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Lgbt Documentaries ‘TransMilitary’ and ‘The Gospel of Eureka’ Tackle Religion and the Military at SXSW

Lgbt Documentaries ‘TransMilitary’ and ‘The Gospel of Eureka’ Tackle Religion and the Military at SXSW
As long as there have been queer people, there has been queer community. We flocked to coastal cities like New York and San Francisco, and when we could not do that, we gravitated toward each other in more conservative regions, making Atlanta, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis into unexpected queer meccas. But not everyone has the financial freedom to leave it all behind and get the hell out of Dodge, and some people wouldn’t want to even if they could. As the tides of progress move swiftly forward, even the most conservative institutions are becoming more accepting. At this year’s SXSW Film Festival, two new documentaries, “TransMilitary” and “The Gospel of Eureka,” uncover Lgbtq triumphs in two places you’d least expect: organized religion and the military.

Directed by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson, “TransMilitary” charts the fight for transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S.
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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Gospel of Eureka’

Here in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the welcoming setting of Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri’s “The Gospel of Eureka,” two men in two dressing rooms just a mile and a half apart pick up their eyeliner pencils for two very different roles. One is readying to mouth his prerecorded lines as a Roman centurion at “The Great Passion Play,” where three nights a week during the summer, he’ll crucify Christ. The other is glamming up for drag karaoke night at long-married gay couple Gregory Lee Keating and Walter Burrell’s bar, Eureka Live. Beams Keating, “We’re like a hillbilly Studio 54.”

These parallel performances look like opposites, and most documentaries would probably have you steeling for a fight. Not this one. Jesus himself — that is, Kent Butler, the marketing director and star of the passion play — embraces all of the Lord’s sheep, including the devout Christian transwoman
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'The Gospel of Eureka': Film Review | SXSW 2018

“Everyone loves a good story now and then,” says narrator Mx Justin Vivian Bond at the start of the terrific non-fiction feature The Gospel of Eureka, co-directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (October Country). And the city of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, being home to both a sizable Christian and a substantial queer population, has quite the tale to tell. It’s a comedy and a tragedy, though the people involved aren’t necessarily on rigid opposite sides. Better to say that everyone has some level of fluidity, not just in terms of personal belief, though they’ll speak their dogmatic minds if the occasion...
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Justin Vivian Bond To Narrate SXSW-Bound Doc ‘The Gospel Of Eureka’

Justin Vivian Bond, the Tony-nominated performance artist and singer perhaps best known as Kiki in New York’s Kiki & Herb cabaret duo, will narrate The Gospel of Eureka, a documentary headed to SXSW. Directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, The Gospel of Eureka chronicles evangelical Christians and drag queens in the small town of Eureka, Arkansas. “We were thrilled to work with Justin Vivian Bond and couldn't think of a more splendid, multifaceted storyteller to be…
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SXSW 2018: John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Announced as Opening Night Film

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"If they hear you, they hunt you." Before it's released in theaters this April, John Krasinski's new post-apocalyptic movie A Quiet Place will have its world premiere as the opening night movie at South by Southwest.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world that's been ravaged by monsters attracted by sound, A Quiet Place was directed and co-written by John Krasinski, who also co-stars alongside Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds.

Part of the Headliners screening slate, A Quiet Place will make its world premiere on March 9th ahead of the film's April 6th theatrical release from Paramount Pictures. This marks the third feature film behind the camera for Krasinski, who directed Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and The Hollars, as well as three episodes of The Office, on which he played the iconic character of Jim Halpert.

Other genre movies screening at SXSW, including the Midnighters slate, will be announced on February 7th,
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SXSW 2018 unveils opening film, features roster

SXSW 2018 unveils opening film, features roster
Jordan Peele’s The Last O.G to screen in Independent Episodic; Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile among SXSW line-up.

Source: Paramount Pictures

SXSW top brass on Wednesday (January 31) said the world premiere of John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place will open the 25th edition of the festival, which runs in Austin, Texas, from March 9-18.

