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Armchair Vacation: Five Films To Watch At Home This Weekend (September 11-13)

11 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.

5. Para Elisa (VOD)

With Halloween coming in a little over a month, horror films are at a premium. With more and more thrillers and chillers cropping up across the film world, few of them are as small scale and generally discussed as writer/director Juanra Fernandez’s Para Elisa. A »

- Joshua Brunsting

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The Disappearing Writer: Hannah Fidell and Taissa Farmiga on Radical Improv-Based '6 Years'

11 September 2015 9:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dying are the days of stilted dialogue. You can no longer sit in an art house movie theater and hear aggravated mumblings such as, "Nobody actually talks like that!" Across the landscape of cinema, the writing process is shifting in favor of verisimilitude. In fact, for some directors, the writing process as we know it has completely ceased to exist. Hannah Fidell's "6 Years," now available to stream on Netflix, is part of a new wave of radical improv filmmaking. In this process, the writer is folded into the on-set experience; the director works with the actors to shape the emotional trajectory of each scene and the dialogue gets written in real-time. The Duplass brothers (also the producers of "6 Years"), Joe Swanberg and Drake Doremus are well-known purveyors of this free-wheeling method. Because they operate in the realm of realism, their films are conspicuously free of »

- Emily Buder

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Beyond Fright Review: 6 Years

31 August 2015 7:04 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

There’s somewhat of a youthful arrogance when you’re in your first long-term relationship. That naive “We’ll always be together” mentality that comes along with being with someone since you were a teenage has always made for good storytelling, and Hannah Fidell’s 6 Years captures just that, the moment when that long-term, only thinking of each other kind of youthful relationship begins to compete with the ambitions and temptations of being a grown adult.

Telling the story of Don (Ben Rosenfield, A Most Violent Year) and Melanie (American Horror Story‘s Taissa Farmiga), a couple in their early 20’s, one that has been a dating unit since their teens. While Melanie is on her way to becoming a teacher, Don interns at a record label, and dreams of being a part of that full time. They go to parties together, know and love each other’s families, and in spite of their friends, »

- Jerry Smith

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Springboard: '6 Years' Star Ben Rosenfield Wants You to Be Vocal About His Film

28 August 2015 1:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Review: Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield Improvise the End of a Relationship in '6 Years' Indiewire's Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention. Hannah Fidell's deeply emotional "6 Years" is a a purposely intimate experience. The newest feature from the "A Teacher" filmmaker focuses on Dan (Ben Rosenfield) and Melanie (Taissa Farmiga), a seemingly blessed and blissed out young couple who appear to have it all. As the film moves cleverly moves through time, however, it becomes clear that the golden pair might not be able to survive a series of increasingly violent upheavals. The film, which premiered at this year's SXSW Film Festival, is a true two-hander, and both Farmiga and Rosenfield breathe life into their complicated characters. Rosenfield's burgeoning cinematic career has been peppered with interesting roles in complex films, from "Greetings From Tim Buckley" to "Song One." He's »

- Kate Erbland

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Women in Film Launches Screening Program With ArcLight Hollywood

24 August 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Women in Film and ArcLight Cinemas have partnered to launch a curated, monthly screening series to concentrate on female filmmakers.

“One of the best ways to support female filmmakers is to go see their films,” said Wif executive director Kirsten Schaffer. “We are excited to present this series with ArcLight Cinemas so that we can highlight the work of experienced filmmakers and also introduce new talent to Los Angeles audiences.”

The inaugural feature will be the romantic drama “6 Years,” starring Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield. It will screen Aug. 25 and be followed by a Q&A with the film’s two stars and writer-director Hannah Fidell.

“In an effort to provide a unique perspective into film for all movie lovers, ArcLight Cinemas aspires to bring the art of filmmaking to life in our theaters in new ways,” McCourt said. “We are thrilled to partner with Women in Film to showcase »

- Jacob Bryant

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6 Years | VOD Review

22 August 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

There’s Always Tomorrow…Maybe: Fidell Explores the Familiar Predicaments of the Ltr

Director Hannah Fidell follows her 2013 debut A Teacher with concisely minded 6 Years, another intimate exploration of a central relationship pushed to critical juncture. With her previous film documenting the sexual liaison between a teacher and her student, Fidell turns to less provocative waters this time around, focusing on a more familiar, socially acceptable scenario—the disintegration of a heterosexual long term relationship. Effectively capturing an empathetic and heartfelt portrait of how breaking up is hard to do, there’s an honorable level of realism established here that Fidell maintains throughout the film. The only trouble is, the film never feels like more than a comprehensively detailed, entirely foreseeable, forgone conclusion about a mundane, privileged couple hit with a cold, hard dose of reality.

