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Eager to check out some great indie films? Well, today’s your lucky day as several IFC Independent Spirit Award nominees are available to watch on SundanceNOW, where you can rent, download and stream them instantly.
For those interested, here are the three films that are currently available for your viewing pleasure:
Frances Ha (nominated for Best Feature & Best Editing): http://www.sundancenow.com/film/frances-ha/1241 Crystal Fairy (nominated for Best Female Lead; Gaby Hoffmann & the John Cassavetes Award): http://www.sundancenow.com/film/crystal-fairy/1190 Blue Caprice (nominated for Best First Feature): http://www.sundancenow.com/film/blue-caprice/1206
Also nominated for awards are IFC Films Blue is the Warmest Color (Best International Film) and Una Noche (Best Editing, Best First Feature). Those two aren’t available on SundanceNOW jus yet though as they’re still in theatres.
The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday March 1st at 10:00 pm Et. »
- Matt Joseph
March 2014 will be one of the biggest months for the industry next year, with the Oscars held on March 2nd. The day before is equally one of the biggest days for the independent side of the industry, playing host to the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.
The full list of nominations was announced this week, and leading the charge with an impressive seven nods out of fifteen categories is Steve McQueen’s acclaimed 12 Years a Slave. Alexander Payne’s Nebraska is not far behind with six to its name, followed by J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost with four nominations.
Given the independent nature of the awards, some of the films featuring below are inevitably very different to those you can expect to see come January’s Academy Awards nominations announcement, and it’s great to see such titles getting the recognition they deserve on a platform like this.
Equally inevitably, there »
- Kenji Lloyd
12 Years a Slave is leading the nominations for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.
Steve McQueen's slavery drama has been shortlisted for seven awards in total, picking up nods in the Best Feature, Director, Screenplay and Cinematography categories, while stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o were all among the acting nominees.
The Spirit Awards will be held in Los Angeles on March 1, 2014, the day before the Academy Awards. The ceremony will be hosted by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt.
Nominees in the major categories are listed below:
12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave)
Its criteria of a budget less than $15m rules out the likes of Gravity, but it was still always likely 12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama set in 1840s Louisiana - would sweep the board at the nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards. The film ended up with seven nominations, including nods for feature, director and actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender.
- Catherine Shoard
The nominations for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced today, with Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama 12 Years a Slave leading the field with 7 nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Female (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Supporting Male (Michael Fassbender).
12 Years a Slave will content the Best Feature award against All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska, while McQueen is joined in the directing field by J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Shane Carruth (Upstream Color) and Jeff Nichols (Mud). Mud is also set to receive the pretigious Robert Altman Award, while is presented to the director, the casting director and the ensemble cast.
Check out the full list of nominations here...
'12 Years a Slave'
- Gary Collinson
In its commitment to recognizing the importance of below the line contributions to the art of filmmaking, Film Independent has now introduced, for the first year, the Best Editing category in the Spirit Awards.
Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, with the premiere broadcast airing later that evening »
- Michelle McCue
Team Fox Searchlight should be returning to the winner’s circle at the next edition of the Indie Spirits awards. After winning with Black Swan three years back, and losing out in the Best Feature category with Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Descendants, Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years a Slave leads all other films with seven nominations Best Feature, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography and three of the four acting categories. Alexander Payne’s Nebraska follows with six noms. Both Sundance (Fruitvale Station) and SXSW (Short Term 12) winners figure among the noms, but they weren’t as plentiful with only three noms a piece. Among our favorite titles for 2013 which were left off the scorecard, David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George Saints got no recognition, while Eliza Hittman’s It Felt Like Love would have got my vote for the Annual Someone To Watch Award. »
- Eric Lavallee
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack of the nominations for the 29th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award. The film received 7 nominations including best feature, director, and acting noms for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, and Michael Fassbender.
Winners of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, March 1st at a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica with the premiere broadcast airing later that evening at 10:00 pm Et/Pt exclusively on IFC.
Congrats and good luck to all the nominees!
Here's the complete list of the nominees of the 2014 Spirit Awards:
Best Feature (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not awarded)
12 Years a Slave
Not surprisingly given the strength and depth of this awards season, the categories are strong across the board.
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty is among a mighty crop of international contenders that includes Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt and A Touch Of Sin from China’s Jia Zhang-Ke.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
This years awards season is now underway with one the first major ceremonies announcing their picks for the finest indie pictures of the last twelve months. Steve McQueen’s all-star slavery drama 12 Years A Slave and Alexander Payne’s personal journey Nebraska are the main players at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.
Everyone will have their favourites, and while there’s still quite a few on the list I’ve yet to catch, I’m pleased to see Alexandre Moor’s chilling biopic Blue Caprice nominated for Best First Feature. Shame there is no consideration for its lead Isaiah Washington, who I thought was astonishing as the D.C. sniper John Muhammed.
The nominations have been announced and the full list of those vying for honours is as follows:
- Craig Hunter
The nominees for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards include the late James Gandolfini.
Gandolfini, a three-time Emmy winner for "The Sopranos," died in June at the age of 51. His Spirit nomination is for best supporting male in "Enough Said," the offbeat romance in which he co-starred with Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Among the leading nominees for the 2014 Spirit Awards, which will be handed out on March 1, are "12 Years a Slave," "Frances Ha" and "Nebraska." Here's the full list:
"12 Years a Slave"
Best first feature
John Cassavetes Award (features made for less than $500,000)
Best male lead
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale Station"
High-profile studios pics mingled with small-scale indies as Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” led nominations for the 29th Independent Spirit Awards with seven followed by Paramount Vantage’s “Nebraska” with six.
