5 items from 2011
Below actor/writer/director Michael Tully ("Cocaine Angel") shares an exclusive scene from his Sundance contender "Septien," which opens at New York's IFC Center this Friday and is currently available on demand. What It's About: "Septien" follows Cornelius Rawlings who returns to his family’s farm eighteen years after disappearing without a trace. While his parents are long deceased, Cornelius’s brothers continue to live in isolation on this forgotten piece of land. Ezra »
I'm such a fan of Michael Tully the film critic from Hammer To Nail that I sometimes forget about Michael Tully the filmmaker, who went to school with (and worked on the early films of) David Gordon Green, and who directed "Cocaine Angel" and the 2007 documentary rock doc "Silver Jew." His latest film is "Septien," which premiered at Sundance and on video on demand back in January from Sundance Selects. I talked with Tully the director about making (and acting in, and playing tennis in, and having a really crazy beard in) his film, and I spoke with Tully the critic about what he's liked so far at SXSW 2011. He also made me sign one of the posters of me that's hanging up in the IFC Crossroads House (by my request, I assure you), for which I will someday make him pay a horrible, painful price.
"Septien" will make its theatrical debut, »
- Matt Singer
Michael Tully began his career with a flurry, getting selected for Filmmaker‘s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2006 on the back of his debut feature Cocaine Angel, and then following it up the next year with Silver Jew, a documentary about Silver Jews frontman David Berman. In the years since, Tully has stayed active, shooting Mary Bronstein’s Yeast, acting in a handful of movies by fellow Generation Diy peers, including Aaron Katz’s Quiet City and Ry Russo-Young’s You Won’t Miss Me, and editing the indie film website Hammer to Nail. But, in terms of new films, he has kept his head below the parapet.
Now, however, he’s back with his second narrative feature, Septien, a fantastically idiosyncratic tale in which he plays the lead role of Cornelius Rawlings, an athletically-gifted prodigal son who after an unexplained 18 year absence returns to the family farm where his two brothers, »
- Nick Dawson
In recent years, one of the nice things for those of us who aren't at the Sundance Film Festival has been the increasing availability of trailers to show a glimpse of what we're missing - and what very well could be coming to a theater near you in the months ahead. While Alison Willmore is on the ground and can be followed here and on Twitter (@alisonwillmore) for coverage of this year's fest, here is a collection of some of the films playing Park City as we speak:
"The Interrupters", the latest from "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James about ex-gang members who take action in their community to prevent the lives they once led:
"Hobo With a Shotgun", which Magnet Releasing has already bought the rights to and features Rutger Hauer as the titular armed homeless man:
"The Oregonian," the Park City at Midnight selection from Calvin Lee Reeder about »
- Stephen Saito
If it's too cold to leave the house for your local theater, there's plenty of options if you stay inside online, on demand and on DVD. What follows is your guide to all the new releases coming your way between now and April.
Online and On Demand
My French Film Festival
Thanks to bids for Oscar consideration, the winter is traditionally one of the rare times foreign films get plenty of attention in the States, particularly at West Coast festivals such as Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. However, Francophiles in particular will be excited to know you won't have to go to California or New York -- or even Paris for that matter -- to be able to catch some of the most recent cinema from France since uniFrance is unveiling My French Film Festival, which is being billed as the "first exclusively online film festival celebrating French talent" that »
- Stephen Saito
5 items from 2011
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