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‘mother!’: Why Darren Aronofsky and Jóhann Jóhannsson Scrapped the Original Score for a More Expressive Soundscape

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‘mother!’: Why Darren Aronofsky and Jóhann Jóhannsson Scrapped the Original Score for a More Expressive Soundscape
Few directors employ a bolder use of score and sound design in creating their cinematic universe than Darren Aronofsky. It’s for this reason the director’s fans were understandably excited by the news that on his new film “mother!” he would be collaborating for the first time with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose innovative soundscape approach to Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” and “Sicario” seemed like a perfect fit for Aronofsky.

It’s a collaboration that, by all accounts, went remarkably well, but resulted in a creative exploration that revealed that eliminating Jóhannsson’s score and leaning on a more expressive sound design was best for the film.

In the film’s press notes Jóhannsson — who according to Paramount is credited as a music and sound consultant in the film — said this about the decision:

“‘mother! is a film where half measures have no place and after Darren and I had explored many different approaches,
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Toronto: Strand Releasing Acquires U.S. Rights to Michael O’Shea’s ‘The Transfiguration’ (Exclusive)

L.A.-based Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Michael O’Shea’s atmospheric New York tale “The Transfiguration,” which world-premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

Sold by Protagonist Pictures at Toronto, “The Transfiguration” marks the feature debut of writer-director Michael O’Shea, and stars Eric Ruffin along with Chloe Levine (“Savage Youth”).

An elevated genre film dealing with love, loss and vampires, “The Transfiguration” stars Ruffin as a 14-year-old misfit who gets bullied at school and immerses himself in the world of vampires to escape his solitude when he returns home.

“Mr. O’Shea’s film is a unique hybrid that audiences and critics will be compelled by,” said Strand Releasing’s partner Jon Gerrans, who discovered the film at Cannes.

Commenting on the deal, Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge said, “Strand is a company with such a strong legacy of launching bold and daring cinema in the U.
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Cannes: Protagonist Picks Up Un Certain Regard Title ‘The Transfiguration’

Cannes: Protagonist Picks Up Un Certain Regard Title ‘The Transfiguration’
London — Protagonist Pictures has taken on worldwide sales rights to first-time filmmaker Michael O’Shea’s debut film “The Transfiguration,” which will have its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

O’Shea wrote and directed this atmospheric New York tale about love, loss… and vampires. The film stars newcomer Eric Ruffin alongside Chloe Levine, who made her film debut in Hilary Brougher’s thriller “Innocence,” and has been cast in the next season of Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

The film is produced by Susan Leber, whose credits include Sundance winner “Down to the Bone,” directed by Debra Granik, and Ti West’s first feature “The Roost.” She was also supervising producer on Gillian Robespierre’s comedy hit “Obvious Child.”

The pic was shot by Sung Rae Cho, who also shot the critically acclaimed “Graceland.” The editor was Kathryn Schubert (Michael Almereyda’s
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Cannes: Protagonist picks up Un Certain Regard title

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Cannes: Protagonist picks up Un Certain Regard title
UK sales team boards Michael O’Shea’s Us drama-horror The Transfiguration.

Protagonist Pictures has taken on worldwide sales rights to first-time filmmaker Micahael OShea’s The Transfiguration, which will have its world premiere in Un Certain Regard in Cannes next month.

The film stars newcomer Eric Ruffin alongside Chloe Levine, who made her film debut in Hilary Brougher’s thriller Innocence and has been cast in the next season of Netflix’s House Of Cards.

The film is produced by Susan Leber whose credits include Sundance winner Down To The Bone, directed by Debra Granik, and Ti West’s first feature The Roost. She was also supervising producer on Gillian Robespierre’s comedy hit Obvious Child.

Michael O’Shea both wrote and directed the atmospheric New York tale about love, loss and vampires.

The film was shot by Sung Rae Cho, who also shot Graceland, while editor was Kathryn Schubert (The Experimenter) and the sound designer
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Christine’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Christine’
Everyone knows how Christine Chubbuck’s story ends; why it ended that way is another question altogether, and one even a film as astute and exquisitely considered as Antonio Campos’ “Christine” can’t hope to answer in full. Instead, it’s a real-life drama of jangling variables and charged blank spaces, teasing out the tangled personal yearnings and failings that somehow led a smart, attractive, 29-year-old news reporter to blow her brains out on live television in 1974. Far from the austere death march it might threaten to be on paper, this is a thrumming, heartsore, sometimes viciously funny character study, sensitive both to the singularities of Chubbuck’s psychological collapse and the indignities weathered by any woman in a 1970s newsroom. Invigorated by a top-drawer ensemble, with Rebecca Hall discomfitingly electric in the best role she’s yet been offered, this should easily become Campos’ most widely distributed work to date.
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It’s Not About a Girl: Josh Mond’s “James White” Has Much More in Store

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Freshly deposited in our inbox, we’ve been directed towards a Kickstarter film project that…we’re already itching to see. Inching ever so closely to a true picture lock, the Borderline Films trio of Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond are throwing some nifty perks onto Kickstarter in order to help in the editing, sounds design and mixing, and securing music rights departments for Mond’s James White.

Aside from some behind the scene stills and an intimate look at how folk look like towards the end of a film production (see the trio’s Kickstarter vid below), here is what we now know: supporting actor Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi who will write the film’s score, Matt Hannam (Enemy) has boarded the project as the film’s editor, they’ll re-team with Coll Anderson on the sound design and Randall Poster will try his darndest to lock Mond’s soundtrack wishlist.
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