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Thirty-nine recipients of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards will be honored May 20 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Gotham. The Peabodys, bestowed by the U. of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, cite the best in electronic media. Herewith are a few of the projects and people being honored.
The Smithsonian Channel’s “Mlk: The Assassination Tapes” couldn’t have been made if professors at Memphis State U., back in 1968, didn’t have the foresight to preserve the historic TV, radio and police-report tapes regarding the Martin Luther King assassination. Typically, those tapes were reused and hence lost.
“It was extraordinary to find this treasure trove,” says David Royle, exec VP of programming and production at the Smithsonian Channel. Equally extraordinary, filmmaker Tom Jennings “crafts a film from these tapes that is entirely dramatic and immediate, taking the reality that existed at the time and infusing it with drama and intensity. »
- Robert Hofler
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $49.99
Studio: HBO Home Entertainment/Warner Home Video
HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy Girls won two Golden Globe awards in 2012, for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
The latter was for actress and show creator Lena Dunham (This Is 40), who plays Hannah Horvath, one of a group of twentysomethings living in New York. In this second season, Hannah is seeing a new guy but feels responsible for her ex, who’s recovering from the accident that ended season 1.
Meanwhile, recently single Marnie (Allison Williams, TV’s The Mindy Project) needs the support of her best friend and former roommate, but their distance seems bigger than ever. Jessa (Jemima Kirke, Tiny Furniture) returns from her honeymoon ready to plant new ideas in Hannah’s head. And newly experienced Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, »
Lena Dunham basically blew up out of nowhere after the release of her second feature, Tiny Furniture. The film had a minuscule budget, it employed a couple of her real family members as actors, and it was largely filmed in her family’s real life apartment. That’s a damned thrifty approach to filmmaking, and generally you’re going to have to add a good deal of talent to a presentation like that if it’s going to catch the attention of the powers that be in the entertainment industry—but catch their attention it did. After Dunham released Tiny Furniture, HBO came calling and essentially opened up their pocket books so that she could create her own television show, the similarly-themed Girls, which is now one of the most buzzed about things in popular culture. Zach Braff’s career path moved in the opposite direction. His first exposure to the public’s eye came from his »
- Nathan Adams
Amy Seimetz is having a moment. The writer-actress-filmmaker has for the better part of a decade been making a name for herself on the indie film circuit by working with everyone from Lena Dunham on "Tiny Furniture" to Joe Swanberg" in "Alexander the Last" to anchoring Megan Griffith's acclaimed Sundance character study "The Off Hours." This year, however, marks Seimetz biggest one yet. First came Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color," in which she co-starred with the writer-director in one of the most perplexing indies to come along in ages. Friday sees the theatrical release of her directorial debut "Sun Don't Shine," a 16mm shot, micro-budget portrait of a couple (Kentucker Audley and Kate Lyn Sheil) on the run for murder. In August you can catch her in Adam Wingard's acclaimed horror pic "You're Next," opposite Ti West and Swanberg. And on the small screen, she can soon be »
- Nigel M Smith
Additionally, Michael Winton (pictured above, center) will run film publicity and marketing efforts for sister label IFC Midnight and report to Ankori. Schwartz and Ankori report to IFC topper Jonathan Sehring.
- Dave McNary
It only premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last night, but we are already intrigued by Bluebird after our initial coverage of the poster and background information yesterday. There’s already been a lot of positive feedback from the screening at the film festival and now, thanks to those wonderful souls over at The Playlist, we’ve got some of the first stills released.
Bluebird is the debut for Lance Edmands, and previously found himself working on the editing side of the bizarre-yet-charming Tiny Furniture that gave the excellent Lena Dunham her big break. The cast involved here are impressive including John Slattery (Mad Men), Amy Morton (Up In The Air), Louisa Krause (from the underrated Young Adult), Emily Meade (Fringe) and Girls‘ Adam Driver.
