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‘Before I Fall’: Why Indie Auteur Ry Russo-Young Embraced the Ya Genre

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‘Before I Fall’: Why Indie Auteur Ry Russo-Young Embraced the Ya Genre
Ry Russo-Young was doing breathing exercises with me and her star Zoey Deutch before we sat down to chat about “Before I Fall,” her third film in a row to bow at the Sundance Film Festival. She was calm enough before she started breathing in and out in big, slow puffs, and she was positively beaming when we were done — with good reason.

Russo-Young may be a Sundance mainstay, but she’s never hit the festival with a film quite like “Before I Fall” – that is to say, a film that already has not only a well-regarded distributor (in this case, Open Road), but a set release date just a few weeks out. That’s one way to take the pressure off of the experience, but it’s understandable that the filmmaker would want to take a moment just to collect herself in the midst of the usual festival madness.
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‘Before I Fall’: Film Review | Sundance 2017

Adapted from Lauren Oliver’s successful Ya novel of the same name, director Ry Russo-Young’s fourth feature Before I Fall sees the indie director (Nobody Walks, You Wont Miss Me, Orphans) successfully transitioning to mainstream filmmaking. The story of a popular high school senior (Zoey Deutch, from Dirty Grandpa) caught in a time loop that forces her to relive a crucial day in her life over and over, this neatly written Heathers-meets-Groundhog Day high-concept package delivers both technical polish and a toothsome yet likeable cast. Better still, it has just enough tragic edge to draw young adults, and young-at-heart adults, with...
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jordan Galland’s Ava’s Possessions

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I originally took notice of the project when the trades announced that the oft-used supporting indie starlet Louisa Krause (non-related pic above — who we interviewed back in the day for Martha Marcy May Marlene) was the featured “potential screamer” lead on this project. Filmmaker Jordan Galland has flirted with Park City before, his debut Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (2009) received a special screening status at Slamdance. Along with his sophomore film item Alter Egos (2012), the summer shot Brooklyn set Ava’s Possessions basically informs us that the musician slash filmmaker’s interests lie within the framework of the horror genre. Certainly the addition of supporting players include Lou Taylor Pucci, Jemima Kirke, Stella Schnabel (You Wont Miss Me) and John Ventimiglia amps up the end product, and Galland’s ongoing creative collaboration with musician Sean Lennon might earmark the project as an appointment with the occult that avoids trappings of
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10 New Pics From 'Nobody Walks' Starring John Krasinski & Olivia Thirlby Plus Soundtrack Details

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Starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt and an excellent supporting cast that features Dylan McDermott, Justin Kirk, and one-to-watch up-and-comers like India Ennenga, Rhys Wakefield and Jane Levy, "Nobody Walks" is one of our favorite indie dramas of the fall. The third feature-length effort from Ry Russo-Young (2009's celebrated indie "You Wont Miss Me"), "Nobody Walks" is also co-written by one of Young's high school pals, one Lena Dunham, the star and creator of HBO's "Girls." An understated drama about a family that takes a young experimental film artist into their home and the havoc it wreaks, there's a lot to love about "Nobody Walks," from the excellent lead performance of Olivia Thirlby (which reminds us just how underused in Hollywood she is), to the moody score by Fall On Your Sword, to the inquisitive screenplay by Dunham and Russo-Young, which is interested in exploring human...
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First Person | "The Eric Andre Show" Creators Andrew Barchilon and Kitao Sakurai on Embracing Ineptitude in Their Talk Show Parody

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Andrew Barchilon and Kitao Sakurai, the cofounders of the New York-based production company Naked Faces. got their start in the world of film. Sakurai shot and Barchilon produced Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me," after which the pair went on to make 2010 festival favorite "Aardvark," a slow-burning noir about a blind jiu-jitsu student who gets pulled into the shady doings of his friend and instructor (Barchilon served as producer while Sakurai wrote and directed the film). Their latest project finds them not just venturing into television but breaking it down as well (sometimes literally). "The Eric Andre Show," currently airing on Adult Swim on Sundays at 12:30am, is technically a talk show with interviews and planned bits. But host Eric Andre and his sidekick Hannibal Buress oversee what's more a scene of surreal, apocalyptic strangeness taking place on some alternate reality public access channel in which Savion...
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First Person | "The Eric Andre Show" Creators Andrew Barchilon and Kitao Sakurai on Embracing Ineptitude in Their Talk Show Parody

