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'The Long Dumb Road': Film Review | Sundance 2018

A mismatched-travelers yarn that could well have been financed by Aaa's marketing department, Hannah Fidell's The Long Dumb Road observes the trouble that follows when a stranded cross-country driver gets roadside assistance from a less than reputable vendor. Life lessons emerge alongside the mishaps, of course: This and every other law of the road-movie genre will be followed by the likable but familiar comedy. Best served here is Jason Mantzoukas, whose performance as the voyage's designated troublemaker suggests he should graduate from his accustomed place in support roles.

Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) plays Nathan, a 19 year-old driving...
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Kailash Take the Top Awards at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Desiree Akhaven’s drama about teenage gay conversion therapy, and Kailash, Derek Doneen’s documentary about Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi took home the two top U.S. prizes, the U.S. Dramatic and U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prizes, at tonight’s 2018 Sundance Film Festival closing night ceremonies. Nearly 30 awards were given out throughout the evening, prompting emcee Jason Mantzoukas, star of Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road, to chant, “10 more days, 10 more awards!” at the end of an evening that saw much diversity in the juror selections: Four out of the five top U.S. awards […]
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2018 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners: ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ and ‘Kailash’ Win Grand Jury Prizes

2018 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners: ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ and ‘Kailash’ Win Grand Jury Prizes
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival drew to a close this evening with the announcement of the annual fest’s award winners, care of a free-wheeling ceremony hosted by Jason Mantzoukas, who stars in Hannah Fidell’s Sundance comedy “The Long Dumb Road.”

The Grand Jury Prizes, considered Sundance’s biggest honor, went to Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” (U.S. Dramatic), Derek Doneen’s “Kailash” (U.S. Documentary), Tolga Karaçelik’s “Butterflies” (World Cinema Dramatic), and Talal Derki’s “Of Fathers and Sons” (World Cinema Documentary).

Read More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

Each year, the festival’s juries give out directing prizes in each of the four competition categories. This year, each directing prize went to a female filmmaker, including Sara Colangelo, Alexandria Bombach, Sandi Tan, and Isold Uggadottir. The festival’s dedicated screenwriting prize, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award,
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“The Time Spent Rigging Was a Challenge”: Dp Andrew Droz Palermo on Filming Hannah Fidell’s Road Movie The Long Dumb Road

How do you reinvent the look of the road movie? That was the key question for Andrew Droz Palermo while filming The Long Dumb Road, the third feature film from director Hannah Fidell. Palermo’s recent credits as Dp include last year’s A Ghost Story, the 2014 horror film You’re Next and Fidell’s two previous features (A Teacher and 6 Years). Palermo spoke with Filmmaker ahead of The Long Dumb Road‘s premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Below he discusses the logistics of filming moving cars and his aim to “live up to our influences, and […] take them into a new […]
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‘The Long Dumb Road’: Jason Mantzoukas Discovers Some Mindblowing Details About The ‘Fast & Furious’ Pics – Sundance Clip

‘The Long Dumb Road’: Jason Mantzoukas Discovers Some Mindblowing Details About The ‘Fast & Furious’ Pics – Sundance Clip
Exclusive: Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road finds teenage Nathan (Tony Revolori) finding an unusual road mate in Richard (Jason Mantzoukas) as they traverse the southern United States to Los Angeles after the latter assists with car problems. Both are trying to find their way in life through bar fights, dope smoking and lost loves in this fish-out-of-water comedy, with Mantzoukas playing a mix of wisdom and idiocy to its zenith. This Nsfw scene is one such wonderful…
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‘The Long Dumb Road’ Director Hannah Fidell On Capturing “The Great American Road Trip” — Sundance Studio

‘The Long Dumb Road’ Director Hannah Fidell On Capturing “The Great American Road Trip” — Sundance Studio
Taking on her first comedy with the Sundance-premiering The Long Dumb Road, Sundance alum Hannah Fidell (A Teacher) found a game cast who would go with her on a classic journey through the American Southwest. Fidell’s film centers on Nathan (Tony Revolori), whose car breaks down on the road as he journeys to Los Angeles for his freshman year of college. At this transformative juncture, Nathan meets Richard (Jason Mantzoukas), a rowdy local mechanic who ends up joining him…
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Sundance Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’ Makes the Case for Jason Mantzoukas as a Leading Man

Welcome to the Jason Mantzoukas show. The Long Dumb Road, directed by Hannah Fidell, leans full-tilt into the anarchic charm of the long-time cult comedian to decidedly mixed results. Though it’s hard to blame the actor. Co-starring Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), the film concerns two strangers brought together on the… road. One is Nat (Revolori), an art school-bound teen lacking in experience; the other a recently-fired, middle-aged wanderer named Richard (Mantzoukas). On the way to Los Angeles, the duo become fast friends before it all starts to get complicated. Running 90 minutes and featuring some lovely southwestern scenery (courtesy of Andrew Droz Palermo), the film moves along at a nice clip until it begins to run out of steam.

