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Sean Baker's "Tangerine" won big at the GLAAD Media Awards last night, taking home the award for Outstanding Film — Limited Release. Shot on three iPhones and starring transgender actresses Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, the film concerns two sex workers in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. Among the rest of the winners were Robert De Niro (Excellence in Media Award) and Mariah Carey (Ally Award). Avail yourself of the full list below. Read More: Sundance Review: 'Tangerine' is a Charming Buddy Comedy About Transgender Prostitutes in L.A. Excellence in Media Award: Robert De Niro (presented by Jennifer Lawrence) Ally Award: Mariah Carey (presented by Lee Daniels) Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: "Bruce Jenner: The Interview" from "20/20" (ABC) Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Interview with Jim Obergefell" from Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Cosmopolitan Outstanding Film – Limited Release: »
- Michael Nordine
Exclusive: Veltri replaces Christina Rogers at the Us sales company.
Scott Veltri has been promoted to head of worldwide sales forcand replaces Christina Rogers, who is departing to pursue other opportunities.
Veltri previously served as vice-president of international sales and worked closely with Rogers over the last three years to increase the profile of the division.
The Magnolia sales slate features Sundance horror The Eyes Of My Mother, and a slew of Park City documentaries that includes Werner Herzog’s Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World, Tickled and [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
These innovative and cutting-edge programs offer competitive, top-notch training in all areas of film, TV and media.
California Institute of the Arts
Known for its quality animation instruction and cutting-edge animation lab, CalArts’ undergraduate character animation program has produced 10 Oscar winners, the most recent being Pete Docter, who directed the 2015 Oscar-winning animated film “Inside Out.” Beyond animation, the private university’s students are exploring immersive entertainment, creating audiovisual material intended for audiences in a 360-degree viewing environment. Recent events include workshops with “Tangerine” director Sean Baker and “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.
California State University Northridge, Dept. of Cinema and Television Arts
With seven areas of specialized study, the department’s film production alums have gone on to receive Cannes Film Festival, DGA and Emmy honors. The university also produces its own film series, Cinematheque. The year-round program presents thematic film retrospectives, guest lectures and panel discussions. »
- Variety Staff
"At the age of 77, Francis Ford Coppola is attempting what may be his most ambitious project yet." Graham Winfrey reports for Indiewire. Also in today's roundup on projects in the works: Darren Aronofsky will produce the next film by Sebastian Schipper (Victoria). Nicolas Winding Refn, whose The Neon Demon will compete at Cannes, will be a showrunner on the Italian TV series Les Italiens. Azazel Jacobs (Terri) will direct Debra Winger and Tracy Letts in The Lovers. Sean Baker will follow up on Tangerine with The Florida Project. John Ridley will direct Idris Elba in Guerrilla, a six-episode limited series. And: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout Daisy Ridley and producer J.J. Abrams are planning to reteam on Kolma, a fantasy thriller that Diary of a Teenage Girl filmmaker Marielle Heller is in negotiations to direct," reports TheWrap's Jeff Sneider. » - David Hudson »
Add another title to the ever-expanding Bad Robot slate: according to The Wrap, J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley will reunite — this time as producer and star, respectively — on Kolma, a remake of the 2003 Israeli picture All I’ve Got and, it seems, the next directorial effort for Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer Marielle Heller. While the outline could (and likely will, in some ways) change from one iteration to the next, it’s worth noting that the original incarnation concerned a woman who, reflecting on the accident that left her then-lover dead, is left to choose between joining him in the afterlife or returning to the day of said accident.
Despite the marshaling of forces, including a new draft by scribe Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning), word on when production might kick off remains unclear — though one imagines another Abrams-produced, Ridley-led outing will need to wrap before things move forward. »
- Nick Newman
Armed with little more than an iPhone, a lean budget and gumption, Sean Baker created an indie sensation with last year's "Tangerine." For his next project, the filmmaker is departing the west coast locale of "Tangerine" and is heading east. Read More: Sundance Review: 'Tangerine' Is A Fresh, Funny And Original Stream Of Pure Energy June Pictures has announced that Baker's next film will be "The Florida Project." The picture will follow a precocious 6 year-old and her rag-tag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure, contrasted by their parents and the adults around them struggling with hard times. While Baker made a lo-fi wonder last time out, this time he's trading in his iPhone for shooting on 35mm. Production will begin in Florida this summer. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The directors of two of last year's most acclaimed smaller films have set up new projects which they will helm.
