Time for the debut of a new feature on All these wonderful things in which we direct attention to what's happening with some of our favorite films, writers, filmmakers, etc. in a Larry King-influenced, Green Cine-ripoff that we like to call Shouts!
First off, Black Gold, the Fair Trade coffee film that I saw at this year's True/False and praised here has been picked up for distribution by California Newsreel, which bills itself as a leading resource for films about Africa. Black Gold is set to return to the US in June with a screening at the Seattle Film Fest, which should be quite interesting considering the nervous behavior of coffee giant Starbucks during Black Gold's run at Sundance. That story is well recounted in filmmakers Marc and Nick Francis' post-Sundance post at the Huffington Post (man that's a lot of posts). Should be interesting to see what happens on Starbucks' home turf.
Next up is Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe's Brothers of the Head, which I saw last year just before it premiered at Toronto. It has since gone on to play just about every festival since - Berlin, SXSW, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cleveland and, soon, Tribeca. And today, Newsweek named it one of the 15 must-see films of the summer:
It's a wild, haunting tale about identity and
exploitation, with spot-on period detail and a
pair of astonishing performances by first-time
actors—and real-life brothers—Harry and Luke
Treadaway. It might not be playing at a theater
near you, but if it is, don't miss it.
I couldn't agree more.
Two Sundance films - A Lion in the House and The Trials of Darryl Hunt shared the documentary prize at the Nashville Film Festival. The latter film, which was one of my favorites in Park City also recently took the audience award at the Full Frame Fest in Durham.
Our pal Sarah Jo at Documentary Insider recaps the recent screening of the new Pixies film loudQUIETloud at the AFI Music Documentary series at the Arclight. I've been hearing great things about the film and Sarah Jo posts a rave:
(T)he film does something most music films don’t
do; it shows vulnerability, honesty and dare I say
it, reality. As soon as you see Pixie sister Kelly Deal
doing cross-stitch and drummer David Lovering on
the beach with his metal detector, it’s all over, the
Finally, Joe Swanberg, who I wrote about in February, sees the online launch Tuesday of his new project Young American Bodies. It's airing at Nerve on their Nerve Video site - but apparently the programs will air for free, so there's no Nerve membership required. The first three episodes of Joe's sexy soap opera for the post-collegiate crowd are reportedly available for viewing starting May 2.