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The “Boston Underground Film Festival” (http://bostonunderground.org) at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Ma is a hub for early film festival favorites, diverse programming, film culture and community along with multiple blocks of diverse short filmmaking visions. Whether it’s the celebration of local filmmaking talent with the “Homegrown Horror” short film block curated by Chris Hallock or the short film block that looks at the dark, twisted and humorous side of horror with “Fugue & Riffs”. After BUFF18, we had the chance to talk with six of these filmmakers as well as past and present members of these short film blocks at Buff!
These New England filmmakers and their film projects includes Andrea Mark Wolanin (Cleaning House), Izzy Lee (Innsmouth – which played at BUFF18 before the feature “Antibirth”), Jim McDonough (Idiom Origins Vol. 1), Jarrett Blinkhorn (They’re Closing In), Corey Norman (Suffer the Little Children) and Alex Divincenzo (Trouser Snake »
- Jay Kay
“Machete” writer Álvaro Rodriguez and “Out in the Dark” director Michael Mayer are attached for a movie version of Erri De Luca’s Italian bestseller “Tu, mio” (“You, mine”), Variety has learned exclusively.
Paola Porrini Bisson and Oh!pen Productions are producing. Rodriguez and Mayer are adapting De Luca’s 1998 novel.
The book is set in post-war Italy and tells of a teenage boy who falls for an older woman with a dark secret. De Luca, whose “The Weight of the Butterfly” is in development with Dean Zanuck, was at the center of a free-speech trial in Italy for most of last year.
Mayer’s first feature, “Out in the Dark,” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to play over 125 film festivals. »
- Dave McNary
Nickelodeon has officially opened its 2016 global Animated Shorts Program for submissions, which will be accepted from Feb. 3 through April 15. Designed to mine and cultivate a new generation of creative talent, the Animated Shorts Program will accept domestic and international pitches that will be developed into animated shorts for the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. audiences.
Nickelodeon also named 22 participants from the 2015 Animated Shorts Program, whose projects will be developed into shorts that will potentially air on Nickelodeon, or appear on the network’s site or app. One of the projects (whittled down from almost 950 pitches from across the globe) is created by Rikke Asbjoern and titled “My Friend Pancake.” The short follows the fantastic adventures of young Hazel and her best friend, a giant talking cat named Pancake. Together they explore a mystical, living forest where the rules of nature don’t apply and strange things hide in the shadows, shrouded in mystery. »
- Laura Prudom
3 items from 2016
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