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The prospect of watching an 86-minute flick set almost entirely at sea might not suit every cinematic palette, especially those who were unable to sit through The Blair Witch Project without a brown paper bag handy. Luckily, the shaky camerawork and found footage amateurishness are absent here as Scott Cohen’s impressive directorial debut, Red Knot, prides itself on a flawless visual presentation.
Newlyweds Peter (Vincent Kartheiser) and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby) are at the centre of this isolated Antarctic expedition tale. Instead of a scantily-clad stint on a sun-kissed beach that most newlyweds choose for their honeymoon, this pair opts for the cold, icy pull of an Arctic journey. At the behest of Peter, Chloe agrees to join her husband on a research vessel out of Argentina, bound for the South Pole. His aspirations as a writer twinned with his love of famous travel writers seemingly take first place over a lusty getaway. »
- Gem Seddon
References to glacial pacing and aimless drifting are unavoidable when discussing “Red Knot,” an interminable mix of attractive nature documentary and enervating romantic drama. New York artist and stage director Scott Cohen, here making his debut as a feature filmmaker, places far too much faith in the ability of his actors to elicit and sustain audience interest while improvising their way through the tissue-thin narrative he has provided them. Still, the movie might have a future on home video, where viewers can fast-forward through the dull stretches and savor all the images of icy landscapes and Antarctic wildlife.
Newly married Chloe (Olivia Thirlby) and Peter (Vincent Kartheiser) sign up for a kinda-sorta honeymoon aboard an enhanced steel research vessel bound for Antarctica. For Peter, a writer obsessed with the exploits of arctic explorers, the trip also serves as a golden opportunity to interview knowledgeable fellow passengers — including noted environmentalist Roger Payne, »
- Joe Leydon
For some, relationships mean navigating the difference between the person we fall in love with and who that person becomes within that couple. It can be a negotiation of accepting what is admired and loved in the other person, above the traits that emerge over time that can range from driving us crazy, to showing an uglier side that perhaps no one involved wants to acknowledge. In short, two people deciding to throw in together is a complex bridging of emotions, personalities, expectations, and more. In Scott Cohen's ambitious and admirable debut, "Red Knot," the filmmaker endeavors to show two people drawn together by who they are, and slowly thrust apart by what they've become. Peter (Vincent Kartheiser) and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby) are young, in love, married, and ready for adventure. A belated honeymoon trip sees them travel to South America to board the titular Red Knot, a ship »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. We've got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that category: The Diary of a Teenage Girl - Written and directed by Marielle Heller; starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, and Kristen Wiig. The Stanford Prison Experiment - Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez; written by Tim Talbott; starring Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, and Olivia Thirlby. Unexpected - Directed by Kris Swanberg; written by Kris Swanberg and Megan Mercier; starring Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Gail Bean, and Elizabeth McGovern. The Witch - Written and directed by Robert Eggers; starring Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, and Ellie Grainger. Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. »
- Evan Dickson
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
Last year, it was Damien Chazelle’s richly texturized, foot-tapping, finger-snapping sophomore pic Whiplash that instantly became the “it” film to beat in the sixteen competition offerings. In 2015, we have Sundance habituals in James C. Strouse, Craig Zobel and Andrew Bujalski measuring up against Park City feature film first-timers in Marielle Heller, Patrick Brice, Chloé Zhao, Nikole Beckwith and Kris Swanberg. Here are the sixteen offerings in the 2015 U.S. Dramatic Competition:
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.
- Eric Lavallee
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Film Institute announced the U.S. dramatic, world dramatic, U.S. documentary, world documentary and Next selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival today. The premier film festival in the United States, Sundance is coming off a banner 2014 edition that brought films earning year-end kudos such as "Whiplash," "Boyhood," "Dear White People," "Obvious Child" and "The Skeleton Twins" into the world. The 2015 slate just looks just as intriguing and, according to the festival, perhaps more emotional and challenging. In a statement from the Institute, the festival's director, John Cooper, remarked, "The selections for our 2015 Festival will take audiences on a wild ride of emotional extremes. With approaches ranging from comedic to dramatic, genre to documentary, experimental to short, independent filmmakers are bravely illuminating new opportunities for understanding and empathy.” Festival founder and cinema icon Robert Redford added, "The work of independent artists inevitably reflects the state of our culture »
- Gregory Ellwood
We're so excited to present Visionaries, a new video series that explores the creative process one fascinating person at a time. The series will include filmmakers, TV producers, musicians and other entertainment masterminds.
First up is Scott Cohen, a photographer and filmmaker who is making his directing debut with Red Knot, a brutal, evocative study of a new marriage. Cohen shot the entire film over about a month on board a research vessel steaming its way from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Antarctica. Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby (Juno) star as newlyweds Peter and Chloe, who join the voyage when Peter, a writer, is offered the opportunity to interview a famous marine biologist. As a result, the trip also acts as their honeymoon, but as the seas grow more treacherous, so does the tension between them.
