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Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– IFC Films has acquired the U.S rights to director Jamie M. Dagg’s thriller “Sweet Virginia,” starring Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt and Odessa Young. The film, which premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, was written by Ben and Paul China from their Black List script, and was produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Automatik, Chris Ferguson for Oddfellows and Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos for Exhibit, who also financed.
- Graham Winfrey
Sweet Virginia Review Sweet Virginia (2017) Film Review from the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, a movie directed by Jamie M. Dagg and starring Jon Bernthal, Imogen Poots, Christopher Abbott, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Abrahamson, Odessa Young, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Darcy Laurie, and Scott A. McGillivray. Sweet Virginia was good for [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Sweet Virginia (2017): No Set-Up, Some Delivery [Tribeca 2017] »
- Sam Joseph
Xyz to screen Tribeca thriller for international buyers in Cannes.
Sweet Virginia follows a motel owner with a dark past who unwittingly befriends a young hitman who is wreaking havoc in s small town.
Xyz handles international sales and will screen the film for buyers in Cannes.
IFC Films brokered the deal with Wme Global on behalf of the filmmakers. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was written by Ben and Paul China from their Black List script. Producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Automatik , Chris Ferguson for Oddfellows and Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos for Exhibit, who also financed. Executive producers are Rian Cahill and Jesse Savath along with Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian from Xyz Films.
Xyz Films is handling international sales and will screen the film at the upcoming Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival.
The story follows a motel owner with a dark past, played by Bernthal, who unknowingly starts a rapport with a young hitman (Abbott) responsible for a spate of violence that has suddenly gripped a small town.
Variety’s Peter »
- Dave McNary
9 May 2017 12:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The feature, which made its world premiere last month at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows a motel owner with a dark past (Bernthal) who unknowingly establishes a rapport with a young hitman (Abbott) responsible for a spate of violence that has suddenly gripped a small town.
- Mia Galuppo
IFC Films has acquired domestic rights to Sweet Virginia, the Jamie M. Dagg thriller that bowed at the Tribeca Film Festival and stars Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt and Odessa Young. Xyz Films is handling international sales and will screen the film at the upcoming Cannes market. Ben and Paul China’s 2012 Black List script centers on a motel owner (Bernthal) with a dark past who unknowingly starts a rapport with a young hitman (Abbott)… »
The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has come and gone, but several of its highlights face an uncertain future. While the festival opened with an iTunes-ready documentary about Clive Davis and closed with back-to-back screenings of the first two “Godfather” films, many of the films in its competition sections arrived at the festival without distribution deals and ended it in the same state. Here’s at a few significant titles from this year’s edition that deserve to get picked up.
Overachieving multi-hyphenate Quinn Shephard was just 20 when she wrote, directed, produced, edited and starred in her feature directorial debut, a modern spin on Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” set in the witch hunt capital of contemporary America: the suburban high school. While Shephard cast herself as the film’s Abigail Williams — an outcast with secrets to spare who gets entangled with a smoldering substitute teacher, played by Chris Messina — the »
- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Jude Dry and Kate Erbland
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Dearest reader, as you've probably heard by now the director Jonathan Demme has passed away at 73. He died due to esophageal cancer. I had run into him at a screening of La La Land this past September and I took the opportunity to tell him how much Rachel Getting Married meant to me (he joked about being first with interracial weddings for Rosemarie deWitt onscreen). Then we talked Swing Shift for a little bit as we had just discussed it on this very site. I was so saddened by this yesterday that I couldn't do much but tweet my farewells. The words wouldn't come out for a lengthy piece but then, surprise, I remembered I'd written the following piece that was never published (oops) to coincide with the release of Ricki and the Flash (2015). I filled in a few of the blank spots and adjusted some verbs »
- NATHANIEL R
Right out of the gate, the China brothers’ noir-hearted sensibility was being compared to that of fellow film siblings Joel and Ethan Coen, as critics hailed the Australian writer-director duo’s debut “Crawl” as a modern-day “Blood Simple.” On the surface, their 2012 Black List-selected screenplay for “Sweet Virginia” dives further down that rabbit hole, featuring as it does a wife who hires a guy to bump off her own husband (a gender-flipped twist on the basic “Fargo” plot) and a hit man who’s as cold-blooded as “No Country for Old Men” killer Anton Chigurh.
And yet, going deep is what makes “Sweet Virginia” great — heck, more than great. As translated to screen by director Jamie M. Dagg (whose sure hand and smart changes elevate things considerably), Benjamin and Paul China’s script yields one of the gnarliest and most unsettling movies we’re likely to get this year. Set »
- Peter Debruge
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can typically be found at the end of this post.) This week, however, in light of Jonathan Demme’s death — and in reaction to the immense outpouring of love for the man and his movies that followed the news of his passing — we’ve decided to switch things up with a special mid-week edition of our usual survey.
We asked our panel one simple question: How will you remember Jonathan Demme? The responses we received can be found below.
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Though I only saw “Something Wild” for the first time this month, it somehow feels like it’s been with me for my entire filmgoing life. The scene where (my ideal man »
- David Ehrlich
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Underworld: Blood Wars (action-fantasy sequel; Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobia Menzies; available to coincide with release of 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD; rated R) La La Land (romantic comedy/musical; Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt; rated PG-13) We Are X (music documentary about Japanese prog-metal band; Yoshiki, Toshi; rated R) A Dark Song (horror; Steve Oram, Catherine Walker; available on cable Mod and in select theaters on 4/28; not rated) Voice from the...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
‘Sweet Virginia’ and the Effect of Violence and Moral Ambiguity in Rural TownsWe chat with Jamie M. Dagg about his latest film ‘Sweet Virginia’…and Ewoks? It gets awesomely weird!Christopher Abbott and Jon Bernthal, the spider and the fly.
