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Spike Jonze’s short, I’m Here, is now live for all to watch

Posted by LiveFor on March 19, 2010

I was lucky enough to see Spike Jonze’s robot love story at a special screening a while ago – Check out Mrs Live For Films review of the night. Now you can catch it, well 5000 people a day can until it gets onto youtube! Well worth a watch over on as it is a beautiful, moving and funny piece of film.

The 30 minute film, which forms part of the ABSOLUT campaign ‘In An ABSOLUT World, Ordinary Is No Place To Be’, is a robot love story set in LA and celebrates a life enriched by creativity. It proved to be a huge hit when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year, and later screened at the influential Berlinale in February.

5,000 people a day will be offered the opportunity to watch the film through a striking online cinema experience. ‘I’m Here’ is a creative collaboration which acknowledges ABSOLUT as a pioneering and cultureshaping brand.

The film stars British actor Andrew Garfield (Boy A, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Sienna Guillory, (Love Actually). The soundtrack includes original music by Sam Spiegel and original songs by L.A.- based art musician Aska Matsumiya and other emerging musicians.
Mark Hamilton, Head of Marketing for Vodka at Pernod Ricard UK said:

“ABSOLUT has a long history of creative collaborations which is testament to the brand’s unique and visionary perspective of the world. Our collaboration with Spike Jonze marks an evolution of our longstanding commitment to creativity. ‘I’m Here’ combines Jonze’s unique style with our vision of challenging convention and making ordinary life more interesting.”

The film is streamed in high quality and, thanks to social media functionality, viewers can watch ‘I’m Here’ together with Facebook friends. The site also offers a teaser trailer, bonus material and additional information on the director and cast.

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Spike Jonze’s I’m Here – Our search for the Absolut screening

Posted by LiveFor on February 28, 2010

My Wife and I were lucky enough to be invited to a special screening of Spike Jonze’s new short film presented by Absolut Vodka. It recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. A splendid night and a great little movie. My Wife kindly wrote about the experience so now over to her.

‘I’m Here’ it is called but we couldn’t find out where Here was! We had arrived at our destination; courtesy of the Sat Nav but felt it was lying to us given the fact that we were just in the middle of a road with little idea of where to go next. Driving on we came across an NCP car park and promptly parked the car in order to peruse our surroundings. Leaving the comfort of our car we stepped out into the cold, damp night air in search of clues as to the whereabouts of the venue.

Hand in hand we began our search through the unfamiliar territory, partygoers and revellers alike adding to the buzz and surreal feel of the evening. Like two private detectives we eventually stumbled upon a very strong lead. Looking up to the top of the multi storey car park we noticed something strange was afoot. The top floor appeared to be shrouded in secrecy with strange moving silhouettes within. Curious, we quickly returned to our car and began the climb to the top floor. We had to abandon the safe haven of our car two floors below due to barriers and so embarked on foot up the somewhat sinister feeling staircase. Having arrived at the anticipated level we hesitantly opened the door to discover a busy huddle of people at the far end of the room, visible thanks to the strategically placed blue lights that sent strobes of eerie colour into the vast space; the cold air meeting the warm beams with a haunting fog like effect. Our search had come to a close, we were Here!

Unfortunately we were unfashionably early and were promptly instructed to return to the outside of the car park where we would meet a man who would give us a token. We decided to leave our car where it was parked and take the many stairs that led to the outside. Having only walked down two flights of stairs we were obstructed by what seemed to be a very unsavoury character that was sprawled on the stairs. We gingerly stopped behind the man, unsure whether to ask if we could be allowed access in case that prompted some form of confrontation. The vagrant then turned and looked at us and in a very well spoken voice asked ‘will you be okay getting through there guys?’ ‘Errr, yes thanks’ we replied. This night was getting stranger by the minute.

Mrs Live For Films

On our return to the venue we were met with a very different scene. Walking through a corridor walled with bookcases and a bubble wrap floor we popped our way to the Absolut vodka bar. Having secured our free vodka cocktails we then proceeded to take in the transformation. The room was blanketed in blue light with a synthetic grass green floor equipped with strategically placed brown boxes. There were many screens on scaffolding along with a huge cinema type screen at the top of the room. Before the screening began mattresses sprung out of the boxes, much to the delight of the chosen guests and quickly inflated to provide adequate seating for everyone.

The ambience was one of sitting in a park on a cold winters night huddled up to a loved one to keep warm. So here we were, sitting at the top of a multi storey car park feeling privileged to have been given the opportunity to see a preview of the film.

‘I’m Here’ is a story of love between two robots (voiced by Andrew Garfield and Sienna Guillory). It is a strangely beautiful depiction of how the power of love can make someone sacrifice everything in order to keep what he or she holds dear. Even though the main characters are machines, the clever way in which they are portrayed, along with the struggles they face, leaves you engaging with the characters. Yes, the storyline is somewhat bizarre and exaggerated but this does not detract from the emotion evoked. The film is less than 30 minutes long so it would be easy to give too much away and spoil the surprise. Needless to say it is another triumph from Spike Jonze and will surely appeal to many.

Thanks to Marcus at We Are Social for the invite.

The film goes live for everyone to see in March 2010. Sign up at the official I’m Here site.

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SXSW Film Festival – Chris Morris’ Four Lions will close the festival

Posted by LiveFor on February 19, 2010

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced Chris Morris’ pitch-black satire Four Lions as its Closing Night film, to play on Saturday, March 20 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. SXSW also released additional feature and short titles or the 2010 event, which will take place March 12 – March 20, 2010. The festival will open with the world premiere of Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson, Cholë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage.

