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Zoe Lister-Jones Joins Funny or Die’s Creative Production Company Gifted Youth

Zoe Lister-Jones Joins Funny or Die’s Creative Production Company Gifted Youth
Gifted Youth, the Los Angeles-based commercial division of Funny or Die, has added Zoe Lister-Jones to its growing roster.

The division is meant to help create content for television, the web, and mobile devices while also helping rising talents learn to hone their skills behind the camera. Lister-Jones joins a team that includes Jake Szymanski, Evan Silver, and Funny or Die co-founder Adam McKay.

While Lister-Jones is best known for her starring role in the CBS comedy “Life in Pieces,” she’s been developing her indie feature slate for years. Aside from her numerous acting roles, she also co-wrote and produced such films as “Breaking Upwards,” “Lola Versus,” and “Consumed.”

Her feature directorial debut came with her latest project, “Band Aid” for IFC Films, which she also wrote and starred in alongside Adam Pally and Fred Armisen.

“She understands that storytelling is full of life, and that means there is comedy and drama all the time,” said
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Trailer Watch: Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally Turn Their Fights into Music in “Band Aid”

Band Aid

“What if we turned all our fights into songs? Let’s start a band,” says Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones) in a new trailer for “Band Aid.” The comedy centers on a married couple who can’t stop fighting, so they decide to channel their aggression into music rather than directing it at one another. A collaboration may help them get through a rough patch — and what a rough patch it is. “The sensation I get from sex and the sensation I get from eating pizza, it’s, like, interchangeable for me at this point,” admits Anna’s husband, Ben (Adam Pally, “The Mindy Project”).

Band Aid” marks Lister-Jones’ directorial debut. The “Life in Pieces” actress also penned the script. “As a writer, I wanted to explore the power dynamics in a long-term relationship, particularly the way couples fight,” she told Women and Hollywood. “At the same time, I was interested in writing a story with music at its core, so creating a world in which domestic squabbles are explored through song was a perfect intersection of the two.”

Lister-Jones has written and appeared in the films “Breaking Upwards,” “Lola Versus,” and “Consumed.”

Band Aid” premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The film hits theaters June 2 and will be available on VOD June 9. Check out “Band Aid’s” trailer and poster below.

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8 Films Directed By Female Filmmakers You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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8 Films Directed By Female Filmmakers You Can’t Miss This Summer Season
This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, a look at the various trends driving the box office, and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — a selection of features directed (or co-directed) by female filmmakers to get excited about seeing, including works from rising stars, indie favorites and one of Hollywood’s most lauded directors.

Read More: IndieWire’s Complete 2017 Summer Preview

Wonder Woman,” June 2

It’s a big year for the darkness-loving (and scenery-chewing) DC Universe, but before we plunge back into what terrible delights Zack Snyder and co. have cooked up for their “Justice League,” we’ve got to go back,
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19 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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19 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can’t Miss This Summer Season
This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, a look at the various trends driving the box office, and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — 19 indie standouts and festival favorites (including exciting new offerings from some of our favorite directors, from Kathryn Bigelow to Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola to Edgar Wright) bound for a big screen near you.

Read More: IndieWire’s Complete 2017 Summer Preview

The Lovers,” May 5

The concept of “The Lovers” is almost too cute: Middle-aged married couple Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winger) lost interest in each other long ago, and have both launched extramarital affairs,
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Zoe Lister-Jones’ “Band Aid” Gets a Release Date

Band Aid

Dysfunctional bands are usually notorious for their diva antics, exploitation of adoring fans, and drug addictions — not passive-aggressive discussions about personal hygiene and doing the dishes. Zoe Lister-Jones’ “Band Aid” will introduce viewers to a different kind of band: one formed by a wife (Lister-Jones, “Life in Pieces”) and husband (Adam Pally, “The Mindy Project”) whose rocky relationship leads their therapist to suggest that the pair collaborate on a musical project. “Band Aid” has received a release date, and songs of marital discord will be heard in theaters beginning June 2, Deadline reports.

