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Attention, Filmmakers: Oxford Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions

31 July 2015 1:13 PM, PDT

Read More: Watch: James Franco's 'The Sound and the Fury' Clip Features Award-Worthy Scott Haze The Oxford Film Festival, which takes place in Oxford, Mississippi, is accepting entries for next year's festival in all programming categories, including music videos, documentaries and more. The festival, which typically takes place after the Sundance Film Festival, has hosted regional premieres of films like James Franco's "The Sound and the Fury" and Chad Hartigan's "This is Martin Bonner." All submissions will be accepted at Film Freeway until November 15, but you can save money by submitting sooner.  The festival will be run by newly-appointed Executive Director Melanie Addington, who will work alongside Mark Rabinowitz and Kim Voynar as head programmers. Mary Margaret Andrews, Courtney Hall, Newt Rayburn, Deborah Barker, Maggie Woodward, Michelle Emanuel and Brooke White will also make up the 2016 programming team. The 2016 Oxford Film Festival »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Watch: Step Into the Out-of-Control World of National Lampoon in 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' Nsfw Trailer

31 July 2015 11:57 AM, PDT

Read More: Sundance: How 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' Director Pulled Off a Documentary About The National Lampoon No one was safe when it came to National Lampoon's jokes. The boundary-pushing, one-of-a-kind publication is the focus of Douglas Tirola's documentary, "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon."  The documentary covers the founding of the magazine by two Harvard graduates, its rise to fame, expansion to radio shows, albums and other mediums and its eventual demise. Through never-before seen interviews during the magazine's prime and pictures from the magazine itself, Tirola paints a picture of the outrageous world of the magazine during its 28-year lifespan. It also features interviews with prominent names in comedy like Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, Chevy Chase, John Goodman and Bill Murray. Check out the hilarious, Nsfw trailer above. Read More: Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #33: Timely 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Watch: Coach Kyle Chandler Gets Pissed Off in Alamo Drafthouse 'Don't Talk' PSA

31 July 2015 11:36 AM, PDT

Read More: Kyle Chandler & Ben Mendelsohn on 'Full Contact' Acting in 'Bloodline' Kyle Chandler, known for his beloved role as Coach Eric Taylor on "Friday Night Lights," has teamed up with Alamo Drafthouse for a new PSA to keep moviegoers eyes' glued to the big screen and not their phones "Don't Talk PSA: Coach" features Chandler in the middle of an inspirational pep talk that is disrupted by rude phone users. After the classic "Clear eyes, full hearts" quote, he gets up close and personal with the camera and shows his disapproval.  Check out the hilarious PSA above, courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse.  Read More: Kyle Chandler Reveals the Secret of 'Friday Night Lights' Brilliance »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Springboard: 'Fort Tilden' Writer and Director Sarah-Violet Bliss Knows Why You Hate Her Characters and Is Totally Okay With It

31 July 2015 10:43 AM, PDT

Read More: SXSW Review: Why 'Fort Tilden,' A Satire of Privileged Young Brooklynites, Won the Grand Jury Prize Indiewire's Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention. You're going to have an opinion about Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers' "Fort Tilden" or, at least, that's how the SXSW winner is being marketed to movie-goers. The purposely uncomfortable comedy won the Narrative Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in 2014 and is finally getting a theatrical and VOD release later this summer. Written and directed by former Nyu classmates Bliss and Rogers, the feature follows best pals Allie (Clare McNulty) and Harper (Bridey Elliott) as they attempt to venture across Brooklyn to Fort Tilden beach to hang out with some hot dudes they're interested in getting to know better (yes, in a Biblical sense). Their quest is complicated by a number of problems, from their almost »


- Kate Erbland

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IFC Midnight Acquires Chloe Sevigny and Natasha Lyonne Film '#Horror'

31 July 2015 9:42 AM, PDT

Read More: Exclusive: First Look At Tara Subkoff’s Directorial Debut ‘#Horror’ With Chloe Sevigny, Taryn Manning & More IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Tara Subkoff's star-studded film, "#Horror."  Based on actual events, the film follows a group of 12-year-old girls whose obsession with a social media game turns a cyberbullying incident into a chaotic situation. "#Horror" centers on the increasingly cruel and dog-eat-dog online world where popularity can be achieved at the cost of human lives.  The film stars Chloe Sevigny, Tim Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Balthazar Getty, Stella Schnabel, Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindberg, Mina Sundwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Lydia Hearst and Taryn Manning. "#Horror" premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Read More: Jack Black Takes 'The D-Train,' Chloe Sevigny Feels '#Horror' And John Turturro & Vanessa Paradis Say 'Rio, I Love »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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10 Steps for Turning Your 45-Second YouTube Video Into a Comedy Central Web Series

