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5 Exciting American Indies Hitting Film Festivals in 2018, From Cowboys in China to WWII-Era Russia

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5 Exciting American Indies Hitting Film Festivals in 2018, From Cowboys in China to WWII-Era Russia
Now in its eighth year, the American Film Festival offers a unique perspective on recent developments in U.S. indie filmmaking. That’s because it happens in Poland, staged at the stylish Kino Nowe Horyzonty film center in Wroclaw, also home to the summer New Horizons festival, which has more of a European tilt.

Although the festival, which recently concluded, surveys many favorites from Sundance and South by Southwest, the curation doesn’t merely transpose selections to a new setting. It imports a lively assortment of filmmakers, as well, and creates a cozy, engaged atmosphere more akin to the communal vibe of the Maryland Film Festival. Indeed, to rub shoulders in a crowd that included Jody Lee Lipes, Noel Wells, Dustin Guy Defa, Nathan Silver, producer Mike Ryan, Jessica Oreck and Mike Ott is to experience a deep dive into the creative bustle of current indie ferment.

That spirit is
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Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun To Star In ‘Sorry To Bother You’

Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun To Star In ‘Sorry To Bother You’
Exclusive: Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun will star in first-time director Boots Riley’s drama Sorry to Bother You. The project is slated to go before the cameras this month in Oakland, CA where the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station was filmed. Not surprisingly, Fruitvale Station‘s Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker of Signficant Prods. are producing along with 6 Years‘ Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams, Charles D. King (Fences), George Rush (Bully
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Awards Roundup: Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award, Ridley Scott Honored By Directors Guild and More

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Awards Roundup: Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award, Ridley Scott Honored By Directors Guild and More
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the Annual Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America in Los Angeles on January 19, 2017. Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee for “The Kids Are All Right,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty” and “The Grifters.” She is a two-time Golden Globe winner for “Being Julia” and “The Kids Are All Right,” a BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winner for best actress in “American Beauty” and a 2006 Emmy Award nominee for her role in “Mrs. Harris.”

“Annette has taken on roles which have changed cultural conversations,” Richard Hicks, president of Csa, said in a statement. “She is an actress of great bravery and passion, and her work shows what’s possible when a remarkable actress meets the right opportunity.” This year,
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Haigh, Barthes & Terence Nance Among Ifp Independent Film Week Participants

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The premiere post-tiff destination (September 20-25th) in the film community and a major leg up for narrative and non-fiction films in development, the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced a whopping 140 projects selected for the Project Forum at the upcoming Ifp Independent Film Week. Made up of several sections (Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers program, No Borders International Co-Production Market and Spotlight on Documentaries), we find latest updates from the likes of docu-helmers Doug Block (112 Weddings) and Lana Wilson (After Tiller), and among the narrative items we find headliners in Andrew Haigh (coming off the well received 45 Years), Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls and Madame Bovary), Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), Lawrence Michael Levine (Wild Canaries), Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal (Stranger Things) and new faces in Sundance’s large family in Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again) and Olivia Newman (First Match). Here
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Cannes: ‘Krisha’ among Visit Films quartet

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Exclusive: Visit Films chief Ryan Kampe has beefed up the slate and flies to Cannes with four new titles led by the Critics’ Week selection.

Visit holds international rights to Trey Edward Shults’ SXSW grand jury and audience award winner Krisha, (pictured) about an aunt who makes an ill-advised return to the family fold over a holiday gathering. Krisha Fairchild stars. Attorney George Rush represents Us rights.

The New York-based sales agent has also acquired international rights to I Smile Back starring Sarah Silverman as a suburban housewife who struggles to keep her family together when her secret life of drugs, alcohol and infidelity spirals out of control.

Adam Salky directed the Sundance premiere and the cast includes Josh Charles and Thomas Sadoski. Broad Green holds Us rights.

Dark comedy Just Jim, which Visit represents worldwide excluding the UK, marks the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.

