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Film Independent unveils 10 projects for 14th Fast Track programme

Film Independent unveils 10 projects for 14th Fast Track programme
Recipient of $20,000 Alfred P. Sloan Fast Track Grant named.

Film Independent has announced the 10 projects and 24 filmmakers selected for the 14th annual Fast Track film finance market.

The programme, held during the imminent Los Angeles Film Festival (June 14-22), helps producer-director teams advance their projects through meetings with industry executives, financiers, agents and managers, distributors, production companies, and granting organisations.

Participants will spend three days attending meetings with the aim of building relationships and gaining exposure for their projects.

2017 Fast Track Projects and Fellows are:

Blow The Man Down Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy (co-writers,co-directors), Drew Houpt (producer)

Cantering Hikari (writer,director,producer) Peter Maestrey (producer)

Farewell Tour Sean Hackett (writer,director), Frederick Thornton (producer)

Followers Tim Marshall (writer,director), Christina Radburn (producer)

Maybe Tomorrow Eliza Lee (writer,director), Michelle Sy (producer), Sophia Chang (executive producer)

Radiant Annika Glac (writer,director), Robyn Kershaw (producer)

Son Of A Very Important Man Najwa Najjar (writer,director), Hani
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San Francisco Film Society Announces Fall 2016 Narrative Filmmaking Grant Finalists

San Francisco Film Society Announces Fall 2016 Narrative Filmmaking Grant Finalists
Every year since 2009, the San Francisco Film Society (Sffs) selects multiple film projects to receive the biannual Sffs/Krf Filmmaking Grant that helps fund some of the best up-and-coming narrative features that support the Bay Area filmmaking industry.

The grant is presented in tangent with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and is the largest granting body for independent narrative feature films in the U.S. The winners of the grant will be announced in November, with one or more of the fifteen projects eligible to receive upwards of $250,000 for assistance in post-production, screenwriting, or packing.

The fall 2016 finalists are as follows:

Read More: San Francisco Film Society Announces Winners of 2016 Documentary Film Fund

Buoyancy” – Rodd Rathjen, writer/director:

Chakra, a Cambodian teenager, leaves his family to seek a better life in Thailand, but is soon sold onto a Thai fishing trawler and enslaved at sea indefinitely, working 22 hours a day with little food.
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David Oyelowo on diversity: "Change the decision-makers"

David Oyelowo on diversity:
Selma and A United Kingdom star calls for greater diversity among industry decision-makers and within film companies.

British actor David Oyelowo has slammed the lack of diversity among key decision-makers in the UK film industry, a trend which he says motivated his move to the Us.

“I felt I had to leave,” said the Selma star during an impassioned keynote speech at the BFI London Film Festival’s (Oct 5-16) Black Star Symposium.

“If I had seen A United Kingdom when I came out of drama school, I don’t think I would be living in America now.”

The Bafta-nominated actor noted that fundamental change would only come when key executives, companies and organisations are noticeably more diverse.

“You have to change the people who are making decisions,” he declared.

“Only when 50 percent of the people working in film companies are women and when a significant number come from minorities will we have diversity.”

Oyelowo stated
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‘Five Nights In Maine’ Exclusive Clip: David Oyelowo & Rosie Perez Bond Over A Tragic Loss

‘Five Nights In Maine’ Exclusive Clip: David Oyelowo & Rosie Perez Bond Over A Tragic Loss
Grief can take hold of even the strongest people and refuse to let go. It’s why they describe it as a “process.” Maris Curran’s “Five Nights In Maine” takes this idea to heart as it follows Sherwin (David Oyelowo), a recent widower who lost his wife Fiona (Hani Furstenberg) in a car accident. Stricken by grief and depression, he travels to a remote corner of Maine to see Fiona’s cancer-stricken mother Lucinda (Dianne Wiest) who’s being taken care of by caring nurse Ann (Rosie Perez). Tensions run high as both Sherwin and Lucinda deal with the tragedy, and struggle to come to terms with their feelings towards each other and Fiona. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Sherwin and Ann discussing the loss.

Read More: David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Grieve Together In Emotional ‘Five Nights In Maine’ Trailer — Watch

David Oyelowo is
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David Oyelowo’s Big Cause: How the Actor Hopes to Bring Gender Equality to Hollywood

David Oyelowo’s Big Cause: How the Actor Hopes to Bring Gender Equality to Hollywood
David Oyelowo knows exactly what he’s doing. The British actor, best known to American audiences for his star-making turn as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s best picture nominee “Selma,” is serious about working with female filmmakers. And his upcoming slate, packed with awards season offerings from directors like Mira Nair and Amma Asante, makes it clear that the Golden Globe nominee means it when he says that he won’t stop pushing for diversity until Hollywood is finally balanced.

