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Kino Lorber Acquires Locarno Winner 'Songs From The North'

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Read More: Locarno Review: North Korean History Takes on Personal Dimension in 'Songs From the North' Kino Lorber has acquired North American distribution rights to Soon-Mi Yoo's acclaimed documentary "Songs From The North." The movie won the Golden Leopard for Best First Feature at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival. "Songs From The North" is South Korean director Soon-Mi Yoo's meditation on North Korean society. The essay film is a mixture of archival materials and footage shot in the country over the course of four years and three visits. Handling editing and camera duties, Yoo recontextualizes the cold nature of North Korea's government-mandated image by getting intimate with its ramifications. The final result transcends borders and becomes a rescue mission for the country's soul.  "'Songs from the North' is a hauntingly beautiful film that opens the eyes and mind to the deeper complexity of a culture »


- Zack Sharf

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Watch: David Lynch-Approved 'Uncle John' Has A Murder to Cover Up in Exclusive Trailer and Poster

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Read More: FilmBuff to Release SXSW Small-Town Thriller 'Uncle John' Steven Piet's directorial debut "Uncle John" is giving "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Gone Baby Gone" actor John Ashton his juiciest role in years. Ashton stars as the eponymous John, a beloved resident of a small-town who commits murder and faces the consequences of covering it up. The official synopsis reads: "Dutch, a small-town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John, a loved and well-respected member of the community, is not a suspect, but has everything to do with it. Rumors and theories about Dutch's fate are main topics of discussion all around town. Dutch's younger brother, Danny, who shares the family's bad reputation, has his own theory about the mystery and it centers on John. Meanwhile, John's nephew, Ben, leads a life replete with snarky jokes and gourmet coffee as a hip Chicago motion graphics designer. »


- Zack Sharf

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'The D-Train' Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens on Trying to Get the 'Film Look' Digitally

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[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "The D-Train," is available now On Demand.]  Giles Nuttgens, the British cinematographer best known for his collaborations with Deepa Mehta ("Fire," "Earth," "Water," "Midnight's Children") as well as Scott McGehee and David Siegel ("The Deep End," "Bee Season," "What Maisie Knew") had two indie films out in 2014, both of which debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival: Stuart Murdoch's musical "God Help the Girl" and Jake Paltrow's dystopian "Young Ones." His latest project couldn't be more different. Written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, "The D-Train," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a dark dramedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. Read More: Jack Black »


- Paula Bernstein

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Watch: Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore Face Life-Shattering News in Heartfelt 'Miss You Already' Trailer

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Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Adds New Galas and Special Presentations, Including 'Mr. Right,' 'I Saw the Light,' 'Our Brand is Crisis' and 'Equals' Catherine Hardwicke has spent her post-"Twilight" years experimenting with big-budget fairytales ("Red Riding Hood") and scrappy indie rock dramas ("Plush"), but it looks like the filmmaker's new drama, "Miss You Already," should give the filmmaker her most accessible film yet. With a tearjerker-ready story and what looks to be two infectious lead performances by Drew Barrymore and Toni Colllete, expect the film to make a splash at its Tiff world premiere before opening in theaters November 6. The official synopsis reads: "'Miss You Already' is an honest and powerful story following two best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), as they navigate life's highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can't remember a time they didn't. »


- Zack Sharf

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'Somm: Into the Bottle' to World Premiere as Napa Valley Film Festival Opening Night Film

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Read More: New Documentary Exploring the Exclusive Court of Master Sommeliers to Open This Summer The Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff) has announced Samuel Goldwyn Films' "Somm: Into the Bottle" will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Film on November 11. The film marks writer-director Jason Wise's sequel to his 2013 film "Somm," which had its world premiere as the Opening Night Film at Nvff in 2012. The official synopsis reads: "Through the eyes of the world’s greatest somms and winemakers, 'Somm: Into the Bottle' raises the curtain on the seldom-seen world that surrounds the wine we drink by allowing viewers intimate access to the most accomplished sommeliers in the world, as well as to some of the most prestigious winemakers working today. By opening some of the world’s most rare bottles of wine, the viewer will understand how a wine ages, what happens in a cellar »