The story also stars Emile Hirsch as an enigmatic
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Ian Olds, Geremy Jasper, Boots Riley & Laure de Clermont Tonnerre Among Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grant Finalists

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If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of the not so distant future in American indie film, a reliable sampling is usually found in the bi-annual Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants finalist (and future winners) lists. Grants will be awarded next month, but this finalists’ list overviews a look into the 2016-17 pool of talent and feature films. Among the trio of items that are in various stages of production and we’re keeping tabs on, we have Ian Olds (docu helmer of Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi) who moved into fiction feature filmmaking with The Fixer. Produced by Caroline von Kuhn (Camden Int. Film Fest Managing Director and docu field expert), this is said to include supporting players in the shape of Melissa Leo and James Franco. And speaking of Franco…, Travis Mathews from Interior. Leather Bar. fame has Oscillate Wildly next in line. Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Sffs/Krf $300,000 Filmmaking Grant Finalists Include Some Intriguing Feature Film Projects...

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The San Francisco Film Society (Sffs) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Krf) have announced the 15 finalists narrative feature film projects (at various stages of production) selected for the latest round of Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants of up to $300,000. Of most interest to this blog, given its stated mission, are: - In the "Screenwriting" category, "Sorry To Bother You" from writer/director Boots Riley, and producer George Rush, which tells the unique and intriguing (based on the synopsis) story of "a Black telemarketer who discovers a magical way to make his voice overdubbed by a white actor, propelling him into the upper echelon of a...
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Sffs / Krf grantees unveiled

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The San Francisco Film Society (Sffs) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Krf) have selected the finallists for the latest round of Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants.

Up to $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature film projects at various stages of production. Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice annually to narrative feature films that will have “significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community.”

To date more than $2.8m has been awarded since the launch of the Film Society’s flagship grant programme in 2009. Winners of the spring 2015 Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants will be announced in May.

Spring 2015 Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grant Finallists

Blustar – Stella Kyriakopoulos, co-writer-director and Margaret Shin, co-writer

Screenwriting

Chickenshit – Jessica dela Merced, writer-director

Screenwriting

The FixerIan Olds, writer-director, and Caroline von Kuhn, producer

Production

Freeland – Mario Furloni and Kate McLean, co-writer-directors

Screenwriting

Jones – Sally El Hosaini, writer-director

Screenwriting

The Last Black Man In San FranciscoJoseph Talbot, writer-director
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Acquisitions round-up: Magnolia, Drafthouse Films

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Acquisitions round-up: Magnolia, Drafthouse Films
Magnolia Pictures has taken all North American rights to Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, while in a separate deal Drafthose Films will distribute The World Of Kanako in North America.

Entertainment (pictured) stars Gregg Turkington, John C Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera and Amy Seimetz and just screened as the closing night selection of New Directors/New Films.

Turkington plays an aging comedian on tour in the California desert who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

Alverson, Turkington and Tim Heidecker co-wrote the screenplay and Ryan Zacarias produced with Ryan Lough, George Rush, Brooke Bernard, Alverson, Patrick Hibler and Alex Lipschultz.

The film premiered in Sundance and is a Jagjaguwar, Nomadic Independence and Made Bed Production in association with Arts + Labor, Autumn Productions, Epic Pictures Group and Complex Corporation.

Magnolia svp of acquisitions Dori Begley and vp of acquisitions John Von Thaden brokered the deal with Cinetic Media.

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to [link
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'Entertainment,' Bought by Magnolia, Is Like David Lynch's 'Paris, Texas'

'Entertainment,' Bought by Magnolia, Is Like David Lynch's 'Paris, Texas'
The weirdest movie I saw at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was Rick Alverson's "Entertainment," which Magnolia Pictures has acquired for Us release. As a road movie about a sad sack comedian (Gregg Turkington) touring the California desert and trying to reunite with his estranged daughter, it feels like David Lynch's take on Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas." In a sweaty combover and sexual predator glasses, Turkington goes for squirm-inducing laughs as he debases himself. Indie actors stumble in and out of the film through a series of increasingly surreal and scary encounters, including Tye Sheridan as the younger, funnier comedian Turkington has to follow, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera and Amy Seimetz. The film was written by Alverson, Turkington and Tim Heidecker, whose Adult Swim program "Tim and Eric" clearly inspired "Entertainment"'s button-mashing humor and kooky malevolence. The film was produced by Ryan Zacarias, Ryan Lough, George Rush,
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Magnolia Pictures Lands Sundance Comedy ‘Entertainment’ (Exclusive)

Magnolia Pictures Lands Sundance Comedy ‘Entertainment’ (Exclusive)
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to the dark comedy “Entertainment,” Variety has learned.

