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“If you point a gun at someone, you’d better make sure you shoot him, and if you shoot him you’d better make sure he’s dead, because if he isn’t then he’s gonna get up and try to kill you.”
Blood Simple screens Wednesday May 24th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as the finale of their ‘Classics in the Loop’ Crime & Noir film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
The Coen Brothers’ startling debut, Blood Simple is about a murder that is anything but simple.1984 is when it all began for Joel and Ethan Coen and it’s the kind of thing they still do well to this day. The story centers around seemingly normal people getting in way over their heads with dangerous crime. There are dozens of prolific directors »
- Tom Stockman
Chronicle‘s Alex Russell and iZombie‘s Rose McIver are set to star in Brampton's Own, the sophomore directorial effort from This Thing With Sarah writer-director Michael Doneger. Scott Porter, Spencer Grammer, John Getz and Jean Smart are also in the pic, which starts shooting this week in Los Angeles. Russell stars as a recently retired minor-league baseball player who returns to his small hometown in hopes of repairing the strained relationships between him, his family… »
After several years of rumors and speculation, 20th Century Fox is finally moving forward with a new remake of their 1958 sci-fi classic The Fly, which already got a well-received remake in 1986. The studio is in talks with filmmaker J.D. Dillard, whose breakout Sundance hit Sleight hits theaters next month, to direct this second remake and co-write the screenplay with his Sleight writing partner Alex Theurer. No production scedule has been set, and with J.D. Dillard and Alex Theurer already setting up another film called Sweetheart, this may not come to fruition right away.
Deadline broke the news that J.D. Dillard is in talks to direct and co-write the script, which is the first movement on this project in quite some time. Back in 2009, reports surfaced that David Cronenberg, who directed the original remake starring Jeff Goldblum, was coming back to direct a second take on the material. But that never moved forward. »
This year’s Sarasota Film Festival will feature women-directed films on Opening and Closing Night. According to a press statement from the festival, Rory Kennedy’s “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” will kick everything off and Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait” will serve as the finale.
“Take Every Wave,” which recently screened at Sundance, is a documentary about big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, who is “like an action figure sprung to life, complete with extraordinary physical abilities, a penchant for criss-crossing the globe, and a complete lack of fear.” As Kennedy explained to Women and Hollywood, the film is an unorthodox sports doc and tells “a universal story about human potential — about striving, about the power of an individual to overcome limits, and about the ability we all have to shape our own destiny.”
Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait,” which hits theaters May 12, stars Diane Lane as Anne. As the film’s summary reads, “Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), [Anne] unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure.”
“This year’s festival is reflective of the power and strength women around the world showcase every day, and we couldn’t be happier,” Mark Famiglio, President of the fest, said in a statement.
And Kennedy and Coppola aren’t the only women Famiglio is referring to. Barbara Kopple’s doc “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous,” about a a champion diver’s male to female transition, is one of the fest’s Centerpiece films. Jill Campbell’s doc about former NBA star Kenny Anderson, “Mr. Chibbs,” will have a special screening with students from the local Img Academy and Boys & Girls Club in attendance.
Additionally, Aisha Tyler’s (“Archer”) feature-length directorial debut, “Axis,” will screen in the Independent Visions Competition. “Axis” takes place entirely inside a car and follows Tristan (Emmett Hughes, also the film’s writer) on a particularly bad day.
Kennedy, Lane, Tyler, and Anderson are all expected to attend the festival, the press release notes.
The Sarasota Film Festival takes place March 31-April 9 in Sarasota, Florida. Descriptions for the women-directed films screening are below, courtesy of the fest.
Opening Night Film
Director: Rory Kennedy
Big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton has always seemed like an action figure sprung to life, complete with extraordinary physical abilities, a penchant for criss-crossing the globe, and a complete lack of fear. In director Rory Kennedy’s exhilarating, careening and intimate documentary, we follow the charismatic Hamilton during a winter surf season on Hawaii’s Kauai Island, where Hamilton grew up and where an approaching El Nino storm system may now provide unprecedented waves for him to conquer. A competitive surfer since he was a teenager, Hamilton’s 30-plus years of celebrity has gone along with alongside a willingness to always challenge himself on his board. He’s dabbled in modeling and acting, introduced technical innovations into the sport, and famously rode a “wave of heaviest consequence” in Tahiti in 2000. With extraordinary images, Kennedy brings to the surface Hamilton’s story both in and out of the water, showing how both have been filled with epic moves. Dive in!
Closing Night Film
Director/ Producer: Eleanor Coppola
Eleanor Coppola’s narrative directorial and screenwriting debut stars Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom, and much more.
Director: Barbara Kopple
A transgender Youtube star, Gigi Lazzarato, aka Gigi Gorgeous, tells the tale of her life, transition and fame in this intimate documentary by acclaimed Academy Award® winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream, Miss Sharon Jones). Formerly a competitive diver, Gregory Lazzarato’s path to who she really was includes losing her mother to cancer, coming out as gay, and living out loud to over 2.4 million Youtube subscribers. Kopple’s incisive style and Gigi’s glitzy reinvention make for a compelling study of an unforgettable journey.
Director: Jill Campbell
Former NBA All-Star and New York City basketball prodigy Kenny Anderson finds himself in the midst of a mid-life crisis ten years post-retirement. Having faced both his mother’s death and subsequent DUI, Anderson is forced to confront his questionable choices and adopt the father role that he previously neglected. On his journey of rehabilitation, Chibbs visits people and arenas from his past to reflect and discover what life is like after his famous title fades away.
Independent Visions Competition
Director: Aisha Tyler
Actress Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Criminal Minds), in her directorial debut, shoots an entire film inside one car in Los Angeles. It’s not a great day for Tristan (Emmett Hughes, who is also the screenwriter) — his life is falling apart and everyone is abandoning him at his time of need. Taut, tense, claustrophobic, and dramatic.
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- Rachel Montpelier
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