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15 items from 2015


Sundance 2015: ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ is an honest, sweet and powerful coming-of-age tale

3 February 2015 9:08 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Written and directed by Marielle Heller

USA, 2015

“I had sex today…..holy shit.”, says Minnie to her herself, or to the audience – hell, you get the impression that whoever is listening is good enough for her. Minnie is someone who has an awful lot to say about herself, but struggles to find someone to listen to her. Marielle Heller’s debut as a writer/director takes place in the 1970s and follows 15-year-old artist Minnie (Bel Powley), who enters an affair with her mother‘s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård) and discovers her sexuality. It is an often funny and lighthearted story – adapted from the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner – but what it amounts to is a heartfelt and maybe even empowering film.

Bel Powley excels in what is sure to be a breakout role for her. There’s a natural goofiness in how she conducts herself. »

- Dylan Griffin

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Sundance Festival: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl sweeps Sundance Awards

2 February 2015 3:05 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Sundance breakout Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film-lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.

Thomas Mann, R.J. Cyler and Olivia Cooke lead the cast of the idiosyncratic tearjerker from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who dedicated the audience award to all the filmmakers and artists in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Nick OffermanConnie Britton, and Molly Shannon also star.

"My love goes out to the entire cast and crew," Gomez-Rejon said. "This movie was about processing loss, but really to celebrate a beautiful life and a beautiful man, which is my amazing father ... to celebrate his life through humor."

The WolfpackCrystal Moselle's documentary about six movie-loving teenage boys isolated from society picked up the »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Sundance: Alexander Skarsgard, Bel Powley and Director Marielle Heller on Bringing 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' to Life

2 February 2015 6:17 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Written and directed by Marielle Heller, "Diary of a Teenage Girl" adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner's heavily autobiographical novel, was one of the most talked-about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film's titular star, Bel Powley, was quickly anointed the festival's "it" girl and Heller was declared a great new talent. The film's cinematographer, Brandon Trost, won the U.S. drama, special jury award for cinematography and the film was nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics. Read More: Meet the Breakout Star of the Sundance Hit "Diary of a Teenage Girl" For the story about Minnie Goetz, a 15-year-old girl in sexually liberated, drug-soaked 1976 San Francisco who initiates a sexual relationship with her single mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), casting was especially crucial. Indiewire spoke with Heller, Powley and Skarsgard about how they got involved with the daring project and their biggest concerns »

- Paula Bernstein

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Sundance Award Winners: Slow West and Earl and That Diary Girl

1 February 2015 7:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Michael and Nathaniel are both safely back in New York but a few more Sundance reviews are forthcoming as well as an Oscar discussion about the first possibilities for the new film year. The festival closes up tonight for another year and last night, they announced the winners. As with last year when Whiplash one both the Jury and the Audience award, one film took both again this year: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, based on the best seller by Jesse Andrews. Can we expect a similarly Oscar friendly trajectory? 

The Winners

U.S. Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Michael's review coming later today. It's said to be a bit Fault in the Stars-ish young people and terminal illness only better. 

Directing Award The Witch, Robert Eggers 

Michael's rave review. A 1630s set horror film about a religious family in Salem. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Sundance 2015. Awards

31 January 2015 10:07 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

 

U.S Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Audience Award

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Directing Award

The Witch (Robert Eggers, U.S./Canada)

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

The Stanford Prison Experiment (Tim Talbott)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Cinematography

Diary of a Teenage Girl (Brandon Trost)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Editing

Dope (Lee Haugen)

Special Jury Award – Collaborative Vision

Advantageous (Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang)

U.S. Documentary

Grand Jury Prize

The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)

Audience Award

Meru (Jimmy Chin, E. Chai Vasarhelyi)

Directing Award

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, U.S./Mexico)

Special Jury Award — Social Impact

3 1/2 Minutes (Marc Silver)

Special Jury Award – Verite Filmmaking

Western (Bill Ross, Turner Ross)

Special Jury Award – Break Out First Feature

(T)error (Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe)

Special Jury Award – Cinematography

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll)

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- Notebook

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Sundance ’15: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Find Friends at Sundance, James White Receives Audience Embrace

31 January 2015 9:55 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Following in the footsteps of Fruitvale Station and Whiplash before it, the most talked about title in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl claimed both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Crystal Moselle’s audience favorite might not have claimed the Audience Award (Meru), but the family featured in The Wolfpack landed a much coveted U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Matthew Heineman’s unfathomably constructed Cartel Land landed to Jury Prizes in Best Director and Excellence in Cinematography. In stellar Next, the unique prize went to Josh Mond’s brilliant directorial debut James White. Here is the press release and all the winners.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Gordon Quinn to:

The Wolfpack / U.S.A. (Director: Crystal Moselle)

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Edgar Wright to:

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- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

31 January 2015 8:22 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival concluded on Saturday (January 31) night with a Tig Notaro-hosted award ceremony in which it seemed like nearly everything was given an award by one of the Festival's juries. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, won both the Us Dramatic Jury Prize and Audience Prize, an increasingly less rare double. On the Us Documentary side, Crystal Moselle's "The Wolfpack" won the Grand Jury Prize, but "Meru" won the Audience Award. John Maclean's "Slow West" won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, while Chad Garcia's "Russian Woodpecker" was the World Cinema Documentary Grand Prize winner. While "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" was one of the most buzzed-about titles in the Us Dramatic Competition, several other rave-winners picked up key prizes on Saturday night, including the Grand Jury Directing Award to Robert Eggers for "The Witch," the Waldo Salt »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List

31 January 2015 8:15 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.

“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But »

- Dominic Patten and Patrick Hipes

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Sundance: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Wins Grand Jury, Audience Awards

31 January 2015 6:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s visually inventive comedy-drama about the friendship between a misfit teenager and a classmate diagnosed with leukemia, received both the grand jury prize and the audience award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night. Part cancer-themed tearjerker and part tribute to obsessive movie love, “Me and Earl” was acquired by Fox Searchlight earlier this week in one of the festival’s biggest deals.