The Shallow Pocket Project is going to Tribeca (in spirit)! We’ll be chatting with several independent filmmakers making the trek to New York for this year’s film festival. Stay tuned! Check out our last Tribeca chat with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (‘The Endless’). Special thanks, as always, to In The Mouth of Dorkness, Brad Gullickson, and Darren Smith.
You never really know what’s going on in small town life. There’s a general perception that these sparsely populated towns are quiet places filled with people who know each other as well as I know my own family. We suppose that feuds can last generations, but we allow that it happens in the open »
- William Dass
Christopher Abbott essentially has two modes: Intense, and way more intense. The former “Girls” star, whose blooming career is still often seen as a response to his brief time on (and tumultuous exit from) that epochal HBO show, has spent the last few years playing one brooding knuckle-dragger after another, like he’s trying to rid himself of whatever cooties Lena Dunham may have left behind.
From “James White” to “Katie Says Goodbye,” the Greenwich, Ct native seems exclusively drawn to characters who could punch a wall at any moment — you can’t take your eyes off the guy, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that he picks his roles by imagining what might happen if Marlon Brando’s Stanley Kowalski walked off the screen and started wandering through the modern indie landscape.
- David Ehrlich
Every year, celebrities, filmmakers, journalists and movie fans flock to the Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan for the Tribeca Film Festival, an illustrious celebration of film and television that features some of the most exciting projects and panel discussions of any media festival in the country.
Founded by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the festival has helped revitalize the city and remind both filmmakers and fans alike of New York City’s valued place in film and TV while becoming a welcoming community for voices and perspectives from all over the world. “It’s also a fabric of our city. So whether or not it’s a film from Israel or Palestine or something for kids, our festival was about community and it still is,” Rosenthal tells Et. “It’s about bringing community together.”
The 2017 festival, which runs April 19-30, continues to expand beyond film and TV with »
A very happy International Women’s Day (and, related, Happy A Day Without A Woman those exercising their ability to strike in order to help highlight the important contributions made by women in the workplace and the world at large) to all of our readers! With this important day in mind, we’ve assembled a list of films, all currently streaming online, that would not exist without the female creators (writers, directors, sometime-stars, and more) who crafted them. It’s just a taste — a nibble, really — of some of the industry’s best examples of forward-thinking, female-driven work.
Read More: IndieWire Stands With Women: 27 TV Shows Created by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love
Take a peek, and appreciate the power of women and their strong-as-hell creativity and drive.
“Paris Is Burning” (Netflix)
Jennie Livingston’s incisive, intimate and wildly entertaining documentary about New York City “drag ball culture »
- Kate Erbland
As keen Black Mirror fans wait for the fourth season to land on Netflix later in the year, some interesting information about those upcoming episodes has slowly emerged through various sources. Earlier in the month, David Slade revealed that he'd be directing a piece, and the iconic Jodie Foster will also be helming her own episode in season 4, with co-creator Charlie Brooker describing that particular instalment as having more of an "indie drama" vibe about it.
Recently, though (via Digital Spy) magician Penn Jillette surprised eager subscribers to his podcast, 'Penn's Sunday School', by admitting that he is also involved in Black Mirror's forthcoming fourth season finale.
Here comes the spoiler squirrel. »
Busy Philipps was front and center on Oscar night during the now-infamous ending — in which an envelope mix-up caused Bonnie and Clyde costars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to mistakenly announce La La Land as the Best Picture winner instead of Moonlight, the actual victor.
But according to the 37-year-old actress, news of the error hit her and the rest of the celebs sitting in the Dolby Theatre’s front row first — before anyone on stage had even been informed.
- Dave Quinn
“La La Land” director Damien Chazelle took home the award for Best Director Sunday night in Los Angeles. “This was a movie about love, and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it,” said Chazelle, gesturing to his wife.
“La La Land” is a musical about two aspiring artists, a jazz musician and an actress chasing their dreams while living in Los Angeles. It is a send up to the Golden Age of Hollywood, polarizing for being a decidedly apolitical film in the midst of a very political moment. “La La Land” stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie Dewitt and J.K. Simmons. The all original score was written by Justin Hurwitz, with cinematography by Linus Sandgren.
The win is huge for the young director, whose previously directed 2014’s “Whiplash, »
- Jude Dry
From The Road to Lawless to star-studded crime saga Triple 9, John Hillcoat is a director that specializes in the art of crafting dark, engrossing stories around deeply human characters, even if the latter two movies aren’t talked about in the same breath as his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s apocalyptic masterclass – and rightfully so.
Since orchestrating a melange of crooked criminals and equally crooked cops in Triple 9, there’s been nary a mention of Hillcoat’s next project, but it seems The Tracking Board (via /Film) has today brought an end to that admittedly brief radio silence. Sources close to Ttb now claim the writer-director has climbed on board to direct an episode of Black Mirror season 4, Charlie Brooker and Netflix’s jet-black anthology series that examines far-future technology through a very particular, and often crushingly bleak, lens. The episode, rumored to be titled “Crocodile,” will purportedly focus on two female protagonists, »
- Michael Briers
Once Upon A Time‘s Eion Bailey is set to recur on Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, opposite stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Lily Collins and Rosemarie DeWitt. Written and directed by Billy Ray based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, from Sony TV's TriStar Television, was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book's protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. The project centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood's first wunderkind… »
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