August 2015 - Posts

Watch: Nazi-Occupied Paris Comes Back to Life in 'Francofonia' Trailer

READ MORE: Why Sokurov's FAUST Could Not Have Been Made In America The trailer for the latest film by Alexander Sokurov, director of "Faust" and "Russian Ark," is an unusual one. The "Francofonia" trailer looks antique, with a sepia tone and effect that simulates the flickering of an old film strip interspersed with actual archival footage from the events it recreates from Paris during the Nazi Occupation.  The official synopsis reads: "'Francofonia' is the story of two remarkable men, Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and Nazi Occupation officer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich - enemies then collaborators - whose alliance would be the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. 'Francofonia' explores the relationship between art and power, the Louvre museum as a living example of civilization, and what art tells us about ourselves even in the midst of one of the bloodiest conflicts the world...
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Watch: Robert Pattinson Takes an Iconic James Dean Photograph in 'Life' Clip

READ MORE: First Clip From Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ Starring Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan, Plus Full Berlin Press Conference In the latest clip from the upcoming James Dean biopic "Life" from director Anton Corbijn, Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan reenact the taking of an iconic photograph. Patterson plays Dennis Stock, the LIFE magazine photographer who took some of the most memorable and intimate photos of James Dean, who is played by Dane DeHaan in the film. Corbijn, a photographer himself, captures this moment in which Dean walks through Times Square in the rain with his collar turned up and a cigarette between his lips, an image that would stick as an encapsulation of the young star's essence forever. "Life" premieres in select theaters on December 4. Watch the clip above courtesy of Vanity Fair.  READ MORE: Anton Corbijn Proves Directing is Harder Than You Think in Exclusive 'Gatekeepers' Clip
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Open Road Films Re-Releasing Sundance Smash 'Dope' This Weekend

READ MORE: Review: 'Dope' is a Slick Hip-Hop–Driven Tale of Divided Identity Open Road Films made quite the gamble this summer by opening Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance sensation "Dope" nationwide on June 19. Instead of releasing the coming-of-age film in select theaters to generate strong word of mouth, the distribution company put all their cards in at once, figuring the critical acclaim would lead to box office fortunes. Unfortunately, "Dope" debuted with just $6 million, and it's only earned around $17 million to date, hardly what the company was expecting after a Sundance deal that cost a rumored upwards of $7 million.  Hoping to capitalize on the slow Labor Day weekend, Open Road has announced it will re-release the film this weekend in select theaters, giving audiences another chance to see what all the fuss was about at Sundance earlier this year.  The official synopsis reads: "Malcolm is an anomaly, a 'geek living in the Bottoms,' the...
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Watch: The Israeli Prime Minister Goes Down in Heart-Stopping 'Rabin, The Last Day' Trailer

READ MORE: Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup: Includes 'Equals' and 'The Danish Girl' World Premieres, New Noah Baumbach Documentary Based on the fast-paced trailer for Amos Gitai's "Rabin, The Last Day," the upcoming film looks to be part action thriller and part courtroom drama, encompassing the events leading up to the murder of Yitzhak Rabin and the subsequent investigation. The official synopsis reads: "A commission’s investigation into the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin reveals a dark and frightening world: a subculture of hate fueled by hysterical rhetoric, paranoia and political intrigue." The trailer above is stylistically dark with grim lighting and a heavy industrial sounding score that might remind viewers of David Fincher, and it uses real news footage to add realism to the reenactment. The film's Israeli distributor United King hopes to release the film on November 4 to commemorate the 20th...
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Alex Cox on Why It's a Great Time to Be an Independent Filmmaker

Iconic indie filmmaker Alex Cox, best known for his cult hits "Repo Man," "Sid and Nancy" and "Straight to Hell," has turned to Indiegogo to raise money for his latest project, "Tombstone Rashomon," a re-telling of the Gunfight at the OK Corral in "Rashomon"- style. Veteran special effects supervisor Phil Tippett ("The Twilight Saga") and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer ("Two-Lane Blacktop") have also signed onboard for the project. READ MORE: Attention, Filmmakers: 4 Tips to Help you Connect with Your Audience and Build Your Brand Cox is aiming to raise $200,000 to produce the project, which will be released as a five episode-long web series which will form a complete film. "I was thinking it would be a conventional western, but Rudy [Wurlitzer] wants to give it a science fiction angle -- from the perspective of time-traveling women historians from the future. They'll time-travel back in time to film at...
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'Fed Up' Documentary Team Launches Ambitious Kickstarter to Make Film Available to Every Teacher in America

