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An Icon Battles Evil In The Helen Keller vs Nightwolves Teaser!

She's deaf and blind and mad as hell. Someone's handed Helen Keller a pair of knives and she's clearly itching to use them in the first teaser for Helen Keller vs Nightwolves.Helen Keller vs Nightwolves tells the shocking story of how a group Nightwolves terrorized a tiny village taking people's hearing and eye sight... and the one woman who fought back.Fdr: American Badass writer Ross Patterson continues to revise history into a far bloodier form in this latest effort starring Jessie Wiseman, Lin Shaye and Barry Bostwick. What's coming for you? Take a look at the teaser below!...

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‘Bellflower’ Producer Vincent Grashaw to Make Directorial Debut With Juvenile Delinquent Drama, ‘Coldwater’

Last’s year most buzzed about indie flick, Bellflower, introduced us to a whole new cadre of up-and-coming talent, including writer and director Evan Glodell and his co-stars Tyler Dawson and Jessie Wiseman, but there was another essential driving force behind the production – producer Vincent Grashaw. If you’re familiar with Bellflower, you’re likely also familiar with the hands-on nature of the production, one that entailed that just about everyone involved had to do more than just their standard job description. Grashaw was one of those people, and he and Glodell were even nominated for a John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards in reflection of that. Like Glodell, Grashaw has done a number of different projects in front of and behind the camera – from acting to directing to writing, even editing – and he’s now lined up to make his feature directorial debut with Coldwater. According to Variety, Grashaw
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DVD Playhouse December 2011

DVD Playhouse—December 2011

By Allen Gardner

The Rules Of The Game (Criterion) Jean Renoir’s classic from 1939 was met with a riot at its premiere and was severely cut by its distributor, available only in truncated form for two decades until it was restored to the grandeur for which it is celebrated today. A biting comedy of manners set in the upstairs and downstairs of a French country estate, the film bitterly vivisects the bourgeoisie with a gentle ferocity that will tickle the laughter in your throat. Renoir co-stars as Octave. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Introduction to the film by Renoir; Commentary written by scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by Peter Bogdanovich; Comparison of the film’s two endings; Selected scene analysis by Renoir scholar Chris Faulkner; Featurettes and vintage film clips; Part one of David Thomson’s “Jean Renoir” BBC documentary; Video essay; Interviews with Renoir, crew members,
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Win a Bellflower Prize Pack!

Fueled by buzz at the 2011 Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals, Bellfower has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD from Oscilloscope, and M&C is giving away a prize pack from the film that includes a DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack of the movie, a poster and more. Written and directed by Evan Glodell (who also stars in the film), Bellflower features performances from Tyler Dawson, Jessie Wiseman, Rebekah Brandes, Vincent Grashaw, Zack Kraus, Keghan Hurst, Alexandra Boylan, Bradshaw Pruitt, and Brian Thomas Evans. Synopsis: Best friends Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building Mad Max-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse. But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love,
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Bellflower and Letting Go of Angst: A Movie Review

Director/writer: Evan Glodell.

Bellflower is one of those films that are hard to describe. Surreal in some parts, meandering in others, this is a film that looks at heartbreak from a masculine perspective and the results are not always pretty. This film was well received at Sundance 2011 and Evan Glodell's first film as director is a little Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a little bit of Apocalypse Now and even a bit of 1981's The Road Warrior.

Two friends, Woodrow (Evan Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson), have moved from Wisconsin to Los Angeles for their love of film. They truly adore Mad Max: The Road Warrior as Aiden quotes lines from Lord Humungus. So, they build a flamethrower and a car to prepare for a never coming apocalypse. Meanwhile Woodrow falls for Milly (Jessie Wiseman). Their multi-day trip to Texas and back is full of adventure and romance.
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An Alternate Trailer for Evan Glodell's Bellflower

  • Dread Central
Bellflower, written and directed by and starring Evan Glodell, hit Blu-ray and DVD earlier this week from Oscilloscope Laboratories, and in honor of the occasion the team at Coatwolf Productions have released a new trailer which is actually an old trailer. Confused? We were, too, until we read the explanation from Glodell himself.

