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Denver Film Festival Premieres Emilie Upczak’s human trafficking drama ‘Moving Parts’

Denver native Emilie Upczak moved to Trinidad and Tobago and became Creative Director of the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival where she worked for ten years. At that time, she not only helped set up the only Caribbean Film Industry Center but began making a fiction feature film about human trafficking.

She enlisted the prize winning Dp Nancy Schreiberwho also recently shot Ondi Timoner’s Robert Mapplethorpe biopic Mapplethorpe who was recently honored at the High Falls Film Festival, an annual event celebrating female filmmakers with the Susan B. Anthony “Failure is Impossible” Award “in recognition of her contributions to the art of filmmaking as one of the few female cinematographers working today.”

Moving Parts is about an illegal Chinese immigrant who, after being smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago to be with her brother, discovers the true cost of her arrival.

See the trailer here.

Emilie Upczak’s films reflect her
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Watch: You Will Totally Dig This Super 8 Documentary That Goes Behind-the-Scenes of 'Inherent Vice'

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Watch: You Will Totally Dig This Super 8 Documentary That Goes Behind-the-Scenes of 'Inherent Vice'
Read More: Review: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' is a Faithful and Endearing Thomas Pynchon Adaptation If you thought Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" was a magnificent love letter to the sun-soaked City of Angels the way that I did, then you're going to love the short behind-the-scenes documentary, "Chryskyloden Blues," which was uploaded recently to Vimeo. Shot on Super 8 film by filmmaker Laura Colella ("Breakfast With Curtis"), "Chryskyloden Blues" blends behind-the-scenes footage with a voiceover excerpt from the Thomas Pynchon novel upon which the Anderson film is based. According to an article published on The Chicago Reader website, which is how we came across the video (so hats off to them for making such an incredible discovery), Colella was apparently supposed to appear onscreen as an amateur filmmaker shooting on Super 8 during the scene where Joaquin Phoenix's character, Doc, crashes a private party. Check out.
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Weekly Rushes. 24 June 2015

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Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above, the trailer for Denis Villeneuve's thriller Sicario, which premiered in competition in Cannes.Cinema Scope #63 is about to hit newstands, but a lot of it can be read online: Mark Peranson on Cannes and Miguel Gomes, Adam Cook talks with Corneliu Porumboiu, Jordan Cronk on The Assassin, Chuck Stephens on Gregory Markopoulous, Christoph Huber on Mad Max: Fury Road, and more.Author William Gibson recounts his encounters with Chris Marker's La Jetée.James Horner, the composer of scores for such Hollywood films as 48 Hrs, Aliens, and Titanic, has died at the age of 61.Federic Babina has made a series of "Archidirector" illustrations, imagining houses designed in the style of filmmakers like David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick.Sight & Sound has exclusive images from the production of Ben Rivers' new movie,
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Watch: 12-Minute Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Filming Of Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

While Paul Thomas Anderson continues to circle around using 65mm again for his next project, let’s turn our attention back to last year when the acclaimed filmmaker released his hazy and warm adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice.” Now, a behind-the-scenes look at the film is making the rounds via Cigarettes & Red Vines, and it provides another peek at Anderson’s swirling and woozy film. Running twelve minutes long, titled “Chryskylodon Blues” after the rehab center seen near the end of the film, and directed by Laura Colella on Super 8 film, the short documentary is a fly-on-the-wall look at what it looks like to work on Anderson’s sets, with music from The Growlers – they played the Boards in the film – scoring the doc, and text from the novel spoken by Theo Green. Read More: 'Inherent Vice' From Page To Screen: The 6 Biggest Changes From The
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Review: Indie Darling Breakfast With Curtis Will Leave You Hungry For More

Seeing Hook for the first time as a child, I remember being enamored with Spielberg's vision of Never Never Land. For days and days after leaving the theater, I was fixated on the idea of living in that magical world. Memories of that experience came flooding back while watching Laura Colella's uber-charming film, Breakfast With Curtis. With a loose structure that allows you time to just enjoy yourself, Colella has captured her own Never Never Land (albeit a somewhat more adult version) that is sure to make you want to pay a visit. Set in a friendly college-towny neighborhood of Providence, R.I., the entire film takes place at a funky house known as the Purple Citadel. Subdivided into three apartments, the Purple Citadel is...

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Breakfast with Curtis Is a Lovely Coming-of-Age Film

Breakfast with Curtis Is a Lovely Coming-of-Age Film
Writer-director Laura Colella's Breakfast with Curtis is a coming-of-age film that defies the trends and traps that have lately made that genre almost insufferable in American cinema.

The hero, 14-year-old Curtis (Jonah Parker), doesn't spout an endless stream of pop culture references, he's not soaked in irony, and he doesn't stand in smug superiority to his surroundings.

