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Cm reports brisk Afm

25 November 2013 1:52 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Breaking Glass Pictures and Bounty Films/Monster Pictures will partner on Us, UK and Australian distribution of Coldwater following a deal with Continental Media (Cm) at Afm.

Breaking Glass Pictures and Bounty Films/Monster Pictures have signed a deal with La-based Continental Media in the wake of Afm to partner on Us, UK and Australian distribution of Coldwater.

Christian Meinke of Mfa has picked up the title for German-speaking Europe and plans a 2014 theatrical release. Cm has also closed a South Korean deal with Mania 22 and licensed France to Kmbo.

Vincent Grashaw co-wrote the Coldwater screenplay with Mark Penney and directed. Joe Bilotta of Flying Pig Productions served as executive producer on the SXSW premiere about a remote juvenile prison camp run by a brutal retired military colonel.

Cm closed a number of sales on the romance Refuge starring Krysten Ritter and Brian Geraghty. Signature Entertainment has acquired UK rights, Accent Media Australia »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cronenberg/Pattinson Movie Acquired by German Distributor, Screened in Toronto: Cannes 2014?

19 November 2013 4:06 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Pattinson and David CronenbergMaps to the Stars’ gets German distribution, Toronto screening Starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars has found a German distributor. Screen Daily reports that Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has acquired the rights to the David Cronenberg-directed Hollywood satire at the American Film Market, recently held in Santa Monica. Mfa+ also picked up Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater and Tobias Lindholm’s Danish thriller A Hijacking / Kapringen, which has a similar premise to that of the Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks hit Captain Phillips. (Photo: Robert Pattinson on the set of Maps to the Stars.) In Map to the Stars, John Cusack (replacing Viggo Mortensen) plays a Los Angeles analyst and self-help guru whose wife (Olivia Williams) is immersed in the career of their teen star son (Evan Bird), fresh off of rehab. Their daughter (Mia Wasikowska »

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German distribs close Afm deals

19 November 2013 4:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New films by David Cronenberg, Quentin Dupieux and Lone Scherfig are among the titles acquired by German distributors at this year’s Afm.

Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has picked up David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars, starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore and John Cusack, and Tobias Lindholm’s thriller A Hijacking (Kapringen), about a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates.

Mfa+ has also picked up producer/actor Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater, which premiered at this year’s SXSW festival and won the audience award for best feature at Prague’s Fresh Film Festival.

Munich-based Tiberius Film came back from Santa Monica with another three titles in its luggage along with the films it had picked up at the beginning of the market.

New pick-ups included cult director Quentin Dupieux’s latest feature Wrong Cops, starring shock rocker Marylin Manson, Twin PeaksGrace Zabriskie alongside Steve Little, Eric Judor and [link »

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Short Term 12 wins Aff Wroclaw

31 October 2013 8:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Short Term 12 and Big Easy Express took home top prizes at the 4th American Film Festival in Wroclaw.

The American Film Festival (Aff) in Wrocław, Poland has awarded the audience award for Best Narrative Feature ($10,000) to Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12.

The audience award for the Best Documentary Feature ($5,000) went to Emmett Malloy for Big Easy Express.

The festival, focused entirely on independent American cinema, closed with the Polish premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra on Oct 27.

A total of 80 films were screened at the Nowe Horyzonty cinema in Wrocław, of which 52 films received their Polish premiere such as Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, As I Lay Dying by James Franco and Don Jon by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. There were three European premieres and one world premiere, Blue Highway by Kyle Smith.

The number of admissions exceeded 17,000 for the second consecutive year.

The Aff also featured a retrospective of Shirley Clarke, a mini-retrospective »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Indie Spotlight

6 October 2013 11:51 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes digital and DVD release information on The Seasoning House, a trailer for Loss of Life, first details on The Cage, the short film “Don’t Move,” and much more:

The Seasoning House Release Details: “Acclaimed prosthetic effects designer Paul Hyett (The Woman in Black, Unknown) makes his directorial debut with the harrowing horror revenge thriller The Seasoning House, debuting on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD December 10th from Well Go USA Entertainment. The chilling film stars Rosie Day (Sixteen), Sean Pertwee (Event Horizon), Kevin Howarth (Gallowwalkers, The Last Horror Movie) and Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army). In The Seasoning House, young girls are prostituted to the military and an orphaned deaf mute (Day) is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing a little kindness when she can. »

- Tamika Jones

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You And The Night triumphs in Athens

1 October 2013 4:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Audience Award went to Destin Daniel Cretton’s Us festival hit Short Term 12; The Athens International Film Festival wrapped with Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Yann Gonzalez’s debut feature You and the Night was named Best Film at the 19th Athens International Film Festival (Aiff) which ran September 19-29.

