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Taissa Farmiga leads The Final Girls as Max, the daughter of the famous big screen scream queen Amanda Cartwright (Malin Akerman). During a screening of Amanda’s claim to fame, Camp Bloodbath, Max and her friends Gertie (Alia Shawkat), Vicki (Nina Dobrev), Chris (Alexander Ludwig) and Duncan (Thomas Middleditch) are forced to step through the screen of the movie and when they come to on the other side, they realize that they’re actually at Camp Bloodbath right along with the camp counselors from the film and the notorious machete-wielding slasher, Billy. While at SXSW for The Final Girls world premiere, I got the opportunity to ask Farmiga, Akerman, Dobrev, Shawkat and Angela Trimbur one of my favorite questions to consider - which one of them could actually survive a horror movie? (Yeah, I probably think about that too much.) We also discussed the horror movie references director Todd Strauss-Schulson gave them, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Talk about a group of up-and-comers. Hannah Fidell scored the Emerging Woman Award at SXSW 2013, Ben Rosenfield was just in A Most Violent Year and has Woody Allen’s Irrational Man coming up, and Taissa Farmiga absolutely killed it at SXSW 2015 thanks to The Final Girls and Fidell’s latest, 6 Years. Farmiga and Rosenfield lead as Mel and Dan. They’ve been dating for years and plan to live happily ever after together after they graduate, but when he’s offered a job in another state, the opportunity threatens to destroy their relationship. Shortly after the 6 Years world premiere at SXSW, I got the chance to sit down with Rosenfield, Farmiga and Fidell to discuss making the film. They talked about Mark Duplass’ involvement, working with a “scriptment” rather than a traditional script, the especially close-knit cast and crew, Rosenfield’s experience working with Woody Allen, Farmiga’s thoughts on »
- Perri Nemiroff
The studios had a strong showing at SXSW this year, as evidenced by the high-profile premieres of “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” as well as a secret screening of Paul Walker’s final performance in “Furious 7.” Happily, outside the big-budget realm, the festival also offered up a remarkably solid lineup of work from first-time filmmakers and emerging talents — a field that included everything from the top prizewinners, “Krisha” and “Peace Officer,” to first-rate thrillers like “Hangman” and “The Invitation,” to standout music docs like “Danny Says” and “Made in Japan.”
Here are the 13 gems that impressed our critics and reporters the most (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “6 Years”
Hannah Fidell’s drama unravels like a sequel to “Like Crazy,” but instead of Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, the equally charming Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield play the bickering mates. The film is shot like a documentary about falling out of love, »
- Variety Staff
Shot by the immensely talented Andrew Droz Palermo, 6 Years is a beautifully crafted film that never shies away from the brutal intensity of Mel and Dan's situation. It will be impossible to deny the impressive talents behind this film, as well as the amazing performances by Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield and Lindsay Burdge; but by immersing itself into the world of young and beautiful white hipsters, 6 Years will most likely limit its appeal to a niche audience...not that there is anything wrong with that. »
- Don Simpson
Hollywood headed down south for the 2015 SXSW film, interactive and music festival in Austin, Texas, for the annual 10-day event, which wraps up on March 22.
“No one wants to go up those flights of stairs over and over and over again. Once you’re up, you kind of just stay here,” star Shane West joked about the jam-packed rooftop soireé, which was complete with aerialists (a.k.a. levitating enchantresses) and apothecaries — better known as multiple bars — as he sipped on a cocktail.
“It’s funky-town,” new cast member Lucy Lawless told Variety, hours after arriving at SXSW with her co-stars (the entire “Salem” cast took a six-hour road trip together from their Shreveport, La., set to Austin, thanks to their flights being canceled at the last minute). “[Austin] has got so much character. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Hollywood headed down south for the 2015 SXSW film, interactive and music festival in Austin, Texas, for the annual ten day event, which wraps up on March 22.
SXSW kicked off on Friday the 13th, very fittingly with a haunted house party, hosted by Wgn America’s supernatural thriller “Salem.”
“No one wants to go up those flights of stairs over and over and over again. Once you’re up, you kind of just stay here,” star Shane West joked about the jam-packed rooftop soireé, which was complete with aerialists a.k.a. levitating enchantresses and apothecaries — better known as multiple bars — as he sipped on a cocktail.
