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‘More Than Four Hours’ Short Film Premiere: ‘Wrecked’ Star Zach Cregger Stars As An Algebra Teacher Who Mixes Up His Meds

‘More Than Four Hours’ Short Film Premiere: ‘Wrecked’ Star Zach Cregger Stars As An Algebra Teacher Who Mixes Up His Meds
In the new short film “More Than Four Hours,” young algebra teacher Bill Whiting (Zach Cregger) is very nervous about his first day of school. On the morning of, his wife (Schuyler Fisk) tells him to take a Xanax to calm his nerves, but when he arrives at school, he realizes that he has accidentally taken Viagra instead.

Amidst his frayed nerves, he must now contend with the problem in his pants as he faces a class of scary, judgmental students for the first time. It also stars Wilfredo Ruiz Jr. (“Street Stories”) and Andrew Edison (“Bindlestiffs”). Watch “More Than Four Hours” above.

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More Than Four Hours” is written and directed by Bryan Poyser. His previous credits include “Love & Air Sex,” about a brokenhearted man who travels to Austin to win his girlfriend back during the weekend of the Air Sex World Championships, which premiered at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival, and “Lovers of Hate,” starring Chris Doubek and Alex Karpovsky as two brothers who fall for the same woman, which premiered at Sundance in 2010.

Star Zach Cregger is best known as a member of the comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’Know, who had a IFC TV series from 2007 through 2012. He also had recurring roles on sitcoms like “Friends With Benefits,” “Guys With Kids,” and “About a Boy.” He also wrote, directed, and starred in “Miss March” opposite Whitest Kids U’Know member Trevor Moore. Cregger can currently be seen in the TBS half-hour comedy “Wrecked.”

More Than Four Hours” first premiered at Fantastic Fest last September.

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Exclusive Interview with Dan Beers for ‘Premature’

Losing your virginity may or may not be the day to re-live over again and again.

In “Premature,” the story follows a young teenager who gets stuck in a time loop over his orgasms. The teen is forced to live in this “Groundhog Day”-like scenario on the important day of his college interview and losing his virginity.

John Karna (“Bindlestiffs”) stars as the title character with Craig Roberts and Katie Findlay as his best friends. Alan Tudyk is also in the film as the hilarious Georgetown admissions officer.

Latino-Review had an exclusive phone interview with writer-director Dan Beers on his feature directorial debut of “Premature.” He talked with us about the challenges, humor and the casting for this production.

Premature” is in limited release in theaters today and currently available on demand.

Read our interview below.

Latino-Review: Where did you come up with the story for “Premature?”

Dan Beers
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Dan Beers Explains His ‘Premature’ Inspirations and Why the Sex Scenes Would Make a Great Drinking Game

Dan Beers Explains His ‘Premature’ Inspirations and Why the Sex Scenes Would Make a Great Drinking Game
Losing your virginity can be traumatic enough the first time, but imagine having to suffer that humiliation over and over again? That's the premise of “Premature,” a teen sex comedy that marks the directorial debut of Dan Beers. Like this summer's Tom Cruise vehicle “Edge of Tomorrow,” the film employs a “Groundhog Day”-esque structure to tell the tale of a high school senior who, on the day of his college interview for top-choice Georgetown, is forced to relive his failed attempt at losing his virginity repeatedly until he gets it right. John Karna (“Bindlestiffs”) stars as the horny protagonist,
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Red-Band Trailer for the High School Comedy Premature

This is a red-band trailer to a new raunchy high school teen comedy called Premature that mixes together elements from Groundhog Day and American Pie. In the film the main character relives one of his most embarrassing days ever over and over again. It looks like it could be a really funny flick.

The movie stars John Karna (Bindlestiffs), Craig Roberts (Submarine, The First Time), Katie Findlay (The Philosophers, The Killing), and Alan Tudyk (Dodgeball, Wreck It Ralph). Here's the synopsis:

You’re in highschool. Facing the biggest day of your life. You need to nail a college interview ensuring your admittance to your parents’ beloved alma mater. To keep cool when your life-long crush finally seems to show interest. And then you wake up one morning and realize someone’s playing a sick joke, because you’re reliving the day’s events over and over…and over again. Are you A.
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SXSW Sex Comedy ‘Premature’ Coming to IFC Midnight

