Day two of CinemaCon 2022 festivities were nothing short of heart-pounding with sizzle reels that proved the industry is entering a new era of exhibition, and who better to lead this movement than NEON Distribution.
After 6 years of bringing the cinema industry exceptionally bold films that have elevated the theatrical experience for wide audiences, NEON has grossed $180 million in box office sales to date.
President of Distribution Elissa Federoff kicked off the Neon presentation focusing first on expressing their love and commitment to the theatrical experience.
Here are is a rundown for NEON films in 2022:
Crimes Of The Future
Director David Cronenberg, best known for movies that employ elements of horror and science fiction (Scanners, The Fly, Crash) took to the stage to introduce his trailer alongside Producer Robert Lantos who also produced Crash (1996), to bring a new horror that draws together notes of his past, present, and future films. Crimes of the Future is a deep dive into the not-so-different future in which humankind is learning to adapt to its surroundings starring a powerhouse cast Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart.
Before sharing the trailer Cronenberg took a moment to discuss the resurgence of the script and why the story was relevant now more than ever and needed for today’s audience.
The world premiere will screen at Cannes Film Festival and then open only to theaters on June 3, 2022.
Fire of Love
A Sundance Film Festival world premiere in January 2022, documentarian Sara Dosa takes us on an intimate journey of archival footage, love, and volcanoes.
A NEON collaboration with National Geographic, the documentary contributes to a greater understanding of the science and danger of volcanoes in ways never seen before.
Intrepid scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft die in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of volcanoes by capturing some of nature’s most explosive imagery.
This film is a treasure trove of molten hot and fiery footage that is sure to leave audiences awe-inspired.
The theatrical release is set for Summer 2022.
An electrifying and psychedelic presentation was brought to us by both Director Brett Morgen and Executive Producer Bill Gerber. Moonage Daydream is the first David Bowie film to be sanctioned by his estate which includes master recordings and concert footage never seen by any theatrical audience.
The film delves deeply into the insights and the personal journey of the mythical creator David Bowie.
Former President of Production at Warner Bros., Bill Gerber, expressed his admiration of Brett’s vision that wholeheartedly channeled David Bowie and how important it was to share this film in the theatrical space as it called for state-of-the-art sound and visuals. Furthermore, stating that David, although radical in the 70s, is now in fact mainstream making him “ A perfect star for this generation… Bowie can’t be defined only experienced that is why the cinema is key”.
Gerber then presented a sneak preview of the prologue which was one of the more visceral sections of the film.
Brett Morgen, known for “Cobain: Montage of Heck”, is not only the director but also the writer and editor of the film which is near completion and will feature Bowie’s own narration. NEON will release the film Moonage Daydream domestically, while Universal Pictures Content Group will release the film internationally, and HBO Documentary Films has North American rights for streaming and cable in spring 2023.
Before exiting the stage he left us with one final clip, never before previewed on the big screen making CinemaCon exhibitors the first to witness David Bowie performing the song “Heroes”.
The theatrical release is set for September 2022.