April, 2015

  • A New ‘Wrinkle in Time’ (Wall Street Journal)

    April 17, 2015

    Wall Street Journal –April 2015

    Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ has sold 14 million copies since its publication in 1962. Now, a never-before-seen passage cut from an early draft is shedding surprising light on the author’s political philosophy

    Madeleine L’Engle, the author of “A Wrinkle in Time,” resisted labels. Her books weren’t for children, she said. They were for people. Devoted to religious study, she bristled when called a Christian writer. And though some of her books had political themes, she wasn’t known to write overtly about politics. That is, until her granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, came across an unknown three-page passage that was cut before publication.

    The passage, which Ms. Voiklis shared with The Wall Street Journal so it could be published for the first time, sheds new light on one of the most beloved and best-selling young-adult books in American literature. Published in 1962, “A Wrinkle in Time” has sold 14 million copies and inspired a TV-movie adaptation, a graphic novel, and an opera. Meg Murry, the novel’s strong-willed misfit heroine, has been a role model for generations of children, especially girls. Now, Jennifer Lee, the co-writer and co-director of the Oscar-winning animated film, “Frozen,” is writing a film adaptation for Disney.



  • ‘Frozen’ Director Jennifer Lee to Adapt ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ for Disney (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

    April 16, 2015

    Variety –August 2014

    Jennifer Lee, who wrote, and co-directed “Frozen” with Chris Buck, has chosen her next project: “A Wrinkle in Time.”

    Lee will write the bigscreen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney in which children travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their missing scientist father.

    Published in 1962, “Wrinkle in Time” was one of Lee’s favorite novels as a child, and she impressed Disney executives with her take on the project, which emphasizes a strong female-driven narrative and creatively approaches the science fiction and world-building elements of the book.


  • Madeleine L’Engle Goes to the Movies – Christianity Today

    April 15, 2015

    Christianity Today –March 2012 

    Cornelia Duryée Moore’s story sounds like something from a fairy tale.

    “I got hit in the head with my godmother’s magic wand, and she said, ‘Hello, Corrie—this is what you’re going to do for the rest of your life!’ So I said, ‘Yes, please!’”

    To be more specific, Moore’s godmother—Madeleine L’Engle, author of science-fiction novels (including A Wrinkle in Time and her popular Time Quartet) and inspirational memoirs—bequeathed to her a remarkable gift: the rights to adapt twelve of her early stories into plays and movies. At the time, Moore was in her third year of seminary; she promptly quit in order to attend film school instead.

    And she’s making it happen. Taking Camilla, a play that L’Engle wrote in her twenties and later revised into a novel, Moore has completed a wonderful film called Camilla Dickinson, which features an impressive, accomplished cast. The film is complete, but doesn’t yet have a distributor or release date; Moore and her production company are now pursuing possibilities.



  • Random Media Ends the 2015 Berlinale With Two New Acquisitions for US Release

    April 15, 2015

    Los Angeles, CA –As the festivities come to a close in Berlin, Random Media has signed two new titles for release in Summer 2015.

    Cornelia Duryée Moore’s Camilla Dickinson, anadaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel, follows the daughter of a well-to-do family in 1948 Manhattan. Fifteen-year-old Camilla (Adelaide Clemens, The Great Gatsby, “Rectify”) leads a sheltered life in New York City until her parents’ marriage begins to fall apart. When Camilla meets her best friend’s rebellious brother Frank (Gregg Sulkin, “Faking It”) she finds a way to escape her troubles. As her relationship with Frank deepens, Camilla discovers a world outside of her own and begins to understand a little of what it means to grow up.

    Supporting cast includes Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), Samantha Mathis (“Under the Dome”, Little Women), Margaret Colin (“Gossip Girl”), Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”) and Robert Picardo (“Star Trek: Voyager”).

    Random Media SVP, Acquisitions Bobby Rock negotiated the deal with producer Larry Estes, who said, “I’m delighted to have made this deal with my old friends at Random Media. I’m certain they will give this film the it attention it deserves.”

