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Joshua Reviews Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate [Theatrical Review]

With SXSW 2016 beginning this weekend, film fans will descend upon Austin, Texas to see some of the latest, and hopefully greatest, films that studios and distributors have come down the pipeline. However, not every film that plays this prestigious festival, even those that become buzzed about hits, end up getting a speedy release. Take Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate for example.

Becoming something of a small hit at last year’s festival, Lerner’s new film is finally arriving in theaters on March 11 thanks to Film Movement, and will hopefully find an eager audience going forward.

His follow-up to 2010’s oddly magnetic Girlfriend, a film that’s an engaging piece of craft more than it is a genuinely great narrative feature, Automatic Hate is a beast of a different color. Davis Green (played by Joseph Cross) is an unassuming chef in the throes of what may or may not
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Review: The Automatic Hate, Family Skeletons Get Rattled, Disastrously

Not all families are good or well-adjusted; there are often rifts (reasonable or not) between parents and children, siblings, cousins. Some of us might find out about skeletons in a closet, and sometimes those skeletons are best left undisturbed.  In Justin Lerner's second feature film The Automatic Hate, those skeletons are rattled with disastrous consequences. And while some parts of the narrative become a bit cliched, overall, this is a strong drama with a serious and unexpected twist, revealed with very intense performances. Late one evening, Davis Green (Joseph Cross) is confronted by a woman, Alexis (Adelaide Clemens), who claims to be his cousin. Thinking his father Ronald (Richard Schiff) was an only child, he asks his grandfather, who almost has a heart attack when...

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'The Automatic Hate': A 'Romeo and Juliet' Story Turns Incestuous

Director Justin Lerner likes to pitch his effectively eerie family drama "The Automatic Hate" as a combo of Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye." A shrieking Dogme95 incest drama meets a Raymond Chandler potboiler? I was intrigued. As a "Romeo and Juliet" incest tale of two cousins who face their mutual attraction, this one has headline-making potential. Writer/director Lerner and co-writer Katharine O'Brien set up a bait-and-switch mystery that then pulls us into the world of an unstable and broken family as their buried grudges of the past come into shattering present-day focus. "Automatic Hate" begins as an alluring young blonde (Adelaide Clemens) drops on the doorstep of Davis (Joseph Cross) and tells him she's his cousin. He does not know the girl, who says her name is Alexis. His curiosity titillated, Davis follows her out of his boring city life and into the Upstate New York.
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Watch the trailer for The Automatic Hate

Ahead of its release next month, a trailer has arrived online for writer-director Justin Lerner’s upcoming drama The Automatic Hate; take a look below after the official synopsis…

When Davis Green’s (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to one another, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. Together, their discoveries force them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it.

The Automatic Hate is set for release on March 11th and features a cast that includes Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens,
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‘The Automatic Hate’ Trailer: Adelaide Clemens, Joseph Cross & Forbidden Love

‘The Automatic Hate’ Trailer: Adelaide Clemens, Joseph Cross & Forbidden Love
Here’s one of the more intriguing indie trailers to come across the transom: The Automatic Hate, from Emmy- and Gotham Award-winning director Justin Lerner (Girlfriend), starring Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Joseph Cross (Born To Race) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood). Lerner and co-screenwriter Katharine O’Brien dig into forbidden-love territory as country mouse Alexis (Clemens) shows up at the Boston restaurant where David (Cross) is chef, revealing that they’re…
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Exclusive: Trailer For 'The Automatic Hate' With Joseph Cross , Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll, Richard Schiff & Ricky Jay

