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Writer of Movie About Christine Chubbuck, Journalist Who Committed Suicide on Air, Hopes to Shed Light on Mental Illness

11 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Craig Shilowich first heard the story of Christine Chubbuck - the broadcast journalist who shot herself in the head on live television in 1974 - he immediately felt a strong connection to her. "I went through a really dark patch in my early twenties where I was dealing with a lot of mental health issues. When I came across Christine's story, it felt familiar to me. It felt personal. And it felt relevant," the film producer tells People of Chubbuck, whose story is told in the current issue of People. So Shilowich set out to tell the story of »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Writer of Movie About Christine Chubbuck, Journalist Who Committed Suicide on Air, Hopes to Shed Light on Mental Illness

11 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Craig Shilowich first heard the story of Christine Chubbuck - the broadcast journalist who shot herself in the head on live television in 1974 - he immediately felt a strong connection to her. "I went through a really dark patch in my early twenties where I was dealing with a lot of mental health issues. When I came across Christine's story, it felt familiar to me. It felt personal. And it felt relevant," the film producer tells People of Chubbuck, whose story is told in the current issue of People. So Shilowich set out to tell the story of »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Sarasota Groves: The Orchard Picks Campos’ Christine From Sundance Tree

4 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After making a run with Josh Mond’s James White, and less than a day after picking up the docu Life, Animated, Variety reports that The Orchard have reteamed with the Borderline Films folk on the Sundance preemed Christine – Antonio Campos’ third feature film. With a stellar perf from Rebecca Hall, we imagine the company will look to premiere the film at major film fests prior to an awards-friendly theatrical release date later this year.

Gist: Based on true events, ‘Christine’ is about an ambitious 29-year-old news reporter (Hall), in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1974. Relentlessly motivated to succeed, she knows she has talent, but being a driven career woman in the 1970s comes with its own challenges, especially when competition for a promotion, unrequited love for a coworker (Michael C. Hall) and a tumultuous home life lead to a dissolution of self. With ratings in the cellar, the station manager issues »

- Eric Lavallee

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The Orchard snaps up 'Christine'

4 February 2016 12:57 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Antonio Campos’ films premiered at Sundance and stars Rebecca Hall as the journalist Christine Chubbuck who committed suicide on air in 1974.

Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, Timothy Simons, and J. Smith-Cameron also star in the Us Dramatic Competition entry.

The Orchard plans an awards run for Christine backed by a theatrical release and will open the film later in the year.

Craig Shilowich wrote the screenplay and produced with Melody C. Roscher. Campos’ Borderline associates Sean Durkin and Josh Mond served as executive producers with Robert Halmi, Jr., and Jim Reeve.

The Orchard negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group and Wme Global for the filmmakers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Orchard Acquires Sundance Drama ‘Christine’ Starring Rebecca Hall

4 February 2016 12:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Orchard has acquired North American distribution rights to “Christine,” the Sundance drama starring Rebecca Hall as a disturbed broadcast journalist.

The film, directed by Antonio Campos, received a warm reception at Sundance when it premiered on Jan. 23, particularly for the lead performance by Hall. It’s based on the 1974 story of Florida anchor Christine Chubbuck.

The movie is written and produced by Craig Shilowich, and Melody C. Roscher served as another producer. Executive producers include Sean Durkin, Josh Mond, Robert Halmi, Jr. and Jim Reeve.

The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, also bought the coming-of-age dramedy “The Hunt for Wilderpeople” and the autism documentary “Life, Animated” out of Sundance.

The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and Wme.

