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It’s that time of year again, when blockbusters start to lull, the fall festival season hasn’t quite begun, and when the movies on release tend to be slimmer pickings. That’s when we like to look to the future and the talents who’ll be shaping it, with our On The Rise season of actors, actresses, writers, directors, cinematographers and composers to watch. Having tackled actors, actresses and composers so far, we move to one of our favorite parts of the On The Rise season — the cinematographer. Arguably no position in a filmmaking team other than the director and the writer have as much impact on the finished product as the director of photography — every image that you see will be one that they were responsible for capturing, and a great DoP can make a dire movie worth the price of admission. Over the years, we’ve included people like Greig Fraser, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Indie producers Riel Roch Decter and Sebastian Pardo’s prod company label Memory is sprouting a new branch in the shape of a curated traveling short film series. Taking place in Toronto during Tiff on September 12th, the inaugural card for Memory Presents is a talent heavy who’s who of upcoming helmers that we’ve seen, and/or will be seeing at major fests such as Sundance, SXSW, Cannes and Venice/Tiff. The 90-minute-ish program will include world premiere showings from Robert Eggers, Kahlil Joseph (both will already be at Tiff presenting their feature length films) and Patrick Brice (from Creep and The Overnight) along with Sammy Harkham. Noteworthy female filmmakers include SXSW & Cannes-winning short from Pippa Bianco (see still of Share above) and Celia Rowlson-Hall who’ll next to featuring her debut feature Ma at the Venice Film Festival will have her previous short shown as well. We »
- Eric Lavallee
Editor's Note: On the same day (today) that Dee Rees' feature film debut, "Pariah" becomes available to stream on Netflix, the Dp who shot the film, Bradford Young, was invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers (one of the highest honors a Dp can receive), in part because of his work on "Pariah" for which he won the Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival that year. So this seemingly random confluence of events makes it only logical that I repost our interview (handled by Nijla Mumin) with Bradford about "Pariah" specifically, published during the week in December 2011 when the film was set to open theatrically, courtesy of Focus »
- Nijla Mumin
News worth knowing that slipped by me last week... Congrats to Bradford Young who has joined the active ranks of The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) - a professional organization, founded in 1919, whose membership is by invitation only; one that is extended to directors of photography with "distinguished credits" in the film industry. This is considered to be one of the highest industry honors that a professional cinematographer can receive, and is seen as a mark of prestige and distinction. The Asc currently has approximately 340 members currently, and will surely continue to grow. Young, like other Asc members, can now put the letters A.S.C. after his name - as »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Elyes Gabel, Lorna Pruce, Christopher Abbott, Matthew Maher, Albert Brooks, Jerry Adler, Quinn Meyers, Chester Jones, Ashley Williams, Glenn Fleshler, Jimmy Palumbo, Daisy Tahan | Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor
There are some movies that you come away from knowing that you liked it, loved the way it was shot and knew the acting was good, but something just seemed to be missing. These are the ones you have to take the time to step back from and think about what you have just seen, what it was trying to tell you and what you take away from it. This is exactly what I found with A Most Violent Year.
At first I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was about the film which focuses on 1981 a year that saw a spike in criminal activity in New York, but the answer lies in »
- Paul Metcalf
Director: J.C. Chandor
Running Time: 120 mins
Features: Commentary with J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson & Anna Gerb. Featurettes, Behind The Violence (Making Of), The Contagious Nature Of Violence (Director Interview), Conversations With Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain, Trailers/TV Spots, Deleted Scenes, Behind The Scenes Photos
Imagine if Sidney Lumet had directed The Long Good Friday. That instead of a blood-soaked gangster thriller about a man trying to better himself with guns and fists you had something more thoughtful, yet just as sinister. Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s third film takes the backdrop of New York at the outset of 1981 – the notorious year of the title – and uses it as context for the engrossing story of an entrepreneur trying to operate the cleanest way possible in the murkiest of environments.
Oscar Isaac plays Abel, who runs a heating oil »
- Steve Palace
Lady Sings the Hues: Rees Returns to Resurrect the Star of Blues Singer
Many may not be immediately familiar with the name Bessie Smith, an incredibly talented and enigmatic blues singer from the 1920s and 30s, whose accomplishments may have lapsed into obscurity outside of the aficionado’s realm. Until now. Returning with her sophomore feature after her powerful 2011 debut Pariah, Dee Rees throws herself into the prickly wiles of the biopic with Bessie for HBO Films. Following in the footsteps of several auteurs that have developed projects with the network, often imbued with those exact details of real life personalities that made their lives so startling in the first place (like Soderbergh’s 2013 Liberace film, Behind the Candelabra), on the surface, Rees gracefully navigates the period with graceful resilience. Until we start to realize there’s still too much we don’t know about Bessie Smith. Eschewing, or more aptly, »
- Nicholas Bell
Fans can bring home one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of 2014, Selma, which is currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD. Oscar nominee David Oyelowo leads an all-star cast in this biopic, with the home video release coming just months after the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's historic Civil Rights march. To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD, we have a contest lined up where fans can take home copies of the Blu-ray.
