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Five Questions for Burn Country Director Ian Olds

Every city has a learning curve. In Burn Country, opening today from Samuel Goldwyn, an exiled Afghan writer (Dominic Rains) arrives in rural California eager to immerse himself in the culture and customs of an American town. He befriends an unbalanced local (James Franco) in his search to “get to the source of things,” as he describes it, but the outsider soon becomes confronted by a culture he can’t quite comprehend. Burn Country marks Ian Olds’s first foray into fiction filmmaking after a pair of documentaries shot in Iraq and Afghanistan. Below, Olds speaks about the film’s origins, the Northern California landscape and his prior […]
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Exclusive: Take A Ride With James Franco In Clip From ‘Burn Country’

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James Franco can toggle between blockbusters, indies, comedies and dramas without a missing a beat. Later this month, he’ll appear in “Why Him?” but if you’re looking for something slightly edgier from the actor, you’ll want to seek out “Burn Country.”

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Directed by Ian Olds and featuring a strong cast including Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan, the film follows Osman, a former fixer for Western journalists reporting on the war in Afghanistan.

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‘Burn Country’ Exclusive Clip: Former War Journalist Discovers Violence In Northern California Town

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‘Burn Country’ Exclusive Clip: Former War Journalist Discovers Violence In Northern California Town
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival finished up in April, and some of the festival’s films are receiving theatrical releases around the end of the year. One of these films is “Burn Country,” formerly known as “The Fixer,” which follows former war journalist Osman (Dominic Rains) who lands in a small bohemian town in Northern California working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. Living on the couch of his friend’s mother (Melissa Leo) and eager to get to work, he befriends local townsfolk, like hot tub craftsman Lindsay (James Franco) and local actress Sandra (Rachel Brosnahan). But when Lindsay goes missing, Osman goes after him and discovers corruption and violence that run deep. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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The film is co-written and directed by Ian Olds.
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A Chilling Mystery Unfolds In First Trailer For Ian Olds’ Burn Country

A small northern California town is plunged into chaos in the nail-biting first trailer for Burn Country, Ian Olds’ upcoming thriller that’s pegged for release on December 9.

Told through the lens of Osman (Dominic Rains), a war reporter still assimilating back into normal life following a tour in Afghanistan, Burn Country orbits around a chilling murder investigation that involves Melissa Leo’s world-weary detective. Eager to cut his teeth as the town’s budding new crime reporter, Osman begins to strike up a friendship with the wildly unstable Lindsay (James Franco) and Sandra, an elusive free spirit played here by Rachel Brosnahan. What begins as an innocent venture into the town’s subculture turns into something much, much darker. Formerly titled The Fixer, documentarian Ian Olds is the filmmaker behind the lens.

Part Fargo, part Twin Peaks, look for Burn Country to open in select theaters on December 9. The
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‘Burn Country’ Trailer: James Franco Is a Suspect in Small Town Murder Case

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‘Burn Country’ Trailer: James Franco Is a Suspect in Small Town Murder Case
Ian Olds’ drama “Burn Country,” then known as “Fixer,” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where its star Dominic Rains won the Best Actor prize. The thriller was then acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orion Pictures, who have now released a new trailer ahead of its December release.

In “Burn Country,” Rains portrays Osman, an Afghan journalist who leaves behind his life as a fixer for Western reporters and moves to a small town in Northern California where he takes a job with a local newspaper. When a dead body turns up, he finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation. Melissa Leo co-stars as Osman’s mother’s best friend and local cop, James Franco is the unstable hot tub craftsman Lindsay and Rachel Brosnahan is Sandra, an elusive local actress. Check out the trailer below.

