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The 2015 Slamdance Film Festival announces its lineup

2 December 2014 11:09 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While the Sundance Film Festival is the better known film festival located in Utah that runs in January, it is not the only one, as the Slamdance Film Festival has been running in the same place during the same month for over 20 years. The unique aspect of the Slamdance Film Festival, however, is its Narrative Features and Documentary Features program, which restricts its selection to films that are directorial debuts, made for under $1 million, and don’t have Us distribution. The 2015 incarnation of the festival is set to run from January 23rd to the 29th, and ahead of the festival’s premiere next month, organisers have unveiled the lineup for the aforementioned categories. The lineup is as follows.

Narrative Features Program:

Across The Sea (Turkey/USA), making its North American Premiere

Written and Directed by Nisan Dağ and Esra Saydam

Starring Damla Sönmez, Jacob Fishel, Ahmet Rıfat Şungar, Hakan Karsak, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Slamdance 2015 unveils line-up

1 December 2014 2:37 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival top brass announced the 19 films that will screen at the Slamdance Film Festival, set to run in Park City, Utah, from January 23-29.

The 11 narrative and eight documentary selections include 13 world premieres. All competition films are feature directorial debuts budgeted below $1m without Us distribution.

“It’s very exciting to bring this dynamic lineup to audiences in Park City,” said festival director Anna Germanidi. “We are proud to help launch these filmmakers’ careers and celebrate the success we all believe these films deserve.”

“Our success in showcasing emerging artists is most obviously linked with American talent, but increasingly at Slamdance, we want to also support new international talent,” said co-founder and president Peter Baxter.

All synopses below provided by Slamdance.

Narrative Features

Across The Sea (Turkey-usa)

Dirs Nisan Dağ, Esra Saydam

Young, beautiful and pregnant, Damla has to confront her first love in a Turkish summer town before she can fully embrace her new life in »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Slamdance Fest Sets Slate

1 December 2014 8:04 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Sundance Film Festival dominates Park City in late January, but there is also the upstart Slamdance Film Festival. We’ve not really highlighted that fest or its program, but I always stay at Treasure Mountain Inn where Slamdance is headquartered and they’ve kind of grown on me. Last year they brought Christopher Nolan to speak (the fest had the good sense to program his first film) and Joe Mangianello came to vamp his male stripper docu. This year, there’s every chance of seeing Dennis Rodman, the flamboyant former rebounding machine and Bff of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, for the docu Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang In Pyongyang. So let’s all root for an international incident! Here are the films they’ll be playing from January 23-29:

Narrative Features Program

Across the Sea – Directors & Screenwriters: Nisan Dağ, Esra Saydam. (Turkey/USA) North American Premiere. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Slamdance Unveils 2015 Competition Lineups (Exclusive)

1 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Slamdance Film Festival, launched as an alternative to Sundance, has unveiled its narrative and documentary competition lineups for the 2015 fest on Jan. 23-29.

The fest — which has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity” — will celebrate its 21st anniversary. The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, will include 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three U.S. premieres.

Notable titles include Brander Kramer’s “Ratter,” starring Ashley Benson, Matt McGorry, Rebecca Naomi Jones, John Anderson and Kaili Vernoff in the story of a young woman watched by a stalker who has hacked into all of her personal technology; and “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang,” directed by Colin Offland in an intimate behind the scenes look at Dennis Rodman’s unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the staging of the most controversial game »

- Dave McNary

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'Standby' (2014) Movie Review

29 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Mystery screenings at a film festival are always an interesting thing. You have a wish list of the films you hope it is and another list of films you hope it is not. People in line hear whispers and rumors about what it is, and you try not to get your hopes up. I think to the collective surprise of everyone in the theater the mystery screening at this year's Austin Film Festival was Irish romantic comedy Standby. This is a film that appeared on neither of my lists, as I had never heard of it before. And, for the life of me, I do not know why the festival, known as "the writers festival", would select one of the most formulaic romantic comedies I have seen in quite some time as their marquee mystery screening. It was almost shocking how formulaic it was. Alan (Brian Gleeson) works at the »

- Mike Shutt

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Peter Mullan and Christian Cooke cast in Iain Banks's Stonemouth

20 October 2014 4:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Peter Mullan and Christian Cooke have been announced for BBC drama Stonemouth.

