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"Looks that Kill and then you Die!" We are excited to debut the latest horror short film made by filmmaker Dave Bundtzen and Flix Horror titled Window Dressing. Last year we featured Bundtzen's two-minute horror film Tap, this time he's giving us a four-minute horror short to enjoy. Starring Elaine Partnow and Colleen Kelly. It's always cool to see how clever and creative filmmakers can be in such a short amount of time. If I was programming a film festival, this short film would play perfectly before Peter Strickland's In Fabric. As always, will be keeping watch on Bundtzen's work as he keeps making more. Watch in full below.
"This is a battle of the brightest minds in America." 101 Studios has debuted a brand new official trailer for The Current War, a film which has been delayed for release for a few years. This originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, but got caught up in the Weinstein debacle as one of TWC's releases. With more time following dismal reviews at TIFF, the film has been re-edited and tweaked, ready to be presented again this fall. From Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, comes this dramatic thriller about the early days of electricity and light bulbs, and the major business-vs-innovation battle of wits. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, and Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, also joined by Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Damien Molony, and Matthew Macfadyen. It looks way better - bold and thrilling. I'm in.
"It's a sea port here. People come, people go." Watch a trailer for an indie drama titled Dafne, which first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year to excellent reviews. Made by Italian filmmaker Federico Bondi, the film is about a young woman named Dafne, played by Carolina Raspanti. Dafne is a self-aware and bright young woman with Down syndrome. When her mother dies, she has to attend to her father too, on top of attempting to process her own grief. The small cast also includes Stefania Casini and Antonio Piovanelli. One review from Berlinale earlier this year praises its maturity: "Dafne knows how to capture the individualism, absurdity, and staying power of grief without veering into soppiness." From this trailer, it seems to be an endearing, empowering film that we should be paying more attention to. Have a look below.
"You are never free. There's always some kind of pressure." Check out the official trailer for the filmmaking documentary Forman vs. Forman, a profile of the acclaimed / beloved Czech filmmaker Miloš Forman - from the Czech New Wave to Hollywood. Miloš passed away in 2018 at the age of 86, after making 14 films over the course of his career. Forman was an important component of the Czechoslovak New Wave, but he also left his mark on Hollywood, too, winning two Academy Awards - for Best Director of Amadeus, and for Best Director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. "The movie is unique for its ingenious compilation of images drawing on existing footage and also on hitherto unknown shots discovered in the collections of friends and colleagues. On set and in interviews the filmmaker contemplates the notion of freedom and its limitations." The doc already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and is playing as a centerpiece feature at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in Czechia starting this week. Looks like a must watch for every cinephile.
"Special suits let patients go out. Then anything's possible." Signature Entertainment has debuted a brand new UK trailer for the indie survival thriller which they're now releasing with the title Hold Your Breath this fall. The film is originally titled Dans la Brume in French (which just means In the Fog) but has also had other international titles like Just a Breath Away and Toxic. The movie is about a "toxic mist" that covers the streets of Paris. Only those lucky enough to escape to the rooftops of the city were able to survive. Mathieu and Anna must face the fog if they have any hope of saving their daughter, who is trapped in a medical tank down below. Starring Olga Kurylenko & Romain Duris, with Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin, Anna Gaylor, Réphaël Ghrenassia, and Erja Malatier. This is yet another high concept urban survival thriller but it actually looks pretty cool, another take on the scary mist/fog horror. It's worth a look.
"This just gets easier and easier." Saban Films has debuted the trailer for an indie horror comedy called Tone-Deaf, the latest from eccentric indie filmmaker Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic, Trash Fire). This trippy, twisted, bloody, insanely weird "home invasion thriller" is about a woman who decides to visit the countryside to spend a quiet weekend after losing her job and having her last relationship implode. She rents a country house from an old-fashioned widower, who struggles to hide his pyschopatic tendencies. This stars Amanda Crew and Robert Patrick, plus Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles, AnnaLynne McCord, Tate Ellington, and Ray Wise. This seems to be one of those super messed up, funky horror flicks only a few die-hard fans might enjoy - but check it out anyway.
