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Jonas Carpignano on His ‘A Ciambra’ and Getting Notes From Martin Scorsese

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After making a splash in Cannes with ‘Mediterranea,’ which won the Critics Week Grand Prize in 2015, Jonas Carpignano is back, in Directors’ Fortnight this year, with ‘A Ciambra,’ which IFC’s Sundance Selects snapped up for U.S. distribution shortly after the premiere, reportedly following a bidding war. The young director (pictured, left) born in New York from an Italian father and an African-American mother, but raised in Rome, spoke to Variety about why he stayed in the Calabrian coastal town of Gioia Tauro for his ‘Mediterranea’ followup, and what it was like getting notes on his rough cuts from Martin Scorsese, who executive-produced the pic. Excerpts.

A Ciambra’ follows from ‘Mediterranea’ in various ways. I read it was actually prompted by the production’s car being stolen while shooting the short that became ‘Mediterranea.’ Can you tell me more?

Yes, I had never known about a Gypsy community in Gioia Tauro. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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The Mad Scientist: How The Visionary ‘Bellflower’ Director is Risking All At Cannes After Six Years of Hollywood Battles

17 May 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Six weeks ago, Evan Glodell was in a funk. He’d made his filmmaking debut six years ago with micro-budget breakout “Bellflower,” in which he’d starred, written, directed, and produced through Coatwolf, his filmmaking collective. That film exploded at Sundance 2011, but now it seemed like all of his projects were stalled, again.

He wondered if he should have turned down an offer to wrangle VFX for Benh Zeitlin’s “Wendy,” another follow-up to a Sundance hit (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) made by a filmmaking collective; unlike his Coatwolf projects, that one was successfully winding its way to completion.

Then suddenly, everything turned around. Coatwolf’s second film, “Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins” produced, co-written, and starring Glodell, is close to locked and is ready for CAA to screen for buyers.

Their third, “Canary,” written, directed, produced, and starring Glodell, will hit the Cannes market to seek »

- Anne Thompson

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The Mad Scientist: How The Visionary ‘Bellflower’ Director is Risking All At Cannes After Six Years of Hollywood Battles

17 May 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Six weeks ago, Evan Glodell was in a funk. He’d made his filmmaking debut six years ago with micro-budget breakout “Bellflower,” in which he’d starred, written, directed, and produced through Coatwolf, his filmmaking collective. That film exploded at Sundance 2011, but now it seemed like all of his projects were stalled, again.

He wondered if he should have turned down an offer to wrangle VFX for Benh Zeitlin’s “Wendy,” another follow-up to a Sundance hit (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) made by a filmmaking collective; unlike his Coatwolf projects, that one was successfully winding its way to completion.

Then suddenly, everything turned around. Coatwolf’s second film, “Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins” produced, co-written, and starring Glodell, is close to locked and is ready for CAA to screen for buyers.

Their third, “Canary,” written, directed, produced, and starring Glodell, will hit the Cannes market to seek »

- Anne Thompson

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Awards Race Disruption: Why ‘Get Out’ and Netflix Can Afford to Rewrite the Rules

11 May 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Isn’t May a little early to launch an Oscar campaign? Not anymore. These days, it seems old rules don’t apply. On Tuesday evening, Universal marketing turned its “Get Out” DVD launch party into an ad-hoc awards event, inviting awards journalists to its Wisteria Lane backlot to celebrate Jordan Peele’s horror comedy about suburbia gone very wrong.

At $174 million to date (and an expected $50 million bonus rolling out overseas), “Get Out” is Blumhouse horror producer Jason Blum’s highest-grossing film (and his second Oscar contender, after “Whiplash”). And no one is more surprised to be in the awards conversation than breakout writer-director Peele, who is developing seven more original ideas for his new Universal first-look deal. Chances are, he’ll get more than $4.5 million to make them.

Being in any awards race is “a little surreal to me,” Peele told me. “I have a hard time accepting that’s part of the conversation. »

- Anne Thompson

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Awards Race Disruption: Why ‘Get Out’ and Netflix Can Afford to Rewrite the Rules

11 May 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Isn’t May a little early to launch an Oscar campaign? Not anymore. These days, it seems old rules don’t apply. On Tuesday evening, Universal marketing turned its “Get Out” DVD launch party into an ad-hoc awards event, inviting awards journalists to its Wisteria Lane backlot to celebrate Jordan Peele’s horror comedy about suburbia gone very wrong.