In addition to helming the comedy, Lister-Jones penned the script. The film premiered in January at Sundance, where Lister-Jones discussed what drew her to the story. “As a writer, I wanted to explore the power dynamics in a long-term relationship, particularly the way couples fight,” she told Women and Hollywood. “At the same time, I was interested in writing a story with music at its core, so creating a world in which domestic squabbles are explored through song was a perfect intersection of the two.”

Lister-Jones also weighed in on the current state of affairs for women directors. “I think the next step is to create more opportunities for women to direct studio movies and franchises,” she suggested. “I do think there is a double standard in the risks studios are willing to take when it comes to hiring relatively inexperienced male directors from the independent film world versus their female counterparts.”

Lister-Jones received Women In Film’s Film Finishing Fund grant for “Band Aid.” Previously, she has written and appeared in the films “Breaking Upwards,” “Lola Versus,” and “Consumed.”

Check out a clip from “Band Aid” below. “Let’s make a list of our Top 10 Fights of All Time,” Anna (Lister-Jones) suggests to Ben (Pally). As you can imagine, it’s not long before the brainstorming session escalates into an argument.

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IFC Films, SPWA acquire Sundance entry 'Band Aid'

IFC Films, SPWA acquire Sundance entry 'Band Aid'
Zoe Lister-Jones’s film follows a feuding couple who use music as marriage therapy.

IFC Films has acquired all North American rights and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has picked up international to the recent Us Dramatic Competition entry that premiered in Park City.

Zoe Lister-Jones from the CBS sitcom Life In Pieces wrote, directed and stars in Band Aid, about a couple who use music to smoothe over their marriage and end up forming a band. Adam Pally and Fred Armisen round out the key cast.

Lister-Jones produced through her Mister Lister Films along with Natalia Anderson. Daryl Wein of Mister Lister Films served as executive producer alongside Ted Hamm of the film’s financier QC Entertainment, Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield and Shaun Redick.

Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Everyone at IFC Films is thrilled to be working again with the immensely talented Zoe Lister-Jones after our first collaboration on [link
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IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquire Sundance Comedy ‘Band Aid’

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IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions have acquired the rights to the comedy “Band Aid,” which premiered in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition section. IFC Films acquired all North American rights to the film, while Spwa picked-up all rights outside of North America.

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Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, who also plays one of the lead roles, “Band Aid” tells the story of a dysfunctional married couple whose shared love of music leads to an unconventional form of couple’s therapy when they form a band with their neighbor, played by Fred Armisen.

“Everyone at IFC Films is thrilled to be working again with the immensely talented Zoe Lister-Jones after our first collaboration on ‘Breaking Upwards,'” Sundance Selects and IFC Films co-presidents Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz said in a statement. “’Band Aid’ is an incredibly
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‘Band Aid’ Director Zoe Lister-Jones on the ‘Joyous’ Experience of an All-Female Crew (Video)

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‘Band Aid’ Director Zoe Lister-Jones on the ‘Joyous’ Experience of an All-Female Crew (Video)
Band Aid” writer, director and star Zoe Lister-Jones described the experience of working with an all-female crew as a “joyous” one in an interview with TheWrap at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Lister-Jones, who first found success collaborating with her partner Daryl Wein on indies like “Breaking Upwards” and “Lola Versus,” said that this was a move to “step out on my own” and direct a project on her own terms. “It makes it a hundred million times better,” joked Lister-Jones’ co-star Adam Pally of the majority woman work environment. “Men are terrible. If I could, I would only work with female crews.
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‘Band Aid’ Review: Zoe Lister-Jones And Adam Pally Rock Their Marriage Back To Life In a Sincere Music Comedy — Sundance 2017

‘Band Aid’ Review: Zoe Lister-Jones And Adam Pally Rock Their Marriage Back To Life In a Sincere Music Comedy — Sundance 2017
Surprisingly grounded for a Sundance dramedy about a struggling Los Angeles couple who turn their fights into songs (with the help of a kooky neighbor played by Fred Armisen, of course), “Band Aid” is a thin but knowing portrait of how marriages stretch, sag, and pull back together. It’s a premise that writer, director, producer, star, and lyricist Zoe Lister-Jones knows from first-hand experience, as she and husband Daryl Wein have collaborated on a number of different films together. From scrappy winners like “Breaking Upwards” to undercooked misfires like “Lola Versus,” they’ve never been shy about blurring the line between their personal and professional lives. How ironic that Lister-Jones only finds her voice now that she’s flying solo for the first time.

