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Writer-Director-Actor Mark Polish Inks With Apa

Exclusive: Mark Polish, the writer-director-actor who is just wrapping up postproduction on his directorial debut Headlock, has signed with Apa. Headlock stars Dianna Agron, Andy Garcia and James Frain and centers on a severely injured intelligence trafficker, played by Polish, whose former operative-wife (Agron) finds out more than she bargained for when investigating her husband's last mission. Polish arrived on the indie film scene at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival…
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Writer-Director-Actor Mark Polish Inks With Apa

Writer-Director-Actor Mark Polish Inks With Apa
Exclusive: Mark Polish, the writer-director-actor who is just wrapping up postproduction on his directorial debut Headlock, has signed with Apa. Headlock stars Dianna Agron, Andy Garcia and James Frain and centers on a severely injured intelligence trafficker, played by Polish, whose former operative-wife (Agron) finds out more than she bargained for when investigating her husband's last mission. Polish arrived on the indie film scene at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival…
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Daily | Goings On | Metrograph, Nd/Nf, Doc Fortnight

The Metrograph will open in New York on March 4 with the series Surrender to the Screen: Watching the Moviegoing Experience featuring Terence Davies's The Long Day Closes (1992), Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre sa Vie (1962) and much more before presenting its Jean Eustache retrospective, three films by Frederick Wiseman, Johnnie To's Office and on and on. More goings on: Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow will open and Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson will close the 45th edition of New Directors/New Films. Ebertfest will screen Brian De Palma's Blow Out (1981), Oscar Micheaux's Body and Soul (1925) featuring Paul Robeson's onscreen debut, Paul Cox's new Force of Destiny, Mark Polish and Michael Polish's Northfork (2003) and Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949) with Orson Welles. And more. » - David Hudson
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2016 Sundance Film Festival 75 Predictions List: An Introduction

Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. The 32nd edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 21st with Park City and Salt Lake City. Two decades back, Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan’s Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern was the Grand Jury Prize winner in the Documentary section while Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse beat out the likes of Nicole Holofcener’s Walking and Talking, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott’s Big Night, Mary Harron’s I Shot Andy Warhol and Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth for the Grand Jury Prize dramatic.

As per our tradition here on the site and as we all get ready for the festival, we like to propose an overview of the films we
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Review: Amnesiac, Michael Polish's Refreshing Take On A Hostage Thriller

Twin filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish occupy a special spot in the American indie landscape. Since their strong debut Twin Falls Idaho, a weird little movie about conjoined twins, the brothers have been chugging along surviving in Hollywood, acting and directing series of independent films since the late 90s. They have a very distinctive visual style with a narrative steeped in magic realism while invoking the American West of yesteryears - men in dark suits and fedoras, expansive vistas, etc - my favorite film of theirs being Northfork.Amnesiac, a small film not written by and not starring either Polish, is another unusual solo outing, after Big Sur, a Jack Keruac adaptation in 2013, by Michael Polish as a director. This stylish, slow burn psychological thriller...

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Stephen King’s Cell Movie Acquired for Us Distribution, New Image Revealed

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Get ready stateside filmgoers, because the “phoners” (aka “crazies”) are coming to the Us. Stephen King fans know that the master of macabre doesn’t like using cell phones. His 2006 novel, Cell, is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong by pressing portable phones to our ears and keeping them close at hand in our pockets, and its unflinching subject matter contains flocks of murderous lunatics that would be right at home in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, George A. Romero’s The Crazies, or Simon Clark’s Blood Crazy.

We knew this unique King novel was getting the adaptation treatment, with King co-writing the screenplay and John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles, but we’re now one big step closer to seeing it on the silver screen, as Clarius Entertainment has acquired the Us rights to the movie.

Slated to hit theaters this year,
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Afm Isa of the Day: Christian De Gallegos of International Film Trust

Coverage of ISAs (international sales agents) resumed for the American Film Market. This segment follows leaders, innovation and successful new startups in the world of international film sales and distribution.

The Beverly Hills based International Film Trust (Ift) was started in April 2013 by co-founders Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment principals D. Todd Shepherd and George Waud.

Since its inception at Cannes in 2013, Ift has acquired 12 films with another set for Berlin 2015. The first titles were successfully presold last year and have since been scheduled for theatrical release.

Ift President Christian De Gallegos brings a wealth of wisdom and experience from his background in the talent agencies and as a sales agent for Voltage Pictures, working on Oscar winners like “The Hurt Locker” and “Dallas Buyers Club”.

De Gallegos talks about the progress of this fairly new sales agency and shares some of Ift’s upcoming films:

How did Ift start?

