6 items from 2014
Magnolia Pictures announced today it has acquired North American rights to White Bird in a Blizzard, a suspenseful drama from writer/director Gregg Araki and starring Shailene Woodley, who is coming off her hit film Divergent, which has grossed $116.6 million to date. Based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, the story is set in 1988 and revolves around a college-bound teenager whose life is deeply affected by the disappearance of her mother, played by Eva Green. The ensemble cast also includes Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett. The film was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki (Kaboom). White Bird In a Blizzard is a Why Not Productions / Desperate Pictures / Orange Studio / Wild Bunch co-production. “We are longtime admirers of the singular Gregg Araki, who brings his unique vision to this funny, sexy and haunting film,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. »
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Drip" Tweetable Logline: A documentary that looks at the amazing world of coffee competitions and the renowned baristas who compete in them Elevator Pitch: Jiro Dreams of Sushi meets Spellbound + Coffee! In 2013, we followed some of the rising stars in the coffee world as they were getting ready for the Regional, National, and World Barista Championships. These competitions allowed baristas to showcase their technical skills and creativity as they prepared 12 cups of coffee through 15 minute demonstrations. While this started as a journey for a love of coffee it soon became a fascinating story about the people who dedicated their lives trying to push the limits of a single beverage. »
Favreau himself plays the title chef who is struggling to agree on a compromise with the owner (Dustin Hoffman) of his L.A. restaurant. So, naturally, he ditches the restaurant and brings along his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo), and his son to see what Miami has to offer. And we get to see a lot of food in the process.
- Ariana Bacle
Austin – From the moment he stepped onstage at the Paramount Theater, Jon Favreau was looking to entertain. “Chef,” the film he wrote, starred in, co-produced and directed, opened the 2014 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival Friday night, with all but a standing ovation.
“I shoot food the way Michael Bay shoots women in bikinis,” Favreau told Variety at the after-party, held at Mohawk, several blocks from the theater. Prior to the screening, Favreau (pictured) and the cast dined at Franklin’s barbeque, a famous Austin barbeque joint, which makes a cameo in the film, as does musician Gary Clark Jr., who was deep into his second hour of a live performance.
The movie takes place in Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans and Austin, follows a chef (Favreau) as he quits his job and travels cross country in a food truck with his son (Emjay Anthony) and his sous chef (John Leguizamo).
After the screening, »
- Alexandra Cheney
Directed by: Teller
Running Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Plot: Inventor Tim Jenison strives to replicate a painting by Johannes Vermeer, using optical technology that might have been lost in time.
Who’S It For? Everyone, and absolutely not just those who know art.
If 2013 was in particular a year of lone survivors, with sole characters persevering with only their minds and spirits through challenging conditions, Tim’s Vermeer is a calming yet fitting coda to these tales. Though without the essential element of dramatic tension that carries films like All is Lost and Gravity through events that feature only one human being, the goal of Tim and his painting project, that of fully recreating a full Vermeer painting dot-for-dot and particle-by-particle, feels within this film to be no less ambitious than that of survival.
Tim’s Vermeer begins with a humble »
- Nick Allen
Altitude Film Distribution has added five titles to its first theatrical slate.
“Love Is Strange,” which receives its international premiere in Berlin’s Panorama section this week, is directed by Ira Sachs, who co-wrote the script with Mauricio Zacharias, and stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.
Docu “Bolshoi Babylon” ventures behind the scenes at the Russian ballet »
- Leo Barraclough
6 items from 2014
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