SXSW will also host more than 80 Film Conference panels, which will take place Friday, March 12 – Tuesday, March 16. Previously announced participants for the 2010 SXSW Film Conference include Michel Gondry (The Thorn in the Heart, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down, Pineapple Express), Jeffery Tambor’s Acting Workshop, and Academy Award-winning Argentine composer, solo artist and producer Gustavo Santaolalla, among many others. For full panel descriptions and participants, as well as the complete film lineup and schedule, visit

Additional Feature Films in the 2010 SXSW Film Festival include:


Four Lions (United Kingdom)
Director: Chris Morris. Screenwriters: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell and Chris Morris
Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar


American Grindhouse
Director: Elijah Drenner. Screenwriters: Calum Wadell and Elijah Drenner
This feature documentary chronicles the history of the American Exploitation Film. It digs deep into this often overlooked category of U.S. cinema and unearths the shameless and occasionally shocking origins of this popular entertainment. (World Premiere)

Cargo (Switzerland)
Directors: Ivan Engler and Ralf Etter. Screenwriters: Johnny Hartmann, Thilo Röscheisen, Patrik Steinmann
Cargo is an intelligent science-fiction thriller that puts an electrifying, futuristic spin on present-day preoccupations like flight from reality, and destruction of the environment. Cast: Anna Katharina Schwabroth, Martin Rapold, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Pierre Semmler (U.S. Premiere)

Haynesville: The Hunt for an Energy Future
Director and Screenwriter: Gregory Kallenberg
Haynesville documents the discovery of the largest natural gas field in the nation, its momentous impact on three people’s lives, and the affect this historic find could have on our energy future. (North American Premiere)


A NY Thing
Director & Screenwriter: Olivier Lecot
A French romantic follows his object of desire to New York where over the course of 3 crazed and ardent days he must convince her of the authenticity of his love in a comic and melancholy journey where love reveals its peculiar nature. Cast: Jonathan Zaccai, Fanny Valette, Greta Gerwig, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Leo Fitzpatrick
(North American Premiere)


Director: Anthony Burns. Screenwriters: Anthony Burns, Brandon Freeman, Heath Freeman
In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way. Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen, Melinda McGraw, Taylor Handley, Haley Ramm, and A.J. Buckley


Beyond Ipanema
Director: Guto Barra. Writer: Guto Barra and Béco Dranoff
From Carmen Miranda to Bebel Gilberto, from Tropicália to Favela Funk, Brazilian music has been influencing the world for 70 years. The global love affair with Brazil is revisited by the ones who lived it.

Strummerville (United Kingdom)
Director: Don Letts
Joe Strummer’s untimely death sent shockwaves around the music world and beyond. In this documentary, Grammy winner Don Letts shows how Joe’s spirit lives on through a charity set up in his memory, Strummerville. (World Premiere)

This Movie is Broken (Canada)
Director: Bruce McDonald. Screenwriter: Don McKellar
On a hot summer’s night in Toronto, a Broken Social Scene show tops all expectations and resonates deep into the morning, into the lives of two close friends & closer than they knew (World Premiere)

When You’re Strange – a film about the Doors
Director: Tom DiCillo
Narrated by Johnny Depp, the first feature documentary about The Doors provides a previously unseen view of the legendary quartet, comprised entirely of historic archival footage shot between 1965 and 1971.


The Sound of Insects – Record of a Mummy (Switzerland)
Director: Peter Liechti
A cinematic manifesto for life, challenged by the main character’s radical renunciation of life itself.


Waking Sleeping Beauty
Director: Don Hahn
From 1984 to 1994, a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever.

Director and Screenwriter: Gerard Johnson
A week in the life of Tony, an alienated psychopath with severe social problems, an obsession for action films and a horrible moustache. Cast: Peter Ferdinando, Ricky Grover, George Russo, Francis Pope, Neil Maskell, Lorenzo Camporese, Vicky Murdock


SUCK (Canada)
Director and Screenwriter: Rob Sterfaniuk
Suck is a rock and roll vampire movie that follows “The Winners” on their final doomed tour down a highway to hell. Cast: Rob Stefaniuk, Jessica Pare, Dave Foley, Moby, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Dimitri Coats, Alex Lifeson with Alice Cooper and Malcolm McDowell. (US. Premiere)

Additional Short Films in the 2010 SXSW Film Festival include:


I’m Here
Director: Spike Jonze

Successful Alcoholics
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Drake and Lindsay are successful alcoholics who may need to rethink their definition of “success.”

Tough Crowd
Director: Anne Lewis
An over-scheduled, guilt-ridden and totally self-absorbed daughter comes to visit Mom at the retirement home and withers from the contempt that she’s certain the staff and other residents have for her. Plus, she “just knows” that they prefer her dashing, bachelor brother to her.


Robin Hood Gardens
Director: Martin Ginestie
An investigation into the debate surrounding the fate of Robin Hood Gardens, controversial East London housing estate described as a dilapidated concrete eyesore by some and a masterpiece in Brutalist architecture by others.

Star Wars: Retold
Director: Joe Nicolosi
An animated retelling of the original Star Wars trilogy, according to a girl who’s never actually watched Star Wars. Her rendition, pieced together from pop-culture references and Kevin Smith jokes, offers a fun glance at the cultural impact Star Wars has had on those who haven’t watched the films.

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Spike Jonze’s I’m Here – Trailer for a robot love story

Posted by LiveFor on January 22, 2010

Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are), has recently returned to his ad man roots, collaborating with Absolut vodka on a 30-minute short film, I’m Here. Described as a’ robot love story’ it stars Andrew Garfield (Red Riding) and Sienna Guillory and premieres at Sundance.

Here is the trailer.

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