May 2012 - Posts

Vote for Project of the Week! Will It Be 'Gray,' 'Youth,' 'Elements,' or 'Porterhouse'?

Vote below for this week's Project of the Week. The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a consultation from the Sundance Institute. The four projects up for the prize: "Days of Gray," "Day of Youth," "94 Elements" and "The Porterhouse." Voting will end on Monday June 4, at 11AM Eastern. Which film do you most want to see?
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Producers of 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'The Social Network,' 'Moneyball' Added to Produced By Conference Mentor Roster

The annual Produced By Conference, which takes place June 8-10 at Sony Pictures Studios, has finalized its list of mentors, and it’s a pretty impressive lot: Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Mark Gordon, Mark Johnson, Michael Shamberg, Sarah Green and Doug Wick — all Oscar nominees or winners — are among those taking part. Also in the mix are Tracey Edmonds (“Jumping the Broom”), Lynette Howell (“Blue Valentine”), Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”), Gary Lucchesi (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), Tim Shey, and Rick Allen, CEO of Indiewire’s parent company, SnagFilms. PBC attendees will have the opportunity to participate in mentoring roundtable sessions with the producers at the event, which is hosted by the Producers Guild of America and the International CES. Additionally, Bonnie Arnold (“How to Train Your Dragon”), Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost”), Chuck Braverman (“Curtain...
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Film District Hires Three Marketing Execs and Gets a COO

FilmDistrict has made three marketing hires: Tracy Pollard as senior VP creative advertising, Brad Goldberg as senior VP media, and Anna Baxter as senior VP digital marketing. Additionally, longtime FilmDistrict executive Adrian Alperovich, most recently president of acquisitions and operations, has been promoted to chief operating officer. Most recently, FilmDistrict hired Christine Birch as president of marketing and Jim Orr as president of distribution. Pollard has worked on campaigns for “It’s Complicated,” “Despicable Me,” and most recently “Limitless,” “Haywire” and “Immortals.” Baxter was most recently at Universal McCann where she created campaigns for “Dear John,” “The Social Network,” “21 Jump Street,” “Think Like A Man,” and the Spider-Man franchise.   Goldberg has more than a decade of media experience on the studio and agency...
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Judi Dench, Box Office Queen: 'Exotic Marigold Hotel' Hits $100 Million

Never underestimate the power of demographic that's almost always ignored. Fox Searchlight has announced that John Madden's older-skewing "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" has crossed the $100 million mark worldwide. Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton and Dev Patel, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" depicts a group of British senior citizens who head to India to retire. It opened in North America three weeks ago, after already grossing nearly $80 million internationally.  In its native UK, it's the fourth highest grossing film of the year, after "The Avengers," "The Hunger Games" and "The Woman in Black". Its also the fourth best international grossing film released worldwide by Fox Searchlight Pictures, behind only "Black Swan" ($224.6M), "The Full Monty" ($212M), and "The Descendants" ($93.2M). But  a very successful wide expansion...
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Sundance Selects Acquires Lucy Mulloy's Tribeca Award-Winner 'Una Noche'

Acquisitions from the Tribeca Film Festival are starting to trickle in, with Sundance Selects picking up North American rights to Lucy Mulloy’s “Una Noche” Thursday. After its world premiere at the Berlin fest, Mulloy’s debut feature won a trio of awards in competition at Tribeca, including one for best new narrative director. Dariel Arrechaga, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nuñez Florian star in the story of three Cuban teenagers struggling with poverty and stark choices about what a better life in Miami might mean. Mulloy, who wrote the screenplay, produced along with Daniel Mulloy, Maite Artieda, Sandy Perez and Yunior Santiago. "‘Una Noche’ is a remarkable first film that vividly takes us into the lives of 3 teenagers living in Havana looking for a better life,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. “Lucy Mulloy is a major director to watch and has created a film that is both...
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Josh Lucas Family Film 'Red Dog' PIcked Up By ARC Entertainment for North America

ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to “Red Dog,” starring Josh Lucas. The family film, directed by Kriv Stenders, has become the eighth-highest-grossing film in Australia since its release in August 2011. Based on a true story and adapted from the Louis de Bernières novel, “Red Dog” follows the adventures of a dog that wandered the Western Australian outback in the 1970s, living briefly with various people before settling down with Lucas’s character. Rachael Taylor also stars, and Woss Group Film Productions (“Ned Kelly”) produced. “‘Red Dog’ is a special film,” said ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater. “It is uniquely entertaining and will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with the characters. We are looking forward to making it a success in the US off the heels of the impressive Australian release.” ARC’s Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey negotiated...
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Aden Young Cast as Lead of Sundance Channel's Upcoming Drama 'Rectify'

The Sundance Channel has been home to scripted programming in the past, including prestigious TV movies/mini-series "Carlos" (from Olivier Assayas) and "Appropriate Adult" (starring Dominic West and Emily Watson) but they've been acquired productions. The upcoming "Rectify" will be the network's first original scripted series, a legal drama that, according to an announcement today, will star Australian actor Aden Young ("Killer Elite," "The Tree") in the lead role. From their release: “Rectify” follows the life of Daniel Holden (Aden Young) upon his release from prison. After serving nineteen years on Georgia's Death Row, DNA evidence casts doubt on the prosecution’s case. Holden was only eighteen years of age when convicted and sentenced to die for the brutal rape and murder of a sixteen year old girl. With doubt surrounding his innocence, Holden returns to his family and to his hometown where the...
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TONIGHT: Indiewire Presents Meet The Filmmakers with Todd Solondz and Jordan Gelber

Join Indiewire, filmmaker Todd Solondz and actor Jordan Gelber tonight at the SoHo Apple Store to hear a discussion about Solondz's latest film "Dark Horse." Indiewire critic Eric Kohn will moderate. "Dark Horse," the story of a downwardly immobile toy collector's late coming-of-age, played at last year's Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. It is a breakthrough role for Broadway actor Jordan Gelber, who appears alongside Mia Farrow, Christopher Walken and Selma Blair. It opens June 8th through Brainstorm Media. Check out Kohn's interview with Solondz from the Toronto Film Festival here. The discussion begins at 6PM at the SoHo Apple Store at the intersection of Green and Spring. Check out the Facebook event page here and watch the trailer below.
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'Hide Away' Star Josh Lucas Tells Us Why 'The Firm' Was an "Extraordinary Mistake"

In the indie drama "Hide Away" (opening in Los Angeles and New York this Friday), Josh Lucas plays a businessman haunted by his past and unable to make peace with his demons. The character couldn't be further from the actor I meet for 20-minute chat in a cavernous SoHo office to discuss his role in the film, directed by Chris Eyre ("Smoke Signals"). Amiable, direct and remarkably candid throughout our conversation, Lucas proves to be the type who's fearless to confront past experiences (both good and bad) and move on from them. And really, can you blame him? Since first making a big impression in Frank Marshall's survival drama "Alive," Lucas came close to becoming a big-screen heartthrob to rival Matthew McConaughey thanks to a swoon-inducing turn opposite Reese Witherspoon in "Sweet Home Alabama." He then went on to appear in a number of underperforming blockbusters ("Poseidon," "Hulk" and...
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'Nurse Jackie' Renewed for Fifth Season With New Show-Runner

First she headed to rehab, and then on to a fifth season -- Showtime has renewed "Nurse Jackie" for another year, for a new season that will begin production in late 2012. The show's current season, which will wrap up on June 17th, has presented a lot of necessary changes for pill-addicted emergency room nurse Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco). She hit rock bottom in an amusingly dark fashion, her marriage has fallen apart, she's attempting to return to work while keeping clean and she's become embroiled in a custody battle with her husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa), who's asked for a divorce after learning about her infidelity and drug use. According to Showtime, "Nurse Jackie" will face another major switch-up -- "Dexter" executive producer and show-runner Clyde Phillips (also the creator of "Suddenly Susan" and 1999's "Get Real") is being brought in to head up the series.  According to...
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The 7 Indie Films You Must See This June

