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The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

25 May 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Each year, when “Casual” executive producers Zander Lehmann and Helen Estabrook brainstorm who should direct the new season, it starts with two very simple requirements:

“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.

“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.

Read More: ‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: 10 Reasons You Have to Watch Hulu’s Excellent Comedy Series

Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.

Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World… »

- Ben Travers

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The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

25 May 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Each year, when “Casual” executive producers Zander Lehmann and Helen Estabrook brainstorm who should direct the new season, it starts with two very simple requirements:

“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.

“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.

Read More: ‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: 10 Reasons You Have to Watch Hulu’s Excellent Comedy Series

Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.

Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World… »

- Ben Travers

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Casual Season 3 Review

23 May 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Four episodes were provided for review.

As Hulu continues to expand its creative horizons, it’s all the more refreshing to return to Casual. The charming, laid-back, frank talking party uncle of a television series is witty, funny, heartfelt, reserved and generally amusing in almost stark contrast to the streaming service’s other, bleaker original content, but that’s not to suggest that it doesn’t deal with its own fair share of emotional conflict. The darkly comedic drama series is melancholy, mournful and somber-eyed in its own ways, especially in its more downbeat, if still entirely delectable, third season, which finds engrossing, often touching and sometimes surprising ways to keep its low-key format fresh just as it’s on the verge of becoming formulaic. The result is another cuddly, but not as warm, season that proves showrunner Zander Lehmann knows exactly what he’s doing with characters who have »

- Will Ashton

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‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: No More Excuses — It’s Time to Watch Hulu’s Incisive and Enlivening Comedy

17 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

For those of you sporting an anything-but-casual obsession with Hulu’s delightful and insightful comedy series, let me tell you this about Season 3: It only gets better.

Following a Season 2 finale that put all the pieces in place — dramatically, comedically, narratively, figuratively, performance…-ly? — Season 2 picks up with an even more creatively aggressive mentality. There’s a two-hander within the first four episodes sporting one of the best episode titles of the year — along with terrific turns from stars Tommy Dewey and Michaela Watkins — and creator Zander Lehmann has set up Season 3 for even more rewardingly novel storytelling.

Read More: What Makes TV ‘Very Good’ in 2017? Damon Lindelof, Aya Cash, The Cast of ‘Casual’ and More Share Insights

It’s already great and primed to improve, but, as many of you likely already know, one of the more common problems in fully enjoying “Casual” has nothing to do with its quality. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: No More Excuses — It’s Time to Watch Hulu’s Incisive and Enlivening Comedy

17 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For those of you sporting an anything-but-casual obsession with Hulu’s delightful and insightful comedy series, let me tell you this about Season 3: It only gets better.

Following a Season 2 finale that put all the pieces in place — dramatically, comedically, narratively, figuratively, performance…-ly? — Season 2 picks up with an even more creatively aggressive mentality. There’s a two-hander within the first four episodes sporting one of the best episode titles of the year — along with terrific turns from stars Tommy Dewey and Michaela Watkins — and creator Zander Lehmann has set up Season 3 for even more rewardingly novel storytelling.

Read More: What Makes TV ‘Very Good’ in 2017? Damon Lindelof, Aya Cash, The Cast of ‘Casual’ and More Share Insights

It’s already great and primed to improve, but, as many of you likely already know, one of the more common problems in fully enjoying “Casual” has nothing to do with its quality. »

- Ben Travers

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Tom Hanks Needs a Reboot: Why America’s Favorite Actor Is Playing It Too Safe

28 April 2017 12:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No actor embodies the American everyman more than Tom Hanks, but that archetype has worn awfully thin. He was ideal as Cpt. Sully Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” a valiant working-class hero who always does the right thing — but at one of the most polarizing moments in this country’s history, roles like like start to seem less hand-in-glove and more like a rut. However, the actor’s earlier credits prove that a much broader range lurks beneath his kindly demeanor, and he’s overdue to unleash that potential once more.

In “The Circle,” which opens today, he plays a scheming tech mogul whose charm belies his nefarious vision. The problem is the material doesn’t give him enough substance. The movie finds one of the character’s young employees (Emma Watson) drawn into the company’s live-video platform even as it holds the potential for widespread invasion of »

- Eric Kohn

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Joe Swanberg Talks ‘Win It All,’ ‘Easy’ & His Fruitful Creative Collaboration With Jake Johnson

7 April 2017 12:04 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Joe Swanberg is an indie filmmaker in a renaissance period. Yes, he helped create mumblecore with filmmakers like Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski, Lynn Shelton and Aaron Katz, but Swanberg has arguably veered the least away from his improvised roots. In fact, unlike say, The Duplass Brothers, who (largely) tightly scripted their excellent HBO show, “Togetherness,” Swanberg has mostly kept his loose methodology.

