FilmSnobbery The Voice For Film 2017-09-05T01:49:09Z http://filmsnobbery.com/feed/atom/ WordPress http://filmsnobbery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-FS-Social-Square-32x32.png Nic LaRue http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[SHORT FILM, AILERON, TAKES YOU ON A THRILLING RIDE IN ITS LOS ANGELES DEBUT]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19525 2017-06-01T16:41:30Z 2017-06-01T16:30:46Z Download As PDF Filmmaker Shines Light on Chauvinism in the Commercial Airline Industry     LOS ANGELES, CA – May 24, 2017 – Short film, Aileron, makes its Los Angeles debut at the Chaplin Theater at Raleigh Studios on Wednesday June 7. Starring Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”, “Dancing with the Stars”), Sayed Badreya (“Iron […]

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LOS ANGELES, CA – May 24, 2017 – Short film, Aileron, makes its Los Angeles debut at the Chaplin Theater at Raleigh Studios on Wednesday June 7.

Starring Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”, “Dancing with the Stars”), Sayed Badreya (“Iron Man”, “The Insider”), and Shi Ne Nielson (“Grey’s Anatomy”, ”Home Again”), Aileron is a suspenseful film with themes of Islamic racism and PTSD, as well as inherent problems built into the commercial flight industry.

The June 7 screening includes:

6:45 pm: Early screening followed by a brief Q & A
7:15 pm: Reception
8:00 pm: Late screening
A tough, female co-pilot (Nielson) fights to prevent a passenger jet from crashing after the mysterious death of the captain. A knock on the cockpit door brings further complications, holding the lives of everyone on board in the balance.

“I loved playing a woman who was pushed to the edge. She made a decision for her friends and herself to end the abuse in their lives. Not knowing what the outcome would be, but she felt she had no choice,” said McCormick.

In addition to strong female roles, the film features a multi-cultural cast. Egyptian actor Sayed Badreya, plays a Federal Air Marshal, which is far from his usual casting. “I read the script and called the filmmakers immediately,” said Badreya. “I knew this could be a great film and I needed to be part of it.”

“My goal is always to create entertainment first, so I hope it’s a fun ride. If people understand the deeper meaning behind it, that’s icing on the cake,” said A.J. Wedding, writer-director.

A feature film version of the story is currently being developed. For more information about the film, please visit: https://www.aileronmovie.com/

Please RSVP to awedding@raleighenterprises.com

About the Filmmakers

A.J. Wedding, Writer/Director
A.J. Wedding is a graduate of Western Michigan University that began his filmmaking career on the Paramount lot reading scripts for Cruise/Wagner Productions. Soon he got involved in all aspects of production from cinematography to VFX and editing. In 2008 he co-wrote the hit web-series INFAMOUS which spawned interest from major networks to create a series based on the property. He was hired to direct the comedic horror film THE JOKESTERS in 2014, and the television pilot LIVE @ SUNSET MARQUIS last year. He is currently the Creative Director for Raleigh Enterprises.

Lisha Yakub Sevanian, Producer
Lisha Yakub was born in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She is currently building a brand of youth-oriented content for film, television and digital platforms. Her latest films, OPERATION: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH! and LIFT ME UP both received worldwide distribution. Prior to focusing on producing, Lisha managed writers, directors and producers under Discover Management. Lisha also worked for Elsa Ramo (currently Ramo Law PC), as a creative executive, and Sony Pictures Television in the international publicity department. She has a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from Hofstra Law School.

Berly Ellis, Producer
Berly-Wedding has over 15 years of hands-on experience in Experiential Marketing Management, Program Design, Graphic Design and Web Design. Over 10 of those action-packed years have been in a management position. She also brings with her 20 years of experience in news and theatrical production, both on-camera and behind the scenes. Ms. Ellis holds a Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts, with Minors in Business Management and Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University.