The story follows a precocious six year-old and her rag-tag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure, contrasted by their parents and the adults around them struggling with hard times.
Next, "The End of the Tour" director James Ponsoldt has lined up a narrative film adaptation of Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks' non-fiction novel "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Music Video Revolution" at A24.
The film will chronicle the founding and first decade of the network, a golden era for both music and »
- Garth Franklin
The new issue of cléo features essays on Denis Villeneuve's Sicario, Jennifer Phang’s Advantageous, Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness, Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night and Sean Baker's Tangerine, another on Anna May Wong, plus an interview with Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson) and a profile of cinematographer Iris Ng. Also in today's roundup: Nina Hoss on her performance in Christian Petzold's Phoenix, reviving Ivan Passer's Cutter’s Way, honoring Ellen Burstyn and remembering Ronit Elkabetz and Doris Roberts. » - David Hudson »
Exclusive: June Pictures has come aboard to produce and finance Sean Baker's The Florida Project, the writer-director’s follow-up feature to his awards-season hit Tangerine. It is the second film attached to Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks’ production outfit June Pictures, which recently launched to finance and produce features and documentaries, feature-length narrative and documentary films. ICM Partners reps Baker and domestic rights to the pic. Saks exited as an agent at I… »
June Pictures will produce and finance The Florida Project from Sean Baker, the writer-director of last year’s acclaimed Indie Spirit best feature nominee (pictured).
The Florida Project centres on a precocious seven-year-old and her friends who enjoy a summer filled with adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.
Production will commence in Florida this summer on the June Pictures, Cre Films, and Freestyle Picture Company project. ICM Partners represents Us rights and cast will be announced shortly.
The Los Cabos Film Festival has renewed its association with the Tribeca Film Institute and Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund and announced on Tuesday that Gaz Alazraki’s Cabos Discovery 2015 project Casi El »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Throw a dart at a map of the U.S. and it’s fairly certain you’ll land on a city that hosts a film festival. And if less-established festivals can’t take credit for introducing critically acclaimed works into the marketplace a la Telluride, Sundance and SXSW, many of them can be credited for being well-attended, attracting top-shelf talent and being a regional platform for smaller films that might not otherwise see the light of day. One such event is the Nashville Film Festival, originally established in 1969 and running April 14-23 this year.
The city has always been known as the world capital of country music — a genre with a more conspicuous presence than ever in the pop charts, not to mention Grammy’s top categories. But its role as a cultural hub has extended beyond country to pop, the fine arts and cuisine. Celebs such as Nicole Kidman, »
- Dana Feldman
Just as many of us, for all our rebellious inclinations to the contrary, eventually morph into versions of our parents, so has Steven Spielberg – brash movie brat of the 1970s, inventor of the blockbuster – begun to emulate the golden age classicists who preceded him. The muscular, arrow-backed John Ford-isms that felt a little strained in War Horse and Lincoln, however, reach more satisfying fruition (and join sprightly nudges to Hawks and Hitchcock) in Bridge of Spies (Fox, 12), a rare feelgood cold war thriller that roars and rouses in most of the right places, though not necessarily the obvious ones.
Liberally based on the story of James Donovan, an American insurance lawyer improbably recruited as a go-between in Us-Soviet Pow negotiations, it’s a more terse, »
- Guy Lodge
Director: Sean Baker
There were some big runaway smashes in 2015, but nothing got the film world talking like Sean Baker’s Tangerine. Talks about revolutionary use of iPhones and real life comedy were all the rage on film blogs everywhere, even as film festival season passed. So what exactly made this the most talked about film in 2015?
