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Caliber Media Adds Jennifer Au, Laura Gibson (Exclusive)

19 December 2012 11:18 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

  Caliber Media Co., the management-production outfit run by Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier, is in expansion mode, with Laura Gibson and Jennifer Au joining the fold as managers, Caliber has told TheWrap. Gibson previously served as a talent agent at ICM. Her clients include actors like Luke Arnold ("Black Sails"), Shelby Young ("American Horror Story") and "Terminales" star Abhi Sinha (pictured). Au, who spent the last four years at Untitled Entertainment, represents John Todd and Brusta Brown ("Natural 20"), Megan Griffiths ("Eden") and Jim Beggarly ("Free Samples"), among others. Gibson and Au join current Caliber managers Adam Marshall, Jared Schwartz, »

- Liza Foreman

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News Shorts: September 1st 2012

1 September 2012 3:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Photos of Daniel Craig in Skyfall, Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained, Denzel Washington in Flight, Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Ethan Hawke in Sinister, Edgar Ramirez in the Simon Bolivar biopic Libertador, Liam Neeson in Taken 2, and a first look at the CG animated The Croods.

There's also shots of Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid in At Any Price, Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer in Love and Honor, Brad Pitt and Ben Mendelsohn in Killing Them Softly, Sam Rockwell and Steve Carell in The Way Way Back, Keira Knightley and Aaron Johnson in Anna Karenina, Kristen Wiig and Darren Criss in Imogene, and Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor in The Impossible

Set photos of a very skinny Matthew McConaughey in Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Logan Lerman shooting Aronofsky's Noah, Ashton Kutcher in India shooting Jobs, and the Bourne wood set of Thor: The Dark World. »

- Garth Franklin

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Beau Bridges Starrer 'Eden' to Get North American Release

29 August 2012 11:03 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Toronto-based distributor Phase 4 Films has acquired all North American rights to director Megan Griffiths' drama "Eden," Phase 4 announced on Wednesday.  Griffiths and Richard B. Phillips Jr. wrote the screenplay for the project, and Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges and Matt O'Leary  are set to star in the film, produced by Colin Harper Plank and Jacob Mosler.  The story follows a Korean-American teenager who is abducted and forced to work as a sex slave in Las Vegas after getting a ride home from a bar in New Mexico. Phase 4 is »

- Liza Foreman

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Phase 4 Acquires ‘Eden’

29 August 2012 9:23 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Los Angeles, CA (August 29, 2012) – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired all North American rights to director Megan Griffiths’ drama Eden. Griffiths and Richard B. Phillips Jr. wrote the screenplay for the project based on a true story by Chong Kim and Phillips. Jamie Chung (Premium Rush with Joseph Gordon Levitt, upcoming Man With The Iron Fists with Russell Crowe), Beau Bridges (The Descendants) and Matt O’Leary (upcoming The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp) star in the film, which was produced by Colin Harper Plank and Jacob Mosler through Plank’s Centripetal Films. Eden made its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award for director Griffiths. The film also played at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival, where Chung won the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress. »


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Phase 4 Films to Release SXSW Sex Slave Drama 'Eden' in Early 2013

29 August 2012 9:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Phase 4 Films has acquired all North American rights to director Megan Griffiths’ drama “Eden,” which had its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The specialty distributor has scheduled a release in theaters for early 2013. Based on the true story of Chong Kim, “Eden” follows a Korean-American teenager who is abducted from a New Mexico bar in 1994 and turned into a sex slave in Las Vegas for two years before finally escaping. Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges and Matt O'Leary star. The film, which was written by Griffiths (“The Off Hours”) and Richard B. Phillips Jr., won the audience award for best narrative feature at SXSW as well as the Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award for Griffiths. Read More: 'Eden,' 'The Invader' and 'Five Star Existence' Take the Top Prizes at the Seattle International Film Festival Colin Harper Plank and Jacob Mosler produced the project through Plank’s. »

- Jay A. Fernandez

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'Eden,' 'The Invader' and 'Five Star Existence' Take the Top Prizes at the Seattle International Film Festival