A skinny, bespectacled, preternaturally gifted kid who is homeschooled in response to bullying, Curtis walks with his eyes downcast, and he rarely gives more than a two- or three-word answer to any question. In him, Colella perfectly captures what it is to be the outcast who is exiled both involuntarily and by choice. When he was nine, Curtis threw a rock at a neighbor's cat, causing a rift be...
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Five Questions with Breakfast With Curtis Director Laura Colella

The following interview first appeared on the Filmmaker website in June 2012 to coincide with the world premiere of Breakfast with Curtis at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Laura Colella’s movie goes on theatrical release through BOND360/Abramorama from today. 25 New Faces alum Laura Colella’s Breakfast with Curtis unfolds at its own pace, not unlike the leisurely chats it spends so much time documenting. Colella, who wrote, directed, and acted in the film, used her own home as a shooting location and cast her real-life neighbors and housemates in prominent roles. Centered around a bookseller named Syd (Theo Green) who enlists […]
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Submarine Deluxe acquires Champion

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Submarine Deluxe acquires Champion
Submarine Deluxe has acquired Us rights to the Formula 1 documentary Weekend Of A Champion and will release the film theatrically on November 22 in New York followed by nationwide roll-out.

Frank Simon’s film presents a vérité-style look at Roman Polanski’s chronicle of the attempt by Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart (pictured) to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Forty years later Polanski and Stewart reunited to talk about the sport past and present.

Weekend Of A Champion premiered in Cannes and is presented by RatPac Entertainment’s documentary arm Rat Documentary Films, who first acquired and restored the film.

“It’s an honour and a thrill to be working with Roman Polanski, Jackie Stewart and Brett Ratner to bring Weekend Of A Champion to a Us audience,” said Dan Braun. “This is an exciting and thought provoking film that should reach beyond the base of racing and cinema fans.”

“Josh and Dan Braun have a passion for great
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Exclusive: Trailer & Poster For Paul Thomas Anderson Approved Indie Spirit Winner 'Breakfast With Curtis'

For any filmmaker, particularly if you're working on an independent movie, accolades from critics and audiences are cherished and valued, providing validation for the long hours put in to realize your vision. But it must feel extra special when a director the caliber Paul Thomas Anderson takes the time to single out your effort for praise. "I absolutely love it. You've never seen anything like it. It's a smile from beginning to end," Anderson said about Laura Colella's "Breakfast With Curtis" after discovering it last year at the L.A. Film Festival. And now, we get a chance to see what captured his attention. Today, we're exclusively unveiling the poster and trailer for "Breakfast With Curtis," a movie which not only boasts the approval of Anderson, but won the Find Your Audience Award from the 2013 Indie Spirits. Starring Theo Green, Jonah Parker, David Parker, Aaron Jungels, Virginia Laffey, Yvonne Parker,
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And the winners of the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards are...

It was the final stop on the road to the Academy Awards last night as Hollywood celebrated the very best in independent cinema with the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The big winner on the night was Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook, which was honoured with Best Feature, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Screenplay (David O. Russell) and Best Female Lead (Jennifer Lawrence). John Hawkes was named Best Male Lead for The Sessions, while Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) were both successful in the Supporting categories.

Other winners included Michael Haneke's Amour, which was named Best International Film, along with Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Best First Feature) and Safety Not Guaranteed, with Derek Connolly receiving the award for Best First Screenplay. Here's the full list of nominees for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with the winners highlighted in red:

Best
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Silver Linings Playbook Has Great Juju at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards

It would be the film with the juju in David O. Russell’s zany black comedy that was the toast of the 28th Independent Spirit Awards beating Beasts Of The Southern Wild – its fiercest rival in all major categories. Silver Linings Playbook cleaned up, grabbing Best Feature, Director, Screenplay and Best Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence – the heavy favorite for tomorrow’s Oscar. Fox Searchlight might have grabbed only one award for Beasts in the Cinematography category, but it’s other Sundance pick-up The Sessions managed to nab a pair of acting prizes for Helen Hunt and Oscar snubbed John Hawkes for Best Male Lead. In our favorite grant categories, Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot) nabbed the Someone to Watch Award (last year it went to Mark Jackson), the Piaget Producers Award went to Mynette Louie (she produced Tze Chun’s sophomore film Eye of Winter which we are keeping
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"Silver Linings Playbook" Tops Independent Spirit Awards, Big Win for "Amour," Matthew McConaughey Too!

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" was the big winner at the 28th annual Independent Spirit Awards held in Santa Monica, CA this afternoon and hosted by Andy Samberg. "Silver Linings" took home the Best Feature, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Director, and Screenplay trophies.

McConaughey, who nearly stole the show in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," won the Best Supporting Male award for a performance that was largely ignored by the Academy Awards. As Samberg astutely observed, "We've got Matthew McConaughey...Hollywood fuck you!"

Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Female Lead award for "Silver Linings Playbook," while John Hawkes took home the Best Male Lead trophy for "Sessions." His co-star, Helen Hunt, won the Best Supporting Female award.

Michael Haneke's "Amour," a darling of the 85th Academy Awards, deservingly won Best International Film.

The awards show can be seen on IFC tonight at 10 pm (Est).

