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10 items from 2012


Francine Movie Review

15 September 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Francine Directors: Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky Starring: Melissa Leo, Keith Leonard, Victoria Chestnut, Dave Clark, Michael Halstead There’s a familiar saying that even a broken clock is right twice a day, which Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s assertively minimalist ”Francine” recalls. An emotionally impressionistic story of a recently paroled woman coping with life on the outside of prison, this character study feels like a less successful riff on Kelly Reichardt’s much more evocative “Wendy and Lucy” — caught up in its own metaphor, its blank canvas and broadly sketched melancholic tones an empty vessel for those who would like to automatically turn the personal into the political. There isn’t much  [ Read More ] »

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Melanie Shatzky And Brian M. Cassidy, “Francine”

12 September 2012 2:12 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Named one of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2007, New York–based co-conspirators Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy gravitated toward moving-image storytelling after earning master’s degrees in photography at the School of Visual Arts. Exploring the porous borders between narrative and nonfiction, while importing many of the techniques they’d learned as Mfa students in another visual discipline, Shatzky and Cassidy debuted two equally memorable, conspicuously stylized shorts that year, The Delaware Project (fiction) and God Provides (a nine-minute doc), which premiered at the Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festivals, respectively. In 2011, The Patron Saints, a six-years-in-the-making “hyperrealistic” feature documentary that peeks at life in a nursing home with curiosity, discomfiting candor, and eccentric flashes of dark humor, unspooled at Toronto and further aligned the husband-and-wife team with a heightened cinematic style that borrows something from portraitists-of-the-everyday Walker Evans and William Eggleston.

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- Damon Smith

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Francine Trailer Starring Melissa Leo

7 September 2012 1:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Factory 25 has released the first trailer for the drama Francine, the narrative directorial debut of Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. Oscar winner Melissa Leo stars as the title character, a woman trying to reclaim her place in society after serving time in prison. Take a look at the first footage from this Sundance sensation.

Francine - Trailer

After serving time in prison, Francine settles down in small-town North America. Through a series of temporary jobs, she tries to regain a foothold in society. However, this security proves just as elusive as the connections she tries to forge with people in the town. As her human relationships falter, Francine looks to animals for support, a development that leads her in a tragically wrong direction.

Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky's fiction debut Francine, a near silent film, focuses on the title figure during a brief chapter in her life. »

- MovieWeb

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SXSW Preview: New Clip From Melissa Leo's 'Francine' (Exclusive Video)

9 March 2012 11:36 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky's Francine, starring Melissa Leo, will have its North American premiere Sunday at 1:30 pm at the Alamo Lamar B theater. The SXSW Emerging Visions feature first screened at the Berlin film festival in February. Photos: 7 Hot Films to Watch at Berlin Film Festival 2012 The Hollywood Reporter here hosts an exclusive clip from the film. Photos: 28 of Berlin Film Festival's Most Outrageous Movie Posters Leo, who will be in Austin during the fest, stars as a woman trying to rebuild her life in a rundown lakeside town after being released from prison. Keith Leonard

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- Jay Fernandez

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South By Southwest 2012 Lineup Features 65 World Premieres

2 February 2012 8:55 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound On Sight will once again be covering the SXSW Film Festival this year, making it our second time attending. 130 feature films will screen at the Austin, Texas fest taking place March 9-17, including 65 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres. As previously announced, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods will have the honours of opening the festival, and now they have released the full list of films – and it’s looking pretty amazing. Enjoy!

Narrative Feature Competition

This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere. Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:

Booster

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin

When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.

Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail (World Premiere)

Eden

Director: Megan Griffiths, »

- Ricky

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SXSW Announces 2012 Feature Film Lineup

1 February 2012 4:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 9 - 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. We are also pleased to reveal the world premiere of Emmett Malloy's documentary Big Easy Express as our Closing Night Film, which follows a train ride unlike any other with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Big Easy Express will screen on Saturday, March 17. The program will also include the world premiere of Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' 21 Jump Street, screening in the Centerpiece slot on Monday, March 12. The 2012 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of celebrating ambitious experimentation with risk takers both in front of and behind the camera, and a deep immersion into cultural touchstones. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 8.

"SXSW has long been a haven for bold »

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SXSW 2012. Features Lineup

1 February 2012 3:46 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry, shot by Bob Gruen in 1977

Rock 'N' Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen

screens as part of 24 Beats per Second

SXSW Film has just announced its features lineup for the 2012 edition, running March 9 through 17. We already knew that the Opening Night Film would be Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods. For its Closing Night Film, the festival will host the world premiere of of Emmett Malloy’s documentary Big Easy Express (more below). The lineup, with descriptions from the festival:

Narrative Feature Competition

Booster

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin. When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted. Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail. (World Premiere)

Eden

Director: Megan Griffiths, Screenwriters: Richard B. Phillips, Megan Griffiths, Story by: Richard B. Phillips & Chong Kim. »

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SXSW 2012 Line-Up Includes ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘The Raid,’ ‘Casa de mi Padre’ & More

1 February 2012 12:32 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Sundance 2012 Film Festival over, the next big one on the horizon is South by Southwest, which we’ll be heavily covering. The biggest chunk of the line-up has been announced today, which has some great premieres including 21 Jump Street, Tiff and Sundance hit The Raid, Will Ferrell‘s Casa de mi Padre, the documentary Girl Model (which we liked at Tiff), as well as the next from Broken Lizard, The Babymakers. There are many other promising titles included and you can see them all below. Check back for our coverage for the fest, kicking off March 9th.

Narrative Feature Competition

This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere. Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:

Booster

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin

When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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South By Southwest 2012 Lineup Features World Premiere Of ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘God Bless America,’ ‘The Raid’ and Much More

1 February 2012 12:01 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Attendees of South by Southwest 2012 are in for a treat. 130 feature films will screen at the Austin, Texas festival taking place March 9-17. Among them are 65 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres. The organization already announced [1] Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods would open the festival (the movie is phenomenal [2]) and today the majority of the remaining line up has been revealed. One of the highlights is the unbelievably smart and hilarious 21 Jump Street, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Both of those are World Premieres. Other highlights include The Hunter, Killer Joe, The Babymakers, frankie goes boom, God Bless America, The Imposter, The Raid, Bernie and Casa de mi Padre just to name a few. After the jump, read descriptions of all the films that have been announced so far. Before I copy and paste the rest of the list, a few minor notes. »

- Germain Lussier

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #23. Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky's Francine

8 January 2012 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#23. Francine Directors/Writers: Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie ShatzkyProducers: Washington Square Films' Joshua Blum (And Everything Is Going Fine) and Katie SternDistributor: Rights Available The Gist: Francine (Melissa Leo), is a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison. Taking a series of jobs working with animals, Francine turns away those who take an interest in her and instead seeks intimacy in the most unlikely of places...(more) Cast: Melissa Leo is the heart and soul of the drama. Keith Leonard, Victoria Charkut, Dave Clark and Mike Halstead co-star. List Worthy Reasons...: The Tiff preemed The Patron Saints was my introduction to the extremely gifted husband and wife directing team of Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. Some called their vigorous docu-essay depressing, I couldn't have been more animated by this unclassifiable document and I can just imagine »

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