6 items from 2017
Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson came out of nowhere, sweeping up a variety of awards (most recently the Cinema Eye Honors) and, most important of all, places on our year–end lists. The work is so singular that it would probably be all right, ultimately, if it was the only thing we received from her — filmographies can be more interesting when given that sort of one-and-done power — but news of more is all the better once you hear what she actually has planned.
Speaking to Variety, Johnson revealed that she’s developing, along with “the pilot of a hybrid project” alongside Transparent‘s Jill Soloway, “an observational documentary” that’s aiming for the “hilarious heartbreaker” label. Following her father, himself seen in Cameraperson, it aims to capture the spirit of Jacques Tati, Buster Keaton, Groundhog Day, and, yes, Jackass in an attempt to preserve his memory via cinema.
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- Nick Newman
Kirsten Johnson‘s “Cameraperson” (one of our 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016) told her tale as a filmmaker and storyteller by cleverly using outtakes from the various projects she’s worked on over the years. It was a movie that surprised many with its depth, and Johnson has another intriguing project on her plate, one that offers some fascinating influences.
In an interview with Variety, the director shared details about what she was working on next, and it’s another personal story, but one containing some very big, comedic inspirations.
- Kevin Jagernauth
No doubt picked up for UK release following the hype surrounding actor Milo Cawthorne’s other horror flick, Deathgasm, Blood Punch is a Groundhog Day style horror that tells the story of Milton (Cawthorne), a brilliant chemistry student who breaks out of court-mandated drug rehab with a mysterious bad girl, Skyler (Tennet). Looking to recruit a cook for a one-day drug score, she lures him to an isolated cabin with her psychotic and trigger-happy boyfriend Russell (Boyland). Russell reveals that he plans to murder Milton as soon as he is finished cooking the drugs, and their simple love triangle quickly descends into a mind-blowing supernatural cycle of carnage and mayhem with no end… and no escape.
- Phil Wheat
Kirsten Johnson, the critically-acclaimed cinematographer behind some of the most impactful and revealing documentaries in recent history — from “Fahrenheit 9/11″ to “Darfur Now,””Citizenfour” and “The Invisible War” — struck a chord with “Cameraperson,” an unconventional, enlightening and utterly personal documentary featuring raw footage captured by Johnson over decades spent traveling the globe.
Without resorting to a voice over or a linear narration, “Cameraperson” sheds light on injustices, racial crimes and genocides, bends stereotypes and gives us a glimpse into her inner world and the ethical dilemmas inherent to her profession.
Shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, “Cameraperson” has already earned unanimous praise and a flurry of awards and nominations for Johnson and her editor Nels Bangerter since premiering at Sundance. “Cameraperson” has so far nabbed prizes at the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, Cinema Eye Honors Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, International Documentary Association, National Board of Review, as well as prizes at Toronto, »
- Elsa Keslassy
In a classic division of labor between a Hollywood studio and independent sales company, Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, France’s biggest comedy export specialist, has boarded three new French titles to be distributed in France by Universal Pictures International France: “In and Out,” “Grounded,” and “Just Divorced.”
Headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, Other Angle Pictures will take up the three comedies with buyers at next week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris. It is also representing two titles from Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Production, which is positioning itself as the Working Title of France, producing upscale mainstream comedies with higher-profile casts and significant production values. “The Belier Family,” Vendome’s biggest hit to date, grossed about $64 million in France; Omar Sy-starrer “Two Is a Family” has earned over $15 million so far since its Dec. 12 bow.
“In and Out” is the first pickup made by Xavier Albert, »
- John Hopewell
The spat, which played out on Twitter, started after the New York Times reported that Scarborough, along with co-host Mika Brzezinski, were spotted at Mar-a-Lago to ring in the new year. Deb, who covered Trump’s campaign for CBS but will join the New York Times on Jan. 9, tweeted an excerpt from the article noting that “Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski from MSNBC’s Morning Joe were also there,” which Deb interpreted in »
- Stephanie Petit
6 items from 2017
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