‘Jinn’ Director Gets Personal With Teenage Identity Defining Film – SXSW


Writer and director Nijla Mu’min tells a personal story through her film Jinn, which follows Summer, a carefree teenage girl whose world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person. At first resistant to the faith, she begins to reevaluate her identity after becoming attracted to a Muslim classmate, crossing the thin line between physical desire and piety.
“It’s urgent and very necessary to tell these stories,” said…

‘Monster’ Director Seeks To Explore The Larger Question Of How One Moment Can Define Your Life – Sundance Studio


“I was immediately drawn to the story and the way that it asked this very large question about could one moment in your life define your whole life,” said director Anthony Mandler during his turn at Deadline’s Sundance Studio to speak on his directorial debut feature, Monster.
Based on the young adult novel by Walter Dean Myers, its a familiar story that centers on Steve Harmon, played by rising star Kelvin Harrison Jr, a bright, sensitive 17-year-old who stands trial for…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi Heading to 2018 Sundance Film Festival


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Catherine Hardwicke and Taika Waititi are heading to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to discuss their work and the power of media, it was announced Thursday.

DuVernay, Patrick Gaspard, Rae, Megan Smith and Christine Vachon will speak on a panel titled “Power of Story: Culture Shift” to talk about their work as well as the role of creative choices in our ever-shifting culture. The conversation will be led by Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison on Jan. 19.

Hardwicke, Waititi and Justin Lin will talk about the advantages and challenges of moving from independent filmmaking to big-budget studio films with moderator John Horn on Jan. 26, on a panel titled “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood.”

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Other noteworthy conversations at the festival include talks between will.i.am and Kevin Smith; Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant; Justice Ginsberg and Nina Totenberg; Ira Glass and Miranda July; and Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett.

Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh will also take part in conversations at the festival.

A Celebration of Music and Film will present an evening with Joan Jett who will take the stage with The Blackhearts on Jan. 20, in celebration of the premiere of the documentary “Bad Reputation.” Other live music at the festival will include performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr. Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska and Striking Matches.

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The Sundance Film Festival will take place from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

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Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Emory Cohen Join Naomi Watts In ‘The Wolf Hour’


EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Mudbound), Emory Cohen (War Machine) Brennan Brown (Focus), and Jeremy Bobb (Going in Style) round out the cast of the Alistair Banks Griffin-directed psychological thriller, The Wolf Hour, starring Naomi Watts as June Leigh (Watts), a cultural icon and activist during the 1960s, now fallen from grace and a shell of her former self.
It’s the notorious “Summer of Sam” and June only has to look out of her…

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Courtney Love & James Jagger Board ‘JT’ Biopic


EXCLUSIVE: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Courtney Love and James Jagger have signed on to join Justin Kelly-directed biopic JT, about the JT Leroy literary scheme orchestrated by Laura Albert and her sister-in-law Savannah Knoop. Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Diane Kruger also star in the film, which is currently in production in Canada.
Kelly wrote the script based on Knoop’s book Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy. Knoop took on the boy-wonder-author persona of Leroy for six…

Joel Edgerton Protects His Clan From Unnatural Threat in ‘It Comes At Night’ Trailer (Video)


In the new trailer for “It Comes At Night,” Joel Edgerton’s protective domestic order is put to the test when a new family seeks refuge from the unnatural threat that terrorizes the world — the thing that Edgerton has built a desolate home to fight against.

“I just want to talk, and I want honest answers. Do you have any idea what’s going on out there?” Edgerton, who plays Paul, asks a man he finds out in the woods.

In the trailer, we see Paul’s fortress of a home, which can only be accessed through a red door that must always stay locked; Paul is the only one who holds the key.

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“We never go out at night,” he tells his family and his visitors at the dinner table.

Soon, both families question each other’s honesty after someone leaves the door open.

“It Comes At Night” stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough. Trey Edward Shults, the director or 2015’s indie hit “Krisha,” wrote and directed.

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The horror premiered at the Overlook Film Festival over the weekend and garnered some rave reviews. A24 opens it June 9.

Watch the video above.

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