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Stranger Things: The Other Places You've Seen Aunt Becky

Image Source: Netflix Fans were in for a surprise in Stranger Things season two when Eleven leaves Hawkins about halfway through the season to find her mom, Terry. Of course, viewers know from season one that there's nothing but heartbreak for Eleven (real name: Jane). She arrives at her mother's house and meets her Aunt Becky, who tells her about Terry's condition. Becky is played by Amy Seimetz, who may not be a very mainstream actor but is well-known on the indie circuit. She got her start directing and producing short and independent films, including associate producing Medicine for Melancholy, which was nominated for both Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards. RelatedLet's Take a Moment to Appreciate the Perfectly Preppy Style Choices of Stranger Things' Nancy Wheeler Her acting career really took off when she starred in three of Joe Swanberg's independent films: Alexander the Last, Silver Bullets, and Autoerotic.
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Melanie Lynskey, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale to Star in Family Drama ‘Sadie’ (Exclusive)

Melanie Lynskey, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale to Star in Family Drama ‘Sadie’ (Exclusive)
Melanie Lynskey, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale, John Gallagher, Jr., and newcomer Sophia Mitri Schloss are starring in the independent family drama “Sadie,” which has wrapped production in Seattle.

Megan Griffiths directed “Sadie” from her own script. Producer Lacey Leavitt (“The Off Hours”) developed the movie at the Sundance Creative Producing Lab, as well as the Ifp No Borders Conference and Rotterdam Co-Production Lab. Jennessa West (“Lane 1974”) joined the project as a producer in 2016. Eliza Flug-Shelden exec produced.

Schloss stars as a 13-year-old girl who lives at home with her mother while her father serves repeated tours in the military. She’s extremely attached to her father despite his prolonged absence, and when her mother begins dating a new man, she takes extreme measures to end the relationship and safeguard her family through war tactics.

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Run, Hide, Die gives you three choices on Sept. 1st!

Run, Hide, Die gives you three choices on Sept. 1st!

Rlj Entertainment, under it’s Image Entertainment brand, brings you Run, Hide, Die. Directed by Collin Joseph Neal (Altered), the film stars Alison Monda (Shadowed), Tabitha Bastien (The Anatomy of Monsters), Keiko Green (C.O.G.) and Gail Harvey (The Off Hours). Run, Hide, Die. is available on DVD, VOD and Digital HD on Sept. 1, 2015. A ...

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Round-Up: Harbinger Down Trailer, Cherry Tree Teaser, The Barn Indiegogo, Run, Hide, Die. DVD

A new trailer has arrived for Harbinger Down ahead of the film's release tomorrow. Also in this round-up: a new teaser trailer for Cherry Tree, The Barn Indiegogo campaign, and DVD release details for horror-thriller Run, Hide, Die.

Harbinger Down: "A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without a mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for three decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

Starring: Lance Henriksen,
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17 Things I Learned From Working on Other People’s Films

It’s a pretty rare thing that a director has the opportunity to watch other directors at work. As a crew-member, I had a front row seat to almost every aspect of the job, pre-production through post. I never worked on a film that didn’t teach me something—whether it fell in the “to emulate” or “to avoid at all costs” column. These lessons helped me direct actors, assemble good crews, communicate effectively, have realistic expectations, and generally feel at home on a film set.

A little about me: In the past four years, I have directed three features (The Off Hours, Eden and Lucky Them) and been a co-, exec-, consulting, or straight-up producer on four others (The Catechism Cataclysm, Your Sister’s Sister, Koinonia and The Greens Are Gone). This recent uptick in creative productivity comes after a decade spent working below the line—first as a director of photography,
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Casting Net: N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' completes casting

Casting Net: N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' completes casting
• Universal has found its last two members for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will play Mc Ren and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) will be DJ Yella, joining previously announced stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-e respectively. The film is set for a Aug. 14, 2015 release with Ice Cub and Dr. Dre serving as producers. [THR]

Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) will play adult film legend Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic. The project
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‘Matilda’s Oona Laurence Joins Ross Partridge & Jess Weixler In ‘Lamb’

‘Matilda’s Oona Laurence Joins Ross Partridge & Jess Weixler In ‘Lamb’
Exclusive: Eleven-year-old actress Oona Laurence, who received a special Tony honor last year for her Broadway run in Matilda, has joined indie drama Lamb. Ross Partridge (The Off Hours, Baghead) writes, directs, and stars in the film as David Lamb, a man on a mission of self-discovery after the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. He road trips from Chicago to the Rockies with awkward and unpopular 11-year-old Tommie (Laurence), determined to help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness. Jess Weixler (The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby) also stars in the adaptation of Bonnie Nadzam’s […]
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Is Seattle Really the ‘Actors’ Paradise’?

