Since the early 70s, the San Francisco-based art music collective The Residents has made a name for itself practically by not making one at all. Releasing dozens of albums and various performance art projects the members have hid their identities behind masks and costumes (typically eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos). Their official biographical information, which has long provided scant information about the band’s members, remains some of the only information about them. To this day it isn’t even certain if people known to be associated with them even existed.
The SXSW hit documentary Theory Of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents, aims to change that, somewhat anyway, and fans of the band and curious looky-loos alike will get a chance to see it thanks to Film Movement, which has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary. The film is will see its New York City premiere on November 14 as part of Doc NYC, with theatrical release planned to start in March, 2016. Following theatrical run, Theory Of Obscurity will be released on digital and home video platforms. Directed by Don Hardy, the KTF Films production was executive produced by Yoshifumi Okuyama and The Noxious Twins, and produced by Hardy, Barton John Bishoff, and Josh Keppel. Michael E. Rosenberg, President of Film Movement, negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment.
Digital entertainment curation outfit FilmBuff has announced the licensing of worldwide rights to distribute Codegirl, a new documentary from director Lesley Chilcott that chronicles the Technovation competition. Technovation invites high school aged girls from across the world to design an app which solves a problem in their community over a three month period. Tracking competitors from Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, the film follows their efforts to become part of the fast growing app software industry. Codegirl will open in theaters starting November 1, with VOD release on all major platforms beginning November 6.
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Chilcott and FilmBuff have also partnered with Google’s Made with Code initiative, established with the goal of empowering girls to enter the tech industry. As part of that partnership, the three are collaborating on an exclusive YouTube window for the film aimed at the growing audience of high school aged girls who watch content on the platform. Made with Code is also spearheading an outreach initiative for the film. Featuring the teams AMEKA (USA), Team Charis (Nigeria), PortMund (Brazil), WoCo (USA), The X-Women (India) and Puppy Sized Elephants (USA), Codegirl is produced by Tracey Karka, Tiffany Haynes and Chilcott.
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