SXSW Sex Comedy ‘Premature’ Coming to IFC Midnight
Dan Beers’ sex comedy “Premature” is coming to IFC Midnight following its well-received debut at SXSW. IFC Midnight is acquiring U.S. rights to the film, which stars John Karna, Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts and Alan Tudyk. Also read: Phase 4 to Release ‘Bindlestiffs’ Under Kevin Smith SModcast Banner Beers and Mathew Harawitz co-wrote the film, which was produced by FilmNation's Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder and executive produced by Glen Basner, Aviv Giladi, Vince Holden and Len Blavatnik. “Premature” follows Rob (Karna) on the most important day of his life — he has to nail a college interview, keep his cool when his life-long crush Angela.
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Texas at SXSW 2014: John Karna, 'Premature'

At SXSW this year, I was able to interview three native-Texas actors from the movie Premature, which premiered at the fest (my review). Let's start with Houston native John Karna, who also starred in the 2012 Slamdance audience-award-winning comedy Bindlestiffs (Jette's Dallas Iff review).

Slackerwood: So this is your first big picture?

John Karna: This is, yeah. This is my first paid movie gig, which is awesome they trusted me to do it.

So Bindlestiffs was unpaid?

Karna: Unpaid, it was a passion project with my friends. We just decided when I was in high school, my friends and I -- Andrew Edison who directed and Luke Loftin who wrote it -- we decided to do this improv movie just for fun. And we finished it and submitted it, and it got into Slamdance and won the audience award and Kevin Smith was a huge fan of it, and that was pretty badass.
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Slamdance Festival Unveils Jury Members (Exclusive)

The Slamdance Film Festival has tapped 13 independent film veterans to serve as jury members for its competition lineup.

“We are thrilled to have such independent filmmaking revolutionaries judging for our 20th Anniversary’s diverse slate of films,” said Peter Baxter, president and co-founder. “These exemplary jurors have embraced our motto of being a film festival ‘by filmmakers, for filmmakers.’”

The festival, launched two decades ago as an alternative to Sundance, will take place Jan. 17-23 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn.

Jurors include Tom Hall, director of the Sarasota Film Festival; Matt Harrison, whose producing credits include “Kicked In The Head” and “Rhythm Thief”; Katie Mustard, producer of “The Console Wars,” “We’ll Never Have Paris,” “Shelter” and “The World Made Straight”; Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League; Herb Stratford, programming director at the Napa Valley Film Festival; inter-media artist Monteith McCollum and Andrew Edison, whose “Bindlestiffs” won
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Phase 4 Films Acquires North American Rights To Coley Sohn.s Sassy Pants – Stars Haley Joel Osment, Anna Gunn

Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to writer-director Coley Sohn.s coming of age comedy/drama Sassy Pants. The film stars Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Ashley Rickards (MTV.s .Awkward.) and Emmy-nominated Anna Gunn (AMC.s .Breaking Bad.). Adam Wilkins and Pavlina Hatoupis produced the project. Sassy Pants made its world premiere earlier this year at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Phase 4 will release the film day-and-date in theatres and on VOD this fall.

Sassy Pants is an edgy coming of age comedy about teenager, Bethany, desperate to get out from under her overprotective mother, runs off to live with her dad, and forms a bond with his much-younger boyfriend.

“Teaming with Phase 4 was the perfect fit for us,. said Sohn. .Sassy Pants definitely vibes indie at times. It’s dark, it’s funny, and
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Alan Tudyk and Craig Roberts join teen comedy Premature

Alan Tudyk (Serenity, Tucker and Dale vs Evil) and Craig Roberts (Submarine, Jane Eyre) have joined the cast of the teen comedy Premature. Co-financed by FilmNation and Icon, the $12 million-budget film is directed by Dan Beers, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mathew Harawitz.

Premature is about a high school student who is set to lose his virginity on one of the most important days of his life. But things go wrong and he inexplicably finds himself having to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right. Tudyk and Roberts join Katie Findlay (The Killing), John Karna (Bindlestiffs), Adam Riegler (Camp Fred) and Carlson Young (True Blood), who have previously been announced.

Premature begins filming in Atlanta next week, and FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder said in a statement: "We are extremely proud of Premature and it is exciting to see that, in less than a year,
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Filmmaker Mike Akel Talks Teaching and Tennis

On an early summer afternoon, amid the sound of squeaky toys and his neighbor's Boxer barking, Houston-based filmmaker Mike Akel and I discussed his segue from teaching to film, his dramedy, An Ordinary Family (Slackerwood's Aff 2011 interview), and his latest foray into the world of tennis.

