EXCLUSIVE: Spotlight production co Topic Studios is teaming with journalism outfit Field of Vision to offer $250,000 in emergency financial help for struggling documentary freelancers during the coronavirus lockdown.
The two companies are divisions of First Look Media, the org set up by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar with doc heavyweights Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Laura Poitras.
Industry freelancers have been particularly hard hit by the economic aspects of the crisis, with film and TV production halted around the world. As such, the fund is aiming to support the most vulnerable by providing life assistance grants, such as for rent, healthcare, bills, groceries, for those who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity. The money comes from the operating budgets of the two companies.Field of Vision / Topic Studios
The fund will offer individual grants of up to $2,000 in two chunks, initially in April and then again in May, as the situation evolves. It will open for applications between April 8 and April 10 or until the companies receive 750 applications and then again between May 6 and May 8 or until a further 750 applications are received.
Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Field of Vision, Charlotte Cook said, “This is an incredibly hard time for the documentary field and we're hoping the fund is able to offer some relief. We started with our virtual mentorship and consultation service to try and be as available to filmmakers as possible, but felt it was vitally important to also provide financial assistance. We want to support the artists working in the documentary field every day, but especially now, and will continue to build and add more resources as we can over the next few weeks and months.”
Executive Vice President of Topic Studios, Maria Zuckerman added, “We at Topic Studios are proud to launch this initiative in partnership with our close colleagues at Field of Vision. We hope to respond to the needs of our collaborators in the documentary community and look forward to a time, hopefully soon, when our main focus will again be on making great work together.”
While major studios have the resources to debut their theatrical releases early on digital and streaming platforms amid the nationwide shutdown of movie theaters due to coronavirus COVID-19 concerns, indie filmmakers are being left without an audience for their small films. Typically, film festivals give these indie films the exposure they need to build up an audience or critical acclaim.
But with film festivals cancelling left and right, indie films are the ones that suffer the most. However, Jay and Mark Duplass, who got their start in the indie filmmaking world, want to use their clout to support those indie filmmakers whose small films are left without a home.
Film festivals are more than a fancy place for high-profile filmmakers to debut their next awards contender. They’re an essential home for many indie films that otherwise wouldn’t get a chance to debut to big crowds. But with those crowds dispersed and shut up in their homes for the time being, indie filmmakers are being left with nowhere to show the small films that they worked on for years. They don’t have the resources to just drop their movies on digital platforms and even if they did, they’re more likely to get overlooked in favor of Bloodshot.
However, the Duplass brothers are attempting to lessen the financial blow that indie filmmakers are feeling by using their clout to elevate those small films. In an interview with IndieWire, Mark Duplass put out the call to indie films for a home, offering the resources of Duplass Productions to boost indie filmmakers’ works.
“[The streamers] are all doing their best overtime watching pretty much every movie that’s being submitted to them from the festivals that didn’t have their premieres. We as Duplass Brothers have also come forward to those people and said, ‘If you find a movie where you feel like ‘This is really great but it’s not there yet,’ bring it to us and we will help partner with you to make that movie what you feel like it needs to be for your service.”
While streaming platforms have been a godsend for many stuck inside, or the many people who can’t afford to go to the movie theater every week, Duplass said that not only independent filmmakers, but independent studios have been struggling to cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“There are so many positives and negatives to where we’re at with the prominence of streamers, what they have done to places like IFC and Magnolia who’ve been around for years and who are an integral part of our ecosystem,” Duplass said. “They were really damaged by some of these acquisition prices at film festivals. We used to … sell our movies to these niche distributors, and we wouldn’t hammer them for too much money because if we did, they wouldn’t be...
There’s a symmetry to the final season of “Homeland” that speaks louder than any of its international rabble-rousing and high-octane action scenes. Carrie Mathison, the CIA officer with bipolar disorder who Claire Danes has squinted, screamed, sweated, and shaken her way into becoming over seven intense seasons, is now a former P.O.W. suspected of turning on her country. To Carrie, such an accusation is as ludicrous as it is insulting. She’s a patriot. She’s put her life, sanity, and family on the line, time and time again, for America. To see it any other way is impossible.
