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Winter’s Bone – Trailer for the Sundance winner

Posted by LiveFor on April 28, 2010

This was the film that won the Grand Jury prize at this years Sundance film festival.

Directed by Debra Granik. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Lauren Sweetser, Shelley Waggener and Kevin Breznahan.

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Sounds like a nice, happy film. Here’s the trailer along with Granik talking about the film. All joking aside it does look excellent.

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The Killer Inside Me got slammed at Sundance but gets picked up despite the violence

Posted by LiveFor on February 2, 2010

Michael Winterbottom’s adaption of The Killer Inside Me stars Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Ned Beatty, Bill Pullman and Elias Koteas. I’ve been following it for a while now and it debuted at Sundance. Here’s the plot:

Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small Texas town, patient and thoughtful. Some people think he’s a little slow and boring but that’s the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his ’sickness’. It nearly got him put away when he was younger, but his adopted brother took the rap for that. Now the sickness that has been lying dormant for a while is about to surface again – and the consequences are brutal and devastating.

Now reading that you would expect something dark, brutal and violent. Guess what? It sounds as if it is exactly that and yet it got absolutely slammed at Sundance for its graphic violence. However, reading between the lines I gather it is a good film, but the extreme violence (apparantly Jessica Alba’s characer gets beaten up so badly you can see her teeth through her cheek – Two Face anyone?) turned many off.

However, IFC Films this weekend paid $1.5 million to distribute The Killer Inside Me in the U.S. so it does appear that we’ll be able to watch the film. To be honest it sounds as if it is just extremely faithful to the novel by Jim Thompson.

Other films that found buyers at Sundance 2010 include:
Buried (Ryan Reynolds trapped alive in a big box)
The Kids Are All Right starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as lesbians
Twelve with Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts and 50 Cent
Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.

International buyers are looking at other films from the festival including:
Happy Thank You More Please from Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother)
Catfish, a documentary about an online relationship
Blue Valentine with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
Splice the sci-fi film by Vincenzo Natali.

Lots of good films heading our way.

Source: Canoe

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The Tillman Story – Poster for the true story of an Iraq soldier

Posted by LiveFor on January 28, 2010

This documentary has been getting some great reviews having featured at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002—and became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately more heroic, than the caricature created by the media. And when the government tried to turn his death into war propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in the Santa Cruz mountains, Pat’s mother, Dannie Tillman, led the family’s crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son’s life and death.

Featuring candid and revelatory interviews with Pat’s fellow soldiers as well as his family, Amir Bar-Lev’s emotional and insightful film not only shines a light on the shady aftermath of Pat’s death and calls to task the entire chain of command but also examines themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.

Source: Sundance & IMP

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Pumzi – Trailer for short sci-fi film debuting at Sundance

Posted by LiveFor on January 28, 2010

Nature is extinct. The outside is dead. Asha lives and works as a museum curator in one of the indoor communities set up by the Maitu Council. When she receives a box in the mail containing soil, she plants an old seed in it and the seed starts to germinate instantly. Asha appeals to the Council to grant her permission to investigate the possibility of life on the outside but the Council denies her exit visa. Asha breaks out of the inside community to go into the dead and derelict outside to plant the growing seedling and possibly find life on the outside.

Writer and directed by Wanuri Kahui

Check out the official site

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Four Lions – Clip from Chris Morris’ Jihad movie

Posted by LiveFor on January 23, 2010

Finally we get some footage from Four Lions a comedy about four British jihadists planning an act of terrorism. This is the debut from Brass Eye’s Chris Morris and it premieres at the Sundance film festival today.

Bound to be controversial and very funny. In this clip, we see how not to buy a dozen bottles of bomb-making bleach.

More photos here.

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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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Exit Through The Gift Shop – A Banksy Film

Posted by LiveFor on January 21, 2010

Apparantly this is the World’s first street art disaster movie and possibly follows the artist known as Banksy as he goes about his business. Yet it may not feature Banksy at all. Who knows.

It is showing at the Sundance Film Festival (I’ve got to get there one year) and will premiere there this Sunday.

Exit Through The Gift Shop was left off the official programme, but speculation about the festival’s Spotlight Surprise turned to Banksy after four stencils, believed to be by the artist, appeared on walls in Park City, where the festival is held.

Banksy is known for teasing his audience, toying with authority, and continually pulling the wool over people’s eyes to stage unexpected stunts.

The Sundance site describes it as follows:

In the late 1990s, a hybrid form of graffiti began appearing in cities around the world. Enlisting stickers, stencils, posters, and sculpture and spread by the burgeoning Internet, it would be labeled “street art” and establish itself as the most significant counterculture movement of a generation. Los Angeles–based filmmaker Terry Guetta set out to record this secretive world in all its thrilling detail. For more than eight years, he traveled with the pack, roaming the streets of America and Europe, the stealthy witness of the world’s most infamous vandals. But after meeting the British stencil artist known only as “Banksy,” things took a bizarre turn.

