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Dree Hemingway has grabbed the lead role in the Canadian indie The People Garden, by writer/director Nadia Litz. The great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway and daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway, the model/actress will play Sweetpea, an actress in Japan searching for her missing rock star boyfriend. The drama has started shooting on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Hemingway's star turn in Sean Baker’s Starlet earned her the 2012 Robert Altman Indie Spirit Award, and she starred opposite Keith Stanfield in director Logan Sandler's indie Happy People. She also appeared in Alex Ross Perry's dark comedy Listen Up Philip opposite Jason Schwartzman and
- Etan Vlessing
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
The scrooge in me doesn’t care much for Xmas themed films. But worry not, this Christmas without snow will surely bring out the yuletide spirit. Following Four Letter Words, Take Out, Prince of Broadway and Starlet, on paper, Sean Baker’s fifth feature film promises more of the same: an immersive experience with characters you’d never thought you had a rapport with in a scape you probably didn’t know existed. Think street National Geographic style d examinations of the human condition. A featured Ioncinephile filmmaker, Baker began filming Tangerine very early in the year, and as usual, we find a mix of non-actors (stars newbies Kiki Lee Key and Mya Taylor) with a seasoned pro in James Ransone.
Gist: Co-scripted with Chris Bergoch, this is a rip-roaring journey through various subcultures of Tinseltown on Christmas Eve.
- Eric Lavallee
Premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Academy Award winning documentarian Barbara Kopple’s Running From Crazy, an exploration of the famed Hemingway family’s bout with mental illness via the perspective of actress Mariel Hemingway, went to release on Oprah Winfrey’s network Own, who executive produces. Engrossing and intimate, at least as far as its lead perspective is concerned, the film is a unique window into a famous and iconic American family, one that rivals the Kennedy’s, as is pointed out, in infamous stature.
Through the guidance of Mariel Hemingway, a spokesperson for depression issues, we’re guided through significant moments of her family’s history, mainly dealing with her two older sisters Joan “Muffet” Hemingway, and actress/model Margaux Hemingway. Like an overshadowing specter, grandfather Ernest “Papa” Hemingway is frequently mentioned, but more as the name that granted a blessing and a curse for his often troubled descendants. »
- Nicholas Bell
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
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