The Passion Planet team are thrilled that their VR Film MY AFRICA has been shortlisted at the VR Film of the Year Awards. Narrated by Academy Award-winning and Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong’o, MY AFRICA, transports viewers to the untamed rangelands of northern Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist. The story follows the journey of a young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe as she takes viewers through her community’s daily life, tending livestock, digging “singing” wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun. The film was made in partnership with Conservation International and Vision 3.
OFFICIAL SELECTION TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2018
WINNER – AT&T FILM AWARDS: BEST 360 FILM
WINNER- GOLD TELLY AWARD: BEST USE OF VR
LYNYRD SKYNYRD: IF I LEAVE HERE TOMORROW will premiere on Saturday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. Directed by Stephen Kijak and featuring rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, the film takes viewers on a trip through the history, myth and legend of one of the most iconic American rock bands of all time. Rising from the swamps of the Deep South, these good ol’ boys from Jacksonville, Florida came to define an era with their hard-rocking boogie-woogie sound, soulful lyrics, drunken and dangerous antics and their controversial use of the rebel flag. The film also serves as a portrait of late band leader Ronnie Van Zant whose life was cut tragically short, but whose legacy endures to this day in songs like the “Simple Man,” “Country Boy,” and “Whiskey Rock-a-Roller.”
Passion Planet are delighted to announce that THE SERENGETI RULES has been nominated in the best theatrical category at this years Wildscreen Panda Awards. The film reveals one of the most important but untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be. The Serengeti Rules had it’s World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year followed by screenings at Martha’s Vineyard Conservation Film Festival and the spectacular under-the-stars Hawaii premiere at Maui Film festival.
STUDIO 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism – a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, Matt Tyrnauer’s thrilling documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.
STUDIO 54 opens in UK cinemas June 15. CLICK HERE for tickets!
We are very pleased to announce that the first episode of HUNTING ISIS premiered last night on the History Channel. Don’t miss the encore presentation on Viceland on Sunday, June 3rd at 10PM ET/PT. Filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sebastiano Tomada built his career documenting conflict in some of the world’s most volatile warzones. HUNTING ISIS is the culmination of over two years embedded in the trenches in Iraq and Syria, granting visceral, intimate access to the front lines of the war against ISIS and those individuals who give up everything to fight it.
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Named among Forbe’s “most awesome” experiences at the Tribeca VR arcade, we’re excited to announce that MY AFRICA has been named finalist for the Best Film in the 360 Cinematic Video category at the AT&T Film Awards on June 2nd at Warner Bros. Studios. Narrated by the Academy Award-winning and Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong’o, the film transports viewers to Kenya, where a community is re-knitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to live together. The film comes at a critical time for East Africa’s wildlife. Poaching, land degradation and climate change threaten the long-term viability of many of the region’s most iconic animals and strain the resources people need to survive. In MY AFRICA viewers glimpse a path forward: a place communities work for the long-term success of the species, and reap the benefits, including increased stability, opportunity, and improved livelihoods. Here, in Northern Kenya, is a new economy, one that allows people and nature to thrive together.
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Tune in to HBO tonight for the broadcast premiere of Greg Barker’s THE FINAL YEAR! The film offers a unique insider’s account of President Barack Obama’s foreign-policy team during its last year in office. Featuring unprecedented “fly-on-the-wall” access inside the White House and State Department, the film offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as it prepares to leave power after eight years.
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We’re thrilled with the news that Studio 54 will be closing Frameline42 Film Festival in San Francisco on Sunday June 24th.
We’re proud to announce our latest film, Chaplin. Directed by BAFTA-nominated Peter Middleton and James Spinney, the film will look at the star’s impoverished childhood in late-Victorian London, his journey to the bright lights of Hollywood at the dawn of cinema, and, ultimately, his self-imposed exile.
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