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2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jonathan Helpert’s Io

Originally set up with thesps Elle Fanning, Diego Luna and Clay Jeter in the director’s chair, Io, the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and the Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum selected project landed in the laps of Paris based filmmaker Jonathan Helpert with a new cast comprised of Margaret Qualley (who is coming off the piping hot Novitiate), Anthony Mackie, and the always reliable Danny Huston.

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‘Chef’s Table: Season 3’ First Photos Introduce the New Culinary Talents

‘Chef’s Table: Season 3’ First Photos Introduce the New Culinary Talents
Food aficionados will once again be taken on an extraordinary globe-trotting adventure, meeting renowned and yet-to-be discovered chefs in “Chef’s Table: Season 3.” Ahead of its February premiere date, the Netflix original series, which redefined food television, has shared the first look at the upcoming season.

Traveling the world, Season 3 will introduce fans to six chefs, including Los Angeles-based Nancy Silverton and ramen master Ivan Orkin. Viewers will get to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents, and go from a Michelin starred location to visiting a buddhist temple chef living in the countryside of South Korea.

This season’s food masters are: Jeong Kwan of Baekyasa Temple (South Korea), Vladimir Muhkin of White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia), Tim Raue of Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany), Virgilio Martinez of Central (Lima, Peru), Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen (New York, NY) and Nancy Silverton of Osteria Mozza (Los Angeles,
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Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, and Danny Huston Join Sci-Fi Drama ‘Io’

Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, and Danny Huston Join Sci-Fi Drama ‘Io’
The Leftovers” star Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, and Danny Huston are set to star in the sci-fi drama “Io.”

The project, which was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and the Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum, will be helmed by Jonathan Helpert from an original script by Clay Jeter, Charles Spano, and Will Basanta.

Jason Michael Berman and Laura Rister will produce “Io” for Mandalay Pictures and Untitled Entertainment, respectively. The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017.

The film tells the story of one girl’s coming-of-age while examining the dangers of humanity’s current relationship with the planet. Qualley will play Sam Walden, a teenager surviving as one of the last people on an abandoned post-cataclysmic Earth, who is racing to find a cure for her poisoned home world before the last shuttle off the planet to the distant human space colony leaves her stranded. Mackie will play Micah,
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Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley to Star in Sci-Fi Project ‘Io’

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Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley and Danny Huston will star in the science fiction film “Io,” Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman and Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister announced Friday. The project was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and the Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum and will be directed by Jonathan Helpert. Clay Jeter, Charles Spano and Will Basanta wrote the script. Berman and Rister will produce “Io” for their respective production houses. The film will premiere on Netflix in 2017. Also Read: Anthony Mackie's Untitled Johnnie Cochran Film Finds Director “Io” will tell the story of a girl coming of age while looking at.
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Anthony Mackie joins 'Io'

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Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie and Danny Huston will star in the sci-fi for Mandalay Pictures and Untitled Entertainment as production gets underway this week in France.

Netflix will release Io in 2017. Jonathan Helpert will direct the project from a script by Clay Jeter, Charles Spano and Will Basanta.

The project was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and the Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum and centres on a girl who races to find a cure for a poisoned Earth as the last shuttle to a distant colony prepares to take off.

Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman and Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister will produce.

Mandalay and Untitled are producing in association with Great Point Media and Okanagan Media Limited, Sunset Junction Entertainment, Good Lap Productions, Make It with Gravy Productions and Inspire Entertainment.

Executive Producers are Basanta, Jeter, Spano, Victor Shapiro, Raphael Swann, Alain Peyrollaz, Francois Enginger, Mackie, Jason Spire, Ryan Lough, [link
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‘Chef’s Table’ Season 3 Poster: Netflix Series to Showcase the Crème de la Crème of French Chefs

‘Chef’s Table’ Season 3 Poster: Netflix Series to Showcase the Crème de la Crème of French Chefs
“Chef’s Table” fans, get ready to binge watch the third season of the Netflix original series this Labor Day weekend. The upcoming four new episodes are a little different than what audiences have previous seen. Titled “Chef’s Table: France,” the upcoming episodes are dedicated to four of the world’s most renowned French chefs: Alain Passard, Adeline Grattard, Alexandre Couillon and Michel Troisgros.

This time, foodies are invited back to take another globe trot with the crew who will showcase the crème de la crème of French chefs. As the filmmakers embark on a personal look into the daily lives of these carefully curated chefs, the food connoisseurs will talk about what inspires them and how it translates into their individual styles. They will also talk about their diverse backgrounds and the evolution and craft of their chosen cuisine as well as their quests for sensory perfection.