Here's the story per the Coatwolf Productions website:

This is the original trailer i wrote for Bellflower in 2003 before the first draft of the script was even finished. When Bellflower sold earlier this year we got the script back out and decided to make it. We all liked it, but it made me so uncomfortable that i buried it.

Time has gone by, our theatrical release is almost over and everyone still seems to like the film which i think has taken a lot of stress off me. The DVD came out yesterday so this is the
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Blu-ray Review: ‘Bellflower’ Tries to Set Heartbreak on Fire

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – “Bellflower” is another indie drama about romance gone horribly awry. And yet it’s also not “another” anything. With unique style choices and competing streaks of nihilism, romantic love, and misogyny, star/writer/director Evan Glodell’s debut made waves in certain circles and now comes to Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of one of the most impressive home release studios on the market, Oscilloscope. The film is such a dark slice of work that it will only appeal to a certain audience but at least Oscilloscope treats the fans of this likely cult classic well.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0

Is this the calling card of the next indie maverick? Is it “Reservoir Dogs” for Generation, what are we on now, Z? I’m not sure. There’s an undeniably engaging style here, in no small part due to the homemade cameras Glodell used for production that often have focus and cleanliness issues,
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New this Week: ‘Happy Feet Two,’ ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1′ and ‘Evil Dead 2: 25th Anniversary Edition (Bd)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Happy Feet Two - Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

Movie of the Week

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

The Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

The Plot: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.

The Buzz: The only drawback to having to choose a movie of the week becomes apparent on weeks such as this one, wherein I have absolutely zero interest in any of the new releases. First of all, I hated what I saw of the first Happy Feet, and the trailer for Happy Feet Two advertises a film which looks to be about as bearable as swallowing a glass full of shards of glass. And so, the
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Exclusive: The ladies of 'Bellflower' pick their favorite post-apocalypse films

  • Hitfix
Exclusive: The ladies of 'Bellflower' pick their favorite post-apocalypse films
Let's talk about the ladies of "Bellflower." I am fascinated by the accusations I've read that "Bellflower" is in some way a misogynistic film, and I heartily disagree.  I think the movie is meant to be enormously personal, and I don't buy for a second that Woodrow, the main character played by writer/director Evan Glodell, is a woman-hater.  Far from it.  He's a guy who is easily crushed because of how much he lets himself fall when he meets Milly, played by Jessie Wiseman, and the dynamic between her and her best friend Courtney, played by Rebekah Brandes, may be poisonous,...
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'Bellflower' Is a Twisted Revenge Saga on DVD and Blu-ray

  • NextMovie
Sometimes a film comes along that is so out there, it's unclassifiable by standard film terms. Such is the case with the Sundance sensation "Bellflower," now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

This oddball debut from writer/director Evan Glodell starts out as a love story and takes a detour into "Fight Club" territory, only to become a twisted revenge saga with sex and gore aplenty. We're still trying to process the whole thing. But trust us when we stress: You won't know what hit you.

The film starts out by introducing us to Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson), two friends obsessed with "Mad Max," who spend their days lazing about, drinking massive amounts of beer and shooting up propane tanks. Their biggest joint ambition? To create a flame thrower. College doesn't seem to be in the cards for these two.

One night, while out with Aiden, Woodrow comes across
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Contest: Win Bellflower Prizes

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Contest: Win Bellflower Prizes
Oscilloscope Laboratories' indie hit Bellflower will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD November 15. We have a new contest lined up and we're giving away copies of the Blu-ray, an autographed poster, vinyl record, and a lighter and matchbook. These prizes will surely go fast, so enter this contest today.

