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The Bodyguard 30th anniversary announced in 360 Magazine

THE BODYGUARD 30TH ANNIV

Trafalgar Releasing and Warner Bros. Pictures have partnered to bring The Bodyguard, one of the 1990s biggest box office hits, back to cinemas worldwide for the 30th anniversary. On Sun., Nov. 6 and Wed., Nov. 9, fans can relive Whitney Houston’s spectacular film debut alongside Kevin Costner in the timeless romantic thriller, which spawned the best-selling soundtrack album of all-time and netted Houston the Grammy Award for “Album of the Year.” In addition to viewing the beloved movie, fans in attendance at the events will enjoy the music videos for “Queen of the Night” and “I Will Always Love You” celebrating the legacy of Whitney Houston following the film.

Tickets for “The Bodyguard 30th Anniversary” go on sale on Wed., Sept. 28 at 10:00 a.m. EDT at www.TheBodyguard30.com.

Houston stars as Rachel Marron, a music/movie superstar at her peak. Fans want to see her. Hear her. Touch her. But one wants to kill her –and that’s where security expert Frank Farmer (Costner) comes in. Farmer is a former Secret Service agent who never lets his guard down, while Rachel has always been in control of her glamorous life. Each expects to be in charge, but what they don’t expect is to fall in love. Written by Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Mick JacksonThe Bodyguard has it all: Suspense. Thrills. Romance. Peril. Passion. And the shining brilliance of two great stars.

The Bodyguard’s story and songs are indelibly etched on the hearts of movie and music fans all around the globe,” said Kymberli Frueh, SVP of Programming and Content Acquisitions for Trafalgar Releasing. “We are pleased to partner with Warner Bros. to bring this anniversary celebration to fans.”

Legacy Recordings (in cooperation with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album with a vinyl release on November 18. Target will exclusively offer a Smoky Lavender color vinyl. Both versions will feature the original album packaging and may be pre-ordered HERE

The Bodyguard (Soundtrack), co-executive produced by Whitney Houston and Clive Davis and Whitney’s RIAA Diamond (18x Platinum) Award winning album, won the Grammy for Album of the Year while the iconic single, Whitney’s monumental interpretation of Dolly Parton’s song, “I Will Always Love You” took home Record of the Year. With global sales of more than 45 million copies, The Bodyguard (Soundtrack) is the all-time top-selling album by a female artist worldwide and the biggest-selling soundtrack album ever. The companion video, “I Will Always Love You” has achieved over 1 billion views on YouTube.

Sony Pictures’ new Whitney biopic, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, will be released in theaters on Dec. 21.

ABOUT TRAFALGAR RELEASING:    

Trafalgar Releasing, the global leader in event cinema distribution, harnesses the power of cinema to bring fans together in more than 13,000 locations in 132 countries worldwide. A subsidiary of Trafalgar Entertainment, Trafalgar Releasing’s worldwide operations include production, acquisition, marketing, and distribution of live or prerecorded content to cinemas led by an international team of specialists. Featuring live concerts, music documentaries, world-class opera, award-winning theatre, and more from the leading names in entertainment such as BTS, Metallica, Oasis, Coldplay, Billy Joel, George Michael, Twenty One Pilots, and the Royal Opera House, Trafalgar Releasing has shattered event cinema box office records, most recently with the BTS Permission to Dance on Stage – Seoul: Live Viewing concert which grossed more than $32.6M at the global box office.  

More information about Trafalgar Releasing can be found at www.trafalgar-releasing.com.

ABOUT WARNER BROS. PICTURES GROUP:

Warner Bros. Pictures is a part of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, which also includes New Line Cinema, Warner Animation Group and DC-based film production. Warner Bros. partners with the world’s most inspiring storytellers to create extraordinary entertainment on every screen for the global audience. Warner Bros. Pictures Group has been at the forefront of the motion picture industry since its inception and continues to be a leading creative force, producing the broadest slate of films for worldwide theatrical release.

