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Saturday, February 23, 2019

34th Film Independent Spirit Awards winners speak backstage

Film Flam Flummox


Watch the interview sessions of all the 34th Film Independent Spirit Award winners who visited the backstage media tent below.


Richard E. Grant, Best Supporting Male winner
for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
(video by Michael Dequina)



Bo Burnham, Best First Screenplay winner
for Eighth Grade
(video by Michael Dequina)



Leave No Trace director Debra Granik,
Bonnie Award winner
(video by Michael Dequina)



Roma director Alfonso Cuarón,
Best International Film winner
(video by Michael Dequina)



Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley,
Best First Feature winner
(video by Michael Dequina)



Suspiria casting directors Stella Savino and Avy Kaufman
with cast members including
Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jessica Harper, and Tilda Swinton,
Robert Altman Award winners
(video by Michael Dequina)



Won't You Be My Neighbor? director Morgan Neville
& producer Nicholas Ma,
Best Documentary winners
(video by Michael Dequina)



En El Séptimo Día star Genoel Ramirez
and producers Lindsey Cordero & Caroline Kaplan,
John Cassavetes Award winners
(video by Michael Dequina)



Joe Bini, Best Editing winner
for You Were Never Really Here
(video by Michael Dequina)



Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, Best Screenplay winners
for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
(video by Michael Dequina)



Glenn Close, Best Female Lead winner
for The Wife
(video by Michael Dequina)



Barry Jenkins, Best Director winner
for If Beale Street Could Talk,
with fellow Best Feature winners, producers
Adele Romanski, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Sara Murphy
(video by Michael Dequina)



(photo by Michael Dequina)


(Special thanks to Ginsberg/Libby and Film Independent for their generous help every year)


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34th Film Independent Spirit Awards winners & scene

Film Flam Flummox


Big wins for Barry Jenkins's adaptation of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk marked a return to the "independent" part of the name of Film Independent's 34th Saturday-before-Oscar celebration of American independent film, the Spirit Awards, again taking place in a tent on Santa Monica beach adjacent to the famous Santa Monica Pier. In addition to the top prize of Best Feature, Barry Jenkins took home the Best Director trophy for the Annapurna Pictures production, as did Regina King for Best Supporting Female. The two other multiple award-winning films, winning two trophies each, occupied polar opposite ends of the spectrum: Fox Searchlight's Can You Ever Forgive Me?, recognized for Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty's screenplay and Richard E. Grant's Best Supporting Male performance; and Amazon Studios's reimagining of Suspiria from director Luca Guadagnino, honored for Sayombhu Mukdeeprom's cinematography as well as its ensemble cast, which won the previously announced Robert Altman Award. The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Best Feature
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Producers: Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski
  • Best Director
    Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Best Screenplay
    Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Best First Feature
    Sorry to Bother You
    Director: Boots Riley
    Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams
  • Best First Screenplay
    Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • John Cassavetes Award (for best feature made under $500,000)
    En El Séptimo Día
    Writer/Director/Producer: Jim McKay
    Producers: Alex Bach, Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan, Michael Stipe
  • Best Supporting Female
    Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Best Supporting Male
    Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Best Female Lead
    Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Best Male Lead
    Ethan Hawke, Frist Reformed
  • Robert Altman Award
    Suspiria
    Director: Luca Guadagnino
    Casting Directors: Avy Kaufman and Stella Savino
    Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fouina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Fabrizia Sacchi, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler
  • Best Cinematography
    Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria
  • Best Editing
    Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here
  • Best International Film
    Roma (Mexico)
    Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Best Documentary
    Won't You Be My Neighbor?
    Director/Producer: Morgan Neville
    Producers: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma
But as with every year, the winners of the trophies is but a part of the whole story, for the casual, laid-back, highly unpretentious atmosphere of the event makes this awards season stop a true overall experience and not merely an awards show, with all the activity and mingling in the area around the tent just as celebratory and entertaining as the official happenings inside. Here are some visual highlights from my live Instagram and Twitter coverage today, with video of winners' backstage interviews to be posted later tonight.


View of awards tent site from Santa Monica Pier
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Backstage interview stage
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Photographer room stage
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Richard E. Grant, Best Supporting Male winner
for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Bo Burnham, Best First Screenplay winner
for Eighth Grade
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Leave No Trace director Debra Granik,
Bonnie Award winner
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Roma director Alfonso Cuarón,
Best International Film winner
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley,
Best First Feature winner
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Suspiria casting directors Stella Savino and Avy Kaufman
with cast members including
Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jessica Harper, and Tilda Swinton,
Robert Altman Award winners
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Won't You Be My Neighbor? director Morgan Neville
& producer Nicholas Ma,
Best Documentary winners
(photo by Michael Dequina)


En El Séptimo Día star Genoel Ramirez
and producers Lindsey Cordero & Caroline Kaplan,
John Cassavetes Award winners
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Joe Bini, Best Editing winner
for You Were Never Really Here
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, Best Screenplay winners
for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Glenn Close, Best Female Lead winner
for The Wife
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Barry Jenkins, Best Director winner
for If Beale Street Could Talk,
with fellow Best Feature winners, producers
Adele Romanski, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Sara Murphy
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Subaru display
(photo by Michael Dequina)


