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Director Garth Davis Finds Magic in Lion

February 14, 2017 | By
Director Garth Davis Finds Magic in <em>Lion</em>

“I could feel there was magic in this story. Magic is a tricky thing to portray,” stated director Garth Davis about Lion, the touching true account of a five-year-old Indian boy, adopted by an Australian couple after surviving the challenges of being lost on the streets of Calcutta, who twenty-five years later, uses Google... »

Below the Line Screening Series Experiences Life, Animated

February 13, 2017 | By
Below the Line Screening Series Experiences <em>Life, Animated</em>

Life, Animated is a coming-of-age story enriched by the fact that the main protagonist, Owen Suskind, is both a real person and a young man with autism who is just starting to become self-sufficient and have his first experience with falling in love. The original idea for the documentary was to be based on... »

Sundance/Slamdance Female Directed Narratives

February 9, 2017 | By
Sundance/Slamdance Female Directed Narratives

Although Hold On (Sundance) was merely nine minutes long, it packed more of an emotional arc than many feature films. Director Christine Turner had worked as a hospice volunteer in New York and drew upon her experience and observations of dementia patients to write the touching story of a young millennial tasked with caring... »

Live Action-Focused Production Company UNHEARD/OF Launches With 2017 Super Bowl

February 7, 2017 | By

On the heels of director Daniel Brown helming Wendy’s amusing, first-ever Super Bowl spot, production company UNHEARD/OF has officially staked its banner in both Atlanta and Seattle. Formed in partnership with Alan Nay and his renowned post-production outfit, World Famous, UNHEARD/OF launches with a focus on live action carrying a growing roster of emerging... »

DGA Awards: Damien Chazelle Dances to Best Directing Honors with La La Land

February 6, 2017 | By
DGA Awards: Damien Chazelle Dances to Best Directing Honors with La La Land

At the 69th Annual Directors Guild of American Awards held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, La La Land director Damien Chazelle took the top prize. The best feature-film directing award was presented by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant), recipient of the honor during the past two years. After victories at the... »

Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 2)

February 1, 2017 | By
Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 2)

Part 1 here: http://www.btlnews.com/community/73847/ In Hotel Coolgardie (Slamdance) two Finnish backpackers, drawn by a desire for an authentic outback experience, are hired to work as barmaids in a remote gold-mining town. Their job entailed dealing with cultural differences, an exacting boss and a boozed-up mix of coarse customers. During a stint as a laborer in... »

Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 1)

February 1, 2017 | By
Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 1)

Sundance and her little sister, Slamdance bring together some of the best independent documentary filmmakers from around the globe. Despite language and cultural differences, the international filmmakers all wanted to disappear into the background so that they could observe people going about their daily routines, immersing the viewer into the diverse lives of the... »

The View from La La Land

January 24, 2017 | By
The View from La La Land

So the Oscar nomination process is on the one hand modernizing: the Academy realized they no longer have to gather everyone “live” at 5 in the morning, feeding all those press minions breakfast before they head back to their newspaper offices with printed handouts, to type up stories for afternoon editions. Instead, they could... »

2017 Oscar Nominations

January 24, 2017 | By

BEST PICTURE La La Land Moonlight Manchester by the Sea Arrival Lion Hidden Figures Fences Hell or High Water Hacksaw Ridge ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Emma Stone, La La Land Natalie Portman, Jackie Ruth Negga, Loving Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins Isabelle Huppert, Elle ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Viola Davis, Fences Naomie Harris,... »

Director Denis Villeneuve Challenges Intellect with Arrival

January 13, 2017 | By
Director Denis Villeneuve Challenges Intellect with <em>Arrival</em>

For a long time Denis Villenueve was looking for a science fiction project to direct. In the genre, it was not easy to find strong material that had depth and freshness, not old recycled ideas. He wanted the story to be new, with an emotional journey that was mature and intellectually challenging, something like... »

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