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How I Shot That: Dp Jas Shelton on Capturing the Claustrophobia of 'The Stanford Prison Experiment'

17 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As part of our "How I Shot That" series, Indiewire asked cinematographer Jas Shelton about his work on Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "The Stanford Prison Experiment," which recreates Phillip Zimbardo's infamous 1971 study into the psychology of power. The film, which premiered recently at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, marks Shelton's second collaboration with Alvarez after "C.O.G." He has shot Mark and Jay Duplass' "Cyrus," "Jeff Who Lives at Home," and most recently, their HBO show "Togetherness." What camera and lens did you use? Red Dragon, first-generation Leitz lenses (we totally fell in love with the lens and thought it was perfect for the movie). How did you decide which camera to use? I'm very agnostic when it comes to cameras. I don't have one particular camera I like. I kind of think of digital cameras as like film stocks, so each project dictates which camera we'll use. On my previous films with Kyle. »

- Paula Bernstein

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This Is How You Do It: 10 Filmmaking Tips from Mark and Jay Duplass

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mark and Jay Duplass are a ubiquitous presence at this year's Sundance Film Festival. They were involved with three Sundance films, "The Bronze," "The Overnight," and "Tangerine" and an animated TV pilot ("Animals"). In addition to dominating Sundance, Netflix used the festival as occasion to announce that the brothers signed a four-movie deal, while HBO announced that the network will renew their show, "Togetherness." In other words, it's been a good week for the brothers. Read More: Jay & Mark Duplass on Selling TV at Sundance At the Producers Brunch at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25th (where their producing partner on "The Bronze," Stephanie Langhof, received the Sundance Institute Red Crown Producers Award), the meta-multihyphenates provided the keynote in handy list format: 10 tips for independent filmmakers. 1. "The phrase you can never go home is not true when it comes to Sundance," said Jay, »

- Paula Bernstein and Dana Harris

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Sundance '15 Review: The Overnight with Schwartzman, Scott, and Schilling

20 hours ago | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Writer-director Patrick Brice’s second feature, The Overnight, mines many of its laughs from breast pumps, prosthetic penises, and paintings of butt holes — and trust me, those aren’t the weirdest things in the movie. But don’t let the inclusion of those broad gags fool you, the film has a stellar ensemble cast and brilliantly crafts one awkward situation after the other, never failing to delightfully play with the audience's expectations.

The Overnight takes place over one adventurous night in the lives of Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling), a couple who have recently relocated to Los Angeles with their young son. Uncertain if they'll be able to make new friends, they happily accept a dinner invite from Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), a fellow parent they meet at the park. Upon arriving for dinner, Alex, Emily, and their son instantly hit it off with Kurt, his glamorous French wife »

- Eli Reyes

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Netflix Secures The Duplass Brothers For Four-Picture Deal As Their HBO Comedy Togetherness Receives Season 2 Pickup

20 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Audiences can’t get enough of the Duplass brothers, both on the big and small screens. Their HBO comedy Togetherness is a critical darling, and the premium cable network just announced that it will be bringing the series back for a second season. Meanwhile, the pair are over in Park City, dominating the Sundance Film Festival, where Netflix head Ted Sarandos just revealed that the streaming giant has struck a four-picture deal with the brothers.

As part of the deal, Netflix will finance four movies produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, with each title receiving a small theatrical release before becoming available for streaming. The specific titles in this deal were not confirmed, but Sarandos did offer the following statement:

“This is just the latest step in our very long relationship with the Duplass Brothers. We’ve been working with them almost since the very beginning, when we were red-envelope delivery. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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HBO Renews Togetherness for Season 2

28 January 2015 6:41 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Well, it looks like HBO and Togetherness will be staying together for a little longer. The freshman comedy series has been renewed for Season 2 by the premium cable network three episodes into its eight-episode first season. Togetherness, which was created by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass (The Mindy Project) and Steve Zissis, follows Brett and Michelle (Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey), a married couple who have are attempting to rediscover the spark in their relationship. When Brett’s best friend, Alex (Steve Zissis), and Michelle’s sister, Tina (Amanda Peet), fall on hard times (Alex is a struggling actor who just lost his home; Tina is a successful but unlucky-in-love woman who needs an escape from her typical lifestyle) and move in with the two of them, the foursome does their best to encourage one another and follow their dreams while living under the same roof. “We began our love affair… »