Grand Prize Winners Receive:

Bellflower Blu-rayBellflower Autographed posterBellflower Vinyl recordBellflower Lighter & matchbook

First Prize Winners Receive:

Bellflower Blu-rayBellflower posterBellflower matchbook

clickHere to win these big prizes today.

Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building Mad Max inspired flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in preparation for a global apocalypse in which their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa" can emerge on top. But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating
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Exclusive: Bellflower Blu-ray Featurette

  • MovieWeb
We have an exclusive featurette from Bellflower, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD November 15. Click on the video player below for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the flamethrowers were built in director Evan Glodell's action movie.

Click to watch Exclusive: Building the Flame Throwers!

Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building Mad Max inspired flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in preparation for a global apocalypse in which their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa" can emerge on top. But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.

Special Features:

Behind the Scenes of BellflowerMedusa Rundown - an in-depth look at the hand-built carOuttakesOriginal theatrical trailer

Bellflower was released August 5th,
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Bellflower

Bellflower

Directed by: Evan Glodell

Cast: Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson, Jessie Wiseman

Running Time: 1 hr 46 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (Chicago)

Plot: Two friends, Woodrow and Aiden, (Glodell and Dawson), build a flame-throwing muscle car while fantasizing about the apocalypse. Woodrow’s world becomes progressively crazy after he discovers his girlfriend (Wiseman) is cheating on him.

Who’S It For?: Fans of independent film will certainly find something different in the apocalyptic Bellflower. At the same time, it’s “thrift-ster” appeal indicates that this movie could sell out in whole Chicago neighborhoods (you know which ones you are).

Expectations: I had only anticipation to carry me into this movie, as Jeff Bayer had taken a liking to it at SXSW, along with others who happened to catch it at the festival.

Listen to Jeff Bayer interview Evan Glodell on Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider

Scorecard (0-
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Film Review: Anarchy, Chaos Suffocate the Dream in ‘Bellflower’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – A film about the American Dream returned to the sender is released, in its own way and time, through the youth of every generation. “Bellflower” feels like the anarchist statement of the current post college dreamers, stuck in a detached atmosphere with electronic time wasters, material glut and little income opportunity to pay for it all.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Evan Glodell wrote, directed and stars in this hallucinatory vision of the screw-it-all drifters who strive to kill their boredom through the building of extreme weaponry and motor vehicles. Part of it is a love story, but that is destined to fail when anticipating the end of the world, and the civilizing nature of love has no effect on men who were born to die.

Glodell is Woodrow, a midwesterner who moved to California with his best buddy Aiden (Tyler Dawson) to pursue the movies and their own fantasies associated with them.
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Interview: Director Evan Glodell Opens Up With ‘Bellflower’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – Honest anarchy in American film is as rare today as a weekend without a super hero movie. Writer, director and lead actor Evan Glodell steps up to the counter-society plate with a epic crash-and-burn new release called “Bellflower,” and pushes the envelope for apocalyptic storytelling and micro-budget magic.

Bellflower is a simple story, produced through Glodell’s own Coatwolf Productions, about love and car customizing. It features two buds with similar passions from the Midwest, Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson). They have visions of the apocalypse, and prepare for it by using their free time to construct flame throwers and one-of-a-kind vehicles, mostly patterned after their childhood love of the Mad Max/Road Warrior series. When Woodrow falls in love, the fallout is decidedly more fatalistic than any aftermath of the end days.

Bloodied but Unbowed: Evan Glodell in ‘Bellflower

Photo credit: Coatwolf Productions

Glodell was the prime mover behind the film,
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Director Evan Glodell explains how he made 'Bellflower' for $17,000 while on the run from the law

Director Evan Glodell explains how he made 'Bellflower' for $17,000 while on the run from the law
“No one ever tries to race me,” says writer-director Evan Glodell, as he drives EW around midtown Manhattan in his vintage black muscle car. “But people do cut me off a lot. I guess they think anyone who would drive something like this has to be an a–hole.”

