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Why Sundance Is Showcasing Television Like Never Before With New Indie Episodics Line-Up

Why Sundance Is Showcasing Television Like Never Before With New Indie Episodics Line-Up
Like many film fests, Sundance has recently acknowledged that the best of television is also worthy of honoring. But as other fests dip their toes in TV — and focus mostly on major productions already picked up and financed by major networks and studios — Sundance is going back to its independent roots, launching its first-ever Indie Episodics lineup.

As Sundance programmer Charlie Sextro told IndieWire, 2018 was the perfect time to take a major step forward and offer a diverse line-up of independently-produced television.

“It has been a very careful but steady thing that we’ve been slowly growing and kind of exploring over the years, ever since we first premiered ‘Top of the Lake’ [in 2013],” Sextro said. “That was the first episodic we did. We played the entire thing straight through in the Egyptian and we just loved being able to do that. That started to grow our idea of how we can expand the program,
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Why Sundance Is Showcasing Television Like Never Before With New Indie Episodics Line-Up

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Why Sundance Is Showcasing Television Like Never Before With New Indie Episodics Line-Up
Like many film fests, Sundance has recently acknowledged that the best of television is also worthy of honoring. But as other fests dip their toes in TV — and focus mostly on major productions already picked up and financed by major networks and studios — Sundance is going back to its independent roots, launching its first-ever Indie Episodics lineup.

As Sundance programmer Charlie Sextro told IndieWire, 2018 was the perfect time to take a major step forward and offer a diverse line-up of independently-produced television.

“It has been a very careful but steady thing that we’ve been slowly growing and kind of exploring over the years, ever since we first premiered ‘Top of the Lake’ [in 2013],” Sextro said. “That was the first episodic we did. We played the entire thing straight through in the Egyptian and we just loved being able to do that. That started to grow our idea of how we can expand the program,
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November 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Misery Collector’s Edition, Super Dark Times, M.F.A., Creep 2

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We may only have several home entertainment releases for this Tuesday, but as the saying goes, “quality over quantity,” because this bunch of Blu-rays and DVDs are a stellar lot of films. One of my favorite horror films of 2017, Mark DuplassCreep 2, makes its way home on November 28th courtesy of The Orchard, and Scream Factory has given Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery the Collector’s Edition treatment (and deservedly so).

For you cult film fans, both Death Laid an Egg and Deathdream (aka Dead of Night) get the HD treatment this week, and other notable releases this Tuesday include M.F.A., Rememory, Super Dark Times, Woodshock, and Trailer Trauma 4: Television Trauma.

Creep 2 (The Orchard, DVD)

Sara, a video artist primarily focused on creating intimacy with lonely men, thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams after coming across a stranger’s online post.
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Take Me Review: The Perfect Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Movie

Take Me Review: The Perfect Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Movie
It's Thanksgiving. You and the family have just finished your meal. And you want some lighter fare, suffering from the tryptophan buffet you just willingly engorged yourself with. The kids are off playing on their tablets. The game is over, and the adults need a swift 80 minute distraction before tearing into pumpkin pie and cobbler. Why not check out one of Netflix's looked-over gems from the past few months. It's the perfect little slice of desert before the desert. Don't spend hours searching the queue, arguing over what you're going to watch. Just select Take Me and go!

Take Me, while not a Netflix Original (it is only "Presented By Netflix"), is a home run for all the parties concerned. This whimsical tale of a simulated kidnapping gone very, very wrong is probably the first film to truly pull off this motif since 1986's Ruthless People or 1988's A Fish Called Wanda.
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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December

Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2. Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd. The original creeptastic motion picture is […]

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Exclusive: Patrick Brice on Creep 2

Patrick Brice blipped onto our radar a couple of years back with his audacious horror film debut, Creep. He directed the film, plus he cowrote and co-starred in it with Mark Duplass (interview) (Baghead, Manson Family Vacation). Creep introduced Aaron, an affable serial killer who lures people to his remote cabin by placing ads promising […]

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Creep 2 is Coming to Netflix on December 23rd

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You never know where the strangers corners of cyberspace will lead you... A sequel to 2014's found footage breakthrough Creep, Patrick Brice's Creep 2 is coming to Netflix this December after its initial October digital release from The Orchard.

According to multiple sources, including EW, a downloadable version of Creep 2 will be available on Netflix beginning Saturday, December 23rd, giving you and the family a creepy found footage experience to put on your holiday viewing schedules.

Directed by Patrick Brice from a screenplay he wrote with Mark Duplass, Creep 2 stars Duplass and Desiree Akhavan. In case you missed them, check out Heather Wixson's interviews with the cast and crew of Creep 2, as well as Ben Larned's Sitges review of the sequel, which he said "improves on the original's complexity and dread."

"Creep 2 stars Akhavan as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men.
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Et Obsessions: ‘Mudbound,’ ‘Jane the Virgin’ Companion Novel and More!

