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One Night Only ‘QT8: The First Eight,’ Exploring Quentin Tarantino

Fathom Events is bringing a new documentary film chronicling the thrilling journey of Quentin Tarantino’s first eight movies to theaters nationwide for just one night on October 21. “QT8: The First Eight,” directed by Tara Wood (“21 Years: Richard Linklater”), gives its audience an inside look at the legendary filmmaker’s body of work through interviews with former cast members, film industry experts.

Fathom Events presents “QT8: The First Eight” in more than 800 select movie theaters on Monday, October 21 at 7:00pm local time, through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change)

“I’m thrilled to partner with Fathom events to bring ‘QT8: The First Eight,’ to Tarantino’s voracious fans throughout the country,” said director Tara Wood. “Quentin’s filmography is on its own incomparable level. His films inspire, provoke and challenge us individually and as a society to the utmost extremes, all stemming from his passion for people and continuous exploration of the human condition.”

The documentary offers an in-depth look at Tarantino’s first eight movies, and features interviews with his contemporaries, former cast members and industry experts, including Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Jason Lee, Lucy Liu, Diane Kruger, Zoe Bell and more. “QT8: The First Eight” sheds new light on the life and legacy of Quentin Tarantino, and gives viewers unprecedented access to his vision throughout his career.

“Fathom continually strives to bring premium, exclusive documentaries to audiences across the country,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “In bringing ‘QT8: The First Eight’ to cinemas nationwide, we certainly achieve that goal, giving behind-the-scenes access to the career of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.”

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Emmy-Nominated ‘Personal Statement’ Documentary Returns to PBS’ ‘America Reframed,’ Oct. 8

‘Personal Statement,’ the Emmy-nominated story of three high school seniors who sought to close the college opportunity gap for students at their low-income schools, makes an encore Oct. 8 at 8/7 Central on PBS’ ‘America Reframed’ and the World channel.

In an era when the college admission scandal underlines the lengths to which well-heeled parents will go to get their kids into prestigious schools, this documentary directed by Juliane Dressner offers the stark reminder that for financially challenged families, mere entrance to any college can feel like an impossible goal.

Uplifting and inspiring, the film ‘Personal Statement’ profiles three seniors from three different Brooklyn high schools, who struggle not only to attend college, but to help all of their classmates do so too.

“College access is one of the dominant civil rights issues of our time. We made the film because we wanted to shed light on the fact that the vast majority of students don’t have access to the support they need to navigate the increasingly complicated college application and financial aid application process,” says Dressner. “Many people aren’t aware of the fact that we have a huge college guidance gap.”

‘Personal Statement’ will be available for streaming for 10 days after the PBS broadcast while community screenings are being organized in various markets throughout the U.S.

The feature-length documentary has been lauded by the New York Times, the Washington Post and CBS News, among other outlets. In March, Enoch Jemmott, one of the students profiled in ‘Personal Statement,’ drew attention to the issues chronicled in the documentary in a New York Times opinion piece titled “The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor.”

Most public high schools don’t have dedicated college counselors, instead, school counselors provide college guidance and the typical student-to-counselor ratio is 464-to-1. And school counselors say they can only spend 20 percent of their time on college counseling. That’s why the three inspirational stars of the film decided to close the guidance gap in their schools by working as peer college counselors, even though they were applying to college themselves. As you see in the film, navigating the byzantine college and financial application process can be especially daunting for low-income students who would be the first generation in their families to attend college, making college feel like an elusive dream.

The three seniors chronicled in ‘Personal Statement,’ Karoline, Christine and Enoch – called “captivating” by the Washington Post – were determined to get themselves and their classmates to college.

A series of educational and impact screenings and events across the country are taking place to help bring awareness to this issue. The goal is to bolster efforts to increase access to college for low-income students by building support for more resources to close the college counseling gap and to eliminate other systemic barriers to college. More information about upcoming and previous educational and impact screenings can be found here.

‘Personal Statement’ has been featured in more than a dozen film festivals throughout the country, including AFI DOCS where it was the opening night film, Margaret Mead Film Festival, SXSW EDU and the Woodstock Film Festival. It was also selected for the State Department’s film diplomacy program, American Film Showcase. It is an official selection at the upcoming Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, taking place Nov 1-10, 2019.

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John Carpenter’s Horror Classic HALLOWEEN Returns To Select Theatres Nationwide Beginning September 27th

CineLife Entertainment®, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, teams up with Compass International Pictures to bring the seminal 1978 original classic John Carpenter’s Halloween back to select theatres across North America beginning September 27th.

In the film, Michael Myers has spent the last 15 years locked away inside a sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis after brutally murdering his sister when he was 6 years old. On October 30, 1978, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, Illinois, turning a night of tricks and treats into something much more sinister for the locals, including Laurie Strode, the star-making role for Jamie Lee Curtis.

John Carpenter’s Halloween premiered in cinemas and on drive-in screens on October 25, 1978, changing the landscape of horror cinema. It stunned audiences worldwide and has since inspired countless films in the genre. In 2006, it was selected by the Library of Congress as one of a select few films to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry for its cultural significance.

“I’m thrilled to have the original make its way back into theatres,” says director John Carpenter.

Fans will be treated to view big screen presentations of the restored and remastered digital print, created under the supervision of the world-renowned cinematographer, Dean Cundey. Tickets go on sale September 10th.

“We are excited to bring the most prominent and enduring horror film back to cinema screens giving new and old fans a slasher film treat they’ll never forget,” said Bernadette McCabe, Executive Vice President, CineLife Entertainment.