Gucci Exquisite campaign inside 360 MAGAZINE

Exquisite GUCCI

As first presented in the hall of magic mirrors during Milan fashion week, the Exquisite Gucci collection was designed by the House’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele for Fall-Winter 2022. The emphasis on tailoring was the show’s organizing theme, but the headline was Michele’s collaboration with adidas. Merging sartorial tradition and sportswear codes, he added the brand’s trademark stripes and emblem to suits and an array of ready-to-wear.

A Note From Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele

I’ve always been charmed by cinema. For its power to tell stories that can probe human adventure and its drift. For its visionary power to dig up in the real, making it vertiginously imaginative and questionable. Such a careful look on the human, after all, is so close to me. I could never imagine clothes as severed from the story and life of the person wearing them. If you ask me, a garment is not, and never will be, just a piece of fabric. It’s rather the means through which we are able to unfold who we really decide to be, it’s how we shape our desires and the ultimate sense of our staying. That’s why I’ve always imagined my collections as films able to convey a cinematography of the present: a score of stories, eclectic and dissonant, that can sacralize the human and its metamorphic ability.

The “Exquisite” campaign is my tribute to cinema and to one of its brightest maestros, Stanley Kubrick. A philosophic filmmaker who, better than others, emanated the magic of that inextricable knot through which cinema exudes life and magnifies it. I’ve always admired Kubrick’s remarkable capacity in tackling very different subjects. His experimental drive goes beyond any possible categorization. Every film, in fact, digests the manifold souls where dystopia meets parody, drama becomes human comedy, horror looks like a psycho-philosophic treatise, the feeling of truth evolves into the uncanny. Kubrick was, in essence, a real sculptor of genres: the “cross-genre” director, ahead of his time. His ability to build stories that exceed significance, crossing borders and setting labels on fire, has always been deeply inspiring to me.

As an act of love, I decided to reinhabit Kubrick’s films, pushing to the core this incendiary approach. I took the liberty of disassembling, blending, grafting and reassembling them. Sticking to my creative praxis, I seized those movies, romanticizing them, populating them with my clothes. Trying to create short circuits where the adidas gown, that had already lost its status of sportswear to become a Victorian costume, appears as a new character in the script of Barry Lyndon. The dress designed by Laura Whitcomb, wearing which Madonna grabbed the New York spotlight in the nineties, fits in the gothic scenes of The Shining. The mysterious darkness of the enigmatic ritual of Eyes Wide Shut embraces a venus in fur, embellished with sensual bourgeois pearls. And more, the 90s shoes with a fetish flavor explode through the frames of A Clockwork Orange. Finally, the dreamiest evening dress dangled in soft tulle ruches bursts into the aseptic and dystopian space of the Discovery One in 2001: A Space Odyssey. This situationist game mixes historical plans, references, experiences. The past explodes into the present. Everything can become anything, or something else. As in that famous scene of Kubrick’s masterpiece, where the bone turns into a spaceship. As in life.

With “Exquisite” I carry on my attempt to mingle high and low, this time coherently and synergistically with the grammar of the great director. In the selected sequences it feels like Nietzsche, Kant and Freud speak casually to the people in the street. The biggest questions about the meaning of life become pop images. Complex transfigurations in terms of significance, get immediate access in terms of experience. Everything comes to be iconic, symbolically sophisticated, though able to reflect on a culture that we can definitely identify as pop. I chose Kubrick also for this, after all. What he created is part of our collective imagination. Since he was a diviner of vision, his works are as recognizable as the Sistine Chapel, the Virgin of the Rocks or The Simpsons. Manipulating his images, inside a brand new semantic framework, is like hacking La Gioconda. Plus the inspiration and the empathy only possible through the fictional cinematographic machine.

