Miami International Film Festival Names PARK GROVE as New Shorts Competition Sponsor

August 21st, 2014

Looking ahead to its 32nd edition, Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) is delighted to announce luxury developers Terra Group and The Related Group as sponsors of this year’s Shorts Competition in the name of their upcoming Park Grove condominium partnership. The Park Grove Shorts Competition, as it will now be known, will present a winning filmmaker with a $2,500 cash prize at MiamiFF32, to be held March 6-15, 2015.

The news will be formally announced tonight, Thursday, August 21s from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the spectacular Park Grove Penthouse Gallery, at a cinematic soiree for MiamiFF’s Miami Film Society members. Celebrating the art of the short form, the evening will feature a screening of “Curfew”, writer / director Shawn Christensen’s 2013 Academy Award Winner For Best Live-Action Short. The evening, open to Miami Film Society members, MiamiFF sponsors, Screening Committee members and Coconut Grove luminaries, continues the series of monthly MiamiFF special events throughout Miami-Dade County which lead up to the 2015 Festival.

Jaie Laplante, Executive Director of MiamiFF, says “The Festival is delighted to have Pedro Martin, David Martin, and Jorge Perez, three champions of the South Florida art scene, support MiamiFF’s participating short filmmakers. The Park Grove is the ideal party setting for art, architecture and film to come together in one perfect Miami evening.”

While in the last five years MiamiFF’s Shorts Competition has awarded winners from across the globe – France (twice), Chile, China and Scotland – Terra Group’s President and Co-Founder David Martin hopes South Florida’s homegrown filmmakers will continue creating exciting film projects, stating of his support, “I think it’s crucial to cultivate and nurture our local talent. Artists, filmmakers, writers and talent are the fabric of Miami’s cultural backbone and we need to encourage their growth so that our city experiences the benefits of their work.”

“We have a longstanding history of supporting the communities and neighborhoods where we develop, especially in the arts and cultural fields, says Carlos Rosso, President of Condominium Development at The Related Group. “We’re very excited to be supporting the Miami International Film Festival, as it promotes Miami’s growing talent.”

The multi-layered Park Grove event is indicative of the international nature, excitement and creative partnerships MiamiFF accomplishes each year: Miami International Film Festival annually attracts over 400 filmmakers from across the globe; Terra Group and Park Grove partner The Related Group have each developed spectacularly luxurious residential towers which have visually transformed Miami’s new cityscape, attracting a chic international citizenry; “Curfew”, shot throughout New York’s geographical plethora of glamour and grit, and winner of 48 International film awards, is acclaimed as one of the very best 19-minute films currently on the international circuit.

Event attendees will also be briefed on an exciting, audience-interactive development for 2015 – the Knight Documentary Competition transforms into being viewer-awarded instead of traditionally jury awarded, with physical ballots tallying real-time results from film-lovers attending the screenings. The Park Grove Shorts Competition joins other significant competitions held at the annual MiamiFF, including the signature Knight Competition and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Competition.

For membership opportunities or more information, please visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM(3456). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY – Trailer

August 21st, 2014

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY”. The film is directed by Ned Benson, starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Jess Weixler, Nikki M. James, Jeremy Shamos.

OPENING IN NY AND LA SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
OPENING NATIONWIDE SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY. Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled HIM and HER – uniting their perspectives and taking a further look into the subjectivity of relationships.

AUTOMATA – Trailer

August 21st, 2014

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “AUTOMATA”. The film is directed by Gabe Ibáñez, starring Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott.

Millennium Entertainment will release AUTOMATA in theaters and OnDemand October 10, 2014.

An insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for

CHRIS LOWELL’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT FILM BESIDE STILL WATERS SET FOR NOVEMBER RELEASE

August 21st, 2014

It was announced today that Chris Lowell’s Beside Still Waters will be theatrically released this fall, beginning on November 14, 2014 with cable/telco and satellite video-on-demand and digital platforms on November 18, 2014 via Tribeca Film. Directed, produced and co-written by Lowell with co-writer Mohit Narang, the film stars Ryan Eggold (“The Blacklist”), Beck Bennett (“Saturday Night Live”), Brett Dalton (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Erin Darke, Jessy Hodges, Will Brill, Britt Lower and Reid Scott (“Veep”).

Blending 16mm, Super 8mm & Lowell’s own B&W photography, Beside Still Waters received overwhelming support from its innovative Kickstarter campaign, where it quickly became the 13th most-funded narrative film of all time, and the only one of the top 100 to more than triple its goal, which was surpassed on the second day of a month-long campaign.

Winner of both the Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2013 Austin Film Festival, Beside Still Waters is about Daniel Thatcher (Ryan Eggold), a young romantic who has recently fallen on hard times, who enlists his childhood friends to relive the glory days of their youth, whether they like it or not.

“With Beside Still Waters, I wanted to write a love letter to the place that I grew up and the people I grew up with. I wanted to tell a small story that communicated big ideas, which to me, is the nature of independent cinema. Tribeca Film was one of the earliest supporters of Beside Still Waters, and I couldn’t be more excited to partner with them for the release.
They have always encouraged innovative, forward-thinking cinema, and I am honored to have my first film among their incredibly impressive canon,” said Chris Lowell.

“Beside Still Waters is a beautifully realized story of friendship which is innovative in its approach in as many ways as one can be, in its writing, style, financing and indeed in its distribution,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Enterprises. “This is a remarkable debut for Chris Lowell and team that is all too rare in present day indie filmmaking.”

