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Short Films From Shaka King & Reinaldo Marcus Green Are Sundance 2015 Lineup Picks

9 December 2014 2:19 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Congrats are in order for Shaka King and Reinaldo Marcus Green, whose short films ("Mulignans" and the timely "Stop") made the cut.  Here is the final lineup announcement from the Sundance Film Festival, which includes its slate of short films that will be screened there next month. A total of 60 short films culled from a record-high 8,061 submissions were selected.  “This year's short filmmakers have broken through their limited time frame with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after each film has ended,” Sundance senior programmer Mike Plante said. The next installment of the festival runs Jan. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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’15 Sundance Film Fest: Jake Mahaffy, Zachary Heinzerling, Shaka King, Matt Wolf & Actor Riz Ahmed Supply Short Imports & Exports

9 December 2014 2:10 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Not unlike the previous year, a whopping eight thousand plus short films were submitted to Sundance this year. Among some of the filmmaker names that we are already familiar with, we find several feature filmmakers moonlighting back to the short form; basically the short is healthier than ever. Topping the 2015 crop, we have Jake Mahaffy (whose feature, Free in Deed appears to be somewhere in post) who contributes to our understanding of 13th century rule with the year specific, A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry. We have Cutie and the Boxer helmer working in the fiction form with Hugh the Hunter and form the same vintage 2013 year, fellow feature film helmer Shaka King (director of Newlyweeds) turns in a short in Mulignans (see pic above). Michael Mohan who has been to Sundance with features One Too Many Dates and Save the Date, returns with Pink Grapefruit.

Crossing into the international shorts, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance unveils shorts roster

9 December 2014 1:42 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top brass have announced 60 films culled from 8,061 submissions across four categories – Us and international narrative, documentary and animation.

“This year’s short film-makers have broken through their limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after each film has ended,” said senior programmer Mike Plante.

The Short Film programme is presented by YouTube.

Sundance 2015 is set to run in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, from January 22 to February 1.

All synopses provided by the festival.

Us Narrative Short Films


Jeremy Hersh

The film follows the relationship between a young, aspiring actress and an established off-Broadway star.

A.D. 1363, The End Of Chivalry (USA-New Zealand)

Jake Mahaffy

A little-known historical catastrophe leads to the definitive end of the era of chivalry and questing.

Color Neutral

Jennifer Reeves

A color explosion sparkles, bubbles, and fractures in this handcrafted 16mm film. Jennifer Reeves utilises »

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Daily | Sundance 2015 Lineup, Round 4

9 December 2014 1:27 PM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Sundance Film Festival has selected 60 shorts from 8,061 submissions (!) for its 2015 edition, running from January 22 through February 1. Previously announced lineups: Competitions and the Next section, the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier programs and the Premieres and Documentary Premieres. Among the filmmakers heading to Park City are Jennifer Reeves, Don Hertzfeldt, Jeremy Hersh, Zachary Heinzerling, Shaka King, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Erin Vassilopoulos, Riz Ahmed and, of course, many, many more. » - David Hudson »

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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Short Film Lineup

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

The Sundance Film Festival announced the short film program for the 2015 festival Tuesday, including narrative (both U.S. and international), documentary and animated short films.

Sundance will show a total of 60 shorts, selected from 8,061 submissions. The short film program, presented by YouTube, will also include daylong workshops for the short filmmakers.

“This year’s short filmmakers have broken through their limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after each film has ended,” said Mike Plante, the festival’s senior programmer.

Check out the full short film program below:

U.S. Narrative Short Films

“Actresses” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Hersh) — The film follows the relationship between a young, aspiring actress and an established Off Broadway star.

“A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry” / U.S.A., New Zealand (Director and screenwriter: Jake Mahaffy) — A little-known historical catastrophe leads to the »

- Kevin Noonan

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Sundance 2015: Short Film Lineup Unveiled

9 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

There will be some Eloise and Lena Dunham, protests from Hong Kong, self-declared pop-ups from Canada, and unbelievable animated images of the final moments of a World War II hero. Those are just a few of the offerings among the 60 short films revealed today by the Sundance Film Festival. In the last of its four official announcements, the 31st annual Park City shindig rolled out an eclectic mix culled from the 8,061 submissions in the category that perhaps shows the true scope of Sundance most acutely.

The fest runs January 22-February 1. (As in past years, Deadline co-Editor-in-Chief, Film Mike Fleming Jr. and myself will be in Park City.)

Here is the full short films list:

U.S. Narrative Short Films

Actresses / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Hersh) — The film follows the relationship between a young, aspiring actress and an established off-Broadway star.

