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David Lowery on the Meta-Continuity Between ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ and ‘A Ghost Story’

Arriving on Blu-ray today is the year’s best film thus far, David Lowery’s narratively audacious, formally astounding A Ghost Story. If one needs more convincing of this proclamation, I’ve raved about this bold story of loss and time since seeing the Sundance premiere, and now with it available on home release, I look forward to experiencing it again (and again).

We’re pleased to present an exclusive clip from the release, which also includes a full audio commentary with Lowery, cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo, production designer Jade Healy, and composer Daniel Hart. There’s also a deleted scene and two featurettes, which this clip comes from as the director and Casey Affleck discuss how, in a sense, this film picks up his relationship between Rooney Mara’s character in Ain’t Them Bodies Saint.

Check it out below.

A Ghost Story is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
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Wamg Giveaway – Win A Ghost Story Starring Casey Affleck on Blu-ray

Written and directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon), and boasting a top-notch cast including Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck (Best Actor, Manchester by the Sea, 2016) and two-time Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara (Best Supporting Actress, Carol, 2015 and Best Actress, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2011), A Ghost Story arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD October 3 from Lionsgate. A24 debuted A Ghost Story to critical acclaim at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, with reviewers calling it “a poetic meditation on time, memory and spiritual connection” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter).

Now you can own A Ghost Story on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with the word ‘Ghost’ in the title? (mine is Ghost In The Invisible Bikini!). It’s so easy!
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In A Valley Of Violence Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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Ti West enters the Wild West with his newest film, In a Valley of Violence. Starring Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, and Jumpy the dog, the revenge Western will come out firing on Blu-ray and DVD this December from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Press Release: Universal City, California, October 26, 2016 – A mysterious drifter enters a forgotten town in the edgy action film, In a Valley of Violence, available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 27, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From acclaimed director, Ti West (The Sacrament, The Innkeepers), and famed producer Jason Blum (Insidious, The Visit), the film stars Academy Award® nominees; John Travolta (The People v. O.J. Simpson, Criminal Activities) and Ethan Hawke (Sinister 2, Maggie’s Plan). The In a Valley of Violence Blu-ray™ and DVD include bonus content that takes viewers on a wild ride behind the scenes with an exciting inside look at the making of the film.
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'Pete's Dragon' Photo Reveals Elliott the Dragon

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'Pete's Dragon' Photo Reveals Elliott the Dragon
Pete's Dragon fans probably aren't going to like this. As the new Elliott the Dragon looks nothing like his former self. The original Elliott was a hand-drawn animated character. But the newly rebooted creature is a CGI effect. And he's very green and furry. While we barely caught a glimpse of Pete's best friend in the teaser trailer released last year, EW has our first official look at Pete's Dragon. And, well, it is what it is.

Most people can't see Pete's friendly, furry dragon. And after some original fans get a look at the new creation, they might wish they'd never seen this thing. It looks more like a cat than a dragon. But perhaps that's the point. To make it look like a giant, happy pet? The original Pete's Dragon was released in 1977, and it's been nearly 40 years since we've seen Elliott the Dragon back on the big screen.
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First good look at 'Pete's Dragon' Elliott will make you demand a stuffed animal version

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First good look at 'Pete's Dragon' Elliott will make you demand a stuffed animal version
This August, Disney is updating the classic tale of Pete’s Dragon for a new generation. Until now, audiences have only seen distance glimpses — or blurry poster silhouettes — of Elliott, the invisible dragon that lives in the forest. But now Elliott has revealed himself, and he’s not your 70s pink-haired reptile. He’s so fluffy! I need two! Image Credit: Disney/EW Entertainment Weekly snagged the exclusive reveal of the new and furry Elliott. They also spoke to director David Lowery about the decision to revamp the dragon’s look. The changes are grounded in keeping Elliott looking like part of the real world without making him too scary for children. Production designer Jade Healy expanded on that explanation: “David saw this furry, soft dragon that kids could imagine, when they go into the woods, could actually be there. There’s one video of a giant panda tumbling in his cave,
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck’s Mississippi Grind

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Technically hitting paydirt in the indie biz with their breakout addiction drama, we could argue that over the course of their four film filmography (television fiction and docu assignments aside) that the writing-directing tandem of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are softening their searing-like stance yet adhering to a contemplative template. Half Nelson (easily among my top ten films of ’06) was followed by Sugar (2008), dramedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) and in 2015, we can “bet” on a roadtrippin comedy to detail our need to beat the odds. Boden and Fleck are no strangers to Park City, a pair of their shorts landed there prior to their first two features. Mississippi Grind is a blue-chip indie item that originally had Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead but Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds take the reigns alongside Analeigh Tipton, Sienna Miller, Alfre Woodard and Concussion thesp Robin Weigert. Shot in Alabama, New Orleans and Louisiana,
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Below the Line Bookings

The Gersh Agency has booked production designer Jade Healy (pictured left) (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) on David Lowery’s “Pete’s Dragon” at Disney, shooting in New Zealand; and producer Sean Ryerson (“Covert Affairs”) on NBC series “Hannibal.” Agency also booked producer Brad Van Arragon (“If I Stay”) on season 3 of CTV/ABC series “Motive” and editor Sidney Wolinsky (“The Strain”) on Starz series “Power.”