Leonidas Jaramillo, Cinematographer
Leonidas Jaramillo is an American Cinematographer. The Son of Doctor and Nurse, both immigrants from the Philippines. Born an Artist, he laid down the paint brushes to join the Circus of Showbiz. He moved to LA in 2005, but due to the writers’ strike of 2008, he left the movies to work lighting for High Fashion Photography. Eventually lighting for Annie Leibovitz and Tom Munro others for several years before returning to cinema in 2013. He has lensed 7 features since and many music videos and commercials. He has two Children, Vivien,10, and Jake, 7, both of which he would move Heaven and Earth for(and has.)

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Nic LaRue http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[LAST MEN IN ALEPPO Trailer]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19513 2017-04-30T17:30:30Z 2017-04-21T01:55:51Z Nowhere is the human toll of Syria’s ongoing civil war more brutally manifest than in the lives of Aleppo’s “White Helmets”—first responders to the devastating bombing and terrorist attacks that have pushed this city to the brink of collapse. Volunteers Khaled, Mahmoud, and Subhi rush toward bomb sites while others run away. They search through […]

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Nowhere is the human toll of Syria’s ongoing civil war more brutally manifest than in the lives of Aleppo’s “White Helmets”—first responders to the devastating bombing and terrorist attacks that have pushed this city to the brink of collapse. Volunteers Khaled, Mahmoud, and Subhi rush toward bomb sites while others run away. They search through collapsed buildings for the living and dead. Contending with fatigue, dwindling ranks, and concerns for their families’ safety, they must decide whether to stay or to flee a city in ruins.

An unforgettable portrait of reluctant heroes, Last Men in Aleppo employs a strict vérité approach but unfolds like a classical tragedy. Directed by Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad in collaboration with the Aleppo Media Center, it’s a patchwork of resonant moments—some horrifying (pulling lifeless infants from the rubble), others improbably hopeful (playing a makeshift soccer game, building a fishpond, driving kids to a playground during a ceasefire). Together they are a testament to mankind’s capacity for unspeakable atrocity and an ode to courage and compassion.

OPENING THEATRICALLY MAY 3RD IN NEW YORK AT THE METROGRAPH

OPENING THEATRICALLY MAY 18TH IN LOS ANGELES AT LAEMMLE’S MUSIC HALL

NATIONWIDE ROLLOUT THEREAFTER

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Nic LaRue http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[I AM HEATH LEDGER Documentary to Release in Australia May 11]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19504 2017-04-20T03:42:16Z 2017-04-20T07:30:40Z Download As PDF The Backlot Films is thrilled to announce the exclusive ‘one week only’ theatrical release of the much-anticipated documentary I AM HEATH LEDGER in Australia. A select number of cinemas have been secured in each state for the release on Thursday May 11. I AM HEATH LEDGER is a feature length documentary celebrating […]

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The Backlot Films is thrilled to announce the exclusive ‘one week only’ theatrical release of the much-anticipated documentary I AM HEATH LEDGER in Australia. A select number of cinemas have been secured in each state for the release on Thursday May 11.

I AM HEATH LEDGER is a feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey. Extravagant in gesture and in action, Heath’s artistic nature and expression set him apart from the Hollywood mainstream, and ultimately vaulted him to stardom and endeared him to the world.

Complementing the footage from his own personal recordings, the documentary also features excerpts of his greatest performances, combined with interviews with friends and family (including Ben Mendelsohn, Naomi Watts, Ang Lee, Ben Harper, and his sister Kate).

I AM HEATH LEDGER is co-Directed by Derik Murray (with Adrian Buitenhuis), the man behind the “I Am” slate of documentaries on Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Evel Knievel, Chris Farley and JFK Jr. His film work is rounded out by the Academy Award® shortlisted feature documentary Facing Ali, and the feature documentary Johnny Cash – American Rebel.

Set for a World Premiere this weekend at the Tribecca Film Festival in New York on the evening of April 23, the documentary will then screen in LA for the Australians In Film Society, ahead of the Australian Premiere on Tuesday 9th May at Luna Cinemas in Perth, which will be attended by Heath’s family.