DirecTV bungalow, presented by AT&T
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Hangar 1 Vodka bar
(photo by Michael Dequina)


Maestro Dobel Tequila bar
(photo by Michael Dequina)


(photo by Michael Dequina)



(Special thanks to Ginsberg/Libby and Film Independent for their generous help every year)


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Friday, February 22, 2019

The Movie Report #1008, February 22, 2019

The Movie Report

#1008, February 22, 2019


MOVIES:

  • Gully Boy *** 'Mere Gully Mein' music video article
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ***
  • Run the Race **

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Movie Music Monday: The street sounds of Gully Boy, real vs. reel life

Film Flam Flummox


Zoya Akhtar's hip-hop music drama Gully Boy is inspired by the real lives of Indian rappers Naezy and Divine, and while she and co-writer Reema Kagti do not directly retell the pair's actual stories, real and reel lives converge at a crucial moment in the film where their 2015 viral hit "Mere Gully Mein" ("In My Street") is recreated. The song and the making of its video occurs in the film at a similar juncture in the Naezy-inspired lead character Murad's (Ranveer Singh) career as an Internet-driven, game-changing breakthrough. More important from Akhtar's storytelling perspective, however, are the broader thematic parallels. As propulsive and infectious as it is musically--after all, it's easier to use an existing earworm than to attempt to create an original one--lyrically it also reinforces the film's key message of giving voice to the too-often-overlooked urban reality for many in India and, most importantly, celebrating the vibrant, living community that fuels both the central character's and his real life model's art.

Here is the original video by Divine featuring Naezy:

Here is the number as it appears in Gully Boy, with Singh gamely providing his own vocals. His co-star, charismatic newcomer Siddhant Chaturvedi, lipsynchs vocals provided by Divine:

As a bonus, here is Bombay 70, director Disha Noyonika Rindani's award-winning 2014 documentary short subject on Naezy:

Gully Boy is now playing in cinemas in North America, India, and worldwide.

Buy the "Mere Gully Mein" MP3 here.


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Friday, February 15, 2019

The Movie Report #1007, February 15, 2019

The Movie Report

#1007, February 15, 2019


MOVIES:

  • Alita: Battle Angel ** 1/2
  • Fighting with My Family ***
  • Happy Death Day 2U ***
  • The Image Book (Le Livre d'Image) ** 1/2
  • Isn't It Romantic ***
  • Ruben Brandt, Collector ***

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

F3PR: Olivia Wilde to receive CinemaCon Breakthrough Director of the Year Award

Film Flam Flummox

PRESS RELEASE

CinemaCon

OLIVIA WILDE TO RECEIVE
CINEMACON® BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR
OF THE YEAR AWARD

Wilde's directorial debut Booksmart to be released
by United Artists Releasing on May 24, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. (February 14, 2019) – Olivia Wilde will receive this year’s “CinemaCon® Breakthrough Director of the Year Award.” Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, announced the award today. CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 1-4, 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Wilde will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday, April 4, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon.

“With a dedication to telling stories that need to be heard, Olivia Wilde is bringing her voice to the big screen in her own way with Booksmart,” noted Neuhauser. “Bringing a new perspective to the mind of young women; audiences across the globe are sure to be entertained by this brilliant directorial debut.”

Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein will be released on May 24, 2019 by United Artists Releasing. Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective, Booksmart is an unfiltered comedy about high school friendships and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Booksmart is produced by Annapurna and Gloria Sanchez, the female-focused production banner wing of Gary Sanchez Productions.

Recognized as one of Variety’s Directors to Watch this year, the director, producer, actress and activist has entertained audiences in film, television and Broadway. Recently, she produced and starred in A Vigilante as a secretive figure that rids victims of their domestic abusers. The film will be released in theaters on March 29, 2019. Wilde also produced and starred in the drama Meadowland. Both films garnered Wilde critical acclaim for her emotionally charged performances. Her additional past film credits include her, Rush, and Drinking Buddies. In 2017, Wilde made her Broadway debut in 1984, starring alongside Tom Sturridge and Reed Birney. On the television side, Wilde has stared in the rock ‘n’ roll drama Vinyl and the hit medical drama House. Along with her work in front of the camera, Wilde has served as executive producer on Drinking Buddies, as well as several documentary films including Fear Us Women, and the Oscar-nominated Body Team 12. She has directed videos for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s. Wilde co-founded the philanthropic company, Conscious Commerce, was recently honored by Save the Children and is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice and the ACLU of Southern California.


(photo by Sam Jones)

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 6,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry--from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas--all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 33,393 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 94 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.


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Friday, February 8, 2019

The Movie Report #1006, February 8, 2019

The Movie Report

#1006, February 8, 2019


MOVIES:

  • Cold Pursuit ***
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw That Girl) ***
  • The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story **
  • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ***
  • My Online Valentine ***
  • The Prodigy ** 1/2
  • A Violent Man *** 1/2 premiere video with Thomas Q. Jones, Matthew Berkowitz
  • What Men Want *** premiere video with Taraji P. Henson, Will Packer, Adam Shankman

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