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‘The Rider': Chloé Zhao Explains How Brady Jandreau Shaped Her Quiet Masterpiece

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‘The Rider': Chloé Zhao Explains How Brady Jandreau Shaped Her Quiet Masterpiece
This article about Chloé Zhao first appeared in the TheWrap magazine’s Oscar Nominations Preview issue.

“If an animal around here gets hurt like I did, they’ll get put down.” That key line from “The Rider” didn’t come from the mind of the film’s writer-director, Chloé Zhao. It came from her star, Brady Jandreau, whom she worked with to weave one of the most personal tales of the year — and a movie that was the surprise winner of the Gotham Award as the year’s best independent film, beating out contenders that included “The Favourite,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “First Reformed.”

After meeting Jandreau during the filming of her first movie, “Songs My Brother Taught Me,” Zhao knew she wanted to make her next project about him, but didn’t know what the storyline would be.

Then an unexpected tragedy provided the inspiration. A few
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Top 13 Oscar underdogs you need to consider before voting: ‘Annihilation,’ Amandla Stenberg, Tilda Swinton …

Top 13 Oscar underdogs you need to consider before voting: ‘Annihilation,’ Amandla Stenberg, Tilda Swinton …
Dear Oscar voters,

The time for you to pick nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards just started on January 7, and you’ve only got a week before voting closes next Monday on January 14. You’ve already spent the last few months juggling screenings, luncheons, receptions, and trying to remember how to switch the input on your TV to access your DVD player for all those screeners. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to suggest a few underdog actors and films you should consider if you haven’t already.

Or if you’re really pressed for time and can’t pop in any more DVDs, you could just take my word for it and vote for these contenders anyway. I won’t tell anyone.

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Elsie Fisher (Best Actress) and Josh Hamilton (Best Supporting Actor), “Eighth Grade
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Real-life fiction by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Rider director Chloé Zhao on Joshua James Richards: "It's done so well by the cinematographer that it feels like we just happened to be there. That's where the authenticity of the film comes from. It's actually that you have to do so much more work to make it look natural." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the final instalment of my conversation with Chloé Zhao, the director of the 2018 Gotham Independent Film Award and National Board of Review winner, The Rider, and the star of her real-life fiction film, Brady Jandreau, we discuss the injuries Brady and his best friend Lane Scott have dealt with on their long road to recovery and acting with his father Tim Jandreau and little sister Lilly Jandreau as the Blackburn family.

Brady Jandreau as Brady Blackburn with Lane Scott in The Rider: "Well, me and Lane have been like brothers since I was two and he was three.
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Anonymous Content Adds Meredith Rothman to Management Division (Exclusive)

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Anonymous Content has added Meredith Rothman to its management division, Variety has learned.

She joins the company from Mosaic, where she spent the last five years as a talent and literary manager. Rothman started her career working for casting director Francine Maisler and later worked as an assistant at Independent Talent Group in London. She also had a stint working for Ilene Feldman at the management company Ifa for two years.

Rothman’s clients include a number of performers and filmmakers who are part of a new and emerging generation of Hollywood talent. It is a roster that boasts KiKi Layne (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Na-Kel Smith (“mid90s”), Alexa Demie (“Euphoria”), Nicholas Galitzine (“Chambers”), Brady Jandreau (“The Rider”), Sky Ferreira (“Twin Peaks”), Sophie Hyde (“Animals”), Jimmie Fails (“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”), Mikey Alfred (“Illegal Civ”), Tosin Morohunfola (“The Chi”), and Clara Mamet (“Two Bit Waltz
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From Boots Riley to Debra Granik: 5 Directors to Remember in Awards Season

This week on the Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, we sat down with directors who made smaller films that don’t have big awards campaigns but whose work should be remembered among the year’s best films.

Here’s a taste of the wisdom and insight each director shared about their filmmaking process.

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Lynne Ramsay On Bouncing Back

In the winter of 2013-14, Lynne Ramsay disappeared to the Greek Island of Santorini to seek refuge after the traumatic experience of having to quit “Jane Got a Gun” right as production began, having concluded the producers would never let her make her version of the film she’d worked on for years.

“I found it quite peaceful and I could get quite focused, perhaps because I thought I was going to make a film and I didn’t and that was really painful,” said Ramsay.
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Saddling back up by Anne-Katrin Titze

Brady Jandreau on The Rider director Chloé Zhao: "When Chloé found out, a month and a half after my head injury I was training horses again, putting my life at risk, she wanted to capture that." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Gotham Independent Film Award and National Board of Review winner The Rider stars Brady Jandreau as Brady Blackburn with his sister Lilly Jandreau and father Tim Jandreau, and friends Lane Scott, Cat Clifford, and Tanner Langdeau playing variations of themselves. Chloé Zhao's follow-up to Songs My Brothers Taught Me was also a highlight of the 55th New York Film Festival, winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema and the Art Cinema Award in the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival.

