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Sundance 2018: 10 Must-See Short Films, From Armie Hammer to Don Hertzfeldt

Sundance 2018: 10 Must-See Short Films, From Armie Hammer to Don Hertzfeldt
Dev Patel directs Armie Hammer in a stylish dark comedy. Don Hertzfeldt delivers a second installment of his award-winning animated saga. And Dime Davis documents artist Mark Bradford’s creativity in action. These are just a few of the treats to be found among the 69 live action, animated, and documentary shorts playing the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance programmers whittled the 69 official selections from 8,740 submissions (down 245 from the previous year). Making the cut were several shorts with recognizable talent in front of the lens: Simon Helberg and Brett Gelman suffer through an unbalanced relationship in Jessica Sander’s two-hander “End of the Line,” Lakeith Stanfield plays himself in Shaka King’s “Lazercism,” and Armie Hammer undertakes a supporting role as a television huckster in Dev Patel’s “Home Shopper.”

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IndieWire previewed 47 films available
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New Release: An Invisible Sign Blu-ray and DVD

Mpi will release the 2010 independent drama-romance An Invisible Sign starring Jessica Alba (Little Fockers) on Blu-ray and DVD on September 20 for the list prices of $29.98 and $24.98.

Jessica Alba crunches her numbers in An Invisible Sign.

The movie finds Alba portraying Mona Gray, a 20-year-old loner who, as a young girl, gives up everything important to her in life, except mathematics, as part of a “deal with the universe” to help restore her mathematician father (John Shea, TV’s Gossip Girl ) to health. Now a math teacher who does her best to help her students contend with their own personal crises, Mona meets a handsome young science teacher (Chris Messina, Greenberg) and has her first experience with love.

Directed by Marilyn Agrelo and based on the 2001 novel An Invisible Sign of my Own by Aimee Bender, An Invisible Sign premiered as a Video On Demand title in April before receiving a
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An Invisible Sign, Grade: C+

"Better living through chemistry" was the slogan of the DuPont Corporation from 1935 to 1982. "Better living through mathematics" could be the tag line for Marilyn Agrelo's film, "An Invisible Sign," an adaptation of the favorably-reviewed novel by Aimee Bender. The novel and movie are both too far on the twee/precious side to be readily accepted by even some art-house audiences; twee and precious meaning dainty, delicate, cute, quaint, affected. The pace is slow, the dialogue is banal, and the performers like figures from the fairy tale that opens the film. The fairy tale, which is told by dad (John Shea) to his small, precocious daughter Mona Gray (Bailee Madison), involves a king whose territory is not large enough to accommodate the population. Each family is ordered to choose one member to be killed, but one family member successfully petitioned: "If we cut one limb from each of us, those
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Talking Surreal With Aimee Bender

Dennis Nishi Aimee Bender

Author Aimee Bender writes about the lives of ordinary people. But she’s known for gently folding in surrealistic elements into her stories which require her characters to deal with the consequences of shifting realities. Such is the case with her fourth book entitled “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.” It’s a novel about a young girl that discovers that she is able to taste her mother’s hidden emotions in a lemon birthday cake.
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Trailer: ‘An Invisible Sign’

IFC Films just released a trailer for An Invisible Sign, the drama directed by Marilyn Agrelo, and based on the book by Aimee Bender. The film stars Jessica Alba, J.K. Simmons, Chris Messina, Sophie Nyweide and Bailee Madison. Here is the plot synopsis:

Young Mona idolizes her father, a brilliant mathematician. When he suddenly demonstrates signs of mental illness, Mona begins to obsess about numbers, using them to interpret an unpredictable and threatening world. Now an adult (Jessica Alba), Mona’s old superstitions and compulsive behaviors continue to flourish, but a new job as an elementary school math teacher (a position she both relishes and dreads), may force her out of her protective shell. With imagination and humor, as well as a special sensitivity to the realities of mental illness, An Invisible Sign carries a magic all its own.
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Jessica Alba Goes Nerdy in ‘Invisible Sign’ Trailer

Jessica Alba’s luscious hair and pouty lips have landed her numerous eye-candy roles and magazine covers. Now the oft glamorous actress looks to take on new terrain by donning a frumpy frock and limp pigtails to play an emotionally stunted math whiz in the upcoming drama The Invisible Sign. Based on the book An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender, the film marks the narrative debut of Marilyn Agrelo, the documentarian behind Mad Hot Ballroom, and features J.K Simmons and Chris Messina.

Below we have the trailer which features some awkward but adorable ingénue, an aggressive but affable suitor, and a pint-sized paramour getting to second base. Check it out:

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Young Mona idolizes her father, a brilliant mathematician. When he suddenly demonstrates signs of mental illness, Mona begins to obsess about numbers, using them to interpret an unpredictable and threatening world.
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Watch: Jessica Alba Is A Quirky Math Nerd In The Trailer For 'An Invisible Sign'

Watch: Jessica Alba Is A Quirky Math Nerd In The Trailer For 'An Invisible Sign'
Quirk alert! This movie has it all! Math, burgeoning love, numbers and patterns everywhere like "A Beautiful Mind" and even a precocious little kid. We don't know if we can take any more. A trailer has landed for the Jessica Alba-led romantic comedy "An Invisible Sign." Directed by Marilyn Agrelo (”Mad Hot Ballroom”), written by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis (who paired on “The Wedding Planner”) and based on Aimee Bender‘s book “An Invisible Sign of My Own,” the story follows a math teacher, obsessed with numbers, who battles her own compulsive behaviours, guides her students and deals with the…
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"An Invisible Sign": Count On The Unexpected

"An Invisible Sign" is the upcoming dramatic feature, directed by Marilyn Agrelo, starring Jessica Alba, J.K. Simmons, Chris Messina, Sophie Nyweide and Bailee Madison, based on the novel by author Aimee Bender.

