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"Why us? Why Winnipeg? There's so many theories…" A full-length official trailer has debuted for an indie documentary titled Phantom of Winnipeg, an obscure, fascinating look at an odd phenomenon. The doc film tells the story of how Brian De Palma's cult favorite musical Phantom of the Paradise (first released in 1974) became a local sensation in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. "Phantom of the Paradise proved hugely popular among young Winnipeggers, whose enthusiasm for the movie reportedly kept it playing at the city's Garrick Cinema for 18 straight weeks… [Years later] in 2005, the city celebrated the movie with a festival, 'Phantompalooza', which featured appearances by cast members Gerrit Graham and the late William Finley." The film originally flopped at the box office 45 years ago, but has clearly found some fans over time.
"A man can only see so much darkness before he goes blind…" RLJE Films has released an official trailer for an indie crime thriller titled Into The Ashes, the latest from filmmaker Aaron Harvey (Catch .44, The Neighbor). Described as reminiscent of "hard-boiled action/thrillers from the '70s/'80s", Into The Ashes is about an ex-con trying to settle down in rural Alabama who believes he has escaped his violent past, only to find his old crew hasn’t forgotten about him or the money he stole. And they don't want to let him get away. Sounds a lot like every other gritty rural crime thriller, and it looks like every other one, too. Starring Luke Grimes as Nick, along with Frank Grillo, Marguerite Moreau, Robert Taylor, James Badge Dale, Brady Smith, Andrea Frankle, Rob Mello, Scott Peat, David Maldonado, David Cade, and Jeff Pope. The best part of this is Grillo - always great to see him in any film. Some rad music in the trailer, too.
"We have to all decide together that it's enough." Good Deed Ent. has debuted a trailer for the documentary This Changes Everything, from director Tom Donahue. This inspiring doc premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and played at the Hamptons, Chicago, Virginia, Stockholm, Napa Valley, and Miami Film Festival. This Changes Everything is an investigative look and intensive analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists across the entire industry. Featuring appearances by and interviews with Geena Davis, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Taraji P. Henson, Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, and many more. This looks like it plays nicely as a companion piece to Amy Adrion's doc Half the Picture, about the lack of female directors in Hollywood. Both films are not only about what's wrong, they're hopeful that with all this conversation will come change.
"From the very beginning it was not going to be confrontational." "A singular event in history." Cinema Libre Studio has unveiled the official trailer for the documentary Creating Woodstock, described as the most "comprehensive examination of how the festival came to be using original interviews with key figures, rare archival footage and unearthed photographs." This is a separate project from the PBS-made Woodstock doc film, also debuting this summer. This one focuses on how it all happened, how they put it together and pulled it off – barely. Nearly three decades in the making, Creating Woodstock has been compiled through interviews over a 30 year period, with the original team behind Woodstock 1969, and contains several little known stories shared on camera for the first time. If you've wanted to learn even more about this legendary concert event, and how one-of-a-kind it really was, this is the doc for you. Looks like a fun trip back in time.
"Now the show can go on forever… and ever… and ever…!!" The beloved children's show is back… with a vengeance, a horrible, bloody vengeance. What is this! Ha! Syfy has debuted the official trailer for a horror feature titled The Banana Splits Movie, a re-imagining of the classic children's show on TV in the 1970s ("The Banana Splits Adventure Hour") as a horror movie. The plot is about a kid who goes to a taping of the show, only to discover the four furry main characters – Bingo, Fleegle, Drooper and Snorky – are actually killers. Over thirty episodes of "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" originally aired between 1968 and 1970, with costumes and sets designed by Sid & Marty Krofft. This new movie stars Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Steve Lund, Sara Canning, Maria Nash, and Romeo Carere. We don't often feature direct-to-VOD films, but can't help it this time! This is so nuts and it actually looks crazy good! Check it out below.
"I was in a war over Abel." Kino Lorber has debuted an official trailer for the French relationship drama A Faithful Man, originally titled L'homme fidèle in French. This is the second film directed by French actor-filmmaker Louis Garrel, who also co-stars in it. A couple's relationship becomes complicated when she leaves him for his best friend, and returns after he dies. The full cast includes Laetitia Casta as Marianne, Lily-Rose Depp as Ève, plus Joseph Engel, Vladislav Galard, and Diane Courseille. This is another one of these very French films about romance and love and sex and the complexities of it - which might be enticing for some of you. "Shifting points of view as nimbly as its players switch partners, the sophomore feature from actor/director Louis Garrel—co-written with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière—is at once a beguiling bedroom farce and a playful inversion of the patriarchal tropes of the French New Wave." Dive in.