The official trailer for the documentary released online last week and has had more than 5 million worldwide views. Interest has been huge in Australia with media and fans clamouring for more information on a potential release in Heath’s home country. Information on locations that have been selected to screen I AM HEATH LEDGER can be found at the official Australian website – www.iamheathledger.com.au. Locations will continue to be added and more information will be released in the lead up to May 11 via the website and Facebook.

I AM HEATH LEDGER is produced by Network Entertainment with theatrical distribution in Australia via The Backlot Films. International media sales are via Fremantle Media. All cinema / exhibitor enquiries should be directed to The Backlot Films – info@thebacklotstudios.com

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Nic LaRue http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[NEON TO RELEASE LAURA POITRAS’ RISK NATIONWIDE IN THEATERS MAY 5TH]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19509 2017-04-20T03:51:14Z 2017-04-20T03:49:12Z Download As PDF Film to premiere May 2nd as Closing Night of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real NEW YORK – April 18, 2017 – NEON has announced May 5th as the theatrical release date for RISK, the latest documentary from Academy Award winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR). RISK will also premiere […]

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NEW YORK – April 18, 2017 – NEON has announced May 5th as the theatrical release date for RISK, the latest documentary from Academy Award winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR). RISK will also premiere May 2nd as a Special Closing Night selection of Art of the Real, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual showcase of essential boundary-pushing nonfiction film. The film then opens nationally (May 5th) in theaters across the country including the IFC Center in New York, Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn, Arclight Hollywood, the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco, and the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema and Landmark West End in DC. Filmmaker Laura Poitras will be participating in Q&A’s in various cities across the country. As part of NEON’s continued commitment to short films, Josh Begley’s, BEST OF LUCK WITH THE WALL, a voyage across the US-Mexico border, will accompany RISK’S theatrical release. Showtime Networks has partnered with NEON to release RISK theatrically nationwide, with a television premiere on SHOWTIME this summer.

RISK marks Laura Poitras’s return with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, the film is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, RISK is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.

RISK is produced in association with Field of Vision and First Look Media and is Executive Produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot.

Tickets for RISK at Art of the Real are sale now: filmlinc.org/risk.
For tickets and more information on showings nationwide please visit: www.riskfilm.org

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Nic LaRue http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[So WTF is Going on with FilmSnobbery?]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19484 2017-03-22T20:52:43Z 2017-03-22T20:52:43Z Download As PDF I relaunched FilmSnobbery in the last quarter of 2016 with the expectation of a big comeback in the indie film world filled with new reviews, podcasts, lives shows, and more. Then something great happened. I was offered a permanent full-time position at the movie studio I was working part-time for in Los […]

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I relaunched FilmSnobbery in the last quarter of 2016 with the expectation of a big comeback in the indie film world filled with new reviews, podcasts, lives shows, and more. Then something great happened. I was offered a permanent full-time position at the movie studio I was working part-time for in Los Angeles. I finally realized a personal goal of running my own movie theater. In fact, I technically run three. The screening rooms I run, along with the new staff under my charge, have completely filled the last few months of my life. This, of course, left FilmSnobbery somewhat rudderless in the meantime.

Now that I’m more settled in my new position, I’m trying to figure out how I might integrate FilmSnobbery, a career that I’ve worked on for over 8 years now to varying degrees of success, into my new life as a married man with a full-time day job. It has really been a daunting task to reconcile these two distinct halves of my life. Several things I could easily do are hosting screenings of indie films in my theaters, perhaps create a film festival, or use some of the post production facilities at my disposal to help filmmakers finish their work.

I probably don’t have a ton of time to write reviews anymore, but I feel that FilmSnobbery should continue in some way that is meaningful to the independent film community at large. So I wanted to reach out directly to our audience, peers, and friends to see if we could crowdsource a solution together. If you have any other ideas on how FilmSnobbery can fill a void in the indie film community I would love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below!