June is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers, with over 30 films listed on Indiewire's June calendar. As an extension of our last month's summer movie preview, Indiewire is offering the second of four monthly summer "must-see" lists to make cinematic decision-making as easy as possible this summer. From Marina Abramovic and Woody Allen to time travel and the apocalypse, check out Indiewire's picks for your 7 best options, and then check out June's full calendar, as there are many worthy films that didn't end up making this list. 1. Beasts of the Southern Wild (June 27) Director: Benh Zeitlin Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry Distributor: Fox Searchlight Why is it a "Must See"? Winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for US Narrative Filmmaking (not to mention the Camera d'Or at Cannes last week), "Beasts of the Southern Wild" follows an impressive line of...
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Drafthouse Films To Unleash Forgotten Kung-Fu Film 'Miami Connection' Back in Theaters for 25th Anniversary

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to the long forgotten '80s martial arts action film "Miami Connection," directed by 9th degree black belt philosopher Grandmaster Y.K. Kim. The film was initially released theatrically back in 1987 but failed to catch on with audiences. It was resurrected some twenty years later when Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson purchased a 35mm print for $50 via eBay, and began test screening it as part of the Drafthouse's exploitation series. "'Miami Connetion' has repeatedly destroyed our audience in a more powerful way than anything else in the 15 years of the theater's existence," Carlson said. The enthusiastic reception caused Drafthouse Films to take action. The film, which tells the story of a fearless synth rock band who take to the streets of Orlando to rid the city of its criminals, will have its official re-launch screening at this year's New York Asian Film Festival on...
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James Franco's Semi-Opinion on 'Girls'

At the Huffington Post, James Franco offers "a dude's take on 'Girls'" that's more notable for the fact that it's coming from a famous guy who got his start in another Judd Apatow project, "Freaks and Geeks," than for what he actually ends up saying, though he does make the valid point that as an actor-turned-grad-student, he's a key part of the show's target audience: "I got pulled in at the beginning simply because it seemed to portray my world -- the one inhabited by struggling creative types in New York." Franco likes "Girls" while also being deeply aware that the series is divisive -- he notes that the characters need to get jobs while pointing out that its creator is in reality incredibly ambitious and hard-working; that it's lacking in diversity in a way that may limit potential audiences while allowing that there's "no obligation to be kaleidoscopic"; and that the male characters...
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Project of the Day: Once Upon a Time in the Steakhouse

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "The Porterhouse" Tweetable Logline: A washed up waiter from Queens has to decide whether or not to defend a young Iranian busboy from a violence-prone manager. Elevator Pitch: “The Porterhouse” is set in a steakhouse restaurant in the middle of an Anti-Bush Protest in New York City circa 2004. As the nation awakens from its slumber to the nightmare of Abu Ghraib and extraordinary renditioning, a group of outcasts, a washed up waiter, an Iranian busboy, and a young protester, find themselves in a fight for their lives as the manager of The Porterhouse locks the doors of the restaurant and demands the whereabouts of a missing $10,000. Production Team: Director: Ben Insler Writer/Producer/Actor:...
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'Jesus Camp' Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady Go DIY With 'Detropia'

Documentary filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, whose “Jesus Camp” was nominated for an Oscar in 2006, are taking the courageous step of distributing their latest film, “Detropia,” on their own. The film, a four-year look at Detroit’s recessionary struggles, had its premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and when the distribution offers that came in were uninspired, Ewing and Grady decided to try the self-distribution path. Whenever someone in the know talks about DIY distribution, they always focus on how prohibitive the time commitment is. The hard costs of prints and transportation are one thing, but not having an infrastructure to handle all of the logistical elements of distribution is the real hurdle. This is one roadblock that nonfiction filmmakers can typically handle that narrative filmmakers can’t since the demands and schedules of a documentary shoot are much less compressed. Ewing and Grady...
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