Spirit Awards: Nick Kroll And John Mulaney Drag Weinstein, Ratner, Spacey In Opening Monologue

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney wasted no time in skewering and dragging Hollywood in their opening monologue at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Sure, the pair, which hosts the ceremony for the second year in a row, poked fun at Frances McDormand’s fierce no bullsh*t attitude and Timothee Chalamet’s gasoline attendant-like shirt, but the real fun came when they tackled the alleged sexual predators that have been creeping in Hollywood.
“Last year everyone famous died. This…

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney wasted no time in skewering and dragging Hollywood in their opening monologue at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Sure, the pair, which hosts the ceremony for the second year in a row, poked fun at Frances McDormand’s fierce no bullsh*t attitude and Timothee Chalamet’s gasoline attendant-like shirt, but the real fun came when they tackled the alleged sexual predators that have been creeping in Hollywood. “Last year everyone famous died. This…

Kroll and Mulaney Roast Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, Kevin Spacey in Spirit Awards Monologue

During the opening monologue of the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday, hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney did not tiptoe around the numerous Hollywood men accused of sexual misconduct.

In a Hollywood climate that has promoted accuser empathy and largely avoided direct public mentions of figures like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, the hosts gleefully took jabs at the disgraced men before a crowd that included Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig and Salma Hayek.

Mulaney shared a story about meeting with Weinstein in 2015.

“He was complaining to me in the meeting that The Weinstein Company TV took up too much of his time,” Mulaney said, recalling that Weinstein told him, “No one is going to remember my movies. Forget ‘Pulp Fiction,’ my tombstone is going to say ‘Project Runway.’”

Also Read: Independent Spirit Awards: The Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

Mulaney joked that Weinstein shouldn’t worry about the reality fashion competition that TWC produces. Thanks to his sexual assault and harassment scandal, Mulaney said that Weinstein’s tombstone will now read “Unmarked XXL Grave. “

Some in the audience cringed as the camera immediately cut to Elizabeth Olsen, star of the TWC awards hopeful, “Wind River.” It took a few seconds of flop sweat, but the joke wound up getting applause.

Kroll then pivoted to movie producer Brett Ratner, who, in November, was accused of misconduct by numerous women.

“If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Brett Ratner, you’d know he’s constantly scratching his balls,” Kroll said of working with the “X-Men: The Last Stand” producer years ago on a pilot shoot.

“One day on set he was really going to town on his sad sack,” Kroll remembered. “We watched him walk away, and walk over to the craft services table where he then touched about six donuts. Then he grabbed one and walked away. If that’s the way the guy treats donuts?” Kroll said.

The names kept coming. Here’s what the duo had to say about more men accused in the #MeToo movement:

Woody Allen

“A lot of people are asking if you separate the artist and the man,” Mulaney said. “Like Woody Allen and his last 20 unwatchable movies. Can we still not watch them?”

Louis C.K.

In a joke about how the “male apology” is going through a renaissance, Mulaney and Kroll balked at how C.K. mentioned numerous times that his accusers — whom he admitted to masturbating in front of without consent — “admired him” greatly.

“That’s like if a guy s—s his pants and, to fix the problem, put on cuff links,” Mulaney said.

Kevin Spacey

Referencing Spacey’s widely panned decision to come out of the closet as gay while denying any memory of misconduct with 14-year-old Anthony Rapp, Kroll mocked Spacey as saying:

“So to sum it up, ‘I’m connecting being gay with assaulting a minor. And now to let the congratulations notes roll in.’”

Mario Batali

“Yeah that sounds like me, I bet I did that,” Kroll said, impersonating the TV chef accused of harassment within his restaurant businesses. “By the way, pizza dough cinnamon rolls are easy to make. Mamma mia! That’s a spicy apology!”

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During the opening monologue of the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday, hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney did not tiptoe around the numerous Hollywood men accused of sexual misconduct.

In a Hollywood climate that has promoted accuser empathy and largely avoided direct public mentions of figures like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, the hosts gleefully took jabs at the disgraced men before a crowd that included Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig and Salma Hayek.

Mulaney shared a story about meeting with Weinstein in 2015.

“He was complaining to me in the meeting that The Weinstein Company TV took up too much of his time,” Mulaney said, recalling that Weinstein told him, “No one is going to remember my movies. Forget ‘Pulp Fiction,’ my tombstone is going to say ‘Project Runway.'”

