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.
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
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
“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
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
– 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,
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
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
Chickenshit – Jessica dela Merced, writer-director
The Fixer – Ian Olds, writer-director, and Caroline von Kuhn, producer
Freeland – Mario Furloni and Kate McLean, co-writer-directors
Jones – Sally El Hosaini, writer-director
The Last Black Man In San Francisco– Joseph Talbot, writer-director
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
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,
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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