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‘Hamilton’ Actor Javier Munoz to Star in Comedy ‘Monuments’

  • Variety
Hamilton” actor Javier Munoz, David Sullivan, and Marguerite Moreau will star in the independent comedy “Monuments,” which has started shooting, Variety has learned exclusively.

David Pasquesi, Joel Murray, and Shunori Ramanathan round out the cast.

The movie marks Munoz’s first film role since departing the Broadway production of “Hamilton.” He stepped into the title role following Lin-Manuel Miranda’s exit and played Alexander Hamilton from mid 2016 until early 2018.

Jack C. Newell is directing “Monuments” from his own script about a separated couple, played by Sullivan and Moreau, whose relationship is getting back on track, when she’s killed in a freak accident in Colorado. Determined to scatter her ashes in the place where they first fell in love, he steals her urn and hits the road back to the Midwest with her family and relentless ex-boyfriend, portrayed by Munoz, in hot pursuit.

The production company is Chicago-based Zaxie and
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Film Review: Rising Above Cancer in the Teen Dream ‘Hope Springs Eternal’

Chicago – The topic of cancer is rarely heroic, and as we know mostly concludes tragically. But the new teen comedy “Hope Springs Eternal” turns the Big C on its ear, and features up-and-coming young actor Mia Rose Frampton to take it on. The film is light and breezy, with nods to John Hughes, absurdist teen indoctrinations and the celebration of music in life.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Written with a nice light balance by Stephanie Mickus (her debut) and directed by Chicagoan Jack C. Newell, “Hope Springs Eternal” is tight storytelling and brisk comedy. Frampton keeps it alive with her expressive optimism in the main role, and is able to handle both the light and darkness of the “C” without being maudlin. The cast is top drawer and seems to be having a good time… the highlight being a Hughes-like “mean girl” coterie who have a habit of dressing alike. This is a great cheer-us-up film,
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Podtalk: Rebecca Fons & Jack C. Newell on Second ‘Destroy Your Art’ in Chicago, Aug. 10, 2018

Chicago – The happening is lovelier, the second time around. Chicago film power couple Rebecca Fons and Jack C. Newell bring back “Destroy Your Art,” an event in which a filmmaker creates a film, shows it once to the audience, and then destroys it forever. Destroy Your Art takes place on August 10th, 2018, at Silent Funny Gallery in Chicago. For more information, including tickets, click here.

“Destroy Your Art” will feature five filmmakers – Lydia Fu, Vincent Singleton, Deja Harrell, Jacquelyn Jamjoom, and Andrew Stasiulis – as they show their seven minute or less short films. After that One Showing, the films will be destroyed forever, never to be seen again. The concept challenges the notions of permanency, images, expression and our perception of what time means. Audience participants, and the filmmakers themselves, will be the only witnesses to the final products, before they are gone forever.

Rebecca Fons and Jack C. Newell
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Teen drama Hope Springs Eternal gets a poster and trailer

Ahead of the release of Hope Springs Eternal next month, a new trailer and poster have arrived online for Jack C. Newell’s upcoming teen dramady which stars Mia Rose Frampton, Stony Blyden, Juliette Angelo, and Beau Brooks; take a look here…

Hope Gracin (Mia Rose Frampton) is known as “the girl dying of cancer” and has fully embraced this identity. Posting YouTube videos, having fun with friends, an Australian boyfriend, and being popular have been results of this identity… until her tests show that she is cured. Hope, unsure of what her new future holds, hides the truth. But as what happens with most secrets, the truth comes out. How will everyone react? With the help of her friends and loved ones, Hope faces her fear, only to discover the beauty of living.

Hope Springs Eternal is set for release on August 10th.

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Mia Rose Frampton in Trailer for Teen Drama 'Hope Springs Eternal'

"Who cares if you're sorry, you have to do something about it." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted the official trailer for a dramatic comedy for teens titled Hope Springs Eternal, from a screenplay written by Stephanie Mickus. The film hasn't premiered at any major festivals before as far as we know, but it will be hitting theaters next month for those who might be interested. Hope Springs Eternal is about a "girl dying of cancer" who maintains this identity to get her the life she wants, until one day she learns she's cured but doesn't know how to admit the truth to everyone and move on. Young actress Mia Rose Frampton stars, with Stony Blyden, Juliette Angelo, Beau Brooks, Beth Lacke, and Pej Vahdat. This PG-rated film has all the usual cliche high school moments. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Jack C. Newell's Hope Springs Eternal, direct from
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Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Teen Drama ‘Hope Springs Eternal’

  • Deadline
Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Teen Drama ‘Hope Springs Eternal’
Samuel Goldwyn Films has taken U.S. and Latin American rights to Jack C. Newell’s teen drama Hope Springs Eternal for a day and date release of Aug. 10.