Michael Benaroya had been an active producer and financier for years, outsourcing international sales to the leading independent companies. His slate was growing and international distribution remained crucial to his business model, so he knew that starting an international sales agency would be financially efficient and would give him a more thorough market awareness which is invaluable when packaging.

Mb: I worked with the top international distributors at Voltage who have thankfully supported Ift since day one and we’ve been lucky to partner with powerhouse companies like Sony, eOne and Universal who are currently scheduled to release half our slate, having come on board in pre-production.

The majority of our lineup to date has been within the Us$ 10 million dollar range, shot with soft money and internationally viable casts, keeping budgets to a reasonable level so presales without confirmed U.S. theatrical distribution are realistic. We comfortably retain production value which validates theatrical upside.

We’re excited to step up to the next level this year. We have two films in which we’re involved with financing and distribution: one at Us$ 33 million and another at Us$ 35 million.

What are some new projects that you’re excited about?

You Shall Know Our Velocity”, based off Dave Eggers best-selling novel, will start shooting April 2015 with Daniel Radcliffe. Also, we have a film called “Cymbeline” with Dakota Johnson as the lead (from “Fifty Shades of Grey”), which premiered at Venice this year. Grindstone will theatrically release it in early 2015.

What do you look for when considering a film?

Interesting concepts and relevant topics with the right financing structure. I’ve been involved with the passion projects of A-list actors which can be exciting as they attract great ensembles, cameos, crew and their enthusiasm usually leads to a better movie.

How did you enter the business?

I started in the talent agency world, working at Paradigm in film, music and TV. The agencies are the epicenter of the entertainment industry; there you’re exposed to all sides of the business, so it was just a matter of time before I learned about international sales and figured it would suit me best. I found an opportunity at Voltage Pictures working as Nicolas Chartier’s assistant in 2007. After a few months he promoted me to sell on his behalf. I worked there for six years, sold about 100 movies and was lucky enough to be part of great films like “The Hurt Locker”, which won eight Oscars, “Don Jon”, and “Dallas Buyer’s Club”. The founders of Ift approached me early 2013 and I’ve been thrilled to be a part of our growing company ever since.

What do you love the most about your work?

I love deal making and the satisfaction it brings me, whether it’s a quick handshake or a challenging spin on a tough topic. I love the partnerships I’ve formed and friendships I’ve developed, with both clients and competitors. I love the markets but prefer visiting what is a very nice network of people on their home turf, traveling the world to see firsthand where our influence reaches.

More about International Film Trust:

International Film Trust (Ift) is an international sales and distribution company launched by co-founders Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment principals D. Todd Shepherd and George Waud to represent the theatrical feature film productions from the founding company’s own banners as well as titles from other producers and third party productions. With over twenty years experience in producing, finance, international sales and distribution, Ift has the knowledge and relationships to cultivate strategic partnerships with A-list producers and filmmakers. Transparent by design in their business practices, Ift is a company that understands and honors the four pillars that sustain the global film marketplace: Creativity, Finance, Sales and Distribution.

Making its debut at Cannes 2013, Ift’s slate includes You Shall Know Our Velocity based on Dave Egger's best-selling novel and starring Daniel Radcliffe; Mark Polish's Headlock starring Polish, Andy Garcia, Dianna Agron and Justin Bartha; Michael Almereyda’s Cymbeline starring Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson and Milla Jovovich; the action thriller Cell starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, and to be directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2); The King Of The Kastle starring Clive Owen, Academy Award Nominee Jacki Weaver and Asa Butterfield; Your Voice In My Head based on Emma Forrest's best-selling novel; and the horror thriller Exists directed by Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and which was released by Lionsgate in October.
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‘The Final Service’ Movie: Night Fox Entertainment Plots Faith Lit Adaptation

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Exclusive: La-based Night Fox Entertainment has pacted with Playing With The Enemy author Gary W. Moore to finance and produce his upcoming 2015 novel The Final Service. The story follows Sandy Richards, a 40-year-old music teacher burdened by her damaged relationship with her father and her unfulfilled dreams, who gets an unexpected visit from an unfathomable source that shakes her belief system and changes her life forever. Moore will adapt his own book with author James Riordan (Break On Through, Stone). Night Fox is fully financing the feature film, which will likely shoot next summer, and is also eyeing additional projects based on Moore’s books.

“I am delighted to work with Night Fox Entertainment and look forward to a relationship that possibly moves beyond The Final Service,” said Moore, whose baseball-themed Playing With The Enemy is in its 17th printing with Penguin. “We are completely in sync artistically and feel
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First Look Photo Of Dianna Agron In Mark Polish’s Headlock

Here’s a first look at Dianna Agron (‘Glee’) in writer/director Mark Polish’s Headlock starring Oscar Nominee Andy Garcia, Justin Bartha (The Hangover Trilogy) and Mark Polish (For Lovers Only).