"I know this poll had nothing to do with me, and everything to do with you." Here's a fun short film to give you a good laugh and lift your spirits, only a 14 minute reprieve from your day's activities. Made Public is a "multiple award-winning short film" made by Foster Wilson, her latest clever comedy narrative offering. This fantastic comedy short is set on a wedding day, and begins when a groom accidentally posts a poll on social media about their marriage and his bride suddenly freaks out about it. Starring Jeanine Mason and Josh Zuckerman, with Patrick Quinlan and Caroline Bloom. This is an ingenious short that seriously packs in quite a bit of social commentary on top of an amusing, enjoyable marriage story. It's not just about social media, it's also about society itself. Looking forward to seeing more from Foster, she's got a clever eye.
"This is your plan?" "We're still alive aren't we." Sony Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for an action thriller titled Black & Blue, about corrupt cops and justice in these crazy times. Naomie Harris stars as a rookie cop from Detroit who stumbles upon corrupt officers who are murdering a drug dealer, an incident captured by her body cam. They pursue her through the night in an attempt to destroy the footage, but to make matters worse, they've tipped off a criminal gang that she is responsible for that dealer's death. She teams up with a local known as "Mouse", played by Tyrese Gibson, in hopes of surviving and getting the truth out. Also starring Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp, Nafessa Williams, and James Moses Black. This gets intense fast! Definitely not a casual drama, way more of a gripping thriller.
"There is nothing back there for us…" Universal has unveiled a "first look" teaser trailer for a new film titled Queen & Slim, directed by music video filmmaker Melina Matsoukas, from a screenplay written by the very talented Lena Waithe. The titled is a reference to Bonnie & Clyde, about two people who go on the run after an accident. A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over, but the man then kills the cop in self defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. Starring Daniel Kaluuya as Slim, and Jodie Turner-Smith (from "Nightflyers") as Queen. "Joining a legacy of films such as Bonnie & Clyde and Thelma & Louise, Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence." It also stars Bokeem Woodbine, Sturgill Simpson, Chloë Sevigny, and Scott Rapp. Uh hell yes, I think this looks awesome. Take a look.
"Why country?" "Because it's three chords of truth." Neon has released a final "No Place Like Home" trailer for Wild Rose, the film about a country singer that just opened in theaters this weekend (full trailer). This first premiered at the Toronto & London Film Festivals last year, and stopped by SXSW this year. Acclaimed Irish actress Jessie Buckley plays a young mother from Glasgow, fresh out of prison, who decides to give up everything and move to Nashville to chase her dreams of becoming a country singer. An "uplifting story with an original soundtrack about family, dreams and reality, and three chords and the truth." The full cast includes Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo, Jamie Sives, Gemma McElhinney, James Harkness, and Ashley Shelton. This has excellent reviews, saying it's "crowd-pleasing" with an "unbelievably great" performance from Buckley. It just started playing in theaters - check your local art house cinema to catch it.
"Find your own true destiny and purpose in this life, while the book is still open…" Virgil Films has debuted the trailer for Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?, a documentary about musician Clarence Clemons. Also known as "The Big Man", Clarence played saxophone and was a part of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band for many years. This new Who Do I Think I Am? (I like the twist from "who do you" to "I") documentary highlights the life of the beloved E Street band member, while also showing another side not many saw when he was away from stage. "It's an intimate portrait of a man who searched for enlightenment at the unknowingly final years of his life." With the help of producer Joe Amodei, the film has become more than just a document of Clarence's spiritual journey - it's biography for his life and a love letter and farewell from those that knew him best. Clemons passed away in 2011 at the age of 69. Looks like a nice spiritual doc.
"I don't want help; I just want to know what happened." HBO has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Share, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and also played at the Cannes Film Festival and New Directors/New Films. From writer/director Pippa Bianco, the film is about a timely topic and how it relates to the high school experience nowadays. After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout. Rhianne Barreto stars as Mandy, with Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan, J.C. MacKenzie, Nicholas Galitzine, Lovie Simone, & Danny Mastrogiorgio. This received mixed reviews at the fests, with some positive and others saying it's "fragmented and disorienting."