Based on the Iain Banks novel of the same name, the two-part dramatisation will also feature Glue actress Charlotte Spencer as well as Sharon Small and Gary Lewis.

The story centres on Stewart Gilmour (Cooke), who returns to Stonemouth village for a funeral, one year after he was run out of town by a criminal family.

Stewart aims to solve the mystery behind his friend's suicide, while dealing with the past.

Mullan has signed on to play Don Murston, the head of the criminal organisation. Spencer and Small will star as Don's daughter and mother, Ellie and Connie, respectively.

Meanwhile, Lewis will appear as local businessman Mike MacAvett.

Brian Gleeson, Joy McAvoy, Adam Robertson, Kevin Mains, Jack Greenlees, Gerard Miller, Gilly Gilchrist, Chris Fulton and Naomi Battrick have also been cast.

Stonemouth will begin shooting this month and air next year. »

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First Trailer For Irish Comedy Standby Stars Mad Men’s Jessica Paré

8 October 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Next spring, Mad Men fans will welcome the end of an era when the show bows with its seventh and final season — a time when we’ll find out the fate of our favorite characters, including Megan Calvet Draper herself, Jessica Paré. But for those who simply can’t wait for the return of the hit period show, an Irish romcom that goes by the name Standby could offer some respite.

Starring Love/Hate’s Brian Gleeson alongside Paré, Standby charts the story of Alan, an out of luck and out of love travel advisor who happens to cross paths with Alice (Paré) the night before she leaves Dublin airport. Eager to take his second chance at romance and turn the who who got away into the one who almost got away, Alan convinces her to stay one more night.

Sibling pair Rob and Ronan Burke — who have worked across »

- Michael Briers

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Watch: Trailer For Rom Com 'Standby' With 'Mad Men' Star Jessica Paré

8 October 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Next spring we'll finally see what happens to Megan Draper and the rest of the characters on AMC's "Mad Men." But if you need a bit of Jessica Paré in your life before then, this trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy "Standby" should fit the bill. Directed by sibling pair Rob and Ronan Burke, the movie co-stars Brian Gleeson, and follows Alan, who has hit a bit of a rough patch. Recently left at the altar and fired from his banking job, he's now working with this mother as a tourist guide at the Dublin Airport, where he happens to cross paths with Alice, an old flame. She's on her way home to New York, but he convinces her to stay for one more night, and it may turn out that the fire between them isn't extinguished just yet. "Standby" premieres at the Cork Film Festival, and then open in theaters abroad on November 14th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Trailer For Irish Romantic Comedy Standby

7 October 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The feature film directorial debut of brothers Rob and Ronan Burke (Damo & Ivor, Roy), Standby is the sweet and funny story of Brian Gleeson's Alan (The Stag), a down on his luck twenty something working as a tourist advisor at Dublin Airport, who finds he has an unexpected second chance with Alice (Mad Men's Jessica Paré), who he had a summer romance with eight years previously. There is something endlessly charming about the first trailer for this movie, with Gleeson and Paré perfectly served by a really smart and funny script. Check it out below. Standby is released in Irish cinemas on November 14th. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Saturday Shorts: ‘Noreen’, starring Brendan Gleeson

2 August 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Today’s film is the 2010 short Noreen. The film is written and directed by Domhnall Gleeson, and stars Brian Gleeson, Gerard Byrne, and Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson has made a name for himself over his 25 year career with roles in features such as Braveheart, Gangs of New York, Kingdom of Heaven, and In Bruges. His newest film, titled Calvary, opens in limited release in American theatres this weekend.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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Wildcard plays strong hand

11 July 2014 1:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Distributor picks up films with Maisie Williams, Jessica Paré and Killian Scott.

Irish outfit Wildcard Distribution has picked up a slew of titles to bolster its slate including Galway Film Fleadh features Gold and Get Up and Go.

Also among the haul are rom-com Standby starring Jessica Paré and Ian Power’s The Guarantee.

Game of Thrones star and 2014 Screen International Star of Tomorrow Maisie Williams stars in Niall Heery’s Gold alongside David Wilmot, Kerry Condon and James Nesbitt.

