First trailer for horror ‘They Remain’

Based on the 2010 short story -30- by award-winning author Laird Barron, They Remain explores the evolving relationship between Keith and Jessica, two scientists who are employed by a vast, impersonal corporation to investigate an unspeakable horror that took place at the remote encampment of a mysterious cult…

Directed by Phillip Gelatt and starring William Jackson Harper (Paterson, True Story) and Rebecca Henderson (Mistress America), They Remain will has its world premiere at the H.P. Lovecraft Festival on October 7th in Portland; with a Us theatrical release commencing in the Fall.

Working and living in a state-of-the-art, high tech environment that is completely at odds with their surroundings, they spend their days gathering physical evidence, analyzing it, and reporting on their findings. The intensity of their work, and their extreme isolation, bring the pair closer. But, when Jessica discovers a mysterious artifact of unknown origin, the dynamic between them changes: secrets are kept,
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Film Review: ‘Wallflower’

Film Review: ‘Wallflower’
Taking a fictionalized approach to a mass murder in Seattle a decade ago, Jagger Gravning’s “Wallflower” arrives at something more idiosyncratic and ultimately haunting than a standard docudrama-style true crime tale. Focusing less on the perpetrator than on the raver milieu he briefly infiltrated — to tragic results — this culture-clash snapshot provides a moving if also mysterious portrait of fragile mental health snapping tether entirely amid the alien environs of blithe hedonism.

Those looking for a more explanatory approach to Kyle Aaron Huff’s fatal shooting of six and himself in 2006 may be frustrated by the writer-director’s impressionistic view. But “Wallflower” is complex, empathetic and often poetical, emphasizing the flow of life that was interrupted rather than the interruption itself — in a way comparable to (though not as narratively abstract as) Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant.” It’s also a sort of nostalgia piece for the rave scene, whose
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Art of the Real 2017: Series Preview

Art of the Real, a nonfiction filmmaking showcase at Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, celebrates its fourth year with 27 films in the lineup, continuing the exploration of cinematic possibilities of the film/digital medium. This year, the series highlights established figures such as Heinz Emigholz, Robinson Devor, Jem Cohen as well as newcomers Theo Anthony (Rat Film), Salomé Jashi (Dazzling Light of Sunset) and Shengze Zhu (Another Year). It also gives well deserved recognition to the Chilean cinema with two from documentary veteran Ignacio Agüero and two from José Luis Torres Leiva whose film The Sky, the Earth and the Rain made an international splash in 2008. His new film The Wind Knows I'm Coming Back Home, starring Agüero will be shown...

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‘Rat Film,’ ‘World Without End (No Reported Incidents)’ and More Non-Fiction Offerings Headline Annual Art of the Real Showcase

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has today announced the fourth edition of Art of the Real, their essential showcase for boundary-pushing nonfiction film, scheduled to take place April 20 – May 2. Billed as “a survey of the most vital and innovative voices in nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking,” this year’s showcase features an eclectic, globe-spanning host of discoveries, including seven North American premieres and eight U.S. premieres.

“In our fourth year we’ve put an emphasis on placing works by first-time and emerging filmmakers alongside established names, with the aim to highlight the experimentation happening across generations, and to trace a new trajectory of documentary art that points to its promising future,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center Programmer at Large Rachael Rakes, who organized the festival with Director of Programming Dennis Lim.

The Opening Night selection is the New York premiere of Theo Anthony’s “Rat Film,” which has
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2016 Sundance Film Festival 75 Predictions List: An Introduction

Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. The 32nd edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 21st with Park City and Salt Lake City. Two decades back, Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan’s Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern was the Grand Jury Prize winner in the Documentary section while Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse beat out the likes of Nicole Holofcener’s Walking and Talking, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott’s Big Night, Mary Harron’s I Shot Andy Warhol and Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth for the Grand Jury Prize dramatic.

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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile.
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah

We can still feel the heat generated from Craig Zobel’s Compliance. His sophomore film, which was made on a dime (his directorial debut Great World of Sound was made for a nickel and was also showcased at Sundance), got under the skin of select imbecile auds at its Park City premiere, but in the same token it intellectually tickled the critical masses. Adept in human discord in its purest form, this quality surely got infused on his third directing outing, Z for Zachariah, which is large scale humanity in crisis. You don’t often see Blacklist scripts (ranked #26th in 2009) break into Sundance, but in a Take Shelter scheme of things, this shot in New Zealand production benefitting from a plethora of producers on board could fit a sci-fi mold of Duncan JonesMoon. Despite the presence of A listers such as Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor, conceivably, big
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Robinson Devor’s You Can’t Win