Mulaney joked that Weinstein shouldn’t worry about the reality fashion competition that TWC produces. Thanks to his sexual assault and harassment scandal, Mulaney said that Weinstein’s tombstone will now read “Unmarked XXL Grave. “

Some in the audience cringed as the camera immediately cut to Elizabeth Olsen, star of the TWC awards hopeful, “Wind River.” It took a few seconds of flop sweat, but the joke wound up getting applause.

Kroll then pivoted to movie producer Brett Ratner, who, in November, was accused of misconduct by numerous women.

“If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Brett Ratner, you’d know he’s constantly scratching his balls,” Kroll said of working with the “X-Men: The Last Stand” producer years ago on a pilot shoot.

“One day on set he was really going to town on his sad sack,” Kroll remembered. “We watched him walk away, and walk over to the craft services table where he then touched about six donuts. Then he grabbed one and walked away. If that’s the way the guy treats donuts?” Kroll said.

The names kept coming. Here’s what the duo had to say about more men accused in the #MeToo movement:

Woody Allen

“A lot of people are asking if you separate the artist and the man,” Mulaney said. “Like Woody Allen and his last 20 unwatchable movies. Can we still not watch them?”

Louis C.K.

In a joke about how the “male apology” is going through a renaissance, Mulaney and Kroll balked at how C.K. mentioned numerous times that his accusers — whom he admitted to masturbating in front of without consent — “admired him” greatly.

“That’s like if a guy s—s his pants and, to fix the problem, put on cuff links,” Mulaney said.

Kevin Spacey

Referencing Spacey’s widely panned decision to come out of the closet as gay while denying any memory of misconduct with 14-year-old Anthony Rapp, Kroll mocked Spacey as saying:

“So to sum it up, ‘I’m connecting being gay with assaulting a minor. And now to let the congratulations notes roll in.'”

Mario Batali

“Yeah that sounds like me, I bet I did that,” Kroll said, impersonating the TV chef accused of harassment within his restaurant businesses. “By the way, pizza dough cinnamon rolls are easy to make. Mamma mia! That’s a spicy apology!”

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Independent Spirit Awards: The Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

“Get Out” emerged as the big winner of the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday on the beach in Santa Monica, Ca.

Jordan Peele’s racially charged thriller — which captivated the country and became an unlikely indie blockbuster — took Best Feature at the annual show put up by Film Independent. Peele also took Best Director.

Top acting prizes went to Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name.” Best Supporting Male went to Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards,” and Best Supporting Female went to Allison Janney of “I, Tonya.” That makes it a virtual clean sweep for the latter two actors on the eve of the Academy Awards.

Also Read: Kroll and Mulaney Roast Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, Kevin Spacey in Spirit Awards Monologue

Greta Gerwig won Best Screenplay for her coming-of-age darling “Lady Bird,” while Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani took Best First Screenplay for their autobiographical comedy “The Big Sick.”

Notable below-the-line prizes went to Tatiana S. Riegel, who took Best Editing for
“I, Tonya.”  Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, director of photography on “Call Me by Your Name,” won Best Cinematography.

Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (“Big Mouth,” “Oh, Hello”) returned to host the ceremony, an annual splashy gathering of Hollywood stars and indie film luminaries willing to brave the natural lighting of  a rare daytime awards show.

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The complete winners list:

BEST FEATURE
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Florida Project”
“Get Out” *WINNER
“Lady Bird”
“The Rider”

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Columbus”
“Ingrid Goes West,” Director Matt Spicer *WINNER 
“Menashe”
“Oh Lucy!”
“Patti Cake$”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. (Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
“Dayveon”
“A Ghost Story”
“Life and nothing more” *WINNER
“Most Beautiful Island”
“The Transfiguration”

BEST DIRECTOR
Sean Baker, “The Florida Project”
Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra”
Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out” *WINNER
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, “Good Time”
Chloé Zhao, “The Rider”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” *WINNER
Azazel Jacobs, “The Lovers”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Mike White, “Beatriz at Dinner”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman, “Donald Cried”
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick” *WINNER
Ingrid Jungermann, “Women Who Kill”
Kogonada, “Columbus”
David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer, “Ingrid Goes West”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thimios Bakatakis, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Elisha Christian, “Columbus”
Hélène Louvart, “Beach Rats”
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Call Me by Your Name” *WINNER
Joshua James Richards, “The Rider”

