BR Boules Rookie Josten Bowls Cannes OverFor centuries, people along the Mediterranean have been playing a game alternatively known as boules, bocci and petanque. Every year, to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival, Fintage House & Akin Gump organizes the Jorge Gallegos Memorial Trophy Annual Boules Tournament, that the who’s who in the film business attends, with all proceeds benefitting the humanitarian organization FilmAid International.
This year first-time player Blue Rider founder CEO Walter Josten & his teammate, Richard Brackstone, an entertainment marketer in Australia, won, the May 20 tournament on the Promenade de la Croisette Cannes, France.
FilmAid International provides refugees and displaced people with access to life-saving information about their rights, safety, health and their future. Through video, radio, print and digital media campaigns created and distributed in collaboration with refugee communities, FilmAid is able to reach over 500,000 people in refugee camps and urban areas every year. In addition to public information campaigns, FilmAid trains young people in all aspects of storytelling and communications. FilmAid also offers year-long film, journalism and photography training courses.
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Blue Rider a Producer on Upcoming Travolta film SPEED KILLSWalter Josten, Blue Rider's CEO, is one of the producers of the upcoming biopic/actioner/thriller SPEED KILLS, starring John Travolta, Katheryn Winnick, Mira Sorvino and Jordi Molla, about legendary speedboat racing champ Don Aronow. Directed by John Luessenhop (Takers), it is to be filmed in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, beginning May 30, 2017.
Aronow created the most enduring boat brands in the industry, including Donzi Marine, Blue Thunder and the legendary Cigarette. At his height, Aronow did business with the US Government and drug cartels at the same time, a double life that led to his mysterious murder in 1987.
Luessenhop co-wrote the screenplay with David Aaron Cohen, whose credits include Friday Night Lights and The Devil’s Own.
The Honorable Ricardo Rosselló, governor of Puerto Rico, has welcomed the production of the film, saying, "Puerto Rico is excited to welcome the Film Production of SPEED KILLS to our beautiful island. Being trusted by an incredible project like this one is yet another proof that the people of Puerto Rico’s talent, hard work and compromise is unparalleled. The Government of Puerto Rico wants to reiterate that we are open for business."
Blue Rider has produced, distributed and/or financed 118 films in the past 39 years, featuring such stars as Michael Caine,
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Gere, Minnie Driver, Antonio Banderas,
Julianna Margulies, Jackie Chan, Mila Kunis,
Samuel L. Jackson, Shia LeBeouf, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rodney Dangerfield, Matthew Perry,
Christian Bale, Burt Reynolds, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Helen Hunt and Colin Firth.
Blue Rider CEO Josten said, " It is wonderful to be filming on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where we are being given terrific support, and where there is a wealth of behind-the-camera talent. And I am delighted that we have obtained the services of two-time Oscar-nominee John Travolta, who has displayed a great range in his choice of characters over the years. I think this will be a very exciting film!"
Blue Rider Finances, Josten Exec Produces ANABlue Rider and Pimienta Film Company are financing, and Blue Rider's Walter Josten is executive producing, the upcoming road pic ANA, starring Luis Guzman and young Dafne Keen (who upstaged Hugh Jackman in his recent MTV Movie & TV Awards acceptance speech). Keen starred in Logan and Guzman's 143 credits include Code Black, Narcos and Boogie Nights. Cris Cole (Mad Dogs, Pelican Blood) scripts and Charles McDougall (House of Cards, Surrender, Dorothy) directs this drama, shooting in June in Puerto Rico, about a girl traveling with a man and trying to save him from bankruptcy. Producer Luillo Ruiz and Josten are now also jointly preparing the John Travolta thriller Speed Kills and the FBI sting drama Driven.
Six Blue Rider Films Air on N.A. Cable in JuneSix films produced and/or financed by Blue Rider aired on North American cable TV in June 2017. Thriller THE BIG BANG (starring Antonio Banderas and Sienna Guillory) screened on Starz Blockbusters. Racing film SUPERCROSS: THE MOVIE (Mike Vogel, Steve Hovey) was broadcast on Encore Family. Sexy thriller SURVIVAL ISLAND (Kelly Brook, Billy Zane) swims ashore at Showtime Beyond. Golf comedy WHO'S YOUR CADDY? (Jeffrey Jones, Big Boi) tees off at Flix and Showtime Extreme A TIGER'S TAIL (Brendan Gleeson, Kim Catrall) is seen at THE INDIE CHANNEL. And horror classic CHILDREN OF THE CORN 666: ISAAC'S RETURN (Stacy Keach) pops up at Encore Suspense.
