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A Pfeiffer Portrait of Devastating Despair

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The year of Michelle Pfeiffer continues. We’ve seen the trailer and pictures from Murder on the Orient Express. We've seen the poster for mother! (sacrilege she’s not on it). We’ve seen her on HBO as Ruth Madoff. And now her Sundance film, Where is Kyra?, made its way to Brooklyn and played at BAMCinemaFest last weekend.

Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George) collaborates once again with Bradford Young to gorgeous results. This time Pfeiffer’s transfixing visage supplements their beautiful frames with movie star magic...
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Bradford Young Breaks Color Barrier With Oscar Nomination for ‘Arrival’

Bradford Young Breaks Color Barrier With Oscar Nomination for ‘Arrival’
Ending an 87-year drought, the Academy finally nominated its first African-American cinematographer, Bradford Young, for his dark, richly textured work on Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction hit “Arrival.” Young had already picked awards twice at Sundance for his lensing on Dee Rees’ “Pariah” and shooting Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George” and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” the same year, and he served as Ava DuVernay’s cinematographer on “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma.” With Oscar in sight, Young spoke with Variety from London, where he is currently filming a little project unofficially known as “Han Solo,” a new chapter in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Personally and historically, what does this nomination mean to you?

It’s a tough question that I’ve been thinking about a lot. It’s always an honor when your peers recognize the hard work you put into the films that we make,
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‘Where Is Kyra?’ Director Andrew Dosunmu Talks Bradford Young and Growing Old in New York City

Director Andrew Dosunmu made a splash at Sundance in 2013 with his film Mother of George, a Brooklyn-set story concerning a Nigerian couple trying to have a child. Four years later, the man is still in New York City with Where Is Kyra?, this time exploring how a metropolis can swallow up its older members whole, without a second thought. We spoke with Dosunmu about where this idea came from, how he collaborates with his great cinematographer Bradford Young and if his top-notch lead actors were aware of how often the camera was not focused on them at all.

The Film Stage: How did the project come together?

Andrew Dosunmu: After I finished my last film Mother of George, I wanted to do something different. And I live in the city (New York City), and people are out there. And for me, it’s like, there’s this guy on
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‘Where Is Kyra?’ Director on Casting Michelle Pfeiffer, Keifer Sutherland as Destitute New Yorkers (Video)

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‘Where Is Kyra?’ Director on Casting Michelle Pfeiffer, Keifer Sutherland as Destitute New Yorkers (Video)
Nigerian-born director Andrew Dosunmu (“Mother of George”) said that even though his new film, “Where Is Kyra?” stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland, the inspiration was anything but glamorous. “Living in New York, walking by people every day, homeless people, I just wanted to document that,” Dosunmu told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly at the Sundance Film Festival. “I wanted to tell a story about these people that are disenfranchised that we see every day. We don’t ask ourselves the question, ‘Why are they here?'” Also Read: 'Water & Power' Director Talks Threat to Us Water Supply (Exclusive Video) Pfeiffer plays Kyra,
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‘Where Is Kyra?’ Review: Michelle Pfeiffer Gives Her Best Performance in Years in This Sad Little Drama — Sundance 2017

‘Where Is Kyra?’ Review: Michelle Pfeiffer Gives Her Best Performance in Years in This Sad Little Drama — Sundance 2017
It’s been years since we’ve been treated to a great Michelle Pfeiffer performance, and “Where Is Kyra” finally gives her that platform. The tragic, understated character study from “Mother of George” director Andrew Dosunmu constructs a hypnotic portrait of despair out of Pfeiffer’s sullen expression; opposite Kiefer Sutherland as her romantic interest, Pfieffer anchors this shadowy New York mood piece about a despondent middle-aged woman wrestling to find a modicum of stability.

