‘Movies’

ANNIE LENNOX WRITES AND SINGS “REQUIEM FOR A PRIVATE WAR” FOR THE FILM A PRIVATE WAR

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Academy Award, Golden Globe and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Annie Lennox has written and recorded an original song entitled “Requiem For A Private War,” for the film A Private War, based on the life of legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin, it was announced today by David Dinerstein, President of Aviron Pictures. The song is produced by Lennox and H. Scott Salinas, the film’s composer. The original soundtrack album will be released by Music.Film Recordings to coincide with the theatrical release of the film on November 2, 2018.

In A Private War, Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike portrays American journalist Marie Colvin, who wrote for The Sunday Times in London and is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. The cast includes Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander and Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci. The film marks the narrative feature debut of Academy Award nominee and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman.

Lennox founded The Circle, a non-profit organization connecting women across the world to tackle inequality, and met Marie Colvin through Circle events. Subsequently, after Marie’s death, The Circle established The Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network, an online support group for female journalists working in the Arab world.

“It was a privilege and honor to be asked to write and record a special song for A Private War, which not only commemorates the exceptional courage and dedication of war correspondent, Marie Colvin, but, from a human rights perspective, also highlights the importance of ‘from the ground’ media coverage, in war torn situations around the world,” says Lennox.

“It was such an honor to collaborate with Annie, one of the greatest singer/songwriters working today,” says director and producer Heineman. “Like Marie, she is a force of nature. I was already thinking about asking her to write a song for the film, and when I found out that she knew Marie, it was a no-brainer. Annie’s empathy and sensitivity perfectly captures the essence of Marie, but also fits so organically into the soundscape of the film.”

“Annie Lennox has written and performed a beautifully poignant tribute to the memory of Marie Colvin. We could not think of a more perfect talent to lend her voice to this film,” adds Dinerstein.

A Private War is written by Arash Amel, based on the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” written by Marie Brenner. The film’s producers are Basil Iwanyk, Marissa McMahon, Matthew George, Heineman, and Charlize Theron. Erica Lee, Jonathan Fuhrman, Ashley Schlaifer, Marie Brenner, Jeffrey Sobrato, Joe Gelchion, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Dinerstein, Jason Resnick, William Sadleir, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Michael Reuter, Lee Broda, Jeff Rice and Nicole Alexandra Shipley serve as executive producers. The film will have its world premiere on September 14th as a Gala Presentation at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

K-Produced Horror-Drama RedCon-1 is Coming to Cinemas from 28th of September

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

The UK produced horror drama, RedCon-1, from executive producer Carlos Gallardo (Desperado, El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico), producer Frank Miller (Sin City; A dame to kill for and co-creater of Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles) and directed by Chee Keong Cheung (Underground, Bodyguard: A New Beginning) will premier in UK cinemas later this month.

Starring Oris Erhuero (Adventures of Sinbad, Sometimes in April, Road to Yesterday and the award-winning The Cursed Ones) RedCon-1 features a thrilling mix of horror, drama and action, and the UK-produced feature film is already garnering heavy praise as a hybrid of ‘The Raid’ and ’28 Days Later’.

Premiering at the Raindance Film Festival 2018, RedCon-1 makes full use of leading man Oris Erhuero’s prior experience working with martial arts legends Hark Tsui (Once Upon a Time in China) and Woo-Ping Yuen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill Vol. 2) to create a unique blend of stylish action and disturbing horror. The award-winning actor is no stranger to action, building a deep resume working with some of the biggest names in the Eastern and Western movie industries. Working alongside Idris Elba, Guy Richie, Dennis Hopper and Benjamin Bratt in the past, Oris Erhuero brings a contained intensity to the role of Capt. Marcus Stanton, a man who must save a scientist who could hold the key to man’s salvation.

Appearing at Glasgow Comicon on September 22nd, Oris Erhuero will be fielding questions from fans interested in the upcoming RedCon-1 release and discussing his storied history in the film industry. From his work alongside Bafta Winner and Oscar nominee Raul Peck to starring alongside martial arts legend Donnie Yen, Oris will be fielding fan questions and digging deep into his insider insight.

Oris Erhuero, lead actor in RedCon-1, said, “I couldn’t be happier with the way RedCon-1 has turned out. It feels like the perfect mix of horror, drama and action and, to be honest, it’s been a great film for exploring the different facets of acting I love to get into. The film has everything audiences want to see and, speaking as an actor, it was just a great experience overall. I really felt like I got a chance to stretch my acting muscles in many different ways.

