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Interview With Mike Cahill, Director of Another Earth

5 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

At just 32 years old Mike Cahill has amassed a small but strong list of credits to his name. While studying economics at Georgetown University Cahill met Brit Marling, and a shared passion for cinema resulted in them collaborating on short films which Cahill would direct and Marling would star in. Several years later the pair worked on a documentary entitled Boxers and Ballerinas that explored the conflict between the U.S. and Cuba.

Cahill was the youngest field producer, editor and cinematographer for National Geographic Television and Film, and worked as an editor on the films Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man and Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, as well as various television shows and music videos.

Cahill’s first feature film as director and screenwriter is Another Earth which he cowrote with Marling, who also plays the lead role. This acclaimed and thought-provoking movie focuses on two »

- Tim Leng

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Interview: Director Mike Cahill Conjures ‘Another Earth’

31 July 2011 10:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The real strength of the new film “Another Earth” doesn’t necessarily lie in the science fiction aspect of a world appearing in the sky and bearing down on our earth, but in the humanity that is changed and reflected through that event. Director Mike Cahill co-wrote and directed this impressive and imaginative film.

Cahill is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor that got his start as a field producer for National Geographic, making over a dozen films about animals and nature for that cable channel. His directorial debut came in 2004 with “Boxers and Ballerinas” (co-directed and co-written by Brit Marling, his writing partner on Another Earth). His interest in science and his experience shooting thousands of hours of film directly influenced the fragile and delicate atmosphere of his new film.

Brit Marling was Co-Writer with Mike Cahill on ‘Another Earth

Photo credit: © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Another Earth Review: The Journey Outward Often Mirrors The Journey Inward

14 July 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

I've always considered my earliest memories to be a guiding light by which I navigate my life as an entertainer.  These memories and the emotions attached to them provide an awesome foundation for my creativity and it is an exceedingly rare opportunity when I am afforded the chance to experience a medium that taps that very foundation for me.  Like a children's book hearkening back to those innocent and youthful days when pure imagination was the key to unlocking any door, Another Earth spins a beautifully simple story that plumbs the depths of not just the heart and mind, but of the prismatic wonder that is the human condition.

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Rhoda Williams is like any teenager at the beginning of her life.  With her MIT acceptance letter in her pocket, she celebrates the night away, her future bright and full of promise.  But fate can deal a cruel hand »

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Nifty 'Meet Your Other You' Website for Searchlight's 'Another Earth'

24 May 2011 4:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you could meet your other you - what would you say? That's the question an intriguing new viral-ish website for Mike Cahill's sci-fi indie Another Earth addresses. Fox Searchlight, who picked up the film from Sundance, recently launched a website located at that uses some webcam trickery to run a little video where you will communicate with your "other self" from that "other Earth." Those that have seen the official trailer for this film remember the moment when the person on the TV talks back and this is trying to achieve the same effect but with everyone individually. It's pretty cool - try it out! Just click on the image above to head to the "Other You" website. Be sure to watch the official trailer as well. Another Earth is both written and directed by American filmmaker Mike Cahill, whose feature directing debut was Boxers and Ballerinas »

- Alex Billington

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Trailer for the Sundance Hit ‘Another Earth’ – said to be the next ‘Moon’

22 April 2011 10:05 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Another Earth had its World Premiere at Sundance this year, and critics and fans alike all walked out praising the film as the next Moon. The indie low budget sci-fi feature comes from Mike Cahill, whose background comes largely from documentaries with National Geographic, while his co-conspirator, Brit Marling, worked as an investment-banking analyst before taking a sabbatical to co-direct the Havana-based doc Boxers and Ballerinas. The two wrote the screenplay for Another Earth with Cahill directing, producing, shooting and editing while Marling acts as his co-producer and star. Alice was lucky enough to see the secret screening over at SXSW 2011, and wrote up a really great review which you can read here.


