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Film Acquisition Rundown: Mubi Buys Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for a Day,’ FilmRise Picks Up ‘Women Who Kill’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Mubi Buys Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for a Day,’ FilmRise Picks Up ‘Women Who Kill’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Mubi has acquired the U.S., U.K. and Ireland rights to Philippe Garrel’s “Lover for a Day” (“L’Amant d’un jour”), which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Sacd prize from the French Writers and Directors Guild, shared with Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In.”
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Indie Spotlight: In ‘The Brief,’ Ad Agency Professionals Spoof Themselves

Thanks to its over-the-top jargon and the self-absorbed nature of many of the people who work within it, the advertising industry is a strong target for satire. The Brief, a new web series from Matt Sadowski and Dustin Brown, provides exactly that. It takes the life experiences of its creative team and uses them to construct a number of ridiculous scenarios set in the agency world.

The Brief stars Jesse Rath and Michael Seater as a copywriter and an art director, respectively. Despite their odd couple relationship, they must work together in order to come out on top in an agency filled with ridiculous characters. Right from the top of the first episode, the jokes fly fast and free; Sadowski’s script is filled with cheeky dialogue that highlights the absurd nature of the characters he has created.

Sadowski and Brown draw their comedy from an insider perspective. In addition to working as a filmmaker,
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Focus sets Wish I Was Here release

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Distribution Round-up: Main Street Films, Image Entertainment, Participant Media and FilmBuff and Factory 25 also unveil latest deals.

Focus Features has set a July 18 platform release in New York and Los Angeles for Wish I Was Here starring Zach Braff.

The comedy will expand on July 25 and roll out in additional markets on August 1. Wild Bunch handles international sales on the film, funded in part through Kickstarter. Braff directed and co-stars alongside Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin.

Main Street Films has set an April 18 theatrical release for the comedy Bank$tas, styled as a satirical look at the high cost of education, corporate greed, corruption and student debt. The Lumanity Productions film stars Alan Thicke, Joe Dinicol, Michael Seater and Laura Vandervoort. Jeff Stephenson directed from a screenplay by Robert Budreau, who also produced. William Santor and John Hills of Productivity Media served as executive producers alongside Main Street’s Harrison Kordestani, Cc Hang, Arti Modi
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Film News: 10th Year of Midwest Independent Film Festival Kicks Off Feb. 4, 2014

Chicago – One of the finest film fest gathering places in Chicago is the Midwest Independent Film Festival, a year-long event that meets every first Tuesday of the month. The festival’s 10th year kicks off on Tuesday, February 4th, with the comedy “Adventures in the Sin Bin.”

Adventures in the Sin Bin’ Kicks Off the 2014 Midwest Independent Film Festival

Photo credit: Phase 4 Films

The Midwest Independent Film Festival was founded in 2004 by Mike McNamara (also Festival Director) and Michael Kwielford. Each year, the monthly first Tuesday happening – taking place at Landmark Century Centre Cinema at Clark and Diversey in Chicago – has gotten larger and more influential, and culminates every year with the Best of the Midwest Awards. It has also become a vital networking gathering, as producers, directors, actors and film fans get together for each screening. Filmmakers from eight Midwestern states have participated over the years, as the
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Exclusive Clip From Adventures in the Sin Bin

ComingSoon.net has your first look at a new clip from Adventures in the Sin Bin , the comedy coming to theaters and On Demand October 18. Bo Burnham, Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Gillian Jacobs, Ben McKenzie, Jeff Garlin and Tim Blake Nelson star. In the film, Brian is a shy teen who loans out his van, nicknamed Sin Bin, to his friends for their sexual exploits while he remains a frustrated virgin. When he meets a helpful school mate and his girlfriend, he finds himself in an awkward love triangle while learning the art of wooing women.
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Adventures in the Sin Bin Featurette 'Name Game'

Adventures in the Sin Bin Featurette 'Name Game'
On behalf of Phase 4 Films, we're excited to share a new featurette from the upcoming comedy Adventures in the Sin Bin starring Bo Burnham, Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Gillian Jacobs, Jeff Garlin and Tim Blake Nelson! As you can see from this video, everybody in town know's Brian (Michael Seater), who lends out his van dubbed The Sin Bin for friends and acquaintances to have sex in. Watch this amusing video as several characters talk about Brian, Suzie (Emily Meade), Tony (Bo Burnham) and many more. Directed by Billy Federighi, Adventures in the Sin Bin debuts in theaters and on VOD formats October 18.