And yet, over the course of the first four episodes, Carrie is forced to reexamine her perspective; to consider the unthinkable in order to, once again, protect her country — this time, possibly, from herself. Not only is this a clever means to put Carrie in the shoes of her one-time enemy, long-time lover Nicholas Brody Damian Lewis, but it encompasses the parallel stories “Homeland” has told since he left the show. Carrie has worried her mind will betray her when it matters most; that she won’t be able to serve her country to the best of her abilities because of her disorder, her drinking, or even her child. The series, meanwhile, has tried to force viewers to reexamine who’s the real enemy in the war on terror; to empathize and rationalize with people whose opinion of America is less than “Great!”
Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon are bringing these questions full circle, and the early episodes are a strong start to a complicated goodbye. When Nicholas Brody turned out to be a terrorist, it opened up a deeper, richer conversation about what that word meant. When we find out what happened to Carrie Mathison during her seven months in a Russian jail, we’re going to know a lot more about what it means to be a patriot — a definition “Homeland” has been exploring for nearly a decade.
Season 8 opens with Carrie still in isolation post-imprisonment. She’s been debriefed, interviewed, and analyzed, but her time behind enemy lines is still a mystery. Her memory is missing big chunks of time, which is taxing on Carrie but suspicious to her colleagues. Does she really not remember, or is she choosing to exclude key details? Before anyone is comfortable with an answer, Saul Mandy Patinkin, still in fine, blustery form after all these years steps in to pull Carrie out of friendly captivity and into enemy territory.
As the National Security Advisor to President Warner Beau Bridges, Saul’s top priority is negotiating an end to the war in Afghanistan by brokering peace talks with Taliban leaders. This, as one might assume, is no easy task, and Saul needs his protégé to help push the deal through. To say much more would enter into spoiler territory, and given “Homeland” builds...
Corey Feldman has revealed that he and his wife have 24-hour armed security. Feldman revealed the news when he announced the long-awaited release date for his Truth documentary on social media. The documentary has been in the works for the last few years and the former 80s teen idol has seen constant roadblocks while trying to get this project put together. Traditional studios and streaming platforms don't want to have anything do with some of the claims Feldman is making in the movie.
As for the 24-hour armed security, this is something that Corey Feldman has talked about before. He claims he will be revealing some big names in Hollywood who are involved in an underground pedophile ring. This has led to alleged attacks against Feldman, with one happening in early 2018. Feldman was rushed to the hospital after he had been stabbed with a foreign object while at a stop light in his car. The actor says that the Hollywood 'wolfpack' were the ones responsible for the attack.
In addition to physical attacks against Corey Feldman, there have been threatening phone calls, emails, and messages on social media. He and his wife are living in fear, so hopefully the armed security, at the very least, gives them some peace of mind as they prepare to release My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys. Feldman's best friend and frequent co-star, Corey Haim, suffered sexual abuse while growing up in the entertainment industry and allegedly told Feldman to tell his story if he happened to die first, so he is honoring that promise. Feldman also suffered sexual abuse as a childhood actor in Hollywood, and it's his aim to make sure that it stops happening by raising awareness.My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys will hold a special live world premiere event on March 9th, which is the eve of the tenth anniversary of Corey Haim's death. Corey Feldman says the premiere, along with the movie will stream live at 8pm on the West Coast, which means it won't air until 11pm on the East Coast, and even later for other parts of the world. Tickets for the event will be available on February 22nd, 2020 on Truthdoc.com. Tickets will be $15 -$20 per household and as Feldman says, this is a one-time only event.
There's a lot at stake here for Corey Feldman. He has been talking about exposing these names for years now, so there's a lot of attention on My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys at this time. There will not be any advanced screenings or early reviews, in an effort for viewers to make up their own minds when they watch the documentary live with Feldman and the rest of the world. Hopefully Feldman will not need this security any more once the movie is released. You can check out Corey Feldman's Twitter announcement below.
MY TRUTH: THE RAPE OF 2 COREY'S IS COMING MARCH 9TH 2020!! THIS BROADCAST IS 4 THOSE WHO CAN VOLUNTEER 2 HELP ME SPREAD THE WORD! I NEED MY #FELDFAM 2 FORM AN #ARMYOFLOVE SO @CourtneyAnne12 & I R HERE 2...