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9 items from 2017


Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell Producing, Starring in ‘Code 8’ Sci-Fi Movie

8 June 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Principal photography has begun in Toronto on the crowdfunded sci-fi thriller “Code 8,” starring cousins Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell with Jeff Chan directing.

The Amells raised $1,722,409 from 20,201 backers last year on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for “Code 8” and are executive producing. The 30-day campaign had an original goal of $200,000. The campaign included the release of a ten-minute short film, directed by Chan from a script he co-wrote with Chris Pare.

The film also stars Sung Kang of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, Kari Matchett (“Maudie”), Greg Bryk (“Frontier”) and Aaron Abrams (“Hannibal”).

Code 8” is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, but instead of being billionaires or superheroes, most “specials” face discrimination and live in poverty, often resorting to crime in a world now carefully monitored by drones, guardians, and the police. Robbie Amell’s character is struggling to pay »

- Dave McNary

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Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Miranda July Reveal ‘Split Screen’ Secrets During Indie Series Tribute

11 May 2017 11:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For two years back in the late ’90s and early aughts, producer, filmmaker, author and cinephile John Pierson hammered together the lovingly Diy television series, which introduced movie buffs to all manner of filmmakers and their creations over the course of 60-plus episodes. “Split Screen” was IFCtv’s signature series from 1997-2001, boasting such guests as Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Mary Harron, Katherine Dieckmann and many, many more.

Late last year, the cult classic found a new home over on streaming service FilmStruck, which began releasing episodes of the series on their Criterion Channel in December, with a tiered rollout planned.

Read More: ‘Split Screen’: 9 Reasons You Should Watch FilmStruck’s Revival of TV’s Best-Ever Series About Indie Film

On Wednesday night in New York City, the series’ reintroduction to the cultural consciousness continued apace, as Pierson and a group of some of his most famous »

- Kate Erbland

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Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Miranda July Reveal ‘Split Screen’ Secrets During Indie Series Tribute

11 May 2017 11:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

For two years back in the late ’90s and early aughts, producer, filmmaker, author and cinephile John Pierson hammered together the lovingly Diy television series, which introduced movie buffs to all manner of filmmakers and their creations over the course of 60-plus episodes. “Split Screen” was IFCtv’s signature series from 1997-2001, boasting such guests as Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Mary Harron, Katherine Dieckmann and many, many more.

Late last year, the cult classic found a new home over on streaming service FilmStruck, which began releasing episodes of the series on their Criterion Channel in December, with a tiered rollout planned.

Read More: ‘Split Screen’: 9 Reasons You Should Watch FilmStruck’s Revival of TV’s Best-Ever Series About Indie Film

On Wednesday night in New York City, the series’ reintroduction to the cultural consciousness continued apace, as Pierson and a group of some of his most famous »

- Kate Erbland

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Newswire: The Blair Witch Project almost had a much less subtle ending

6 April 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The ending of the original Blair Witch Project is a memorable example of how much more powerful a horror movie can be when it leaves things up to the audience’s imagination, but it sounds like co-directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez almost went with something a lot more gruesome and showy than the simple, ominous shot of Mike facing a wall in the corner of a spooky room. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Myrick and Sanchez explain that they had always intended for the movie to end with a “what-the-fuck moment,” but they didn’t want to actually show somebody in a witch costume killing the doomed filmmakers. Also, they didn’t have any money, so they came up with the “guy standing in a corner” idea—which didn’t require any special effects—just before filming it.

When distribution company Artisan picked up the movie, though »

- Sam Barsanti

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The Blair Witch Project Filmmakers Comment on One of the Movie’s Alternate Endings

5 April 2017 1:52 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Whether you love it or loathe it, the ending to The Blair Witch Project is still discussed to this day, but it almost didn't conclude the way it did. As part of their "Untold Stories" issue, Entertainment Weekly talked with The Blair Witch Project directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez about one of the film's alternate endings [spoiler warning for those who haven't seen the film].

Speaking with EW, Myrick and Sánchez said that they came up with the film's ending—with Mike facing the corner, and Heather yelling and dropping her camera in the basement of an isolated house that they entered in search of Josh—only three days before filming it.

Although effective in creeping people out at its test screening, Artisan, the film's distributor, desired a less ambiguous conclusion, so Myrick and Sanchez returned to the woods to film more endings, one of which featured "Mike hanging from a noose, crucified on a wooden stick man, »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Diary of the Dead’ and George A. Romero’s Formal Self-Awareness

14 February 2017 9:58 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

For spanning half a century and six films to date, George A. Romero’s Dead series could reasonably be labeled the most ambitious single-auteur franchise in horror. Beginning with Night of the Living Dead’s release in »

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Now Casting: Lead, Supporting Roles in Feature Film ‘Skyman’ and More

31 January 2017 11:30 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

You don’t want to miss today’s casting notices! “Skyman,” a feature film from the writer-director of “Blair Witch,” seeks talent for a lead and supporting roles. We've also got a nonunion play, a commercial, and more great gigs!  “Skyman”From Dan Myrick, writer and director of “Blair Witch,” comes “Skyman,” a film about a man who experienced alien contact as a child and is now convinced the extraterrestrial force is attempting to reunite with him as an adult. A male actor aged 35–45 is sought for that leading role, as well as male and female talent for two supporting parts. The piece will shoot late spring in Apple Valley, California.  “Crossroads”“Crossroads,” a short film for UCLA, is casting for its leading lady, as well as supporting roles. Depicting a young woman who “must relive the traumatic events of a brutal crime” through an interrogation by a detective, the »

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Fear in the Found Footage: A look back at some classics

26 January 2017 3:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The original Blair Witch Project arguably created the found footage genre when it was released back in 1999. Telling the tale of a bunch of students striding out into the Maryland woodlands, the film offered audiences a new way of experiencing terror from the point of view of those being subjected to it, and they lapped it up. Now, the franchise is back with a bang in, well, Blair Witch, a Force Awakens to the original’s still terrifying A New Hope. With Blair Witch arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from January 23rd, what better opportunity to look at some of the terrors of the found footage genre:

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Okay, I know we just said The Blair Witch Project created the genre, but only inasmuch as Halloween created the stalk’n’slash (when actually, Black Christmas pipped it to the post but didn’t take off in quite the same »

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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in February 2017, Including ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and ‘King Cobra’

24 January 2017 10:04 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to horror, Oscar winners to new indies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic binge. Enjoy.

Read More: Kristen Stewart And Juliette Binoche Dig Into Their Complex ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ Relationship – Watch

1. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (available February 1)

The 1993 stop-motion classic directed by Henry Slick and produced by Tim Burton tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident from Halloween Town who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday.

2. “The Blair Witch Project” (available February 1)

Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, the 1999 found footage horror film became one of the most successful indie films of all time when it was released. The movie follows three film students »

- Liz Calvario

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