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2016 Forecast as Record Year for Foreign Shoots in France

2016 Forecast as Record Year for Foreign Shoots in France
Paris — In the wake of France’s decision to increase the rate on its Tax Rebate for International Productions (Trip) rebate scheme from 20% to 30%, effective from the start of this year, a series of high-profile foreign productions have booked shoots in Gaul in 2016, including Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” lensing in Northern France in May, Neil Jordan’s 10-part Cote d’Azur-based TV crime series “Riviera,” and a yet undisclosed major U.S. TV Series expected to start production in the Fall.

Other confirmed shoots for 2016 include Clay Jeter’s sci-fi pic “Io.”

France’s domestic tax rebate scheme, for official French productions, has also increased from 20% to 30%.

“The increase to 30% is a huge change,” says line producer John Bernard of Peninsula Film. “It’s been further amplified by the rising value of the dollar. It’s been absolutely essential.”

“30% is a wonderful new development,” says line producer Raphael Benoliel, of Firstep.
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SFIFF58: Documentary Roundup

Courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.

T-Rex

Directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari

USA, 2015

T-Rex follows the harrowing journey of seventeen year old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from her small hometown of Flint, Michigan, to London in the summer of 2012, where she is in contention for a gold medal in the newly added women’s boxing event. Although training at the elite level in any discipline is a remarkable feat on its own, Shields’ background, including an alcoholic mother and a father who was in prison for much of her childhood, makes her accomplishments all the more inspirational. And due to USA Boxing rules, her coach and surrogate father is forced to watch her biggest matches from the stands rather than be by her side at the ring. As much as Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari’s film deals with overcoming adversity, Shields’ story is also a telling example
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Tasty Trailer For David Gelb’s Netflix Docu-Series ‘Chef’s Table’

If you saw David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams Of Sushi then you’ll understand the sheer dedication and stunning talent of one of the finest food creators in the world. Gelb now has a new Netflix series Chef’s Table that airs exclusively from April 26th and we’ve got the first trailer that’ll get those tastebuds tingling again.

The Netflix original docu-series Chef’s Table features six of the world’s renowned international chefs, and offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents. The chefs involved include Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, USA), Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia) and Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen
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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announce Tribeca Talks Series Line-Up

The Tribeca Film Festival announced this week that audiences will have an opportunity to hear panel and one-on-one conversations with some of the industry’s most critically and commercially successful filmmakers, artists, and executives during this year’s Tribeca Talks series including Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus, Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo, Harvey Weinstein, Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Catherine Martin, and Christiane Amanpour.

Unique programs in the 2015 series include the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures where an acclaimed director participates in an intimate one-on-one conversation, Tribeca Talks: Master Class conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process, Tribeca Talks: Script & Screen hosted by Barnes & Noble which explores topics related to screenwriting, as well as the previously announced special Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Conversations which presents conversations relating to sports and competition in film,
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Film Casting: Neon Demon, Sleepless Night, Elle Fanning in Io

The Neon Demon, Sleepless Night, Io, and other movies have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Io Elle Fanning and Diego Luna have joined the cast of Clay Jeter’s sci-fi pic [...]

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Elle Fanning And Diego Luna Join Sci-fi Pic Io

Deadline is reporting that Elle Fanning (Maleficent and The Night Demon) and Diego Luna (The Book of Life and Elysium) will star in Clay Jeter's upcoming sci-fi flick Io. Fanning will play one of the last survivor's on a post-cataclysmic Earth. In a race against time she is searching for a cure for the dying planet before the last shuttle leaves her stranded. Luna will play a refugee on the way to the launch who makes her question if she can save the planet or not. "We are so excited for Elle to bring her charisma and fearlessness to the demanding role of the tragically obsessed idealist Sam," said Jeter. "And Diego's chameleon-like versatility makes him a perfect choice for the secretive and enigmatic Micah. I'm...

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Elle Fanning, Diego Luna to star in Io

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Jason Michael Berman and Laura Rister have set Elle Fanning and Diego Luna to star in the sci-fi.

Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale alumnus Clay Jeter will direct Io, which was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab. Jeter co-wrote the screenplay with Will Basanta and Charles Spano.

Io was selected for the first Sundance Catalyst Forum (Creative Investor Lab) in 2013 and has the support of the San Francisco Film Society.

The film centres on a young survivor of a cataclysm who races to find a cure for poisoned Earth before the last shuttle departs for a distant new home.

The producers are in talks with Robert Halmi’s financier Great Point Media and have targeted the start of principal photography for later this year.

Elijah Wood will star opposite Nicolas Cage in Benjamin and Alex Brewer’s The Trust.The film follows two crooked police officers who discover a hidden safe. Benjamin Brewer and [link
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Netflix's first original docu-series will be food porn

Netflix's first original docu-series will be food porn
Netflix’s first original documentary series will surely make you hungry. The network has ordered Chef’s Table, a six-part series about—what else?—chefs from David Gelb, who knows something about culinary entertainment. Gelb directed the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi about the man hailed as the world’s best sushi chef, Jiro Ono, and his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. Gelb, who is among the executive producers of the series, will direct along with Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn, and Clay Jeter.

