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Rooftop Films has announced the programming for the company’s 2017 Summer Series, screening new independent films outdoors in more than 10 venues across New York City in events accompanied by live music and other special enhancements.
Running May 19-Aug. 19, the series kicks off in Gowanus, Brooklyn, with a screening from the short films program called “This is What We Mean By Short Films.” The next night features a screening in Greenpoint of “Band Aid,” which tells the story of a couple using their broken marriage as inspiration for indie rock lyrics. The cast will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A, followed by a live performance from their on-screen band.
Sundance Film Review: ‘Band Aid’
Other films to be included in the four-month series are Sundance hit “The Big Sick,” with Kumail Nanjiani (who also co-wrote) and Zoe Kazan, as well as comedy “Rough Night,” starring Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, »
- Erin Nyren
Barely a week after the end of Tribeca, the New York summer festival season is gearing up. Yesterday brought news of a very promising BAMcinemafest line-up, and today brings the Rooftop Films’ 2017 Summer Series slate. As it has for 21 years now, the festival will host a number of outdoor screens at nearly a dozen venues around New York, and they’ve got some ace films lined up.
Among the headliners: Judd Apatow-produced comedy “The Big Sick” with Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter, opening film “Band Aid” from Zoe Lister-Jones, Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch” with Jason Momoa, Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats,” Kyle Mooney-starring comedy “Brigsby Bear,” “The Incredible Jessica James” with Jessica Williams and Chris O’Dowd, A24’s “Menashe,” Noel Wells’ “Mr.
- The Playlist
Netflix announced today that comedy icons Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will reunite to star in a new Netflix original film set to begin production in Long Island, New York this summer. The Week Of will be directed by veteran Saturday Night Live writer and producer Robert Smigel. The movie covers the week of preparation for a wedding in which Sandler's daughter is marrying Rock's son. Happy Madison Productions' Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as producers and Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the script. The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018. Here's what Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, had to say in his statement.
Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have today announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, which takes place between June 1st and June 4th at Picturehouse Central.
The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:
Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, »
- Gary Collinson
After coming under fire for comments she made to Jessica Williams during a luncheon at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend, Salma Hayek has taken to Instagram to clarify her remarks. Though the actress says she’s “so sorry that I did not respond earlier to the feelings and valid concerns many of you have expressed in the last few days,” Hayek is also “deeply disturbed by the way this story has misrepresented me and manipulated my words in printing them out of context.”
“We all believed we were in a forum to brainstorm about ways in which women in the industry could thrive and that was my heart’s intention,” the “Beatriz at Dinner” star continues. “I have always and will always support the empowerment and the »
- Michael Nordine
Among the first films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to generate real buzz among audiences and the industry is director Jim Strouse’s cheekily titled The Incredible Jessica James. The narrative dramedy revolves around the title character played by Jessica Williams, the American actress-comedian best known for her television work on the third season of Girls and for her four-year run as correspondent for The Daily Show. So, is she (incredible, that is)? Yes. While the film has a strong supporting cast, it’s Williams show to win or lose and the incredibly personable actress takes no prisoners in her portrayal...read more »
- Greg Ptacek
A catered luncheon at the Sundance Film Festival, celebrating women in film, turned into a tense discussion of race and privilege Saturday, with former “Daily Show” correspondent and rising star Jessica Williams both caught in the crosshairs and boldly stepping up to educate her elders on the prevailing beliefs of the contemporary feminist and anti-racist movements.
As reported in the L.A. Times, it all started when the conversation turned to the current political climate, and Salma Hayek, at the festival with Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz at Dinner,” advised her fellow female Hollywood elite to “be careful that we don’t fall into victimization.” Shirley MacLaine chimed in, urging women to “find the democracy inside” and to explore their “core identity.”
Read More: Park City Women’s March: Massive Crowd Turns Out to Protest Donald Trump During Sundance
That’s when Williams stepped in, who turned to MacLaine and asked, »
- Jude Dry
The Sundance Film Festival is officially over and the awards have already been handed out, both the official ones and our own Unconventional Awards, and out of the roughly thirty films I saw during my time in Park City, Utah, I’ve put together a list of the ten very best movies I had a chance to see. Many of them will be coming to theaters across the country later in the year, and a few of them may even be in the Oscar conversation a year from now.
10. The Big Sick
Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani made his triumphant debut as a leading man with this movie produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris) and co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon. Based on their own experiences in courting and how Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) being put into a medically-induced coma affected it, »
- Edward Douglas
Welcome to the first, hopefully annual, Weekend Warrior Sundance Awards, where I go through the couple dozen movies I had a chance to see over the course of the past week and pick some of my favorite things.
I ended up seeing roughly thirty movies in total, only walking out of a couple (that won’t be mentioned), and overall, it was a generally decent Sundance, although only a few movies really stood out and will be remembered later in the year when we start talking about next year’s Oscars.
Oddly, I missed many of the movies that won actual awards at Sundance, so I’ve decided to give a few of my own.
Most Literal Use of a Movie Title
1. Beatriz at Dinner (starring Salma Hayek as a Mexican healer named Beatriz who is invited to stay for dinner at »
- Edward Douglas
The Sundance Film Festival 2017 will be coming to a close on Saturday night, and if you’re not in Park City, Utah, you can still keep up with all the winners online.
Sundance is providing a live stream of the event, broadcasting the feature films ceremony from start to finish. It kicks off at 6 p.m. Pst/9 p.m. Est, with Jessica Williams, “Daily Show” alum and star of Sundance film “The Incredible Jessica James,” hosting at Basin Recreation Field House.
