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'Outside In': Film Review | Tiff 2017

'Outside In': Film Review | Tiff 2017
Examining an intimacy built under such artificial conditions that it threatens to explode once the rules change, Lynn Shelton's Outside In finds a just-released convict (Jay Duplass) having a hard time understanding why the woman responsible for his release (Edie Falco) won't run away with him. The least jokey of Shelton's films to date and also arguably the most satisfying (no offense, Humpday and My Sister's Sister), it marks a welcome return to the big screen for Shelton, who of late has been a prolific director of TV comedy. A predictably first-rate turn by Falco is no news here, but...
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‘Outside In’ Review: Edie Falco and Jay Duplass Find Forbidden Love in Lynn Shelton’s Tender Drama — Tiff

‘Outside In’ Review: Edie Falco and Jay Duplass Find Forbidden Love in Lynn Shelton’s Tender Drama — Tiff
Lynn Shelton is the rare American filmmaker to oscillate between contemplative dramas (“We Go Way Back,” “Touchy Feely”) and playful situational comedies (“Humpday,” “Your Sister’s Sister”). As such, her filmmaking voice — discounting the prolific TV direction of the last few years — extends across multiple genres and doesn’t really fit into any of them.

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Her latest, “Outside In” is another somber, low-key drama, but its premise could just as easily work as cringe comedy. Both modes operate in service of minimalist character studies about people desperate for companionship, who hover on the verge of bad decisions in their attempts to set things right. Shelton’s work is understated, but elevates seemingly forgettable scenarios with a wise, humane approach that makes even a lesser work like “Outside In” a cut above the market standard.

Jay Duplass and Edie Falco
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The Orchard boards Lynn Shelton's 'Outside In'

The Orchard boards Lynn Shelton's 'Outside In'
Drama will premiere in Toronto, followed by a theatrical release in early 2018.

The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to Lynn Shelton’s drama Outside In, starring Jay Duplass and Edie Falco.

The Orchard has worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, cable/satellite VOD, airline, DVD and soundtrack rights to Outside In.

Following The Orchard’s theatrical and digital release, Netflix will be releasing the film on its worldwide streaming platform.

Outside In, written by Lynn Shelton and Jay Duplass, centres on Carol (Falco), a high school teacher, and Chris (Duplass), her ex-student, as they explore a relationship after his release from a 20-year prison sentence. While Chris navigates his re-entry into the world, Carol works to rebuild her family, and reconnect with her teenage daughter.

Kaitlyn Dever and Ben Schwartz star alongside Falco and Duplass in the film produced by Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt.

The film features an original score from singer-songwriter Andrew Bird and was
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Film News Roundup: Jay Duplass, Edie Falco Drama ‘Outside In’ Gets 2018 Release

Film News Roundup: Jay Duplass, Edie Falco Drama ‘Outside In’ Gets 2018 Release
In today’s film news roundup, the Jay Duplass and Edie Falco drama “Outside In” gets a theatrical release, and “Wonderstruck” actress Millicent Simmonds lands a role in John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s “A Quiet Place.”


The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to Lynn Shelton’s drama “Outside In,” starring Jay Duplass and Edie Falco, with plans for a release in early 2018.

Producers are Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt. “Outside In” marks the eighth collaboration between between Duplass Brothers Productions and The Orchard.

Shelton directed “Outside In” from script she co-wrote with Jay Duplass. Falco plays a high school teacher and Duplass portrays her ex-student, as they explore a relationship after his release from a 20-year prison sentence. The film will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Shelton’s directing credits include “Humpday,” “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Laggies.” Duplass is currently starring on the Amazon series “Transparent,” producing
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The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women
Each year, when “Casual” executive producers Zander Lehmann and Helen Estabrook brainstorm who should direct the new season, it starts with two very simple requirements:

“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.

“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.

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Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.

Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World…
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‘Moonlight’ Could Make History: Editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders On Their Big Step Up — Consider This

‘Moonlight’ Could Make History: Editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders On Their Big Step Up — Consider This
When Joi McMillon attended the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of “Moonlight,” someone asked her if she was one of the film’s stars. On another occasion, she was mistaken for a costume designer. “People would say it was a compliment to me because I dressed nice,” she recalled in a recent phone interview, trailing off with a sardonic laugh that sounded like the best defense against the absurd set of assumptions that have troubled her career for years.

In fact, McMillon is one of two editors on “Moonlight,” and poised to make history as the first African-American woman ever nominated for a best editing Oscar. “Thinking about it stresses me out a bit,” McMillon said. “Whether you want it or not, the responsibility holds.”

Although “Moonlight” marks McMillon’s first feature-length editing credit, she’s hardly a newcomer to the field. She attended Florida State University with
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Dan Savage Interview: How The Sex Columnist Is Re-Branding Porn To Attract Indie Filmmakers

Dan Savage Interview: How The Sex Columnist Is Re-Branding Porn To Attract Indie Filmmakers
It’s not every day that cinephiles can watch porn that stimulates them — artistically, that is. Unless you attend a live screening of Hump! Film Festival, the amateur porn festival started by sex columnist Dan Savage.

Lynn Shelton fans are already familiar with the fest, thanks to 2009’s “Humpday,” which told the story of two straight guys who decide to make a gay porn and submit it to Hump! (Fun fact: After Savage challenged Shelton to submit her own indie porn film to Hump!, The director accepted, and the resulting film won an award at the festival.)

Hump! features short, dirty films that are each under five minutes. Per the festival’s website: “Our carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity… Hump!’s main mission is to change the way America sees—and makes and shares—porn.
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Original 'Blair Witch' star Joshua Leonard: People still tell me they want their money back

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Original 'Blair Witch' star Joshua Leonard: People still tell me they want their money back
17 years ago, The Blair Witch Project burst into theaters on a massive wave of hype and made instant stars out of its directors, Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, and its trio of lead actors: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams, who made the cover of Newsweek magazine that same August. It was an unprecedented success that paved the way for the "found footage" genre that would explode over the subsequent decade, with films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield successfully exploiting the format's potential. None of these, though, would haunt viewers in quite the same way as Blair Witch, whose grainy, pre-smartphone aesthetic and terrifying denouement would stick with us long after the film's pop-cultural moment had passed. Of the film's three lead actors, Leonard has undoubtedly enjoyed the greatest run of Hollywood success post-Blair Witch, though it's worth noting that his career didn't really begin to heat
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Female Filmmakers Want to Direct Blockbusters; Here’s Why They Don’t – Girl Talk

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

IndieWire recently published a pair of lists that singled out 25 working female filmmakers that we deemed “ready” to make a blockbuster. From many readers, we got this response: “But do they even want to?”

It seemed like a strange question: Has anyone ever wondered, much less asked, if male directors were interested in big-budget movies? Nevertheless, we reached out to the filmmakers on our lists, and the response was nearly unanimous: Yes, of course they do.

That said, it wasn’t the first time they’d been asked. And, as it turns out, there are a number of reasons that might make them decide to steer clear.

“That Dream Is Not Gendered”

“Most filmmakers dream of breaking into Hollywood with a short film or indie feature and then getting recruited by the studios to make bigger movies,
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Kickstarter Funded Films Earned 20 Indie Spirit Nominations This Year

Kickstarter Funded Films Earned 20 Indie Spirit Nominations This Year
Want a measure of how influential Kickstarter has become as a source of funding for indie filmmakers' passion projects? Of the five contenders for the Spirits' John Cassavetes Award on Saturday, which honors features produced for less than $500,000, four are Kickstarter "alumni," to use the company's parlance: "Advantageous," "Christmas, Again," "Krisha," and "Out of My Hand." (The fifth is the Safdies' "Heaven Knows What.") To put this in perspective, in February 2009, when Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" won the Cassavetes Award, Kickstarter didn't exist. Though it's but one part of the rapid evolution of the indie film economy — see, for instance, the changes wrought by Netflix and Amazon's entry into the already competitive Sundance market — Kickstarter has quickly established itself as more than an avenue to $55,000 potato salad and other eccentric notions from the viral web. Twelve Kickstarter-funded...
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Top 5 TV: Trump Tanks 'SNL,' Aziz Ansari Makes a 'Master'-Piece