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Phil Hall http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[Jan-Michael Vincent: Hollywood Tragedy]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19469 2017-01-16T17:45:55Z 2017-01-16T17:43:26Z Download As PDF In the 1970s, Jan-Michael Vincent was a young and handsome actor that seemed on the verge of movie superstardom. But personal demons and professional disappointments derailed his life. On this episode, film historian David Grove, author of “Jan-Michael Vincent: Edge of Greatness,” details the meteoric rise and painful fall of this remarkable […]

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In the 1970s, Jan-Michael Vincent was a young and handsome actor that seemed on the verge of movie superstardom. But personal demons and professional disappointments derailed his life. On this episode, film historian David Grove, author of “Jan-Michael Vincent: Edge of Greatness,” details the meteoric rise and painful fall of this remarkable personality.
“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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Phil Hall http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[Think Pink: DePatie-Freleng Animation]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19465 2017-01-09T17:16:37Z 2017-01-09T17:16:37Z Download As PDF This show celebrates the Oscar-winning DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, the animation studio responsible for such beloved characters as The Pink Panther, The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads and The Dogfather. Mark Arnold, author of “Think Pink: The DePatie-Freleng Story,” joins us to celebrate the innovative artists behind these beloved animated shorts. This program […]

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This show celebrates the Oscar-winning DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, the animation studio responsible for such beloved characters as The Pink Panther, The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads and The Dogfather. Mark Arnold, author of “Think Pink: The DePatie-Freleng Story,” joins us to celebrate the innovative artists behind these beloved animated shorts.
This program is produced at Platinum Wolfe Studios. And a special thank you to Kevin Macleod for the beautiful classical music selection

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Phil Hall http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[Retro Cinema – The Three Musketeers]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19459 2016-12-30T14:42:31Z 2016-12-30T14:04:11Z Download As PDF If any actor was perfectly cast for the role of the swashbuckling D’Artagnan in a big screen adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas adventure, it was silent screen icon Douglas Fairbanks. With his kinetic athleticism and vibrant charisma, Fairbanks created the concept of the movie action hero in this opulent 1921 production, which […]

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If any actor was perfectly cast for the role of the swashbuckling D’Artagnan in a big screen adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas adventure, it was silent screen icon Douglas Fairbanks. With his kinetic athleticism and vibrant charisma, Fairbanks created the concept of the movie action hero in this opulent 1921 production, which is being offered in a new DVD release with a digital restoration by Marcus Johnson and a new theater organ score by Ben Model.

This version is faithful to the Dumas text, so be forewarned that there is a surplus amount of scheming by various members of the French court before D’Artagnan and the Musketeers (including a young and slender Eugene Pallette) arrive to engage in some of the most entertaining swordplay ever captured on film. And while Fred Niblo’s direction encourages some wonderfully broad acting – Adolphe Menjou’s emotional Louis XIII, Nigel de Brulier’s sinister Cardinal Richelieu and long-forgotten vamp Barbara La Marr’s dangerous Milady de Winter – the film belongs to Fairbanks, who embodies D’Artagnan with a youthful recklessness and sublime physical prowess that turns the character into a force energy that is astonishing to behold.

While there have been numerous screen versions of The Three Musketeers, Fairbanks still owns the role of D’Artagnan – and this silent classic is still a joy to behold.

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Phil Hall http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[Retro Cinema – The Shining]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19454 2016-12-20T13:45:35Z 2016-12-20T13:45:24Z Download As PDF I have always believed that horror should not be set aside as a separate film genre. Instead, it should be seen as a subsection of comedy – albeit a sadistic subsection, where cruel laughs are generated at the expense of the dimwitted characters that find themselves victimized by circumstances that could have […]

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I have always believed that horror should not be set aside as a separate film genre. Instead, it should be seen as a subsection of comedy – albeit a sadistic subsection, where cruel laughs are generated at the expense of the dimwitted characters that find themselves victimized by circumstances that could have easily been avoided if they exercised a few of their long-dormant brain cells. (After all, intelligent people don’t go tramping through haunted houses or stirring up ancient curses – take away the dum-dums going where they don’t belong and you don’t have horror films.)