If the Seattle film scene burst into the national consciousness in 2009 with Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday,” it’s the rest of the vibrant community that has given it longevity. “One filmmaker coming out of Seattle is like, ‘Oh look!’ ” says Alycia Delmore, a Seattle actor who starred in “Humpday.” “But now that it’s more people and it’s this heavy base of female directors and producers, I think that now we’re a community as opposed to a band of people who work with Lynn Shelton.” Among them are director Megan Griffiths (“The Off Hours”)—recently represented at Tribeca Film Festival with “Lucky Them,” starring Toni Collette—and producer Mel Eslyn, who continues to advocate for Seattle even as she finds success elsewhere, most recently with the festival circuit favorite “The One I Love,” starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. “The heart of it comes from a personal preference,
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Toni Collette appears in first trailer for Lucky Them - watch

Toni Collette appears in first trailer for Lucky Them - watch
IFC Films has outed the first trailer for Lucky Them.

The comedy drama stars Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church.

In the film Collette plays a veteran rock journalist by the name of Ellie Klug, who is assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend.

Haden Church plays her sidekick, a documentary filmmaker.

Lucky Them made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, receiving high praise.

The film comes from The Off Hours and Eden director Megan Griffiths.

Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) and Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Eve) also star.

An official release date for Lucky Them has yet to be revealed.
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Watch: Toni Collette Tries to Find the One that Got Away in Trailer for 'Lucky Them'

Watch: Toni Collette Tries to Find the One that Got Away in Trailer for 'Lucky Them'
Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette returns to the big screen in director Megan Griffiths' ("Eden," "The Off Hours") latest feature film "Lucky Them." Featuring Collette in her first major lead role in quite a few years, the music-centered dramedy will be screening at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. "Lucky Them" sees Collette as Ellie Klug, a middle-aged journalist whose last chance at redemption seems to be in her next assignment, which involves locating the long lost rock star legend who broke her heart years ago. Tagging along with her is music-hating filmmaker Charlie, who documents Ellie's journey of (self-)discovery from beginning to end as the result of her findings may lead to the loss of her job and so much more. The trailer shows Collette lighting up the screen with her comedic flair and melancholy depth, as her search for her almost-mythical ex takes her on a journey she didn't expect.
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Statewide talent search with open casting calls in Texas for boy to star in feature film 'Sweet Cheeks' - Los Angeles Acting Auditions | Examiner.com

The casting director for the upcoming feature film "Sweet Cheeks" is holding open casting calls and accepting email submissions for a boy to star in the film. The role is for an African American male, age 6-8, with a great imagination and natural wit for the lead role. He should be an extroverted kid who is full of ideas, comfortable around new people and environments, likes hearing, telling, or creating stories. Todd Rohal will direct "Sweet Cheeks" from an original screenplay that he wrote himself. Leaky Pictures founder Lacey Leavitt will produce. Some of her credits include "The Catechism Cataclysm," "The Off Hours," "America's Fighting Dinosaur," and "The Immortal Augustus Gladstone". She most recently co-produced the film "Lucky Them" starring Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Golden Globe Award nominee Oliver Platt, and Academy Award nominee Thomas Haden Church.
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First Images For Dark Sex-Trafficking Thriller ‘Eden’

We took an early look at the trailer for Eden back in February and now we’ve received the first stills for this equally gripping and disturbing looking thriller. What makes this movie particularly chilling, is that it’s based on a the real-life story of sex-trafficking survivor Chong Kim.

When Eden, a young Korean-American girl, is abducted near her home in New Mexico, she’s forced into prostitution by a domestic human and drug trafficking ring located outside the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout the two years she is held, Eden reluctantly ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organisation that has imprisoned her. Inspired by a harrowing true story, Eden peers into the darkest corners of America and attempts to discover the humanity within.

It’s directed by Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours, producer of My Sister’s Sister) and
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Eden | Review

Garden Snakes: Griffiths’ Latest a Harrowing Tale with Compelling Lead

Director Megan Griffith’s follows up her well acted yet downtroddingly paced sophomore effort The Off Hours with an unnerving reenactment of sex trafficking from the mid 90s in Eden. While avoiding being exploitative in its depiction of cruelty and victimization, Griffith’s film is nonetheless a powerful tale of survival under degrading and harrowing circumstances. Certainly proving Griffiths’ growing talents as a director interested in compelling and often off-putting material, this latest work, which won the Audience Award at SXSW 2012, should definitely lead not only its director to wider acclaim, but also its lead actress, whose performance is the heart and soul of this somber tale.