Andrew Barchilon and Kitao Sakurai, the cofounders of the New York-based production company Naked Faces. got their start in the world of film. Sakurai shot and Barchilon produced Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me," after which the pair went on to make 2010 festival favorite "Aardvark," a slow-burning noir about a blind jiu-jitsu student who gets pulled into the shady doings of his friend and instructor (Barchilon served as producer while Sakurai wrote and directed the film). Their latest project finds them not just venturing into television but breaking it down as well (sometimes literally). "The Eric Andre Show," currently airing on Adult Swim on Sundays at 12:30am, is technically a talk show with interviews and planned bits. But host Eric Andre and his sidekick Hannibal Buress oversee what's more a scene of surreal, apocalyptic strangeness taking place on some alternate reality public access channel in which Savion...

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In His Own Words: Alex Ross Perry Shares a Scene From 'The Color Wheel'

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In His Own Words: Alex Ross Perry Shares a Scene From 'The Color Wheel'
Below Alex Ross Perry shares an exclusive scene from his sophomore feature "The Color Wheel," which topped Indiewire's 2011 end-of-year poll for best undistributed film. The film got picked up by Cinema Conservancy after topping that chart and opens Friday at BAMcinematek in New York. Co-staring and co-written by Perry and Carlen Altman ("You Wont Miss Me"), "The Color Wheel" is an odd, funny story of a slacker brother and ambitious sister on a mission to move her things from her ex-lover/ex-professor's home. Check out our profile of Perry Here. The Scene This scene occurs early in the film, like within the first twenty minutes or so. Colin and Jr are beginning day two of their trek to move her stuff out of professor/scorned lover Neil Chadwick’s (Bob Byington) house. It immediately follows a sequence in a motel, where they are told only married couples can share a room.
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'Lola Versus' Soundtrack Features Dan Deacon, Ani Difranco, Taken by Trees & Score By Fall On Your Sword

Starring Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister Jones, Hamish Linklater and Joel Kinnaman with supporting assistance from Bill Pullman and Debra Winger (who play Gerwig's parents), Daryl Wein's New York-centric romantic comedy "Lola Versus" arrives in theaters on June 8. And we've got the deets on both the soundtrack and score front. Let's start with the score, which was composed by LCD Soundsystem offshoots and multi-media composers Fall On Your Sword. They've been very busy on the indie-film score front of late, writing the scores to Brit Marling's "Another Earth," the as-yet unreleased Keanu Reeves indie "Generation Umm" and Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me," among others.That score is due digitally June 5th and comes out on CD June 12th.

The soundtrack is its own beast. Due digitally on May 29th and on CD June 12th, the twelve-track soundtrack disc features electronic musician Dan Deacon, Ani Difranco (in a
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'Lola Versus' Soundtrack Features Dan Deacon, Ani Difranco, Taken by Trees & Score By Fall On Your Sword

Starring Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister Jones, Hamish Linklater and Joel Kinnaman with supporting assistance from Bill Pullman and Debra Winger (who play Gerwig's parents), Daryl Wein's New York-centric romantic comedy "Lola Versus" arrives in theaters on June 8. And we've got the deets on both the soundtrack and score front. Let's start with the score, which was composed by LCD Soundsystem offshoots and multi-media composers Fall On Your Sword. They've been very busy on the indie-film score front of late, writing the scores to Brit Marling's "Another Earth," the as-yet unreleased Keanu Reeves indie "Generation Umm" and Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me," among others.That score is due digitally June 5th and comes out on CD June 12th.

