Out Today by The Orchard: Alice Coltrane, The Sweet Life & More

Alice Coltrane Out TodayHappy Friday to all! Spring has finally sprung in NYC and the sun is making us thirsty for some bright, new tunes. This week brings a bit of something for all. From spiritual serenity to pick-up truck sing-a-longs, we have a variety of tracks that will hit your favorite niche.

Luaka Bop has revived the sounds of Alice Coltrane unearthing rare songs from her period at Sai Anantam Ashram. “Om Rama” along with “Om Shanti” will be included as part of a compilation of Alice’s unreleased works titled, World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. The compilation features liner notes from Ashley Khan,  Flying Lotus (Alice’s great nephew) and both of her children Michelle and Oran. They describe the power of music and how Alice’s love and energy resonate with them to this day. Read more about the legendary singer here.


The Beauty Of Good Artwork: How To Break Through The Noise

Film Artwork In this age of consumption, everywhere you look seems to be another TV show you are way behind on binge-watching, a movie you don’t have time to watch, a book you have been meaning to read or the latest launch of the next video game everyone is talking about. No one has enough time to watch, read or play all the content at our disposal! It is nearly impossible to compete. However, that is why we spend some extra love and care on our poster art across all of our film titles; because the beauty of having good artwork is that people will actually click on it and maybe, just maybe, they will make the time to watch your movie.


Welcome, Alex!

Introducing, Alex Luton, Strategy & Finance Director, Film & TV

Hello all, I am Alex Luton. I was born in Montreal and raised in New Jersey. I stayed close to home for college and received my B.A. in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After graduating and feeling that I had seen all there was to see of New Jersey I decided to branch out and give it a go in California. So, I packed up a U-Haul and moved to San Diego.

Like any good transplant, I found a place by the beach, got myself a beach cruiser and tried to shed my East Coast paleness by soaking in the sun. A few sunburns later, I learned that the sun really is stronger in California and that maybe I should wear a higher SPF sunblock.


Facebook Introduces New Ad Functionality: Collection

Collection adFacebook recently introduced collection ads to help advertisers highlight products in their web stores. The collection ad features a video or display image at the top along with a carousel below, with the store’s products.

The format allows the advertiser to showcase their items with a video or image that gives context to the way the customer would use the product. Displaying up to 50 products at a time, the image will link directly to a web page where customers can purchase the item.


The Orchard Takes Home SXSW Best Doc Winner “The Work”

It’s been a month since our film team was down in Austin but the sun hasn’t set on SXSW: The Orchard and TOPIC have acquired the North American rights to the festival’s Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary, The Work. The film is slated to hit theaters this fall.

America’s prison system has long been controversial, but one group of convicts and civilian volunteers are coming together to make a change. The Work travels through the bolt locked doors of California’s infamous Folsom State Prison to introduce this group to the world. It’s a documentary goes where no one has gone before to to examine the humanity within prison walls and drives viewers to change their idea of rehabilitation.