7 items from 2012
Over the long weekend, plenty of folks got the news that they’ve had their feature, doc or short films accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. This Wednesday, the festival begins making their line-up official while keeping the short film announcements for the following week. The previous week we’ve made some prognostications as to what should be included in the 2013 edition. Here’s an easy to click recap of some of those predictions. We’ve added those who’ve been mentioned in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, the fortunate ones who’ve had their work run inside the Sundance Labs, those who are working from a Blacklist named screenplay, those who are basing their feature on a short film that was accepted into the festival in a previous edition and finally those who’ve had funding via Kickstarter. * denotes feature directorial debut while ++ denotes that person »
- Eric Lavallee
Hilary Brougher made a splash at the fest with her sophomore Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award winning drama Stephanie Daley (Sundance ’06) but it’s been nada since this minor stroke of genius. After some early casting hiccups, Brougher’s adaptation of Jane Mendelsohn’s 2000 teen novel of the same name found Sophie Curtis, Kelly Reilly and Graham Phillips toplining. Production took place during the summer, with post production beginning in August, which means with some overtime work, Innocence – a Killer Films’ production could be ready for a showcase. Brougher reteams with cinematographer David Rush Morrison and editor Keith Reamer and with Production Designer Susan Block (The Believer, Grace Is Gone) also contributes.
Gist: Co-written by Brougher and Tristine Skyler, set in NYC, this centers on a moody teenager who discovers her elite private school is home to a vampire gang.
Prediction: Premieres Program
- Eric Lavallee
Untitled Bigelow Project
Though first reported in October last year, its been confirmed at Cannes that Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey remain attached to Simon West's CG 3-D action thriller "Thunder Run" which begins shooting this Summer after just locking down finances.
The film is said to be the untold story of the dangerous and bloody capture of Baghdad in 2003 by American Forces at the onset of the Iraq War. [Source: Museled]
- Garth Franklin
Geraghty plays a man determined to climb the African peak after a recent breakup. Shooting kicks off mid-May in New York. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
The story follows a bereaved girl who recently lost her mother and finds herself being targeted by a group of vampires at her elitist private school who want to make her a ritual virgin sacrifice. »
- Garth Franklin
Abigail Breslin (New Year’s Eve) is no stranger to the comedy genre, but she ‘is always wonderful playing vulnerable characters’ too. Therefore, Breslin who had been very busy over the years will reportedly re-team with Halle Berry in Brad Anderson‘s new thriller The Hive at Troika Picture. In fact, she is the latest to join [...]
Continue reading Abigail Breslin Joins Anderson’s Hive on FilmoFilia.
- Nick Martin
 Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor are in talks to join Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in James Wan's upcoming thriller, formerly called The Conjuring. The film, which is now going by the working title Untitled Warren Files Project, centers around a husband and wife paranormal investigation team (Wilson and Farmiga) dealing with spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse. Livingston and Taylor would play a couple that moves into the farmhouse with their children, and are terrorized by the supernatural beings who reside there. The story is inspired by the real-life tale of the Perron family and paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970s. Livingston will next appear in HBO Films' Game Change, which premieres March 10, and this summer's The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Taylor co-stars in Paul Weitz's Being Flynn, which opens March 2. The Conjuring is scheduled to enter production in North Carolina in March. »
- Angie Han
#56. Innocence Director: Hilary BrougherWriter: Tristine SkylerProducers: Killer Films' Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon Distributor: Rights Available The Gist: An adaptation of Jane Mendelsohn's dark coming-of-age novel, this is about a schoolgirl's loss of innocence...(more) Cast: Abigail Breslin and Chloë Sevigny List Worthy Reasons...: Among the several contemporary indie vampire flicks in this top 100 list (more to come in 2013 with Jim Jarmusch interested in the genre), it is this coming-of-ager that we feel holds the most promise as the form, from the book description, is reminiscent of some of those plot-twisting Spanish thriller titles. The Killer FIlms folks usually don't do horror but instead the human condition, and that the one helming the pic is Stephanie Daley's Brougher - who gave us a strong, underappreciated directing debut which did feature some rather strong female performances means that with a better production value we see this female filmmaker making huge strides. »
7 items from 2012
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