“There’s a lot of talent on RedCon-1 – both on-screen and behind the camera – and the production process was one of the most fulfilling I’ve ever been a part of. And, of course, it’s always a great honour for any film to be selected for the Raindance Festival. Now I’m just excited to see how the audience react to what we’ve created, because RedCon-1 feels very fresh and unique. It was an amazing experience making the movie and I think that really comes across on-screen.”

GKIDS ANNOUNCES ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR “MFKZ”

Friday, September 7th, 2018

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for MFKZ, released under the name “Mutafukaz” in international territories. MFKZ is a collaboration from French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard, original creator of the “Mutafukaz” comic series, and ultra-hip Japanese animation house Studio 4°C, creators of the acclaimed anime features “Tekkonkinkreet,” “Genius Party,” and “Mind Game.” The film will feature the voices of Michael Chiklis (The Shield, American Horror Story), Giancarlo Espositio (Breaking Bad, The Usual Suspects), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life, Son of Jaguar), Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black, Joy), RZA, Vince Staples, and Danny Trejo (Machete, Predators). The “Tekkonkinkreet” dream team of co-director Shojiro Nishimi and art director Shinji Kimura reunite to bring to life MFKZ, a dark but stunningly animated sci-fi vision mélange of anime, film noir, and Lucha Libre, which made its world premiere at the 2017 Annecy International Film Festival.

Presented by GKIDS and Fathom Events, MFKZ debuts in U.S. cinemas on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. (local time) with an encore on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. (local time). Both showings are dubbed in English. The film will also receive a limited theatrical release by GKIDS starting Friday, October 12. Tickets for MFKZ are available now at www.MFKZmovie.com or at participating box offices.

MFKZ centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinz, who live in a seedy tenement in an L.A.-inspired dystopian metropolis – a burnt-out, gang-and-cockroach-ridden, neo-urban hell. Following a scooter accident Angelino starts experiencing migraines, strange hallucinations and fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half human and half Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.

GKIDS and Fathom Events partnered to present the US premieres of “Fireworks” and “The Night is Short, Walk On Girl,” and are set to present Satoshi Kon’s “Perfect Blue” to cinemas on September 6 and 10.

“We are super excited to be working with Studio 4°C and Ankama to release MFKZ in North America.” GKIDS Founder and CEO Eric Beckman said. “This is a blistering, genre-breaking animated film for adults, unlike anything that has come before. We are thrilled with the voice cast and can’t wait to share this film with audiences on October 11th.”

Parade Deck Films releases illuminating social justice documentary “Letter From Masanjia” in theaters across North America

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Coming off of a wildly successful festival run and excellent enthusiastic early critical reviews – Leon Lee’s “Letter From Masanjia” has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as one of the best docs of 2018, taking home Audience Award for Documentary Feature at the 2018 Asian American International Film Festival and it was nominated as a top 20 audience favorite at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival. A devastating tale of human rights violations in current day China with corporate giants across the globe receiving prisoner labor efforts for Halloween decorations, asking no questions in a price for pennies on the dollar. This is the tale of one political prisoners desperate plea to alert the world to horrors most of society sweeps under the carpet.

Parade Deck Films will open “Letter From Masanjia” theatrically in New York and Los Angeles beginning on September 14th, 2018 and will expand into additional markets in the following weeks. Later this year Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, will bring the film to audiences across North America on VOD/Digital platforms on December 4th.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Parade Deck and Gravitas Ventures on the release,” Lee said. “Letter from Masanjia reveals how our everyday purchases here in America are, sadly, often intertwined with human rights abuses in China and I am honored to bring this crucial story to a wide audience with such a great team.”

“Making this documentary was an act of heroism in and of itself,” said Tony Piantedosi, Director of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures. “Leon has crafted a moving and unflinching portrait, and we are proud to present Sun Yi’s story to audiences.”

Written and directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Peabody Award winner, Leon Lee, this astonishing & riveting documentary follows the true story of an Oregon woman who finds a desperate SOS letter penned by a political prisoner in her Halloween decorations and the nail-biting chain of events that it sparks when she takes the letter public, exposing appalling flagrant human rights violations – that leads to sweeping labor reform in China. The impact of what those two unlikely heroes have accomplished is even more profound in today’s rapidly boiling over political climate, not just in China but around the rest of the world.