In 1994 New Mexico, Korean-American teenager Hyuan Jae (Jamie Chung) lives an unromantic existence with her parents, who immigrated to the Us and now own a small convenience store. After sneaking into a bar
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Watch: Trailer For SXSW Audience Award Winning Sex Slavery Drama ‘Eden’ Starring Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung-starring “Eden,” the based-on-a-true-story drama about a Korean-American girl kidnapped and held in sex slavery for two years and 2012 SXSW Audience Award winner has just dropped its first trailer. While the film supposedly revolves around Chung’s manipulation of her captors and rise to power in the trafficking underworld leading to her eventual escape, the trailer leaves the plot details relatively hazy and instead provides provocative snapshots of her abduction, her introduction into a warehouse where prostitutes are kept like cattle, and her transformation into a pistol-aiming intimidator -- explanation (apparently) unnecessary. Some of us have already seen the film and concluded that it delivers everything a thrill-seeking, human rights-concerned moviegoer could hope for. "Eden" comes from director Megan Griffiths, whose best-known project is “The Off Hours,” a drama showcased in the Next category at Sundance in 2011. Chung...
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The First Trailer And Poster For Eden

From Phase 4, the first trailer from director Megan Griffiths‘ harrowing new thriller Eden, has debuted. Based on a true story, starring Jamie Chung, Matt O’Leary and Beau Bridges, this human trafficking drama follows the titular character, a young Korean-American girl (Chung) who is abducted near her home and sold into a prostitution ring. Throughout the two years she is held, Eden steadily gains more power and influence over the group that has imprisoned her. A ‘grim but gripping’ film got solid reviews at last year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Co-written by emerging American filmmaker Griffiths (The Off Hours) Eden will be released in...
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Eden Trailer Starring Jamie Chung

Eden Trailer Starring Jamie Chung
Phase 4 Films has unveiled the first trailer and poster for Eden, the latest from heralded indie filmmaker Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours). Jamie Chung stars as the title character, a young Korean girl who is abducted and sold into a prostitution ring. In order to survive, she steadily gains more power and influence over the group that has held her captive. Take a look at the first footage and poster from this dramatic thriller, based on a true story, which also stars Beau Bridges, Scott Mechlowicz, and Matt O'Leary.

Eden - Trailer

Eden, a young Korean-American girl, is abducted near her home and forced into prostitution by a domestic human and drug trafficking ring. Throughout the two years she is held, Eden reluctantly ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her. Inspired by a harrowing true story, Eden peers
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Exclusive: Indie Actress Amy Seimetz Makes a Killing, Joins AMC Drama as a Series Regular

Exclusive: Indie Actress Amy Seimetz Makes a Killing, Joins AMC Drama as a Series Regular
The Killing is adding actress-writer-director Amy Seimetz to its Season 3 call sheet as a series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The indie darling (The Off Hours, Revenge for Jolly) will play Danielle Lutz, a hard-living, financially strapped single mother whose 14-year-old daughter goes missing.

Seimetz joins fellow Season 3 newbies Elias Koteas (Combat Hospital) and Max Fowler.

The new season of The Killing (which AMC ordered only months after cancelling the series) picks up a year after the events of the Season 2 finale and will focus on a single mystery which — unlike the Rosie riddle — will resolve over the course of 12 episodes.
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Phase 4 Films to Release SXSW Sex Slave Drama 'Eden' in Early 2013

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Phase 4 Films to Release SXSW Sex Slave Drama 'Eden' in Early 2013
Phase 4 Films has acquired all North American rights to director Megan Griffiths’ drama “Eden,” which had its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The specialty distributor has scheduled a release in theaters for early 2013. Based on the true story of Chong Kim, “Eden” follows a Korean-American teenager who is abducted from a New Mexico bar in 1994 and turned into a sex slave in Las Vegas for two years before finally escaping. Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges and Matt O'Leary star. The film, which was written by Griffiths (“The Off Hours”) and Richard B. Phillips Jr., won the audience award for best narrative feature at SXSW as well as the Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award for Griffiths. Read More: 'Eden,' 'The Invader' and 'Five Star Existence' Take the Top Prizes at the Seattle International Film Festival Colin Harper Plank and Jacob Mosler produced the project through Plank’s.
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Wme Signs ‘Eden’ Director Megan Griffiths

Wme Signs ‘Eden’ Director Megan Griffiths
Exclusive: Megan Griffiths, whose abduction thriller Eden won the audience award last month at SXSW, has signed with Wme and Caliber Media. Griffiths also directed The Off Hours, which played Sundance last year, was acquired by Film Movement, and landed an Indie Spirit Award nomination for cinematography. She also is co-producing the upcoming Lynn Shelton film Your Sister’s Sister starring Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt and produced the Robinson Devor documentary Zoo.
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