Thursday, 30 April 2020

Edge of Extinction - First Poster and Trailer for post-apocalyptic thriller starring Luke Hobson, Georgie Smibert and Chris Kaye.


The post-apocalyptic thriller is set fifteen years in the future, and stars Luke Hobson, Georgie Smibert and Chris Kaye.

The film will be released across all major On Demand and Download platforms from May 18, with a DVD released later in the year.

15 years after a global apocalypse, mankind is on the verge of extinction. Civilisation no longer exists, food is scarce and most eke out a living by stealing and killing. One man clings onto life in his bunker, where staying away from others has been key to his survival. But this self-imposed isolation comes to an abrupt end when he crosses paths with another group of survivors and faces an enemy far more brutal and savage than any of them could have imagined.

Commenting on the release, Matthew Kreuzer, Commercial Director at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said: 
“We are extremely excited to be releasing this British post-apocalyptic thriller. Edge of Extinction is an independent, hard-hitting actioner that is very of the moment.”

Andrew Gilbert, Director of the film, added: 
“Making Edge of Extinction and bringing its brutal post-apocalyptic world to life has been a real labour of love for us and we’re super excited to finally be showing this unique British film to the world!”

Edge of Extinction will be released on Digital Download from May 18 here and on DVD later in the year here, both can be pre-ordered now

Pre-Order on DVD from Amazon
Pre-Order on demand from iTunes



The Dinner Party - Starring Jeremy London, Bill Sage, Miles Doleac - Poster, Trailer and Release information


Bill Sage (American Psycho, “Power”) and Jeremy London (Mallrats, The Devil’s Dozen) star in writer-director Miles Doleac’s The Dinner Party, coming to theaters, DVD and Digital this June from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Renowned surgeon and culinary enthusiast, Carmine Braun, invites playwright, Jeffrey Duncan, and his wife to join his eccentric friends at their semi-annual dinner party, having promised to fund Duncan’s new play to Broadway. As the evening descends into madness, the group’s true intentions are revealed, along with an ancient secret that will change the Duncans’ lives and fortunes forever.

Lindsay Anne Williams, Mike Mayhall, Alli Hart, Ritchie Montgomery and Miles Doleac also star.

The Dinner Party will hit theaters June 5 (TBC), be available on DVD and Digital from Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Fandango Now, Xbox, Dish Network, Direct TV and through local cable providers.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Cry Havoc (2020) Trailer - Starring Robert Bronzi and Richard Tyson - On Demand 5th May


Robert Bronzi, the star of Death Kiss and Once Upon a Time in Deadwood, faces his deadliest opponent yet in Cry Havoc – available this May On Demand.

An ambitious young reporter is granted an interview with one of the FBI’s most wanted. While entering his compound she finds one of his prized possessions, a serial killer who murders at call, called HAVOC. Her only hope is a rogue police man searching for his daughter.


Co-starring Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop) Emily Sweet, and JD Angstadt, writer-director Rene Perez’s Cry Havoc premieres on demand May 5 from Midnight Releasing.

Get it on iTunes Store here

Human Zoo - Trailer and Poster - Starring Robert Carradine


This May, Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds, Escape from L.A) opens his Human Zoo.

From director  John E Seymore, and also starring Trista Robinson (Echoes of Fear), Rachel Amanda Bryant (In Bed With a Killer), Jose Rosete (“The Walking Dead : Red Machete”), Jessica Cameron (To Jennifer), Megan Le (“No Matter What”), and Heather Dorff (Truth or Dare), Human Zoo premieres on digital/DVD May 5 from Wild Eye Releasing.

Synopsis : The internet watches live, as reality-show contestants struggle against time to see who will stay in solitary confinement the longest and take home the one million dollar prize.

Released: May 05, 2020
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Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Interview with Kevin Barry - Director of Among Them


Kevin Barry’s Among Them is one of the thrilling treats currently for offer during lockdown on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

After a botched heist, two bank robbers and their unwanted hostage retreat into a seedy coastal motel in the dead of winter. When their boss doesn’t show up and their tickets to freedom go missing, the three of them must battle through their deteriorating mental state and find a way out before they turn on each other.

How did you become a writer, let alone a filmmaker?

It was kind of backwards because I initially started experimenting with making movies with my friends by getting a video camera and just shooting some improvised scenes or little special effects shots.  It helped that my friends were kind of crazy, willing to set themselves on fire or draw their own blood for some of my earliest films.  I would edit that stuff together and force myself to write new scenes that could connect the dots with what I shot and try to pull something coherent out of it.  But eventually I realized this wasn't a very effective way to make a movie so in my sophomore year of film school I decided to start writing my first real script.

