Friday, October 18, 2019

Midwest Independent Film Festival >> Nov 5: Advertising Community Shorts! (Chicago, IL.)

It's almost First Tuesday time! Coming up on November 5th, we're thrilled to present ADVERTISING COMMUNITY SHORTS NIGHT, our annual showcase of films from the Midwest advertising community with the program line-up solely dedicated to the shorts, music videos, and animated films that commercial filmmakers have created when not working on commercials! 

Stay tuned for the lineup announcement but reserve your tickets early for this always-packed event! The evening will begin with our signature Producer's Panel at 6:30 pm, followed by the screening at 7:30, after which, we'll host a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Thank you for your continued support of the Midwest Independent Film Festival and we look forward to seeing you in November!

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Janis Joplin Broadway Musical In Theaters November 5-11, 2019


New York, NY (October 17, 2019) CineLife Entertainment®, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks and BroadwayHD® announce the theatrical release of the popular Broadway musical, A Night with Janis Joplin, in U.S. theaters beginning November 5th.
Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and instantly became the Queen of Rock & Roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with southern comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock over 50 years ago. 
A Night with Janis Joplin follows the icon’s rise to fame and pays tribute to some of her biggest musical influences -- legends like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.
The BroadwayHD production is produced by Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, and directed by Emmy® Award Winner David Horn. The multi-camera capture brings this unique performance to life, providing viewers with the best perspective of every scene so they always feel that they have the best seats in the house. A Night with Janis Joplin stars Mary Bridget Davies, Broadway’s original Janis, in her Tony Award®-nominated role.
The stage production was written and directed by Randy Johnson, choreographed by Patricia Wilcox, and produced for the stage by La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment in association with T&D Productions, LLC. The production was presented in further association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc. Since its premiere in 2011, A Night with Janis Joplin has received multiple nominations/awards and has been seen at sold-out engagements nationwide. The show is currently on its third national tour.
CineLife Entertainment’s Executive Vice President, Bernadette McCabe said: “Janis Joplin was an iconic, soulful rock and blues singer and a huge influence on our culture. She lives on in this Broadway to cinema production as if she were standing right in front of you today.” Watch the trailer here:
BroadwayHD’s co-founders and Tony Award® winners’ Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane comment: “We are absolutely thrilled to bring this production to life and share it on the big screen. It captures the electricity and life of the show.”
Janis’ siblings Laura and Michael took part in the production and found rare live recordings that influenced the musical:
“I am thrilled that A Night with Janis Joplin is coming to the big screen. The show brings a lift to my spirit. Dancing in the aisles is a must!” – Michael Joplin
“Let's Rock Together!  The film’s closeup and wide-angle shots create intense, intimate moments, where we join the audience's connection with Janis.”  – Laura Joplin
Mary Bridget Davies will release a new album in 2020. The first “double-sided” single from the upcoming album “Stay With Me: The Reimagined Songs of Jerry Ragovoy” will be released on October 25th, 2019, which includes the never before released “The Right Of Way” and a Ragovoy classic: “Stay With Me”. The album consists of rare, reimagined arrangements and some never before released Jerry Ragovoy songs. Mr. Ragovoy was the hit songwriter for such legendary Joplin classics like “A Piece Of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” and “Stay With Me,” which is prominently featured in A Night with Janis Joplin. Mary Bridget Davies will be live in concert for the single release in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge on October 26 at 8:00 pm. 
Tickets for the musical movie are on sale now. For theaters and showtimes visit:
Spotlight Cinema Networks is the only cinema advertising company dedicated to serving the needs of art house and luxury exhibitors for cinema advertising, preshow entertainment, event cinema and digital display distribution.  CineLife Entertainment® acquires and distributes event cinema and alternative content titles in the U.S. and international markets. Spotlight Cinema Networks is owned by Wagner-Cuban Companies and Arthouse Marketing Group, and represents the top exhibitors in these genres, including segment leaders Angelika Film Center, Laemmle Theatres, Landmark Theatres, Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, Flix Brewhouse, and Silverspot Cinemas.
BroadwayHD, founded in 2015 by Tony Award® winning producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, is the only streaming service offering premium full-length stage plays and musicals captured specifically for multi-platform viewing to theatre fans across the globe.