6 items from 2014
By Anjelica Oswald
While some films in contention for the 87th Academy Awards in February are set in Los Angeles, such as Nightcrawler, a number of films are based in New York City. Begin Again features Mark Ruffalo as a New York City record label executive who records music around New York City with a songwriter played by Keira Knightley; Birdman, about a washed-up Hollywood actor trying to write, direct and act in a Broadway play; Whiplash, about a jazz drummer at a Manhattan school; Still Alice, about a professor from Columbia dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s; and Love is Strange, about a same-sex couple from Manhattan.
Jessica Chastain stars in two different films that take place in New York: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, about a couple living in New York, and A Most Violent Year, about a couple living in New York during one of the city’s most violent years. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Exclusive: Heretic Films announced today it will present Eating Animals, the documentary based on Jonathan Safran Foer‘s bestselling book that Natalie Portman is producing for her Handsome Charlie Films alongside Foer and director Christopher Dillon Quinn (God Grew Tired Of Us). Film examines our dietary choices and the food we put in our bodies, including the factory farms and fisheries that grub comes from. Heretic’s Burton Ritchie will exec produce and Ben Galecki will serve as associate producer. Biz Stone and Evan Williams are also executive producers on the film. “With what we eat and where it comes from a […] »
A quartet of Baltimore filmmakers have launched Camden Arts and Motion as a distributor of independent movies.
The company is attempting to make itself more attractive to filmmakers by offering gross percentages of box office receipts — and making them partners in the process.
“This means that from now on any filmmaker that works with us is offered an honest financial take on what the film makes,” said Dan Schepleng, president and CEO. “Gone are the days when distributors and filmmakers fought over charged expenses.”
Camden Arts is aiming to release four to five titles per year. Its first acquistion is ensemble drama “Here One Minute” with Eleanor Gaver producing and directing from her own script.
Lydia Dean Pilcher is the executive producer and Schuyler Quinn, who also stars, is the co-producer. Jonathan Safran Foer, writer of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is in the film as himself along with Josephine Messer, »
- Dave McNary
Your newest patron of the literary arts is … Chipotle, which is now publishing new pieces by legitimately famous authors — Toni Morrison, George Saunders, Malcolm Gladwell, and Michael Lewis, among others — on its paper cups and bags. Where did Chipotle get this idea? From noted food-opinion-haver Jonathan Safran Foer, who was bored one day while eating his meat-free burrito and thought, I wish I could read this cup. That is the actual story. After wrestling with his anti-consumer demons, Foer also contributed a short essay to the Chipotle imprint; read it here, or go buy a burrito bowl, as Chipotle intended. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Director: Christopher Dillon Quinn
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
He landed on the docu-scene with 2006′s Sundance Grand Jury Prize/Audience Award winning God Grew Tired of Us and if Christopher Dillon Quinn adds more “bite” to the book to docu film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals, then we’ll have a stronger discourse/kitchen table conversation about the wrongs of the farming industry and the rights of anti-Super Size Me plant-based diet. Sir Paul McCarthy is among the talking heads found in the docu.
Gist: Based on the New York Times best-selling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, this will explore the realities of contemporary animal agriculture alongside the complexities of food ethics and is an examination of our dietary choices and the food we put in our bodies.
Release Date: At this point, »
- Eric Lavallee
Oliver is the baby of the family. But you wouldn't know it from the way the thirteen-year-old boy smokes, drinks and wisecracks his way through Steve Clark's visually assured sophomore feature "Night Has Settled," which world-premiered this weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.Set in 1983 New York, the indie drama sits somewhere between the films of Larry Clark and the novels of Jonathan Safran Foer on the scale of adolescent coming-of-age ickiness. It's uncomfortable yet tender, droll yet tragic, and often at the same time. In a cramped flat, Oliver (Spencer List) lives with his single mom Luna (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), his older sister (Courtney Baxter) and live-in nanny Aida (Adriana Barraza, Oscar-nominated for playing another nanny in "Babel"). Oliver rolls with a rough crowd of smoking, drinking, oversexed kids well into their teens. His Bohemian artist mother isn't around much and when she is, they share »
- Ryan Lattanzio
6 items from 2014
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