Team Foxcatcher, Director Jon Greenhalgh

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Meant to be a retreat for elite American athletes, Foxcatcher Farms, and all it was intended to represent, was lost in the paranoid downward spiral of its troubled benefactor John Du Pont. Heir to the Du Pont family fortune, John Du Pont funneled his considerable resources into his love of sports—wrestling in particular. Aiming to reinvigorate the US Olympic wrestling team, Du Pont created Foxcatcher, and invited gold medal champion Dave Schultz to lead the charge. What began as an idealistic sports idyll soon deteriorated into suspicion, distrust, and ultimately murder. Through fascinating archival footage and never-before-seen home videos shot during Schultz’s time at the farm, director Jon Greenhalgh’s absorbing film unpacks the events leading up to Foxcatcher’s well-documented tragedy, exploring the complex and contradictory character Team Foxcatcher IIof Du Pont, while serving as a poignant memoir to the legacy of Schultz as a champion wrestler, husband, and father. Team Foxcatcher charts a true American tragedy of Olympic dreams, ambition, mental illness, and murder. Jon Greenhalgh is an acclaimed director, producer, and writer specializing in sports documentaries with titles that include The Smashing Machine (HBO’s America Undercover), Rank (IFC Documentaries), and Team Foxcatcher, his debut film on Netflix. Director Jon Greenhalgh stops by to discuss this compelling and heartbreaking look at a tragedy as seen through the eyes of those closest to it.

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“It’s a straightforward documentary and a good one for those who haven’t already spent enough time with this strange, unsettling story.” – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

“The tense, nerve-racking score and our own knowledge of the outcome gives the events a sense of doomed inevitability.”- Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“It’s the absence of Dave’s brother and athletic partner, Mark, that most glaringly sticks out in director Jon Greenhalgh’s film. That incompleteness is a nagging issue throughout, though it shouldn’t hinder this otherwise sterling documentary’s appeal …” – Nick Schager, Variety

I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman, Director Marianne Lambert

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I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE: THE CINEMA OF CHANTAL AKERMAN explores some of the Belgian filmmaker’s 40 plus films, and from Brussels to Tel Aviv, from Paris to New York, it charts the sites of her peregrinations. An experimental filmmaker, a nomad, Chantal Akerman shared with I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE director Marianne Lambert her cinematic trajectory, one that never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence. And with her editor and long-time collaborator, Claire Atherton, she examines the origins of her film language, and aesthetic stance. I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE includes excerpts from many films made throughout Akerman’s career, including JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (1975), NEWS FROM HOME Chantal Akerman(1976), THE RENDEZ-VOUS OF ANNA, JE, TU, IL, ELLE (1974), SOUTH (1998), FROM THE EAST (1993), FROM THE OTHER SIDE (2002), LÀ-BAS (2006), and, what would be Chantal Akerman’s last film, NO HOME MOVIE (2015). Director Marianne Lambert joins us to reflect on the work of an artist who charted her own intimate, audacious and stunningly original work in the history of film.

For news and updates go to: icarusfilms.com

“A career-spanning documentary [that] provides valuable insights” —Variety

“Offers an overview of Akerman’s career while showcasing the behind-the-scenes process of her work.” —IndieWire

“The least sentimental love letter you’ll ever come across.” —Vogue

Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar), Director Nitzan Gilady

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In the Wedding Doll Hagit, (Moran Rosenblatt) young talented woman with a mild mental deficiency who lives with her mother Sara, a divorced mother, in a small suburb town in the desert. She has a part time job in a toilet paper factory and longs to be independent. Her mother Sara (Assi Levy), who gave up her dreams, works as a chambermaid in a hotel and her life surrounds around taking care of her daughter. Hagit’s biggest dream is to get married. Secretly and without the knowledge of her mother, she’s in love with the son, Omri (Roy Assaf) of the factory owner, who gradually falls in love with her. In her mind, she believes that one day they’ll get married. The announcement of the closing of the factory shakes Hagit and Sara’s life and jeopardizes Hagit’s love story. Written and directed by Nitzan Gilady, an Israeli film director who has written, produced and directed the documentary films IN SATMAR CUSTODY (2003), JERUSALEM IS PROUD TO BE PRESENT (2008) and THE LAST ENEMY (2010). Wedding Doll is his first feature film. Gilady joins us for a conversation on making his internationally acclaimed award-winning film and the challenge of crafting Hagit’s story that is sensitive and respectful.

