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Kinology Boards British Action-Comedy ‘Moonwalkers’ With Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint (Exclusive)

6 June 2014 4:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Kinology is on board to co-produce and handle international sales on Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s “Moonwalkers,” a British action comedy with Ron Perlman (“Before I Disappear”), Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter”) and Robert Sheehan (“Misfits”), produced by Georges Bermann’s Partizan.

Dean Craig, whose credits include “Death at a Funeral” penned the script of “Moonwalkers.” Stephen Campbell Moore, Kevin Bishop and James Cosmo also star.

Set in July 1969,”Moonwalkers” follows a CIA agent (Ron Perman, pictured above) who is sent to London to find Stanley Kubrick and ask him to shoot a fake moon landing in case the real one fails. Although he’s not able to meet Kubrick, he crosses paths with Jonny (Rupert Grint), the loser manager of a hippie rock band. Together they embark on an ill-fated mission to come up with a film.

Partizan is one of France’s most successful purveyors of high-profile commercials and music videos. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Electric secures $50m capital infusion

19 May 2014 3:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has accessed a $50m capital infusion in the form of corporate and production credit facilities from First Republic Bank.

The financing enables Electric to expand feature and TV production and sales operation.

“We needed a partner who understood the complexities of both television and feature film production as well as the knowledge of foreign sales to help structure debt facilities that best suits Electric’s expanding business and we found this with First Republic Bank,” said Electric CFO Jeff Gonzalez.

Charles Heaphy and his team at Frb proved invaluable in securing the financing and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Frb,” said Electric COO Rebecca Rising.

Electric’s Cannes sales slate includes Kelly & Cal, Before I Disappear, The Better Angels and God’s Pocket (pictured). »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment Secures $50 Million

18 May 2014 11:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has  secured $50 million in a combination of corporate and production credit facilities from First Republic Bank.

The coin will be used to continue Electric’s expansion of TV and feature film production along with its worldwide sales and distribution arm. The company currently has TNT series “The Librarians,” starring Rebecca Romijn and John Laroquette, which started shooting in April; Devlin is also in pre-production on “Geostorm,” his feature directorial debut.

Electric’s international sales and distribution division launched last year at the American Film Market. It  has acquired international sales rights to the SXSW film “Kelly and Cal”;  Audience Award winner “Before I Disappear,” and the Terrence Malick-produced film “The Better Angels.” It’s also selling “God’s Pocket,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and “The Wannabe,” starring Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli.

Devlin produced “Independence Day” and helped start Voltage Entertainment in »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes: Movies With Pickup Buzz in the Market

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

4 Minute Mile

Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud

Producers: Mark Disalle, Deborah Moore, Jennifer Reibman, Micah Sparks

Cast: Analeigh Tipton, Cam Gigandet, Kim Basinger

Sales: Double Dutch Intl.


Director: Eran Creevy

Producers: Joel Silver, Ben Pugh, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Rory Aitken

Cast: Felicity Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley

A young American couple is caught between two ruthless criminals.

Sales: Im Global

Before I Disappear

Director: Shawn Christensen

Producers: Shawn Christensen, Damon Russell, Lucan Toh, Terry Leonard, Paul Wesley

Cast: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum

Feature based on 2012 Oscar-winning short “Curfew,” about a man forced to look after his precocious 11-year-old niece. Market premiere.

Sales: Electric Entertainment

The Better Angels

Director: A. J. Edwards

Producers: Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito and Charley Beil

Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley

The story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. Market premiere.

Sales: Electric Entertainment


Director: Tod “Kip” Williams

Producers: Richard Saperstein, »

- Variety Staff

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Electric sparks to Disappear

16 April 2014 7:09 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has picked up all international rights to SXSW audience award winner Before I Disappear and will commence sales in Cannes.

The announcement comes as sales agents scramble to assemble fresh line-ups for the Croisette at a time when new product is thin on the ground.

Before I Disappear director Shawn Christensen based the film on his 2013 Academy Award-winning live action short Curfew and stars alongside Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Ron Perlman and Richard Schiff.

