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Film News Roundup: Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen Join Naomi Watts’ Thriller ‘Wolf Hour’

Film News Roundup: Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen Join Naomi Watts’ Thriller ‘Wolf Hour’
In today’s film news roundup, Jennifer Ehle joins “The Wolf Hour,” Sherilyn Fenn is starring in “For Entertainment Purposes Only,” and Gary Oldman is honored by union hair stylists and makeup artists.

Castings

Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Emory Cohen, Brennan Brown and Jeremy Bobb have joined Naomi Watts in the psychological thriller “The Wolf Hour.”

The movie began shooting on Nov. 27 in New York with Alistair Banks Griffin directing from his own script. The project is supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program.

Griffin’s first feature film “Two Gates of Sleep” screened in Director’s Fortnight at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and competed for the Camera D’Or.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Bailey Conway Anglewicz from Automatik will produce the film along with Bradley Pilz, who will fully finance and produce under his newly formed Bradley Pilz Productions. HanWay Films is overseeing international sales and distribution with CAA handling the domestic rights.

Watts portrays
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Naomi Watts to Topline Psychological Thriller “The Wolf Hour”

Watts in “Gypsy”

Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts has booked her next gig. The Australian actress will star in and executive produce “The Wolf Hour,” a psychological thriller set during the 1977 New York blackout riots.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Watts will play “a cultural icon and activist during the ’60s who has since fallen from grace and is a shell of her former self, now facing her demons at the height of one of the darkest points in the city’s history.”

Alistair Banks (“Two Gates of Sleep”) penned the script and will direct.

The Wolf Hour” will launch production late this fall in NYC. Bradley Pilz Productions is fully financing the project and Pilz is among its producers.

Watts received Oscar nods for her roles in “The Impossible” and “21 Grams.” “Twin Peaks,” “Gypsy,” and “The Glass Castle” are among her recent credits. Her upcoming projects include “Ophelia,” a reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and Gia Coppola’s “The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll,” an indie drama based on a true story. Co-starring Jessica Lange, the latter project centers on author Dare Wright and the journalist who found her living in a public hospital four decades after she became a household name.

Naomi Watts to Topline Psychological Thriller “The Wolf Hour” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'

Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'
Naomi Watts is set to take the lead in The Wolf Hour, a psychological thriller from up-and-coming writer and director Alistair Banks.

Set during the 1977 New York blackout riots, the film will see the Oscar-nominated actress play June Leigh, a cultural icon and activist during the '60s who has since fallen from grace and is a shell of her former self, now facing her demons at the height of one of the darkest points in the city's history. Watts will also executive produce.

Alistair Banks Griffin’s first feature film, Two Gates of Sleep, screened in Director’s Fortnight at the 2010 Cannes Film...
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Borderline Films Retrospective Trailer: See Stirring Clips From ‘James White,’ ‘Christine’ and More

Borderline Films Retrospective Trailer: See Stirring Clips From ‘James White,’ ‘Christine’ and More
Beginning now until November 27, cinephiles can enjoy all of Borderline Film’s movies at the Museum of the Moving Image’s seven-film retrospective in New York. To kick off the event, the production company shared a dynamic new trailer composed of all the features that will be screened, which you can check out below.

The celebration kicked off this past Thursday with the NY premiere of “The Eyes of My Mother” with director Nicholas Pesce in person. On Friday, November 18, a special screening of “Christine” was held with star Rebecca Hall in attendance. Since its premiere, the actress has been praised for her performance as the Florida news reporter who killed herself on air.

“With the critical acclaim around Rebecca Hall’s performance and Antonio Campos’s direction of the highly topical character study ‘Christine,’ and the New York premiere of the mesmerizing thriller ‘The Eyes of My Mother,’ this
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NYC Weekend Watch: Isabelle Huppert, MGM Musicals, ‘Last Year at Marienbad’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metograph

Takeshi Kitano and Isabelle Huppert retrospectives begin

Film Forum

The great “3-D Auteurs” continues, with Hugo having a special Sunday screening.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

“Total Verhoeven” continues.

Anthology Film Archives

“Memorable Fantasies” continues with the likes of Last Year at Marienbad, Céline and Julie Go Boating, and Pandora’s Box.

