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Frightfest 2017: ‘Still/Born’ Review

Stars: Christie Burke, Jesse Moss, Rebecca Olson, Michael Ironside, Jenn Griffin | Written by Brandon Christensen, Colin Minihan | Directed by Brandon Christensen

For Mary, the joy of her infant son Adam’s birth is overshadowed by the devastating stillborn death of his twin brother Thomas. Concerned husband Jack relocates them to a spacious new home in secluded suburbia while Mary makes fast friends with their neighbor Rachel. But fresh faces, new surroundings, and even post-partum medication can’t spin Mary’s haunted motherhood mindset off its deepening descent into horrifying depression. Soon she’s convinced that an otherworldly evil wants to claim her remaining baby for its own…

Postpartum depression is a very tricky subject matter to approach for any movie, not to mention a horror movie. Hell, even doctors struggle to tackle the subject in real life, so when it comes to reel life filmmakers have to be Very careful
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FrightFest 2017 ‘Still/Born’ Review: Dir. Brandon Christensen

Still / Born: A woman start to mentally unwind as someone or something takes an interest in her newborn child. Still / Born Review

From the off, there is nothing that comes across as too original about Brandon Christensen’s Still/Born. The concept at its heart deals with the horrors of parenthood (namely motherhood) that has been mined across the horror genre (everything from Rosemary’s Baby to the Paranormal Activity films address it in someway), so if such a concept is being explored once again, you better hope it’s got some invention to go along with it. Sadly, Christensen misses the mark, with a film that has an initially promising set-up squandered by melodrama and glaring obvious genre tropes that reek of ‘been there, done that.’

Christie Burke stars as Mary who has just given birth to twins. Sadly, only one of the twins has survived, leaving Mary and
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Sundance Midnight Memories: Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (2010)

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[Welcome back, readers! With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival beginning later this week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the great midnight movies that have come out of the fest over the years. Be sure to check back here each day this week for more Midnight Memories from Daily Dead!]

“Oh, hidy ho, officer. We have had a doozy of a day.”

I love horror of all kinds, but if I were to pick my favorite sub-genre, it would definitely be horror comedy. Maybe it’s because I’m a big fan of having fun with the genre, as opposed to just pushing myself in order to say I “survived” more challenging material, so anytime a director can cleverly combine thrills, chills, and chuckles into one experience, you can always count me in. Such is the case with Tucker & Dale vs Evil, which made its blood-soaked premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22nd, 2010.

Co-written and directed by Eli Craig, Tucker & Dale vs Evil follows two groups, the first being our titular hillbillies who are heading out to Morris Lake, and the second a gaggle of college kids looking to go camping out in the forest. Tucker (Alan Tudyk
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Burt Reynolds Knows America: On Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Our Divided Times

Burt Reynolds Knows America: On Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Our Divided Times
Burt Reynolds has seen both sides of America, and he stands at the center of a great divide. Shortly before Hillary Clinton announced her second presidential campaign, Reynolds joined her and Bill for a high school football game in Arkansas. The actor has deep roots in the state, where he’d shot the early ’90s show “Evening Shade” and the 1973 rural action drama “White Lightning.” In the audience with the Clintons, Reynolds found himself witnessing a very different country from the fast-paced world of entertainment figures and political pundits.

“Nobody paid much attention to us,” said Reynolds, 80, during a recent conversation in Key West, Florida. “It was a hell of a lot of fun. I love Bill. Mrs. Clinton and I had a lot of laughs. I had never that experience any place, before or since.” The crowd was respectful but ambivalent about the famous faces in the room. “It was important to them,
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Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More

Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More
The 5th Annual Key West Film Festival has announced its official 2016 lineup, including the opening night film, “20th Century Women,” directed by Mike Mills and starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup. As part of the festival’s signature Critics Focus program, MTV’s Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson will present and lead a conversation around the film, alongside David Fear, Senior Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone.

Director of Programming Michael Tuckman said of Nicholson’s pick, “I could not be more thrilled with Amy Nicholson’s choice of ’20th Century Women’ to kick off our 5th Anniversary edition of festival. Annette Bening’s performance is Oscar-deserving and the rich depth of the balance of the leading cast is Altman-esque in its quality. Amy’s discussion after the film will bring a cunning critic’s eye to this fabulous film for audiences.”