And have you fused your interests growing up into the stories you write?

The films I've made so far are mostly about crime, which luckily wasn't a real interest of mine when growing up.  But I did have a big interest for punk and rock music and I think there's something intriguing about people who decide to (or can't make themselves) live within the expectations of society.  I like telling stories of struggle and exploring rebellious characters like that because they can be complex and challenging stories to tell.


If you could name two films that most resemble this film, what would they be?

Among Them was inspired by From Dusk till Dawn (1996) in that it follows a couple of criminals with their sights set on freedom only to be sidelined by a force even more dangerous than them.  Kill List (Directed by Ben Wheatley) has a similar vibe, a psychological horror movie following hitmen who have gotten in over their heads and heading towards a dangerous trap.  For the psychological elements we were heavily inspired by visuals and tone of Jacob's Ladder (1990).  All great films but I don't know if Among Them resembles any of them in the end, we were just trying to give this film its own place.

Being an independent film, I imagine you ended up wearing more hats than originally intended. Can you talk about all the things you did on the movie?

Yes indeed, we had to work with a skeleton crew because there really wasn't much money in the budget for anything besides the bare essentials.  This led to me and just about everyone else multi-tasking in order to get through the shoot.  Everyone was a real team player, lending a hand whenever they could so I'll always admire our cast and crew on this film for all the extra effort they put in.  Jonathan Thomson was a lead actor, associate producer and location scout; Evalena Marie was a lead actor, scriptwriter and producer.  Dan Liebman was a lead actor, helped us lug around all the equipment and always kept a pot of coffee brewing for us.  Tony Colapietro handled everything from B-cam, boom operator and gaffer.  A lot of my extra hats were in post-production, doing the edit, foley recording, ADR recording, adding sound effects, color correction, VFX and delivery to the distributor.  It was a long process but totally worth it.


Is this a genre you’ve always gravitated towards?

I've always liked films with a particular energy about them, where you don't really know what to expect and you can't predict how it will all turn out.  There's something about the way a good thriller builds such a palpable tone throughout the movie, that even if many years after watching it, you can remember what it felt like. There's also a pretty broad range of genres that I like so I'm hoping to make many different types of films as a director.

With such terrible things going on in the world right now, do you feel we need more ‘escapism’ films like this?

It's such a strange and stressful time right now for so many of us and I hope people can find some comfort in entertainment.  Especially in the case of pandemic where, unless you're working on the front lines of it, there's not much to do besides wait it out.  If a film or book or piece of music can help somebody step out of that for moment and enter a different world then that's a great thing because getting a chance to rest and relax is what gives you strength to keep going.

And for the next film, think you’ll stick to the same genre?

I've got a few new projects in development and all of them have something to do with criminals so it's looking like it!

Watch on Amazon Prime Here

Check out Kevin and the film on Social Media:
Among Them Instagram: @amongthemfilm
Among Them Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amongthemfilm/
Kevin James Barry Instagram: @kevindangerously


Monday, 27 April 2020

COMPETITION: Win The Man with the X-ray Eyes (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]


The Man with the X-ray Eyes (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] is out on 4th May.

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and a copy to give away.

Synopsis
Get ready for a visual treat as Second Sight announced the first ever UK Blu-ray release of Roger Corman’s seminal horror sci-fi classic The Man With The X-Ray Eyes.

This 1960s cult favourite will be a sight to behold with a newly restored  Limited Edition Box Set release, featuring stacks of brand new special features, including a new interview with director Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors), commentaries and much more. The set arrives on May 4th complete with new artwork, designed by Graham Humphreys, a reversible poster and a soft cover book.

Obsessed with expanding the powers of human sight, renowned scientist Dr James Xavier (Ray Milland ­– Dial M For Murder), aims to develop a formula that will allow the user to see beyond the visible spectrum. Despite warnings from his friend Dr. Brandt (Harold J. Stone – Spartacus) and business associate Diane Fairfax (Diana Van Der Vlis – The Swimmer), he experiments on himself and finally perfects a serum that gives him the power to see through solid objects. But his ambitions turn to obsession. No longer able to control the effects, his vision extends beyond the realms of human comprehension until he finally sees more than he can bear.

