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Wolfe Releasing Acquires AIDS Drama ‘1985,’ Eyes Awards Push for Star Cory Michael Smith

Yen Tan’s emotionally wrought AIDS drama “1985” will see a theatrical rollout from Wolfe Releasing this October, the company announced Wednesday,

The distributor is also eyeing an awards push for lead Cory Michael Smith (“Gotham”), an individual familiar with their plans told TheWrap.

Well-reviewed out of this year’s SXSW Film Festival, the black-and-white film follows a young man who visits his Texas hometown at the holidays for potentially the last time, as he battles the disease at the height of its historical mortality rate.

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“Smith has the kind of very severe male beauty and moral gravity that distinguished the leading men in Jacques Demy’s movies from the 1960s. He has the ability to suggest profound levels of decency and despair while also somehow never losing an astringent quality that keeps some of
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Wolfe Releasing Nabs SXSW Texas Drama ‘1985’; Paladin Tunes ‘40 Years In The Making: The Magic Music Movie’ Doc

Wolfe Releasing has obtained the theatrical distribution rights to writer-director Yen Tan's Texas-set family drama 1985 following its world premiere at SXSW this year. Gotham‘s Cory Michael Smith stars alongside Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Golden Globe winner Michael Chiklis (The Shield), and Jamie Chung (Fox’s The Gifted). The pic is set for release in October. Inspired by Tan’s short film of the same name, the plot follows Adrian (Smith), a closeted young…
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'Sollers Point' Takes Champs-Elysees Film Festival Jury Prize

'Sollers Point' Takes Champs-Elysees Film Festival Jury Prize
The 7th annual Champs-Elysees Film Festival closed on Tuesday in Paris with an awards ceremony followed by the French premiere of Damsel, the Zellner brothers’ darkly comic Western starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.

Matt Porterfield’s Baltimore-set drama Sollers Point, which stars McCaul Lombardi, Jim Belushi and Zazie Beetz, received the top jury prize for an American independent feature. The film was released in the U.S. last month by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The audience award for a U.S. feature went to Yen Tan’s debut 1985, a drama about a young gay man returning to his conservative Texas town. The film ...
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Visit Films Cannes-bound with '1985', 'Maine', 'Slut In A Good Way' (exclusive)

Talks to continue on Behold My Heart, Madeline’s Madeline.

Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films heads to the Croisette with a sales slate that encompasses SXSW selection 1985, Tribeca entries Maine and Slut In A Good Way, and documentary City Of Joel, among others.

Kampe and his team will continue talks on Behold My Heart starring Marisa Tomei, and Sundance and Berlinale selection Madeline’s Madeline.

1985 (pictured) stars Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Michael Chiklis, and Jamie Chung and follows a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis.

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Sarasota Film Fest: Virginia Madsen, Bo Burnham Movies Among Lineup

Sarasota Film Fest: Virginia Madsen, Bo Burnham Movies Among Lineup
The Sarasota Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled its full film lineup, which includes Bo Burnham's directorial debut, 1985, an AIDS crisis drama starring Virginia Madsen.

The festival's centerpiece section will screen 1985, Yen Tan's indie about a closeted gay man unable to come out to his friends and family during the beginning of the AIDS crisis, which stars Madsen and Cory Michael Smith. Also screening is Eighth Grade, Burnham's portrait of young teenagers discovering their identities online and in reality, which debuted at Sundance.

Madsen and Burnham will be in Sarasota to host their screenings. And the spotlight section booked Brett...
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‘1985’s Virginia Madsen & Cory Michael Smith And Director Yen Tan Discuss Intimate Period Drama — SXSW

Bringing a short titled 1985 to South by Southwest only two years ago, writer/director Yen Tan is back at the festival this year with the feature version. Starring Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung and Aidan Langford, the film follows Adrian (Smith), a closeted young man who goes home for the holidays, coming into collision with his family over his sexual identity and struggling to reveal his dire circumstances to them. “In a nutshell, it's…
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‘1985’ Review: Yen Tan Revisits and Reinvents the AIDS Film, With Moving Results — SXSW

‘1985’ Review: Yen Tan Revisits and Reinvents the AIDS Film, With Moving Results — SXSW
If the Oscars’ shut-out of the French film “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” is any indication, Hollywood is still put off by AIDS films, no matter how brilliant. “1985” is arresting in the same way as Robin Campillo’s epic portrait of Act Up Paris, though its story is much quieter. Set in Texas, “1985” follows a young man named Adrian (Cory Michael Smith), who returns to his small Texas hometown to visit his family for Christmas. It’s clear in the weighted silences and stilted small talk that Adrian hasn’t kept in close touch with his religious family.