Top 5 TV: Trump Tanks 'SNL,' Aziz Ansari Makes a 'Master'-Piece
One of the big topic of conversations among TV-watchers this fall: Why do the major networks keep refusing to cancel their crummy, unwatched new shows? Either there's nothing in the pipeline to replace these duds, or we're reached a stage where studios and producers are thinking more about Netflix, Hulu et al. than winning a Nielsen night. Since nobody knows what might eventually become prime binge-watching fodder, why scrap a series after only three weeks? So as long as the sets are already built and the actors are under contract,
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Lynn Shelton on Whether to Call Herself a 'Woman Director'

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Lynn Shelton on Whether to Call Herself a 'Woman Director'
On October 25 at The Film Independent Forum held at the DGA in Los Angeles, writer-director Lynn Shelton chatted with fellow actress-turned-filmmaker Ileana Douglas. After a clip reel highlighting Shelton's films, which include "Humpday," "Your Sister's Sister," "Touchy Feely" and "Laggies," Douglas asked Shelton about whether she identifies as a "woman filmmaker." Read More: Jason Blum Gets Honest about the Failure of 'Jem and the Holograms' and the Reality of His Indie Model "I guess I have mixed feelings about it," explained Shelton. "I am a woman. I don't feel like I need to be George Sand and hide behind anything. I don't have to pretend to be a guy." Shelton said that "the weirdest question I ever get asked is 'what does it feel like to be a woman director?' I have nothing to compare it to. I have no idea what it feels like to be a male director.
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Lynn Shelton Directing ‘The Incredible Case of the Pi Moms’

Lynn Shelton Directing ‘The Incredible Case of the Pi Moms’
Indie darling Lynn Shelton just had her first film released, We Go Way Back, after it sat on the shelf for 10 years or so. Shelton has come a long way since her debut movie, doing fine work on television (The Mindy Project) and making polished, likable independent films (Your Sister’s Sister, pictured above). The director of Humpday and Touchy Feely is […]

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Shelton To Helm P.I. Soccer Moms Scandal Film

Indie filmmaker Lynn Shelton ("Laggies," "Your Sister's Sister," "Humpday") is teaming with "This American Life" for a film based on "The Incredible Case of the Pi Moms" radio report, a stranger than fiction style true story about a private investigation agency scandal.

Shelton would direct the film about the "Charlie's Angels"-esque agency, staffed by hot soccer moms and run by a charismatic ex-cop turned P.I. with dreams of mounting his own Lifetime reality series about the agency.

The media loved the agency which looked into insurance scams and cheating husbands, but it actually turned out to be a front - the ex cop was in league with a local drug enforcement official to sell drugs that had been confiscated by the police. The soccer moms were said to be oblivious to the drug conspiracy.

The original story was revealed in an hourlong report for "This American Life" by Joshua Bearman,
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25 great directors working outside mainstream cinema

Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...

Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.

Here are 25 examples.

Lee Hardcastle

Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up,
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Kent Osborne And Dylan Sprouse Will Be ‘Dismissed’

Kent Osborne And Dylan Sprouse Will Be ‘Dismissed’
BoulderLight Pictures’ upcoming thriller Dismissed has its cast, adding Kent Osborne and Dylan Sprouse in the lead roles. The film tells the tale of an idealistic, straight-laced English teacher (Osborne) drawn down a nightmarish rabbit hole by an honor roll student (Sprouse) who will stop at nothing to get an A. Chris Bauer (True Blood) and Alycia Delmore (Humpday) also appear, with Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat) rounding out the cast. Dismissed is the first film to…
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Sundance: Magnolia Buys Trans Prostitution Dramedy ‘Tangerine’

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Sundance: Magnolia Buys Trans Prostitution Dramedy ‘Tangerine’
Sean Baker directed the film, which was executive produced by the Duplass brothers

Magnolia Pictures is acquiring worldwide distribution rights to director Sean Baker’s “Tangerine,” which stars trans actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez as two working girls in search of a wayward pimp on a fateful Christmas Eve in Hollywood.

