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Myriad Pictures commences Tiff talks on ‘Hammer’

Myriad Pictures commences Tiff talks on ‘Hammer’
Sales slate includes completed elevated sci-fi thriller Only starring Freida Pinto.

Santa Monica-based Myriad Pictures has kicked off talks with international buyers on the completed crime thriller Hammer starring Will Patton and Mark O’Brien from recent release Ready Or Not.

Christian Sparkes (Cast No Shadow) wrote and directed the feature about Chris (O’Brien), an ex-con who plots to rob his drug-dealing friend, Adams (Ben Cotton). When the plan goes wrong, Chris turns to his father (Patton) for help.

Jonathan Bronfman, Alison White, William Woods and Chris Agoston serve as producers, and Fraser Ash, Niv Fichman, and Kevin Krikst are the executive producers.
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Freida Pinto sci-fi thriller ‘Only’ on Myriad Pictures Tiff sales slate

Freida Pinto sci-fi thriller ‘Only’ on Myriad Pictures Tiff sales slate
Takashi Doscher wrote, directed tale of disease that threatens female population.

Santa Monica-based Myriad Pictures will launch sales in Toronto on the completed elevated sci-fi thriller Only starring Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr.

Takashi Doscher wrote and directed the story about a couple on the run from police and bounty hunters after a disease threatens to wipe out the female population. Pinto plays the person who may be the last female on earth.

New York City-based Gideon Tadmor developed, financed and served as executive producer on the film, and Eyal Rimmon and Gabrielle Pickle (Still) produced. Jim Kaufman is also an executive producer.
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‘Only’ Helmer Takashi Doscher Inks With Verve

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Verve has signed filmmaker Takashi Doscher, the writer and director behind the Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr. starring sci-fi romance film, Only, which had its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca fest.

The pic centers on a couple whose future together becomes threatened when an unknown contagion breaks out across the world, killing only women. Chandler Riggs, Jayson Warner Smith, and Tia Hendricks also co-star.

Only marks Doscher’s second film following his 2018 feature debut, Still, which starred The Handmaid’s Tale’s Madeline Brewer and was recently sold to the Orchard for distribution.

In 2010, the Atlanta-native became the youngest director to sell a film to ESPN with his documentary A Fighting Chance. His ESPN follow-up captured the first ever summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro by a quad-amputee and won an Espy in 2013.

Doscher, who was formerly signed with UTA, will continue to be repped by Pathfinder Media and his lawyer Eric Suddleson.
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In Dystopian Drama ‘Only,’ It’s The Men Who Grapple With Female Suffering For Some Reason [Tribeca Review]

As the 24-hour news cycle pummels us with constant stories of social and political unrest, the line between modern society and fictional dystopia can seem blurry. Art continues to imitate life, and filmmaker Takashi Doscher is throwing his hat into the sociopolitical sci-fi ring with “Only,” a Tribeca Film Festival premiere about sexist violence.

Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr. play Eva and Will, a couple in a world overrun by a deadly, incurable illness.

Continue reading In Dystopian Drama ‘Only,’ It’s The Men Who Grapple With Female Suffering For Some Reason [Tribeca Review] at The Playlist.
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Tribeca 2019: The Full Feature Film & Documentary Lineup

  • HeyUGuys
The 18th Tribeca Film Festival launches this Wednesday 24th April at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater with the world premiere of Oscar-winner Roger Ross Williams’s documentary The Apollo, which focuses on the history and legacy of that very venue. Before the 2019 edition of the festival closes on Sunday, the 5th of May with the world premiere of Danny Boyle’s comedy Yesterday, Tribeca audiences will be treated to a vast array of TV, short film, online work, narrative feature and documentary screenings, plus special musical performances, onstage talks, anniversary screenings and reunions, as well as podcasts, video games and Vr experiences.

Our man in Manhattan James Kleinmann will be at Tribeca once again for HeyUGuys and here he takes a look at this year’s full documentary and narrative feature film lineup. For the full festival schedule and to buy tickets head to the official Tribeca website.