This involvement generates a change of state that is very significant for my job: clothes get closer to bare life again. They turn into highly imaginative functional prostheses, and they do so to tell a story. A story that shatters, enchants, tortures, ignites. Because it’s the story of the human that dwells in each and every one of us. As Stanley Kubrick knew too well. And also Milena Canonero, a very dear friend of mine, who accepted my invitation to go back over some of the scenes that hailed her as an undisputed star in the history of costume design. Her presence in this project is moving for me, a very precious gift.

– Alessandro Michele

Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Barry Lyndon,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” and “The Shining” are available to own today on Blu-ray and Digital.

CREDITS:

Creative Director: Alessandro Michele

Art Director: Christopher Simmonds 

Photographers & Directors: Mert & Marcus  

Make up: Thomas De Kluyver

Hair: Paul Hanlon

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Tony Stark aka iron man from marvel via 360 Magazine

IRON MAN

On the eve of the character’s 60th anniversary, Iron Man will begin a new era this December. Writer Gerry Duggan (X-Men) and artist Juan Frigeri (Avengers) will kick off a new run of IRON MAN’s solo title that will bring Tony Stark to his darkest depths only to rise greater than ever before! INVINCIBLE IRON MAN will follow Christopher Cantwell’s thought-provoking run on the title that concludes in November’s IRON MAN #750, the upcoming milestone issue that will give fans their first glimpse of what’s to come in this new chapter. The ongoing series will begin with Tony reflecting on the highs and lows of his 60 years of history, including digging up some classic armors and confronting old wounds, to overcome a devastating defeat at the hands of a Marvel villain who’s been making big waves throughout the Marvel Universe recently.

It all ends here? Tony Stark, the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist, has lost it all: his wealth…his fame…his friends. But Stark doesn’t realize he still has so much more to lose, especially when a mystery villain puts out a hit on him! Every assassin around the Marvel Universe has come out of the shadows for Tony — and he has no idea who hired them! Will this cavalcade of killers close the book on Iron Man? It’s the beginning of the end, as the Golden Avenger must fight for his life and find out what it really means to hit rock bottom.

“It’s my privilege to try and follow Christopher Cantwell and his collaborators’ stellar run on IRON MAN heading into an anniversary year,” Duggan said. “Juan and I are going to introduce a new menace that is gunning for Tony Stark and his greatest creation. We have an epic tale for Stark and plans for old foes, including flashbacks to some of his classic armors. How about a little Silver Centurion for his diamond anniversary? Armor up, you’re gonna need it.”

Check out the cover by Kael Ngu and stay tuned for more news about the title and the other ways Marvel Comics will be honoring Iron Man’s 60th anniversary next year. For more information, visit Marvel.com.

SHARP STICK – LENA DUNHAM

Sharp Stick, written and directed by Lena Dunham opens on Friday July 29th in New York and Los Angeles, and keeps expanding to theaters nationwide on Friday August 5th. It will also be available on Digital platforms August 16th. The movie stars Kristine Froseth, Jon Bernthal, Scott Speedman, Luka Sabbat, Lena Dunham, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Taylour Paige and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Watch The Trailer

Lena Dunham‘s provocative tale of sexual awakening tackles thorny material with compassion.” Elena Lazic,The Playlist

“Supremely funny. As heartfelt as it is provocative.” – Cassie Da Costa, Vanity Fair

“Surprisingly sweet and searching. It’s refreshing to see sex scenes directed with both warmth and a sense of carnality.” Stephanie ZacharekTIME

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Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth) is a sensitive and naive 26-year-old living on the fringes of Hollywood with her disillusioned mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and influencer sister (Taylour Paige). Working as a caregiver and just longing to be seen, she begins an exploratory affair with her older, married employer (Jon Bernthal), and is thrust into a startling education on sexuality, loss and power.

GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT

GLAAD × GEORGE MICHAEL

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, along with Sony Music Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing, presented a new clip from the upcoming autobiographical feature documentary GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUTAdditionally, GLAAD.org has posted an in-depth interview with the co-director and producer of the film, George Michael’s songwriting partner and long-time collaborator, David Austin. View the clip and the interview HERE.

David Austin said, “We are very proud to Partner with GLAAD – George was proud of his sexuality and campaigned throughout his life for everyone to have the freedom to be who they wanted to be and love who they wanted to love.”

Anthony Allen Ramos, Vice President of Communications & Talent of GLAAD, said, “Pride Month is a perfect opportunity to remember the trailblazing legacy of George Michael within the music industry and beyond. The release of GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT will help audiences learn so much about the performer’s extraordinary life. It is truly special to see the film’s never before seen footage and personal stories about his touching love story with Anselmo Feleppa, who unfortunately left us far too early.”

A poignant and moving tribute to the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest performers, in his final work George Michael reclaims the narrative of his career, personal life, and controversies. Throughout the film, Michael reveals openly and honestly the two distinct sides of his life: his very public music career and his private personal life that cameras never truly saw. Michael was heavily involved in and dedicated to the making of this documentary before his tragic passing in 2016, making GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT an incredibly special posthumous release and a poignant and moving tribute to his legacy.

Narrated by the late Grammy® Award winner himself, GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT delves into the turbulent period after “Faith” leading up to, during, and after the making of Michael’s “Listen Without Prejudice: Vol 1” album in 1990. At this pivotal time, Michael can fight for his artistic freedom and lead the way for others. As the film clip posted at GLAAD beautifully illustrates, it was at this period of his life when Michael meets his first real love, Anselmo Feleppa, and nothing is ever the same for him. The moving film later explores how the legendary singer navigates both the heartbreak of Anselmo’s early tragic passing and the devastating loss of his mother.

The documentary features numerous celebrities, with contributors including Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean-Paul Gaultier, James Corden, Tony Bennett, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.

GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT is produced by Big Geoff Overseas Limited in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment and distributed theatrically worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing.

In celebration of George Michael’s iconic album Older, Sony Music will release a deluxe, limited-edition box set in July. The set will also be available in digital/CD/2LP formats. Older was George’s third album as a solo artist and would see him experimenting with new musical styles and expanding his artistic horizons. Hailed by critics as a triumph, it told the story of an extraordinary period in the life of the man who wrote, recorded, and produced it, as he journeyed through one of the most turbulent periods of his professional and personal life.

Tickets on Sale for June 22 Worldwide Cinema Event at HERE.

A.X.E.: JUDGEMENT DAY comic cover art via Marvel Comics for use by 360 MAGAZINE

A.X.E: JUDGEMENT DAY

Years of tension and secrets between the heroes of the Marvel Universe will erupt into an emotional and apocalyptic war in A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY, the latest Marvel Comics crossover event coming this summer. Written by mastermind talent Kieron Gillen and featuring the grand-scale artwork of Valerio Schiti and color artist Marte Gracia, A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY will be a six-issue series that will spin out into multiple limited series, one-shots, and tie-in issues of your favorite ongoing series. The extraordinary odyssey will tie together radical plot developments that have been brewing in the pages of AVENGERS, ETERNALS, and X-MEN titles and leave a monumental impact on these three factions and their relationships with eachother moving forward.

The Avengers have become a more powerful global force than ever from their base inside a long-dead Celestial. The X-Men have achieved a form of immortality on their utopian island nation of Krakoa. And the Eternals have begun a new cycle of life as they continue their sworn mission to eliminate the Deviants. But when the Eternals learn that mutantkind itself is a form of excess deviation, a vicious assault on Krakoa ensues – with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes trapped in the middle. Get your glimpse at the opening battles in the all-new A.X.E.: JUGDMENT DAY #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork.

