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Indiewire Podcast Live at Sundance: Listen to Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson Join Special Guests in Park City

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Screen Talk, Indiewire's weekly podcast hosted by deputy editor and chief film critic Eric Kohn and Thompson on Hollywood's Anne Thompson, came to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival this week. On Wednesday, Indiewire partnered with Airbnb for a live recording of the latest episode, which took place in front of a sold-out crowd at the Airbnb Haus on Main Street. Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Sundance Bible Introduced by Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper, the episode opened with Kohn and Thompson discussing this year's festival buzz and their different approaches to prioritizing films over the course of the chaotic proceedings. Taking a cue from the Airbnb Haus' theme of "strangers meeting strangers," they reflected on the value of meeting new filmmakers and encountering fresh visions in the festival environment. Then, they spoke with Crystal Moselle, the director of "The Wolfpack," which is currently playing in the festival's U. »


- Indiewire

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How I Shot That: Dp Brandon Trost on Shooting Sundance Darling 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

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As part of our "How I Shot That" series, Indiewire asked cinematographer Brandon Trost about his work on Marielle Heller's "Diary of a Teenage Girl," which recently world premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Based on the Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel, the period film starring Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Meloni and newcomer Bel Powley was shot on location in San Francisco. The film marked a shift back to independent films for Trost, who has recently been working on big-budget comedies such as "The Interview," "Neighbors," and "This is the End." What camera and lens did you use? Red Epic, C-Series Panavision anamorphic lenses How did you get involved with this project? It's funny. I got involved with this movie because of another movie called "MacGruber." It's basically a very bizarre collection. Mari, who directed this film, is married to Jorma Taccone, who is the director of »


- Paula Bernstein

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Review: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 4, 'Edie's Wedding,' Grows a Midwestern Rivalry

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"I swear to God I had something for this." (Summary)After an office interaction that should have been awkward but was hilarious instead — seriously, making Pam hold the coffee mug while Archer filled it with whipped cream and whiskey was the extra stroke that made the whole bit work — the former lovebirds/sex experts headed to Green Bay, Wisconsin for Pam's sister's wedding. One hitch: the cyborg using the remains of Barry's brain overheard their plans while heading to New York, presumably to kill Archer, and followed them to the northern hellhole that houses the worst team in the NFL. [Editor's note: As will become clear, the writer of this piece is a Chicago Bears fan.] Between an angry Barry and a somehow angrier Edie (Pam's sister), "Edie's Wedding" became a battle of epic proportions, culminating in the near-death of almost every character involved. Meanwhile, back in New York, Lana desperately seeks a babysitter after Archer bailed on his fatherly duties. »

- Ben Travers

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #70: Rick Alverson Returns to Divide Festival-Goers With 'Entertainment'

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Writer/director Rick Alverson ("The Comedy") returns with this nightmarish account of a traveling entertainer lost on the brink. In Alverson's immaculately bleak portrait, Gregg Turkington stars as The Comedian, caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation, occasionally challenged by an unexpected cast of characters played by Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz.  An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile »


- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #69: 'Seoul Searching' is the Angsty '80s Korean Teen Dramedy You Never Realized You Wanted

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Benson Lee's "Seoul Searching" is "The Breakfast Club" for South Korean suburbanites with a modern sensibility, an '80s setting, and a lot of heart. If it sounds like a hodgepodge of, like, total awesomeness, dude, that's what he's aiming for. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? It's a teen comedy/drama about a disparate group of Korean teens from around the world. They come together during the summer of 1986 to attend a special summer school in Seoul where they were sent to learn about their Korean heritage. Of course, the last thing on any teens mind is their "heritage." The story focuses on three boys -- a punker from La, a conservative student from Germany, and a Latin lover from Mexico who meet three girls who rock their world! Now what's it Really about? It's about the beauty of youth with all its angst, rebellion and acne. »


- Elizabeth Logan

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #68: J.M. Cravioto's 'Reversal' is an Hour and a Half of Cinematic Vengeance

