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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Buys ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy,’ Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up ‘Lavender’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Buys ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy,’ Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up ‘Lavender’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Gravitas Ventures has secured the worldwide rights to “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” the debut film from writer-director Jeff Grace. The comedy follows a successful singer-songwriter who helps his friend’s struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour. “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and stars Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, Heather Morris, Michael Ian Black and David Cross.

“It was impossible to resist the witty and memorable characters in Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement. “It’s a laugh-out-loud bromance that we know will resonate with audiences near and far.
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Reena Dutt, Kyle Martin & Kimberly Parker Chosen as Sffs Producer Fellowships Recipients

Shortly after the Sundance Institute named their January Screenwriter’s Lab roster, it’s another West coast entity that is offering some support to the next gen of producers. The San Francisco Film Society folks have bestowed the Producer Fellowships to Reena Dutt, Kyle Martin (who is know best from producing Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture and Lance EdmandsBluebird) and Kimberly Parker (who most recently produced Katie Says Goodbye – a title we had pegged for Sundance). Here is the press release.

This round of Sffs Producer Fellowships runs from January to June 2016, kicking off with a 5-day networking trip to the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to this excursion, over the course of the Fellowship each winner will receive:

A $25,000–$40,000 cash grant to be used for living expenses. Individual amounts depend on place of residence and estimated travel costs to participate in Bay Area fellowship components.

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2015 Portland Film Festival Announces Film Line-up

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The 2015 Portland Film Festival is Oregon’s largest film event of the year, with 80 narrative and documentary feature films and 134 short films selected out of 3500 Submissions.

This weeklong extravaganza also includes over 75 Master Classes, Two Lifetime Achievement Tributes, and an unprecedented live event featuring Several Thousand Festivalgoers As Extras in a record-setting Zombie Day Event.

Los Angeles – August 13, 2015 – Portland Film Festival announced today the feature film competition programs, opening and closing screenings, music and midnight sections, tribute presentations, northwest, and special screenings for the 2015 Portland Film Festival. The 3rd Annual festival is a weeklong event of 214 screenings of feature length and short films from around the world, red carpet world premieres, tributes to filmmaking legends, more than 50 hours of professional workshops, nightly after-parties and more.

The third annual Portland Film Festival will take place September 1 – 7th, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, at seven venues throughout the city,
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'Ice Soldiers' Attack on Oil Town Clip | Exclusive

'Ice Soldiers' Attack on Oil Town Clip | Exclusive
Buried beneath the Arctic ice since the Cold War, genetically modified Soviet soldiers have been rediscovered, reactivated and are ready to unleash devastating destruction. They are cold-blooded killing machines with super-human strength and one man, a scientist who has been searching for them his entire life, will try to stop the carnage before they complete their terrifying, top-secret mission. Dominic Purcell, Michael Ironside and Adam Beach star in Ice Soldiers, a pulse-pounding, action-packed thriller. Watch our exclusive clip, which features an attack on oil town, before picking up the Blu-ray or DVD today.

Ice Soldiers was released December 6th, 2013 and stars Dominic Purcell, Adam Beach, Michael Ironside, Gabriel Hogan, Benz Antoine, Raoul Bhaneja, Nicu Branzea, Greg Steven Brown. The film is directed by Sturla Gunnarsson.
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Third Take This Waltz Poster

Third Take This Waltz Poster
Sarah Polley directs Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Luke Kirby in the romantic comedy Take This Waltz, which finds a devoted wife falling hard for another man. We have the third poster for Take This Waltz, which showcases the waning relationship between Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen's husband and wife characters. Check it out!

Take This Waltz comes to theaters June 29th, 2012 and stars Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby, Raoul Bhaneja, Aaron Abrams, Jennifer Podemski, Vanessa Coelho. The film is directed by Sarah Polley.
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Take This Waltz Trailer

Take This Waltz Trailer
Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer for writer-director Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz, which debuts in theaters June 29. Watch as Michelle Williams, who is happily married to cookbook author Seth Rogen, unexpectedly falls in love with another man (Luke Kirby).

Take This Waltz: Trailer

Take This Waltz comes to theaters June 29th, 2012 and stars Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby, Raoul Bhaneja, Aaron Abrams, Jennifer Podemski, Vanessa Coelho. The film is directed by Sarah Polley.
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Take This Waltz Lands at Magnolia Pictures

Take This Waltz Lands at Magnolia Pictures
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired Us rights to Take This Waltz, the eagerly anticipated new film written, directed and produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and acclaimed actress Sarah Polley. Starring two-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman, Take This Waltz is an insightful, sophisticated film about a young woman struggling to choose between a husband that she loves and another man that she has fallen passionately in love with. Magnolia did the deal with TF1 International.