For news and updates go to: weddingdollthemovie.com

Recognition for Wedding Doll:

2015 Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection


2015 BFI London Film Festival – Official Selection


2016 The Haggiag Award for Best Actress – Moran Rosenblatt

2015 Jerusalem Film Festival – WINNER Best Actress, Best Israeli Debut Feature, Official Selection


2016 International du Film d’Amour de Mons – WINNER Best Actress, Official Selection


“WEDDING DOLL has echoes of ROMEO AND JULIET in the romance between Hagit and Omri… Moran Rosenblatt has the look of a young Patricia Arquette and her Hagit glows with an inner radiance”
 – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

“[A] fantastic debut feature… deftly executed and built on two remarkable leading performances”
 – Ben Nicholson, Cine-Vue

“A mildly mentally disabled young woman strains for independence in this well-crafted drama” 
- Dennis Harvey, Variety



“It’s a movie that deserves to be seen for many reasons, but especially the way it portrays a kind of character who’s quite often either dismissed, or made a cliche”
 – John Anderson, Indiewire

Hostile Border, Actress Veronica Sixtos

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In the film Hostile Border Claudia, a twenty-something Chicana, is chasing the bling of a lux life, making bad choices – and eventually she gets caught. Despite the fact that she barely speaks a word of Spanish, her undocumented status gets her deported to Mexico. Although she can never legally return to the U.S. Claudia refuses to accept life with her estranged father and grandmother in her foreign “homeland,” and she spirals into a dangerous situation with a handsome smuggler. Veronica Sixtos’ gives a nuanced performance as an emotionally withholding anti-hero who’s trouble for anyone who dares to care about her. Hostile Border is pitched in a heightened style between a slow-burning thriller and a noir western, this smartly conceived allegorical tale confronts the dark side of the American dream. Veronica Sixtos as Claudia and leads an exceptional supporting cast of Julio Cedillo, Roberto Urbina, Jorge A. Jimenez, Jesse Garcia, and María del Carmen Farías, Hostile Border is a taut, high stakes family drama. The lead actress Veronica Sixtos join us to talk about her brilliant breakout performance, her music career and Hollywood’s growing embrace of latino-based stories.

For news and updates go to: hostileborder.com

Opening at the Laemmle NoHo theatre in North Hollywood April 15th featuring a Q&A with actress Veronica Sixtos, Saturday and Sunday evening, writer Kaitlin McLaughlin on Saturday evening and director Michael Dwyer on Sunday evening, April 17th.

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Official Selection 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival – Winner of the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Directing (Michael Dwyer).

“Co-directors Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin prove more adept at the first act’s low-key character building than the action-movie showdowns they’re building toward, but Claudia’s use of a makeshift flamethrower late in the game is an unexpected joy.” – LA Weekly

“Slick and engaging” – Cinapse

Friday, April 8, 2016 – Louder Than Bombs, Director and co-screenwriter Joachim Trier

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LOUDER THAN BOMBS is a stunningly intimate portrait of parents and children and the many things that tear them apart and bring them together. Three years after the death of famed photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert), her husband, Gene (Gabriel Byrne), and her sons Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg), and his younger brother, Conrad (Devin Druid), are still trying to cope with their loss. Shifting between past and present, and juxtaposing external reality with privileged glimpses into the interior lives of each of its four major characters. LOUDER THAN BOMBS captures the sadness of losing a loved one at the same time it celebrates the importance of family. The English-language debut of acclaimed Norwegian director Joachim Trier, (Reprise and Oslo, August 31) who was named one of the “20 Directors to Watch” by the New York Times in 2013, LOUDER THAN BOMBS was co-written by Trier and Eskil Vogt and photographed by Jakob Ihre. Joining Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, and Devin Druid in a stellar ensemble cast are Academy Award® nominees David Strathairn and Amy Ryan, and Emmy® nominee Rachel Brosnahan. Director Joachim Trier joins us to talk about the values and emotions that get passed down from generation to generation and the consequences.

For news and updates go to: louderthanbombs.film

“A family drama of extraordinary beauty… the film lives and breathes with a lovely intimacy” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“’Louder Than Bombs’ Trailer is a Powerful Mediation on Grief” – IndieWire

“The grief is honest and beautiful in ‘Louder Than Bombs'” – New York Post

“‘Louder Than Bombs’: A Moving, Essential Take on Family, War and Loss” – New York Observer

Friday, April 8, 2016 – SOLD, Director Jeffrey Dean Brown and Producer Jane Charles

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The intense, emotional story of one 13 year-old girl’s quest for freedom after finding herself a victim of human trafficking between Nepal and India, will hit the big screen in the feature film SOLD. Globally, the average age of a girl who is trafficked for sex is 13-14 years old, according to ECPAT, a global network dedicated to protecting children.

The acclaimed film is directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Dean Brown (MOLLY’S PILGRIM), executive produced by Oscar winner Emma Thompson, and produced by Jane Charles. The ensemble cast includes Gillian Anderson (X-FILES) and David Arquette. Based on the international bestselling novel by Patricia McCormick, inspired by true events, SOLD depicts the story of an extraordinary girl Lakshmi who is trafficked across the Nepal-India border and forced to work in a brothel in Kolkata, India. By telling one girl’s story, SOLD gives voice to the millions of trafficked children who are unheard and unseen. Director Jeffrey Dean Brown and Producer Jane Charles joins us to talk about the making of this illuminating and compelling film and about the world-wide, but often invisible epidemic of human trafficking.