Written by Niall and his brother Brendan Heery and produced by Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan for Subotica Films, the film is scheduled for a cinema release this year.

The offbeat comedy is about an estranged father who returns to his hometown after an absence of ten years in order to reconnect with his daughter and ex-wife.

Irish/UK rights have been acquired from Magnolia Pictures International for the romantic comedy Standby starring [link=nm »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Coda wins at Fest Anca

24 June 2014 4:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other winners at animation event include Manana Forever and Fongopolis.

Alan Holly’s short Coda won the top prize, the Anca Award, at Slovakia’s animation event Fest Anca that ended Sunday in the small town of Zilina, located near the borders of Poland and Czech Republic.

Following on from the film’s previous accolades at SXSW, Edinburgh and Galway, the Irish director continued to impress jury members with his hand-drawn animation and storyline depicting a young man who is confronted with death.

UK-based animator and installation artist Max Hattler, along with other jury members including Slovakian producer Peter Badac and Swiss animator Michael Frei, handed out the award saying, “This made us want to die in the best possible way.”

Holly, pleased by the award along with the event’s festive offerings, added, “Sorry I slept in and missed my own screening. This festival has been tons of fun.”

Coda was produced »

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Buzzy Irish Titles at Cannes

13 May 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Canal

Director: Ivan Kavanagh

Production company: Park Films

Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra

Logline: Thriller that relates the sinister history of a home where a murder had taken place at the turn of the century.

Status: Completed. Premiered at Tribeca. Will be selling at Cannes.

Song of the Sea

Director: Tomm Moore

Production company: Cartoon Saloon

Sales agent: WestEnd

Voice cast: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan

Logline: Animated feature from Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon (“The Secret of Kells”).

Status: In production. Ready third quarter 2014.

Brooklyn (pictured)

Director: John Crowley

Irish production company: Parallel Films

Sales agent: HanWay Films

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen

Logline: Based on the novel by Colm Toibin.

Status: In production in Ireland and Canada.

Glassland

Director: Gerard Barrett

Production company: Element Pictures

Cast: Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter

Logline: A Dublin taxi driver gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking. »

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Film Review: Irish Friends Go Stag in ‘The Bachelor Weekend’

6 May 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – What truths are contained in the male ritual of the bachelor party? Alcohol/substance consumption sure, maybe discomfort at being yourself, or perhaps a bit of accidental emotion? All is realized in the Irish comedy “The Bachelor Weekend,” brought to life by six members of the pre-wedding team, off on a stag weekend.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Fresh off its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, the film is co-written by director John Butler and one of the lead actors, Peter McDonald, and adopts a theme of “what has happened to men?” Practically forced to go on a camping trip by the bride, the six buddies eschew their ritualistic smartphone lives and rough it as fellow travelers, anchored by the loose cannon in the group, The Machine. This works as a bit of an Irish “Big Chill,” with similar emotional bonds and dramatic transitions occurring over one event-filled weekend. There »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Cannes: Magnolia takes Life Itself

30 April 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Christina Rogers and her team will commence sales in Cannes on the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, announced in the Cannes Classics line-up this week, as well as Irish rom-com Standby.

Steve James directed Life Itself, which premiered at Sundance and will receive its international premiere on the Croisette. The film chronicles the life and times of the late film critic Roger Ebert.

Magnolia svp of acquisitions Dori Begley brokered the world rights deal with Cinetic Media on behalf of Kartemquin, Film Rites, KatLei and CNN Films. Zak Piper produced for Kartemquin and Garrett Basch for Film Rites.

Magnolia International will also represent the bulk of the world excluding France and Benelux on Standby. Mad Men’s Jessica Paré and Brian Gleeson star in the tale of an American stranded in Dublin Airport who reacquaints herself with an old flame.

Rob and Ronan Burke direct from a screenplay by Pierce Ryan. John Wallace of Black »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Magnolia Int’l boards Life Itself

30 April 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Christina Rogers and her team will commence sales in Cannes on the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, announced in the Cannes Classics line-up earlier on Wednesday (30), as well as Irish rom-com Standby.

