“White Chamber ” Release Date and Trailer Debut Announced

Dark Sky Films announces the releases date and trailer debut for “White Chamber”, which stars Shauna MacDonald and Oded Fehr Star.

The film is set for release in select theaters and on VOD on March 29, 2019

The United Kingdom in the near future. Civil war rages, and martial law has been declared by a military government hellbent on squashing the opposition. A woman (Scottish BAFTA nominee Shauna MacDonald, The Descent) wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell, where General Zakarian (Oded Fehr) uses increasingly sophisticated and cruel methods to torture her for information – information she claims not to have. As questions of trust are placed both on captor and captive, they find themselves embroiled in an increasingly spiraling journey into the nature of authority.

“White Chamber” poses the question: can there even be such a thing as certainty in these most uncertain of times?

‘Shoplifters’ Wins Best Picture at Asian Film Awards

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“Shoplifters,” Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda wins best picture at the Asian Film Awards, held in Hong Kong on Sunday.

South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong was also a big winner, taking home Best Director for his work on the psychological drama mystery, “Burning.”

But it was the Chinese period film from Zhang Yimou “Shadow,” which won the most awards, bagging four technical awards including Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

“Shoplifters” premiered at Cannes last year and won the top prize Palme d’Or, highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. It is also on the Academy Awards’ shortlist for a Best Foreign Language category.

The family drama, which was also scripted and edited by Kore-eda, tells the story of an impoverished Japanese family who reply on shoplifting to cope with their life.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Picture
“Shoplifters”

Best Director
Lee Chang-dong, “Burning”

Best Actor
Yakusho Kōji, “The Blood of Wolves”

Best Actress
Samal Yeslyamova, “Ayka”

Best Supporting Actor
Zhang Yu, “Dying to Survive”

Best Supporting Actress
Kara Wai, “Tracey”
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NEW Teaser Trailer: Larry Fessenden’s DEPRAVED

The film will have its World Premiere at WHAT THE FEST!? on March 20th.

Shot on the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, veteran genre writer-director Larry Fessenden’s brings his unique vision of the literary classic in DEPRAVED, set in modern Brooklyn.

This meditative reimagining of the novel explores the crisis of masculinity and ideas about loneliness, memory and the subtle psychological shocks that shape us as individuals.

Alex (Owen Campbell) leaves his girlfriend Lucy (Chloë Levine) after an emotional night, walking the streets alone to get home.From out of nowhere, he is stabbed in a frenzied attack, with the life draining out of him. He awakes to find he is the brain in a body he does not recognize. This creature, Adam (Alex Breaux), has been brought into consciousness by Henry (David Call), a brilliant field surgeon suffering from PTSD after two tours in the Mideast, and his accomplice Polidori (Joshua Leonard), a predator determined to cash in on the experiment that brought Adam to life. Henry is increasingly consumed with remorse over what he’s done and when Adam finally discovers a video documenting his own origin, he goes on a rampage that reverberates through the group and tragedy befalls them all.

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Trailer Premiere: Master of Dark Shadows

MPI Media Group has officially released the trailer and announced the release date for it the highly anticipated MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS, a comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis.

The film will be available across digital platforms and on DVD April 16, 2019. The feature documentary, which was shot in New York, LA and London, includes interviews with key actors and filmmakers involved in the undyingly popular story of vampire Barnabas Collins and all the eerie goings-on at the gloomy Maine mansion Collinwood. The documentary was directed by David Gregory(Lost Soul, Godfathers of Mondo)and is set to be released this spring.

Narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood), MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS offers insights from Curtis himself in addition to Oscar-winning writer-producer Alan Ball (True Blood), screenwriter William F. Nolan (Trilogy of Terror), author Herman Wouk (The Winds Of War), veteran actors Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Barbara Steele (Black Sunday)and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), Dark Shadows stars Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jerry Lacy, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock and James Storm, plus other colleagues and family members.

In 1966, a phenomenon was launched when Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans who have kept the legend alive for five decades.

The feature-length documentary MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS reveals the fascinating history, far-reaching impact and lasting appeal of Dark Shadows with a compelling blend of rare footage and behind-the-scenes stories while also exploring the dramatic talents of creator-producer-director Dan Curtis. Known as the “King of TV Horror,” the Emmy-winning filmmaker followed Dark Shadows with other iconic genre favorites including The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before earning accolades for the epic miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners

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“If Beale Street Could Talk” was the top film at last night’s “2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards”, winning three awards including for Best Feature, Best Director for Barry Jenkins, and Best Supporting Female for Regina King.

Founded in 1984 and dedicated to independent filmmakers, the Spirit Awards are selected by Film Independent Members members. Nomination eligibility require films to be produced for less than $20 million in the United States.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by actress and comedian Aubrey Plaza at Santa Monica, California.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Feature
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Best Director
Barry Jenkins, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Best First Feature
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

Best Male Lead
Ethan Hawke, FIRST REFORMED

Best Female Lead
Glenn Close, THE WIFE
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“White Chamber” Trailer And Poster Debut

The United Kingdom in the near future. Civil war rages, and martial law has been declared by a military government hellbent on squashing the opposition.