There’s no hiding from The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, he’ll see right through you.

Buy from Amazon by clicking here (Opens in a new window)

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who plays Dr James Xavier in The Man with the X-ray Eyes?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition@beentothemovies.com

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 11-05-20
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Interview with Brando Benetton - Writer and Director of Nightfire


Real location. Practical action.
Nightfire starring Dylan Baker.
Streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime May 1, 2020.

Two American agents are hired to retrieve military chips containing top-secret content. Their plan goes awry when an unexpected political prisoner (Emmy-nominee Dylan Baker) enters the picture.


Shorts are well-known for being a launchpad for some of today’s biggest names. Why did you decide to, well, start small (or rather, short)?

Honestly, our movie runs less than a full feature in length (just shy of 45 minutes), but in terms of scale, production and ambition it definitely felt closer to a feature film than a short. Our shooting script was 55 pages and the first cut was about 1h5m. But usually short are a good creative ground because—on a “stakes” level—you have less resources pulled and less to lose in regards to your career.


But you’ve still decided to do a film that’s rather ambitious – even for short standards. Did you have anyone try to talk you out of that?

Oh, absolutely. Many people suggested we were better off chopping the story way shorter or “watering it down” to reach a feature film runtime. There are definitely pointers in regards to what festivals are looking for, but we always kept audiences in mind and felt that the film needed to be as extensive as the characters and the story called for. As long as it’s well paced and tightly edited, we were hopeful the film would keep audiences engaged, and by the end of this process Nightfire kind of began to feel like the pilot episode of a very ambitious TV show.


Was the script bigger  - in terms of action – than the finished product? Anything that you just couldn’t, either due to money or resources, bring to life?

Great question! Well, the script didn’t include larger set pieces because we were kind of “locked” into locations and shooting days dictating what could or could not be done for a specific sequence. But we did have small gags—whether it was stunts or practical special effects—that were either cut or created on the day (bullets breaking through a car’s windshield, a stuntman jumping off a speeding truck, etc) that were small modifications we’d add or remove from an existing action sequence.

Keep in mind, we wrote the movie around what we had at our disposal, as it felt like the smartest way to maximize our production value as opposed to write elements that we’d then have to go buy/rent. Does you cousin own a bar? Your uncle’s friend have a horse. Well, that’s production value. Looks like you’re gonna make a “horse in a bar” story as your first feature, congratulations! Write around the resources already at your disposal.


How long did it take – from conception to release – to get Nightfire done?

For the bulk of it, I’d say about 16 months, from when we started writing to when we delivered our first full cut. But I’d add about 4/5 months where we returned to the movie, right before release, to polish our sound design. Sound is still 50% of the cinematic experience, and we tried to deliver through sound what we couldn’t shoot in camera (a character line, a larger crowd just off-screen, etc) was carried through our sound. You’re still re-writing your movie to polish story and emotion, in a way.


And distribution, how was that achieved?

This is a funny and totally unexpected story. Almost a year after completing the first full cut of the movie, I got a phone call while in Los Angeles from a distribution company based out of New York names Hewes Pictures. They had seen a teaser trailer we had released online, and contacted me with the hopes of purchasing the movie. So not only I feel immensely grateful to them for having the good sense of tracking down filmmakers via Youtube, but felt proud of the work we had put into editing the trailer, which along with a poster can be the greatest tool to promote and spread the word about your film.


What kind of doors would you like to see open as a result of your short?

Write the movies you’d love to see yourself as an audience member. This film was such a collaborative effort and made possible thanks to so many people, but I hope it’s proof (on a technical level) of what can be achieved if you write “smart.” Turning one’s hometown into a large-scale movie backlot, thanks to the support of locals and fellow friends. If they wish for us to do more, or dream bigger… they know where to find us. We got many more stories to tell. Thank you guys!

Enjoy here a behind-the-scenes look at the Practical Stunts of Nightfire:

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Horror sequel FOR JENNIFER starring Dominique Swain available On Demand during lockdown


Tiffani Fest, Felissa Rose and Dominique Swain star in director Jody Barton’s exceedingly clever FOR JENNIFER, available now On Demand from JB Films.