- Chris King

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HBO’s Togetherness Has Been Renewed for Season Two

27 January 2015 9:01 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

HBO has renewed the Duplass brothers' Togetherness for a second season. The series, about two couples (Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey; Amanda Peet, Steve Zissis) struggling to coexist in the same Eagle Rock house — all while pursuing their own long-shot dreams — premiered this year to mostly positive reviews. "We began our love affair with HBO in our parents' living room in 1983, and to have these brilliant creative people put a ring on our fingers with a second season of Togetherness is a real-life dream come true," Mark and Jay Duplass said in a cute statement today. The show restarts production this year for a debut date sometime next year, which just means 2016 will feature more wonderfully bromantic Mark DuplassSteve Zissis interactions. Happy New Year in advance. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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HBO Renews Mark & Jay Duplass' 'Togetherness' for Season 2

27 January 2015 4:09 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It's time to get the band back "together." HBO has picked up a second season of the half-hour comedy "Togetherness," written and directed by Mark and Jay Duplass. The brothers issued an aptly joint statement below. "We began our love affair with HBO in our parents' living room in 1983, and to have these brilliant creative people put a ring on our fingers with a second season of 'Togetherness' is a real-life dream come true." The brothers have been having a bit of a moment over the past month, starting with the debut of their first TV show in "Togetherness" on January 11. They then signed a deal with Netflix to make four movies for the streaming service on January 23 and also executive produced an independently-financed series that premiered at Sundance Monday afternoon ("Animals.").  The suddenly red-hot filmmakers had to be a factor in HBO's decision to renew the series, »

- Ben Travers

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Magnolia takes world on Tangerine

27 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A banner year in Park City continued to deliver the goods as Magnolia Pictures acquired world rights to Sean Baker’s comedy. Separately, Fox Searchlight closed a major deal for Brooklyn, while Alchemy, Spc and Lionsgate confirmed previously reported buys on Strangerland, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Knock Knock.

Fox Searchlight was expected to confirm its deal on Wednesday for most of the world excluding pre-sold UK, Australia and Canada for John Crowley’s Brooklyn in what reports said was a $9m deal.

Magnolia brokered the deal for Next selection Tangerine (pictured) with ICM Partners and Submarine and plans a theatrical release later this year.

Baker directed and co-wrote Tangerine with Chris Bergoch. Mark and Jay Duplass, who last week announced a four-film deal with Netflix, served as executive producers alongside Through Films.

Trans actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez make their debuts as working girls in search of a wayward pimp on Christmas »

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Sundance: Magnolia Buys Sean Baker's 'Tangerine,' Shot Entirely on an iPhone

27 January 2015 9:42 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sean Baker's hotly buzzed Sundance Next entry "Tangerine" has sold worldwide rights to Magnolia Pictures, which will distribute nationwide in theaters later this year. Baker's followup to 2012 fest darling "Starlet," "Tangerine" follows trans actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez as two working girls looking for a pimp on Christmas Eve in Hollywood. Co-written by Baker and Chris Bergoch, the film was executive produced by Sundance MVPs Mark and Jay Duplass, and produced by Through Films and Baker's longtime collaborators Darren Dean and Shih-Ching Tsou. Shot entirely on an iPhone 5s by Radium Cheung, this marks Magnolia's second acquisition of the fest after Andrew Bujalski's "Results." Reviews have been stellar for "Tangerine," with Indiewire noting that Baker "manages to match underrepresented faces in American cinema with material that lets their personalities shine." »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Netflix Inks Deal To Distribute Four Films From Duplass Brothers

26 January 2015 12:55 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The kings of mumblecore are coming to Netflix. At Sundance Film Festival, the streaming video on demand (Svod) platform announced a four-film deal with brothers Mark and Jay Duplass.

According to Deadline, which first reported the deal, Netflix will finance the four films. The Duplass brothers, known for directorial credits like Cyrus and Jeff Who Lives At Home as well as acting credits like The League (Mark) and Transparent (Jay), will briefly debut the films in theaters before bringing them to Netflix a short time later. That model is the same one Amazon plans to use with its own line of original films.

For the Duplass brothers, the Netflix deal has a lot to do with economics. “My first movie made a grand total of $220,000 in theaters but about 5 million people have seen it on Netflix because they can click on it and they can try it out,” said Mark Duplass. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Sundance Sex Comedy 'The Overnight' Lands at The Orchard After Bidding War

26 January 2015 10:58 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Emerging indie distributor The Orchard took North American rights to raunchy sex comedy "The Overnight" this morning after a heated after-hours bidding battle-- and to the tune of $4 million (says Deadline). Netflix, A24, Bleecker Street, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate were all rumored to be courting the film amid this unexpectedly fierce Sundance market. Executive-produced by Sundance MVPs Mark and Jay Duplass, and starring Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman and Taylor Schilling (who's hot off a SAG Ensemble win for "Orange Is the New Black"), this Dramatic Competition entry marks The Orchard's most high-profile acquisition to date after 2014 Sundance entry "What We Do in the Shadows." Read More: Sundance Market Explodes with "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" and "Diary of a Teenage Girl" Scott and Schilling play a young couple new to Los Angeles, who spend an increasingly bizarre and kinky evening with the swinger parents of »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Togetherness Ep. 1.03, “Insanity”: Committing to the craziness sometimes works

25 January 2015 9:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Togetherness, Season 1, Episode 3, “Insanity”

Written by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass

Directed by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass

Airs at 9:30 Pm (Et) on Sunday on HBO

The one thing that Togetherness needs to do in order to make it unique compared to the myriad other La-set comedies and dramas, and which it hasn’t done through the first two episodes, is to show why these characters at this specific point in their lives are worth caring about. The first two episodes let the audience get to know this quartet of slightly unhinged people in controlled environments. Whether at Michelle and Brett’s house or at local restaurants and parks, the group interacted for the most part with only each other and assessed the state of their lives from a relatively safe perspective. Here though, it sends them all out in to the city to stand out against a backdrop »

- Whitney McIntosh

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Indie Favorites Duplass Brothers Strike Four Film Deal with Netflix

25 January 2015 2:05 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If you have more than a passing interesting in independent film, you've undoubtedly heard of filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass. The two have been responsible for indies such as The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus and Jeff Who Lives at Home, and now they're bringing their film talents to Netflix as THR reports the duo have just struck a four-movie deal with the streaming media provider. They will be small-budget films that will be exclusively release on Netflix, and there's no timetable for them to start releasing them as the Duplass brothers are also busy on the TV side with their outstanding new HBO series "Togetherness." While Jay Duplass has remained mostly behind the scenes of filmmaking, Mark Duplass has become quite the popular character actor. In the indie world, he stars in fantastic films like The One I Love (on our list of the 19 Best Movies You Didn't See from 2014) and Safety Not Guaranteed, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Relativity, Stage 6 Films see gold in The Bronze

24 January 2015 11:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance Update: The distributor has closed a $3m-plus deal and will partner with Stage 6 Films on the acquisition of the dark comedy that has been an early hit in Park City. Meanwhile A24 closed on The Witch and Alchemy was nearing a Us deal for Strangerland.

Relativity will release in the Us and Sony, which owns Stage 6 Films, will distribute in the Us. Bryan Buckley directed the Us Dramatic Competition entry The Bronze starring Melissa Rauch as an embittered former Olympian who weighs up whether to mentor an adoring protégé or ruin her.

Rauch and Winston Rauch co-wrote The Bronze, which premiered on January 22, screened again twice on January 23 and will next play on January 27.

Stephanie Langhoff produced and the executive producers are Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Buckley, Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch and Michael Cuddy. The Sundance Institute on Sunday named Langhoff its recipient of the Sundance Institute | Red Crown Producer’s Award.

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Relativity sees gold in The Bronze

24 January 2015 11:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance: The distributor is understood to be closing in on a $3m-plus Us acquisition on the dark comedy that has been an early hit in Park City.

Bryan Buckley directed the Us Dramatic Competition entry starring Melissa Rauch as an embittered former Olympian who weighs up whether to mentor an adoring protégé or ruin her.

Rauch and Winston Rauch co-wrote The Bronze, which premiered on January 22, screened again twice on January 23 and will next play on January 27.

Stephanie Langhoff produced and the executive producers are Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Buckley, Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch and Michael Cuddy.

Wme Global represented Us rights to the film, as it did on The End Of The Tour, which has been confirmed as a preemptive Us sale to A24 in a deal also priced in the $3m range. »

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Relativity goes for gold on The Bronze

24 January 2015 11:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance: The distributor is understood to be closing in on a $3m-plus Us acquisition on the dark comedy that has been an early hit in Park City.

Bryan Buckley directed the Us Dramatic Competition entry starring Melissa Rauch as an embittered former Olympian who weighs up whether to mentor an adoring protégé or ruin her.

Rauch and Winston Rauch co-wrote The Bronze, which premiered on January 22, screened again twice on January 23 and will next play on January 27.

Stephanie Langhoff produced and the executive producers are Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Buckley, Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch and Michael Cuddy.

Wme Global represented Us rights to the film, as it did on The End Of The Tour, which has been confirmed as a preemptive Us sale to A24 in a deal also priced in the $3m range. »

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Sundance: Relativity Acquires Breakout Comedy ‘The Bronze’ Starring Melissa Rauch

24 January 2015 9:04 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The festival’s opening night film premiered Thursday at the Eccles

[Updated 1:10 p.m.]

Relativity Media has acquired U.S. rights to Bryan Buckler’s directorial debut “The Bronze,” a raunchy comedy that had audiences talking after debuting as the opening night film at Sundance on Thursday, the studio announced Saturday.

There were several bidders in the mix and Netflix actually made the highest offer by far, but at the end of the day, the filmmakers wanted a proper theatrical release, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.

The Bronze” follows a bitter gymnast (Melissa Rauch) trying to hang onto glory »

- Jeff Sneider and Linda Ge

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Netflix signs four-picture deal with the Duplass Brothers

24 January 2015 5:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Duplass Brothers have signed a four-movie deal with Netflix.

According to Deadline, the four new Netflix-funded films will be given a short theatrical release before making the transition to the streaming platform.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the company has enjoyed a long working relationship with the brothers.

"Independent film has always been a big part of Netflix, and the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal is so we can do things like this as well," he added.

Mark and Jay Duplass have written, produced and directed a number of films and TV shows, including Jeff, Who Lives at Home and 2014's The Skeleton Twins.

Their production company currently has four films running at this year's Sundance Festival, including the Melissa Rauch-starring The Bronze and The Overnight with Taylor Schilling.

Watch a trailer for The Skeleton Twins below: »

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Sundance Premieres Sophisticated ‘Tangerine,’ Shot on iPhone 5s

23 January 2015 6:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the big surprises of day two at the Sundance Film Festival was Sean Baker’s “Tangerine.” The “Starlet” director stunned a packed crowd at the premiere on Friday night when he revealed that he shot his low-budget movie entirely on the iPhone 5s.

Baker held up one of the phones, which he joked he’d stolen from the production. He said he used three iPhones to complete the dramatic comedy, about two transgendered hookers (Kiki Kitana Rodriguez and Mya Taylor) who roam through the streets of Los Angeles. The film was shot in about a month.

“We came across two things that elevated the look,” Baker said. He used a Moondog Labs anamorphic lens and an app called Filmic Pro to get the film’s grainy and sophisticated look.

Baker found his leads, who had no previous acting experience, at the Lgbtq center near where he lives in Los Angeles. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Sundance round-up: Netflix, Duplass brothers in film pact

23 January 2015 1:42 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Netflix is understood to have struck a four-film deal with Mark and Jay Duplass, it has emerged in Park City.

According to Deadline Hollywood, which broke the story, the deal calls for a short theatrical window prior to roll-out on Netflix’s streaming service.

The prolific Duplass brothers served as executive producers on Sundance 2015 entries The Bronze, Tangerine and Overnight, as well as the animated series Animals.

Tugg has partnered with cross-platform media specialists New Balloon on an event cinema fund.

The companies aim to provide investment capital, expertise and other resources toward marketing and distributing culturally significant films.

Each film should demonstrate a direct relationship with its audience through crowdfunding campaigns, regional and national organizational support and/or corporate partners.

Qualifying criteria also dictate that eligible films should “show a willingness to innovate through original means of storytelling, hybrid distribution models, and an understanding of the importance of community-driven screenings toward their overall campaign goals.”

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