“It’s funky-town,” new cast member Lucy Lawless told Variety, hours after arriving at SXSW with her co-stars (the entire “Salem” cast took a six-hour road trip together from their Shreveport, Louisiana set to Austin, thanks to their flights being cancelled at the last »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
SXSW really kicked ass this year. We're still rolling out a lot more coverage and lucky for us (and you, I think), most of the films we are writing about we loved and believe you will too.This brings me to Todd Strauss-Schulson. He's a man who makes movies (I checked. Online. Twice.) and his latest played at SXSW.Strauss-Schulson (the guy who made the only good Harold and Kumar movie, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) teamed up with 80s child star Joshua John Miller (After Dark) to make the epic send-up horror comedy of epic send-up horror comedies called The Final Girls. Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring) stars as a young girl whose mother (Malin Akerman) was an 80s slasher scream queen. While watching the cult hit...
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The cast is filling out on ABC’s drama pilot “L.A. Crime.” David Sullivan (“Argo”) has been cast in the role of Detective Arnold ‘Arnie’ Bukowski, joining previously announced actresses Erika Christensen and Taissa Farmiga.
Sullivan will play Bukowski, a crass, loudmouth detective in charge of heading up the ongoing investigation of a possible Sunset Strip serial killer, alongside cops Jack Roth (Adam Rothenberg) and Paco Contreras (Gabriel Luna).
The character-driven “true crime” procedural, written by Steven Baigelman and directed by Tom Shankland, is being produced by ABC Studios and Mandeville. The period drama will explore sex, politics and pop culture across different eras in Los Angeles history, with the first season set in the “rock ‘n’ roll, coke-infused revelry of the 1980s.”
Sullivan is represented by Principato-Young Entertainment.
- Debra Birnbaum
The SXSW Film Festival has always been a launching pad for women in Hollywood — it’s where Lena Dunham premiered “Tiny Furniture” in 2010, and “Girls” in 2012; where 2011’s “Bridesmaids” debuted; and where Brie Larson became a star in 2013’s “Short Term 12.”
But this year’s SXSW had more girl power than ever before, from the female-driven comedies “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” to the work of breakout directors like Hannah Fidell (“6 Years”) and Shannon Sun-Higginson (“Gtfo: A Documentary About Women in Gaming”). As Hollywood still has a weak track record of putting women in front of and behind the camera — last year, women directors made only 4.6% of studio films — it’s still a question if emerging talent at festivals like SXSW and Sundance can cross over into the mainstream. “Since the industry is run by men, men have a tendency to want to make stories about themselves,” Sally Field told Variety. »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang, Joe Leydon and Dennis Harvey
High school and college graduation mark two easily marked points of conflict, as both compress four years into a definitive decision along the lines of “what happens next?” Director Hannah Fidell works around these signposts, spotting subtler shifts as springboards from which to catch a character’s subjective desires and anxieties, but not necessarily the facts. 2013’s “A Teacher” saw the director obscure the taboo subject matter of a student-teacher affair via a murkier and elusive approach, and with her latest “6 Years,” she cuts the script loose for a look at a long-term relationship under duress. In this case, the relationship is between Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Mel and Dan, students at Ut Austin. The pair are wonderfully adept at the range of Fidell’s improvised aims (the script was actually a 40-page outline); they are glimpsed initially in a sun-bleached montage of sex, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
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- Jeff Bayer
As the title tells us, Mel (Taissa Farmiga) and Dan (Ben Rosenfield) have been together for six years. They're college students living apart in Austin, Texas, but are otherwise inseparable, bubbling with a dreamy, woozy, honeymoon-phase kind of affection. Mel is a mostly motivated student aspiring to become a teacher and Dan has an internship at a hip record label, where his touchy-feely coworker Amanda (Lindsay Burdge, who was excellent in writer/director Fidell's debut "A Teacher") offers temptation of all sorts. This deeply felt film understands the pressures and intensities of love at its highest highs and most sour, especially when life is calling and job opportunities beckon. The honey-faced Farmiga, who possesses a soulfulness not unlike her sister Vera's, and pale-skinned, sexy Rosenfield have a lived-in chemistry that invites our empathy: we believe that this couple is fully real. And we also believe that there is trouble in paradise. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Written and directed by Hannah Fidell, "6 Years" tells the story of a pair of high school sweethearts at the end of their respective ropes. Interestingly enough, "6 Years" (which stars Ben Rosenfield and Taissa Farmiga as the young couple in question), heavily utilized improv, giving the film an (even more) raw and gritty feel. This unique take on coming of age and growing apart was produced by the ever-on-the-rise/never more in demand Duplass brothers, and brings up questions of domestic abuse. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? "6 Years" is about a young couple in college, Dan and Mel, who have been together for six years. With college quickly coming to an end for older Dan, the couple are forced to rethink their plans for the future. Now what's it Really about? This is a film about first love and growing up. It's also about that very specific time »
- Rosie Narasaki
When I think of Hannah Fidell's style as a filmmaker, I'm reminded of something that Peter Bogdanovich once told a class I took in film school. He said that he believed that films should tell a story in the simplest way. To achieve this, you shouldn't let your audience feel like they're watching something on a screen, but instead be transported to the moments your characters are encountering as if you're right there next to them. This was my constant thought while watching Fidell's latest movie, 6 Years.