 

 

 

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- Ramin Setoodeh

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Sundance 2016: Christine Review

2 February 2016 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In 1974 one of the most outrageously callous acts was carried out live on television. Forty-two years later that act and the person who carried it out has largely been forgotten. But filmmaker Antoino Campos and Craig Shilowich have brought the story of Christine Chubbuck back to life. Christine opens with the backdrop of the

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- Nathan McVay

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Rebecca Hall on Sundance Drama ‘Christine': ‘It’s Not Just Sensationalism’ (Video)

29 January 2016 12:57 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Christine” stars Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall and Tracy Letts stopped by TheWrap’s studio at Sundance to discuss the well-reviewed journalism drama with director Antonio Campos and writer Craig Shilowich. Shilowich was researching another project about a South Korean teen who died after playing video games for three days straight when he stumbled upon the bizarre story of Christine Chubbuck, a Florida TV reporter who killed herself live on the air in the 1970s. Shilowich worked on the script for two years before he met Campos, who was more interested in Chubbuck’s journey than her final destination. “The film ends the. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Sundance 2016: Christine Offers a Compelling Look at a Real Life Tragedy

28 January 2016 11:52 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Follow all of our Sundance 2016 coverage. If you know the name Christine Chubbuck, you also know how her story turned out, as she’s one of those unfortunate souls who were only made famous by tragedy. To make a film about such a person is tricky. If the only notable thing about her was a single event, won’t the movie seem like it’s spinning its wheels waiting for that moment to arrive? The film about Chubbuck, simply titled Christine, avoids that trap by making her a compelling character in her own right. Played with raw sympathy by Rebecca Hall, Christine is an ambitious Florida TV news reporter who’s undone by her inability to cope with life’s frustrations. Even if you know how it’s going to end, the film is engrossing — not least because, in the interest of avoiding another biopic trap, the filmmakers are more concerned about telling a good story than »

- Eric D. Snider

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Sundance: Rebecca Hall Astonishes in the Otherwise Cold 'Christine' (Review Roundup)

27 January 2016 11:58 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Rebecca Hall stars as an ambitious TV reporter in 1970s Sarasota in "Christine," written by Craig Shilowich and directed by Antonio Campos ("Simon Killer," "Afterschool"). The film, which debuted in the the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance to cautiously positive reviews, follows Christine through the final months of her life, as social isolation and professional frustration (including her station's shift toward sensationalism) precede her shocking demise. Though it boasts an impressive supporting cast, including Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") as Christine's co-anchor, Maria Dizzia ("Orange is the New Black") as a camerawoman, and J. Smith-Cameron ("Rectify") as her mother, "Christine" may be most notable as a chance for Hall — so terrific in "Vicky Christina Barcelona," among other projects — to sink her teeth into a juicy lead role, and it's she who's won critics' »

- Matt Brennan

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Sundance Review: Antonio Campos’ ‘Christine’ Starring A Mesmerizing Rebecca Hall Is Vivid & Intense

27 January 2016 6:30 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

On July 15th, 1974, Sarasota local news reporter Christine Chubbuck shot and killed herself live on television. She had a history of depression, and she’d reportedly been bickering with her boss for months about broadcast journalism’s increasing “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality. This was the era of Vietnam and Watergate, and a time when the new, more mobile video cameras were capturing robberies, fires, and hijackings as they happened. So right before she raised the gun to just behind her ear and pulled the trigger, Chubbuck looked down at the specially prepared copy that she’d typed up and read, “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first…attempted suicide.” Just about anybody watching director Antonio Campos and screenwriter Craig Shilowich’s “Christine” should know ahead of time that the »

- Noel Murray

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Christine | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

25 January 2016 11:15 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Mad as Hell: Campos Paints a Moving, Psychological Portrait of Sensational Subject

For his third and most psychologically complex feature to date, Antonio Campos presents a series of instances leading up to the tragic death of news journalist Christine Chubbuck, a Floridian woman who infamously committed suicide on live television in 1974. The incident was partially the inspiration for the classic 1976 film Network, but the Chubbuck tragedy eventually became a journalistic case study, eventually a footnote in the passing decades, eclipsed by more sensational, more horrific examples of the increasingly lurid direction of news media. Instead of capitalizing on Chubbuck’s inevitable demise, Campos and screenwriter Craig Shilowich (the producer making his screenwriting debut), craft an expertly moderated character study for Christine, studiously and painstakingly portrayed by Rebecca Hall in what surely stands as her most accomplished screen performance to date.