The Duplass brothers executive produced the film, which was produced by Through Films and Baker’s longtime collaborators Darren Dean and Shih-Ching Tsou.

Magnolia will grant a traditional theatrical release nationwide later this year. The film premiered in the Next section at Sundance on Friday and has been well-reviewed.
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Slamdance Film Festival to Wrap with 'Yosemite' Premiere and James Franco Event

The Slamdance Film Festival has announced the latest edition of its "Coffee With" events featuring independent film champion James Franco, followed by a Special Screening of his latest film collaboration "Yosemite," directed by Gabrielle Demeestere and a Rabbit Bandini Production. This unique program will close Slamdance's 21st festival on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 and will be the World Premiere of "Yosemite," a film that chronicles the intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends which unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.

As the premiere film festival by filmmakers for filmmakers, Slamdance's "Coffee With" events aim to discuss the various ways to sustain a successful filmmaking career from the guests’ personal experiences in their fields. “Coffee With...James Franco” will look at the actor and producer's prolific independent film work, including his new production of "Yosemite."Past “Coffee With” guests have included Chad Hurley & the Russo Brothers, Jonathan Demme & Neil Young, Ted Hope, and Vilmos Zsigmond.

“We are thrilled to have such a talented and passionate supporter of independent film sit down and share his knowledge and experience with the Slamdance filmmakers,” states Anna Germanidi, Slamdance Film Festival Director.

The 2015 Slamdance Film Festival will take place from January 23rd - 29th, 2015 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, located at 255 Main Street, Park City, Ut 84060.

About Slamdance

Slamdance is a year­-round organization and film festival that serves as a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent and innovative filmmaking. Slamdance is the only festival programmed entirely by filmmakers and is a fertile ground for new filmmakers to begin their careers. The festival began as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and they continue to run concurrently.

Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include: Christopher Nolan ("Interstellar"), Oren Peli ("Paranormal Activity"), Marc Forster ("World War Z"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Benh Zeitlin ( "Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Anthony & Joe Russo ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), Jeremy Saulnier ("Blue Ruin"), Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") and Lynn Shelton ("Humpday"). Box Office Mojo reports alumni who first showed their work at Slamdance have accumulated over $11.5 billion in the Box Office to date.

Additional information about the Slamdance Film Festival is available at
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Trailer For The Lazarus Effect

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When your feature debut is the beautiful and thought provoking documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the last thing you expect your follow-up to be is a creepy science fiction/horror mash-up. But that is exactly what director David Gelb is giving us with The Lazarus Effect, featuring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass (another surprise having made his name in much smaller fare like Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, and as director of Cyrus and Jeff, Who lives At Home), and Donald Glover as members of a group of medical students who develop a process to bring the dead back to life. Needless to say, things go off the rails spectacularly. The is premise is nothing new, but the below trailer is pretty darn effective, mixing in an interesting story with an extremely tense and creepy atmosphere. Check it out below. Released: 27th February (U.S.)/ ? (Irl/U.K.)
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Why the Duplass Brothers Went HBO with Comedy Series 'Togetherness'

Why the Duplass Brothers Went HBO with Comedy Series 'Togetherness'
Writer-director-producer-actor Mark Duplass has an unusual career plan, to say the least. As far as he's concerned, he gets more pleasure and satisfaction out of collaborating as a writer-producer-actor on various micro-budget projects than he does getting funding from the studios for bigger-budgeted projects. With time, he has become more militant about this. Duplass can afford to be, thanks to his hit TV series "The League."  A workaholic to rival Steven Soderbergh, Duplass writes and directs movies with his brother Jay ("The Puffy Chair," "Baghead," "Cyrus"), writes and acts with director Lynn Shelton ("Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister") and Colin Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed"), produces with his wife, actress Katie Aselton, and other up-and-coming directors ("Black Rock," "Creep") and sometimes functions as an actor-for-hire on such films as "Zero Dark Thirty,"...
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