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The Hollywood Reporter features VISCOUS, Trey Tucker

Newcomer Trey Tucker Joins Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom in ‘Outpost’ (Exclusive)

The up-and-comer also nabbed a lead role opposite Mena Suvari in indie thriller ‘Viscous.’  See full article here.

Up-and-coming actor Trey Tucker has nabbed back-to-back roles, one a lead, another a key supporting part.

Tucker, who appeared in The Space Between Us, is starring opposite Mena Suvari in Viscous, a dramatic thriller indie from writer-director Braden R. Duemmler.

The story tells of the co-dependent and imperfect love between a mother (Suvari) and her daughter, which is tested when the “perfect” man, played by Tucker, enters their lives.

Abel Vang, Kristina Esposito and Stephen Stanley are producing.

Tucker is also shooting The Outpost, a military action movie from Millennium that tells the true story of a team of U.S. soldiers that faced an army of hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Tucker will play a member of the team.

The movie also stars Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom and Cory Hardrict and is directed by Rod Lurie (The Contender). Marc Frydman and Paul Tamasy are producing.

Tucker made his feature debut with The Space Between Us, the sci-fi drama that starred Asa Butterfield and Gary Oldman. He also co-starred in indie The Matchmaker’s Playbook.

He is repped by APA and Douglas Management Group.

DEADLINE: “Conway Pride” wins Best Global Short: LGBTQ at Savannah Film Fest

SCAD Savannah Film Festival

See full article here.

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announced the award winners for its 21st celebration of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival.

The honors were revealed during an awards brunch held at local restaurant The Olde Pink House. A key stop on the Oscar festival circuit, this year’s SCAD Savannah Film Festival screened a total of 164 films, including 33 narrative films, 16 documentary films and 115 shorts, more than any year before.

Twenty-seven awards were announced from the 105 films that competed in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, professional shorts, animated shorts, and student shorts selections.

PROFESSIONAL COMPETITION

  • Best Narrative Feature – Tomorrow
  • Best Documentary Feature – The Human Element
  • Best Narrative Short – Geoff
  • Best Directing – Will Kenning & Michael Rouse – Geoff
  • Best Editing – Hold The Night
  • Jury Award for Acting – Skyler Samuels – Spare Room
  • Jury Award for Screenwriting – One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure
  • Jury Award, Unheard Voices – Facing The Dragon

STUDENT & ANIMATION

  • Best Animated Short – Grands Canons
  • Animation Jury Award – The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley
  • Best Student Short – Blue Christmas
  • Best Student Animation – Creature From The Lake
  • Silver Screen Society – Best Short Film by a SCAD Student – $30 To Antarctica
  • Student Jury Award – Cinematographer

GLOBAL SHORTS FORUM

  • Best Global Short Overall – Period. End of Sentence.
  • Best Global Short: Narrative – Believe Her
  • Best Global Short: Documentary – Period. End of Sentence.
  • Best Global Short: LGBTQ & You – Conway Pride
  • Best Global Short: Woman Walks Ahead – Period. End of Sentence.
  • Best Global Short: Don’t Dis My Ability – Take Me To The Waves
  • Best Global Short: A Sporting Chance – The Conqueror
  • Global Shorts: Jury Award – Boy Saint
  • Global Shorts Jury Award – Marie’s Crisis

SHORTS SPOTLIGHT

  • Shorts Spotlight: Best of Show – My Indiana Muse
  • Shorts Spotlight: Best Animated Delight – One Small Step
  • Shorts Spotlight: Best LOLz Short – Bertie
  • Shorts Spotlight: Best Bump in the Night Short – Other Side of the Box

Professional jury members were Laura Berwick (Berwick & Kovacik), Kevin Fallon (The Daily Beast), Amy Kaufman (LA Times), Bill Keith (Entertainment Weekly), Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair), Elise Pearlstein (Participant Media), David Westhead (actor/produce) and Alison Willmore (Buzzfeed).

The Revival Sells to Breaking Glass Pictures

Read the full article here.

Festival Hit THE REVIVAL from Director Jennifer Gerber Arrives January on DVD/VOD

Breaking Glass Pictures today announced the acquisition of Outfest hit THE REVIVAL from first-time director Jennifer Gerber, writer Samuel Brett Williams, and producer Sophie Finkelstein.

Based on Williams’ 2010 hit play, THE REVIVAL is a treacherous love story between a closeted preacher and a handsome drifter who shows up at his church.

When Eli (Rysdahl) begins preaching at his father’s old church, he is desperate to open the minds of the fire-and-brimstone congregation. His plans are quickly derailed when he strikes up a relationship with fascinating drifter Daniel (Booth). Tensions soon come to a head, with simmering resentments and repressed emotions all leading to a revival that will shake this sleepy Arkansas town to its core.

After THE REVIVAL’s stage run in 2010, The Advocate declared “if there is a God, [The Revival] will be made into a movie!” Zachary Booth (KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, DAMAGES) and David Rysdahl (DEAD PIGS, BULL) give electric performances as their undeniable attraction endangers them both in the face of religion. The two were awarded a Special Mention by the jury at NewFest for their “outstanding performances” and The Hollywood Reporter called them “riveting”. Ira Sachs (LITTLE MEN, LOVE IS STRANGE) said “It came to me half way through that it was an Ingmar Bergman movie set in the Ozarks.” He also described the film as “true Southern Gothic”. Following the film’s sold out Outfest Premiere, The Hollywood Reporter wrote “Gerber deftly wrings suspense from source material that mixes, and sometimes swerves between, romance, satire and vigilante thriller.”