Cec has booked editors Chris A. Peterson (CNN’s “The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy”) on Syfy series “12 Monkeys” and Dane McMaster (“We Are Men”) on AMC pilot “We Hate Paul Revere.” Agency also booked editors Marnee Meyer (“The Americans”) and Craig Cobb (“Bored to Death”) on ABC comedy series “Manhattan Love Story.”

Eastern Talent has booked 1st Ad Craig Borden (pictured center) (“Taken”) on Kieran Darcy-Smith’s “By Way of Helena.” Agency has signed costume designer Tiffany White Stanton (“Mad Men
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #196. Kevin MacDonald’s Black Sea

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Black Sea

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Writer: Dennis Kelly

Producers: Macdonald and Charles Steel

U.S. Distributor: Focus Features

Cast: Jude Law, Jodie Whittaker, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Karl Davies, and Daniel Ryan

Kevin Macdonald’s been busy. Alternating between feature films and documentaries (he had one of each in 2013), he’s back with an action thriller in 2014. While a preliminary plot synopsis doesn’t quite spark the imagination, Macdonald’s got a knack for off the cuff momentum, even in material that’s sometimes a bit tepid (2009′s State of Play, for instance). An unassuming cast adds to intrigue.

Gist: Jude Law plays a modern-day submarine captain who is laid off by the salvage company he works for. Desperate to get even with his former employers and to prove himself, he is approached by a shadowy backer. Handed command of a submarine that is barely seaworthy, he is to rally
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #197. Jade Healy’s Vestige

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Vestige

Director: Jade Healy

Writer: Jade Healy

Producers: David Lowery and Andrea Roa

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Mickey Sumner

It comes as no surprise that several folks on our inaugural AMW25 list are making huge strides in indiewood but where we are serendipitously pleased is how these artisans move into other creative outlets as is the case with Jade Healy. Moving from producer to Production Designer (her work was most recently featured in the Sundance preemed Song One) and now into her feature directorial debut territory with Vestige — which already has a pair of aces in cinematographer Ben Richardson, and producer (damn fine filmmaker in his own right) David Lowery in the fold.

Gist: An unexpected death during a hiking trip forces two friends to cope with their grief and the physical body of the deceased friend.

Release Date: In order to swing into the 2014 cannon, production will
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #198. Wally Pfister’s Transcendence

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Transcendence

Director: Wally Pfister

Writer(s): Jack Paglen

Producer(s): Straight Up Films Straight Up FilmsAnnie Marter + Alcon Ent.’s Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen, David Valdes and Broderick Johnson & Andrew Kosove

U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Kata Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall

Wally Pfister, cinematographer for Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, along with a number of other high profile titles, makes his directorial debut with Transcendence, from first time screenwriter, Jack Paglen (who purportedly also penned Prometheus 2). Of course, Pfister was able to line up a spectacular cast, so we’re hoping this is a sci-fi flick that has more substance than slick visuals.

Gist: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Sacrament’

Venice Film Review: ‘The Sacrament’
The House of the Devil” and “The Innkeepers” established Ti West as an old soul on the horror scene: a 1970s-schooled classicist pursuing a tidier brand of terror than the excessive blood bonanzas of contempo genre king Eli Roth. So it’s a surprise to see West following the ubiquitous trend for found-footage storytelling — with Roth as producer, to boot — for his largely terrific sixth feature, “The Sacrament.” Less expected still, it’s a film that purists might insist isn’t horror in the strictest sense, though this slow-burning investigation of unseemly goings-on at a rural Christian commune is frightening in any genre language. Dark-side distribs should be duly hypnotized by the pic, disparate elements of which make it marketable to the Roth faithful and discerning independent audiences alike.

The Sacrament” isn’t the first project to link West with Roth, albeit indirectly and unhappily: In 2009, West directed “Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever,
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #57. David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Director/Writer: David Lowery

Producer(s): Parts and Labor’s Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen, Primary ProductionsAmy Kaufman, Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrook, Evolution Independent’s Cassian Elwes and James Johnston

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, Keith Carradine, Nate Parker, Charles Baker, Kentucker Audley, Robert Longstreet

A Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2011, David Lowery commenced the 2012 at January Sundance Screenwriters Laband quickly began filming in the summer. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has some brilliant technical folk behind the camera in Cinematographer Bradford Young and Production Designer Jade Healy, and has some heavy hitters in front of the lenses with Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck.