Revolori’s doing fine work here, but the bulk of the weight lies on Mantzoukas. As written by Fidell and Carson D. Mell, the script demands a lot from the actor.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’
Freshman photography student Nathan (Tony Revolori) is on a quest to find the real America. On “The Long Dumb Road” of director Hannah Fidell’s title, his trek from Texas to Los Angeles, he pulls over to shoot shuttered movie theaters and American flags drooping over drive-thrus, the kind of cynical corporate salute a kid like him considers deep. He’s too snobby to actually eat a fast-food burger, but when his purple minivan breaks down in Fort Stockton, the real America — or at least, an alcoholic mechanic (Jason Mantzoukas) drifting through it — takes the wheel of his trip, with several disastrous detours and stretches of pleasant pointlessness.

The normcore-meets-nutcase road comedy is older than Route 66, and the film’s destination could have been plotted by Google Maps, as well as the familiar screen sight of two men companionably peeing together in the wilderness. Along the way, Nathan and Richard bond and bicker while navigating, and detonating
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Sundance Adds New Code of Conduct Policy For All Festivalgoers Ahead of 2018 Edition

Sundance Adds New Code of Conduct Policy For All Festivalgoers Ahead of 2018 Edition
In the wake of the sexual assault reports that shocked the film industry in 2017, the Sundance Film Festival has expanded a longstanding code of conduct policy for staffers and volunteers to all festivalgoers ahead of the 2018 edition. The policy is the most direct, public response by the festival to questions of safety and appropriate behavior within the film industry since reports about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault first made headlines in the fall.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein Accusations: How Film Festival Environments Provided a Backdrop For Sexual Assault

While the code of conduct is listed on Sundance’s website, it is more prominently displayed in the menu for the festival’s app, used by many festivalgoers navigating the schedule throughout the 10-day event. The Code of Conduct reads in full:

Sundance Film Festival is an environment where bold, creative, and distinctive voices are celebrated.

Sundance Institute is committed to
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2018 Sundance Add-Ons: Premieres include Hannah Fidell & Tamara Jenkins + Lynne Ramsay Confirmed for Spotlight

The Sundance Film Fest added the final touches to their 2018 edition, and we’ve now got a bonafide pair of must see films in the Premieres section with the latest from Hannah Fidell & Tamara Jenkins (we had both The Long Dumb Road and Private Life in our predictions list), and finally the fest confirmed (what they had already let out of the bag) that the best film of 2017 in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here will indeed have its North American premiere in Park City.

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Sundance 2018 Adds New Films From Lynne​ ​Ramsay, Hannah Fidell, Tamara​ ​Jenkins, and More

Sundance 2018 Adds New Films From Lynne​ ​Ramsay, Hannah Fidell, Tamara​ ​Jenkins, and More
The Sundance Film Festival has completed the announcement of its slate with today’s addition of ​eight​ ​feature​ ​films,​ ​a​ ​Vr​ ​experience,​ ​the​ ​Next​ ​Innovator’s​ ​Award​ ​juror​, ​and​ ​hosted​ ​retrospectives, all joining the 2018 fest’s lineup today. Notable features that will screen at the festival include the North American premiere of Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here,” featuring Joaquin Phoenix in his Cannes-winning role, along with new films from Hannah Fidell, Tamara Jenkins, and Jonas​ ​Åkerlund. The festival will also play home to a brand-new Vr experience inspired by Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion feature “Isle of Dogs.”

Read More:Sundance 2018 Premieres Include New Films From Gus Van Sant, Debra Granik, Morgan Neville, and Many More

Additionally, RuPaul​ ​will​ ​convene​ ​a​ ​retrospective​ ​of​ ​VH1’s​ ​Emmy-winning​ ​“RuPaul’s​ ​Drag​ ​Race”​ ​on​ ​the​ ​heels​ ​of​ ​its​ ​tenth​ ​season,​ ​and host​ ​a​ ​panel​ ​with​ ​executive​ ​producers​ ​and​ ​Sundance​ ​Film​ ​Festival
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Sundance: Wes Anderson Vr Project, Todd Haynes Retrospective Complete 2018 Lineup

Sundance: Wes Anderson Vr Project, Todd Haynes Retrospective Complete 2018 Lineup
The Sundance Film Festival finalized its 2018 lineup with the addition of 11 more programs, ranging from a pair of world premieres by female directors Hannah Fidell (“A Teacher”) and Tamara Jenkins (“The Savages”) to a special conversation with Sundance veteran Todd Haynes (“Poison”).

