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‘Tarnation’ Director Jonathan Caouette Returns With a New Music Video for Nyles Lannon

‘Tarnation’ Director Jonathan Caouette Returns With a New Music Video for Nyles Lannon
Few filmmakers are so acutely skilled at bringing the interior lives and personal pains of young men to life as “Tarnation” filmmaker Jonathan Caouette, who so memorably did just that with his own lauded feature debut: the 2003 documentary “Tarnation.” Since the introduction of both “Tarnation” and Caouette to the indie film scene, the filmmaker has spent most of his creative time working on both music-centric offerings, like co-directing the festival-focused “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” and continuing to reexamine his own experiences through deeply personal docs, like “Walk Away Renee,” which again focused on his relationship with his mother.

Next up: a smart marrying of his interests, care of a brand-new music video for Nyles Lannon (formerly known as N. Lannon), which uses memory, inventive filmmaking, and a clear love for music to tell a story about one boy growing up and, per the song’s own title, “hiding” in some complex ways.
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Sundance Fest Hit Searching Movie Gets A New Trailer – Stars John Cho

From the producer of Unfriended (Timur Bekmambetov) comes the brand new trailer for Sundance 2018 hit Searching, starring John Cho and Debra Messing.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired worldwide rights to the thriller at a reported $5 million after it’s debut at the festival.

After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

The film was met with glowing reviews from Sundance earlier this year:

Variety – ““Search” is one of those movies, like “Tarnation” or “The Blair Witch Project,” so
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Sundance London adds titles by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-04-28 11:02:56

Amanda Seyfried as Mary in First Reformed Sundance London has announced additions to its programme, including Paul Shrader's First Reformed, starring Amanda Seyfried and Ethan Hawke.

The festival - which will run from May 31 to June 3 at Picturehouse Central in London has also announced a programme selection entitled Films That Made Me, which will feature movies that inspured the work of Jennifer Fox, Debra Granik and Desiree Akhavan - all of whom have films screening at the event.

Thriller First Reformed stars Hawke as a Reform church pasotr forced to confront his tormented past. It is an unusual addition to the programme in that it did not screen at Sundance in January.

The Films That Made Me selection sees The Tale director Fox select Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation from 2003. Granik, whose Leave No Trace will screen at the festival, has chosen Celine Sciamma's 2014 film Girlhood and The Miseducation Of Cameron Post helmer Akhavan.
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Sundance London adds 'First Reformed' with Ethan Hawke to 2018 programme

Sundance London adds 'First Reformed' with Ethan Hawke to 2018 programme
New additions include a ‘Films That Made Me’ strand featuring Jennifer Fox, Debra Granik and Desiree Akhavan.

Sundance London (May 31-June 3) has topped up its programme ahead of its sixth edition, which will be held at Picturehouse Central in London.

The new additions include the UK premiere of First Reformed, Paul Schrader’s thriller about a pastor experiencing a crisis of faith, starring Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise).

Unlike most Sundance London titles, it did not screen in Utah this January, instead premiering at Venice Film Festival in August 2017. Hawke will be present for an extended introduction before the film.

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The 20 Best Lgbtq Movies of the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Lgbtq Movies of the 21st Century
“Moonlight.” “The Handmaiden.” “Carol.” The last few years have not only brought Lgbtq films and stories further into the mainstream, but queer films have dominated awards seasons and found commercial success. This has been a long time coming: The New Queer Cinema was a major influence on the indie film boom of the ’90s, and set the bar high for the many queer films to follow.