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"Reversal" follows Eve, missing and presumed dead, but in reality, chained by her ankle and locked away in the dismal basement of a sexual predator. Lost to her family and friends, she wastes away in isolation between horrifying visits from her vile captor, who remains unaware that Eve has been maniacally planning her escape. With a carefully placed brick, she beats him senseless as he approaches and frees herself from his grasp at the outset of the film. But too quickly, she learns there are other girls in other houses facing sinister fates of their own. Making a deal with the devil, she vows to save them all, turning her torturer into her prisoner, one who will lead her to his prey one by one. Gleefully turning the tables on traditional horror tropes with this gorgeously shot and frenetically paced psychological thriller, director J.M Cravioto crafts a chilling tale »

- Jena Keahon

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #67: Filming 'Larry Kramer in Love & Anger' Allowed Jean Carlomusto to See Another Side of an Lgbt Activist

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Oftentimes, you don't know where your documentary will take you. For Jean Carlomusto, making her feature directing debut with "Larry Kramer in Love & Anger," that lesson was unavoidable: things took an abrupt turn when her subject turned ill. The film goes into the mind, the temperament and the will of the "Normal Heart" scribe, a man best known for his fiery and confrontational personality. Carlomusto found a way to move beyond that perception, as his illness and battle for life revealed his innate, profound sweetness and timidity. The result? A full, intimate portrait of a legendary activist. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? “Larry Kramer in Love & Anger” is an intimate look at the life and work of the playwright, author and Lgbt activist Larry Kramer, whose foresight and passion inspired a generation to fight for their lives. Now what's it Really about? It’s a warts-and-all portrait »


- David Canfield

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #66: John Crowley Adapts Colm Toibin's Acclaimed Novel With 'Brooklyn'

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Set on opposite sides of the Atlantic, John Crowley’s "Brooklyn" tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant exploring 1950s Brooklyn. Enticed by the bright promise of America, Eilis leaves Ireland and her mother’s home for New York City. Her homesickness vanishes as an intoxicating new romance draws Eilis in. However, her newfound independence is fleeting, when her past rears its head and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives she has built in each of them. Based on Colm Toibin’s renowned novel, director Crowley and writer Nick Hornby craft a compelling, epic romance. The lavish filmmaking illustrates a rapidly progressing world. Surrounded by a terrific cast of supporting characters, Saoirse Ronan is captivating in the role of Eilis. This consummate film tells a timeless tale of leaving home for new horizons, and the decisions one must make in choosing between past and future. »


- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #65: British Stage Director Rupert Goold Takes On Noir in 'True Story'

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Disgraced journalist Mike Finkel discovers a criminal has been hiding in Mexico under the name "Mike Finkel." His journey to track the man down and uncover the truth of his story is the "True Story" of this mind-twisting film. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? Two men are accused of lying: a star journalist and a hunted child killer. They are the same person. A true story about truth and stories. Now what's it Really about? Nemeses. Tell us briefly about yourself. I'm a British theatre director who has directed 70 productions and 2 Shakespeare films, mostly to acclaim. This is my first feature. Biggest challenge in completing this film? Making an ambiguous, troubling film within the studio system. What do you want Sundance audience to take away from your film? Two revelatory performances from two superb actors really stretching their range. Also, a new way of »


- Elizabeth Logan

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #64: Louise Osmond Brings Alive in 'Dark Horse' a Story That Existed Only In a Handful of Photographs

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"Dark Horse" follows barmaid Jan Vokes in a tiny village in one of the poorest mining valleys in Wales in the early 2000s. Jan hatches a crazy plan to take on the “sport of kings” and breed a racehorse. She gathers together a group of locals who each agree to pitch in 10 pounds a week. They raise their foal on a hillside made of slag from the coal mine and nurture it to maturity. Reflecting their pride and flights of fancy, they name their horse Dream Alliance. To the astonishment of the racing elite, Dream becomes an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land. Then, in one fateful race, the horse—which embodies the plucky band of misfits’ hopes and dreams—has a near-fatal accident. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Institute.] What's your film about in 140 characters or less? “Dark Horse” is an inspirational and life-affirming rags-to-riches true story of a barmaid who bred »