Krasinski directed and stars in horror-thriller A Quiet Place alongside his wife Emily Blunt in the tale of an isolated family living in silence for fear of attack by an unknown force than tracks sound. Platinum Dunes produced the feature, which opens in the Us through on April 6 through Paramount.

SXSW launches the inaugural Independent Episodic section this year, an expansion on the Episodic section launched in 2014. Overall, the festival will screen 132 features, with additional titles to be announced.

The full line-up will include 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 world premieres, 11 North American premieres and five Us premieres. The films were culled
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Eliza Hittman, Penny Lane Snag Rooftop Films Grants (Exclusive)

Eliza Hittman and Penny Lane have been honored with grants from Rooftop Films.

The two filmmakers were honored with the Garbó NYC Feature Film Grants, which comes with a $15,000 cash prize. Hittman will use the money support her new film, “A,” and Lane will use it on her next project, an untitled film about religious activism.

Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of New York City filmmakers and musicians. As part of its mission, Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and organizes film screenings. The group has backed some of the leading lights in independent film, among them Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Glory at Sea”), David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”), and Kitty Green (“Casting JonBenet”).

All told, Rooftop gave out 15 prizes or grants. The Rooftop Films Brigade Festival Publicity Grant will be awarded to [link
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’11/8/16′: More Than 30 Filmmakers to Take Part in Election-Day Documentary

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The election will be over in six days, but this cycle has been unprecedented in so many ways — most of them bad — that it’s likely to take years of hindsight and any number of books and movies to fully understand. Jeff Deutchman will start that process with “11/8/16,” a documentary he’s producing that will be directed by a huge group of directors that includes David Lowery, Lena Dunham and Yung Chang. The Orchard will both fund and produce the project, which is being executive produced by Dana O’Keefe, Brad Navin, Paul Davidson and Danielle Digiacomo.

Read More: Career Moves: Jeff Deutchman Leaves Alchemy, Bob Pilon Goes to Participant and More

More than 30 filmmakers total will document Election Day, from early morning until the polls close and the results are announced, in a follow-up to Deutchman’s earlier “11/4/08.” “This election has started to feel like it is testing the
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Doc NYC Pro: Learn Documentary Essentials from the Filmmakers Behind this Year’s Best Films

For one week in November, virtually the entire documentary film community will gather in New York City for the Doc NYC film festival, where this year’s most acclaimed non-fiction films will screen. With all that talent and experience gathered in one place, Doc NYC has decided to channel it toward a new eight-day conference focusing on the tools and skills needed to fund, create and distribute documentary films.

Read More: ‘Weiner,’ Yes; ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ No: The 15 Documentaries on the Doc NYC Short List

Doc NYC Pro is geared toward documentary professionals looking to advance their careers and filmmaking skills and will be comprised of talks, panels, masterclasses and pitch sessions featuring filmmakers and decision makers behind films like “Weiner,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Amanda Knox” and “Cartel Land.”

Each day of Doc NYC Pro will begin with a “morning manifesto,” featuring speakers Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), Josh Kriegman and
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Co-Director/Dp Michael Palmieri on the Arkansas-Set Sundance Short Peace in the Valley

Filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher have collaborated on four documentaries since 2009: October Country, Off Label, Rougarouing and, their latest, Peace in the Valley. Presented in the Shorts program at Sundance 2016, their new film concerns issues of religion and Lgbt rights in a small Arkansas town. Below, co-director and Dp Palmieri discusses his visual approach for the film. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for this job? Palmieri: One of the reasons I gravitated towards documentary film had to do […]
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Co-Director/Dp Michael Palmieri on the Arkansas-Set Sundance Short Peace in the Valley

Filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher have collaborated on four documentaries since 2009: October Country, Off Label, Rougarouing and, their latest, Peace in the Valley. Presented in the Shorts program at Sundance 2016, their new film concerns issues of religion and Lgbt rights in a small Arkansas town. Below, co-director and Dp Palmieri discusses his visual approach for the film. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for this job? Palmieri: One of the reasons I gravitated towards documentary film had to do […]
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Jason Reitman, Sebastian Silva Films Among Sundance Short Film Selections

Jason Reitman, Sebastian Silva Films Among Sundance Short Film Selections
Sundance Institute has announced the full lineup of the 72 short films for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Jason Reitman and Bryce Dallas Howard are among those with short films at the festival. Howard’s “Solemates,” which also screened at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, is told through the perspective of shoes, while Reitman’s docu short “Roast Battle” chronicles the Comedy Store event.

