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Lila Cazès Dies: Produced ‘Leaving Las Vegas’

Lila Cazès Dies: Produced ‘Leaving Las Vegas’
Lila Cazes, producer of Mike Figgis' Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas, has died in Buenos Aires following a brief illness, it was announced today by her family. A native of Argentina, Cazès settled in Paris with her husband Jean Cazès and in 1987 co-founded production and distribution company Initial Groupe. The company produced such features as Phillipe Galland’s 1991 La Thune from a script by Catherine Breillat; Alexandre Rockwell’s Somebody To Love, written by Sergei…
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Alexandre Rockwell on Restoring and Preserving the Unique Black and White of In the Soup

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Alexandre Rockwell‘s landmark indie In The Soup, which is currently crowdraising funds for a badly needed restoration and re-release. We’re happy to share this interview with Rockwell, conducted by Factory 25’s Matt Grady. Click here to learn more and check out the Kickstarter campaign, and here for a video interview for more from Rockwell. What’s so unique about how you made In the Soup? One of the most defining things about In the Soup is its look. The stellar cinematography of Phil Parmet comes across in a rich, high-contrast look, deeply saturated blacks and brilliant […]
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‘In the Soup’: You Can Help Save the Only Existing Archival Print of Sundance Winner Before It’s Lost Forever

‘In the Soup’: You Can Help Save the Only Existing Archival Print of Sundance Winner Before It’s Lost Forever
For its twenty-fifth anniversary, Alexandre Rockwell’s 1992 Sundance winner “In the Soup” is asking for a big gift — but a necessary one. Indie distributor ​Factory 25​ has now launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the repair and preservation of the film, aiming to make it available digitally and on Blu-ray for the first time.

And while the allure of catching the pioneering feature — the one that beat out “Reservoir Dogs” at the lauded festival, no less — is compelling enough on its own, the real reason for the urgency of the campaign is something else entirely: without this restoration, the film will likely no longer exist. The only existing archival print of the feature is badly damaged, and without the addition of crowdfunded financing, Grady will be unable to restore the film.

Read MoreWes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation

“‘In the Soup
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Movie Poster of the Week: Now Showing on Mubi

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Above: Soviet poster for The Ghost That Never Returns (Abram Room, Soviet Union, 1929). Designed by the Sternberg Brothers.Have you seen what’s playing on Mubi lately? Many of you who read my column may not often partake of the best of what Mubi has to offer, which is a beautifully curated, constantly changing selection of films which amounts to a top-notch repertory cinema on your laptop and in your living room. Now that Mubi is on the Roku app too there is even more reason to subscribe to the best film streaming deal on the internet. I know, I know, there is always too much to see and too little time, but for me what elevates Mubi over other streaming services—and I’m not just saying this because I write for them—is the 30-day model which offers you a new surprise every morning as well as the
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Daily | Godard, Pasolini, Resnais

In today's roundup of news and views: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on Jean-Luc Godard, Rossana Rossanda on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Alain Resnais, J. Hoberman on Jacques Tati and Stanley Kubrick, Peter Bogdanovich on Vincent Minnelli, Isla Leaver-Yap on Stan Brakhage, Alexandre Rockwell on John Cassavetes, Christoph Huber on Jean Rollin, Kiva Reardon on Denis Côté, Michael Guarneri on Lav Diaz, Mike D'Angelo on Les Blank, Patton Oswalt on Jerry Lewis, Grantland on Paul Thomas Anderson, Lankester Merrin on Paul Schrader, Nigel Andrews on Hayao Miyazaki, Carson Lund on Walerian Borowczyk, Budd Wilkins on Alain Robbe-Grillet and more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Godard, Pasolini, Resnais

In today's roundup of news and views: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on Jean-Luc Godard, Rossana Rossanda on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Alain Resnais, J. Hoberman on Jacques Tati and Stanley Kubrick, Peter Bogdanovich on Vincent Minnelli, Isla Leaver-Yap on Stan Brakhage, Alexandre Rockwell on John Cassavetes, Christoph Huber on Jean Rollin, Kiva Reardon on Denis Côté, Michael Guarneri on Lav Diaz, Mike D'Angelo on Les Blank, Patton Oswalt on Jerry Lewis, Grantland on Paul Thomas Anderson, Lankester Merrin on Paul Schrader, Nigel Andrews on Hayao Miyazaki, Carson Lund on Walerian Borowczyk, Budd Wilkins on Alain Robbe-Grillet and more. » - David Hudson
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Little Feet, Big Imprint

