‘Carlos: The Santana Journey Global Premiere’ Coming to Select Theaters Ahead of September Release (Film News in Brief)

Sony Picture Classics and Trafalgar Releasing announced that “Carlos: The Santana Journey Global Premiere” will be playing in select theaters worldwide on Sept. 23, 24 and 27.

These special premiere screenings will include showings of the feature length documentary “Carlos,” about the life of the legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, and also feature exclusive introductory content featuring Santana and director Ruby Valdez. “Carlos” debuted earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and will have a general theatrical release on Sept. 29. The film was financed by Sony Music Entertainment and Imagine Documentaries.

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“Carlos” includes interviews with Santana and his family, archival footage, concert footage, Santana’s home videos, and behind-the-scenes footage. Interviews with industry icons like Clive Davis and Rob Thomas will also be featured.

Santana has been in the industry for over 50 years and has won 10 Grammy awards for his music that combines jazz, blues, mariachi and rock and roll.

Fathom Events Adds Two More ‘Coraline’ Dates for August Screenings

After “Coraline” grossed nearly $5 million for Laika in its two-day theatrical return, Fathom Events has decided to add two more showings of the film in August. The 2009 stop-motion favorite will screen again on August 28 and 29 in its remastered and recolored form.

“We’re thrilled to see throngs of LAIKA fans come out in record numbers for the third straight year to revel in this “Coraline” theatrical experience, this year in stunning 4K” said Laika c-suite exec David Burke. “Our partnership with Fathom has solidified LAIKA’s modern cinematic classic as a must-see annual summer tradition.”

Based on the same name novel from Neil Gaiman, “Coraline” tells the story of a young girl on a journey through a strange parallel reality. The film was helmed by stop-motion artist Henry Selick and stars the voices of Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane, Teri Hatcher, Keith David, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

Prime Video Unveils Trailer for ‘A Million Miles Away’ Starring Michael Peña as Real-Life Astronaut José Hernández

Prime Video has debuted the trailer for the upcoming drama “A Million Miles Away.” Based on a true story, Michael Peña stars as José Hernández, the first migrant farm worker to become an astronaut and go to space. The film will be released on Sept. 15 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The trailer depicts Hernandez’s unrelenting determination to actualize his lifelong dream of going to space. “A Million Miles Away” tracks his journey from a rural village in Michoacán, Mexico to the San Joaquin Valley to the International Space Station. Despite being rejected year after year from the ultra-competitive space program, he gears up and applies again and again. While doing everything he can to achieve this goal, he must also navigate challenges in his interpersonal relationships.

“Who better to leave this planet and dive into the unknown than a migrant farm worker?” Hernández asks at the end of the trailer.

Rosa Salazar, Sarayu Blue, Veronica Falcon, Julio Cesar Cadillo and Garret Dillahunt also star. Alejandra Márquez Abella penned the screenplay and directed the film.

Watch the trailer below.

ColorCreative Announces Inaugural Cohort for Find Your People Program

ColorCreative, the Black-owned and female-led management and production company formed in 2014 by Issa Rae and Deniese Davis, has selected the inaugural cohort of emerging creators for the Find Your People Program (FYPP).

The program was announced in February, developed as an extension of the March 2020 Find Your People Party, a networking event for historically underrepresented creators. Twenty-eight finalists were selected out of a pool of 1,500 applicants to participate in the Find Your People Program, which provides provides training, resources, mentorship, and guidance for creatives in the following disciplines: writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor, production designer, and costume designer.

The 2023 cohort includes:

Writers: Brian Cohen, Cassandra Hunter, Nzinga Kadalie Kemp, Yolanda Morgan
Costume Designers: Jalissa Jackson, Kaij, Raquel “Rocky” Avalos, Salina Hernandez
Directors: Aisha Amin, Ifeanyi Ezieme, Jeremie Cander, Yeajoon (Joon) Cho
Producers: Chidi Amadiume, Fabiola Rodriguez, Maia Miller, Viviana Yupanqui
Cinematographers: Anna Mendes, B.P. Edwards, Matt Kleppner, Rayana Rasamee
Production Designers: Chidinma Dureke, Jolien Louis, Kathryne Garrido, Vango Jones
Editors: Danny Muñoz, Funmi Ogunro, Mayah Gilmer, Sydney Taylor

As the program continues, one creative from each discipline will come together to form four production teams. Each team will then produce a script and a short film pitch, and with guidance from industry leaders, go before a greenlight committee for the chance to receive funding for their short film. The cohort will premiere its selection of short film projects in 2024.

“This first-of-its-kind program is designed to teach, inspire and connect emerging creators to find their tribe and work together on a short film that allows each of their contributions to shine,” stated ColorCreative president Talitha Watkins. ”FYPP is needed more than ever, and we’re grateful to the partners and mentors who have already joined in to help our industry’s rising creatives.”

In addition to announcing the cohort, ColorCreative has also brought on brand partners to support the FYPP program, including Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand (who’ve donated the program as a grantee of their Black Community Commitment, a 10-year $100 million initiative focused on empowering the Black community), as well as American Express, Canva, The Pop Culture Collaborative, UTA and Raedio, the audio-everywhere company and fellow Hoorae Media partner.

Learn more here about ColorCreative and the Find Your People Program.

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