10 June 2012 6:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Megan Griffiths' "Eden" swept the awards at the 38th Seattle International Film Festival, which held its ceremony Sunday morning at the Seattle Space Needle. "Eden" star Jamie Chung won the Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award, while the film also received the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision presented by Women in Film/Seattle, as well as the Reel Nw Award presented by Kcts 9. Here's how all the 2012 Siff awards broke down: The Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director went to Nicolas Provos for "The Invader," while Best Documentary went to "Five Star Existence" directed by Sonja Lindén. The Fipresci Prize for Best New American Film went to "Welcome to Pine Hill," directed by Keith Miller. Golden Space Needle Audience Awards went to "Any Day Now," directed by Travis FIne, for best film and Alan Cumming for best actor; "The Invisible War" directed by Kirby Dick »

- Dana Harris

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Seattle International Film Festival Announces Winners

10 June 2012 12:48 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The 38th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind in the United States concluded today with the announcement of the Siff 2012 Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards. The 25-day Festival, which began May 17, featured over 460 films from more than 70 countries, including 65 feature premieres (24 World, 25 North American, 16 U.S.) and over 700 screenings. Additionally, Siff brought in more than 300 directors, actors and industry professionals.

“A festival’s success is dependent on two basic principles: providing a platform for filmmakers to be celebrated and connecting them to audience members that would not otherwise be aware of their remarkable stories,” said Siff Artistic Director Carl Spence. “This year a record number of filmmakers participated in person and online with virtual Q&A’s successfully expanding the conversation around the best in cinema with passionate audiences, illuminating guests and distinguished industry in attendance.”

Siff Managing Director Deborah Person said, »

- Josh Abraham

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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

27 April 2012 12:07 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see. »

- Brad Brevet

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Wme Signs ‘Eden’ Director Megan Griffiths

19 April 2012 9:01 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Megan Griffiths, whose abduction thriller Eden won the audience award last month at SXSW, has signed with Wme and Caliber Media. Griffiths also directed The Off Hours, which played Sundance last year, was acquired by Film Movement, and landed an Indie Spirit Award nomination for cinematography. She also is co-producing the upcoming Lynn Shelton film Your Sister’s Sister starring Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt and produced the Robinson Devor documentary Zoo. »


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SXSW 2012 Review: ‘Eden’ Is a Family Friendly Look at Sex Slavery in America Highlighted By a Strong, Heartfelt Lead Performance

21 March 2012 8:45 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) is an eighteen year old Korean-American girl who works at her parents’ store during the day and occasionally sneaks off for fun with friends at night. Her latest nocturnal jaunt sees her in a bar with a fake ID, a belly full of booze and the attention of a kind-looking off-duty fireman. She accepts a ride from him but quickly discovers her trust was poorly placed. She’s kidnapped, driven a good distance away to an undisclosed location and forced to work alongside other young women as sexual entertainment for bastards with a bankroll. This becomes her new life, and as the weeks, months and years pass she discovers a part of her willing to do just about anything to survive. More than that, she discovers that she’s willing to sacrifice others if it means her life will be made that much easier. It’s a harsh reality to face, that »

- Rob Hunter

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SXSW 2012. Narrative Feature Competition

20 March 2012 1:34 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

We're going to be taking our sweet time wrapping up this year's SXSW Film Festival, looking over one section at a time and allowing for digressions and occasional notes on films that screened in Berlin and Sundance as well, focusing on what's interesting, skimming over what's not. Before we begin, a few pointers to overviews of the festival in general: IndieWIRE and the Playlist have indexed their extensive coverage and Eric Kohn's had an end-of-the-fest chat with Ben Kenigsberg and Matt Singer; James Francis Flynn posted a diary at Cinespect; and, in his podcasts for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Kut.org, Eugene Hernandez has interviewed a slew of filmmakers and touched on broader issues with a wide range of critics: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

On to the Narrative Feature Competition, eight films in all, of which I saw none; it was only after the festival was over that I realized »

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SXSW 2012. Awards

19 March 2012 2:25 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Grand Juries at this year's SXSW Film Festival have awarded Best Narrative Feature to Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot and Best Documentary Feature to Jay Bulger's Beware of Mr Baker. The Audience Awards go to Megan Griffiths's Eden (Narrative) and Annie Eastman's Bay of All Saints (Documentary). At indieWIRE, Nigel M Smith has the winners of the Short Film Jury, Film Design and Special Awards.

