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Saturday, December 20, 2014

HUNGRY FOR LOVE Kickstarter Campaign needs our help!!!

I just became aware of a Kicstarter Campaign that could use our help. The film has less than 48 remaining to reach its goal and its called HUNGRY FOR LOVE. I was touched by an article I came across so I reached out to producer Soojin Chung to ask her a few questions about the project.

The campaign page describes the film as:

Giovanni and Priscilla couldn’t be more different: Priscilla is struggling to publish her first book, after receiving a philosophy Ph. D., and Giovanni is a pastry delivery driver with dreams of traveling America on a food crawl. And each have faced their fair share of hardships: the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, overwhelming student debt… but when they meet for the first time they realize they also share a mutual passion for food.

And that’s when their unexpected journey begins. On a whim, they decide to go on an all-night, five-borough dining adventure together. Determined to leave all their personal struggles behind, and enjoy themselves once and for all, they explore cultural neighborhoods, meet unique characters and eat dishes to die for. But along the way, they realize they can’t escape their problems and must face them head-on. So, as they begin to peel back the onion of their lives, they ultimately find out who they really are.

How are you today?

We have less than 48 hours! I am running around like crazy! But I am telling myself to hang on in there and finish the race!

How do you think crowd funding has changed independent film?

In a short amount of time, you can put your work out there and find an audience, not just in your inner circle but around the world! It is amazing how you can get press and articles written before you even make a film. Crowdfunding helps build this momentum around your project and by the time a film is released you have a built-in audience because of it. Normally that would only happen with bigger movies, but now, because of crowdfunding, we can make that happen on a grassroots level! And of course, the idea that a film can be funded entirely or partially through crowdfunding makes it so much easier to create original material.

Do you have a specific crowd funded film that has inspired you?

The film has not come out yet but there's a Sundance supported film called "Spa Night" that is a big inspiration for our campaign. "Spa Night", directed by Andrew Ahn, launched and succeeded weeks before ours. Both during and after, the whole "Spa Night" team have been very supportive, giving advice when needed and even pledging to our campaign! Besides that, I am also really looking forward to the film!

What is it about this project that compelled you to get involved?

Well, I came to America from South Korea in 2006 and gained about 20 pounds while living in LA. It is because I met so many foodies and suddenly became one myself! It was fun! But then, two years ago, I went back to South Korea for the post-production of my previous film Escape From Tomorrow and reconnected with my old friends and colleagues. Shortly after the happy reunion, over Korean BBQ, they started to recommend diets, blind dates and dying my gray hair. Suddenly, I was looked at differently. Korean people were shocked and genuinely concerned about my weight, age and my single status. Altogether, I became an un-ideal woman, and that’s when I realized how I am now categorized in Korean society and what that feels like. Even when I went to the mall to buy some clothes, people gave me a quick, cold look and yelled, “We don’t carry your size!” even though I am a size “medium” in America. I couldn't wait to get back to America where variety is a bit more widely accepted. When I did return, I told my director Justin Ambrosino about how miserable I was feeling. He related it to his own family and their stories. You see, Justin's mother has dealt with many weight related issues for most of her adult life. And in fact, Justin always wanted to make a heartwarming love story with non-traditional leads in honor of his mother. I thought that was a story worth telling so we can understand the opposite side of the food/weight issue, especially with the overwhelming amount of beauty and fitness advertisements.

Why should people back this project?

We need more films like this! And the only way to prove that is by supporting films like this. By letting the studios and financiers know that people actually want to see this. We are trying to do something different. To make a change in society's views of body image by our casting. You see, Hungry for Love is a film about two people who meet in New York City and fall in love over food. It’s a heartwarming romantic comedy of sorts but we don’t want to cast your typical romantic leads such as Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, instead we want to cast someone like Josh Gad and Rebel Wilson. And by that, we mean full-figured actors. We want to give the lead role to an actor who normally never gets a lead role, and not only a lead role but character with a range of emotions so that actor can really show their talents. We want to give the audience a hero/heroine they are not used to seeing and hopefully want to see more of!

How important is body image to you personally?

It wasn't until my recent encounter in Korea where I was suddenly discriminated against that I took this issue personally and became determined to do whatever I could to make a change. I think it is important to encourage confidence and strength within everybody. I am a filmmaker so I will do whatever I can within my medium to make that change. It is all I've been thinking about for a few years now.

Do you think films have had a negative impact on our society in terms of body image?

Sure. Films are influential. When we see the same kind of hero/heroine again and again we tend to admire that kind of person in real life too. Without any variety, it is a falsehood of reality. There are hero/heroines in real life of all shapes, sizes, colors and cultures. When we see full-figured actors only getting the "best friend" roles or the comedic relief, it sends the message that that is all they are worth and that's negative. It's a lie. I believe we need to do a lot of work to change things but it starts with coming up ideas and giving full-figured actors more lead roles and letting them shine, so they can also be that hero/heroine for the next generations.

 So, if you connect in any way with this story, please check our Kickstarter Campaign and join the cause! We can not make this movie with out you! 

