwards of 25 Emerging Cinemas. Where the Trail Ends is an eye-popping, heart-stopping documentary that follows the world’s best freeride mountain bikers as they take on the most remote, harsh and never-ridden terrain in the world. After world premiering at the Interbike Tradeshow in Las Vegas last September, Where the Trail Ends will finally land on big screens all over the US exclusively through Emerging Pictures. And trust us, this is a film that’s meant to be seen BIG and best to be experienced with others. Like we said, this is an event!

Where the Trail Ends centers on riders Darren Berrecloth, Cameron Zink, Kurt Sorge, Andreu Lacondeguy and James Doerfling as they journey to locations like Cafayate, Argentina, China’s Gobi Desert, Nepal’s Mustang Province, Fraser River Canyon in British Columbia and back to Utah, where their journey and the film began. Whether your a mountain biker yourself, an extreme sports enthusiast, a travel nut or adventurer of a different stripe, the cinematography will blow your mind. Check out the trailer below, along with a full list of participating locations. (more…)

Rendez-Vous Near You… Part Deux!

Next week the 18th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, hits screens at The Film Society, the IFC Center and BAMcinématek in New York City… AND ONCE AGAIN AT SELECT EMERGING CINEMAS!!!

This marks the second year in a row that this series will be made available nationally by Emerging Pictures throughout the month of March. A selection of nine films from the program are available to co-premiere at Emerging affiliated arthouses and theatres spaces, some accompanied with live/interactive Q&As to be webcasted from Lincoln Center and IFC Center. To check out the nine titles that make up this year’s lineup go to our series page.

At last count around 30 cinemas across the United States — from Miami, San Francisco and Phoenix to Port Townsend, Washington and St. Johnsbury, Vermont — were set to host this extension of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema that we fondly call Rendez-Vous Near You.

A busy month for Indie in Cinema

A lot has been going on in the indie film world in January, it’s been hard to keep up! So let me try to re-cap some of the highlights for us…

On January 10th, the 2013 Academy Award nominations were announced, with a handful of titles on the Emerging network being recognized: How To Survive A Plague (Documentary), A Royal Affair (Foreign Language Film) and Searching For Sugar Man (Documentary), and the forthcoming Amour (Picture; Director; Actress; Screenplay; Foreign Film), No (Foreign Language Film), The Gatekeepers (Documentary), and War Witch (Foreign Language Film).

How To Survive A Plague No Searching For Sugar Man

Speaking of the nominees, contenders for Best Short Film in the categories of Animation, Live-Action and Documentary were also announced. All three of those programs are available through Emerging and are opening in theatres (more…)

“Glee” star Chris Colfer joins Emerging Cinemas to premiere his film “Struck By Lightning”

Over the past couple years we at Emerging have made it a priority to utilize our digital cinema network to create and bring unique, interactive movie events into multiple theatres simultaneously: Kevin Smith for his roadshow tour of Red State; a panel of Joffrey Ballet alum for the premiere of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance; festival screenings and talent Q&As from Rendezvous With French Cinema and From Britain With Love. And now our next one, on January 6th, is the US theatrical premiere of Struck By Lightning, written and starring Chris Colfer, star of the Fox television series “Glee”.

Chris Colfer will join Emerging Cinemas for a live virtual Q&A on January 6th