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Films to look out for at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Lodged between the meat market of the Sundance Film Festival every January and the prestige of the Cannes Film Festival every May, the Tribeca Film Festival is an odd duck. Each and every April for the last 16 years, Tribeca has showcased a wife variety of (mostly) independent movies, many of which struggle to see the light of day. Still, there’s always a gem or two in the lineup, and even the occasional Academy Award nominee. With screenings for press beginning before this month is out, now is a solid time to take a look at some of what Tribeca has to offer for 2018. First up, it’s worth noting some of the prior Tribeca titles that have struck my fancy. Last year, it was the grouping of Blame, The Boy Downstairs, and especially Flower that highlighted a rather week lineup. The year before, 2016 featured Between Us, Dean, Don’t Think Twice,
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We’re Buying What Lakeith Stanfield is Selling in ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Trailer

Lakeith Stanfield has quickly been making a name for himself in the past few years. Stanfield has had roles on Netflix’s Death Note, Straight Outta Compton, Atlanta and the Academy Award-winning film Get Out. In each of those films, Stanfield has had supporting roles. This time, Stanfield is front and center as Cassius “Cash” Green, a struggling telemarketer in Sorry to Bother You. Watch the official trailer below.

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.

The star-studded cast includes Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) , Terry Crews (The Expendables), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Patton Oswalt (Happy!), David Cross (Arrested Development), and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon). Sorry to Bother You is written and directed by Boots Riley. This is the Riley’s debut writing and directing a feature film.
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Tribeca 2018 Feature Film Slate Includes ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post,’ ‘Disobedience,’ ‘The Fourth Estate,’ and More

Tribeca 2018 Feature Film Slate Includes ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post,’ ‘Disobedience,’ ‘The Fourth Estate,’ and More
The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival has revealed its feature film lineup, including its closing night offering — Liz Garbus’ documentary series “The Fourth Estate,” which follows The New York Times’ coverage of the Trump administration’s first year — and a Centerpiece Gala featuring Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance “Zoe.” As was previously announced, the spring fest will open with the Gilda Radner documentary “Love, Gilda.”

Standout titles include Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance winner “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” Sebastian Lelio’s “Disobedience,” Marianna Palka’s latest “Egg,” Karen Gillam’s directorial debut “The Party’s Just Beginning,” and many more.

The 2018 feature film program includes 96 films from 103 filmmakers. Of the 96 films, 46% of them are directed by women, the highest percentage in the Festival’s history. The lineup includes 75 World Premieres, 5 International Premieres, 9 North American Premieres, 3 U.S. Premieres, and 4 New York Premieres from 27 countries.

“We are proud to present a lineup
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Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2018 Slate

Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2018 Slate
The Tribeca Film Festival has set its full feature film slate for 2018, tapping 96 movies, including Drake Doremus’ “Zoe” — a sci-fi romance starring Ewan McGregor and Lea Seydoux — and closing night offering “The Fourth Estate,” the first episode of Liz Garbus’ four-episode Showtime documentary series about the New York Times as it covered the first year of the Trump administration.

Of the almost 100 titles on the Tribeca docket, 75 are world premieres and 46% of the films are directed by women. Programmers divide the lineup in sections that include narrative features, international narratives, and docs up for the juried competition, as well as spotlight sections and genre programming, among other sections.

The latest by Doremus (“Like Crazy”), screening as the festival’s centerpiece selection, centers on colleagues at a high-tech research lab, and features a cast that also includes Christina Aguilera, Rashida Jones, Theo James, and Miranda Otto. Films lined up for competition
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Sundance: Annapurna Nabs ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Annapurna Pictures has purchased “Sorry to Bother You” following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The workplace satire sold in a competitive seven-figure deal, with the studio picking up worldwide rights.

“Sorry to Bother You” centers on an Oakland-based telemarketer named Cassius Green who discovers a magical key to professional success. It takes on such topics as racism and corporate greed — some buyers felt its satire was deft, while others griped that it juggled too many ideas.

Annapurna, which specializes in auteur-driven fare such as “The Master” and “Detroit,” was pretty blunt about its love for the picture.

“We f—ing love this movie,” the studio said in a statement.