No longer limited by low budgets, films with gay and lesbian stories have flourished in the first two decades of the 21st century. There is something about the scrappy Diy aesthetic that will always be essentially queer — and the films below reflect a notable shift in the ambition and scope of contemporary queer films. While there may not be a new wave of queer filmmakers on par with the ’90s boom, in their place we got stories as complicated, sensual, soul-searching, and hilarious as the queer experience itself.
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Stephen K. Bannon’s Indie Film Career Contradicts His Alt-Right Vision

Stephen K. Bannon’s Indie Film Career Contradicts His Alt-Right Vision
Stephen K. Bannon’s ascension from Breitbart News executive to President-elect Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist and senior counselor shocked the world, in no small part because the alt-right figure has no background in government management. However, it’s not the first time Bannon has attempted to lead an industry outside of his professional experience. Bannon’s new role may be an ideal platform for propagandistic ambitions, but his career in independent film — first in distribution, then production — casts doubt on how much he believes in any of it.

Ten years ago, Bannon oversaw the distribution of independent films released by Wellspring Media, a company that supported a wide range of international cinema as well as gay-themed and other “transgressive” titles. Movies acquired and released under his tenure include the experimental Lgbt documentary “Tarnation” and “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry,” a pro-Kerry documentary that opened during the 2004 election.
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The Closer We Get review – fearlessly intimate documentary about one complex family

Karen Guthrie documents the surprise return of her estranged father, and reveals much about family dynamics in the process

This exceptionally candid documentary – perhaps the closest British equivalent to Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation – transforms the camera into a therapeutic tool to reassess a complex family history. Recalled home to Largs after her mother suffers a stroke, film-maker Karen Guthrie encounters a surprise houseguest: her estranged father, Ian, returning to the fold years after starting an affair while working in Djibouti in north-east Africa. Given the relation between director and subjects, we expect the heightened intimacy, but here the subsequent silences, awkward small talk and sudden emotional outpourings have been stitched into an epic chamber play. There have been few more perceptive and empathetic non-fiction portraits of the hold a particular kind of patrician male can exert over those around them. Some scenes, inevitably, make painful viewing, but Guthrie proves fearless
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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark
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Summer of Blood | Review

Hemogobble: Turkel’s Latest Assay into Misanthropy

Indie filmmaker Onor Turkel seems determined to remain hilariously unlikeable as his self-effacing, self-directed on-screen alter ego with his latest feature, Summer of Blood, a title which just so happens to formulate the acronym Sob. A pathetic, socially defunct scion of selfishness that recalls the comedic weirdness of performers such as Eric Wareheim or Tim Heidecker, Turkel’s protagonist is often impossible to like (even if we’re supposed to find him entertaining). Of course, the irony Turkel plays with here as he tinges his film with genre, is that he only becomes humane when he transforms into something inhuman.

Lumpy, unkempt and emotionally distant, we meet Eric Sparrow (Turkel) having dinner with longtime girlfriend Jody (Anna Margaret Hollyman). She hands him a ring, which is meant to be a proposal, though she doesn’t quite receive the answer she’d been expecting,
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Watch Jonathan Caouette's All Flowers In Time

After causing something of a sensation with his debut feature Tarnation, director Jonathan Caouette went and got himself all weirded up for his subsequent Chloe Sevigny starring short film All Flowers In Time. How weird? Well, here's the official synopsis:"I am not from this place" declares a French cowboy. An old toothless man asks, "Do you know why you're here?". These shape shifting personalities infect young children with an evil signal in the form of a Dutch TV show. The red eyed girls and boys believe they can now become other people and monsters much to their delight.Yep, this is essentially Caouette doing the sort of thing David Lynch hasn't done for quite some time now and doing it quite well. The short was fairly...

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Kiss of the Damned | Review

Nothing Human Loves Forever: Cassavetes’ Feature Debut Gloriously Vintage

Xan Cassavetes joins the family directorial legacy with her feature debut, Kiss of the Damned, a deliciously vintage throwback to the erotic horror output of the Hammer studio heyday. Previously, this Cassavetes was responsible for a 2004 documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, and her fiction debut seems considerably removed both from her own work and that of the familial output. A visual feast with a killer sound design, she manages to invoke Stephanie Rothman and Jean Rollin, where naughty immortal creatures from the dark side explore a bloodlust as inextinguishable as their sexual desires.

Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), a beautiful, lovelorn vampire residing in a remote mansion in the Connecticut countryside spends her nights hunting animals in the surrounding woods and watching vintage cinema. The residence belongs to Xenia (Anna Mougalalis), an actress and older, wiser vampire, but the estate
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DVD Release: Walk Away Renee

DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: IFC Films

Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette follows up his 2003 documentary Tarnation with another movie about him and his mentally ill mother, Walk Away Renee.

In the earlier film, Caouette culled together snapshots, Super-8 footage, answering machine messages, video diaries and early short films to document his growing up with a schizophrenic mother. In Walk Away Renee, Caouette films his road trip to move his mother from Texas to New York, which both tightens and tests their bond.

Along the way, they tackle roadblocks including Renee’s mood-stabilizing medications and get glimpses of moments from their past. As Renee fights to maintain a grip on reality, Caouette is faced with deciding between sanity and mortality, familial devotion and personal survival.

Again, Caouette mixes film types, using candid home movies, split-screen verite musical montage, hallucinatory psychedelia and both real and imagined dramas.

Screened in a brief run in theaters,
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Slow Walks, Half Truths and Red Bull: Being a Joint Account on the Viff Experience

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What follows is an exchange between Josh Timmermann (a fellow critic and Vancouver resident, who you may recall from this) and I, wherein we discuss the Vancouver International Film Festival and its individual parts, a chance to color outside the lines a bit and discuss the ins and outs of our festival experiences.


Above: Granville 7 Theatre, Viff's primary venue.

Adam Cook: I’ve been attending Viff since 2008—and you’ve been attending since 2007—so it seems kind of safe to say we’re well on our way to being veterans of the festival; although, this claim is humbled when encountering someone like Chuck Stephens—a member of this year’s Dragons & Tigers jury—who has been coming (from out of town, no less) for something like twenty years. However, five years of Viff-going has equipped me with a knack for knowing how to approach the festival, how to navigate the programming—and,
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New York's Queerest, Most Dynamic Film Festival Celebrates Its 25th Year (And Launches a Kickstarter Campaign)

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Twenty-five years ago, filmmaker Jim Hubbard and writer Sarah Schulman started the Mix NYC festival for queer experimental film.  Over time, the festival has been crucial to the careers of many queer filmmakers.  Jonathan Caouette debuted "Tarnation" at the festival.  Mix was the fiscal sponsor for Sandi DuBowski's documentary "Trembling Before G-d."  Todd Haynes, Jennie Livingston and Christine Vachon have all screened works there.  MoMA's Chief Film Curator Rajendra Roy is a former Director of the festival. In its 25th year, the roaming festival rages on in a location in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn (near the Atlantic Avenue train hub).  In addition to the annual week of screenings, Mix also runs the Act Up Oral History Project (still maintained by Hubbard and Schulman, which recently was used to assemble the feature film "United in Anger," directed by Hubbard), a preservation program, and a production...
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Movies This Week: November 2-8, 2012


It's my birthday today, which means naturally I'm looking at movie listings for tonight and tomorrow. Should I finally see Argo, convince my husband to watch Cloud Atlas with me or give Wreck-It Ralph a chance? After reading Chale's Austin Polish Film Festival previews (parts one and two), I'm tempted to spend the weekend at The Marchesa. Otherwise, tonight's an unusually poor night for special screenings unless I want to go to a Dumb and Dumber quote-along, and considering I walked out of that movie when I saw it in a theater I'll pass. Besides, my husband keeps promising he's taking me to a fancy dinner at McDonald's.

