#Sundance Film Festival

‘Lakota Nation vs. the United States’ Documentary Set By XTR With Jesse Short Bull Directing

Documentary studio XTR is in production on “Lakota Nation vs. the United States,” the first film to chronicle the Lakota Indians’ fight to reclaim control of the Black Hills. Oglala Sioux Jesse Short Bull directs the feature documentary, with “MLK/FBI” editor Laura Tomaselli co-directing and Benjamin Hedin producing. “Lakota Nation vs. the United States” will investigate how the sacred land was stolen in violation of treaty agreements and feature interviews with Indigenous citizens. The film is executive produced by Mark Ruffalo, author and activist Sarah Eagle Heart, Kathryn Everett and Bryn Mooser from XTR. Sales will be handled by Cinetic Media, who...
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Passing: Everything We Know About the Film Starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga

Adapted from the groundbreaking 1929 novel by Nella Larsen, the upcoming Netflix film Passing is about interiority as much as it is about presentation. The movie—filmed in a stark, yet disarmingly serene black and white—follows two childhood friends named Clare (Ruth Negga) and Irene (Tessa Thompson), both mixed-race Black women who can "pass" as white, as they reunite in Manhattan, circa the Harlem Renaissance. They seem destined to continue their affectionate friendship until Irene learns Clare has decided to hide her heritage and present as a white woman. (She has also married a white man.) Irene, on the other hand, is living as a woman of color with her husband and sons in Harlem, and she finds the ease with which Clare sheds her identity to be both magnetizing and unnerving. The fact that this choice exists—and the inherent contradictions within—are what spell out the film's central conflict as Clare buries deeper into Irene's life and psyche.
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France’s Memento Boss Discusses Distribution Strategy & Production Slate Including Farhadi, Audiard, Bilge Ceylan, Saleh (EXCLUSIVE)

Although the pandemic has pole-axed many independent distributors, some like Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Paris-based Memento Distribution have managed to weather the storm. The company has had prestige auteur films playing in the festival circuit this year; at Cannes with multiple films in competition, including Jacques Audiard’s “Paris, District 13th,” Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero” and Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World;” in Deauville with Christophe Honoré’s “Guermantes;” and at San Sebastian with Laurent Cantet’s “Arthur Rambo,” Zhang Ji’s “Fire on the Plain” and Emmanuel Carriere’s “Between Two Worlds” with Juliette Binoche which world premiered on...
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Zurich Film Festival Shakes Up Theatrical Experience With James Bond

Undeterred by the pandemic, the Zurich Film Festival kicks off this month with an impressive lineup that includes its biggest ever film, James Bond pic “No Time to Die,” which is set to screen just minutes after its Sept. 28 world premiere in London. Zurich was one of the few major fests to have a full physical event last year during the COVID crisis. Despite concerns about new variants, organizers are confident that health safety measures will ensure a welcome return to cinemas. ZFF artistic director Christian Jungen says the festival is working with embassies to safely bring in guests from...

‘Passing’: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga Travel to the Harlem Renaissance in First Trailer

In the official trailer for Rebecca Hall’s Passing, Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga depict the lives of two Black women during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in 1920s New York. The film, based on the novel of the same name from Nella Larsen, focuses on Irene (Thompson) and Clare (Negga), two former childhood friends who can pass for white. In the black-and-white trailer, Irene celebrates Black culture with her family during the Harlem Renaissance. Meanwhile, Clare, with her blond hair, embraces passing for another race and marries a white man, played by Alexander Skarsgard, who says he “hates” Black people....

Camden International Film Festival Welcomes Doc Filmmakers Out Of Pandemic Hibernation, Awards Prizes

EXCLUSIVE: The documentary community, a loose assemblage of independent creatives under the best of circumstances, has labored under the absence of in-person gatherings during the pandemic. For well over a year, most all-documentary festivals have been forced to go virtual, hardly a respite for filmmakers inured to hermitry. The Camden International Film Festival in coastal Maine took a big step toward reinvigorating the doc community over the last several days, convening what it called “the largest documentary-focused industry gathering since the start of the global pandemic.” Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmakers, emerging talents and industry insiders joined documentary fans for screenings of...

