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Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Jessica Wolfson — “Hot Grease”

Hot Grease

Jessica Wolfson has created award-winning media content for Espn 9 for IX, MTV, Conde Nast, Nyu, Canon, and many nonprofit organizations. At IFCtv Original Programming, she developed and produced documentaries including “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” by Kirby Dick and “Wanderlust” by Bob Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. Wolfson directed and produced the award winning “Radio Unnameable,” named “Top 10 Films of 2012” by the New York Daily News.

Hot Grease” will premiere at the 2017 Doc NYC film festival on November 12. The film is co-directed by Paul Lovelace and Sam Wainwright Douglas.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Jw: Set in Houston, Texas in the shadow of the nation’s oil industry, “Hot Grease” tells the surprising story of how the bio-diesel industry is turning an ostensibly worthless raw material — spent kitchen grease — into a green energy source capable of fueling all of the trains, ships, and trucks throughout the country — if it can overcome the powerful forces working against it.

Featuring innovators, entrepreneurs, grease collectors, and supporters like Senator Al Franken, “Hot Grease” follows the battle for bio-diesel's future and it’s very survival.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Jw: The film was inspired by a 2015 New Yorker magazine article by John Colapinto also called “Hot Grease” about the underground world of used cooking oil and the theft that has become an increasing problem since the rise of biodiesel.

Prior to that bio-diesel was not on my radar. I was familiar with it like many people were — hippies filling their old Mercedes with french fry oil, and Willie Nelson and Neil Young running their tour buses on it. It sounded like a great idea but not something I realized could make a significant impact on our fuel stream and to helping control climate change.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Jw: We hope “Hot Grease” is able to educate and perhaps inspire those, who like us, had heard of biodiesel but didn’t know what it was or how much good it can do. Also it’s important to understand that the only way to diversify our nation’s fuel supply with renewable and alternative fuels is to have increased governmental support.

There is so much potential and opportunity for all forms of renewable energy to be incorporated into our fuel and energy sectors to help reduce carbon emissions and control the increasingly adverse effects of climate change. We are at a pivotal moment in history to take those steps to become innovators, change-makers, and to make this a priority for our industries and lawmakers.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Jw: The biggest challenge in making “Hot Grease” was to try to explain the Renewable Fuel Standard (Rfs) in a concise and interesting way. The Rfs mandates the amount of bio-diesel that needs to be blended into our diesel fuel supply. It is a complicated law and boiling it down simply was a challenge.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Jw: “Hot Grease” was funded by Discovery Channel for their Impact Discovery strand and will air November 16 on the network.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Doc NYC?

Jw: Doc NYC is a great festival. I have produced several films that have played here over the years. As a New Yorker it is an honor and thrill to be able to premiere my work in my hometown and to share it with my friends and family.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Jw: The best advice I got was when I was just starting out in my career. It was to reach out to filmmakers whose work you admire and talk to them about their process. That seems like an intimidating prospect but what you’ll find is that people love to talk about themselves and when you are interested in them, they often will open up, and be very generous with their time.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Jw: My advice for female directors is to surround yourself with a strong support team and to find collaborators that you trust and are inspired by. I have had the great fortune to work with an amazing team on this project including my co-directors Paul Lovelace and Sam Wainwright Douglas, who happen to be my husband and one of my oldest friends.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Jw: I don’t have one particular film that is my favorite but I’m a big fan of the work of Claire Denis, Sofia Coppola, and Agnès Varda. They each have clear voices and cinematic visions that I respect and admire.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Jw: I very much hope that the culture of the film industry will change and there will be more opportunities for women, not just as directors but as producers, cinematographers, editors, and in crew positions. But the only way this will happen is for people to make a conscious effort to hire these talented women in these positions and for younger women to be encouraged to pursue these careers.

We can’t wait around for policies to change — we have to change them ourselves from inside the industry.

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Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Jessica Wolfson — “Hot Grease” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Metric stream new album 'Synthetica' online - listen

Metric have made their new album Synthetica available to stream in full online. The band's upcoming fifth studio LP can be streamed via their Soundcloud page ahead of its release on June 25. The album contains 11 tracks and is produced by guitarist Jimmy Shaw. Listen to the album below: Lou Reed features on vocals on the track titled 'The Wanderlust', while lead single 'Youth Without Youth' was released last month. Guitarist James Shaw said of the album: "Synthetica (more)
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Daily Briefing. Slow Criticism 2012

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I'm only just now catching up with this year's edition of De Filmkrant's best-known project, Slow Criticism 2012, for which editor Dana Linssen has invented a new game: "It is called The Other Side(s) of the World and includes a lot of cinephile Wanderlust and cybernetic travel schedules. With the kind assistance of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (that made the films available trough a preview stream) we have assembled a dossier with reviews of most of the premieres in the Bright Future section. Playing along were film critics from all over the world who embarked on a virtual journey to see a film that came from a country or film culture that was as far from their current location as possible. Or was it?"

Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López launch this collection of journeys with an essay on the "intimate connection between cinephilia and travel," in which they
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Cult Movie Performed By Original Cast Live

Cult Movie Performed By Original Cast Live
On Saturday, Jan. 21, lucky attendees of Sf Sketchfest got to witness an event a decade in the making: A staged recreation of the cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer" by (most of) the original cast at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre in San Francisco, CA.

The 2001 summer camp movie parody, made primarily by members of comedy troupe The State on a shoestring budget, was a box office failure upon its theatrical release. But the following decade has been kind to "Wet Hot." Today, the movie has become a sort of comedy calling card, and telling someone that you're a fan of "Wet Hot American Summer" immediately sends a message about your sense of humor: Straight faced and silly simultaneously, hyper self-aware and more than a little ironic.

At Sf Sketchfest, one of most highly regarded comedy festivals in America that leans on so-called "alternative" comedy, much of the "Wet Hot" cast
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'Role Models' Scribe Timothy Dowling To Rewrite Office Party-Themed Comedy For 'Blades Of Glory' Directors

Among the R-rated comedy boom of the last decade or so, there were the obvious, instant, giant hits: "Knocked Up," "Superbad," "The Hangover," "Bridesmaids." But there are also the films that, while they didn't turn the world upside down on release, have proven to be cult hits with long legs, films that have found their way into regular rotation just as much as their more monstrously-grossing cousins. One such film is "Role Models." Taking a respectable, but less than earth-shattering $67 million on initial release, the film performed better overseas than some of its more domestically-successful relatives, and has proven to be something of a cable TV and DVD favorite over the past four years. Paul Rudd, David Wain and Ken Marino are imminently reteaming for "Wanderlust," but the film's also proven a calling card for Timothy Dowling, who penned the original draft of the screenplay. The former actor has landed.
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Casting Bits: Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, Caterina Murino in ‘In Search of Ingrid’, Paul Rudd in ‘Parks & Recreation’

Casting Bits: Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, Caterina Murino in ‘In Search of Ingrid’, Paul Rudd in ‘Parks & Recreation’
[1] Though everyone knows Marilyn Monroe is Lindsay Lohan's deceased classic Hollywood legend of choice, it may be Elizabeth Taylor she'll be playing next. Lohan has entered early talks to star in the Lifetime original movie Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story, about the tempestuous, Vatican-condemned romance between Taylor and actor Richard Burton. Oh boy. I can't do better than this old quote from Slate [2] (via Deadline [3]) about the things the two had in common, so I won't try: "Both had domineering stage mothers, little semblance of a real childhood, fame from a young age, substance abuse issues, public emotional outpourings, and copious amounts of tabloid drama. The key difference, though, is that Elizabeth Taylor had a true record of achievement before she became the most notorious movie star in America." Even with those similarities, it's tough to see how casting the troubled, famously unreliable Lohan could possibly seem like a good idea.
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Collider’s Most Anticipated 2012 Movies: January to March

The first three months of the year are often known as the dumping ground that follows the loaded awards season, but we here at Collider found plenty to look forward to in the releases from January to March.  As part of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, Brendan, and Dave each picked their top 5 and included a brief explanation of why these movies are noteworthy, and what has us excited.  All in all, we selected ten films that represent a variety of genres including drama, comedy, action, horror, sci-fi, and animation.  Hit the jump for our picks, along with information on the cast and plot for each film. Matt's Picks The Grey Director: Joe Carnahan Cast: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, James Badge Dale, and Nonso Anozie Release Date: January 27 Why I'm Excited: Liam Neeson has already proven he can play a badass, and what's
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Which Films Will Lead In 2012?

Which Films Will Lead In 2012?
Los Angeles — Hollywood is respecting the environment and recycling – again.

The prospect of a few dozen sequels, prequels, remakes and assorted other reworkings of familiar tales might sound tiresome until you look over the guest list studios have lined up.

More Batman with "The Dark Knight Rises." More Peter Parker with "The Amazing Spider-Man." More short guys on a quest with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." More vamps and werewolves with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2." More cool sunglasses with "Men in Black 3." More Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Incredible Hulk with "The Avengers." More prehistoric pals with "Ice Age: Continental Drift." More traveling zoo animals with "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." There's even more Curly, Larry and Moe with "The Three Stooges."

