Filmfest 919 opens with “Devotion”, closes with “Glass Onion”

Film Fest 919 in Chapel Hill, NC will open its fifth edition on October 19 with the screening of action-drama “Devotion,” starring Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell. In addition to the opening screening, FF919 will also honor “Devotion” director JD Dillard with the New Horizon Award.

Set during the Korean War, Devotion follows the US Navy’s first black aviator and his wingman as they both confront geopolitical uncertainty and racial animosity. After the screening there will be a moderated discussion with Dillard.

This year’s festival will conclude with the screening of Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery on Sunday 23 October. Set on a private estate on a Greek island, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) returns to solve another murder mystery in the upcoming whodunit sequel.

Film Fest 919 will be held October 19-23 at Silverspot Cinema and The Lumina Theater in North Carolina. Check out the full line-up here.

DNEG appoints former Technicolor executive Daniel Jurow as Chief Operating Officer

DNEG, a leading visual effects and animation studio for feature film, television and cross-platform content, announced the appointment of former Technicolor and R/GA CEO Daniel Jurow as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Jurow has over two decades of creative industry experience and will report directly to Namit Malhotra, DNEG’s Chairman and CEO, from DNEG’s London studio.

“I have long admired DNEG’s focus on its people, which brings the company together to support its incredibly talented artists, creative technologists, production and support staff,” Yurow said. “As a result of this focus, DNEG has a great track record of leaping from strength to strength, delivering amazingly innovative creative work, managing unprecedented industry change and piloting impressive global growth. I feel very privileged to be standing by Namit and his team as we embark on the next brilliant act in DNEG history.”

Jurov comes to DNEG from Technicolor, where he was Chief Operating Officer of the company’s Film and Episodic VFX division. Prior to this role, he spent more than 15 years at global digital product and marketing agency R/GA, where he rose to EVP, Global Head of Production, and managed more than 200 producers. While at R/GA, Yurov oversaw the launch of the Nike+ product partnership between Nike and Apple in 2006 and also helped the agency grow from 200 employees to more than 2,000 employees across 17 global offices at the time of his departure in 2019.

Women in Film Non-Profit announces recipients for 2022 WIF Honors

The cast and crew of upcoming biographical drama She Said are among those to be recognized at the 2022 Women In Film Honors for their breakthrough achievements as women filmmakers. Big names from production attending the benefit include producer Dede Gardner and actor Carey Mulligan.

The anticipated feature film, which is expected to be released in the US on November 18, documents the brutal exposure of former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein as first spotted by two New York Times reporters. The two journalists who led the investigation, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, will also be honored with the Crystal Award for Advocacy at this year’s WIF benefit.

Kantor, Twohey, Gardner and Mulligan will accept the award along with other nominees including Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson, The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood and the writer/director team behind Don’t Worry Darling. , Katie Silberman, Preserved and Olivia Wilde.

Other honorees include I May Destroy You screenwriter Michaela Coel, who will receive the Humanitarian Award, and Riverdale star Lili Reinhart, who is a WIF Max Mara Face of the Future Award nominee.

The annual benefit, scheduled to take place on October 27, will be hosted by Tony-nominated singer and actress Da’vine Joy Randolph for an evening of female empowerment. Filmfest 919 opens with “Devotion”, closes with “Glass Onion”

Charles Jones

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