- Zack Sharf

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Podcast: 'Drunk History' Creator Derek Waters Shares Stories of Underdogs and Not Changing the Title of the Show

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As "Drunk History" enters its third season on Comedy Central tonight, it's a landmark that Derek Waters probably hadn't planned for when he sent out the first installment, back when it existed solely as a fledgling web series.  "It was just a one-time thing," Waters said on this week's episode of Indiewire Influencers. But now, after a number of iterations, the show has gone from a single online video ("when the front page of YouTube was cool," in Waters' words) to primetime on basic cable. "I love frustrated passion, when someone's trying so hard to do something but they just, for whatever reason, can't achieve it," Waters said. Fitting, given the nature of the show, which features celebrities reenacting events from American history, as told by inebriated comedians and ordinary citizens alike. Waters explained, "They really want to tell the story and you really want them to get it right. »


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Elijah Wood and SpectreVision Co-Founders Selected as 2015 Fantastic Market Special Guests

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Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s How to Get Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team to Produce Your Film Fantastic Fest's genre movie market, Fantastic Market, has announced that SpectreVision co-founders Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood will be its 2015 special guests. According to Fantastic Fest, "The SpectreVision partners will open the market on September 24 with a special keynote presentation covering a variety of topics including the company's origins, its approach to film development, production and financing as well as the operation of the company's music division." The company's latest "SpectreVision Presents" film, titled "Belladonna of Sadness," will be having its world premiere at the festival. "SpectreVision was an early supporter of Fantastic Market when it started in 2013," says market director Rodney Perkins. "We are excited to have them discuss their insights about the film industry and share »


- Zack Sharf

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XLrator Media Acquires Zoë Bell Action-Thriller 'Camino'

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Read More: XLrator Media Acquires Tribeca Winner 'Five Star' XLrator Media, the up-and-coming distribution company behind "Jimi: All Is By My Side" and "The Machine," has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Camino," an action-thriller starring Quentin Tarantino-regular Zoë Bell and filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo. Fully financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, the film will be released in early 2016 on XLrator's Turbo action label. The film's official synopsis reads: "Set in 1985, war photographer Avery Taggert (Zoë Bell) has built a solid career with her stark and honest imagery, all the while remaining emotionally distant from her subjects. When she embeds in the jungles of Colombia with a squad of missionaries led by a beloved and charismatic Spaniard known as 'El Guero' (Nacho Vigalondo), she finds herself in the middle of a conflict as violent as any she's photographed. One night, »


- Zack Sharf

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FilmRise Acquires Cannes Classic Doc 'Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans'

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Read More: Watch: 'Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans' Trailer Puts You Behind the Wheel With the Acting Icon FilmRise has acquired select U.S. rights to the Cannes Classics documentary "Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans," a searing portrait of one of Hollywood’s greatest icons during the production of the film that nearly destroyed him. The Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor will release the film in select theaters in New York and L.A. on November 13, as well as day-and-date on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray. The documentary follows the iconic actor as he mounts a passion project centered around his love for car racing. McQueen wanted to create a sports drama set at Le Mans, a 24-hour car race in France, but the production was plagued by financial troubles, on-set rivalries and rumors of McQueen's own scandalous affairs, all of which unraveled the actor's »


- Zack Sharf

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16th Woodstock Film Festival Reveals Full Slate, Including Centerpiece 'The Walk'

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Read More: 16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival Announces World Cinema Program The Woodstock Film Festival is pulling out all the stops for its 16th anniversary thanks to a full slate that includes "The Walk," "The Adrenal Diaries," "Rendez-Vous" and more. The 2015 edition of the festival takes place September 30 - October 4 in the Hudson Valley towns of Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties and Kingston. "As we enter into our sixteenth year, I reflect upon the past years of gradual growth and am thrilled by how the festival has opened itself up into the world while maintaining the core authenticity and artistry that it was first founded on," said Woodstock Film Festival's co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. "I invite everyone to come and discover the many national and international selections that make up our 2015 lineup, as each is its own unique gem and in each you will find something that will inspire and move. »