The theatrical release deal with Parade Deck Films was brokered by Flying Cloud Productions’ Leon Lee, and Parade Decks CEO, Michael Ingram. The VOD/Digital release deal with Gravitas Ventures was brokered by Tony Piantedosi. Cat & Docs will be handling international distribution

Fourth Annual Jefferson State Flixx Fest Announces Film Line-Up and Special Guests

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The fourth annual Jefferson State Flixx Fest today announced its complete film line-up, special events and notable guests. Flixx Fest returns with a four-day festival featuring more than 60 independent films and documentaries with most showings taking place at The Resource & Event Center (REC) in Fort Jones, Sept. 20-23.

“What makes Flixx Fest significant is not only the variety of world-class films we get to showcase every year, but the access attendees get with cast members and filmmakers right after a screening,” said Megan Peterson, executive director of Flixx Fest. “Fans get to ask questions to a variety of directors, producers and writers who made the film, and that is what everyone seems to love about this event.”

Special events this year include an opening night party at Denny Bar in Etna on Sept. 20, a special feature of Bullitt County at the Avery Theatre in Etna on Sept. 21, a farm-to-fork awards dinner experience at California Heritage Farms in Fort Jones on Sept. 22 and a table reading of the winning screenplay at The REC on Sept. 23.

Festival doors open at 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 20 with screenings starting at 1:00 p.m. of Local Spotlight short films; followed by Global Movement short films at 3:00 p.m.; Man In Nature short films at 5:00 p.m.; and opening film All The Wild Horses at 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 21, Present Memories short films kick off at 8:00 a.m.; followed by Mary Goes Round at 9:45 a.m.; All the Queen’s Horses at 11:30 a.m.; Crossing Lines short films at 1:00 p.m.; A River’s Last Chance at 2:45 p.m.; Rodents of Unusual Size at 5:15 p.m.; and Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey at 7:00 p.m. On Sept. 22, the festival begins with a showing of Missing Tourist at 8:00 a.m.; followed by Life on the Edge short films at 9:00 a.m.; Family Matters short films at 10:30 a.m.; Trouble With Wolves at 12:30 p.m.; Lies we Tell Ourselves short films at 1:45 p.m.; Rust Creek at 3:00 p.m.; and competition closing film The Push at 5:15 p.m. On Sept. 23, the festival begins with Present Memories short films at 9:00 a.m.; Local Spotlight short films at 10:30 a.m.; Denial at 12:30 p.m.; special feature Boomtown at 2:15 p.m.; and closing film Tombstone Rashomon at 4:30 p.m. with special guest, director Alex Cox of Sid & Nancy and Repo Man in attendance.

Several films will be followed with a question and answer segment. Notable cast members and filmmakers who will be at this year’s Flixx Fest include Julie Youngblood of All The Wild Horses; Tal Fletcher of The Push; acclaimed actor Shawn-Caulin Young featuring his world premiere film Stand/Still; Alex Cox of Tombstone Rashomon; Jason Reid of Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, Harris McCabe of Rust Creek, Gabriel Morgan of Milo; Steve Pestana of Six People, Ten Questions; Katherine Roselli of The Road Between Us; Ryan Niemi of Ashes of Time; Jesse Widener and Paul Harris of Ragland; Russell McMahon of Los Mambises; Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Joshua Gray of End of Weed; Emmy-Award winning producer Kami Horton of Massacre at Hells Canyon; Ray Nomoto Robison of An Affair Remains; and screenplay writer Anita Gomez of The Building Season.

WORLD PREMIERE OF MATTHEW HEINEMAN’S A PRIVATE WAR JOINS TIFF GALA LINEUP

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

TIFF announced today that Matthew Heineman’s A Private War will make its world premiere at the 43rd Toronto International Film FestivalⓇ on Friday, September 14, at Roy Thomson Hall — joining the Festival’s Gala Presentations lineup.

The film marks the feature narrative debut of critically acclaimed director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts) whose previous work in documentary filmmaking has earned him an Academy Award nomination, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and two DGA wins for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award.

A Private War, a biopic based on the true story of award-winning war correspondent Marie Colvin, stars Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Hostiles) in one of her most intense roles to date. Based on a blistering 2012 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, the drama follows Colvin to the front lines of conflicts around the globe as she risks everything to reveal the truth. Pike is joined by supporting cast which includes Jamie Dornan (The Fall, Fifty Shades of Grey), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, Spotlight), and Tom Hollander (The Night Manager).

“Gone Girl showed the fire Rosamund Pike can bring to the big screen, and we’re thrilled to give Toronto audiences the first chance to see Pike play the complex, real-life hero Marie Colvin in one of her strongest performances ever,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. “Heineman’s narrative feature debut has been greatly anticipated — and having just wrapped post-production, the film’s completion is now perfectly timed for it to become the exciting new addition to our Gala line-up.”

