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Friday, December 13, 2019

The Movie Report #1048, December 13, 2019

The Movie Report

#1048, December 13, 2019


MOVIES:

  • The Aeronauts ***
  • Black Christmas * 1/2
  • Bombshell ***
  • En Brazos de un Asesino (In the Arms of an Assassin) ** 1/2
  • Hold On ** 1/2 Q&A & live performance video with Micayla De Ette, Tarek Tohme, Flavor Flav, Maurice Benard, Alvaro Orlando
  • In Fabric ***
  • A Hidden Life ****
  • Jumanji: The Next Level *** video of Kevin Hart hand & footprint ceremony
  • Playmobil: The Movie **
  • Richard Jewell *** Q&A video with screenwriter Billy Ray
  • 6 Underground ***
  • Uncut Gems ***

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

F3PR: Aubrey Plaza returns to host 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards

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PRESS RELEASE


AUBREY PLAZA RETURNS TO HOST
35th FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Broadcast Live Exclusively on IFC
Saturday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET


LOS ANGELES (December 5, 2019) – Film Independent announced today that Aubrey Plaza will return to host the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry. Nominees were announced by Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Joker, Deadpool 2) and Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll, Ad Astra, Orange Is the New Black) on November 21. Best Feature nominees include A Hidden Life, Clemency, The Farewell, Marriage Story and Uncut Gems. The show will be broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

“Like all great independent film performances, this one deserves a sequel,” said Host Aubrey Plaza. “The people have spoken. Bow down to your host!”

“At a time when the world is so bitterly divided and civil discourse is almost impossible, it’s nice we can all agree that Aubrey Plaza is the greatest host in the history of hosting,” said Josh Welsh, Film Independent President. “We are thrilled to have her back. Today is also the last day to join Film Independent as a Member to get access to the nominated films and vote on the winners. Only a fool would not watch the Spirit Awards on IFC on February 8, 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST.”

“Aubrey is back! Last year, fear of her signature take on hosting duties kept that other awards show host-less. We are excited to see what she brings to the tent this year,” said IFC Executive Director, Blake Callaway.

Plaza will next be seen starring in Black Bear, a suspenseful meta-drama, opposite Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. The film, which she also produced, will premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She is currently in production on Lina Roessler’s Best Sellers opposite Michael Caine which is based on an original screenplay that won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award. Plaza’s other feature film credits include: Ingrid Goes West (which she produced and received a 2018 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature), Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours (also producer), Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle, Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Judd Apatow’s Funny People, among others. On television, she most recently starred in Noah Hawley’s Legion on FX and is well known for her role on NBC’s Parks & Recreation.

This year marks the 35th edition of the awards show that celebrates the best of independent film. Past Spirit Awards hosts have included Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, Patton Oswalt, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Eddie Izzard, Queen Latifah and John Waters, to name a few. The show, which will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, will be executive produced and directed by Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions for the sixth consecutive year. Shawn Davis returns as producer for his 18th year, Rick Austin returns as producer for his fifth year and Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff also return as co-producers.

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The awards ceremony will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier.

Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.

ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Now in its 35th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors American Airlines, IFC and Mazda. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is the Official Spirit. FIJI Water is the Official Water. Getty Images is the Official Photographer. Town & Country Event Rentals is the Exclusive Rental Company.

Click here to see the list of this year’s nominees.

ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT

For over 38 years, Film Independent has helped filmmakers get their projects made and seen. The nonprofit’s mission is to champion creative independence in visual storytelling and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.

In addition to producing the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the organization supports creative professionals with Artist Development programs, grants and labs, and signature mentorship program Project Involve fosters the careers of talented filmmakers from underrepresented communities. Weekly Education events and workshops equip filmmakers of all ages and experience levels with tools and resources. International programs include Global Media Makers, a cultural exchange program that provides career-building opportunities for international film professionals. Film Independent Presents is a year-round program offering screenings, conversations and other unique cinematic experiences to Members in Los Angeles and beyond.

While working to make the entertainment industry more inclusive, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists. Film lovers, industry professionals and anyone passionate about visual storytelling can become a Member at filmindependent.org and connect with @FilmIndependent across social platforms.

About IFC

IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Acclaimed series Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Baroness von Sketch Show, Sherman’s Showcase and the upcoming Year of the Rabbit air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and available across multiple platforms. IFC is Always On, Slightly Off.