A woman (Scottish BAFTA nominee Shauna MacDonald, The Descent) wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell, where General Zakarian (Oded Fehr) uses increasingly sophisticated and cruel methods to torture her for information – information she claims not to have. As questions of trust are placed both on captor and captive, they find themselves embroiled in an increasingly spiraling journey into the nature of authority. Tense, shocking, and all-too relevant, WHITE CHAMBER poses the question: can there even be such a thing as certainty in these most uncertain of times?

Shauna MacDonald and Oded Fehr star in “White Chamber”, set for release in select theaters and on VOD on March 29, 2019.

Trailer For Coming Of Age Film “Broken Ghost” Released

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Directed by the prolific Richard Gray (The Lookalike, Sugar Mountain, Robert The Bruce), Broken Ghost focuses on a family desperate to leave behind their past secrets for a fresh start in a small town in Montana.

Starring Scottie Thompson (12 Monkeys, The Black List, Star Trek), Nick Farnell, Devon Bagby and Autry Haydon-Wilson, Broken Ghost screens in Berlin this week. Written by Abe Pogos and Catherine Hill (Sugar Mountain) this captivating and haunting film tells the story of one girl’s struggle with bullies and her rise to confront her demons.

Broken Ghost will be distributed by Film Mode Entertainment and available across major digital platforms and VOD in North America starting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Desperate for a new life, Imogen (Haydon-Wilson) and her family move to Montana in an attempt to escape a secretive past from the big city. Eager to make a new life for herself, Imogen must overcome new tormentors, old secrets, and a strange presence in the attic. In one girl’s fight to rise up, this family eventually discovers that the ghosts of their pasts are not the only ones they have to deal with.

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“Level 16” Release Date Plus Trailer And Poster Debut

Level 16 will be in theaters and on VOD on March 1, 2019.
In the thematically rich fantasy Level 16, teen-aged Vivien (Emmy-nominated actress Katie Douglas) and Sophia’s (Celina Martin) are locked away in a sterile top secret facility where they’re taught the finer points of “feminine virtues” by Miss Brixil (Sara Canning), a Stepford-like headmistress, and left to question what fate awaits them when they age out of the institution.

Wedding of-the-moment concerns (think The Handmaid’s Tale) to throwback aesthetics (think Joss Whedon’s criminally under-appreciated Dollhouse by way of Argento employing a desaturated palette), writer/director Danishka Esterhazy (Black Field, H&G) crafts a sinister allegory that packs a wicked feminist punch.

Film Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Vivien is trapped in The Vestalis Academy, a prison-like boarding school, keeping to herself and sticking her neck out for no one. Until she is reunited with Sophia — the former friend who betrayed her. Together the girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment. Soon running for their lives, the girls must save themselves or die trying.

Theater List (as of Jan. 15)
New York City – Nitehawk in Brooklyn
Yonkers, NY – Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
Los Angeles – Laemmle Music Hall
Houston, TX – Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra
Austin, TX – Alamo Drafthouse Mueller
Kansas City, MO – Screenland
Colombus, OH – Gateway
Phoenix, AZ – FilmBar

“The Big Break” Makes It Online World Premiere Jan 17

Special Effects, Visual Effects and Stunt Teams from Lethal Weapon, Blade Runner 2049, Hereditary and Cloverfield Injects High Concept ’90s Blockbuster Movie Adrenaline to the Production

Vice Media

ICE Media, the world’s leading global youth media brand, today announced the world premiere of THE BIG BREAK, a 15-minute high octane mini-movie written and directed by Gil Freston (Paladar) and starring David Arquette (Scream) on VICE.com beginning Thursday, January 17, 2018.

In this biting satire of the entertainment industry, a struggling actor, a delusional director, a two-faced talent agent, and a Gen-X cop collide when they realize that they and everyone around them are spinning a web of lies. When friends and aspiring actors, Will and Jon meet for lunch at a prototypical health restaurant in West Hollywood, their meeting spirals into a deadly altercation with a spin class instructor that escalates into a shootout with the police.

The duo battle their way across Los Angeles with the media and social media influencers capturing their every move and arrive at their talent agency where they take their agent hostage. In a blockbuster finale atop Runyon Canyon, the aspiring power players realize that ultimate survival in Hollywood often comes at the high price for fame and…their egos.

The Big Break Trailer (60 Secs) from Gil Freston on Vimeo.

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“Shoplifters” Wins Palm Springs’ Best Foreign Language

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“Shoplifters,” Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda was named Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at Palm Springs International Film Festival. The jury award winners were announced today at the Riviera Palm Springs, California.

The film premiered at Cannes last year and won the top prize Palme d’Or, highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. It is also on the Academy Awards’ shortlist for a Best Foreign Language category.

The family drama, which was also scripted and edited by Kore-eda, tells the story of an impoverished Japanese family who reply on shoplifting to cope with their life.

Other announced winners include Marcello Fonte, star of Italy’s Dogman and Joanna Kulig, of Poland’s Cold War, took top honors in the foreign language acting categories.

The Audience Awards for is set to be announced tomorrow, which includes Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature.

The 30th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival screened 226 films from 78 countries. The festival is held from January 3-14, 2019.

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