Museum of
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2016 January Screenwriters Lab Invite Projects From Pippa Bianco, Alistair Banks Griffin and Grassadonia & Piazza

The Sundance Institute is including a touch of Cannes this week as the likes of Pippa Bianco (her short Share was the 2015 winner of Cannes Cinefondation), Alistair Banks Griffin (Two Gates of Sleep premiered in Directors’ Fortnight in 2010), and the Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza tandem (from Critics’ Week Grand Prize in 2013 for Salvo) are among the dozen selected projects for the 2016 January Screenwriters Lab. The immersive, five-day writers’ workshop takes place just prior to the festival at the Sundance Resort in Utah, January 15-20. Look for several of these projects to one day break into not only Sundance, but other major film fests. Here are the selected people & projects:

The projects and fellows selected for the 2016 January Screenwriters Lab are:

Bull (U.S.A.) / Annie Silverstein (Co-writer/Director) and Johnny McAllister (Co-writer)

In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor,
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Locarno 2015. Day 1

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James WhiteFour films by Truffaut, one each by Kubrick, Kazan, Mackendrick, Donen, Lumet, Aldrich, Spielberg, Henry King, John Huston, Hawks, Hitchcock, Tourneur, William A. Wellman, John Ford, Brooks Mel (two films) and Richard (one), Michael Mann, and two by David Lynch. Classic Arabic movies, Pakistani movies, Romances & Musicals, Indonesian and Vietnamese films, films in Tagalog, Sinhala, Bengali, Mandarin and Cantonese, and six contemplative long take studies ranging in length from ten minutes to an hour. No, this is not the line-up for the Locarno Film Festival; it is but a taste of what was offered on demand on the video screen on my flight from New York to the small Swiss town's nearest large international airport, in Milan. Seeing as I was en route to a festival with several 35mm retrospectives, a competition section of adventurous fare anticipated and unknown, and scads of other program strands I've yet to fully understand,
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Ioncinephile of the Month: Lance Edmands (Bluebird)

Ioncinema.com’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. Prior to the film’s TriBeCa Film Festival world premiere debut, we’ve had the pleasure to profile Lance Edmands on a couple of occasions, namely, our In the Pipeline spotlight. Matching the frigid, desolate Maine backdrop with a communal sense of sorrow, Bluebird features an outstanding group performance with Amy Morton leading a cast comprised of Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale, Adam Driver and John Slattery (the Karlovy Vary Film Festival honored the four women). Usually, we get more into the mechanics of the film, but we took the opportunity to discuss technology and distribution – both changed tremendously during the film’s journey. Here’s this month (February/March) profile on Lance, and as always, make sure to click on over to his Top Ten Films of All Time list
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2015 Sundance Trading Card Series: #40. David Call (James White)

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries” …

David Call: Australian cinema has been big for me this year. I discovered Wake In Fright, which blew my mind, finally saw the incredible Walkabout and Breaker Morant, rediscovered Mad Max and absolutely loved The Rover, The Babadook and The Snowtown Murders. Those Aussies make some badass films.

2.) Podcasts, specifically Brian Koppelman‘s and Marc Maron‘s, amongst others. It is so educational and inspiring to listen to brilliant artists, scientists and other people have long, in-depth conversations about what they do and how they do it. It’s like taking a class every time I press play on my iPod.

3). San Francisco. I was lucky enough to be able to spend 6 weeks there this fall shooting my new film Americana. It was always a city I loved, but this time I was really able to absorb it, the people,
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Andrew Renzi’s Franny

Moving from producer hat-wearing days (Afterschool, Two Gates of Sleep) to firmly stippling Park City with a metaphysical, deeply humane and serene portraits The Fort (2012) and Karaoke! (2013), Andrew Renzi saddled into feature filmmaking earlier this year with dual projects, the birth of Fishtail, the docu 16mm set in Montana and narrated by Harry Dean Stanton was the first to push out (’14 Tribeca/ Karlovy Vary), while his narrative feature debut appears to be close to going into labor. Production on the 2013 January Screenwriters Lab Franny began last October, with Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James balancing on a tightrope act. On the tech side we find cinematographer Joe Anderson (Simon Killer), plus a Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans signed score (Enemy).