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Official Trailer for 'Burn Country' Starring Dominic Rains & Melissa Leo

"You got a scoop?" Samuel Goldwyn has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Burn Country, which premiered at Tribeca earlier this year. The film is a fictional feature version of a real-life story of a "fixer" journalist from Afghanistan who decides to move to a town on the coast in Northern California. However, once he begins working at a newspaper there he gets drawn into the strange "backwoods of this small town", stumbling into local corruption and other dangers. Iranian actor Dominic Rains stars as Osman, and the cast includes Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, Tim Kniffin, and James Oliver Wheatley. This looks damn good, like it offers a unique perspective not often seen on film. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Ian Olds' Burn Country, originally from EW.com: After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war journalist (Dominic Rains) who
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Poster and trailer for Burn Country starring Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo and James Franco

Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new trailer for director Ian Olds’ upcoming thriller Burn Country which stars Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan; check it out below along with the poster…

Osman has been on the front lines of violence since he was a teenager, working as a fixer for Western journalists covering the war in Afghanistan. So at the age of 28, he’s understandably excited to find himself living in a small bohemian town on the coast – poppy fields and Kalishnikov-wielding warlords giving way to redwood groves and artisanal winemakers. He may be stuck living with Gloria, an American friend’s mom, and doesn’t have a car, but he’s got a job lined up as a reporter on the local paper and is going to use it as a way to get to the heart of his new home.

Or so he thinks.
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‘Burn Country’ Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn & Orion; Vertical Takes On ‘Mean Dreams’; Kino Lorber Discovers ‘The Frontier’ – Toronto

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Refresh for latest… Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orion Pictures have acquired Ian Olds’ mystery thriller Burn Country, which was called The Fixer when it premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Dominic Rains, who won the Best Actor prize at that fest, stars alongside Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan. A December 9 day-and-date is planned, and Mongrel International is selling international rights at the Toronto Film Festival. Rains stars…
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Samuel Goldwyn Films, Orion Pictures acquire 'Burn Country'

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Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orion Pictures have acquired from CAA the mystery thriller Burn Country (formerly The Fixer) directed by Ian Olds.

Paul Felten and Olds wrote the screenplay to the film starring Tribeca Us Narrative Competition best actor winner Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan.

Mongrel International handles international sales in Toronto on the story of an Afghan man who served as a fixer for Western journalists during the war in Afghanistan.

When he settles in a small town in northern California and finds work as a crime reporter, the new arrival uncovers the town’s dark secrets.

Caroline von Kuhn’s Ace Productions produced in association with Night & Day Pictures, Rabbit Bandini Productions, Gigi Films, Amphora Pictures, Green Street Film Company, Heart-Headed Productions, Raa Ventures and Relic Pictures.

Samuel Goldwyn plans a December 9 day-and-date theatrical and VOD release.
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James Franco Developing Crime Movies ‘Smonk,’ ‘Poachers,’ ‘Hell at the Breech’

James Franco Developing Crime Movies ‘Smonk,’ ‘Poachers,’ ‘Hell at the Breech’
James Franco is developing three movies based on novels by crime fiction writer Tom Franklin — “Smonk,” “Poachers,” and “Hell at the Breech,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Franco and partner Vince Jolivette are producing through their Rabbit Bandini Productions, which recently obtained the movie rights in a deal put in place by Joel Gotler of Intellectual Property Group on behalf of Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber Associates. The company has tapped screenwriters for each project.

“We plan on shooting all three of them in the next one to three years,” Jolivette told Variety. “There are no plans at this point for James to act or direct, just for us to produce. We feel the material is rich enough to attract A-level talent.”

Playwright David Van Asselt is working on a script for “Poachers” and Franklin will write the “Smonk” script. Ian Olds and Paul Felton are penning the adaptation of “Hell at the Breech.
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Mongrel International boards 'The Fixer' for Cannes

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Charlotte Mickie and her team will kick off sales on the Croisette on Ian Olds’ recent Tribeca winner.

CAA brokered the deal and represents North American rights to the film.

The Fixer stars Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, and newcomer Dominic Rains, who won the Us narrative best actor prize for the title role in Tribeca.

The story follows a former fixer for Us journalists in Afghanistan who relocates to smalltown America where he becomes embroiled in a local mystery.