"At the world premiere of Gimme the Loot," writes iW's Eric Kohn, "Leon said he'd been working on reshoots only a few months ago. That encapsulates the quality driving this delightfully scrappy first feature about young New York graffiti artists, a stitched-together combo of outlaw energy and bittersweet romance that gives the impression of Little Rascals in the big city. Like the graffiti art it documents, it's a lovingly handmade affair."

The L's Mark Asch notes that it'll be "playing »

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SXSW '12 Review: 'Eden' Is A Gripping Sex Slavery Drama That Isn't As Dour As It Sounds

19 March 2012 1:46 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Often the problem when making an "issue" movie, wherein you tackle some far-reaching social, systemic, or religious injustice, is that scope often becomes too burdensome, with the given topic often begging for thoughtful, intimate conversation and not the broad strokes that cinema offers. The best issue movies, things like Steven Soderbergh's multi-layered "Traffic," make the central concern seem both universal and incredibly personal, often setting aside crass moralization (the stuff "Crash" was mired in – hey, racism still exists, everybody!) for actual entertainment. "Eden," the Narrative Feature winner at SXSW, similarly tackles the issue of sex slavery, but it does so in a way that never feels too clumsy or overarching. Instead, it's a character study with thriller elements; it exposes you to a horrible underworld without ever beating you over the head with it.

The movie starts with us meeting Hyun Jae (former MTV personality Jamie Chung), a Korean-American »

- Drew Taylor

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‘Citadel’ and ‘Fat Kid Rules the World’ Among SXSW Audience Award Winners

18 March 2012 9:11 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Several days after their perplexing decision to hand out jury awards only halfway through the festival, SXSW has now ended their 2012 film run with the audience side of things. This grouping already bestowed feature film plaudits upon Annie Eastman‘s documentary, Bay of All Saints, and Megan GriffithsEden back on Tuesday, but we now have the victors in Documentary Spotlight, Narrative Spotlight, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal, and Festival Favorites.

The only one of this bunch that we managed to catch was Matthew Lillard‘s Fat Kid Rules the World — a film that, despite its positive buzz, was not in our favor — while the rest of the titles (discounting Citadel) are ones I don’t have much, if any familiarity with; I’ll certainly end up checking out some throughout the year, depending on the ensuing reviews. That might sound like disinterest to some, but in a »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Review: Jamie Chung does star-making work in harrowing SXSW award-winner 'Eden'

14 March 2012 9:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I was not familiar with the name Megan Griffiths until now, but it appears that I've been watching her work for years.  She produced two of Todd Rohal's films, she co-produced the outstanding "Your Sister's Sister" which I saw this year at Sundance, and she also helped produce the documentary "Zoo," which is a terribly disturbing film.  I did not see her previous films, but "The Off Hours" was at Sundance last year, and I know a few people who liked it. I will definitely catch up with it, because I thought her new film, "Eden," was a strong, simple presentation »

- Drew McWeeny

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Winners of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival Awards!

14 March 2012 11:12 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

As SXSW Film winds down, the juries have handed the victors of this year's best of the fest. Here are the winners of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival:

Documentary Feature

Grand Jury Winner: "Beware of Mr. Baker"

Director: Jay Bulger

Narrative Feature

Grand Jury Winner: "Gimme the Loot"

Director: Adam Leon

Feature Film Audience Awards

Documentary Feature

Winner: "Bay of All Saints"

Director: Annie Eastman

Narrative Feature

Winner: "Eden"

Director: Megan Griffiths

Short Film Jury Awards

Narrative Short

Winner: "The Chair"

Director: Grainger David

Documentary Shorts

Winner: "CatCam"

Director: Seth Keal

Animated Shorts

Winner: "(Notes On) Biology"

