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Borderline Films, the production company behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its next movie “James White,” which marks the feature directorial debut of Josh Mond. The film stars Christopher Abbott (Charlie on HBO's “Girls”) as the title character, a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his reckless, self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges. Cynthia Nixon co-stars as his mother, while Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) and Ron Livington play key supporting roles. Also read: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Producer Josh Mond Sets Directorial Debut ‘James White’ (Exclusive) “James White” has already wrapped production but. »
- Jeff Sneider
We’ve always liked to support the smaller projects and Josh Mond’s James White needs you to finish what they’ve started, and you can help via Kickstarter to get the post-production, editing, sounds design/mixing, and securing music rights side of the film completed!
We’re bringing this one to your attention for a couple of reasons. It’s not just because the team at Borderline Films already have an intelligent and powerful project history but mainly because we believe in these guys and the films they’re making…and want you to be a part of something unique.
Borderline Films, is made up of three filmmakers: Mond, Antonio Campos, and Sean Durkin. Ten years after founding Borderline as film students at Nyu, their feature films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. They’ve been »
- Dan Bullock
Freshly deposited in our inbox, we’ve been directed towards a Kickstarter film project that…we’re already itching to see. Inching ever so closely to a true picture lock, the Borderline Films trio of Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond are throwing some nifty perks onto Kickstarter in order to help in the editing, sounds design and mixing, and securing music rights departments for Mond’s James White.
Aside from some behind the scene stills and an intimate look at how folk look like towards the end of a film production (see the trio’s Kickstarter vid below), here is what we now know: supporting actor Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi who will write the film’s score, Matt Hannam (Enemy) has boarded the project as the film’s editor, they’ll re-team with Coll Anderson on the sound design and Randall Poster will try his darndest to lock Mond’s soundtrack wishlist. »
- Eric Lavallee
When we first met Lena Dunham’s Girls, each one had a clear role to play: Hannah (Lena Dunham) was our neurotic protagonist. Shoshannah (Zosia Mamet) was the naive one. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) was the selfish free spirit. And Marnie — played with pretty, uptight perfection by Allison Williams — was the only member of the group who really seemed to have her life figured out.
That was then. Since its pilot, Girls has systematically stripped away everything that helped Marnie maintain her carefully constructed facade — her long-term boyfriend, her job, even her friendships with the other girls. But even though her »
- Hillary Busis
Director: Josh Mond
Writer: Josh Mond
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Continually proving that three heads are better than one, what we’ll soon learn with Josh Mond’s feature debut is that the Borderline trio might be like-minded in philosophy, but naturally, are completely different in approach. Employing a curious cast, James White might prove to be more visually and emotionally more daring than the work of his closest peers in Campos and Durkin.
Gist: This coming-of-ager is about a troubled young man (Abbott) in the midst of momentous family challenges.
Release Date: Shooting began towards the end of 2013, so this rushed this could be ready for Cannes but would likely be a perfect fit for Venice and Nyff.
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- Eric Lavallee
A first-look image has arrived of Jessica Chastain in "All Is Lost" director J.C. Chandor's newest endeavor, "A Most Violent Year." The period crime drama has been in production for a couple of weeks now. Chastain stars alongside Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") as the heads of an oil business who get caught up in the New York City criminal underworld. Also starring are David Oyelowo ("Middle of Nowhere"), Albert Brooks ("Drive"), Elyes Gabel ("World War Z") and Catalina Sandino Marino ("The Bridge"), while Christopher Abbott (once Charlie on "Girls") and Peter Gerety ("Inside Man") have been added to the cast with undisclosed roles. Here's the official synopsis:“A Most Violent Year” is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to »
- Beth Hanna
Director: J.C. Chandor
Writer: J.C. Chandor
U.S. Distributor: A24
He tapped into mindset of Wall Street before the chic of Scorsese, and he reminded us how film is, in its essence, a visual medium by garnishing a sinking boat/solo journey with more food for thought and while Margin Call and not too shabby sophomore feature All is Lost are bold statements and offer a broad idea of his range, J.C. Chandor’s star might shine bright with A Most Violent Year – a big leagues thriller featuring 80′s trimmings and a Chastain/Isaac combo.
Gist: Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Mona Fastvold
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
American indie meets Fjord sensibilities from a video/short filmmaker who was an unknown up until the mention of a collaboration with Brady Corbet on his forthcoming directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader. Unsurprisingly, the forthy, crispy cold, moody Bergmanesque drama with plenty of unresolve played like another Corbet-starring anti-Sundance vehicle in Simon Killer. We’re looking forward to our repeat viewing.