She plays Anna, a part-time Uber driver and a full-time “dish nazi” who shares a small house — and a profound sense of dissatisfaction — with her
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Sundance Cues Up a Chorus of Music Docs and Features

Sundance Cues Up a Chorus of Music Docs and Features
From “Once” to “20 Feet From Stardom,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “Whiplash,” Sundance has long been a key launchpad for music features and docs, and this year’s edition is primed with a slew of music-infused entries, from documentaries to features.

Even though Lucy Walker’s follow-up to “The Buena Vista Social Club” was forced to withdraw from the program at the start of the fest, one Sundance music doc managed to make ripples before films had even started screening, as Amir Bar-Lev’s four-hour Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” was picked up for distribution by Amazon. Singers Adam Levine and Mary J. Blige will both be in town as castmembers for “Fun Mom Dinner” and “Mudbound,” respectively, and L.A.’s electronic music wizard Flying Lotus makes his directorial debut with “Kuso,” in Sundance’s Midnight section. Documentaries touch on everything from early rock icon Link Wray (“Rumble:
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A Movie Guide to Your Never-Ending Twenties

An avid student of the depiction of youth in movies, I’ve taken to calling the twenties, as we live them nowadays, the benties, after the British word “bent,” for messed up. And, while I realize not everyone will have found this decade of late adolescence / imposed maturity as disconcerting as all that, I know for a fact that most Millennials will be hard-pressed to argue this point. It’s why we’re called the Me-Me-Me Generation after all: for us, the top-down pressure to grow up, move out and settle down rarely takes before the big 3-0 starts looming large. Perhaps, with a little less “luck” on our side, we too might look to the extraordinary lives of, say, Kelly Reichardt’s young female characters, and strive to fight adversity to heroic results. But, for the purposes of this list, we’ll concern ourselves with the simpler, not necessarily brighter,
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Watch: Move In, Break Up, Freak Out in Trailer for '3rd Street Blackout'

Watch: Move In, Break Up, Freak Out in Trailer for '3rd Street Blackout'
Read More: Indiewire's Summer Preview: 21 Must-See Indies "3rd Street Blackout" has all the makings of the most quintessentially quintessential New York indie: a love triangle, the city as a plot device and statement eyewear. And much like in "Breaking Upwards" or "Kissing Jessica Stein," the starring duo (Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf) also pull double (actually, triple) duty as co-writers and co-directors. Here's hoping self-aware quips like "I wasn't loved as a child" elevate "Blackout" above the other quirky rom-coms of the summer. Also, Janeane Garofalo is in this. Janeane Garofalo! "3rd Street Blackout" premieres at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13. Read More: Watch: 'Key & Peele' Find A haven From Racism In Hilarious 'Negrotown' Sketch
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Filmmaker Daryl Wein on Partnering with Vice and At&T for a Short Film, and What Working With Brands Means for Indie Filmmakers

Filmmaker Daryl Wein on Partnering with Vice and At&T for a Short Film, and What Working With Brands Means for Indie Filmmakers
For indie filmmakers who are wondering when and how their big break will come, the route through which to get financing and distribution can be a very troublesome one to say the least. However, independent filmmaker Daryl Wein ("Breaking Upwards," "Lola Versus") has managed to overcome the countless obstacles by working with both Vice and At&T, whose recent partnership aims to break new ground in the digital media world. Wein's past success in the romantic comedy genre may have cemented what seems like a mutually advantageous opportunity whereby product placement plays a role in the creation of his latest short film "Let's Get Digital." Check out the film, which stars Ryan Hansen ("Veronica Mars"), Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite"), Zoe Lister-Jones ("Whitney"), and Megan Ferguson ("Love and Other Drugs"), below: How exactly did you first get involved with the Vice/At&T partnership? Well, Vice was looking for filmmakers to
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Dogfight Cast Recording Gets Digital Release Today

