Today on indieWIRE, we recapped the weekend, the saga that is Lars von Trier continued, “Gun Hill Road” got sized up and much more.
Seven Stories from the Weekend
In case you were away from your computer this weekend, here’s a tidy package of our weekend coverage.
indieWIRE’s Project of the Day: “Steve Chong Finds Out that Suicide is a Bad Idea”
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
Eric Kohn Makes a Case for “Gun Hill Road”
Although “Pariah” star Adepero Oduye makes a strong debut in a role that calls for the subtle expression of a young outsider’s angst, the lead in “Gun Hill Road” faces a deeper challenge. Transsexual actress Harmony Santana plays Bronx teenager Michael, a feminine man in transition whose lifestyle stuns his recently incarcerated father, Enrique (Esai Morales). Read the full review.
“Breathing” Wins Big at Sarajevo Film Festival, Angelina Jolie Given Honorary Award
The Sarajevo Film Festival completed its 17th edition over the weekend by handing out several awards.
Get Ready to Cry “Like Crazy” With the Trailer of Sundance’s Big Hit
Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy” was no doubt the biggest hit at Sundance this year. It nabbed the Grand Jury Prize and a Special Jury Prize for up-and-coming actress Felicity Jones. Check out the just released trailer here.
Less Moore, More “One for All” at Traverse City Film Festival
Move over Michael Moore and make way for Max Fisher. As the seventh edition of the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) came to a close yesterday, the director making the biggest impression wasn’t the festival’s famous co-founder, but the young local who directed an 8-minute short known as “Traverse City LipDub 2011.”
At VidCon 2011, YouTube Celebrities Teach Their Fans How to Become Just Like Them
With 2,400 young and noisy YouTube fanatics, this weekend’s sell-out crowd could have been mistaken for a rave. However, VidCon 2011 was something even more radical: It’s a next-gen vaudeville show that wants to become a showcase for the future of entertainment. More here.
Lars von Trier Stirs Things Up (Again)
Sure, his next film is the subtly titled “Nymphomaniac,” which follows the erotic life of a woman from infancy to middle age. But in a von Trier first, he’ll create two versions for theatrical release: one a hardcore cut, the other a softer version tailored for mainstream cinemas. Read more…and check out The Playlist’s coverage on the notorious director.
Drafthouse Films Picks Up Their Second Release
Until “Zoolander 2” happens, “The FP” is the closest we’ll get to a whole movie about breakdance fighting and the film that created a buzz at SXSW this spring, now has a home.