5 items from 2015
Read More: Indiewire's Ultimate Guide to Documentary Filmmaking Shot during and after Hurricane Sandy, "The Dark Side" is a docufiction film that follows Dan, a young man who butt dials his ex, also named Sandy, amidst the confusion of the hurricane's blackout and takes it as a sign he must visit her. This romantic comedy is intercut with documentary interviews with firemen who lost their homes to the storm. The behind-the-scenes documentary, "The Making of The Dark Side," follows the largely improvised production of the film and its unique timeline that ran parallel to Hurricane Sandy. Interviews with director Richard Ledes and stars Edoardo Ballerini and Ali Ahn illuminate how the crew managed to shoot a film when most of New York City's lights wouldn't turn on, how they blended the unlikely pairing of documentary and romantic comedy, and how volunteering after the storm led them to the human »
- Ryan Anielski
Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room.
Despite his pleads for mercy, the majority of subjects don’t stop the experiment, administering what they think is a near-fatal electric shock, simply because they’ve been told to do so.
With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into people’s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha (Winona Ryder) stands by him through it all.
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- Michelle McCue
Oprah Winfrey is teaming with "Selma" director Ava DuVernay for a TV series adaptation of Natalie Baszile's novel "Queen Sugar" for Winfrey's Own network. Winfrey will executive produce and appear in a recurring role.
The story follows a "spirited woman" who leaves an upscale Los Angeles life behind to claim an inheritance from her recently deceased dad: an 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana. DuVernay is set to write, direct and executive produce the series with production commencing later this year. [Source: E! Online]
The BBC has released the first trailer for "The Casual Vacancy," the upcoming mini-series adaptation of J.K. Rowling's first non-"Harry Potter" novel. The three-part tale commences airing on February 15th.
The story is set in a seemingly idyllic English village where the townspeople fight for the spot on the parish council after one member dies. In the process, nasty secrets come to light. »
- Garth Franklin
Cinemax today officially announced an eight-episode series order to drama pilot Quarry. Production will begin March 30 on location in New Orleans and Tennessee. Created and executive produced by Graham Gordy & Michael D. Fuller. Based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, the show will be directed and executive produced by Greg Yaitanes (Banshee), along with executive producer Steve Golin (True Detective).
Quarry tells the story of Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green), a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. Jodi Balfour, Peter Mullan, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Damon Herriman co-star, along with Jamie Hector, Edoardo Ballerini and Skipp Sudduth. “This nuanced and dynamic show marks an exciting moment in the evolution of Cinemax programming, »
- ComicMix Staff
Greg Yaitanes, showrunner of Cinemax’s “Banshee,” is shepherding the project along with Steve Golin. Creators Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller also exec produce. HBO has given it an eight-epsiode order.
“This nuanced and dynamic show marks an exciting moment in the evolution of Cinemax programming,” said HBO Original Programming prexy Michael Lombardo.
- Cynthia Littleton
5 items from 2015
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