For news and updates go to: soldthemovie.com

“The film gives us a vibrant, tangible sense of place, the color and dust of a crowded ancient city, and the layers of secrecy and corruption under which Lakshmi and those like her are trapped.” – Joyce Kulhawik, RogerEbert.com

SOLD humanizes the issue of child trafficking. By pulling us into the world of one child who is trafficked, the film provides insight into the horrors children experience but also illustrates the resilience they have to overcome such horrible situations. Emily Pasnak-Lapchick, End Trafficking Program Officer, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Marvelous script and courageous and brilliant cast… [we] feel able to act without feeling the kind of rage and hopelessness that gets in the way of doing anything. Emma Thompson, SOLD Executive Producer

Brilliantly made. Unlike other films on child trafficking and modern slavery, SOLD makes the problem personal for the audience. Though heartbroken by what she endures, the viewer is left inspired by Lakshmi’s strength and bravery, motivated to help end modern slavery through real-world action. Alex K. Monroe, Senior Campaigns Manager, Walk Free

The Dark Horse, Director / writer James Napier Robertson

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Based on a powerful true story, The Dark Horse is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Blow, “Fear the Walking Dead”) as Genesis “Gen” Potini, a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life. After years in and out of mental institutions, Genesis is released into the care of his estranged brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi) and thrust into his volatile gang lifestyle. Seeking to escape this toxic environment, Genesis finds solace by volunteering at the Eastern Knights chess club and sharing his gift with the disadvantaged Maori children of his community.  Charismatic and impassioned, Gen encourages the group to train for the upcoming National Chess Championships.  But his teaching puts him at odds with his brother when Ariki’s son Mana (James Rolleston) shows an interest in the game – chess is considered a distraction from the teen’s imminent initiation into his father’s gang. The Dark Horse is rugged and raw gem of filmmaking anchored by brilliant central performance from Cliff Curtis. Director / writer James Napier Robertson stops by to talk about the amazing Genesis Potini, the lives he touched and the inspiration he provided to the cast and crew of The Dark Horse.

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 Curtis is so heartbreakingly convincing in the lead role that he routinely frees you of the feeling you’re watching one more adversity saga with scrappy kids and a third-act tournament.” – Robert Abele, LA Times.

 “The Dark Horse” brings Cliff Curtis back home, and he gives a performance that’s transcendent in more ways than one.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

 “Combines several potentially tired subgenres – the inspirational-teacher drama, the mental illness drama, and the gang thriller – but, helped immeasurably by Curtis’s performance, makes something new out of them.” Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

 “It’s a film with the texture and truth of life, and at its heart is a beautiful performance by Cliff Curtis.” – Cath Clarke, Time Out

Lolo, Director Julie Delpy

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Violette (Julie Delpy), a 40-year old workaholic with a career in the fashion industry falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene (Danny Boon), while on a spa retreat with her best friend. Though Jean-Rene faces a major challenge: he must win the trust and respect of  Violette’s teenage son, Lolo (Vincente Lacoste), who is determined to wreak havoc on the couple’s fledging relationship and remain his mother’s favorite. After TWO DAYS IN PARIS, TWO DAYS IN NEW YORK and SKYLAB, Julie Delpy returns with a sharp romantic comedy, alongside Dany Boon, the irresistible creator of WELCOME TO THE STICKS. Lolo recently premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival and North American Premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Writer / director Julie Delpy joins us for a spirited conversation on working with her own ensemble of talent and the making of films that inspire her.

For news and updates go to: filmrise.com/lolo/

Currently screening at:
Playhouse – Pasadena – TICKETS
Monica Film Center – Santa Monica – TICKETS
Noho 7 – North Hollywood – TICKETS
Music Hall – North Hollywood – TICKETS
Edward Westpark 8 – Irvine – TICKETS

“Lolo is fun and fresh to look at: Violette’s habitat is fashion-world, Centre-Pompidou new Paris, blessedly free of the Louvre-and-Seine shorthand that sells French movies to American audiences.” – Ella Taylor, NPR

“Delpy brings an unflinching perspective to the realities of balancing new love and motherhood, even while playing it for laughs.” – Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“Lolo is a maternal horror film in the guise of a light romantic comedy, and therein lies much of its charm.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“A curiously unsentimental director of romantic comedies, Julie Delpy sees romance for the work that it primarily is.” – Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

Take Me to the River, Director Matt Sobel

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In Take Me to the River a Nebraskan family reunion couldn’t seem more backwards to a gay Californian teenager. If Ryder had his way, he’d choose a moment just like this to come out, the bigger the scene the better. For his mother’s sake however, Ryder agrees to keep quiet, save parading around the picnic in his most audacious pair of short-shorts. Ryder’s antics raise dubious eyebrows from his hardened cowboy relatives, but 9-year-old Molly can’t get enough. She follows her cool California cousin everywhere. After lunch, they walk to the barn to look for a bird’s nest in the rafters. Their strange encounter, and whatever happened while the two escaped their family’s watchful eyes, makes Ryder the sudden target of suspicion, and places him at the center of a long buried family secret. Robin Weigert (Concussion, Synecdoche, New York, Deadwood) anchors a superb ensemble cast that includes Richard Schiff (West Wing, The Automatic Hate), Josh Hamilton (Kicking and Screaming, Frances Ha and Gracepoint) and a breakout performance by Logan Miller (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Night Moves). Director / producer / writer Matt Sobel stops by to talk about his stunning, controversial and brilliant feature debut.