The co-writer/director of the 2006 award-winning mockumentary Chalk said he and his writing partner, co-film producer Matt Patterson, began working on An Ordinary Family in February 2010 (read Mike's review). The writing process took about four months to complete. After 18 days of filming on location in Austin and Lago Vista in June 2010 and editing in the fall, the film was accepted by the Los Angeles Film Festival and premiered in June 2011. An Ordinary Family went on to receive the Best Feature award at the New Orleans Film Festival and has been released on DVD, and is for rent or sale online through digital channels. 

An Ordinary Family
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Phase 4 Films Acquires North American Rights To The Baytown Outlaws Starring Billy Bob Thornton; 2013 Release Planned

Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company is acquiring all North American rights to director Barry Battles. highly sought-after, action comedy The Baytown Outlaws (formerly titled The Baytown Disco). The screenplay was written by Battles and Griffin Hood and made the 2009 Black List. The film stars Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Billy Bob Thornton (Monster.S Ball), Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), Andre Braugher (Men Of A Certain Age), and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually). LLeju Production.s William O. Perkins financed and produced the film alongside Robert Teitel from State Street Pictures. Hood, Ryan Jones, Thomas J. Busch and Mary Vernieu are executive producing. Phase 4 plans to release the film theatrically in early 2013.

Noted Meyerowitz: .The Baytown Outlaws is an absolute crowd pleaser as it combines lots of action with sharp humor led by an amazing group of actors. We are thrilled to join the
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Update: Postponed Win Tickets to See 'Bindlestiffs' and Kevin Smith in Austin

Editor's Note, June 11, 4:45 pm: I've just received word that the Bindlestiffs tour is being postponed, with new dates not yet finalized. I will keep you all posted, and am hoping we can still draw a name and give away tickets when a new date is set. I appreciate all of you who have posted such fascinating comments, and apologize for the delay.

When I saw Bindlestiffs at Dallas International Film Festival in April, I was appalled and offended. And now that it's coming back to Austin, I want to see it again. It's that kind of appalling. This is the first feature from Houston schoolmates Andrew Edison and Luke Loftin, who started working on this movie while they were in high school. They not only co-wrote the film but co-star as two of the three high-school boys whose weekend in the big city -- Houston, although it's not specified -- goes horribly awry.
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Exclusive: Poster & Theatrical Tour Dates For 'Bindlestiffs' Presented By Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures

While Kevin Smith begins to wind down his directing career, he's combining his experience in the industry, online savvy and massive following and putting that energy into his new SModcast Pictures distribution shingle. Using the template established by "Red State," Smith plans to acquire films and present them in a roadshow/touring format in theaters around the country before they get released to VOD and DVD. And for his first release, he's picked up an indie film that will certain benefit from his support.

This year's Slamdance Audience Award winner, "Bindlestiffs," will hit the road in June before landing on VOD at the end of the month, and we've got the exclusive poster for the film below, which gives a pretty good sense of the spirit it will be bringing to the big screen. Directed by Andrew Edison, the story centers on three virginal high school boys who get suspended
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Casting News: Farmiga, Andrews, Karna

Greenland Time

Vera Farmiga will join David Newman and Catherine Linstrum's new psychological-thriller "Greenland Time" at Sigma and Zentropa.

The story follows a woman out for revenge on the man who killed her daughter in a hit-and-run accident. Discussions are underway for the male role and shooting aims to begin in October and November. [Source: Screen Daily]

Caught in Flight

"Lost" star Naveen Andrews is set as the male lead in Ben Wheatley's feature "Diana" opposite Naomi Watts.

Andrews will play the role of Dr. Hasnat Khan, the heart surgeon who had a brief relationship with Princess Spencer before her death in 1997. [Source: The Guardian]


John Karna ("Bindlestiffs") is in negotiations to play the lead in Dan Beers' "Premature". Mat Harawitz co-wrote the script.

Karna would play a high school student in the movie, which occurs on Groundhog Day. [Source: Deadline]
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Diff 2012 Reviews: ‘Extraterrestrial,’ ‘Bindlestiffs,’ ‘Quick,’ ‘Robocop’


Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Writer: Nacho Vigalondo

Starring: Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julián Villagrán

“Extraterrestrial” is a movie I’ve been excited about for a while, in part because of how it was marketed – the small, almost invisible glimpses of the alien ships in the posters, and the creative viral marketing aspect to it all. Later on, when it was revealed to be something of a comedy, with a smirking Spaniard looking out and holding a glowing tennis ball, everyone cocked their eyebrows, and wondered just what this thing was going to turn out to be.