Family secrets and a taboo attraction clash in director Justin Lerner's "The Automatic Hate." And after spending last year on the festival circuit stopping at SXSW, Seattle, and Woodstock (and picking up a Silver Audience Award at Mill Valley), the film is headed to theaters and today we have the exclusive trailer. Read More: SXSW Adds Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Demolition' Plus New Films By Ty West, Mike Birbiglia, And More Joseph Cross , Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll, Richard Schiff, and Ricky Jay, star in the drama that follows Davis Green who discovers he has a family didn't know about, when a cousin he never knew one day lands on his doorstep. But soon something brews between them beyond a shared past. Here's the official synopsis: When Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side
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Black Nights 2015 Review: The Automatic Hate, Blood Is Not Thicker Than Water

Not all families are good or well-adjusted; there are often rifts (reasonable or not) between parents and children, siblings, cousins. Some of us might find out about skeletons in a closet, and sometimes those skeletons are best left undisturbed. In Justin Lerner's second feature film The Automatic Hate, those skeletons are rattled with disastrous consequences. And while some parts of the narrative become a bit cliched, overall, this is a strong drama with a serious and unexpected twist, revealed with very intense performances.Late one evening, Davis Green (Joseph Cross) is confronted by a woman, Alexis (Adelaide Clemens), who claims to be his cousin. Thinking his father Ronald (Richard Schiff) was an only child, he asks his grandfather, who almost has a heart attack when Davis brings...

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Black Nights Chief Tiina Lokk Presents Diverse Selection

Black Nights Chief Tiina Lokk Presents Diverse Selection
The competition line-up of the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, features seven world premieres, three international premieres and five European premieres, a total of 18 films from 21 countries.

Festival director Tiina Lokk said: “I’m really pleased with the selection of countries and the genre versatility of the program, having directors at very different stages in their career. What we have is a mix of different ways of storytelling coming from different continents and cultures that are competing with each other, but also having a lot in common in terms of values and messages.”

The diverse set of world premieres sees the return of Armenian director-scriptwriter David Safarian after a 20-year hiatus with “28:94 Local Time,” the story of a family of theater workers during the civil war and electricity crisis in Jerevan in 1992. Meanwhile, Bulgarian director Iglika Triffonova presents “The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son,
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Film Review: ‘The Automatic Hate’

Film Review: ‘The Automatic Hate’
The family you never knew you had turns out to be the family you may wish you never met in Justin Lerner’s “The Automatic Hate.” This arresting seriocomedy deftly walks a tightrope between droll and tense, over a gaping pit of crazy. It will require very careful handling to access appreciative audiences, not least because broadcasting some of its more marketable aspects would amount to major plot spoilage. Film Movement currently plans a limited theatrical release early next year.

Domestic life is already bumpy enough for mild-mannered Bostonian Davis (Joseph Cross): We meet him just as he’s returning from the bathroom to find himself locked out of his own bedroom because (for reasons that are only made clear much later) his professional-dancer girlfriend, Cassie (Deborah Ann Woll), abruptly needs some “alone time.” He’s a successful chef, yet his emotionally distant parents, both academics (Richard Schiff and
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North Korea doc, Oscar hopefuls in Tallinn Black Nights competition

North Korea doc, Oscar hopefuls in Tallinn Black Nights competition
Line-up includes seven world premieres and Oscar submissions from the Netherlands, South Korea and Kazakhstan.Scroll down for full list

Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 13-29) has revealed the international competition line-up for its 19th edition.

The festival will screen 18 titles in competition, comprising seven world premieres, three international premieres and eight European premieres.

Among them is Vitaliy Manskiy’s North Korea documentary Under The Sun, which reveals a simultaneously absurd and sinister portrayal of life under the nation’s regime.

The line-up also includes three submissions for this year’s Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

The Paradise Suite, The Netherlands’ submission, intertwines multiple storylines to highlight the trials and tribulations of modern day immigrants trying to survive in Amsterdam.

The Throne, South Korea’s entry, is an 18th-century historical drama about internal struggles within Korea’s royal family.

Stranger, Kazakhstan’s submission to the Academy, follows a nomad living out a meagre existence in the
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Broad Green Hires Alix Madigan as Creative Affairs Chief

Fast-growing Broad Green Pictures has hired Anonymous Content staff producer Alix Madigan as head of creative affairs.