Adventures in the Sin Bin comes to theaters October 18th, 2013 and stars Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Bo Burnham, Ben McKenzie, Jeff Garlin, Gillian Jacobs, Tim Blake Nelson, Brian Petsos. The film is directed by Billy Federighi.
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Graham’s Trailer Roundup!

Everyone loves movie trailers; we can’t get enough of them here in The City of Films. It’s an art form that stands alone from the film itself and has a remarkable power to move us. Trailers can give us chills, laughs, goose bumps and sometimes even anger us. We can’t always post them all, so here’s where we play catch up; it’s Graham’s Trailer Roundup!

This Roundup Includes: Nebraska, A Perfect Man, Grace of Monaco, Big Sur, Snowpiercer, Adventures in the Sin Bin, After Tiller, A Case of You

Nebraska

Synopsis: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte

Release: November 22

Trailer Analysis: This looks like a nice little movie from Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt, Election). That filmography
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Adventures in the Sin Bin Poster

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Adventures in the Sin Bin Poster
On behalf of Phase 4 Films, we're excited to share the new poster for the upcoming comedy Adventures in the Sin Bin, starring Bo Burnham, Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Gillian Jacobs, Ben McKenzie, Jeff Garlin and Tim Blake Nelson!

Brian is a shy teen who loans out his van, nicknamed Sin Bin, to his friends for their sexual exploits while he remains a frustrated virgin. When he meets a helpful school mate and his girlfriend, he finds himself in an awkward love triangle while learning the art of wooing women.

Adventures in the Sin Bin comes to theaters October 18th, 2013 and stars Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Bo Burnham, Ben McKenzie, Jeff Garlin, Gillian Jacobs, Tim Blake Nelson, Brian Petsos. The film is directed by Billy Federighi.
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Adventures in the Sin Bin Trailer & Poster

The trailer and poster have arrived for the Phase 4 Films' comedy starring Bo Burnham, Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Gillian Jacobs, Ben McKenzie, Jeff Garlin and Tim Blake Nelson. Billy Federighi directs the October 18th opener scripted by Christopher Storer which follows Brian, a shy teen who loans out his van, nicknamed Sin Bin, to his friends for their sexual exploits while he remains a frustrated virgin. When he meets a helpful school mate and his girlfriend, he finds himself in an awkward love triangle while learning the art of wooing women.
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Adventures in the Sin Bin Red Band Trailer

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Adventures in the Sin Bin Red Band Trailer
An awkward teenage virgin lands a crash course in getting girls in the red band trailer for Adventures in the Sin Bin. Billy Federighi directs this comedy centering on Brian (Michael Seater), who is constantly loaning out his van dubbed the "Sin Bin" so his friends can have sex in it. Brian meets a helpful young man (Bo Burnham) who tries to teach him the art of wooing women. Take a look at the first footage from this comedy, featuring R-rated language and sexual situations, co-starring Emily Meade, Ben McKenzie, Jeff Garlin, Gillian Jacobs and Tim Blake Nelson.

Brian is a shy teen who loans out his van, nicknamed Sin Bin, to his friends for their sexual exploits while he remains a frustrated virgin. When he meets a helpful school mate and his girlfriend, he finds himself in an awkward love triangle while learning the art of wooing women.