Ghostlight Records will present the Original Cast Recording of the musical Dogfight with a digital release today, April 30 and the CD in stores on May 21. The show - which debuted Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre last year - features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul A Christmas Story, a book by Peter Duchan IFC Films' Breaking Upwards and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello Wicked, Glengarry Glen Ross. Dogfight is based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort.
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Dogfight Cast Recording Slated for 4/30 Digital Release

Ghostlight Records will present the Original Cast Recording of the musical Dogfight with a digital release on April 30 and the CD in stores on May 21. The show - which debuted Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre last year - features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul A Christmas Story, a book by Peter Duchan IFC Films' Breaking Upwards and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello Wicked, Glengarry Glen Ross. Dogfight is based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort. To pre-order the album, please visit www.sh-k-boom.comdogfight.html.
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Exclusive: Ebon Moss-Bachrach Talks Come Out and Play, Masked Director Makinov

Exclusive: Ebon Moss-Bachrach Talks Come Out and Play, Masked Director Makinov
With a healthy list of credits spanning studio fare (“Mona Lisa Smile,” “Stealth”), television (“Damages,” HBO’s “John Adams”) and the independent arena (“Breaking Upwards,” “Higher Ground,” “Lola Versus”), Ebon Moss-Bachrach is a quintessential talented character actor — able to swing effortlessly and, more importantly, believably from genre to genre. In the unusual new horror film “Come Out and Play,” alongside Vinessa Shaw, he plays one half of a happy couple who go to Mexico for a romantic getaway, and end up stranded on an island full of murderous children. It’s based on Juan José Plan’s 1976 Spanish film “El Juego De Niños,” but the parallel story of the movie’s production may be just [ Read More ]

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Ghostlight to Release Dogfight Cast Recording This Spring

Ghostlight Records will release the Original Cast Recording of the musical, Dogfight later this spring. The show - which debuted Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre last year - features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul A Christmas Story, a book by Peter Duchan IFC Films' Breaking Upwards and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello Wicked, Glengarry Glen Ross.
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Lola Versus Blu-Ray Review

Lola Versus is a movie that’s been made countless times, and a story that has been told as often as any other, but we’ve rarely run into it so solidly constructed. Unlike most films, this is a story that doesn’t want its end, and has no use for it, except that at some point we have to stop talking. This is a story that is actually about the telling of it, and that’s something so rare, that most people haven’t had a real idea how to approach this story as a film.

The follow-up to Daryl Wein’s Breaking Upwards is yet another spin on generational angst, and the trials of dealing with love, friendship, loss, and generally the fact that other people exist, which ultimately gets in the way mostly… and is messy.

Greta Gerwig stars as Lola, a young woman trying to find
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Blu-ray Review: Greta Gerwig Ambles Pleasantly Through ‘Lola Versus’

Chicago – From “(500) Days of Summer” to “Ruby Sparks,” Fox Searchlight has been distributing some of the most refreshingly honest films about twentysomething romance in recent memory. The unapologetically flawed titular heroine in “Lola Versus” may have appeared more groundbreaking had she not debuted the same year as HBO’s “Girls,” which has the market cornered on such heroines.

Like her former roommate, “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig got her start in microbudget indies. She created a transfixing screen persona that was as disarmingly deadpan as it was heartbreakingly vulnerable. By the time she turned up in Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” Gerwig sported an effortless comic charisma reminiscent of vintage Diane Keaton. She seemed poised for stardom, and though 2012 has given her a variety of showcases, none of them have lived up to their potential.

Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

Lola Versus” is perhaps her most disappointing star vehicle to date since it
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Lola Versus Blu-Ray Review

Lola Versus is a film that tries to be funny, quirky, and meaningful, but it ends up failing in all three areas. Situations such as these can be funny and quirky, but not when the film attempts to force it on the audience. As for having meaning, due to a major lack of originality, there’s not really much you can take away from a film like this. What we end up with is just another film about a woman trying to find the right path for herself while making multiple bad decisions along the way.

The woman is Lola (Greta Gerwig), who has been recently proposed to by her boyfriend, Luke (Joel Kinnaman). They spend months planning out a wedding until one day, Luke suddenly gets nervous and calls it off, which, as you can probably expect, devastates Lola. This starts her on her journey of self-discovery, which just
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