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Eva Longoria, Carlos Rivera, Miguel, Jaime Camil And More are Slated for Disney And Pixar’s ‘Coco’ at The Hollywood Bowl

Disney and Pixar’s Coco will be brought to life on stage for the first time ever this November at the Hollywood Bowl for one weekend only – Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th. The spectacular event in Los Angeles will include an all-star lineup of special guests including Benjamin Bratt, Eva Longoria, Carlos Rivera, Miguel, Alanna Ubach, Alex Gonzalez, Jaime Camil, Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso and Natalia Jimenez who will appear throughout the evening as the beloved film plays on the Bowl’s movie screen accompanied by a full, live orchestra. Mariachi Divas will also entertain the audience with traditional Mariachi music throughout the night. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, September 13th at 12pm PT at Ticketmaster.com.

Conductor Sarah Hicks will lead the full orchestra performing Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s original score along with special guests performing the film’s songs including Academy Award®-winner for Original Song “Remember Me,” as well as “Un Poco Loco,” “The World Es Mi Familia,” and many more.

Coco Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl will transform the legendary venue into the Land of the Dead with special pre-show activities. Day of the Dead costumes are encouraged.

Mousetrappe, the award-winning immersive design agency and media studio, returns to create state-of-the-art digital projection imagery on the shell of the iconic Hollywood Bowl. Earlier this year, Mousetrappe also created imagery for Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

“I’m very excited to join this incredible group of exceptional talent, in the city that I’m from, to bring this very special movie and message to life,” said Miguel. “The idea of celebrating our ancestors is very dear to my heart, especially after the passing of my grandparents.”

“It is such an honor to be a part of this monumental celebration at the Bowl,” said Alanna Ubach. “Love to my beautiful family and friends watching!”

“Mis raíces latinas son mi orgullo y celebrarlo sumando mi voz a la música de Coco en el Hollywood Bowl es un honor,” said Natalia Jimenez.

“Coco is my heart, it means everything to me. It’s ancestors, family, music, love, culture, traditions, dreams, and passion. Coco is everything that inspires, connects, and makes the world a better place. It’s a unique film,” said Alex Gonzalez. “The Hollywood Bowl is a very special place where we can celebrate and share our love and appreciation for music and Coco! It’s a huge honor and privilege to be a part of this beautiful performance at the Hollywood Bowl. I am so excited, can’t wait!”

Felipe Fernandez del Paso serves as director of Coco Live in Concert. Fernandez del Paso has directed theater and film, and is also a production designer, set designer and writer. He received an Oscar® nomination for Best Production Design for the 2003 film, “Frida.”

Amy Tinkham is Creative Consulant for Coco Live in Concert. Most recently she served as Creative Director for Aerosmith’s “Deuces are Wild” Las Vegas residency and James Taylor’s Caesars Palace residency. She also directs the Dancing with the Stars and America’s Got Talent Live tours. She is currently working with Franco Dragone on a new show in China.

The concert is produced by Disney Concerts and Live Nation/Andrew Hewitt & Bill Silva Presents, a team who has performed together several highly acclaimed live to film events at the Hollywood Bowl including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Concert starring Zooey Deschanel and Kelsey Grammer as well as Disney’s The Little Mermaid starring Lea Michele and Harvey Fierstein.

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True Crime Blockbuster Series FATAL VOYAGE Returns With FATAL VOYAGE: DIANA CASE SOLVED

Broad + Water Studios and Endeavor Audio today debuted the return of one of last year’s most-downloaded true crime podcasts, FATAL VOYAGE. FATAL VOYAGE: DIANA CASE SOLVED is the blockbuster debut of the latest installment in the true crime series and brings to an end a mystery that has long baffled the world. The 12-part series smashes wide open a determined conspiracy of silence and renews calls for an inquest into the death of the People’s Princess to be reopened.

Episode one, “Death of a Fairytale” is available now and introduces listeners to former homicide detective Colin McLaren as he returns to the scene of one of the biggest mysteries of the 20th Century. Every aspect of this brand new investigation is laid bare as the series meticulously untangles the strange circumstances and conflicting theories surrounding the untimely death of Princess Diana—from the wildest conspiracies concerning a shady pact between senior royals, security services and, global arms dealers, to the official line that her chauffeur was a drunk who was irresponsibly speeding.

FATAL VOYAGE: DIANA CASE SOLVED takes the form of a real-time investigation on the streets of Paris where Diana met her fate. Colin and his team will unpack the circumstances and conflicting theories surrounding her death – from the wildest conspiracies concerning a shadowy pact between senior Royals, the security services and global arms dealers, to the official line that chauffeur Henri Paul was drunk and speeding. They will interview those who witnessed the crash… and unearth the one man who knows for sure what happened – and who, for 22 years, has been ordered to remain silent.

The unflinching 12-part series, features a global team of investigators – handpicked, high-profile and utterly meticulous – including retired crime scene detectives, forensic pathologists and royal insiders – who dissect evidence, alibis and motives, track down new witnesses, hear Diana’s own voice on secret, supposedly long-lost recordings, and interview key players to arrive at some startling new conclusions into the tragic end of the woman they called “the People’s Princess”.

FATAL VOYAGE: DIANA CASE SOLVED is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and all podcast listening apps. The series is produced by Broad + Water Studios for Endeavor Audio and Executive Produced by Dylan Howard and Co-Executive Produced by Tom Freestone, James Robertson, and Andy Tillet.

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