Olds and Paul Felten wrote the screenplay and Caroline von Kuhn’s Ace Productions produced in association with Night & Day Pictures, Rabbit Bandini Productions, Gigi Films, Amphora Films, Green Street Film Company, Heart-Headed Productions, Raa Ventures and Relic Pictures.
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Mongrel To Handle ‘The Fixer’; Seville Picks Up ‘Hana’s Suitcase’ – Cannes

Mongrel To Handle ‘The Fixer’; Seville Picks Up ‘Hana’s Suitcase’ – Cannes
Mongrel International has boarded sales, excluding Canada and the U.S., on Tribeca title The Fixer. The deal was brokered by CAA, which has North America. The drama will make its market debut in Cannes next week. Directed by Ian Olds, who co-wrote with Paul Felten, it stars Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, and newcomer Dominic Rains. Rains scooped the Best Actor prize at Tribeca last month. Inspired by Olds’ documentary about an Afghani guide…
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Tribeca awards announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-04-23 13:17:03

David Byrne is all smiles as Bill Ross lV and Turner Ross' Contemporary Color captures two awards Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Contemporary Color, under Dp Jarred Alterman and with the Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, Devonté Hynes, Nelly Furtado, Nico Muhly, Ira Glass, St. Vincent, Money Mark, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, providing some of the music to David Byrne's color guard extravaganza, has scored twice at this year's Tribeca Film Festival awards.

Us Narrative Competition winners

Dean, directed by Demteri Martin; Actor Dominic Rains in Ian Olds' The Fixer; Actress Mackenzie Davis in Sophia Takal's Always Shine; Cinematography - Michael Ragen for Justin Tipping's Kicks; Screenplay - Ingrid Jungermann for her Women Who Kill. The Nora Ephron Prize - Rachel Tunnard for Adult Life Skills; Albert Maysles Award - David Feige for Untouchable. Best New Narrative Director - Priscilla Anany for Children Of The Mountain.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Fixer’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Fixer’
Very loosely inspired by his prior documentary about an Afghani guide to Western journalists (2009’s “Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi”), Ian Olds’ “The Fixer” is a culture-clash drama in which an exotic new arrival quickly becomes enmeshed in the less savory undersides of a rural Northern California town. Though less overtly comedic, this insinuatingly low-key tale may for some recall “Inherent Vice,” as it’s similarly a droll ostensible mystery whose investigation (let alone resolution) takes a back seat to the revealing eccentricities of characters and communities encountered en route. Presence of James Franco and Melissa Leo in supporting roles should boost prospects for a movie with considerable offbeat appeal, if few obvious commercial angles.

While the titular subject of Olds’ docu was kidnapped and ultimately executed by the Taliban for abetting foreign media, here fictive Osman (Dominic Rains) has made it out alive. Aspiring to become a professional journalist himself,
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Tribeca ‘16: First wave unveils split Narrative competition and record breaking female directors

The first wave of films screening at the 15th Tribeca Film Festival have been announced and this year, the Narrative program has been split into two separate sections: the Us Narrative competition which celebrates the works of American filmmakers and the International Narrative competition which will showcase cinematic works spanning five continents.

With one third of the Festival’s feature films being directed by women – the highest percentage in history – the Festival is becoming renown for its discovery of new and distinct voices.

“In our 15th year we wanted to deepen our support of American narrative filmmakers and have opened our competition to separately showcase the Us and International films,” said Genna Terranova, Festival Director. “We are very impressed by the films this year and inspired to see new voices transcending traditions and taking risks by telling their stories their own way. We are excited to share with audiences how
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Tribeca 2016 unveils first wave

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Top brass at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival presented by At&T have announced selections in the Us Narrative, International Narrative and Documentary Competition strands.

The films comprise 55 out of 110 features that will play during the 15th edition of the New York festival from April 13-24. The festival will present features films in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Sections on March 8.

Also included in Wednesday’s announcement are the out-of-competition Viewpoints titles.

The world premiere of Bill Ross and Turner RossContemporary Color will open the World Documentary competition on April 14, while the world premiere of Kicks by Justin Tipping will open the Us Narrative competition.