Bluebird is currently just starting the Us Film Festival circuit but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this very intriguing film. »
- Dan Bullock
After spending time as an editor on various films, including "Tiny Furniture," Lance Edmands decided to write and direct his own feature. "Bluebird," starring John Slattery, explores the human connection to the cold, looming landscape of a small Maine town and the struggles of forgiveness when a small mistake has rippling effects. Having a strong connection to the film's geography, Edmands hopes that his film transports audiences into a new world like a dream. What it's about: In the frozen woods of an isolated Maine logging town, one woman’s tragic mistake impacts several lives, leading to unexpected consequences. About the filmmaker: I was born and raised in a small town in Maine and moved to New York City in 2000 to attend Nyu. After I finished film school, I began working as an editor, cutting documentaries, commercials, and features. I edited “Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell,” “Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same »
Today brings the debut of the trailer for the western "Dead Man's Burden," directed by first-time director Jared Moshé and starring Barlow Jacobs, David Call ("Tiny Furniture," "Nobody Walks") and "Nashville" ingenue Clare Bowen. We caught the film at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, and found the classic throwback western tale of family drama, violence and intrigue to be "moody, violent, classic, yet modern," and hailed its stunning 35 mm photography of the American Southwest. The trailer showcases all of those aspects and doesn't shy away from emphasizing the many gunshots that ring out during this family tragedy that is "a meditation on morality, survival, and the sometimes tenuous ties that bind families together," as we noted in our review. The gorgeous cinematography is also on display as well as the intense performances by the three leads. It's a slow burner of a western that ripples with tension and »
- Katie Walsh
The second season of "Girls" may have just ended, but Lena Dunham has yet to take a breath. The ever-productive writer/director/actress just released a new short film promoting New York designer Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2013 line. She's the sister of Dunham's boyfriend Jack Antonoff, guitarist for the Grammy-winning band Fun. (The Nyt's power sibling profile is here.) In "Best Friends," Dunham directs sister Grace Dunham and Nyt fashion writer Alice Gregory as too-close gal pals who engage in private rituals, share the same opinions and know almost everything about each other, including how they take their toast. The short-film-commercial, narrated by Adam Driver (Adam on "Girls"), is more precious than Dunham's often uncomfortably frank series, recalling the ingenue days of her "Delusional Downtown Divas" webseries. But as with all her work, including the 2010 indie feature "Tiny Furniture," Dunham continues to explore the terrain of female dynamics. In the season finale of "Girls, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Lena Dunham as a brand is old news -- her evolution into the unrivaled hipster it-girl has been complete for some time. But now, a cult of Lena seems to be slowly forming as the multi-hyphenate actress-writer-director-producer takes collaborators with her from one project to the next. First, it was Alex Karpovsky and Jemima Kirke who transitioned from “Tiny Furniture” to “Girls,” and now, in a new short fashion video that Dunham directed for designer Rachel Antonoff, her onscreen lover Adam Driver of “Girls” narrates while her sister Grace Dunham of “Tiny Furniture” stars alongside New York Times writer Alice Gregory. As some of you may know, Dunham is currently dating fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, the brother of Rachel. But now we’ve spent too much time playing connect-the-Brooklyn-celeb-dots and neglecting to analyze this semi-interesting short. The promotional film is a vignetted »
- Tess Hofmann
Time Magazine is back at it with their list of 140 people to follow on Twitter. This year, several people of interest to Indiewire readers made the cut. While reality TV stars like Tyra Banks and Anthony Bourdain made the list, it didn't feel quite right including them on our list below. Read more about the list on the Time website here. Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) - Hollywood actress and humanitarian Artsy (@artsy) - Arts coverage Man Bartlett (@ManBartlett) - Social media artist who is doing interesting work on Vine Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) - Musician and star of "Portlandia" Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) - Director and star of "Tiny Furniture;" creator and star of "Girls" Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) - The one and only Rashida Jones (@iamradhidajones) - Star of "Parks and Recreation" and "Celeste and Jesse Forever" Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) - Star of stage and screen, Academy Award-nominated for "Up in the Air »
- Bryce J. Renninger
Of all the things that have addled and irritated the watchers of Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls (the characters are too white and overprivileged! Lena Dunham spends too much time naked!), of all the things that have made a noisy sliver of them feel that the show is worthy of their “hate,” the late-in-the-game revelation that Dunham’s middle-class lost-girl princess Hannah suffers from Ocd seemed all but designed to stoke the hostility of those who dislike Girls but can’t stop watching it. To someone like me, though, who adores the show (I’ll put my passion right out there: In two seasons, »
- Owen Gleiberman
The plight of the idealistic young woman growing disillusioned in the big city is a familiar tale told most prominently in recent times by Lena Dunham. In her breakout feature "Tiny Furniture" and HBO's "Girls," Dunham explores the awkward and sometimes devastating chasm between fantasy and reality that often defines the trajectories of aspiring urban professionals. "Swim Little Fish Swim," the confident debut feature from writing-directing duo Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar, provides a gentler alternative to this same mold. Though less of a crowdpleaser than it may first appear, that's the key strength that makes this admittedly uneven first feature stand out. The filmmakers juxtapose their character's struggles against an older couple facing the practical issues of their livelihood, establishing a thoughtful examination of the harsher challenges styming the blind idealism of youth. Though the framework is familiar, the movie has a delicate, personal quality that sets it apart from. »
- Eric Kohn
This is one of the rare moments in one’s life when jury duty calls…. you emphatically say, yes. Yours truly is headed to the 2013 edition of the SXSW Film Festival as one-third of jury for the fest’s Narrative Feature Competition. On this site, we heart film festivals for their uniqueness, quirks, rebel attitude, flamboyancy, spirit and how the top fests all individually contribute in shaping up a given year in film – and the cornerstone signs are that when you’re running a quality fest is when you look back at the previous editions and take inventory of the gem discoveries that were offered.
