16 items from 2016
The new feature documentary “Half the Picture” explores gender equality, discriminatory hiring practices and the struggle for female creatives in Hollywood through conversations with dozens of top female film and TV directors. The film has spent over nine months in production and features over 40 interviews, and now director Amy Adrion and the rest of her team have turned to the Seed&Spark crowdfunding community to raise $30,000 to complete the principal photography. Watch a series of brief clips from the film below.
Read More: Female Directors in Hollywood Share Their Stories in ‘Half the Picture’
“‘Half the Picture’ is the culmination of my lifetime as a film lover,” says director Amy Adrion, “and is a tribute to the women who inspired me to make films. Also, it was important to me that we ‘be the change’ women filmmakers and film lovers want to see in the world. On the production, I »
- Vikram Murthi
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
Logline: A feature length documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood.
“Half the Picture” is a feature length documentary about women directors in Hollywood, using the current Eeoc investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework for conversations with successful women directors about their paths, their struggles, their inspiration and their hopes for the future.
After 11 months of shooting, we’ve completed over 40 interviews with Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke, Miranda July, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kimberly Peirce, Karyn Kusama, Rosanna Arquette, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Mary Harron, Kasi Lemmons, Chris Hegedus, »
- Steve Greene
Project Name: Tempus Trip
Asking For: $60,000 on Kickstarter
Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $532
Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 26
Description: The online video industry is becoming increasingly global, and now, a group of intrepid animators from El Salvador are looking to make their mark. The independent studio Frame Freak is behind Tempus Trip, a kid-friendly animated show currently seeking funds on Kickstarter.
The plot of Tempus Trip will be set in motion when the group of colorful heroes at its center release an unruly god from his confinement. As a result, all of history is thrown into a chaotic jumble, and the protagonists must head on a journey through time in order to set things right. A big part of Tempus Trip's appeal will be its mashups of historical eras; feudal Japan, for example, will meet a modern urban setting.
Tempus Trip was »
- Sam Gutelle
Few questions feel as stale as the following: Is the Disney Princess feminist? It's become profoundly boring to scavenge for an answer, so common is this refrain that arises each holiday season since Peggy Orenstein’s barnstorm of an essay. It will no doubt be a talking point upon the release of Moana later this year. The "Disney Princess" has congealed into a homogenous, lumpen unit of capitalist excess, so much that each character’s particular idiosyncrasies often become obscured in such discussions.Belle, the heroine of Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale’s Beauty and the Beast (1991), is a headstrong bibliophile with a peripatetic mind; she spends the beginning of the film longing to be elsewhere. “There must be more than this provincial life,” she screams in the film’s opening number, which economically introduces us to the townspeople who fawn over her. Belle, voiced by Paige O’Hara, occupies »
Amazon Prime Day is here, and with it, a bevy of deals for your entertainment-loving heart. In order to plow through the massive list of deals being offered to Amazon Prime members — it is called Amazon Prime Day for a reason — we’ve narrowed down some of the many offerings for 18 tried and tested IndieWire favorites, spanning both film and television, available with some very special streaming deals today only. Take a look, and start saving now.
“Edge of Tomorrow” ($0.99, 80% off)
In a summer full of lousy Hollywood fare, go back to 2014 and re-experience Doug Liman’s brilliant sci-fi romp. Written by master screenwriter Chris McQuarrie, “Edge of Tomorrow” pushes Tom Cruise to rock bottom and kills him off in the first 10 minutes. And then does it again, and again and a few dozen more times. Consider it a video game movie that doesn’t need video game source material to make it work, »
- Russell Goldman and Sarah Colvin
Bringing the worlds of Wonderland and Neverland together, Marissa Kate Goodhill is the creative mind behind the screenplay, imagining a scenario in which Peter and Alice grow up as siblings, living under the shadow of an elder brother who, tragically, dies in a car accident and sends the pair on separate paths as they each deal with despair.
It’s an intriguing blend of two classic tales, and Deadline posted an official synopsis that gives us an inkling of the adventure that Goodhill is plotting.
“Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents from their downward »
- Michael Briers
In Disney’s attempt to cash in on both newly acquired properties (Marvel, Lucasfilm) and its classic catalog (Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland series, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book), it’s now looking to create a mash-up of two of its beloved animated films from the 1950s, both of which are based on classic literature: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’S Adventures In Wonderland and J.M. Barrie’s play and novel Peter Pan; Or, The Boy Who Wouldn’T Grow Up.