He stands tall over his brusque father (Michael Chiklis) at baggage claim, as they try to remember the last time he was home. His mother (Virginia Madsen) greets him warmly, though her pleading to call up his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung) clearly bothers him. His younger brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) is
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‘1985’ Film Review: Retro AIDS Tale Earns Its Tears

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Prepare to break out the handkerchiefs several times during writer-director Yen Tan’s “1985,” a deeply emotional tearjerker and family story set in a year when an HIV diagnosis was effectively a death sentence. This is a realistic, discreet, yet exploratory film that earns its tears honestly and scrupulously. Gay, closeted, and HIV-positive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”) comes home to Texas for Christmas for what he knows will probably be the last time. Tan’s camera keeps a polite and empathetic distance from Adrian and his parents Dale (Michael Chiklis) and Eileen (Virginia Madsen), both of whom are very religious, and...
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'1985': Film Review | SXSW 2018

'1985': Film Review | SXSW 2018
Going home with a suitcase full of secrets to unpack is never easy. That's especially true for the protagonist of 1985, an intimate domestic drama set against the first wave of the AIDS crisis in Ronald Reagan's America. A thematic extension of writer-director Yen Tan's short of the same name, this sensitively observed period piece evokes the aching difficulty of coming out in a recent past distanced by three intervening decades of progress in gay rights and cultural visibility. Anchored by a deeply felt central performance from Cory Michael Smith, the modest but affecting film should find a receptive niche...
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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #83. Yen Tan’s 1985

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Known for 2013’s Pit Stop (Sundance selection), last April, Yen Tan returned behind the camera for a his fifth feature modeled on the award winning short. Shot in Dallas with Cory Michael Smith (Wonderstruck), 1985 supporting cast comprised of Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Noah Schnapp and Jamie Chung.

Based on a story by HutcH and Tan, this centers on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his circumstances to his conservative parents (Madsen, Chiklis) are challenged when he reconnects with his preteen brother (Schnapp) and his old flame (Chung). 1985 could really pack a wallop and as I mentioned before, nice companion piece just after Robin Campillo’s Bpm (Beats Per Minute).

Release Date/Prediction: Narrative Comp at SXSW looks possible and would be a logical spot as the short was featured there.

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Cory Michael Smith to Star in 1985, Yen Tan's Feature Adaptation

Last year we debuted the poster for Yen Tan's 1985, a short film that evoked potent memories in just eight minutes. It won a Special Jury Prize at SXSW. Now a feature film version is on its way.  The cast is impressive: Cory Michael Smith (TV's Gotham), Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things) and Jamie Chung. Here's the synopsis, per Deadline:  Terminally-ill Adrian (Smith) flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his circumstances to his conservative parents (Madsen, Chiklis) are challenged when he reconnects with his preteen brother (Schnapp) and his old flame (Chung). Yen Tan (Pit Stop) wrote the screenplay and will direct. He's a long-time acquaintance, talented filmmaker and an all-around good...

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Cory Michael Smith, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung to Star in AIDS Drama '1985'

Cory Michael Smith, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung to Star in AIDS Drama '1985'
Gotham star Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis are starring in 1985, an AIDS drama from Yen Tan.

Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp and Big Hero Six's Jamie Chung are also starring in the indie, which will begin shooting late May in Texas.

The indie is based on Tan’s short of the same name, which won the special jury prize at last year's SXSW. He expanded the script for the feature and is directing.

1985 focuses on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his...
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‘Gotham’s Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen & More Set For AIDS Drama Pic ‘1985’ From Yen Tan

‘Gotham’s Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen & More Set For AIDS Drama Pic ‘1985’ From Yen Tan
Cory Michael Smith, Designated Survivor‘s Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis (Gotham, FX’s The Shield) have been tapped to co- star in AIDS drama film 1985, along with Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp and Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part II, Big Hero 6) Pit Stop helm Yen Tan is directing from his own script, which is based on his SXSW Special Jury Prize winning short. It center on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in…
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Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival
You can’t accuse the Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30) of bandwagon jumping: Back in 2005, it screened the series finale of “Friends” outdoors on a Hudson pier for rapturous fans. Today, TV is a fait d’accompli as Tribeca expands its second annual TV program to 15 shows and five series. Golden-age TV draws viewers, Hollywood filmmakers, and a wider audience.

Last year, the TV program included world premieres of “The Night Of” (HBO, from Oscar-winning executive producer Steve Zaillian), “The Night Manager” (AMC, directed by Oscar-winning Susanne Bier), and “O.J.: Made in America” (Espn, directed by eventual Oscar-winner Ezra Edelman).

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This year’s highest-profile debuts include the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes, and directed by indie filmmaker Reed Morano
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Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival
You can’t accuse the Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30) of bandwagon jumping: Back in 2005, it screened the series finale of “Friends” outdoors on a Hudson pier for rapturous fans. Today, TV is a fait d’accompli as Tribeca expands its second annual TV program to 15 shows and five series. Golden-age TV draws viewers, Hollywood filmmakers, and a wider audience.