The SXSW veteran premiered her second feature this past weekend, just two years after the debut of her critically-acclaimed film A Teacher. Having seen A Teacher back in 2013, I was eager to find out how this latest piece would grab me. A first feature is a great mountain to climb, but a second feature is a different kind of beast. It's when »
- Marcelena Mayhorn
Young love can be so damn difficult. This is the fertile soil tilled in Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut feature A Teacher. Like in that film, Fidell employs a distinctly naturalistic filmmaking style to explore tense emotional territory. Also like her first film, 6 Years succeeds wildly in bringing the audience inside the relationship and taking us on bumpy, emotion-filled journey. 6 Years introduces us to Mel (Taissa Farmiga) and Dan (Ben Rosenfield), a young couple on the verge of finishing college while enjoying the titular sixth year of their relationship. Things have been mostly swell for the two, though occasional nights of too much drinking have been known to cause a bit of strain. The accumulation of...
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The streaming service reportedly paid in the $1 million range for global rights to the film, which it will premiere in all markets later this year.
American Horror Story actress Taissa Farmiga and Boardwalk Empire alum Ben Rosenfield star in the film as a young couple whose relationship is challenged by job opportunities that send them down different paths. Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Jennifer Lafleur and Peter Vack co-star, while Fidell both helmed and penned the script.
The acquisition isn’t completely out of the blue – Netflix signed a four-picture deal with the Duplass brothers (big names on the festival circuit), who produced 6 Years, at Sundance earlier this year, though this pick-up is not included in that agreement.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Max (Taissa Farmiga) lost her mom Nancy (Malin Akerman) three years ago, and while she’s moving on with her life the memory is still fresh in her mind. Her mom was a struggling actress whose most high profile role was in an ’80s slasher called Camp Bloodbath as “the shy girl with a clipboard and a guitar,” and while it’s a cult favorite the film interfered with her career aspirations until the day she died. Max resists when a friend asks her to make an appearance at an anniversary screening of the film — watching her mom die onscreen is understandably unappealing — but she eventually relents and joins her friends and a rowdy crowd for a night of blood-drenched fun. An unexpected series of events leaves Max and her friends looking for an emergency exit out of the theater, but when they slice their way through the movie screen to escape they awaken in the woods »
- Rob Hunter
Streaming service acquires global rights to the Duplass Brothers production, written and directed by Hannah Fidell.
Netflix has acquired global distibution rights to 6 Years.
Written and directed Hannah Fidell, the drama premiered at SXSW on Saturday [March 14] and explores the struggles of young love as it begins to face the next steps into adulthood.
It continues the relationship between the Duplass Brothers and Netflix, following their recent four-film deal.
Netflix will debut the film later this year. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
In the first piece of major acquisition news from SXSW, Netflix has picked up yet another Duplass brothers project: 6 Years. The film, written and directed by A Teacher's Hannah Fidell, is the story of a tumultuous relationship between two young lovers starring American Horror Story's Taissa Farmiga and Boardwalk Empire's Ben Rosenfield. This acquisition is in addition to the four-film deal that the Duplasses signed with Netflix at Sundance. Deadline reports that the film was acquired in the low seven figures or "around $1 million." »
- E. Alex Jung
The Final Girls is one of those films that’s so hard to classify, because it’s got a little something for everyone. First and foremost, horror fans are going to have a blast with M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller’s super-self-referential screenplay that captures genre geekdom and pokes fun at Every 80s horror cliche imaginable. Mainstream audience aren’t forgotten either, as a hilarious cast of talented actors put comedy first, while gory kill-sequences are kept at an acceptable minimum.
And of course, we can’t forget about the true cinema fans, as director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s killer attention to ambitious detail somehow comes together like an insanely metaphysical nightmare that transcends so many wild and crazy levels. Trust me, you’ve never seen a slasher film like The Final Girls, and that’s what makes this movie such a riotous take on horror norms gone sexily wrong. »
- Matt Donato
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