BEST EDITING
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, “Good Time”
Walter Fasano, “Call Me by Your Name”
Alex O’Flinn, “The Rider”
Gregory Plotkin, “Get Out”
Tatiana S. Riegel, “I, Tonya” *WINNER

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Salma Hayek, “Beatriz at Dinner”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Shinobu Terajima, “Oh Lucy!”
Regina Williams, “Life and nothing more”

BEST MALE LEAD
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” *WINNER
Harris Dickinson, “Beach Rats”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Robert Pattinson, “Good Time”

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Lois Smith, “Marjorie Prime”
Taliah Lennice Webster, “Good Time”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Nnamdi Asomugha, “Crown Heights”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Barry Keoghan, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Benny Safdie, “Good Time”

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast

“Mudbound”
Director: Dee Rees
Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram
Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“The Departure”
“Faces Places” *WINNER
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Motherland”
“Quest”

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
“BPM (Beats Per Minute)”
“A Fantastic Woman” *WINNER
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Lady Macbeth”
“Loveless”

BONNIE AWARD
Chloé Zhao *WINNER

 

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“Get Out” emerged as the big winner of the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday on the beach in Santa Monica, Ca.

Jordan Peele’s racially charged thriller — which captivated the country and became an unlikely indie blockbuster — took Best Feature at the annual show put up by Film Independent. Peele also took Best Director.

Top acting prizes went to Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name.” Best Supporting Male went to Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards,” and Best Supporting Female went to Allison Janney of “I, Tonya.” That makes it a virtual clean sweep for the latter two actors on the eve of the Academy Awards.

Greta Gerwig won Best Screenplay for her coming-of-age darling “Lady Bird,” while Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani took Best First Screenplay for their autobiographical comedy “The Big Sick.”

Notable below-the-line prizes went to Tatiana S. Riegel, who took Best Editing for
“I, Tonya.”  Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, director of photography on “Call Me by Your Name,” won Best Cinematography.

Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (“Big Mouth,” “Oh, Hello”) returned to host the ceremony, an annual splashy gathering of Hollywood stars and indie film luminaries willing to brave the natural lighting of  a rare daytime awards show.

The complete winners list:

BEST FEATURE
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Florida Project”
“Get Out” *WINNER
“Lady Bird”
“The Rider”

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Columbus”
“Ingrid Goes West,” Director Matt Spicer *WINNER 
“Menashe”
“Oh Lucy!”
“Patti Cake$”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. (Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
“Dayveon”
“A Ghost Story”
“Life and nothing more” *WINNER
“Most Beautiful Island”
“The Transfiguration”

BEST DIRECTOR
Sean Baker, “The Florida Project”
Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra”
Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out” *WINNER
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, “Good Time”
Chloé Zhao, “The Rider”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” *WINNER
Azazel Jacobs, “The Lovers”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Mike White, “Beatriz at Dinner”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman, “Donald Cried”
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick” *WINNER
Ingrid Jungermann, “Women Who Kill”
Kogonada, “Columbus”
David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer, “Ingrid Goes West”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thimios Bakatakis, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Elisha Christian, “Columbus”
Hélène Louvart, “Beach Rats”
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Call Me by Your Name” *WINNER
Joshua James Richards, “The Rider”

BEST EDITING
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, “Good Time”
Walter Fasano, “Call Me by Your Name”
Alex O’Flinn, “The Rider”
Gregory Plotkin, “Get Out”
Tatiana S. Riegel, “I, Tonya” *WINNER

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Salma Hayek, “Beatriz at Dinner”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Shinobu Terajima, “Oh Lucy!”
Regina Williams, “Life and nothing more”

BEST MALE LEAD
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” *WINNER
Harris Dickinson, “Beach Rats”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Robert Pattinson, “Good Time”

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Lois Smith, “Marjorie Prime”
Taliah Lennice Webster, “Good Time”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Nnamdi Asomugha, “Crown Heights”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Barry Keoghan, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Benny Safdie, “Good Time”

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast

“Mudbound”
Director: Dee Rees
Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram
Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“The Departure”
“Faces Places” *WINNER
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Motherland”
“Quest”

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
“BPM (Beats Per Minute)”
“A Fantastic Woman” *WINNER
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Lady Macbeth”
“Loveless”

BONNIE AWARD
Chloé Zhao *WINNER

 

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Indie Spirit Awards: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney Ask Dogs About Movies in New Promo — Watch

The dynamic duo return to host the premier independent film awards, with a few furry friends in tow.

Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will be returning for the second year in a row to host the Indie Spirit Awards this Saturday, taking place (as is tradition) the night before the Academy Awards. Presented by Film Independent, the Indie Spirits are the premier awards honoring achievements in independent film, a fact which is certainly buoyed by its choice of hosts. In new promos for the show, the “Oh Hello!” creators and comedy partners tease a lively show, interviewing canine cinephiles in a perfectly adorkable bit.

The dogs are a tougher crowd than most Indie Spirit voters, and they include an “About Schmidt”-loving Pomeranian and a camera-shy Labrador. Kroll and Mulaney handle their antsy interview subjects like true pros, which bodes well for any drunk celebrity-wrangling they may have to do come Saturday.

Presenters at the awards include Fred Armisen, Chadwick Boseman, Carrie Brownstein, John Cho, Jason Clarke, Ava DuVernay, Jon Hamm, Ethan Hawke, Spike Lee, Ben Mendelsohn, Amanda Seyfried, and Lena Waithe, as well as presenter-nominees Salma Hayek Pinault, Kumail Nanjiani and Margot Robbie.

A second promo, Kroll and Mulaney let us know what they’ve been up to since hosting last year’s awards. It includes a few medical issues and dietary restrictions.

The 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place Saturday, March 3 and broadcast on IFC.

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Emerging Female Voices, Debut Directors Take Stage in 2017 Awards Shorts (Video)

Emerging female voices and buzzy first-time filmmakers took center stage at a recent special short film presentation from TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series.

Bold, conceptual work played at West Los Angeles’ Landmark Theatre last week, where we welcomed an innovative shorts distributor, directors and producers to discuss the toxic energy of Hollywood harassment, streaming giants and working with big talent in a smaller medium.

“We had to build a video unit, and we tried to get help from Hollywood and people said, ‘We can’t help you, there’s not enough women for you to work with,’” marveled Amy Emmerich, the chief content officer of digital brand Refinery29.

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The company spawned their Shatterbox Anthology, which consists of 12 short films from 12 female directors released over a year, to combat gender imbalance behind the camera.

“I have emails that I will one day release [saying] there’s not enough comedy female directors that we could work with. I said a lot of curse words,” Emmerich added.

Shatterbox released two of the four shorts screened, including Kristen Stewart’s visually gripping directorial debut “Come Swim” and “Lucia Before and After,” directed by Anu Valia. The former short debuted in the Sundance Film Festival’s shorts program this year.

“Lucia” was a Short List Film Festival finalist about a young woman seeking an abortion in Texas. The character is subject to Texas’ mandatory ultrasound 24 hours prior to the abortion procedure, and the emotional and logistical ripple the process creates.

“Ladies First,” from director Uraaz Bahl and producer Shaana Levy, had an incredible emotional effect on the crowd. It follows Deepika Kumari, an Indian woman representing her country in archery at the Rio Olympic Games.

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Kumari was under intense pressure to perform and lift the national spirit, while being simultaneously being confined by her conservative culture and under developed as an athlete. Already her journey exposed inefficiency in Indian’s Olympic bureaucracy and shed light on widely-accepted gender bias in her home country.

“You have to think very big. We have a dream that 100 million Indians will watcher film. We bought the movie to the government because we want the film to be shown in schools,” Bahl said of the film.

“If little boys see this girl shooting, this is not what girls in India do, she’s shooting a [bow and arrow]. Little boys need to see this girl performing, and little girls need to see her doing this, too,” he added. An Indian woman has ever won an Olympic medal, and Kumari is training for the upcoming Tokyo games.

Talk went from first-time Olympians to first-time directors. Ryan Egypt brought his polished crime short “Cashing Titles Vol. 1,” where Brian Austin Green stars as an express mail driver dealing more than overnight packages.

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Green plays father to an old-for-his-age preteen Caleb (Landon Gimenez) watching his family disintegrate thanks to addiction and waning opportunity. Not unlike the “Come Swim” producer who executed “Twilight Saga” star Stewart’s vision, both of the upstart projects have elevated profiles thanks to talent.

“They bring a lot of value because they understand,” Egypt said of his actor, “90210” breakout Green. “I didn’t have to spend so much time reiterating myself, discussing what I wanted. I also loved his idea.”

While “some people may say there’s a downside monetarily … for me time is just too valuable,” said Egypt of the shoot. The director plans to make a feature length follow-up to the short (“Chasing Titles Vol. 2”) for release in 2019.

