7 items from 2014
The Caribbean based indie tale, "Happy People" has found its cast and begun production in the Bimini islands, The Bahamas. The film marks the directorial debut of AFI alum Logan Sandler. The film, which started production in Bimini on Monday, September 15, 2014, will star Dree Hemingway (Starlet, the Cosmopolitans, While We Were Young), Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Selma, Straight Outta Compton), Robert Wisdom (The Wire, Dark Night Rises, Nashville, Chicago Pd), Leonard Earl Howze (Antwone Fisher, Barbershop, Masters of Sex) and Sam Dillon (Boyhood, Scenes from the Suburbs, Memoria). “It is incredibly exciting to have such an amazing cast working on this project. »
- Press Release
Axes of Fulfillment: Williams Explores the Lives of Malcontented Young Adults
There’s a certain way to make multiple, intersecting storylines breathe life into a narrative structure, though it’s a rather abused formula of narrative free form often masking the lack of substance at hand. To be certain, director Ryan Piers Williams makes better use of this structure than a variety of recent examples, giving us a quiet, simplistic approach of four interrelated early thirtysomethings in Manhattan instead of bludgeoning with caustic twists a la Paul Haggis. If the material isn’t innately virginal, Williams takes some unexpected turns (not to mention the added attraction of having his wife, actress America Ferrera starring as one of the main characters). At the end of the day, some of their stories in X/Y are stronger than others, but even throughout the more familiar tics, it’s a well-acted quartet, divided »
- Nicholas Bell
Moving from unlikely friendships in Starlet, to perhaps the likeliest of neighbors, Sean Baker appears to have found a cosmos that is inspiring to him in the rarely depicted Los Angeles backdrop. While still mum on plot details, Deadline has learned that Tangerine will include the filmmaker’s preferred mix of first timers and old-timers. Newbie thesps Kiki Lee Key and Mya Taylor are supported by Mickey O’Hagan and Karren Karagulian – both appeared in Baker’s films (including Prince of Broadway and Starlet) and oft used Spike Lee character actor in James Ransone.
Production on his fifth feature began earlier this year with Mark and Jay Duplass once again proving their love for American indie as exec producers alongside hubby & wife team Marcus and Karrie Cox’s Through Films. Darren Dean and Shih-Ching Tsou (who co-directed Take Out with Baker) are producing as well, while Freestyle Productions’ Kevin Chinoy »
- Eric Lavallee
Exclusive: Indie Spirit Award-winning helmer Sean Baker moved from the streets of New York in Prince Of Broadway to the suburbs of the Valley in 2012′s Starlet, and he’s stuck with the City of Angels for his latest feature. Details are staying under wraps on Tangerine, but the La-set pic is set on Christmas Eve against the backdrop of the city’s different subcultures. Baker cast first-time actors Kiki Lee Key and Mya Taylor as his two leads and tapped Starlet co-stars James Ransone (The Wire, In A Valley Of Violence) and Mickey O’Hagan to star alongside Karren Karagulian, who appeared […] »
Following her breakout turn in the 2012 indie movie “Starlet,” Dree Hemingway has been cast in Whit Stillman's Amazon pilot “The Cosmopolitans,” which starts shooting in Paris in two weeks, TheWrap has learned. Stillman is the acclaimed indie filmmaker behind “Barcelona” and “Metropolitan” who is writing, directing and executive producing the pilot, which stars his past collaborators Chloe Sevigny (“The Last Days of Disco”) and Adam Brody (“Damsels in Distress”). Also read: Amazon Orders ‘Sun Valley’ Project From ‘Bates Motel’ Creator Anthony Cipriano (Exclusive) Story chronicles the romantic adventures of a group of young expatriates in Paris. The pilot was formerly titled “Cosmopolitan, »
- Jeff Sneider
With the film industry's male bias once more in the headlines – a new study reveals only 15% of major releases feature a female protagonist – this week's top DVD releases are gratifying exceptions. For Blue Is the Warmest Colour (Artificial Eye, 18), the severe age certificate prompted by its explicit, exquisitely tender love scenes bars the audience who would most immediately identify with its delicate impressions of adolescent sexual curiosity and insecurity. Richly deserving of its Palme d'Or win at Cannes last year, Abdellatif Kechiche's porous, persuasive character study yields an astonishing performance from Adèle Exarchopoulos as a gangly secondary school student whose chance encounter with a blue-haired painter (Léa Seydoux) gradually unlocks her adult identity.
There are flashes of romantic need in the second outing for Katniss Everdeen, stoic warrior queen of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate, »
- Guy Lodge
★★★☆☆ New on DVD this week through Soda Pictures, Sean Baker's Starlet (2012) is a sun-drenched La-based drama that's almost as warm and glamorous as its geographical setting. Starring Dree Hemingway (the great-granddaughter of novelist Ernest Hemingway) in her first leading role, Baker's film may contain the same adult iconography of his TV puppet show Greg the Bunny, yet couldn't be further apart in tone and mood. Hemingway stars as Jane, who has recently moved from Jacksonville, Florida, to enhance her career within the flourishing 'adult entertainment' industry. On arrival, she rents a room from her friend and work colleague Gracie (Liz Beebe).
- CineVue UK
7 items from 2014
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