Film Sales Agent ID Communications announces acquisition of the documentary “NURSES If Florence Could See Us Now” for world sales outside of US markets
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Montreal, Canada – ID Communications Inc. announces the acquisition of world distribution rights for “NURSES If Florence Could See Us Now” a theatrical and television length documentary showcasing the untold story of the nursing profession.
“Everyone has had an experience with a nurse – someone who may have been there for them, at a critical time – When I was first presented the film, it struck me what a universal chord this documentary touches upon. “NURSES If Florence Could See Us Now” at once captures the human drama of those intimate moments, and gives us a perspective on the profession as a whole. From a market perspective, I think this is one of those specialty films with strong cross-over potential, for a very broad audience. We are thrilled to represent it for non-US markets” says Dan Shannon, president of ID Communications.
“The documentary tells the story of close to100 nurses across America. Even though I am a nurse myself, my appreciation and respect for the work that nurses do every day was deepened through making this film. It reaffirmed the importance of telling their story. The husband of a nurse approached me after a screening of the film and said “ My wife has been a nurse for 30 years, but seeing this film, I now understood what that really means”. We are so pleased that the film will have a far reach thanks to both our National and International distribution partners including ID Communications for International . We are just getting ready to release the US version at the end of April and are excited about getting this story out to audiences worldwide” says Kathy Douglas, the film’s director.
View Trailer for “IF Florence Could See Us Now” Nursing documentary
The film is produced by On Nursing Excellence (ONE), a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization founded in 2009, whose purpose is to expand the effectiveness, efficiency, well being and recognition of the healthcare workforce.
About ID Communications
ID Communications inc. is a Montreal-based boutique film, television and web marketing company specialized in the area of international sales representation and distribution for film, TV, DVD and web-based properties.
To contact us for International markets rights visit Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now
To learn more about the movie in the USA visit www.Nursesthemovie.com
To learn more about On Nursing Excellence visit www.onnursingexcellence.com
Apr. 10, 2013 – WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — (West Palm Beach, Florida, USA) – ID Vision Films announces the USA premiere of “Haiti Untold” a feature-length documentary taking us behind the scenes of the aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 Earthquake. The film presents an overview of progress in the country in the last 3 years and features Donna Karan (DKNY), George Laraque, retired pro hockey player, Sean Penn, founder and CEO of J/P Haitian Relief Organization (JPHRO) and other key organizations who played an important role during the first months of the response.
“We are pleased to bring the film to Palm Beach International Film Festival for its USA premiere, given the large Haitian diaspora here in Florida“ says the film’s co-director Isabelle Depelteau.
Haiti Untold also provides an unusual counter point-of-view of what is really happening in the country, looking at the impact of ‘first-world’ media bias on the “Haitian story”.
see trailer here http://haitiuntold.com
“We had great access to key players from organizations whose story has yet to be properly told in the media. But perhaps the most striking narrative is that of Jean marc Jean-François, a young Haitian man who speaks to the future of his country, the hopes and dreams of an emerging working class looking to build a future for themselves. It is time this story be told.” Says Dan Shannon, the film’s producer and co-director.
Haiti Untold screeners and private screening links are available to international buyers and press.
February 13, 2012
ID represents documentary “My Joan of Arc” for 600th anniversary of French female icon
Montreal-based ID Communications takes on world distribution rights to documentary exploring the historic Joan of Arc, celebrating 600th anniversary of “child-soldier-saint”
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Berlin, Germany – ID Communications Inc. announces the market premiere screening of “My Joan of Arc” ID’s latest acquisition, at the European Film Market in Berlin by French Canadian director Dany Chiasson, in anticipation of the French icon’s 600th birthday anniversary.
Though canonized a saint in the 1920’s, Joan of Arc was in fact burned alive at the stake by the religious powers of the day who were unsettled by her unswerving faith, which at the time was construed to be heretical.
“As a little girl I went to church every Sunday with my grandmother. While we walked, rain or shine, twenty minutes back and forth, my grandmother told me stories of Saints and the meaning of Sainthood. Her favourite saint was Joan of Arc. Through Joan of Arc’s story, I learned about devotion, courage, going beyond our limits, France, the medieval times, women, The Catholic Church, the big schism, royalty…all that was fascinating to me. I wanted to meet Joan of Arc, I wanted to hang out with her. Years later I continued to research Joan and her time in books and in movies. But the more I read, the more she became a mystery.” said Dany Chiasson, the film’s director.
East-west film collaboration sparks controversy
As Hungary faces growing political isolation from the European Union, an internationally co-produced drama strikes a nerve
OTTAWA – 7 February 2012: Against the current backdrop of the European Commission launching legal action against Hungary for violations of treaty law and democracy: a new film has touched a nerve over its examination of often irreconcilable ideologies between east and west.
Since its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival a few months ago, “The Maiden Danced to Death”, a co production between Canada and Hungary become a festival darling to audiences around the globe. To date it has been invited to 16 festivals in 12 countries, and counting.