ICM Partners and Verve represent North American rights to the story of a man who must look after his niece on a night when he becomes embroiled in a fight between his two employers.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be representing Before I Disappear,” said Electric’s head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska. “It’s a crowd-pleasing film with a great cast and wonderful performances and we at Electric look forward to bringing this award-winning »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Toni Collette, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg named to Tribeca festival juries

8 April 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather GrahamAnton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.

In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.

Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:

World Competition Categories

The jurors for »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Rep. Michael McCaul Explains The Importance Of Music in Terms Of Homeland Security At SXSW

26 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

SXSW hosted a surprising guest on Saturday, March 15, when it conducted a panel discussion with Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, and Daryl Friedman, covering the role music can play regarding Homeland Security.

McCaul currently serves as the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and spoke to SXSW artists about his bill, the Arts Require Timely Service Act, which would require Visas filed for foreign musicians who wish to perform in the U.S. to be processed in a timely fashion.

The bill states that applications for performer visas need to be processed within 14 days of submission, or be pushed through in the 15 days following, meaning that the longest one would wait for an application to be processed is almost a month.

McCaul said that he believes it is important for foreign musicians to be given the opportunity to perform in the United States because, when they return to their country, »

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Indiewire Presents: From Richard Linklater to Alejandro Jodorwosky, These Are the Faces of SXSW 2014

26 March 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At this year's SXSW, Indiewire partnered with photographer Daniel Bergeron to produce a series of portraits with talent representing films -- and the best in TV -- screened at the festival. From Alejandro Jodorowsky to Spandau Ballet to Elijah Wood, this year's lineup brought together a cross-section of filmmakers, actors and musicians, all of whom were obsessed with the conceptualization of identity and memory.  In Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear" -- an expressive drama about the relationship between a suicidal young man and his niece -- we are asked to explore the different dimensions of ourselves; who we are here and now. Whereas Jodorosky's "The Dance of Reality," and "Spandau Ballet," meditate on how we are remembered.  Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is perhaps cinema's most in-depth examination of what it means to create a sense of self, while Showtime's "Halt and Catch Fire" takes on an entire industry and »

- Shipra Gupta

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Slackery News Tidbits: March 24, 2014

24 March 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

The historic Dobie Theatre, located in the Dobie Center mall off the University of Texas campus, is scheduled to reopen after renovations as a first-run movie house by the end of this year, Austin Business Journal reports. The four-screen theater closed in 2010 and was the original home for Austin Film Society screenings.A production company behind last year's Austin-shot, action-comedy Machete Kills filed a request with Travis County District Judge Scott Jenkins for an injunction against the current rules regarding applications for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, according to The Austin Chronicle. Machete Productions argues that the movie met all reasonable criteria for the fund, and that it should be eligible for a reimbursement from the state for the $10 million in qualified spending. The company's attorney says its application was denied because of "inappropriate content." A hearing date has not yet been set. »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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Before I Disappear | SXSW Review - SXSW Film 2014

17 March 2014 7:15 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Fleshing out this feature-length film from his Oscar-winning short film, Curfew (2012), writer-director Shawn Christensen's Before I Disappear is by no means an enjoyable experience, because -- well -- suicide is certainly not the most joyful of subjects. This is very much a mood piece that is intended to transport the audience into the piss-filled gutter of Richie's worthless existence. While Christensen seems to enjoy wallowing in the pervasive ugliness of Richie's life, fleeting moments of magic realism hint at a possibility of a life that could become more vibrant and cheery. (A hauntingly surreal hallway party scene set to David Bowie's "Five Years" and a bowling alley dance sequence choreographed to Goodnight Radio's "Sophia So Far" are the film's strangest -- maybe even strongest -- moments.) Richie's destiny has already been set in motion and there is only one possible outcome for this story, so to expect any »

- Don Simpson

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SXSW Film Festival: Whatever Floats Your Bloat

17 March 2014 6:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety film critics Justin Chang and Andrew Barker circle back to discuss this year’s SXSW Film Festival, which recently wrapped in Austin.

