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Sony Pictures TV Names 2016 Diverse Directors Program Finalists

Sony Pictures Television has selected seven program fellows for its third annual Diverse Directors Program, which provides opportunities for skilled artists of diverse backgrounds to work with established TV directors on Spt series. The 2016 Program Fellows are: Erica Watson, Abi Corbin, Susan Dynner, Tahir Jetter, Kevin Berlandi, Christine Turner and Jabbar Raisani. Each will be assigned to work on Spt series including The Blacklist, Dr. Ken, The Goldbergs, The Undergroun…
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Phase 4 Buys Anna Paquin's "Free Ride"

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Phase 4 Buys Anna Paquin's
Phase 4 has acquired North American rights to "Free Ride" starring Anna Paquin and directed by Shana Betz. It's the first film produced by Casm, Paquin's production company with Stephen Moyer. Written by Betz and based on her own life story, Paquin stars as a single mother who moves to Florida and gets pulled into the high-stakes drug trade.The drama also stars Cam Gigandet and Drea De Matteo. Producers are Susan Dynner, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Chris Swinney and Paquin; executive producers are Mark Larkin and Moyer.   The deal was negotiated by Phase 4's Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe with Paradigm's Nick LoPiccolo and attorney Ron Levin on behalf of the filmmakers. Featured Artists Agency's Brian Dreyfuss reps Betz and was heavily involved in packaging the movie. Cargo Entertainment is handling international sales.
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Anna Paquin’s ‘Free Ride’ Picked Up By Phase 4

Anna Paquin’s ‘Free Ride’ Picked Up By Phase 4
Anna Paquin’s “Free Ride” gets a boost from Phase 4 Films, which has picked up all U.S. and Canadian rights to the Shana Betz-helmed crime thriller.

The deal was announced at Cannes, where Cargo Entertainment is handling international sales.

Free Ride” also stars Cam Gigandet, Drea de Matteo, Liana Liberato, Jeff Hephner, Brit Morgan and Ava Acres. Producers are Susan Dynner, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Chris Swinney and Paquin; exec producers are Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer.

It’s the first film production from Paquin and husband Moyer’s production company, Casm. Phase 4 will release “Free Ride” later this year in theaters and on demand.

Betz directed from her own script and based “Free Ride” on her life story. Paquin portrays a single mother who moves to Florida with her daughters in search of a better life and gets pulled into the drug-trade business.

Phase 4′s Larry Greenberg
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Cannes: Phase 4 Takes 'Free Ride' Starring Anna Paquin

Cannes: Phase 4 Takes 'Free Ride' Starring Anna Paquin
Phase 4 Films has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to writer/director Shana Betz’s feature directorial debut Free Ride, starring Anna Paquin and Cam Giganet. In the crime thriller set in the 1970s and based on Betz’ own life story, Paquin plays a single mother who moves to Florida with her daughters in search of a better life only to get pulled into the high-stakes drug-trade business. Photos: Star-Studded Jury Lands in Cannes The cast also includes Drea De Matteo, Liana Liberato, Jeff Hephner, Brit Morgan and Ava Acres. The film was produced by Susan Dynner,

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Cannes: Phase 4 Acquires U.S., Canadian On Anna Paquin Pic ‘Free Ride’

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Cannes: Phase 4 Acquires U.S., Canadian On Anna Paquin Pic ‘Free Ride’
Phase 4 Films acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Shana Betz’s feature directorial debut Free Ride. The film stars Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet, Drea De Matteo, Liana Liberato, Jeff Hephner, Brit Morgan and Ava Acres. Scripted by Betz, the film is produced by Susan Dynner, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Chris Swinney and Paquin, and executive produced by Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer. This is the first film production from Paquin and Moyer’s new production company Casm. Phase 4 will release the film later this year in theaters and on demand. Paquin and Moyer star together in HBO’s True Blood. Set in the 1970s and based on her life story, Betz’s accomplished directorial debut is a provocative crime thriller: Paquin plays a single mother who moves to Florida with her daughters in search of a better life but gets pulled into the high-stakes drug-trade business. Related:
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Cargo Entertainment Acquires Anna Paquin And Cam Gigandet Crime Drama ‘Free Ride’

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Cargo Entertainment Acquires Anna Paquin And Cam Gigandet Crime Drama ‘Free Ride’
Breaking: Cargo Entertainment has acquired international rights to Free Ride, a Shana Betz-directed crime drama that stars Anna Paquin and Twilight Saga‘s Cam Gigandet. True Blood star Paquin plays a single mom who moves to Florida with her daughters to try and make a better life but gets caught up in the drug-trade business in the late 1970s. Gigandet plays Paquin’s love interest. Betz, who’s making her directorial debut, wrote the script based on her own life story. The film also stars Liana Liberato, Ava Acres, Drea De Matteo, Jeff Hephner and Paquin’s True Blood cohort Brit Morgan. Cerise Hallam Larkin, Susan Dynner, and Paquin are producing and Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer are exec producers. Lindsay called Betz’s story “riveting and awe-inspiring.” Paradigm’s Nick LoPiccolo brokered the deal with Ronald J. Levin and Cargo’s Mark Lindsay and Marina Grasic, and Featured Artists Agency
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Cam Gigandet Joins Anna Paquin in Free Ride

