April 2015 - Posts

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Tattoo Horror Flick 'Anarchy Parlor'

READ MORE: Gravitas Ventures Nabs Daredevil Documentary "Being Evel" Gravitas Ventures has acquired the rights to horror film "Anarchy Parlor," which premiered at the 2014 Screamfest Horror Film Festival.  "Anarchy Parlor," written and directed by Kenny Gage ("Raze") and Devon Downs, is about a mysterious nomad known only as the "Artist." He practices a traditional dark art form, and sells a whole lot more than tattoos to tourists who happen upon his Lithuanian Tattoo Parlor. Shot on location in Vilnius, Lithuania, the film stars the heavily-tattooed Robert LaSardo ("Death Race," "Nip/Tuck," "Human Centipede 3") as "The Artist" and Sara Fabel (a well-known Finnish tattoo artist and model) as his sexy apprentice. "Anarchy Parlor" should be right up the alley of any die-hard fans of horror, tattoos or black comedy.    Commenting on the company's...
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Watch: David Lynch's Coffee Is For People, Not Robots

You know how sometimes when you're watching an absorbing, nightmarish, funny, iconoclastic television show or film, you suddenly think that the director is probably really good at roasting coffee beans, and you want to buy some? Of course you do. That's why David Lynch has been quietly selling his own coffee for years now, and the latest "Signature" batch is here, and so is a new commercial for it, and that commercial is bonkers. Drink up, Diane. The commercial was posted on Lynch's official Facebook page earlier today. It was directed by Andrew Parkhurst; learn more about him here. READ MORE: 'Twin Peaks' Season 3 Rundown
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Reality Checks: How Hot Docs Helps Underappreciated Documentaries Find Life

READ MORE: 'Raiders!' and 'Mavis!' Highlight Hot Docs 2015 Lineup The clean and friendly Canadian city is home to two of the biggest film festivals on the planet, the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall, and Hot Docs, currently underway, which is North America's largest nonfiction festival. With 210 documentaries from 44 countries, Hot Docs has an expansive range of nonfiction cinema, and like TIFF is to narrative cinema, it's almost impossible to pigeonhole the programming. "We're such a large festival — our audience will hit 200,000 people," Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook told Indiewire, "so we can show just about anything." But while the scope of the festival demands an array of diverse documentaries, including a fair share of already proven pop-culture crowd-pleasers ("Tig," "Mavis!" "Raiders!" "Live from New York!") and the latest in accessible nonfiction journeys ("Unbranded"),...
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Watch: Transgender Prostitutes Go Ballistic in Trailer for Sean Baker's 'Tangerine'

READ MORE: Sundance Review: 'Tangerine' is a Charming Buddy Comedy About Transgender Prostitutes in L.A. Yesterday, Indiewire exclusively premiered the retro poster for Sean Baker's Sundance smash "Tangerine." Today comes the first trailer, courtesy of distributor Magnolia Pictures. While the poster is moody and dreamlike, the new Red Band trailer is anything but. Brash, laced with foul language and revved to the max, the promo sells "Tangerine" as a candy-colored adrenaline rush, akin to Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" in tone and style. Here's Magnolia's official synopsis for "Tangerine": It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone) hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor....
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The State of the Nonfiction Film Editor

READ MORE: 5 Questions for Jennie Livingston, Director of "Paris Is Burning" and "Who's The Top?" On Saturday, April 18, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship hosted a half-day of panel discussions with a gathering of documentary film editors, directors and producers to discuss the art of editing. The goal of the day and future events is to shine a light on the role of the editor in the filmmaking process, build community and celebrate an under-explored and often misunderstood collaboration between director and editor. Panelists included editors Toby Shimin ("How to Dance in Ohio"), Nels Bangerter ("Let the Fire Burn"), Mona Davis ("Running from Crazy"), Colin Nusbaum ("Tough Love"), and Mary Manhardt ("American Promise") and moderators Tom Roston ("Doc Soup") and Doug Block ("112 Weddings"). The day began with a Keynote from...
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Kirsten Dunst's 13 Best Performances, From Child Vampire to Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Kirsten Dunst, 33-years-old today, is a blonde and dimpled starlet who can seamlessly shift between coquettish and somber. With her petite face and womanly figure, Dunst has often played the innocent, sexy girl-next-door with an edge. Her screen presence implies a carefree spirit, but the actress has spoken openly about the hard times she's faced, struggling with depression and drugs. You can see both an incandescence and a darkness in her work. We've taken a look at some of Dunst's most iconic roles, ranking them from worst to best.   READ MORE: Kirsten Dunst On the Time She Got Burned By Viggo Mortensen 13) "Elizabethtown" (2005) Dunst's role in "Elizabethtown" (as the cute and quirky Claire) inspired critic Nathan Rabin to coin the culturally iconic phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl." The expression refers to certain female character types (Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel are repeat offenders) whose sole purpose is in...
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Sebastian Silva's 10 Commandments for Indie Filmmaking