Continue reading Joe Swanberg Talks ‘Win It All,’ ‘Easy’ & His Fruitful Creative Collaboration With Jake Johnson at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Love’ Season 2 Review: Netflix’s Relationship Comedy Delivers Heartbreak As Promised

11 March 2017 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s “Love” may be one of the hardest TV series titles to search on Google. But the folks behind the show still like the title.

“It’s like how I love when I see a diner and it’s just called ‘Food,'” said executive producer Judd Apatow, speaking to IndieWire with stars Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs. “No need to come up with a fancy name.”

“You can’t get angry,” Rust added. “They’re like, ‘Hey, we promised food.'”

In a similar fashion, with the title “Love,” Apatow, Rust, and co-creator Lesley Arfin have promised to depict that most complex yet most simple of human emotions on the screen. But they don’t promise a happy ending, which makes the quasi-comedy at times a nerve-wracking experience. Perhaps that’s because the show remains firmly grounded in the real world, where happy endings are rarely a guarantee. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Love’ Season 2 Review: Netflix’s Relationship Comedy Delivers Heartbreak As Promised

11 March 2017 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s “Love” may be one of the hardest TV series titles to search on Google. But the folks behind the show still like the title.

“It’s like how I love when I see a diner and it’s just called ‘Food,'” said executive producer Judd Apatow, speaking to IndieWire with stars Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs. “No need to come up with a fancy name.”

“You can’t get angry,” Rust added. “They’re like, ‘Hey, we promised food.'”

In a similar fashion, with the title “Love,” Apatow, Rust, and co-creator Lesley Arfin have promised to depict that most complex yet most simple of human emotions on the screen. But they don’t promise a happy ending, which makes the quasi-comedy at times a nerve-wracking experience. Perhaps that’s because the show remains firmly grounded in the real world, where happy endings are rarely a guarantee. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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IndieWire Stands With Women: 18 Films Made by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

8 March 2017 9:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A very happy International Women’s Day (and, related, Happy A Day Without A Woman those exercising their ability to strike in order to help highlight the important contributions made by women in the workplace and the world at large) to all of our readers! With this important day in mind, we’ve assembled a list of films, all currently streaming online, that would not exist without the female creators (writers, directors, sometime-stars, and more) who crafted them. It’s just a taste — a nibble, really — of some of the industry’s best examples of forward-thinking, female-driven work.

Read More: IndieWire Stands With Women: 27 TV Shows Created by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

Take a peek, and appreciate the power of women and their strong-as-hell creativity and drive.

Paris Is Burning” (Netflix)

Jennie Livingston’s incisive, intimate and wildly entertaining documentary about New York City “drag ball culture »

- Kate Erbland

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Film Independent Spirit Awards Still a Showcase for New Talent

24 February 2017 12:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In its earliest days, the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ choices appeared to emanate from a parallel universe to those of the Academy Awards. In its first decade, the fledgling organization’s best picture winner lined up with the Oscars only once, but the distinction went even further that that: Aside from both awards bodies naming “Platoon” best picture in 1986, there was not a single overlap between the Academy and the Indie Spirits’ nominees for the latter’s first nine editions.

Needless to say, things have changed. The American indie film movement managed to break its way into the august halls of the Academy in the 1990s, gradually took over, and the Spirit Awards have never seemed quite so radical since then. For the past three years in a row, the Spirits and the Oscars have lined up in the best pic category, and only three times in the current millennium »

- Andrew Barker

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

17 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now well into its second decade, the Slamdance Film Festival is gearing up for its 2017 edition. Mostly taking place at the Treasure Mountain Inn at top of Park City, Utah’s busting Main Street, Slamdance is dedicated to presenting a festival and a community designed “for filmmakers by filmmakers.”

In previous years, projects from directors like Christopher NolanMarc ForsterJared Hess, Oren PeliBenh Zeitlin, Seth GordonLynn Shelton and Lena Dunham have bowed at the festival, and it’s become a fertile — if offbeat — proving ground for fresh talents. This year looks to be yet another banner one for the fest, and as such, we’ve gone on a little trip through the Slamdance slate to dig up some prime possibilities for must-see films (shorts and features!).

Ahead, check out 13 titles we’re »

- Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland and Steve Greene

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Slamdance Exclusive: There’s Money In The Laundry In Clip From ‘Withdrawn’

11 January 2017 8:29 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Sundance Film Festival has all the A-list stars, genre hits, indie sensations, and potential Oscar breakouts, but it’s at the Slamdance Film Festival where some of the most exciting cinematic voices of the next generation first make their mark. Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Benh Zeitlin, Lynn Shelton, and Lena Dunham all made early impressions at the fest, which brings us to Adrian Murray, who is hoping to join those prestigious alumni.

Continue reading Slamdance Exclusive: There’s Money In The Laundry In Clip From ‘Withdrawn’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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