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“Writer-director Matt Sobel’s quietly engaging debut is one of the great discoveries of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: His fish-out-of-water observations have a personal edge — the film is shot partly on his own extended family’s Nebraskan property — but it soon builds to a place of nightmarish psychosexual revelations.” – Ibad Shah, Indiewire

“Superlatively acted culture-clash indie chillingly evokes primal dread and sexual transgression….” –Ronnie Scheib, Variety

“TAKE ME TO THE RIVER provides a fresh and haunting perspective on the ‘family secrets’ subgenre… the film is narratively claustrophobic, beautiful, disturbing and ripe.” – John Fink, The Film Stage

“….Sobel is worthy of the title of best new American independent filmmaker.” – Eric Lavalle, Ioncinema

The Confirmation, Director Bob Nelson

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Clive Owen shines in this irresistible comedy as Walt, a down-on-his luck carpenter tasked with entertaining his eight-year-old son Anthony while Anthony’s mom (Maria Bello) and her new husband are away. But when Walt’s prized toolbox is stolen, a quiet father-and-son weekend turns into an adventure of a lifetime. Aided by an oddball drywall repairman (Patton Oswalt), Walt and Anthony go on a wildly funny search for the thieves—and find something they never imagined: a true family connection. As Walt and Anthony set about finding the guys who stole the tools and improvise around their other misfortunes, they begin to discover a true connection with each other, causing Walt to become a better father and Anthony to reveal the promise and potential of the good man he will become…Director and Oscar nominated screenwriter Bob Nelson (Nebraska) joins us for a conversation on moving into the director’s chair and the challenges and rewards of working with a strong ensemble cast.

For news and updates go to: lighthousepictures.ca

Opening Friday, March 18 at the Laemmle’s NoHo 7 5240 Lankershim Boulevard • (310) 478-3836

“Feature films these days rarely come as gentle and equitable as “The Confirmation.” – Gary Goldstein, LA Times

“One of the selling points of “The Confirmation” is how it steers clear of melodrama or tidy perfection in favor of a taste of life on the margins, where even living paycheck to paycheck would be a luxury.” – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

“In the best moments, Nelson juxtaposes … ephemeral, eternal doubt against the concrete realities of small-town American poverty and marginality.” – Adam Nayman, AV Club

“The movie’s not just good but moving, funny and true to the way people actually live in hard-times America.” – Alan Scherstuhl , Village Voice

Only the Dead See the End of War, Director Michael Ware

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Australian journalist Michael Ware arrived in Baghdad in 2003 as a novice reporter on a three-week assignment to cover the invasion of Iraq. He left seven years later, having gained unprecedented access to the Iraqi insurgency and American troops, as well as a myriad of demons – the after-effects of witnessing seemingly endless, horrific violence. Examining the Iraq War and its moral consequences through the story of the rise and fall of jihadi terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of Al Qaeda in Iraq and the progenitor of ISIS, ONLY THE DEAD SEE THE END OF WAR is a harrowing and graphic account from both sides of the war zone, as well as an illuminating window into the origins of a modern terrorist organization. Directed by two-time Oscar® winner Bill Guttentag in collaboration with Michael Ware, won three 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (Australian equivalent of the Academy Awards) including Best Direction in a Documentary and the 2015 Walkley Documentary Award (Australian equivalent of the Pulitzer).  Co-director / journalist / subject Michael Ware joins us for a lively conversation on what motivates him to put himself in such insanely dangerous situations and what he has learned about the consequences and future of the on-going wars in the Middle East.

The Automatic Hate, Director Justin Lerner and Actor Joseph Cross

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When Davis Green’s (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to one another, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. Together, their discoveries force them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it. THE AUTOMATIC HATE is the second feature from Emmy and Gotham award-winning filmmaker Justin Lerner. Director / writer Lerner and lead actor Joseph Cross joins us for a lively conversation on a film that will keep viewers entertained and guessing until the final frame.

For news and updates got to:theautomatichate.com

The Automatic Hate will open in Los Angeles Friday, March 11 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center.