Gist: Embracing the atmosphere and tone of a modern-day Western, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints tells the story of an outlaw who
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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Laurie Collyer’s Sunlight Jr.

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Half a dozen years since she first broke out at Sundance with the micro-budgeted Sherrybaby (Sundance ’05) which still stands as Maggie Gyllenhaal’s most raw performance to date, Laurie Collyer finally returns with her sophomore fiction project, her third film when you include her docu Nuyorican Dream (Sundance ’00). With the of trio of players of Norman Reedus, Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon (see collage above from set), Sunlight Jr. is perhaps the most readied film among our predictions set – as filming began in Florida back all the way back in November of 2011. Tech folk includes cinematographer Igor Martinovic and Production Designer Jade Healy.

Gist: Sunlight Jr. is a love story set in the ruins of the American dream. Melissa is a convenience store clerk who lives in a motel with her paraplegic boyfriend, Richie. When they learn they are going to have a baby, they are genuinely excited. But when
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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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He premiered his much talked about award-winning short film Pioneer at Sundance and SXSW in 2011, but film (all aspects of it) has been running in David Lowery’s veins for more than a decade now – its worth checking out his IMDb credits). Among Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2011, the filmmaker has been on the fast track with his latest project – commencing 2012 at January Sundance Screenwriters Lab, picking up a slew of experienced indie producers (see impressive list below) and he began filming in the summer. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has been in post since August (see tweet pic from the filmmaker above). Also worth noting: along with the brilliant technical folk behind the camera in Cinematographer Bradford Young and Production Designer Jade Healy, the pic includes such actors as Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck – not a bad trio for a first film.

Gist:
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American New Wave 25: Chris Trujillo

Every Production Designer has an ace or two in their deck – my feeling is that veteran Production Designer Jade Healy's trump card might be Chris Trujillo. Having worked on several low budget NYC-based, independent film productions in 2009 means that, the Art Director can file 2010 as a great breakout year. The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, Happythankyoumoreplease and Holy Rollers (for which he was a Set Decorator) were a trio of Sundance preemed titles where Trujillo's name can be found in the end credits and he would follow this up with the SXSW winning title Tiny Furniture. Prior to that, Trujillo helped supervise the spooky set construction for Ti West's The House of the Devil (2009) and has recently worked on West's The Innkeepers. While the first half of 2010 saw the fruit of several work samples, it was also a chance for Trujillo to naturally climb the ladder and oversee the
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Why You Really Should Experience 'The House of the Devil'

From its synth-heavy opening song and freeze-frame-filled beginning credits, Ti West’s The House of the Devil is a loving, respectful ode to the horror films of the 1970s and '80s. But don’t expect to get a warm, fuzzy feeling from all that affection; The House of the Devil is a gory, eerie film that doesn’t follow the templates set up by recent remakes of period favorites such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, and My Bloody Valentine. Instead of repackaging a familiar tale for contemporary audiences, director Ti West’s film revisits the era in a surprisingly fresh and authentic way.

Bearing a striking resemblance to Suspiria-era Jessica Harper, newcomer Jocelin Donahue plays Sam, a New England college student desperate for rent money so she can escape her roommate from hell. When she sees ads for a babysitter around campus, she thinks she may have found her salvation.
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Fantastic Fest 09: The One-Two Punch of Cropsey and The House Of The Devil

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Seeing the devil-centric documentary Cropsey and the cult-friendly The House Of The Devil in the same day, I’m surprised a full eclipse didn’t occur over Austin, TX’s Alamo Drafthouse, where the fifth annual Fantastic Fest is being housed. Normally, it would seem an unlikely choice to review two movies in the same breath, but it’s more than appropriate in this case.

Ever since Fangoria Radio had Cropsey filmmakers Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman as guests way back in May, I was interested in seeing the Staten Island-lensed documentary, in which the two local filmmakers return to investigate and shed some light on the mystery surrounding five missing children. They were said to have been abducted by real-life bogeyman Andre Rand, and speculation about their fates developed into an urban legend about a man named Cropsey who would kidnap kids. Brancaccio and Zeman grew up only a few miles apart,
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SXSW 09: Full lineup announced

SXSW is one of my favorite festivals of the year as it showcases some of the best and most innovative real independent films, and with this host of world premiers, it's also playing alot of Sundance material as well as genre fare from all over the world, many of which we've covered heavily in these pages.

From the Sundance lineup, we have films like Moon, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, You Won't Miss Me, Grace, and Humpday, among others.

For the world genre material we've covered, there's Lake Mungo, The Square, Zift, and Awaydays.

I think you get the point that lots of great looking film will be playing. I'll leave a bit of the exploration to you..

Lineup after the break.

Narrative Features Competition

Artois the Goat

Director: Kyle Bogart. Writer: Cliff and Kyle Bogart

Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to craft the greatest
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