After a surprise horror themed birthday party, Jennifer gets a scare that leads to an accident. Jennifer is a horror blogger and huge horror movie fan. Her friends, to cheer her up after the accident, decide they could make a movie. They collect their gopro cameras and phones and begin to shoot. Soon, the discoveries of other low budget horror films similar to theirs begin to intersect with their own movie. This sends Jennifer on a journey to understand where these other "Jennifer" films came from. The journey leads to a discovery about the films she could never have imagined, and she realizes her participation has put her life, and the lives of her friends, in real danger. A danger they have to endure, whether by choice or not ... if they want to make a good horror movie.

Lanett Tachel, Rich Finley and Nick Kekeris also star in the film.  Nick Kekeris, James Cullen Bressack, Hunter Johnson and Frank Merle produce.

Available now to stream on Amazon
https://amzn.to/2VvauLY

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Among Them - New Heist Thriller starring Jonathan Thomson, Dan Liebman and Evalena Marie


Heist thriller AMONG THEM comes to Tubi and Amazon

Tarantino meets Bad Times at the El Royale in writer-director Kevin James Barry’s Among Them, now available on Amazon Prime and Tubi TV from Cinema Epoch.

After a botched heist, two bank robbers and their unwanted hostage retreat into a seedy coastal motel in the dead of winter. When their boss doesn't show up and their tickets to freedom go missing, the three of them must battle through their deteriorating mental state and find a way out before they turn on each other.

Starring Jonathan Thomson, Dan Liebman and Evalena Marie, who also co-wrote the script, Among Them is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi TV.

Watch on Amazon Prime Here

Angelfish - Official Trailer - Starring Destiny Frasqueri aka Princess Nokia


Destiny Frasqueri, better known as rapper Princess Nokia, stars in the acclaimed romantic drama “Angelfish”, available this May on Tubi.

 Shot on location in the Bronx, NY, “Angelfish” is a coming-of-age love story between Eva (Frasqueri), a young Puerto Rican woman torn between her responsibilities to her family and her dreams, and Brendan (Jimi Stanton, the upcoming  “Greyhound”), an Irish-American man dealing with family problems of his own.

The film is produced by Robin Rose Singer, Rabia Sultana, Peter Lee, and Ricardo Vilar and also features actors Erin Davie, Rosie Berrido, and Stanley Simons.  Frasqueri also serves as an executive producer on the project, along with Ruth Lapin, Robert I. Levine, Brent Finley, and Lawrence Gillet.

Peter Lee, the film’s director, said about the casting choice: “From the moment I first met Destiny, I knew she was an incredible talent with a magnetic presence, both in person and on film.  People have never seen her like this before— they’ve only known her as Princess Nokia— and I feel honored to be able to introduce this side of her talent to the world through Angelfish.  She’s a true artist, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Eva.”

Synopsis:
Synopsis: Brendan is a troubled, hard-working 20-year-old high school drop out, living in the Bronx. His manipulative mother, Mary, neglects her kids' well-being in favor of her own, and his younger brother hangs out with the wrong crowd. Sparks fly when Brendan meets Eva, a young Latina girl from the Puerto Rican quarter of the Bronx, on her own journey of self discovery. As the young couple's relationship develops, their home lives and dreams for the future threaten to tear their young and fragile love apart.

Watch now on iTunes

Monday, 20 April 2020

THE COLOR ROSE Official Trailer (2020)


Seven girls from a religious private school start a cult where each of them must embody one of the seven deadly sins. They realize there's more to their town when they go missing one by one.

Stars: Kaitlyn Bernard, Brenna Llewellyn, Brenna Coates 

Reawakened - New Poster and Trailer


From director Jose Altonaga, and starring Steffani Brass (“Six Feet Under”), Brooke Mackenzie (“Everybody Hates Chris”) and Tina Cole (The 6TH Friend ), discover the witch inside this April!

Michele is the sole survivor of a vacation gone horribly wrong, in which several of her friends were murdered. She discovers that she is harboring the spirit of a centuries-old witch inside her, and it’s up to her best friend to find a way to save her soul from eternal damnation. 

Reawakened, written by Jose Altonaga and Remy MacKenzie, also stars Chantelle Albers (Seberg),  Dabier (“Black Lightning”), Charlie Ian (Whiplash) and Malcom Matthews (“Juiced”).

Available April 28 On Demand from Wild Eye Releasing.

Get it on iTunes here


Sunday, 19 April 2020

13TH - Full Film - Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards.


Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.

DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the American Civil War through criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weigh more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, discussing how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.