Add in three action flicks based on classic fairy tales and four 3-D reissues of major blockbusters, and 2012 might make good on Hollywood's aim to
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New Images From Perks Of Being A Wallflower

What a lovely way to start the day, with new images of a studious looking Emma Watson in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Stephen Chbosky not only directs the movie, but has adapted it from his own novel. It is ‘A funny and touching adventure based on a best-selling novel that has sold over a million copies in the U.S. and has been published in 16 countries and 13 languages, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a modern classic about a shy, sensitive teenager caught between trying to live his life and escape it.’

That teenager is played by Logan Lerman, who recently starred as d’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers 3D, but is best known as the titular hero in Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief. Its noteable that he is playing opposite Emma Watson, who starred in Harry Potter. Some have accused the Percy Jackson books/films of blatantly plagiarising the Potter franchise,
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Paul Rudd to Guest Star on Parks And Recreation; Dermot Mulroney Signs on for New Girl Arc

The big arc on this season of Parks and Recreation is the campaign of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) for city council. It has been an open question who her opponent would be. The series has secured several high profile guest stars in the past, like Patricia Clarkson, Parker Posey, and Louis Ck, so we had high hopes for the casting possibilities. Parks and Rec did not disappoint: Vulture hears that Paul Rudd will play an opposing candidate in at least one upcoming episode. Rudd reportedly shot his scenes at the end of last year, suggesting he will pop up in the next month or so. Rudd's loveable shtick is perfect for the tone of the show, and I am excited to see how he plays off the cast, especially in a political debate scenario with Wet Hot American Summer co-star Poehler. Rudd will next be seen on the big screen in Wanderlust,
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Paul Rudd on 'Parks and Recreation': Amy Poehler political face off!

Have you been shouting "Knope in 2012" since the last episode of "Parks and Recreation?" Well, we now know who will play Leslie's (Amy Poehler) political rival. Comedian Paul Rudd will be joining the show, according to Vulture.

There had been speculation that Kathryn Hahn from the doomed "Free Agents" would be facing off with Ms. Knope, but it turns out that she'll be playing an adviser to one of Leslie's rivals. Now, we're not sure exactly how many episodes Rudd will appear in, but an insider tells the site that Rudd filmed his scenes in late December, and it's possible he'll be doing more than one episode.

Rudd has three movies coming out this year including "This is 40," "Wanderlust" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Our favorite Paul Rudd line of all time? "Oh the weather outside is ... weather," from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." What's yours?
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Paul Rudd Moves To Pawnee

Paul Rudd Moves To Pawnee
Leslie Knope's campaign for Panwee City Council may hit a bump in the road thanks to a new guest star. Paul Rudd will play a political opponent on an upcoming episode of "Parks and Recreation" (Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Est on NBC), according to Vulture.

The actor, who can next be seen in "Wanderlust" opposite Jennifer Aniston, will appear in at least one episode of the NBC comedy. Other upcoming guest stars include "Free Agents'" Kathryn Hahn as an adviser to one of Leslie's opponents and Carl Reiner as a powerful Pawnee elder.

Some of Rudd's other TV roles include a recurring arc on "Friends," an episode of "Veronica Mars" and a voice role on "The Simpsons."

In other casting news ...

Jess is getting an older love interest on "New Girl." Dermot Mulroney will guest star in multiple episodes in spring 2012 as a new love interest for Zooey Deschanel's lead character.
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Paul Rudd Moves To Pawnee

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Paul Rudd Moves To Pawnee
Leslie Knope's campaign for Panwee City Council may hit a bump in the road thanks to a new guest star. Paul Rudd will play a political opponent on an upcoming episode of "Parks and Recreation" (Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Est on NBC), according to Vulture.

The actor, who can next be seen in "Wanderlust" opposite Jennifer Aniston, will appear in at least one episode of the NBC comedy. Other upcoming guest stars include "Free Agents'" Kathryn Hahn as an adviser to one of Leslie's opponents and Carl Reiner as a powerful Pawnee elder.

Some of Rudd's other TV roles include a recurring arc on "Friends," an episode of "Veronica Mars" and a voice role on "The Simpsons."

In other casting news ...

Jess is getting an older love interest on "New Girl." Dermot Mulroney will guest star in multiple episodes in spring 2012 as a new love interest for Zooey Deschanel's lead character.
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In N. Carolina? Win passes to our Wanderlust screening starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston!

Screening of Wanderlust, starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston! Enter for a chance to snag some passes to our North Carolina screening of Wanderlust, the latest comedy from David Wain, the director of the uproariously-funny Role Models. The film tells of a couple who leaves the pressures of the big city and joins a freewheeling community where the only rule is to be yourself. George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George's awful brother in Atlanta...
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Season's Greetings and a look ahead to the films of 2012

Just a brief note to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Flickering Myth, and to say thank you for supporting the site over the past year.

