DON’T READ THIS ON A PLANE – Trailer

By | September 14, 2020

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “DON’T READ THIS ON A PLANE.” The film is directed by Stuart McBratney, starring Sophie Desmarais, Victor von Schirach, Susanna Dekker.

Novelist Jovana Fey’s first two books failed commercially. Her third, ‘Don’t Read This on a Plane’, is an amusing, risqué chronicle of a woman’s dalliances with a hundred women. Jovana hopes for acclaim.

Upon checking into the first hotel of her three-week European book tour, she learns that her publisher has gone bankrupt. Penniless and stranded, she hitchhikes and sleeps rough to give readings in indie bookstores across Europe while attempting to project success.

Her reluctance to deny or acknowledge her book’s autobiographical nature attracts reader and media interest. But with her resilience tested daily, she questions whether dreams are worth the struggle.

The Show Goes On! Third Annual Montana International Film Festival Announces Slate

By | September 12, 2020

The Third Annual Montana International Film Festival (MINT) announced today that the 2020 Festival will take place despite the challenging times. The hybrid festival begins on September 17 and ends on October 10. This year, MINT presents a robust slate of 130 films submitted from 20 countries, four panels featuring industry professionals, and over 30 virtual conversations with directors and stars. The festival opens with a theatrical screening of “Montana Connections,” featuring eight short narrative and documentary films from Montana: BRAVEHEART; WOOLY TRADITION; XYLEM, THE HEART OF THE TREE; THE BOTANIST; THE DAY THE SUN DIED; COLD CALL; CROW COUNTRY: OUR RIGHT TO FOOD SOVEREIGNTY; and ANXIETY. The screening takes place at one of the two live festival venues, The Historic Billings Depot, located at 2310 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101.

Warrior Women

Most of the films shown at the in-person screenings can be accessed online: https://watch.eventive.org/mint. Virtual Q&A’s and conversations with select filmmakers follow the presentations.

“We’ve doubled our acceptance rate because we added a virtual platform. We’re excited that we could say “yes” to more great films this year! It is also encouraging to see that more than 45% of the accepted films are directed by women,” says Founder and Executive Director Brian Murnion. “The strength and quality of our programming, combined with rigorous social distancing protocols, will enable our guests to watch festival movies at home and in-person over the course of four weeks.” Murnion got a test-run in virtual programming in the Spring, when he presented a Mother’s Day presentation of Liz Canning’s cycling documentary MOTHERLOAD in a program he dubbed environMINT. The screening was offered “pay what you can,” and the same model applies for individual virtual screenings at MINT 2020.

Coup!

Murnion has spread the other theatrical screenings out over the next four weeks, with the narrative feature SMALL TOWN WISCONSIN, directed by Niels Mueller and produced by Alexander Payne, a story of a party animal whose young son cramps his recreational style, at The Art House Cinema and Pub, 109 North 30th Street in Billings, on Saturday, September 19th. Thursday, September 24th brings the addiction documentary COMING CLEAN to The Historic Billings Depot. Saturday, September 26th, MINT will present a block of eight female-directed short films at the Art House Cinema: HOW IS THIS THE WORLD; IN THE PINK; SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS; BERNADTEEE; OH SH*T; PARACHUTE; MORNING MOURNING; and TREATMENT. On Thursday, October 1, MINT will present Block 1 of its narrative short films on screen at the historic Billings Depot: TOTEMS; HANDHELD; 38 MINUTES; THE SUICIDE OF LILLIAN SELLERS; MY HERO; THE WICK; and MY BROTHER SAM.

Director Dan Wayne’s documentary BIG FUR is a fun portrait of eccentric artist-hero and World Champion taxidermist Ken Walker building a life-sized Bigfoot and unveiling her at the World Taxidermy Championships. BIG FUR plays at the Art House Cinema Saturday, October 3. The Indigenous Documentary Shorts Block will screen Thursday, October 8 at The Billing Depot, and features six films: FUTURE ANCESTOR; DEAR GEORGINA; CROW COUNTRY; OUR RIGHT TO FOOD SOVEREIGNTY; THE DAY THE SUN DIED; KII NCHE NDUTSA (Time and the Seashell); and ARAPAHOE TRUTHS. The Festival closes with Roko Belic’s documentary “TRUST ME,” which shows how screen dependency and misinformation is creating a perception gap between the perceived state of the world and reality. It plays at the Art House Cinema on October 10. Most screenings feature Q&A’s with some of the filmmakers (schedule permitting) following the screenings. And with the exception of BIG FUR, all the theatrical screenings are available virtually.

The Big Nobody

Other highlights of the festival not summarized above are narrative and feature documentary series from animation to horror; international and documentary shorts programs; experimental/late night sections; new media, webisodes, and music films; student films; and a family and kids section—133 films in all. The full selection of films is here: https://watch.eventive.org/mint.

MINT’s third edition will see narrative and documentary features competing for “Best Of” prizes, including the MINT Spirit Award, as well as eight juried awards: Best Female Director, Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short Film, Best Documentary Feature Film, Best Documentary Short Film, Best International Short Film, Best Indigenous Voices Film, and the Best Made-In-Montana award.