The film, directed by Rick Alverson (who previously made 2012’s “The Comedy”), follows an aging comedian (Gregg Turkington) as he performs at a string of underwhelming venues starting in Bakersfield, Calif. The trek unfolds with a supporting cast of John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Tye Sheridan and Amy Seimetz.

Entertainment” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and later screened at SXSW and as the closing night of New Directors/New Films, to good reviews. As Scott Foundas, Variety’s chief film critic, wrote earlier this year: “Alverson’s fourth feature is singular stuff, and it reconfirms the director as one of the true bold voice in the all-too-homogenous U.S. indie film scene … ‘Entertainment’ should have no trouble finding a fervent cult to call its own.”

The producers on the film are Ryan Zacarias,
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Rick Alverson’s Entertainment

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It may be too early to call him an American cousin akin to the quasi-dark humor of Roy Andersson and Aki Kaurismäki, but is third film showcased a unique, well-developed, wry-tinged funny-bone. When you throw in his previous dramatic pair of films in The Builder (2010) and New Jerusalem (2011), it makes for an early filmography that would surely receive an unflattering grade of next to no bags of popcorn from the On Cinema at the Cinema critic duo. This is a good thing. Filmmaker by day, musician by night, Rick Alverson’s third feature film The Comedy, was among the best items of 2012′s Sundance Film Festival, suffice it to say that his fourth film, Entertainment, which was shot midway in the year, might contain more of that DNA. Gregg Turkington who co-wrote with Alverson toplines the pic which was photographed by cinematographer Lorenzo Hagerman (look for his stylistic flourishes in
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Tracking Shot: Van Sant, Doremus, Guadagnino & Reed Morano Shooting This August

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“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing (or in a couple of titles below have been shooting since July). This August we’ve got a good number of projects that will start surfacing as early as next year’s Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Fests. With Dakota Johnson having been just announced, we’ve got Luca Guadagnino’s long awaited (remake) A Bigger Splash, getting ready for a poolside shoot. Gus Van Sant comes out of the woodworks to move into the woods for Sea of Trees. Sundance alumni Rick Alverson is wrapping up Entertainment, Reed Morano is set to make her directorial debut this mid-August with Meadowland, while Douchebag, Like Crazy, Breathe In‘s Drake Doremus is stationed in Japan for a weighty cast and futuristic tale in Equals. Here are some
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Rubber Chicken Blues; Cera, Papoulia, Stockwell & Tye Sheridan Join Alverson’s “Entertainment”

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Brooke Bernard, Ryan Zacarias, and Ryan Lough’s Nomadic Independence announced that Rick Alverson’s Entertainment is officially in greenlight mode and cast alongside the already pegged Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker we have now have Michael Cera, Tye Sheridan and veteran Dean Stockwell filling out the supporting cast with Angeliki Papoulia rejoining her The Lobster co-star John C. Reilly. Jagjaguwar’s Chris & Ben Swanson, Electric Dynamite’s Jack Black (yes the actor) will Executive Produce while George Rush (Ping Pong Summer), and Epic Pictures GroupPatrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson will co-Executive Produce.

Gist: Written by Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker, this is set in the Mojave Desert, the film follows a broken-down comedian (Turkington) playing clubs across the Southwest, working his way to Los Angeles to meet his estranged daughter (Kalia Prescott). Along the way, his identity begins to deteriorate amid a series of encounters with
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News Nuggets: Is the Oscars sculptor adding a small penis to each statuette?