Gist: Gere will play a fun-loving, hedonistic philanthropist who works his way into the lives of a newlywed couple (Dakota Fanning, Theo James) to recapture the life he once had.
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I’m gonna do something … Exclusive Clip for Travis Gutiérrez Senger’s “Desert Cathedral”

The 5th edition of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland kicks off today, and among the 20 films featured in the competition (it truly is a buffet made up of the newest crop of American independent filmmakers) we find the international premiere for Travis Gutiérrez Senger’s Desert Cathedral.

With a score composed by Saunder Jurriaans and Danni Bensi (Two Gates of Sleep, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Simon Killer) overlapping with actual, true-life recordings from the film’s subject, what we find here below in our exclusive first look at the festival teaser is a real estate developer (played by Lee Tergesen) who mysteriously disappears into the Southwestern desert in 1992 and who leaves behind a series of VHS tapes. Along with mixed drink recipe details for a Harvey Wallbanger, what we have here in the ubiquity-infused, auditorily jarring, bone-chilling handsomely looking hybrid, about a man who lost his way both factually and figuratively.
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2014 Independent Film Week Includes Latest From Barry Jenkins, Alistair Banks Griffin, Passon, Frammartino & Landes

On the heels of the 39th edition of the Toronto Int. Film Festival (Sept 4-14), Ifp’s Independent Film Week is where a plethora of fiction, non-fiction and new this year, web-based series from the likes of Desiree Akhavan and Calvin Reeder find future coin. Sectioned off as projects at the very beginning of financing to those that are nearing completion, there happens to be tons of Sundance alumni in the names below. Among those that caught our attention we have Medicine for Melancholy‘s Barry Jenkins’ sophomore feature, produced by Bad Milo!‘s Adele Romanski, Moonlight is about “two Miami boys navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality in this triptych drama about black queer youth”. Concussion‘s Stacie Passon digs into the thriller genre with Strange Things Started Happening. Produced by vet Mary Jane Skalski (Mysterious Skin), this is about “a woman who has
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Five Questions With Fishtail Director Andrew Renzi

After serving as a producer on films including Afterschool and Two Gates Of Sleep and directing three shorts, Andrew Renzi is transitioning to directing features with not one but two films in 2014. First up is Fishtail, a portrait of life on a Wyoming cattle farm shot in a mere four days. Speed doesn’t mean sloppy haste: Fishtail makes full use of its 16mm widescreen frame, carefully capturing agricultural processes that connect the present to the old American West. Later this year, expect Renzi’s Richard Gere-starring drama Franny; his documentary premiered yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival. In an email […]
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Jersey Boys: Daniel Patrick Carbone on Hide Your Smiling Faces

Promising newcomerDaniel Patrick Carbone’s Hide Your Smiling Faces, well received at festivals such as Berlin, Tribeca and Abu Dhabi, is a sumptuously shot meditation on the difficulties faced by a couple of rural New Jersey teenage brothers following the untimely death of a friend. The film’s delicately designed frames, as well as its super spare screenplay, studiously withhold information — artfully, but perhaps somewhat tediously, denying the audience pleasure. (That pleasure is subsequently generated, however, by the beauty of Hide Your Smiling Face‘s overall visual aesthetic.) The picture’s rather chilly style is somewhat reminiscent of Alastair Banks Griffin’s Two Gates of Sleep, with […]
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Tribeca Film Fest Welcomes World Preems From Keith Miller, Lou Howe, Rapp, Lipes, Renzi, Tristan Patterson, Curry & Yu

By the looks of it, the Tribeca Film Festival might finally be growing out of their awkward teenage phase and moving into a new era where the nab more than just Sundance and SXSW festival rejects. Artistic Director Frederic Boyer has managed to nab some noteworthy American indie projects such as Lou Howe’s Gabriel (see pic above), Keith Miller’s Five Star, Adam Rapp’s Loitering with Intent, and Tristan Patterson’s Electric Slide.

