Posted by Larry Gleeson

Inmates at Folsom Prison participate in a four day therapy session together with three men from the outside in a scene from the award winning documentary film – THE WORK  – DIRECTED BY JAIRUS MCLEARY and CO-DIRECTED BY GETHIN ALDOUS.  Photo Credit:  The Orchard



AUGUST 14, 2017  – LOS ANGELES – The critically acclaimed documentary feature The Work, from director Jairus McLeary and co-director Gethin Aldous, will hit theaters starting October 20th in New York and October 27th in Los Angeles with more cities following. The Orchard and First Look Media’s new entertainment studio Topic acquired North American rights to the film in April this year.

The film from the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival 2017 and took home the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017.

The Work ( has screened at the SF DocFest, AFI Docs 2017, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017, Traverse City Film Festival 2017, Seattle International Film Festival 2017, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival 2017, BAM Cinématek 2017 and Melbourne International Film Festival. It will screen as part of the Rooftop Films 2017 – Summer Series on August 18.

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work (88 minutes) follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. The Work offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

IndieWire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn said The Work is: “The most powerful group therapy session ever caught on camera.” And “A compelling emotional display, one that captures masculinity at its most innocent and leads to profound displays of compassion.” 

And Variety‘s chief film critic Peter Debruge said the film offers a “remarkable vérité potrait.” “This documentary makes clear that in its own special way, the “work” is working,” said Debruge. “The Work‘s power comes in watching how well the prisoners (many of whom have been through the program multiple times before) adapt to helping” an outsider through his own personal catharsis.”

Jairus McLeary is a court videographer and filmmaker. The Work is his first documentary. He spent over a decade as a volunteer for the four-day therapeutic workshop, ultimately gaining the trust of the convicts in order to film. Gethin Aldous directs motion capture for a major video gaming company. After his own volunteer experience at Folsom he joined forces with McLeary. This is his second documentary feature.

The Work showcases the unique approach of the non-profit Inside Circle, which helps prisoners and parolees heal from the inside. According to the organization, The Inside Circle Foundation focuses on reducing prison violence, lowering recidivism, and guiding inmates through healing that allows for meaningful lives after release.

The Work is a production of Blanketfort Media and a McLeary Brothers film.



A Release by The Orchard

Blanketfort Media Presents

A McLeary Brothers Film

Director: Jairus McLeary

Co-Director: Gethin Aldous

Editor: Amy Foote

Producers: Alice Henty, Jairus McLeary, Eon McLeary, Miles McLeary, Angela Sostre

Executive Producers: James McLeary, Rob Allbee, Gethin Aldous

Director of Photography: Arturo Santamaria

Production sound recordist: Thomas Curley

(Press materials provided by David Magdael & Associates)


Jane Fonda and Robert Redford to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford each will be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.

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In addition, there will be a screening of The Electric Horseman (1979) directed by Sydney Pollack, one of the four movies in which the two great actors performed together.

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The Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement will be given to Jane Fonda and Robert Redford on Friday, September 1st in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia), before the Out of Competition screening of the Netflix movie Our Souls at Night, directed by Ritesh Batra and starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, who also produced the film with his company Wildwood Enterprises, Inc.

The 74th Venice International Film Festival, which will be held from August 30th to September 9th at the Lido di Venezia, is directed by Alberto Barbera and is organized by the Biennale, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

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San Diego Int’l Film Festival – Weekend Passes Now Available

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The San Diego International Film Festival with run dates of October 4 – 8, 2017 is offering weekend passes to view some of the best independent and studio releases in the country’s best climate (according to US News and World Report: The 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S . for weather).

The San Diego Film Festival is one pf the leading stops on the indie film festival circuit. It’s also one of the first locales to screen major studio releases on the road to the Hollywood awards season.

Go to the parties, enjoy the films, and hear from the filmmakers. The weekend passes provide access on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.



The choice is yours!

See you there!



Posted by Larry Gleeson


LOS ANGELES, CA – John Bailey was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 8) by the organization’s Board of Governors.

Also elected to officer positions by the Board:

  • Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee)
  • Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
  • Michael Tronick, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee)
  • Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
  • Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
  • David Rubin, Secretary (chair, Membership and Administration Committee)

Bailey is beginning his first term as president and his fourteenth year as a governor representing the Cinematographers Branch.  Gianopulos, Kennedy, Rubin, Utley were re-elected to their posts.  This will be the first officer stint for Burwell and Tronick.

