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Kaye and Laura E. Davis directed from their own script. Producers are Beatrice von Schwerin, Webber, and Aengus James. Executive producers are Steven J. Berger and Colin King Miller. Production companies are This Is Just a Test in association with Fer De Lance Productions and Poor Rich Kids.
Breaking Glass will handle international sales at the Cannes Film Festival. The company plans a festival run leading into a domestic theatrical release in the fall and VOD/DVD release in the holiday season.
Myrna Manzanares and Shamira Gill-Card also star in “Inheritance,” which premiered at SXSW. Kaye stars as a young woman who returns with her brother (played by Webber) and new lover (portrayed by Ahearn) to her childhood home of Belize and discovers that her estranged father has died. »
- Dave McNary
“Duck Duck Goose” will hit theaters on April 20. The film was produced and financed by Original Force. The deal was announced on Wednesday by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, and Harley Zhao, president and CEO of Original Force.
The movie is directed by Christopher Jenkins, written by Jenkins and Rob Muir, and produced by Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. Gfm Films and Gfm Animation are handling international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.
Gaffigan voices a high-flying bachelor goose who’s injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two demanding ducklings (voiced by Zendaya and Lim), on a long journey south that will turn this scrappy threesome into a family.
- Dave McNary
Excusive: Ira prison break drama to get private screening on Croisette.
The thriller chronicles the mass break-out in 1983 of 38 prisoners from the Maze high security prison.
The film focuses on Larry Marley, the chief architect of the escape, who strikes up a complex friendship with Gordon, a prison warden.
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Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Joachim Trier’s supernatural thriller “Thelma.” Written by Trier and Eskil Vogt and starring Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Ellen Dorrit Petersen and Henrik Rafaelsen, the film follows a young woman who falls in love and discovers that she has terrifying and inexplicable powers.
“Working with Joachim on ‘Louder Than Bombs’ was a wonderful experience and gave us the opportunity to witness, up close, his unmatched visionary talent and passion for the stories he tells,” Paul Davidson, the Orchard’s executive vice president of Film and Television, said in a statement. “Thelma represents the next evolution of his growth as a filmmaker and we couldn’t be more excited »
- Graham Winfrey
Exclusive: Monument Releasing has acquired North American distribution rights to Mark Webber's latest film Flesh and Blood, the indie that premiered at SXSW this year to critical acclaim. The company will release the film theatrically this fall. It marks Webber's fourth feature film as director. "Flesh and Blood is a film that is very close to my heart, and it takes a special crew who thinks outside of the box and is attuned to the ever-changing distribution landscape to… »
Blake Robbins’ new film “The Scent of Rain & Lightning” tells the story of one girl’s search for answers and what grief and revenge can do to a tightly knit midwestern community.
Based on the best-selling novel, the film follows a young woman (Maika Monroe) as she learns her parents’ killer has been released from jail. When rumblings in her small Oklahoma town suggest he may be innocent, she questions everything from the police investigation to the witnesses, uncovering her own family secrets to piece together the shocking truth.
Alongside Monroe, the film features Maggie Grace (“Lost”), Mark Webber (“Green Room,” “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”), Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Will Patton (“The Good Wife”) and Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”).
“The Scent of Rain & Lightning” makes its world premiere at the upcoming Atlanta Film Festival. »
- Allison Picurro
17 March 2017 10:24 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Americans in Belize get up to some highly dysfunctional family dynamics while mourning a father’s sudden death in the ambitious but over-the-top melodrama Inheritance. This writing-and-directing collaboration between Laura E. Davis (Thin Air) and actor Jessica Kaye features an impressively charismatic Kaye as the story’s leading hot mess. Character actor Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Daniel Ahearn lend support as her onscreen brother and boyfriend, respectively. After premiering at SXSW this isn’t likely to set the world on fire, but it should catch some attention as a calling card for several of the key talents.
Perhaps it's »
- Leslie Felperin
Commingling elements of fiction and documentary is the trickiest kind of creative alchemy — a challenge “Flesh and Blood” rises to with results that are consistently interesting but somewhat awkward nonetheless. Actor Mark Webber’s fourth feature as writer-director, the story of a man who returns home after a number of years to discover that little has changed, is even more plainly autobiographical than its predecessors, with Webber, his immediate family members and various intimates from his native Philadelphia all playing themselves.
