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Quendrith Johnson is filmfestivals.com Los Angeles Correspondent covering everything happening in film in Hollywood... Well, the most interesting things, anyway.
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Top 3 tips from Matthew Helderman of BondIt Media Capital for filmmakers

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Distance learning is all the rage with the pandemic making shut-ins of most of us. That said, BondIt CEO Matthew Helderman agreed to have his brain picked for a quick trio of tips for filmmakers. BondIt has worked on such projects as FORCE OF NATURE, starring Emile Hirsch, Mel Gibson, and David Zayas, directed by Michael Polish
. BondIt Executive Produced FORCE OF NATURE by providing pre-sales and tax credit financing to ...

ETERNAL BEAUTY, Sally Hawkins and David Thewlis, bows in October

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you wonder what THE SHAPE OF WATER's Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Sally Hawkins has been up to since she left the pool, ETERNAL BEAUTY from Samuel Goldwyn Films is the answer. Hawkins stars with THE BIG LEBOWSKI icon David Thewlis, Alice Lowe (PREVENGE), Billie Piper (Doctor Who) and Penelope Wilton (DOWNTON ABBEY) in this release slated for Oct. 2 on VOD and digital platforms. Basic Storyline ...

#SundanceCollab has free online filmmaker classes and confabs FYI

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Thank the pandemic for opening up the Sundance Institute’s filmmaking factory mentors and masterclasses, with one available 9/23 for example. There’s a link below to register for a free virtual interactive discussion with Mike Plante, a senior programmer at the Utah-based non-profit. Robert Redford took over the then-American Film Fest in the 1980's, and rebranded that fest as the Sundance Institute. By his side, Michelle Satt...

Nod to LAS MIL Y UNA at SSIFF as part of Horizontes Latinos

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles If you watched the EMMY's virtual show in Los Angeles last night, well, there's nothing like opening other people's envelopes. While the best thing about "Pand-EMMYS" 2020 might have been the Alpaca as co-presenter, we also thought we'd open up someone else's envelope in the spirit of sharing some film news. Here's a letter we came across in LA. Read on... From Screenmancer   We received a letter from Pluto Film in Ger...

No glamping, it’s David Cross in THE DARK DIVIDE about connecting

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This isn't a Cheryl Strayed journey, but David Cross as Dr. Robert Pyle, a blocked nature writer, in THE DARK DIVIDE is also straying off the grid in a wandering escape-cancer sojourn. Based on a true adventure, there are wild animals in this endearing movie. As in? “The only dangerous animals I’ve run into are your men.” Debra Messing is the muse and the loved one in this. Here’s a deleted scene for grin...

Disaster, not a movie: here's the Cal Fire 20 Biggest California Fire List, 1932 to 2020

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Many in Southern and Northern California are under heavy smoke and even evacuation warnings. Screenwriters wouldn't even pitch a script with this much devastation in the plot. But this is not a disaster movie, this is happening right now. Near us, the #BobCatFire is only 15% contained with 60,000 plus acers on fire as of this morning in Los Angeles. The true devastation is in the raw statistics recorded by CAL FIRE. Read on... From Screenm...

‘THE FILM ARCADE CAROUSEL’ topped by Lindsay Lanzillotta debuts for your indie distribution

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Deadline broke the intial news in January about a new boutique, one-stop shop from The Film Arcade for lower budget independent films; now the news is official about The Film Arcade Carousel. Its mission is to serve small indies under $2 M USD with a suite of services to give your project traction out in the world. Read on... Los Angeles, CA: Independent film distribution company, The Film Arcade, announced earlier this year that ...

Climate Chaos won't get a Pandemic pass: 2nd GREENTECH FESTIVAL 2020

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent They've got Sting and Robert Redford on board, and through Sept. 18 you can livestream GREENTECH 2020. It's an amazing-looking convergence of technology, informative streaming, and enviro-chic hope for a better planet. If that sounds too much like a slick marketing pitch, the reality is even more glitzy in Berlin. Read on... From Screenmancer After last year‘s successful premiere, the second GREENTECH FESTIVAL (GTF) takes pl...