Dosunmu’s atmospheric approach, which derives much of its style from long takes and lengthier pauses, provides both actors with the most experimental cinematic challenge of their resumes to date, and they tackle the assignment with palpable depth. “Where Is Kyra” falls short of channeling their performances into a fully satisfying whole, but it nevertheless fuses the talent of an ambitious filmmaker with actors eager to operate on his wavelength. “Mother of George” and “Restless City
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"Where is Kyra" wins raves for La Pfeiff

True story: I started our new "Pfandom" series specifically for two reasons. The second was to cheer myself up in these awful democracy-losing times. The first though was to welcome our pfavorite, Michelle Pfeiffer, back. The twitter debate rages on what we shall call this year ("The Pfeiffersance? Michellaisance?" any other suggestions?). The first of her pfour roles this year is the title character in Where is Kyra?, which just premiered at Sundance. I will not be reading any reviews as I'd like to experience it pfresh but my understanding is that it's Oscar nominated cinematographer Bradford Young (Arrival) and Michelle herself winning the raves while people are less jazzed about the movie itself? Regardless, Tfe's official stance is that it's very unfortunate that Pfeiffer did not show to support her movie. Director Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George) had to go it alone. If she doesn't leave home to promote her movies this year,
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Where Is Kyra?’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Where Is Kyra?’
There’s an awful lot of ravishing beauty on display in “Where Is Kyra?,” Nigerian-born filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu’s startling new visual ode to life on the New York fringes, and it’s safe to say the characters on screen see none of it. Through the lens of ingenious cinematographer Bradford Young, dingy apartment corridors turn to blazing crimson purgatories, drab Goodwill ensembles turn to iridescent haute couture, and the extraordinary face of Michelle Pfeiffer remains, well, that same extraordinary face — though one senses that Kyra, the near-destitute divorcee she plays to scarring effect in this downward-spiraling economic tragedy, long ago stopped seeing anything in the mirror.

Every bit as formally exciting as Dosunmu’s previous film, 2013’s glorious Yoruba-focused drama “Mother of George,” “Where Is Kyra?” proves a cooler, less emotionally rewarding experience, with Darci Picoult’s ultra-lean script giving Pfeiffer’s fearless performance fewer notes to play as it goes along.
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'Where Is Kyra?': Film Review | Sundance 2017

'Where Is Kyra?': Film Review | Sundance 2017
Poverty and destitution never looked as gorgeous as they do in the moody arthouse drama Where is Kyra? The third fiction feature from Sundance regular Andrew Dosunmu, after Mother of George and Restless City, casts Michelle Pfeiffer as an unemployed New Yorker whose money troubles grow exponentially after the death of her mother, who received a disability pension. This leads Kyra to do something rather radical that her sort-of boyfriend, played by Kiefer Sutherland, does not approve of.

Shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young (Arrival) in what is arguably his career-best work in terms of the camerawork’s sheer breathtaking beauty,...
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Danai Gurira Explains How Her Black Panther Role Compares To The Walking Dead

Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler have been putting together an incredible cast for Black Panther, but one of the most exciting additions has to be The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira. While it would be easy to assume that the Creed helmer probably chose the actress based on her role in the critically acclaimed AMC series, it turns out that wasn’t the case.

Gurira will play a member of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje in Black Panther, but Coogler most definitely didn’t choose her because he wanted a carbon copy of Michonne.

“The filmmaker had never watched it. I’m not saying that everyone else that was involved hadn’t, but Ryan Coogler had never watched The Walking Dead. He’d watched me in something completely different. It’s quite amazing to hear, but these are African women roles. He’d watched me in an independent film, Mother of George.
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Ryan Coogler Had Never Seen The Walking Dead Before Casting Danai Gurira In Black Panther

To the vast majority of us, Danai Gurira is best known for playing Michonne in The Walking Dead. However, one person who didn't know the actress for her work in the hit AMC series was Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. Of course, many assumed that it was her role as Michonne which probably landed her role in the highly anticipated Marvel movie, but it doesn't sound like that was the case.  "The filmmaker had never watched it," Gurira tells ComicBook.com. "I'm not saying that everyone else that was involved hadn't, but Ryan Coogler had never watched The Walking Dead. He'd watched me in something completely different. It's quite amazing to hear, but these are African women roles. He'd watched me in an independent film, Mother of George. He's never seen The Walking Dead." The site then asked the actress how Michonne and Okoye compare, and while they're clearly going to be very different characters,
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Independent Filmmaker Project Selects 10 Projects

Independent Filmmaker Project Selects 10 Projects
The Independent Filmmaker Project has selected ten projects for its 2016 Ifp Filmmaker Labs year-long fellowship for first-time feature directors, Variety has learned.

