AFF 2014: Tye Sheridan and Director David Gordon Green Talk JOE, Viewing It as a Western, the Festival Circuit, MANGLEHORN, and More

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One of my favorite films of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was David Gordon Green‘s JoeNicolas Cage plays the eponymous character who is trying to live a quiet life in a rural town, but must confront his inner demons when he meets and wants to protect Gary Jones (Tye Sheridan), a young man in danger of following in the footsteps of Joe’s dark past.  It’s a terrific movie, and I’m so glad that audiences will be able to see it next month.

Joe will open this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, so I got the chance to interview Green and Sheridan.  During our conversation, we talked about moving from studio features to a trilogy of indies (Prince Avalanche, Joe, and the upcoming Manglehorn), viewing the film as a western, Joe as the last man on the frontier, Green and Sheridan’s upcoming projects, the festival circuit, and much more.  There’s also a fun story of how Cage got Sheridan into a Snoop Dogg concert.  Hit the jump to check out the interview with David Gordon Green and Tye Sheridan.  The 2014 Atlanta Film Festival begins tonight and runs to April 6th.  Joe opens in theaters and on VOD on April 11th.

2013 Atlanta Film Festival Will Open with MUD; Will Close with THE SPECTACULAR NOW

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At the very least, the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival will open strong and close great.  The festival has announced that their opening night film will be Jeff NicholsMud.  It’s a deeply southern film that some have compared to a lost Mark Twain novel, and it’s a fitting opener to this year’s AFF.  Furthermore, the festival will close out with one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year, The Spectacular Now from Athens, Georgia native James Ponsoldt, who previously won the Atlanta Film Festival’s 2008 Screenwriting Competition and the 2003 Perfect Pitch Award.  I don’t know what films will be in between, but I can say without hesitation that you should rush out to get tickets for these two movies.

Click here to go to Atlanta Film Festival’s website, and you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.  The 2013 Atlanta Film Festival runs from March 15 – 24th.

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