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Brooklyn-based indie film and music label Factory 25 has acquired North American theatrical rights to the drama Bluebird, starring John Slattery, Amy Morton, Margo Martindale, Adam Driver, Louisa Krause and Emily Meade. The film marks the directorial debut of Tiny Furniture editor Lance Edmands. Bluebird — which screened at the Tribeca, Provincetown and other festivals, starting in 2013 — won the best actress prize at the 2013 Karlovy Vary film festival. Bluebird explores the interconnectedness of a small logging town in Maine, showing that even the slightest actions have consequences. Morton plays a local school bus driver who fails to
- Hilary Lewis
The film is set in a small town in the northern reaches of Maine. Morton plays a local school bus driver who becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection and fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. Slattery plays her husband, a local logger preoccupied by the imminent closing of the town paper mill.
Factory 25 is premiering the film theatrically in New York City on Feb. 27, followed by a theatrical rollout across the country through the winter. The film will also be released digitally by Sundance Artist Services via cable VOD, »
- Dave McNary
HBO continues to prepare its loyal audience for the imminent winter TV schedule. After the cable giant debuted the trailer for the Duplass brothers new dramedy Togetherness this morning, they are now getting fans of Hannah Horvath’s unorthodox exploits in the mood with a trailer for Girls season four.
In light of creator-star Lena Dunham’s most recent scandal, involving a misconstrued excerpt from her memoir, the return of her defining character could be just what she needs to steer the focus back to her creative self. The show inevitably played a massive part in raising her social profile, and it’s looking like there’ll be plenty more spin-off debates surrounding the content of the show’s impending fourth season.
The brief, 90-second trailer catches us up on Hannah’s big move from New York City to Iowa, where she’s beginning a new educational program. Leaving the »
- Gem Seddon
One of the excerpts that prompted these allegations reads:
"One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn't resist and when I saw what was inside I shrieked."
"My mother came running. 'Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!'"
"My mother didn't bother asking why I had opened Grace's vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did. She just went on her knees and looked for herself »
The internet, for all its faults, can really bring people together. And sometimes those people are Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham! Swift and Dunham met on Twitter, but out of a direct message has blossomed a fully realized, supportive, loving friendship. They are each other's rocks and sources of baked goods as well as career, relationship, and fashion advice. Here are two artists who found success, responsibility, and a clear voice at an incredibly young age, and they seem to be aware of how lucky they are to have found each other. So, Taylor and Lena: This is your friendship's life!May 13, 1986: Lena Dunham is born. December 13, 1989: Taylor Swift is born. October 2006: Taylor Swift releases her self-titled debut. March 2010: Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture premieres at SXSW. She'd later admit to being influenced by Taylor, telling Et, "Long before she was my friend, she was my »
- Jesse David Fox,Sean Fitz-Gerald
Girls creator and star Lena Dunham has signed on to write an adaptation of Karen Cushman’s award-winning Ya novel, Catherine, Called Birdy. Known for her acerbic and brilliantly-realized insights into twenty-something women, Dunham is changing tack by addressing an altogether different demographic this time around.
The report comes from Variety (via /Film), who say the actress revealed the news herself at the New Yorker festival.
“I’m going to adapt Catherine, Called Birdy and hopefully direct it,” she told the crowd. “I just need to find someone who wants to fund a PG-13 medieval movie.”
One person already onboard to assist in that process is Girls executive producer Jenni Konner. At this stage it’s just Konner and Dunham who are developing the adaptation, and it sounds like it’s going to be a realistic dose of adolescent womanly experience.