We'll be revealing our "Top 10 Movies of 2011" on New Year's Eve, but like us you'll likely be casting your eye towards 2012's cinematic slate by now, so to help you plan your viewing here's a selection of potential highlights to look out for in the coming year (sorted roughly by order of arrival)...

Beauty and the Beast 3D (dir. Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise)

Contraband (dir. Baltasar Kormákur)

Haywire (dir. Steven Soderbergh)

Red Tails (dir. Anthony Hemingway)

W.E. (dir. Madonna)

Underworld Awakening (dir. Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein)

The Grey (dir. Joe Carnahan)

Man on a Ledge (dir. Asger Leth)

Chronicle (dir. Josh Trank)

The Woman in Black (dir. James Watkins)

Safe House (dir. Daniel Espinosa
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New Posters For ‘Wanderlust,’ ‘The Baytown Disco,’ ‘Mirror Mirror,’ ‘Gone’ & ‘The Rise Of The Guardians’

2012 is just a few days away, and there are a slew of new posters for films that will be released in the new year (assuming none of them switch over to The Weinstein Company, at which point, their release dates will be changed seven times before the film is inevitably dumped on Blu-ray. What up, “Shanghai”!). For the new “Wanderlust” one-sheet, Universal has decided that audiences don’t want to see the faces of Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. The poster features the two stars jumping into a lake, free of the worries of their former city lives. The David Wain-directed comedy opens February 24th after being moved from an October 2011 slot (and Rudd, Wain and co-writer Ken Marino all said the film would be coming out in January 2012 on last summer’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast). Release changes are sometimes indicators of a bad product, or too much studio tampering,
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Wanderlust Poster Arrives

Coming from David Wain the director of Role Models, here is the new poster for Wanderlust. The comedy stars the always likeable Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as George and Linda, who decide to live an alternative lifestyle on a rural commune after losing their jobs in the recession. For me, Role Models while having a few decent laughs, never really hit the laughter highs of Rudd’s roles in the likes of I Love You Man, Knocked Up or Our Idiot Brother. So hopefully director Wain and star Rudd’s re-teaming will hit the funny bone more frequent than their previous film promised.

The movie co-stars Malin Akerman, Kathryn Hahn, Ray Liotta, Justin Theroux, Lauren Ambrose and the great Alan Alda. Wanderlust is released in the UK 2nd March 2012.

Source: IMPAwards
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First Poster for Wanderlust

Here is the first look at the poster for Wanderlust, a new comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd.

The comedic duo play high-powered Manhattan married couple Linda and George, who lose their jobs and start travelling America in search of alternative living options, eventually ending up in a hippy-like free love commune.

The movie is directed by Role Models director David Wain and is due for release in the UK in March of next year. The star-studded cast includes Malin Akerman, Ray Liotta, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda and Kathryn Hahn.

 

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First Poster For Wanderlust Shows Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston Leaping Into An Uncertain Future

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Ever since the heady days of ‘the lean’ rom-com posters have been suitably low on inspiration. Not a day went by where you didn’t see Matthew McConaughey leaning toward some hire-a-face actress who in turn was leaning toward him. Oh how they leaned! The only thing stopping them from collapsing into a self satisfied heap of attractiveness was the mutually supportive lean based construction the two had created , it’s foundations composed entirely of commercially motivated whimsy and the structural integrity of McConaughey’s abs.

Well now that such lean-centric advertising has fallen into the realms of cliché and parody the first poster for Wanderlust is out and it looks set to revolutionise the way actors and actresses pose for promotional material that wishes to signal “fun and frothy romantic comedy!”:

George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job,
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Tmp's Prelude to 2012—Part 1: Underworld: Awakening, The Grey, Safe House, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and More

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Overall, 2011 was a pretty good year for movies. We had some great films throughout the entire year, and some very notable and memorable ones that will surely remain in our hearts from 2012 onward. But if you thought 2011 was a crazy year for film, you ain't seen nothing yet. 2012 is ridiculous, with some extremely high profile films hitting throughout the entire year. How is a person supposed to sort through them all? Well, like always, Tmp is here to help. Throughout the last week of 2011, we will be covering the Entire year of 2012 in full detail. Every notable release within the next 12 months will be discussed and scrutinized in six easy to read, yet thorough segments. 2012 is going to be a huge year for film...and we'll be here every step of the way to help you through it. Welcome to Tmp's Prelude to 2012! First up...The months of January and February!
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