The six chefs set to be featured in the series hail from various locales around the world, and include
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25 Great Film Shots Seen for the First time in 2012

On the other side of my content filled posts for Sound on Sight, I manage a semi-popular Tumblr blog called Obscure and Offbeat Cinema. There is virtually no written content and the vast majority of what I present are screenshots taken from films that I’m watching or planning to watch. Though a popular film will sneak in now and then, the focus remains on films that are off the beaten path. With over 3000 images posted in 2012, I thought it would be interesting to single out my favourite shots seen for the first time this year and share them with you. This link is quite obviously unique to my own cinematic experience of 2012, as well as my own personal quirks and aesthetic obsessions, so you might not agree with all of the choices. I also warn, this list may not be Safe for Work and in the case of objectionable
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The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On | AFI Fest 2012 Review

The Most Fun You’ll Have With Tedium: Denny’s Debut Neither Lives Up To It’s Teasing Title or Promising Premise

Using the recent death of her father as inspiration for her feature film debut, Drew Denny combines female bonding comedy with a road trip film, all built upon a loopy elegiac base for her dead father, which is supposedly driving the narrative forward. Ironically, the over lengthy and twee title of The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On is only the first clue that this threadbare material would have been better served as a short feature, running ashore quiet early on as it clunkily attempts to explore the notion of finding comedy, or the joy of living, despite life’s heartbreak and tears. But one gets the sense that this opaquely rendered exercise would be most enjoyed by the friends and relatives of the Denny family.
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2012 Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grants: Andrew Dosunmu and Mark Jackson’s Latest Receive Coin

A pair of titles in our Most Anticipated Films for 2012 in #39. Andrew Dosunmu (Ma George) and #30. Mark Jackson (Untitled Sicily Project) are two of the lucky fifteen filmmakers to have received coin in the shape of 2012 Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grants. Recipients include a trio of titles that we caught in Park City back in January in Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Ira Sach’s Keep the Lights On, and Destin Daniel Cretton’s I Am Not a Hipster. Here’s the press release.

Post-Production Feature Film Grants

Keep the Lights On

Writer/director: Ira Sachs

The story of a tumultuous, decade-long relationship between two men in New York City. Keep the Lights On premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997) and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue.
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Jess + Moss Trailer Boasts Its Art House Charm

Jess + Moss, the directorial feature debut of Clay Jeter, centers on the tight-knit relationship between two second cousins, forged over a shared feeling of isolation and fear of growing up. At 18 and 12 respectively, Jess (Sarah Hagan) and Moss (Austin Vickers) are on opposite ends of adolescence, and this drama explores that divide through revealing vignettes of a pivotal summer spent together. Jeter, not only co-wrote and directed this coming of age tale, but also served as its cinematographer. Shot on location amidst Kentucky's vibrant tobacco fields and with various and sometimes degraded film stocks, Jess + Moss paints a romantic and visually lush depiction of the bittersweet beauty of youth. Following a globetrotting festival tour that included exhibitions at Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival, Jess + Moss is now open in limited release. You can get a peak at this acclaimed experimental effort thanks to its first trailer, courtesy of
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“Jess + Moss” — A Hammer To Nail Review

(Jess + Moss world premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It opens theatrically at the reRun Gastropub in New York City on Friday, February 17, 2012. If you are not in NYC, don’t worry, as it is now available on VOD at the following outlets: YouTube, iTunes, Sundance Now, and Amazon. Visit the film’s official website to learn more.)

While there are many pressing existential questions, to my mind, this is one of the most significant: can one make a truly effective film about aimlessness and boredom without that film becoming excruciatingly aimless and boring in its own right? At first glance, Clay Jeter’s Jess + Moss might seem to confront that issue head on, and if you aren’t in the right frame of mood, your opinion might be a less than favorable one. But if you go into it understanding that this is sensory-based—as opposed to plot-driven—cinema,
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Underground Film Links: February 12, 2012

Motion Picture Purgatory cartoonist Rick Trembles has moved from purgatory and into hell recently thanks to what appears to be a possible illegal eviction by his landlord. A Montreal news station covers the story and interviews Trembles who provides some damning evidence. The turmoil has left Trembles in a bad way, so if there’s any way anyone reading this can throw him some work, he’d appreciate it. Lastly, his latest strip is a review of 1968′s Canuxploitation thriller Playgirl Killer.Cinemascope gives the true history of the filmmaking via cell phone phenomenon, giving rightful appreciation to Aryan Kaganof’s boundary-breaking SMS Sugar Man.Heard that old Bad Lit friend Christopher Folino (Gamers) has a new movie in the works called Sparks. Actually, I think it’s nearing completion and you can get a preview of it at its official website. Based on a comic book co-written with William Katt
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