Director Ava DuVernay delivers the "definitive depiction of the 1960s American civil rights movement" (Lou Lumenick, New York Post) with the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the epic march from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights in an event that forever altered history. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary march. David Oyelowo is "mesmerizing" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) as Dr. King and leads »
Whether or not Ava Duvernary's Selma was snubbed by the Academy shouldn't matter. Upon its release in late 2014 and early 2015, we were still dealing with the repercussions of the events in Ferguson, M.O. Now with its release to DVD and Blu-ray on May 5, we're yet again dealing with racially tense situations grabbing headlines in Baltimore, M.D. Looking back at the events displayed in Selma it's clear that as much as it's a historical piece, it's as much, if not more, a film of our time and the special features make it all the more prescient. There is some speculation as to what DuVernay may have censored from the film: characters, events, and showing the other side of the right for black Americans to vote, etc. But as with any film, there will inevitably be moments left in the editing room. We can only assume this is not to shape our view of history, »
- Sean Cordy
Variety has published its annual list of "10 Cinematographers to Watch." The list is heavily indie-focused, highlighting DPs who have earned kudos for their work on low-budget projects for indie breakouts such as Ryan Coogler, Damien Chazelle, Diane Bell, Eliza Hittman, David and Nathan Zellner, Thomas Vinterberg, J.C. Candor, Ava DuVernay and others. Read More: Bradford Young on How He Became One of the Busiest Cinematographers Working Today See the full list below (along with some of their most noteworthy credits) in the order listed by Variety: Jarin Blaschke (Robert Egger's "The Witch") Martin Ahlgren ("House of Cards") Zak Mulligan (Diane Bell's "Obselidia") Charlotte Bruus Christensen (Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt") Sharone Meir (Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash") Radium Cheung (Sean Baker's "Tangerine," J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost") Rachel Morrison (Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale »
- Paula Bernstein
Director Ava DuVernay's depiction of the 1960's Civil Rights movement in the lauded drama Selma will make its Digital HD home video debut on April 21, 2015. The Selma Blu-ray and DVD release date will come a couple weeks later on May 5, 2015.
Selma stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a host of other strong actors including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tim Roth, Common, Giovanni Ribisi, Carmen Ejogo, and Lorraine Toussaint. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and won Best Song for the John Legend and Common tribute, 'Glory.'
The Selma Blu-ray is a combo pack with DVD and Digital HD. It is absolutely loaded with bonus features as a testament for the love the film received by audiences and critics alike.
Here's a rundown of all the Selma extras that will be found on the Blu-ray combo:
Paramount Home Media Distribution has revealed the full details for the Blu-ray and DVD Oscar Winning film Selma, starring David Oleyowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Ava DuVernay.
Pre-order Selma On Blu-ray Here
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes:
–DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 English; Dolby Digital 5.1 French and English Audio Description
English, English Sdh, French, and Spanish Subtitles
–The Road to Selma
–Deleted and Extended Scenes
–National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
–Selma Student Tickets: Donor Appreciation
The single disc DVD will include:
–Dolby Digital 5.1 English, »
- Scott J. Davis
Selma, the rousing civil rights epic I crowned the best film of 2014, is finally making its way to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 5th, two weeks after it arrives on Digital HD platforms.
Ava DuVernay’s stunning depiction of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led protesters from Selma to Montgomery to fight for equal voting rights is that rare biopic alive and responsive not only to the emotions of its time but also to how those emotions carry over to the modern era. It’s brilliantly acted, gorgeously shot and passionately written, all of which have convinced me it will be hailed as a masterpiece in the years to come.
Paramount Home Media Distribution is handling the release. Full specs are below, and the amount of extras included make the Blu-Ray for Selma a must-buy. Look for it this May.
Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD April 21, 2015.
Embraced by critics and audiences alike, Selma was named one of the best films of the year by New York Times,New York Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and many more. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common’s compelling tribute “Glory.”
- Michelle McCue
The critically acclaimed film Selma is coming to blu-ray in May, Paramount has revealed, with a handful of historical special features that will give you a deeper look at the events that inspired the movie. Come inside to learn exactly when you'll be able to bring it home.
If you missed Selma in theaters or simply want to relive the powerful story again, you'll get your chance in a couple months as the film hit's blu-ray on May 5, 2015. You can get all the information on what's coming on the disc thanks to the press release from Paramount:
Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.
Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?
2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Winner: Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater won for Best Director and Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting actress for team Boyhood, while Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton) and Cinematographer (Emmanuel Lubezki) at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards last night. The split might foreshadow how the Oscars play out tonite, as the Middleweight Saturday ceremony and Heavyweight Sunday gig are more or less interchangeable. The two films that might gain a little further traction from the tent spotlight include Nightcrawler (which picked up Best First Feature and Best Screenplay) and Whiplash, Damien Chazelle’s deservedly won for Best Supporting Actor and Editing categories. Also worth pointing out is a Land Ho! win in the category we love the most: the John Cassavetes Award. Here are the winners and noms.
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” *Winner
- Eric Lavallee
Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced last night in Santa Barbara, California.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed the most awards, taking home three gongs including Best Feature, although Iñárritu lost out in the Best Director category to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) claimed Best Actress and Best Actor, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (b) were honoured in the supporting categories.
Here’s a full list of the nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Dan Gilroy, »
- Gary Collinson
Digital Spy rounds up all of the winners from this year's ceremony below:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - Winner!
David Zellner - Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer.)
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Director/Producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, »
The 2015 Spirit Awards were handed out today and it was Birdman taking Best Feature and Best Actor (Michael Keaton) while Boyhood went home a double winner taking Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). However, while that's the result for the two big guns that will be going head-to-head at tomorrow night's Oscars, Nightcrawler was also a double winner taking Best Screenplay and Best First Feature, both awarded to writer/director Dan Gilroy. Otherwise, no big surprises with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) taking Best Actress and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) taking Supporting Actor, Citizenfour took Best Documentary and Birdman scored a third win for Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography. Justin Simien (Dear White People) took home Best First Screenplay and, whoa!, Look!, Whiplash was also a double winner, with Tom Cross winning for Best Editing (well deserved!) and anticipated Oscar winner in the same category, Ida won Best Foreign Language Film. »
- Brad Brevet
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