The production boasts some Hungary’s top talent including Academy Award winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond A.S.C. (The Deer Hunter, Close Encounters, Deliverance, Maverick), Screen Actor’s Guild award recipient Endre Hules (Angels & Demons, Apollo 13, Se7en) and actor Zsolt Laszlo (The Eagle, Kontroll).
Despite international kudos, the film’s release in Hungary has met by some with harsh criticism and indignation over its subversive post-mortem on the end of the Cold War.
Set in 1999, “The Maiden Danced to Death” tells the story of two estranged brothers and former dancers who reunite after the opening of the iron curtain. With their common love interest brokering a truce, the brothers set about resurrecting their last successful choreography together, based on a ballad of the same name. As old ghosts begin to surface, the inevitable clash of cultural and political ideology comes to the fore.
Expelled by the Communists 20 years earlier, Steve (Hules), has earned success abroad before returning to Hungary where his very presence challenges the ideals of this brother Gyula (Laszlo) who “stuck it out” at home all those years.
“The inspiration came from the very real antagonism between the sizeable Hungarian diaspora – mostly political refugees – and those who remained in Hungary” says writer-director Hules, himself a former refugee. “I was always wondering if these suspicions could be resolved somehow so those groups could help each other better. This film is part of that thinking process”.
The timing and execution of that “thinking process” has clearly hit a nerve, placing that diaspora and the current administration at odds.
An international co production between Hungary, Canada and Slovenia, “The making of this movie really became case of life mimicking art,” according to its Canadian producer, Michael A. Dobbin of Quiet Revolution Pictures.
Upon taking office with a two thirds majority in the Hungarian parliament in 2010, the government of Viktor Orban quickly set about “restructuring” the Hungarian Film Fund, which was at the time a participant in the film’s financing.
“Suddenly, Hungary wasn’t playing by the rules any more and didn’t seem to care that it could be hurting its own producers – let alone its partners” says Dobbin. “The fact that the film is now such a success is truly in spite of seemingly intentional efforts to sabotage an international partnership.” The pattern is hard to ignore.
Represented by ID Communications a Canadian sales company, the film will be screened for its international market premiere in Berlin’s European Film Market on February 14. It will continue on to festivals is Poland, Portugal, USA to name a few in the coming months. Click here for a full list of festivals and screening dates as well as the film trailer
The Maiden Danced to Death is also available on iTunes Canada, and premieres on Super Channel, and will be available on DVD/Bluray in April.
About ID Communications
ID Communications inc. is a Montreal-based boutique film, television and web marketing company specialized in the area of international sales representation and distribution for film, TV, DVD and web-based properties. For more information visit http://idcommunications.org
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Canadian-made “Hamlet” unspools at Berlin’s Film Market offering ambitious re-telling of classic Shakespeare tale
Montreal-based indie distributor ID Communications takes on world distribution rights
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Montreal, Canada – ID Communications Inc. announces the acquisition of feature film “Hamlet” written and directed by Bruce Ramsay, ahead of its international premiere in Berlin during the European Film Market, taking place from February 9-19.
Based on the original text by William Shakespeare which traditionally runs more than 5 hours, the film sets out to engage modern audiences with the essence of Shakespeare’s time-tested story, in this rapid-paced 87 min adaptation, set in England in the 1940s.
“Why make another Hamlet? Because audiences change but classic stories can still engage, if the story-telling keeps up with the medium. What makes this Hamlet different then? The essential oils are pulled from the five-hour play, and distilled into a short, sexy, and accessible version for the multi-tasking modern brain.” Says writer/director Bruce Ramsay, who also plays prince Hamlet.
ID represents multiple award-winning documentary “Salam Rugby” for international distribution
Montreal-based ID Communications takes on world distribution rights to documentary exploring the untold story of women’s rugby in Iran
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Montreal, Canada – ID Communications Inc. announces a week before the year’s first media seller’s market (NATPE in Miami), the acquisition of worldwide distribution for New Zeland produced documentary “Salam Rugby” directed and produced by Faramazh Beheshti.
With the continued tensions between Iran and other western countries, this film provides a glimpse into the role of women and sport, in a society dominated by Sharia law.
“Salam Rugby follows the 2-year journey of filmmaker Faramazh Beheshti in Iran as Rugby was being explored as an “experiment” for women. The film takes us on a 7000 km (4500 mile) voyage inside the lives of women who play on, despite the restrictions imposed on them by the government, and a fresh perspective on what it is to live under Sharia law. ” said ID Communications president, Dan Shannon.
The film has garnered numerous awards, including Winner of Human Rights Award, Sports/Movies Festival of Milan, Best ‘Non-European Documentary Film’ at ECU Festival in Paris April 2011, Best Feature Documentary In Cambofest- Cambodia 2011, and has been Selected in over a dozen other documentary festivals.