Sundance has shown films by unknown artists but never an anonymous one. Banksy turns the tables on the only man who has ever filmed him, creating a remarkable documentary that is part personal journey and part an exposé of the art world with its mind-altering mix of hot air and hype. In the end, Exit Through the Gift Shop is an amazing ride, a cautionary modern fairy tale . . . with bolt cutters.

Rhys Ifans narrates the documentary and I think this is a great trailer.

The image at the top is the Banksy piece in Liverpool.

What do you think of the whole Banksy phenomenon?

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Exclusive Interview: David Sullivan – star of Primer & Skateland. He’d love to be Preacher & Kim Kardashian tried to kill him

Posted by LiveFor on December 8, 2009

David Sullivan was one of the main actors in the excellent, 2004 time travel film, Primer. It was written and directed by Shane Carruth and I highly recommend you watch it as it is probably the most realistic portrayal of time travel yet seen.

David has also appeared in various episodes of CSI, Criminal Minds and Boston Legal. Coming up he stars opposite Jeffrey Combs and Brian Austin Green in Urgency and the Ashley Green coming of age film, Skateland.

He is also on Twitter.

He was kind enough to agree to an interview with me. Without further ado let’s get to it.

Hi David thanks for taking the time to do this.

First of all, I am honored that you have taken the time to come up with some questions and have the interest in sharing my answers with your followers. It really means a great deal to me knowing that people care about what I say. Hope I’m not too boring!!

We’ve recently had Halloween. Who or what did you dress up as?

I really don’t dress up too much for halloween. I mean, I dress up, but it’s usually pretty general or homemade. This year, my girlfriend and I went to the costume shop a couple of hours before the party and came up with Captain Hook and Tinkerbell. She already had a green dress, so I bought a pirate hat and a hook, and she bought some wings, a wand and some hair glitter. Pretty lame, but we pulled it off. And, yeah, I somehow lost the hook and she lost the wand halfway through the night.

How did you become an actor? Was it something you always wanted to be or did you fall into it?

I can remember when I was like 4 years old in San Antonio with my grandparents and saw this little kid filming Cloak and Dagger. There were all these people around and he was getting so much attention. I loved the fact that everyone was just watching this little kid run around and have fun. I asked my grandparents what was going on and they told me all about it. It soundend awesome, but not realistic. I really don’t think that I had decided that it was a life choice, or at least something I wanted to pursue fully until after Primer though. I didn’t really think that you could make a living at doing it, so didn’t wanna waste my time, but after seeing the amazing response from Sundance and from people who would pay me to act, I really knew that I could devote my life to it and honestly love what i do.

Primer was your first feature film. How did you prepare for the highly complex plot and how do you think that film set you up for subsequent roles?

I honestly didn’t know what I was doing. I had done a couple of one act plays in high school playing 60 year old men, so the kind of acting that was necessary from Primer was something that I was completely uneducated on. I had read the script a number of times and though, very short, it was very wordy and complicated. I knew that the only way we were going to pull this off is if we sounded like we knew what we were talking about, and played it very natural and conversational. This is the total opposite from how one would act in a play. I studied the script literally night and day because I had just been laid off from my job and had little else to do. I would go to Shane’s place every day and run lines and build props and do all “preproduction.” (I learned that word much later.) We got to know each other very well in those two months! As far as prepping for subsequent roles, I think it actually hindered me, not my work ethic but how to approach auditions. For at least a year, I would approach auditions very conversational, and had no stakes or point of view. It wasn’t until I actually got involved in a class that I learned how to approach it with a strong POV and a purpose.

Could you ever see a sequel to it?

No. I honestly don’t think Shane would allow it. I would love to do one, but unless he’s offered millions, I honestly don’t think he’ll do it.

Apart from Primer what is your favourite film / book / TV show involving time travel?

Honestly, I never was a big fan of time travel, except for Back To The Future. I know that sounds really cheesy, but until I did Primer, I just saw movies as a type of entertainment. I never really looked at film as art or as a message or really anything other than an escape from real life for a couple hours. I began to watch movies differently after that. I really began seeing in to movies and trying to really understand why actors and directors do what they do in telling a story. I have come to enjoy movies now for a variety of reasons as opposed to just be entertained.

Do you prefer working on TV shows or feature films?

Honestly, until you’re a household name, you don’t really have a choice. I would love to do movies for the rest of my life, but I know that I have to climb the ladder, and usually that means doing a lot of TV. If there were tons of filmmakers out there who would like to employ me throughout the year, I would much rather do that. I would love to spend weeks studying a role and figuring out nuances and how he would think, then shoot it for a month, then start on the next. I am a logical person thought and I know that that is a ways down the road.