Et Obsessions: ‘Mudbound,’ ‘Jane the Virgin’ Companion Novel and More!
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and this is what we’re most excited about this week:

Why We’re Obsessed With ‘Mudbound

Mudbound follows two families -- the McAllans and the Jacksons -- as they deal with the effects of war, race and poverty in a 1940s Mississippi Delta. Anchored by an impressive cast, including Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke and a standout performance by Mary J. Blige, and directed by Dee Rees, this film is poised to make history as the film continues to garner awards buzz for Blige and Rees, who could become the first black woman nominated for the Best Director Oscar. The period drama also boasts a female-led crew, which Blige found empowering. “We’re taking our place in the world. We’re not just homemakers and baby-makers and just to be harassed. We are equals and I feel like I’m part
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Mark Duplass Is Refusing to See ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Because of Star Mel Gibson

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Mark Duplass Is Refusing to See ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Because of Star Mel Gibson
Filmmaker and actor Mark Duplass won’t be seeing “Daddy’s Home 2” this weekend, and in a new tweet, he’s made his disdain clear to his 400,000 Twitter followers. Instead, Duplass would rather see one of many other great movies also on the big screen this weekend, and perhaps his followers will be encouraged to follow suit.

I like many of the people involved so I hate to do this but I must say Nope No Way to “Daddy’s Home 2” bc it stars Mel Gibson and it’s 2017 and there are plenty of great movies to see this weekend in theaters.

Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) November 9, 2017

Gibson — an Oscar-winning director and producer for “Braveheart,” plus one of the most commercially-successful actors of the ’80s and ’90s — has been the source of several off-screen controversies during his decades in the industry. In 1991, he made disparaging comments about gay men when speaking
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Hillary Clinton Wins: Here’s How IndieWire Planned To Report Her Victory

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Hillary Clinton Wins: Here’s How IndieWire Planned To Report Her Victory
A year ago today, IndieWire prepared three stories to run on election night, once the results came in. The one that ultimately posted, of course, declared Donald Trump the victor. Below, here are the two other drafts that IndieWire never had an opportunity to post: One, in the event that Hillary Clinton won the electoral vote; the other, if it was too close to call and triggering a recount.

First, here’s the story IndieWire would have posted if Clinton won:

America’s with her.

Hillary Rodham Clinton made history Tuesday night, becoming the presumptive 45th president of the United States of America – and shattering glass ceilings as the nation’s first female chief executive.

The Democratic candidate’s election comes 96 years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. XXX was the first TV outlet to call the victory, at Xx:xx p.m.
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Mark and Jay Duplass’ Campaign to Find America’s Next Generation of Indie Filmmakers Announces Winners

Mark and Jay Duplass’ Campaign to Find America’s Next Generation of Indie Filmmakers Announces Winners
Earlier this summer, filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass, alongside Seed&Spark, the film-focused crowdfunding platform with built-in distribution, announced a brand new initiative designed to find and bolster new filmmaking talent all over the country. Their Hometown Heroes partnership was designed to challenge “filmmakers from all over the country to tell stories that have never been told from wherever they are,” including a large-scale call for crowdfunding campaigns for narrative feature films on the Seed&Spark platform.

Submissions opened for the initiative in August and the rally launched on September 12, when the 73 participating films began their crowdfunding campaigns. All campaigns closed on October 13. More than $860,000 was raised across all rally projects, who also amassed a total of 63,000 followers in the 30-day period.

Read More:Mark and Jay Duplass’ Ambitious Crowdfunding Campaign Gets a Major Boost In Its First Week

Up to five winning projects were eligible to be picked from those that applied,
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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director

Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director
Greta Gerwig has a story about the moment she knew she would become a director. Shortly after she starred in and co-wrote “Frances Ha” with Noah Baumbach, she met “Orlando” director Sally Potter at a party. Gerwig cornered Potter, to pick her brain.

“I do that with people I admire,” Gerwig said. “I was writing a lot. I was asking her about how she does what she does. Does she do it first thing in the morning in longhand, or many computer drafts? I was being nerdy and needy, and she was answering and being very kind.

“Then she grabbed me by the arm and looked me in the eyes and asked me, ‘What do you really want to ask me about?’ My blood ran cold. ‘You really want to ask me about directing.’

How do you know that?’

‘I’m part gypsy and it’s written all over you!
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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director

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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director
Greta Gerwig has a story about the moment she knew she would become a director. Shortly after she starred in and co-wrote “Frances Ha” with Noah Baumbach, she met “Orlando” director Sally Potter at a party. Gerwig cornered Potter, to pick her brain.

“I do that with people I admire,” Gerwig said. “I was writing a lot. I was asking her about how she does what she does. Does she do it first thing in the morning in longhand, or many computer drafts? I was being nerdy and needy, and she was answering and being very kind.

“Then she grabbed me by the arm and looked me in the eyes and asked me, ‘What do you really want to ask me about?’ My blood ran cold. ‘You really want to ask me about directing.’

How do you know that?’