The deal was negotiated by Miles Fineburg, Director of Acquisitions & Theatrical sales at Samuel Goldwyn Films, and Jack Campbell, President of Octane Entertainment, on behalf of the filmmakers.

One of the debut title for production company Glyden Entertainment, pic follows Hope Gracin who is known as “the girl dying of cancer” and she’s fully embraced this identity which has made her popular among friends in school. But then her tests show that she is cured, and she decides to hide the truth from those around her. But as what happens with most secrets, the truth comes out.

Pic stars Mia Rose Frampton (Bridesmaids), Pej Vahdat (Bones), Beth Lacke (Frequency), Stony Blyden (Hunter Street), Juliette Angelo (NCIS), Beau Brooks, Lauren Giraldo
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Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires comedy-drama 'Hope Springs Eternal'

Octane Entertainment represents international rights.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up Us and Latin American rights from Octane Entertainment to Gylden Entertainment’s comedy-drama Hope Springs Eternal.

The film stars Mia Rose Frampton from Bridesmaids, Pej Vahdat (Bones), Beth Lacke (Frequency), Stony Blyden (Hunter Street), Juliette Angelo (NCIS), Beau Brooks, Lauren Giraldo (Fml), and the Cimorelli sisters.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has set an August 10 day-and-date release on the story of a cancer patient who established a following on YouTube and hides the truth when tests reveal she is cancer-free.

Jack C. Newell directed from a screenplay by Stephnie Mickus. Producers are Andrew Eriksen Nold,
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Interview: Director Jack C. Newell Weighs in on ‘42 Grams’

Chicago – At this point in our civilization, the food culture is at its peak. “Foodies” devote themselves to TV networks, celebrity chefs and the latest taste sensations. Director Jack C. Newell explores a portion of this culture in his new documentary profile of Chef Jake Bickelhaupt, as he attempts to build the Chicago eatery ’42 Grams.’

The film is a document of pursuits… Chef Jake and his wife Alexa Walsh pursue the right venue for his culinary talents, the chef himself channels his ultra-obsessive personal traits toward food masterpieces, and his customers long for the ultimate taste. These elements come together like a treasured recipe, as Jake and Alexa founded their restaurant “42 Grams” in Chicago, and director Newell creates a sympathetic and visceral portrayal of a food slinger on the verge of destiny. The film is an absorbing treat, as Jake’s sheer will results in both in miracles and tribulation.
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Movie Review – Mercury in Retrograde (2018)

Mercury in Retrograde, 2018.

Written and Directed by Michael Glover Smith.

Starring Najarra Townsend, Alana Arenas, Roxane Mesquida, Shane Simmons, Kevin Wehby, Jack C. Newell, and Andrew Sensenig.

Synopsis:

Three couples from Chicago vacation for a weekend at a lakeside cabin in Michigan. Over the course of three days in this relationship drama, hidden tensions and secrets slowly come to the surface.

Mercury in Retrograde (the sophomore feature from the North Carolina born/Chicago-based writer and director Michael Glover Smith) begins with an outdoor roundtable reading of astrology horoscopes for each of the six individuals, and I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that you will want to pay very close attention to have a clear mental image of how the forecasts fit into the characters and the flaws of their relationships. The scene also demands alertness thanks to the unbroken direction complete with swiveling cinematography
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Exclusive Trailer for ‘Mercury in Retrograde’ Shows Relationships in Flux

While Chicago is known to host large Hollywood productions, if one peers deeper into its filmmaking scene, there is no shortage of independent riches. We recently named Stephen Cone’s Princess Cyd one of 2017’s best films, and now another promising drama from the area is around the corner. Michael Glover Smith’s Mercury in Retrograde tells the story of a trio of couples who venture out of Chicago for a weekend getaway in remote Michigan cabin. Ahead of a theatrical premiere at the Siskel Center starting February 16, we’re pleased to premiere the trailer, which previews these relationships in flux and shows off the striking cinematography by Jason Chiu (Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party).