- Zack Sharf

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Exclusive 'Neon Bull' Poster Gives Tiff and Venice an Exotic Splash of Color

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Read More: Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup: Includes 'Equals' and 'The Danish Girl' World Premieres, New Noah Baumbach Documentary After turning heads at various festivals last year with his impressive, near-silent docudrama "August Winds," Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro is getting ready to do it all over again with his second feature, "Neon Bull." The film will be screening in both the Orizzonti section at Venice at the Platform program at Tiff, the latter of which will mark its North American premiere. The drama's official Tiff synopsis reads: "Gabriel Mascaro's second fiction feature unfolds within the world of the 'vaquejada,' a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar (Juliano Cazarré), a handsome cowboy who works the events. While he's not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar's real dream is to design. »


- Zack Sharf

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Watch: Christina Applegate Reveals Meryl Streep's Dark Side in Funny or Die Short

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Just because Lifetime aired "UnREAL" — one of the best shows of this summer — doesn't mean they've given up one of their other popular franchises: the scandalous biopic. And who's had the most scandalous life, it turns out? None other than Hollywood bad girl Meryl Streep.  At least, that's Funny or Die's take in this short starring Christina Applegate in the role of a lifetime: playing the woman who's played a hundred "roles of a lifetime." Applegate recreates many of Streep's most iconic performances and... well, she tries, gosh darn it. And it's at least good enough for a Lifetime movie.  Applause, by the way, for the "#meryl" embedded on screen. After all, it's the live-Tweeting that's the best part of the experience.  Check out the video above.  Read More: Review: Lifetime's 'UnREAL' Is Officially The Show You Need to Be Watching This Summer »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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For Your Consideration: Which Films That We've Already Seen Will Make Oscar's Cut?

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It's been roughly six months since Indiewire's coverage of the mammoth 2014-2015 awards season came to an end. Our regular For Your Consideration column has laid dormant ever since, its most recent edition a year-in-advance stab at what might become of the next awards season. But with the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival just days away, "next" is soon to be now. So: Welcome to the first edition of this season's For Your Consideration column, which will run regularly every week from this point forward. The focus of this particular column is not a preview of what's to come (you can check that out here), but what we already know from the year's first eight months -- whether via festival screenings or theatrical releases. A year ago, it seemed like "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Whiplash" were varying degrees of iffy when it came to gaining major Oscar momentum, »


- Peter Knegt

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10 Things the Fall Festivals Could Tell Us About Awards Season

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Read More: Which Films That We've Already Seen Will Make Oscar's Cut? The Venice Film Festival kicks off this week with the world premiere of "Everest" and that's as good as a starting gun: Awards season is here. Over the next six weeks, Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York (which has established itself as the full-on fourth member of the fall festival Oscar influencers) will offer the first look at dozens of films that may or may not factor into this year's race. From new work by Oscar favorites Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Ridley Scott, Robert Zemeckis, Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper to films that could emerge out of nowhere, these festivals are the first opportunity for awards prognostication to move beyond intelligent (and sometimes not-so-intelligent) guessing. Granted, this year has already offered some clues. We went over them in this article, which suggests "Brooklyn," "Carol," "Inside Out," "Mad Max: Fury. »


- Peter Knegt

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Watch: The Consequences of Drone Warfare are Deadly in Exclusive 'Full Contact' Trailer

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Read More: Watch: Eddie Redmayne Becomes 'The Danish Girl' in First Trailer for Awards Contender From writer-director David Verbeek ("How to Describe A Cloud") comes a new film about what happens to a person when they are ridden with the guilt of killing innocent people. French actor Grégoire Colin stars as a drone operator who struggles with his guilt once he finds out one of his strikes killed innocent people. The drama also stars french actors Lizzie Brocheré and Slimane Dazi. The official film synopsis tells us: "Modern warfare keeps Ivan (Grégoire Colin) safe and disconnected from his prey. But after this incident, this disconnectedness starts to apply to everything in his life. He is unable to process his overwhelming feelings of guilt, but needs to open up to his new love Cindy (Lizzie Brocheré). Only by facing his victims can he rediscover his humanity and find a new purpose in life. »