READ MORE: Review: Katie Couric-Produced Obesity Doc 'Fed Up' Hits the Mark RADiUS-TWC has partnered up with the team behind the successful 2014 documentary "Fed Up" to launch a Kickstarter campaign to make the film available to every teacher in America. The goal is not only to equip every teacher who signs up on the "Fed Up" website with a free copy of the film in both English and Spanish, but also to provide them with a "Fed Up" Food Education kit that includes an exhibition license to allow for unlimited school screenings, a 60-minute classroom version of the film and a comprehensive study guide.  Narrated by Katie Couric, "Fed Up" unearths the secrets behind the food industry in an effort to get people to start eating healthier. The film was executive produced by Couric and Laurie David ("An Inconvenient Truth") and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig. The doc premiered at the 2014...
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Vote for August Project of the Month: Will It Be 'On the Back of a Tiger,' 'I am Jugger,' 'Delinquent' or 'When the Well Runs Dry'?

The project which receives the most votes for Project of the Month will get a reported feature story about their project on Indiewire and will be in the running for Project of the Year.  Below are the five projects up for the prize. Click on the film title to learn more about each project (descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers): On the Back of a Tiger: The workings of life revised: Pioneering scientists & health-seekers challenge our understanding of disease, aging and consciousness. I am Jugger: A documentary chronicling the origins of Jugger, an alternative sport created by 'Blade Runner' screenwriter David Webb Peoples. Delinquent: When Joey's father invites him to be look out, a robbery goes wrong and Joey is caught between his family, victims and cohorts. When the Well Runs Dry: After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's truck, two incompatible siblings in their teenage years, embark on a journey of...
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Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces An Evening With Athina Rachel Tsangari

READ MORE: Locarno Review: 'Chevalier' is a Buddy Comedy With a Bigger Purpose From Athina Rachel Tsangari The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced An Evening with Athina Rachel Tsangari on Thursday, September 17, including a conversation and double feature of "Attenberg" and "The Slow Business of Going." The Greek writer-director was recently selected as the 2015 Filmmaker in Residence for the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival, and her new film, "Chevalier," will be playing at both NYFF and TIFF in September. Before her directorial career, Tsangari had a small role in Richard Linklater’s landmark 1991 film, "Slacker," and her relationship with the indie filmmaker continued when she served as co-producer and actress in 2013's "Before Midnight." The Film Society will welcome Tsangari for a conversation about her career, during which she will introduce and discuss her widely lauded sophomore feature...
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Why Wim Wenders Thinks His Older Films Would Be Flops Today

READ MORE: IFC Center to Celebrate Wim Wenders With 'Portraits Along the Road' Retrospective  New York City's own IFC Center is currently hosting the first leg of German auteur Wim Wenders' major touring retrospective, "Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road," with Wenders himself set to appear at select screenings for post-screening discussions. Following the IFC launch, the films will then travel to 15+ cities around the country.  For decades, much of Wenders' work went unseen; it was unavailable due to unresolved rights clearances or poor quality. But Wenders has been faithfully restoring his older films, upgrading the quality and making them permanently accessible to the public. Now is your chance to see his classics on the big screen. A shortened version of "Until the End of the World" was released in theaters in 1991 and critically panned; but this retrospective has the 4.5 hour Director's Cut, which is infinitely better. It's the version Wenders...
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PODCAST: The Cost of a TV Crush

Everyone has a favorite actor; someone they trust to make challenging, engaging or entertaining work again and again, no matter what. But perhaps even more important to a TV fan's long-term health is his or her TV crush. Now, we're not talking about some hottie you saw on a random show and fell in love with for a few weeks. This is an actor or actress you dedicate years of your life to tracking because of some inexplicable allure or connection you just can't shake. It's a difficult idea to pin down, seeing as it doesn't necessarily originate from one's youth. Your crush isn't someone you need be ashamed of — sometimes he or she can be one of the very best.  READ MORE: Jonathan Ames on 'Blunt Talk,' Diva News Anchors and the Future of 'Bored To Death' That's certainly the case for at least one of the TV Team's picks (pictured above). This week, Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers discuss the mysterious allure of subjective favorites, why your...
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Exclusive 'James White' Poster Announces the Awards Season Arrival of Sundance Favorite