Nasty Baby” director Sebastian Silva and Canadian helmer Don McKellar are among other established filmmakers going the short route at this year’s fest.

The shorts selection has been home to several films that have had influential careers, including “World of Tomorrow,” “Whiplash,” “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” and “Fishing Without Nets.” This year’s lineup will include both a Midnight and New Frontier section, tying into the festival’s other programming.

“Our longstanding showcase of short films has become a home for audiences who love watching these rowdy,
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‘Citizenfour’ Director Laura Poitras Launching Documentary Unit (Exclusive)

‘Citizenfour’ Director Laura Poitras Launching Documentary Unit (Exclusive)
Citizenfour” director-producer Laura Poitras is teaming with Aj Schnack and Charlotte Cook to launch Field of Vision, a documentary unit that will commission and create 40 to 50 episodic and short-form nonfiction films each year.

Field of Vision was developed in collaboration with The Intercept and First Look Media. The Intercept, launched in 2014 by Glenn Greenwald, Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, is a website “dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism.”

Field of Vision will launch at the 53rd Annual New York Film Festival on Sept. 27 with Poitras’ “Asylum,” a short-form series tracking WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he publishes diplomatic cables and seeks asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy.

Field of Vision will then start its first season on Sept. 29 on The Intercept through November with a second season to debut in early 2016. The first two season will feature new works by Kirsten Johnson, Heloisa Passos, Iva Radivojevic, Michael Moore, Shola Lynch, Yung Chang,
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Festival Focus: American Film Festival in Wrocław and U.S. in Progress Projects

Opening with Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive the latest edition of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland (22-27 October 2013) has screened some of the most important American independent films of the year. Being the only festival of its class in Eastern and Central Europe the festival has become the most important venue to connect American filmmakers with European buyers and audiences through programs like U.S. in Progress Wrocław (23-25 October 2013).

This year's program taking place at the New Horizons cinema presented 80 movies out of which 42 are Polish premieres, 3 are European premieres and 1 is a World Premiere. Among them 10 documentaries and 17 feature films competed for cash prizes in the audience-vote competitions.

The first competitive section - Spectrum ($10,000 audience award for the Best Narrative Feature) included films that have been well-received here in the U.S such as A Teacher by Hannah Fidell, Blue Caprice by Alexandre Moors, Afternoon Delight by Jill Soloway, Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, The Spectacular Now by James Ponsoldt, and Bluebird by Lance Edmands. The second competition - American Docs ($5,000 audience award for Best Documentary Feature) had a selection of films depicting varied current issues in American society including Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, The Armstrong Lie by Alex Gibney, Our Nixon by Penny Lane, Northern Light by Nick Bentgen, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton by Eric Slade and Stephen Silha and Before You Know It by Pj Raval.

The American Film Festival also ran a retrospective of Shirley Clarke and presented Polish premieres of high-profile films such as As I Lay Dying by James Franco, Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong Cops, Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein’s Lovelace, Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon, Touchy Feely by Lynn Shelton, At Any Price by Ramin Bahrani, and Maladies by Carter. The festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sundance hit Don Jon along several U.S. in Progress participants and festival hits like I Used to be Darker by Matt Porterfier and Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Patrick Carbone. Lastly, a special section titled 'Masterpieces of American Cinema 90 Years of Warner Bros." showed 14 digitally-remastered productions by the studio from The Jazz Singer by Alan Crosland (1927) through A Clockwork Orange ,The Exorcist and Christopher Nolan’s Inception

The festival will close on October 27th with Steven Soderbergh's Emmy Award-winning film Behind the Candelabra.