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Film Festival Roundup: Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Lineup, To Save and Project Reveals Slate And More

Film Festival Roundup: Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Lineup, To Save and Project Reveals Slate And More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Full Lineup Announcements

– The Philadelphia Film Society has announced the full film lineup of the 25th Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 20 – October 30 on four theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Opening on October 20 with Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land “and closing on October 30 with “Arrival,” the 11-day festival will showcase over 110 feature length and short films, curated by our programming committee who chooses each selection from multiple international festivals throughout the year. The full Festival schedule and digital Festival Program Guide is available now right here.

– The San Francisco Film Society has announced the lineup of programs for the second annual Doc Stories festival, November 3 – 6 at the Vogue Theatre, the Castro Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Doc Stories gives the
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Key West Film Festival Announces 2nd Annual Critics Focus Program

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Key West Film Festival Announces 2nd Annual Critics Focus Program
The Key West Film Festival announced today its second annual Critics Focus program, to be curated by David Fear, Senior Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone and Amy Nicholson, Chief Film Critic of MTV. Attending critics will serve as the jury for the first annual Key West Film Festival Critic’s Prize.

Read More: Key West Film Festival Announces Brett Ratner Scholarship, Indiewire’s Eric Kohn to Curate Critics Focus

As part of the Critics Focus program, Fear has curated Kenneth Lonergan’s latest film “Manchester by the Sea” and will feature a conversation by David and Nicholson after the film. Nicholson will curate the other Centerpiece film, to be announced next month.

Other participating film critics and journalists attending the festival this year include Eric Kohn, Chief Critic of IndieWire, who serves on the festival’s advisory board; Ann Hornaday, Chief Film Critic of The Washington Post; Steve Dollar,
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‘Killing The Colorado’ Exclusive Clip: A Hard Look At The Man-Made Water Shortage That Threatens The American West

The upcoming documentary “Killing The Colorado” examines the man-made water crisis that’s affecting the American West. At one point, water was an abundant necessity, and now it’s a scarce and complex commodity. Though many efforts have been taken to curb excessive water use in the West, it’s not clear shorter showers and ripping out lawns will make any discernible difference. While recent drought conditions have diminished the once-mighty Colorado River — the source of the vast majority of the West’s water — experts are now wondering whether the most severe shortages have been caused not by weather or consumer choices but by short-sighted policies and poor planning. Did we cause this crisis, and can we find a way to fix it? Watch an exclusive clip from the doc below.

Read More: Robert Redford Producing Factual Drama ‘The West’ For Discovery Channel

The film is from Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein
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‘The New Yorker Presents’: How Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman Curated the Amazon Series

‘The New Yorker Presents’: How Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman Curated the Amazon Series
Produced by Condé Nast Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions, “The New Yorker Presents,” which Amazon revealed in weekly installments starting in February, is unlike anything else. Each of the 10 half-hour episodes is a uniquely curated set of documentary and fiction shorts, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons drawn from the rich content of The New Yorker. Both unexpected and hugely entertaining, the series is up for Emmy consideration in the informational program category.

Look at the range of the first two shows. They include Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) on bull riding, Edwidge Danticat on the connection between Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” and outbreaks of racist violence in America, Nick Paumgarten on closing the $2.4 billion Revel casino, cartoons by Roz Chast, Benjamin Schwartz, and Liana Finck, a look at The New Yorker’s archive library and fact-checking department, a beekeeper and a man who raises pigeons who work atop tall buildings, and
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‘The New Yorker Presents’: How Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman Curated the Amazon Series

‘The New Yorker Presents’: How Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman Curated the Amazon Series
Produced by Condé Nast Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions, “The New Yorker Presents,” which Amazon revealed in weekly installments starting in February, is unlike anything else. Each of the 10 half-hour episodes is a uniquely curated set of documentary and fiction shorts, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons drawn from the rich content of The New Yorker. Both unexpected and hugely entertaining, the series is up for Emmy consideration in the informational program category.