31 July 2015 9:34 AM, PDT

1. Be at the lowest point in your life. This one's important because it adds character. You will know when you're at your lowest point in your life because you will be emptying your retirement account from the day job you briefly had back when you had common sense and wanted a "stable" "life." You won't know this yet, but having a retirement account you once emptied will feel nostalgic when you can't afford cheese at Trader Joe's. The cheese day will be the actual lowest point in your life. Then an ovarian cyst will explode and you'll owe the hospital $10,000. In the end,it will be less like a "low point" and more like a "downward spiral." Congratulations! You're on your way. Read More: 6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Making a Web Series 2. Make a thing you think no one will care about (and make that go viral »

- Taylor Orci

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Watch: Exclusive Clip From Simeon Rice's Directorial Debut 'Unsullied' Features the Most Charming Kidnappers

31 July 2015 8:49 AM, PDT

Simeon Rice has transitioned from former NFL defensive end to feature film writer-director in his directorial debut, "Unsullied."  The film follows track star Reagan after her car breaks down in a remote part of Florida. After she accepts help from two seemingly nice men, she wakes up in a dark room and realizes the pair has darker intentions. The drama stars Murray Gray, Rusty Joiner and James Gaudioso and was co-written by Rice and "3 Days in December" writer John Nodilo. "Unsullied" will premiere in theaters on August 28. Check out the exclusive clip above. Read More: August 2015 Film Preview »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Watch: Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner are Uncensored, Hilarious and 'Difficult People' in Hulu Series' First Trailer

31 July 2015 8:25 AM, PDT

Hulu is getting ready to roll out some high profile new shows, including Jason Katims' "The Way" (starring Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan), Jason Reitman's "Casual" (with Eliza Coupe and Francis Conroy), and the Stephen King/J.J. Abrams/James Franco collaboration "11/22/63." But before those original series attempt to rebrand the streaming service by offering up big name talent, two smaller names have an under-the-radar offering that looks to be just as much of a "must watch" as these heavy-hitting dramas.  Read More: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg's Got Plans For a Darker, Weirder Season 3 Billy Eichner (who most people know as Craig from "Parks and Recreation" or the loud man who roams the boulevards of New York in "Billy on the Street") and Julie Klausner (most recently seen as Donna on the now-canceled Fox series "Mulaney" but better known as the host of her podcast, »


- Ben Travers

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The Best Foreign-Language Films of 2015 According to the Criticwire Network

31 July 2015 8:11 AM, PDT

Throughout the year, members of Indiewire's Criticwire Network -- comprised of nearly 500 critics from around the world -- have been adding their grades and reviews to our database of film pages. Below is a collection of documentaries that have been released in theaters (or on widely available streaming sites) during that time that have a) received 10 or more reviews and b) maintained a grade average of "B+" or higher. Averages and totals are subject to change, but we'll update the list with new additions as notable titles make their way onto theaters or VOD screens across the country.  This is just one of our running list of the best-reviewed films of the year. For more of the top titles of 2015, be sure to peruse our collections of the best documentaries and the best overall films. Every time we update any of these lists, we gather the analysis of the overall »

- Steve Greene

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Watch: Pregnant Actress Goes 'Black Swan' Crazy in Exclusive 'Olmo and the Seagull' Trailer

31 July 2015 8:06 AM, PDT

Read More: Watch: Petra Costa On 'Elena,' Brazilian Documentary Films and More For their first collaboration, directors Petra Costa and Lea Glob have developed a dark look into the mind of a pregnant actress and the challenges she faces when trying to succeed. In "Olmo and the Seagull," actress Olivia prepares for the starring role of Arkadina in a theatrical production of Chekhov's "The Seagull." As she begins to prepare for the role, she learns that she is pregnant. At first, she is ready to take on both the pregnancy and the character, but she soon faces setbacks that threaten her pregnancy and clash with her success as an actress. In "Black Swan" fashion, Olivia looks into the mirror and sees herself as both female characters of the play: Arkadina, the aging actress, and Nina, the increasingly chaotic actress.  The film is set to screen at the 2015 Locarno »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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9 Cult Films That Deserve a Television Prequel Series