The program, entering its 12th year, has previously included Amy Seimetz (“The Girlfriend Experience”), Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”), David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon”), Dee Rees (“Bessie”), Andrew Dosunmu (“Mother of George”), Tim Sutton (“Dark Knight”), Jennifer Phang (“Advantageous”) and Terence Nance (“An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”).

The selected projects for the 2016 Ifp Narrative Lab and their attending lab fellows are:

Alaska Is a Drag”: An aspiring superstar’s diva fabulous dreams are hard fought working at a fish cannery in Alaska. Shaz Bennett (director, writer, producer), Jean-Pierre Caner (producer, consulting editor). Los Angeles.

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong”: A comedy about two would-­be thieves who accidentally arm the alarm system and have to break out of the house they just broke into. Jason Headley (director, writer), Tim Fender (editor). San Francisco.
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Why I love… Danai Gurira

‘Over the years, The Walking Dead actor has given me everything: guts, power, vulnerability, strength and warmth. Now I love her like a cousin’

I’m not a violent person, but there was a moment in the just-ended season of The Walking Dead that made me cheer: Michonne knocking out a stranger who attacked one of her squad was superb but, really, I was cheering for Danai Gurira, who plays her. Over the years, she has given me everything: guts, power, vulnerability and warmth, and now I love her like a cousin.

I first saw Gurira, 38, in Nigerian drama Mother Of George. It’s one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen: rich, colour-saturated images, plus Gurira’s luminous beauty and quiet presence. She has the most striking face: sparkling eyes and a full mouth that blooms into a laugh that always seems genuinely warm. And her skin! You
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Interview: 'Echo Park' Star Tony Okungbowa on Interracial Dating, Culture Clashes, and the Film Revolution

Echo Park is an understated indie romance starring Mamie Gummer and Tony Okungbowa as Sophie and Alex, a pair whose shifting lives and relationships mirror the gentrification shifts in their Los Angeles neighborhood. They find themselves drawn to each other as Sophie contemplates the end of a previous relationship and Alex considers a move back to his native London. Okungbowa, who also produced and co-starred in Andrew Dosunmu's acclaimed dramas Restless City and Mother of George and is familiar to some as the former in-house DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, made time to talk with Shadow And Act about his role in the new film. As a British-Nigerian native who grew up in both...
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Trailer Watch: Amanda Marsalis’s Echo Park

Opening April 15 at the IFC Center and L.A.’s Independent Downtown is Echo Park, the directorial debut of celebrity photographer Amanda Marsalis. A relationship drama starring Mamie Gummer (The Good Wife, Cake) and Anthony Okungbawa (Mother of George), the film is based on a number of incidents occurring in Okungbawa’s life. The actor is a resident of the titular neighborhood — a diverse, pedestrian-friendly swatch of L.A. that forms a microcosm of sorts for this film’s characters-in-transition. The script was written by AFI Grad Catalina Aguilar Mastretta. Check out the trailer above. Echo Park is released by Array Releasing.
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Trailer: Danai Gurira's 'Familiar' Opens at Playwrights Horizons

After a sold-out run Off-Broadway at The Public Theater last fall, Danai Gurira's critically-acclaimed play "Eclipsed" (starring Lupita Nyong'o) opened on Broadway just last night (March 6) at the Golden Theater. But the playwright and actress ("The Walking Dead," "Mother of George") is also shepherding the run of her next play, Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, titled "Familiar," which also just opened (March 3). She's certainly going to be active during the next few weeks. Meanwhile "The Walking Dead" recently returned for the second half of the season on February 14. This is the New York premiere for "Familiar," which is...
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With 'Eclipsed' Heading to Broadway, Danai Gurira's 'Familiar' Announces Cast With March Opening Set

