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Rolling out it’s fifth edition and growing beyond just Park City (Los Angeles hosted a summer event this year) the Next section has grown in size, has found plenty of distrib buyer interest and has a strong voice of its own. Becoming a home for low budget indie we like: smaller budgets sometimes bring out impressive creative outputs, in 2011 we had Sound of My Voice, Restless City and Bellflower. 2012 saw Compliance, I’m Not a Hipster and Sleepwalk With Me, while last year we were impressed by the likes of It Felt Like Love and Blue Caprice. This year we have eleven, instead of ten selections – the plus one bump might have to do with Madeleine Olnek’s The Foxy Merkins – she got to show off her film this summer in the Next Weekend L.A event (we mentioned above). In the coming-of-agers working with a different vibe and »
- Eric Lavallee
Writer/producer/actress: Brit Marling is the kind of triple threat we like. She’s carved out her niche in Hollywood with a Diy attitude. Why wait for someone else to give you opportunities when you can create them yourself? She co-wrote “Sound of My Voice” with indie director Zal Batmanglij and “Another Earth” with Mike Cahill, and both landed in the festival circuit in 2011 and instantly launched her career. Offers came pouring in, including working alongside Tom Cruise in the big-budgeted sci-film film, “Oblivion.” It would have been a justifiable role to take; indie actress makes good and takes a paycheck as a reward to keep herself going. Instead, she turned down the role and has only made smart supporting choices in its place, including writing and starring in 2013’s eco-terrorist thriller “The East” with Batmanglij once again. Marling has proven, if you’ve got the ideas and the gumption, »
- Edward Davis
With heavy critical praise (we were huge fans of the film here on the site) his award-winning debut Dragonslayer (Grand Jury Prize Winner for Best Documentary at SXSW in 2011) made the type of waves that essentially jettisoned it’s filmmaker into a larger land of opportunity and a rapid shift from docu to narrative. Tristan Patterson didn’t rob the bank, but lucked out with what looks to be a heck of a modern Bonnie & Clyde tale in Electric Slide which will feature the name cast of Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Vinessa Shaw, Chloë Sevigny, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Lambert. Production began in October of 2012, so this is more than ready to showcase and find a distribution deal.
Gist: Based on the article “The Yankee Bandit: The Life and Times of Eddie Dodson, World’s Great Bank Robber”, written by Timothy Ford and scripted by Patterson, this tells the true »
- Eric Lavallee
The East follows an operative for an elite private intelligence firm who find her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. With a cast headed by Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page, The East is the critically-acclaimed thriller from director Zal Batmanglij (Sound Of My Voice), acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.
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The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Jury members of the main competition jury are:
Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Brit Marling is a unique character in modern cinema. She is ethereally beautiful, yet far more than just a pretty face; she has not only starred in unusual independent films such as Another Earth and Sound of My Voice (both released in 2011), but also co-written those films’ screenplays. In a world where substantial and complex roles for women on the big screen can be thin on the ground, and where a pretty young woman can be repeatedly typecast as the girlfriend or the victim (or both simultaneously), Marling writes the roles she would like to play, ensuring that she gets a chance to let her talents shine. The latest of these roles is that of undercover intelligence agent Sarah Moss in The East.
- Lee Jutton
Seemingly a perfect union, the writing duo of director Zal Batmanglij and his hypnotic on screen muse, Brit Marling, return to the big screen with their second collaboration, The East, an excellent Sundance preemed, political thriller that riles with the ideologies of environmental extremism while building upon the cultist culture that they explored in their mercurial debut, Sound of My Voice. This time bearing the budget of a modest Hollywood production, a cast that boasts names like Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page and a release that surprisingly didn’t go bigger, their sophomore feature feels like the work of a major studio, a slick, highly commercial production that surprisingly refuses to compromise its morals. Taking us headlong into the controversial underworld of so called ‘eco-terrorists’ through an undercover agent who’s allegiance becomes blurred, The East sees Batmanglij making the leap from indie darling to major league filmmaker without sacrificing auteuristic assurance. »
- Jordan M. Smith
Exclusive: Company also hires Danny Gusman and Max Leeds.
Sales, financing and production company The Exchange has announced a series of promotions and new hires as it expands.
