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Trailer Watch: Pete Ohs’s Jethica

Ashley Denise Robinson and Will Madden in Jethica

The trailer has dropped for director Pete Ohs's microbudget horror film Jethica, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year. Ohs is also credited as the film's cinematographer, editor and producer. Additionally, he co-wrote Jethica with cast members Callie Hernandez, Ashley Denise Robinson, Andy Faulkner and Will Madden. Acquired by Cinedigm today, the film will begin its theatrical run on January 13 at LA's Lumiere Music Hall. Editor Scott Macaulay wrote of Jethica's premise in an interview we published with Ohs and the cast/co-writers out of SXSW: "Jethica is framed as a kind of post-coital campfire tale — Callie Hernandez’s Elena has pick-up sex in the backseat of a car and winds up telling the story to her off-screen one-night-stand as a way…  Read more

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Martha Coolidge on Reconstructing Sexual Assault in 1976’s Hybrid Documentary Landmark Not a Pretty Picture

Martha Coolidge in Not a Pretty PictureMartha Coolidge in Not a Pretty Picture

"This film is based on incidents in the director's life. The actress who plays Martha was also raped when she was in high school. Names and places have been changed." Thus begins the harrowing and uniquely personal 1976 16mm feature Not a Pretty Picture by director Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl). A narrative/nonfiction hybrid in which the filmmaker casts actors to dramatize the sexual assault she experienced as a high school student in the 1960s, Picture toggles between semi-scripted scenes of Martha (played by Michelle Manenti) with her friends and eventual abuser (played by Jim Carrington) in the fall of 1962 and documentary footage of the filmmaker as an adult directing her cast in a New York City loft. The film is both an…  Read more

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Trailer Watch: Brandon Cronenberg’s Infinity Pool

Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Immediately buzzed about after its inclusion in the 2023 Sundance Film Festival feature lineup announcement, the trailer has already arrived for Brandon Cronenberg's Infinity Pool. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård as a wealthy novelist who commits manslaughter on foreign soil and is presented the opportunity to have a doppelgänger face the death penalty in his place—for a substantial fee, of course. Also starring are Mia Goth and Cleopatra Coleman. Per the official synopsis: While staying at an isolated island resort, James (Skarsgård) and Em (Coleman) are enjoying a perfect vacation of pristine beaches, exceptional staff, and soaking up the sun. But guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Goth), they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled…  Read more

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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2023 Feature Film Lineup

Divinity by Eddie Alcazar, courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Today, the Sundance Institute announces the comprehensive feature film lineup for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. For the first time since 2020, the Festival will reconvene in-person, with screenings taking place in Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Resort from January 19-20. An online streaming window will be available for viewers across the country from January 24-29. Of the 99 feature films announced today, 94% are world premieres.  “We're so excited to be coming back in person,” Joana Vicente, Sundance Institute CEO, told Filmmaker via phone call. “Last year was quite devastating with having to pivot late in the game due to the rise of Omicron, so we are prioritizing that in-person experience. We can't wait to be back…  Read more

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“All These Mythologies, They Don’t Really Help Me”: Marc Maron (Back to One, Episode 231)

Marc Maron is a stand-up comedy veteran and the host of the popular WTF podcast. As a screen actor, he cut his teeth playing a version of himself in the series Maron. Lately the Netflix series Glow and Lynn Shelton’s Sword of Trust put more of his range on display. And now he delivers the epitome of “supporting” performance in the incredible new film To Leslie, opposite Andrea Riseborough. On this episode, he talks about his apprehension with accepting the role, his impatience with the process of acting in general, the importance of making himself emotionally available in his scenes, what it would take for him to feel like this crazy endeavor is “worth it,” and much more. Back To…  Read more

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Slamdance Film Festival Announces Feature Lineup for 2023

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Today, the Slamdance Film Festival announces its 2023 feature lineup, including programming for the Narrative Features Competition, Documentary Features Competition, Breakouts, Unstoppable, and Spotlight Screenings. The 29th annual edition of the festival will adhere to a hybrid model, with events taking place in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah from January 20-26 and online via the Slamdance Channel from January 23-29.  “From the streets of Seattle to the psychedelic skies of a unicorn-run dystopia, our filmmakers are transporting audiences to new dimensions with stories that explore the nuance of disability, immigration and gender,” said Festival Manager Lily Yasuda in a press release. “This year’s lineup represents a generation of new directors who are breaking boundaries and redefining what filmmaking looks…  Read more

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Oscar-winning Documentarian Julia Reichert Dies at 76

Julia Reichert's American Factory.

Documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert, who won an Oscar with her partner Steven Bognar for American Factory, has died. Reichert passed away in her Ohio home on Thursday night from urothelial cancer after being diagnosed as Stage Four back in 2018. She was 76.  Reichert’s filmography has championed the plight of marginalized Americans, particularly through the lens of gender and class. Her first film, Growing Up Female (1971), examined the lives of six women, ages four through 35, and their gendered socialization within American culture. The film was originally completed as her senior project while attending Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The seminal 49-minute doc was made for just $2,000. Frustrated with the lack of distribution opportunities by and for women…  Read more

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