Indie Spotlight: JAMES WHITE, A New Feature from Borderline Films Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi

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James White Kickstarter Campaign

Borderline Films, the production company behind Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killeris now looking to give their fans an opportunity to contribute to their newest feature, James White.  Filmmakers Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond (who makes his directorial debut on this film) are reaching out via Kickstarter to help secure post-production editing costs and music rights.  James White is in good company, as the banner’s previous films have played the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, and have been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene).  In addition to the behind-the-scenes names that are becoming quite familiar on the festival circuit, the pictures features Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi in front of the camera as well.  Hit the jump for more.

Brady Corbet and Director Antonio Campos Talk SIMON KILLER, Uncomfortable Sex Scenes, the Film’s Origins, and More

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From filmmaker Antonio Campos (Afterschool), the indie drama Simon Killer is an unsettling psychological portrait of a well-educated, handsome young man named Simon (Brady Corbet) who travels to Paris to get over a recent break-up.  He soon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor where he has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute named Victoria (Mati Diop) that continues to spiral out of control.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Brady Corbet and writer/director Antonio Campos talked about how this film came about, what they wanted to explore in the story they were telling, their collaboration on the portrayal of Simon, and the intention behind making the sex scenes so uncomfortable.  Corbet also talked about treating his acting career as a master class, now that he’s trying his own hand at directing.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

SIMON KILLER Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Simon Killer opens today in limited release.]

Antonio Campos‘s Simon Killer is an amusing film both unintentionally and unexpectedly. The film is rarely meant to be comedic and it rarely enters into so-bad-it’s-good territory. What makes the film so amusing is how hard Campos is trying to make it exciting. It is the definition of overcompensating as the aggressive direction, bizarre cinematography, and melodramatic performances try to convince the audience that the dull plot and pathetic characters are worth caring about. There’s even a moderately intriguing idea at the center of the protagonist’s motives, but it’s buried under meaningless sex, violence, and introspection.

First Theatrical Trailer for Antonio Campos’ SIMON KILLER

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IFC Films has debuted the first theatrical trailer for director Antonio Campos’ (After School) erotic drama Simon Killer.  The film stars Brady Corbet (Melancholia) as a college graduate who travels to Paris after a bad breakup, where he begins an affair with an exotic prostitute that leads to dire consequences.  The trailer is surprisingly fun and hypnotic, and it does a good job of showcasing Campos’ distinct visual style and the seemingly engrossing story.  The pic premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and you can read Matt’s review of the film right here.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, and Constance RousseauSimon Killer opens on April 5th.

Sundance 2012: SIMON KILLER Review

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Antonio Campos‘s Simon Killer is an amusing film both unintentionally and unexpectedly.  The film is rarely meant to be comedic and it rarely enters into so-bad-it’s-good territory.  What makes the film so amusing is how hard Campos is trying to make it exciting.  It is the definition of overcompensating as the aggressive direction, bizarre cinematography, and melodramatic performances try to convince the audience the dull plot and pathetic characters are worth caring about.  There’s even a moderately intriguing idea at the center of the protagonist’s motives, but it’s buried under meaningless sex, violence, and introspection.

Outsider Pictures Picks Up JUAN OF THE DEAD for Theatrical Release, SIMON KILLER Goes to IFC

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Sundance 2012 no longer has a corner on the acquisitions news market as it’s being reported out of the Miami International Film Festival that director Alejandro Brugues’ (Personal Belongings) Cuban zombie flick, Juan of the Dead has been picked up by Outsider Pictures. The festival, which runs March 2nd to the 11th, will be the first theatrical screening under the banner. Outsider is planning a theatrical release in Miami soon after the festival with Focus World releasing the picture later in 2012 on VOD, DVD and other formats.

From Sundance, THR reports that IFC Films has picked up the domestic rights to director Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer, a dark drama starring Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, Constance Rousseau and Lila Salet. The sexually explicit film about an American man falling for a Parisian prostitute may earn itself an NC-17 rating. Hit the jump for the press release for Juan of the Dead.

AFTERSCHOOL Trailer

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Over the past year and a half, Antonio Campos’ “Afterschool” has been an Official Selection at the Cannes, Berlin, New York and SXSW Film Festivals. Now, thanks to IFCFilms, the long-awaited theatrical release is scheduled for October 1 although the film will also be available On Demand starting September 30.  Despite the film’s strong record of critical success, IFC has opted for a bit of an unconventional release method.  Then again, a movie examining the dark side of an elite private school probably does not have very wide commercial appeal.  Unless, of course, it stars Blake Lively. In any case, hit the jump and see what all the buzz is about.

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