The film stars Lakeith Stanfield (“Get Out”), Tessa Thompson (“Creed”), Armie Hammer (“Call Me by Your Name”), David Cross (“Arrested Development”), and Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). It was written and directed by Boots Riley, who is better known as a musician. He provides
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5 Exciting American Indies Hitting Film Festivals in 2018, From Cowboys in China to WWII-Era Russia

5 Exciting American Indies Hitting Film Festivals in 2018, From Cowboys in China to WWII-Era Russia
Now in its eighth year, the American Film Festival offers a unique perspective on recent developments in U.S. indie filmmaking. That’s because it happens in Poland, staged at the stylish Kino Nowe Horyzonty film center in Wroclaw, also home to the summer New Horizons festival, which has more of a European tilt.

Although the festival, which recently concluded, surveys many favorites from Sundance and South by Southwest, the curation doesn’t merely transpose selections to a new setting. It imports a lively assortment of filmmakers, as well, and creates a cozy, engaged atmosphere more akin to the communal vibe of the Maryland Film Festival. Indeed, to rub shoulders in a crowd that included Jody Lee Lipes, Noel Wells, Dustin Guy Defa, Nathan Silver, producer Mike Ryan, Jessica Oreck and Mike Ott is to experience a deep dive into the creative bustle of current indie ferment.

That spirit is
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Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun To Star In ‘Sorry To Bother You’

Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun To Star In ‘Sorry To Bother You’
Exclusive: Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun will star in first-time director Boots Riley’s drama Sorry to Bother You. The project is slated to go before the cameras this month in Oakland, CA where the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station was filmed. Not surprisingly, Fruitvale Station‘s Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker of Signficant Prods. are producing along with 6 Years‘ Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams, Charles D. King (Fences), George Rush (Bully
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Awards Roundup: Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award, Ridley Scott Honored By Directors Guild and More

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Awards Roundup: Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award, Ridley Scott Honored By Directors Guild and More
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the Annual Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America in Los Angeles on January 19, 2017. Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee for “The Kids Are All Right,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty” and “The Grifters.” She is a two-time Golden Globe winner for “Being Julia” and “The Kids Are All Right,” a BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winner for best actress in “American Beauty” and a 2006 Emmy Award nominee for her role in “Mrs. Harris.”

“Annette has taken on roles which have changed cultural conversations,” Richard Hicks, president of Csa, said in a statement. “She is an actress of great bravery and passion, and her work shows what’s possible when a remarkable actress meets the right opportunity.” This year,
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Haigh, Barthes & Terence Nance Among Ifp Independent Film Week Participants

The premiere post-tiff destination (September 20-25th) in the film community and a major leg up for narrative and non-fiction films in development, the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced a whopping 140 projects selected for the Project Forum at the upcoming Ifp Independent Film Week. Made up of several sections (Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers program, No Borders International Co-Production Market and Spotlight on Documentaries), we find latest updates from the likes of docu-helmers Doug Block (112 Weddings) and Lana Wilson (After Tiller), and among the narrative items we find headliners in Andrew Haigh (coming off the well received 45 Years), Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls and Madame Bovary), Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), Lawrence Michael Levine (Wild Canaries), Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal (Stranger Things) and new faces in Sundance’s large family in Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again) and Olivia Newman (First Match). Here
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Cannes: ‘Krisha’ among Visit Films quartet

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Exclusive: Visit Films chief Ryan Kampe has beefed up the slate and flies to Cannes with four new titles led by the Critics’ Week selection.

Visit holds international rights to Trey Edward Shults’ SXSW grand jury and audience award winner Krisha, (pictured) about an aunt who makes an ill-advised return to the family fold over a holiday gathering. Krisha Fairchild stars. Attorney George Rush represents Us rights.

The New York-based sales agent has also acquired international rights to I Smile Back starring Sarah Silverman as a suburban housewife who struggles to keep her family together when her secret life of drugs, alcohol and infidelity spirals out of control.

Adam Salky directed the Sundance premiere and the cast includes Josh Charles and Thomas Sadoski. Broad Green holds Us rights.

Dark comedy Just Jim, which Visit represents worldwide excluding the UK, marks the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.