At $174 million to date (and an expected $50 million bonus rolling out overseas), “Get Out” is Blumhouse horror producer Jason Blum’s highest-grossing film (and his second Oscar contender, after “Whiplash”). And no one is more surprised to be in the awards conversation than breakout writer-director Peele, who is developing seven more original ideas for his new Universal first-look deal. Chances are, he’ll get more than $4.5 million to make them.

Being in any awards race is “a little surreal to me,” Peele told me. “I have a hard time accepting that’s part of the conversation. »

- Anne Thompson

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Film Review: ‘Brimstone & Glory’

10 May 2017 2:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eye candy that’s a nutritious, full meal, “Brimstone & Glory” trains its ecstatic camera on Tultepec, a town in south-central Mexico famed for its manufacture of fireworks — and an annual National Pyrotechnics Festival so giddily cinematic that the medium itself practically seems to roll over and wag tail in approval. Mixing sheer spectacle with modest but pleasing human-interest threads, Viktor Jakovleski’s first directorial feature is a poetical, entrancing documentary that should delight niche viewers across many cultural borders.

Located a bit north of Mexico City, Tultepec is a small, historic city that in the last 150 years or so came to be centered around one industry. An enormous amount of fireworks — which grew hugely popular in Mexico over the same time — originate from here. And once each spring, enthusiasts travel to the burg for a week-long orgy of competition and celebration.

More impressionistic than explanatory, “Brimstone” doesn’t provide a »

- Dennis Harvey

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Nantucket Film Festival Adds TV Screenings, Honor for 'Patti Cake$' Director Geremy Jasper

3 May 2017 3:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Nantucket Film Festival on Wednesday announced more information about new and returning programs for its upcoming 22nd edition, which is set to run June 21-26.

The fest also added to its list of honorees Patti Cake$ writer-director Geremy Jasper, who will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award, presented by Bridget Everett. Previous recipients of the honor include Sian Heder, Leslye Headland, Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar, Michael Arndt, Lake Bell and Mike Cahill. Jasper will be recognized alongside the previously announced Tom McCarthy, Nick Broomfield, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik at the Screenwriters Tribute on June 23.

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- Hilary Lewis

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Nantucket Film Festival Adds TV Screenings, Honor for 'Patti Cake$' Director Geremy Jasper

3 May 2017 3:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The Nantucket Film Festival on Wednesday announced more information about new and returning programs for its upcoming 22nd edition, which is set to run June 21-26.

The fest also added to its list of honorees Patti Cake$ writer-director Geremy Jasper, who will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award, presented by Bridget Everett. Previous recipients of the honor include Sian Heder, Leslye Headland, Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar, Michael Arndt, Lake Bell and Mike Cahill. Jasper will be recognized alongside the previously announced Tom McCarthy, Nick Broomfield, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik at the Screenwriters Tribute on June 23.

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- Hilary Lewis

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Cannes: Sandrine Kiberlain named Caméra d’or jury president

11 April 2017 3:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French actress starred in Cannes titles A Self-made Hero and Polisse.

French actress Sandrine Kiberlain has been named president of the Caméra d’or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28).

Kiberlain and jury will award a prize to a director’s first work from the Official Selection, the Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week .

Since 1978 the prize has gone to films including Stranger than Paradise by Jim Jarmusch (1984), Suzaku by Naomi Kawase (1997), The White Balloon by Jafar Panahi (1995), Hunger by Steve McQueen (2008) and Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin (2012).

Last year, Houda Benyamina won the Caméra d’or for her film Divines screened in the Directors’ Fortnight.

In a career spanning 25 years and boasting around 40 films, actress Kiberlain first shot to prominence in The Patriots by Éric Rochant (winner of the Romy-Schneider Prize) and En Avoir (Ou Pas) by Laetitia Masson, for which she won the César for most promising actress.

Subsequent turns have »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Cannes jury duty for Sandrine by Richard Mowe - 2017-04-11 11:03:30

11 April 2017 3:03 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Sandrine Kiberlain will head up Camera D’Or jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

French actress Sandrine Kiberlain will be president of the Cannes Film Festival’s Camera D’Or jury who award a prize for the best first film in the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Critics’ Week and Directors’ Fortnight sections.

She succeeds to the role after such figures as Wim Wenders, Tim Roth, Abbas Kiarostami, Agnès Varda, Sabine Azéma and, last year, director Catherine Corsini.