Last year, the TV program included world premieres of “The Night Of” (HBO, from Oscar-winning executive producer Steve Zaillian), “The Night Manager” (AMC, directed by Oscar-winning Susanne Bier), and “O.J.: Made in America” (Espn, directed by eventual Oscar-winner Ezra Edelman).

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: The Scariest TV Show Ever Made, Because It Feels So Real

This year’s highest-profile debuts include the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes, and directed by indie filmmaker Reed Morano
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‘The Eyeslicer’ Trailer: Get Ready to Have Your Mind Fried by Crazy Tribeca-Selected Series – Watch

‘The Eyeslicer’ Trailer: Get Ready to Have Your Mind Fried by Crazy Tribeca-Selected Series – Watch
The Tribeca Film Festival is bringing filmmakers to the small screen with “The Eyeslicer,”a variety show of sorts featuring short films collected and commission from today’s diverse new generation of filmmakers.

This collection of works from the up-and-coming auteurs, include a variety filmmakers known for their creative work on film and TV, including the inventive David Lowery, director of “Pete’s Dragon” and critical favorite “A Ghost Story” and actress/director Amy Seimetz, creator of the Starz anthology series, “The Girlfriend Experience” (who is also set to appear in the upcoming “Alien: Covenant”).

The series features up to 55 shorts from filmmakers at all stages in their careers, categorized into 10 hour-long episodes. “The Eyeslicer” is created by Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell (“collective:unconcious”), who ran a successful Kickstarter for the project last year. Both veterans of the independent film scene, the community is not unfamiliar to them.

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The Best Movie Posters of 2016

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1. CosmosAdam Maida’s silent scream for Andrzej Zulawski’s swansong Cosmos is a poster that cries out to be noticed. Channeling the starkest of Polish poster design—think Mieczyslaw Wasilewski or Andrzej Pagowski—Maida’s design is as deceptively crude as it is beautifully executed. I love everything about this poster, down to its hand-lettering, that tiny hanged bird and the even tinier—nice if you can get away with it—billing block. Maida’s witty, diagrammatic work has already graced Criterion covers for Nagisa Oshima’s Death by Hanging, John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate, and Costa-Gavras’s The Confession and State of Siege, but it is his eye-catching black-and-white editorial illustration/montages for the New York Times that this most reminds me of. You can see more of his work here.2. The HandmaidenTrees and a hanging also feature heavily in my second favorite poster of the year: an
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10 Surprises and Hidden Gems from the 2017 Sundance Lineup

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10 Surprises and Hidden Gems from the 2017 Sundance Lineup
2016 is nearly over and most people can’t wait to reach the finish line, so the Sundance Film Festival lineup couldn’t arrive at a better moment to give us something to anticipate for the new year.

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With the announcement of the U.S. and World Competition sections as well as the ever-tantalizing Next category of edgier fare, the first set of Sundance announcements kick off a wave of expectations from new talent and veterans alike. There will be much to dig through, from potential sales titles to breakthrough talent, and more announcements to come (the midnight section, short films, and forward-thinking New Frontiers section are all around the corner). In the meantime, we’ve dug through the initial Sundance blast to unearth a few standouts worthy of anticipation.

David Lowery’s Secret Movie Isn’t
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The Eyeslicer: An Indie Filmmaker Variety Series (By Invitation Only)

Producers Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell have launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Eyeslicer, a new variety series by and for indie filmmakers. Among the filmmakers set to contribute are David Lowery, the Zellner Brothers, Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn, Yen Tan, Calvin Reeder, Shaka King, Ornana, John Wilson, Jennifer Reeder, Leah Shore, Colin Healey, Lauren Wolkstein, and Chris Radcliffe The campaign is aiming to raise $28,000 to fund season one and if all goes smoothly, the 10-episode, 10-hour first season will launch in January. Schoenbrun (a contributor to Filmmaker) and McDonnell recently collaborated to create collective : unconscious, an anthology feature film where they […]
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David Lowery On ‘Pete’s Dragon’: How a Microbudget Filmmaker Became Disney’s Secret Weapon

David Lowery On ‘Pete’s Dragon’: How a Microbudget Filmmaker Became Disney’s Secret Weapon
Nine years before he completed production on the multi-million dollar Disney remake of “Pete’s Dragon,” David Lowery was living out of the back of his car, editing corporate videos. The Dallas native directed his first feature, the little-seen “Lullaby,” at age 19. The ensuing years found him collaborating with a close-knit group of local film-savvy friends, but little in the way of upward mobility. “I never put a premium on making a living,” he told me in a recent phone conversation. “It was never one of those things that was important to me.”

Lowery’s work at the time suggests as much — it’s anything but commercial — and yet it provided him with an ideal platform for a massive career move as one of Disney’s newest secret weapons. “Pete’s Dragon,” a $60 million re-imagining of the 1977 live-action-animated musical film, has all the hallmarks of Lowery’s earlier work: a serene,
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