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19 items from 2015


'Carol' leads Indie Spirit nominees

24 November 2015 1:07 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Todd Haynes is in the running for best director and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in contention for best female lead alongside Room’s Brie Larson as Carol earned six 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on Tuesday.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Close behind were Spotlight and Beasts Of No Nation on five apiece, followed by indie darling Tangerine and Anomalisa on four each.

Not even a glitch that saw the list of nominees temporarily appear on the Film Independent website prior to the official announcement could spoil what turned out by and large to be a recognition of independent film in its myriad forms.

Besides the more predictable contenders like Carol, Spotlight and Room, there was plenty of love for Tangerine, shot on an iPhone, and Beasts Of No Nation from Netflix, whose day-and-date release (and what that portends) infuriated large swathes of the exhibition sector but has clearly »

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'Carol' leads Spirit nominees

24 November 2015 1:07 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Todd Haynes is in the running for best director and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in contention for best female lead alongside Room’s Brie Larson as Carol earned six 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Close behind were Spotlight and Beasts Of No Nation on five apiece, followed by indie darling Tangerine and Anomalisa on four each.

Not even a glitch that saw the list of nominees temporarily appear on the Film Independent website prior to the official announcement could spoil what turned out by and large to be a recognition of independent film in its myriad forms.

Besides the more predictable contenders like Carol, Spotlight and Room, there was plenty of love for Tangerine, shot on an iPhone, and Beasts Of No Nation from Netflix, whose day-and-date release (and what that portends) infuriated large swathes of the exhibition sector but has clearly impressed critics.

Magnolia Pictures earned »

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Beasts Of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight Among 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

24 November 2015 1:00 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the La Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations.

Nominees for Best Feature included Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight and Tangerine.

“This year’s nominees are a testament to the strength, vitality and diversity of independent, artist-driven filmmaking,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “It’s an astonishingly strong group of films and performances this year and we look forward to celebrating them all at the Spirit Awards.”

Spotlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman »

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Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: Advantageous, Underachieving Sci-Fi For Tiger Mums

27 September 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Jennifer Phang's ambitious sci-fi drama presents some intriguing ideas about identity and sacrifice in a uniquely female context, but she invests her budget into the wrong elements, and is unable to fashion her final film into anything particularly engaging.In the near future, the economic divide has grown exponentially, with new skyscrapers providing little more than shade for the countless starving masses. Even for the wealthy elite, it is women who are bearing the brunt of this climate, with popular opinion swaying towards them returning to the home, rather than see millions of men put out of work. Gwen Ko (Jacqueline Kim) is a successful spokesperson for "The Center for Advanced Health and Living", an aspirational business peddling the notion of trading bodies to remain youthful. When...

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Star Trek: 47 geeky things about the Next Generation films

3 June 2015 3:02 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Star Trek: Generations through to Star Trek: Nemesis - here are 47 nerdy spots in the Next Generation films...

Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the Star Trek cinematic outings have proved to be a smorgasbord of references and famous actors (or those who would go on to be), and often had complex behind the scenes events that stopped some rather, ahem, fascinating moments making it to the final version. We found lots of nerdy spots in the first six films here.

This time out we look at the films featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and choose 47 factoids. Granted, there's a lot more than that of interest, but we've tried for ones that you might not be aware of.

Oh, and there are some major spoilers...

Star Trek: Generations (1994)

1. The first of the Next Generation films was something of a rush job as principal photography »

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Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Trippy Sundance Sci-Fi Drama 'Advantageous'

1 June 2015 9:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Sundance Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Phang - 'Advantageous' Marking Jennifer Phang's first feature since the 2008 sci-fi drama "Half Life," "Advantageous" finds the San Francisco-based filmmaker looking into a dystopian near-future. The film, which was co-written by Phang and Jacqueline Kim, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will be screened in theaters and available on Netflix in late June. "Advantageous" stars Kim as Gwen Koh, a mother who struggles to stay afloat in an economically unstable world. Gwen works as a spokesperson for the Center for Advanced Health and Living, which promotes new technology that allows people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin a new life. When the company fires Gwen from her job for being too old, she has to decide whether or not to undergo the procedure herself to salvage her career and support her family.  Jennifer Ehle, James. »

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Sundance 2015: ‘Advantageous’ wins with stunning visuals and smart sci-fi

8 February 2015 4:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Advantageous

Written by Jacqueline Kim & Jennifer Phang

Directed by Jennifer Phang

USA, 2015

Jennifer Phang’s 2012 short film, Advantageous, was a haunting rumination on the nature of existence in a world that no longer needs you.  This feature-length adaptation maintains Phang’s assured visual narrative, but a sluggish script makes for some frustrated viewing at times.  Still, Phang is a filmmaker to watch.  Her impeccable eye yields plenty of surprises, making Advantageous a fascinating little sci-fi gem.