The Cannes Film Festival has given this particular prize since 1978, with winning films including Stranger Than Paradise by Jim Jarmusch (1984), Suzaku by Naomi Kawase (1997), Le Ballon Blanc by Jafar Panahi (1995), Hunger by Steve McQueen (2008) and Beasts Of The Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin (2012). Last year’s winner was Divines from Houda Benyamina.

Kiberlain who will be surrounded by other industry professionals, has had a career spanning 25 years and more than 40 films, »

- Richard Mowe

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How San Francisco’s Film Society Built a Powerful Financial Support System For Bay Area Filmmaking

6 April 2017 4:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Over the last seven years, The San Francisco Film Society (now known simply at Sffilm) has become one the largest nonprofit supporters of independent and documentary film having doled out over $800,000 to individual films in 2016. With targeted and flexible filmmaking grants the SFFilm Maker program has been able to give individual films a significant financial boost when they need it most – ranging from before the script is written all the way to the sound mix.

Read More: San Francisco’s Master Plan to Keep Film Relevant In the 21st Century — Sf International Film Festival

Having played a critical role in successful films like “Short Term 12,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Fruitvale Station” getting made, Sffs’s support has also come to signal to the rest of the film world that a project is worth tracking.

However, the film society’s mission goes beyond being a key cog in »

- Chris O'Falt

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‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Director Is in the Caribbean Apparently in Production on His Next Film

30 March 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It’s been 5 years since writer/director Benh Zeitlin made one heck of a splash with his feature debut, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which took the 2012 Academy Awards by storm (nominated in 4 categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and… Continue Reading → »

- Tambay Obenson

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

9 March 2017 11:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The past few years of Best Director winners have proven that cinema stylists who can deliver scale and scope often get rewarded: see Ang Li’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant,” not to mention Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.”

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions

But the directors also recognize breakout talent (Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild”) and great international directors such as Pedro Almodovar, Michael Haneke and Mike Leigh. And they appreciate films featuring a showcase performance or two.

Sundance standouts “Mudbound” and “Call Me By Your Name” boast sprawling ensemble casts and lush rural settings in the American South and Italy, respectively. Will the Academy directors welcome Dee Rees and Luca Guadagnino into their ranks, or “My Name is Doris” director Michael Showalter, who delivered a small-scale heart-tugger of a true romance, “The Big Sick”?

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- Anne Thompson

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Benh Zeitlin May Finally Be Shooting His Follow-Up to ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ in the Caribbean

2 March 2017 12:01 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been a question many of us in the indie world have been asking for a couple years now: Where in the world is Benh Zeitlin? The filmmaker had one of the most breakthrough years ever in 2012 when his “Beasts of the Southern Wild” exploded from Sundance winner to four-time Oscar nominee. Zeitlin even knocked out Ben Affleck (“Argo”) to earn a Best Director nomination.

Read More: ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Director Benh Zeitlin Confirms Next Film Will Be Totally Bonkers

But in the five years since the success of “Beasts,” Zeitlin has remained all but off the grid. It was reported back in 2015 that he was finally getting the wheels going on his next feature, “Wendy,” but here we are two years later with nothing to show for it. Well, it appears the 34-year-old indie director is finally back behind the camera and shooting that project, albeit very quietly. »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins’ Trailer: The ‘Bellflower’ Team Returns with a Video Game–Inspired Fable

1 February 2017 9:57 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Six years after making their mark at Sundance with “Bellflower,” the Coatwolf Productions team is back with the video game–inspired “Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins.” Written/directed by Jonathan Keevil and starring Evan Glodell (who wrote, directed and starred in “Bellflower”), the film looks even more manic than its predecessor. Watch the film’s first trailer below.

Read More: Different Roads Out of Sundance: ‘Bellflower’ Team, Brit Marling and Benh Zeitlin

Should you have trouble discerning the plot, here’s the synopsis: “The Syndicate, an evil gang bent on world domination, summons a secret weapon from the heavens and breaks the long-standing truce with the San Diego family by kidnapping their sister and cutting off the town’s supply of Tatsui Power-Up Drinks. Now Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins must decide whether to fight — risking their lives, family and the future of Flat Earth — or »

- Michael Nordine

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From Kevin Costner to ‘Kubo,’ Left-Field Oscar Nominations That Could Happen