The soundtrack is its own beast. Due digitally on May 29th and on CD June 12th, the twelve-track soundtrack disc features electronic musician Dan Deacon, Ani Difranco (in a
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Alex Ross Perry's 'The Color Wheel,' Iw's Best Undistributed Film of 2011, Finds Distribution

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Alex Ross Perry's 'The Color Wheel,' Iw's Best Undistributed Film of 2011, Finds Distribution
Alex Ross Perry's sophomore feature "The Color Wheel," which topped Indiewire's 2011 end-of-year poll for best undistributed film, has received distribution from Cinema Conservancy, a new company from Tyler Brodie and Hunter Gray, who will take the film to Brooklyn for its opening week, and follow that run with 15-city run. Co-staring and co-written by Perry and Carlen Altman ("You Wont Miss Me"), "The Color Wheel" is an odd, funny story of a slacker brother and ambitious sister on a mission to move her things from her ex-lover/ex-professor's home. See Indiewire's Futures profile of Perry here. The full press release follows below: Cinema Conservancy is pleased to announce the Us theatrical premiere release of The Color Wheel, the most acclaimed American Independent film of the moment. After a stellar run as an Official Selection in over twenty international festivals, including Festival del Film...
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Sundance 2012: Magnolia Picks Up Nobody Walks; Participant and Affrm Acquire Middle Of Nowhere; The Weinstein Co. Buys Lay The Favorite

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Sundance is over, which means it's time to start looking forward to the eventual theatrical releases of the lucky selections. Three more movies landed a distribution deal over the weekend: Magnolia picked up Nobody Walks, the ensemble drama led by John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, Justin Kirk, India Ennenga, and Dylan McDermott. Participant Media and Affrm jointly acquired Middle of Nowhere, an "emotional drama chronicling a woman’s (Emayatzy E. Corinealdi) separation from her incarcerated husband (Omari Hardwick) and her journey to maintain her marriage and her identity." The Weinstein Co. bought Lay the Favorite, a comedy set in the world of high-stakes gambling starring Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon, Rebecca Hall and Vince Vaughn. Look to the press releases after the break for details on each acquisition. Nobody Walks Magnolia Takes North American Rights to Nobody Walks Park City, Ut – January 28, 2012 – The Wagner/Cuban Company
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #59. Ry Russo-Young's Nobody Walks

#59. Nobody Walks Director: Ry Russo-YoungWriter(s): Dunham and Russo-YoungProducers: Jonathan Schwartz (Like Crazy), Andrea Sperling (Kaboom) and Alicia Van Couvering (Tiny Furniture)Distributor: Rights Available The Gist: A a driven young artist is a guest at the home of a Hollywood sound designer and his family as he helps her finish her first film. Their professional connection triggers a sexual and emotional entanglement that lays bare the needs, narcissism and questionable morality of everyone involved....(more) Cast: Olivia Thirlby, Dylan McDermott, John Krasinski, Jane Levy, Rosemarie DeWitt, Rhys Wakefield and Sam Lerner List Worthy Reasons...: A project we've been keeping track of the moment it was mentioned as part of the Sundance labs, two hip and gifted New York based filmmakers putting their powers together in what should be a dialogue rich, fragile and vulnerable friendly kind of love story. Ry Russo-Young's You Wont Miss Me is
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2012 Sundance Predictions: Ry Russo Young's Nobody Walks

#42. Nobody Walks - Ry Russo Young A 2010 Sundance Screenwriters Lab selected project with additional support from the Annenberg Film Fellowship Grant and the Indian Paintbrush Fellowship, Ry Russo Young teamed with Lena Dunham for a project that attracted the likes of Dylan McDermott, Rosemarie DeWitt, John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby for a film budgeted at a significantly larger amount than what it cost to make her debut film, You Wont Miss Me (a New Frontier programmed film). Nobody Walks looks poised for a U.S Dramatic Comp inclusion. Gist: Co-written by Lena Dunham and Ry Russo-Young, a driven young artist is a guest at the home of a Hollywood sound designer and his family as he helps her finish her first film. Their professional connection triggers a sexual and emotional entanglement that lays bare the needs, narcissism and questionable morality of everyone involved. Producers: Jonathan Schwartz (Like Crazy), Andrea Sperling
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DeWitt, Krasinski, and Thirlby in the Running for Ry Russo-Young's 'Nobody Walks'

The indie dramedy/mumblecore revolution keeps sailing on with word that Rosemarie DeWitt, John Krasinski, and Olivia Thirlby are in negotiations to star in Ry Russo Young's new film Nobody Walks. Jonathan Schwartz is producing, who's coming off of a big Sundance success in Like Crazy, which took home the big prize. When one considers that the film was co-written by Lena Durham (who took a cyber-beating earlier this month when her Tiny Furniture was more-or-less confirmed for a Criterion DVD), this really begins to take on the look of some sort of manifesto against the genre's detractors. Russo-Young's previous film You Wont Miss Me premiered at Sundance and had a stint at SXSW, was moderately successful critically, and really put Stella Schnabel on the map (though, Miral might have just undone that). The film was intended to go behind the camera in Los Angeles by early 2011, but, likely
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Exclusive: Factory 25 Brings 'Two Gates of Sleep' to Final Resting Place