All competitions titles:

Spectrum

American Milkshake by David Andalman, Mariko Munro, USA 2012, 82'

Blue Highway by Kyle Smith, USA 2013, 70'

Coldwater by Vincent Grashaw, USA 2013, 104'

The Spectacular Now by James Ponsoldt, USA 2013, 95'

Drinking Buddies by Joe Swanberg, USA 2013, 90'

Lily by Matt Creed, USA 2013, 85'

A Teacher by Hannah Fidell, USA 2013, 75'

Blue Caprice by Alexandre Moors, USA 2013, 93'

Pearblossom Hwy by Mike Ott, USA 2012, 78'

Afternoon Delight by Jill Soloway, USA 2013, 105'

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors by Sam Fleischner, USA 2013, 102'

Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, USA 2013, 96'

The Cold Lands by Tom Gilroy, USA 2013, 100'

In a World... by Lake Bell, USA 2013, 93'

A Song Still Inside by Gregory Collins, USA 2013, 82'

Bluebird by Lance Edmands, USA 2013, 90'

American Docs

Big Easy Express by Emmett Malloy, USA 2012

Off Label by Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher, USA 2012

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, USA, Italy 2013

Fall and Winter by Matt Anderson, USA 2013

The Armstrong Lie by Alex Gibney, USA 2013

Lenny Cooke by Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie, USA 2012

Our Nixon by Penny Lane, USA 2013

Northern Light by Nick Bentgen, USA 2013

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, USA 2013

Before You Know It by Pj Raval, USA 2012

U.S. Progress Projects

This year 6 projects in the final production stages were chosen to take part in the two-day workshop knows as U.S. in Progress Wroclaw (23-25 October, 2013). The event presents the American independent projects to European buyers, post-production houses and festivals in order to help them achieve completion and to foster the circulation and distribution of these films in Europe.

Selected from over 40 submission the chosen projects are the dramas Lake Los Angeles by Mike Ott (produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari), Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott (produced by Jessica Caldwell ) and Some Beasts by Cameron Nelson (produced by Ashley Maynor and Courtney Ware), crime story Wild Canaries by Lawrence Michael Levine (produced by Sophia Takal, Kim Sherman and McCabe Walsh), frontier black comedy Sun Belt Express by Evan Wolf Buxbaum (producers: Noah Lang and Iyabo Boyd) and Summer of Blood – a New York vampire comedy by director-producer Onur Tukel.

The prizes are awarded by a jury of professionals and include post-production services from European partner companies worth almost $60.000 and promotional services from other partners. Us in Progress’ partners are: Platige Image (Warsaw), Di Factory (Warsaw), Alvernia Studios (Krakow), composer Maciej Zielinski of Soundflower Studio (Warsaw), Soundplace (Warsaw), DCinex (Belgium), Vsi (Paris), Europa Distribution, Cicae and Cannes Marche du Film’s Producers Network.

U.S. in Progress Wrocław (formerly Gotham in Progress) was started in 2011 by the New Horizons Association and Black Rabbit Film. Previous films presented at the event included, among others: I Used To Be Darker by Matt Porterfield, American Milkshake by David Andalman (both shown at Sundance Ff in 2013), Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Carbone (Berlinale Generation, Tribeca), Bluebird by Lance Edmands (Tribeca, Karlovy Vary), Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin’s Now, Forager: a Film About Love and Fungi (Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, Gotham Awards nominee), Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine (SXSW, Edinburgh Iff, Gotham Awards nominee) and Devyn Waitt’s Not Waving But Drowning (Sarasota Ff).