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Friday, November 29, 2019

The Movie Report #1047, November 29, 2019

The Movie Report

#1047, November 29, 2019


MOVIES:

  • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open *** Q&A video with Elle­-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn, Violet Nelson
  • Knives Out *** 1/2
  • Queen & Slim *** Q&A video with director Melina Matsoukas
  • The Two Popes ***

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Friday, November 22, 2019

The Movie Report #1046, November 22, 2019

The Movie Report

#1046, November 22, 2019


MOVIES:

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ***
  • Dark Waters *** 1/2
  • Frozen II ***
  • 21 Bridges ***

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

F3PR: 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

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PRESS RELEASE


35th FILM INDEPENDENT
SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Broadcast Live Exclusively on IFC,
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET

American Airlines and IFC return as
Premier Sponsors,joined by Mazda

LOS ANGELES (November 21, 2019) – This morning, Film Independent announced the nominations for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference with actors Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Joker, Deadpool 2) and Natasha Lyonne (Ad Astra, Orange Is the New Black, Russian Doll) presenting the nominations, hosted by The LINE LA. Nominees for Best Feature included A Hidden Life, Clemency, The Farewell, Marriage Story and Uncut Gems. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Santa Monica beach-adjacent award show.

Marriage Story was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman, who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

“The Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrate the best films of the year – films characterized by creative independence and original, provocative subject matter, as well as diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “At a time when the film business is undergoing such change and challenges, it’s important to loudly celebrate the work itself – the films! – and to recognize 2019 as a year of bold, audacious and accomplished filmmaking. That’s what the Spirit Awards are all about.”

Welsh added, “The Spirit Awards are a unique awards show in that the winners are chosen by the members of Film Independent, an open access organization made up of film lovers and filmmakers alike. To everyone who cares about film and wants to help shine a bright light on the great work being made today, I urge you to join Film Independent by December 5 and become part of our voting body.”

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The awards ceremony will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The show will be broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees selected nominees from over 430 submissions this year and applied the following guidelines in determining the nominations: uniqueness of vision, original and provocative subject matter, economy of means. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees are comprised of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, actors, critics, casting directors, film festival programmers and other working film professionals.

Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Film Independent is proud to announce the return of its collaboration with American Airlines, who joins for the sixth year and returns to fund the Bonnie Award, recognizing a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant. And, we welcome this year’s Official Automotive Partner, Mazda.

2019 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FEATURE
(Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

  • Clemency
    Producers: Timur Bekbosunov, Julian Cautherley, Bronwyn Cornelius, Peter Wong
  • The Farewell
    Producers: Anita Gou, Daniele Melia, Andrew Miano, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Lulu Wang, Chris Weitz, Jane Zheng
  • A Hidden Life
    Producers: Elisabeth Bentley, Dario Bergesio, Grant Hill, Josh Jeter
  • Marriage Story
    Producers: Noah Baumbach, David Heyman
  • Uncut Gems
    Producers: Eli Bush, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Scott Rudin
BEST FIRST FEATURE
(Award given to the director and producer)

  • Booksmart
    Director: Olivia Wilde
    Producers: Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfeld, Jessica Elbaum, Megan Ellison, Katie Silberman
  • The Climb
    Director/Producer: Michael Angelo Covino
    Producers: Noah Lang, Kyle Marvin
  • Diane
    Director: Kent Jones
    Producers: Luca Borghese, Ben Howe, Caroline Kaplan, Oren Moverman
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
    Director/Producer: Joe Talbot
    Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Khaliah Neal, Christina Oh
  • The Mustang
    Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
    Producer: Ilan Goldman
  • See You Yesterday
    Director: Stefon Bristol
    Producer: Spike Lee
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

  • Burning Cane
    Writer/Director/Producer: Phillip Youmans
    Producers: Ojo Akinlana, Jakob Johnson, Karen Kaia Livers, Mose Mayer, Wendell Pierce, Isaac Webb, Cassandra Youmans
  • Colewell
    Writer/Director: Tom Quinn
    Producers: Joshua Blum, Alexandra Byer, Craig Shilowich, Matthew Thurm
  • Give Me Liberty
    Writer/Director/Producer: Kirill Mikhanovsky
    Writer/Producer: Alice Austen
    Producers: Val Abel, Wally Hall, Michael Manasseri, George Rush, Sergey Shtern
  • Premature
    Writer/Director/Producer: Rashaad Ernesto Green
    Writer: Zora Howard
    Producer: Darren Dean, Joy Ganes
  • Wild Nights with Emily
    Writer/Director/Producer: Madeleine Olnek
    Producers: Anna Margarita Albelo, Casper Andreas, Max Rifkind-Barron
BEST DIRECTOR

  • Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse
  • Alma Har'el, Honey Boy
  • Julius Onah, Luce
  • Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers
  • Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems
BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
  • Jason Begue & Shawn Snyder, To Dust
  • Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems
  • Chinonye Chukwu, Clemency
  • Tarell Alvin McCraney, High Flying Bird
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