A Modern day retelling of Sade’s Philosophy In The Bedroom, the film, written by Gonzalez, stars Alain-Fabien Delon alongside Eric Cantona, Kate Moran, Fabienne Babe and Niels Schneider.

It was chosen by a jury made up of film school students, aged 18-25.

The Best Director Award went to second timer American Sam Fleischner for Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors, a coming of age story about a 13 years-old autistic boy, son of an illegal Mexican immigrant mother in New York.

French debutant Antonin Peretjako picked up the Best Screenplay award for The Rendez-vous of Deja-Vu, about the adventures of a group of young Parisians »

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David Arquette and Troian Bellisario join cast of action movie 'Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins' -- Exclusive Image

20 September 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

EW can exclusively reveal that David Arquette and Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario have joined the cast of the action movie Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins. Arquette will play the role of lead villain “Lordy P” and you can exclusively see a shot of the Scream star in-(gloriously freakish)character above. Other newly-announced Chuck Hank cast members include Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire), Noah Segan (Looper), Michael Paré (Streets of Fire), and Andrew Bryniarski, who played Leatherface in the 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Will a mohawk-ed Arquette be the craziest thing about this movie »

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Reykjavík unveils line-up

20 September 2013 9:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lukas Moodysson, Laurent Cantet and James Gray to receive honorary awards; focus on Greece and environmental docs

The Reykjavik International Film Festival is to open on Sept 25 with This Is Sanlitun by the Icelandic-Irish director Robert Douglas and will end Oct 6 with the Nordic premiere of Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Riff will honour three filmmakers with an award for creative excellence. They are the Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson, Us director James Gray and France’s Laurent Cantet.

Riff’s main award, the Golden Puffin, will be awarded to a film in the category New Visions, which screens debut and sophomore films of up and coming filmmakers.

The 12 films are:

Bethlehem, Yuval Adler Coldwater,Vincent Grashaw Free Fall, Stephan LacantLa Jaula De Oro, Diego Quemada-DiazLes Apaches, Thierry de Peretti The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra Miss Violence, Alexandros Avranas One Shot, Robert OrhelSalvation Army, Abdellah Taïa Spaghetti Story, Ciro De Caro The Geographer »

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Julian Assange on Raindance jury

3 September 2013 3:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

WikiLeaks founder to judge films at the 21st Raindance Film Festival; 2013 line-up unveiled.Scroll down for full line-up of films

Julian Assange has joined the jury of the 21st Raindance Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 6), a London-based event that celebrates independent film in the UK and around the world.

The appointment is a controversial one. The Australian editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about sexual assault allegations.

It is understood that he fears Sweden would extradite him to the Us, where he believes he is wanted in relation to WikiLeaks’ disclosure of a significant amount of classified Us military and diplomatic documents.

Commenting on Assange’s appointment, Raindance founder Elliot Grove said: “Every year Raindance invites interesting people to join our jury. In the past we have had musicians like Mick Jones, Marky Ramone and [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Continental seals Coldwater deal

10 July 2013 2:22 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ production and sales company Continental Media has licensed French rights to the prison break thriller to Kmbo Distribution.

The film premiered at SXSW and is scheduled to appear at a number of major festivals to be announced shortly. To date it has screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival and Champs Elysee Film Festival, among others. It won the audience award at Cinema At The Edge.

Bellflower producer Vincent Grashaw made his feature directorial debut on the story about a new inmate who refuses to buckle under a brutal juvenile prison regime. Coldwater stars Pj Boudousqué [pictured], Chris Petrovski, James C Burns and Nicholas Bateman.

Coldwater is a hardcore escape thriller with breakout commercial potential,” said Shreder, who negotiated the Coldwater deal with Kmbo CEO Vladimir Kokh.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Kmbo and look forward to its theatrical release in France next year.”  »

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‘How to Make Money ‘ Wins Champs-Elysees Prize

20 June 2013 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Matthew Cooke’s docu feature “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” nabbed the audience nod at the second edition of the Champs-Elysees film festival during a Paris ceremony hosted by fest topper Sophie Dulac.