    AJ Wedding’s The Jokesters has been a hit on the horror festival circuit. “Prankmasters” has been an Internet sensation for years, but the time has come for the prank gods to move on. They decide to take it to the extreme for their series finale. When their leader Ethan announces that he is getting married and leaving his friends and pranks behind, his jilted cohorts decide to pull off one final stunt: a Cabin in the Woods-inspired nightmare on his honeymoon. What happens spirals out of everyone’s control into terror.

    The deal was struck between Eastgate Pictures President Ronna Wallace on behalf of Reinventing Films, with Rock representing Random Media. Reinventing Films said, “We are so thrilled that The Jokesters found its home with Random Media. Every filmmaker wants a distribution deal – we got that AND a new family to grow with. We found our people. That means the world to us.”

  • Hollywood’s First Sci Fi Musical, Just Imagine (1930) Is Rediscovered – Huffington Post

    April 15, 2015

    Huffington Post –August 2012

    Hot off the heels of 1927′s Metropolis, a masterpiece of German expressionist filmmaking, and one of the silent movie era’s greatest achievements, Hollywood sought to cash in on a futuristic blockbuster of its own, with a curious twist. The result was the first science fiction talkie feature, 1930′s Just Imagine, a pre-Busby Berkeley musical comedy blockbuster set in the distant world of 1980.

    With rare and unusual exceptions (Rocky Horror Picture ShowYoung Frankenstein), the science fiction musical comedy as a film genre, never really took off — but if it ever truly does, Just Imagine can be credited as its forefather.




    April 15, 2015

    Danny Glover stars in a film addressing the controversial topic of a patient’s right to die

    (Los Angeles, CA) Random Media and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are releasing THE SHIFT on DVD, DIGITAL HD and ON DEMAND February 24.

    Directed by Lee Cipolla, THE SHIFT is an authentic, emotional and thought-provoking ER drama. The film was written by Leo Oliva who used his bachelor’s degree in nursing as inspiration when penning the script. THE SHIFT won the Audience Favorite Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2013 and stars Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon franchise, The Color Purple, Angels in the Outfield), Leo Olivia, Casey Fitzgerald, Genesis Ochoa, and Sara Castro.


    April 15, 2015

    Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones star in thrilling, action-packed film

    (Los Angeles, CA) Random Media and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are releasing DIAMOND HEIST on DVD and DIGITAL HD on March 24th.

    Starring Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill) and Vinnie Jones (Snatch), DIAMOND HEIST is an exciting, action-packed film in the vein of Snatch with unremitting twists and turns!


    April 15, 2015


    “…undoubtedly one of the must-see documentaries of the year.”—Electric Sheep

    Tantalizing…juicy subject matter and high-end production values…”– The Hollywood Reporter

    “Offered profound food for thought. Scary, unsettling…” – Twitch

    “A documentary like no other…beautifully put together.”–DocGeeks


    (Los Angeles, CA) Random Media and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are releasing MIRAGE MEN on DVD on June 3rd. MIRAGE MEN was made available nationwide on VOD and other digital platforms in March of 2014.

    Based on the wildly successful book by Mark Pilkington, MIRAGE MEN had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2013, its US premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas in September 2013, its Australian premiere at the Canberra International Film Festival in October in 2013 and its Nordic premiere at the Stockholm Film Festival in Sweden in November 2013. “A fascinating watch,” (Next Projection), MIRAGE MEN offers a bewildering new outlook on UFO mythology.


    April 15, 2015

    Winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Film

    (Los Angeles, CA) Random Media and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are releasing WOLFY, THE INCREDIBLE SECRET on DVD and DIGITAL HD on March 17th.

    Directed by Gregoire Tollatoroff and Eric Omand, WOLFY, THE INCREDIBLE SECRET is an extraordinary tale of friendship and survival with spectacular hand-drawn animation! The film won the Cesar Award for Best Animated Film, the highest film honor in France, and was nominated for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.