In 1974 Sarasota, Florida, 29-year-old news reporter Christine Chubbuck (Hall »

- Nicholas Bell

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[Sundance Review] Christine

25 January 2016 7:10 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After the formally rigorous character studies of Afterschool and Simon Killer, director Antonio Campos seems like the ideal fit for the unsettling drama of Christine. His first feature based on a true story, it follows the final weeks of the life of Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall), a Florida-based news reporter who committed suicide live on air in the summer of 1974. Plagued by depression and fed up with the shifting exploitative nature of broadcast news, Craig Shilowich‘s script — the first time Campos hasn’t written his own — is a two-hander that digs into mental illness as well as the push for this brand of attention-grabbing stories, but both sides never fully gel.

“If it bleeds, it leads,” Wzrb station boss Michael (Tracy Letts) tells his team, which anchor George Peter Ryan (Michael C. Hall) and the rest of the group seem to have no problem with — except for Christine. A socially awkward, »

- Jordan Raup

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Christine’

24 January 2016 2:53 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Everyone knows how Christine Chubbuck’s story ends; why it ended that way is another question altogether, and one even a film as astute and exquisitely considered as Antonio Campos’ “Christine” can’t hope to answer in full. Instead, it’s a real-life drama of jangling variables and charged blank spaces, teasing out the tangled personal yearnings and failings that somehow led a smart, attractive, 29-year-old news reporter to blow her brains out on live television in 1974. Far from the austere death march it might threaten to be on paper, this is a thrumming, heartsore, sometimes viciously funny character study, sensitive both to the singularities of Chubbuck’s psychological collapse and the indignities weathered by any woman in a 1970s newsroom. Invigorated by a top-drawer ensemble, with Rebecca Hall discomfitingly electric in the best role she’s yet been offered, this should easily become Campos’ most widely distributed work to date. »

- Guy Lodge

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2016 Sundance Trading Card Series: #5. Craig Shilowich (Christine)

23 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2015 discoveries”.

Craig Shilowich: That new Carly Rae Jepsen album (Emotion), Florida. Woolite (the product).

Lavallee: You’ve worn the producer hat since 2008’s Frozen River — and this is your first foray into screenwriting. What facet of Christine Chubbuck’s story convinced you that this should be made into a feature film?

Shilowich: I saw a lot myself in her.

Lavallee: Seeing that it was used for John Carpenter’s classic 1983 film, how did you folks settle on the title?

Shilowich: It was the only title that ever made any sense. For all of the themes the movie engages with, in the end it’s a movie about a woman. A woman named Christine. It never bothered me that John Carpenter had already used the title. If anything, I liked the echo it represents. Both are movies about people undone by obsession. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich Take Creative Control on “Our Band Is Forever”

14 January 2016 1:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

On the eve of the world premiere screening to Antonio CamposChristine and the soon to be launched theatrically Creative Control, producers Melody C. Roscher and Craig Shilowich have launched a new prod company in Wonder Club and have announced that Roscher will direct her feature debut. Deadline reports that their next venture will be Our Band Is Forever. We imagine there’ll be casting announcements sometime in ’16.

Gist: This revolves around a sequestered American family folk band attempting to tour in Bavaria.

Worth Noting: Melody C. Roscher’s first major cred is as producer on Henry Joost, Jody Lee Lipes’ 2010 film NY Export: Opus Jazz.

Do We Care?: Nashville meets National Lampoon meets Funny Games. We’re not sure what to expect in this debut — but this producer pairing have exquisite taste in film. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance: ‘Christine’ Producers Launch Wonder Club, Set Next Project

13 January 2016 2:10 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Melody C. Roscher and Craig Shilowich, whose drama Christine will make its world premiere at Sundance this month, have launched production company the Wonder Club and announced its next film. They said Wonder Club aims “to make sumptuous, entertaining movies that embrace the oddity of existence,” they said.  Christine, based on the 1974 true story of troubled news anchor Christine Chubbuck, is the company’s first film. Directed by Antonio Campos and written by… »

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