Adventures in the Sin Bin
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‘Adventures in the Sin Bin’ Trailer: A Teen Sex Comedy on Wheels

Like a teenaged C.C. Baxter, Brian (Michael Seater) loans his van out to his buddies for sex (to have in, not with), but he’s dying to lose his virginity and get in on the greasy fun. Luckily a popular guy named Tony (Bo Burnham) takes him under his wing, and things go completely off track in Adventures in the Sin Bin. I thought it might have been a hockey movie, too. From the looks of the trailer, it’s as charming and off-kilter as any coming-of-age sex comedy with the added benefit of Jeff Garlin, Tim Blake Nelson and Gillian Jacobs rounding out some roles. Plus, Burnham looks on fire here as a smarmy operator. Check it out for yourself: Adventures in the Sin Bin is the first feature from director Billy Federighi, and it hits theaters October 18th.
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Adventures In The Sin Bin Red-Band Trailer and Exclusive Poster

Phase 4 Films has released the red-band trailer and poster for the comedy Adventures in the Sin Bin.  Per the synopsis, the movie is about "a shy teen who loans out his van, nicknamed Sin Bin, to his friends for their sexual exploits while he remains a frustrated virgin. When he meets a helpful school mate and his girlfriend, he finds himself in an awkward love triangle while learning the art of wooing women."  There are some obligatory "get in my creepy van" jokes, but this may be a film worth keeping an eye on because it's got a strong supporting cast that includes Gillian Jacobs, Jeff Garlin, and Tim Blake Nelson. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film stars Bo Burnham, Michael Seater, and Emily MeadeAdventures in the Sin Bin will be in theaters and On Demand on October 18th. Trailer via Yahoo!
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'Adventures in the Sin Bin' red band trailer debut

Watch the trailer for Adventures in the Sin Bin, starring Bo Burnham, Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Gillian Jacobs, Ben McKenzie, Jeff Garlin and Tim Blake Nelson. Phase 4 Films releases the upcoming comedy which finds On Demand and theatrical release on October 18th. In Sin Bin, Brian is a shy teen who loans out his van, nicknamed Sin Bin, to his friends for their sexual exploits while he remains a frustrated virgin. When he meets a helpful school mate and his girlfriend, he finds himself in an awkward love triangle while learning the art of wooing women.
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Phase 4 Snags Rights to ‘Adventures in the Sin Bin’

Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to “Adventures in the Sin Bin,” the comedy that bowed last year at the Seattle Intl. Film Festival.

The pic from writer Christopher Storer and tyro helmer Billy Federighi centers on a teen who loans out his retro van — the “Sin Bin” of the title — for his friends’ sexual encounters, while remaining a frustrated virgin himself. Played by Michael Seater, the young man finds himself stuck in a love triangle when he meets a classmate’s girlfriend. Cast also includes Jeff Garlin, Tim Blake Nelson, Gillian Jacobs and Bo Burnham.

Produced by Dante Federighi, the film won a festival award when it preemed in Seattle and also played the Hamptons Intl. Film Fest later that year.

Phase 4′s activities include the sales, marketing, licensing and distribution of movies, TV and other content in the North American market. The company’s
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Celebs get into the spirit of AfterEllen March Madness

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There's nothing quite as fun as watching our favorite celebrities get as excited as we do about their fictional counterparts. So, when our March Madness: Best Lesbian/Bi Character Ever tournament kicked off on Monday, we were delighted when Ali Liebert, Lauren Collins, and Michelle Krusiec went to bat for the gay ladies they play(ed) on Bomb Girls, Degrassi, and Saving Face.

Photos: George Pimentel and Beck Starr/Getty

It was Michael Seater, who plays Bomb Girls' Ivan, that kicked things off for Team Canada.

Guys. Betty's goin to the semis at least right? @afterellen @bombgirls #afterellenmarchmadness #votebetty afterellen.com/2013/03/vote-n…

Michael Seater (@michaelseater) March 19, 2013

To which the former Miss Paige Michalchuk replied:

@michaelseater @afterellen of Course I'm up against an L word star. But thanks for the support michael. not.