31 July 2015 8:04 AM, PDT

Read More: How 'Wet Hot American Summer' Creators David Wain and Michael Showalter Got the 'Camp' Back Together "Airplane!" (Jim Abraham, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1980)Office-set high jinks have long made for excellent television show fodder -- from "Night Court" to "Taxi," "The Office" to "Cheers," the landscape has always been vast and chockfull of possibilities -- and a fresh television take on "Airplane!" could easily take off using that kind of framework. The original Zaz feature film made generous use of flashbacks (including literally haunting disco melodies) and frequently alluded to pre-existing relationships, so while it may sound a little silly (fine, even surely silly) to claim that the film has a rich universe of information to pull from, the signs are there. Just imagine the possibilities: a Mash-like treatment of Ted Striker's time in the war, a goofy workplace sitcom about whatever the hell happens »


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Jason Segel on Why He Wants 'The End of the Tour' Audiences to Forget They're Watching Him Onscreen

31 July 2015 7:55 AM, PDT

Read More: James Ponsoldt on Why 'The End of the Tour' Is Not a David Foster Wallace Biopic David Foster Wallace is not the sort of role that an actor takes lightly. When Jason Segel (known primarily as the self-effacing funnyman who starred in Apatow joints "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "I Love You, Man" as well as happily married Marshall on ubersitcom "How I Met Your Mother") signed on to portray the celebrated writer in James Ponsoldt’s "The End Of The Tour," he exercised due diligence. The result was a performance of unanticipated nuance and power, uncannily replicating the Wallace preserved in interview clips and writing samples while also unearthing hidden depths of personality that only a premise this intimate could afford.  Jesse Eisenberg joins Segel as small-time novelist David Lipsky, sent by Rolling Stone to cover the tail end of Wallace’s book tour in support of "Infinite Jest. »


- Charles Bramesco

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MoMA to Honor Robert Zemeckis in Retrospective, Includes 'The Walk' Special Screening

31 July 2015 7:27 AM, PDT

Read More: Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a 'Man on Wire' in Thrilling 'The Walk' Trailer Director Robert Zemeckis, known for creating blockbuster franchises such as "Back to the Future" and dramas like "Forrest Gump," will be honored by the Museum of Modern Art in the retrospective "What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert Zemeckis."  The retrospective will open with a special screening of Zemeckis' latest film, "The Walk," which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as high-wire artist Philippe Petit during his walk between the Twin Towers. On October 3, MoMA will celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Back to the Future" by screening all three of the franchise's films back to back, just in time for October 21, 2015, when Marty McFly travels to the future in "Back to the Future II."  Zemeckis' "The Walk" will premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 26. "What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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How These Award-Winning Filmmakers Made an Incredibly Timely Historical Documentary

31 July 2015 7:08 AM, PDT

Morgan Neville won an Oscar for his 2013 crowd-pleasing documentary "20 Feet From Stardom," about back-up singers who could be stars in their own right. With "Best of Enemies," co-directed by Neville and Robert Gordon, the subject matter is seemingly more rarefied, but just as engaging. The new film chronicles the live television debates between conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal during the Democratic and Republican national conventions in the summer of 1968. Though a historical documentary about a television debate may sound dull, "Best of Enemies" is anything but as the directors focus on the two "leads'" oversized personalities and their intensely contentious relationship. Read More: How This Director Used 3D Technology to Bring Marlon Brando Back to Life In addition to the magnetic, larger-than-life characters at its center, "Best of Enemies" delves into the introduction of point-counterpoint type »


- Paula Bernstein

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, July 31; What Will You See?