Joshua James Richards films Brady Jandreau as Brady Blackburn with Chloé Zhao directing

Shot by Joshua James Richards (Francis Lee's God's Own Country
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The Rider is surprise winner at the Gotham awards

Chloé Zhao’s rodeo drama bucks critically lauded contenders Roma and The Favourite at first significant event of awards season

Low key rodeo drama The Rider took the main prize at the Gotham awards as much hyped contenders such as Roma and The Favourite failed to make a major impact, in the first significant indicator of this year’s awards season.

The Gotham awards are given to independent films, and previous best feature winners – including Moonlight in 2016 and Call Me By Your Name in 2017 – have gone on to become major Oscar players. The Rider, directed by Chloé Zhao and starring real-life former rodeo rider Brady Jandreau, has been widely admired but was not expected to defeat The Favourite, the 18th-century-set comedy with Olivia Colman. Roma, the critically lauded Mexican film from Alfonso Cuarón was not nominated.
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Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ Is a Welcome Antidote to the Age of Donald Trump

Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ Is a Welcome Antidote to the Age of Donald Trump
A little over two years ago, Chloe Zhao was in the badlands of South Dakota, working with a crew of five people and no professional actors, shooting real-life cowboys. The end result, “The Rider,” changed her life.

Her naturalistic Western, about a rodeo rider named Brady (Brady Jandreau) who suffers a debilitating head injury, won the top prize at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight section in 2017 and scored distribution with Sony Pictures Classics. It landed a Best Film nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards in early 2018, before it even hit theaters, and closes the year out with a Gotham nomination in the same category. And Zhao suddenly found herself in the unlikely position of fielding studio offers, one of which she accepted — Marvel’s “The Eternals,” a superhero movie about immortal beings.

So much has happened that Zhao, who grew up in Beijing and moved to the U.S. as a teenager,
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Comedy, Tragedy And Real Life Fuel ‘Stan & Ollie’, ‘The Rider’ – The Contenders La

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Two movies from Sony Pictures Classics presented at today’s The Contenders La at the DGA Theater reflect radically different worlds but have in common the challenge of being based on real-life events.

Actor John C. Reilly joined Deadline’s Pete Hammond to discuss the daunting challenge of portraying larger-than-life comedy star Oliver Hardy in Stan & Ollie alongside Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel, directed by John S. Baird from a script by Jeff Pope.

Hammond started off by joking with the audience: “So good to be in a room where I don’t have to explain who Laurel & Hardy are. Thank you for being old.”

Then Reilly joined him to talk about the hard work involved in creating the character underneath the fat suit and makeup that required two hours a day to get into and 45 minutes to remove. “He was a big guy his whole life, [but] he looked like
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Prepare for outrage if Oscar voters close the door on female directing nominees

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According to the Motion Picture Association of America, women buy half of all movie tickets sold.

Last year’s Oscars brought us just the fifth nomination in 90 years for a female director, Greta Gerwig for her solo directing debut, “Lady Bird.”

Out of the 100 top-grossing films of 2017, the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found only 8 percent were directed by women.

As sad as those stats are after all that #MeToo talk and Frances McDormand’s firebrand podium speech demanding equality at the 2018 ceremony, there could be no one of the female persuasion competing at the Academy Awards this year. At least that is what the roster of names found on the combined predictions of nearly 1,800 Gold Derby Experts, Editors and Users reveals.

SEECheck out this gallery of the 12 actresses nominated for royal roles

If there is any good news, there are at least five women
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The Rider Review

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Chloe Zhao’s impressive second film The Rider comes hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed first feature Songs My Brothers Taught Me, a film festival circuit favourite which went on to gain the young director a best picture nod at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards. Staring real life Cowboy Brady Jandreau as a rodeo rider struggling to come to terms with a recent career ending injury, the film is a beautifully sparse, mournful and subtly acted modern Western which tells an honest story with a huge amount of tenderness and poetic realism.

Former rodeo star Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) lives in the South Dakota desert with his gambling addict father Wayne (Tim Jandreau) and sister Lilly (Lilly Jandreau), a vivacious teenager with learning difficulties. When a life-threatening head injury puts an abrupt end to his burgeoning career, Brady finds himself aimless and depressed about his future prospects. No longer
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Exclusive Interview – Brady Jandreau on starring in The Rider

It’s as if Brady Jandreau has stepped off the big screen to have a chat. In his Stetson, jeans and cowboy boots and addressing Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper as “ma’am”, he’s the epitome of the West and the subject of the film, The Rider, which is released in the UK this Friday.

