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BIIDAABAN wins VIFF BC Spotlight Award

Congrats to Director Amanda Strong for her win for BIIDAABAN - VIFF BC Spotlight Award winner for BEST BC SHORT Film! Directed by Amanda Strong and scored by CORE composer team MENALON, Joseph Murray and Lodewijk Vos. 

This gorgeous stop motion animation film is based on stories and poems by acclaimed Anishinaabe Indigenous writer/musician Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

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Level 16 to Premiere at Fantastic Fest

Danishka Esterhazy's new thriller LELEL 16 will see its world premiere Sept 22 at Fantastic Fest in Austin TX

Scored by #CoreComposers Lodewijk Vos and Joseph Murray (aka Menalon), the film stars Katie Douglas (Mary Kills People), Celina Martin (The Other Kingdom) and Sarah Canning (War for the Planet of the Apes) as young students locked in a dystopian prison-like school.

The girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment; soon running for their lives, the girls must save themselves or die trying.

The film will see its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 30.

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Stockholm Nabbed by Smith Global Media

Smith Global Media has picked up U.S. distribution rights to the Ethan Hawke- and Noomi Rapace-starrer Stockholm, a thriller from director Robert Budreau based on the true story of a 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm. The deal for the Canadian indie is in the mid-seven figures, including a P&A commitment for a theatrical release in early 2019.

"Stockholm is a quirky and supremely entertaining film, with brilliant performances from the entire cast," Harry Smith, president of Smith Global Media and younger brother of actor Will Smith, said Monday in a statement.

Stockholm follows the drama chronicled in the New Yorker article "The Bank Drama" by Daniel Lan, which tells of the hostages who bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, giving rise to the psychological phenomenon known as Stockholm Syndrome.

Hawke and Budreau reunited on Stockholm after working together on 2016's Born to Be Blue, in which Hawke starred as jazz legend Chet Baker. Also re-joining the team is #CoreComposer Steve London. The thriller, which also stars Mark Strong, was produced by Nicholas Tabarrok, Budreau, Jonathan Bronfman and Fredrik Zander. Scott Aversano, Will Russell-Shapiro, Jason Blum, William Santor, John Hills, Andrew Chang-Sang, Patrick Roy and Christina Kubacki share executive producer credits.

The deal for Stockholm was negotiated by CAA and Sierra/Affinity for the filmmakers.


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6 Core-Scored Films at HotDocs2018

North America's largest documentary film festival will kick off this April 26th with 6 films scored by Core Composers:

The Accountant of Auschwitz - directed by Matthew Shoychet and scored by Ken Myhr. The Guardians - directed by Billie Mintz, scored by Todor Kobakov; Take Light - directed by Shasha Nakhai, scored by Rob Teehan; Yellow is Forbidden - directed by Pietra Brettkelly, scored by Tom Third; What Walaa Wants - directed by Christie Garland, scored by Tom Third; and Turning Tables - scored by Menalon & Classic Roots



Core composers will be at this year's Tribeca film festival in NYC with two films:

STOCKHOLM (Sweden/CAD/USA): Directed & written by Robert Budreau and scored by Steve London, the film stars Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace. In 1973, an unhinged American outlaw walked into a bank in Sweden demanding millions in cash in exchange for his hostages. The events that followed would capture the attention of the world and ultimately give a name to a new psychological phenomenon: Stockholm syndrome.

YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN (New Zealand): Directed and written by Pietra Brettkelly and scored by Tom Third, this documentary is about celebrated Chinese couturier Guo Pei. Perhaps best known for designing the brilliant gold gown Rihanna wore to the Met Ball in 2015, Guo’s quest to be recognized by the gatekeepers of Paris haute couture goes beyond the red carpet and taps into global power dynamics and the perpetual tension between art and commerce.