How a Small Maine Town Turned Into a Mecca for Awards-Seeking Documentary Filmmakers

Immediately following premieres of their latest documentaries at major awards-circuit festivals, veteran filmmakers Liz Garbus, Robert Greene and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi headed to a small, remote village on the coast of Maine – two hours from a major airport. The trio made the trek so they could attend the 17th edition of the Camden Intl. Film Festival. Each brought with them their Oscar-contending docus — “Becoming Cousteau,” “Procession” and “The Rescue,” respectively. Fresh off showings at Telluride and the Toronto film fests, Garbus’ ‘Becoming Cousteau” kicked off CIFF, which was held in-person Sept. 16-19 and continues online until Sept. 26. During its...

Best Movies on Hulu Right Now (September 2021)

When you think of Hulu, you think of The Handmaid's Tale and the place to go to watch Modern Family when your mother comes to visit, but this list is here to let you know that Hulu is also a destination for some of the best movies streaming. In addition to original films like Palm Springs, Oscar winners like Nomadland, and fantastic documentaries like Summer of Soul, it's also weirdly a great home to some modern cult classics and art house indies that you probably missed.

Rita Moreno, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Demián Bichir To Be Honored At Critics Choice’s Inaugural ‘Celebration Of Latino Cinema’

After the success of its Celebration of Black Cinema events for the past three years, the Critics Choice Association said Tuesday it is expanding the series with the inaugural Celebration of Latino Cinema, which will honor icons Rita Moreno, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Demián Bichir along with a group of additional honorees, many associated with upcoming 2021 films, still to be announced. The new Celebration, to be presented virtually, is set for Thursday December 9, 2021 and aims to put a spotlight on the contributions of great Oscar-winning and -nominated artists like that initial trio, but also Latino filmmaking in general, a facet of...

‘Reservation Dogs’ Star Devery Jacobs Joins Expanded All Indigenous Writers Room For Season 2

EXCLUSIVE: One day after the Season 1 finale of Reservation Dogs launched on FX on Hulu, the dramady opened up its writers room for Season 2  – and they’re going large. Almost doubling in size, the all-Indigenous staffed room will also see star Devery Jacobs stepping behind the camera too for the next season. “She’s made films and it’s something that she’s always wanted,” Reservation Dogs creator Sterlin Harjo told Deadline about the actress, who portrays Elora Danan on the acclaimed dramedy. “I found myself on set, sometimes we would lean on her, like there would be something that Elora Danan was...

‘Passing’ Trailer Starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga

Emmy nominee Tessa Thompson (Sylvie’s Love) and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga (Loving) star in the 2021 adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel, Passing, which premiered to positive reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. Netflix just released a gorgeous new trailer for the drama that marks the feature film directorial debut of actor Rebecca Hall (The Night House). Hall also adapted the novel for the screen.

‘Passing’ Trailer: Nothing Is Black & White For Tessa Thompson In Director Rebecca Hall’s Acclaimed Debut

Would someone hide in plain sight to live a better life? The answers are not so easy, especially when it comes to how society perceives status and race. Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut “Passing,” acclaimed upon its premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, seeks to create a conversation about racism’s impact on personal and public identity. The story of two friends trying to succeed in a world that doesn’t value their presence is an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s novel.

Arctic Indigeous Film Fund awards first development grants

The Arctic Indigenous Film Fund (AIFF) has awarded its first grants to five features from across the Arctic region. Four are in development, and a fifth is in post. They are: Kelvin Redvers’ directorial debut Ice Road, a thriller aboutt an Indigenous woman and her dog who are hunted by a stranger in a truck on a snowy, remote highway with nowhere to escape. It is produced by Crosscurrent Productions and No Cap Content, with further support from Telefilm Canada’s Indigenous Stream.

First Trailer: Rebecca Hall’s “Passing”

Netflix has premiered the first trailer for Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut “Passing” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. This adaptation of the 1929 Nella Larsen novel is set in the 1920s and follows two very different women (Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga). While both are black, one of them ‘passes’...

Emerson Contemporary Exhibit Collapses Time to Examine Cultural Identity

Present Joys, a new solo exhibition by Indigenous artist Sky Hopinka at Emerson Contemporary’s Media Art Gallery, combines visual storytelling with poetry, songs, and historic texts to illuminate the role image and language play in shaping cultural identity. The exhibition is on view in the 25 Avery Street gallery from...

2021 Cheat Sheet: Canadian Horror Films for a Frightful Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching and with it comes the search for the best horror films to ensure that the evening is full of chills and suitably creepy monsters. While there are many excellent films from all around the world, we think that some of the best are from right here at home! This list is all about showcasing some of the best of Canadian horror. From low-budget flicks to major productions and everything in between, we have something for everyone.