July 2015 - Posts

Rooftop Films Partners With Swedish Film Institute for Film Program

READ MORE: Rooftop Films Announces Short Films Lineup for the 2015 Summer Series Rooftop Films and the Swedish Film Institute will hold three Swedish film programs in various locations in New York City. The screenings will take place from August 5-7, with live musical performances before each event by Vulkano, the band featured in the August 7 screening of "All We Have is Now." "Cold Conflicts," a collection of Swedish shorts, will screen August 5, with "Bike vs. Cars" playing on August 6.  "Rooftop Films has been showcasing some of the top new films from Sweden for many years," said Dan Nuxoll, Program Director of Rooftop Films. "Sweden has produced some of the most exciting and innovative new filmmakers of the last several years, and the world has taken notice. We opened this year's Rooftop Summer Series back in May with the North American premiere of David Sandberg's wildly popular epic short film Kung Fury, and we are...
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Review: Adorable 'Shaun the Sheep Movie' Farms Visual Charm to Craft An Instant Animated Classic

READ MORE: 2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature Every herd needs a leader -- especially literal herds of domesticated animals. Aardman Animations' newest creation, Shaun the Sheep (voiced by Justin Fletcher), is not only a bonafide television star (he's starred in 130 episodes of his own television show, as crafted by the stop-motion animation house), but he's now poised to make the leap to film as the star of "Shaun the Sheep Movie." Shaun's bit is that he's the smart one in a lovably goofy herd of English sheep, mostly happy animals who spend their days doing typical sheep things -- lots of eating and bleating -- while their caring Farmer (voiced by John Sparkes) keeps them all in line through the use of a highly coordinated schedule, as assisted by faithful sheepdog Bitzer (also voiced by Sparkes). It's an idyllic life, but that schedule is a problem, and when Shaun hatches a well-meaning plan (delivered through bahs and bleats...
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PODCAST: How the Toronto Lineup Changed Oscar Season

This week's episode of Screen Talk is presented by Vimeo. Head here to check out movies you can rent on Vimeo selected by Indiewire's Eric Kohn, including "The Wolfpack" (above). Oscar season arrives every fall without fail. But it remains largely mysterious until the summertime, when the lineup for the Toronto International Film Festival comes out. This week, with that epic list finally seeing the light of day, we got a better look at some of the more promising contenders. In this week's episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson pick through the announcement to get a handle on the fall movie season — as well as some of the surprises they didn't see coming. But that's not the only thing in the movie headlines this week. The duo also touch on film production company Relativity's tragic bankruptcy, as well as whether Jason Segel's performance as David Foster Wallace in "The End of the Tour" deserves all buzz. Plus, should you see the new...
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Sony Pictures Classics to Release Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford Drama 'Truth'

READ MORE: 2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress Sony Pictures Classics has announced that it will release the Cate Blachett and Robert Redford film, "Truth," based on Mary Mapes' book "Truth and Duty." The film tells the true story of Mary Mapes, an award-winning CBS journalist, and producer Dan Rather, who broke the story of a U.S. president who might have been AWOL from the National Guard during the Vietnam War. It follows the backlash Dan Rather and CBS News faced, as well as the effect it had on the presidential election. The film also stars Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid.  "Truth" is set to be released on October 16 in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a nationwide release.  READ MORE: Open Letter Accuses Upcoming 'Truth,' to Star Redford and Blanchett, of Lies
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Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'SHAM,' 'The Interpreter,' 'Fire Music: A History of the Free Jazz Revolution' or 'Starspawn'?

The winning filmmaker will become a candidate for the July Project of the Month. That winner will be in the running for Project of the Year. The four projects up for this week's Project of the Week are listed below (with descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers). You can vote at the bottom of the page. SHAM: Lizzy and Tim made a pact to get married at 30. One caveat: they can't STAND each other. But a promise is a promise, so let's just get stupid married already GAWD. The Interpreter: An Afghan interpreter is promised a visa by the U.S. government that never comes through, so he must take matters into his own hands as he is hunted by the Taliban. Fire Music: A History of the Free Jazz Revolution: The mavericks who pioneered the Free Jazz movement came to create some of the most unconventional sounds ever heard. Toiling in relative obscurity, they created one of the most influential bodies of work of the contemporary age. This is their story. Starspawn: TV journalist Jo Danforth...
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Attention, Filmmakers: Oxford Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions

READ MORE: Watch: James Franco's 'The Sound and the Fury' Clip Features Award-Worthy Scott Haze The Oxford Film Festival, which takes place in Oxford, Mississippi, is accepting entries for next year's festival in all programming categories, including music videos, documentaries and more. The festival, which typically takes place after the Sundance Film Festival, has hosted regional premieres of films like James Franco's "The Sound and the Fury" and Chad Hartigan's "This is Martin Bonner." All submissions will be accepted at Film Freeway until November 15, but you can save money by submitting sooner.  The festival will be run by newly-appointed Executive Director Melanie Addington, who will work alongside Mark Rabinowitz and Kim Voynar as head programmers. Mary Margaret Andrews, Courtney Hall, Newt Rayburn, Deborah Barker, Maggie Woodward, Michelle Emanuel and Brooke White will also make up the 2016 programming team. The 2016 Oxford Film Festival...
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Watch: Step Into the Out-of-Control World of National Lampoon in 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' NSFW Trailer

READ MORE: Sundance: How 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' Director Pulled Off a Documentary About The National Lampoon No one was safe when it came to National Lampoon's jokes. The boundary-pushing, one-of-a-kind publication is the focus of Douglas Tirola's documentary, "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon."  The documentary covers the founding of the magazine by two Harvard graduates, its rise to fame, expansion to radio shows, albums and other mediums and its eventual demise. Through never-before seen interviews during the magazine's prime and pictures from the magazine itself, Tirola paints a picture of the outrageous world of the magazine during its 28-year lifespan. It also features interviews with prominent names in comedy like Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, Chevy Chase, John Goodman and Bill Murray. Check out the hilarious, NSFW trailer above. READ MORE: Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #33: Timely 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead'...
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Watch: Coach Kyle Chandler Gets Pissed Off in Alamo Drafthouse 'Don't Talk' PSA

READ MORE: Kyle Chandler & Ben Mendelsohn on 'Full Contact' Acting in 'Bloodline' Kyle Chandler, known for his beloved role as Coach Eric Taylor on "Friday Night Lights," has teamed up with Alamo Drafthouse for a new PSA to keep moviegoers eyes' glued to the big screen and not their phones "Don't Talk PSA: Coach" features Chandler in the middle of an inspirational pep talk that is disrupted by rude phone users. After the classic "Clear eyes, full hearts" quote, he gets up close and personal with the camera and shows his disapproval.  Check out the hilarious PSA above, courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse.  READ MORE: Kyle Chandler Reveals the Secret of 'Friday Night Lights' Brilliance
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Springboard: 'Fort Tilden' Writer and Director Sarah-Violet Bliss Knows Why You Hate Her Characters and Is Totally Okay With It

READ MORE: SXSW Review: Why 'Fort Tilden,' A Satire of Privileged Young Brooklynites, Won the Grand Jury Prize Indiewire's Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention. You're going to have an opinion about Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers' "Fort Tilden" or, at least, that's how the SXSW winner is being marketed to movie-goers. The purposely uncomfortable comedy won the Narrative Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in 2014 and is finally getting a theatrical and VOD release later this summer. Written and directed by former NYU classmates Bliss and Rogers, the feature follows best pals Allie (Clare McNulty) and Harper (Bridey Elliott) as they attempt to venture across Brooklyn to Fort Tilden beach to hang out with some hot dudes they're interested in getting to know better (yes, in a Biblical sense). Their quest is complicated by a number of problems, from their almost pathological inability to make good decisions to multiple...
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IFC Midnight Acquires Chloe Sevigny and Natasha Lyonne Film '#Horror'

READ MORE: Exclusive: First Look At Tara Subkoff’s Directorial Debut ‘#HORROR’ With Chloe Sevigny, Taryn Manning & More IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Tara Subkoff's star-studded film, "#Horror."  Based on actual events, the film follows a group of 12-year-old girls whose obsession with a social media game turns a cyberbullying incident into a chaotic situation. "#Horror" centers on the increasingly cruel and dog-eat-dog online world where popularity can be achieved at the cost of human lives.  The film stars Chloe Sevigny, Tim Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Balthazar Getty, Stella Schnabel, Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindberg, Mina Sundwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Lydia Hearst and Taryn Manning. "#Horror" premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. READ MORE: Jack Black Takes 'The D-Train,' Chloe Sevigny Feels '#Horror' And John Turturro & Vanessa Paradis Say 'Rio, I Love...
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10 Steps for Turning Your 45-Second YouTube Video Into a Comedy Central Web Series