WINNER! Silver Audience Award, Mill Valley Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION – SXSW Film Festival 2015 (World Premiere), Seattle International Film Festival 2015, Woodstock Film Festival 2015

“This arresting seriocomedy deftly walks a tightrope between droll and tense, over a gaping pit of crazy… That balance is as attributable to Lerner and Katherine O’Brien’s inventive screenplay as it is to the former’s very skillful direction” – Variety

“One of the 10 Best Films I saw at SXSW 2015 [with] the most the explosively uncomfortable dinner party scene ever.” – Indiewire

“Fascinating… challenging, and entertaining.” – Ain’t it Cool

“Nothing short of brilliant.”  We Got This Covered

“1982” Writer – Producer – Director Tommy Oliver

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Written, produced and directed by Tommy Oliver, inspired by his life growing up in Philadelphia, “1982” depicts the lengths one man will go to save his family. Tim Brown is a devoted family man who has worked hard to provide a good life for his wife Shenae and daughter Maya. But all is threatened when Shenae’s old boyfriend returns from prison and lures her back into a dangerous lifestyle. Though his wife has abandoned him, Tim refuses to give up hope, fighting against impossible odds to bring his family back together in this powerful drama. An official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, “1982” features an all-star cast including, Hill Harper (“Concussion,” “Limitless”) Sharon Leal (“Dreamgirls”), Bokeem Woodbine (FX’s “Fargo”), La La Anthony (“Power”), Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”), introducing Troi Zee, with Wayne Brady and the Oscar® nominated Ruby Dee (Best Supporting Actress, “American Gangster,”) in the final performance of her legendary career. “1982” awards include the Best Film/Audience Awards at the Austin Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival; Best Ensemble Acting and Best Director Award, Dallas Film Festival; Best Actor, Hill Harper, Santa Barbara Film Festival and First Time Fest NYC; Special Jury Award, First Time Fest, among others. Director Oliver joins us for a conversation on his very personal story and vivid depiction of a man trying desperately to hold on to those he holds dear.

We hope you will join us for this special film, “1982,” during its exclusive engagement at the Laemmle Fine Arts Theater begins February 26th. On Saturday, February 27th Tommy Oliver, Hill Harper, and Troi Zee be at the Fine Arts Theatre for a Q&A for the 7:30 and 9:00 PM screenings.

Lionsgate and Codeblack Films will release “1982” on DVD, Digital and On Demand on March 1, 2016. For more news and updates go to: lionsgateshop.com/

“The biggest takeaway from 1982, writer-director Tommy Oliver’s debut feature film, is that Hill Harper should simply be getting more roles. With a decades-spanning career … the actor and writer has had the fate of many a black actor in Hollywood: steady work, yes but with few opportunities for roles that show off his movie star potential. With 1982 that potential is on full display …” – Indiewire

** Embrace of the Serpent – Director Ciro Guerra and Actor Brionne Davis

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The **2016 Academy Award nominated Best Foreign Language Film is at once blistering and poetic in its examination of the ravages of colonialism and the dark shadow it casts over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT. It is director Ciro Guerra third film and the first film shot in the Amazonian rainforest in over 30 years. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists (Evan and Theo, portrayed by Brionne Davis and Jan Bijvoet) who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Kock-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the top prize, the CIACE Art Cinema Award, and is Colombia’s official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Ciro Guerra and Brionne Davis stop by Film School to talk about the many challenges of filming in the jungles of Brazil and the rewards of shining a spotlight on the brutality of European colonial dominance over indigenous people.

** 2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

* 2016 Spirit Award nominee for Best International Film

For news and updates go to: embraceoftheserpent.oscilloscope.net

“An intense journey and very rewarding visual feast.” Nathaniel Rogers, THE FILM EXPERIENCE

“Shot on sumptuous Super 35, the black and white photography lends itself to the film’s sorrowful ode to a world devastated, but it is the ceaseless teeming life of the soundtrack that transports the audience into the midst of the rainforest.” – Ben Nicholson, CINEVUE

“A visual astonishment… There’s no denying the film’s chastening moral conviction or the transfixing power of its black-and-white imagery.Not just an ethnographic study but also a striking act of cinematic witness.” – Justin Chang, Variety

“‘Embrace of the Serpent’ is simply a work of art, and one of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have in Cannes, or anywhere really. It’s an absorbing, even thrilling head trip. It is a Heart-of-Darkness voyage of discovery. It is a lament for all the lost plants and peoples of the world.” – Jessica Kiang, Indiewire’s “The Playlist”

** A War – Director Tobias Lindholm and Actor Pilou Asbaek

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In the **2016 Academy Award nominated Best Foreign Language film A WAR, company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile, back in Denmark, Claus’ wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children who are missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for not only him, but also for his family back home. Award winning director Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking, Bodil, The Hunt) and lead actor Pilou Asbaek (A Hijacking, Bodil, Ben-Hur (2016)) join us for an insightful conversation into the brutal and amoral circumstance of an urban war environment that often leaves participants with no right answers.