Tangerine follows transgendered sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) as she is released from jail following a 28-day prison sentence. When she meets with her friend Alexander (Mya Taylor), she reveals that Sin-Dee’s boyfriend and pimp Chester has been having an affair with a cis gender prostitute called Dinah. Sin-Dee goes on a voyage round the city to try and find her, while Alexander tries to get some trade and people »
- Lucy Cave
“Todd Haynes‘ filmography is often overwhelming in its intellectual acumen and emotional devastation,” we noted upon the release of his latest film this past fall. “This is true of Carol, which is at once a return to the deconstruction of femininity, social mores, and mild anarchy of privilege, as well as an honest and heartbreaking story about falling in love and the trepidation therein.” Over 100 film experts, ranging from critics to writers to programmers, agree on the emotional power of the drama, as they’ve voted it the best Lgbt film of all-time.
Conducted by BFI ahead of the 30th BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival, they note this is the “first major critical survey of Lgbt films.” Speaking about leading the poll, Haynes said, “I’m so proud to have Carol voted as the top Lgbt film of all time in this poll launched for the Fest’s 30th edition. »
- Jordan Raup
The night before it would go on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, Spotlight wound up having a great night at the Spirit Awards. Yes, Tom McCarthy’s film all but swept the Spirits, beating back what originally seemed like a strong challenge from Todd Haynes’ Carol, not to mention Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation. Personally, I’m thrilled that Spotlight won here, but it appeared originally like it was an awards show tailor made for Carol. Go figure. It was a night that would mirror the Academy in more ways than one ultimately, so let’s take a look… Obviously, it was a very good night for Spotlight, perhaps its best all season long. Not only did it take Best Feature, but McCarthy won Best Director as well as Best Screenplay, which he of course shares with Josh Singer. The film »
- Joey Magidson
Yay! My favorite film of 2015 was the big winner at the recently concluded Film Independent Spirit Awards taking home the best feature, director (Tom McCarthy), screenplay, and editing. It was previously announced that the film was the winner of the prestigious Robert Altman Award (ensemble) as well.
Oh and kudos to the Film Independent Spirit Awards for bestowing their Best Supporting Actress Award to Mya Taylor for "Tangerine!" Taylor becomes the first transgender performer to receive major acting award! See her acceptance speech right here.
Let's see if this will continue with tonight's Oscars. See my full Oscar predictions right here.
Here's the complete list of winners of the Film Independent Spirit Awards:
Award given to the Producer; Executive Producers are not awarded.
*** "Spotlight" (Winner)
Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, Film Independent hosted the 31st annual Spirit Awards yesterday in Los Angeles, with Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight the big winner, collecting Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing, along with the Robert Altman Award, which recognises a film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.
On the acting front, there were awards for Beasts of No Nation’s Abraham Attah (Best Actor) and Idris Elba (Best Supporting Actor), along with Room’s Brie Larson (Best Actress) and Tangerine’s Mya Taylor (Best Supporting Actress). Check out a full list of the winners below, hightlighted in red…
- Gary Collinson
The 31st Independent Spirt Awards took place this Saturday, February 27 with the fiendishly talented and hilarious Kate McKinnon & Kumail Nanjiani co-hosting the event. Take a look at their parody of one of this year’s best films Room below. The show, as in years past, aligned with the Academy Awards in some moments, but also served to do what the Oscars can’t, or won’t in others. Perhaps that’s just as it should be. Brie Larson won for Best Female Lead for Room, and is very likely to win the Academy Award for Best Actress tomorrow night. However, Spotlight, which won Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay at the Spirit Awards is in a three way race with The Revenant and The Big Short for the top prize at the Oscars. Though it’s likely to take Best Screenplay there as well. Typically, the Academy favors flashier films, so »
- Roth Cornet
Tangerine co-star Mya Taylor made a bit of awards history today at the Spirit Awards, becoming the first transgender performer to pick up a major film acting award. She was given the Best Supporting Female nod for her role in Sean Baker’s low-budget indie. “No one tells you how nervous you’re going to be when you’re up against other great actors for an award,” said Taylor, who prevailed in a category that included Robin Bartlett for H, Marin Ireland for Glass Chin… »
“Spotlight” took home top honors at the 2016 Spirit Awards, winning best feature, best director, best screenplay, best editing and best ensemble. Below find a complete list of the afternoon’s winners:
Spotlight — Winner
Best First Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl — Winner
Best First Screenplay
- Variety Staff
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