“Oh, it’s completely intentional,” Oyelowo recently told IndieWire when asked about his picking of projects helmed by women. “It’s absolutely intentional.”

Oyelowo is also putting his money where his mouth is, as the actor has started producing a number of the films he appears in, including both Asante’s “A United Kingdom” and this week’s limited release, Maris Curran’s drama “Five Nights in Maine.
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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 5, 2016)

Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 5, 2016)
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 5. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Bazodee

Director: Todd Kessler

Cast: Chris Smith, Kabir Bedi, Kriss Dosanjh, Machel Montano, Natalie Perera, Staz Nair

Synopsis: Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer,
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Five Nights in Maine review: muted grief drama pulls its punches

David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest do their best to give life to this tale of a man and his mother-in-law reeling from loss, but the film never goes for the jugular

Five Nights in Maine, Maris Curran’s feature film-making debut, looks as if it took about that long to make – and was conceived of even more quickly. The director can’t be faulted for trying to put on screen the deeply interior process of mourning. But with Five Nights in Maine, she fails to burrow deep enough to warrant the exercise.

Related: David Oyelowo calls for radical reform of the Oscars to tackle diversity deficit

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[Review] Five Nights in Maine

One day, Sherwin (David Oyelowo) receives a call informing him that his wife, Fiona, was killed in a car accident. Devastated, Sherwin travels to Maine to see Fiona’s mother, Lucinda (Dianne Wiest), a stern woman he’s never met and who’s dying of cancer. We learn that Fiona and Lucinda shared a strained relationship, their last visit together having been particularly unpleasant. As the process of mourning plays out for Sherwin, he spends a few days puttering around Lucinda’s cottage with Ann (Rosie Perez), the old woman’s live-in nurse. Emotionally distant and light on plot, Five Nights In Maine is the sparse and ultimately underwhelming story of how all of this goes.

It’s a film with sincerely admirable intentions, a weepy, yet uplifting indie drama that employs a thoughtful and meditative visual approach. There’s nothing wrong with quiet stories about small reactions and even smaller revelations,
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Movie Review: Five Nights In Maine looks at grief close up

Not every movie that traffics in close-ups of its characters is telegraphing tragedies about to befall them, but indie dramas about grief sure make it feel that way. Even audiences who enter Five Nights In Maine unaware of its premise may come to suspect that either Sherwin (David Oyelowo) or Fiona (Hani Furstenberg) is about to meet a terrible end from the way the married couple canoodles in close-up in the first scene—and Oyelowo, being the bigger name, isn’t a strong contender for an early death.

Close-ups continue as Fiona exits the story, capturing the collapse of Sherwin’s face as he learns that his wife has died in a car crash. In general, writer-director Maris Curran stays too close to this tragedy, both visually and narratively, for Maine to become one of those movies about a grieving spouse shutting themselves off from the world before learning to
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Well, here we are in the closing weeks of summer movie season. It’s the last gasp for big-budget blockbusters before the coming fall festival season, but there are plenty of indie alternatives for whatever your tastes may be. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of August, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week, we’ll give you an update with screening locations for these various titles. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!

Week of August 5 Wide

Suicide Squad

Director: David Ayer

Cast: Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood

Synopsis: A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned
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Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival 2016: Why Every Movie In Competition is Directed by a Woman

This year, Michael Moore will use his Traverse City Film Festival to throw down the gauntlet for women filmmakers. The official selection — not the sidebar, not a spotlight — is comprised of 32 films, and every one is directed by a woman.

“Every film in our Official Selection (Us), fiction and nonfiction, is directed or co-directed by a woman,” Moore told IndieWire in an email. “And they’re all incredible movies. As an expression of tokenism usually reserved for women, I am bringing five films by American men in a sidebar called, ‘Men Make Movies —The Struggle Continues.'” There are other movies in the lineup directed by men, of course, whether foreign or classic.

Compiling the list took some digging, as Moore, admits in his Traverse City Film Festival welcome letter. But the results are impressive, ranging from Sundance hits (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady’s documentary “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,
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Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival 2016: Why Every Movie In Competition is Directed by a Woman

This year, Michael Moore will use his Traverse City Film Festival to throw down the gauntlet for women filmmakers. The official selection — not the sidebar, not a spotlight — is comprised of 32 films, and every one is directed by a woman.

“Every film in our Official Selection (Us), fiction and nonfiction, is directed or co-directed by a woman,” Moore told Indiewire in an email. “And they’re all incredible movies. As an expression of tokenism usually reserved for women, I am bringing five films by American men in a sidebar called, ‘Men Make Movies —The Struggle Continues.'” There are other movies in the lineup directed by men, of course, whether foreign or classic.