Bailey’s cinematography credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,”  “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

For a full listing of the Academy’s 2016-17 Board of Governors, click here.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

(Source: Press release provided by



25% OFF on 2018 SBIFF Passes and Packages

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced passes and packages purchased before August 31st shall be discounted 25% (with the exception of the Concierge Pass) – a great time to buy! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

See below for more information on passes and packages and on obtaining your discount:

CONCIERGE PASS ~ $5,000 (no discount)

Admits one (1) Passholder with priority admission and RESERVED seating to:
• All Film Screenings
• Opening Night Film & Gala
• Closing Night Film & Party
• All Panel Discussions
• All Tribute Events
• Festival Pavilion (daily Happy Hours and post Tribute Parties)
• Club 85 (Pre-Tribute Receptions)
• All Private VIP after parties
• Personal concierge service
• Gifting from Festival sponsors
• Easy access parking
• A portion of this purchase may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law


Admits one (1) Passholder with priority admission to:
• All Film Screenings
• Opening Night Film & Gala
• Closing Night Film & Party
• All Panel Discussions
• All Tribute Events
• Platinum Passholder Bag
• Festival Pavilion (daily Happy Hours and post Tribute Parties)


Admits one (1) Passholder with priority admission after Platinum Passes to:
• All Film Screenings
• Opening Night Film & Gala
• Closing Night Film (no party)
• Festival Pavilion up to 3:30pm


Admits one (1) Passholder with priority admission after Cinema Passes to:
• All Film Screenings BEFORE 4:01pm and AFTER 7:59pm
• Opening Night Film (no Gala)
• Closing Night Film (no Party)
• Festival Pavilion up to 3:30pm
• NOT VALID for any screening between 4:01pm and 7:59pm


• 2 tickets to each Celebrity Tribute Event
• 2 tickets to Opening Night Film + Gala
• 2 tickets to Closing Night Film
• 1-10 film MiniPak


• 2 tickets to each Panel Event
• 2 tickets to Opening Night Film + Gala
• 2 tickets to Closing Night Film
• 1-10 film MiniPak


• 2 tickets to Opening Night Film + Gala
• 2 tickets to Closing Night Film
• 1-10 film MiniPak

Purchase Options Here


SBIFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to making a positive impact utilizing the power of film. SBIFF is a year-round organization that is best known for its main film festival that takes place each year in February. Over the past 30 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.

In June 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. The theatre is SBIFF’s new home and is the catalyst for our program expansion. This marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center focused on the art of film and is an incredible opportunity to expand our mission of educational outreach. Particularly important to SBIFF is making available high quality learning opportunities for underserved and vulnerable populations. Our programs and reach are more robust than ever before.


Beth Barrett Named SIFF’s Artistic Director

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SEATTLE – August 2, 2017 – Beth Barrett, former Director of Programming, has been named SIFF’s new Artistic Director. With her advancement, Barrett becomes SIFF’s first female Artistic Director, one of only a select few women in the United States holding this position for a major film festival. Barrett assumed the mantle of Interim Artistic Director last October, leading the organization though a very successful 43rd Seattle International Film Festival.

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Beth Barrett, newly named Artistic Director, Seattle International Film Festival

Reflecting on her years at SIFF, Beth said, “Having been part of SIFF for the last 15 years, during times of growth and change, I am constantly amazed at the staff, board, and members’ commitment to the work we do and the community we have built. I am honored and excited to shepherd the organization into the next chapter.”

Barrett began her career at SIFF in 2003, in the Publications department as a volunteer Copy Editor. By 2006 she had worked her way up to Programming Manager, eventually moving into the role of Director of Programming in 2011. Since then has been responsible for managing all aspects of film programming, from overseeing the staff of film programmers, to securing films and guests for the Festival. Barrett has also been instrumental in the programming and management of SIFF Cinema and SIFF’s other year-round programs. An aficionado of short films, she helped secure SIFF’s status as an Academy Award® qualifying festival in 2008.

“Beth is, without a doubt, the right person to lead SIFF’s artistic programming into the future. She has a deep knowledge of and commitment to film and our community that is expressed beautifully through her artistic choices.  SIFF is very lucky to have her on our team,” said Sarah Wilke, SIFF’s Executive Director.

“Beth has played a key role in SIFF’s growth for over a decade. Along with her artistic vision she brings a ton of passion and energy,” said Rich Fassio, SIFF Board President. “This is an exciting time for our organization; SIFF is experiencing consistent upward growth and we are about to conclude another record year. The Board looks forward to supporting Beth as she continues SIFF’s mission to bring the best of the world of cinema to Puget Sound and beyond.”

About SIFF
Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education.  Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 140,000 annually.  The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 80 countries each year.  The 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival will be held May 17 through June 10, 2018.  SIFF Cinema exhibits premier theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center, reaching more than 175,000 attendees annually.  SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.

(Press release via


#SBIFF Call for Entries

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Attention all filmmakers!

The 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)’s first, “early bird,” deadline is this Friday, August 4, 2017. The Regular Deadline is Friday September 15, 2017.

Feature Film Submission Fee: $45
Short Film Submission Fee: $35

Submit films here: WithOutaBox

The 2018 festival, SBIFF’s 33rd edition, is scheduled to run January 31- February 10, 2018.

In related news

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has found a new home: the historic Riviera Theatre.

The Riviera Theatre will allow SBIFF to expand their current slate of education programs, preserve an important historic landmark, and create a cultural hub for all things film. See SBIFF Riviera Project Capital Campaign




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