Sebastian Silva opened his recent Master Class at the IFP Made in NY Media Center with a YouTube clip of an 80-year-old woman nearly falling out of her harness while skydiving. "I've somehow lost interest in indie film, even though I'm really pushing to keep making them," he said. "But stuff like this is really inspiring to me. It's something that nobody could ever write and direct." READ MORE: Sebastian Silva on Why Toronto Rejected 'Nasty Baby' and How 'Quirk is Bad' This perfectly sums up the ethos of Silva's filmmaking. After breaking onto the scene with the 2009 Sundance premiere "The Maid," Silva has emerged as one of the leading voices in indie film. He espouses spontaneity; his films play like time capsules of the social moment, using naturalistic dialogue to communicate contemporary anxiety in an often humorous way. In a time when indie films are being made for millions of dollars, Silva has stayed true to the DIY culture—on every film but...
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Carey Mulligan on the Lack of Good Roles for Women in Hollywood: 'It's Hugely Frustrating'

READ MORE: Interview: Thomas Vinterberg Talks ‘Far From The Madding Crowd,’ Working With Carey Mulligan, 'The Commune' & More It's been two years since Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan has appeared on the big screen. But as the actress revealed to Indiewire this week, it's not for lack of trying. After reportedly beating out some of the most in-demand young actresses working today to embody Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 3D extravaganza "The Great Gatsby" and appearing that same year in Joel and Ethan Coen's beloved musical drama "Inside Llewyn Davis," Mulligan found herself struggling. Strong female roles, like the ones she's been known for playing since "An Education" made her a star, weren't coming her way. Over a year later, one finally came in the form Bathsheba Everdene, the fiercely independent heroine at the center of a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel "Far From the Madding Crowd." The period drama,...
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Exclusive: Alex Gibney's 'Steve Jobs' Doc Announced for Inaugural Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, a new festival starting this year in the Mammoth Lakes region of California, has announced its first lineup of screenings, premieres and events. Alex Gibney's "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" has been announced as the inaugural opening night film. There will be 16 films in the Narrative and Documentary competitions, as well as special events including an industry panel on women in filmmaking with producer Allison Amon and actress Kristanna Loken. Festival founder Shira Dubrovner said, "Like Sundance and Telluride, our goal is to be a world-class destination film festival known for showcasing the best of cinema and providing audiences with an unparalleled opportunity to experience cinema amidst the inspiring natural beauty of Mammoth Lakes." The current film slate is listed below. All synopses courtesy of the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. Opening Night Film"Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" (USA) – Director: Alex...
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Watch: Kevin Spacey Has Some Fun with 'Daredevil' Star Charlie Cox in Netflix Interview

READ MORE: 6 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in May 2015 (and the Best Episodes of Each) It's hard to keep a straight face when Kevin Spacey is throwing things at you. Netflix's new interview series, featuring the stars of their original shows, has begun with Kevin Spacey of "House of Cards" speaking with Charlie Cox of "Daredevil." The two trade questions back and forth normally at first, but Spacey gets more and more playful as the interview proceeds.  Cox asks Spacey what he likes to watch on Neflix and what Frank Underwood's superpower would be (hint: Claire). Cox reveals how he handles playing a blind superhero and the "most daredevil" thing he's done in real life. Eventually, Spacey grows restless and starts throwing his notecards at Cox, mocking him for not being able to catch them. When Cox finally throws one back at Spacey, the older actor catches it easily. "Is Claire gonna kick Frank Underwood's ass?" Cox asks. "She will...
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Watch: Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy Are Taking Over London in 'Legend' Teaser