Drive-In workaround trend pulls up in Chapel Hill, NC for Film Fest 919

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Telluride Film Festival recently showed a drive-in screening as part of its 2020 ingenuity, and this workaround has now come to Film Fest 919 in Chapel Hill, NC. “In the spirit of the ‘The Show Must Go On,’ we are excited to present a reimagined 2020 version of Film Fest 919 with a LIVE event, offering the best in pandemic viewing, using two outdoor venues: the newly-created Drive-in at Carraway Village and The Green at...

The Reel Thing: Kubrick’s 2001, AITAF Veterans Day Benefit PM Q&A, 11/11

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It's been a while since the obelisk fell among the primates in Stanley Kubrick's seminal film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. And whist there are many Hollywood insiders who whisper his involvement in a "staged moon landing" let's face it, George Méliès faked a moon landing in 1902 with Le Voyage dans la Lune. Imagine where humankind would be without having taken this pioneering adventure into the mind of th...

How the gig economy has aged into van-dwellers, or Frances McDormand in NOMADLAND

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Update: NOMADLAND just won the People's Choice Award at TIFF 2020. On an insider Hollywood level, Nancy Utley from Searchlight has one of the best creative executive reputations in the business, not only for producing thought-provoking and risky content, but for encouraging filmmakers to explore complicated themes to best outcomes. Now Utley has brought NOMADLAND to the screen, starring Frances McDormand, and this film has been given a f...

ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES, on domestic silence that is familiar violence, comes to North America

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival this summer. It’s a Greek, Belgian, and German production, dubbed a “psychological thriller” but it is much more than that simple label. As this film opens in North America on Sept. 24 for the Calgary International Film Festival, that runs from Sept. 23 to Oct 4 in Canada, maybe this feature will have a chance to breakthrough to US audiences...

First ever International Cinema Day 2020 fetes indie houses on Sept. 12 

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent How about good news for a change, or at least a day to celebrate independent movie houses? Here you go... :) The first annual International Cinema Day will take place this Saturday, Sept. 12, in an effort to give back to the cinemas that have transformed the lives of movie-goers. International Cinema Day (ICD) is a global event designed to celebrate the universal love for film and memorable cinematic experiences at historic theatres. ICD w...

Bong Joon Ho’s Classic MEMORIES OF MURDER Redux Oct. 19 & Edgar Wright chat

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When now-Oscar-winner Bong Joon Ho made his 2003 film MEMORIES OF MURDER, about the fact based premise, he said  “[This] case is an intertwined web of tragedy and black comedy—the eerie comedy that blooms within the air during the most absurd of times." On Oct. 19 and 20, NEON will release a remastered MEMORIES OF MURDER with Fathom Events. "The film is an uncanny, yet natural, mixture of horror and comedy b...

URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN is pandemic comfort via wood art

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Once in a generation an artist comes along who can speak to the human condition in an unexpected way, specifically with large-scale wooden sculpture for Ursula von Rydingsvard. Her extraordinary journey is chronicled in documentary film URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN from director Daniel Traub, available on Sept. 29 on VOD. An Icarus Films release, presented by Itinerant Pictures, Von Rydingsvard’s struggle as a single mother and&n...

3 Star Michelin Chef David Kinch: US kitchen to France, A CHEF’S VOYAGE

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent France is the undisputed home to, and originator of the term, haute cuisine and yet? 3 Star Michelin Chef David Kinch is brazen enough to take a pop-up kitchen to the heart of French cooking to collaborate with other legendary Michelin starred madmen in A CHEF’S VOYAGE from First Run Features. ”I believe that gastronomy, like any art, captures the real data on what it’s like to exist," says Director Ré...

