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“Melville,” the SXSW short film about a man resurrecting his dreams for hip-hop stardom after a life-threatening illness, is being developed as a TV series.
The project is executive produced by “Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan and his partner, Constance Schwartz of Smac Entertainment. It centers on Marcus, a distracted and quiet owner of a coffee shop in Fort Worth, Texas who spends his days withdrawn from life and his nights unable to fall asleep. When he runs into an old friend from his past, Marcus begins to reflect on his youth, when he never had a problem expressing anything.
Johnston and Smac Entertainment are both repped by Wme.
- Whitney Friedlander
Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Essential Short Film Tips Texas filmmaker James M. Johnston wowed audiences at this year's SXSW Film Festival with "Melville," a 15-minute character study that explores a man's unremarkable present and expressionistic past. The narrative short is Johnston's latest turn as writer and director after "Knife," "Receive Bacon" and "Merrily, Merrily." Johnston also produced the acclaimed indies "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Listen Up Philip." Starring Rodney "F.Stokes" Lucas, Big Cliff Watkins, Ammie Leonards and Phyllis Cicero, the short centers around Marcus (Lucas), a distracted and quiet adult who spends his days withdrawn from life, lashing out at strangers and unable to sleep. When he runs into an old friend from his past, Marcus begins to reflect on his better days when he never had a problem expressing anything. Johnston's "Melville" is also headed »
- Zack Sharf
Following the recent announcement of their full film lineup that includes Trainwreck, Get Hard, and Spy, South by Southwest has revealed their lineup of Midnight movies and short films to screen during the festival. Chief among them is the Sundance 2015 hit Turbo Kid (read our review here) and the Sundance ’15 winner of the Short Film Prize World of Tomorrow. SXSW runs from March 13-21. View the full Midnighters and Shorts lineup below via the SXSW website.
The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus
Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó. (World Premiere)
Deathgasm (New Zealand)
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden »
- Brian Welk
On the heels of last week’s feature program announcement, SXSW has just released their selections for Midnighters and Shorts. In addition to several Sundance holdovers — including Jury Prize winners World of Tomorrow and Oh Lucy! — the several shorts programs feature new work from Leah Shore (Hallway), ornana (All Your Favorite Shows!), James M. Johnston (Melville), and Daniels (Interesting Ball), as well as the latter’s very viral music video Turn Down For What. Find the full list of added features and shorts below. Features Midnighters Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious. The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain) Director: […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
4 items from 2015
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