Dan (Ben Rosenfeld) and Melanie (Taissa Farmiga) have been together for six years, having originally dated in high school. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Women In Film Launches Screening Program with Arclight Hollywood

21 August 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Women In Film, Los Angeles and ArcLight Cinemas have partnered to launch a new curated, monthly screening series to concentrate on women filmmakers. The program begins this month with inaugural feature "6 Years," starring Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield, on Tuesday, August 25 followed by a Q&A with the film’s writer/director Hannah Fidell and the film’s two stars at ArcLight Hollywood.  “One of the best ways to support female filmmakers is to go see their films,” said Kirsten Schaffer. “We are excited to present this series with ArcLight Cinemas, so that we can highlight the work of experienced filmmakers, and also introduce new talent to Los Angeles audiences.” Curated jointly by Wif and ArcLight Cinemas, the program aligns with Women In Film’s mission of promoting creative female media makers, in this instance via a unique venue in which to view their work and engage in discussion. ArcLight »

- Ruben Guevara

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Review: 'A Teacher' Director Hannah Fidell's '6 Years' Starring Taissa Farmiga & Ben Rosenfield

21 August 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

High school and college graduation mark two points of conflict as they 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. Read More: Hannah Fidell Talks '6 Years,' Bringing 'A Teacher' To HBO, And More In this case, the relationship is between Mel and Dan, two students at Ut Austin, played by Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”). The pair are wonderfully adept at the range of Fidell’s »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Exclusive: Clip From Hannah Fidell's '6 Years' Asks "Do You Watch Porn?"

20 August 2015 8:48 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Trying to depict delicacy and intensity of young relationships is no easy task, which makes writer/director Hannah Fidell's approach for "6 Years" so smart (read our B- Review). Working from a loose screenplay, she allowed the film's leads Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield an opportunity to develop their onscreen relationship, leading to a semi-improvised method that allowed the drama to feel more direct and real. And today you can get a taste of that in this exclusive clip from "6 Years." Read More: Interview: Hannah Fidell Tallks '6 Years' The story follows Dan and Melanie, a couple in their 20s who have known each other since childhood. Now their 6-year romantic relationship is put to the test when Dan receives an attractive job offer from the record label with whom he interns, and he must choose between a move forward and a future with Mel. But in this scene, the »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield Struggle to Connect in '6 Years' Deleted Scene

18 August 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: SXSW Review: Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield Anchor Hannah Fidell's Dramatic '6 Years' Hannah Fidell's "6 Years" chronicles the rise and fall of a young romance between two high school students, played by Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield. Executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, the film hits iTunes and On Demand platforms today. In celebration of the release, a new deleted scene from the movie has been released that gives insight into the dissonance that threatens to tear the couple apart. In the scene above, Melanie (Farmiga) doesn't seem all too interested in Dan's (Rosenfield) latest song on the guitar. "It was good. It's not very happy is it?" she asks. "6 Years" will be hitting Netflix on September 8. Read More: Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #16: Hannah Fidell Depreciates First Love in '6 Years' »

- Zack Sharf

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Review: Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield Improvise the End of a Relationship in '6 Years'

18 August 2015 11:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Writer-director Hannah Fidell's 2013 debut "A Teacher" captured the intimacy of a forbidden romance — between a high school instructor and one of her students — with an impressive degree of precision. The movie pared down the premise to its bare essence. Her follow-up, "6 Years," similarly provides a basic snapshot of a troubled relationship, albeit a far more conventional one: The movie follows a young couple facing the titular anniversary as their future prospects are challenged by various spats and infidelities. To this end, "6 Years" offers little in the way of new material. Yet Fidell, working with executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass, effectively broadens her range by borrowing the sibling directors' improvisatory style and ceding control to her two leads, whose heartbreaking performances imbue this familiar Austin-set narrative with a fiery edge. A lively introductory montage chronicles happier times in lives of Mel (Taissa Farmiga, »

- Eric Kohn

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Interview: Hannah Fidell Talks ‘6 Years,’ Bringing ‘A Teacher’ To HBO, And More

18 August 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

An assured aesthetic, unblinking naturalism of a tabloid subject, and an excellent lead performance from Lindsay Burdge marked 2013’s “A Teacher” as one to watch, alongside its director, Hannah Fidell. A few key parties agreed: “A Teacher” was picked up by HBO to expand into a series, while her latest film “6 Years” was developed under the eye of the Duplass Brothers. Centered around a young college-age couple, played by Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”), with the distinction of tracking a half dozen years in their relationship, “6 Years” takes steps toward authenticity with a largely improvised approach and low-key cinematography by Andrew Droz Palermo. It’s a result that we found to be an intimate effort with two excellent central performances. At SXSW this year, we sat down with Fidell to discuss exactly how she pulled it off. You’ve said the film is mostly improvised, »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Review: 6 Years Succeeds Wildly In Exploring A Precarious Relationship

18 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

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. As 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 that...