Justin Chang: Well, Andrew, another SXSW has passed us by — although it’s not entirely accurate to say “another,” in my case, since this was my first time attending this gargantuan three-headed hydra of a media conference, which draws thousands of film, music, digital and BBQ aficionados to Austin every March. In all honesty I can’t say it was the most auspicious introduction, and for reasons that have little to do with any of the movies I saw over the past week. It’s scarcely the festival’s fault that one man’s reckless, foolish actions ended up killing three people and injuring 22 others, but the presence of real-life tragedy couldn’t help but cast a lingering pall over the proceedings — one that no amount of »

- Justin Chang and Andrew Barker

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Before I Disappear’

17 March 2014 4:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Earning more points for visual panache than emotional truth, writer-director-star Shawn Christensen’s “Before I Disappear” chronicles one long, dark night of the soul for a suicidal screw-up whose need for salvation could only have been made more obvious if the filmmakers had forced him to drag a deadweight behind him the whole time. Which, in a manner of speaking, they have: From the moment our tortured hero gets saddled with a hyper-precocious niece who has a thing or two to teach him about love, responsibility and family, this pseudo-gritty descent into a shady New York underworld reveals its soft, contrived center. Too overwrought to really convince or resonate, yet assembled with enough flair to work as a solid calling card for its debuting helmer, this feature-length expansion of Christensen’s Oscar-winning 2013 short, “Curfew,” should continue to make festival inroads after its audience-award win at SXSW. Theatrical prospects look niche-y. »

- Justin Chang

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Before I Disappear claims SXSW Audience Award

17 March 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Before I Disappear, a drama about a suicidal man who is asked to babysit his niece for a night, has won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at SXSW. Best Documentary went to Vessel, a film about Dr. Rebecca Gompert’s fight to take the right to choose to abort a baby by travelling the world in a ship set up as an abortion clinic.

The Documentary Spotlight and Narrative Spotlight prizes went to DamNation and Cesar Chavez. The former is an environmental documentary that looks at how removing obsolete damns restores areas of America while Cesar Chavez, directed by actor Diego Luna, is a biopic that stars Michael Pena (American Hustle) as the titular activist. »

- Gary Collinson

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SXSW 2014: Ranking All 25 Movies We Saw at This Year's Festival

17 March 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Given the subarctic winter we've been experiencing in the Northeast this year, South by Southwest (SXSW), which takes place annually in balmy Austin, Texas, was something we were looking forward to even more than usual. Warm weather, spicy Mexican food, and the hottest movies imaginable all added to create a thoroughly thawing experience.

There wasn't a single Omg-you-have-to-see-this movie like there was last year, when "Short Term 12" made its debut, but the festival's lineup was quietly powerful, full of movies that were easy to miss, but at your own peril. There were a handful of loud, shout-y debuts, but some of those missed the mark completely, leaving room for the smaller movies to reach in and steal my heart.

So, a rundown of all of the movies we saw at SXSW -- some were odious, some were wonderful, but all of them we were very happy to watch... and »

- Drew Taylor

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Slackery News Tidbits: March 17, 2014

17 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

SXSW Film announced its 2014 jury award winners. Former Austinite Margaret Brown's documentary The Great Invisible (Elizabeth's review), about the Bp oil spill and its effect on Gulf states, won the documentary feature competition. Local filmmaker Kat Candler Texas-shot Hellion (Debbie's review) received special mention in the Gamechanger Award category, and Richard Linklater's film Boyhood (Debbie's review) won the Louis Black "Lone Star" Award. Anne S. Lewis's short Some Vacation took home the Texas Shorts award, and the Texas short Krisha won special jury recognition in the short film competition.In more SXSW Film award news, the festival's audience award winners were announced over the weekend. Before I Disappear (Don's review), based on the Academy Award-winning short Curfew, won in the Narrative Feature Competition; audiences voted the San Marcos River documentary Yakona (Jordan's dispatch) as the best in the Visions category »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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Before I Disappear | 2014 SXSW Review

17 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Sting Called Love: Christensen’s Debut Rife with Melodramatic Cliché