That there’s an authenticity to the results may be unsurprising, but it’s still impressively packaged into an atmospheric, technically well-crafted whole. On the downside, it’s also no surprise that the weakest aspect here is a somewhat half-hearted attempt to impose dramatic structure on the more anecdotal, personality-driven stuff of life itself. If, in the final analysis, this is an experiment that doesn’t quite gel, it »
- Dennis Harvey
Sometimes a movie comes along that very quietly defies comparison, even if on the surface, it is something quite simple. Such is the case with director Mark Webber's latest movie Flesh and Blood. While this completely unique and quiet, yet powerful family drama may not be one of the most flashy movies at SXSW this year, make no mistake, this is a movie you will be hearing about over the next few months and one that you should most definitely seek out.
Flesh and Blood centers on Mark Webber, who is playing a version of himself as he explores family dynamics using his real family which includes his mother Cheri Honkala and his brother Guillermo Santos. We follow Mark as he tries to adjust to the real world after being released from prison. Blending real-life situations and fiction (though the line between fiction and reality is very blurry), the »
11 March 2017 5:15 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Actor-turned-director Mark Webber continues to mine his rough beginnings, and his real-life relationships, in the aptly titled, quietly searing Flesh and Blood. With the key exception of a wordless cameo by Teresa Palmer, Webber’s offscreen partner and one of the film’s producers, nearly everyone plays themselves, or a version of themselves, in the well-observed drama. They include his single mom, Cheri Honkala, who has channeled her difficult experiences into advocacy for the homeless and poor, and who ran for vice president on the 2012 Green Party ticket. She's currently running in a special election for the office of Pennsylvania state »
- Sheri Linden
It's a big SXSW for Mark Webber. Aside from world premiering his new directorial outing Flesh and Blood, he also stars in Jessica Kaye and Laura E. Davis's Inheritance. We're very excited for the flick and are happy to share an exclusive clip here. A few words from the filmmakers: Inheritance chronicles one woman's efforts to reconcile her past with her present. As she returns to her childhood home in Belize, Mara is faced with the death of her estranged father, the ire and instability of her brother, and her increasingly frayed relationship with her new lover. Here it is:...
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Iconoclast and Anonymous Content are producing the film, which is based on Callahan’s autobiography of the same name. The title is taken from one of Callahan’s cartoons, which often touched on taboo topics.
Webber will play Mike, a fellow Vietnam veteran and friend of Phoenix’s character who he meets during his AA meetings.
Callahan became paralyzed following a car accident at the age of 21. He turned to art as a form of therapy, drawing by clutching a pen between his two hands. He died in 2010 at the age of 59.
- Justin Kroll
Horror and sci-fi fans have a big day of releases to look forward to on Tuesday, February 7th, as there over 20 titles coming home to Blu-ray and DVD. Paramount has put together the complete box set of the Penny Dreadful series on both formats, and the latest season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series arrives on both Blu-ray and DVD as well.
Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have teamed up for the release of Antibirth, which was an official selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and Severin Films is resurrecting the cult classic Wild Beasts in HD, too.
- Heather Wixson
Natasha Lyonne takes viewers on a mend-bending journey in Danny Perez’s Antibirth, and with the IFC Midnight movie coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 7th from Scream Factory, we’ve been provided with one Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy to give away to a lucky Daily Dead reader.
Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Antibirth.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Antibirth Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on February 12th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
SXSW is coming up quick! The fest runs March 10-18 and the good folks in Austin announced the bulk of their lineup today. There are still a few of the program's 125 films to be announced, but what we now know includes world premieres from such heavyweights as Evan Katz (his film Small Crimes is pictured above), Edgar Wright, Terrence Malick, Joe Swanberg, Frank Oz, Jeff Malmberg, Josh Greenbaum, Mark Webber, Mike Ott, Bob Byington, Noël Wells, Jonathan Levine, and Judd Apatow. Whoosh. Color us excited. Here's the full lineup and ther eis much more on the SXSW site. Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,407 narrative feature submissions in 2017. A Bad Idea...
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What is growing inside of Lou (Natasha Lyonne)? Danny Perez’s Antibirth can be yours on Blu-ray and DVD beginning February 7th. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: The Field Guide to Evil crowdfunding campaign, a clip from Friday’s episode of Paranormal Lockdown, Volumes of Blood trailer and poster, and the poster for Dead Squad.
Antibirth Blu-ray / DVD Release Details: Press Release: “Hard-drinking, pill-popping, bong-ripping Lou (Natasha Lyonne, Orange in the New Black) and her best friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry, American Horror Story) spend their days adrift in a druggy haze. But one wild night out becomes a bad trip that never ends when Lou wakes up with symptoms of an unexplained, highly abnormal pregnancy. Who — or what — is growing inside of her? Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut February 7th, 2017 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, Anitbirth also includes psychedelic clips, storyboards, »
- Tamika Jones
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