Here’s the plot in Dunham’s words:
[She] gets »
- Gem Seddon
Between Tiny Furniture and Girls, Lena Dunham has made her name chronicling the very specific experiences of 20somethings in modern-day New York. But now she’s taking those skills to an entirely different era. Dunahm is set to write and possibly direct Catherine, Called Birdy, an adaptation of the award-winning Ya novel by Karen Cushman. The […]
The post Lena Dunham Writing and Maybe Directing ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Lena Dunham is returning to films. Starting out on the usual path as an indie filmmaker with such SXSW breakouts as "Tiny Furniture," Dunham took the HBO series route with "Girls," executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. Her memoir "Not that Kind of Girl" is flying off shelves. At the New Yorker Festival this weekend, she announced that she will adapt for the big screen Karen Cushman’s 1994 coming-of-age novel “Catherine, Called Birdy," which she's been obsessed with since she was a kid, she told The New Yorker's Ariel Levy. The period story is about a 12-year-old who gets her period and is immediately deemed marriage material. “I’m going to adapt it and hopefully direct it,” Dunham said. “I just need to find someone who wants to fund a PG-13 Medieval movie.” Dunham's A Casual Romance production company partner Konner is developing the film with her, along »
- Anne Thompson
Recently, I realized that Kelly Reichardt is the only working American female filmmaker with a body of work I can wholeheartedly exalt. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of films to admire that are directed by women in this country, but that those films so often stand on their own, as that director’s first and last achievement. There is no “late period” to debate, because these women are rarely making it on to their second or third feature. TV money and exposure factor, sure, but even the standard bearer success story that is Lena Dunham never directed another after Tiny Furniture. Instead, Judd […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
About 3 months ago we made the decision to self-distribute Bluebird in North America. From the beginning, our goal was to make an intimate, quietly affecting ensemble drama. For writer/director Lance Edmands, there was a specific kind of feeling he was trying to express with the film. There was a unique sense of loneliness, solitude, and isolation that was linked directly to a region of Northern Maine and the culture that permeates the area. Lance grew up in Maine, and he felt that these melancholy emotions stood in stark contrast with the great rugged beauty of the state. We wanted to explore that conflicted feeling in way that would resonate personally with a viewer. It was important to us to maintain the subtle, quiet tone of the film both in the way we made it and the way we brought the film to an audience. With that in mind, we »
- Kyle Martin
According to The Wrap, because I’m not reading Joan Rivers’ book, the reported funny woman is once again taking a shot at Lena Dunham. While Dunham and her HBO hit Girls certainly aren’t untouchable, Rivers, who is becoming as famous for getting headlines as an ignorant buffoon as she is for anything else, has some bizarre jabs to lob Dunham’s direction. This comes on the heels of more or less the same comments aimed at Dunham during Rivers’ interview with Howard Stern… well, so the story goes, I didn’t listen to it.
The article includes some of Rivers’ comments-
Rivers calls the HBO star the “first fat girl naked on the television,” saying that television viewers watch her show with “their hands over their eyes.” If Dunham is free enough to “have her fat ass on display,” she writes, why isn’t she “free enough to »
- Marc Eastman
She has graduated from Greendale and is now headed to Hannah: Community star Gillian Jacobs has snagged a recurring role on season 4 of HBO’s Girls. EW checked in with Jacobs to talk about her new job — and, yes, the end of her old one.
Entertainment Weekly: You’re playing a character on Girls named Mimi Rose. Already that smacks of great potential. What can we expect from her?
Gillian Jacobs: I have an awesome name — in the grand tradition of Girls having awesome names for their characters… So I can’t really give much away about my character. »
- Dan Snierson
★★★★☆Recent lo-fi Brooklynite comedies such as Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha (2013) and Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture (2010) feel positively old-hat compared with Gillian Robespierre's bracing Obvious Child (2014), which is funnier and more urgent than both. Robespierre and her breakout star Jenny Slate give us a feminist comedy about abortion, but still this is one of the cutest romantic comedies of recent years - although you'll have to think carefully whether to take your date. Donna Stern (Slate) is one of those comics who puts her life into her act. She opens with scatological jokes about dirty knickers and flatulence, before launching into her her boyfriend and her Jewish New York family.
- CineVue UK
She has been touted as the contender to Lena Dunham's throne so why is Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan starring in her rival's show?
"Lena Dunham has been coming up a lot lately in my therapy sessions," blogged filmmaker Desiree Akhavan in March 2013. "We're too damn similar and she beat me to the punch." Dunham either read her frustrated tirade or the pair are as cosmically intertwined as their identical career-paths suggest: it has been announced that she has signed Akhavan up for the fourth series of her HBO series, Girls.
