Songwriters Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice Talk SONG ONE, the Emotional Importance of the Songs, and More at Sundance 2014

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Song One, the directorial debut of Kate Barker-Froyland.  The film stars Anne Hathaway as a young woman who returns home after her brother is injured (Ben Rosenfield) and romantically connects with his favorite musician (Johnny Flynn).  Set against the backdrop of the Brooklyn music scene, Song One also stars Mary Steenburgen as Hathaway’s mom, which is perfect casting.

The day after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with songwriters Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice. They talked about how they got involved, their songwriting process for the film, the emotional importance of the songs, being at Sundance, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Anne Hathaway and Mary Steenburgen Talk SONG ONE, Bringing the Cast Together, Changes from Page to Screen, and More at Sundance 2014

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Song One, the directorial debut of Kate Barker-Froyland.  The film stars Anne Hathaway as a young woman who returns home after her brother is injured (Ben Rosenfield) and romantically connects with his favorite musician (Johnny Flynn).  Set against the backdrop of the Brooklyn music scene, Song One also stars Mary Steenburgen as Hathaway’s mom, which is perfect casting.   The film also features original music by Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice.

The day after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with Hathaway and Steenburgen.  They talked about why they wanted to be involved in the project, how the cast came together, what changed from the page to the screen, Sundance, and more.  In addition, Song One is the first film Hathaway has produced, so she also talked about her producing duties.  Hit the jump to watch.

Sundance 2014: First Images from SONG ONE, WHIPLASH, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, and FISHING WITHOUT NETS

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Following the unveiling of the lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival competition categories, the fest has released first look images and synopses for some of the aforementioned films.  Briefly:

  • Song One – Written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland; starring Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, and Ben Rosenfield.
  • Whiplash – Written and directed by Damien Chazelle; starring Miles Teller and JK Simmons.
  • Dear White People – Written and directed by Justin Simien; starring Tyler Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, and Brandon Bell.
  • Fishing Without Nets – Directed by Cutter Hodierne; starring Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abduwhali Faarah, Abdikhadir Hassan, Reda Kateb, and Idil Ibrahim.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Sundance 2014 Competition Lineup Includes SKELETON TWINS with Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, CAMP X-RAY with Kristen Stewart, and More

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It’s tough to believe that Sundance 2014 is just around the corner, but the today the fest announced the films that will be screening in the U.S. Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, and NEXT categories.  Notable entires include the Bill Hader/Kristen Wiig drama The Skeleton Twins, Mad Men star John Slattery’s feature directorial debut God’s Pocket, the Kristen Stewart film Camp X-Ray, writer/director Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, the Joe Albany biopic Low Down, the Anne Hathaway-starrer Song One, and many more.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup and look for our full coverage from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 16 – 26th.

Anne Hathaway to Sing and Star in SONG ONE; Johnny Flynn to Co-Star

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Anne Hathaway will probably pick up her first Oscar on Sunday for her performance in Les Miserables.  Hathaway has entertained the possibility of continuing her singing performances in a stage or screen remake of My Fair Lady, and once upon a time she was attached to star in a Judy Garland biopic (we don’t know if she’s still on board).  No matter what happens with those projects, it looks like Hathaway’s next on-screen musical performance will be in Song One.  As we reported back in May 2012, Hathaway will produce and star, and according to Daily Mail, she’s having a song specifically written for her as well.  In the film, Hathaway plays an archeologist who falls for a rock star (British singer-actor Johnny Flynn) after she returns from a dig when her brother is injured in the U.S.  Kate Barker-Froyland will write and direct, and shooting is scheduled to begin this fall.  I hope Hathaway’s song is about archeology.  There is a noticeable dearth of songs about archeology.

Hathaway is also attached to star in a modern telling of The Taming of the Shrew.  She was also on board Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Robopocalypse, but that film has gone “back to the drawing board to see what is possible.”

Anne Hathaway in Talks to Produce and Star in SONG ONE

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Though we’ll see her as Catwoman in this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises and she performs a chill-inducing rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” in the Les Miserables trailer, Anne Hathaway is lining up a more smaller scale project to tackle in the near future.  Variety reports that the actress is in early talks to produce and star in the indie drama Song One.  The pic would reunite Hathaway with her Rachel Getting Married producers Marc Platt and Jonathan Demme.

Kate Barker-Froyland will be making her feature directorial debut with the film in which “Hathaway would play a young woman who returns home after her brother is injured and romantically connects with his favorite musician, who draws inspiration from the siblings.”  The actress has yet to fully commit to the project, but Variety notes that she has a fairly open schedule for the rest of the year.  With an Oscar nomination under her belt and two high profile roles, her schedule likely won’t stay open for long.

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