Gist: Written by Fastvold and Corbet, we find a young attractive couple renovating their Le Corbusier-like estate in the woods…Their lives are soon dismantled upon the arrival of unexpected guests. The Sleepwalker pokes at genre expectations and narrative contrivance in an effort to reveal something altogether more disturbing. »
- Eric Lavallee
#5. Love Is Strange
Big-screen romance has moved far beyond cigar smoking gentlemen with obscenely chiseled jaw lines holding doors for iconic beauties that don’t mind being called “darling”. Slowly but surely, cinema has come to honor the wonderfully varied ways in which we connect. Yet there remains an obsession with aggressively youthful lovers (critically acclaimed Blue is the Warmest Color being a recent example). Ira Sach’s Love Is Strange portrays lifetime lovers Ben and George, beautifully performed by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina respectively, who finally tie the knot in a quaint lower Manhattan ceremony. The heartfelt portrait does not earn its praise simply because older gay couples have been underrepresented, but for capturing, with honesty, the tender intimacies shared by people that have spent 39 years in love. With the warmth of its domestic settings and slice-of-life sensibility, Love is Strange maintains its subtlety while delivering an emotional wallop. »
- Caitlin Coder
Sadé Green reviews the fourth episode of Girls season 3...
After last week's hilariously cringe worthy episode, 'Dead Inside' explored the extreme self-involved tendencies of the Girls and blimey... they are unbelievable!
It has always been evident that Hannah, Jessa and Marnie (somehow Shoshanna doesn't seem as bad compared to these three) have really been lacking in Vitamin D on account of being shoved so far up their own backsides. But this week was a new low as Hannah and Jessa could not muster up a single ounce of empathy towards their respective situations.
Poor, 'woe-is-me' Hannah (Lena Dunham) has to deal with the death of her editor David (John Cameron Mitchell), her 'champion', but all Hannah can think about is the future of her e-book. Completely aghast with Miss Self-involved's behaviour, Adam (Adam Driver) struggles to comprehend how his girlfriend can be so heartless when an acquaintance has just met his untimely end. »
- Gary Collinson
Michael Zegen, wearing seasonally appropriate cut-off gloves, sips a soy chai latte in the kind of busy café that would feel right at home on Girls. "I like to think I fit right into that world," Zegen say, smiling. That's fortunate, since as of last night he joined the hit HBO series as Joe, Hannah's charming coworker in GQ's advertorial department. Zegen's casting made headlines last spring, partially due to how closely timed it was to the exit of Christopher Abbot (who played Charlie), which led many to falsely brand him "the Charlie replacement, »
For a character who brands herself a writer, it's taken Hannah Horvath two and a half seasons to see the harsh realities facing the profession today. On last night's episode of Girls, Lena Dunham's protagonist found herself in a fortuitous (albeit frustrating) situation when she's hired by GQ as a writer. . . sort of.
12 Wtf? Moments From Girls Season Two
For all her aspirations, Hannah doesn't have all that many clips to her name. In fact, the only one mentioned on the show was Hannah's poor attempt at gonzo journalism »
Perhaps the most daring film in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Mona Fastvold’s The Sleepwalker is an elliptical, borderline surreal study of childhood trauma and repressed memories. Director Fastvold lets the story simmer as the action builds in and around a secluded, half-renovated house in the woods. Ingenious use of sound design and atmospheric score drive the psychological turmoil as the film slowly reveals what the characters have been through. Actors Gitte Witt, Stephanie Ellis Christopher Abbott and Brady Corbet (who co-wrote the screenplay with Fastvold) create a mounting feeling of tension as odd behavior, inappropriate dinner stories and poor manners »
It has been four whole episodes since Charlie, the once-loyal boyfriend of Marnie, disappeared without a trace. Given the circumstances (the actor, Christopher Abbott, quit the show) and the nature of Charlie's work (Forbid, an app that keeps you from calling your ex), it seems clear that he is never coming back. So what happened? Where did he go? Was he smothered to death by that cubby bed? Vulture has finally tracked down the answers — in the form of Charlie's private Tumblr. (We put it in chronological order, so you don't get confused.) Read on, friends. It's a happy ending. »
- Amanda Dobbins