“It has been a deeply personal journey sharing the extraordinary story of Marie Colvin in A Private War,” stated filmmaker Matthew Heineman. “We are so thrilled to be able to finish the film in time to premiere at TIFF and honored to share with the audiences there.”

At a time when journalism itself is under attack, Marie Colvin is one of the world’s most celebrated war correspondents. She is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the front lines of conflicts around the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limit between bravery and bravado. After being wounded by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she has witnessed takes its toll. Yet her mission to show the true cost of war leads her to embark — along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) — on the most dangerous assignment of her life, in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

A Private War is directed by Matthew Heineman and written by Arash Amel. The film is an Aviron Pictures presentation in association with Tri G and The Fyzz Facility, and a Kamala Films, Thunder Road Films, Savvy Media Holdings, and Denver & Delilah Films production. Producers include Basil Iwanyk, Marissa McMahon, Matthew George, Heineman, and Charlize Theron. Executive producers are Erica Lee, Jonathan Fuhrman, Ashley Schlaifer, Jeffrey Sobrato, Joe Gelchion, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, David Dinerstein, Jason Resnick, William Sadleir, Wayne Marc Godfrey, and Robert Jones. Bloom is handling international sales.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.

BREAKING GLASS PICTURESMOUNTS OSCAR CAMPAIGN FOR THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ACCLAIMED DOCU CALL HER GANDA

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Breaking Glass Pictures announced today that it has acquired North American rights to the award winning, politically charged, eye-opening and moving human rights documentary CALL HER GANDA directed by PJ Raval.

CALL HER GANDA follows the brutal murder case of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude by a U.S. Marine, and the obstacles faced in the pursuit of justice by three women intimately invested in the case. An activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude) galvanize a political uprising, seeking justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines.

CALL HER GANDA premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to play numerous other festivals including HotDocs, LA Asian Pacific, Frameline SF, Outfest, DMZ Docs – Korea, Doc Edge – New Zealand, and Inside Out Toronto LGBTQ Film Festival, winning awards along with audiences’ hearts and minds. Breaking Glass will release the film theatrically beginning September 21 in New York; September 28 in Los Angeles; October 5 in San Francisco; followed by a national rollout throughout the fall.

The Hollywood Reporterhailed the film, stating “CALL HER GANDA handles its complex issues and complicated plot developments with forceful clarity. The film proves simultaneously heartbreaking and inspirational.” The film also “makes clear and compelling connections between personal stories and institutional violence” (NOW Magazine) and “doesn’t shy away from challenging anyone’s attitudes about trans people and the ongoing effects of colonialism.” (NOW Toronto).

“Especially with our current political climate, I hope viewers find inspiration in witnessing these resilient women taking on the US, a foreign superpower, fighting for their voices to be heard and demanding accountability despite the odds. As Americans, we should all take a note, and support their efforts, while also fighting the oppressive forces in our own backyards”, said director Raval. “I’m thrilled to be working with Breaking Glass who is dedicated to bringing the story of Jennifer Laude to audiences nationwide.”

“CALL HER GANDA is that rare film that comes along once in a generation”, said Richard Wolff, CEO of Breaking Glass. “This story is tragic, empowering, and exactly what our society needs right now to move the conversation about human rights forward.”

Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff, Josh Braun and Ben Schwartz of Submarine Entertainment,the film’s executive producer Daniel Chalfen of Naked Edge Films and PJ Raval of Unraval Pictures.

REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL LANDS IN LOS ANGELES; ANNOUNCES LINEUP

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

The inaugural ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles 2018 announced today its lineup of narrative and documentary features as well as short films. The festival runs October 11-14, 2018 at locations throughout the city. Tickets and passes will be available to purchase in early September.

For more information: http://reelabilities.org/losangeles.

Coming to Los Angeles for the first time, ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the United States dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Founded more than ten years ago in New York City and now held annually in multiple cities throughout North America, the festival presents international and award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles 2018 will take place October 11-14, 2018 at locations throughout the city, including Laemmle’s NoHo 7 and The Pico Union Project. The four-day festival will showcase new and classic films, conversations, and artistic programs, with 16 shorts and six features celebrating more than 13 different physical and intellectual disabilities and hailing from six different countries.