What role can women play in a future crippled by overpopulation and dwindling economic resources?  The answer to that question, in dystopian sci-fi fashion, is predictably grim.  Gwen (Jacqueline Kim) is a beautiful, intelligent professional whose approaching middle-age has exposed some troubling realities.  The company where she works, a biomedical engineering firm dedicated to maximizing physical readiness, is thinking about ‘youth-sizing’ Gwen; replacing her with a younger counterpart that better represents the company’s image. »

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Sundance 2015. Awards

31 January 2015 10:07 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

 

U.S Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Audience Award

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Directing Award

The Witch (Robert Eggers, U.S./Canada)

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

The Stanford Prison Experiment (Tim Talbott)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Cinematography

Diary of a Teenage Girl (Brandon Trost)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Editing

Dope (Lee Haugen)

Special Jury Award – Collaborative Vision

Advantageous (Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang)

U.S. Documentary

Grand Jury Prize

The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)

Audience Award

Meru (Jimmy Chin, E. Chai Vasarhelyi)

Directing Award

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, U.S./Mexico)

Special Jury Award — Social Impact

3 1/2 Minutes (Marc Silver)

Special Jury Award – Verite Filmmaking

Western (Bill Ross, Turner Ross)

Special Jury Award – Break Out First Feature

(T)error (Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe)

Special Jury Award – Cinematography

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll)

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Sundance ’15: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Find Friends at Sundance, James White Receives Audience Embrace

31 January 2015 9:55 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Following in the footsteps of Fruitvale Station and Whiplash before it, the most talked about title in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl claimed both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Crystal Moselle’s audience favorite might not have claimed the Audience Award (Meru), but the family featured in The Wolfpack landed a much coveted U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Matthew Heineman’s unfathomably constructed Cartel Land landed to Jury Prizes in Best Director and Excellence in Cinematography. In stellar Next, the unique prize went to Josh Mond’s brilliant directorial debut James White. Here is the press release and all the winners.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Gordon Quinn to:

The Wolfpack / U.S.A. (Director: Crystal Moselle)

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Edgar Wright to:

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

31 January 2015 8:22 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival concluded on Saturday (January 31) night with a Tig Notaro-hosted award ceremony in which it seemed like nearly everything was given an award by one of the Festival's juries. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, won both the Us Dramatic Jury Prize and Audience Prize, an increasingly less rare double. On the Us Documentary side, Crystal Moselle's "The Wolfpack" won the Grand Jury Prize, but "Meru" won the Audience Award. John Maclean's "Slow West" won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, while Chad Garcia's "Russian Woodpecker" was the World Cinema Documentary Grand Prize winner. While "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" was one of the most buzzed-about titles in the Us Dramatic Competition, several other rave-winners picked up key prizes on Saturday night, including the Grand Jury Directing Award to Robert Eggers for "The Witch," the Waldo Salt »

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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List

31 January 2015 8:15 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.

“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But »

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Sundance: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Wins Grand Jury, Audience Awards

31 January 2015 6:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s visually inventive comedy-drama about the friendship between a misfit teenager and a classmate diagnosed with leukemia, received both the grand jury prize and the audience award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night. Part cancer-themed tearjerker and part tribute to obsessive movie love, “Me and Earl” was acquired by Fox Searchlight earlier this week in one of the festival’s biggest deals.

This marks the third year in a row that one movie has taken both top prizes at Sundance, following the lead of “Fruitvale Station” in 2013 and “Whiplash” last year. “Me and Earl’s” victory was even more noteworthy given what many considered one of the stronger U.S. dramatic competitions in recent memory, with strong critical and audience buzz for “Dope,” “The Witch” and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” all of which also received prizes.

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Me And Earl triumphs at Sundance

31 January 2015 3:16 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the Us grand jury prize and audience awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

Earlier in the week Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on the acquisition of world rights.

Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack won the Us grand jury documentary award days after Magnolia Pictures moved for world rights.

In the World Cinema categories, John Maclean’s UK-New Zealand entry Slow West prevailed in the dramatic strand while there was joy for UK documentary winner The Russian Woodpecker by Chad Gracia.

Meru by Jimmy Chin and E Chai Vasarhelyi triumphed in the Us dramatic audience award. Robert Eggers was a highlight of the directing honours with the Us dramatic prize for The Witch while Kim Longinotto won World Cinema documentary for Dreamcatcher

The festival runs from January 22-February »

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Me And Earl triumphs in Park City

31 January 2015 3:16 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the Us grand jury prize and audience awards.

Earlier in the week Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on the acquisition of world rights.

Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack won the Us grand jury documentary award days after Magnolia Pictures moved for world rights.

In the World Cinema categories, John Maclean’s UK-New Zealand entry Slow West prevailed in the dramatic strand while there was joy for UK documentary winner The Russian Woodpecker by Chad Gracia.