31 July 2015 7:07 AM, PDT

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 31. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Director: Christopher McQuarrie Cast: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, America Olivo, Simon McBurney, Zhang Jingchu, Jorge Leon Martinez, Hermione Corfield, Sean Cronin, Lasco Atkins Synopsis: "With the Imf disbanded, and Ethan out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust, who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet." Criticwire Grade Average: B (9 reviews) Vacation Director: John »


- Steve Greene

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Here's What These Filmmakers Wish They Knew Before They Made Their Films

31 July 2015 6:55 AM, PDT

Based in Montreal, Canada and running from July 14-August 5, the Fantasia International Film Festival, now in its 19th year, is North America's longest-running (and at three weeks, longest) genre festival. This year's festival features 136 feature films and nearly 300 short films from 36 countries including 22 world premieres.  Read More: Filmmaker Survey: The Biggest Challenges BAMcinemaFest 2015 Filmmakers Faced Indiewire reached out to the feature filmmakers with movies screening at this year's Fantastia Fest and asked, "What do you wish someone had told you about indie filmmaking before you got started?" Below are their responses (in some cases, edited for length): "Don't be afraid of the paperwork, and don't let anyone 'protect' you from anything happening behind the scenes! Learn as much as you possibly can about the financing, budget and any other contractual obligations connected to your film. There could be serious repercussions that last »

- Paula Bernstein

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Energetic and Entertaining 'Straight Outta Compton' Falls Prey to Biopic Syndrome

31 July 2015 6:38 AM, PDT

Read More: Watch: New Trailer For N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Drops The Beat "These are not bangers, these are artists!" might as well be the official tagline of F. Gary Gray's N.W.A biopic, "Straight Outta Compton" (named after the rap super-group’s first album). Instead, the line is tossed off by Paul Giamatti (starring as the group’s manager, Jerry Heller) during an altercation with the police, one that almost immediately leads to the penning of the group’s seminal song "Fuck Tha Police," an on-the-nose assertion that only hints at the rough — and gratingly obvious — road to come.  And yet Gray’s film starts strong, introducing a wide cast of players in illuminating and energetic ways. Eric "Eazy-e" Wright (Jason Mitchell) kicks off the action — appropriately enough, given his legacy as the group’s leader — with an ill-advised visit to a local flophouse, »


- Kate Erbland

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'The Leftovers' Season 2: First-Look Photos Released, Plus We Finally Know When It Starts

30 July 2015 6:44 PM, PDT

"The Leftovers" officially announced a release date for its second season at this year's Television Critics Association press tour -- per a trailer screened for critics by HBO, the vaguely supernatural drama about the aftermath of a Rapture-like event will return on Sunday, October 4.  Read More: Consider This: Ann Dowd on 'The Leftovers' Season 2 and Her Remarkable Year in Television The trailer also teased big reveals about what comes next as the core characters transplant from their Season 1 location of Mapleton, New York to a mysterious Texas town where no one vanished during the Sudden Departure. (But here's a hint: Just because no one vanished from Miracle, Texas, that doesn't mean anyone is safe.) And a random aside: For those who watched Season 1, know that Ann Dowd is set to return as a series regular for Season 2... Despite the events of Season 1. Producers were incredibly mysterious about the casting, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Attention, Filmmakers: Submit a Pitch for an Original Virtual Reality Film

30 July 2015 2:45 PM, PDT

Read More: 7 Best Screenwriting Apps to Make Life Easier Following the debut of Ozo, its new virtual reality camera, earlier this week, Nokia has partnered up with Tongal, the creative content platform, to launch "Look Around You," a groundbreaking new virtual reality filmmaking competition. Nokia and Tongal are accepting 500-character concept submissions for an original virtual reality film. The top two concepts from the pool of submissions will be rewarded $1,000 each and will advance to the second round, which begins August 26. For the second round, Nokia and Tongal will invite filmmakers to submit production proposals and compete for the chance to not only win the opportunity to shoot their proposal, but also receive $20,000 in funding and access to an Ozo camera for the shoot. The grand prize winner will receive their own Ozo camera. To submit your pitch, click here. Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Submit Your Script for The Black List Fall. »


- Shipra Harbola Gupta

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Tribeca Film Institute Announces Winners of Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund Grant

30 July 2015 2:44 PM, PDT

Read More: Gucci and the Tribeca Film Institute Announce Documentary Fund and Spotlighting Women Documentary Award Recipients The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the winners for this year's Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. The Fund aims to produce documentaries that will highlight critical domestic and international social issues. Out of 540 submissions, 10 were selected and will split $150,000 to help with costs, guidance and getting the films out to the public. This year, AOL paired to present four of the winners with the AOL Charitable Foundation Award, which specifically focused on issues with women, while the other six will receive grants from Gucci. "We're so proud of our grantees this year and believe that the selection of works addresses compelling and personal stories that bring attention to various domestic and international social issues," said Jose Rodriguez, Director of Documentary Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. "We're also »


- Ethan Sapienza

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