  • Fredrica Bailey & Stefon Bristol, See You Yesterday
  • Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen, Driveways
  • Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy, Blow the Man Down
  • Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe, Greener Grass
  • James Montague & Craig W. Sanger, The Vast of Night
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Todd Banhazl, Hustlers
  • Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
  • Natasha Braier, Honey Boy
  • Chananun Chotrungroj, The Third Wife
  • Pawel Pogorzelski, Midsommar
BEST EDITING

  • Julie Béziau, The Third Wife
  • Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems
  • Tyler L. Cook, Sword of Trust
  • Louise Ford, The Lighthouse
  • Kirill Mikhanovsky, Give Me Liberty
BEST FEMALE LEAD

  • Karen Allen, Colewell
  • Hong Chau, Driveways
  • Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell
  • Mary Kay Place, Diane
  • Alfre Woodard, Clemency
  • Renée Zellweger, Judy
BEST MALE LEAD

  • Chris Galust, Give Me Liberty
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr., Luce
  • Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse
  • Matthias Schoenaerts, The Mustang
  • Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

  • Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
  • Taylor Russell, Waves
  • Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, Give Me Liberty
  • Octavia Spencer, Luce
  • Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell
BEST SUPPORTING MALE

  • Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
  • Noah Jupe, Honey Boy
  • Shia LaBeouf, Honey Boy
  • Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Wendell Pierce, Burning Cane
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

  • Marriage Story
    Director: Noah Baumbach
    Casting Directors: Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler
    Ensemble Cast: Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Julie Hagerty, Scarlett Johansson,Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson, Merritt Wever
BEST DOCUMENTARY

Award given to the director and producer.

  • American Factory
    Director/Producer: Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert
    Producers: Julie Parker Benello, Jeff Reichert
  • Apollo 11
    Director/Producer: Todd Douglas Miller
    Producers: Evan Krauss, Thomas Baxley Petersen
  • For Sama
    Director: Edward Watts
    Director/Producer: Waad al-Kateab
  • Honeyland
    Director: Tamara Kotevska
    Director/Producer: Ljubo Stefanov
    Producer: Atanas Georgiev
  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts
    Director/Producer: Gabrielle Brady
    Producers: Gizem Acarla, Samm Haillay, Alex Kelly, Alexander Wadouh
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Award given to the director.

  • Invisible Life (Brazil)
    Director: Karim Aïnouz
  • Les Misérables (France)
    Director: Ladj Ly
  • Parasite (South Korea)
    Director: Bong Joon-Ho
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France)
    Director: Céline Sciamma
  • Retablo (Peru)
    Director: Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L.
  • The Souvenir (United Kingdom)
    Director: Joanna Hogg
BONNIE AWARD

Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the third Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

  • Marielle Heller
  • Kelly Reichardt
  • Lulu Wang
PRODUCERS AWARD

The 23rd annual Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • Mollye Asher
  • Krista Parris
  • Ryan Zacarias
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

Presented by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, the 26th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • Rashaad Ernesto Green, director of Premature
  • Ash Mayfair, director of The Third Wife
  • Joe Talbot, director of The Last Black Man in San Francisco
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

The 25th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • Khalik Allah, director of Black Mother
  • Davy Rothbart, director of 17 Blocks
  • Nadia Shihab, director of Jaddoland
  • Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside, directors of América


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Friday, November 15, 2019

The Movie Report #1045, November 15, 2019

The Movie Report

#1045, November 15, 2019


MOVIES:

  • Atlantics (Atlantique) *** 1/2
  • Charlie's Angels ***
  • Ford v Ferrari *** 1/2
  • The Good Liar ** 1/2
  • I Lost My Body (J'ai Perdu Mon Corps) ***
  • Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'Extraordinaire Voyage de Marona) *** 1/2 Q&A video with director Anca Damian
  • The Report ***
  • The Warrior Queen of Jhansi **
  • Waves *** 1/2

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Friday, November 8, 2019

The Movie Report #1044, November 8, 2019

The Movie Report

#1044, November 8, 2019


MOVIES:

  • Arctic Dogs **
  • Burning Cane *** Q&A video with Phillip Youmans & Dominique McClellan
  • Doctor Sleep ***
  • Honey Boy ***
  • Klaus ***
  • Last Christmas ** 1/2
  • Marriage Story ** 1/2
  • Midway **
  • Playing with Fire * 1/2
  • The Swallows of Kabul (Les Hirondelles de Kaboul) *** 1/2 Q&A video with director Eléa Gobé Mévellec

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