- Sonya Saepoff

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Train Passengers Enter Animated World to Escape Commute in 'Fellow Travellers'

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Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Fellow Travellers Logline: A group of commuters escape from their dull "live action" lives into the "2D animated" world of dream, in which they can become their true selves. Elevator Pitch:  Ever had that feeling while stuck on your commute that you wish you were doing something better with your life? That you're somehow stuck in a rut, or can't change something that's getting you down? The three characters from Fellow Travellers: family man Colin, young woman Rose, and businessman Elliot, feel that every day. But at night, they go into the beautiful technicolour world of dream, where they can become their 'true' selves. »

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Watch: Nsfw 'Hallway' Short is Sexy and Subversive Fun From a New Face of Independent Film

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Read More: Necrophilia and Heavy Metal Among SXSW's Midnight and Short Films Lineup Leah Shore's wild short "Hallway" premiered at this year's SXSW Film Festival, where the sexy (literally, Shore shot the entire film in a Brooklyn sex club) offering was part of the festival's well-regarded shorts section. As Shore herself tells it, the film "is queer, about mental disability and existential breakdowns and is set in a real Brooklyn sex dungeon." That's not the sort of longline you hear every day. In 2013, Shore was included as one of Filmmaker Magazine's "New Faces of Independent Film," and the bold short shows off Shore's unique style and exactly why she's one to watch."The only trouble I have encountered with my film is that in creating something that is in essence both sexually and gender neutral, people have a hard time categorizing it. I guess some consider that a problem, »


- Kate Erbland

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How Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan Took Control Of Their Lives For A Show About Their Lives

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Every step of a television show's life cycle is cause for celebration or commiseration. And "The Jim Gaffigan Show," an affable family sitcom starring (surprise!) comedian Jim Gaffigan, has had both in its history. After a long and complicated development run, the series finally found a home at TV Land, which was more than supportive of the show based on the lives of Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie, who are raising five kids in the heart of New York City. And yesterday, TV Land announced that the series would return for a second season, promising even more family-focused antics. Read More: Darren Star On How TV Has Changed From '90210' to 'Younger' Below, Indiewire was able to ask the real-life Gaffigans how the show came together, why Jeannie isn't playing herself and what goes into making a series that basically can be described as "artisanal comedy." So »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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37th Aspen Filmfest Announces Full Lineup, Including 'Room,' 'Son of Saul' and More

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Read More: 37th Aspen Film Festival Announces Brie Larson Oscar Contender 'Room' as Opening Night Film Aspen Film has released the full schedule for the 37th Aspen Filmfest, which runs September 25-30 at Paepcke Auditorium and the Isis Theater in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. The six-day event is a "celebration of independent and big-screen cinema for locals and visitors," and this year Aspen Filmfest has gotten its hands on some of the biggest titles from Cannes and Sundance, as well as films that are set to dominate the fall festival circuit.  Check out of all the titles playing the festival below. Synopses provided by Aspen Filmfest. Special Presentations: City Of Gold (dir. Laura Gabbert, USA, 2014, 96 min.)Opening Night Documentary, Friday, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m., Paepcke AuditoriumQ+A with filmmaker Laura Gabbert Room (dir. Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada, 2015, 113 min.)Opening Night Feature, Friday, Sept. 25, 8:15 p. »


- Zack Sharf

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The 17 Indie Films You Must See This September: '99 Homes,' 'Goodnight Mommy' and More

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"Before We Go" (September 4)(Film Page) Director: Chris Evans Cast: Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Mark Kassen, Emma Fitzpatrick Criticwire Average: C Why is it a "Must See"? Chris Evans has spent the past several years immersed in the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to his career-making role as Captain America, but he's scaling way back and revealing a more sensitive side for his directorial debut, "Before We Go." The film premiered last year at Tiff and stars Evans and Alice Eve as Pete and Abby, two strangers who run into one another at Grand Central Station after the latter gets stranded. When Pete offers to help Abby find her way in the city, the two wind up adventuring around New York and finding romance over the course of one fateful night. Evans and Eve's natural charm in front of the camera has served him well in the past, which leads »


- Zack Sharf

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