There’s always something a little magical about capturing child spontaneity in a narrative context. Northern California emigre Cory McAbee (of cult favorite The American Astronaut) made his daughter an integral part of 2009’s hilarious sci-fi musical Stingray Sam, then starred by then seven-year-old Willa and two-year-old John in last year’s freewheeling short feature Crazy & Thief. Their unchaperoned adventures on the streets of NYC are echoed by native New Yorker Alexandre Rockwell’s Little Feet, in which his own son and daughter wander L.A.’s Echo Park over an hour’s whimsical course.>> - Dennis Harvey
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Little Feet, Big Imprint

There’s always something a little magical about capturing child spontaneity in a narrative context. Northern California emigre Cory McAbee (of cult favorite The American Astronaut) made his daughter an integral part of 2009’s hilarious sci-fi musical Stingray Sam, then starred by then seven-year-old Willa and two-year-old John in last year’s freewheeling short feature Crazy & Thief. Their unchaperoned adventures on the streets of NYC are echoed by native New Yorker Alexandre Rockwell’s Little Feet, in which his own son and daughter wander L.A.’s Echo Park over an hour’s whimsical course.>> - Dennis Harvey
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Factory 25 Acquires Little Feet and Boneshaker

Factory 25 will distribute Alexandre Rockwell’s Little Feet on a double bill with 25 New Face Frances Bodomo’s Boneshaker. The films will open at the IFC Center on December 12 and will be available for streaming on Fandor and Vimeo the same day. Little Feet was previously part of a Vimeo on Demand Tiff deal in which Vimeo gave the filmmakers $10,000 in exchange for 30-day exclusive distribution rights. Rockwell won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 1992 with In The Soup, and Little Feet harkens back to the film’s 16mm black and white camerawork. Said Factory 25’s Matt Grady of the paired acquisition, “Both films are very […]
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Factory 25 Acquires Little Feet and Boneshaker

Factory 25 will distribute Alexandre Rockwell’s Little Feet on a double bill with 25 New Face Frances Bodomo’s Boneshaker. The films will open at the IFC Center on December 12 and will be available for streaming on Fandor and Vimeo the same day. Little Feet was previously part of a Vimeo on Demand Tiff deal in which Vimeo gave the filmmakers $10,000 in exchange for 30-day exclusive distribution rights. Rockwell won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 1992 with In The Soup, and Little Feet harkens back to the film’s 16mm black and white camerawork. Said Factory 25’s Matt Grady of the paired acquisition, “Both films are very […]
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Factory 25 takes world on Little Feet

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Factory 25 takes world on Little Feet
The distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Alexandre Rockwell’s drama and set a December 12 New York theatrical release. Separately, an alliance of companies is handling the Us release of What We Do In The Shadows.

Little Feet director Rockwell’s children Lan and Nico play siblings in Los Angeles on an urban odyssey to see the ocean and liberate their goldfish.

Rockwell won the Sundance dramatic grand jury prize in 1992 for In The Soup.

Little Feet will also open digitally on December 12 via Fandor and Vimeo followed by cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon Vudu, X-Box, Sony Playstation and other digital outlets in early spring.

Unison Films in association with Funny Or Die and Paladin will release Flight Of The Conchords’ creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s Toronto Midnight Madness audience award-winning vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows in New York and Los Angeles on February 13 followed by expansion.
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Toronto deals: Content pre-sells The Nightmare

Toronto deals: Content pre-sells The Nightmare
Deals for The Nightmare, Nabat; plus news on Drive Productions and Petersburg Carousel.

Content pre-sells The Nightmare

Rodney Ascher (Room 237) has wrapped production in Los Angeles on The Nightmare (first image shown here). Content has already pre-sold the horror documentary to Altitude for the UK and The Jokers for France. Content is working with Preferred Content on the North American deal.

Nabat goes Swiss

Dreamlab Films has sold Elchin Musaoglu’s Venice Orizzonti title Nabat, an Azerbaijan-set family drama, to Swiss Distributor Trigon.

Drive revs up

Kyle Mann and Michael Risley have launched Los Angeles and Vancouver based Drive Productions, which will focus on elevated genre films. They company has raised an initial $2m.

Directors spin Carousel

Petersburg: Category of Feelings, the Russian omnibus film that has attracted a host of acclaimed directors, has been renamed Petersburg Carousel. Ralph Fiennes, Cédric Klapisch, Alexandre Rockwell, Feodor Bondarchuk and Timur Bekmambetov are among directors due to direct segments
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More Toronto deals: Content pre-sells The Nightmare

More Toronto deals: Content pre-sells The Nightmare
Deals for The Nightmare, Nabat; plus news on Drive Productions and Petersburg Carousel.

Content pre-sells The Nightmare

Rodney Ascher (Room 237) has wrapped production in Los Angeles on The Nightmare (first image shown here). Content has already pre-sold the horror documentary to Altitude for the UK and The Jokers for France. Content is working with Preferred Content on the North American deal.

