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Editor's Note: A few months ago, Gathr founder Scott Glosserman laid out the case for Theatrical On Demand℠ platforms in his piece 'Gathr is the Love Child of Netflix and Kickstarter.' As a follow-up, we thought it would be helpful to present a case study from a filmmaker who has used the service to generate theatrical audiences for his film. This week, Kurt Kuenne walks us through his experience. Every filmmaker wants his or her movie to play in theatres. Seeing a great movie on the big screen is what made most of us want to make movies in the first place. But I learned a surprising lesson on my last film, a low-budget documentary called Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father. The film was released in theatres and on home video by the wonderful Oscilloscope Laboratories, founded by David Fenkel and the late, great Adam Yauch. »
Dear Zachary Director, Kurt Kuenne Talks Shuffle! Click above to Listen Now! Jimmy O sits down with Kurt Kuenne, the man behind one of the most powerful documentaries of the last decade (Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father), to talk about his new film Shuffle (available now on DVD and Netflix streaming). Law and Moreno take it from there and answer a few emails about remakes and child actors. There's more 'Sons of Anarchy', 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Boss' »
- Jim Law
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Shuffle Every time Lovell falls asleep he awakens at a different point of his life. His thirty year old mind and memories remain intact as a ten year old, a ninety year old, and anywhere in between. Things get even more complicated when he discovers his wife has died under potentially mysterious circumstances, but can he use his uncontrollable life-hopping ability to make things right? It’s tough making science fiction films on an indie budget, but writer/director Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachary: A Letter To a Son About His Father) takes a sci-fi concept and uses it to tell a very human story. Loss, redemption, and forgiveness are just a few of the themes shown to transcend time, and the film explores them with beauty, humor and vitality. [Extras: Trailer, festival video diaries, making-of, black & white version] Breathless »
- Rob Hunter
We're continuing to see a lot of documentary filmmakers make the jump to fiction as of late, (ie. Seth Gordon, Errol Morris, heck, even Morgan Spurlock also just revealed that he is shooting his first narrative film this summer), and although it makes sense from a career standpoint, it makes you realize that not every non-fiction director is cut out to direct fiction. So what about Kurt Kuenne, the man behind the acclaimed crime documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father? He was criticized by some for turning his non-fiction film into a very personal and passionate diatribe against the Canadian justice system, but it did make for a better story. Now he's putting those storytelling skills to use with his first fictional feature Shuffle, and it looks like it paid off as the movie just picked up a distributor. Shuffle is a science-fiction piece about »
Article by Dan Clark of Movie Revolt
Welcome to the first installment of Streaming for Your Pleasure where I highlight interesting and unique films now available on Netflix streaming. In each segment I will focus on one major overall category – this first time round I am looking at some intriguing documentaries that are worth checking out.
Directed By Lincoln Ruchti
Synopsis: At the unassuming Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, early gamers fought for bragging rights at the 1982 Video Game World Championships. See how competitive gaming started, and meet arcade owner Walter Day, who still oversees scoring.
Why You Should Check It Out: There is just something about that arcade experience that I really miss. Today’s online gaming world is full of foul mouth preteen kids mocking you in almost every turn. Back in the day those kids were standing right next to you »
Here's a trailer to a very interesting sci-fi movie called Shuffle, with a very cool concept. The movie was written and directed by Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachary) and it's described as a cross between Groundhog Day and Memento.
It's the story of a man played by Tj Thyne "who begins experiencing his life out of order; every day he wakes up at a different age, in a different year, on a different day of his life." He "has no idea why he keeps waking up at different points in his life. Using clues from each experience, he begins to piece together why this keeps happening to him and sets out to end it once and for all."
I really like that concept and it looks like it was executed pretty well. It has a nice Twilight Zone kind of vibe to it. Watch the trailer and let us know if »
Last week we brought you distribution news regarding the next film from the helmer of the tragic documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, and now a trailer has arrived. Directed by Kurt Kuenne, he is switching up genres with the sci-fi film Shuffle, which takes a Groundhog Day cue and follows “a man who wakes up at a different age in his life each morning.” I like the concept and while it doesn’t seem to be the most technically proficient film, I hope Kuenne can stir up the same kinds of emotion here in an entirely different genre. Starring T.J. Thyne and Paula Rhodes, one can check it out below via Movies.com.
Shuffle is the tale of a man who begins experiencing his life out of order; every day he wakes up at a different age, on a different day of his life, »
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If you've yet to discover the heartbreaking documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (watch it on Netflix Instant now), you're missing out on one of the best docs of the past five years and a really good cry. Director Kurt Kuenne, however, isn't exactly a star filmmaker, but he's sticking to his guns and has been making the rounds at film festivals with a narrative feature film called Shuffle. The film calls back to Groundhog Day with the story of a man who keeps waking up at various points in his life and must piece together why this is happening and how to make it stop. And now we have the first trailer below! Here's the trailer for Kurt Kuenne's Shuffle brought to our attention by Movies.com: Shuffle is written and directed by Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father »
- Ethan Anderton
Easily the most heart-wrenching, emotionally draining film I’ve ever seen is Kurt Kuenne‘s devistaing, enraging, but incredible documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. If you haven’t seen it, head to Netflix or Amazon and watch it now with a big box of tissues. It’ll make the news that comprises the rest [...] »
- Germain Lussier
I was so incredibly moved by Kurt Kuenne's documentary Dear Zachary: a Letter to a Son About His Father back when I saw it in a packed Slamdance screening room full of sobbing moviegoers in 2008 that I decided to champion the hell out if from that day forward. After months of writing about the film, which Kurt made in honor of his best friend Andrew, who was murdered by a woman he had been dating, I struck up a personal friendship with the director and helped out in any way I could once the documentary finally aired on television, and then later lead to changes in Canadian law. To this day pushing that film to the moviegoing public and building awareness of the crimes it documents remains one of my personal career highlights, and I'm happy to see Kurt Kuenne -- a great guy...
- Erik Davis
If you have yet to see the tragic documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, I urge you to go seek it out without getting informed in terms of any sort of plot. Directed by Kurt Kuenne, the power of the film had a lot to do with uncontrollable events and so I’ve been interested to see if he has what it takes to helm something not under these circumstances. It looks like we’ll get to see the results soon, as Variety reports his next film has been picked up for distribution.
He has switched from documentary format to narrative for the sci-fi film Shuffle, which follows “a man who wakes up at a different age in his life each morning.” Starring T.J. Thyne and Paula Rhodes, distributor Screen Media Films has picked it up for distribution later this year and president Suzanne Blech »
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11 items from 2012
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