The festival also announced a new virtual reality project from Wes Anderson. Dubbed “Isle of Dogs Behind the Scenes,” the Vr installation puts the viewer inside the world of the filmmaker’s upcoming stop-motion animated film.

Hearts Beat Loud,” previously added to the Premieres section, has been confirmed as a Closing Night Film.

Combined with the earlier announcements of 110 feature films, New Frontier experimental work and the shorts and Indie Episodic sections, this completes a robust program for the independent film festival, which will unspool in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 18-28, 2018.

The latest additions:

Premieres

The​ ​Long​ ​Dumb​ ​Road​​ ​(Director:​ ​Hannah​ ​Fidell,​ ​Screenwriters:​ ​Hannah​ ​Fidell,​ ​Carson​ ​Mell,​ ​Producers:​ ​Hannah Fidell,
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'Lords Of Chaos' joins Sundance 2018 slate

RuPaul named inaugural and sole Next juror.

Jonas Åkerlund’s Lords Of Chaos, a drama about the tumultuous career of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, is one of eight features announced on Tuesday (December 19) as late additions to the Sundance Film festival line-up.

Festival top brass are adding a Vr experience and said RuPaul will serve as the inaugural and sole Next Innovator Award juror, and convene a retrospective of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race on the heels of its 10th season and host a panel alongside executive producers and Sundance veterans Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.

Hearts Beat Loud, announced previously in thePremieres section, is now confirmed as a closing night film.

The additions bring the number of features in play to 121, representing 29 countries and 53 first-time filmmakers, including 30 in competition. Selections were culled from 13,468 submissions including 3,901 feature-length films and 8,740 short films. The Sundance Film Festival is set to
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'Lords Of Chaos' joins Sundance 2018 slate

'Lords Of Chaos' joins Sundance 2018 slate
RuPaul named inaugural and sole Next juror.

Jonas Åkerlund’s Lords Of Chaos, a drama about the tumultuous career of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, is one of eight features announced on Tuesday (December 19) as late additions to the Sundance Film festival line-up.

Festival top brass are adding a Vr experience and said RuPaul will serve as the inaugural and sole Next Innovator Award juror, and convene a retrospective of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race on the heels of its 10th season and host a panel alongside executive producers and Sundance veterans Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.

Hearts Beat Loud, announced previously in thePremieres section, is now confirmed as a closing night film.

The additions bring the number of features in play to 121, representing 29 countries and 53 first-time filmmakers, including 30 in competition. Selections were culled from 13,468 submissions including 3,901 feature-length films and 8,740 short films. The Sundance Film Festival is set to run from January 18-28.

The late additions
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‘Blame’ Trailer: The Sexiest Debut of the Year Delivers a Taboo Take on ‘The Crucible’

‘Blame’ Trailer: The Sexiest Debut of the Year Delivers a Taboo Take on ‘The Crucible’
Using all of your college money to fund a first feature is a risky move, but in the case of Quinn Shephard, it paid off. The 22-year-old debuted “Blame” at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, it received universally warm praise as a solid first feature. In his review of the film, IndieWire’s Michael Nordine wrote “Reminiscent of both Hannah Fidell’s ‘A Teacher’ and Melanie Laurent’s ‘Breathe,’…“Blame,” though under-realized, shows great promise from a filmmaker who’s clearly just getting started.” In the first trailer, Shephard is a beguiling foil to Chris Messina in a decidedly grown-up role.

Read More:‘Blame’ Review: Quinn Shephard Makes a Strong First Impression in Her Debut as Writer, Director, and Star

Shephard plays high-school student Abigail (who else), a recent transfer from a mental institution who is battling a group of mean girls. When the dreamy substitute drama teacher
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Champs-Elysees Film Festival Fosters Franco-American Ties

This year’s sixth Champs-Elysees Film Festival (June 15-22) will screen 80 films, including 12 feature films and 20 shorts in competition. The main novelties include a new competitive section for French films and a separate jury for shorts.

The fest has further reinforced its industry activities in the context of the fourth edition of Paris Coproduction Village (June 20-22) and the U.S. in Progress pix-in-post sidebar, a bi-annual film event organized jointly by the Champs-Elysees fest and the New Horizons Assn. since 2011.

“It’s been a wonderful journey to date,” says fest director Sophie Dulac. “The event has been embraced in Paris, by both audiences and industry professionals. It exudes the glamour of an event like Cannes, against the backdrop of one of the world’s most iconic boulevards.”

The festival showcases independent films from America and France in some of Paris’ finest theaters, including the Ugc George V and Gaumont Ambassade.
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‘Blame’ Review: Quinn Shephard Makes a Strong First Impression in Her Debut as Writer, Director, and Star

‘Blame’ Review: Quinn Shephard Makes a Strong First Impression in Her Debut as Writer, Director, and Star
There’s good reason for “Blame” to feel lived-in and authentic: Writer, director and star Quinn Shephard is only 22 years old, making her just a few years removed from the film’s high-school environs. Given the nature of her Arthur Miller-inflected debut, one hopes she had an easier go of it than her character does.