"Maybe if I can fix what I broke, things will go back to normal for both of us…" Gravitas has debuted the trailer for an indie drama titled Above the Shadows, formerly known as Shadow Girl. That latter title seems like a better fit as this is a supernatural tale that follows a young woman, played by Olivia Thirlby, who has faded from the world to the point of becoming invisible. After a decade existing in the shadows, Holly meets the one man who can see her - a disgraced MMA fighter. She must restore him to his former glory if she wants to regain a foothold in the world around her. Seems like an odd concept for today's times - a woman must help a man fight his way to glory to regain her visibility? Hmm. Also starring Megan Fox, Justine Cotsonas, Alan Ritchson, Jim Gaffigan, Maria Dizzia, and Tito Ortiz. Does not look good.
"I don't know about magic… I always called it 'the shining.'" Warner Bros has unveiled the first trailer for Doctor Sleep, the adaptation of Stephen King's sequel to his original novel "The Shining". So this is a direct sequel to Kubrick's The Shining movie. Doctor Sleep is both written and directed by Mike Flanagan, of "The Haunting of Hill House" fame and director of the other Stephen King film Gerald's Game, which means this is in good hands. Set years after the events of The Shining, Ewan McGregor stars as an adult Danny Torrance, a man with psychic powers known as "the shining". The cast includes Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, head of the True Knot, a cult that feeds on children with these powers; Kyliegh Curran, Bruce Greenwood, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Jocelin Donahue, Jacob Tremblay, Carl Lumbly (playing the same cook played by Scatman Crothers in The Shining), and Alex Essoe as Wendy Torrance, Danny's mother (originally played by Shelley Duvall). This looks very cool, a tasty first look tease.
"For dogs, happiness is different than it is for humans." There's a truly remarkable, one-of-a-kind dog film premiering at the Annecy Film Festival - the major animation film festival - this week. It's titled Marona's Fantastic Tale, originally titled L'Extraordinaire Voyage de Marona in French, made by Romanian filmmaker Anca Damian (A Very Unsettled Summer, Moon Hotel Kabul) with stunning graphic design by Brecht Evens. The film is about a little dog who, at the end of her life, looks back on her life and tells the story of her various owners. She has loved them all unconditionally, but of course life hasn't always been easy. The film is beautiful not only because it's told from the perspective of a dog, but also thanks to the very trippy, entrancing, imaginative animation style that mixes techniques to create something unique. GKids has already picked up the film for release in the US sometime soon (hopefully this year); in the meantime you can check out this trailer with English subtitles below. To get a sense of how this looks and feels. Enjoy.
"We HAVE to do something." RYOT has revealed a second trailer for the documentary known as 5B, made by filmmakers Paul Haggis & Dan Krauss. The title 5B is a reference to the very first AIDS ward at a San Francisco hospital that opened in 1983. During the terrifying early days of the AIDS outbreak, a war rages among the nurses, doctors, and staff charged with caring for the infected. Described in THR's review as "a stirring assembly of first-person oral history and extensive archival footage that honors the pioneering work carried out in that ward, which opened in 1983 at San Francisco General Hospital in direct response to a state of emergency still being widely ignored." The accalimed film just played at the Cannes Film Festival, and is opening in select theaters starting this week. Looks like a must-see doc that shows us how much of a difference compassion makes. "An uplifting film about human decency and generosity of spirit." See below.
"I've lost my hammer." The first full trailer has debuted for an offbeat, dark comedy titled Patrick, from Flemish filmmaker Tim Mielants. The film will premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival coming up this summer and was just picked up for release by Beta Cinema, which is where this trailer is from. Patrick lives with his parents on a naturist campsite. When his dad dies he finds himself in charge of the camp, however Patrick has other things on his mind. He has lost his favorite hammer. The camp guests want Patrick to get a grip on his life, but he is determined to find his hammer. His search becomes an existential quest. Kevin Janssens stars as Patrick, with a cast including Jemaine Clement, Jan Bijvoet, Hannah Hoekstra, Pierre Bokma, Ariane van Vliet, and Bouli Lanners. Described as "fiercely original", Patrick "expands the narrative realm and genres… a thriller, comedy, drama, parable, all in one." It looks… weird, but funny.
"It's humanizing to be this close together." HBO has debuted the official trailer for the indie documentary titled Wig, a film celebrating the early days of New York drag culture and the ways in which it contributed to today’s understanding of queerness, art and identity. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and it debuts on HBO later this month, for those who want to check it out. Made by the director of the docs Banksy Does New York and Gaga: Five Foot Two, Wig is about an annual drag festival known as "Wigstock", which first launched in 1984 and ran until 2001. Now it's back and the return of the biggest drag performance ever appeared last summer. Wig explores the origins and the influence of the historic fest through rich archival footage, as well as provides a look into the contemporary drag movement for which the festival served as a foundation. This looks energetic, upbeat and totally wild, both as a festival and to watch.