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Blue Carpet Event Will Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the Hit Film “Free Willy” and the World Premiere New Documentary About Orca at Historic Egyptian Theater


Los Angeles, CA, February 25, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Filmmaker Theresa Demarest will launch a Kickstarter campaign this week to raise funds for a world premiere screening of the new HD version of her award-winning documentary "Keiko the Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy". Set to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the hit film Free Willy, monies raised will be used to mount the celebratory event; so far plans include a screening of the original Warner Brothers film, the world premiere screening of the documentary and a star-studded “Blue Carpet” ceremony and reception to be attended by the film’s producers and to-be-announced cast members from both films.

The event will also be heavily promoted to local schools, not only to educate youngsters on the importance of preserving the orca, but offering them a chance to compete against other area schools to win a class trip to the Hollywood event. A copy of the documentary will be donated to participating schools along with a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide to enhance learning.

Four years in the making, "Keiko the Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy" presents never-before-seen footage of Keiko, the original Free Willy star and the first and only captive orca to be released back into the wild. The film provides compelling insights into the unique culture of orcas, and how the impact of being taken from his pod affected Keiko’s survival instincts. The film shares the exclusive accounts of Keiko’s day-to-day existence by his last two caretakers, Colin Baird and Thorbjorg (Tobba) Valdis Kristjansdottir.

“It seems like everything I’ve ever done, everybody I’ve ever known, every piece of music and poetry I’ve ever written, has gone into making this film,” states first-time filmmaker Theresa Demarest, a celebrated singer/songwriter from the Pacific Northwest. The former Catholic nun is also a retired critical care nurse, single parent and two-time breast cancer survivor. “It has been a phenomenal journey,” she says of her experience.

Keiko first swam into Demarest’s life in 1996, while she was recovering from several major surgeries related to her second battle with cancer. The day the ailing whale arrived in Oregon, Demarest found herself mesmerized by his spirit after an eleven-year ordeal surviving in a tank that was never designed for anything larger than an eight-foot bottlenose dolphin.

“There was something about the story,” she recalls, "something about the people involved in the story, something about him and his spirit got me going after his story.”

Demarest wore many other hats on the film as producer, singer, songwriter, composer, and executive producer (along with executive producers Nola Wilken and Jay Schornstein). The film’s expert advisors include caretaker Baird, Director of Field Operations, the Free Willy-Keiko Project; Dr. Naomi Rose of the Humane Society International; Mark Berman, and Dr. Paul Spong of OrcaLab.

The event will also launch a campaign for Keiko to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame in 2014 and to obtain worldwide distribution of the documentary.

See you on the Blue Carpet.

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Universal Pictures, Toma 78 and De Milo present a PG-13, 100 minute, horror film, directed by Andres Muschietti, written by Muschietti, Neil Cross and Barbara Muschietti with a theater release date of January 18, 2013.

Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line Cinema and WingNut Films present a 169 minute, fantasy, adventure, directed by Peter Jackson, novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Jackson with a theater release date of December 14, 2012.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Montecito Picture Company and Cold Spring Pictures present a 98 minute, PG-13, biography, drama, directed by Sacha Gervasi, screenplay by John J. McLaughlin and book by Stephen Rebello with a theater release date of December 7, 2012.

20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Rhythm and Hues and Ingenious Films present a PG, 127 minute, adventure, drama, directed by Ang Lee, screenplay by David Magee and novel by Yann Martel with a theater release date of November 21, 2012.

DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures present a PG, 97 minute, 3D, animation, family, adventure directed by Peter Ramsey, screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire and novel by William Joyce with a theater release date of November 21, 2012.

RKO Pictures, Opening Night Productions, Concept Entertainment, Unison Films, Spring Pictures and Entertainment One present an R rated, 105 minute drama directed by Yaron Zilberman, written by Zilberman and Seth Grossman with a theater release of November 16, 2012.

No Trick, Big Halloween Treat

from Sony Pictures Animation’s


Genndy Tartakovsky



New Animated Short Directed and Animated by respected director,

to Screen Across the Country Exclusively in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas


Culver City, CA, October 25, 2012 – HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA – the record-setting 3D computer-animated monster comedy from Sony Pictures Animation that ranked as the biggest September opening in movie history and the best opening ever for the studio – is releasing a new animated short as a special Halloween treat.


Beginning October 26, all digital showings of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas around the country will be preceded with a new traditionally animated short directed by the film’s director, 13-time Emmy nominee (and three-time Emmy winner) Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars), who also animated every key frame of the new short.


Entitled “Goodnight, Mr. Foot,” the short stars none other than the legendary monster Bigfoot, and follows his adventure as he, too, checks in to Dracula’s five-stake resort in search of a little R-and-R, only to find himself faced with an enthusiastic witch-maid, eager to make Mr. Foot’s stay a memorable one.


Genndy Tartakovsky commented, "After we finished HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA I got an itch to animate! Taking inspiration from my favorite directors Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and Chuck Jones I animated a short cartoon in the traditional 2D style. It was difficult and exhilarating all at once and I hope people will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it."


To commemorate the debut of the animated short, an exclusive new collectible one-sheet—designed by Tartakovsky himself—will also be given away at all showings of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA in Carmike Cinemas nationwide from October 26 (while supplies last).


HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA fans surfing the internet might just keep any eye out (not literally!) for a specially-created promo video popping up some time around October 31 (date TBD).


The new traditionally animated short film, exclusive poster and online video make a new (or return!) visit to HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA which critics called “a treat for the kids as Halloween draws near” (Chris Knight, NATIONAL POST), as well as the perfect family outing for Halloween 2012—“a total scream for boys and ghouls of all ages” (Jeff Craig, SIXTY SECOND PREVIEW)!


The feature film debut of Genndy Tartakovsky, Sony Pictures Animation’s HOTEL TRANSVYLVANIA proved to be the biggest September opening for a film in U.S. history, and went on to open #1 in many territories around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ecuador, Malaysia Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, and Sweden.


Welcome to the HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters — Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more — to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to these infamous friends is no problem — but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and befriends Mavis.

Columbia Pictures presents a Sony Pictures Animation film, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA. The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and CeeLo Green. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Produced by Michelle Murdocca. Screenplay by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel. Story by Todd Durham and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman. Executive producers are Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Music Supervision by Liza Richardson. Imagery and Animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.



Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for audiences around the world.  The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits—the 2012 monster hit comedy Hotel Transylvania (3D), the 2011 hybrid live action/animated blockbuster, The Smurfs (3D) and the 2009 mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (3D)—with The Smurfs 2 (3D) in July 2013 and Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers (3D) in February 2014.  Sony Pictures Animation, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films:  the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas (3D); and the stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits (3D).  In 2007, Surf's Up received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.  The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise, is turning 10 this year.  Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions.


Warner Bros. Pictures and MalPaso Productions present a PG-13, 111 minute drama directed by Robert Lorenz and written by Randy Brown with a theater release of September 21, 2012.

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