Madigan was previously a staff producer with Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She was a producer on “Winter’s Bone,” which featured a breakout Oscar-nominated performance by Jennifer Lawrence.

Madigan also produced “Laggies,” “White Bird in a Blizzard,” “May in the Summer” and “The Automatic Hate,” directed by Justin Lerner and set for release in 2016. She also worked on “Smiley Face,” “Married Life,” “Cleaner,” “Your Friends and Neighbors,” “Case 39” and “Girl Most Likely.”

Year-old Broad Green, founded by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, has been active in building a slate of adult-themed dramas such as “99 Homes,” “A Walk in the Woods,” “Infiltrator” and “Learning to Drive,” as well as Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
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Siff 2015: Reviews, awards, and final thoughts

With my first Siff now in the books, I can say that I’ve learned some valuable lessons. The first being what a remarkable festival and diverse program the organizers came up with for the 41st edition. From the venues to the volunteers, everything was top notch. Like most festivals, it was a bit front-loaded with premieres, but there were also notable premieres later in the program, including Max LandisMe Him Her on the closing weekend. From top to bottom, this was a great line-up with very few thin spots.

The other major lesson I learned is that it’s impossible to adequately cover a film festival in the city in which you live. Family, friends, and full-time jobs don’t simply disappear just because you want to have some fun. I come away feeling disappointed that time constraints kept me from seeing a lot of great films, as
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Film Movement buys ‘Haemoo’, ‘The Automatic Hate’

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Film Movement buys ‘Haemoo’, ‘The Automatic Hate’
The New York-based film distributor has picked up North American rights to Shim Sung-Bo’s South Korean thriller Haemoo from Finecut in Cannes.

Shim co-wrote the film with Bong Joon-Ho, who also produced the thriller about a group of fisherman driven to madness when their attempt to smuggle illegal Chinese-Korean immigrants goes horribly wrong.

Haemoo premiered at Toronto last year and will screen at New Directors/New Films. The film will open in early 2016.

The North American rights deal with Wme Global on Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate follows the film’s world premiere at SXSW.

Film Movement plans a winter theatrical release for the family drama following select festival appearances including the Seattle International Film Festival later this month.
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Arstploitation Films Acquires Bizarre German Comedy 'Der Bunker'

Arstploitation Films Acquires Bizarre German Comedy 'Der Bunker'
Artsploitation Films has secured the U.S. rights to "Der Bunker," a German comedy that premiered at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. "Der Bunker," the debut feature from Nikias Chryssos, is a dark comedy set entirely within a windowless bunker housing a husband, wife and their learning-challenged son. A young graduate student soon enters the bunker to tutor the son...whom the parents are grooming to be president of the United States. Artsploitation's president Ray Murray described the film as, "So peculiar yet amazingly memorable," and said, "I felt we had to have this odd comedy. Reminiscent of the works of John Waters, David Lynch and Luis Buñuel, Chryssos creates a reality where conventional story-telling, and its accompanying logic, is left outside the steps, it will be a pleasure to present it to unsuspecting audiences!" Check out the poster below: Read More: Film Movement Picks Up Justin Lerner's SXSW Pick
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Film Movement Picks Up Justin Lerner's SXSW Pick 'The Automatic Hate'

Film Movement Picks Up Justin Lerner's SXSW Pick 'The Automatic Hate'
Justin Lerner's "The Automatic Hate" premiered this past March at South By Southwest in the Narrative Spotlight section and has finally found a home with Film Movement. The company has acquired all North American rights to the film and is planning a winter release following more festival screenings, including at the Seattle International Film Festival later in May. "The Automatic Hate" stars Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Richard Schiff and Deborah Ann Woll. The screenplay was co-written by Lerner and Katharine O'Brien. The story explores what happens when a young man meets a side of his family he's never known and begins feeling a taboo attraction to his cousin.  Said Lerner, "It's been such an exciting journey already, which began at SXSW, and now to be partnering with a company like Film Movement -- that has such class and taste in both foreign and American independent cinema -- we feel
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Justin Lerner’s SXSW Pic ‘The Automatic Hate’ Acquired By Film Movement

