9 items from 2014
Sure, it would be easy to rattle off all sorts of movie titles that feature the name of colors. Go ahead and knock yourself out: The Pink Panther, Red Dawn, Yellow Submarine, Purple Rain, Blue Velvet, Goldfinger, etc. The listing seems rather endless. However, can one come up with color-contained movie titles that also carry some messaging of substance and contemplation? Maybe films such as Fried Green Tomatoes or Steel Magnolias are color-coated entries that carries some relevance in its messaging about feminine empowerment for instance. In Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color and Substance let us look are the leading selections that have both color (in title) and substance (in thematic forethought) attached to its skin. Hey, maybe one can make a case for Pink Flamingos but The Blue Lagoon might be stretching things a bit…don’t you think? The Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color »
- Frank Ochieng
Top brass at the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) have announced (12) 10 ten documentaries selected for the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs for first-time feature directors.
The creative teams of the selected films, chosen from a national pool of more than 200 submissions, are currently attending the first week’s sessions – The Time Warner Foundation Completion Labs – that run from May 12-16 in New York.
The Narrative Lab selections will be announced in June.
“With 80% of previous Lab projects debuted in festivals and released worldwide, the impact of the programme continues to be significant.”
The Labs were launched in 2005 as a three-day initiative for eight narrative projects and have evolved into a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ahead of the Oscars tomorrow evening, the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have taken place tonight, with Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave leading the field with five wins, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).
In the other acting categories, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were named Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett received the gong for Best Female Lead for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Here's the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in red....
'12 Years a Slave'
Steve McQueen - '12 Years a »
- Gary Collinson
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave pulled a five finger discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards grabbing hardware in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography categories. Apart from the larceny in the Best Doc category, the winners in the above mention category (excluding Bobbitt’s work) and the double win pairing of Leto and McConaughey along with Cate Blanchett’s perf win in Blue Jasmine will likely repeat itself less than 24 hours later at tomorrow’s Academy Awards celebrations obviously begging many to ponder the following: who needs the 86th Academy Awards when we have the Indie Spirit Awards? While today’s most pleasurable wins come from the truly indie kudos for Best First Feature (Ryan Coogler for Frutivale Station) the John Cassavetes award for Chad Hartigan’s This is Martin Bonner, and the Piaget Producers Award to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints »
- Eric Lavallee
One of the highlights of this year's Pan African Film Festival was an evening hosted by actor and producer Isaiah Washington and sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon. Washington, who had three projects in the festival this year (Patrik-Ian Polk's Blackbird, Alexandre Moors' Blue Caprice and Stacey Muhammad's For Colored Boys) invited a small group of writers to dinner, where he discussed his life and career and what he looks to accomplish next. Specifically, he addressed his career trajectory since his highly-publicized exit from ABC's Grey's Anatomy back in 2007. He and his wife, who celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on the night of the event, shared the toll that the period »
- Jai Tiggett
After collaborating on Patrik-Ian Polk's Blackbird, Isaiah Washington and Mo’Nique will pair up again, to star in another indie drama by another black filmmaker, Choice Skinner, titled We Are Family. You have to appreciate Washington's motivations over the last couple of years or so, attaching himself to smaller, what would be deemed *riskier* independent movies, written and directed by black filmmakers (mostly) who, otherwise, may not have access to an actor of his abilities and name recognition - from Russ Parr to Tony Abulu, to Matthew Cherry, Patrik-Ian Polk, and now Choice Skinner. Of course, I can't leave out his quietly-unnerving performance in Alexandre Moors' Blue »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Blue Caprice screens at the Pan African Film Festival (Paff), which kicked off last week, running February 6-17, 2014.The film Blue Caprice by Alexandre Moors plays itself out like a slow motion descent into madness as it recounts the 2002 real life events of the Beltway Snipers that so gripped the nation in terror and panic. Two males, John Allen Muhammad (Isaiah Washington) and 16 year old Antigua immigrant Lee Boyd Malvo (Tequan Richmond) are both severely afflicted by the emotional and physical abandonment of the women in their lives. For Muhammad, he has lost his wife and children in a bitter divorce and custody battle. For Malvo, he is »
- Andre Seewood
Tolga Ornek ("Labyrinth") is set to direct the recently acquired Alex Allrich spec script thriller "The Forger" for Fox International. The project may actually be filmed entirely in Turkish.
The story follows an ex-cia forger now living in Istanbul whose former handler turns up dead and a female Iranian intelligence agent seeks his help to defect to the West. He soon learns there is more to her than he initially realized. [Source: Deadline]
Following a personal tragedy, a man receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to The Shack. He responds and finds himself in the presence of God, and a life-transforming journey of truth and acceptance. [Source: Deadline]
Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego ("Apollo 18") is set to helm the horror tale "Sanctuary" for Atlas Independent. »
- Garth Franklin
Alexandre Moors, who made his feature directorial debut with 2013's Blue Caprice, has been tapped to helm the remake of Korean film Failan. Written by Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, Letters to Juliet), the film tells the story of a young Russian woman who flees to America, but finds herself caught in a human trafficking operation. She arrives in New York through an arranged marriage with a gangster, but dies before ever meeting him. He gets to know her and her tragic story through the letters she wrote him. Story: 'Hobbit' Sequel Tops South Korean Box Office Despite Distribution Controversy
- Rebecca Ford
9 items from 2014
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