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The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has today announces their complete lineup for the 46th annual New Directors/New Films (Nd/Nf), running March 15 – 26. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s festival will screen 29 features and nine short films. This year’s lineup boasts nine North American premieres, seven U.S. premieres, and two world premieres, with features and shorts from 32 countries across five continents.
The opening, centerpiece, and closing night selections showcase three exciting new voices in American independent cinema that all recently debuted at Sundance: Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” is the opening night pick, while Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats” is the centerpiece selection and Dustin Guy Defa will close the festival with “Person to Person.” Other standouts include “Menashe,” “My Happy Family,” “Quest” and “The Wound.”
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- Kate Erbland
From working with non-professionals to writing roles for specific actors to hiring a top casting director, there is no one way to find a great cast for an independent film. IndieWire checked in with the Dramatic Competition and Next directors of Sundance 2017 to find out their secrets.
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Gillian Robespierre, “Landline” Jenny Slate was attached from the beginning. I wrote the role of Donna in “Obvious Child” for Jenny, and when sitting down to write the next project it was a no-brainer to write another role for her. We then built the family around her with the help of two incredible casting directors, Doug Aibel and Stephanie Holbrook.
- Annakeara Stinson and Chris O'Falt
Matinee is a little-seen, charming comedy that's both a love letter to old-school movie theatres and schlocky, exploitative monster movies from the 50s. It’s set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, dealing with nuclear paranoia and the fear of the apocalypse. Messy, uneven and quite weird at times, the film is pure Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers), who has always managed to imprint his very own style in everything he has directed. It may not always work —especially in Matinee— but it’s never boring. John Goodman plays Lawrence Woolsey, a William Castle/Albert Hitchcock type who delights in scaring audiences with his monster movies. His latest ones have been all flops, though, so he decides to take his girlfriend/main actress, Ruth Corday (Cathy Moriarty) to Key...
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Matinee is a little-seen, charming comedy that's both a love letter to old-school movie theatres and schlocky, exploitative monster movies from the 50s. It’s set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, dealing with nuclear paranoia and the fear of the apocalypse. Messy, uneven and quite weird at times, the film is pure Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers), who has always managed to imprint his very own style in everything he has directed. It may not always work —especially in Matinee— but it’s never without merit. John Goodman plays Lawrence Woolsey, a William Castle/Albert Hitchcock type who delights in scaring audiences with his monster movies. His latest ones have been all flops, though, so he decides to take his girlfriend/main actress, Ruth Corday (Cathy Moriarty) to...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
A bidding war that lasted all night ended with Fox Searchlight Pictures winning the rights to “Patti Cake$” for around $10.5 million, Deadline reports. Lionsgate and Neon were also reportedly in the hunt for the Sundance Film Festival entry, which received two huge standing ovations, and another for breakout Australian actress Danielle Macdonald following its premiere on Monday.
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The debut from writer-director Geremy Jasper, “Patti Cake$” stars Macdonald as Patricia Dombrowski, also known as Killa P and Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper in New Jersey. In his review, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called the film the “best hip-hop movie since ‘Hustle & Flow.'” The film co-stars Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, and Cathy Moriarty.
- Graham Winfrey
You’ve never met a rapper like Patricia Dombrowski. Her best friend calls her Killa-p, while the haters call her Dumbo, but to us, she will always be “Patti Cake$,” an overweight white hip-hop artist who announces her force-of-nature personality from her very first song, “mylifesfuckinawesome.” While Patti’s one-of-a-kind, it’s easy to recognize the type: a cross between Dawn Weiner and Precious — both Sundance discoveries as well. Every few years, an indie character comes along who so perfectly captures what it’s like to be mocked and marginalized, even as she refuses to let the bullies and abusers have the last word. That’s the kind of person Patti Cake$ is, and that’s why she stands to become one of the year’s most endearing discoveries, via a film that launches an equally compelling new directing talent.
No doubt bound to become a household-name, Patti is the »
- Peter Debruge
“This shit’s so confusing,” raps North Jersey native Patti (Danielle Macdonald) early in “Patti Cake$,” adding, “Want my life like a movie.” Mission accomplished: The rousing debut of writer-director Geremy Jasper channels his music video experience into a winning musical ride that hits some familiar beats while using them in service of a satisfying tale of big dreams and funky talent.
Aussie star Macdonald has a few movie credits to her name (including “The East” and Amy Berg’s “Every Secret Thing”), but she emerges as a genuine breakout in the transformative role of a hard-edged Jersey kid with an uncanny talent for turning her ambitions into energetic freestyle rap. When she isn’t honing her skills, she’s grappling with her alcoholic mother (the great New York underground theater performer Bridget Everett), herself an expert songstress whose dreams faded long ago, and grimacing her way through a dead-end catering gig. »
- Eric Kohn
Exclusive: Indie film distributor Breaking Glass Pictures is launching a TV division with two pilots in development and repping a third completed series being eyed for a feature film adaptation. The episodic pilots in the works at the Los Angeles- and Philadelphia-based outfit run by Richard Wolff and Richard Ross are The Fifth Borough, a Steve Stanulis-penned drama about an extended Staten Island crime family starring The Sopranos alum Vincent Pastore, Cathy Moriarty and… »
8 items from 2017
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