The film will have a Los Angeles theatrical release beginning January 19 at Laemmle Music Hall and a DVD/VOD release January 23rd on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, Fandango, and through local cable and satellite providers. DVD Special Features will include director’s commentary, deleted scenes, and an alternate ending.

THE REVIVAL

Genre: Drama/LGBT

Running Time: 84 min.; Rating: NR; Language: English; Audio: Dolby 5.1

SRP: $24.99; UPC: 855184007280

Cast:

David Rysdahl

Zachary Booth

Raymond McAnally

Lucy Faust

Stephen Ellis

Director: Jennifer Gerber

Written by: Samuel Brett Williams

Producer: Sophie Finkelstein

Co-Producer: Stephen Stanley, Chris Laszlo

Werner Herzog at UCA

I was thrilled to bring Werner Herzog to UCA for his first ever trip to the region.  He was a fantastic guest and inspired our students.

 

 

Bloody Disgusting: Freestyle Downloads ‘Bedeviled’ Distribution Rights

Bedeviled

FROM BLOODY DISGUSTING (read full article here)

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired the North American rights to the modern technological horror feature Bedeviled for limited theatrical release and digital distribution beginning August 11, 2017.

Bedeviled, which Luiz reviews and called “a well-crafted supernatural thriller,” tells the story of five teenagers who receive an invite to download a Siri-like application.  Once they accept this app — which calls itself ‘Mister Bedevil’ — it begins to torment each of them by tapping into their worst fears. To stop this malevolent force, the teens must learn to trust and depend on each other’s wits and courage.

“We’ve created a new, charismatic horror villain, and we hope audiences will find him terrifying and lovable at the same time,” said filmmakers Abel Vang and Burlee Vang.

Co-written, and co-directed by brothers Abel Vang and Burlee Vang, Bedeviled features a cast that includes Saxon Sharbino (Alice Gorman), Mitchell Edwards (Cody Mathershed), Carson Boatman (Gavin Briggs), Victory Van Tuyl (Haley Davis), Brandon Soo Hoo (Dan Moua), Jordan Essoe (Mr. BeDevil), and Alexis G Zall (Nikki).  Bedeviled was produced by Abel Vang, Burlee Vang, Leng Yang, Cheng Yang, and Kirk Roos with Executive Producers Stephen Stanley, Brad Brizendine, Fuabkuab Yang, Scott P. Barlow.

Great Review for “The Revival” in The Hollywood Reporter!

Read the full review here.

‘The Revival’: Film Review | Outfest 2017

David Rysdahl (center) in ‘The Revival.’

Jennifer Gerber’s feature debut is about a Southern preacher who has an affair with a troubled young man passing through town.

With an attention-grabbing hook and two riveting central performances, Jennifer Gerber’s feature directorial debut The Revival holds you in its grip even when it stumbles. Adapted from a 2010 play by Samuel Brett Williams, this striking, if erratic, drama about a Southern Baptist preacher succumbing to a very forbidden desire is hardly a game-changing or groundbreaking entry in the nebulous, gradually expanding genre that is queer cinema. But it is a worthwhile one, showcasing a pair of deeply gifted leading men and a promising new talent behind the camera. The Revival is also notable for its unblinking look at the excruciating inner tug-of-war between one man’s homosexuality and his religious devotion; the movie isn’t subtle or always persuasive, but it goes there, boldly and with integrity.

Films like Antonia Bird’s Priest (about a gay priest in Liverpool) and Sandi Simcha DuBowski’s moving doc Trembling Before G-d (about gay Orthodox Jews) have tackled similar subject matter — though the The Revival‘s setting amid small-town, working-class evangelicals feels particularly timely given the reinvigorated cultural war pitting Trump’s rural conservative base against urban “elites.” It’s a milieu the director knows well, having been raised by devout Christians in Hot Springs, Ark., where the play is set and the movie was shot. Gerber’s familiarity likely accounts for the confident, unshowy sense of place that’s one of the film’s key strengths.

There are shades of French master Claude Chabrol both in the broad outlines of The Revival — in its close study of a man’s guilt and a community’s rottenness beneath a squeaky-clean surface — and in Gerber’s approach: the brisk narrative rhythm, the slyly humorous juxtapositions (gay love scenes punctuated by glimpses of Eli driving home while listening to fiery sermons on the radio), Lucas Carey’s mischievous, mercurial score.

The Revival‘s portrayal of the vitriol reserved for gay people in conservative Christian communities is nothing if not unsparing. But given our ostentatiously pious vice president and his disturbing record on LGBT issues, there’s something urgent, even cathartic, about the film’s bluntness. And Gerber manages to add nuance through certain directorial choices, like her use of recordings by the Sacred Harp Singers of Cork. The stirring flights of church-choir harmony lighten the movie’s mood, suggesting that while there’s potential for violence and hatred in religion, there’s beauty, too.

Production companies: Natural State Films, Raptor Films
Director: Jennifer Gerber
Screenwriter: Samuel Brett Williams (based on his play)
Cast: David Rysdahl, Zachary Booth, Lucy Faust, Raymond McAnally, Stephen Ellis
Producer: Sophie Finkelstein
Co-producer/sales: Stephen Stanley
Executive producers: Cathleen Ihasz, Nicole Ihasz
Cinematography: John Wakayama Carey
Production design: Eimi Imanishi
Music: Lucas Carey
84 minutes

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