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A suicide is a suicide. But a whole bunch of suicides, all at once? Well, that's just a little bit suspicious and serious cause for alarm. Don't you think?
Mysterious suicides aplenty fill out the run-time of upcoming horror film The Other Side, coming our way courtesy of Amg Film Partners. Check out the plot crunch and trailer below, and expect a U.S. release this coming spring!
Directed by Jason Horton and written by Jenn Pinto, the flick stars Samantha Esteban, Brian Borello, Linc Hand, and Glenn Plummer. The executive producer is David "Kane" Garcia and the producer is Veronica Rodriguez.
Police are investigating a rash of suspicious suicides, all linked to Dustin Carter, a famous screenwriter. They soon discover that a masked figure is committing the murders and is now targeting Dustin and his family.
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- John Squires
I know that the Sundance Film Festival ended over a week ago, but in the six days I was at Sundance (and on screeners in the days before), I saw 25 movies. I wrote full reviews for 13 of them. My Full Sundance reviews: 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' "The Overnighters" "Rudderless" "Fed Up" "Marmato" "Love Child" "Land Ho!" "The Voices" "Happy Valley" "My Prairie Home" "Life Itself" "Mitt" "Web Junkie" But that left 12 movies that I just didn't have the time to write my usual 1000-to-1750 words on. Since getting back from Park City, I've been slowly working my way through capsule reviews for those 12 movies. These are roughly the length of my Take Me To The Pilots entries, which means that in this format, people are going to complain about all of the text and the lack of paragraphs. Sorry. Because I'm just one part of HitFix's awesome Sundance team, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience and other special awards of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the feature film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, in Park City, Utah. Video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at Sundance.org/Live.
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Tracy Chapman to:
Rich Hill / U.S.A. (Directors: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos) - In a rural, American town, kids face heartbreaking choices, find comfort in the most fragile of family bonds, and dream of a future of possibility.
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Leonard Maltin to: Whiplash / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Damien Chazelle) - Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity. Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons.
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It was another great year at the Sundance Film Festival! There were so many fantastic movies shown, and I still have a couple more to go. I'm really happy to say that Miles Teller and J.K. Simmon's film Whiplash took home the top two prizes, winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. This was my number one favorite film from the festival, and it seems like everyone else at the festival loved it too, so it doesn't surprise me that it won.
Here's the full list of winners:
Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience and other special awards of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the feature film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, in Park City, Utah. Video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at www.sundance.org/live.
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was »
- Joey Paur
Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash was Day 1 feel good buzz title of the fest that ultimately served as a measuring stick for the other competing 15 titles in the section and as predicted below had a good chance at doing what last year’s Fruitvale did: when both major awards of its category. Now that I’ve completed a 15 hour nap, I can watch the ceremony below – and you can spoil the suspense by simply going over the other award winners in the multiple categories below. Next week we’ll be publishing our interviews with several of the filmmakers mentioned below. Congrats to the winners and non-winners.
Park City, Ut — Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience and other special awards of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the feature film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, in Park City, Utah. Video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at www. »
- Eric Lavallee
The Sundance Film Festival has come to a close in snowy Park City, Utah, and the institute has announced its winners for 2014. The big winner on the night was a film called Whiplash starring Miles Teller. The film picked up the big Grand Jury prize as well as the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Whiplash sees Teller as a young musician who struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer (see main pic).
Dramatic effort The Skeleton Twins which stars comedy stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in serious roles, won the Waldo Salt Screening Award for writers Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman, while the big directing award, went to Cutter Hodierne and his drama Fishing Without Nets, which revolves around a young father who turns to pirating in Somalia to support his family.
Here’s the full release with the complete list of the 2014 winners:
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- Paul Heath
It’s hard to believe that John Singleton’s generation-defining film Boyz n the Hood came out 23 years ago, in 1991, introducing audiences to a part of Los Angeles that’s a world away from Hollywood. It’s even harder to believe that South Central is still just as hard a place to live and thrive now as it was then. Malik Vitthal’s first feature, Imperial Dreams, which grew out of a Sundance Lab project and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week, aims to tell a modern story of hope amidst the gang-ridden streets of Watts, and it largely succeeds. »
- Laura Hertzfeld
Inner-city life gets a more optimistic treatment than usual in “Imperial Dreams,” the bighearted yet surprisingly nuanced directorial debut of Malik Vitthal. Headlined by another confident and compelling turn from British rising star John Boyega (“Attack the Block”), the pic examines life in Watts, Los Angeles, through the eyes of a young aspiring writer searching for something more. The largely low-key drama doesn’t provide an easy marketing hook, but an enterprising distributor could help “Dreams” connect with supportive audiences.
Boyega’s inexplicably named Bambi (no one comments on it onscreen, since all the characters have known each other for years) returns to his hometown of Watts after 28 months in prison for assault with a deadly weapon. His top priority is reconnecting with 4-year-old son Day (twins Ethan and Justin Coach) who has been left in the care of Bambi’s thug uncle Shrimp (Glenn Plummer) and drug-addicted mother Tanya »
- Geoff Berkshire
8 items from 2014
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