23 January 2017 1:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Oscar nominations are about 16 hours away. We’ve already declared final predictions in all 24 categories, but while we bide our time, here are a few thoughts on some unexpected nominations that could be in the cards. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Kevin Costner or Taraji P. Henson for “Hidden Figures

Octavia Spencer has been the default honoree from the “Hidden Figures” cast so far this season, netting Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. But the film came on very strong when ballots went out in the first week of the new year, turning into a big box office story and enjoying events hosted by the likes of George Lucas and Jeffrey Katzenberg. So don’t be surprised if the coattails extend a bit farther. I’m placing a bet on Kevin Costner in the supporting actor category, but Taraji P. Henson could surge in the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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How ‘Patti Cake$’ Director Geremy Jasper Went from Indie Rocker to Breakout Filmmaker — Sundance 2017

23 January 2017 1:20 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Patti Cake$” has lived up to the hype. After its Eccles Theater premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday afternoon, the film scored two huge standing ovations, and another for breakout star Danielle Macdonald.

Patti Cake$ just dropped a hip hop bombshell on the Eccles. This movie could be huge. #sundance pic.twitter.com/Oqf0hcZpMA

— erickohn (@erickohn) January 23, 2017

This moment was a long and winding journey for writer-director Geremy Jasper. To look at him, you would never guess his alter ego would be Patricia Dombroski (aka Patti Cake$, aka Killer P, played by Macdonald), a 23-year-old, heavy-set Jersey girl with dreams of rap stardom. Jasper is tall, extremely easygoing, and has the style of a Williamsburg creative. In his 20s, he was the front man for a popular indie rock band, The Fever, and starred in Benh Zeitlin’s breakout short, “Glory at Sea.”

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, »

- Chris O'Falt

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Slamdance Festival: Proud to Be Park City Disrupters

19 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 23rd annual Slamdance Film Festival kicks off Jan. 20 and runs through Jan. 26 in Park City, with a new crop of rising filmmakers ready to present fresh and energizing work. Created in 1995 by Dan Mirvish, Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn, and Peter Baxter, Slamdance continues to be a hotbed for new cinematic talent living on the edges of the independent and studio landscape.

“We love disruption of the creative variety,” Baxter says. “We don’t have one particular direction and there’s no hierarchy here. We’re looking for films that defy description, that showcase brave filmmaking, with artists looking ahead to new forms of media and art.”

Throughout the years the festival has grown considerably. There’s a screenplay competition, Slamdance Studios, and Slamdance on the Road, which acts as a mobile theatrical showcase for Slamdance titles. And to hear it from Baxter, it’s an evolutionary process of selecting exciting and challenging worldwide cinema. »

- Nick Clement

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Final Oscar Predictions: 5 Lingering Questions With Nominations on the Way

18 January 2017 5:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ballots were due on Friday and the nail-biting will finally cease at 5am on Tuesday, Jan. 24. It’s been another jam-packed phase one for Oscar season, though one that didn’t have quite as many twists and turns as you’d expect. After all, a certain musical started the season as the presumed frontrunner, and it hasn’t budged since.

Of course, as soon as you think you’ve got it all figured out, the Academy keeps you on your toes. So how will the nominations for the 89th annual Oscars play out next week? There will be surprises, surely. There always are. Figuring out what they might be is the fun. Check out my final picks if you’re curious to know one guy’s opinion, but as we head into this final lap, a few lingering questions remain.

How many best picture nominees will there be?

In the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Future ’38’ Exclusive Clip: A Man Time Travels From 1938 To 2018 to Save The World

17 January 2017 2:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Slamdance Film Festival focuses on emerging filmmakers and low-budget independent films. Running parallel to Sundance in Park City, Utah, the festival has premiered films by directors like Christopher NolanMarc ForsterJared Hess, Oren PeliBenh Zeitlin, Seth GordonLynn Shelton and Lena Dunham. Now, the festival is soon upon us and will feature a variety of premieres, including the sci-fi comedy “Future ’38” about a time traveler who must save the world.

Read More: Slamdance 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

Filmed in early Technicolor, the film follows a man who time travels from 1938 to 2018 in order to save the world from evil forces. Written and directed by Jamie Greenberg (“Stags”), “Future ’38” celebrates and examines the past techniques of cinema. It stars Betty Gilpin (“Masters of Sex”), Robert John Burke (“Limitless”), Ethan Phillips (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Sean Young (“Blade Runner”), Tom Riis Farrell (“Sleepless in Seattle”), Sophie von Haselberg »

- Vikram Murthi

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