In Another Earth, Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), a bright young woman accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (William Mapother), has just reached the pinnacle of his »

- Ricky

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Beautiful Trailer for Another Earth Sci-Fi Film

21 April 2011 4:39 PM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

I'm a huge fan of Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go," which has a sci-fi twist, but is not really a sci-fi movie. Fox Searchlight has just released the trailer for "Another Earth," which attempts something similar. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), who is a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (William Mapother), has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. The new movie is directed by Mike Cahill (Boxers and Ballerinas). It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year where it was acquired by Fox Searchlight. The film is now scheduled to hit theaters on July 22nd, in limited release. »

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Film News: Movies Sell ‘Like Crazy’ at Sundance 2011

2 February 2011 10:33 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – An overarching feeling of optimism seemed to permeate throughout the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Studios purchased the distribution rights to roughly 30 movies, nearly double the number of films that sold last year. Several of the festival’s most buzzed-about discoveries could easily find a sizable audience outside of the festival circuit, either in theaters or on VOD.

Paramount and Indian Paintbrush certainly appeared confident in their purchase of “Like Crazy,” the latest film from “Douchebag” director Drake Doremus, which flew under nearly everyone’s radar before claiming the festival’s top prize. It follows a young couple, played by Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, as they attempt to maintain a long distance relationship between America and Britain. The largely improvised film has already been compared to bittersweet romances such as “Before Sunrise” and “Blue Valentine.” Jones is quickly emerging as an actress to watch, a fact solidified by the special »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Sound Of My Voice’ – Why Brit Marling Will Be a Name To Remember [Sundance Review]

31 January 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] At the beginning of the week, everyone was talking about Elizabeth Olsen, the Other Olsen sister, who had been unofficially crowned the "it" girl of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She's a new young talent  that had her public coming out, appearing in two films at this year's fest, both of which sold early in the week -- Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House. And Elizabeth is a talent we should watch out for in years to come, but the star power extruding from her family's name seems to be blinding people to the real story, the real "it" girl of this year's festival -- Brit Marling. If you ask me, she is a new force in the independent film scene. Not only did she star in two of the more highly acclaimed films of this year's Sundance, but she also co-wrote and produced both features. Both movies have a sci-fi component, »

- Peter Sciretta

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Sundance '11: Brit Marling

28 January 2011 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Brit Marling is pulling double duty at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The actor is being billed—in press notes, anyway—as "the first female multi-hyphenate to have two films premiere side by side" at Sundance. Awkward a noun as "multi-hyphenate" is, it does the job. Marling is here with "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice," both of which she stars in, co-wrote, and co-produced. In the humanist science-fiction film "Another Earth," the actor plays Rhoda, a promising high school student whose life is altered by a tragic mistake and further complicated by an extraordinary discovery. In "Sound of My Voice," Marling plays a far different character—Maggie, a ruthless cult leader who becomes the object of two documentary filmmakers' curiosity. "Earth" was directed and co-written by Marling's Georgetown classmate Mike Cahill. Another college pal, Zal Batmanglij, directed and co-wrote "Voice.""We all used to make short films in school together, »

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Sundance: 2011 Film Directors To Watch

27 January 2011 7:49 AM, PST | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

(Sharon Swart is assisting Deadline’s Sundance coverage) Sundance has launched new directors’ careers for decades, most famously Steven Soderbergh with his 1989 sex, lies, and videotape. In recent years, helmers including Ryan Fleck (2006’s Half Nelson) and Cary Fukunaga (2009’s Sin Nombre) broke through at the festival. This year, films from several returning Sundance directors, including Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), Jacob Aaron Estes (The Details), and Miranda July (The Future) are getting attention. Here’s a look at more under-the-radar names emerging this year: Mike Cahill: His competition film Another Earth was just acquired by Fox Searchlight after receiving a standing ovation at Sundance’s Eccles Theatre on Monday. The minimalist sci-fi drama concerns a budding astrophysics student played by Brit Marling who accidentally kills a man’s family. “I love the idea of space and science being used as a metaphor,” Cahill said after his screening. “What I wanted to explore is, »


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