The world premiere of Madly directed by Gael García Bernal, Mia Wasikowska, Sebastian Silva, Anurag Kashyap, Sion Sono, and Natasha Khan will open the International Narrative Competition. Viewpoints will open with the world premiere of Nerdland directed by Chris Prynoski.

One third of the festival’s feature films are directed by women
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The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Selections for New U.S. And International Narrative Competitions, Plus World Documentary Competition and Viewpoints

The Tribeca Film Festival announced today its first wave of selections, including its newly created U.S. and International Narrative Competitions. Encompassing 18 films between them, the sections feature works by several Filmmaker 25 New Faces (Sophia Takal, Ian Olds, Ingrid Jungermann, Cecilia Aldarondo, and Alma Har’el) as well as new work by Demitri Martin and Tracy Droz Dragos, director (with Andrew Droz Tragos) of the Sundance winner Rich Hill. Each section will have an Opening Night film. The U.S. Narrative Competition unspools with Justin Tipping’s San Francisco-set youth crime drama, Kicks. The International Narrative Competition opens with Madly, an anthology […]
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Morocco Approves 20% Cash Rebate For Foreign Shoots

Less than a week after the 15th Marrakech Film Festival, Morocco’s parliament has approved a new 2016 Finance Law that includes a new 20% cash rebate scheme for foreign shoots.

The final text will enter into force on March 31. The new Moroccan cashback mechanism offers a 20% cash rebate on all eligible spend in Morocco, provided that there is at least 10 million Moroccan dirham ($1 million) of eligible expenditure in Morocco and at least 18 days work – including set-building and/or the shoot. Given this, a production with only a six-day shoot but which also involves 12 days of set building can still qualify. General pre-production activity, such as location scouting, does not count for qualification.

Sarim Fassi Fihri, the president of the Moroccan Cinema Center (Ccm) who has lobbied for this new scheme since taking office in late 2014, told Variety he was “delighted” by the parliament’s decision to adopt his proposal.

According to Fassi Fihri,
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Morocco Approves 20% Cash Rebate For Foreign Shoots

Less than a week after the 15th Marrakech Film Festival, Morocco’s parliament has approved a new 2016 Finance Law that includes a new 20% cash rebate scheme for foreign shoots.

The final text will enter into force on March 31. The new Moroccan cashback mechanism offers a 20% cash rebate on all eligible spend in Morocco, provided that there is at least 10 million Moroccan dirham ($1 million) of eligible expenditure in Morocco and at least 18 days work – including set-building and/or the shoot. Given this, a production with only a six-day shoot but which also involves 12 days of set building can still qualify. General pre-production activity, such as location scouting, does not count for qualification.

Sarim Fassi Fihri, the president of the Moroccan Cinema Center (Ccm) who has lobbied for this new scheme since taking office in late 2014, told Variety he was “delighted” by the parliament’s decision to adopt his proposal.

According to Fassi Fihri,
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Marrakech: ‘Sand and Blood’ Flies To Morocco

Marrakech: ‘Sand and Blood’ Flies To Morocco
Saul Dibb’s “Sand and Blood,” starring Russell Crowe will be one of the main shoots in Morocco next year. Produced by The Independent Film Company, it is line produced by leading Moroccan outfit Zak Alaoui’s Zak Productions.

During 2015, twenty-one long features and sixteen TV skeins were shot in Morocco through Nov. 30, per Ouarzazate Film Commission sources. Total features should reach 23-24 by year-end.

Foreign shoot numbers in Morocco have edged down vs. 2014 (27 features and 12 TV skeins); in terms of spend, the amount reaches $40 million, vs. 2014’s $110 million.

However, Sarim Fassi Fihri, the new head of the Moroccan Cinema Center (Ccm) head, the nation’s film agency, pointed out to Variety that real investment could be level since, due to new accounting regulation, producers must provide a bank certificate regarding spend associated with projects at the end of the shoot. In terms of titles, 2014 was an especially good with
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