Justin Lerner’s SXSW Pic ‘The Automatic Hate’ Acquired By Film Movement
Film Movement has acquired all North American rights to Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate. The distributor plans a winter theatrical release for the film, which world premiered at SXSW. The Automatic Hate stars Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Richard Schiff, Ricky Jay and Deborah Ann Woll. The film's screenplay is written by Lerner and Katharine O'Brien, and produced by Lerner along with Lacey Leavitt and Anonymous Content's Alix Madigan-Yorkin. Daniel Alexander
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Exclusive Interview: Justin Lerner, Katharine O’Brien And Joseph Cross Talk The Automatic Hate

The Automatic Hate tells the story of a man in his early thirties who finds out that his father has been hiding an entire other side of his family. He’s never known that he has an uncle or three cousins on his father’s side and when he finally meets one of them, he sets off to discover the secrets his family has kept and finds himself sucked into his cousins’ world. Directed by Justin Lerner, the movie stars Joseph Cross and was co-written by Katharine O’Brien.

Back in March, we had the chance to sit down with the trio after the film’s premiere at SXSW. During our exclusive interview, we talked crafting the story, taboo romances, playing characters who are older than the actor and much more.

Check out the full interview below, and enjoy!

What was it about that story that made you originally want to tell it?
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SXSW 2015 Interview: The Automatic Hate’s Justin Lerner, Katharine O’Brien and Joseph Cross

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Testing the boundaries of your seemingly loving relationships with the most important people in your life, from your parents to your long-term significant other, can be a revealing insight into how strongly you trust them and believe in their commitment to protecting your well-being. That enticing process of engaging in seemingly dangerous situations is captivatingly showcased in director Justin Lerner’s second feature film directorial effort, ‘The Automatic Hate,’ the follow-up to his debut movie, the 2010 drama, ‘Girlfriend.’ The helmer, who co-wrote the script to his latest film with Katharine O’Brien, grippingly cast actor Joseph Cross to portray a seemingly successful young man who willingly put his connections with his [ Read More ]

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The Automatic Hate Review [SXSW 2015]

Early in The Automatic Hate, one of the characters poses a question about nature vs. nurture. It’s an age-old proverb, but his answer is simple: Essentially, both of them are bullshit. What follows shows that regardless of which actually matters more, if the influence is anything other than pristine, those involved are going to be stuck dealing with the same thing: A lot of bullshit.

Justin Lerner’s movie focuses on Davis (Joseph Cross), a chef working in Boston, who is approached by Alexis (Adelaide Clemens), a girl armed with a claim that they’re cousins. At first, Davis doesn’t believe her, as someone would when they’ve been told their father is an only child. But after the thought sticks with him for a few days, he finally finds out that his father does indeed have a brother, and he goes off to meet his cousins and aunt and uncle.
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Temptation Overpowers in Exclusive SXSW Debut Poster for 'The Automatic Hate'

Temptation Overpowers in Exclusive SXSW Debut Poster for 'The Automatic Hate'
Read More: Closted Muslim Teens 'Naz & Maalik' Unveiled in Exclusive Poster Debut Five years after his award-winning debut feature "Girlfriend," writer-director Justin Lerner is back with his anticipated sophomore effort. The official synopsis for "The Automatic Hate" reads: "Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens of "Rectify") appears on his doorstep one night, and he discovers that his father has kept a side of his family secret for 30 years. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. Quickly developing a strong connection with them, he sets out with Alexis to reunite their broken family. But in getting to know each other, Davis and Alexis realize they are perhaps more like their own fathers than they thought. As the pair uncovers the incident that tore their family apart, the two cousins must resist the temptation to keep their fathers
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