“In Mercury in Retrograde, I wanted to explore how men and women communicate (and miscommunicate) with each other in the modern world,” says the director. “In this respect, it continues and deepens the themes of my previous feature Cool Apocalypse,
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Interview, Audio: Rebecca Fons & Jack C. Newell on ‘Destroy Your Art’ in Chicago on Aug. 25, 2017

Chicago – In one of the more intriguing “happenings” in the Chicago scene, the husband and wife team of Rebecca Fons and Jack C. Newell are hosting “Destroy Your Art” in Chicago, on August 25th, 2017, at Lost Arts in the Goose Island neighborhood (details below). The evening promises a one-of-a-kind event.

“Destroy Your Art” will feature five filmmakers – Nick Alonzo, Shayna Connelly, Lonnie Edwards, Matt Hyland and Aemilia Scott – as they show their seven minute or less short films. After that One Showing, the films will be destroyed forever, never to be seen again. The concept challenges the notions of permanency, images, expression and our perception of what time means. Audience participants, and the filmmakers themselves, will be the only witnesses to the final products, before they are gone forever.

Friday, August 25th, 2017, in Chicago

Photo credit: DestroyYourArt.com

Rebecca Fons and Jack C. Newell are one of the most prominent
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Podcast Talk: Rebecca Fons on Reopening the Iowa Theater in Winterset on May 25, 2017

Chicago – When Rebecca Fons, the former Education Manager of the Chicago International Film Festival, was getting married to Jack C. Newell – a prominent Chicago film director – her mother Marianne told her something that would change the course of their lives. Fons’ hometown movie theater, the “Iowa,” was about to offered for sale. In the equivalent of the recent Matt Damon family film favorite, Rebecca and Marianne Fons was about to star in their version of “We Bought a Movie Theater.”

Rebecca Fons has been a mover and shaker within the Chicago cinema scene. She was the Education Manager for the Chicago International Film Festival for nine years, and participates in a number of screening committees for film festivals across the country. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Columbia College here, and serves in various capacities with the Steppenwolf Theatre, the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Junior League of Chicago.
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‘Open Tables’ Exclusive Clip: Intertwining Stories of True Love Over Many Dinner Courses

  • Indiewire
‘Open Tables’ Exclusive Clip: Intertwining Stories of True Love Over Many Dinner Courses
Sometimes a good meal is the perfect setting for love stories. Shot on location in some of the top restaurants in Chicago (Longman & Eagle and Publican) and Paris (Bistrot Paul Bert and Au Bon Accueil), the new film “Open Tables” explores true love over the course of delicious main courses.

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The film follows couple Sam and Kate (Keith Kupferer and Kate Duffy), who host a group of friends for dinner in the hopes that sparks will fly between Kate’s younger sister Cassie (Caroline Neff) and their friend Ryan (writer/director Jack C. Newell). They’re joined by seemingly perfect couple Jon (Desmin Borges) and Dana (Colleen Doyle) and soon the conversation opens up about love, loss and regret. The film also co-stars David Pasquesi (“Veep”) and Joel Murray (“Mad Men”). Watch an
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Interview: Director Jack C. Newell on Digital Release of ‘Open Tables’

Chicago – Local filmmaking has always gotten a boost through director Jack C. Newell. His 2015 film “Open Tables,” shot in Chicago and Paris, will get it’s digital release on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, on iTunes and Video-On-Demand. This coincides with his art project “The Wabash Lights,” and his continued production work.

Open Tables” features couples and groups meeting in restaurants, talking about their lives and relationships. Although the centerpiece is food, the meal is the conversation, including a story about a sojourn into Paris – shot in black and white. Newell directed the film in the improvisation style rooted in the Chicago comedy scene, much like his first narrative film, “Close Quarters,” which featured many local improvisation artists. He also takes on the lead role as Ryan, who defines himself through the adventure in Paris. The film explores and provides perspective on the elusiveness of relationships.

Jack C. Newell in a Scene
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Interview: Director Jack C. Newell Has ‘Open Tables’ at 51st Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – Jack C. Newell will ride his bike when he meets you for an interview in Chicago, naturally. The locally based director is a welcome original, with credits in both documentary and narrative films. His latest feature, “Open Tables,” will screen at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival on October 20th, 2015.