If you were killed by a movie monster which one would it be and what would your final words be?

A movie monster?? Wow, um….He would have to be a misunderstood monster, or at least one that I could see why it was doing what it was doing. I just can’t say Jason because he’s messed up in the head. It would have to be someone like Kevin Spacey in 7. He had a purpose and he thought that what he was doing was right. I would just say to him, “It’s ok. You can be loved if you allow yourself to be.” I think that’s what all monsters want, just to be loved and understood. Goodness! I just reread what I wrote and it sounds so stupid!!!

What have been your favourite films of 2009 so far?

Inglourious Basterds is the front runner, but I also enjoyed a number of others including: The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, Star Trek, Moon, freaking Paranormal Activity (it was so scary; i was smiling the whole time!) and The Hangover. I honestly didn’t see as many movies this year as I would have liked.

Comic book films are big business these days. Are there any comic book characters you would love to play?

I don’t read comics, but if I did get my choice, it would be Preacher. I think he’s a badass from East Texas who thinks he’s doing the Lord’s work. That’s kinda me in a nutshell!!

What film do you first remember watching?

Wow, good question. Growing up, we weren’t allowed to watch tv. My dad actually put our TV in the attic a couple of times a year to keep us away. Funny side note, my mom fell through the ceiling twice sneaking up there to watch it! The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was probably ET. I remember liking it and having way too much popcorn.

Which actor dead or alive would you most like to work with?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I would love to just stand there and react to what he would be giving me.

Your have a couple of films coming up. What can you tell us about Urgency and how was it working with genre giant Jeffrey Combs?

Urgency was a very low budget film that we shot around Christmas in LA. My trailer was very small and very cold. I remember being miserable the majority of the time. The couple of days I got to work with Jeffrey, I had a blast. He is such a nice guy and such a giving actor. I can see why so many people like him. I had a lot of fun with him.

Then there is Skateland, a coming of age drama set in the 80s. What role do you play in that and did you have to skate?

This movie just got in to Sundance last week, so I am very excited about that. I do know how to skate. I actually grew up going to Skateland, and the movie sorta reflects what it was like in small town Texas. I was so excited to work on this movie and to have the opportunity to go back home. We shot it less than an hour from where I am from. I think I get to be the comic relief in this film. I have worked with the writer/director [Anthony Burns] before and he really let me just improv a lot. I had a great time being the hardware store manager trying to help the young kid get additional work after the skating rink may be shut down.

After those films have hit what will we be able to see you in next and do you fancy directing your own feature?

I will be in CSI:NY on December 16th. There are a number of reality people in the episode for some reason. Kim Kardashian actually tries to kill me. I have been offered a couple of smaller movies to be shot this winter but haven’t really committed to anything. As far as directing, I have a long way to go. I love working with actors and trying new things out, but as far as the job of being in control/responsible for a big group of people, not sure if I’m ready for that yet. I have a lot to learn, and am excited about doing so.

David Sullivan thank you.

Some great stuff there. If you haven’t seen Primer go and whack it in your Netflix or Love Film queue or pick it up at Amazon UK or Amazon USA (other online stores are available).

What do you think about David playing Jesse Custer in Preacher?

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You Won’t Miss Me – Trailer for the youthful desire for acceptance

Posted by LiveFor on March 10, 2009

The trailer for You Wont Miss Me which debuted at Sundance 2009 and will also be shown at SXSW 2009.

A kaleidoscopic film portrait of Shelly Brown, a twenty-three-year-old alienated urban misfit recently released from a psychiatric hospital. Starring Stella Schnabel, featuring Rene Ricard and introducing other notable New York personalities, the film gives pathos to the frenzy of the youthful desire for acceptance.

Shot in a variety of styles and formats, You Wont Miss Me mixes non-actors with professionals, verité with staging, order with abstraction, to paint an evocative picture of a contemporary rebel.

Director: Ry Russo-Young
Writer: Ry Russo-Young
Studio: Unknown
Cast: Stella Schnabel, Simon O’Connor, Zachary Tucker

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Mermaid – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on February 13, 2009

Here is the trailer for Mermaid which opens February 18th in select theaters and On-Demand, via IFC Festival Direct. Mermaid is a romantic comedy from Russia, that won the Best Director award (Anna Melikian) at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Her name was Alisa, she lived by the sea. Her life was pretty ordinary. She dreamed about the ballet, sang in a children’s choir and studied at a school for the mentally challenged. At the age of six she stopped speaking. At 17 she moved to Moscow and at exactly 18 she met Him…. and disappeared. That sort of thing happens all the time in the big city.

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