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining is best viewed as a dark comedy – if you approach it as a dramatic journey into the horrific, it falls apart almost immediately. For starters, the set-up makes no sense: a couple and their young son are hired to be the off-season caretakers in a mammoth resort hotel in the Colorado Rockies, yet the structure is so vast that it is impossible to imagine the two adults being responsible for the entire upkeep of a property that would require a small janitorial army to maintain when the hotel is operational. It also doesn’t help that neither adult has any qualifications to handle such a task: he is a former teacher aspiring to be a writer and she is a stay-at-home mom whose slovenly appearance does not give any clue of cleaning skills.

The film’s screenplay by Kubrick and Diane Johnson unwisely denuded the specifically supernatural elements of King’s source material. The strategy was to make the viewer wonder whether the grisly apparitions that haunted the hotel were genuine or the products of the increasingly warped minds of the father (who was already a bit frayed around the mental edges from alcoholism and a failed writing career) and his son (who channels a gravel-voiced imaginary friend that supposedly lives in his mouth) as they react violently to their isolation from the world in that enormous yet empty hotel.

And while some of the allegedly eerie imagery in The Shining became belatedly iconic – the seemingly endless Steadicam tracking scenes, the waves of blood flowing from the elevator, the creepy little girls that appear and disappear in lonely hallways – Kubrick’s decision to have his actors convey their fears with broad emoting dilutes the effectiveness to the point that it feels as if the cast was living in a D.W. Griffith melodrama. The result is a cue for the audience to laugh rather than shudder in fear.

Jack Nicholson’s wild ping-ponging from rabid lupine posturing to eyebrow wiggling diabolical menace is amusing only because Nicholson is a likeable ham, but there is absolutely nothing scary about his character’s descent into madness. The funniest scene in the film, with Nicholson bellowing “Here’s Johnny!” after taking an axe to a door, is hilarious, but it doesn’t fit the supposedly terrifying mood that Kubrick tried (and failed) to convey.

And poor Shelley Duvall’s wide-eyed hysteria becomes so one-note in its synthetic hysteria (which was not what King had in mind in his novel) that it is easy to understand how her performance earned a Razzie Award for Worst Actress of the Year. (Kubrick was also nominated for a Worst Director Razzie that year.) Oddly, the one genuine funnyman in the cast – the charisma-rich Scatman Crothers, playing the hotel’s chef who can communicate telepathically with the caretakers’ son (young Danny Lloyd in his only big-screen role) – is directed to play his role with a numbing seriousness.

Over the years, Kubrick and The Shining gained a on a cult following that has prevented any in-depth criticism of the filmmaker and the many shortcomings in his works. Anyone coming to this work for the first time should be forewarned that the will generate more giggles (and perhaps a yawn or two), but there is absolutely nothing here to fear.

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Phil Hall http://filmsnobbery.com <![CDATA[Russ Russo – An Indie Actor’s Journey]]> http://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19451 2016-12-19T18:01:20Z 2016-12-19T18:01:20Z Download As PDF Russ Russo is one of the most versatile and accomplished talents in the indie film scene. He has created memorable performances in the acclaimed films “The Land of College Prophets,” “Williamsburg,” “London Betty,” “Against the Wall,” “Donner Pass,” “Blue Collar Boys,” and “An Act of War.” He will be seen in the […]

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Russ Russo is one of the most versatile and accomplished talents in the indie film scene. He has created memorable performances in the acclaimed films “The Land of College Prophets,” “Williamsburg,” “London Betty,” “Against the Wall,” “Donner Pass,” “Blue Collar Boys,” and “An Act of War.” He will be seen in the upcoming films “The Book of Love” (co-starring with Jessica Biel and Jason Sudeikis) and “Bad Frank” (co-starring with Tom Sizemore). He also directed the critically praised short film “Heat Wave.”
“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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