Chief financial officer Giovanna Trischitta has now also become COO, where she will oversee company-wide human resources, finance, delivery and accounting, while Nat McCormick has been promoted to Svp, taking on additional responsibilities overseeing The Exchange’s sales activities.
Meanwhile, Danny Gusman has been hired as marketing manager and Max Leeds will join as business and legal affairs manager.
Brian O’Shea, The Exchange CEO, commented: “Giovanna and Nat are great assets to The Exchange. Both are exceptional executives and have helped grow the company over this past year.
“Now with Danny and Max as new members of our team, we are ready to take The Exchange to the next level.”
McCormick previously worked at Im Global and with O’Shea at OddLot/Affinity.
Trischitta was previously »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Chicago – We hit your calendar and your wallet earlier this week with a special TV-only edition of What to Watch and now we’re back to fill in the films that were released this week on DVD, Blu-ray, and streamimg services that may catch your attention. Want to watch a movie this weekend? Why not make it one of these five? If I had to rank them in order of preference, here’s how it would go…
Photo credit: IFC Films
Adam Leon’s debut comedy captures a certain we-can-do-anything attitude that’s not only common to youth but has a unique flavor in New York City. Presented by Jonathan Demme, this festival hit (and Independent Spirit Award winner) has an energy that can best be described as infectious. The loose style of narrative and approach to character can be a bit frustrating but »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Two years after "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice" catapulted her to indie icon status at Sundance, Brit Marling reunited with her "Sound of My Voice" director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij for the Fox Searchlight thriller "The East," now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film centers on an ex-fbi agent (Marling) who infiltrates an anarchist collective known as The East suspected of attacking corporate CEOs. Once embedded within the group (headed by a shaggy Alexander Skarsgård), however, she soon finds herself on their side. Read More: Brit Marling and Ellen Page Deconstruct 'The East' and Explain Why Robert Redford is an 'Anarchist Thinker' In a video, below, exclusive to Indiewire, Marling and Batmanglij dish on how they made "The East" look like it was made for a much higher budget than it actually was (the reported budget for the film is just over $6 million). »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “How Far Did Rocky Go in His Training Run in Rocky II?” — Dan McQuade from The Philly Post became everyone’s hero by calculating The Italian Stallion’s triumphant trip to the Art Museum. Funny what you force your characters to do when you want a montage of landmarks. “The East and Sound of My Voice Writer-Director Zal Batmanglij Shares His Top 10 Documentaries” — Over at Nonfics, the indie darling provides some food for your queue. “‘Bad’ cinema lost its cult appeal when the big studios started making it” — Bobby MacPherson at Screen Robot laments B-movies getting the studio polish. “Did Jesse Pinkman Really Matter?” — Cindy Davis at Pajiba struggles to understand her apathy toward the Breaking Bad bitch-sayer. “The Role of Today’s Studio Chief Has Been Redefined” — Rachel Abrams at Variety explores what the new exec class has »
- Scott Beggs
Behind the Candelabra It seems like such a long time ago now, but I saw and really enjoyed Behind the Candelabra when I saw it in Cannes back in May. I wouldn't say it's a film I think you need to own, but definitely one you ought to see for both Michael Douglas and Matt Damon's performances, but especially Rob Lowe. You can read my Cannes review right here.
World War Z They are still talking about potentially filming a sequel to World War Z, but I have a hard time believing they'll ever get around to it. One thing that could be interesting if they did decide to go that route would be to tackle the same time period, but from the perspective of a different character and try and do a better job of getting to the same moment and location they reached at the end of »
- Brad Brevet
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be brainwashed? Whether you would easily succumb, or if your mind is simply too strong to be controlled by anyone/anything else but you?
We’re celebrating the release of upcoming film Upstream Colour, the story of a man and woman who are drawn together and engrossed in what can only be described as mind control. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
To mark its release, we’re looking at other films that feature brainwashing.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
After Alex DeLarge gets sentenced to time in prison, he volunteers for an experimental program which makes convicts loathe violence. By going through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he’ll be back on future Britain’s streets before he realises the full extent of aversion therapy.