On the docu front, we’ve got the latest from the likes of notable documentarians Marshall Curry and Jessica Yu. Think Ewan McGregor’s Long Way Round meets child solider movie for Curry’s awesomely titled Point and Shoot — where the Libyan rebel army take hold of Curry’s subject. Yu moves from water shortage in Last Call at the Oasis (read our review) to the biggest pandemic of all; Misconception looks at the consequences
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Tribeca 2014: Festival lineup includes 55 world premieres

Tribeca 2014: Festival lineup includes 55 world premieres
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced half its slate for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. “Variously inspired by individual interests and experience and driven by an intense sensibility of style, the array of new filmmaking voices in this year’s competition is especially impressive and I think memorable,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The range of American subcultures and international genres represented here are both eclectic and wide reaching.”

On April 17, Gabriel will open the World Narrative competition,
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #85. Andrew Renzi’s Franny

Franny

Director: Andrew Renzi

Writer: Andrew Renzi

Producers: Treehouse PicturesJustin Nappi and Kevin Turen, TideRock Media’s Thomas B Fore and Jason Michael Berman, Big Shoes Media’s Jay Schuminsky

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James

Padding his directing resume with a stellar pair of dramatic shorts in the Sundance preemed The Fort (2012) and Karaoke! (2013), Andrew Renzi’s feature debut Franny (a Sundance Writers’ Lab project) happens to have plenty of added value with Richard Gere in the lead, Simon Killer dp Joe Anderson and Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans on the technical side.

Gist: Gere will play a fun-loving, hedonistic philanthropist who works his way into the lives of a newlywed couple (Dakota Fanning, Theo James) to recapture the life he once had.

Release Date: Filming began around October, so this could technically be ready for Cannes,
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Borderline Adds “White” to the Album; Josh Mond Reteams with Christopher Abbott for Feature Debut

After steering Borderline Films partners Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos’ short and feature film projects to critical success, it’s now Josh Mond’s turn to step forward into the spotlight/director’s chair. Featuring Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, Scott (Kid Cudi) Mescudi, newbie Mackenzie Leigh and from the Borderline coffers indie actors David Call (Two Gates of Sleep) and Christopher Abbott (Martha Marcy May Marlene and Mond’s untitled multi-sensorial short film debut), theWrap reports that Mond is in the midst of filming James White. The drama commenced production in the big apple this December, and because we’re in the know…will be switching locations outside the frigid Manhattan backdrop.

Gist: This coming-of-ager is about a troubled young man (Abbott) in the midst of momentous family challenges.

Worth Noting: Here is a recent sample of Mond’s vid work: Mayday Parade (Kids In Love).

Do We Care?:
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No Longer Funny Games Foes; Corbet Set to Direct Tim Roth, Cosmopolis’ Binoche & Pattinson Pair in “The Childhood of a Leader”

2014 has long been shaping up to be a memorable year for the “actor” Brady Corbet. The indie veteran whose worked with major auteur talents continues next year with the likes of Assayas, Bonello, Hansen-Løve and Baumbach film (and that not including a foursome of other projects) will then look to commence the directing phase with Juliette Binoche, Robert Pattinson and his Funny Games U.S. co-star Tim Roth in The Childhood of a Leader. Variety reports that the French financed production is aiming for what would probably be a post Cannes start. Antoine and Martine de Clermont-Tonnere (Salvo) and Chris Coen (Jane Got a Gun/Funny Games) are producing.

Gist: Taking place perhaps during the same era as Haneke’s White Ribbon, this dramatic period piece set in France describes the childhood of a post-World War I leader.

Worth Noting: Remember the name of Mona Fastvold. She is what we could
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Selling Fridges to Eskimos; Alistair Banks Griffin’s “Snow The Jones” Receives Coin

He made his splash on the Croisette (2010′s Directors’ Fortnight) with the exquisite, almost dialogue-less Two Gates of Sleep (Brady Corbet and David Call pairing) and now comes word/confirmation that filmmaker Alistair Banks Griffin has two projects in the works. His Therese was part of the 2013 Berlinale Residency (names such as Sebastián Lelio and the talented Elina Psykou also had projects) and Snow The Jones just received coin (which takes care of rent and filling up the fridge for a good year) in the shape of the 2013 San Francisco Film Society/Hearst Screenwriting Grant which was voted on by Tom Grievson (Sffs director of communications), filmmakers Ian Hendrie and Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance) and Michele Turnure-Salleo (Sffs director of Filmmaker360).

Gist: Snow The Jones is about a teenage vagabond who joins a door-to-door sales crew and discovers. It is described as “an experiential trip into a dark side of the
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