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Celluloid Dreams boards Sundance comedy 'Person To Person'

5 April 2017 12:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based company to launch sales on Sundance title during Cannes.

Paris-based Celluloid Dreams has taken on world sales of writer-director Dustin Guy Defa’s off-beat comedy Person To Person following a number of New Yorkers over the course of one day.

Described as a love letter to New York, the film follows four slice-of-life stories set in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, involving a record collector, his heartbroken room-mate, a teenager accompanying a friend on a date and a rookie reporter sent to cover a murder case.

The ensemble cast features Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Philip Baker Hall, Michaela Watkins, Tavi Gevinson, Olivia Luccardi, Ben RosenfieldGeorge Sample III, and newcomer Bene Coopersmith.

It is Defa’s second film after his 2012 work Bad Fever.

The new work grew out a short film of the same name which premiered at Sundance in 2014 and also screened at SXSW, AFI Fest and the Berlin Film Festivals, where it won »

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Magnolia swoops on 'Person To Person'

24 March 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance premiere will close new Directors/New Films in New York.

Magnolia Pictures announced on Friday it has acquired North American rights to Person To Person, writer-director Dustin Guy Defa’s second feature, which he also edited.

The film premiered this year at Sundance and will receive its New York premiere o n March 25 as the closing night selection of New Directors/New Films 2017, a presentation of the Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center. 

Person To Person stars Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson and Tavi Gevinson and tells the story of a record collector who hustles for a big score while his heartbroken roommate tries to erase a terrible mistake.

Meanwhile, a teenager bears witness to her best friend’s new relationship, and a rookie reporter, alongside her demanding supervisor, chases the clues of a murder case involving a world-weary clock shop owner. 

“With Person To Person, Dustin has crafted »

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Making ‘A Ghost Story’: How David Lowery Exorcised His Demons To Make The Best Film Of Sundance 2017

27 January 2017 3:48 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There were roughly 72 hours until the Sundance premiere of David Lowery’s latest feature, but I already knew that one pivotal scene — in which a bereaved Rooney Mara devours an entire pie during the course of a five-minute long-take — would be the talk of the festival. “She did one take of eating the whole thing,” Lowery said with a smile, sitting across the table from me in the Park City Marriott where we’re having coffee, “preceded by two takes of her coming into the house and eating the first couple of bites. So she ate a lot of pie.”

I pressed for more details. “It was a chocolate pudding pie. Vegan. Very low sugar content. I believe the crust was gluten-free,” he said. “Rooney told me beforehand that she had never had pie in her life, so it was a first in many regards.” Lowery looked to his right, »

- David Ehrlich

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Casey Affleck’s ‘A Ghost Story’ Picked Up By A24

8 January 2017 1:44 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Two weeks ahead of Sundance 2017, A24 has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Casey Affleck’s “A Ghost Story,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Affleck stars alongside Rooney Mara in writer-director David Lowery’s film, which will premiere later this month as part of the festival’s Next section. Mara and Affleck previously starred in Lowery’s film titled “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which debuted at the 2013 Sundance festival. Adam Donaghey, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston and Liz Franke produced the film, while Lowery also wrote the script. Also Read: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams to »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sundance: Casey Affleck’s ‘A Ghost Story’ Sells to A24 (Exclusive)

8 January 2017 1:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With less than two weeks until the launch of Sundance 2017, another movie has already sold. A24 has scooped up worldwide distribution rights to David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” Variety has learned.

The spooky drama reunites Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, who starred in Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which debuted at Sundance in 2013. “A Ghost Story” will premiere as part of the festival’s Next section. A24 had such confidence in the film, they bought it sight unseen, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

The movie is produced by Adam Donaghey, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, and Liz Franke. Lowery, who previously directed Disney’s 2016 remake of “Pete’s Dragon,” also wrote the script.

Just a year ago, Casey Affleck went to Sundance with “Manchester by the Sea,” the Kenneth Lonergan drama that sold to Amazon Studios for $10 million. Since then, that indie has grossed »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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