Hey kids! Wanna feel old? Napoleon Dynamite turned 10. Following Films has a look at the Fox Searchlight 20th Anniversary box set and its on sale

(Click on the picture above for a special sale price at Amazon)

Featuring 20 Of Fox Searchlight’s Most-Beloved Films Plus an All-New Documentary Celebrating the History of this Acclaimed Studio
The Perfect Holiday Gift Available December 9
Fox Searchlight Pictures 20th Anniversary Collection
Celebrating two decades of cinematic innovation and excellence, Fox Searchlight Pictures 20th Anniversary Collection features powerful performances and direction by some of Hollywood’s most beloved actors and filmmakers. Each of the 20 iconic films featured in this one-of-a-kind collection was hand selected from Fox Searchlight’s impressive catalog based on considerations of timelessness, cultural impact, awards recognition and box office success. From sidesplitting comedies and riveting thrillers to unforgettable dramas, including Best Picture Academy Award® Winners Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 12 Years a Slave (2013), these critically acclaimed movies have captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world.
Exclusive to the collection is an all-new Blu-ray bonus disc, “WE HAVE YOUR STORY,” which features a 98-minute documentary celebrating Fox Searchlight's history through the eyes of the filmmakers, the talent and the films. From its inception, Fox Searchlight has been a haven for the stories of our lives – stories of hope and struggle, of success and failure, of love and loss. Global, resonant, daring, funny, inspirational and heartbreaking, the Fox Searchlight library has been a window to our world, and its promise has been to offer the most visionary directors, actors and writers a setting to express themselves unlike any other. We Have Your Story is a celebration of that pledge, highlighting the special bond that exists between the filmmakers, the stars...and the story.
Blu-ray Titles Include:

·         The Brothers McMullen
·         The Full Monty
·         Boys Don’t Cry
·         28 Days Later
·         Sideways
·         Napoleon Dynamite
·         Garden State
·         Little Miss Sunshine
·         The Last King of Scotland
·         Once
·         Juno
·         Slumdog Millionaire
·         500 Days of Summer
·         Crazy Heart
·         127 Hours
·         Black Swan
·         The Descendants
·         The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
·         Beasts of the Southern Wild
·         12 Years A Slave

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 20th Century Fox Film.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Live feed of President Obama on the Sony Hack

One Sheet from the Jonah Hill James Franco film True Story

A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.

The Auteurs of Christmas part 2

This is the sequel. Christmas morning through the eyes of even more of our favorite film directors. Happy Holidays from Fourgrounds and Suitcase in Point Theatre Company.

And in case you missed the first one...

A look at the upcoming Picturehouse release of GLORIA

Picturehouse has acquired all U.S. rights to GLORIA, the biopic based on the true story of Latin America’s most controversial pop-rock icon, Gloria Trevi, from Matthias Ehrenberg of Río Negro, and plans a first quarter 2015 release.

GLORIA has also been acquired by Universal Pictures International for release in Mexico and Latin America.  The film will have a broad release in those territories in early January 2015.   

GLORIA is a bold and compelling musical drama told through the lens of the provocative, socio-politically charged music that made her famous.  Often referred to as the “Mexican Madonna” and called the “Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop” by VH1, Trevi has sold more than 20 million records and is currently again on top of all the charts.

The film traces Trevi’s ascent to stardom in the ‘80s and ‘90s with her manager and then husband Sergio Andrade, never shying away from their destructive relationship or his abusive sexual behavior and its consequences. It also chronicles her astounding fall from grace in 2000 when she was accused of running a sex cult and thrown in jail to her triumphant acquittal and release in 2004.

“Gloria Trevi’s meteoric rise to stardom and astounding downfall is vividly portrayed in this riveting film about love, fame and betrayal,” says Picturehouse CEO Bob Berney. “We are excited to work with Matthias and his team at Río Negro to bring this film to audiences across the US.”

Written by one of Mexico’s top screenwriters and playwrights, Sabina Berman (BACKYARD, PANCHO VILLA AND A NAKED WOMAN), the film was directed by first timer Christian Keller, who chased down the Trevi’s life rights and has been developing her story since 2005.

 “It’s a story about redemption, love and unlove, and how one can lose control of things; it doesn’t intend to scandalize, but it certainly doesn’t hide what happened,” says Río Negro’s founder Matthias Ehrenberg.  “Christian has delivered a very powerful movie, well-conceived and well-directed. ”

Sofia Espinosa explodes on the screen in the title role, performing some of Trevi’s most beloved hits, including her first Number One hit, “Dr. Psiquiatra,” from 1989.  Marco Perez (AMORES PERROS, TRADE, BACKYARD) delivers a tour-de-force performance as Sergio Andrade whose rise on the back of Gloria´s success unleashes his most destructive sexual demons and ultimately brings them both down.

The film was made with a top notch team of filmmakers, including producers Matthias Ehrenberg (ITS NOT YOU, ITS ME, THE OTHER FAMILY, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, CHANCE), Barrie M. Osborne (THE GREAT GATSBY, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy) and Alan B. Curtiss (MASTER AND COMMANDER, THE PRESTIGE), Director of Photography Martin Boege (INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED, THE VIOLIN) and editor Patricia Rommel (THE LIVES OF OTHERS).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A look at Maps To The Stars with a scene from the film



Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings.  Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele.  Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.  
Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town – mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again.   She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon).  But Agatha is on a quest for redemption – and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she’s determined to find it, no matter what it takes.