Selah And The Spades - UK release on 17 April on Amazon Prime Video


Tayarisha Poe’s SELAH AND THE SPADES is set for UK release on 17 April on Amazon Prime Video. Starring Lovie Simone (Greenleaf, Orange Is The New Black), Celeste O’Connor (Irreplaceable You, Wetlands), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight, When They See Us), it received its world premiere to critical acclaim in the NEXT selection at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body, is run by five factions.

Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie (Jharrel Jerome) becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma (Celeste O'Connor), to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.

In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a heightened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it. Producers of SELAH AND THE SPADES are Jill Ahrens, Lucas Joaquin, Lauren McBride and Tayarisha Poe.

STREAM NOW ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Can You Keep A Secret? starring Alexandra Daddario comes to Digital Download 4th May


Based on Sophie Kinsella's best selling novel of the same name, the film boasts an incredible leading duo of Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch, Percy Jackson Series) & Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf, Arrow), with The Hollywood News calling them "romantic comedy gems". The film also has an exciting supporting cast featuring Orange Is the New Black alumni Kimiko Glenn (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) & Laverne Cox (Charlies Angles).

Can You Keep A Secret? follows New York City marketing manager Emma (Alexandra Daddario) who on a return flight from a botched client meeting, reveals all of her deepest secrets to a handsome stranger when her plane hits turbulence and she believes she is going to die. Emma thinks she will never see the guy again. But when she comes to work Monday morning, Emma's office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company's elusive CEO and founder... and the stranger from the plane.

Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Over the course of the coming weeks, Emma must navigate her developing relationship with Jack, what he knows of her secrets, and a life she discovers is in need of transformation.

Can You Keep A Secret? will be available on Digital Download from 4th May and available to Pre-Order here.


Thursday, 16 April 2020

Dummy - Official Trailer


A friendship that makes you feel whole. Dummy coming to Quibi April 20.

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Donal Logue, Meredith Hagner, Anna Kendrick

Plot: An aspiring writer befriends her boyfriend's sex doll and the two take on the world together.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

FEARMOTH. A Tim Vine film - Full Film


A giant moth begins to attack the small town of Hazelpocket and the manager of the local Lightbulb shop is blamed. It doesn't help that he also has a fear of the dark. The manager, not the moth.

Starring Tim Vine

Friday, 10 April 2020

Ricos de Amor - Poster and Trailer - Starring Giovanna Lancellotti and Danilo Mesquita


Good life, money, farm, tomatoes and women sum up the routine of Teto, played by Danilo Mesquita (Spectros, Éramos Seis, Segundo Sol). Son of the all mighty Teodoro (Ernani Moraes), known as the Tomato King, the future heir to the empire of plantations and factories watches his life turn upside down when he meets Paula. Different from Teto, Paula is a down-to-earth girl who studies to be a doctor and dreams of her independence. She is played by Giovanna Lancellotti.

Just about to celebrate his birthday, Teto feels surprised when his father tells him what gift he will get that year: a job. Yes, the sweet days of the Tomato Prince are over. The Tomato Festival, a traditional party in his city, is perhaps one of the last chances to enjoy the easy life - by the way, Brazilian world famous DJ Alok makes a special appearance in the film. To the sound of some electronic and sertanejo music, Danilo Mesquita's character meets the medical student played by Giovanna Lancellotti.

Hoping to win her heart, and also grabbing the chance to prove his worth to his father and to himself, Teto lies about his roots and says he has a humble background. This is the first of many lies that will cause him serious trouble in Rio de Janeiro. His best friend Igor (Jaffar Bambirra), son of farm workers, accompanies the spoiled and rich young man in his romantic and messy adventure that also involves Trancoso's HR consultant Alana (Fernanda Paes Leme), the fierceless Monique (Lellê ), in addition to Raíssa and Kátia, Paula's friends played by Bruna Griphao and Jeniffer Dias, respectively.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Red Rover - Starring Kristian Bruun, Cara Gee, Meghan Heffern and Anna Hopkins - On VOD May 12


In Red Rover, coming to digital this May, after feeling he has nothing left to live for on earth, a lonely geologist tries to qualify for a one-way mission to Mars with the help of an offbeat musician who is just as lost as he is.

From director Shane Helcourt, and starring Kristian Bruun (Ready or Not), Cara Gee (The Expanse), Meghan Heffern (“Wynonna Earp”), and Anna Hopkins (“The Expanse”), Red Rover premieres On Demand May 12 from Indiecan Entertainment.