Featuring interviews with Woody Harrelson, Eminem, 50 Cent and Susan Sarandon, the doc explores the drug industry and the war on drugs in the U.S. Tribeca Film bowed the title Stateside on VOD on June 18 and will release it theatrically starting on June 26.

Pic was one of the nine competing U.S. indie films. These included Jocelyn Towne’s “I Am I,” Sean Garrity’s “Blood Pressure,” Daniel Patrick Carbone’s “Hide Your Smiling Faces,” Travis Fine’s “Any Day Now,” Vincent Grashaw’s “Coldwater,” Steven Bernstein’s “Decoding Annie Parker,” Eliza Hittman’s “It Felt Like Love” and Stuart Blumberg’s “Thanks for Sharing.”

Penny Dreadful,” directed by Shane Atkinson from Columbia University School of the Arts, »

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Halle Berry Honored at Paris’ Champs Elysees Fest

29 May 2013 8:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If Halle Berry feels like catching up on U.S. cinema, she’ll never get a better chance than next month in Paris.

The 2nd Champs Elysees Film Festival’s guest of honor, Berry will be in Paris for an event, unspooling June 12-18, that is consolidating as both a smorgasbord of titles by up-and-coming American helmers, and a commercial springboard for more major U.S. premieres in France from the likes of Richard Linklater and Barry Levinson.

Brad Pitt will receive a retrospective as part of the build up to the release in Gaul of “World War Z.” Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud will present Universal/Illumination’s “Despicable Me 2.”

French actress-producer Julie Gayet (“My Best Friend,” “Quai d’Orsay”) joins Gallic actor Olivier Martinez (“Taking Lives”) as the Champs Elysees fest presidents.

Two nations promote their national cinemas with unrelenting conviction: the U.S. and France. When a French festival promotes U. »

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Coldwater | Review - SXSW Film 2013

24 March 2013 9:17 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Brad (P.J. Boudousqué) is a troubled teenager who is abducted from his home in the middle of the night — but, don’t worry, his mother (Raquel Gardner) has given her consent. He is driven in a van to a reform facility located in the middle of the wilderness. At least 20 miles of harsh terrain away from the nearest town, Brad and his cohorts are completely cut off from society, one of many tactics used by the Coldwater facility to break the spirits of the inmates. Colonel Frank Reichert (James C. Burns) runs a strict military-like operation, with no room for sympathy or compassion. Fear of punishment is the main motivator in forcing the inmates to conform with society’s rules; but, because of blind trust, the Colonel is unaware of just how horrendous the punishments rendered by the Coldwater counselors can be. While the Colonel wrestles with his own personal demons, »

- Don Simpson

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SXSW 2013 Review: ‘Coldwater’ Is a Strongly Acted Cautionary Tale Weakened By a Leaky Script

16 March 2013 9:48 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to strangers who pull you from your bed, handcuff you and put a cloth sack over your head. The last thing you hear as they toss you screaming into the back of a van is your mother saying “I love you.” This is how we meet Brad Lunders (P.J. Boudousqué). He’s a teenager mired in a life of drug dealing and other criminal acts, and after a recent incident that resulted in a death his mother has chosen an extreme option intended to keep Brad out of jail. He’s been shipped off to a “residential treatment program for troubled youths,” but while that sounds like a professional and responsibly run place, it just may be anything but. Coldwater is a beautifully acted and shot drama about troubled kids forced to grow up quickly by even more troubled adults. It’s an engaging eye-opener that moves from »

- Rob Hunter

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SXSW 2013 Review: Coldwater Is Lukewarm

14 March 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Shedding light on important issues through the power of narrative filmmaking can be a tricky proposition. The very nature of fictional storytelling can sometimes make the issues brought to the forefront seem less worthy of inspection (ie: "it's just a movie"). At the same time, calibrating a film's emotional impact to a pitch perfect balance, somewhere between ineffective and sensational, is a razor-thin tightrope walk. Coldwater, directed by Vincent Grashaw and written by Mark Penney, unfortunately stumbles at the starting gate and never fully recovers.    The film begins with teenager Brad Lunders (P.J. Boudousqué) being snatched from his bedroom in the middle of the night by unknown assailants. Within a few minutes, it's made clear that these strange men have come from a juvenile reform...