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Watch the First 7 Minutes of Taissa Farmiga’s Dramatic, Romantic 6 Years

17 August 2015 10:22 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On American Horror Story, Taissa Farmiga found herself in relationships with a murderous ghost and a frat-boy zombie, so who’d have thought that her most fraught romance yet would come in the comparatively down-to-earth 6 Years? Directed by A Teacher helmer Hannah Fidell, 6 Years casts Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield as longtime lovebirds who are weathering what you might call a six-year itch: Though they’re still head over heels for each other, their fights have become more explosive as each of them passive-aggressively tests the boundaries of a relationship that either needs to evolve or dissolve. You’ll get a sense of their ups and downs in the movie’s roller-coaster opening, the first seven minutes of which Vulture is debuting exclusively. Farmiga and Rosenfield begin the movie in a state of Nsfw bedded bliss, then have a hell of a time getting drunk and high with friends. But the »

- Kyle Buchanan

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First trailer and poster for 6 Years starring Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield

3 August 2015 2:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its Us release later this month, a poster and first trailer have landed for writer-director Hannah Fidell’s romantic drama 6 Years which stars Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield. Take a look…

A young couple in their early 20s, Dan and Melanie, have known each other since childhood.  Now their 6-year romantic relationship is put to the test when Dan receives an attractive job offer from the record label with whom he interns, and he must choose between a move forward and a future with Mel.  Growth and temptation happen – but will their relationship remain part of their future?

Writer/director Hannah Fidell explores the struggles of young love as it begins to face the next steps into adulthood.  Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield give warm, genuine performances as Mel and Dan, alongside Lindsay Burdge (star of Fidell’s A Teacher) as a colleague of Dan’s who entices »

- Gary Collinson

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This Movie About Young Love Looks Sweet, Dreamy, and Potentially Heartbreaking

31 July 2015 1:25 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If you love Taissa Farmiga on American Horror Story, mark down a reminder for yourself on Aug. 18. That's the date her new movie, 6 Years, is coming out on iTunes and On Demand. She plays one half of a committed young couple who have been together for six years and are beginning to see cracks in their relationship for the first time. Relative newcomer Hannah Fidell wrote and directed the film, which comes from Mark and Jay Duplass's production company. The trailer is simple but sweet, and I'm already worried this movie is going to break my heart. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Watch: Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield Face Growing Pains in '6 Years' Trailer

30 July 2015 12:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: SXSW Review: Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield Anchor Hannah Fidell's Dramatic '6 Years'Hannah Fidell's ("A Teacher") second feature film has gotten the Duplass treatment, with Mark and Jay Duplass signed on as executive producers for her new romantic drama, "6 Years." The film stars Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") and Ben Rosenfield ("Boardwalk Empire") as a high school couple entering their early 20s and deeply in love. The synopsis reads as follows, courtesy of The Orchard: "A young couple in their early 20s, Dan (Rosenfield) and Melanie (Farmiga,) have known each other since childhood. Now their 6-year romantic relationship is put to the test when Dan receives an attractive job offer from the record label with whom he interns, and he must choose between a move forward and a future with Mel. Growth and temptation happen - but will their relationship remain part of their future? »

- Sarah Choi

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Watch: Trailer for Hannah Fidell's '6 Years' Starring Taissa Farmiga

30 July 2015 11:34 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I don't want you to have regrets, we make decisions they affect the rest of our lives." The Orchard has premiered the official trailer for Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, a relationship drama looking at the first six years in the romantic life of a young woman. Taissa Farmiga, younger sister of actress Vera Farmiga, stars as Mel Clark. She is in a relationship with Dan Mercer, played by Ben Rosenfield. The cast includes Joshua Leonard and Lindsay Burdge from Hannah Fidell's previous film, A Teacher. This looks quite good, I must say, it's a nicely cut trailer with an energy to it that pulls you in, makes you feel like you're a part of it. Here's the first official trailer for Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, originally from Yahoo: A young couple bound by a seemingly ideal love, begins to unravel as unexpected opportunities spin them down a volatile and »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: New Trailer For Hannah Fidell’s Ya Relationship Drama ‘6 Years’ With Taissa Farmiga And Ben Rosenfield

30 July 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Filmmaker Hannah Fidell stormed the indie scene in 2013 with her terrific debut “A Teacher,” essentially announcing herself as a director to watch. She's back with an indie relationship drama that was mostly improvised. Starring up and comers Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”), “6 Years” focuses on a long-term relationship between two young adults, how it evolves and also how it devolves into trouble. She convinced her actors to take the risk of committing to a mostly improvised movie with only a barebones script by creating an extensive look book for visual reference, and then got on Skype and told them the deal. Read More: SXSW Review: 'A Teacher" Director Hannah Fidell's '6 Years' Starring Taissa Farmiga & Ben Rosenfield “'Here's how we're going to shoot this: we're all going to live in a house together, it's going to be improv, and it'll be like summer camp,'” Fidell »

- Edward Davis

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6 Years Writer/Director Hannah Fidell at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival

21 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Following up her debut feature, A Teacher, Hannah Fidell premiered 6 Years at SXSW before traveling with it last month to the Champs-Élysées Film Festival. A relationship tale about two twenty-somethings navigating the complications of post-collegiate life, the film stars Taissa Farming and Ben Rosenfield. Filmmaker caught up with Fidell in Paris to learn about working without a script, returning to Austin for production and how film theory has affected her filmmaking. 6 Years will be released later this year by Netflix. Filmmaker: 6 Years is the second film in your Texas trilogy. Because the movie was improvised, did you ever […] »

- Taylor Hess

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