Spotlight
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‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints Of Newark’ Sets Tony-Winning ‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr. For Key Role

  • Deadline
Exclusive: New Line has set Tony-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr. for a starring role in The Many Saints Of Newark, the prequel film to David Chase’s iconic HBO series The Sopranos. He joins Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro and Michael Gandolfini, the latter of whom is reprising the Tony Soprano role originated by his late father, James Gandolfini.

No one is saying what role Odom Jr. will play, but the film is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 60s, when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other’s throats. Among the gangsters of each group, that clash became especially lethal. I have heard that Odom figures directly into that conflict which involves Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola), who is the father of Tony Soprano’s lieutenant Christopher (played in the series by Michael Imperioli
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Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Midnight Lineup Includes Come To Daddy, Bliss, Something Else

While the SXSW Film Festival is kicking off in Austin this week, the Tribeca Film Festival will continue to shine a spotlight on upcoming genre films in April and May, including Joe Begos' Bliss, Ant Timpson's Come to Daddy (starring Elijah Wood and Stephen McHattie), and Something Else (directed by Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella).

From the Press Release: "New York – March 5, 2019 – The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by At&T, today unveiled its feature film lineup. Continuing its tradition of elevating exceptional storytelling rooted in today’s global film communities, the 18th annual Festival will showcase debut works from emerging talent and new works from notable filmmakers. The program includes discoveries, comedies, music-centered, political and social films. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 24 - May 5.

The feature program includes 103 films from 124 filmmakers. The films selected in the three competition sections consist of 50% women directed films. The lineup includes 81 World Premieres,
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Official Trailer for Appalachian Trail Mystery Thriller Indie Film 'Still'

"Vows weren't meant for this. What we're doing - this ain't natural." The Orchard has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled simply Still, a shortened version of the original title Moon Shine Still. This premiered at the Atlanta Film and Video Festival last year, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Takashi Doscher, born in Atlanta, Ga. The indie film is about a young hiker who stumbles onto an isolated farm after losing her way on the Appalachian Trail. She's taken in by a strange yet beautiful couple trying to protect a secret deep in the mountains. That's a bit vague, but still intriguing. The small cast includes Lydia Wilson, Nick Blood, and Madeline Brewer. This looks very suspenseful and eerie, but a bit unrefined. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Takashi Doscher's Still, direct from YouTube: When a young female hiker (Lydia Wilson) stumbles onto
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Watch an Exclusive Clip from Still, Starring Madeline Brewer

  • DailyDead
Madeline Brewer made a splash in 2018 with her renowned performances in Cam and The Handmaid's Tale, and she looks to continue to enthrall viewers with her co-starring role in Still. Written and directed by Takashi Doscher, Still features Brewer as a hiker who stumbles across an odd couple with a potentially sinister secret in the Appalachian wilderness, and with the movie coming out on Digital and On Demand this week, The Orchard has provided us with an exclusive clip to share with Daily Dead readers.

Lily (Brewer) receives a tense invitation to dinner in our exclusive clip below, and it looks like it's in her best interest to accept the invitation... or face some grave consequences at the hands of her unnerving hosts. In addition to Brewer, Still stars Lydia Wilson and Nick Blood.

Still is available on Digital and On Demand beginning January 8th:

http://radi.al/Still

Synopsis:
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Leslie Odom Jr. to Star in ABC Comedy Put Pilot With Kerry Washington Producing

  • Variety
Leslie Odom Jr. to Star in ABC Comedy Put Pilot With Kerry Washington Producing
Leslie Odom Jr. is set to star in a comedy with a put pilot commitment at ABC that boasts Kerry Washington among its executive producers.

The untitled multi-camera series focuses on Leslie (Odom Jr.) and Hope, joint pastors at a young, hip, diverse church in Los Angeles. Through their services, online streams and books, they are experts at uniting people across different races, genders, orientations and opinions. But when it comes to uniting the people in their blended family, they are way out of their comfort zone and as a result, the teachers often find themselves the pupils. The series is inspired by the experiences of real-life pastors Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes-Roberts.

