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The first trailer for Carrie Brownstein’s short film for the fashion brand Kenzo, “The Realest Real,” has just been released. Created in conjunction with the company’s fall-winter campaign, the project was written and directed by the “Portlandia” star and features an impressive cast.
The 30-second clip includes former Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon, “House of Cards” actor Mahershala Ali, “Girl Meets World” star Rowan Blanchard, Natasha Lyonne from “Orange Is the New Black” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming’s” Laura Harrier. According to Kenzo, the film represents a “humorous exploration of the fickle and instant world of the internet.”
The campaign images were photographed by Mark Peckmezian and act as film posters for “The Realest Real.”
Kenzo has collaborated with well-known filmmakers in the past. »
- Liz Calvario
Coming off one of the best films of last year, Tangerine, director Sean Baker is going from iPhone to 35mm for his next feature, The Florida Project. We spoke with him about the drama and now it’s recently gone into production, with Willem Dafoe spotted on set. Currently shooting in Orlando, it follows a six-year-old and her group of friends during summer break as they adventure and soar on youth while their parents handle real-life problems. Although there are no details on his role, one could assume Dafoe will play one of these parents. [Page Six]
In other news, Woody Harrelson may already re-team with director Rob Reiner after their recently-shot Lbj with a “politically charged” Iraq war drama titled Shock and Awe, Deadline reports. James Marsden has also been added to the growing cast list. The drama will be penned by Joey Hartstone, who also wrote their last collaboration. The »
- Mike Mazzanti
The story centers on a precocious six-year-old and her close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder and possibility, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times.
No details on Dafoe's role in the film which is currently shooting in Orlando.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” has found its lead in Willem Dafoe, who stands as the most high-profile actor the “Tangerine” director has worked with to date. Baker has won well-deserved critical acclaim for his body of work, and the success of last year’s “Tangerine” — which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for several Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards — appears to have brought him to wider attention within the industry.
The film is described as being about “a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility, and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times.” While “Tangerine” was noted for being shot on three iPhones, Baker is returning to the world of 35mm for “The Florida Project.”
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- Michael Nordine
Subverting the Unexpected
At the end of the 20th century, Bobcat Goldthwait’s legacy read like a cheap joke: He was a screaming comedian from the eighties best known as Zed in the “Police Academy” franchise who once tried at his hand at directing a movie (“Shakes the Clown”). Those achievements barely skimmed the surface of Goldthwait’s ability, as the ensuing years made clear, when Goldthwait completely transformed his career into one of the most provocative American filmmakers working today. With the microbudget “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (aka “Stay”), Goldthwait showed his potential to funnel taboo subject matters into oddly touching, relatable human dramas, a proclivity he kicked up to a whole new level with the subversive black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad,” which features Robin Williams in one of his all-time great roles.
Goldthwait has kept innovating, with each new movie offering a fresh perspective on the naive assumptions »
- Indiewire Staff
Crowdfunding for independent film has been around for a while. When a campaign to complete Orson Welles’ last film can’t meet half its goal on Indiegogo, clearly even with major names attached, not every old project is able to engage with an audience. Sheer volume is making it tougher for your rodent documentary or alpaca musical to break out of the pack. And enough filmmakers have now tried and failed at crowdfunding that there’s reason to be scared of the whole thing.
Thankfully, the leaders of the biggest crowdfunding sites know this, and are working to help filmmakers get their movies made. There are clear advantages to hanging onto your equity, especially when it comes time to release your movie.
IndieWire editor-at-large Anne Thompson sat down with two veterans of the film and crowdfunding industry at Palm Springs Shortfest this past weekend to cover the changing marketplace, and »
- Russell Goldman
Jones is directing from a script by Julie Yaeger Rudd, centering on four moms whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class, who decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” When the night suddenly takes an unexpected turn and things gets real, these unlikely new friends soon realize they have more in common than just marriage and motherhood.
June Pictures and Gettin’ Rad Productions are the production companies. Producers are June Pictures’ partners Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks with Gettin’ Rad’s Naomi Scott. Paul Rudd and Adam Scott will executive produce.
- Dave McNary
When Tangerine was released in 2015, much of the press attention focused on the fact that it was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. Though that technical feat is impressive, the raw beauty of the film is equally striking. Set on Christmas Eve, Tangerine follows transgender sex workers and best friends Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) on an odyssey through various Los Angeles subcultures. At Fandor Keyframe, a new video essay (above) by Lj Frezza examines the film’s unique aesthetic and how director Sean Baker and Dp Radium Cheung found beauty from a position of marginalization. »
- Paula Bernstein
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 »
- email@example.com (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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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