The festival is produced by the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Commission on Disability and ReelAbilities North America. Sponsors include Laemmle Theatres, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Mindful Properties, the Writers Guild of America, and The Ruderman Family Foundation. ReelAbilities North America sponsors include the JCC Manhattan and the Dobkin Family Foundation.

“At a time when inclusion has been moved to the forefront of the entertainment industry, issues of disability remain just out of focus,” said Stephen David Simon, Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability. “Now is the ideal time to bring the ReelAbilities Film Festival to Los Angeles. We look forward to celebrating these brilliant and remarkable stores with our fellow Angelenos.”

ReelAbilities strives to include all people and presents films with open captions, ASL interpretation, audio description, and CART (live captioning). In addition, all venues are wheelchair accessible.

Opening the festival on Thursday, October 11 with a blue carpet and gala is Chloé Zhao’s quiet masterpiece, THE RIDER. After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for a new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. THE RIDER premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, picking up the top prize in the Directors’ Fortnight category, and went on to receive four Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations.

The festival will close on Sunday, October 14 at Laemmle NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood) with the Los Angeles premiere of SANCTUARY, a ReelAbilities Chicago and New York festival favorite. SANCTUARY is a heart-warming romantic comedy where Larry and Sophie, two people with intellectual disabilities, long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart. Screening with the film is animated short MACROPOLIS, a charming story of two toys who are thrown away for being different and their adventure to be put on a store shelf.

The festival will also host a special screening of HOW SWEET THE SOUND: THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA on Friday, October 12 at The Pico Union Project (1153 Valencia Street, Los Angeles) complete with an arts fair, food trucks, and live music.

The wildly original dark comedy KILLS ON WHEELS, a tale of two young men in a Budapest rehab center who become involved with a wheelchair-bound hitman, will screen on Saturday, October 13 at the Laemmle NoHo 7. The film has been hailed by critics and was Hungary’s 2016 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film.

COMPLETE FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP BELOW:

OPENING NIGHT FILM

THE RIDER

USA/2017/105mins/English

Director: Chloé Zhao

Logline: After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over, after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo. Back home on the Pine Ridge Reservation, with little desire or alternatives for a different way of life, Brady’s sense of inadequacy mounts as he is unable to ride or rodeo – the essentials of being a cowboy. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

SANCTUARY

Ireland/2017/85mins/English

Director: Len Collin

Logline: Larry and Sophie, two people with intellectual disabilities, long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart.

Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe their feckless caretaker to book them a hotel for an afternoon. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple – they both have intellectual disabilities, and by attempting to be intimate, they’re breaking the law in Ireland. While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future, and how to use a condom, their friends from the training center escape the not-so-watchful eyes of their caretakers and go on a full joyful rampage through Galway. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.

SPECIAL SCREENING

HOW SWEET THE SOUND: THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA

USA/2017/89mins/English

Director: Leslie McCleave

Logline: The Blind Boys of Alabama first met in the 1930s at a segregated state-run vocational school and these friends since childhood comprise the last of the great Gospel quartets. Combining verité shot over ten years with current and archival performances the film examines the past, present and future of the group.

Legendary gospel quartet The Blind Boys of Alabama has an amazing career – since meeting at a state-run, segregated vocational institute for the blind in the 1930s, they have toured continuously, amassing five Grammy Awards and universal acclaim. They soared through the golden era of gospel in the 1950s, experienced difficult times when rock ’n’ roll took over, and resurged with the Broadway hit Gospel at Colonus. Now, as the group enters its seventh decade, they are as artistically vital as ever, collaborating with musicians like Peter Gabriel, Ben Harper, and others. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, remarkable view of life on the road and in the studio with a group of renowned performers.

SHORTS

THE QUIET ONES

UK/2015/15mins/English

Director: Teresa Garratty

Logline: In this murder mystery, a teacher at a boarding school for the deaf is brutally murdered, and the suspects are narrowed down to four students.

There’s something they’re not telling you… A teacher at a deaf boarding school is brutally murdered and the suspects have been narrowed down to four students. Can Detective Clarke and psychologist Dr. Barton reveal the murderer’s identity before it’s too late? Which one of the students is a cold blooded killer? It’s always The Quiet Ones.

HOW WE MET LAUREL

USA/2017/12mins/English

Director: Arpita Aneja

Logline: A young, blind Syrian asylee tells his story of how he made a life for himself in the U.S. – with a little help from the people he met along the way.

Laurel, a blind, hardworking, Syrian asylum-seeker, makes a life for himself in the U.S. as his family waits in Turkey for their own visas.

