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GoDigital, Inc. Picks Up SXSW Comedy 'She's the Best Thing In It'

GoDigital, Inc. Picks Up SXSW Comedy 'She's the Best Thing In It'
Read More: Strand Releasing Acquires Athina Rachel Tsangari's Festival Breakout 'Chevalier' GoDigital, Inc. is giving a home to SXSW comedy "She's the Best Thing In It," acquiring all digital and broadcast rights. The documentary, directed by Ron Nyswaner, shines a spotlight on New York theater legend Mary Louise Wilson as she heads home to New Orleans at age 79 to teach her first acting class to students of the YouTube generation. Interviewees include Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Valerie Harper, Tyne Daily, Charlotte Rae and playwright Doug Wright. "The film started as a study of the actor’s craft but evolved into a celebration of the perseverance and courage required to live an artist’s life," said Nyswaner. "I’m excited to share with an audience the lessons learned by some legendary actors including my main subject: The hilarious, and ruthlessly honest, Mary Louise Wilson — the ultimate character actor.
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Denver Film Festival’s First Wave of Programming Includes 35th Anniversary Screening of Friday The 13th

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Summer may be over, but with this year marking the 35th anniversary of Friday the 13th, it's never too late to visit the lake. Ahead of the event's November 4th start date, the folks behind the Denver Film Festival have announced the first wave of programming, including a special November 13th 35mm screening of Sean S. Cunningham's monumental slasher film.

Press Release: October 9, 2015 (Denver, Colo.) - The Denver Film Festival (Dff), produced by Denver Film Society (Dfs), announced its first wave of programming. Recognized as the Rocky Mountain Region's premier film event, the festival will feature a focus on Polish Cinema, sidebars for CinemaQ, CineLatino, Late Night and Women+Film, as well as robust Shorts Packages and Music Spotlight programming.

"In keeping with our long and rich tradition of presenting the best in Eastern European cinema, we at the Denver Film Festival are proud to announce that this year's
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Broadway's Mary Louise Wilson and More Appear at Chicago's Reeling Film Festival This Month

Reeling, the second-oldest Lgbtq film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, features a host of events of interest to the theater community. Grey Gardens Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson will be present for the Chicago premiere of She's The Best Thing In It, a documentary about Wilson also featuring Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, Valerie Harper and Charlotte Rae.
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Broadway's Mary Louise Wilson and More to Appear at Chicago's Reeling Film Festival This Month

Reeling, the second-oldest Lgbtq film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, features a host of events of interest to the theater community. Grey Gardens Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson will be present for the Chicago premiere of She's The Best Thing In It, a documentary about Wilson also featuring Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, Valerie Harper and Charlotte Rae.
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SXSW Interview: Ron Nyswaner and Mary Louise Wilson, 'She's the Best Thing In It'

Writer/director Ron Nyswaner recently debuted his first documentary feature film at SXSW last week. She's The Best Thing In It follows famous Broadway and television actress Mary Louise Wilson as she teaches a character acting class to a group of college students in New Orleans. I had the chance to sit down with both of them to discuss acting, the filmmaking process, and what it means to live the life of an artist.

Slackerwood: Ron, you're known for these intense narrative stories (a la Philadelphia, The Painted Veil). What drew you to Mary Louise's story and, furthermore, made you decide to do it as a documentary?

Ron Nyswaner: One of the reasons is I could control every aspect of it. I've made my living for many years as a feature film writer and, unlike a playwright, the screenwriter does not often have full creative control. I was
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SXSW Review: She's The Best Thing In It

Writer/director Ron Nyswaner once talked to me about how he thought he was considered a "niche writer" in Hollywood. In an interview at the 2013 Austin Film Festival, Nyswaner says, "If you know a story about someone who's been beaten to death with a baseball bat because he was dating a transgender woman, call me. I do those things [stories] really well."

I prepared myself for that same grit when I watched Nyswaner's film She's The Best Thing In It, and was pleased to see that same kind of intensity manifested in a different way.

This film is Nyswaner's directorial debut as a documentary filmmaker. It follows award-winning actress Mary Louise Wilson as she embarks on teaching a college acting class in her hometown of New Orleans. Now in her 70s, Wilson is seen by some as a "has been." Photos and film clips take us through her history of stardom in the 70s,
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Watch: Broadway's Mary Louise Wilson Gets Real in Exclusive 'She's The Best Thing In It' Trailer

Watch: Broadway's Mary Louise Wilson Gets Real in Exclusive 'She's The Best Thing In It' Trailer
Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner has never shied away from the challenge of switching between different formats of storytelling, having written for film and television -- the latter of which includes credits on "Ray Donovan" and the upcoming season of "Homeland." Therefore, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that his latest venture happens to be a documentary. "She's The Best Thing In It" follows Tony-winning actress Mary Louise Wilson as she tries her hand at teaching the craft of acting to the next generation of performers. The film also features interviews with the likes of Frances McDormand and Melissa Leo, who provide additional commentary various topics related to performing. Although the trailer seems to emphasize Wilson's striking similarity -- both physically and psychologically -- to the late Elaine Stritch, who herself was the subject of a widely beloved 2013 documentary, it would be unfair to both women if we were to take their similarities for.
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SXSW Announces Their Features Lineup; Includes Feig/McCarthy's 'Spy' and Apatow's 'Trainwreck'

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TrainwreckPhoto: Universal Pictures With Sundance just wrapping up and Berlin starting up in a few days, we are now immersed in the year-long barrage of film festivals. One such festival in South By Southwest. A few weeks back they announced the first seven films of their program, including the opening night film Brand: A Second Coming. Today, they have revealed the rest of the features to be shown in March (except for the midnight program), and some of it has me very excited. The bigger titles announced do not do much for me. Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart starrer Get Hard leave a lot to be desired in terms of anticipation, as does a work in progress cut of Judd Apatow's latest film Trainwreck. I'm guessing an Apatow work in progress is probably around three and a half hours.
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