Howard Beale is an aging Ubs news anchor, »
- David Agnew
Poor Rachel McAdams. Three time-travel movies and not a whiff of the action. First was 2009's The Time Traveller's Wife, in which Eric Bana played a Chicago librarian darting through time while his on-screen wife McAdams plodded on faithfully in the present. Then, two years later, came Midnight in Paris. Owen Wilson got to party in the roaring 1920s every day of his holiday, while oblivious fiancee McAdams went sightseeing. And now Richard Curtis's new film, About Time, sees McAdams stay home as her partner Domhnall Gleeson goes time-travelling in secret, in a bid to change his past and have a better future. This time it's a gift – passed down the male line of the family. »
More and more women in Hollywood are fed up being typecast as ditzy girlfriends or chainsaw fodder and instead are becoming screenwriters as well, writing their own films
A couple of years ago, I interviewed Kristen Wiig, who is something of a heroine of mine, and spent much of the time circling around a question that begged to be asked: how come an actor as brilliant as her is consigned to bit parts and lame roles? I didn't quite put it like that, but it's a question that regularly comes up with women actors and the answer is invariably the same. "It's not that there aren't good roles for women, there just aren't enough," Wiig replied, trying not to sound too whingey. She was, after all, promoting Paul, the blokey alien comedy in which she gamely played Simon Pegg's underwritten "love interest". But Wiig revealed she was taking matters »
- Steve Rose
To mark the release of Arbitrage on DVD and Blu-ray 15th July, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on DVD.
When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere – An Officer And A Gentleman, Pretty Woman) he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. However, behind the gilded walls of his mansion Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to conceal an affair with French artist Julie Cote (Laetitia Casta – Gainsbourg) whilst racing to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before his fraudulent dealings are revealed. When a tragic accident complicates things further, attracting the unwanted attention of NYPD detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth – TV’s Lie To Me, Pulp Fiction), and the net tightens around him Miller realises that the suspicions of not just the police but also his loyal wife (Susan Sarandon – Robot & Frank, »
After five days, sequel earns 73% of box office of Despicable Me, giving Universal three of five biggest openings of the year
Wimbledon, Glastonbury and glorious weather across much of the UK created a perfect storm of challenging conditions for cinemas, resulting in some weak debuts and steep falls for existing movies. But a film that audiences really want to see can overcome any obstacle, a phenomenon witnessed many times in the past and seen at the weekend with the release of Despicable Me 2.
Debuting with an astonishing £9.95m, plus £4.87m from two days of previews, after just five days the sequel has achieved 73% of the lifetime box office (£20.2m) for the original Despicable Me. That film debuted in October 2010 with £3.66m including £205,000 in previews – at the time considered a great result for a film based on characters with no pre-existing audience awareness, and from a studio (Universal) with »
- Charles Gant
The East, 2013.
Directed by Zal Batmanglij.
An ambitious intelligence agent is charged with infiltrating anarchist group The East and finds her loyalties tested.
Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij follow up 2011’s powerhouse film Sound of My Voice with an exploration into greed, corrupted and anarchy. Marling plays an ambitious intelligence agent Sarah who finds herself enraptured by the anarchist group The East and its enigmatic leader Benji (Skarsgard). The East is a fast paced, intoxicating and challenging film that demonstrates the corruption of the world we live in.
The East has been released at an interesting time in terms of news. The whistleblower scandal with Edward Snowden is all over the news and the new developments with the drug Diclofenac has just recently broken and we find ourselves asking what’s next. »
- Flickering Myth
Review Mark Harrison 3 Jul 2013 - 06:13
Brit Marling is one of the most interesting rising stars in screenwriting right now, with a string of festival-acclaimed flicks that began with 2011's intimate sci-fi drama, Another Earth, and continued in her first collaboration with director Zal Batmanglij, last year's Sound Of My Voice. Her latest film, working with Batmanglij again, is The East, a thriller about eco-terrorism.
Sara (played by Marling) is a former FBI agent who has been researching for an undercover job with a private security firm for the best part of a year. It entails going undercover with an anarchist organisation called The East, who have pledged to enact vengeance on the CEOs of corporations that have damaged the environment. Sara ultimately gets the job because she is seen »
This week on The Collision, we are joined by CinemaBlend editor-in-chief and Operation Kino co-host, Katey Rich. During out conversation, we talk about women in cinema, the limited roles they have on screen and behind the camera, the portrayal of women in mainstream movies, the gender dynamic in Hollywood, the demand for female-led films, sexism, and much, much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("The Implosion of Hollywood and the Death of Movie Theaters"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Katey's Recommendation: Walking and Talking »
- Matt Goldberg
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