"...'Mona Gray' (Alba) turned to mathematics as a means of dealing with a devastating family illness. Years later, Mona teaches the subject, and does her best to help her students contend with their own personal crises..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "An Invisible Sign"...
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The New Dead and a Beautifully Rotting Collection of Tales: A Book Review

*A review copy of this title was provided by editor Christopher Golden.

Authors: John Connolly, David Liss, Stephen R. Bissette, Tim Lebbon, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Newstein, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, M.B. Homler, Derek Nikitas, Mike Carey, Max Brooks, Aimee Bender, Rick Hautala, Tad Williams, James A. Moore, Joe R. Lansdale, David Wellington and Joe Hill.

The New Dead is a zombie anthology of nineteen stories. Christopher Golden is the editor of this fine text and there is really so much to gnaw on in this tome. Headline authors of this novel include Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide), Briane Keene (The Rising), David Wellington (Monster Island), and New York Times Best Seller Tad Williams (Shadowmarch). Released February 16th, 2010, there are lots of missteps for die-hard Romero fans to criticize here for lack of zombies, but there are also a lot of stories therein that evoke strong emotions such as
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Caitlin R. Kiernan, Sarah Waters among 'Shirley Jackson Award' Nominees

Sarah Langan, as a new advisor for the Shirley Jackson Awards, is stoked about her recent Bram Stoker Award and mentions in Ellen Datlow’s Anthology, The Best Horror of the Year, 2009 (her short stories Fenstad’s End, The Burn Victim, The Dark Materials Project, and The Agathas) and says,

"Remember how 'SNL' used to be dominated by men, and then the ladies came along? It feels like that. A total sea change."

The Shirly Jackson Awards came out with the final ballot last week, and so many of the literary nominations are written by women, including The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan...

For Nest Novel: The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters (Riverhead) The Owl Killers, Karen Maitland (Delacorte Press) The Red Tree, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc) White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi (Nan A. Talese).

For Best Novella: The Language of Dying,
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Predictions 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Agrelo, D'Arienzo, Gibney

What do docs The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and Mad Hat Ballroom have in common? Both films received their world premiere in Park City, but not at Redford's festival but the other main street venue the hosts Slamdance. If I'm on target with my predictions, we'll be seeing the filmmakers of these docs, Seth Gordon (as a producer) and Marilyn Agrelo in Park City once again, but with Sundance credentials. - What do docs The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and Mad Hat Ballroom have in common? Both films received their world premiere in Park City, but not at Redford's festival but the other main street venue the hosts Slamdance. If I'm on target with my predictions, we'll be seeing the filmmakers of these docs, Seth Gordon (as a producer) and Marilyn Agrelo in Park City once again, but with Sundance credentials. An Invisible Sign of My Own
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Jessica Alba spotted on ‘Invisible Sign’ set

The folks over at the Bad and Ugly posted a set of images of Jessica Alba on the set of “An Invisible Sign of My Own,” a drama directed by Marilyn Agrelo.

Based on the novel by Aimee Bender, the film follows a reclusive math teacher (Alba) whose life takes a turn when a new science teacher starts working at her school.

Also starring are Chris Messina and J.K. Simmons. Check out one of the set images above, and go to Bad and Ugly for a couple more.
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Simmons, Messina to find ‘Invisible Sign’

J.K. Simmons and Chris Messina have signed on to join Jessica Alba in Marilyn Agrelo’s upcoming drama “An Invisible Sign of My Own.”

Based on the novel by Aimee Bender, the film follows a reclusive math teacher (Alba) whose life takes a turn when a new science teacher starts working at her school.

Details about Messina’s and Simmons’ roles are unknown at this point. Variety describes the project as an "Amelie"-style indie.

Simmons can currently be seen onscreen in “Burn After Reading.” His future projects include “Jennifer’s Body” and “Crazy on the outside.”

As for Messina, he most recently starred in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Humboldt County.” He’ll also appear in Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia.”

Final word: Sounds like an interesting project, although I’m not quite sure about this “Amelie”-style thing. “Amelie” is a unique masterpiece no one can get remotely close to.
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J.K. Simmons and Chris Messina Join An Invisible Sign of My Own

Marilyn Agrelo's indie project An Invisible Sign of My Own has gained two more great actors: J.K. Simmons and Chris Messina. The two will star alongside of Jessica Alba in a "whimsical fable" that follows the transformation of a sheltered, math-obsessed teacher when a new science teacher arrives at her school. I'm guessing that Alba will be play the math teacher and Messina potentially the science teacher. It's described as an Amelie-style film, for those looking for something interesting to grasp onto with this project. The screenplay was written by writing duo Pam Falk and Mike Ellis (of The Wedding Planner) and is an adaptation of Aimee Bender's book of the same name. I guess this should be interesting? I'm not the biggest fan of Jessica Alba, but I think she really needs some strong indie roles in order to improve her acting. Hopefully this is a movie
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