Bazelevs Studios, Meloman Entertainment and Chaplin Mega Park welcome you to a preview screening of the film Search and presentation of a unique filming format Screen life devised by Timur Bekmambetov.
The film is to be released on 27 September 2018.
In January 2018, at the annual Sundance independent film festival (USA), Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the rights to the film for phenomenal $5M.
The film is in Eurasia Film Festival off-competition program and will be screened on 1 July 2018 in 14:00 in Chaplin MEGA Silk Way Mall in Astana.
Kazakh media representatives, critics, bloggers, film figures and arts students will be the first to watch Search in Kazakhstan thanks to a special editing software, a unique patented product of Bazelevs Studios. The software makes filmmaking affordable and fast, and turns it into a captivating creating process, opening film industry doors to virtually anyone ready to try their hand in filmmaking, anyone with an interesting idea to realize.
Bazelevs Studios is a project of our compatriot Timur Bekmambetov, the first Kazakh director and producer ever to receive not just Hollywood’s acclaim but a box office success. Currently, the Bazelevs Holding’s General Producer is Igor Tsai from Almaty. Today, Bazelevs producers work with such Hollywood majors as Sony and Universal, and ranked in the US Top 10 leading filmmaking companies to launch two significant projects over one summer. The Studio heads, who originally come from Kazakhstan, have a firsthand knowledge of this country’s film market and see an untapped potential in Kazakh creative environment, and are looking for opportunities to attract local talent: writers, directors and producers to its new projects. To support this undertaking, creative labs will be launched in Astana and Almaty, and an arts university in one of these cities will have a new film editing method in its curricula.
Search is a third film shot in Screen Life format, which has its story unfolding on screens of computers and other digital devices. The first film made in Screen Life format, Unfriended, directed by Leo Gabriadze, was sold to Universal for $3M, and brought $64M with a production budget of $1M.
The second film, Profile, is an investigation into the recruitment of young women by jihadists on social media and was a festival hit and viewers’ choice of Panorama, 2nd most important Berlin Film Festival program. Soon, another Screen Life film, Unfriended 2, will hit the cinemas, and it was also acquired by Universal.
Search is a mystery thriller about a father looking for his missing 16-year-old daughter, discovering her world through her social media accounts and emails to friends. The project starring John Cho and Debra Messing is filmed in Screen Life format as the entire story unfolds in computer and devices screens, in social media, messengers and search engines.
The film’s executive producer is Almaty resident Igor Tsai locally known as Kun-Do stage fight school founder, who is now Bazelevs’ General Producer.
Search was directed by an American Aneesh Chaganty known for the short film Google Glass: Seeds, which received over 1 million views in one day. The film was written by Sev Ohanian, a 2015 Sundance Grand Prix nominee and winner of 2016 Sundance
The film won 2018 Sundance Festival’s Audience Award in NEXT section of innovative films and Alfred P. Sloan Prize for best narration on technology and its use in independent cinema.
Studio: Bazelevs Production
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Producer: Timur Bekmambetov, Sev Ohanian
Cast: John Cho (Star Trek Into Darkness), Debra Messing (Will & Grace)
16+ Film Website: http://sonypictures.ru/