The twist? In the newly announced live-action film — titled Come Away — to be directed by Brenda Chapman (codirector of the Mouse House’s successful Brave), Alice and Peter are siblings. Taking place before either of their adventures, the script by Marissa Kate Goodhill has the children mourning the death of an older brother and dealing with their parents’ anguish, prompting them to find solace in fantasy worlds. (Sounds dark! »
- Harker Jones
Deadline is reporting that Brave director Brenda Chapman is set to make her live-action directing debut with Come Away, which is said to be envisioned as a prequel to the classic tales Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
The premise reads: “Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.”
Producers Michelle Manning, Leesa Kahn and Andrea Keir said on the news: “Brenda is a true visionary and her previous experience in perfectly creating imaginary worlds with such precise detail is exactly what is needed to bring to life Marissa’s enchanting script, which explores the universal theme of the importance of family, »
- Scott J. Davis
Here's the synopsis:
Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.
The script was written by Marissa Kate Goodhill. I did a quick search for her on IMDb, but I couldn't find any entries, so I'd say it's safe to assume Come Away is her first produced screenplay.
Source: Deadline »
- Philip Sticco
If you were already exasperated by Disney’s long lineup of live action remakes and by the studio race to win the multiverse game, prepare to be all the more exasperated. If you’re excited by all the mashups and reimaginings and crossovers, then, well, you may be happy to hear this news. In the works in Tinseltown is a prequel to both Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Called Come Away (“Come away to Neverland…”), the film will be directed by Brenda Chapman, Deadline first reported today. It will be Chapman’s live-action debut — she directed Pixar’s Brave. Also among her story credits on animated films are Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast. That update about the film’s director is the brightest news about this project for those of us rooting for greater representation of women behind the camera. »
- Emily Rome
"Brave" director Brenda Chapman will make her live-action directing debut on "Come Away" which will serve as both a prequel to "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan" which are both in the public domain.
Marissa Kate Goodhill has penned the script which centers on the idea that Alice and Peter were siblings who had to deal with their older brother perishing in an accident and their parents' despair over the tragedy.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Brave director Brenda Chapman is doubling down on fairy tales. She’s set to make her live-action directing debut with Come Away, a fantasy drama that’s simultaneously a Peter Pan prequel and an Alice in Wonderland prequel. If you’re wondering what on earth that could possibly mean, follow us down the rabbit hole (i.e., below the jump). Deadline reported on the […]
- Angie Han
Marissa Kate Goodhill has written the script, based on the premise that the Alice and Peter characters were a brother and sister who had to deal with their older brother perishing in an accident and their parents’ despair over the tragedy — leading them ultimately to journey to Wonderland for Alice and Neverland for Peter.
Former Paramount production president Michelle Manning, Leesa Kahn and Andrea Keir are producing. “Brenda is a true visionary and her previous experience in perfectly creating imaginary worlds with such precise detail is exactly what is needed to bring »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Brenda Chapman, the animation veteran who won the Oscar for Disney/Pixar’s Brave, has been set to make her live-action film directing debut in Come Away, a fantasy drama penned by Marissa Kate Goodhill that is being imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Former Paramount production president Michelle Manning, Leesa Kahn and Andrea Keir are producing. The premise: Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were… »
Ann Marie Fleming’s “Window Horses,” Penny Lane’s “Nuts!” and Sang-ho Yeon’s “Seoul Station” will screen at 2016’s nine-feature competition of the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, commonly regarded as the most important animation event in the world.
In potential highlights, Guillermo del Toro will deliver a masterclass, unveiling unseen footage of “Trollhunters”; Aardman Animation founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton receive the 2016 Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award. The Festival will also for the first time devote a major focus to France’s animation scene.
An Annecy regular, Sang-ho Yeon, a Fantasporto and Sitges winner with “Saibi” and “Dwae-ji-ui wang,” competes with “Seoul Station,” a Studio Dadashow and Finecut South Korea production. Horror and social realism blend in the tale of a homeless who first shows strange symptoms then unleashes chaos and a zombie outbreak. Finecut handles world sales.
Also targeting adult auds and produced by U. »
- Emilio Mayorga
When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.
Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner »
- Patrick Shanley
16 items from 2016
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