- Jena Keahon

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #63: Brad Besser Traces Inspiration for Cult Classic 'Beaver Trilogy' With 'Beaver Trilogy Part IV'

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In 1979, Kutv in Salt Lake City got a new video camera. Trent Harris, a producer for the station’s unconventional show "Extra," went to the parking lot to test the new equipment and bumped into a kid taking photos of the station’s news helicopter. The young man, who called himself "Groovin' Gary," was the self-proclaimed Rich Little of Beaver, Utah. His vibrant personality and small-town impressions of John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone, and Barry Manilow interested Harris enough that he gave him a business card and asked that Gary alert him if anything newsworthy happened in his hometown. What happened next spurred the Beaver Trilogy, an inventive collection of films documenting Harris's numerous attempts at re-creating the strange magic of the Beaver Kid. Director Brad Besser explores the appeal of this cult classic, delving into the mystery of Harris’s initial inspiration. Steeped in Sundance Film Festival history (the original Beaver Trilogy premiered at the. »


- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Sundance Review: White Supremacist Takes Over Small Town in Mesmerizing Doc 'Welcome to Leith'

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In 2012, longtime white supremacist leader Craig Cobb bought a property in Leith, North Dakota, a minuscule town that at the time counted 24 people as its population. That ominous development provides the starting point for "Welcome to Leith," directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker's fascinating portrait of bigotry incarnate. The filmmakers deliver an up-close look at recurring showdowns between infuriated locals and the disturbing figure of Cobb, along with the various likeminded forces who sprang up to support him. Filled with gripping showdowns and sinister agendas, the movie builds its unsettling power by depicting the struggle from both perspectives. While the delineation between good and evil holds strong, "Welcome to Leith" is also creepily even-handed.  The town's ramshackle appearance — "b-roll from 'The Walking Dead,'" as one journalist puts it — lends itself to the disturbing proceedings at hand. The vacant streets »


- Eric Kohn

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #62: Matthew Heineman Braves Mexican Drug Cartels In 'Cartel Land'

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When your government fails to protect you from murderous organized criminals, should a citizen take the law into their own hands to keep family, land, and country safe? This question is the heart of "Cartel Land," a vigorously visceral look into two modern-day vigilante movements. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads an uprising against the Knights Templar, the violent drug cartel that has terrorized the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley—a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley— an American veteran named Tim "Nailer" Foley heads a small paramilitary group known as Arizona Border Recon, who are trying to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across the border. Stalwart filmmaker Matthew Heineman ("Escape Fire") places himself front and center in the madness, as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel all attempt to enact their. »


- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #61: Bill and Turner Ross Made a Non-Fiction 'Western'

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Two brothers with a shared passion for filmmaking embark on a journey to tell a true-life frontier tale. The result is "Western," at once a nod to the classic cowboy flicks of the past and a stark look at our modern day. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? A story of changing times along the modern frontier. Now what's it Really about? It's a non-fiction western. Tell us briefly about yourself. Two brothers on an epic adventure to see, experience, and create documents of the times we're living in. Biggest challenge in completing this film? Doing justice to a grand tradition while being true to the integrity of realism and shared experience. Any films inspire you? A long list. The original backdrop was a slew of b-movie westerns we watched as kids with our dad in a rerun cinema in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Did a whole lot of revisiting during and after production. »


- Elizabeth Logan

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #60: Brett Haley Had No Room for Error During the Filming of 'I'll See You in My Dreams'

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“I’ll See You in My Dreams” follows Carol, a retired schoolteacher and a longtime widow in her 70s. She enjoys a tranquil routine playing cards with close friends, keeping up her garden, and relaxing with a glass of wine. When her beloved dog dies, there’s a mournful vacuum that draws new experiences and attachments into her world. She forges a friendship with her pool guy and allows a pal to drag her to a speed dating shindig. And then there’s the gravelly-voiced, exuberant gentleman, Bill, who comes out of nowhere. After not dating for 20 years, Carol finds herself thrown back into that world after a sudden loss. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Institute.]What's your film about in 140 characters or less? A sudden loss disrupts 70 year old Carol's life, propelling her into the dating world for the first time in 20 years. Now what's it Really about? It’s about a woman who is »

