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Austin, TX – Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico, which is Fantastic Fest’s genre film market, is pleased to announce that Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, and Elijah Wood, partners and co-founders of SpectreVision, will be the market’s special guests for 2015.
The SpectreVision partners will open the market on September 24th with a special keynote presentation covering a variety of topics including the company’s origins, its approach to film development, production and financing as well as the operation of the company’s music division. In addition to their presentation, the world premiere of their newest ‘SpectreVision Presents’ title, Belladonna of Sadness, will be held at Fantastic Fest. The market runs from September 24 through September 26, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest runs from September 24th to October 1st.
“SpectreVision was an early supporter of Fantastic Market when it started in 2013,” says market director Rodney Perkins. “We are excited to have them discuss their insights about the film industry and share their work with the audience.”
“It is an honor to be invited as special guests of the Mercado Fantastico,” says Elijah Wood. “A growing market within the greatest film festival in the world, that fosters new and emerging films and filmmakers. We are soul mates!”
Fantastic Market is organized by market director Rodney Perkins, market coordinator Jean Anne Lauer and Fantastic Fest director Kristen Bell. CANANA-the Mexican production and distribution outlet helmed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz and Julian Levin-co-produces the market. Cristina Garza, Vice President of Mundial, CANANA’s sales joint venture with IM Global, is sourcing projects from the region.
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About Fantastic Market:
Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico is an international co-production market for genre films. Fantastic Market highlights new genre narrative projects from across the world with a particular emphasis on filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Latino filmmakers in the United States. The goal of the market is to connect international film projects with potential production partners, sales agents, and distributors.
CANANA was founded in 2005 by Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Pablo Cruz. Over the past 9 years, CANANA has produced over twenty films including Abel, Luna’s first feature length film, Sin Nombre, Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, and most recently, the English language film Chavez, directed by Luna.
In 2012, CANANA expanded its operations in the U.S. with CANANA L.A., bridging the talent pool between Latin America and the U.S. with such projects as A Man Must Die, a political thriller produced in collaboration with Focus Features, with Naranjo set to direct.
In Mexico, CANANA boasts a television division which produced Soy Tu Fan, starring Ana Claudia Talancón, and Niño Santo, as well as a distribution outlet, CANANA Presenta, which has released more than 50 arthouse titles including No, Let the Right One In, The White Ribbon, and Pina, among others. In 2009, the company launched CANANA OnDemand, a digital distribution arm working with nine digital platforms in Latin America. Ambulante, CANANA’s traveling documentary film festival in Mexico has brought over 300 documentaries to communities across the country over the last seven years and received more than 100,000 admissions in its latest edition.
Founded in 2010 by partners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, SpectreVision was created to tell heartfelt, character-driven stories tackling real emotional and social issues that test the boundaries of genre cinema.
The SpectreVision productions of Cooties and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night made their premieres at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Cooties was acquired by Lionsgate Films, and will premiere on September 18th. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night was acquired by Kino-Lorber; it has been the recipient of numerous awards from film festivals throughout the world, and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. SpectreVision has also served as Executive Producer on such critically acclaimed films asToad Road, LFO:The Movie and Open Windows.Their production of The Boy, premiered at the 2015 South By Southwest film festival. It opened in the U.S. this August, and will continue to play at festivals worldwide throughout the year. The SpectreVision production of The Greasy Strangler wrapped in May of 2015, and principal photography for their next production will commence in October, 2015. SpectreVision also recently teamed with Cinelicious Pics and the Cinefamily in the 4K restoration of the long unseen 1973 Japanese anime feature, Belladonna of Sadness.In the five years since its inception, SpectreVision has expanded its focus, with new and exciting forays into the worlds of music, television, gaming and digital media.Wood, Noah and Waller were honored with the Visionary Award at the 2014 Stanley Film Festival for their contribution to independent film.