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- TV Guide News
Peter (Vincent Kartheiser) and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby) are newlyweds on something of an impromptu honeymoon after boarding a research vessel in Argentina en route through the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. It’s a working vacation of sorts for Peter though as he’s a writer fascinated with the continent, the sea and the wildlife that surrounds them. The couple are at ease physically and sexually, but it’s clear in their communication — and lack thereof — that not all is well. As he devotes his attention to conversation with a renowned whale biologist (Roger Payne, playing himself) she finds herself drifting aimlessly well outside her own element. That emotional current takes her right into the path of Captain Emerson (Billy Campbell), and soon Peter and Chloe’s young marriage hits choppy waters… well, you get the idea. Red Knot places the sad ugliness of a relationship in jeopardy against the stark beauty of a harsh and unforgiving landscape »
- Rob Hunter
Choosing Arctic backdrops to parallel the story of a marriage growing chillier by the minute is certainly not the freshest idea around. But Scott Cohen's Red Knot exhibits such spot-on, heartbreaking honesty about behaviors that tear many couples apart — passive-aggressiveness, career obsession, seeking validation to soothe one's inadequacies — that it's easy to forgive Cohen his metaphorical excesses. Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby play newlyweds who opt to spend their honeymoon aboard a vessel bound for the South Pole. Promising excitement and adventure, Kartheiser instead spends most of the trip enmeshed in research for his upcoming article, chatting up the whaling experts aboard and leaving the perpetually bored Thirlby to stew in their spartan lod »
Scott Cohen’s directorial feature debut, Red Knot, was helmed on a 23-day jaunt along the coasts of Argentina and Antarctica. Sounds like quite the feat, especially considering it’s Cohen’s first shot at a feature. However, his prior work as a photographer enabled him to harness the beautiful landscapes explored by his two stars, Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby.
As a pair of adventure seekers, the newly-married couple opt to take a belated honeymoon cruise. I say cruise loosely because their trip actually takes place on board a research vessel headed for Antarctica. Like all flicks set at sea, or in confined spaces (or both if we’re talking about a submarine pic), tension begins to chip away at the happy couple.
This first preview offers at glimpse at the sheer breathtaking locales Cohen was able to lens. His choice of destination for the shoot is winning, as »
- Gem Seddon
Now that we've gotten all the buzz about the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens out of the way (see where it's playing this weekend right here), it's time to look at a little indie romance on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. "Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser and Juno supporting actress Olivia Thirlby star in the film chronicling the rocky relationship of a newly married couple as they take a trip on a research vessel bound for Antarctica. There's beautiful imagery and a promising, quiet and intimate drama here as what starts as a makeshift honeymoon slowly begins to unravel a couple's love. Watch the trailer! Here's the first trailer for Scott Cohen's Red Knot from the film's YouTube page: Red Knot is directed by Scott Cohen, making his feature directorial and writing debut. Peter (Vincent Kartheiser of "Mad Men") and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby »
- Ethan Anderton
As with many of the best film discoveries in my life, I went in to see Dredd with low expectations. I’d been invited and figured I might as well go, but the idea of another cinematic crack at the Judge? The scaled-down, rubbery-looking costumes and the prospect of an eyeball-squeezing 3D presentation weren’t enough to attract my interest. Once the lights went down, that all changed. I found myself sealed into a greasy and violent world that lives on in my scorched brainpan to this day. It may not be the greatest movie ever made, but of its type Dredd is a minor classic, evoking the spirit of the book in a way Stallone couldn’t manage whilst building its own gritty, low budget vibe. Of everything I’ve seen at the pictures over the last decade or so, this is the one that surprised and inspired me more than any other. »
- Steve Palace
Nearly five years after the film was shot, the first trailer has been released for Red Knot. Olivia Thirlby (Dredd 3D) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) star in this drama about a couple who rediscover themselves while sailing abroad.
Set on a research vessel en route to the icy wastes of Antarctica, Peter Harrison (Vincent Kartheiser) is a writer sharing his dream of going to the ends of the earth with his wife (Olivia Thirlby ). The confines of the ship and the wide open spaces of the southern ocean set the stage for an unraveling marriage encountering their first rite of passage as a couple. Red Knot is a narrative feature film that invites a broader conversation around themes that are at once universal and personal: our closest relationships and the wilderness that lies between us.
More Olivia Thirlby is always a good thing. She's one of our best actresses and we need a lot more of her on the silver, and smaller, screen. Same with Vincent Kartheiser, who we don't see enough outside of weasel roles (Mad Men) or villainous archetypes (In Time), both of which he plays rather well. He's not completely out of those woods in this Red Knot trailer, but perhaps the circumstances in the film will add a few layers of nuance to his eternally wandering eye. The film was shot by director Scott Cohen over five years ago, but is now being readied for release. And it looks gorgeous. Hit the jump for the Red Knot trailer and a few words from Thirlby on the movie's production. The film also stars Billy Campbell and opens at IFC in New York on December 5th. Trailer courtesy of the Red Knot official »
- Evan Dickson
Hey Hollywood, we need more Olivia Thirlby. The talented actress isn't seen in movies or television as often as we'd like, so here's a pleasant surprise before the weekend—a new movie starring Thirlby. We hadn't heard of this one, and even more, it looks pretty damn good. Directed by Scott Cohen, and co-starring Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men") and Billy Campbell, the movie follows a young married couple who take a belated honeymoon aboard a research vessel bound for Antarctica. But as they go deeper into the journey, their relationship begins to fray. This looks like a particularly good character piece, coupled with stunning cinematography from the movie that was shot off the coasts of Argentina and Antarctica. "Red Knot" opens in limited release on December 5th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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