A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry / U. »

- Dominic Patten

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Icymi: Photos from 25th Anniversary Screenplay Reading of 'Do The Right Thing'

29 November 2014 10:32 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Yesterday, protests erupted across the country as part of #BlackoutBlackFriday, a nationwide retail boycott and day of action surrounding human rights. In New York, "Fruitvale Station" director and Blackout for Human Rights founder Ryan Coogler, along with "Newlyweeds" director Shaka King, held a screenplay reading of Spike Lee's 1988 second draft of "Do The Right Thing."  Led by a 25-person cast that included "Fruitvale" stars Michael B. Jordan and Melonie Diaz, John Turturro, Frankie Faison, Yolonda Ross and others, the event was held free and open to the public at Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater in New »

- Jai Tiggett

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Ryan Coogler & Shaka King…..”Do The Right Thing”

26 November 2014 2:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Fruitvale Station‘s Ryan Coogler & NewlyweedsShaka King helmers are encouraging film fans to Do The Right Thing. As part of a day of action and national retail boycott, Black Friday (November 28, 2014) is a nationwide, grassroots event for people “to come out and show their solidarity in the fight for equal human rights.” Coogler and King are having a Spike Lee Script Read at the NYC Lincoln Center. For more info on the event and Black Out for Human Rights, take a look at the event press release below and the fist to face, billy club to skull police brutality bliss video collage below.


- Eric Lavallee

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Jordan, Turturro join Blackout For Human Rights' 'Do the Right Thing' reading

26 November 2014 12:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Turn on the news this past week and you’ll see people from around the country amassing in protest of the recent decision that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The inaction provoked conversation of race and authority in present day America, with politicians, human rights groups, and driven individuals rallying for reconsideration on the case and justice for all who’ve suffered in similar situations. This includes many in the entertainment industry, who will join forces with the Blackout for Human Rights network this Friday, Nov. 28, to keep the conversation going. In New York, a group of leading indie directors and actors will stage a special screenplay reading of Spike Lee’s "Do The Right Thing," which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2014. Blackout for Human Rights presents the event, organized by filmmakers Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station") and Shaka King ("Newlyweeds"). John Turturro, »

- Matt Patches

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The HeyUGuys Interview: The Winners of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Film Competition

28 April 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

For a number of years Bombay Sapphire have championed the work of independent film makers with its Imagination Series film competition. Headed up by Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher the competition had its greatest success at this year’s BAFTA awards when James W. Griffiths and Sophie Venner won the Best Short Film award for their stunning Room 8 (which you can, and should, see here).

This week the winning directors converged on the Tribeca Film Festival for an event celebrating the last round of winning entrants and their films. We had the chance to speak with the directors about their influences and their journey to the final film with the Imagination Series.

Film 1: Reflections

Director: Anthony Khaseria

Synopsis: A beautiful couple in beautiful surroundings – it should have been the start of the ultimate love story. But a romantic meal turns dark and fantastical when they discover a hidden mirror which shows their true reflection. »

- Michael Walsh

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Most Anticipated Films for 2015: An Overview

24 March 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)

100. The Double Hour – Dir. Joshua Marston

99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III

98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell

97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh

96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson

95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres

94. Timeless – Dir. Vadim Perelman

93. Wonderful Tonight – Dir. Christine Jeffs

92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari

91. Passengers – Dir. Brian Kirk

90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »

- Nicholas Bell

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’12 Years a Slave’ Leads 2014 Independent Spirit Awards Winners

2 March 2014 7:51 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In its 29th annual awards, the Film Independent Spirit Awards once again give film connoisseurs a seemingly more honest precursor to tonight’s Academy Awards. In a ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt and aired on IFC, the awards once again celebrated “artist-driven filmmaking and the finest achievements in independent cinema.” This year’s big winner was Steve McQueen harrowing drama 12 Years a Slave, which brought home awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Cinematography. Don’t worry, there were other awards, all listed below. Best Feature “12 Years a Slave” Best Director Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” Best First Feature “Fruitvale Station” Best Screenplay “12 Years a Slave” Best First Screenplay “Nebraska” Best Female Lead Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” Best Male Lead Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” Best Supporting Female Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” Best Supporting Male Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” Best Cinematography “12 Years a Slave” Best »

- Neil Miller

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And the winners of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards are...

2 March 2014 7:23 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of the Oscars tomorrow evening, the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have taken place tonight, with Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave leading the field with five wins, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).

In the other acting categories, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were named Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett received the gong for Best Female Lead for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Here's the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in red....

Best Feature

'12 Years a Slave'

'All Is Lost'

'Frances Ha'

'Inside Llewyn Davis'


Best Director

Shane Carruth - 'Upstream Color'

J.C. Chandor - 'All Is Lost'

Steve McQueen - '12 Years a »

- Gary Collinson

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"12 Years a Slave" Dominates Independent Spirit Awards! See Full Winners List!

2 March 2014 12:55 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was the big winner at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards taking home 5 trophies including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Female for Lupita N'Yongo, Screenplay for John Ridley, and Cinematography for Sean Bobbitt.

The pair of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto of "Dallas Buyers Club" continued to top their respective categories of Best Actor and Supporting Actor.

Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress trophy for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature:

Winner: "12 Years A Slave"

"All Is Lost"

"Frances Ha"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"


Best Lead Female:

Winner: Cate Blanchett - "Blue Jasmine"

Julie Delpy - "Before Midnight"

Gaby Hoffman - "Crystal Fairy"

Brie Larson - "Short Term 12"

Shailene Woodley - "The Spectacular Now"

Best Lead Male:

Bruce Dern - "Nebraska"

Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years A Slave"

Oscar Isaac - "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Michael B. »

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2014 Independent Spirit Award Winners: '12 Years a Slave' Takes Best Picture

1 March 2014 8:31 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The night before the 2014 Oscars was a big one for 12 Years a Slave as it took home five wins at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenplay (John Ridley) and Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). However, don't take this to mean 12 Years is a lock at the Oscars as its strongest competition in categories such as Picture and Director, those being Gravity and American Hustle, weren't among the "independent" nominees. Some likely Oscar winners were among the list of winners as Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Cate Blanchett took home yet another Best Actress prize for her work in Blue Jasmine and 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary, proving even the Spirit Awards weren't going for The Act of Killing, though that doesn't diminish the impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's film. Some »

- Brad Brevet

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Forget the Soap…12 Years A Slave Pulls Five Finger Discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards

1 March 2014 4:20 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave pulled a five finger discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards grabbing hardware in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography categories. Apart from the larceny in the Best Doc category, the winners in the above mention category (excluding Bobbitt’s work) and the double win pairing of Leto and McConaughey along with Cate Blanchett’s perf win in Blue Jasmine will likely repeat itself less than 24 hours later at tomorrow’s Academy Awards celebrations obviously begging many to ponder the following: who needs the 86th Academy Awards when we have the Indie Spirit Awards? While today’s most pleasurable wins come from the truly indie kudos for Best First Feature (Ryan Coogler for Frutivale Station) the John Cassavetes award for Chad Hartigan’s This is Martin Bonner, and the Piaget Producers Award to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints »

- Eric Lavallee

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'12 Years a Slave' leads 2014 Independent Spirit Awards winners

1 March 2014 1:35 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. are underway with host Patton Oswalt, and we're updating the winners list as the names are announced. Early winners include Jared Leto, for his supporting turn in "Dallas Buyers Club," "Fruitvale Station" for best first feature, and "Nebraska" writer Bob Nelson, who picked up a trophy for best first screenplay. So far, "12 Years a Slave" has picked up four awards, namely supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o, best director, best screenplay and best cinematography.  Here's the list of nominees: Best Feature "All is Lost" "Frances Ha" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "Nebraska" "12 Years a Slave" Best Director J.C. Chandor, "All is Lost" Jeff Nichols, "Mud" Alexander Payne, "Nebraska" Winner: Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" Shane Carruth, "Upstream Color" Best First Feature "Blue Caprice" "Concussion" Winner: "Fruitvale Station" "Una Noche" "Wadjda" Best Screenplay "Before Midnight" "Blue Jasmine" "Enough Said" "The Spectacular Now" Winner: »

- Dave Lewis

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Blistering 1st Trailer + Poster For Gbenga Akinnagbe's Nigerian Crime Drama 'Render to Caesar'

14 February 2014 8:59 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Renaissance man Gbenga Akinnagbe has been somewhat quietly building a production empire of his own, attached in some capacity to two feature film projects that made their debuts in Park City last year (acting in, and co-producing Neil Drumming's feature film directorial debut titled Big Words - at Slamdance; and producing Shaka King's Newlyweeds - at Sundance, both in 2013). He also stars in and co-produced Jono Oliver's acclaimed drama Home - another film we've covered quite a bit on this blog over the last 12 months, which will be out next month, after a successful film festival circuit journey. In addition to producing and acting in films in this country (the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Shaka King Receives $25,000 Independent Spirit "Someone To Watch Award" As Angela Bassett Hosts

13 January 2014 10:46 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Congrats to Shaka King on his Someone To Watch Film Independent Spirit award, which includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant. Also, Jason Osder's Let The Fire Burn received the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award, which comes with a $25,000 unrestricted grant as well. The news was announced over the weekend by the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, Film Independent, and the Los Angeles Film Festival, at the annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood.  Spirit Awards Honorary Chairperson Angela Bassett and actors Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola hosted the event and handed out the honors. “It’s an honor to have Angela »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ Producers Tapped for Piaget Honor

11 January 2014 3:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film Independent has awarded “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (pictured above) producers Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston its Piaget Producers Award.

The award, which comes with a $25,000 grant, was unveiled at the org’s Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held Saturday at Boa  Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola hosted and presented the trophy.

“We just got in from Texas and now we’ve got all this money!” an exuberant Johnston said as part of his acceptance speech.

The Dallas-based duo will head out to Park City, Utah, next week for the premiere of their film “Listen Up, Phillip.”

Halbrooks said after the presentation that he regretted not thanking Parts and Labor for their help. “We have not had to suffer fools because of the help of people like them,” he added.

The Piaget award honors “emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, »

- Dave McNary

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