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The Orchard’s Globetrotting Affair with “Meet Me in Montenegro”

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 5.33.54 PMEver have one of those summer study-abroad romances? Those short, stinging flames tend to burn out quickly, never to be though-of again. But Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen are a one-of-a-kind couple. Not only did they rekindle the flame, they’ve got a movie to prove it!

Meet Me in Montenegro follows LA-based filmmaker Anderson (Holdridge) and Norwegian dancer Lina (Saasen) as they attempt to revive a once vibrant romance. After another film project falls through, Anderson packs his bags for Berlin for some R&R with friends (played by Homeland’s Rupert Friend and Jennifer Ulrich). While staying in the city, Anderson unexpectedly runs into Lina and the present-day love story unfolds. Although the stars finally align for the couple, Anderson and Lina must ultimately decide if they’re love can survive given the circumstances.

As you might’ve already guessed, the film’s lovers are real-life couple Alex and Linnea, who co-direct and star in the movie. The two met randomly while in Berlin and clicked. But rather than let their chance destiny fall to the wayside, the two decided to quite literally write their own fate by traveling around the world, hand-in-hand, to make a film that reflected their extraordinary romance.

There’s the real love story, and a remarkable one at that! After its TIFF premiere, we decided we needed to reel this one into The Orchard catalog. Lucky for you, we’ll be releasing Meet Me in Montenegro next year in theaters! For now, read the official press release and Indiewire’s coverage to get more details.

Welcome, Alberto!

October 29, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

AlbertoMuerzaIntroducing Alberto Muerza, Client Relations & Marketing Assistant, Spain & Portugal

Hello everyone! Some of you may know me as I’ve been working as a​n intern​ in the Spanish office for over a year now. For the rest, I’m Alberto! Hi!

My first contact with The Orchard was three years ago when I did my internship during the summer of 2011 while I was studying Music & Media Management at the London Metropolitan University. After finishing my degree, I spent a few months getting more work experience at Universal Music Publishing at their UK offices, but as I was missing a lot my sunny Barcelona, I decided that it was about time to come back home. So after a greasy re-encounter with the Spanish Orchardites (we went to a burger place for lunch), I was back on board at The Orchard.

When I’m not at The Orchard, it is quite likely that you can find me running in Montjuic, a mountain close to the city and one of the nicest places in town, or having drinks with my friends at any bar, which at some point in the evening, any bar can also be one the nicest place in town.

Interesting fact: during my last year at college I was one of the winners of the Marketing and Promotional Orchard campaign for the artist Mike Viola.

I hope I get the chance to meet and work with you very soon.

The Orchard Goes Haute Couture for “Dior and I”

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 12.47.13 PMRemember R.J. Cutler’s The September Issue, the riveting look into the world of Anna Wintour’s Vogue? The documentary brought fashion to a forefront in the entertainment world, but there hasn’t been anything as high-quality or comparable since. That is, until now.

This past April, Frédéric Tcheng premiered Dior and I, his solo directorial debut and the next-big-thing for fashion docs, at Tribeca Film Festival. Tcheng was given a very rare chance to document a pivotal point in the history of fashion institution Christian Dior: Creative Director Raf Simons’ debut couture collection.

The hire of the industry veteran did not go as seamlessly as hoped; Simons is known in the fashion world for his minimalist design, not exactly on par with the elegant extravagance that is Dior. To top it off, Simons had only eight weeks to prepare and produce his debut collection for the fashion house. With that kind of controversy and intensity, you know you’re in for a treat.

Tcheng captures every bit of those eight weeks in his film, which is just as beautiful as the story itself. It’s a glossy and glamorous behind-the-velvet-curtain exploration of Dior’s past and present; it’s picturesque, dreamlike, and romantic, shot in just the style you’d expect to see from a Dior-centered documentary.

So, if you’ve been pining for a true-to-life, artfully distinct fashion film, this is your next go-to. Thankfully, we’ve acquired all US and Canadian rights to this gem, so we’ll be rolling it out your way in the next year! Read the full press release for more information, and check out what folks at The New York Times and Hollywood Reporter had to say about it.

While you’re waiting, check out a sneak-peak below:

Welcome, Des!

October 22, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

DesFiniganIntroducing Desiree Finigan, Office Administrator, Film & TV, Los Angeles

Hi Everyone, my name is Desiree Finigan, but feel free to call me Des.

I’m a native Californian from the San Francisco Bay Area, which makes me a proud and faithful 49ers and SF Giants fan. I found my way to Los Angeles when I was accepted to Loyola Marymount University, and graduated with a degree in Television Production. I’ve been a Production Coordinator and Associate Producer for multi-camera series for Sony Pictures Television, TV Land and the Disney Channel.

I’m an active member of the Junior League of Los Angeles, a women’s volunteer organization, where my focus has been in Development (fundraising) for the league. I’m chairing my first fundraiser this fall. I also enjoy doing home improvements and hope to add some stamps to my passport!

I’m excited to be joining The Orchard team and look forward to meeting everyone!

BalconyTV, You Are Loved the World Over

294209_10150414581459400_646065572_nThe great, big world of BalconyTV is one that extends all over the globe, from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, from Brooklyn to Barcelona, and about 50 other cities in between. And on top of those kick-ass acoustic performances with gorgeous city backdrops, the phenomenal BTV producers have been so kind as to recreate the shows on their website for all to see. Sounds like a pretty spectacular musical web presence, right?

Abso-freaking-lutely. Which is why BalconyTV (including all of their Balconies around the world) was the winner of not one, but TWO Lovie Awards! The Lovies, Europe’s top-tier awards for online excellence, seek out the web’s best creative innovators. BalconyTV was not only sought after, but also received the Judges’ Silver Lovie (voted on by the Academy) and the People’s Lovie (voted on by the public) for best Music & Entertainment Internet Video.

What does all this awards talk mean? That BalconyTV and its producers have some of the most killer online content in the EU. They’ve been putting out high-quality live music performances on their website since 2006, and the catalog just keeps getting bigger and better.

Check out the full list of Lovie winners (you’ll find that BTV is second only to Bob Dylan!) and get more details in our official press release.

While you’re at it, jump on the BalconyTV Bandwagon and sample Vance Joy‘s session in Melbourne:

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