After a sold-out run Off-Broadway at The Public Theater last fall, Danai Gurira's critically-acclaimed play "Eclipsed" (starring Lupita Nyong'o) next heads to Broadway, opening in February at the Golden Theater. But the playwright and actress ("The Walking Dead," "Mother of George") is already prepping the run of her next play, Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, titled "Familiar."  Preview performances begin Friday, February 12, in advance of a March 3 opening and will run through March 27, which will also be around the same time that "Eclipsed" will be on Broadway, so Gurira will be busy during that time. Meanwhile "The...
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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Alma Har’el’s LoveTrue

Alma Har’el broke out big in 2011 when Bombay Beach hit the Berlin Film Festival. Winner of the Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival and nominated for the Independent Spirit “Truer than Fiction” award and Cinema Eye Honors “Best Film Debut” and “Best Cinematography” awards we’ve been patiently waiting for a follow up since. A good morsel of LoveTrue was divulged (this snip-it is pure beauty) this past April at Tribeca as a work-in-progress and naturally Berlin and Tribeca are both lieus where this could shore up, but Sundance could be a good fit as well. Shia Labeouf who performed for her in the music video for Sigur Rós, supported this project.

Gist: This offers a unique exploration of the challenges that love can present and how our past and present experiences shape the decisions we make when the fantasy of True Love dissipates. Using cinematic expressions of past memories and possible futures,
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Dream of the Pfeiffival

Pfeiffer aged up to play grey haired Ruth Madoff in "Wizard of Lies"The McConaissance ended with an Oscar and an Emmy nomination. The Reeseurgence went well, too, even if it's pop cultural impact wasn't so Wild. Can't we get a Pffeiffival now? (I'll have to work on the name but renaissance and resurgence were already taken so I'm going with revival).

As previously reported our favorite M.I.A. movie goddess Michelle Pfeiffer, Susie Diamond herself, is back at work. She and Robert De Niro are currently filming their roles as The Madoffs in HBO's telefilm "Wizard of Lies". It will be Pfeiffer's first major television role in over 30 years. Among the top bakers dozen of female movie stars of the 1980s (roughly speaking that's: Streep, Close, Lange, Spacek, Midler, Keaton, Basinger, Pfeiffer, Turner, Weaver, Field, Hawn, and Winger in no particular order) only Pfeiffer and Hawn have refused to do television since.
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Casting: Pfeiffer, Arquette, Canning, Elise

Beat-Up Little Seagull

Michelle Pfeiffer will star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in "Mother of George" helmer Andrew Dosunmu's indie drama "Beat-Up Little Seagull" for Killer Films and Great Point Media. Christine Vachon is producing and shooting begins on Monday in New York.

Darci Picoult's script follows a sensitive and fragile woman (Pfeiffer) who struggles to find footing in a fast-paced world. When her mother dies, she faces a crisis in which she must find a means for survival, all the while hiding her struggles from her new lover (Sutherland). [Source: THR]

Untitled Sci-Fi Project

Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood") will join Robert Pattinson ("Twilight") and Mia Goth ("The Survivalist") in the cast of "White Material" and "Beau Travail" director Claire Denis' anticipated untitled sci-fi project which marks her English-language debut.

Nick Laird and UK novelist Zadie Smith penned the script which follows a group of skilled criminals who, in a bid to escape their long sentences,
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Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland to Star in 'Beat-Up Little Seagull' for Killer Films (Exclusive)

Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland to Star in 'Beat-Up Little Seagull' for Killer Films (Exclusive)
Michelle Pfeiffer is taking an indie turn. The actress, who has worked almost exclusively in studio films throughout her career, will star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the drama Beat-Up Little Seagull for Killer Films and financier Great Point Media. Mother of George helmer Andrew Dosunmu is directing from a screenplay written by Darci Picoult. Beat-Up Little Seagull follows the life of a sensitive and fragile woman (Pfeiffer) who struggles to find footing in a fast-paced world. When her mother dies, she faces a crisis in which she must find a means for survival, all the while hiding her struggles

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