Lauren Collins
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Charlotte Hegele on getting raunchy for her "Bomb Girls" audition and the evolution of Kate

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Hey Bomb Girls fans! Is the hiatus as hard for you as it is for me? Well never fear, because I have an interview with the charming Charlotte Hegele to tide you over. And even though Charlotte’s Canadian accent doesn’t translate to text, rest assured, it is there and it is adorable.

AfterEllen.com: So I was doing my little IMDb pre-interview research for this, and I had no idea how young you are. You’re kind of the baby of the Bomb Girls family, which really makes your performance even more impressive. You’re 22 right?

Charlotte Hegele: Yeah, I am 22. Thank you so much.

Ae: But it made me wonder how you managed to walk into this amazing role, this amazing ensemble, and what your audition process was like.

Ch: Well it’s a long story. I had been living in
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"Bomb Girls" recap (2.4): Mrs. Beaverton, I presume?

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Good morning and welcome to the most action-packed episode of Bomb Girls yet. Last week, Kate delved into a life of sin in an attempt to gain more jazz credibility, Betty let Ivan make all kinds of hockey metaphors in the back seat of his car in an attempt to gain some hetero credibility, and Lorna’s son, Eugene arrived home on leave from Europe.

Ok. Right from the get-go I have serious reservations about Eugene, who the show opens dancing in the living room with Sheila. To the untrained eye, the scene is as wholesome as a Rockwell painting, but I’ve found that there is a direct correlation between a man’s assholism and his conviction that everyone he meets needs to see the outline of his penis, and that whole long underwear/temple garb ensemble leaves far too little to the imagination.
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"Bomb Girls" recap (2.3): Abracadbra: spelled Witham

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Dear Bomb Girls fans, I have to open this recap with a thank you. Thank you for being so calm, so understanding, so amazing about this whole Ivan/Betty business. Actually I think you are a lot more rational about it than I am, which I appreciate more than you can know. There have been times this season when I have just wanted to invade Canada and impose a dictatorship in which Betty and Kate are required to be together and happy and like, possibly in a punk band with Gladys? But you guys have been so great about sticking to the facts, and the fact is we don’t really know where this thing with Kate is going, but we do know the show has done us no wrong so far. As for showrunner Michael MacLennan’s “pushing buttons” comment, I was upset at
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Hiff Review: Charming 'Sin Bin' Heavily Indebted To The Work Of Wes Anderson

Young filmmakers often reference their heroes outright. This isn't a phenomenon exclusive to creatively wayward directors; look at the early films of genuine auteur Paul Thomas Anderson to see wholesale theft from Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman (to name a few). But when the references are a distraction to the point of actively taking away from the enjoyment of the movie, that's when things become a problem. And it's a problem that plagues the otherwise wonderful "Sin Bin," a charming little comedy about a high school kid (Michael Seater) who rents his beat-up van out to his fellow students for sexual liaisons, which owes such a stylistic debt to the films of Wes Anderson that it makes you think somewhat less of the movie. From the beginning, the movie seems to be tipping its hat to Anderson. Examples abound – the super-thick Futura bold font utilized for the title cards; the
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Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Hamptons Film Fest Comedy 'Sin Bin' (Video)

Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Hamptons Film Fest Comedy 'Sin Bin' (Video)
The Hamptons International Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and one of the films screening in the program this weekend is the high school comedy “Sin Bin.” Starring Tim Blake Nelson, Jeff Garlin, Michael Seater, Bo Burnham, Brian Petsos, Ben McKenzie and Emily Meade, “Sin Bin” will screen Saturday and Sunday nights at the UA East Hampton theater. Directed by first-timer Billy Federighi and written by Christopher Storer, the film follows a shy kid who lends out his vintage van to friends for their romantic hookups while he remains a virgin. When he meets a helpful schoolmate and his girlfriend, things get complicated. Check out the trailer, here on Indiewire exclusively:
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