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21 May 2022

Cannes may have HONG KONG- and Singapore-based
belonged to Tom
Cruise with jets Lumiere is launching the Lumiverse, here in
flying over the
Riviera to celebrate Top Gun: Maverick, Cannes.The Lumiverse is a “metamarket
and Cruise’s return to the Festival.
But Thursday belonged to the music and where filmmakers, financiers and audiences
film stars Ledisi, Tayla Parx and Jeremy
Jordan who brought down the house can converge and collaborate in a trustless
performing at the disco-themed after-party
for Spinning Gold, Timothy Scott Bogart’s environment.”
feature-film homage to his father Neil
Bogart — the founder of legendary music A trustless environment is one in which
label Casablanca Records.
The film unspooled to buyers on Thursday no third party is required to verify a
at the Olympia, before the soirée at The
Members Club by JoJo Dye. The transaction, because all information
international sales agent is Capstone. US
sales are being handled by Capstone Global relating to the transaction is independently
and CAA Media Finance.
This high-profile market launch also stored on the blockchain.
boasted the biggest party on the Croisette.
Disco dancers on skates entertained before According to Lumiere, the first film-related
Ledisi, Parx and Jordan hit the stage,
accompanied by a gospel choir. They belted “playable environment” to be created out
out hits from the film in memorable vocal
performances. Songs included Midnight of the Lumiverse is for independent film
Train to Georgia and Donna Summer’s
Love To Love You Baby. Kenzo Takada, La Joie De Vivre, the
Jordan plays the enigmatic Neil Bogart.
Bogart was relentless in efforts to support © DR Tayla Parx as Donna Summer in Spinning Gold official film about the life of legendary
the breakthrough of some of the best-
known artists of our times, against the Japanese fashion designer KenzoTakada,
odds, and in the face of mounting debt
giving us “the soundtracks of our lives”. Writer, director, producer Tim Bogart had a What did Parx discover? “I think the who died in 2020.
Without him, the Queen of Disco, Donna bird’s-eye view of his father’s life before his
Summer, could have stayed in Munich. father died of cancer at 39. “I grew up at biggest thing for me as a person born in According to Lumiere,“it will launch as the
And it would have been Midnight Train to Casablanca Records. Donna Summer was
Houston, we learn. practically my aunt,” he said, recounting ‘93 is that we are in an era right now where first film integrated in the metaverse with
Other artists he signed included Kiss, tales like Casablanca artist Bill Withers
Village People and The Isley Brothers. being discovered singing whilst plumbing. disco is in so we are getting the an NFT economic model backing it up”.
A violin his mother gave him was snapped
into pieces at his dad’s studio and replaced interpretation of what that music was back The film’s director, Jean-Luc Bonefacino,
by a guitar.
“I made the first effort for this film in then. So to embody this person that was described his documentary as “a sensory
1999,” he told Cannes Market News.
“What you see here are three extraordinary and immersive journey, giving audiences
music artists (Parx, Ledisi, Jordan). What
makes the story so unique is that it had to the Queen of Disco. I was honoured, first a chance to glimpse at Kenzo’s life, travels
be with true music artists and people with
the artistic sensibility and essence of those of all, but I also wanted to make sure I just and challenges: the story of a self-
artists they play. I started with the artists
which is what my father always did.” held that standard because the music was determined man, engrossed by fashion
What did Jordan learn about Neil Bogart?
“He was so far ahead of the curve. People amazing and you see that throughout the and design since childhood, who broke
around him said you are taking the wrong
path but he was so sure. He just barreled entire film,” Parx said. any boundary that stood in the way of his
through until everyone finally listened and
caught up with him,” Jordan said. Ledisi found out more about Gladys dreams”.

Knight. “I enjoyed learning about Gladys’s The company said that the film’s immersive

business sense,” she said. “I had just platfom “is a first of its kind and allows

listened to her music. But she had a strong movie fans and supporters of the film to

business sense. When I got into the scene interact with the work at a meta-level and

with Jordan as Neil Bogart, then I realised with each other wherever they are in the

what he was doing with her music. Music world”.

The Lumiverse metamarket is officially

brings them closer and there is mutual launched on May 22 and usable for the

respect.” duration of the Festival.

Meanwhile Bogart has announced his next The aim of the metamarket is “to solve

two features, the modern pop-music the multi-billion-dollar transparency issue

driven, Marian, and a semi- typically faced in creative productions

autobiographical feature from Jim around the world,” according to Lumiere.

Sheridan, North Star.✦ Liza Foreman “It turns the way films and entertainment

projects are financed upside-down by

testing audiences and IPs before financing

the films at pre-script levels.”

UK DEAL FOR MARK JENKIN Lumiere has received investment from

Hong Kong-based game-software and

PSYCHO-HORROR ENYS MEN venture-capital companyAnimoca Brands

and Hong Kong-based venture capital and

PROTAGONIST Pictures has accelerator firm Brinc. It has an active
closed a UK deal with BFI
Distribution for Mark Jenkin’s partnership with RollingStone Italy and
psychological-horror, Enys
THE film reunites Jenkin with executive producer. British free-to-air Milan-based production and distribution
his Bait leads, Mary Woodvine and television network Film4 co-financed the
Edward Rowe, as well as with BFI film, with Ben Coren (Three Billboards) company RS Productions. ✦ J. N.
Distribution, which released Bait — and Lauren Dark (Passing)  serving as

Men, ahead of its world one of 2019’s biggest UK arthouse hits executive producers.

premiere in Directors’ Fortnight. Film4 — to UK cinemas in August 2019.  UK-BASED Protagonist Pictures handles

retains UK free TV rights. BFI head of distribution Julie Pearce films from around the world. Current

THE deal was negotiated between BFI described Jenkin as “one of the most sales titles include Raymond De Felitta’s

(British Film Institute) acquisitions original, intriguing and exciting Artist in Residence starring

manager Laura Dos Santos and filmmakers working in the UK today”. Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia and Josh

Protagonist’s chief commercial officer HAMILTON added: “Mark continues to Hutcherson; Rebecca Miller’s She Came

George Hamilton. be one of the UK’s most promising to Me, starring Anne Hathaway, Marisa

SET in 1973 on an uninhabited island filmmakers, so we’re honoured to have Tomei and Joanna Kulig; the underwater Images from the Kenzo Takada immersive
off the Cornish coast, the feature sees a helped his latest work find the perfect thriller The Dive by Maximilian © DR
Correction: Highland Film group
wildlife volunteer’s daily observations of home for British audiences.” Erlenwein; and War Pony, is representing international rights
(not worldwide rights) to Taurus.
a rare flower turn into a metaphysical ENYS Men is produced by Denzil Monk the directorial debut from Riley Keough

journey that forces her, as well as the (Bait) for UK independent production and Gina Gammell, that has its

audience, to question what is real and company Bosena. Johnny Fewings worldwide premiere in Un Certain

what is nightmare. (Mothers of the Revolution) is Regard. ✦ Julian Newby

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