Expert Panel of Unscripted TV Execs invite from Micheaux Film Festival 9/16

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With the end of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (hey, we're not celebrating, just reporting), how about getting your own reality show made? After 14 years of KUWTK, it is now open season for the next big (hopefully less vapid, lolz) thing. So how do you get your series out there? Micheaux Film Festival can answer that for you, and you're invited to learn how... From Screenmancer  Coming up on Sept. 16, the Micheaux Fil...

Liev Schreiber lands in Hemingway’s last novel adapt ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES

by Quendrith Johnson Los Angeles Correspondent Just when you had forgotten all about Ernest Hemingway? Nobody forgets this author, not for long anyway. At least he has not yet become a victim of cancel culture. Yet Hemingway's last novel "Across the River and Into the Trees" in 1950, from Charles Scribner & Sons in New York, was actually panned in some places by reviewers who felt perhaps it might be interpreted as a 'parody' of the spare, simple declaractive se...

Watch Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander both as Gloria Steinem in THE GLORIAS from her memoir

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What can you say about Gloria Steinem that the (women’s) world doesn’t already know? One thing is her quote that echoes all through the hills, including the Hollywood Hills: “The Truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” Steinem is now the subject of a new sort of adaptation of her autobiography “My Life on the Road,” a movie called THE GLORIAS. It is directed by the amazingly talented Julie Ta...

Joel Edgerton, Marion Cotillard, Mark Rylance lead great cast in Brady Corbet's THE BRUTALIST

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you watched Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf, you have a sense of her volcanic range. Now Cotillard is headed for THE BRUTALIST with Joel Edgerton and Mark Rylance as headliners. Brady Corbet is the director, having come off his last film with Natalie Portman in VOX LUX. This third outing for Corbet looks promising, especially with a title so fitting for now... From Screenmancer  LONDON: Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton (Boy Erased, Lo...

NO TIME TO DIE, out in November, watch Daniel Craig as 007 now

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Some have said Daniel Craig is the most bad@ss James Bond... few would disagree. Now the next trailer is out. This is the one hotly anticipated with Rami Malek as the ultra villain. Coming in November. Enjoy! Where We Left Our Hero... 007, Bond, James Bond In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up aski...

Stan Brakhage, Gilbert & George, Marlon Riggs, 33 wild films like these on OVID for September

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When you tell this story, many people find it hard to believe, but occult filmmaker Harry Smith was at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics during my time there as the Ted Berrigan Award winner, and he was one interesting creature of cinema. Anyway, he and Stan Brakhage the experimental filmmaker were friends. Some strange conversations ensued, mostly about when Harry pulled a fire alarm at a restaurant because an investor...

ENTWINED is a Greek horror movie that somehow resonates right now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Something about this Pandemic is perfect for a Greek horror movie. Opening in theaters before a VOD North American release on Sept. 8 from Dark Star Pictures, ENTWINED is that movie. Why? Because, for one thing, Pandemic is a Greek word, from ‘pan’ meaning “all” and ‘demos’ meaning “people.” More to the point, thousands of years ago,  Greek tragedies paved the way for everybody else in W...

What your favorite star Jack Black does during a Pandemic?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey so, Coronavirus marches in London? Well, in Hollywood, you get a different reaction. Okay, there is no segue there, except that the Pandemic makes people do weird things. Take beloved comedian Jack Black He looks like Rip Van Winkle lately. But? Not anymore, ps. Watch!  From Screenmancer We stole this from the Upbraidy Bunch, who stole it first. That would be the Ferrell gang over at Funny Or Die. But is there something to b...

THE PASSION OF ANNA MAGNANI: They don't make them like her anymore

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent How can we assess the work of an actor as powerful on screen as Anna Magnani, when mostly what we get are cartoon, caped-crusaders on screen? Good question, but here's a quick answer in this case. THE PASSION OF ANNA MAGNANI is a doc that screened at Cannes 2020 to much acclaim, and literally brings back the emotional exuberance of a gifted entertainer. Once we, as global audiences, weren't afraid to be 'entertained' by strong e...

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