As film critics we can’t help but continually rank, sort, classify the films we see… so this juror gig doesn’t come across as unfamiliar terrain, but its definitively a privileged position when you care about film and the filmmakers the way we all »
- Eric Lavallee
Austin's South by Southwest has been steadily building its reputation as a world-class film festival since first introducing the medium to the mix back in 1994. Some notable recent successes: The Hurt Locker debuted there in 2009, and went on to win the Oscar for best picture; Lena Dunham famously got her start there with 2010's Tiny Furniture, which took home the best narrative feature award and won her the admiration of Judd Apatow; and 2011 saw a sneak preview of a still-unfinished Bridesmaids, the same year that The Weinstein Co. snapped up Undefeated for a reported seven-figure deal. (It won
- Seth Abramovitch
The SXSW Film Festival kicks off on Friday with a studio comedy, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," but it's the smaller movies that really stand out at this essential celebration of new American cinema. From "Tiny Furniture" to "Weekend," low budget movies that have premiered with little to no buzz at SXSW often wind up among the more significant sleeper hits of the year (and a few grow even bigger than that). Documentaries like last year's big winner "Beware of Mister Baker" reflect the funky, hip vibe of the festival, which is also jam-packed with interactive and music festivities. With such distinctive characteristics fueling its program, SXSW guarantees exposure for a rich collection of movies largely made beyond the standards for mainstream sensibilities. The latest edition is poised to deliver an exciting combination of new talents and established names. Here's a sampling of the movies that Indiewire's team is looking forward »
- Dana Harris, Peter Knegt, Eric Kohn, Nigel M. Smith and Alison Willmore
Even though Ti West's latest endeavor into filmmaking is now completed, very little is still know about the film. What we do know so far is that Eli Roth will be producing The Sacrament, and Joe Swanberg (V/H/S), Aj Bowen (The House of the Devil), Kentucker Audley (V/H/S), Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture), and Gene Jones (No Country for Old Men) all star in the film. However, thanks to a recent interview with The Guardian, we now have very first… »
Via The Guardian: “I’m now producing a film called The Sacrament that Ti West produced and directed. He made a terrific film called House of the Devil, and had a great idea about a found footage docu-style horror movie set it a Jonestown type cult where we watch a mass suicide begin and the film makers are trapped inside. It’s really, really scary.”
The Sacrament stars Joe Swanberg (V/H/S), Aj Bowen (The House of the Devil), Kentucker Audley (V/H/S), Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture), and Gene Jones (No Country for Old Men). Release information is not currently available, but we’ll report back when more details are released. Until then, take a look at »
- Jonathan James
“I’m now producing a film called The Sacrament that Ti West produced and directed. He made a terrific film called House of the Devil and had a great idea about a found footage docu-style horror movie set it a Jonestown type cult where we watch a mass suicide begin and the filmmakers are trapped inside. It’s really, really scary.”
The Sacrament was written by West and is produced and presented by Eli Roth alongside Jacob Jaffke, Peter Phok, and Worldview Entertainment’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners. West and Eric Newman are executive producing with Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Hoyt David Morgan, and Im Global’s Stuart Ford. Im Global »
- Uncle Creepy
Watching “Red Flag” at a film festival is a delightfully meta affair, a darkly funny autobiographical road movie from "Girls" and "Tiny Furniture" star Alex Karpovsky. Yes, he's not just one of Dunham's boys on the hit HBO show, he's also a promising filmmaker in his own right, and he plants his 'Flag' definitively. Karpovsky turned lemons into lemonade after a recent breakup. He was scheduled to take his film "Woodpecker" on a tour of the South, and brought along some friends and a one-man crew (talented Dp Adam Ginsberg -- keep a look out for him) to make a film about his situation. In the movie "Red Flag," Karpovsky plays a filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky who's taking his film "Woodpecker" on tour after his girlfriend Rachel kicks him out of their house. He begs some friends to join, but it turns out Alex hasn't been the best friend and »
- Katie Walsh
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