“I am grateful to be working with such an all-star team of fearless and creative people,” Washington said. “And, I am excited that we have gathered together to tell a story that is inspiring, relatable, provocative and hilarious.
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John Ridley’s ‘Needle in a Timestack’

John Ridley’s ‘Needle in a Timestack’
Bron Studios has come on as a producer of Oscar® winner John Ridley’s Needle in a Timestack. Zanne Devine, David Thwaites and Bron’S Aaron L. Gilbert are producing. Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom Jr., BAFTA nominee Freida Pinto, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo, and SAG award winner Orlando Bloom will star. Ridley will direct and is adapting from a short story by Robert Silverberg where a couple work to hold their marriage together in a world where time travel is possible, and the past and present are ever fluctuating.

Matt Kennedy also produces, and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media, Christopher J. Conover, Hope Farley and John Ridley are executive producers.

John Ridley’s critically acclaimed documentary about the Los Angeles uprising, Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982–1992, premiered in theaters and aired on ABC in 2017 and is currently available on Netflix. He is
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Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr. Join Time-Travel Drama ‘Needle in a Timestack’

  • Variety
Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr. Join Time-Travel Drama ‘Needle in a Timestack’
Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr., and Cynthia Erivo will star in John Ridley’s time-travel drama “Needle in a Timestack.”

Bron Studios has come on board to produce the movie, which was set up last year at Miramax. Zanne Devine, David Thwaites, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, and Matt Kennedy are producers, but Miramax is no longer involved. Ridley, Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media, Christopher J. Conover, and Hope Farley will exec produce.

Ridley will direct and is adapting from a short story by Robert Silverberg. The movie follows a couple struggling to hold their marriage together in a world where time travel is possible, and the past and present are ever fluctuating.

Odom Jr. is best known for his performance in the Broadway smash “Hamilton” and was recently seen in Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” Pinto will next be seen in Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book” adaptation,
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Freida Pinto & Leslie Odom Jr. To Star In ‘Only’ From Takashi Doscher

Freida Pinto & Leslie Odom Jr. To Star In ‘Only’ From Takashi Doscher
Freida Pinto and Tony-winning Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. are set to star in Only, written and directed by Takashi Doscher. The film follows Eva (Pinto), who might be the only woman left on Earth. After a mysterious plague threatens to kill every female on the planet, the lives and relationship of a young couple, Eva and Will (Odom Jr.), are put to the ultimate test as they try to survive the disease and the dangerous people who want to hunt her down. The Walking…
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Watch: ‘Waltz For One’ is a Lonely, Gorgeous Trip Into Orbit

Waltz for One from Intellectual Propaganda on Vimeo. Why Watch? A shrill emergency buzzer is the last thing you want to hear while floating in orbit around the Earth inside a tin can. You’ll get to know that beeping bastard well in John Merizalde‘s latest work. The director, alongside his Intellectual Propaganda team have joined in the stunning tradition of Kubrick and Tarkovsky and Moon to craft a disturbing, absolutely gorgeous film about the solitude of space. It was co-written by Takashi Doscher, who should be familiar if you read this column regularly. It’s more proof that he (and that particular production house) are talents to keep a very close eye on. Check out more of his work here. What will it cost? Only 10 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films
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Watch: A Cab Driver’s Fate Takes a Sweet, Selfless Trip in ‘Detour’

Why Watch? Call it sugary, call it a little schmaltzy, but there’s a lot to love about Takashi Doscher‘s new short film that focuses on a very lucky cab driver who wins tickets to Game 7 of the World Series and his last client of the day. Slickly shot with as much heart as humor, it overcomes a general Aw Shucks vibe with a loveable comedic lug in star Ted Huckabee and stands as further proof that Doscher is a talent to watch out for. What will it cost? Only 8 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films
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Short Film Of The Day: ‘Cut Off’ is Noir in a Bathrobe

Why Watch? Smartly shot with an engaging lead this short film from Takashi Doscher brings a story literally to life. In it, an author consumed by writing his next novel ignores the real world at his own peril, and when his work bleeds into reality, he’ll have to deal with some severe consequences. It flashes with a noir sensibility and style but manages a lot of humor without crossing the line into parody. With subtle nods and a nice mirroring technique, it’s clever work that’s got a great eye for location, art direction, and camera work. What will it cost? Only 7 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.
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