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"The compassion of Klein's filmmaking rings true." Outsider Pictures and Strand Releasing has debuted a new trailer for We're Still Together, an indie drama from Montreal that originally debuted at festivals back in 2016. It's just now getting a direct-to-VOD release in the US after years of playing at festivals but no official release. The film is about an unlikely friendship between two lonely individuals - a manic single dad, and an overweight kid who can't get along with anyone. Starring Jesse Camacho and Joey Klein, with Brielle Robillard and Eve Harlow. This won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Film at the New Hampshire Film Festival in 2016, and a few ACTRA Montreal Awards for the two lead performances. This looks heartbreakingly honest and moving, a film about how we all have issues yet friendship makes up for it.
"Never, ever leave the house." Get ready for another impressive sci-fi short film from the Brothers Lynch - filmmaker brothers from the UK. Their latest is tilted Zero, which they filmed last year and it's available now. Zero is set in a post-apocalyptic time after a mysterious EMP pulse. It follows a girl who is left behind by her father - with the instructions to never leave the house she's safe staying at. Zero stars Bella Ramsey (who played Lyanna Mormont on "Game of Thrones") along with Nigel O'Neill. There's some very effective atmosphere and world-building in this, with the first half setting up the story. But it's all about the final shot at the end - it's an exhilarating reveal. And yes, of course, they're developing a feature film set in this world.
"Go forth and find your chickens!" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, the latest documentary by acclaimed documentarian Morgan Spurlock. This first premiered in 2017 at the Toronto Film Festival, but hasn't been released yet - arriving in theaters & on VOD in September this year. Spurlock's big directorial debut was the very successful doc Super Size Me, which originally premiered in 2004. He returns with a sequel, reigniting his battle with the food industry – this time from behind the register – as he opens his own fast food restaurant. We follow him every step of the way, from raising the poultry and conjuring recipes to designing the brand and scouting a location. Giving us another unique, fascinating Spurlock inside look at an industry that isn't as special as it pretends to be. I've always enjoyed seeing Spurlock dive into his own ideas, experimenting with honesty and showing us the truth behind everything – even if it's bad. I've been looking forward to this and can't wait to finally watch it.
"I'm not surprised by what you're up against." Saban Films has released an official US trailer for the dark crime thriller Night Hunter, also known as just Nomis for the international release. The film is about a detective and the police who get "caught up in a dangerous scheme involving a recently arrested, troubled man who's linked to years of female abductions and murders." We ran an international trailer a few months ago, and this new US trailer is pretty much the same with more quotes. This features quite an impressive ensemble: Ben Kingsley, Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill, Minka Kelly, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Sara Thompson, Eliana Jones, Emma Tremblay, Brendan Fletcher, and Mpho Koaho. Described as "a pulse-pounding thriller where the only way out is through the mind of a killer… Tick-tock."
"Now we can have a real 'Day of the Dead.'" First there was House of 1000 Corpses. Then there was The Devil's Rejects. Now, from writer/director Rob Zombie comes the next blood-soaked chapter in the most violent crime saga in history… 3 from Hell. Get ready for more horror carnage!! Captain Spaulding played by Sid Haig, Otis played by Bill Moseley, and Baby played by Sheri Moon Zombie will all be "returning from the dead in 3 From Hell, after being shot hundreds of times in the final moments of Rejects." We still don't know much about what is going on in this sequel, but it looks gnarly - Rob Zombie letting loose again, topping himself with more violence. The film's full cast includes Richard Brake, Danny Trejo, Kevin Jackson, Wade Williams, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Clint Howard, Pancho Moler, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Austin Stoker, Dot-Marie Jones, and Tom Papa. Be careful - watch out for the Three.
"Every time I see Lola, I'm more convinced…" "Convinced of what…?" Lionsgate has debuted the official trailer for an indie film titled Angel of Mine, the second feature film made by Australian filmmaker Kim Farrant. Described as an "intense thriller", the film stars Noomi Rapace as a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her infant daughter. Her fraught emotional state puts her on edge, and she begins to believe the daughter of a neighbor is actually her own. This also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Luke Evans, Richard Roxburgh, Finn Little, Rob Collins, Rachel Gordon, Tracy Mann, and Emily Gruhl, with Annika Whiteley. This looks mega creepy and extra terrifying, what a twist on a story of grief. Goodness.