** 2016 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

For news and updates got to: magpictures.com/awar/ 

“Rigorous and engrossing. It scrutinizes the Afghanistan conflict with consummate sensitivity and detail. A particularly gutsy showcase for Pilou Asbæk.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“Tremendous. Beautifully written. The sense of directorial sureness throughout can’t be overstated.” – Jessica Kiang, Indiewire’s “The Playlist”

“The action in “A War” unfolds so spontaneously, and unpredictably, that you share the young soldiers’ sense of danger without realizing it at first.” – The Wall Street Journal

“A tightly-wound, gripping story that evokes the pressures that these men feel and the solid bonds of attachments to their buddies. Few films have done a better job of examining the notion that there is often a difficulty between the law and justice.” – Harvey Karten, Showbiz

** SHOK – Director Jamie Donoughue and Producer-Actor Eshref Durmishi

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This **Academy Award nominated story about the friendship of two boys that is tested to its limits, as they battle for survival during the Kosovo War.  Based on true events, SHOK is set during the escalation of the Kosovo War when the country was occupied by Serbia. Two young Kosovan boys, Petrit and Oki, are best friends. After Oki buys a bike, Petrit is desperate to have one of his own. Building a steady network of clients and contacts, Petrit drags Oki into ever more dangerous situations until their lives are put at risk. Oki’s bicycle is taken away by a soldier and given to a Serbian boy instead. Escalating effects of war become even more intense for these boys and their families. And as their relationship is tested to the limits, they encounter the true intentions of the Serbians and learn the meaning of friendship. SHOK is based on true events of the film’s producer/actor Eshref Durmishi – who was a young boy during these tumultuous times in Kosovo. Director – writer Jamie Donoughue and Durmishi join us to talk about the making of this wrenching drama and the lessons learned from years of brutal civil war.

** 2016 Academy Award nominated – Live Action Short Film

For news and updates go to: shokshortfilm.com

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong – Director / Writer Emily Ting

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In this sparkling romance, ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG, Ruby (Jamie Chung), a Chinese American toy designer from LA, visits Hong Kong for the first time on business. Finding herself stranded, she meets Josh (Bryan Greenberg), an American expat who shows her the city. Meandering through nighttime streets pulsing with energy and possibility, they fall into a winding and carefree conversation, buoyed by an undeniable attraction.  As effervescent as a perfect first date, Emily Ting’s charming directorial debut takes full advantage of the chemistry of its leads, the playfulness of their exchanges, and the magical landscape that is Hong Kong at night.  Director, writer and producer Emily Ting join us for a conversation on the making of her ode to the beauty of Hong Kong and her inspiration for a dazzling and romantic story.

For news and updates go to: alreadytomorrowfilm.com

“Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong channels Before Sunrise in a very good way.” – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

“Ting, to her credit, is more interested in the battle between heart and head, instinct and obligation, than in what follows. [The film] is about ambivalence, not gratification, and is more interesting for it.” – Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

“Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is welcome proof that they can still make romantic comedies.” – Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice

“The film is beautifully executed, with gorgeous cinematography and a lovely sense of rhythm, long walking and talking steadicam shots juxtaposed with environment-establishing shots of the nighttime city. The editing, sound design, and music, both diegetic and non, weave together a sensory tapestry of sound and light.” – Katie Walsh, Indiewire

“Ting has a talent for natural dialogue and relatable situations and with a crisp 80 minute runtime, a nice pace as well… a highly enjoyable and impressively put together film.” – CJ Perry, Film Slate

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), Director Josh Kim

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headlines this striking debut feature from Korean-American writer-director Josh Kim. As the now grown Oat, he recalls his childhood experience of trying to rescue his gay older brother Ek from being drafted into military service. As Ek grapples with the gritty realities of life in Bangkok – working at a bar for male hustlers and sex-workers – he has also found love with his more privileged boyfriend Jai. When the moment of truth arrives with the draft lottery these 21-year-olds must draw either a black or a red slip to possibly be conscripted into the armed forces. Director-writer Josh Kim stops by to talk about compassionate and insightful tale on brotherly love.

For news and updates go to: winatcheckers.com

Thailand’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film to the 2016 Academy Awards

“A winning drama about loss of innocence.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Deeply felt tale of fraternal bonds splintered by social inequality reps a confident feature-length debut for the Texas-born Kim, who brings both non-native objectivity and a traveler’s eye for geographic detail to the pic’s earthy Bangkok setting.” – Variety

“One of the year’s best Thai movies…heart-warming, bittersweet tale of orphaned brothers growing up.”- The Nation

“The film has an elegiac tone, shot in warm hazy light that captures both Thailand’s vivid natural beauty and its stark poverty… It’s gritty without being exploitative, and as a story that treads a line between incendiary subjects it is admirable in its restraint.” – Eye for Film 

HBO’s Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma, director Greg Barker

