[New York, April 25, 2011] nextPix, a film/media production company,
continues to support documentary filmmakers under its mission statement to promote 'humanistic' film and media. Most recently, the company's co-funded documentary project, TIBET IN SONG (co-produced by Don Thompson) was released theatrically in 2010 through LandMark Theaters and will be released on DVD during the summer of 2011 by New Yorker films.
States Don Thompson, "We we're happy to be involved in Ngawang Choephel's film TIBET IN SONG for a variety of reasons. First, we believe in the cause of Tibet, and second, we believe it is important for humanity to take a stand against oppression, in whatever guise that may appear. Ngawang reminds us that such a quest for justice is both possible and necessary."
On another front, the company's 2010 'firstPix' grant selection was another feature-length documentary project, MADE IN INDIA, co-directed by Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha. MADE IN INDIA chronicles the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India. The film shows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the context of a growing international industry, MADE IN INDIA explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective.
"We loved this film," says Don Thompson. "It speaks volumes about the relationship between the first world and emerging economies, and the inevitable impact that the values of a consumer society have on transforming ancient cultures such as India. When money and personal desire (in this case for a baby) trumps all other values, something seems to be lost. The realization of this loss is the power and melancholy of this film."
in 2001, nextPix was conceived as a production company with a focus
on "humanistic" media that would promote and produce films
that provide an alternative to the mainstream. Within the context
of this mission statement, the company has produced, co-produced or co-funded 15 feature films, many of which have gone on to festival and theatrical release, winning awards at such festivals as Sundance, Chicago Docu Fest, Mill Valley, and numerous others. The company continues to develop narrative feature films, including MESSAGE TO SHIGATSE (dir. Oliver Schmitz) and MEDEA, SC. For more information about nextPix,
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