‘I’m part gypsy and it’s written all over you!
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Patrick Brice Talks Potential ‘Creep 3’; Would Take Franchise “Off the Rails”

Patrick Brice Talks Potential ‘Creep 3’; Would Take Franchise “Off the Rails”
Mark Duplass’ magnetically terrifying “Josef”/”Aaron”/”Peachfuzz” is back in director Patrick Brice‘s just-released Creep 2 (read my review), a strange and wonderful sequel that takes the story of the titular character down a deeply fascinating new path. If you haven’t seen it, or the first film, watch them Both immediately. So then, what’s the future of the series? […]
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How ‘Appropriate Behavior’ Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan Avoided the Second-Film Slump By Getting the Hell Out of Hollywood

How ‘Appropriate Behavior’ Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan Avoided the Second-Film Slump By Getting the Hell Out of Hollywood
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

For the vast majority of female filmmakers, the second-film slump is real. Getting that first movie made might sound like the biggest challenge for any fledgling filmmaker, but for so many women in the industry, turning first film buzz into new opportunities is an uphill battle that few can win. For “Appropriate Behavior” filmmaker and star Desiree Akhavan, the realization that her status as a festival darling wasn’t going to automatically translate into a huge Hollywood career came hard. Good thing she didn’t really want that anyway.

“Because I had only made one feature and I was a woman, I didn’t have the best opportunities,” Akhavan told IndieWire. “It’s crazy when I think of men who premiere a first film at Sundance and then get offered franchises. That was not happening to me,
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New to Streaming: ‘The Hateful Eight,’ ‘Ingrid Goes West,’ ‘Creep 2,’ ‘Atomic Blonde,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Atomic Blonde (David Leitch)

There’s a bargain underlying the whole of Atomic Blonde, wherein director David Leitch wavers between its more cheeky qualities and its adherence to the conventions of generic spy fare. The film is, by definition, “cool” in every sense. Despite some wonky plotting best described as Diet John le Carré and a heavy-handed soundtrack that occasionally gets in its own way, Charlize Theron plows full
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What a ‘Creep’ – Most Socially Awkward Psychopaths in Horror!

What a ‘Creep’ – Most Socially Awkward Psychopaths in Horror!
Patrick Brice‘s sequel to the unnerving and blackly comic Creep will be hitting digital platforms on October 24th. Creep 2 once again follows the exploits of stage 5 clinger and all around socially inept psychotic played by Mark Duplass. This time around he takes on the pseudonym of Aaron (his victim’s name from the previous film) who is searching […]
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‘The Divine Order’ Review: Switzerland’s Oscar Submission Is a Feminist Crowdpleaser About Women Finding their Strength

‘The Divine Order’ Review: Switzerland’s Oscar Submission Is a Feminist Crowdpleaser About Women Finding their Strength
These days, it would be difficult to deny the appeal of living in an idyllic mountain town where time stands still — the kind of place that’s easily forgotten by the outside world, and where the outside world is easily forgotten in turn. And yet, all the rustic beauty in the world can’t stop Nora (Marie Leuenberger) from feeling like she’s been left behind.

A modest housewife in the postcard-perfect Swiss canton of Appenzell, her days are spent feeding her boorish husband (Max Simonischek), spoiling their two sons, and cleaning up after her old-fashioned father-in-law, who really needs to find a better hiding spot for his porn magazines. The year is 1971, and Nora can feel the fires of change burning all around her, hear the whispers about women’s liberation that are carried up the hills on the wind, but that’s the thing about living in such
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‘Creep 2’ Is A Horror Sequel That Might Make You Cry [Review]

Creep 2” is one of the better horror sequels of recent memory. There’s not a lot that I can say about its plot without spoiling some major elements of this oddly innovative film, so I will refrain, in this review, from doing very much plot summary at all.

Suffice it to say that after a brief cold open involving Karan Soni (“Deadpool“) the film contains itself to two characters: Mark Duplass’s Aaron (a name that will have significance to fans of the first “Creep”) and Desiree Akhavan’s (the writer-director-star of 2015’s breakout indie rom-com “Appropriate Behavior”) Sara.

Continue reading ‘Creep 2’ Is A Horror Sequel That Might Make You Cry [Review] at The Playlist.
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‘One of Us’ Review: Hasidic Jews Survive After Leaving Religious Life in Fascinating Documentary

‘One of Us’ Review: Hasidic Jews Survive After Leaving Religious Life in Fascinating Documentary
There are no talking heads in “One of Us,” Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s expertly crafted portrait of three ex-Hasidic Jews adjusting to secular life. Refreshingly, the interviews in this tense documentary take place on the move; there is a restless energy to the way Luzer drives around Los Angeles in search of auditions, or Etty’s furtive glances through shuttered blinds. The three subjects of “One of Us” are always looking over their shoulders, whether in precaution of real threats or just to make sense of the brave new world in which they find themselves.

Centering on only three subjects, Ewing and Grady keep the film’s focus narrow and intimately human. Luzer is the most charismatic of the bunch; an aspiring actor who got his start playing Hasidic characters, he learned about the secular world as a teenager by secretly watching movies in his car. “The plan
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