Said heroine is Abigail, and if you’ve read “The Crucible” you might know why. Recently discharged from a mental institution, the troubled teen is now tasked with resuming her studies among a clique of mean girls who write harassing messages on her locker and generally do their utmost to make life miserable. Melissa (Nadia Alexander) serves as ringleader, though Shephard makes plain that Melissa’s habit of spreading misery to others is borne of her own pain. There are more victims than villains here, even if the impulse is always to assign, well,
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Principal Photography Kicks Off for Hannah Fidell’s “The Long Dumb Road”

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Hannah Fidell is following up “6 Years,” her portrait of dysfunctional young love, with a buddy comedy. Principal photography for “The Long Dumb Road” has begun in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a press release has announced.

Tony Revolori (“Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Jason Mantzoukas (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) star as two men who have little in common but are both at personal crossroads. They “meet serendipitously and take an unpredictable journey through the American Southwest,” the film’s official synopsis reveals. “At once comedic and honest, the film explores how differences in class, race, age, and life experience divide us, and how they can ultimately bring us together.”

Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”), who starred in Fidell’s 2015 relationship drama “6 Years,” has a supporting role in the project. The ensemble cast also includes Grace Gummer (“Good Girls Revolt”), Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”), and Ron Livingston (“Drinking Buddies”).

“It’s been my experience that the indie/festival world is very female-director friendly. It’s those higher-budgeted projects where it seems to be harder to break through,” Fidell told us when “6 Years” premiered at SXSW. At the time, she was working on the screenplay for “The Long Dumb Road.” “I’m in the middle of writing a comedy — two dudes on a road trip — that I co-wrote with my friend Carson Mell,” she said. “He wrote on ‘Eastbound and Down’ and currently writes on ‘Silicon Valley,’ so you know this film will be very different from anything I’ve done before, just as the improv-heavy ‘6 Years’ was vastly different from the meticulously planned out and scripted ‘A Teacher.’ I like a good challenge. And I like to feel that I’m always learning something new,” she emphasized.

The Long Dumb Road” was financed by Gamechanger Films, which invests in narrative features helmed by women. Fidell and Jacqueline “Jj” Ingram (“Operator”) are producing alongside Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams of Ten Acre Films (“Hellion”). Mynette Louie (“Lovesong”) and Alicia Van Couvering (“Christine”) are serving as executive producers along with Gamechanger’s Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger.

Principal Photography Kicks Off for Hannah Fidell’s “The Long Dumb Road” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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What Does a Woman Director Look Like? The Global Directors Initiative Seeks to Find Out

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The film industry’s gender divide is well known at this point, but action is often slow to follow knowledge. Fox took a step toward closing that gap with its Global Directors Initiative, which is “dedicated to cultivating emerging and established directors with diverse voices, backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives spanning episodic broadcast and cable television, filmed entertainment, sports and digital media.” The Fdi launched with an introductory video called simply “Fox Directors.” Watch below.

Read More: Adult Swim Creative Director on ‘Limiting Female Projects’: ‘Women Don’t Tend to Like Conflict’

Among the featured filmmakers are Hannah Fidell (“A Teacher”), Anja Marquardt (“She’s Lost Control”), Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park”), Marta Cunningham (“Valentine Road”), and Cherien Dabis (“May in the Summer”), all of whom briefly discuss their work and their experiences within the industry. The video is directed by Jessica Sanders, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose documentary “After Innocence
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‘Miss Stevens’ Trailer: Lily Rabe Molds Minds in Julia Hart’s South by Southwest Drama

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‘Miss Stevens’ Trailer: Lily Rabe Molds Minds in Julia Hart’s South by Southwest Drama
Miss Stevens” was one of the more-talked about films to emerge from this year’s edition of South by Southwest, where Lily Rabe won a Special Jury Recognition prize for her lead performance. Ahead of the drama’s release next month, the Orchard has released the film’s first trailer. Watch it below.

Read More: Exclusive ‘Miss Stevens’ Poster Lends Old School Charm to a New SXSW Breakout

Rabe (“Pawn Sacrifice”) stars as a high-school English teacher who chaperones a group of students (one of whom clearly has a crush on her) to a drama competition, with Timothée Chalamet, Rob Huebel and Oscar Nuñez in supporting roles. Ellen Page was originally attached to make her directorial debut with “Miss Stevens”; when she dropped out, co-writer Julia Hart stepped in to make her own behind-the-camera debut. Hart also wrote last year’s “The Keeping Room.”

Read More: Ellen Page Gets Behind The Camera
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