Josten exec-produces and BR Finances Thriller DRIVENJason Sudeikis, Lee Pace and Timothy Olyphant are set to star in ‘Driven,’ a turbo-charged story about the FBI sting operation to entrap maverick car designer John DeLorean. Walter Josten is executive producing and Blue Rider is financing, while Nick Hamm (The Journey) will direct and that film's Colin Bateman will script.
Sudeikis stars as Jim Hoffman, a con artist-turned-informer for the FBI in the war on drugs. Olyphant plays his handler, determined to snare the world-famous but enigmatic DeLorean (Pace) — desperate for cash to finance his dream of designing the ultimate car of the future — in a drug deal that would become the most lurid celebrity scandal of the 1980s.
Filming begins in September in Puerto Rico. International sales were recently shopped at Cannes.
Netflix Recommends HOLES in 2 CategoriesThe teen desert escape saga HOLES, to which Blue Rider provided production services, is recommended by Netflix to its millions of subscribers in the categories of Family Adventures and Teen Comedies. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voigt, Patricia Arquette, Sigournety Weaver and Tim Blake Nelson it tells of a group of teens at a desert children's detention camp forced to dig holes by a sadistic warden actually seeking buried treasure.
A reviewer called it " a whimsical light tale for the kids, and a complex character study with some deep issues for the adults - quite a feat for one script."
Our Film GOSPEL HILL is a Netflix PickNetflix recommends to is millions of worldwide subscribers the drama GOSPEL HILL, on which Blue Rider was the bridge financier. It stars Giancarlo Esposito, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Nia Long, Julia Stles and Samuel L. Jackson. Netflix writes: "In a small Southern town, the longstanding residents of the Gospel Hill neighborhood are being forced out of their homes to make way for a pricey housing development, pushing race relations to explosive heights in this gripping drama. Meanwhile, the mystery behind the decades-old murder of civil rights pioneer Peter Malcolm haunts his son (Danny Glover) and the ex-sheriff (Tom Bower) who deliberately botched the investigation." This film is recommended in the categories MYSTERY, SOCIAL ISSUE DRAMAS, DRAMAS and AFRICAN AMERICAN DRAMAS.
KEITH is One of BuzzFeed's 45 Hidden Netflix Gems You Should SeeBuzzFeed just released its list of 45 hidden Netflix gems you should see, and 2007 teen romantic drama KEITH, on which Blue Rider was a lender, is included. Other must-see's on the list are MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES, THE PARADISE, DOC MARTIN, THE KILLING, THE HUNT and CALL THE MIDWIFE.
KEITH stars former teen heart-throb Jesse McCartney, Elizabeth Harnois (C.S.I.) and and Jennifer Grey (Golden Globe nomination for DIRTY DANCING). It tells of a teen queen who thinks she knows it all until she meets a new male student with a secret.
Netflix rated it four stars (that's high) and five of the first seven member reviewers on the site (http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70111502?trkid=13752289) gave it five stars (perfect).
One wrote: "Funny. Emotional. Heartbreaking. One of those movies that leaves you with a frown in your face and teary eyes... I haven't felt such an emotional connection to a movie since the Notebook. That says it all... I was NOT expecting such beauty and such depth from this movie... This is NOT a teen movie but a movie about teens in some of the most troubled aspects of life.. I just loved it and felt it all the way. Spectacular acting for the main protagonist."
Netflix Recommends 5 Other Blue Rider FilmsNetflix is pointing its millions of DVD subscribers to five other films on which Blue Rider was a lender and/or producer. It points them to SURVIVAL ISLAND as an Action Thriller, to ASYLUM as an Erotic Thriller, to RESCUE DAWN as a Military & War Drama, to MY 5 WIVES as a Late Night Comedy and to AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS as a Family Comedy.