Damon (Kristian Bruun) spends his waking hours searching for that elusive something. Whether it’s for deeper meaning, love, or just “treasure” on the beach with his metal detector, but to no avail. So when Damon meets an offbeat musician named Phoebe (Cara Gee) handing out flyers for a one way trip to Mars, a bond quickly forms. She’s going to help him find that thing he is looking for by sending him 33.9 million miles away, even though what he needs might be right in front of him.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

South Mountain - Official Trailer


Synopsis: 
As family ties dissolve, a woman must find a way to heal in the absorbing, emotionally layered new drama. Lila (Talia Balsam) is an artist and mother living in the Catskills who has selflessly devoted herself to everyone around her, often at the expense of her own happiness. When her husband (Scott Cohen) leaves her for another woman with whom he has already fathered a child, Lila plunges into an existential crisis that unfolds with simmering tension and a series of unexpected twists. Built around an extraordinary performance from Talia Balsam—at once tightly wound and achingly vulnerable—South Mountain is a fearlessly honest portrait of a woman coming apart in order to become whole.

Arriving on DVD & VOD on May 5

The Sharks - Arriving on VOD on April 14


Arriving on VOD on April 14 and DVD on April 28, THE SHARKS follows 14-year-old Rosina, who ticks the days of a restless summer in a sleepy beachside town away, until she sees an ominous dorsal fin during a swim.

The rumor of sharks quickly spreads, unsettling the town, but Rosina remains unphased, instead focusing on her enigmatic coworker, Joselo, who she becomes increasingly attracted to and begins circling, much like the mysterious predators lurking just under the surface.


Directorial debut from Lucía Garibaldi, THE SHARKS world premiered at Sundance, where Garibaldi took home the prestigious Directing Award in World Cinema – Dramatic; additional screenings at San Sebastian International Film Festival, Guadalajara Film Festival winning the Special Jury Award, and Buenos Ares Film Festival where the film won the Special Jury Award and the FEISAL Award.

Film Inquiry's Kristy Strouse praised the film, calling the film "worth the search, with another young female force in Bentancur, and a beautiful debut by Garibaldi; this slow-moving feature leaves an impression", while David Rooney at he Hollywood Reporter complimented Garibaldi's ability to strip "conventional plotting down to the bone, a process mirrored by her skilled use of the wide-open physical spaces exposing her young protagonist's intensely private world."

Buy on DVD from Amazon.com - Link opens in a new window
Get it from the iTunes Store here - Link opens in a new window

Nightfire - Poster, Trailer - premiering in your lounge room May 1st!


Acclaimed actor Dylan Baker (“Hunters”, “The Good Wife”, Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films) stars in 2020’s most thrilling short film Nightfire – premiering in your lounge room May 1st!

Two American agents (Lorenzo Pisoni and Greg Hadley) are hired to retrieve military chips containing a large sum of government money. Their plan goes awry when an unexpected political prisoner (Dylan Baker) enters the picture.


Bradley Stryker ("iZombie", "Cold Pursuit"), Francesco Pannofino and Becky Ann Baker ("Hunters", "Freaks and Geeks") co-star in the short film, directed by Brando Benetton and co-written by Brando Benetton and Los Silva.

The white-knuckle thriller, produced by a group of friends from Ithaca college, debuts on streaming platforms, including Hulu and Amazon, May 1 via Hewes Pictures.

Can You Keep A Secret? - Poster, Trailer and Release Date Announced


The charming romantic comedy, Can You Keep A Secret?, starring the excellent Alexandra Daddario, will be released in the UK across all major digital download platforms from 4 May.

Based on Sophie Kinsella's best selling novel of the same name, the film boasts an incredible leading duo of Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch, Percy Jackson Series) & Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf, Arrow), with The Hollywood News calling them "romantic comedy gems". The film also has an exciting supporting cast featuring Orange Is the New Black alumni Kimiko Glenn (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) & Laverne Cox (Charlies Angles).

Can You Keep A Secret? follows New York City marketing manager Emma (Alexandra Daddario) who on a return flight from a botched client meeting, reveals all of her deepest secrets to a handsome stranger when her plane hits turbulence and she believes she is going to die. Emma thinks she will never see the guy again. But when she comes to work Monday morning, Emma's office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company's elusive CEO and founder... and the stranger from the plane.

Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Over the course of the coming weeks, Emma must navigate her developing relationship with Jack, what he knows of her secrets, and a life she discovers is in need of transformation.