Glodell’s ride is certainly a reaction-provoking item. The car was once a normal ’72 Buick Skylark. The director purchased the vehicle for $2,500 to use in his debut movie, the autobiographical indie drama Bellflower, which opened in a handful of cinemas last month and is platforming out to around 30 screens over the next couple of weeks.
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Notebook Reviews: Evan Glodell’s "Bellflower"

  • MUBI
In Bellflower, the screen is drenched with smeary yellow-orange hues evocative of a feverish world—Southern California as seen by a pair of thirtysomething Wisconsian slackers—continually splashed by its denizens' hormonal juices. Lit like a sun-stroked trance and composed in frame-crumbling partial focus, it’s a world ready for an apocalypse, which the characters await eagerly: Steam-punk warriors in their own minds, gearheads Woodrow (director-writer-editor Evan Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson) dedicate themselves to turning San Fernando Valley into Thunderdome, toting homemade flamethrowers and tricking out their Buick into a replica of Mad Max's metallic leviathans. Stunted macho fantasies collide with reality as fellow joyriders Milly (Jessie Wiseman) and Courtney (Rebekah Brandes) enter the picture to simultaneously expand and threaten the male protagonists’ sheltered territory with the promise of romance and heartbreak. Machines roar as relationships collapse, motor oil and blood flow. Suspended between a low-key Sundance drama and
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Review: Bellflower

  • Slackerwood
While twentysomething angst is a common theme in indie films, the gritty and violent Bellflower is a unique take on the trials of young adulthood. A flawed but intriguing movie about the post-apocalyptic fantasies of disaffected young men, Bellflower is strong on concept, vision and visuals, if less so in its story and acting.

Writer/director Evan Glodell stars as Woodrow, an aimless Southern California twentysomething who spends his copious amounts of free time fantasizing about vague notions of global destruction. He and his equally aimless buddy Aiden (Tyler Dawson) build a crude but effective arsenal of flamethrowers and other weapons, hoping that post-apocalyptic chaos will allow their would-be gang, Mother Medusa, to rule the day in a spree of incendiary violence.

Waiting for worldwide mayhem, of course, means a lot of waiting. In the meantime, Woodrow meets and falls hard for free-spirited Milly (Jessie Wiseman); in one of many unlikely Bellflower elements,
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Bellflower Comic-Con 2011 Interviews with Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson and Jessie Wiseman

It's almost impossible for a small-budget indie to see the inside of a movie theaters these days, especially one that's as small and as indie as Even Glodell's Bellflower. But his movie, which he also wrote and starred in, is an impressive debut, one that's full of muscle and gristle that's accompanied by emotional and physical violence. Glodell plays Woodrow, an L.A. slacker who spends all his spare time with his best friend Aidan (Tyler Dawson), building flamethrowers and guns in anticipation of the impending apocalypse. Their belief that the world is coming to an end is mostly tongue-in-cheek, but these two misfits are obsessed with The Road Warrior. At least they are until Woodrow meets Milly (Jessie Wiseman), a ballsy girl who warns him, early on, that if they get together she will end up hurting him. The pain does come to pass, and Woodrow's life is thrown
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Bellflower Comic-Con 2011 Interviews with Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson and Jessie Wiseman

It's almost impossible for a small-budget indie to see the inside of a movie theaters these days, especially one that's as small and as indie as Even Glodell's Bellflower. But his movie, which he also wrote and starred in, is an impressive debut, one that's full of muscle and gristle that's accompanied by emotional and physical violence. Glodell plays Woodrow, an L.A. slacker who spends all his spare time with his best friend Aidan (Tyler Dawson), building flamethrowers and guns in anticipation of the impending apocalypse. Their belief that the world is coming to an end is mostly tongue-in-cheek, but these two misfits are obsessed with The Road Warrior. At least they are until Woodrow meets Milly (Jessie Wiseman), a ballsy girl who warns him, early on, that if they get together she will end up hurting him. The pain does come to pass, and Woodrow's life is thrown
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