After new CIA recruit, Kelley Chandler (Polish) is seriously injured during a mission, surviving only on life support, his wife Tess (Agron), a former CIA operative, becomes determined to find out what happened to her husband. As the details of Kelley’s last mission unravel, showing that his accident was an inside job, Tess puts everything on the line to keep Kelley out of harm’s way, even if that comes with dangerous consequences.

The film is produced by Michael Benaroya (Margin Call, Kill Your Darlings) for Benaroya Pictures and Janet Du Bois (Stay Cool), with Tim Christian, Ryan Johnson and Ben Sachs executive producing.

International Film Trust is handing international rights.

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First Look at 'Glee' Star Dianna Agron in 'Headlock'

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First Look at 'Glee' Star Dianna Agron in 'Headlock'
Glee star Dianna Agron is transformed into a gun-toting wife in the first official photo from her upcoming movie Headlock, which doesn't have a release date in place.

Writer-director Mark Polish co-stars as Kelley Chandler, a CIA recruit surviving on life support after a tragic accident. Dianna Agron plays his wife Tess, a former CIA agent herself, who goes on her own secret mission to find out what happened to her husband. Take a look at Dianna Agron like you've never seen her before in this image from Headlock, which doesn't have a release date in place yet.

Love Is A Gun...

Headlock (@Headlock_MOVIE) September 6, 2014

After new CIA recruit, Kelley Chandler (Mark Polish) is seriously injured during a mission, surviving only on life support, his wife Tess (Dianna Agron), a former CIA operative, becomes determined to find out what happened to her husband. As
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First Look: 'Glee' Star Dianna Agron Getting Dangerous in 'Headlock'

Outside of the success of the musical comedy series "Glee," Dianna Agron hasn't really had much success on the big screen. The Family and I Am Number Four were both misfires and weren't loved by audiences or critics. So now she's doing something completely different than her previous big screen or small screen efforts with Headlock, an action thriller that marks the directorial debut of The Astronaut Farmer scribe Mark Polish. And now we have a first look photo that features Agron with her hair blown back, a sly smile on her face and a gun in her hand. Could this turn the actress into another female action star? Look below! Here's the first photo from Mark Polish's Headlock from International Film Trust: Headlock is written and directed by Mark Polish (writer of The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls Idaho, Stay Cool). After new CIA recruit, Kelley Chandler (Polish) is seriously injured during a mission,
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Ift gets to grips with Headlock

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Ift gets to grips with Headlock
International Film Trust is handling sales in Toronto on Mark Polish’s solo directorial debut Headlock, the first of two from the director that Benaroya Pictures will fully finance.

Andy Garcia, Dianna Agron, Justin Bartha and Polish star in the story of a former CIA operative who attempts to rescue her husband, an injured Agency recruit, from internal enemies.

CAA and Xyz Films represent Us rights to Headlock, which is currently shooting in a number of countries.

Michael Benaroya produces with Janet Du Bois, Tim Christian, Ryan Johnson and Ben Sachs serving as executive producers.
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Evan Rachel Wood Will Get Behind An '18 Wheel Butterfly'

Michael Polish, one half of the sibling duo behind “Twin Falls Idaho” and “The Astronaut Farmer,” has attached himself to the road movie “18 Wheel Butterfly” with Evan Rachel Wood in talks to star as a female trucker. Nice. Described as a throwback to films like “Smokey & The Bandit” and Steven Spielberg’s “Sugarland Express,” the film follows the interestingly named Rainbeaux (Wood), who is “accussed of a crime that she did not commit and must outrace the law, brother truckers, feds and bounty hunters in the Texas bubble gum, redneck chic summer of 1977.” Slap on an appropriately rockin' soundtrack, and this thing seems to write itself. Polish -- working here without frequent collaborator and twin brother Mark Polish -- will be making his second period piece after the upcoming Jack Kerouac adaptation “Big Sur,” which still has no release date. We don’t imagine...
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Stay Cool DVD Review

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A high school movie with a difference, Stay Cool offers both a contemporary and nostalgic glimpse into those formative years when a best-selling author Henry (Mark Polish) is invited back to his old school to deliver a speech at the upcoming senior graduation.