Can You Keep A Secret? will be available on Digital Download from 4th May and you can
Get it on the iTunes Store here


Monday, 6 April 2020

Impact Event - Official Trailer - Stars Michael Berryman and Vernon Wells


From the award-winning director of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, and featuring horror icons Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil’s Rejects) and Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior, Fortress), prep for an Impact Event this April!

After a meteor causes a global apocalypse, a small group of survivors takes refuge in an abandoned funhouse and must fight off cannibalistic killers.


Starring Margaret O’Brien (Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!), Michael Berryman, Vernon Wells and Richard Grieco (If Looks Could Kill, Mobsters), writer/director  B. Luciano Barsuglia’s Impact Event is available on DVD and VOD April 7 from Wild Eye Releasing.

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Monsoon - Poster & Trailer


Directed by Hong Khaou (Lilting), MONSOON is a visual and emotional tour de force with a tender performance from Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, The Gentlemen). The film is a rich and poignant exploration of the struggle for identity in a place where the past weighs heavily on the present. 

Kit (Henry Golding) returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since he was six years old when his family fled the country in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. Struggling to make sense of himself in a city he’s no longer familiar with, he embarks on a personal journey across the country that opens up the possibility for friendship, love and happiness.

MONSOON will be released in UK & Irish cinemas later in 2020
                     

Misbehaviour - Available on Demand 3 months early due to Covid-19 outbreak.


London, 6 April 2020, Pathe have today announced that because the UK cinema release of MISBEHAVIOUR was cut short by the Covid-19 crisis (with cinemas closing only 4 days after the film’s release), the film is being made available to watch at home 3 months ahead of schedule.

MISBEHAVIOUR’s launch as a digital download will be on 15th April 2020.  The film will be available on all platforms (including Amazon Prime, Sky Store and iTunes) for an exclusive period.


You can also pre-order the DVD here

The film is directed by BAFTA winner Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls) and stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans and Phyllis Logan.

A politically relevant, inspirational true story, the film skilfully combines humour with drama to celebrate all women, however they choose to navigate a male-dominated world:

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers.  Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

The film was written by Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe, and produced by Suzanne Mackie and Sarah Jane Wheale. MISBEHAVIOUR is a Pathé, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, BFI presentation of a Left Bank Pictures production.

Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes
Certificate: 12A


Saturday, 4 April 2020

Calm with Horses - Trailer and Poster and updated release schedule


SYNOPSIS
Ex-boxer Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis LADY MACBETH, PEAKY BLINDERS) is the faithful and violent right-hand-man to the drug-dealing Devers clan, ready to dole out beatings at the whim of his best friend, and the family’s unpredictable protégé, Dympna (Barry Keoghan DUNKIRK, AMERICAN ANIMALS).

Arm’s struggle to find his place in the world has consequences on his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Ursula (Niamh Algar THE VIRTUES, THE LAST RIGHT) as she strives to find a better life for herself and their young son Jack.

CAST
Cosmo Jarvis
Barry Keoghan
Niamh Algar

It will be available on a broad range of VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Sky Store, Virgin Movies, Talk Talk, BT TV, Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player, Rakuten TV and Volta from 27th April 2020.


Friday, 3 April 2020

Interview with Josh Itzkowitz - Writer/Producer of "Same Boat"


Writer and producer Josh Itkowitz tells us about “Same Boat”, one of the more unique films on release this year, the story of a time-traveling assassin who falls in love with his target while on the same cruise.


Why movies? Was there a particular film as a kid that made you chase a career in entertainment?

I like stories. I like being moved by them. I like being distracted by them. I like ones that make me think and feel things. As a producer, I enjoy the challenge of making them. I never really had that moment as a kid of watching a film and thinking this is what I wanted to do with my life. When I was growing up I watched mostly the bigger movies that were in theaters, and remember really loving the goofiness of movies like Billy Madison and Dumb and Dumber.


I imagine you’ve had to work other jobs along the way, too?

Absolutely. As far as I know, making an actual living from producing indie features is near impossible. For the most part, I’ve been producing commercials and digital content, but I’ve also taken up odd jobs here in there just to be able to continue working on the films. One of the more interesting producing jobs was producing TV commercials for the 2018 midterms. I enjoyed peeking behind the curtain and learning how political ads got made. One of the more bizarre odd jobs I had, and this was during writing Same Boat, was delivering diapers. I would drive around Brooklyn late at night picking up used cloth diapers and delivering clean ones. My car would stink of formaldehyde and soiled diapers.  I feel like that image sums up nicely how glamorous it is to make an independent film.