Open Tables” is operating within the “Taste of Cinema” theme at the film festival, and features couples and groups meeting in restaurants, talking about their lives and relationships. Although the centerpiece is food, the meal is the conversation, including a story about a sojourn into Paris – shot in black and white. Newell directed the film in the improvisation style rooted in the Chicago comedy scene, much like his first narrative film, “Close Quarters,” which featured many local legends in the art of improv. He also takes on the leadrole as Ryan, who defines himself through the adventure in Paris.
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New Doc Follows American Construction Of Elementary School In Haiti & Community Impact (Pros & Cons)

Currently in production is a documentary from director/producer Jack C. Newell, titled How to Build a School in Haiti, which chronicles the struggles of an American trying to build a school in a country nicknamed "The Republic of NGOs." This documentary centers on Tim Myers, a well-intentioned construction manager and his attempt to completely fund and construct a school in rural Haiti - Villard. The film was shot over more than three years, following Myers' efforts as a case study in international economic development and a portrait of the impact this kind of work has on the recipients and agents of international aid programs. I'm certainly curious given the angle the...
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Interview: Director Jack C. Newell on the Chicago Set for ‘Open Tables’

Chicago – You know you’re on a Jack C. Newell film set when his producer, Steve Tobiasz, offers you the best empanada you’ve ever eaten, from the Gourmet Food Truck that is crucial to the upcoming scene. “Open Tables” is director Jack C. Newell’s second feature film, coming in right after 2012’s “Close Quarters.”

The shot-in-Chicago movies are provocative in Newell’s style of direction. They both feature top Chicago improvisation talent – including T.J. Jagodowski, Dave Pasquesi, Susan Messing and in “Open Tables,” Joel Murray – and they both use the style of interpretive improv rather than a fixed dialogue script. Newell began his film career in 2004 with his directorial short film debut, “When Sara Looks Up,” and made TV movies and six other shorts before completing “Close Quarters” in 2012.

On Set with Director Jack C. Newell (right) for ‘Open Tables

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

Newell
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Interviews: Backstage with ‘Chicago Fire’ at 2012 Best of the Midwest Awards

Chicago – When putting on an awards show in Chicago, getting local talent to hand out awards was as easy as calling the production of “Chicago Fire,” currently filming here. The 2012 Best of the Midwest Awards in December had “Cf” cast members David Eigenberg and Christian Stolte to present accolades, and comedy improvisor Susan Messing won Best Actress at the event.

The Best of the Midwest Awards (BMAs) are the annual celebration that honors the films and performances at The Midwest Independent Film Festival during 2012. The festival is an ongoing film event that meets every first Tuesday throughout the year, and will resume February 5th with the film “Be Good.” All three actors spoke to HollywoodChicago.com at the BMAs, offering humor, insight and perspective on performing in Chicago.

David Eigenberg, Portrays Christopher in “Chicago Fire

David Eigenberg is currently not portraying Steve Brady from “Sex and the City,” he wants you to know that,
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Film News: Nominations Announced For Best of the Midwest Film Awards

Chicago – The Midwest Independent Film Festival, which convenes every first Tuesday of the month, is fast becoming an institution in Chicago and an influential barometer for the local and Midwestern film scene. On Tuesday, December 4th, 2012, their annual “Best of the Midwest” Awards will be handed out. Hosting the event is the co-founder of the Midwest Indie, Mike McNamara. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com serves on the Awards Committee.

The ‘Best of the Midwest’ Awards, December 4th, 2012

Photo Credit: www.MidwestFilm.com

The following films and performances are nominated for the “Best of the Midwest” Awards…

Best Music Video

“Moonbeams,” directed by Sam Macon

“Everything Will Be Fine,” directed by Nate DuFort

“War Again,” directed by Paul Griswold

“Are You Gonna Break My Heart,” directed by Will Meyers

“Villain,” directed by Logan Hall

Best Short Film

“The Promise,” directed by Bill Roach and Joel Edwards

Advantage: Weinberg,” directed by David Singer

“Wednesday’s Child,
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Interview: Jack C. Newell, Ron Falzone Chat Up Chicago Indie ‘Close Quarters’

Chicago – Director Jack C. Newell ended up meeting one of his great collaborators while taking classes at Columbia College Chicago. His future filmmaking partner turned out to not be a fellow peer, but his teacher, Ron Falzone. Together, they made the acclaimed short, “Typing,” about two Hollywood screenwriters whose brainstorming session draws inspiration from the clacking of typewriter keys in the next room.

Newell and Falzone’s first feature effort is “Close Quarters,” an endearing and insightful collection of parallel vignettes set in a Chicago coffee shop. Baristas Abby (Erica Unger) and Barry (Seth Unger) flirt with the possibility of long-term romance while observing the dysfunctional relationships of their customers. Two friends, Patrick (Tj Jagodowski) and Olivia (Kate Duffy), chat upstairs while their respective partners, Dina (Holly Laurent) and Cary (Dave Pasquesi), make love in the downstairs bathroom. An estranged couple (Susan Messing and Jim Carlson) argue over Skype while
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