Look at the range of the first two shows. They include Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) on bull riding, Edwidge Danticat on the connection between Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” and outbreaks of racist violence in America, Nick Paumgarten on closing the $2.4 billion Revel casino, cartoons by Roz Chast, Benjamin Schwartz, and Liana Finck, a look at The New Yorker’s archive library and fact-checking department, a beekeeper and a man who raises pigeons who work atop tall buildings, and
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Daily | San Francisco 2016

The 59th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas, opens tonight with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship and closes on May 5 with Bay Area filmmaker Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Bandit, a documentary on the making of Hal Needham’s 1977 drive-in classic Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds (who's expected to show). In between, 175 films will screen, including the Centerpiece, James Schamus's Indignation. We're previewing the two-week event, which will includes presentations of awards to Ellen Burstyn, Tom McCarthy, Mira Nair and Peter Coyote. » - David Hudson
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Daily | San Francisco 2016

The 59th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas, opens tonight with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship and closes on May 5 with Bay Area filmmaker Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Bandit, a documentary on the making of Hal Needham’s 1977 drive-in classic Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds (who's expected to show). In between, 175 films will screen, including the Centerpiece, James Schamus's Indignation. We're previewing the two-week event, which will includes presentations of awards to Ellen Burstyn, Tom McCarthy, Mira Nair and Peter Coyote. » - David Hudson
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‘Bandit,’ Documentary on Iconic Burt Reynolds Film, Gets Nashville Spotlight

‘Bandit,’ Documentary on Iconic Burt Reynolds Film, Gets Nashville Spotlight
Jesse Moss’ “The Bandit,” which will screen at the Nashville Film Festival in partnership with Country Music Television (Cmt) and Variety magazine, combines two themes: the making of the enormously successful film, “Smokey and the Bandit,” and the long-time relationship of its two principals, director Hal Needham and star Burt Reynolds, who played one of the two title roles opposite Jackie Gleason.

The filmmaking tandem were longtime acquaintances and collaborators, with Needham standing in for Reynolds on many of the hair-raising stunts that were emblematic of Reynolds’ films. When Needham came to Reynolds with a script he had written about beer smugglers, the actor had his doubts but eventually agreed to take the lead in his best friend’s film, resulting in one of the top-grossing releases of 1977, hauling in approximately $127 million, and bested only by “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

“Bandit” is one of two
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Mira Nair Tapped for San Francisco Film Festival Award

Mira Nair Tapped for San Francisco Film Festival Award
The San Francisco Film Society has named filmmaker Mira Nair the recipient of the Irving M. Levin Directing Award.

She will be presented the award at the April 25 awards ceremonies at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion. The award is given each year in memory of the festival’s founder Irving M. Levin.

Nair will also be honored at “An Afternoon With Mira Nair” at the Castro Theatre on April 24 with an onstage conversation followed by a screening of “Monsoon Wedding,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion in 2001. The presentation will also include an exclusive first look at special footage from Nair’s next project “Queen of Katwe,” about a rural Ugandan girl with an aptitude for chess, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.

Mira Nair has brilliantly bridged American and South Asian film traditions for more than 30 years,
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Kate Beckinsale’s ‘Love & Friendship’ to Open San Francisco Film Festival

Kate Beckinsale’s ‘Love & Friendship’ to Open San Francisco Film Festival
The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival will open with Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship,” starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, on April 21 at the Castro Theatre.

“Love & Friendship,” an adaptation of a Jane Austen novella, centers on Beckinsale’s character trying to finagle out of a scandal and gain matrimonial advantage for herself and her daughter. It’s set in the 1790s as it peers into the affairs of the privileged and those who aspire to be.

Amazon and Roadside Attractions acquired the domestic rights to the film at Sundance this year. The comedy of manners reunites Stillman with “Last Days of Disco” stars Beckinsale and Sevigny. Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry and Emma Greenwell round out the cast.

Stillman and Beckinsale are expected to attend the San Francisco screening.