Compiling the list took some digging, as Moore, admits in his Traverse City Film Festival welcome letter. But the results are impressive, ranging from Sundance hits (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady’s documentary “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,
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First trailer for Five Nights in Maine starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest and Rosie Perez

With a little over three weeks to go until its release, a trailer has arrived online for for writer-director Maris Curran’s upcoming drama Five Nights in Maine which stars David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest and Rosie Perez; watch it below after the official synopsis…

Sherwin considers himself a good man, though flawed like any other. He is deeply in love with his wife, Fiona. When she starts acting distant after returning from a visit with her estranged and ill mother, he shows concern. Soon, their conversations lead to fights, the worst in their marriage. He learns that she can no longer imagine herself as a mother, leaving him confused and angry and their marriage in splinters. Before there can be resolution, Fiona dies in an auto accident after driving distractedly on the freeway. Sherwin is devastated. All that is dear to him, his wife, his sense of self and his future,
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David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Grieve Together In Emotional ‘Five Nights In Maine’ Trailer — Watch

David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Grieve Together In Emotional ‘Five Nights In Maine’ Trailer — Watch
Five Nights In Maine” follows Sherwin (David Oyelowo), a recent widower after his loving wife Fiona (Hani Furstenberg) was killed in a traffic accident. Amidst his depression, he travels to a remote corner of Maine to see Fiona’s hostile, cancer-stricken mother Lucinda (Dianne Wiest) who’s being taken care of by caring nurse Ann (Rosie Perez). Tensions run high as both Sherwin and Lucinda deal with their shared tragedy and express their grief in various difficult ways. Both struggle to come to terms with their rage and fear as well as their love for Fiona. Watch the trailer below and check out some exclusive photos from the film as well.

Read More: Tiff First Look: David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Lead ‘Five Nights in Maine

The film is directed by Maris Curran. She previously directed the film “Edge of the Road,” about a family road trip out of the Midwest,
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David Oyelowo & Dianne Wiest Star in 'Five Nights in Maine' Trailer

"Why did you come here? Trying to see what she was hiding from?" FilmRise has released the first trailer for an indie drama called Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest. Oyelowo plays a man struggling to cope with the tragic loss of his wife, who travels to rural Maine to meet his wife's estranged mother, who is also struggling with grief and guilt. The full cast includes Rosie Perez, Teyonah Parris and Bill Raymond. This looks like a very emotional film that deals with some tough topics in a very raw, very powerful but earnest way. It has played at festivals all over and definitely seems worth seeing. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Maris Curran's Five Nights in Maine, direct from YouTube: A young African American man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law,
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Indie Trailer: ‘Five Nights In Maine’ Starring David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest

Mother-in-law visits are always unpleasant, especially after your wife’s death.

Once again, David Oyelowo is showing more intense acting chops with the upcoming Five Nights In Maine.

In this film, Oyelowo plays Sherwin, a man who lost his wife in a tragic car accident. He is called to Maine by his estranged and sick mother-in-law Lucinda (played by Dianne Wiest). Grappling with a lifetime of disagreements, the pair must come to terms to cope with their failures and grief in this quiet journey of empathy, compassion and healing.

Rosie Perez and Teyonah Paris also stars in the directorial debut from Maris Curran.

Five Nights In Maine opens in select theaters and on VOD on August 5.

Check out the trailer below.
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‘Five Nights in Maine’ Trailer: David Oyelowo Butts Heads With Dianne Wiest

‘Five Nights in Maine’ Trailer: David Oyelowo Butts Heads With Dianne Wiest
What happens when a first time feature filmmaker throws two powerhouse performers at each other? You might get something like Maris Curran‘s Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo as a grieving widower who visits his estranged mother-in-law (Dianne Wiest). Their relationship is chilly to begin with, and they aren’t exactly quick to warm to each other once […]

The post ‘Five Nights in Maine’ Trailer: David Oyelowo Butts Heads With Dianne Wiest appeared first on /Film.
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David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Spend ‘Five Nights in Maine’ in First Trailer

One of the top up-and-coming actors teams with an Oscar winner for a new drama this summer. Five Nights in Maine marks the feature debut of writer-director Maris Curran and its just been treated with its first trailer. With a haunting, eerie piano swelling over a rich color palette and praise for the film, Curran looks to be making a strong debut.

The story follows a showdown between a grieving husband (David Oyelowo) and his mother-in-law (Dianne Wiest), both of whom are coping in drastically different ways that could only be volatile. Premiering at Toronto International Film Festival last fall and arriving in theaters this summer, the cast is rounded off by Rosie Perez, Teyonah Parris, and Bill Raymond.

See the trailer below, along with a poster.

Sherwin considers himself a good man, though flawed like any other. He is deeply in love with his wife, Fiona. When she starts
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