It’s a slighter film than one would initially expect, being more dependent on the inter-dynamics of the three people and their ever-revolving love triangle at the heart of it than on any kind of spectacle that you would expect from an alien invasion movie, but that’s not particularly a bad thing. There
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Dallas Int'l Film Festival 2012: Austin and Texas Films

The full lineup for the Dallas International Film Festival, which runs April 12-22 this year, was announced late last week. The films to be screened in Big D include more than a few movies with local and state connections. Here are the ones we found -- let us know if we're missing anything.

America's Parking Lot (Don's review)

Austin actor/filmmaker Jonny Mars shot this documentary about die-hard Dallas Cowboy tailgaters and the impact of the changing economics of pro football games. (Debbie's interview)Bindlestiffs

In this 2012 Slamdance Audience Award winner, three high schoolers decide to head to the inner city to live out the plot of The Catcher in the Rye ... except none of them has read the book. Young director Andrew Edison grew up in Houston and currently hails from Austin.Cinema Six

Filmed last year in Lockhart, this film is a narrative about three friends who work at a small-town movie theater.
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Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures Makes First Acquisition With ‘Bindlestiffs’; Watch The Trailer

Most of us remember what happened last year at the Sundance Film Festival: Kevin Smith premiered his latest film, Red State, held an auction immediately after, and then bought the rights to his own movie as his way of “going rogue” from the studio system. Lost amidst the theatrics was the announcement of SModcast Pictures, Smith‘s independent distribution arm; outside of a few announcements — and a partnership with Phase 4 Films announced at this year’s Sundance — little news has come out about the endeavor. I had pretty much forgotten about it to be honest… until now.

Deadline reports that SModcast Pictures have made their first acquisition: the independent comedy Bindlestiffs, which premiered at this year’s Slamdance (the other January film festival in Park City), and which will be screening this week at SXSW. The comedy, directed by (and starring) Andrew Edison, the movie follows three high-schoolers who
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Phase 4 to Release 'Bindlestiffs' Under Kevin Smith SModcast Banner

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Phase 4 to Release 'Bindlestiffs' Under Kevin Smith SModcast Banner
Phase 4 Films has picked up U.S. and Canadian rights to “Bindlestiffs” for its Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures Presents banner. The movie will be released in June, the first under Phase 4''s Kevin Smith banner. Written and directed by Andrew Edison, "Bindlestiffs" centers on three high school virgins who flee to the inner city after getting suspended from school on a graffiti charge. There they try to live out the plot of “The Catcher in the Rye.” Edison wrote the screenplay with Luke Loftin; they both star in the movie and produced
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Fox Searchlight Plays 'The Do-Deca Pentathlon'; Oscilloscope Says 'Hello I Must Be Going'; Lionsgate Likes 'Hummingbird' & SModcast Takes 'Bindlestiffs'

Some dealmaking has gone down over the past 24 hours, with a handful of indie movies now finding homes and plotting their ways to a screen near you.

First up, the long-shelved Duplass Bros. project "Do-Deca Pentathlon" finally has a home at Fox Searchlight. Production on the film took place back in 2008, but when "Cyrus" got going, post-production was delayed, and the feature's been sitting in a drawer ever since. Starring Steve Zissis, Mark Kelly and Jennifer Lafleur, the story follows two competitive brothers who, during a family reunion, set up a 25-event private Olympics. It sounds great, perfectly in the unique sphere where the Duplass brothers operate, and it's one our most anticipated films at SXSW. With Fox Searchlight nabbing it, the buzz is only sure to increase.

For the reader out there who has been asking about "Hello I Must Be Going," today is your lucky day. Todd Louiso's film,
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Slamdance Winner 'Bindlestiffs' Goes to Phase 4 & Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures

Slamdance Winner 'Bindlestiffs' Goes to Phase 4 & Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures
The high-school comedy "Bindlestiffs" from writer-director Andrew Edison has gone to Phase 4 Films for North American distribution. The film debuted at Slamdance (where it won the Audience Award for Best Feature Narrative) and is currently at SXSW. The film, co-wrote with Luke Loftin, is about three smart-mouthed high school virgins who, after being suspended from school because of graffiti, flee to the inner city to live out the plot of "The Catcher in the Rye." "Bindlestiffs," with Edison and Loftin also produced, will be the first film released (in June) under Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures Presents banner. Its release will include a theatrical tour with Q & As between Smith and the filmmakers. Smith says the film is “a ballsy high school comedy that was conceived by real, live high schoolers (who are actually way funnier than the 20-something adults who usually play teens in movies)! This mind-bendingly...
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