Four juries will hand out awards in the U.S. and world competitions and Next, as well as the audience awards. Members of the juries include Gael García Bernal and Peter Dinklage on U.S. dramatic, as well as Sonia Braga and Athina Rachel Tsangari on world cinema dramatic, and more.
In past years, the grand jury prize has gone to such films as »
- Variety Staff
And that’s a wrap on the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Tonight, 10 days of competition and world premieres come to a close with the festival’s annual Feature Film Awards Ceremony. “The Incredible Jessica James” star Jessica Williams will be hosting this year’s event, which begins at 9pm Et and will be broadcast live from the Basin Recreation Field House in Park City.
Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
Awards will be given out by four juries, as well as the Audience Awards, in the U.S. and World Competitions and Next. Jurors include Gael Garcia Bernal and Peter Dinklage (U.S. Dramatic), Julie Goldman and Robert Greene (U.S. Documentary), Sonia Braga and Athina Rachel Tsangari (World Cinema Dramatic), plus many more.
Films competing for the festival’s top honor, the Grand Jury Prize, include such favorites as “Landline, »
- Zack Sharf
After working with Jessica Williams in his 2015 film People, Place, Things, writer/director Jim Strouse (of Grace is Gone, The Winning Season) recruited her for a lead role and wrote an entire film around her. The Incredible Jessica James stars Jessica Williams as a struggling playwright living in New York City, dealing with a break up. Strouse makes light, amusing, charming films that have fun stories based on real situations. The Incredible Jessica James is no exception, and might just be Jim's best film to date. It's full of so much life and passion and love and, most importantly, optimism. In these troubling, tumultuous times, where depression and frustration are all too prevalent, a little bit of refreshing optimism goes a long way. The Incredible Jessica James also stars Chris O'Dowd as a guy she's introduced to by a mutual friend as a rebound from her past relationship. The relationship »
- Alex Billington
Cinematographer Sean McElwee arrived at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival with two films in the Premieres lineup: Fun Mom Dinner and The Incredible Jessica James. The latter, from writer/director Jim Strouse, represents the first leading turn from Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams. The film chronicles the romantic woes (and comic mishaps) of an aspiring playwright in New York City. Below, McElwee discusses how to shoot a comedy with romantic notes and have it not scream “romantic comedy.” The Incredible Jessica James will screen three times during this year’s Sundance. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
Park City – The first scene of James Strouse’s “The Incredible Jessica James,” which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Thursday night, is a star-making showcase for the talents of its leading lady Jessica Williams. The former “Daily Show” correspondent, actress, comedian, actress and “2 Dope Girls” podcast co-host plays another Jessica, a struggling playwright on a Tindr date with a guy who may never realize how much he’s being played.
- Gregory Ellwood
Netflix is continuing its haul of films that are debuting at this year’s ongoing Sundance Film Festival with The Incredible Jessica James, the starring vehicle for former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams. The streaming service announced yesterday that the movie from director Jim Strouse will be available globally sometime this year. “We are honored to get to work with Jim Strouse as we introduce film lovers around the globe to The Incredible Jessica James, which marks the arrival of Jessica Williams, a true star in the making,” Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
In the movie, Williams’ character is going through a breakup when she goes on a date with a divorced man played by Chris O’Dowd. It also stars Atlanta and Master Of None cast members Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells, respectively. Other Sundance movies coming to Netflix include I Don’t »
- Esther Zuckerman
Four years after being hired as “The Daily Show’s” very first African American female correspondent (in 2012), Jessica Williams said goodbye to the Comedy Central show earlier this year. Although she hasn’t left Comedy Central entirely. In fact, Williams signed a development deal… Continue Reading → »
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Jim Strouse’s modern comedy, The Incredible Jessica James, ahead of its world premiere as the Closing Night film at Sundance. The pic will be branded as a Netflix original film and launch globally this year to Netflix viewers in 190 countries. Written and directed by Strouse, the film stars Jessica Williams (The Daily Show) as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is… »
Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the comedy “The Incredible Jessica James” ahead of its January 27 premiere in the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres section. The film will be branded as a Netflix original movie and will premiere later this year on the streaming service.
Written and directed by Jim Strouse, the film stars Jessica Williams (Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”) as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who’s recovering from a recent breakup. After a date with a divorcee named Boone (Chris O’Dowd) Williams learns how to navigate the “social media obsessed post-relationship universe.”
“We are honored to get to work with Jim Strouse as we introduce film lovers around the globe to ‘The Incredible Jessica James,’ which marks the arrival of Jessica Williams, a true star in the making,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, said in a statement.
The film »
- Graham Winfrey
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to “The Incredible Jessica James,” which will be the closing night film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It continues what has been a busy festival for the streaming giant. Netflix came to Sundance with eight films and has picked up such high-profile projects as “Chasing Coral” and “Fun Mom Night.”
“The Incredible Jessica James” stars Jessica Williams as a playwright trying to get over a breakup. On the rebound, she gets into an unlikely relationship with Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”). Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”) and Noël Wells (“Master of None”) co-star. The film was produced by Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub of Beachside and executive produced by Jessica Williams and Kerri Hundley.
The movie will be branded as a Netflix original film and will stream to over 190 countries.
“We are honored to get to work with Jim Strouse as we introduce film lovers »
- Brent Lang
23 January 2017 5:21 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights, for more than $3 million, to Jim Strouse’s comedy The Incredible Jessica James, which will have its world premiere as the closing-night film at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival.
The film, which Strouse wrote and directed, stars Jessica Williams (Girls, The Daily Show) as an aspiring New York playwright recovering from a breakup who goes on a date with a recently divorced man (Chris O'Dowd). Lakeith Stanfield and Noel Wells co-star.
- Gregg Kilday,Tatiana Siegel
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