Jun. 01, 2017
Lexus and the Weinstein Company are Looking for
the Next Generation of Emerging Filmmakers
Submissions are Now Open for Season 4 of Lexus Short Films
Season 3 Films Debut Online
June 1, 2017―Today, at the Tokyo Short Film Festival, Lexus and The Weinstein Company announced the fourth season of the award winning Lexus Short Films. Each season, Lexus presents a theme to inspire and engage filmmakers to craft amazing stories. This season's theme is TRANSFORMATION which is born from the Lexus brand's belief that amazing things happen when you transform the ordinary into extraordinary.
Filmmakers can submit their films for consideration utilizing Withoutabox, the premier submission service for film festivals and filmmakers. The partnership between Lexus and The Weinstein Company truly supports up-and-coming filmmakers by creating a unique opportunity for them explore the art of filmmaking using all the latest technology and guided by renowned industry experts. This type of mentorship is similar to the process used in Lexus factories where master craftsmen known as Takumi teach and inspire the next generation.
For Season 4, an esteemed filmmaker selection committee which includes Oscar nominee, writer and actor Taylor Sheridan (best known for the films Hell or High Water and Sicario and the television series Sons of Anarchy) alongside key executives of The Weinstein Company and Lexus will be reviewing the submissions to select the four finalists. Joey Horvitz with The Weinstein Company will return to produce the next series of films.
"The Lexus Short Films project is a way for us to give back and support the creative community that always inspires us as a brand. We've come a long way since Season 1 thanks to the great collaboration with the Weinstein Company who shares our passion to support new, talented filmmakers and actors." said Spiros Fotinos, Global Head of Brand Management and Marketing at Lexus. He added, "We are really excited by this year's theme as it is something that also drives us as a brand. Aiming to make the ordinary extraordinary is how we can create amazing experiences."
Simultaneously on June 1st, Lexus and The Weinstein Company will be debuting the four award winning films from Season 3 with the exciting online release of: Game, Friday Night, MESSiAH and The Nation Holds Its Breath. The films will be available to stream on Prime Video via Amazon Video Direct and www.LexusShortFilms.com as well as other channels. Season 3's films were accepted into over 65 film festivals winning multiple jury and audience awards.
The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said, "We are thrilled to be partnering again with Lexus and releasing these incredible films online for the world to see. Each filmmaker's talent needs to be showcased globally―we cannot wait to see what our new filmmakers have in store for next season to encompass the theme of transformation."
"The launch of Season 4 of Lexus Short Films coupled with the highly anticipated online release of the four films from last season will not only attract these novice filmmakers to do something new for their career but also highlight the impact and importance of the partnership between The Weinstein Company and Lexus to the filmmaking community," said The Weinstein Company COO and President David Glasser.
To find out more about The Weinstein Company and Lexus International's Lexus Short Films, please visit www.LexusShortFilms.com.
LEXUS SHORT FILMS SEASON 3 FILMS
|Alexis Michalik is a filmmaker who has starred in Petits meutres en famille, Terre de lumière and Kaboul Kitchen and feature films directed by Billy Zane, Diane Kurys, Safy Nebou, Yann Samuel and Alexandre Arcady. Alexis has recently been featured in Le Dindon, staged by Thomas Le Douarec, and Les Fleurs Gelées, from Ibsen et Strindberg. He is the founder of the theatre company Los Figaros and after directing two short movies, Au Sol, in 2013 and Pim-Poum le petit Panda for the Cannes Adami collection in 2014, Alexis staged two plays, which are still running in Paris: Edmond and Intra Muros. He recently wrote and directed Friday Night which is featured in Lexus Short Films Season 3 and is now writing and will direct his first feature film: Edmond.|
|Country of residence||France|
|Synopsis||While visiting her daughter who is studying abroad, Claire is thrown into the midst of a city-wide incident. In a place where she doesn't speak the language or know her way around, she's forced to navigate in the dark of night in a desperate search to find her daughter and ensure her safety.|
|Damian Walshe-Howling is an actor, director and writer who is known for his performance in the television program, Underbelly, which he won an AFI Award in 2008 for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama. His film credits include He Died with a Felafel in his Hand, Macbeth and A Wreck A Tangle and his theater credits include A View of Concrete, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Fool for Love and Men. Recently, Damian was selected for Lexus Short Films Season 3 and he wrote, produced and directed MESSiAH. He is currently working as a director with the production companies, Princess Pictures and Guilty Content.|
|Country of residence||Australia|
|Synopsis||A plump, hapless Irishman and his sophisticated Parisian girlfriend get more than they bargained for when they encounter a particularly mischievous stranger in the Australian Outback.|
|Jeannie Donohoe is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has written and directed several short films, including Game (currently in festivals), Lambing Season (selected for over 50 film festivals and multiple awards; named one of the "Best Short Films of 2014" by Indiewire; currently airing on PBS Film School Shorts) and Public (Palm Springs ShortFest, PBS Imagemakers). Jeannie was selected from over 4,600 applicants to write and direct Game for Lexus Short Films, produced by the Weinstein Company. Jeannie earned her MFA with honors in Directing from Columbia University. She attended Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, and also earned an MS in Education while teaching middle school in the Bronx through the Teach for America program. Jeannie is currently developing her first feature-length film.|
|Country of residence||USA|
|Synopsis||A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?|
|Title||The Nation Holds Its Breath|