Shawn Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his 2013 short film, Curfew, expands his award winning triumph to feature length with Before I Disappear. Something gets a little lost in the translation, however, in this tale about a vagabond hipster loser who actually inspires less empathy the more time we experience his dilemma on screen. It takes the right blend of melancholy personality to strike the correct balance of the loveable, love-struck loser (i.e., Joaquin Phoenix in Her) and Christensen, who casts himself in the lead, doesn’t feel quite right, though character and narrative development are partially to blame for the ambivalence as well. It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending. »

- Nicholas Bell

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'Before I Disappear' and 'Vessel' Top SXSW Audience Award Winners

17 March 2014 6:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Days after revealing their juried award winners, the SXSW Film Festival announced the Audience Award-winners over the weekend. Topping the Narrative Feature Competition was Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear," and nabbing the most votes in the Documentary Feature Competition was Diana Whitten's "Vessel." Other winners includes Diego Luna's new film, "Cesar Chavez" (Narrative Spotlight), Ben Cotner and Ryan's White Sundance fave "The Cast Against 8" (Festival Favorites), and Mike Judge's new HBO series "Silicon Valley" (Episodic). Below is the full list of Audience Award winners. Narrative Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Before I Disappear Director: Shawn Christensen Documentary Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Vessel Director: Diana Whitten Documentary Spotlight Audience Award Winner: DamNation Director: Ben Knight & Travis Rummel Narrative Spotlight Audience Award Winner: Cesar Chavez Directors: Diego Luna   Visions Audience Award Winner: »

- Nigel M Smith

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SXSW Audience Awards Announced: 'Before I Disappear,' 'Cesar Chavez' Among Winners

16 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards have been announced, with Before I Disappear winning the award in the Narrative Feature Competition and DamNation earning the audience award in Documentary Spotlight.

SXSW announced the Audience Award-winners from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, SXGlobal, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories. The Audience Award for 24 Beats Per Second will be announced on Monday, March 17.

Before I Disappear, which won the audience award from the Narrative Feature Competition, came into SXSW with a fair amount of momentum. Directed by Shawn Christensen, the character study is based off his Oscar-winning short film, Curfew. The movie stars Christensen as Richie, a depressed man who is forced to take care of his eleven-year-old niece, Sophia (Fatima Ptacek). Before I Disappear also stars Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) and Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy).

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2014 SXSW Audience Award Winners Include 'Cesar Chavez,' 'True Detective,' 'Silicon Valley' & More

16 March 2014 10:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Film fans are now making their way from Austin and another year at the SXSW Film Festival, with bbq stains in unexpected places and flickering images still dancing in their head. And after the juries weighed in last week with the best of the fest, now regular audiences have noted on what was worth paying attention to this year in Texas. The two big prizes for Narrative feature and Documentary feature went to Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear" and Diana Whitten's "Vessel." Meanwhile, biopic "Cesar Chavez" took the Narrative Spotlight trophy, while HBO's upcoming comedy "Silicon Valley" won for Episodic television and the recently finished "True Detective" took Title Design here, just as it did with the jury folks. Full list of winners below. Click here for more coverage from the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. 2014 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners: Narrative Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Before I Disappear »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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SXSW announces audience winners

15 March 2014 10:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear has won (15) the 2014 SXSW narrative feature audience award, while Diana Whitten’s Vessel triumphed in the documentary section.

Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez earned the narrative spotlight audience award and Ben Knight and Travis Rummel took the documentary prize for DamNation.

The 24 Beats Per Second category will be announced via on March 17 as first screenings were still remaining at time of writing on Saturday (15).

The audience awards follow the previously announced juried awards, which included grand jury winners Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles RogersFort Tilden for narrative feature and Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible for documentary feature.

Complete 2014 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:

Narrative Feature Competition

Audience Award Winner: Before I Disappear

Shawn Christensen

Documentary Feature Competition

Audience Award Winner: Vessel

Director: Diana Whitten

Documentary Spotlight

Audience Award Winner: DamNation

Director: Ben Knight and Travis Rummel

Narrative Spotlight

Audience Award Winner: Cesar Chavez

Directors: Diego Luna

Visions »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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