HAVE NO FEAR

Italy/2016/20mins/Italian

Director: Marco Calvise

Logline: A day in the life of an elderly Alzheimer’s patient, experiencing nearly everything for the first time, including his own descent into dementia.

Joseph, with Alzheimer’s disease, is a patient hospitalized in a clinic. This is the story of a typical day, his routine, his reality lived in the same way, of all those things, perceived always as if it is the first time. As every morning, a nurse comes into the room to wake up Joseph, but that morning Joseph has already opened his eyes, gasping, frightened by a disturbing nightmare. Thus, his day begins.

A GRAND PURSUIT

USA/2015/23mins/English

Director: Will Strathmann

Logline: Vasu Sojitra is the first leg amputee to attempt climbing the Grand Teton mountains without using a prosthetic leg.

Vasu Sojitra is the first leg amputee to attempt climbing the Grand Teton without the use of a prosthetic leg. During the push to the 13,775 foot summit, Vasu and four other adaptive athletes redefine their own physical and mental limitations and will change your perception of what it means to live with a disability.

WHEELCHAIR WENDY

USA/2018/6mins/English

Director: Shaina Churaya

Logline: Everything is absolutely fabulous in the world of the Dreamhouse where the pink plastic Barbara is the center of attention. But when a new housemate is introduced, a doll in a wheelchair, they have to find a way to make her “fit” in.

ON BEAUTY

USA/Kenya/2014/30mins/English

Director: Joanna Rudnick

Logline: On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty.

On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty.

ANNA

New Zealand/2017/9mins/English

Director: Harriet Maire

Logline: Anna is a young woman on the Autism Spectrum who enjoys living a life of rigorous routine. When someone unintentionally sits on her seat on her morning bus, her day is sent spinning out of control.

ANNA follows the actions and interactions of Anna, a young woman on the Autism Spectrum, and what happens when her routine is unexpectedly interrupted. Anna enjoys living a life of rigorous routine and her condition is made easier by her ability to control the little details of her day, which give her a sense of regularity. When someone unintentionally sits on her seat on her morning bus, her day is sent spinning out of control. This is a story about how Anna copes with unplanned changes to her day.

TAKE ME

Canada/2014/10mins/English

Director: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette & André Turpin

Logline: A nurse confronts his principles when he’s asked to aid two patients in assisted sex.

A nurse working in a center for the disabled is confronted to his principles when he’s asked to accomplish a particular task.

JUST, GO!

Latvia/2017/11mins/Latvian

Director: Pavel Gumennikov

Logline: Just, who lost both of his legs in an accident, chases the thieves who stole his crush’s purse.

Inspired by the incredible true story about a young man Just (24), who is in a wheelchair and who sees how the girl his in love with is robbed, so he decides to go after the thieves and regain the handbag of the girl he loves.

PERFECT

Canada/2013/12mins/English

Director: Karim Ayari

Logline: Julius meets with his psychologist after what he considered to be a disastrous first date due to his involuntary tics.

Julius Quicklax meets with his psychologist following what he considered to be a disastrous first date due to his involuntary tics. “Perfect” is a quirky comedy about one man’s attempt to free himself of any flaws, only to learn that perfections can mean many things.

WELCOME TO THE LAST BOOKSTORE

USA/2015/11mins/English

Director: Chad Howitt

Logline: An exploration of LA’s quirkiest bookstore, and the man who brought it into existence.

A day in the life of a bookstore owner – a father, husband, small business owner, and paraplegic – showing the store’s magnetic appeal to the community.

CHILDREN OF GOD

Iraq/2017/10mins/Arabic

Director: Ahmed Yassin

Logline: A young boy bets his prized possessions – a series of football posters – on the girl’s winning a battle-of-the-sexes football match in an attempt to gain the affections of his crush, their goalkeeper.

Amir, a young boy with a disability, sells football posters. He bets his stock on the girls’ team winning a battle-of-the-sexes football match in an attempt to gain the affections of the goalkeeper, Mariam. The girls lose the match and Amir loses the posters, but Mariam takes a shine to him and the two strike up a friendship.

4 QUARTERS OF SILENCE

USA/2017/17mins/English

Director: Cody Broadway

Logline: Following the Texas School for the Deaf Rangers’ road to success, as the only high school football team serving students with hearing impairments, takes on a competitive league.

4 Quarters of Silence diagrams a journey that follows the Texas School for Deaf Rangers. Ask the school’s head football coach, players, and the athlete’s parents and you’ll find out that deafness is not a weakness, but a strength.

