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‘Killing The Colorado’ Exclusive Clip: A Hard Look At The Man-Made Water Shortage That Threatens The American West

18 July 2016 9:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘The New Yorker Presents’: How Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman Curated the Amazon Series

22 June 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The New Yorker Presents’: How Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman Curated the Amazon Series

22 June 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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 »

- Anne Thompson

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Daily | San Francisco 2016

21 April 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

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

14 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Michael Kosser

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Mira Nair Tapped for San Francisco Film Festival Award

29 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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, »

- Dave McNary

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Kate Beckinsale’s ‘Love & Friendship’ to Open San Francisco Film Festival

22 March 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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. »

- Dave McNary

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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

22 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco International Film Festival

22 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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San Francisco Film Festival Kicks Off with Whit Stillman’s 'Love & Friendship'

22 March 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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 »

- Anne Thompson

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Burt Reynolds Talks Hal Needham, Nude Cosmopolitan Spread: "I Wish I Hadn't Done That"

19 March 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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’

18 March 2016 6:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Joe Leydon

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Burt Reynolds Recalls Bra-Tossing Fans, Dumb Dogs and ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ (Video)

15 March 2016 5:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Even at age 80, Burt Reynolds can still command the attention of the ladies. “Somebody threw a bra at you yesterday after the screening,” noted Jesse Moss, the director of “The Bandit,” a new documentary about the ’70s superstar’s relationship with stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham. “It didn’t fit,” Reynolds quipped in an interview with TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Also Read: Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley Talk 'Shovel Buddies' at SXSW (Video) Reynolds recounted his admiration for Needham. “He was the most amazing guy I ever knew,” the actor said. “If they had »

- Thom Geier

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SXSW: Five Questions for The Bandit Director Jesse Moss

14 March 2016 11:39 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Jesse Moss’ documentaries often take on heavy material, and his last film — 2014’s The Overnighters — was no exception. The experience of profiling pastor Jay Reinke — a North Dakota minister whose decision to open up his congregation to homeless laborers seeking oil field work placed him at odds with his flock — took a heavy toll on Moss. His new documentary The Bandit is a completely different kind of movie, an archival-based profile of Burt Reynolds and his good friend Hal Needham. Moss examines their complicated relationship through the making of 1977’s Needham-directed Smokey and the Bandit, a film still in regular circulation […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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‘The Bandit’ Clip: Reynolds, Needham & One Badass Making-Of Docu Crashes SXSW

11 March 2016 1:34 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Here’s the first glimpse at Jesse Moss’ feature documentary The Bandit, a firsthand look at Burt Reynolds, his best friend/roommate and one of Hollywood’s most famous stuntmen Hal Needham, and the making of their iconic 1977 movie Smokey & The Bandit. The docu has its world premiere Saturday at SXSW in the Special Events sidebar; Reynolds is set to intro the film for its noon screening at the Paramount Theater. It features new interviews with Reynolds, rare… »

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The 16 Buzziest Movies at SXSW Film Festival

11 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The SXSW film festival kicks off on Friday with a strong lineup that once again proves the Austin gathering as a formidable player for big and small movies. As if assembled from the ingredients of Sundance meets Comic-Con, the event will have thousands of fan boys and dozens of filmmakers rubbing shoulders. It wasn’t always this way. SXSW used to focus more on micro-budgeted indie features and documentaries, but in recent years studios have also started to flock to Texas, which has given SXSW more star power and clout. Here are 16 of the buzziest titles from this year’s festival.

1. “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday”

Judd Apatow has been SXSW’s most loyal recidivist — arriving here with 2007’s “Knocked Up,” 2011’s “Bridesmaids,” the first public screening of HBO’s “Girls” in 2012 and last year’s “Trainwreck.” He aims to keeps his winning streak alive with this Netflix original feature, which he produced, »

- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang, Joe Leydon, Andrew Barker and Dennis Harvey

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Daily | SXSW 2016 Lineup, Round 2

2 February 2016 2:43 PM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

SXSW 2016 will open with Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some, the “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused (1993). Today, the festival's dropped its full feature lineup, which includes new work by Jeff Nichols, Barbara Kopple, Don Cheadle, Mark Cousins, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Mike Birbiglia, Ti West, Adam Wingard, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Joe Berlinger, Linas Phillips, John Michael McDonagh, Joel Potrykus, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Jesse Moss, plus docs on Gary Numan, Marina Abramovic and more. » - David Hudson »

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SXSW Film Festival 2016 Unveils Feature Film Slate

2 February 2016 1:36 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

There will be late additions, but the bulk of this year’s SXSW feature film slate has been unveiled. From the festival, here’s the rundown section by section. Obvious highlights: world premieres of Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Joel Potrykus’ follow-up to Buzzard, and a documentary about the making of Smokey and the Bandit from Jesse Moss (The Overnighters). Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,443 narrative feature submissions in 2016. The Arbalest Director/Screenwriter: Adam Pinney The inventor of the world’s greatest toy reflects on his decade-long obsession with a woman […] »

- Filmmaker Staff

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