How have your films, up until now, been financed?

Each has been different. Same Boat is the fifth film I’ve produced. The first one Jammed, my collaborator on that Yedidya Gorsetman and I saved up money making commercials for a year, and put a little under $20k into the film. Neither of us had gone to film school, and we figured it was cheaper than going for a semester. The films after that got a little bit more outside money from people in extended networks wanting to support a vision.

Same Boat was a little different. We wanted to make the film on a really small scale and have everyone involved be an equity owner. What that ended up meaning was that cast and crew who could afford to, put a little money into the film (to cover costs like a cruise ticket) and in return, received a piece of the investor’s share of equity. Chris Roberti (director, star, co-writer) and I were both interested in having everyone who worked on the project be invested in the film as much as possible.


I imagine you’d have to have a support partner or family -  who equally believe in your vision?

Yes, absolutely. My family has been supportive ever since I showed an interest in high school in making videos. My current partner also does creative work, and she’s been really helpful, giving notes on rough cuts, and traveling to film festivals when possible with me. I think the biggest thing that allows these films to happen are the creative partners on the actual films. Whether it’s Yedidya on Jammed, or Chris on Same Boat, I can’t imagine trying to make a movie alone.


Speaking of vision, tell us about the original vision for “Same Boat”?

The very original vision was to make a madcap heist movie in the same vein as Naked Gun that took place on a cruise ship. Chris had written a script. At that point another frequent collaborator, Mark Leidner was also part of the creative process. The three of us took a “test cruise” to try and figure out if it was possible to make that film, and we quickly realized it wasn’t. The film was too large in scope, and we would need a lot more control over the location. After that, Mark moved on to focus more on Empathy, Inc. (which I produced and Yedidya directed right before Same Boat went into production), and Chris and I started focusing on the new script that ended up being Same Boat.


Does the film hitting our screens in April very closely resemble that original vision?

While the finished film is quite different from the first idea, the genesis of what became Same Boat was the idea of what would happen if you got broken up with on the first night of a cruise. It would be hilarious but also quite tragic. Throw in some time traveling assassins and key lime pie, and the story started shaping out into what we have now.


I can only imagine the issues you might’ve ran into filming a movie on a cruise ship. Tell us!

Audio was one of the hardest issues. There’s music playing 24/7 on every deck on a cruise. At least the one we were on. We had to rework quite a few scenes to accommodate that. We had also scoped out a different cruise ship when we did the test cruise, and only later did we realize that the cruise we had booked for the actual production had swapped in a different boat. For the most part, filming in secret on a cruise ship surrounded by thousands of people on vacation went as smoothly as it could have. We developed a system to slate scenes without an actual camera slate, and would rehearse in our rooms before filming scenes in public. About halfway through filming, our room steward seemed to have caught on to what we were up to, but didn’t seem to care much. It worked out.


What do you hope for for this movie?

Hopefully, Same Boat connects with an audience who enjoys the comedy and themes within it. I’m always afraid that making a movie that’s low budget means it won’t get watched by anyone. Outside of that, when we’ve shown it at festivals, filmmakers in the crowd have been excited about what it means that we live in a time where you can film in almost any location with minimal and inexpensive gear, so it’s been exciting to see that response. I hope this film can be an example of that.

Same Boat is released on digital April 7 from Dark Star Pictures.




Same Boat - New Clips from this new Sci-fi assassin rom-com film


A time-traveling assassin finds himself on a cruise ship, where he falls for the women he’s supposed to kill, in Same Boat – coming this April from Dark Star Pictures!

James is a time travelling assassin from the 28th century sent to 2018 to kill a woman, but when his intern gets sick and he loses his paperwork he has some time to kill, so to speak, while enjoying the cruise he accidentally falls in love with the woman he's supposed to kill. Same Boat is a film about duty, love, friendship, and how kindness is more powerful than destruction.

Chris Roberti, Tony Glanz and David Bly star in a Chris Roberti film.  Josh Itzkowitz, Chris Roberti and Mark Leidner wrote.

Shot secretly on a cruise ship, the wonderful sci-fi rom-com Same Boat hits April 7 On Demand from Dark Star Pictures.

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Thursday, 2 April 2020

TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA (2020) Official Teaser | Zombie Action Movie


Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.


Director
YEON Sang-Ho

Cast
Gang Dong-won
Lee Jung-hyun