BIRTHDAY

USA/2015/16mins/English

Director: Chris King

Logline: A severely wounded Marine returns home to his wife after months of surgery and rehabilitation.

A severely wounded Marine and his wife finally come home following months of surgeries and rehab. A powerful and realistic depiction of what it is like for our wounded vets and their spouses as they face enormously difficult times ahead.

INTIMACY

UK/2017/19mins/English

Director: Ryan Hogan & Jackson Hogan

Logline: A first date between a deaf woman and a blind man, experienced through their alternating perspectives.

A film told entirely through the alternating perspectives of a deaf woman and a blind man undergoing the emotional turmoil of their first date.

MACROPOLIS

UK/2012/7mins/English

Director: Joel Simon

Logline: Two toys made at a factory are thrown out, and together attempt to be put on a store shelf.

Two toys discarded from a factory production line. Coming to life, they chase the factory delivery can in the hope of rejoining their friends.

FEATURES

KEEP THE CHANGE

USA/2017/93mins/English

Director: Rachel Israel

Logline: A New York City romantic comedy, Keep the Change is the unlikely love story of two people who meet in a support group.

David is an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his high-functioning autism. Forced by his parents to attend Connections, a support group for people on the autism spectrum, David falls in love with Sarah, a sheltered young woman who challenges his identity as “normal.”

THE VIEW FROM TALL

USA/2017/87mins/English

Director: Erica Weiss & Caitlin Parrish

Logline: 17 year-old Justine is having the worst year of her life, when she finds an unlikely lifeline in her disabled therapist.

Precocious, isolated, and relentlessly bullied by her classmates about her height, Chicagoland high school senior Justine reluctantly begins therapy in the aftermath of a messy public affair with her English teacher. After a rocky first few sessions, she forms an unlikely bond with wheelchair-user Douglas, her therapist, who nurses demons of his own. Told with a sardonic wit, The View from Tall is a tender story of self-discovery at more than one age.

KILLS ON WHEELS

Hungary/2017/102mins/Hungarian

Director: Attila Till

Logline: Two disabled teenagers looking for a reason to live, team up with a wheelchaired hitman.

In this wildly original dark comedy, two teenaged boys living in a facility for children with disabilities are looking for a way out. When they befriend a gruff firefighter-turned-hitman who enlists them to be his accomplice wheelchair assassins, they enter a surreal world of gangsters and guns, all while coming to terms with their respective disabilities. With stellar cinematography, a mix of live action and graphic animation, and a dark sense of humor, Kills on Wheels successfully blends genres, dealing with the issues of invisibility, prejudice, and loneliness as it rolls on to exciting, offbeat places. Hungary’s 2016 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film.

BOY ERASED FILMMAKERS TO PRODUCE ‘UNERASED’ PODCAST WITH THE CREATORS OF RADIOLAB

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Limina House, Focus Features, and Anonymous Content announced today that the filmmakers behind the anticipated fall film Boy Erased along with the creators of the widely acclaimed Radiolab podcast and radio program will launch a new podcast, UnErased, this fall. The four-part podcast series will reveal the controversial truth behind the “pray away the gay” movement and conversion therapy in America. The series will be produced by Limina House, which was started by Mikel Ellcessor, the co-creator with Jad Abumrad of Radiolab. The UnErased production team is Ellcessor, Kat Aaron, Alice Quinlan and Shima Oliaee with the author of the Boy Erased memoir Garrard Conley, whose life story and experience with conversion therapy is the basis for the film, and the film’s co-producer and cast member David Joseph Craig. Abumrad provided editorial oversight and conducted key interviews.

It is estimated that between 700,000 – 800,000 Americans have been subjected to conversion therapy – damaging and harmful practices designed to “convert” someone from gay to straight. Using original reporting, sound rich design and deep interviews with individuals who have experienced, led and criticized conversion therapy, UnErased’s four episodes will reveal a deeply troubling part of our culture. Working with The Mattachine Society, one of the foremost LGBTQIA historical archives and a major collector of conversion therapy source material, UnErased brings virtually unheard recordings and documents from key conversion therapy groups and leaders into the light and combines them with original interviews to reveal a complex, and increasingly global, attack on the health and well-being of LGBTQIA youth.