They range in age, amount of screen time, supporting or principle characters, and have previous (television work, stage and or bit parts in Hollywood/Indiewood productions or next to no film experience at all. In essence these folks have a special gift and have essentially broken out. I had the fortune of having a team of four journalists (Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and myself) covering the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and when you got a small army covering a major fest it ensures that fine performances from a new crop of acting talents don’t go undetected. Michael B. Jordan, Robin Weigert and Miles Teller (who follows up The Speculator Now with a dramatically and physically charged perf in the marvelous Whiplash) were just some of the new faces included on our top list last year.Worthy mnetions that did not break into our Top 10 include Fishing Without Nets‘ Abdikani Muktar, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Sundance is a place for discovery, where new talent can shine in front of an audience hungry for revelation. With their new film “The Sleepwalker,” co-screenwriters Mona Fastvold and Brady Corbet (she directs, he stars) have auspiciously debuted their creative partnership, which is already three screenplays deep. (He will direct their next feature, “The Childhood of a Leader,” starring Robert Pattinson, Tim Roth and Juliette Binoche, later this year, and a third project will follow.) In “The Sleepwalker,” Kaia (Gitte Witt) and Andrew (Christopher Abbott, formerly Charlie on “Girls”) are a young, seemingly happy couple renovating her family home, a foreboding modern monolith in western Massachusetts. A sudden visit from Kaia’s pregnant sister Christine (Stephanie Ellis) and her fiancé Ira (Corbet) upset the placid dynamic, stirring up Andrew’s angry tendencies and unearthing long-buried sisterly secrets (read our review here). With the sinister-yet-beautiful house acting as a »
- Kristin McCracken
Did you ever stop and think: where did Girls go?
Created by Lena Dunham, the first season boomed onto the screens in April of 2012, receiving positive reviews and a demand for season two. Dunham obliged and by January of 2013, the second season with its sharp dialogue and awkward comedy came to us again. Then, we were left with nothing. A void needing to be filled. It was announced that Christopher Abbott (who played Marnie’s boyfriend, Charlie) wasn’t going to be returning for season three which was more than frustrating as his character had just rekindled his love for Marnie. Dunham went into a state of re-writing, reviewing her plotlines and re-filming, which made us have to wait. And we’d have to wait for ten months. In that time we re-watched, we exchanged our favourite quotes, we »
- Thomas Stewart
Title: The Sleepwalker Director: Mona Fastvold Starring: Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Stephanie Ellis Bringing family together can be tricky. Each member of an extended family unit brings some baggage with them, and the internal dynamics can be very different than relationships with the outside world. When family members spend time in one space together, drama is bound to emerge. In The Sleepwalker, from Norwegian debut director Mona Fastvold, four people all related in some way to exactly one other person, spend a night in a large, quiet Massachusetts home, where tensions gradually begin to rise to the surface. Kaia (Gitte Witt) lives with her boyfriend Andrew (Christopher Abbott) [ Read More ]
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In sleepy rural Massachusetts, the illusory nature of domestic bliss fractures easily like the first frost of a winter chill. 20-somethings Kaia (Gitte Witt) and her boyfriend Andrew (ex “Girls” star Christopher Abbott) live a quiet life, renovating her late father’s isolated and modern estate. If famed architect Le Corbusier once said “the home should be the treasure chest of living,” then the structural marvel that is this domicile is more of a hollowed out trunk that contains plenty of dark skeletons. Beautiful on the outside, the inside is gutted and much repair needs doing. A dissonant chord interrupts the fragile harmony in the form of Kaia’s estranged sister Christine (Stephanie Ellis), a peculiar girl who arrives unannounced in the middle of the night after not having been in contact for years. A further fissure appears at breakfast, Christine’s Waspy, seemingly uptight fiancé Ira (Brady Corbet), worried »
- Rodrigo Perez
The Sleepwalker is one of those slow burning kind of thrillers. Throughout the film you sense that something is brooding in the background of the story, like there's something coming that you can't see, and it's something bad. It has this great creepy music to help play with your thoughts and emotions as well. It really does a great job building the suspense of the movie. The only problem is, that terribly bad thing that is supposed to happen... never happens. That awful reveal that you felt coming throughout the whole film never comes. There is absolutely no satisfying conclusion to this movie, and it's one of those films where you wonder what the point of making it was.
The one thing I will give this movie is that it stimulated my imagination. It also had a very eerie atmosphere to it that I liked. As I watched the movie »
- Joey Paur
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