“Honestly, for me, speaking as a reader as much as a writer, there’s nothing worse than an event that comes out of nowhere,” Gillen said in a recent interview with Popverse. “It had to come from the books. So yeah, I was looking at the Avengers, what Jason [Aaron] has built in the mythology there. I was looking at the X-Books, the secrets of Krakoa coming to light, and I was looking at what I was doing in Eternals, which dances with both of them, the various tensions in Eternal society there. And now, that’s stuff going to blow up. It’s just that kind of ‘Oh, look, these are three logical strains that are intersecting, let’s then bring them forth and see what happens with them.'”

Check out the new trailer now and be there for the latest Marvel Comics epic when A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY #1 arrives on July 20. And don’t miss the exciting buildup in a special prelude issue, A.X.E.: EVE OF JUDGMENT #1, as well as current issues of AVENGERS, ETERNALS, IMMORTAL X-MEN, and X-MEN.

Savannah Lee May speaks to 360 Magazine anpit A cowgirl's song

Savannah’s A Cowgirl Song

Best known for her role as ‘Buttercup’ on Nickelodeon’s series “Knight Squad” the now 21-year-old star solidified her mark in the industry when Kenny Ortega’s “Julie and the Phantoms” dropped on Netflix in the summer of 2020. With a huge following of over 1.4 million across social media, Savannah Lee May has become an inspiration for young adults all over the world. “Showing up is half the battle, the other half is truly training and learning, and knowing exactly what you want to do ” Savannah used her platform to share some advice about success to her fans.

Earlier this April Savannah added her new movie A Cowgirl’s Song to her discography. Savannah recounts her experience on the set of A Cowgirl’s Song, “With A Cowgirl’s Song, that was the first time I was really able to sing the genre of music that introduced me to playing the guitar”.

This coming-of-age story about a young country singer resonated with Savannah. Growing up on the outskirts of Houston, you can imagine that country music holds a special place in Savannah’s heart. While Savannah’s grandfather was a country music singer, her parents’ favorite artists, such as ACDC, Michael Jackson and Eminem, helped Savannah’s playlists grow with a wide range of genres.

Savannah’s undeniable love for country music stemmed from her grandfather, who is battling Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that eventually affects the movement of the body, often including tremors. Savannah unfolds her grandfather’s battle with Parkinson’s, “It started off minor but as time went on it’s taken over completely”. Savannah’s grandfather’s slow decline of motor skills took a toll on her family, “It’s something that’s really hard to see on someone that you grew up with, always cracking jokes, teaching me how to play the guitar and singing”. Despite her grandfather’s battle with Parkinson’s, Savannah assures that his heart is still as healthy as an OX.

Savannah’s family has always been supportive of her career, and we can’t wait to watch her career grow right along with them.

Most Guys are Losers via Mika Stambaugh for The Masink for use by 360 Magazine

Most Guys Are Losers

His script included 20 revisions, but writer/director Eric Ustian never wavered about where his film, Most Guys Are Losers, would take place and be shot—Naperville, IL. “I always knew it had to take place in Naperville.,” says Ustian. “I wanted to promote the city and I love this place. I loved growing up here and in Chicago and wouldn’t shoot it anywhere else,”  

While the script attracted Hollywood heavyweights like Mira and Paul Sorvino, Ustian cast about 75% of the actors from the Chicago area, many of them being familiar names. Ustian said, “Belmont Cameli originally auditioned for a different role. We knew he had talent and wanted to see him read for the role of ‘Trevor,’ a former Naperville North High School quarterback. When Belmont presented his next read, he was wearing a Naperville North football jersey. I thought—this kid is either a method actor, or he actually played football at Naperville North… turns out he did play there.”  

In addition to Cameli, Ustian also cast a then-unknown South Side actor Kevin Miles. But, chances are you know him from the endless stream of national commercials he’s done as “Jake from State Farm.” Ustian took advantage of his hometown, with some “hometown discounts” as well. He managed to stretch his movie budget by filming part of it in his mom’s house.  “Her rates were pretty impressive,” he said, “You can’t beat Free.”  