The story also stars Emile Hirsch as an enigmatic
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Ian Olds, Geremy Jasper, Boots Riley & Laure de Clermont Tonnerre Among Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grant Finalists

If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of the not so distant future in American indie film, a reliable sampling is usually found in the bi-annual Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants finalist (and future winners) lists. Grants will be awarded next month, but this finalists’ list overviews a look into the 2016-17 pool of talent and feature films. Among the trio of items that are in various stages of production and we’re keeping tabs on, we have Ian Olds (docu helmer of Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi) who moved into fiction feature filmmaking with The Fixer. Produced by Caroline von Kuhn (Camden Int. Film Fest Managing Director and docu field expert), this is said to include supporting players in the shape of Melissa Leo and James Franco. And speaking of Franco…, Travis Mathews from Interior. Leather Bar. fame has Oscillate Wildly next in line. Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Sffs/Krf $300,000 Filmmaking Grant Finalists Include Some Intriguing Feature Film Projects...

The San Francisco Film Society (Sffs) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Krf) have announced the 15 finalists narrative feature film projects (at various stages of production) selected for the latest round of Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants of up to $300,000. Of most interest to this blog, given its stated mission, are: - In the "Screenwriting" category, "Sorry To Bother You" from writer/director Boots Riley, and producer George Rush, which tells the unique and intriguing (based on the synopsis) story of "a Black telemarketer who discovers a magical way to make his voice overdubbed by a white actor, propelling him into the upper echelon of a...
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Sffs / Krf grantees unveiled

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The San Francisco Film Society (Sffs) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Krf) have selected the finallists for the latest round of Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants.

Up to $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature film projects at various stages of production. Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice annually to narrative feature films that will have “significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community.”

To date more than $2.8m has been awarded since the launch of the Film Society’s flagship grant programme in 2009. Winners of the spring 2015 Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants will be announced in May.

Spring 2015 Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grant Finallists

Blustar – Stella Kyriakopoulos, co-writer-director and Margaret Shin, co-writer

Screenwriting

Chickenshit – Jessica dela Merced, writer-director

Screenwriting

The FixerIan Olds, writer-director, and Caroline von Kuhn, producer

Production

Freeland – Mario Furloni and Kate McLean, co-writer-directors

Screenwriting

Jones – Sally El Hosaini, writer-director

Screenwriting

The Last Black Man In San FranciscoJoseph Talbot, writer-director
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Acquisitions round-up: Magnolia, Drafthouse Films

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Acquisitions round-up: Magnolia, Drafthouse Films
Magnolia Pictures has taken all North American rights to Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, while in a separate deal Drafthose Films will distribute The World Of Kanako in North America.

Entertainment (pictured) stars Gregg Turkington, John C Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera and Amy Seimetz and just screened as the closing night selection of New Directors/New Films.

Turkington plays an aging comedian on tour in the California desert who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

Alverson, Turkington and Tim Heidecker co-wrote the screenplay and Ryan Zacarias produced with Ryan Lough, George Rush, Brooke Bernard, Alverson, Patrick Hibler and Alex Lipschultz.

The film premiered in Sundance and is a Jagjaguwar, Nomadic Independence and Made Bed Production in association with Arts + Labor, Autumn Productions, Epic Pictures Group and Complex Corporation.

Magnolia svp of acquisitions Dori Begley and vp of acquisitions John Von Thaden brokered the deal with Cinetic Media.

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to [link
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'Entertainment,' Bought by Magnolia, Is Like David Lynch's 'Paris, Texas'

'Entertainment,' Bought by Magnolia, Is Like David Lynch's 'Paris, Texas'
The weirdest movie I saw at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was Rick Alverson's "Entertainment," which Magnolia Pictures has acquired for Us release. As a road movie about a sad sack comedian (Gregg Turkington) touring the California desert and trying to reunite with his estranged daughter, it feels like David Lynch's take on Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas." In a sweaty combover and sexual predator glasses, Turkington goes for squirm-inducing laughs as he debases himself. Indie actors stumble in and out of the film through a series of increasingly surreal and scary encounters, including Tye Sheridan as the younger, funnier comedian Turkington has to follow, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera and Amy Seimetz. The film was written by Alverson, Turkington and Tim Heidecker, whose Adult Swim program "Tim and Eric" clearly inspired "Entertainment"'s button-mashing humor and kooky malevolence. The film was produced by Ryan Zacarias, Ryan Lough, George Rush,
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Magnolia Pictures Lands Sundance Comedy ‘Entertainment’ (Exclusive)

Magnolia Pictures Lands Sundance Comedy ‘Entertainment’ (Exclusive)
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to the dark comedy “Entertainment,” Variety has learned.

