10 items from 2015
Sundance never sleeps. Screen Media Films came out on top of a competitive bidding situation for "Ten Thousands Saints," taking Us rights to "American Splendor" directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's film version of the acclaimed Eleanor Henderson novel. Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Emile Hirsch, and Ethan Hawke, the Sundance premiere will arrive stateside in late summer 2015 with a robust 25-market theatrical and day-and-date VOD release. Here's the synopsis: In Ten Thousand Saints, after certain events lead Jude (Asa Butterfield) to withdraw from school and his family, his mother sends him to live with his estranged pot-dealing father (Ethan Hawke) in New York City. There, in the crime-riddled East Village of the late 1980’s, Jude forms an unlikely bond with his best friend’s brother (Emilie Hirsch) and the daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) of his father’s girlfriend (Emily Mortimer). As the three »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “Ten Thousand Saints,” which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Emile Hirsch and Ethan Hawke.
After certain events lead Jude (Butterfield) to withdraw from school and his family, his mother sends him to live with his estranged pot-dealing father (Hawke) in New York City. There, in the crime-riddled East Village of the late 1980’s, Jude »
- Jeff Sneider
Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired international rights and The Orchard has picked up North America on Joe Swanberg’s drama. In separate deals, Ten Thousand Saints and Fresh Dressed also sold.
The story follows a married couple who head off on separate adventures after they discover a bone and a gun.
Screen Media Films has acquired Us rights to Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s comedy-drama Ten Thousand Saints starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Emile Hirsch and Ethan Hawke. Screen Media Films will release in late summer via day-and-date theatrical and VOD after brokering the deal with CAA.Samuel Goldwyn Films and StyleHaul have acquired North American rights to Sacha Jenkins’ documentary Fresh Dressed, about the evolution »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
When looking for a good independent film at Sundance, there are a lot of hot topics the movies tend to focus on. These topics range from coming-of-age stories to stories surrounding death, or ones dealing with heavy issues like drugs, teen pregnancy, homosexuality, homelessness, and poor parenting. Ten Thousand Saints is a film that manages to comfortably fit all these issues into one movie and still have room for some good laughs.
Ten Thousand Saints follows the story of a drug using teenager named Jude, played by Asa Butterfield, who, after a life-changing tragedy, is sent to New York by his mother to live with his pot-smoking father, Les (Ethan Hawke), who left them when Jude was nine. While there, Jude begins to clean up his life and gets to know his father more, as well as making friends with his father's girlfriend's daughter and his best friend's straight-edge brother. »
- Bryan Dayley
Exclusive: It’s tempting to say that Alessandro Nivola lives a charmed life, and that might be true if he weren’t working so hard. He’s Zelig in plain sight: At this moment in time you can see him in Selma as Justice Department civil rights lawyer John Doar, who would become the lead prosecutor in the government’s case against the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. And you can see him on the other side of the mirror, as a mobbed-up oil distributor and bete noir of Oscar Isaacs in A Most Violent Year. He played another nemesis, FBI agent Anthony Amado, on the trail of Bradley Cooper in American Hustle. And he’s still batting it around with Cooper, but now on Broadway, where he plays Frederick Treves, the humanistic doctor who rescues Cooper’s John Merrick – Aka the Elephant Man – from life in a freak show booth. »
- Jeremy Gerard
A love letter to a bygone era of New York City, namely the late ‘80s, “Ten Thousand Saints” sees directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini returning to a more personal approach to filmmaking — or at least as personal as possible when adapting another’s material, in this case the debut novel by author Eleanor Henderson. Part teen romance, part awkward love triangle, part generational-clash portrait, and almost all powered by nostalgia, this warmly conceived dramedy will likely resonate strongest with audiences who have a direct connection to the story’s place and time. Otherwise, there’s not much to suggest a theatrical windfall, and only slightly better odds in ancillary.
The story actually kicks off in 1980 Vermont, on a particularly eventful night for young hero Jude (Henry Kelemen). He’s hit with a double whammy: His no-nonsense mom, Harriet (Julianne Nicholson), has kicked his hippie dad, Les (Ethan Hawke »
- Geoff Berkshire
A first sampling of Sundance offerings reveals illuminating documentaries and compelling, if not perfect, narratives
A bit of friendly advice to the producers of “Ten Thousand Saints”: Please, please, please get rid of the opening narration in which the protagonist observes that life is like a river. It’s the worst line of dialogue in the whole movie, and it starts the proceedings off with a cringe.
Luckily, the script (by directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, adapting the novel by Eleanor Henderson) gets better from there. After the death of his best friend Teddy (Avan Jogia, also »
- Alonso Duralde
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
The Party Report’s early picks of the prestigious, unique and special gatherings at the festival. Look for these intimate invites in your inbox
Despite causing agita throughout the industry for threatening not to circulate his annual “Sundance Party List” for talent, publicists and media — Chris Ryan’s encyclopedic tome is forthcoming and will be likely forwarded several times by the time you’re reading this post.
This is not that list.
Instead of a comprehensive treatise, I’ve picked the intimate, special and the unique gatherings of the creative community and people who make Sundance scene special and so broadly popular, »
- Mikey Glazer
Exclusive: Paradigm has inked actor Cory Hardrict just as the American Sniper actor is eyeing a busy 2015. Hardrict is currently in theaters in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar contender, starring as fellow soldier ‘D’ opposite Bradley Cooper as real life Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle. He also stars with Emily Mortimer and James Badge Dale in the sci-fi thriller Spectral, which Legendary Pictures will release on August 12, 2016.
On the indie side Hardrict plays parallel roles in Destined, a Sliding Doors-esque tale of a young man who becomes a drug dealer and a successful architect in different destinies determined in one fateful instant. Hardrict is also executive producer on the drama helmed by writer-director Qasim Basir. He will also appear in Car Dogs with Octavia Spencer and in Brotherly Love, about a promising Philadelphia high school basketball player dealing with the pressures of hood fame.
- Jen Yamato
10 items from 2015
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