Now in his mid-thirties, his latest book is based around his own school experiences decades back where he attempted (unsuccessfully) to fit in with the popular crowd and win the affections of the girl of his dreams. Hooking up with best friends from that era, a gay hairdresser (Sean Ashton) and tattooist (Josh Holloway), he decides to sample life back in the classroom and encouraged by his old principal (Chevy Chase), attends some lessons. He soon discovers that school is still as daunting a place as it ever was when he finds himself having to fend off the romantic advances of an overly-mature student (Hilary Duff) and
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DVD Review: Stay Cool

Stay Cool

Stars: Mark Polish, Sean Astin, Josh Lucas, Winona Ryder, Chevy Chase, Hilary Duff, Dee Wallace, Michael Gross | Written by Mark Polish | Directed by Michael Polish

Henry, a 30-something author of a popular novel, returns to his hometown to deliver a speech at his former high school. Despite his success Henry’s return home has sparked all of the youthful dreams, desires and disappointments he’s never quite gotten over. Between run-ins with the principal, the friends he left behind, the former girl of his dreams and a seductive senior (Duff) who clearly has the hots for him, Henry is sent spinning through a time warp that incites all the old emotions and challenges of the world he grew up in.

When I was sent the press release for Stay Cool I was torn – much was made of HIlary Duff’s role in the film, but at the same
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New this Week: ‘The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,’ ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘Midnight in Paris (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn - Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig

Black Gold (limited) - Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Antonio Banderas

The Darkest Hour - Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer

War Horse - Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis

We Bought a Zoo - Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church

Movie of the Week

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

The Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig

The Plot: Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship.

The Buzz: One of two Spielberg films in release this weekend (War Horse being the other). I’m not too crazy about the animation,
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More Than Movies: A Conversation With Jonathan Sheldon

Film Independent Fellow Jonathan Sheldon

In the spirit of Griffin Mill’s question in The Player – “Can we talk about something other than Hollywood for a change?” – this interview is one in an occasional series in which Film Independent talks with filmmakers about their non-filmic creative pursuits. Making an independent film can take years, of course, and many filmmakers have creative energies that have to come out in other avenues. Sometimes those other creative pursuits supplant filmmaking altogether; at other times, they exist alongside the pursuit of filmmaking.

I recently talked with Film Independent Fellow Jonathan Sheldon about his work as a musician and his band American Bloomers, as well as about his work as a producer. A Film Independent Fellow, Jonathan is currently participating in Film Independent’s Producers Lab, with his project Televisionaries, the true story of Philo Farnsworth, a farmer’s son with a gift for science,
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'Castle' star Stana Katic accidentally channeled Deborah Kerr in 'For Lovers Only'

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As "Castle" fans or anyone whose seen James Bond's "Quantum of Solace" can attest, Stana Katic is something of a head-turner. So it was really only a matter of time before the 33-year-old actress found a part that involved her canoodling on a French beach.

"For Lovers Only," which has enjoyed a fruitful domestic release on iTunes and continues to appear in many festivals abroad, was filmed over just 12 days with only three people: Katic, co-star and writer Mark Polish and director Michael Polish.

The intimate circumstances made for many happy accidents, including Katic unconsciously paying homage to Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster's famous scene in "From Here to Eternity."

"It was a script that Mark and Michael had sitting around for awhile," Katic recently told Zap2it on the "Castle" set." They had various renditions of it that they'd been playing with for years, and then I think
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Is Joe Jonas a video thief? 'For Lovers Only' director accuses him of plagiarism

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Oops. It seems that Joe Jonas may have hired the wrong director to helm his latest music video, "Just In Love." Mark Polish, the director of a low-budget French film called "For Lovers Only" also starring "Castle's" Stana Katic, has accused video director Jaci Judelson of stealing his shots.

TheWrap reports that Jonas's video, which features him "cavorting" in Paris with French model Angele Sassy, is nearly identical to the film.

"It's very disheartening that a fellow director would go to those lengths to copy 'For Lovers Only' and not credit us," Polish tells the site. "If they had said our film was their inspiration, we would have been flattered, but nowhere in any of their materials do they say that we were an influence on them, which is upsetting to us as artists. And it makes this feel like plagiarism."

According to TheWrap, Polish and his brother,
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Exclusive: Stay Cool Clip

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Exclusive: Stay Cool Clip
In the grand tradition of Alan Smithee, Ted Smith directs the upcoming comedy Stay Cool, which follows author Henry McCarthy (Mark Polish) as he returns to his suburban hometown of Sacramento to deliver the commencement speech at his former high school. Despite his success as an author, Henry's comeback sparks all of the youthful dreams, desires and particularly disappointments he's never quite gotten over, specifically his unrequited affection for the girl who is now the local pharmacist: The elusive Scarlet Smith (Winona Ryder). In anticipation of Stay Cool's release this Friday, September 16th, we have an exclusive clip from the coming-of-middle-age adventure, which you can check out below.

Click to watch Exclusive: Are You Not Happy?!

Stay Cool comes to theaters September 16th, 2011 and stars Winona Ryder, Mark Polish, Sean Astin, Hilary Duff, Josh Holloway, Jon Cryer, Chevy Chase, Jessica St. Clair. The film is directed by Michael Polish.
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