Take This Waltz was produced by Susan Cavan along with Sarah Polley, and premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Michelle Williams plays twenty-eight-year-old Margot, happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome artist that lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable. Warmly human, funny and bittersweet,
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First Look Images: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen in Take This Waltz

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We’re smashing out the images this afternoon because they’ve eben released on the Tiff website after being announced earlier today. Here is the first look at the Sarah Polley directed movie, Take This Walz which stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Raoul Bhaneja, Aaron Abrams and Luke Kirby.

Synopsis: Sarah Polley makes a welcome return to directing with her first feature since 2006 Festival favourite Away from Her. Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman and two-time Oscar®-nominee Michelle Williams star in this bittersweet story about a married woman struggling to choose between her husband and a man she’s just met.
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Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz' Begins Production

After Away From Her, Canadian actress Sarah Polley will direct a second film. As a matter of fact, production has begun today in Toronto for the Canadian film Take This Waltz, Polley's second directorial work.

The film's story can be described like this according to the folks at IonCinema.com:

When 28-year-old Margot (Michelle Williams) meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction: she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a celebrated cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Margot finally gives in to desire and in doing so, discovers some unsettling truths about herself. Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful like a bowl of fruit, Take This Waltz leads us, laughing, through
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[Video] Kris Booth Talks About Funding 'At Home by Myself... with You'

In this interview given to Samantha Gutstadt, from the online magazine RealTVfilms, Canadian director Kris Booth talks about the way his independent film At Home by Myself... with You got funded.

The story is centred on a beautiful woman (Kristin Booth) who has many phobias. The biggest of them all is to leave her apartment. During one day, this woman meets the nephew (Aaron Abrams) of one of her neighbours (Rosemary Dunsmore). Besides, both of the young people fall for each other. Will that guy manage to get this girl outside of her apartment?

The film also stars Shauna MacDonald, Ryan Blakely, Raoul Bhaneja, Jefferson Brown, Brandon Firla, Andrea McCulloch and Gordon Pinsent.

Finally, At Home by Myself... with You is already available on DVD in Canada.
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[Video] Kris Booth Talks About His Film 'At Home by Myself... with You'

In this interview given to the online cultural magazine Real TV Films, Canadian director Kris Booth talks to Samantha Gudstadt about his independent film At Home by Myself... with You. This film, which was made on a shoestring budget, is being showcased at the 2010 Cannes Film Market.

The story is centred on a beautiful woman (Kristin Booth) who has many phobias. The biggest of them all is to leave her apartment. During one day, this woman meets the nephew (Aaron Abrams) of one of her neighbours (Rosemary Dunsmore). Besides, both of the young people fall for each other. Will that guy manage to get this girl outside of her apartment?

The film also stars Shauna MacDonald, Ryan Blakely, Raoul Bhaneja, Jefferson Brown, Brandon Firla, Andrea McCulloch and Gordon Pinsent.

Finally, At Home by Myself... with You is already available on DVD in Canada.
See full article at The Cultural Post »

[News] Canadian Films at the 2010 Cannes Film Market

While Xavier Dolan's Les amours imaginaires and Noah Pink's ZedCrew are competing at the Cannes Film Festival, other Canadian films will be looking for distributors. Now, let's have a look at the Canadian presence at the 2010 Cannes Film Market.

2 fois une femme

Director: François Deslile

Starring: Evelyne Rompré, Marc Béland, Étienne Laforge, David Boutin, Michelle Rossignol, Marie Brassard, Alexandre Goyette, Catherine de Léan and Brigitte Pogonat

After having her life threatened by her violent husband one night, Catherine heads for northern Quebec with her son under another identity. Slowly, she rebuilds her confidence and rediscovers who she is while trying to win over her son’s affection.

Stained

Director: Karen Lam

Starring: Tinsel Korey, Sonja Bennett, Steph Song, Anna Mae Routledge and Stephen Lobo

When Isabelle’s former lover suddenly appears at her shabby bookstore, she is elated and they resume their relationship. Her protective foster sister, Jennifer,
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Type Righters

Originally from Chicago, African-American actor Nicole J. Butler moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago. She now enjoys an acting career in which she seldom plays roles that stereotype African Americans. Though she confronts this issue from time to time and believes it can be an ongoing problem for some actors, she has more often than not taken jobs she has found comfortable and rewarding. After Butler studied theatre at the University of Iowa, she moved to L.A. and got stuck in corporate America for a few years. "I finally told myself, 'I didn't move to L.A. to be somebody's secretary,'" she says. "Once I got serious and told myself an acting career was going to happen now or never, I realized I needed to really do this or else go someplace where I could afford to buy property. So I started taking acting classes [at the Sanford Meisner Center] and looking for opportunities,
See full article at Backstage »

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