Some of the film was shot at his friend’s bar, Frankies Blue Room, and the crew took advantage of capturing scenes on Naperville’s scenic Riverwalk. Most Guys Are Losers is a romantic comedy taking place over Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago. There, a college kid from California seeks approval from his girlfriend’s dad, a bar owner and author of the dating book, “Most Guys are Losers.” 

The cast includes: 

The film began shooting in November 2019. The pandemic put a pause on the intended production timeline, but it’s finally expected to premier in major cities this July 1. 

IFFLA 2022 Opening Night via Javid Shaik for John WIldman for use by 360 Magazine

IFFLA 2022

The 2022 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced the award winners for its 20th annual edition which featured a celebratory return to in-theater screenings and presentations. Aditya Vikram Sengupta‘s Once Upon a Time in Calcutta won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film, and Anmol Sidhu‘s Jaggi was the recipient of the inaugural Uma da Cunha Award for Best Feature Film Debut, as well as the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature. 

IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda, said, “This year’s edition of the film festival was wonderful in so many ways. The excitement felt by the reunion of so many of our filmmakers, patrons, and film fans back in the theaters was something we all shared. [In] the months and weeks leading to the festival, we weren’t sure whether people will show after a three-year break from an in-person festival. We were overwhelmed to see everyone coming back, eager to reconnect with the community and the IFFLA family, watch films and celebrate our 20th anniversary. We walk away from this year’s festival energized and filled [with] gratitude.” 

In the feature film category, Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Once Upon a Time in Calcutta was cited for “its sprawling, operatic depiction of broken people desperate to connect and its poetic mastery of cinematic craft” by the IFFLA jury. An honorable mention went to Shankar’s Fairies, Irfana Majumdar‘s restrained and lyrical portrait of the unconditional bond between a young girl and the gentleman who cares for her family. 

It was fitting during the 20-year anniversary edition of the film festival, a year introducing new programs and initiatives, for a new award to be presented in honor of IFFLA’s beloved advisor in India, the legendary Uma da Cunha. Uma has been a founding member of IFFLA, always championing Indian independent cinema and emerging voices. Regarding her selection of Sidhu’s Jaggi which follows a schoolboy in rural Punjab who faces toxic masculinity and sexual abuse when he’s assumed to be gay, da Cunha, said, “Few independent films in India are made in the Punjabi language and fewer still find their way into festivals to reach a wider audience. This film needs to be seen in a milieu where sexual matters tend not to be addressed openly.”  

Co-Director of Programming Ritesh Mehta, added, “We’re absolutely thrilled with these winners, especially the audience choice winner Jaggi, a story about themes no one talks about which desperately need attention, told with audacity and vulnerability from a first-time filmmaking team. What more can we programmers ask for? Stories come to us, enthrall us, move our audiences, and now empower their creators to continue their narrative activism from their distinctive corners of the world.”

In the Short Film Category, the Grand Jury Prize went to Amrita Bagchi‘s Succulent. The jury stated that the film “beautifully taps into our deep longing for genuine connection in a world that is increasingly artificial.” The Grand Jury Prize for Best Short in the inaugural Spotlight on South Asia section went to Salar Pashtoonyar‘s Bad Omen (Afghanistan/Canada). The jury remarked that it was “a raw and visceral film that showed us that above all else, honest filmmaking always wins.”

Honorable mentions in the Short Film category went to Megha Ramaswamy‘s Lalanna’s Song, with the jury stating that the film impressed them with its daring, boundary-pushing filmmaking and two extraordinary lead performances, and Akanksha Cruczynski‘s Close Ties to Home Country. The jury said the film “starts out absurd and hilarious, but sucker-punched us with the truth when we least expected it.” 