The film, directed by Rick Alverson (who previously made 2012’s “The Comedy”), follows an aging comedian (Gregg Turkington) as he performs at a string of underwhelming venues starting in Bakersfield, Calif. The trek unfolds with a supporting cast of John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Tye Sheridan and Amy Seimetz.

Entertainment” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and later screened at SXSW and as the closing night of New Directors/New Films, to good reviews. As Scott Foundas, Variety’s chief film critic, wrote earlier this year: “Alverson’s fourth feature is singular stuff, and it reconfirms the director as one of the true bold voice in the all-too-homogenous U.S. indie film scene … ‘Entertainment’ should have no trouble finding a fervent cult to call its own.”

The producers on the film are Ryan Zacarias,
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Rick Alverson’s Entertainment

It may be too early to call him an American cousin akin to the quasi-dark humor of Roy Andersson and Aki Kaurismäki, but is third film showcased a unique, well-developed, wry-tinged funny-bone. When you throw in his previous dramatic pair of films in The Builder (2010) and New Jerusalem (2011), it makes for an early filmography that would surely receive an unflattering grade of next to no bags of popcorn from the On Cinema at the Cinema critic duo. This is a good thing. Filmmaker by day, musician by night, Rick Alverson’s third feature film The Comedy, was among the best items of 2012′s Sundance Film Festival, suffice it to say that his fourth film, Entertainment, which was shot midway in the year, might contain more of that DNA. Gregg Turkington who co-wrote with Alverson toplines the pic which was photographed by cinematographer Lorenzo Hagerman (look for his stylistic flourishes in
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Tracking Shot: Van Sant, Doremus, Guadagnino & Reed Morano Shooting This August

“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing (or in a couple of titles below have been shooting since July). This August we’ve got a good number of projects that will start surfacing as early as next year’s Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Fests. With Dakota Johnson having been just announced, we’ve got Luca Guadagnino’s long awaited (remake) A Bigger Splash, getting ready for a poolside shoot. Gus Van Sant comes out of the woodworks to move into the woods for Sea of Trees. Sundance alumni Rick Alverson is wrapping up Entertainment, Reed Morano is set to make her directorial debut this mid-August with Meadowland, while Douchebag, Like Crazy, Breathe In‘s Drake Doremus is stationed in Japan for a weighty cast and futuristic tale in Equals. Here are some
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Rubber Chicken Blues; Cera, Papoulia, Stockwell & Tye Sheridan Join Alverson’s “Entertainment”

Brooke Bernard, Ryan Zacarias, and Ryan Lough’s Nomadic Independence announced that Rick Alverson’s Entertainment is officially in greenlight mode and cast alongside the already pegged Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker we have now have Michael Cera, Tye Sheridan and veteran Dean Stockwell filling out the supporting cast with Angeliki Papoulia rejoining her The Lobster co-star John C. Reilly. Jagjaguwar’s Chris & Ben Swanson, Electric Dynamite’s Jack Black (yes the actor) will Executive Produce while George Rush (Ping Pong Summer), and Epic Pictures GroupPatrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson will co-Executive Produce.

Gist: Written by Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker, this is set in the Mojave Desert, the film follows a broken-down comedian (Turkington) playing clubs across the Southwest, working his way to Los Angeles to meet his estranged daughter (Kalia Prescott). Along the way, his identity begins to deteriorate amid a series of encounters with
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News Nuggets: Is the Oscars sculptor adding a small penis to each statuette?

News Nuggets: Is the Oscars sculptor adding a small penis to each statuette?
Is Oscar history really being made this year with their elderly longtime sculptor adding a tiny penis to each statuette. The funny new video has "Saturday Night Live" writer Tim Robinson as the sculptor in a "heartwarming" story of his endeavors. George Rush also reports that Robinson will host a revue at SXSW on March 9 with Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and Sasheer Zamata. Above Average. Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan reveal a little more about this year's ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on March 2. With a heroism theme, the show will be divided into sections of everything from animation good guys through inspirational true life heroes. One highlight will be a tribute to "The Wizard of Oz" 75th anniversary. Meron also adds, "Then we have the popular heroes: superheroes and characters like Harry Potter and Indiana Jones, or the Ghostbusters." Unofficially confirmed to take part are
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