READ MORE: The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 27 Festival Films We're Most Excited to See One of Sundance's undisputed breakout dramas, Josh Mond's "James White" debuted at this year's festival to major acclaim, ultimately winning the festival's Best of Next Audience Award. The film also scored with Indiewire's own Criticwire critics, who awarded Best Lead Performance to Christopher Abbott and Best Supporting Performance to Cynthia Nixon. The film features Abbott -- known to audiences as a former "Girls" co-star, though he's no stranger to the festival circuit, having previously appeared in indie favorites like "The Sleepwalker," "Hello I Must Be Going" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" -- as the titular James White, a reckless young New Yorker who is forced to reevaluate his bad behavior (including the kind of partying that only makes one look ill all the time, an inability to commit in his romantic life and...
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Exclusive: Climate Change Doc 'This Changes Everything' Gets a Stylish Poster From Shepard Fairey

READ MORE: Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2014 TFI Media Fund Grant Recipients Pop culture icon and multi-hyphenate Shepard Fairey has returned to his roots as a graphic artist to design the poster for the climate change documentary "This Changes Everything", on which he is also an executive producer. The film is based on the book of the same name by Naomi Klein, who also narrates the film, and focuses on the effect modern capitalism has had on global climate change through portraits of the small communities being affected. The film is directed by Avi Lewis and was shot over four years in nine different countries. The poster itself is vibrant and eye catching with the strong block letters and high contrast coloring that define Fairey's visual style. Fairey delivers the film's message loud and clear, depicting a burning earth with a skull and crossbones in what appears to be a drop of oil on one side and a wind turbine in the shape of a flower on the other,...
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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

One might think the winner here tends to be a summer blockbuster, but for the last four years the Oscar for Best Visual Effects has gone to a high profile fall release -- three of which were also nominated for best picture. "Hugo," "Life of Pi," "Gravity" and "Interstellar" are the films we're talking about, and there's definitely a handful of upcoming releases hoping to follow in their footsteps. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is probably the sight unseen frontrunner among them. All three films in the original "Star Wars" trilogy won this award, though none of the films in the second trilogy did (Episode III didn't even get nominated). And they didn't have to fend off the likes of "The Martian," "Everest," "The Walk," "Crimson Peak" and "In The Heart of the Sea." They help make up an unusually heavy final act of the year when it comes to visual effects-reliant films, and...
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Watch: Keanu Reeves Opens the Door in Sexually Twisted 'Knock Knock' Trailer

READ MORE: Sundance Review: Keanu Reeves is Frantic Sex Victim in Eli Roth's Middling Sex Thriller 'Knock Knock' Two weeks after his cannibalistic horror film "The Green Inferno" opens in theaters, Eli Roth will return to the fall movie season with "Knock Knock," a new sexual thriller starring Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Reeves stars as a devoted husband who stays home for a weekend as his family heads away to the beach. When two stranded women knock on his door asking to use the phone, he kindly lets them in, but things soon take a dangerous and sexual turn for the worse. Ignacia Allamand, Aaron Burns and Colleen Camp co-star. "Knock Knock" opens in theaters and VOD starting October 9. Watch the trailer above. READ MORE: Eli Roth on Losing His Sundance Virginity With Keanu Reeves and the Latest on 'The Green Inferno'
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Attention, Filmmakers: Montclair Film Festival Now Open For Submissions

READ MORE: 'The Tribe,' 'Christmas Again' and More Announced for Montclair Film Festival Main Slate and Inaugural Competitions The Montclair Film Festival has announced its submission dates for its fifth installment, which will take place April 29 through May 8. For those looking to submit, the submission dates are as follows: November 20: Early Bird Deadline December 14: Regular Deadline January 8: Late Deadline January 15: Extended Deadline The festival is based out of Montclair, New Jersey and has competitive categories in fiction, documentary and low budget independent filmmaking, as well as non-competitive categories in fiction, documentary, world cinema, short films, New Jersey films and student filmmaking. Some notable films that played at the festival last year include "The Tribe" and "Christmas, Again." For further information check out the festival's website here. READ MORE: Stephen Colbert, Richard Gere and More...
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