1. Be at the lowest point in your life. This one's important because it adds character. You will know when you're at your lowest point in your life because you will be emptying your retirement account from the day job you briefly had back when you had common sense and wanted a "stable" "life." You won't know this yet, but having a retirement account you once emptied will feel nostalgic when you can't afford cheese at Trader Joe's. The cheese day will be the actual lowest point in your life. Then an ovarian cyst will explode and you'll owe the hospital $10,000. In the end,it will be less like a "low point" and more like a "downward spiral." Congratulations! You're on your way. READ MORE: 6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Making a Web Series 2. Make a thing you think no one will care about (and make that go viral).This one's fun because you have no control over it. You can't make anything go viral. Having no control makes you write videos...
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Watch: Exclusive Clip From Simeon Rice's Directorial Debut 'Unsullied' Features the Most Charming Kidnappers

READ MORE: Former NFL Star Simeon Rice, Now Filmmaker Inks Deal w/ Sycamore to Distribute Thriller 'Unsullied' Simeon Rice has transitioned from former NFL defensive end to feature film writer-director in his directorial debut, "Unsullied."  The film folllows track star Reagan. After her car breaks down in a remote part of Florida, she accepts help from two seemingly nice men. But her trust is soon taken advantage and she finds herself waking up in a dark room realizing that the pair have darker intentions. She manages to break out and embarks on a wild chase through the forrest after they try to recapture her. The drama stars Murray Gray, Rusty Joiner and James Gaudioso and was co-written by Rice and "3 Days in December" writer John Nodilo. "Unsullied" will premiere in theaters on August 28. Check out the exclusive clip above. READ MORE: August 2015 Film Preview
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Watch: Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner are Uncensored, Hilarious and 'Difficult People' in Hulu Series' First Trailer

Hulu is getting ready to roll out some high profile new shows, including Jason Katims' "The Way" (starring Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan), Jason Reitman's "Casual" (with Eliza Coupe and Francis Conroy), and the Stephen King/J.J. Abrams/James Franco collaboration "11/22/63." But before those original series attempt to rebrand the streaming service by offering up big name talent, two smaller names have an under-the-radar offering that looks to be just as much of a "must watch" as these heavy-hitting dramas.  READ MORE: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg's Got Plans For a Darker, Weirder Season 3 Billy Eichner (who most people know as Craig from "Parks and Recreation" or the loud man who roams the boulevards of New York in "Billy on the Street") and Julie Klausner (most recently seen as Donna on the now-canceled Fox series "Mulaney" but better known as the host of her podcast, "How Was...
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The Best Foreign-Language Films of 2015 According to the Criticwire Network

Throughout the year, members of Indiewire's Criticwire Network -- comprised of nearly 500 critics from around the world -- have been adding their grades and reviews to our database of film pages. Below is a collection of documentaries that have been released in theaters (or on widely available streaming sites) during that time that have a) received 10 or more reviews and b) maintained a grade average of "B+" or higher. Averages and totals are subject to change, but we'll update the list with new additions as notable titles make their way onto theaters or VOD screens across the country.  This is just one of our running list of the best-reviewed films of the year. For more of the top titles of 2015, be sure to peruse our collections of the best documentaries and the best overall films. Every time we update any of these lists, we gather the analysis of the overall changes and additions at the Criticwire blog. The Best Foreign-Language Films of 2015, According...
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Watch: Pregnant Actress Goes 'Black Swan' Crazy in Exclusive 'Olmo and the Seagull' Trailer

READ MORE: Watch: Petra Costa On 'Elena,' Brazilian Documentary Films and More For their first collaboration, directors Petra Costa and Lea Glob have developed a dark look into the mind of a pregnant actress and the challenges she faces when trying to succeed. In "Olmo and the Seagull," actress Olivia prepares for the starring role of Arkadina in a theatrical production of Chekhov's "The Seagull." As she begins to prepare for the role, she learns that she is pregnant. At first, she is ready to take on both the pregnancy and the character, but she soon faces setbacks that threaten her pregnancy and clash with her success as an actress. In "Black Swan" fashion, Olivia looks into the mirror and sees herself as both female characters of the play: Arkadina, the aging actress, and Nina, the increasingly chaotic actress.  The film is set to screen at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival in the Concorso Cineasti Del Presente category on August 10. Check...
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