Steve James directed Life Itself, which premiered at Sundance and will receive its international premiere on the Croisette. The film chronicles the life and times of the late film critic Roger Ebert.

Magnolia svp of acquisitions Dori Begley brokered the world rights deal with Cinetic Media on behalf of Kartemquin, Film Rites, KatLei and CNN Films. Zak Piper produced for Kartemquin and Garrett Basch for Film Rites.

Magnolia International will also represent the bulk of the world excluding France and Benelux on Standby. Mad Men’s Jessica Paré and Brian Gleeson star in the tale of an American stranded in Dublin Airport who reacquaints herself with an old flame.

Rob and Ronan Burke direct from a screenplay by Pierce Ryan. John Wallace of Black »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Three Exclusive Clips Released From Buddy-Comedy ‘The Stag’

12 March 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Released this coming Friday, The Stag sees John Butler make his directorial debut…and what better way to start than with a cracking British comedy!

When one shy groom opts out of a boozy Stag Do, his best man decides that a quiet walking-weekend would better calm his nerves. However, when the bride’s manly brother tags along all hell breaks loose! Have a read of the official synopsis below:

Self-confessed metrosexual Fionan (Hugh O’Conor) doesn’t want a Stag Do, but would happily attend the Hen. His concerned bride-to-be Ruth (Amy Huberman) persuades the marginally more macho best man Davin (Andrew Scott) to organise one. Reluctantly he agrees, while doing everything he can to stop Ruth’s infamously alpha male brother, known only as ‘The Machine’ (Peter McDonald), gatecrashing their sober, walking-weekend, excuse for a Stag Party. Not so easily foxed, ‘The Machine’ tracks them down, sparking to »

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Taylor Schilling and Aidan Quinn Are Here to Stay in Debut Clip

8 March 2014 11:57 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The debut clip from the new drama, ‘Stay,’ has been released by the film’s distribution company, Gravitas Ventures. The clip, titled ‘Growing Up,’ features stars Taylor Schilling and Aidan Quinn, as their characters ponder whether they should finally mature. ‘Stay,’ which was written and directed by Wiebke von Carolseld, is set to be released in theaters on March 21. The drama is now available on VOD, including Apple iTunes, Google, Sony, Xbox and YouTube. The film also stars Michael Ironside, Barry Keoghan, Nika McGuigan, Chris McHallem and Brian Gleeson. Gravitas Ventures has released the following synopsis for ‘Stay’: Taylor Schilling (‘Orange is the New Black’) and Aidan Quinn (‘Legends of  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Review: The Stag

5 March 2014 11:49 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

John Butler makes his feature debut with this likeable and amusing male-bonding comedy, co-written with cast member Peter McDonald (Moone Boy). Obsessing to the point of implosion about the details of his impending nuptials, meek set designer Fionan (Hugh O'Conor) isn’t interested in having a stag do.

But anxious bride-to-be Ruth (Threesome’s Amy Huberman) feels her fiancé could use some respite from table planning and place settings and so persuades best man Davin (Sherlock’s Andrew Scott) to cobble together a stag party.

Unfortunately, Ruth’s terrifyingly macho brother ‘The Machine’ (McDonald) won’t be stopped from attending and a planned quiet break in rural Ireland soon takes in lost bearings, lost clothes and hilarious clashes with electric fences. Will Fionan and co make it to the church on time?

Co-produced by the Irish Film Board and Arrow Films – who’ve carved a commendable niche with UK releases »

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Revenge Creeps in Like the Darkness on the Edge of Town

20 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

When someone maliciously takes the life of someone whom you love, how far would you go for revenge? That question will be answered in the upcoming indie flick Darkness on the Edge of Town, and we have your first look.

Patrick Ryan writes and directs. Emma Eliza Regan, Emma Willis, Brian Gleeson, Sam Monaghan, and Chris Fitzgerald star.

Darkness on the Edge of Town tells the story of Cleo Callahan (Regan), a teenage sharpshooter who decides to avenge the death of her estranged elder sister after she is found murdered in a public bathroom. Unbeknownst to Cleo, her best and only friend, Robin O'Riley (Willis), is the murderer she's sworn to kill.

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- Uncle Creepy

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