Nabat goes Swiss

Dreamlab Films has sold Elchin Musaoglu’s Venice Orizzonti title Nabat, an Azerbaijan-set family drama, to Swiss Distributor Trigon.

Drive revs up

Kyle Mann and Michael Risley have launched Los Angeles and Vancouver based Drive Productions, which will focus on elevated genre films. They company has raised an initial $2m.

Directors spin Carousel

Petersburg: Category of Feelings, the Russian omnibus film that has attracted a host of acclaimed directors, has been renamed Petersburg Carousel. Ralph Fiennes, Cédric Klapisch, Alexandre Rockwell, Feodor Bondarchuk and Timur Bekmambetov are among directors due to direct segments
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Directors spin Carousel

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Directors spin Carousel
Russian omnibus film to shoot in early 2015.

Petersburg: Category of Feelings, the Russian omnibus film that has attracted a host of acclaimed directors, has been renamed Petersburg Carousel.

Ralph Fiennes, Cédric Klapisch, Alexandre Rockwell, Feodor Bondarchuk and Timur Bekmambetov are among directors due to direct segments about the city.

An early 2015 shoot is scheduled for the film, which is produced by Ctb Film Company’s CEO Sergey Selyanov and Bondarchuk’s Lenfilm Studios.​
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Peter Dinklage Discovers Reddit: 7 Things We Learned

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Peter Dinklage Discovers Reddit: 7 Things We Learned
When “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage isn't portraying Tyrion Lannister on the HBO hit, he prefers starring in low-budget indie flicks because they're often “infinitely better” than the big-budget spectacles Hollywood is best known for producing. The actor participated in his first-ever Reddit Ama on Friday in support of a Kickstarter campaign for independent filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell's “Little Feet,” a film about childhood that Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Beals, Sam Rockwell, Rosie Perez and Aidan Quinn are also lending a hand in raising money for. Also read: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Director Bryan Singer Hopes to Bring Gambit,
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Alexandre Rockwell Is the Latest Indie Film Legend To Turn To Kickstarter

“I am positive that if my mentor John Cassevetes were around today he would use Kickstarter to make his films.” Whether Alexandre Rockwell‘s statement about Cassavetes is true or not (we’ll never know), it hardly seems implausible as we see yet another indie film legend going the crowdfunding route. It’s been a long time since Rockwell was a significant name in cinema, but he’ll always be remembered as an important member of the Sundance class of ’92, his quirky black and white feature In the Soup winning the grand jury prize that year over strong contenders like Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Allison Anders’s Gas, Food Lodging. He then came up with the idea for the anthology feature Four Rooms, on which he collaborated with Tarantino, Anders and Robert Rodriguez. More recently, he directed the Peter Dinklage comedy Pete Smalls Is Dead. His latest project, which
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Alexandre Rockwell's New Film Has a Distributor... If It Can Kickstart Enough Money.

Usually when filmmakers turn to crowdfunding, they're looking for backing to make a film, but in the case of veteran indie director Alexandre Rockwell ("In The Soup"), he turned to Kickstarter after his latest film "Little Feet" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Vimeo as part of its deal with the Tff. When it screened at The Museum of the Moving Image's "First Look" screening series, our chief film critic Eric Kohn reviewed the one hour black and white film, dubbing it "the first great movie of 2014." Indie distributor Factory 25 then stepped up to distribute the film theatrically (it's unclear when and if the film will be available on Vimeo). The catch is that the distribution deal is contingent on Rockwell being able to pay for music rights as well as other post-production expenses such as final sound mix, color correction, art work
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In the Soup Director Alexandre Rockwell on Kickstarter, Creative Fundraising and the Return of Personal Filmmaking

This guest post by Alexandre Rockwell is published as his Kickstarter campaign to support finishing costs of his latest feature, Little Feet, launches. You can learn more and donate here at the link. “An old dog learning new tricks.” That’s what a pal of mine said to me the other day, and I could not disagree more. I never have seen myself as an old dog and “new tricks” are what I have had to constantly seek out to keep making handmade films over the years. Continuously reinventing oneself and jumping into the fire over and over is either insanity […]
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In the Soup Director Alexandre Rockwell on Kickstarter, Creative Fundraising and the Return of Personal Filmmaking

This guest post by Alexandre Rockwell is published as his Kickstarter campaign to support finishing costs of his latest feature, Little Feet, launches. You can learn more and donate here at the link. “An old dog learning new tricks.” That’s what a pal of mine said to me the other day, and I could not disagree more. I never have seen myself as an old dog and “new tricks” are what I have had to constantly seek out to keep making handmade films over the years. Continuously reinventing oneself and jumping into the fire over and over is either insanity […]
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Celebrating Roald Dahl's big screen adaptations

Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016

From James Bond to Willy Wonka, Matilda to The Witches, we chart the big screen work of Roald Dahl...

Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.

Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.

Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. His work
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