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HBO documentary Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma is a timely exploration of one of today’s most divisive and pressing issues – the threat posed by homegrown Islamic extremism and the challenges of detecting and countering it. Directed by Emmy® award-winner Greg Barker (HBO’s Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden), Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma is a gripping, insider’s account of the homegrown terrorist threat in America, told from the perspectives of those who helped construct America’s counter-terrorism machine – as well as those who are its targets. Inspired by the nonfiction book “United States of Jihad:” by Peter Bergen, who also wrote “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – from 9/11 to Abbottabad,” which was also the basis for Barker’s Manhunt. Bergen is a print and television journalist who conducted Osama Bin Laden’s first TV interview in 1997, in which he declared war against the United States. A former war correspondent, Barker’s other film includes Koran by Heart and the Emmy® nominated Sergio. He joins us for an in-depth conversation on the many nuanced issues that are in-play for those seeking to prevent and deter attacks on American soil.

For news and updates go to: hbo.com/homegrown-the-counter-terror-dilemma

Premieres, Monday February 8th at 9 PM (ET and Central)

2016 Academy Award Nominated Short Program, Carter Pilcher

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Since founding Shorts International in 2000, Carter Pilcher has worked to make his company the world’s leading short movie entertainment company. Shorts International has become the first choice distributor, broadcaster and producer for hundreds of films. Carter has extensive experience in short movie production and short movie entertainment. He is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and a member of the Short Film and Feature Animation Branch of The US Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) – the guys who pick the Oscars. Carter talks to us about the fifteen wonderful films nominated for the Live Action, Documentary and Animated Short Film 2016 Academy Awards.

*Diary of a Teenage Girl, director / writer Marielle Heller

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THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL is based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel of the same name, hailed by Salon as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.” Writer/Director Marielle Heller unlocks this diary with a richly comedic and deeply personal vision. It is a coming of age story that is as poignant as it is unsettling. Set in 1976 San Francisco, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL begins at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. Minnie emerges defiant— taking command of her sexuality and drawing on her newfound creative talents to reveal truths in the kind of intimate and vivid detail that can only be found in the pages of a teenage girl’s diary. In her feature film directorial debut, director / writer Heller brings Gloeckner’s book to life through fearless performances, inventive graphic novel-like animation sequences, imagination, humor and heart.

For news and updates go to: thediaryofateenagegirl

* Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay and Best Female Lead (Bel Powley)

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“What makes Minnie — on the page and now on the screen — greater than any one girl is how she tells her own story in her own soaringly alive voice”. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“This adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckners heavily autobiographical novel is ideally cast and skillfully handled.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Powley, a British twentysomething whose big, curious eyes and quavering, thoughtful voice allow for a seamless transition back to her teenage years, gives a remarkable performance.” – Jesse Hassenger, A.V. Club

“It’s unlikely to make a box office splash, but it’s a startlingly tough, authentic depiction of budding womanhood.” Elaine Tang, New Republic

*Advantageous, Director and co-writer Jennifer Phang

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Advantageous is the story of a mother named Gwen (Jacqueline Kim) who just wants the best for her daughter Jules (Samantha Kim). Having recently been laid off by the Center for Advanced Health and Living, a company on the verge of a breakthrough in terms of transferring consciousness from one body to another, Gwen struggles with putting Jules into a private school that could set her up for life, ultimately wondering if she should take part in her former employer’s latest experiment to help her cause. The Center’s newest and untested health procedure offers Gwen a dangerous, life-altering chance to continue her career. To weigh her options, Gwen attempts to reconnect with an estranged relative (Ken Jeong), but as seems standard for all in this dystopian landscape, Gwen remains alienated and alone. Also starring Jennifer Ehle (The Gifted Man, Zero Dark Thirty) and James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros., Henry Fool). Director and co-writer Jennifer Phang joins us for a conversation on femininity and motherhood and how they intersect with questions of beauty, surveillance and the economy.

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Winner of the 2015 Sundance Special Jury Award, Collaborative Vision

*2016 Spirit Award nomination for the John Cassavetes Award

“YOU FEEL THE NEED BOTH TO TALK TO SOMEONE IMMEDIATELY AND TO GREEDILY HORDE THE EXPERIENCE FOR YOURSELF” – THE VERGE

 “BEWITCHING” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 “EXQUISITELY CRAFTED” – MOVIE CITY NEWS

 “BEAUTIFUL… IMPRESSIVE… UNIVERSALLY HUMAN… INCREDIBLY URGENT” WIRED

“A MARVEL OF A FILM… ARRESTING AND HEARTBREAKING” – CINEFILLES

 “VISUAL ALCHEMY… RENEWED MY AWARENESS OF BEING ALIVE AND PRESENT IN A CHANGING WORLD” – HAMMER TO NAIL

The Big Short, co-screenwriter Charles Randolph*

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When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. The Big Short is being talked about as the best picture of the year. Its script, adapted by director Adam McKay (The Other Guys) and writer Charles Randolph (Love & Other Drugs) from Michael Lewis‘s bestselling 2009 book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, is considered one the frontrunners for the best adapted screenplay 2016 Academy Award. Randolph is an American screenwriter and producer for film and television. Randolph has written screenplays for several films and TV movies including The Life of David Gale (2003), The Interpreter (2005), and Love & Other Drugs (2010). Randolph received nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award nomination for co-writing The Big Short. Randolph joins us to talk about the challenge involved in writing a script about a complex event and subject that is informative, intelligent and entertaining.