In a year chock full of worth films, Film Indpendent voters spread the wealth among titles that are serious Oscar contenders as well as true indies with minimal budgets and a lack of marquee names.
“12 Years” was tapped for best feature, director for Steve McQueen, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofer, supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o, supporting actor for Michael Fassbender, cinematography for Sean Bobbit and screenplay by John Ridley. Nominated “12 Years” producers are Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt and Bill Pohlad.
“12 Years” has grossed $29 million in the U.S. since its launch on Oct. 18.
- Dave McNary
The 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced this morning and it was a big day for 12 Years a Slave leading the way with seven nominations followed by Alexander Payne's Nebraska with six and All is Lost with four. Those three films were joined by Fruitvale Station and Frances Ha in the Best Feature category as I felt the nominations were nicely spread around with very worthy titles getting attention. I didn't notice too many surprises and Short Term 12 certainly had a nice showing with three nominations including noms for both Brie Larson and Keith Stanfield. I love seeing the nomination for Melonie Diaz for Fruitvale Station as it seems Octavia Spencer is going to get most of the Oscar attention for that film despite the fact Diaz is the more deserving of the two. I guess if you did want to say there was a surprise I would »
- Brad Brevet
Before we get underway, once again I'll remind you Barnes & Noble is still offering their 50% off Criterion titles through the end of November! I have included some suggested titles along with links to my reviews, including my just posted review of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights from yesterday. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Samurai Trilogy (read my review) America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy (read my review) John Cassavetes - Five Films (Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night) City Lights (read my review) Frances Ha Tokyo Story The Uninvited (read my review) La Notte (read my review) Eyes Without a Face (read my review) Seconds (read my review) Autumn Sonata (read my review) Safety Last! (read my review) Repo Man On the Waterfront Brazil Godzilla (read my review) 12 Angry Men Rosemary's Baby The Killing Paths of Glory »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood movies shoot all over the world to take advantage of landscapes, architecture and tax credits, but Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace looks to tap into something more human: the authentic culture and community of a struggling former steel town just outside of Pittsburgh. I was lucky enough to land a set visit invite along with a group of journalists to take a look at the Crazy Heart writer/director's new film, which explored a violent, yet vanishing culture in small-town America. Starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Woody Harrelson. Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace opens December 6th. Hit the jump for my set visit recap and 15 things to know about the film. As someone who grew up in the shadow of a steel mill and spent a decade in the Steel City itself, I was thrilled to participate in the set visit. »
- Dave Trumbore
(Brian De Palma, 1978; Arrow, 18)
Now 73, Brian De Palma was one of the bearded young, cinéliterate film-makers dubbed "the movie brats", who rose rapidly to dominate Hollywood in the 1970s. De Palma was Hitchcock's most assiduous disciple and The Fury, released in 1978, was part of his bid to establish himself as the Master's heir apparent. Like The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Fury yokes together a spy thriller and a domestic drama while also incorporating elements of Sf and horror.
It begins with an electric sequence on a sunny east Mediterranean beach where widowed CIA agent Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) narrowly escapes death when his teenage son Robin (Andrew Stevens) is abducted, apparently by Arab terrorists. It rapidly becomes clear that he's been kidnapped by Sandza's chillingly sinister colleague (John Cassavetes), who intends to exploit the boy's psychic gifts for nefarious cold war purposes. Douglas is at his most attractively »
- Philip French
Criterion has announced their February 2014 titles and among them is the lone Wes Anderson film that was previously missing from the collection (edit: aside from Moonrise Kingdom and yes, this is Criterion's first animated film, post laserdisc era), Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was previously released by Fox Searchlight, but is now getting the full Criterion treatment. Here's a look at the features: New digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary featuring Anderson Storyboard animatics for the entire film Footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score Interviews with cast and crew Puppet animation tests Photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets Animated awards acceptance speeches Audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based Gallery of Dahl's original manuscripts Discussion and analysis of the »
- Brad Brevet
Before we get to this week's new releases, it's that time of year again and Barnes & Noble is offering tons of Criterion titles for 50% off! I have included a few suggested titles below and in some cases including links to my reviews. The best deal out there right now is for the 25-film Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman DVD/Blu-ray collection, which has a retail price of $224.99, but is on sale right now for $112.49, which is $87 cheaper than Amazon is selling it for right now. If this is at all of interest to you, click through and get a look at this set and I think you'll begin drooling. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Samurai Trilogy (read my review) America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy (read my review) John Cassavetes - Five Films (Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie »
- Brad Brevet
It won’t take a historian to convince you how turbulent the political atmosphere was in the 1960s — simply look at the American cinema for proof. There had been an influx of the film with the residue of McCarthyism (The Manchurian Candidate), spy thrillers with the looming threat of the Russians (From Russia with Love), and the deep-seated fear of nuclear apocalypse (Dr. Strangelove). These were films about professionals and about the jobs the men in high positions carried out with our voices and votes at a passive distance. The United States’ personal struggle, one dealt with on a day-to-day basis by the average citizen, was the civil rights movement, a stark attempt of reconciliation of the nation’s troubled past by affirming a real equality for black citizens — a cultural as well as legal battle. Cinema’s visual representation for African Americans at this point was throwing Sidney Poitier into a Hollywood production, »
- Zach Lewis
In Go For Sisters, the new movie from legendary independent filmmaker John Sayles, two childhood friends cross paths again at fragile moments in each other’s adult lives. Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) is a recovering drug addict just out of jail; Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) is her new parole officer. But while Bernice should immediately recuse herself from the renewed relationship, she comes to rely on Fontayne — and her underworld contacts — when her son goes missing near the Mexican border. Together, the women recruit a disgraced Lapd detective (Edward James Olmos) who they hope can help them navigate the underbelly of Tijuana and rescue the young man. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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