“This series, the original journalism that’s taking place, the stories that are being brought into the light, could not have happened without Joel and Garrard, David, Kerry and everyone at Focus, Anonymous and Stitcher. This is an incredible demonstration of people across creative disciplines pulling together to test new boundaries for storytelling, content delivery and community engagement. It’s our hope that fans of the film, Garrard’s memoir and the podcast series will immerse themselves in all of these different works so they can have a richer understanding of the context of Garrard’s story. It’s a story that is shared by hundreds of thousands of others and goes on today,” said Limina House producer Mikel Ellcessor. “Limina House is dedicated to creating work where new worlds of insight and emotion open up and we learn something new about ourselves and the lives we lead. Being a part of Boy Erased is a privilege.”

“Boy Erased tells a deeply personal story; UnErased tells the whole story. Combining one of the most comprehensive conversion therapy histories to date, survivors’ accounts, and exclusive interviews, UnErased will pick up where the memoir and film leave off,” commented Garrard Conley and David Joseph Craig. “We are honored and thrilled to have partnered with podcast-juggernauts Jad Abumrad and Mikel Ellcessor, and are working closely with the Mattachine Society of D.C. and other LGBTQ advocacy groups to usher our queer stories into the permanent archives of American history, where they have always belonged.”

UnErased will be made available exclusively to Stitcher Premium subscribers in the weeks before the film’s November 2 release. It will be available everywhere you get podcasts coinciding with the film’s limited release. Limina House is producing the series for Focus Features and Anonymous Content. The series is being distributed by Stitcher. UnErased is not a Radiolab production.

From writer/director Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased tells the story of Jared (Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.

Edgerton produces alongside Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin, an Academy Award-winning producer of Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight. Troye Sivan, Xavier Dolan, Cherry Jones, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Joe Alwyn, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig, Théodore Pellerin, Madelyn Cline, and Britton Sear co-star. Boy Erased will be released by Focus Features on November 2, 2018.

FILMMAKER MEGAN GRIFFITHS TO INDEPENDENTLY RELEASE HER ACCLAIMED SXSW DRAMA “SADIE”

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Filmmaker Megan Griffiths announced today that she and producers Lacey Leavitt and Jennessa West will independently release her acclaimed drama Sadie. Working with creative distribution strategist Mia Bruno, the film will begin its roll-out in New York and Los Angeles on October 12th. Winner of the Gryphon Jury Award at the 2018 Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, SADIE premiered at SXSW in March and features a breakout turn by newcomer Sophia Mitri Schloss in the title role. Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher Jr., Tony Hale, Danielle Books and Keith L. Williams co-star, and the film features a score by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.

Walking away from more traditional distribution deals, Griffiths and company chose to pursue their own creative distribution model to ensure that Sadie would be released with specificity and care and that no stone would be left unturned in efforts to connect with communities and reach an audience. They will build a theatrical and TVOD release to lead into their Amazon SVOD release, which they opted into as part of the Amazon Festival Stars program. In an attempt to benefit other filmmakers by de-mystifying independent film distribution, the filmmaking team plans to be fully transparent about their experiences, including an ongoing blog on the subject hosted on the film’s official site SadieFilm.com.

“This film is incredibly meaningful to me, and it’s been so empowering to create a strategy that will allow us to connect more directly with our audience and engage on the film’s themes around youth and violence,” said Griffiths. “Sadie was made to start a conversation, and the larger the audience, the more powerful that conversation can be.”

Sadie was written and directed by Griffiths, director of film festival hits Lucky Them (Toronto 2013, starring Toni Collette and Johnny Depp), Eden (winner of the 2012 SXSW Audience Award), and The Off Hours (Sundance 2011). Griffiths is also an established television director, helming episodes of Animal Kingdom, Graves, and Room 104 (for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Award). She is currently in development on a project with Philip Fleishman and Steven Soderbergh.

Sadie was produced by Lacey Leavitt and Jennessa West, co-produced by Jonathan Caso and executive produced by Eliza Shelden. The project was supported by the Sundance Institute (Creative Producing Lab) and IFP (No Borders/IFP Week).

Variety said in their review, “Equal parts coming-of-age story and slow-burn thriller, writer-director Megan Griffith s’ quietly absorbing and methodically disquieting drama is a genuine rarity.”

Sadie is the powerful, unsettling and darkly funny story of a young girl (Sophia Mitri Schloss) who will stop at nothing to preserve her father’s place on the home front. Sadie is the daughter of a soldier and she models herself after his military example. When her mom, Rae (Melanie Lynskey), begins dating a new man, Cyrus (John Gallagher Jr.), Sadie vows to come between them, whatever it takes. Cyrus becomes the enemy, and if she’s learned anything from the world she inhabits, it’s that the enemy deserves no mercy.