American Animals wins “Best Editing” and “Debut Screenwriter” at British Independent Film Awards and secured Independent Spirit Awards nomination for “Best Editing” alongside Monsters and Men’s nomination for “Best Supporting Male Actor”
New York, NY, December 18 — Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: HMNY) production company MoviePass Films announced today its film American Animals won in two categories at the 20th British Independent Film Awards. The British Independent Film Awards highlight the most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers each year in an effort to support the independent film community and promote British talent to the public.
For their work on the Sundance-favorite heist movie, American Animals, director Bart Layton was awarded “Debut Screenwriter,” and Nick Fenton, Julian Hart and Chris Gill won the award for “Best Editing.” Separately, American Animals has also scored a “Best Editing” nomination for the Independent Spirit Awards — an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made by filmmakers whose projects embody independence and originality. The film was distributed in collaboration with The Orchard, a pioneering global independent film, TV and music distribution company. The 34th Independent Spirit Awards will take place on February 23, 2019.
Alongside American Animals, John David Washington from MoviePass Films’ Monsters and Men has received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for “Best Supporting Male Actor.” MoviePass Films partnered with NEON Rated LLC, a notable independent film distributor, to acquire and co-release Monsters and Men. This nomination comes after Monsters and Men director Reinaldo Marcus Green was awarded the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature. It is a topical film that addresses the tense, nuanced relationship between the police force and minority communities through the lens of three distinct protagonists, all grappling with the issues at hand in their own ways.
“We are honored to have won two categories in this year’s British Independent Film Awards and for two MoviePass movies to be nominated for Independent Spirit Awards” said Ted Farnsworth, Chairman/CEO of Helios and Matheson. “MoviePass Films has enabled us to directly invest in movies we believe in and contribute holistically to the movie ecosystem. It is incredible to see the same appreciation and support for our independent films reciprocated through these awards and nominations.”
About MoviePass Films
MoviePass Films LLC is dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers and distributors by collaborating with creatives, co-acquiring equity stakes in films and offering them enhanced performance in the theatrical window. A joint venture of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. and Emmett Furla Oasis (EFO) Films, MoviePass Films focuses on studio-driven content and new film production for theatrical release and other distribution channels, with the goal of democratizing the film production experience by bridging the gap between moviegoers and film industry endeavors.
About Helios and Matheson Analytics
Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: HMNY) (“Helios”) is a provider of information technology services and solutions, offering a range of technology platforms focusing on big data, artificial intelligence, business intelligence, social listening, and consumer-centric technology. Helios currently owns approximately 92% of the outstanding shares (excluding options and warrants) of MoviePass Inc., the nation's premier movie-theater subscription service, 100% of the outstanding membership interests in MoviePass Ventures LLC and 51% of the outstanding membership interests in MoviePass Films LLC. Helios's holdings include Zone Technologies, Inc., creator of RedZone Map™, a safety and navigation app for iOS and Android users, and a community-based ecosystem that features a socially empowered safety map app that enhances mobile GPS navigation using advanced proprietary technology. Helios is headquartered in New York, NY and listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol HMNY. For more information, visit us at www.hmny.com.
About MoviePass Inc.
MoviePass Inc. ("MoviePass") is a marketing technology platform enhancing the exploration of film and the moviegoing experience. As the nation's premier movie-theater subscription service, MoviePass provides film enthusiasts the ability to attend select new movies in theaters. The service, now accepted at more than 91% of theaters across the United States, is the nation's largest theater network. Visit us at moviepass.com.
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