Here's the full list
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2013 Spirit Award Winners - 'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominates

Today the 2013 Spirit Awards were handed out and it was a dominating effort from Silver Linings Playbook as it won Best Picture, Director (David O. Russell), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Screenplay (Russell). The only award it was nominated for and didn't win was Best Actor where Bradley Cooper lost to John Hawkes for The Sessions, but that's only a minor blip on the radar when you win this big. Among the early awards handed out, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower won for Best First Feature while Derek Connolly won for Best First Screenplay for the romantic sci-fi film Safety Not Guaranteed. Then the Twitterverse exploded with a Best Supporting Actor win for Matthew McConaughey and his work in Magic Mike, which, for a time, seemed like it may be able to eek into that last Supporting slot at the Oscars. No dice, a Spirit Award it will have to be.
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Adam Leon, Mynette Louie, Peter Nicks, Laura Colella Earn Film Independent Grants

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Adam Leon, Mynette Louie, Peter Nicks, Laura Colella Earn Film Independent Grants
Film Independent awarded Adam Leon, Mynette Louie and Peter Nicks its three Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants at a brunch on Saturday, while Laura Colella won a fourth prize, the Jameson Find Your Audienece Award. Jeremy Renner and Salma Hayek announced the winners at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. The prizes, though handed out in advance, are part of the Independent Spirit Awards ceremony, set for Feb. 23. Leon, Louie and Nicks each win $25,000 while Colella earns $40,000 for the marketing and distribution of a film. Louie (left) won the 16th annual Piaget Producers
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Nominations Announced For The Independent Spirit Awards

Award season is well underway with a host of efforts hoping they’ll be competing for the big gongs at next years Golden Globes and, of course, the Academy Awards. While we still have a couple of months to see who’ll be amongst those winners, we have a number of smaller events coming up to give us some clues. Here are the nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards which sees multiple nominations for the the likes of Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom.

Best Feature

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey & Josh Penn (producers)

Bernie

Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams (producers)

Keep the Lights On

Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs (producers)

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin (producers)

Silver Linings Playbook

Bruce Cohen,
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2013 Independent Spirit Award noms: Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook Lead Pack

The 28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced eaelier today and while Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook both grabbed five noms a piece, it is Bernie, Keep The Lights On and Beasts of the Southern Wild who are glowing with their four noms each. Our jeers, cheers and snubs commentary shall be coming soon. Here are the entire list of nominees for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature:

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey & Josh Penn

Bernie – Producers: Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams

Keep the Lights On – Producers: Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs

Moonrise Kingdom – Producers: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin

Silver Linings Playbook – Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

Best Director

Wes AndersonMoonrise Kingdom

Julia LoktevThe Loneliest Planet

David O. Russell
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2012 Indie Spirit Award Nominations Led by 'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Nominations for the 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced today and were led by Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook with five nominations each followed closely by fellow Best Feature nominees Beasts of the Southern Wild and Keep the Lights On as well as Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere, each with four nominations. Richard Linklater's Bernie was the fifth Best Feature nominee while Middle of Nowhere found its four nominations largely in the acting categories with Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo and Lorraine Toussant all being nominated and the fourth for the John Cassavetes Award, which goes to the "best" film made for under $500,000. Looking over the list of nominees I can't help but shrug at the screenplay nomination for Ruby Sparks (a film I loathed), but it's nice to see some First Time Feature love for Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed and Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower,
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Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook & More Top Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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Having taken home the Best Picture award at last night’s Gotham Independent Film Awards, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom finds itself nominated in the same category in the upcoming Independent Spirit Awards, with the full list of nominations announced tonight.

Anderson’s latest film has been nominated in a healthy five categories – Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Male, and Best Cinematography – with David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook also racking up an impressive five nominations, adding Best Female Lead and Best Male Lead to Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay.

Also coming in as strong contenders are Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone; Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the Best Female Lead category for her performance in Smashed; Colin Trevorrow in the Best First Feature category for Safety Not Guaranteed, and Derek Connolly in the Best First Screenplay for the same film; director Benh Zeitlin and Beasts of the Southern Wild
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"Silver Linings Playbook," "Moonrise Kingdom" Lead 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Actors Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana and Common presented the nominees for the 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards in a press conference on Tuesday, November 27 at 10:00 am at The W Hotel in Hollywood.

Both "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Moonrise Kingdom" lead the nominations including best picture where they will compete with "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Bernie," and "Keep the Lights On."

Directors Wes Anderson ("Moonrise Kingdom") and David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") are also nominated in the best director category along with Julia Loktev ("The Loneliest Planet"), Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On"), and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").

And actor Matthew McConaughey's transformation is now complete. He is nominated for both best actor ("Killer Joe") and best supporting actor ("Magic Mike").

Winners of the 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be announced on February 23, 2013 when they will hold their traditional Saturday afternoon awards show
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2013 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations – Silver Linings Playbook & Moonrise Kingdom Lead With 5 Nods Each

The nominations for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning by actors Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, and Common. Nominees for Best Feature include Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Bernie, Keep The Lights On, Moonrise Kingdom, and Silver Linings Playbook. Starlet was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is given one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, and the premiere broadcast will air later that evening at 10:00 pm Et/Pt on IFC.

2013 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not awarded)

Beasts of the Southern Wild Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey & Josh Penn Bernie Producers: Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne,
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