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SXSW 2013: 'Bellflower' Producer Grashaw Talks Directorial Debut 'Coldwater'

9 March 2013 4:32 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Vincent Grashaw produced, edited and acted in SXSW's 2010 hit "Bellflower," written, directed and starring his fellow Coatwolf Productions pal Evan Glodell. Now he's back in Austin with "Coldwater," his feature directorial debut, which he also co-wrote. The testosterone-fueled drama centers on a teenage boy (Ryan Gosling look-a-like Pj Boudousque) sent to a privately run reform boot camp for misbehaving youth. Things go downhill fast--and with a lot of violence. Grashaw uses an unknown cast to weave the tale, bringing attention to real-life cases that inspired the story of guidance gone wrong. Sophia Savage: How did making 'Coldwater' compare with 'Bellflower'? Vincent Grashaw: 'Bellflower' and 'Coldwater' were two different beasts.  'Bellflower' was an example of getting a film made at all costs, with zero money.  I threw myself into something that took almost three years of my life to complete. It forced us to think out of the box… »

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SXSW: Star Ken Marino and director Jacob Vaughan talk about their 'butt monster' comedy-horror film 'Milo' -- Exclusive

8 March 2013 1:23 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Ken Marino (Burning Love, Party Down) stars in the SXSW-screening horror-comedy Milo as a man with a homicidal monster living in his butt.

That’s right: In. His. Butt.

Milo came out of professional jealousy,” recalls writer-director Jacob Vaughan. “I was talking to a friend of mine who ended up being the cowriter, Benjamin Hayes. We were complaining about an acquaintance who had gotten money to make a horror film. We had read the script and we didn’t think it was very good. I started talking about early Cronenberg movies and how his horror was so much more interesting because it was about something. »

- Clark Collis

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SXSW: Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese pay tribute in trailer for 'Milius' doc -- Video

8 March 2013 8:36 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

It is a nice coincidence that the trailer for a new documentary about filmmaker John Milius should arrive as the Big Lebowski is celebrating its 15th anniversary, given the writer-director was one of the inspirations for John Goodman’s war-obsessed gun nut Walter Sobchak. But the clip for Milius also serves as a reminder that that piece of trivia is one of the less interesting things about this larger-than-life character who brought us Big Wednesday, Conan the Barbarian, Dillinger, and Red Dawn, and who also cowrote Apocalypse Now and had a hand in penning the U.S.S. Indianapolis monologue in Jaws. »

- Clark Collis

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SXSW 2013: Vincent Grashaw ('Bellflower') steps behind the camera for 'Coldwater' -- Exclusive Poster

7 March 2013 8:07 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Vincent Grashaw made a gasoline-scented splash by both producing and appearing in 2011′s indie drama Bellflower, a twisted tale of Mad Max fandom and curdled love. Now Grashaw is making his directorial debut with the SXSW-screening Coldwater, which details a teenage boy’s struggle for survival at a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness.

“I played on a tournament hockey team growing up,” Grashaw told EW last year. “I remember one day our goalie wasn’t at practice and we all wondered what had happened. Turned out his parents sent him to a private juvenile program in the middle of nowhere. »

- Clark Collis

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Get to Know the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers Ahead of the Festival

5 March 2013 9:36 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As has been the case for several years now, Indiewire is the place to get to know the SXSW Film Festival filmmakers. Over the next week, we'll be posting the 2013 batch of filmmaker profiles. Indiewire invited directors with films in the the Competitions, Headliners, Spotlight, Visions and Midnighters sections to take part by submitting responses to a series of questions in their own words. Full List (click on name and title to view profile): #1. Zach Clark, "White Reindeer" #2. Malcolm Ingram, "Continental" #3. Travis Stevens, "Cheap Thrills" and "Big Ass Spider!" #4. Vincent Grashaw, "Coldwater" #5. Adam Rifkin, "Reality Show" #6. Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa, "Milius" #7. Calvin Reeder, "The Rambler" #8. Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller, "Tiny House" #9. Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler, "Getting Back to Abnormal" #10. John Sayles, "Go for Sisters" #11. Penny Lane, "Our Nixon" #12. Katie Graham »

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