Director: Danny Madden

Sxglobal Shorts

Winner: "The Perfect Fit"

Director: Tali Yankelevich

Midnight Shorts

Winner: "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared"

Directors: Rebecca Sloan and Joseph Pelling

Music Videos

Winner: Battles, "My Machines"

Director: Daniels Casey

Texas Shorts

Winner: "Spark"

Time Warner Cable & Ovation Young Filmmaker Scholarship for Texas High School Shorts

Winner: "Boom"

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- Manny

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SXSW Award Winners: Find Out Which Films the Jury and Audience Liked the Most (Plus Watch All the Trailers)

14 March 2012 9:54 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Though films continue to screen through the rest of the week, the 2012 SXSW Film Festival announced its awards last night, with Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot taking hope top jury honors in Narrative Feature Competition, while Beware of Mr. Baker did the same in Documentary Feature Competition. Megan Griffiths' Eden did well with audience members, scooping up the much-coveted Audience Award for Narrative Feature (as well as a special jury award recognizing Jamie Chung's performance in the film). Meanwhile, Bay of All Saints captured the audience award for Documentary Feature. Check out all the winners below, with trailers (and full films or music videos) where available.   The 2012 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners: Feature Film Jury Awards Documentary...

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- Erik Davis

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'Gimme The Loot' & 'Beware Mr. Baker' Lead 2012 SXSW Award Winners; Battles' "My Machines" Takes Best Music Video

14 March 2012 8:17 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

...and just like that, the SXSW Film Festival is winding down a close. There are only a few days left at the fest, and folks are beginning to have BBQ regret as they pack their bags to leave Austin. But before they do, the juries have weighed in and handed out the statues for the best of the fest.

In the Narrative Feature department, "Gimme The Loot" has taken the Grand Jury prize. Directed by Adam Leon, making his feature film debut, the movie tells the story of Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx who hatch a plan for revenge against a rival gang of graffitti artists by tagging a NYC landmark. Word out of Austin has been very strong on this one, and we're eager to see it ourselves.

Meanwhile, in the Documentary category, "Beware Of Mr. Baker" scored the win. Another debut here, this time from Jay Bulger, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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SXSW 2012: 'Gimme The Loot,' 'Beware Of Mr. Baker' Take Top Honors

14 March 2012 5:59 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

With the film portion of the South By Southwest Film Festival slowly winding down -- and with those crazy music-only people seemingly turning Austin into a deleted scene from "Southland Tales" -- what better time to give out some festival awards! SXSW did just that on Tuesday night, honoring the graffiti drama "Gimme the Loot" and the rock documentary "Beware of Mr. Baker," about Cream drummer Ginger Baker. Fun! Other winners included Richard Linklater's "Bernie" and even "X-Men: First Class"? Sure thing. Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal and Festival Favorites Audience Awards will be announced separately Saturday, but for now, check out these SXSW winners. Feature Film Jury Awards Documentary Feature Competition Grand Jury Winner: "Beware of Mr. Baker" Director: Jay Bulger Narrative Feature Competition Grand Jury Winner: "Gimme The Loot" Director: Adam Leon Special Jury Recognition for Performance: Jamie Chung - "Eden »

- Christopher Rosen

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SXSW: Gimme The Loot And Eden Lead This Year's Award Winners

14 March 2012 1:20 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Jury and Audience Award winners were handed out Tuesday evening in Austin as the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival heads into its final stretch. For the first time this year, winners were announced in every category available at the festival, giving jurors a chance to choose from the 132 films that screened over the course of the fest. Jay Bulger.s Beware of Mr. Baker took home the Grand Jury prize in the Documentary Featrure category, while Adam Leon.s Gimme the Loot won in the Narrative competition. Special Jury Recognition for Performance went to Jamie Chung (Eden), Besedka Johnson (Starlet), and Nico Stone (Booster). Audience Awards, meanwhile, went to Annie Eastman.s Bay of All Saints in the documentary category and Megan Griffiths. Eden on the Narrative Feature category. .It.s been amazing this year to hear over and over again about the high range of quality across the board, »

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