Jason Potash and Paul Finkel produced through their Storyboard Entertainment banner and Lowell, Narang, and Steven Gorel also served as producers.

LAST WEEKEND – Trailer

August 21st, 2014

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “LAST WEEKEND”. The film is directed by Tom Dolby and Tom Williams, starring Patricia Clarkson, Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross.

Sundance Selects will release LAST WEEKEND in New York on August 29, 2014

In this dark comedy of manners, the action of LAST WEEKEND unfolds over the course of a long Labor Day weekend at the end of the summer at Lake Tahoe, California.
Celia Green (Patricia Clarkson) is at a crossroads. She and her husband, Malcolm (Chris Mulkey), are the founders of a fitness empire and among San Francisco’s wealthiest citizens. They have been coming to Lake Tahoe for more than thirty years, and yet Celia now feels that something in her life is missing.
She gathers her two adult sons (Zachary Booth and Joseph Cross) and their partners for a rare weekend together. As the holiday begins, Celia finds herself torn between the house—and the past that it represents—and her desire to move forward with her life.
As the weekend progresses and tensions rise, the four members of the Green family are joined by an eclectic assortment of houseguests and drop-ins, young and old.
On Saturday morning, an accident threatens to unhinge Celia’s meticulously devised weekend: the Greens’ longtime caretaker, Hector Castillo (Julio Oscar Mechoso), is electrocuted as he is fixing a broken light on the dock. When he is airlifted to a nearby hospital, the Green family goes along with him, and the guests on the property are forced to fend for themselves.
Amidst this catastrophe, Celia must decide whether she is ready to let go of the house. LAST WEEKEND is a film about the end of an era for a family—and the steps we must often take in order to create new beginnings.

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD – Film Clip

August 21st, 2014

Here is a clip from the upcoming film “WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD”. The film is directed by Gregg Araki, starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Dale Dickey, Mark Indelicato Sheryl Lee and Angela Bassett.

Magnolia Pictures will release WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD OnDemand September 25, 2014 and in theaters October 24, 2014.

Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears – just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it…

RADiUS ACQUIRES SXSW GRAND JURY AWARD WINNER ‘THE GREAT INVISIBLE’ FROM PARTICIPANT MEDIA

August 21st, 2014


The Great Invisible Still

RADiUS announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media’s critically-acclaimed, SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning film, THE GREAT INVISIBLE, written and directed by Margaret Brown, whose THE ORDER OF MYTHS (Independent Lens, 2009) won both a Peabody and Independent Spirit Award.

THE GREAT INVISIBLE tells the story of the modern South – the fishermen, the oilmen, and the survivors – through the lens of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

RADiUS has slated the film for a late 2014 theatrical release.

According to RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, “THE GREAT INVISIBLE unfolds like a thriller and Margaret does a brilliant job of uncovering the aftermath of one of the worst disasters our country has ever faced.”

Diane Weyermann, EVP, Documentary Films at Participant Media added, “Participant is proud to re-team with RADiUS to share Margaret Brown’s beautiful, reflective film about the people and places still reeling from the impact of the spill.”

Brown added, “RADiUS is clearly a great home for documentaries, and I am thrilled to work with them on this very personal film.”

On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oilrig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away. After burning for two days, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill flowed unabated for almost three months, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean, shutting down the local fishing industry, polluting the fragile ecosystem, and raising serious questions about the safety of continued deep-water offshore drilling.

Brown traveled to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the environmental disaster. Years later, the Southern Americans still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page.

A Co-Production of ITVS and Participant Media, THE GREAT INVISIBLE was produced by Brown, Jason Orans, and Julie Goldman; executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann for Participant, John Battsek, and Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS; and edited by Robin Schwartz and Tyler Hubby; with music composed by David Wingo.

The announcement comes on the heels of J.C. Chandor’s recently announced feature version DEEPWATER HORIZON.

Quinn and Janego negotiated the deal with Submarine’s Josh Braun and Jeff Ivers for Participant.

RADiUS and Participant Media previously collaborated on Errol Morris’ THE UNKNOWN KNOWN.

KINK – Trailer

August 21st, 2014

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “KINK”. The film is directed by Christina Voros, starring Peter Acworth, Van Darkholme, Princess Donna.

MPI Pictures will release KINK theatrically on August 22, 2014

Director Christina Voros and producer James Franco pull back the curtain on the fetish empire of Kink.com, the Internet’s largest producer of BDSM content. In a particularly obscure corner of an industry that operates largely out of public view, Kink.com’s directors and models strive for authenticity. In an enterprise often known for exploitative practices, Kink.com upholds an ironclad set of values to foster an environment that is safe, sane, and consensual. They aim to demystify the BDSM lifestyle, and to serve as an example and an educational resource for the BDSM community.
In kink, we discover not only a fascinating and often misunderstood subculture, but also, in a career far from the mainstream, a group of intelligent, charismatic, and driven people who really, truly love what they do.

OPEN ROAD FILMS WILL RELEASE NIGHTCRAWLER OCTOBER 31, 2014

August 20th, 2014

Open Road Films will release NIGHTCRAWLER nationwide on October 31, 2014. (Release date was previously October 17, 2014.)

An official selection of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, NIGHTCRAWLER stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Also starring in NIGHTCRAWLER are Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed.

Producers are Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Michel Litvak, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster. Executive producers are Gary Michael Walters and Betsy Danbury. NIGHTCRAWLER was financed by Bold Films; Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales on the project.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN – Trailer

August 20th, 2014

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN”. The film is directed by Jason Reitman, starring Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN will make its world premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.