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Cam Gigandet is joining the cast of the indie drama Free Ride. Written and directed by Shana Sosin, the indie drama tells the true story of an abused single mother in the 1970s who moves her two daughters to Florida to make a new life for herself. Anna Paquin stars as the mother, and also has a hand behind the scenes as Free Ride marks the first production for her production company Scamp. Variety reports that Gigandet will play Paquin’s love interest. The film also stars Drea De Matteo (The Sopranos), Liana Liberato (Tresspass), Ava Acres (Five), Jeff Hephner (Hellcats) and Paquin’s fellow True Blood alum Brit Morgan. Paquin is producing alongside Cerise Hallam Larkin, Susan Dynner, and her husband/True Blood star Stephen Moyer. Production is set to begin later this month in Sarasota, Florida. Paquin will go straight into Free Ride after filming Straight A’s with Ryan Phillippe.
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Punk's Not Dead

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There have been so many exegeses of punk rock—including the recent documentary American Hardcore—that there wouldn't seem to be much need for Susan Dynner's "people's history" Punk's Not Dead. But Dynner brings a broader perspective. Rather than breaking punk down into its UK, NY, DC, and La golden ages and leaving other scenes and eras out to dry, Dynner treats punk as an ever-evolving, eternally relevant movement that keeps producing great bands and vital scenes. Few would put modern million-selling pop-punkers on the same plane as U.K. Subs or Minor Threat, but Punk's Not Dead rightly notes that for some kids out there now, The Offspring are old-school and The Used changed their lives. Punk's Not Dead starts with the first punk explosion in the late '70s—complete with scenes from tongue-clucking episodes of CHiPs, Donahue, and Quincy—then jumps ahead to Rancid and Green Day,
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Punk's Not Dead: Trailer and Poster

  • If the following list of groups, bands and acts (The Adicts, Greg GraffinBad Religion
[/link], The Damned, The Exploited, GBH, The God Awfuls, Good Charlotte, Green Day, Billy Idol, Minor Threat, My Chemical Romance, Nofx, Offspring, Pennywise, Pogo Atak, The Ramones, Rancid, Henry Rollins, Social Distortion, Stiff Little Fingers, Subhumans, Sum 41, UK Subs, The Used) have somehow found themselves on your turntable or now Ipod then perhaps this doc with plenty of gusto is the perfect outing next to, of course, a live show.   Produced by Susan Dynner (Brick) and Todd Traina (Grace is Gone; Black Water Transit), the film features scores of interviews with dozens of artists, and rare and unseen footage from across the spectrum.  The film opens theatrically in select cities around the Us, adding cities as audience demand for the film grows.Sprawling and comprehensive, Punk's Not Dead takes the filmgoer into the sweaty underground clubs,
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Brick

Brick
PARK CITY -- The mean streets don't get any nastier than the high school parking lots in this cool-crafted mystery. A crowd-pleaser here at Sundance, Brick is a dazzling slab of hard noir storytelling with lineage from The Maltese Falcon to The Usual Suspects. A marketing challenge would be to extend the viewership beyond teens and lure adults into this high school netherworld.

In filmic terms, the "brick" in this hard case is the MacGuffin, the key to our white knight's quest to find out why his ex-girlfriend died. The avenging "detective" in this instance is, according to form, a loner named Brendan ( Joseph Gordon-Levitt ). He's wiry, wears glasses and has no qualms about stepping on, and crushing, big toes.

In writer/director Rian Johnson's hard-charged scenario, Brendan tears through the strata of his California high school, dealing with all the usual generic suspects: thugs, potheads, vamps and authority figures. He gets tips from a fellow loner, The Brain ( Matt O'Leary) and all sorts of offers from the school vamp/tramps: the rich girl (Nora Zehetner) and the drama queen (Meagan Good). In this shrewdly calibrated piece, Johnson has served up a rich mix of red herrings, femme fatales, heat, dealings and death. When he's pieced it all together, all sewers lead to The Pin, a bat-like Beelzebub with a Kaiser Soyse mystique.

The well-selected cast is headed by Gordon-Levitt as a sinewy Sam Spade -- brash, obsessive and tough. Zehetner is fetchingly devious as the rich girl, and Good is "bad" as the floozy femme. Lukas Haas, with his big round eyes and protuberant ears, is downright eerie as the enigmatic druglord. Haas' open-eyed gaze, which is the same innocent look he gave in Witness, is iced here with a sinister glare. He's the Devil, with cape and cane, to boot.

Under Johnson's articulate command, technical contributions are superb, most prominently cinematographer Steve Yedlin's luminous, charged framings which should be a major contender for the fest's cinematography award. Adding wicked counterpoint to the sleaziness is Nathan Johnson's music. Deliciously oozy woodwinds wrap and coil around the plot -- more devious charm in this hard-formed Brick.

BRICK

A Bergman Lustig Production

Credits:

Producers: Ram Bergman, Mark G. Mathis

Screenwriter/director Rian Johnson

Executive producers: Johnson Communications, Norman Dreyfuss

Co-producers: Dana Lustig, Susan Dynner, Angela Roessel

Director of photography: Steve Yedlin

Production designer: Jodie Tillen

Music: Nathan Johnson

Costume designer: Michele Posch

Casting: Shannon Makhanian

Cast:

Brendan: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Laura: Nora Zehetner

The Pin: Lukas Haas

Tugger: Noah Fleiss

The Brain: Matt O'Leary

Emily: Emilie de Ravin

Dode: Noah Segan

VP Trueman: Richard Roundtree

Kara: Meagan Good

Brad Bramish: Brian White

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 119 minutes

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