He’s not an actor. Nor are many people in the Chloe Zhao’s drama/documentary hybrid, which made its mark at both Sundance and Cannes last year. As well as giving an intimate look at the lives and traditions of rodeo riders, who take their lives in their hands for eight seconds at a time, it focuses on Brady Blackburn (Jandreau), who suffers a near fatal head injury and is told he can never ride again. But his way of life – it’s not a job – is in his blood and he has
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Pull no punches: how sports movies swapped triumph for truth

Where cinema once focused on underdogs winning against the odds, now films that focus on athletes in personal and physical crisis are showing the dark side of sports

Sports movies, like history, tend to be written by the victors. The Hollywood canon is packed with stories about winning – against all odds, at all costs, when it’s all on the line, in as noble and ruggedly masculine a fashion as possible. It’s the domain of guys like Burt Reynolds, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone and Dwayne Johnson. But films such as Chloé Zhao’s The Rider are showing us the flipside of this mentality, which is not only that somebody has to lose, but that this stuff can really mess you up. You could call that more of an anti-sports movie, but given the cliches of the genreand a certain instability in ideas of American masculinity, there’s often a more interesting story.
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Chloé Zhao: ‘I saw Brady training horses and I knew I had to make a film with him’

The Chinese-born director on reinventing the western, the power of limitation and why America feels like home

Born in Beijing in 1982, educated in England and New York, and now living in California, Chloé Zhao is the director of two striking films set in the American midwest. Her 2015 debut, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, was shot among the Lakota Sioux tribe in a remote reservation in South Dakota. Zhao’s second film, The Rider, returns there to tell the story of a real-life young cowboy called Brady Jandreau, who is getting back on his feet after a serious rodeo accident. The film won the top prize at the directors’ fortnight at Cannes.

How did The Rider come about?

After my first film, I went back to visit the Pine Ridge reservation a few times. When I saw Brady, who was working there, I just thought, wow he has a presence, I
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'Deadpool 2' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Life of the Party Breaking In Bad Samaritan The Rider On Chesil Beach (romantic...
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‘The Rider’ Copes with Reality in Exclusive Deleted Scene from Cannes Winner

Arriving on DVD and Digital HD today is one of the most heart-stirring, authentic films I’ve seen in the past year, Chloé Zhao’s remarkable drama The Rider. Starring first-time actor Brady Jandreau in a story loosely based on his life, he plays a cowboy who must deal with the struggle of the reality of his life’s passion after surviving a near-fatal head injury. Winner of the top prize at Cannes Director’s Fortnight, we’re pleased to present a deleted scene from the film, which finds Jandreau in his sister’s room being confronted with the effects of his injury.

“What does a cowboy do when he can’t ride?,” Ed Frankl said in our review. “Chloe Zhao’s absorbing South Dakota-set sophomore feature has its titular rider come to terms with such a fate, in a film that’s a beguiling mix of docudrama and fiction
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The Rider Arrives On DVD and Digital August 7th

Directed and written by Chloé Zhao, the critically-acclaimed, film festival darling The Rider gallops onto DVD and digital on August 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on his true story, The Rider stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. The cast also includes Brady’s father Jim Jandreau and his sister Lilly Jandreau. Named one of the best films of 2018 (so far) by Variety, The Rider won the C.I.C.A.E. Award at the Cannes International Film Festival and Grand Prix Award at the Deauville Film Festival in 2017. Additionally, the film received five Independent Spirits Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, with Chloé winning the inaugural Bonnie Award.

The film is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an impressive score of 97% as of 6/11/18 and an 8.4 average score (from
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‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ Trailer: Joe Cole Fights For His Life In Prison

The 2017 Cannes Film Fest was of a great year for films full of non-actors. Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” introduced us to the excellent talents of Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite. Then Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” uniquely told South Dakota cowboy Brady Jandreau’s real-life story with him playing a fictional version of himself.

Continue reading ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ Trailer: Joe Cole Fights For His Life In Prison at The Playlist.
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Is ‘Black Panther’ the Year’s Only Real Oscar Best Picture Contender So Far?

Is ‘Black Panther’ the Year’s Only Real Oscar Best Picture Contender So Far?
At the halfway point of the year, it’s downright strange that the only 2018 release with a real chance of landing a Best Picture nomination at next year’s Oscars also happens to be the top-grossing film of the year.

But that’s only one of the reasons that “Black Panther” is such a phenomenon. A blockbuster hit that also feels like a landmark in ways that could conceivably register with Oscars voters next year, the Marvel release is potentially the first film since “American Sniper” in 2014 to land a Best Picture nod and also wind up in the top five of the yearly box-office chart. (And “American Sniper” made nearly all its money the following year.)

But “Black Panther” is by no means a sure thing, and its fate at the Oscars will depend on a myriad of factors between now and the end of the year. That’s
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Oscars: 17 Deserving Contenders From 2018 So Far

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Oscars: 17 Deserving Contenders From 2018 So Far
We always seem to get through the first half of the year a lot quicker than the second half, so here we are. Six months of cinema are behind us with another six months (and an annually unrelenting awards season) on the horizon. With that in mind, we’ve put our heads together to shout-out a number of films, performances, and achievements since January that deserve consideration at year’s end, lest they be forgotten by the upcoming onslaught.

Check out Tim Gray’s accompanying story summarizing the awards player so far and looking ahead at what’s to come this Oscar season.

(Note: This list only takes into account films that have been or will be released theatrically in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and June 30. Anything that has debuted at a film festival but not seen its commercial release yet is not eligible.)

Best Picture: “You Were Never Really Here
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