This marks the third year in a row that one movie has taken both top prizes at Sundance, following the lead of “Fruitvale Station” in 2013 and “Whiplash” last year. “Me and Earl’s” victory was even more noteworthy given what many considered one of the stronger U.S. dramatic competitions in recent memory, with strong critical and audience buzz for “Dope,” “The Witch” and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” all of which also received prizes.

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- Justin Chang

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Me And Earl triumphs at Sundance

31 January 2015 3:16 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the Us grand jury prize and audience awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

Earlier in the week Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on the acquisition of world rights.

Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack won the Us grand jury documentary award days after Magnolia Pictures moved for world rights.

In the World Cinema categories, John Maclean’s UK-New Zealand entry Slow West prevailed in the dramatic strand while there was joy for UK documentary winner The Russian Woodpecker by Chad Gracia.

Meru by Jimmy Chin and E Chai Vasarhelyi triumphed in the Us dramatic audience award. Robert Eggers was a highlight of the directing honours with the Us dramatic prize for The Witch while Kim Longinotto won World Cinema documentary for Dreamcatcher

The festival runs from January 22-February »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Me And Earl triumphs in Park City

31 January 2015 3:16 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the Us grand jury prize and audience awards.

Earlier in the week Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on the acquisition of world rights.

Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack won the Us grand jury documentary award days after Magnolia Pictures moved for world rights.

In the World Cinema categories, John Maclean’s UK-New Zealand entry Slow West prevailed in the dramatic strand while there was joy for UK documentary winner The Russian Woodpecker by Chad Gracia.

Meru by Jimmy Chin and E Chai Vasarhelyi triumphed in the Us dramatic audience award. Robert Eggers was a highlight of the directing honours with the Us dramatic prize for The Witch while Kim Longinotto won World Cinema documentary for Dreamcatcher

The festival runs from January 22-February 1 and screened 123 feature-length and 60 short films selected »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Springboard: Meet the Breakout Star of the Sundance Hit, 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

30 January 2015 4:09 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In her American feature film debut, "Diary of a Teenage Girl," 22-year-old British actress Bel Powley is so convincing playing a 15-year-old teenager in San Francisco in 1976 that you'll swear it's an autobiographical role and she's somehow time-travelled from the '70s. "It's rare to witness a young girl so openly express her need for physical intimacy in a coming-of-age movie, but 'Diary' bravely endeavors to fill a gaping hole in contemporary portrayals of female adolescence," wrote Anisha Jhaveri in her review of the film for Indiewire.  Read More: Dp Brandon Trost on Shooting Sundance Darling "Diary of a Teenage Girl" Adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel of the same name by writer-director Marielle Heller, "Diary" follows 15-year-old Minnie (Powley) as she explores her sexuality by losing her virginity to her mother's boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard). Kristen Wiig plays Minnie's fun-loving, irresponsible mom in the »

- Paula Bernstein

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How I Shot That: Dp Brandon Trost on Shooting Sundance Darling 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

30 January 2015 6:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As part of our "How I Shot That" series, Indiewire asked cinematographer Brandon Trost about his work on Marielle Heller's "Diary of a Teenage Girl," which recently world premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Based on  Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel, the period film starring Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Meloni and newcomer Bel Powley was shot on location in San Francisco. The film marked a shift back to independent films for Trost, who has recently been working on big-budget comedies such as "The Interview," "Neighbors," and "This is the End." What camera and lens did you use? Red Epic, C-Series Panavision anamorphic lenses How did you get involved with this project? It's funny. I got involved with this movie because of another movie called "MacGruber." It's basically a very bizarre collection. Mari, who directed this film, is married to Jorma Taccone, who is the director of »

- Paula Bernstein

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Obama made The Interview release possible, filmmakers say

24 January 2015 6:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Brandon Trost has said that he believes Barack Obama's comments after The Interview's initial cancellation is the reason why the film eventually got a release.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Film School, the film's cinematographer addressed the "domino effect" that was caused by the hacking of Sony Pictures in 2014.

He said: "We shot the movie a year before all this went down, and when we made it we were like, 'It'll be great! It's funny! What if we started World War III?'

"When we found out about [the threats against the film], I was actually in New York prepping some reshoots for another Seth Rogen movie. I was actually with all the guys, the same producers. We're all the same team.

"Everything had like a domino effect. We were out there and once they made a bomb threat, it became real. They cancelled the release, Seth and Franco pulled all their publicity. »

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‘The Interview’ Filmmakers on President Obama: ‘His Rant on Free Speech Got the Movie Released’ (Video)

23 January 2015 6:49 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

North Korea comedy’s cinematographer, Brandon Trost, talks the turbulent past weeks and terror threats

The filmmakers behind Sony Pictures’ “The Interview” credit President Barack Obama with getting the movie released, after terrorist threats saw it pulled from U.S. theaters in December.

Interview” director of photography Brandon Trost opened up about the “domino effect” that began with the November hack of Sony and led to the eventual, innovative release of the film.

See photos: Sony Hack Attack Timeline: From First Cyberbreach and Leaks to ‘The Interview’ Release (Photos)

“We shot the movie a year before all this went down, »

- Matt Donnelly

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