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Withoutabox Film Festival Submission Platform To End Service Next Year

Amazon-owned Withoutabox, the dominant indie film festival submission platform for the last decade, has decided to end its service. In a letter to users, the service – run through IMDbPro – said it would “phase out” the service over the next year. Withoutabox was the official platform for Sundance and had been used by the LA Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and hundreds of smaller events, with the platform claiming it processed more than 100,000… Read


‘Mandy’ Producer Elijah Wood: Nicolas Cage Back In Oscar-Level Form With Revenge Film’s Surprise Success

Elijah Wood Mandy

On screen, the revenge film Mandy is a ferocious fever-dream, but off screen it has been a game-changing success story for SpectreVision, the production company founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller. The film has won over critics and a growing fan following since its January premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and Wood now tells Deadline his company is sizing up an Oscar campaign for star Nicolas Cage. “This is absolutely the most successful film and… Read


‘The Long Dumb Road’ Trailer: Odd Couple Tony Revolori & Jason Mantzoukas Road-Trip Through The Southwest

The Long Dumb Road

We’ve all had that moment when the stranger you agreed to share your car ride with offers you a “road brew.” OK, likely none of us has, but it happens in The Long Dumb Road, and it’s followed by said passenger cracking the bottle open and saying, “Don’t worry about it, dude. I’m pretty much a professinaol level in drinking and driving.” Watch the new trailer above. Tony Revolori plays Nat, a college-bound teenager who admitted has led “like a pretty sheltered life.” But… Read


‘Searching’ Review: Modern Technology & Human Emotions Collide In Terrific Mystery Thriller

Diversity rules for the second week in a row as an Asian-American family again is at the center of a major studio release. However Sony’s Searching, which stars Jon Cho as a desperate dad trying to uncover the mystery of why his 16-year old daughter has gone missing, could not be more different from director Jon M. Chu’s hit comedy Crazy Rich Asians except that they both feature contemporary stories of modern Asian-American family life. The biggest distinction for Searchin… Read


‘Hal’ Trailer: Documentary On Iconoclastic ‘Coming Home’ & ‘Harold And Maude’ Director Hal Ashby

Hal Ashby directing a string of acclaimed movies in the 1970s, scoring an Oscar nom for Coming Home, but he’s largely overshadowed by the filmmaking kings of the Me Decade. Now a new documentary turns the lens on the iconoclast who also helmed such enduring pics as Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo and Being There. Here’s the logline: Hal explores his curious historical oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters and audio recordings… Read


‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ Teaser: There Doesn’t Seem To Be Anyone Around – Except Peter Dinklage

The depths of human loneliness can be cruel, as Peter Dinklage learns in I Think We’re Alone Now. One look at the brief teaser trailer for the film will back that up. Check out the tense and atmospheric footage above. But things eventually will change in the R-rated film directed by Reed Morano, who won an Emmy for helming The Handmaid’s Tale, and scripted by Mike Makowsky. Here’s the logline: Del (Game of Thrones star Dinklage) is alone in the world. After the human race… Read


‘What They Had’ Trailer: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon Lead Big-Name Cast In Alzheimer’s Drama

A family crisis plays out onscreen in What They Hadin which a big-name cast tackles a big-league problem: Alzheimer’s disease. Now we have the powerful first trailer for the film from first-time writer-director Elizabeth Chomko that premiered at Sundance in Januiary. It follows Bridget (Hilary Swank) as she returns home to Chicago at the urging of her estranged brother (Michael Shannon) to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster)… Read


Sundance Film Festival 2018 Generated $192M In Economic Impact For Utah: Report

Sundance Film Festival 2018

UPDATED clarifying year-over-year changes in data: The Sundance Film Festival generated $191.6 million in economic activity for the state of Utah and created $100 million in wages for Utahans, according to a new report from Y2 Analytics. More than 124,000 people attended the 11-day festival in January. "Spending during the Sundance Film Festival generates many positive economic benefits," the report states. "Tourism-related industries are beneficiaries of spending that… Read


‘The Miseducation Of Cameron Post’ Trailer: Chloe Grace Moretz Converts A Gay-Conversion Center

“Your struggle is with the sin of same-sex attraction,” says the counselor at the gay-conversion therapy center. “You’re facing the consequences of your actions, and it’s ugly.” Here’s the first trailer for The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz as the titular teen who was caught having sex with the prom queen and sent off this place. The all-business facility for teens is run by the strict Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend… Read


Sundance Taps Kim Yutani As New Programming Director For Cannes Debut

Just in time to head across the Atlantic for the Cannes Film Festival, Kim Yutani has been appointed as Trevor Groth’s replacement as the Sundance Film Festival’s director of programming. Moving up from Senior Programmer at the fest, Yutani will lead the curation of film, media and off-screen programming at the Sundance Film Festival and other year-round public platforms and programs that showcase and elevate independent storytellers and artists. "Kim's curatorial vision… Read


‘The Tale’: Sundance Pic Starring Laura Dern Gets HBO Premiere Date & Teaser

The Tale

UPDATED, 2:59 PM: HBO Films said today that its Sundance pickup The Tale, starring Laura Dern, will premiere at 10 PM Saturday, May 26, on the premium channel. Here is the new teaser: PREVIOUSLY, January 26: HBO Films said today that it has acquired exclusive rights to The Tale, Jennifer Fox’s timely drama that premiered last weekend in the U.S. Dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Fox, it centers on Jennifer (Laura Dern), a… Read


Reed Morano’s Sundance Winner ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ Sells To Momentum Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Momentum Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to I Think We're Alone Now, the Reed Morano-directed film that stars Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. It won a Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at Sundance, where it premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section. Morano made the film after winning an Emmy for directing the first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, on which she is also exec producer. Del (Dinklage) finds himself alone in the… Read