Factory 25, the uber cool Brooklyn NY label responsible for making sure that Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo and You Wont Miss Me get some love from the movie-going public have picked up one of my favorite films from the 2010 campaign in the Cannes Director's Fortnight selected Two Gates of Sleep. Alistair Banks Griffin's debut film easily puts him in a category apart of budding U.S filmmakers to watch out for (I'd include Lance Hammer, Antonio Campos, Jeff Nichols and more recently Sean Durkin) in that pack of remarkable first time efforts. Tgos will receive a one week release this Friday (April 1st) at the Re-Run Theater. I imagine other markets including Los Angeles (where the film was previously shown in AFI Fest) will follow and for sure we'll get some whacked out DVD release for the film -- I think of Factory 25 as a mix between Criterion and the
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A Spirited Q & A With "Tiny Furniture" Actress/Writer/Director Lena Dunham

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A Spirited Q & A With
As a way of celebrating this year's nominees for the Spirit Awards in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, we reached out to as many as we could in an effort to better understand what went into their films, what they've gotten out of the experience, and where they've found their inspiration, both in regards to their work and other works of art that might've inspired them from the past year. Their answers will be published on a daily basis throughout February.

Of all the things written about Lena Dunham in the past year, a span of 12 months that has included a New York Times piece on her ultra-low budget feature "Tiny Furniture"'s successful debut at SXSW in March and culminated with a lengthy profile in The New Yorker upon its release in November, the irony, which has surely not been lost on the actress/writer/director, has
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iW Reviews in Rewind: 12/10.

It has been a somewhat crowded week for indieWIRE reviews. (And a big week for indieWIRE's history.) Links to coverage of this weekend's new releases follow. You Wont Miss Me Ry Russo-Young’s “You Wont Miss Me” wound up in the experimental New Frontiers section at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and won the Best Film Coming to a Theater Near You prize at the Gotham Awards that fall. It arrives in limited release nearly two years after the initial premiere with a long trail of responses that speak to its divisive nature. Is Russo-Young’s sophomore feature a feeble collection…
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Review | Stage Fright: Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me"

Review | Stage Fright: Ry Russo-Young's
Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me" wound up in the experimental New Frontiers section at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and won the Best Film Coming to a Theater Near You prize at the Gotham Awards that fall. It arrives in limited release nearly two years after the initial premiere with a long trail of responses that speak to its divisive nature. Is Russo-Young's sophomore feature a feeble collection ...
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Ry Russo-Young Takes Some "Me" Time

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Ry Russo-Young Takes Some
When speaking to Ry Russo-Young, the adjective "abstract" will come up a lot in conversation in terms of the style of her films. But that shouldn't be confused with the substance, which is so emotionally precise. Where many filmmakers have depicted the fear and uncertainty of twentysomethings with quirk and gorgeously lit indifference, Russo-Young portrays it in a grainy haze in her latest film "You Wont Miss Me," the result of her practical use of a variety of formats, ranging from Flip cams to Super 8s, and the world-weary skepticism of her main character Shelly Brown (Stella Schnabel) that rarely allows for clarity.

As refreshingly tough-minded a character study as Brown is a character, the film was born out of Russo-Young's desire to do something with Schnabel, a friend since elementary school, and developed from a three-hour interview where Schnabel first portrayed the wild, eternally frustrated Shelly into a loose-knit
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In Her Own Words: Ry Russo-Young On An Exclusive Scene From "You Wont Miss Me"

Winner of the "best film not playing at a theater near you" award at last year's Gotham Awards, Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me" opens in theaters this Friday, December 10. In anticipation of the film's release, Russo-Young shared an exclusive scene from her film with indieWIRE, and discussed her filmmaking background. The Film A kaleidoscopic film portrait of Shelly Brown, a 23-year-old alienated urban misfit. Shelly Brown is released ...
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