Meru by Jimmy Chin and E Chai Vasarhelyi triumphed in the Us dramatic audience award. Robert Eggers was a highlight of the directing honours with the Us dramatic prize for The Witch while Kim Longinotto won World Cinema documentary for Dreamcatcher

The festival runs from January 22-February 1 and screened 123 feature-length and 60 short films selected »

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Sundance: Ken Jeong Says Next Season of ‘Community’ is Better and ‘More British’

29 January 2015 4:46 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Advantageous,” a brainy new science-fiction film that debuted this week at the Sundance Film Festival, represents a major departure for Ken Jeong.

The comic actor best known for letting it all hang out in “The Hangover,” reveals himself in a whole different way. Jeong plays Han, a restaurant owner who is plagued by guilt after his affair with his wife’s sister results in a child. It’s a small, but pivotal role, and one he plays straight.

“I’m in exploration mode,” said Jeong, who did double duty as a producer on “Advantageous.” “Comedy will also be my first love, but it’s natural for every comedic actor to want to expand their range and see if they can do it.”

Jeong isn’t turning back on the roles that made famous. He’ll return to Greendale Community College as Señor Ben Chang, a former Spanish teacher with a tenuous grip on reality, »

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Sundance: Ken Jeong Says Next Season of ‘Community’ is Better and ‘More British’

29 January 2015 4:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Advantageous,” a brainy new science-fiction film that debuted this week at the Sundance Film Festival, represents a major departure for Ken Jeong.

The comic actor best known for letting it all hang out in “The Hangover,” reveals himself in a whole different way. Jeong plays Han, a restaurant owner who is plagued by guilt after his affair with his wife’s sister results in a child. It’s a small, but pivotal role, and one he plays straight.

“I’m in exploration mode,” said Jeong, who did double duty as a producer on “Advantageous.” “Comedy will also be my first love, but it’s natural for every comedic actor to want to expand their range and see if they can do it.”

Jeong isn’t turning back on the roles that made famous. He’ll return to Greendale Community College as Señor Ben Chang, a former Spanish teacher with a tenuous grip on reality, »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Advantageous’

27 January 2015 2:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jennifer Phang’s first feature since 2008’s “Half-Life” is another thinking person’s sci-fi tale, this one expanding on a short she made in 2012. The tale of a mother making eventually desperate sacrifices to ensure a future for her daughter in an increasingly unaffordable near-future, “Advantageous” presents an offbeat, intimate dystopian vision that is strongly intriguing for a while. But just when it should shift from a focus on ideas to emotional involvement, the pic instead grows slower and less engaging. Theatrical prospects are likely to be modest, ancillary sales stronger for an item that will please serious futurist-lit readers more than action-movie fanboys.

Even more so than “Half-Life,” “Advantageous” (co-written with lead thesp Jacqueline Kim) is notable for having a distinctly feminine p.o.v. and themes in a filmic genre that seldom stretches farther in that direction than placing the occasional  female protagonist into essentially masculine narratives. It »

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Sundance Exclusive: See How A Vibrator, Toothbrush And More Helped Create The Score For Sci-Fi 'Advantageous'

26 January 2015 7:09 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Composer Timo Chen may have started playing piano at the age of 5, and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, but don't think for a second he's stuck on traditional approaches to music. This week at Sundance, the sci-fi film "Advantageous" will premiere and it will feature a score by Chen aided by some unorthodox treatments to a wide range of musical instruments.  Co-written and directed by Jennifer Phang, and starring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Jennifer Ehle, Ken Jeong, and Freya Adams, the story is set in the near future where new technology allows people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. Inspired by the film's themes, Chen used a vibrator, toothbrush, Tibetan mallet and more to create unique sounds in his score for "Advantageous." In the exclusive featurette below, the composer details his work on the film. "Advantageous" premieres tonight at Sundance. Browse through all our coverage »

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Sundance 2015: Most Anticipated Films

6 January 2015 5:33 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With January being the traditional low point of the movie season, cinephiles from around the world look to the Sundance Film Festival for some glimmer of hope.  America’s preeminent independent film festival has graduated some heavy-hitters over the years, including Whiplash, Ida, and Boyhood from last year’s class.  2015’s program boasts an unprecedented balance between drama and comedy premieres, ensuring that everyone from general audiences to discerning film students will leave happy.  Like any good buffet table, however, Sundance simply has too much good stuff to consume, unless you don’t mind unbuckling your belt in a crowded movie theater.  With that in mind, here are a few of the more hotly-anticipated titles from this year’s festival.

The Psychology Triumvirate

Psychology buffs rejoice!  This year’s Sundance is presenting three movies that might someday be found in a Psych 101 course syllabus.  From the U.S. Dramatic Competition, »

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