Co-Director of Programming Thouly Dosios, said, “16 true gems of films comprised our shorts selection this year, featuring some of the most thematically daring and formally groundbreaking works in the lineup. The Audience Choice Award for Best Short went to the irresistible, wildly ambitious and stimulating debut, 7 Star Dinosor Entertainment by Vaishali Naik, a film that takes head-on the uncertain times we live in, with a story that is brimming with poetry, humor and a lot of soul.”

The Feature Films Jury included Lakshmi Iyengar (Executive Vice President, Minor Realm); Smriti Mundhra (Academy Award nominee, Director, St. Louis Superman); and Jonathan Wysocki (Director, Dramarama). The Short Films Jury was comprised of Geetika Lizardi (Writer, Bridgerton, Mira, Royal Detective); Sid Mehra (Manager of Development and Production, Endeavor Content); and Carey Williams (Director, Emergency, R#J).

Highlights of this year’s landmark 20th Anniversary edition of IFFLA included the Opening Night Gala presentation of Pan Nalin’s Last Film Show, the inauguration of the new Spotlight on South Asia section,  a virtual 20thAnniversary Shorts special program celebrating the festival’s history, a Master Class with Anurag Kashyap, and the film festival’s annual one-on-one program where filmmakers were paired with a series of industry executives. In another new feather for IFFLA’s cap, the festival’s Closing Night First Look event featured Kahlil Maskati’s feature screenplay in development, Alim Uncle, presented as a live table read brought to life by a dozen top Los Angeles-based actors, including Rizwan Manji and Nabeel Muscatwalla, and a preview of Nimisha Mukerji and Mark Ratzlaff‘s Warner Bros. Discovery 150 supported project, New Country that included a reading and a live musical performance.

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GEORGE MICHAEL – FREEDOM UNCUT

Sony Music Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing announced the premiere of GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT, a deeply autobiographical feature documentary narrated by the late Grammy Award winner. GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT will be released as a global cinema event on Wednesday, June 22. Details of participating countries and cinemas will be listed HERE from April 27.

Throughout the film, Michael reveals openly and honestly the two distinct sides of his life: his very public music career and his private personal life that cameras never truly saw. Michael was heavily involved in and dedicated to the making of this documentary before his tragic passing in 2016, making GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT an incredibly special posthumous release and a poignant and moving tribute to his legacy.

The film delves into the turbulent period after Faith leading up to, during and after the making of his “Listen Without Prejudice: Vol 1” album in 1990. At this pivotal period of his life, Michael is able to fight for his artistic freedom and lead the way for others. He meets his first real love, Anselmo Feleppa and navigates both the heartbreak of Anselmo’s early tragic passing from an AIDS related illness and the devastating loss of his mother. GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT is also a brilliant reminder of Michael’s outstanding musical genius during the Wham! years and throughout his solo career. The film features timeless duets with George’s favourite artists and explores how he influenced the cultural landscape of his generation as one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

Interwoven with exclusive, personal archival footage, this year’s theatrical release includes never-seen-before footage from one of the most iconic videos in music history, Freedom! ’90, directed by Oscar nominated David Fincher. The music video has been recently remastered in 4K and will screen in full ahead of the main feature in cinemas worldwide.

Produced by Big Geoff Overseas Limited in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment and distributed theatrically worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing.

David Austin says, “The film is George’s final work. Narrated by George himself, it is the complete story.”

“George Michael was an inspiring artist whose story deserves to be shared on the big screen globally.” Tom Mackay, President, Premium Content, Sony Music Entertainment says, “In honor of George’s birthday this June, we are thrilled to be working with David Austin and our partners at Trafalgar Releasing to bring fans unprecedented access to his extraordinary life both on and off stage.”

Marc Allenby, CEO – Trafalgar Releasing says, “We are proud to be bringing George Michael’s final work to the big screen in this global cinema event. As an artist whose music continues to resonate across generations, this event will be a fitting tribute to George’s life and career, giving fans the opportunity to celebrate communally in cinemas worldwide.”