Films gods be damned. After guesstimating its eventual arrival on the film fest circuit and tracking it since it first went into production back in 2012, I’m inclined to think that the shot in state of Washington production either hit a rough patch, needed a longer production schedule due to seasonal shifts in backdrops or, my latest theory: Robinson Devor concurrently worked on not one, but two projects: the other being Pow Wow, his latest documentary project. Devor began editing the film at the start of the year and as part of Park City fabric in the naughts with successive releases of The Woman Chaser (2000), Police Beat (2005) and Zoo (2007) – we may see the filmmaker double up his presence with You Can’t Win finally cutting the finish line ribbon. Cast includes Jeremy Allen White, Charles Baker, Julia Garner, Will Patton, Hannah Marks and Louisa Krause (look out for her perf
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Robert Eggers’ The Witch

Robert Eggers appears to be soaked in horror, noir fairy-tale lore. His Filmmaker Magazine 25 New Faces profile over at Filmmaker Mag informs us that the final October weekend that just passed would have been an event for the Brooklyn based prod designer. For his previous outings as a director, he turned to Hansel and Gretel and Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart for his short form debuts and created an original stage adaptation of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. A Sundance Institute Cinereach Feature Film Fellow, The Witch (formerly titled “The Witch of New Canaan Woode”) was shot this past April/May in slightly north of the border – Ontario seconds for a circa 1630-looking New England in this pic.

Gist: 1630s. Sam, a newborn baby, has disappeared without a trace. William’s eldest daughter, Thomasin, 14, has become idle and temperamental. Caleb, 12, often wantonly glances at Thomasin and believes he hears the voice of God.
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth

It has been a remarkable, four-star review type of year for Alex Ross Perry, and 2014 ain’t over yet with the the Indie Spirits Awards nominations just around the corner. In the same boat/time-frame as Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Listen Up Philip was delivered in a thirty minutes or your pizza is free mad dash. The filmmaker didn’t waste much time between projects sending Queen of Earth into orbit mid summer, and nor did he spend much time making new friends as his regular contributors on the tech side in Composer Keegan DeWitt, Cinematographer Sean Price Williams, Editor Robert Greene and Perry muses Elisabeth Moss, Keith Poulson and Kate Lyn Sheil were joined by Ross film newbies Patrick Fugit, Katherine Waterston and stop making indie films hero Kentucker Audley. Good news: this is inspired by classic Roman Polanski films.

Gist: This is a psychological thriller about two women
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Robinson Devor’s Pow Wow

With 2007′s off-kilter Zoo, Sundance Film Fest habitual Robinson Devor showed his true colors. His unrestricted creativity in storytelling means that his future slate includes mutations in both the fiction and the non-fiction field. With a recent installation showing at MoMA, a docu-portrait on Sarah Jane (the woman who came within inches of assassinating President Gerald R. Ford) in the works, and a feature film that saw the passing of the seasons (a book to film adaptation of 1920′s Americana in You Can’t Win) Robinson with help from oft creative collaborator Charles Mudede have been working on a new docu-project that stitches dual narratives that are a century apart in Pow Wow. The docu, which received successful rounds of crowdfunding earlier in the year, appears to eerily underline a strong set of similarities despite an obvious gap in time.

Gist: This uses modern day desert characters to echo and
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Hossein Keshavarz’s Pebble of Love in the Shoe of My Life

There’s an alive indie American-Iranian cinema movement in the Us, and if the Keshavarz name rings a bell it’s because the indie film fest circuit is home to siblings Maryam and Hossein. Maryam, now going by what we imagine is her married name Azadi, broke out in Park City with 2011 Sundance Audience Award Winner Circumstance, and before she made her mark it was her brother who received the limelight with 2011′s Dog Sweat, the “Someone to Watch” Film Independent Spirit Award nominated film that received its premiere at 2010′s Laff. Shot in New York City, his sophomore film, Pebble of Love in the Shoe of My Life was actually shot in the summer of 2013, and has been on a slow, but steady pace towards a ’15 premiere. Benefitting from some Kickstarter coin, Tribeca All Access awards funds, this was recently invited to the Us in Progress Champs-Élysées Film Festival
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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 46th Directors’ Fortnight

Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:


Six years after presenting Vinyan at the Venice Film Festival, Fabrice Du Welz finally returns with potentially not one, but a pair of works for the ’14 campaign.
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #58. Joe Dante’s Casting the Runes

Casting the Runes

Director: Joe Dante

Writer: David Tully

Producers: Daniel Tully, Rob Heydon

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Simon Pegg

So Joe Dante’s last film was the underrated 2009 3D film, The Hole, which sadly went direct to DVD even after being well received in Venice and Toronto that year. Now, he’s got a few projects brewing and 2014 will see the release of his film, Burying the Ex starring Anton Yelchin. But the project we are really interested in this project, which looks to be based on the same short story that inspired Jacques Tourneur’s classic 1957 film Night of the Demon, which starred Dana Andrews. While Sam Raimi did a sort of homage to the material already with his 2009 film Drag Me To Hell, Dante’s film seems more of a direct connection. And set to star Simon Pegg!

Gist: When up-and-coming actor Jake Harrington inexplicably
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #59. Robinson Devor’s You Can’t Win

You Can’t Win

Director: Robinson Devor

Writers: Robinson Devor, Michael Pitt, Barry Gifford and Charles Mudede

Producers: Robert Scarff, Zach Sebastian, Michael Pitt

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Jeremy Allen White, Michael Pitt, Charles Baker, Julia Garner, Will Patton, Hannah Marks, Louisa Krause

If the movie gods were fair to us, they’d unveil Robinson Devor (The Woman Chaser (2000), Police Beat (2005) and Zoo (2007)) in the year that ends in ’14.

Gist: Scripted by Devor, Pitt, , this is an adaptation of adventurer Jack Black’s 1926 autobiographical novel of the same name which tells of his experiences in the hobo underworld, freight-hopping around the still Wild West of the United States and Canada while he explores the topics of crime, addiction, criminal justice and human folly from various viewpoints. The drama is centered on the unusual friendship between Black (Pitt) and a young prostitute (Marks).

Release Date: Cannes if hopefully it’s first “pitt” stop.
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #60. Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups

Director: Terrence Malick

Writer: Terrence Malick

Producers: Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Ken Kao

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Imogen Poots, Cate Blanchett, Teresa Palmer, Joe Manganiello, Nick Offerman, Wes Bentley, Nicky Whelan, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, Katia Winter, Thomas Lennon, Ryan O’Neal, Kevin Corrigan

There aren’t too many filmmakers turning up twice on our list, but Knight of Cups and the formerly titled Lawless (#81) are in a traffic jam of their own, hopefully getting a green light at some major film festival where the final guest list shall let us know who made the final cut.

Gist: This is about celebrities and excess.

Release Date: Cannes or Venice.

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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: 80 Possible Titles

The elusive “Golden Ticket”. Beginning next Wednesday (December 4th) in a wave of four announcements, is when the official word comes out. Plenty of filmmakers are already in the know, but some will find out over the course of this Thanksgiving weekend. Having covered the festival and fest circuit for some time now, we’re already aware that worthy films that were indeed submitted will be excluded from the ’14 edition. Thousands of filmmakers won’t get the phone call, and while it can bruise dreams, this is not a rejection of quality…but rather, a preference from a programmer/programming team which reflects a larger mandate. John Cooper, Trevor Groth et al. have a difficult job and the way I see it, it’s the equivalent to draft day for a major professional sport – where a team in a given turn doesn’t go for the consensus pick, but instead
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves

And for the final Sundance Film Festival prediction on the 80-list, I’m selecting a film that might have premiered at both Venice and Toronto, but from my notes, has yet to make an appearance on U.S. soil. Apart from 2008′s Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt debuted River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006) and grabbed a Spotlight showing for Meek’s Cutoff in 2011. The Cinedigm folks grabbed Night Moves and planned a Spring ’14 release – perhaps they’ll want to roll it out at Sundance beforehand.

Gist: Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, this tells the story of three radical environmentalists plotting the explosion of a hydroelectric dam—the symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise.

Production Co./Producers: Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim and Rodrigo Teixeira

Prediction: Spotlight section

U.S. Distributor: Cinedigm

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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Robinson Devor’s You Can’t Win

A return visitor at the festival for all three of his feature films The Woman Chaser (2000), Police Beat (2005) and Zoo (2007), I’m feeling good about the chances of seeing Robinson Devor make it a four-peat. A period film that was shot over a pair of seasons, we’ve been anticipating this passion project for a while now. You Can’t Win stars Michael Pitt, Jeremy Allen White, Will Patton, Hannah Marks, Louisa Krause and Julia Garner.

Gist: Scripted by Devor, Pitt, Barry Gifford and Charles Mudede, this is an adaptation of adventurer Jack Black’s 1926 autobiographical novel of the same name which tells of his experiences in the hobo underworld, freight-hopping around the still Wild West of the United States and Canada while he explores the topics of crime, addiction, criminal justice and human folly from various viewpoints. The drama is centered on the unusual friendship between Black (Pitt) and
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ryan Piers Williams’ X/Y

He broke into the Sundance Film Fest U.S. Dramatic Comp back in 2010 with The Dry Land, and not surprisingly, shooting on his sophomore safely began in March of this year. For this time out, writer/director Ryan Piers Williams once again works with actress/wife America Fererra, and manages once again to pull in some of the better indie players on the circuit in Melonie Diaz, Dree Hemingway, Ann Dowd alongside Jon Paul Phillips, Adam Rapp, Maria Dizzia, David Harbour and the hiphop artist and not too shabby in his own right thesp, Common. Nowhere close to Texas, the NYC backdrop and a score via Fall On Your Sword, X/Y is the type of certified indie film that stands a good chance at breaking into the fest – especially when you have a team of four editors mashing up the interconnectedness of the plot.

Gist: The character-driven drama explores
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