U.S. in Progress Wrocław is supported by the City of Wrocław, American Embassy in Warsaw and Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

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6 Reasons University Screenings are Valuable for Indie Filmmakers

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6 Reasons University Screenings are Valuable for Indie Filmmakers
This weekend, festival favorites like Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" and Donal Mosher and Mike Palmieri's "Off-Label" will screen at a festival in Central New York. This isn't an independently-run festival, though; it's the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival.  "The Act of Killing" and "Off-Label" join Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim's award-winning "Rafae: Solar Mama," Grant Lahood's "Intersexion," and Abhishek Kapoor's "Kai Po Che!" at this weekend's Suhrff. As indie filmmakers often focus on developing a resume of the most impressive film festivals and focus their theatrical campaigns on their biggest markets, universities provide a unique opportunity to provide filmmakers opportunities they miss if they don't entertain the possibility of screening for university-sponsored film festivals. Here are some reasons that university film festivals are worthwhile for filmmakers to consider: University professors often have similar interests as independent...
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Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri on Off Label

The ubiquity of Big Pharma’s influence in modern medicine isn’t news and given the ever skyrocketing prices for many prescription medications, it’s ripe territory for outrage, but in their newest documentary, filmmaking team Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri aren’t out to stoke your anger, but engage your empathy and your intellect. Their new film, Off Label, follows the lives of eight Americans, most of whom exist on the margins of society, whose lives have been utterly transformed, usually for the worse, by prescription drugs. In places like Iowa City and Detroit, the duo find story after story of addiction and […]
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Off Label Movie Review

Off Label Movie Review
Title: Off Label Directors: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher Acute moments of heartbreak punctuate the new documentary “Off Label,” a collage-type snapshot of runaway pharma-culture which otherwise struggles to find a topic sentence or cultivate a cogent point-of-view. A nonfiction competition title at the Tribeca Film Festival, directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s movie is an example of well-intentioned cinematic social advocacy undone by haphazard, point-and-shoot construction. “Off Label” ostensibly centers around seven subjects (or family members of same) who have served, either wittingly or unwittingly, as test subjects for drug manufacturers or doctors nominally in their employ. And certain of its narrative strands are undeniably hugely compelling. Iraq War veteran [ Read More ]

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Off Label: A Tragicomically Beautiful Art-Doc

Off Label: A Tragicomically Beautiful Art-Doc
The profound, personal tales stemming from the commercialization and subsequent abuse of prescription drugs deserve a penetrating exposé, but don't discount October Country filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's tragicomically beautiful art-doc, which sensitively favors unflinching testimonials and visually impressionistic observations over journalistic activism. In a tangentially linked, cleverly edited medley of portraits, a 22-year-old army medic gripes about the inapt pharmaceutical dregs offered him to combat Ptsd from his Abu Ghraib stationing, while a former inmate forgives the institutional villains who ruined him through forced medical experiments. Other guinea pigs step forward, like the neo-hippie couple who undergo drug trials to pay for their wedding,...
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Watch: Exclusive Trailer for 'Off Label' Asks "Is America Overmedicated?"

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Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher received Gotham and Independent Spirit Award nominations for their debut film "October Country," a moody experimental documentary that explores the ghosts -- of all sorts -- haunting Mosher's relatives in Upstate New York. For their second documentary, the filmmaking team took on a problem of a larger scale:  America's obsession with prescription drugs.  But the filmmakers tell their story from the perspective of those affected by these drugs:  a woman who lost her son to suicide while he was being treated, a man who worked as a drug rep, men who volunteer themselves to be human lab rats. Oscilloscope Laboratories will release the film in theaters and on VOD August 9.  Check out the trailer, exclusive to Indiewire, below:
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Oscilloscope Acquires Pharmaceutical Doc 'Off Label'

Oscilloscope Acquires Pharmaceutical Doc 'Off Label'
After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival back in 2012, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's documentary "Off Label" has found North American distribution with Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film takes a serious and sobering look at our country's pharmaceutical culture, where doctors liberally dole out prescriptions to psychotropic drugs, causing alarmingly increasing rates of abuse and dependence. Weaving together stories and accounts from drug testing subjects, big business representatives, and others affected by the rampant overmedication of America. O-Scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “Mike and Donal have created an unflinching look at an important subject, and their adept direction ensures that no matter how infuriating this information is, the film always remains touching and emotional." "Off Label" will be released on August 9th, receiving both theatrical and digital-platform distribution.
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