The festival also set James Schamus’ directorial debut “Indignation,” starring Logan Lerman, as its centerpiece event on April 30 at the Victoria Theatre.
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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco Int'l Film Festival
Plus: Warner Bros dates Annabelle 2, Untitled event movie; FilmRise acquires The Bad Kids

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the Big Nights selections for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 21–May 5.

Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will open the festival and the closing night selection is Jesse Moss’ documentary The Bandit (pictured), a look at the making of the Burt Reynolds film Smokey And The Bandit.

James Schamus’ feature directorial debut Indignation is the Centrepiece selection.

Warner Bros has scheduled a raft of 2017 releases and announced on Tuesday it will open the New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow comedy Fist Fight on February 17. New Line’s horror film Annabelle 2 will debut on May 19, Untitled WB Event Film on August 11, and Ben Affleck crime drama Live By Night on October 20.FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights from Preferred Content to Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe’s Sundance
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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco International Film Festival

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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco International Film Festival
Plus: Warner Bros dates Annabelle 2, Untitled event movie; FilmRise acquires The Bad Kids

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the Big Nights selections for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 21–May 5.

Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will open the festival and the closing night selection is Jesse Moss’ documentary The Bandit (pictured), a look at the making of the Burt Reynolds film Smokey And The Bandit.

James Schamus’ feature directorial debut Indignation is the Centrepiece selection.

Warner Bros has scheduled a raft of 2017 releases and announced on Tuesday it will open the New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow comedy Fist Fight on February 17. New Line’s horror film Annabelle 2 will debut on May 19, Untitled WB Event Film on August 11, and Ben Affleck crime drama Live By Night on October 20.FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights from Preferred Content to Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe’s Sundance
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San Francisco Film Festival Kicks Off with Whit Stillman’s 'Love & Friendship'

San Francisco Film Festival Kicks Off with Whit Stillman’s 'Love & Friendship'
The two-week-long 59th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) launches Opening Night with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy of manners "Love & Friendship" (Amazon/Roadside Attractions, May 13), starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. The movie debuted at Sundance, along with another literary adaptation, writer-producer-turned-director James Schamus's "Indignation" (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, 2016), a 50s coming-of-age story starring Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon, which is based on a Philip Roth novel and will play April 30th in the festival's Centerpiece slot. Read More: Whit Stillman Q & A Read More: How James Schamus Made His Directing Debut with 'Indignation' (Exclusive Video) The Festival will close on May 5th with Bay Area director Jesse Moss’ documentary "The Bandit," a look at how Burt Reynolds and stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham made the high-speed pursuit classic "Smokey and the...
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Burt Reynolds Talks Hal Needham, Nude Cosmopolitan Spread: "I Wish I Hadn't Done That"

Burt Reynolds Talks Hal Needham, Nude Cosmopolitan Spread:
In an interview at Austin's South by Southwest Festival, Burt Reynolds opened up about his most recent film, the documentary The Bandit, as well as one of his biggest (and widely recognized) regrets. "I was really happy that it was Burt and Hal, not just Burt or not just Hal. I was happy that it was the two of us together," the legendary actor told AOL of the Jesse Moss-directed doc about the friendship between him and his infamous stuntman, Hal Needham. "I thought he was — and he was — the best stuntman that ever lived."

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Bandit’

SXSW Film Review: ‘The Bandit’
You don’t have to dig too deep beneath its fan-pleasing veneer of nostalgic celebration to discern an intriguingly serious subtext in “The Bandit,” Jesse Moss’ behind-the-scenes account of the making of “Smokey and the Bandit,” the improbably successful and enduringly popular action-comedy that was the No. 2 box office smash (surpassed only by “Star Wars”) of 1977. Indeed, even those who remain immune to the yee-haw appeal of the earlier film — which, it should be noted, still commands a loyal following of repeat viewers on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line — may be drawn to this gently probing documentary by Moss’ perceptive examination of the relationship between the two prime movers behind the ’77 project: Burt Reynolds, then a superstar with enough muscle to get pet projects greenlit, and his longtime friend Hal Needham, a daredevil stuntman who relied on his buddy’s help to make his feature-film directorial debut. After a
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