“Come Swim” producer David Ethan Shapiro said that, despite Stewart’s years in the spotlight as an indie darling and franchise lead, she brought the appropriate expectation and know-how to her short.

“Kristen is unique in that her parents are crew members. She grew up around film crews,” Shapiro said.

“The crew of this film was a balance of ambitious contemporaries, people her age … I wanted to recreate my film school experience. But a lot of industry veterans are on her film team, so there were times where it was just making sure the expectations were for that of a short film,” he added.

“Come Swim” and “Lucia Before and After” are available to view on Shatterbox. “Chasing Titles Vol 1.” is planning a limited theatrical release. “Ladies First” is still securing worldwide distribution.

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Emerging female voices and buzzy first-time filmmakers took center stage at a recent special short film presentation from TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series.

Bold, conceptual work played at West Los Angeles’ Landmark Theatre last week, where we welcomed an innovative shorts distributor, directors and producers to discuss the toxic energy of Hollywood harassment, streaming giants and working with big talent in a smaller medium.

“We had to build a video unit, and we tried to get help from Hollywood and people said, ‘We can’t help you, there’s not enough women for you to work with,'” marveled Amy Emmerich, the chief content officer of digital brand Refinery29.

The company spawned their Shatterbox Anthology, which consists of 12 short films from 12 female directors released over a year, to combat gender imbalance behind the camera.

“I have emails that I will one day release [saying] there’s not enough comedy female directors that we could work with. I said a lot of curse words,” Emmerich added.

Shatterbox released two of the four shorts screened, including Kristen Stewart’s visually gripping directorial debut “Come Swim” and “Lucia Before and After,” directed by Anu Valia. The former short debuted in the Sundance Film Festival’s shorts program this year.

“Lucia” was a Short List Film Festival finalist about a young woman seeking an abortion in Texas. The character is subject to Texas’ mandatory ultrasound 24 hours prior to the abortion procedure, and the emotional and logistical ripple the process creates.

“Ladies First,” from director Uraaz Bahl and producer Shaana Levy, had an incredible emotional effect on the crowd. It follows Deepika Kumari, an Indian woman representing her country in archery at the Rio Olympic Games.

Kumari was under intense pressure to perform and lift the national spirit, while being simultaneously being confined by her conservative culture and under developed as an athlete. Already her journey exposed inefficiency in Indian’s Olympic bureaucracy and shed light on widely-accepted gender bias in her home country.

“You have to think very big. We have a dream that 100 million Indians will watcher film. We bought the movie to the government because we want the film to be shown in schools,” Bahl said of the film.

“If little boys see this girl shooting, this is not what girls in India do, she’s shooting a [bow and arrow]. Little boys need to see this girl performing, and little girls need to see her doing this, too,” he added. An Indian woman has ever won an Olympic medal, and Kumari is training for the upcoming Tokyo games.

Talk went from first-time Olympians to first-time directors. Ryan Egypt brought his polished crime short “Cashing Titles Vol. 1,” where Brian Austin Green stars as an express mail driver dealing more than overnight packages.

Green plays father to an old-for-his-age preteen Caleb (Landon Gimenez) watching his family disintegrate thanks to addiction and waning opportunity. Not unlike the “Come Swim” producer who executed “Twilight Saga” star Stewart’s vision, both of the upstart projects have elevated profiles thanks to talent.

“They bring a lot of value because they understand,” Egypt said of his actor, “90210” breakout Green. “I didn’t have to spend so much time reiterating myself, discussing what I wanted. I also loved his idea.”

While “some people may say there’s a downside monetarily … for me time is just too valuable,” said Egypt of the shoot. The director plans to make a feature length follow-up to the short (“Chasing Titles Vol. 2”) for release in 2019.

“Come Swim” producer David Ethan Shapiro said that, despite Stewart’s years in the spotlight as an indie darling and franchise lead, she brought the appropriate expectation and know-how to her short.

“Kristen is unique in that her parents are crew members. She grew up around film crews,” Shapiro said.

“The crew of this film was a balance of ambitious contemporaries, people her age … I wanted to recreate my film school experience. But a lot of industry veterans are on her film team, so there were times where it was just making sure the expectations were for that of a short film,” he added.

“Come Swim” and “Lucia Before and After” are available to view on Shatterbox. “Chasing Titles Vol 1.” is planning a limited theatrical release. “Ladies First” is still securing worldwide distribution.

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