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Writer/director Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Manhattan) has had a pretty solid streak since Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine both won Oscar awards. His latest project is a dramatic comedy following a young Bronx native who moves to 1930s Hollywood to follow his successful uncle, who is a Hollywood agent. Instead, he falls in love with his uncle’s secretary and upon returning to New York, becomes engulfed in the high-society night club scene in Manhattan. The film features an all-star cast, including Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsman), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Big Short), and Blake Lively (The Town, The Age of Adaline). Continue reading
A new independent drama starring Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, A History of Violence) is seeing a limited theatrical release this Friday. Written and directed by Matt Ross (The Aviator, Silicon Valley), Captain Fantastic tells the story of a man who raises and home schools his six children in the countryside. After his wife commits suicide, however, they are forced to move into the city, and he soon discovers the children are not prepared for the realities of life in the city. The film won Un Certain Regard Award for directing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and also took home the Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle International Film Festival. Starring in the film are actors George McKay (Defiance, Pride), Samantha Isler (Sean Saves the World, Dig Two Graves), Annalise Besso (Standing Up, Oculus), Nicholas Hamilton (Long Shadows, Strangerland), Shree Crooks (Ray Donovan, American Horror Story), Charlie Shotwell (The Comedians, Shot Down), and comedic vets Steve Zahn (Saving Silverman, Sahara) and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, Parks and Recreation). Continue reading
A new drama from writer/director Gabrielle Demeestere (The Last Cigarette, The Color of Time) will be seeing a limited release in theaters this Friday. Based on the book A California Childhood by James Franco, the film follows three 5th grade friends in 1985, whose life stories begin to unfold as the town as the threat of a loose mountain lion looms over the community of Palo Alto, California. Starring in the lead is original writer James Franco (127 Hours, The Interview), who shares the screen with actors Everett Meckler (Emily and Billy), Alec Mansky, and Steven Wiig (Into the Wild, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). The film was an official selection winner at this years Nashville Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival, and Slamdance Film Festival(s) this year. This is also Demeestere’s second outing with Franco; the two worked previously together on the 2012 biographical drama The Color of Time. Watch the trailer here on MADE, and if it’s playing in a theater near you this weekend, definitely keep this one on the list of possibilities. Enjoy!
Movie-goers in cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles and few other stranglers will be able to see the limited release of two new films this week. The Wolfpack is a biographical documentary from director Crystal Moselle (Frida, Excavating Taylor Mead) about a family of brothers who spend their childhood sheltered from society in an apartment in Manhattan and learning about the outside world by watching films and reenacting their favorite scenes with props and costumes; but when one of the brothers escapes to the outside, their world is quickly shaken. Making up the cast are the Angulo brothers Bhagavan, Govinda, Jagadisa, Krsna, Mukunda, Narayana. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for three others at the Seattle, San Francisco, and Edinburgh International Film festivals. The trailer is available here on MADE. Also being released this week is the new biographical drama Set Fire To The Stars about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The film comes from director and co-writer Andy Goddard (Stacey Stone, Downton Abbey) and co-writer Celyn Jones (who portrays Dylan Thomas in the film) about author John Brinnin’s journey to New York City to find and meet his poet-hero Thomas before his death. Brinnin is portrayed by Elijah Wood (Deep Impact, The Lord of the Rings), with Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Flight), Steven Mackintosh (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Underworld: Evolution), and Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, Marie Antoinette) making up the rest of the cast. Be sure to check your local theater listings for showtimes in your area. Enjoy!
Documentarian Marah Strauch (Sick Mick and the Boys) just showed her latest film Sunshine Superman at the Montclair Film Festival earlier this month, and is now anticipating a larger (yet limited) release this May 22nd. The film, which was first shown at the New York Film Festival back in October 2014, explores the life of skydiver and BASE-jumper pioneer Carl Boenish and his unquenchable passion for “foot-launched human flight.” The project took home two awards for Best Documentary and Best New Director at the Portland International Film Festival earlier this year and will still be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival this May 24th. Check your local theaters for showtimes available in your area. You can watch the trailer here on MADE. Enjoy!
Writer/director Andy Goddard (Torchwood, Downton Abbey) will be showing his new biographical drama Set Fire To The Stars at the Seattle International Film Festival. Starring Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bobby) in the role of author/aspiring poet John M. Brinnin (whose novel is the unofficial source material for the movie) as he embarks on a journey to save his inspiring hero Dylan Thomas, who is portrayed by co-writer Celyn Jones (Shameless, The Healer). Thomas’ career was extensive in the field of literature; some of his more famous poetic works include Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and In The White Giant’s Thigh, but the writer was also known as a literary show-host on BBC radio during the 1940s, and he is famously credited with inspiring such 20th Century artists as Bob Dylan, who took Thomas’ first name, Dylan, as his own stage-name. John Brinnin would accompany Thomas during the latter years of his life while he was traveling across America on a series of literary tours; this is the era of his life that will be the focus of the film. I haven’t found any information pertaining to a nationwide release, but if you’re in the Seattle area on May 15th, you might want to check this one out!
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A new documentary from the collaborative team of writer/director Dave LaMattina (Brownstones To Red Dirt, Kei) and co-director Chad N. Walker (Kei, We Must Go) is coming this May. The film is titled I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story, and follows the life of Carroll Spinney, who has appeared on Sesame Street as both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. Lending interviews to the footage include puppeteers Frank Oz (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Muppets Treasure Island), and Sesame Street “muppeteers” Jim Henson, Sonia Manzano, Emilio Delgado, and Jerry Nelson, among others. I Am Big Bird first premiered last May at the Montclair and Seattle International Film festivals, and will be showing on screens in New York City this May 6th. We’ll keep an eye out for a nationwide release date.
Director Denny Tedesco‘s The Wrecking Crew was originally released at SXSW in March 2008, followed by the Nashville Film and Seattle International Film Festival. The film then saw various releases at festivals around the world following the rest of 2008 and into 2009, but never actually saw a mass release for reasons unknown, although the unofficial assumption is that, given the content of the project, the rights to most of the songs were tied-up until now. Centering on The Wrecking Crew, a group of musicians who played for such acts as The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Sonny and Cher, the film contains archival footage and recordings of the musicians, plus interviews with the members including Lou Adler and Herb Alpert. Check your local theater listings for showtimes near you.
The Seattle emcee will be releasing his latest record, Raw Sheep, this upcoming March 30th. The record will be produced by the familiar Ackryte and released through Cascade Records. This will be the third record released by Ackryte and J’Von, and there is no issue telling they have built solid chemistry on this record. With Ackryte’s heavy beats with deep basslines and snares, all coupled with J’Von’s ability to use real life stories in tongue tied linguistics – Raw Sheep, should be on everyones calendars.
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