9 items from 2012
Garth Twa, the award-winning director, producer and writer, looks back on the first Sundance London and films such as Luv, Filly Brown, For Ellen, Nobody Walks, An Oversimplification of her Beauty, Liberal Arts, Safety Not Guaranteed, Finding North, Harmony and Queen of Versailles! In 1981, on his ranch on a mountainside in Utah, Robert Redford created an earnest little enclave whose modesty, in the beginning, belied the upheaval that it would produce in American film. Starting as a cabal of creative intimates—just a group of pals getting together far from the existentialist scream of pain of Hollywood—they sought to ‘create an environment designed to foster independence, discovery, and new voices in American film. »
- Dr. Garth Twa
September is the likely launch date for the fourth and final season of Easy to Assemble, the Ikea-backed show about an actress who leaves show biz to take a job at the furniture store. If the trailer is any indication, the show's creator and star Illeana Douglas will be joined by some familiar faces: Tom Arnold, Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard, Roger Bart, and Kate Micucci. "When the opportunity arose to do season four, I said, 'Well, there's only one logical place to go,' which is to go back to the store," Douglas told The Hollywood Reporter. "All along, my character has been confronting herself, kind of like Curb Your Enthusiasm, but more my personal point of view." The fourth season brings Douglas back from Sweden, Ikea's headquarters and the setting for season 3's Finding North, distributed on My Damn Channel. Easy to Assemble's second season reached 13 million organic »
- Drew Baldwin
Documentary examining the hunger crisis threatening America.
The oddly-named Finding North would probably be better retitled 'Finding Food', for this documentary is a stark warning that the richest nation on earth in terms of Gdp cannot in fact feed a good percentage of its own people. As the Us sinks into decline, burdened by failed wars, a massive deficit and a gridlocked political system beset by corporate lobbying and religious/ideological extremism, the sad truth is we can probably expect more unsettling documentaries such as this for years to come.
Focusing on a small »
- Owen Van Spall
A documentary entry in this year’s Sundance Festival, Finding North explores the ever-widening discrepancy between rich and poor in American, and those who struggle to find the funds to ensure themselves (and their families) are feed on a daily basis. The film draws parallels with the widespread obesity issue, where impoverished communities without fresh commodities (or who simply can’t afford them) are forced to eat the cheaper alternative of processed food.
One of the narrative branches follows a young, unemployed single mother of two named Barbie, and her participation in the movement ‘Witnesses to Hunger’, which continually lobbies congress to make changes in the welfare system. In a horribly ironic twist, Barbie’s eventual joy at finding employment renders her »
- Adam Lowes
Hysteria, a movie from director Tanya Wexler, is currently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival before its theatrical release on May 18. The story, which is based on real-life events, centers on the 1880s-era doctor who invented the vibrator to treat hysterical female patients, and I had a chance to check out the film and bring you the details. Who's behind it? The film was helmed by Wexler, who previously directed indie films Ball in the House and Finding North. Fun fact: Wexler, a graduate of Columbia's film school, is the half sister of Daryl Hannah. Hugh Dancy is the film's leading man, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rupert Everett, and Felicity Jones rounding out the cast. What's it about? Dancy's Dr. Mortimer Granville is a cutting-edge doctor for his time, since he shocks colleagues by believing that germs exist. After being fired from one hospital after another for his radical views, he »
- Allie Merriam
The 36th Cleveland International Film Festival wrapped up this weekend, offering 165 feature films and an overall attendance of 85,018 -- a 9% increase over last year. The festival also handed out a series of awards, with Joe Berlinger's Paul Simon doc "Under African Skies" taking the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film. Juried prize winners included Adrian Sitaru's "Best Intentions" take the Central and Eastern European Film Competition award, Neil Berkeley's "Beauty is Embarrassing" taking the Nesnandy + Schwartz Documentary Film Competition award, and Eric Kissack's "Missed Connections" being award the American Independent Award. Full list of winners below. The Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film Under African Skies Directed by Joe Berlinger, USA, South Africa The Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition Finding North Directed by Lori »
The inaugural Sundance London film festival has announced the full lineup for its four day run, and it’s a very exciting-looking schedule indeed! The festival will screen 14 films in total, with events taking place at London’s O2 arena. The films shown will include Julie Delpy’s relationship drama 2 Days In New York, climate change doc Chasing Ice, hip-hop drama Filly Brown, state of the nation doc Finding North and family drama For Ellen. Also on the bill are winner of the Sundance Us Grand Jury documentary prize, The...
- George Wales
Good news for fans of American independent cinema and indeed a wealth of filmmaking talent: Sundance is coming to the O2 in London this April, and the line-up has just been announced. The films concerned previewed at the January festival in Park City, Utah - but this will be the first chance to see them anywhere else.Fourteen films are showing at the Festival. There's Julie Delpy's directorial effort 2 Days In New York, climate change documentary Chasing Ice, Mexican drama Filly Brown, hunger crisis documentary Finding North, Paul Dano-starrer For Ellen, drug-war documentary The House I Live In, Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts, Baltimore-set drama Luv, NYC / La drama Nobody Walks, the partially animated An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, American dream dissection The Queen Of Versailles, oddball time-travel discussion in Safety Not Guaranteed, LCD Soundsystem concert movie Shut Up And Play The Hits and Paul Simon-returning-to-Graceland in Under African Skies. »
New clip, the trailer, images, poster for documentary Finding North. The official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (U.S. Documentary) is helmed and produced by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush. We have a new clip as well as the trailer for the film which is also produced by Julie Goldman and Ryan Harrington. 49 million people in the U.S. – one in four children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people for who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado second-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, »
9 items from 2012
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