For news and updates go to: thebigshortmovie.com

* Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Adam McKay) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Adam McKay and Charles Randolph)

“McKay co-wrote The Big Short’s screenplay with Charles Randolph, and they know how to keep an audience engaged, broadcasting this knowledge often, as both parody and indictment.” – Chicago Reader

“A funny, energetic and self-aware film that manages to entertain without diluting the complications – or the gravity – of its subject matter.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times

“A true crime story and a madcap comedy, a heist movie and a scalding polemic, “The Big Short” will affirm your deepest cynicism about Wall Street while simultaneously restoring your faith in Hollywood.” – A. O. Scott, New York Times

Band of Robbers, co-director Aaron Nee

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Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are all grown up in this reimagined, modern day fable that finds them still searching for a hidden treasure that has eluded them since childhood. A modern-day retelling of Mark Twain’s iconic books, Band of Robbers is a comedic adventure that re-imagines the characters as grown men, and small-time crooks.  When Huck Finn is released from prison, he hopes to leave his criminal life behind, but his lifelong friend, and corrupt cop, Tom Sawyer, has other plans. Not ready to give up on his childhood fantasies, Tom forms the Band of Robbers, recruiting their misfit friends, Joe Harper and Ben Rogers, to join them for an elaborate plan to find a fabled treasure. But the plan soon unravels, thrusting the guys on a wild journey with dangerous consequences. Band of Robbers premiered to stellar reviews out of LA Film Festival this year and stars Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, Dear White People, The Finest Hours), Adam Nee (Drunk History), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds, 500 Days of Summer, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), Hannibal Buress (SNL Emmy-nominated writer, Broad City, Neighbors), Melissa Benoist (Glee, Supergirl), Daniel Mora (The Bridge), Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles), and Stephen Lang (Avatar films, Salem). Co-director Aaron Nee stops by for a conversation on this kinetic, funny and entertaining feature debut film.

For news and updates go to: bandofrobbersmovie.com

Special appearance by directors and cast

NEW YORK: At the AMC EMPIRE 25 co-director Adam Nee and cast Kyle Gallner and Hannibal Buress will be doing a Q&A. (More details coming soon.) Later at the Nitehawk Cinema a special 12:25 AM screening will be introduced by Adam, Hannibal and Kyle.

LOS ANGELES: Co-director Aaron Nee, DP Noah Rosenthal and some of the cast will be doing a Q&A at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena at 7:10 PM. 

“A film that’s as hilarious as it is beautiful.” – Paste Magazine

“Wound tight by a killer premise, polished direction, and a tone as though Anton Chigurh sauntered into “Bottle Rocket.” – Indiewire

“A wonderfully absurd crime comedy.” – Playlist

“This comic take on “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is infused with a gleefully absurdist sense of humor while retaining a childlike sense of wonder.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times

Heart of a Dog, with Director Laurie Anderson

heart-of-a-dog posterIn HEART OF A DOG, musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson’s playful, lucid and heartbreaking nonfiction feature on the life and death of her dog, Lolabelle, told in a style only this unique artist could create. Taking as a jumping off point the recent passing of her beloved terrier Lolabelle, Anderson touches on what her love for her dog means to her by processing her childhood, music, and her life as an artist. Through all of it, she draws upon her childhood experiences and political beliefs as she lovingly tries to help Lolabelle’s spirit face the tribulations it will experience immediately after death (as described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead). Aided by a beautiful use of her own compositions, animation and 8 millimeter film from her family archive, Anderson creates a gorgeous, heartbreaking tapestry on love and loss – reminding us that every love story is a ghost story. Director Laurie Anderson joins us to talk about spirit and intention of Heart of a Dog, her thoughtful, funny and beautiful film.

For news and updates go to: heartofadogfilm.com

Director Laurie Anderson will be doing a Q&A for the 7:30 PM screening on Heart of a Dog on Friday, November 6

Laurie Anderson’s soundtrack for HEART OF A DOG is available at: nonesuch.com/albums/heart-of-a-dog

“Wildly innovative but also quiet and modestly scaled. A philosophically astute, emotional meditation on death, love, art and dogs.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“A dog is at the heart of this film, but there’s room for all manner of extraordinary insights about finding love and giving love, being canine and being human.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Exceptionally potent. I could write a whole essay about the way Anderson uses her light, scintillating voice in this movie. Her incredible control of the artistic arsenal this medium provides her with-images, music, sound, language-enable her to construct a work that’s both highly intellectually engaging and provocative and also emotionally wrecking.”  – Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com