Francesca McCaffery

REVIEW: “Another Earth” Is Otherworldly, Low-Key Perfection

REVIEW: “Another Earth” Is Otherworldly, Low-Key Perfection

Actress-producer-co-writer of “Another Earth” Brit Marling lights up the screen in this truly wonderful, low-key “sci-fi romance,” which she co-wrote with director Mike Cahill. The film was one of the toasts of Sundance, and is an extremely low-budget mediation on destiny and the concept of “what if there were another YOU out there?” Marling plays Rhoda Williams, a bright, pretty seventeen-year old about to graduate high school, happily celebrating her acceptance into MIT’s astrophysics program. […]

Johnny Depp to star in Julian Schnabel’s “In The Hand of Dante”

Leave it to Johnny Depp, he’s a very smary guy. Back in 2008, ne purchased the rights to Nick Tosche’s book “In The Hand of Dante,” which is about two intersecting stories based upon the legendary Italian writer Dante Alighiei’s masterwork, “The Divine Comedy.” Depp himself will play the Nick Tosches “surrogate” character, rumor has it, in the joint story line. The narrative will swings back and forth between modern-day New York City and 14th […]

Second Annual Portland, Maine Film Festival Accepting Submissions

Announcing its second exciting season, the Portland Maine Film Festival’s call for entries is now open. The PMFF invites international and local filmmakers to submit their films for consideration through August 29, 2011. The Festival, Oct. 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2011, will host four days of diverse film celebrations and screenings of work by independent-minded filmmakers and emerging cinema artists of Maine and across the globe. Details on how to apply may be found […]

Daniel Craig, Sci-Fis and thrillers abound at the upcoming Locarno Film Festival

The Festival del film Locarno once again makes its presence felt as the essential rendez-vous for auteurs, observers and key players in world cinema. The Festival, faithful to its origins and resolutely looking forward, continues its adventurous course, always attentive to changes in cinematography and the emergence of new talent. It continues to strive to limit the number of films selected, in order to guarantee maximum visibility of those selected while offering a range of […]

Sundance Institute to Host a Week of Independent Film Producing Initiatives

Nine Projects Selected for Creative Producing Labs and Fellowships Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, both held in the same week at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. Nine projects have been selected to participate in the Labs (July 18-22) and receive ongoing creative and strategic support throughout the year, as well as direct granting to further development and production. The […]

Great Date Movie! Delhi Belly-opening today

Great Date Movie! Delhi Belly-opening today

“Delhi Belly” is the hilarious, raunchy and new Bollywood Movie from director Abhinay Deo, starring international dream guy Imran Khan, along with Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur playing his hapless yet sweet roommates. In an almost old Hollywood twist of mistaken identity, and strange, missing bag of something mysterious (Drugs? Money? What?), “Delhi Belly” is really so much fun, like a sweeter, more Eastern version of a deft Judd Apatow film. This is also […]

Azazel Jacobs’ New Film “Terri” Will Win Your Heart

Azazel Jacobs’ New Film “Terri” Will Win Your Heart

“Terri,” the new film by Azazel Jacobs (“Momma’s Man”) starring John C. Reilly and newcomer Jacob Wysocki, is a wholly new and refreshing coming-of-age film. Wysocki plays the lead character Terri Thompson in “Terri” ( a pretty astonishing star turn), an overweight high school student who is abandoned by his parents to his mentally flagging Uncle James (Creed Bratton of “The Office,” doing a complete and memorable 180 from anything we’ve seen him in) in […]

Azazel Jacobs Talks About Directing His New Film “Terri” – Opening Today

Azazel Jacobs Talks About Directing His New Film “Terri” – Opening Today

  Hello! Azazel, you’re in town (in NYC) for the BAM Festival?Yeah! It feels really nice. It’s the best way to kind of kind of home. You know, I live in Los Angeles now- so, to come home to New York, where my folks and friends are, where I was raised, and to have a film that’s being well received, it’s been really important to me. And it’s summer here! Everyone is so curious about […]

False Evacuation at LA Film Festival’s Closing Night Screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”- Starring Katie Holmes

False Evacuation at LA Film Festival’s Closing Night Screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”- Starring Katie Holmes

Guests at the LA Film Festival’s Closing Night Screening of co-writer/producer’s Guillermo del Toro’s new thriller “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, were scared by more than just the film itself: Festival-goers actually had to actually leave the screening briefly (during a pivotal point on the horror film!) after wailing alarms and a recording told them that it was an “emergency,” and they had to evacuate immediately. Del Toro […]

REVIEW: Steve Coogan Surprises and Delights in “The Trip”

REVIEW: Steve Coogan Surprises and Delights in “The Trip”

  Conceptualized at first as a six-part television series for British television, director Michael Winterbottom’s “The Trip,” starring English comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, is a strange, delightfully bittersweet mid-life crisis film of sorts, which leaves you somehow feeling as if you’ve witnessed an actual epiphany happening as it is unfolding. Coogan plays himself, ostensibly, and the premise is that he is invited to do a driving restaurant tour of the gorgeous Northern English […]

REVIEW: Mike Mills Wonderful New Film “Beginners” stars Ewan MacGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent-and must be seen immediately!

REVIEW: Mike Mills Wonderful New Film “Beginners” stars Ewan MacGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent-and must be seen immediately!

There are a certain few films that you know from the first few frames that something essential and true is being conjure. Mike Mills wonderful new film “Beginners,” starring Ewan MacGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent, opens this week. Ewan MacGregor plays Oliver Fields, a sweet illustrator in his late thirties who quickly and quietly falls head over heels for French actress Anna (Melanie Laurent of “Inglorious Basterds”) while she is shacked up at the […]