News Nuggets: Is the Oscars sculptor adding a small penis to each statuette?
Is Oscar history really being made this year with their elderly longtime sculptor adding a tiny penis to each statuette. The funny new video has "Saturday Night Live" writer Tim Robinson as the sculptor in a "heartwarming" story of his endeavors. George Rush also reports that Robinson will host a revue at SXSW on March 9 with Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and Sasheer Zamata. Above Average. Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan reveal a little more about this year's ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on March 2. With a heroism theme, the show will be divided into sections of everything from animation good guys through inspirational true life heroes. One highlight will be a tribute to "The Wizard of Oz" 75th anniversary. Meron also adds, "Then we have the popular heroes: superheroes and characters like Harry Potter and Indiana Jones, or the Ghostbusters." Unofficially confirmed to take part are
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #167. Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer

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Ping Pong Summer

Director: Michael Tully

Writer(s): Michael Tully

Producers: George M. Rush, Ryan Zacarias, Brooke Bernard, Billy Peterson, Jeff Allard, Michael Gottwald

U.S. Distributor: Gravitas Ventures

Cast: Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet, Marcello Conte

More 1980s than VH1′s own We Are the ’80s, all that is missing in Michel Tully’s latest (besides the look, sound and feel) is the eventual gloriously beat-up VHS box when this film hits home vid/Blu-ray. If Septien was like an uncomfortable hot dog eating contest, the down-right hilarious Ping Pong Summer is a buffet table delight: plenty of choice for the masses to gain a foothold in a coming-of-ager done right.

Gist: Set in 1985, Ping Pong Summer tells the story of 13-year-old Rad Miracle, a shy white kid who is obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip-hop culture. During his family’s
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Gravitas takes Ping Pong Summer

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Gravitas Ventures has picked up Michael Tully’s recent Sundance world premiere Ping Pong Summer.

The coming-of-age story will open theatrically and across digital platforms in early summer followed by home video later in the year.

Gravitas brokered the deal with the film’s producer George Rush and Submarine’s Josh Braun and David Koh.

Tribeca Film will release Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto theatrically on May 9 in New York and Los Angeles with nationwide release to follow.
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Tribeca Film Acquires ‘Hide Your Smiling Faces’ for March Release

Tribeca Film isn’t hiding its love for Daniel Patrick Carbone’s portrait of adolescence, “Hide Your Smiling Face,” picking up North American rights to the title for a day-and-date release later this spring.

Writer-director Carbone’s debut outing, an obliquely evocative tale about two young brothers on a hot summer afternoon, picked up support on the festival circuit last year. The National Society of Film Critics recently pegged the movie as one of the best films still awaiting U.S. distribution as part of the org’s annual awards, and the title scored the new director award at the Starz Denver Film Festival. “Hide Your Smiling Faces” also screened as part of the Berlin Intl. Film Festival, where it preemed, and in Tribeca.

Tribeca Film, the Gotham distributor loosely affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival, will release the pic on digital and on-demand platforms March 25 prior to a March 28 theatrical release.
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Distribution: Mood Indigo, Smiling Faces

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Drafthouse Films has picked up from Studiocanal all Us rights to Michel Gondry’s surreal romance starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. Separately Tribeca Film has acquired Hide Your Smiling Faces.

Mood Indigo centres on a newly married couple whose whirlwind romance is put to the test when a mysterious plague enters Paris and a flower begins to grow in the woman’s lungs. Omar Sy also stars.

Luc Bossi of Brio Films produced the adaptation from Boris Vian’s novel L’Ecume Des Jours.

Drafthouse Films plans a multi-city theatrical platform release this year.

Tribeca Film has picked up North American rights to Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Patrick Carbone. The film was recently named Best Film Still Awaiting Us Distribution by the National Society Of Film Critics Awards. George Rush brokered the deal for the producersStarz Digital Media and theatrical distributor Abramorama have partnered to release the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival opener and comedic documentary
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Brad Pitt Apologized to a Gossip Columnist—Find Out Why!

Brad Pitt Apologized to a Gossip Columnist—Find Out Why!
It's not often you hear about an A-list celebrity like Brad Pitt apologizing to a gossip columnist. But that's exactly what the World War Z star did some years ago. George Rush recalls the story in Scandal: A Manuel, his new memoir with Joanna Molloy about their days as New York's leading gossip columnists (for the record, yours truly worked as one of their reporters for their column Rush & Molly at the New York Daily News). Rush met Pitt at a book party. "I was introducing myself when he said, 'I know you. You're the guy who made me move,'" Rush writes. "I was baffled. He explained that when he was in town shooting The Devil's Own, he'd rented an...
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