One by-product of COVID is that it’s easier than ever to watch MINT. The 2020 festival has two pass options. The $50 VIP All-Access Festival Pass includes entry to the eight in-person screenings and all virtual films, which can be viewed from any time throughout the festival with the exception of a few geoblocked titles. For a mere $25, MINT’s Virtual All-Access Pass provides access to more than 130 films, Q&As, and 4 online panel events, from the comfort of your home via MINT Virtual Cinema! MINT Virtual Cinema can be streamed on an Apple TV, Roku device*, or from a web browser. To do it, download the official Eventive app on Apple TV or your Roku device, then search for MINT Film Festival to access the program.

Three Blades

MINT was born from the desires of filmmakers and artists endeavoring to enrich global and local film communities as a conduit for filmmakers to grow, expand, and connect with audiences in Billings, MT and beyond. The Billings community is a hard-working, unpretentious place with a growing film culture. Organizers feel it has been inspiring to watch the local art house scene expand and stabilize into a sustainable community fixture.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka Joins Festival as Presenting Sponsor https://www.mintfilmfestival.org

SEASON FOUR OF YOUNG JUSTICE GETS A TITLE… AND IT’S PHANTASTIC!

By | September 12, 2020

Young Justice fans who couldn’t wait for season four were more than just “whelmed” at DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse on Saturday, September 12, by not only the show’s panel with the cast and producers, but also a special audio play performance of a brand-new Young Justiceepisode performed by the series voice cast — and the reveal of the title to the new season.

During the Young Justice panel, executive producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti exclusively confirmed the official title for the highly anticipated fourth season as Young Justice: Phantoms. Prior to this announcement, select members of the voice cast — including Jason Spisak, Khary Payton, Stephanie Lemelin, Nolan North, Denise Boutte, Danica McKellar and Crispin Freeman — performed an original radio play titled Young Justice: FanDome. Season 3.9. Episode 1. “The Prize.” Written by Weisman, the script provided an early glimpse into the new season by setting up events that eventually play out further in Young Justice: Phantoms.

Based on characters from DC, Young Justice: Phantoms is executive produced by Weisman and Vietti along with Sam Register (Teen Titans GO!). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the first three seasons of Young Justice are available on DC UNIVERSE.

DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Adds Lisseth Chavez to Cast

By | September 12, 2020

While DC’s Legends of Tomorrow landed the Waverider over the weekend for a fun cast and producer panel session at DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse, exciting news was evolving in the show’s own off-the-wall timeline with the addition of a new series regular joining the cast for the upcoming sixth season. Lisseth Chavez (Chicago P.D.) has just been cast in the role of Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz.

Previously known for her role as Officer Vanessa Rojas on the NBC drama Chicago, P.D., Chavez has recurred on many hit television shows including Murder in the First, The Fosters, and The OA.

Tough and self-sufficient, Spooner Cruz lives off the grid, devising ingenious tech for the detection of — and defense against — space aliens. And while some might call her paranoid, she calls it being prepared. A survivor of a childhood alien encounter, Spooner now believes she has the ability to communicate telepathically with aliens — making her the perfect recruit for Waverider captains Sara Lance, Ava Sharpe and the Legends who, in season six, will be hunting down extraterrestrials who have been displaced throughout history.

Having spent last season tracking down the Loom of Fate in order to bring back their slain comrades, the Legends must now save history from a foe like none they have ever encountered in the past or future…space aliens! After Sara is abducted by a ruthless alien, this new mission becomes personal. It will take more than the combined powers of the Legends to save the world for a sixth time. They must recruit a new Legend: Spooner Cruz, a woman uniquely qualified to help the team defeat their intergalactic foes. Either that or she’s just crazy…

During the show’s Saturday panel session, series stars Caity Lotz, Nick Zano, Matt Ryan, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan, Olivia Swann, Amy Louise Pemberton and Shayan Sobhian joined executive producers Phil Klemmer, Keto Shimizu and Grainne Godfree to discuss their favorite moments from past seasons and give the inside scoop on what’s in store for season six.

Produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is based on the characters from DC and returns for its sixth season in 2021 on The CW.

GUEST HOUSE – Trailer

By | September 12, 2020

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “GUEST HOUSE” The film is directed by Sam Macaroni, starring Pauly Shore (Encino Man, SoninLaw, Bio-Dome, In the Army Now), Mike Castle (TV’s “Brews Brothers”), Aimee Teegarden (TV’s “The Ranch” and“Friday Night Lights”), Charlotte McKinney (Baywatch, Fantasy Island), Steve-O (JackassTV and film franchise, Game Over, Man!).

Pauly Shore and Steve-O kick this outrageous, raunchy comedy into high gear. When engaged couple Sarah (Aimee Teegarden) and Blake (Mike Castle) buy their dream home, there’s a catch: a party animal named Randy (Shore) in the guest house who refuses to leave! When Randy throws a wild, sexy pool party, the cops show up, and Blake gets arrested. Can he and Sarah get through their backyard wedding without a certain loser crashing the party — and ruining their marriage? Also starring Chris Kattan (A Night at the Roxbury), Bobby Lee (“MADtv”), Erik Griffin (Murder Mystery), and more!