Both Akhavan and another newcomer, Peter Mark Kendall, will play Hannah's fellow attendees at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, but it was a while before the casting announcement that Dunham and Akhavan were mentioned in the same breath. When Akhavan's comedy Appropriate Behaviour about a bisexual young woman struggling to become the ideal Persian daughter premiered at the most recent Sundance film festival, »
- Barbara Speed
Making his name with Afterschool and Tiny Furniture, Jody Lee Lipes has quickly solidified his standing as one of the most impressive American cinematographers currently working. Alongside a diverse slate of Dp work (he both shot and directed episodes of Girls and is currently working on Judd Apatow’s next feature Trainwreck), Lipes has also been establishing himself as a documentarian. 2009′s Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same followed the title artist in the middle of a creative and personal breakdown/breakthrough; for 2010′s co-directed NY Export: Opus Jazz, Lipes staged a 1958 Jerome Robbins ballet on New York’s […] »
- Vadim Rizov
When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen Gurley Brown, from Gloria Steinem to Barbara Walters, Gilda Radner to Diane Keaton, Diane Sawyer, Patti Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Nora Ephron, Tina Brown, Annie Leibovitz and Lena Dunham (not to mention the new top editor at the New York Times, Jill Abramson), women in New York are not like anyone else, including each other: They’re razor-sharp, with unique voices and an outlying vision that enter the mainstream and tug it away from the lowest common denominator and toward something smarter, funnier, more tolerant, more knowing, better.
- Trish Deitch
When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen Gurley Brown, from Gloria Steinem to Barbara Walters, Gilda Radner to Diane Keaton, Diane Sawyer, Patti Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Nora Ephron, Tina Brown, Annie Liebovitz and Lena Dunham (not to mention the new top editor at the New York Times, Jill Abramson), women in New York are not like anyone else, including each other: They’re razor-sharp, with unique voices and an outlying vision that enter the mainstream and tug it away from the lowest common denominator and toward something smarter, funnier, more tolerant, more knowing, better.
- Trish Deitch
Choreographer Justin Peck is something of a big deal in the world of ballet. In a recent column, New York Times dance critic Brian Seibert addressed the growing “Messiah” chatter around Peck’s work, as critics starved for a Great (with a capital ‘g’) 21st century artist have assigned their dreams to the young man. That he’s is only 25 years old seems to only fuel the excitement. His pieces for the New York City Ballet have gotten rave reviews, and the old institution has continued to commission them. The fact that he is also a low-ranking dancer in the company’s corps de ballet makes the story even more interesting. All of this makes him an excellent subject for a documentary, at least on paper. Ballet 422 follows the production of one of these Nycb commissions from start to finish, all the way up to its Lincoln Center premiere in January 2013. This is the third feature »
Though he has worked as a screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, director and even actor (he had a tiny part in "Tiny Furniture"), Jody Lee Lipes is reluctant to pigeonhole himself. He'd prefer to be known as just a "filmmaker." "The way I think of it is anybody who is really great at their job who works in the film business is a filmmaker - it doesn't matter if they're a Pa or a director. I think of someone who is a great Pa who understands the story and understands what they need to do as a filmmaker. I aspire to be a filmmaker whatever I'm doing," Lipes, who alternates between fiction and nonfiction projects, recently told Indiewire. Lipes recently directed his third film, the verite documentary "Ballet 422," which will screen in competition at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, but he is perhaps better known as a cinematographer, having served as Dp »
- Paula Bernstein
We’ve always liked to support the smaller projects and Josh Mond’s James White needs you to finish what they’ve started, and you can help via Kickstarter to get the post-production, editing, sounds design/mixing, and securing music rights side of the film completed!
We’re bringing this one to your attention for a couple of reasons. It’s not just because the team at Borderline Films already have an intelligent and powerful project history but mainly because we believe in these guys and the films they’re making…and want you to be a part of something unique.
Borderline Films, is made up of three filmmakers: Mond, Antonio Campos, and Sean Durkin. Ten years after founding Borderline as film students at Nyu, their feature films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. They’ve been »
- Dan Bullock
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