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Attention, Filmmakers: Think Outside the Box When it Comes to Casting

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Casting tends to be the most daunting task for any first-time filmmaker. Because of this, it's good to have a game plan.  For "Amira & Sam," I used a casting approach that can best be described as "The Airport Model," which meant that I focused my search on "Departures" (Martin Starr as a romantic leading man) and "Arrivals" (newcomer Dina Shihabi). Accomplished actors are extremely wary about working with an unproven director and their concern is well-founded: one bad role can set back a career that's taken them decades to build. In their minds, the risk far outweighs any potential reward. So how do you, as the filmmaker, balance out this risk/reward equation? You present them with a role that is so different and compelling from anything they've ever done. The best kept secret in the casting world is that all truly great actors are dying to challenge themselves with an exciting role. »


- Sean Mullin

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Watch: Very Nsfw Clip From 'Maison Close' Features May-December Lovemaking

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The French aren't afraid of a little nudity -- so trust us, you don't want to watch this strange new clip at work, which is Nsfw from minute one. Set in a Parisian brothel circa 1871, the preview shows (from a variety of angles) a young woman and her client, a decidedly older gentlemen who appears to be a General, making passionate love. We are then led into a bustling brothel teeming with guests and prostitutes. A young man is pulled into the fray by his father, who requires his son to "prove his manhood." The reluctant boy is a poet, and more interested in looking at paintings on the wall than at the women themselves; but as one of the hookers assures them, "the girls love a poet."  Originally a drama on Canal Plus that premiered in 2010, in 2012 HBO picked up the remake rights to "Maison Close," which follows three »


- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #59: Daniel Garcia and Rania Attieh Put A Modern, Almost Bizarre, Twist on an Old Tale In 'H.'

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The ancient Greek myth of Helen of Troy is re-interpreted and re-imagined in "H.", the tale of two Helens living in Troy, New York, whose lives being to unravel after their town is hit by a natural (perhaps supernatural) disaster. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? Two women descend into madness after an alleged meteor strike sets off a series of strange events in their town of Troy, N.Y #Hthefilm Now what's it Really about? H. is a mysterious, modern interpretation of a classic tragedy in which two women, each named Helen, live mirrored lives in the town of Troy, NY. The first Helen is in her 60s, lives with her husband, and takes care of an eerily lifelike baby doll called a “Reborn Doll,” which she cares for as though it were alive. The second Helen is in her 30s, has a successful art career and is four months pregnant. »

- Elizabeth Logan

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'Parenthood' Postmortem: Will We Ever See Another Show Like It?

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When "Parenthood" began its six-season run on NBC nearly five years ago, in March of 2010, the network was in last place. Faced with failure after failure while trying to recreate its "Must-See TV" brand, which once featured mega-hits like "Cheers," "Seinfeld" and "Friends," the Peacock was looking for something, anything to bring it back to the glory days of not so long ago. Their highest-rated shows included "The Biggest Loser," "The Office" and "The Sing Off," but none could crack double digits in total viewers at the time and only one was a scripted series.  So there was considerable pressure on "Parenthood," as hopes were high for the drama based on the popular '89 film and featuring an all-star ensemble, a respected showrunner, award-winning producers and was following the popular trend of the time. On paper, it had all the ingredients necessary for a big, broadcast hit. The only »


- Ben Travers

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Sundance Review: Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn Anchor Uneven 'Mississippi Grind'

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In "Mississippi Grind," Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a gambling addict who doesn't know when to cash his chips in and call it a day; Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) is a flighty traveler who likes to gamble for fun and doesn't care about winning or losing. United by the appreciation of a rainbow, they develop a great friendship. But Gerry's dangerous lifestyle begins to catch up with him when his loan shark gets impatient with his lack of payments. Believing that Curtis brings good luck, Gerry asks him to come along on a trip on a gambling tour in Mississippi to pay off his debts. Directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden ("Half Nelson") return to Sundance with a road trip that explores the back roads of America and ventures into the dark rooms where high stakes gambling takes place.  It soon becomes clear that Gerry is burning out, as he continues to »


- Sterlin Johnson

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