|Kev Cahill, after graduating with a math and computer degree from Trinity College Dublin, worked as a DJ for Red Bull, sold smoothies at festivals and had a wholesale fruit company. Then he crashed the van and broke the businesses. This forced him to start working in films, specifically in VFX. He has worked on large budget productions like Game of Thrones, Star Wars VIII and Fantastic Beasts. He was also making some music videos of his own on the side. In 2015 he directed his first short film More Than God, it has screened at over 40 international film festivals and won a bunch of awards. This led him to be selected as one of the Lexus Short Film directors and make his 2nd short film The Nation Holds Its Breath. Kev is now directing commercials and has worked with Oxfam and McDonald's. He's currently working on his first feature script.|
|Country of residence||Ireland|
|Synopsis||On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, a young father-to-be is torn between a) standing at his wife's side to hold her hand and witness the miracle of childbirth, or b) witnessing the miracle of the national team reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup.|
In 2013, Lexus Short Films was launched with the goal of supporting and nurturing a new generation of emerging filmmakers. These aspiring directors and writers have received a unique opportunity supported by Lexus to collaborate with acclaimed film studio The Weinstein Company to produce and showcase their work on an international stage. For more information, visit www.lexusshortfilms.com and follow #LexusShortFilms
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Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING'S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW; CAROL; THE HATEFUL EIGHT; SING STREET, HANDS OF STONE, THE FOUNDER and Academy Award® nominee for Best Picture: LION.
TWC boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Davis and fashion critic Kelley Osbourne Under The Gunn, and Threads. Scripted series include Peaky Blinders with Netflix and critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016. Scripted projects in development include Stephen King's The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment). TWC will also launch several new projects in 2017 across several networks, including MTV, Lifetime, and AMC. For more information on The Weinstein Company, please visit:
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Harvey Weinstein launched The Weinstein Company (TWC), a multi-media company, with his brother Bob on October 1st, 2005. Since its inception, TWC has released such acclaimed films as THE KING'S SPEECH; THE ARTIST; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED and THE IMITATION GAME. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. During Harvey and Bob's tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 357 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards. TWC's recent major releases included CAROL, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, HANDS OF STONE, THE FOUNDER and Academy Award nominee for Best Picture: LION.
TWC boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces such reality powerhouses as PROJECT RUNWAY and scripted series that include WAR & PEACE which premiered on A&E, Lifetime and HISTORY in January 2016, PEAKY BLINDERS on Netflix, JULIAN FELLOWES' DOCTOR THORNE with Amazon, Stephen King's THE MIST for Spike TV and the military drama SIX for HISTORY. Weinstein Books, a partnership between TWC and The Perseus Books Group, publishes titles from the most important and influential authors and personalities including New York Times bestsellers FINDING ME by Michelle Knight and OBSESSED by Mika Brzezinski. In 2015, Weinstein founded the Weinstein Live Entertainment, an independent faction that produces and invests in theatrical productions, including the Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND, directed by Diane Paulus; Radio City's NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR STARRING THE ROCKETTES, FUN HOME, THE ELEPHANT MAN, WOLF HALL, and THE AUDIENCE.
Weinstein and his brother founded Miramax Films in 1979, naming the company after their parents, Miriam and Max. Under their leadership, Miramax Films released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films in modern cinema, including sixteen Best Picture nominations over a span of sixteen years. The outstanding quality of Miramax's films under the Weinsteins was represented in the company's success in the annual Academy Awards race.
An Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, Taylor Sheridan will make his debut as a writer/director with his upcoming film WIND RIVER, the conclusion to his modern frontier trilogy. Starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, the film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be released August 4, 2017 by The Weinstein Company.
Most recently, Sheridan wrote HELL OR HIGH WATER, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film, a drama set in the struggling rural areas of West Texas, earned Taylor additional nominations for Best Screenplay at the Gotham Awards, Critics' Choice Awards, Golden Globe Awards, WGA Awards, and Independent Spirit Awards.
His previous credits including SICARIO, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, which was released in 2015 to critical and box office acclaim. The film was also nominated for several awards including Best Theatrical Motion Picture by the PGA and Best Original Screenplay by the WGA. A sequel to SICARIO, called SOLDADO, is currently in post-production. Sheridan has returned to write the script for the film with Stefano Sollima directing and both Del Toro and Brolin reprising their roles. Furthermore, Sheridan is currently adapting DISORDER, based on the French film, for Escape Artists and Sony Pictures. Transitioning to television, Sheridan will also write and direct the upcoming series "Yellowstone," starring Kevin Costner, for The Weinstein Co. A frontier family drama set on the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S., the project was ordered straight to series by the Paramount Network. Sheridan lives in Utah with his family.
- Lexus Short Films Series Winner Alexis Michalik's Film to Premiere at Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival
- Lexus Short Films Series Winner Damian Walshe-Howling's Film to Premiere at Sydney Film Festival
- Lexus Short Film Winner Kev Cahill's Film to Premiere at Raindance Film Festival
- Lexus Short Film Winner Jeannie Donohoe's Film to Premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival