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Attention, Filmmakers: Crowdfunding Platform Seed&Spark Has Thousands of Dollars It Wants to Give You For Your Film

Attention, Filmmakers: Crowdfunding Platform Seed&Spark Has Thousands of Dollars It Wants to Give You For Your Film
It’s Seed&Spark’s birthday, but filmmakers are the one poised to receive some very big gifts from the film-focused crowdfunding platform with built-in distribution. In celebration of its fifth birthday, Seed&Spark has announced a massive slate of crowdfunding rallies for 2018, bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars in matching loans, grants, and investments from prestige brands and production company partners to the filmmakers using their platform.

“It was just a rag-tag group of filmmakers who launched a rickety little crowdfunding and streaming platform in December of 2012, and we wanted to leverage the tools of the internet age to put the power of independence in the hands of filmmakers everywhere,” says Emily Best, founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, in an official statement. “Our goal was only a small part about raising money, and more about empowering creators to build a direct, lasting, and sustainable connection with their audience
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‘Search Party’ Co-Creator Michael Showalter Talks Manson, Manipulation, and the Season’s Most Shocking Scene So Far

‘Search Party’ Co-Creator Michael Showalter Talks Manson, Manipulation, and the Season’s Most Shocking Scene So Far
[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for this week’s episodes of the TBS series “Search Party.”]

When your season of television begins with a murder, one of the biggest challenges is finding a way to go forward. “Search Party” reached a boiling point with its two episodes this week, with multiple characters coming to terms with their involvement in the incident that’s fueled a season-long desperate attempt to hide the truth from the world and themselves.

Series co-creator Michael Showalter stepped behind the camera was behind the camera for this week’s pair of installments, because they’re a pivotal step for him and fellow co-creators Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers in expanding the world of the show farther than it’s ever been before.

“What’s appealing is to be given the latitude to just imagine what would happen, and then be able to do that,” Showalter said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “We allowed ourselves to imagine what we believed would happen next,
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‘Search Party’ Co-Creator Michael Showalter Talks Manson, Manipulation, and the Season’s Most Shocking Scene So Far

‘Search Party’ Co-Creator Michael Showalter Talks Manson, Manipulation, and the Season’s Most Shocking Scene So Far
[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for this week’s episodes of the TBS series “Search Party.”]

When your season of television begins with a murder, one of the biggest challenges is finding a way to go forward. “Search Party” reached a boiling point with its two episodes this week, with multiple characters coming to terms with their involvement in the incident that’s fueled a season-long desperate attempt to hide the truth from the world and themselves.

Series co-creator Michael Showalter stepped behind the camera was behind the camera for this week’s pair of installments, because they’re a pivotal step for him and fellow co-creators Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers in expanding the world of the show farther than it’s ever been before.

“What’s appealing is to be given the latitude to just imagine what would happen, and then be able to do that,” Showalter said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “We allowed ourselves to imagine what we believed would happen next,
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Transparent: Season Five; Jeffrey Tambor Leaves Amazon TV Show

In the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him, Jeffrey Tambor has announced he is exiting the role of Maura Pfefferman and will not be in the fifth season the Transparent TV show on Amazon. To date, two of Tambor's colleagues have made accusations against him. Reportedly, Tambor's exit does not mean Transparent is cancelled, and there had already been talk of continuing the series without him. An Amazon dark comedy, the Transparent TV show centers on a Los Angeles family. After some false starts, patriarch Mort Pfefferman (Tambor) comes out to her family as Maura — a transgender woman. Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, and Judith Light also star. For his part, Tambor has denied the allegations and apologized for any "misinterpretation" of anything he did. Read More…
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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option
Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Read More:Reconsidering ‘Arrested Development’: Why Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross Could Ruin the Show — Opinion

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars.
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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option
Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars.
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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Jeffrey Tambor Quits ‘Transparent’

Following mounting accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor has decided to exit the Amazon show “Transparent.” Tambor starred on the critically-acclaimed show playing Maura Pfefferman, the trans matriarch of the Pfefferman family that included members played by Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light, and extended players like Kathryn Hahn.

Read More: ‘Transparent’ Writers Considering Season 5 Without Jeffrey Tambor Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life, Tambor told Deadline today.

Continue reading Jeffrey Tambor Quits ‘Transparent’ at The Playlist.
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Transparent: Season Five; Jeffrey Tambor May Be Written Out of Amazon Series

Transparent may be losing its lead. According to Variety, Jeffrey Tambor may be written out of the Amazon TV show because of recent sexual misconduct allegations.Tambor plays Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, on the Emmy-winning dramedy. The cast also includes Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Rob Huebel, Kathryn Hahn, Alexandra Billings, Zackary Arthur, Carrie Brownstein, and Melora Hardin.Read More…
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How ‘Search Party’ Gets Darker, Funnier in Season 2 (Exclusive)

How ‘Search Party’ Gets Darker, Funnier in Season 2 (Exclusive)
Shows about the misadventures of twentysomethings are a television staple, but the TBS breakout Search Party -- with its sly combination of suspenseful thrills and tons of character-driven laughs -- is in a class all its own.

Alia Shawkat, whose rising profile includes work on Arrested Development and Transparent, plays Dory, the face of this ragtag search party. Dory’s restlessness to do something meaningful with her life leads her to look for former schoolmate Chantal Witherbottom after happening on a missing person sign at the series outset. She winds up dragging her reluctant friends into the search: her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend Drew (Stranger ThingsJohn Reynolds), her aggressively vapid-seeming besties Portia (Meredith Hagner, of Younger and Strangers on Facebook Watch) and Elliott (John Early, of the Wet Hot American Summer Netflix series and High Maintenance), and her ex-boyfriend-turned-journalist Julian (Brandon Micheal Hall, who also stars on The Mayor).

By the season one finale, the four friends
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Mark Duplass Is Refusing to See ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Because of Star Mel Gibson

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Mark Duplass Is Refusing to See ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Because of Star Mel Gibson
Filmmaker and actor Mark Duplass won’t be seeing “Daddy’s Home 2” this weekend, and in a new tweet, he’s made his disdain clear to his 400,000 Twitter followers. Instead, Duplass would rather see one of many other great movies also on the big screen this weekend, and perhaps his followers will be encouraged to follow suit.

I like many of the people involved so I hate to do this but I must say Nope No Way to “Daddy’s Home 2” bc it stars Mel Gibson and it’s 2017 and there are plenty of great movies to see this weekend in theaters.

Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) November 9, 2017

Gibson — an Oscar-winning director and producer for “Braveheart,” plus one of the most commercially-successful actors of the ’80s and ’90s — has been the source of several off-screen controversies during his decades in the industry. In 1991, he made disparaging comments about gay men when speaking
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Mark and Jay Duplass’ Campaign to Find America’s Next Generation of Indie Filmmakers Announces Winners

Mark and Jay Duplass’ Campaign to Find America’s Next Generation of Indie Filmmakers Announces Winners
Earlier this summer, filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass, alongside Seed&Spark, the film-focused crowdfunding platform with built-in distribution, announced a brand new initiative designed to find and bolster new filmmaking talent all over the country. Their Hometown Heroes partnership was designed to challenge “filmmakers from all over the country to tell stories that have never been told from wherever they are,” including a large-scale call for crowdfunding campaigns for narrative feature films on the Seed&Spark platform.

Submissions opened for the initiative in August and the rally launched on September 12, when the 73 participating films began their crowdfunding campaigns. All campaigns closed on October 13. More than $860,000 was raised across all rally projects, who also amassed a total of 63,000 followers in the 30-day period.

Read More:Mark and Jay Duplass’ Ambitious Crowdfunding Campaign Gets a Major Boost In Its First Week

Up to five winning projects were eligible to be picked from those that applied,
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'The Mindy Project's' Fortune Feimster Stars in New Lyft Ad Campaign

Lyft is using a little comedy to spread the word about its cause-driven initiative, Round Up & Donate.

The transportation startup has released a new digital advertising campaign promoting Round Up & Donate that stars comedian Fortune Feimster. In the video — created by Mark and Jay Duplass' creative shop, Donut — The Mindy Project actress rides shotgun in a convertible as she sings about how Lyft passengers can donate to the charity of their choice during their rides.

"One of the goals coming in was to have a point of view that would get people excited to give. Therefore...
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Transparent: Is the Amazon TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Five?

Vulture Watch Has the Pfefferman family's journey come to an end? Is the Transparent TV show cancelled or renewed for a fifth season on Amazon? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Transparent, season five. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? A dark comedy streaming on the Amazon Prime Video paid subscription platform, Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass. After some false starts, patriarch Mort Pfefferman (Tambor) comes out to her family as Maura — a transgender woman. Maura’s honesty prompts the revelation of other long-held family secrets. Owning their realities will send each of the Pfeffermans onto new paths of self-discovery, as the series
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Transparent

Network: Amazon. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: August 27, 2014 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Rob Huebel, Kathryn Hahn, Alexandra Billings, Zackary Arthur, Carrie Brownstein, Melora Hardin, Jenny O'Hara, Brett Paesel, Cherry Jones, Trace Lysett, Emily Robinson, Alex MacNicoll, Kiersey Clemons, Jerry Adler, Clementine Creevy, Julia Butters, Alia Shawkat, Anjelica Huston, Bradley Whitford, and Lawrence Pressman. TV show description: An Amazon dark comedy, the Transparent TV show centers on a Los Angeles family. After some false starts, patriarch Mort Pfefferman (Tambor) comes out to her family as Maura -- a transgender woman. The clan includes Maura's former wife Shelly (Light), who has long known about
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‘Hebrew Hammer’ Sequel: Adam Goldberg Wants to ‘Make America Kosher Again’

‘Hebrew Hammer’ Sequel: Adam Goldberg Wants to ‘Make America Kosher Again’
The Hebrew Hammer is coming out of retirement, and he needs your help to make it happen. Nearly 15 years after the original film — an amusing send-up of blaxploitation films and superhero tropes starring Adam Goldberg as the eponymous hero — bowed at Sundance, and the team behind the be-yarmulked crime fighter is back for another big time fight. Goldberg, director Jonathan Kesselman, and producer Harrison Huffman announced earlier this week that they opened up crowdfunding for their long-planned sequel: “The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler.”

Goldberg and Kesselman have promised a “bigger, funnier sequel” that will somehow involve both time travel and original leading lady Judy Greer, a project at least partially inspired by the current political climate.

Read More:Mark and Jay Duplass’ Ambitious Crowdfunding Campaign Gets a Major Boost In Its First Week

“We are bringing the Hebrew Hammer out of retirement because of a clarion call for us to do
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NBCUniversal, Snap Form Hollywood Studio, Ink Original Programming Deal With Duplass Brothers

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NBCUniversal, Snap Form Hollywood Studio, Ink Original Programming Deal With Duplass Brothers
Snap and NBCUniversal are joining forces to bring original programming, including short-form comedies and dramas, to mobile screens. The first deal is with the Duplass Brothers, the siblings behind the HBO shows “Togetherness” and “Room 104.” Mark and Jay Duplass have also directed “The Puffy Chair,” “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” and “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon” under their Duplass Brothers Production banner. “We see scripted as the next exciting chapter to dive into, and are thrilled to be charting this path with NBCUniversal,” said Sean Mills, Snap’s head of Original Content, in a statement. “We’re huge fans of Mark and Jay,
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Adam Lambert Performs At Star-Studded Point Honors Los Angeles

More than 450 guests and a bevy of celebrities filled the Beverly Hilton Hotel to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (Lgbtq) students at Point Honors Los Angeles.

Adam Lambert performs onstage at Point Honors Los Angeles 2017

Credit/Copyright: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Point Honors

Point Foundation (Point), the evening’s beneficiary, is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for Lgbtq students of merit. The gala evening also included an announcement by Wells Fargo of $1.8 million in continued support for Point.

At the gala, Wanda Sykes was presented with the Point Legend Award by Anthony Anderson. The award is given to an individual who has achieved greatness in their professional career and unapologetically supported the Lgbtq community. Writer, director, and producer Jill Soloway received the Impact Award, presented by Kathryn Hahn, for the significant impact Soloway has made on improving the lives of the Lgbtq community. Wilson Cruz, via video message from New York,
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Animals: Is the HBO TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture WatchHow will the Big Apple's street critters fare? Has the Animals TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Animals season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About?An HBO adult, animated comedy from EPs Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass, the Animals voice cast stars Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.  Lauren Lapkus, Katie Aselton, Claudia O'Doherty, Jay Duplass, Mindy Sterline, Kurt Vile, and Jon Lovitz recur. The Animals TV show features the down and out critters that live in -- and off of -- the Big Apple. From rats planning on what street scraps to bring to a party, to a pigeon who thinks a stray golf ball is its egg,
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