"Real power lies in understanding who it is you're truly fighting." 20th Century Fox has unveiled the first teaser trailer for The King's Man, a prequel movie from Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman series. Once again directed by Matthew Vaughn, in this one we go back to the days of World War I, aka The Great War, to tell the origin story of "the very first independent intelligence agency." Taron Egerton as Eggsy isn't in this one, it's a whole new cast. And it's a very impressive bunch of actors. Ralph Fiennes headlines, with Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, plus Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance. This actually looks pretty damn cool. Although, there's one shot that is a direct copy from Wonder Woman. But the sword POV shot makes up for it. Hoping for some good storytelling with all this action. But I'm interested, they got my attention. In 2020, they will become kings.
"This bloody moon better make me bloody rich." Wild Card Distribution has debuted a full-length, official UK trailer for the indie comedy Extra Ordinary, from directors Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year, but most importantly just won Best Film at the Galway Film Festival in Ireland this weekend. The film is about a sweet, lonely woman in rural Ireland with supernatural abilities, but hates using her "talents" and mostly just stays home. But when a washed up one-hit-wonder rock star makes a pact with the devil, and puts a spell on a local teenager, Rose must overcome her fears and save the day with her own supernatural talents. Maeve Higgins (seen on "Inside Amy Schumer" & "Moone Boy") stars as Rose, joined by Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O'Doherty, Terri Chandler, Jamie Beamish, Emma Coleman, and Risteard Cooper. The reviews are great, it's winning awards, and this footage looks hilarious. Looking forward to seeing this film whenever it shows up in the US - hopefully soon.
"If you could learn your place, you have you best years ahead of you." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie fantasy mystery titled Paradise Hills, which is the feature directorial debut of a Spanish designer-turned-filmmaker named Alice Waddington. The film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year in the Next section, and is playing at the Fantasia Film Festival next this summer. Paradise Hills is about a mysterious boarding school that perfectly reforms wayward girls to fit their surroundings' exact desires. Emma Roberts stars as a newcomer, who discovers there's something lurking behind all this beauty. Now it's a race against the clock as she and her friends try to escape Paradise Hills before it consumes them all. Also starring Milla Jovovich, Eiza Gonzalez, Awkwafina, Danielle McDonald, Jeremy Irvine, Arnaud Valois, and Liliana Cabal. This looks like a clever, extra-stylized take on the train-you-to-be-the-perfect-woman dystopian concept - with some epic set design. Worth a look.
"Only designated people may be hunted at the manor." Universal has unveiled a teaser for the "mysterious social thriller" titled The Hunt, the latest film from clever filmmaker Craig Zobel (of Compliance, Z for Zachariah). This project has been kept secret for a while, even while in production, but now they've revealed what it's about. There's a manor where "elites" go to hunt other humans for sport (another spin on The Most Dangerous Game). This time, one of the 12 people being hunted knows the game better than the hunters, and starts to fight back. Betty Gilpin stars as Crystal, with an ensemble cast including Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Glenn Howerton, Amy Madigan, Macon Blair, Steve Coulter, and Hilary Swank. This teaser doesn't have much real footage, more of an in-universe viral teaser to shock us into remembering this while we wait for a full trailer to arrive. So did it get your attention? Check it out.
"Miauw!" Time for something fun. Catastrophe (which an emphasis on the "Cat" part of the word) is an animated short film that runs just over two minutes. Written and directed by Dutch filmmaker Jamille van Wijngaarden, this is her first animated short, after working in live-action before this. Catastrophe tells the story of "an orange cat whose owner has only one request: Don’t kill the bird. The unfortunate mess that results is a visual playground of color, sound, and humor that starts and ends before you can fully process what you’ve just witnessed." This has been playing at film festivals for years, but has just arrived online for everyone to enjoy - premiered by Vimeo Staff Picks. Featuring music composed by Hans Nieuwenhuijsen. It's a funny, cute, easy-to-watch short film that will leave you with a smile. Just the way a good short should.
"Who was it? Tell me! Now!" Cinedigm has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled Teacher, the feature directorial debut of producer Adam Dick. The film is about an English teacher who tries to fight back against a bully at the school where he works. David Dastmalchian stars as James Lewis, a teacher who decides to defend his favorite student from being constantly bullied by a rich, privileged, asshole kid. But he ends up going to disturbing lengths to protect them when he must confront the kid's well-connected, wealrgy father, played by Kevin Pollak. The cast includes Matthew Garry, Curtis Edward Jackson, Esme Perez, Helen Joo Lee, Alejandro Raya, Cedric Young, and Ilyssa Fradin. This seems like it might be inspired a bit by Falling Down, about a man who spirals out of control for vengeance. It's intense.