On Saturday and Sunday, Alamo Ritz brings back its 70mm series with Cleopatra, that gorgeous flop with Elizabeth Taylor in the title role. And while I'm not a big cocktail girl, I do dearly love A Fish Called Wanda, which Alamo is
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Walk Away Renee Movie Review

Walk Away Renee Movie Review
Title: Walk Away Renee Director: Jonathan Caouette In 2004 Jonathan Caouette made a film, “Tarnation,” about his tumultuous upbringing with his maternal grandparents and fractured, on-and-off-again relationship with his disturbed mother, Renee LeBlanc, who suffered from psychosis after undergoing shock treatments in her adolescence following a period of time being paralyzed. The movie, which screened at Sundance and Cannes, became something of a media sensation for being edited on free iMovie software on a Mac and having a budget of only a couple hundred dollars (though subsequently brushed up sonically prior to a theatrical release), but it was no parlor trick. An intense and unsettling autobiographical bricolage, the movie had important things [ Read More ]
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'Walk Away Renee' Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette Talks Parallel Realities, A Possible Book, Making Personal Docs & More

Jonathan Caouette made a name for himself some years back with his debut feature "Tarnation," a manic, prodding look into his family, created on the cheap using home videos and the trusty iMovie program. His stock blew up, and a successful screening at the Sundance Film Festival eventually lead to him helming the "All Tomorrow's Parties" documentary and a personal horror short "All Flowers In Time."

But the story about Caouette and his mother Renee Leblanc wasn't over, and the director revisited this for "Walk Away Renee," a documentary that serves as a sequel/proper-ending to his astonishingly affecting first film. You can check out "Walk Away Renee" right now online at SundanceNow, and in preparation for its release we spoke to Jonathan about its germination, the difficulty of making a work so intimate, and what he's up to for his next project.

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All In The Family: Jonathan Caouette On “Walk Away Renee”

I’ve been struggling to find a metaphor for the very special, not to mention most unusual, connection between director Jonathan Caouette and Renee Leblanc, his mentally ill and frequently institutionalized mother and the subject of his most recent film, Walk Away Renee. The closest I could come is really a parallel, and it lies within Caouette’s body of work. In his 2010 surreal short All Flowers in Time, a beautiful young woman, played by Chloe Sevigny, has an indefinable relationship with an adolescent boy. In a bizarre world where young people’s eyes can turn glowing red, the two seem to be close, in what way we do not know. At certain points, they look at each other with their neon-looking eyes, make faces, and giggle, but, above all, a supernormal affection emanates from this experimental narrative.

Asked to explain his and his mother’s amazing rapport, Caouette, now 39, responds,
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Exclusive Clip From Jonathan Caouette’S “Walk Away Renee”

Walk Away Renee, Jonathan Caouette’s follow-up/sequel to Tarnation, is having its big day today, with both the “real-world” premiere of the new cut of the film playing at BAMcinemaFest tonight, and also its simultaneous online premiere through SundanceNOW’s Doc Club.

Howard Feinstein had an excellent, long chat with Caouette which just went live on the Filmmaker site, and we’re also very pleased to have an exclusive clip from Walk Away Renee which captures one of the more experimental moments from Caouette’s portrait of the relationship between himself and his mentally ill mother, Renee LeBlanc.

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Review: 'Walk Away Renee' A Manic, Deep Look Into Mother & Son

Born out of a truck load of home videos, answering machine recordings, and photographs, Jonathan Caouette's 2003 autobiographical "Tarnation" was a dearly personal and often frightening no-holds-barred look into a family torn apart by a tortured past. Cobbled together with iMovie before YouTube was even a twinkle in a vlogger's eye, the film bleeds honesty and its fearless look at the subjects (including the director himself) can be downright terrifying at times. But it wasn't just a family arguing or bitterly digging into old wounds -- Caouette had a manic, assaulting editing style and a penchant for some truly disturbing experimental sequences, an aesthetic that exhibited their emotional states in a fresh, genuinely perturbing way. A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie went on to gather a number of ecstatic supporters and thrust the director into the spotlight. We're now in 2012, and after helming documentary "All Tomorrow's Parties
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