If Tom Hardy isn't a household name yet, that will soon change. Capitalizing on the super-fame and potential awards nominations headed Hardy's way via "Mad Max: Fury Road," Studiocanal has just released a teaser trailer for the upcoming crime drama "Legend." The story follows the real life Kray twins as they terrorize 1960s London using guns, cars and mean scowls. Hardy's double-duty performance could definitely put him in line for acting awards.  Directed by "L.A. Confidential" writer and "42" director Brian Helgeland, the film also stars Emily Browning and Christopher Eccleston. It hits UK cinemas September 11. It has no U.S. release date yet, but is being distributed in by Universal. READ MORE: Watch: The 'True Detective' Season 2 is 'Torn' Thanks To Amazing Re-Edits
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Lena Dunham Shares Her Love for 'I Am a Sex Addict' in Exclusive Excerpt From 'Digging My Own Grave'

READ MORE: Was Caveh Zahedi "Blacklisted" By Thom Powers? It's More Complicated Than That Anyone familiar with the idiosyncratic "Holy Moment" section in Richard Linklater's "Waking Life" will recall the wide-eyed character talking about film's ability to capture "God incarnate." But there's a lot more to the man at the center of that scene. Director Caveh Zahedi's personal, button-pushing projects have been infused with his energetic personality since 1990's "A Little Stiff," his first feature, in which he explores his attraction to a UCLA student. Over the years, Zahedi's filmography has chronicled many outrageous moments in his life, from 2003's "Tripping With Caveh," in which he took mushrooms with Wil Oldham, to 2012's "The Sheik and I," a meditation on free speech that followed Zahedi's ill-fated assignment to produce a subversive project for a Middle Eastern art festival. For years, Zahedi's work has been...
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'CARE' Sheds Light On How Elder Care Falls Short

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. CARE Tweetable logline: "CARE" - the first feature documentary to take a penetrating look at home elder care through the eyes of workers, elders & the families of both. Elevator Pitch: We're all living longer. With the Boomers aging, our elder population is skyrocketing. Most people want to age at home, but many have the false notion that Medicare will help if they need long-term care. It doesn't. Families are going broke paying for care. On the other hand, most home care workers make poverty wages. Training is often inadequate. So turnover is high which results in poor care. We need a new vision of care or we are headed for a care crisis; a massive gap in the workers needed. Unbelievably nobody's talking about it. That's why we're making...
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Watch: Daenerys Targaryen AKA Khaleesi AKA Kristen Wiig Stops By 'The Tonight Show'

Any "Game Of Thrones" viewer/reader is of course a fan of Khaleesi, Mother Of Dragons, Caster Of Spells who Dwells In The Forest In A Dome She Made From Sticks. Or something. Kristen Wiig doesn't seem to know much (or anything) about the character she's dressed as, but that doesn't stop her and Jimmy Fallon from singing Daenerys' #1 hit song. One wonders if they ran into Michael Jordan backstage. READ MORE: Millennium Entertainment Acquires Kristen Wiig's 'Welcome To Me'
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6 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in May 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

READ MORE:  7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in April 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) 1) "Grace and Frankie" Season 1 (available May 8)Why Should I Watch It? Every actor making up the series' four lead roles worked on an Aaron Sorkin series. Even more importantly, those actors are Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom" and, you know, a two-time Oscar winner), Lily Tomlin ("The West Wing," plus a six-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee), Martin Sheen (Jed Mother F'n Bartlet!), and Sam Waterston ("The Newsroom" and some old show about cops and lawyers). It's hard to go wrong with that cast, and Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller says the show mostly delivers with room to improve (and indicators that it will).  Best Episode: Episode 6 shakes things up — literally. Though "Grace and Frankie" gets off to an uneven start in terms of its laughs to tears ratio, things get plenty jovial after an earthquake leads to some frisky...
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