The 14th installment of New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on April 15, hosting a number of films and performances through its Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening sections. Featuring narratives, documentaries and work-in-progress films from across the globe, the 2015 festival has a number of films that we can’t wait to see. Sifting through the heart-wrenching, historical and star-studded, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 picks. Check them out below! Continue reading
At the beginning of every new year, tens of thousands of people, including the best filmmakers, actors and critics, gather in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. As a film lover, attending the festival is definitely on my bucket list, but fortunately for those of us who aren’t rich enough to travel to Utah, the popularity of this festival means the movies featured there typically receive theatrical releases. Continue reading
Hello Cinequest! Yes, it’s already that time of year again. Last year, we here at The Daily Quirk covered the San Jose film festival and we’re back for its 25th anniversary taking place February 24 – March 8. In these two weeks, the city of San Jose will be debuting numerous films and awarding game-changing innovators and creators in the industry. This year’s theme is “The Power of Creating” which resonates deeply with the mission behind Cinequest. Continue reading
White Rabbit follows the story of troubled teen Harlon, a bullied high school student who starts having visions of a rabbit he killed as a kid, putting him in a mental state where his imagination causes him to commit violent acts. His portrayer Nick Krause explains the character, what it was like to play such an emotional role and what he hopes the audience can take away from this film. Continue reading
With award season underway, tons of movies are gaining a lot of buzz on who will win the most coveted awards in the industry. One of the nominees in multiple categories is the unbelievable movie Boyhood starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a remarkable timeline of where you literally see the main character Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grow up to be an adult. The movie was shot within twelve years and now, audiences are raving over the movie. Continue reading
Calling all Filmmakers!
The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, has just announced a call for submissions for the 2015 festival taking place April 15-26 in New York City. Continue reading
It’s a dark film about mother and son escaping their wasteland home and venturing into mystery (the underworld and an underwater town, specifically). It has a curious mix of stars such as Ryan Gosling, Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes and Matt Smith attached to it. The characters are called names like Rat and Bully. Lost River (previously titled How to Catch a Monster – much cooler, in my opinion) sounds awesomely strange on paper. But Gosling’s directorial debut is getting quite a strong reaction, and not all so great. Continue reading
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks of the World Trade Center, consequently affecting the Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan. Co-founded by Robert De Niro, the festival’s mission is to recognize and celebrate NYC as a major filmmaking area, while also contributing to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan. This year, there’s quite a lineup of submissions, and below we’ve listed just a few of them we can’t wait to check out! Continue reading
Juliette Fairley may have blazed onto the acting scene playing serious, dramatic roles, but the gloves are off (and the fangs are on!) in her latest film, Summer of Blood, a comedic spin on the beloved vampire film. Aside from giving Fairley an opportunity to let her hair down, the film has gained entry into the coveted Tribeca Film Festival. The Daily Quirk had the opportunity to talk with Fairley about her film’s upcoming Tribeca debut, getting bloodied up and into character on the set of Summer of Blood and which social issue inspires her writing career. Read on for the full interview! Continue reading
With 13 days jam-packed with creative films, stunning talent and inspiring, cinematic minds from over 50 countries, Cinequest Film Festival is a wonder all its own. And this year, the festival’s 24th to be exact, was no exception.
The Daily Quirk had the opportunity to sit down with several people involved with Cinequest to talk about what attendees can expect throughout the 13-day event, what aspects of the festival are the most appealing and how it differs from other film festivals throughout the year. Check out the exclusive video below! Continue reading
A semi-biographical film written and directed by Miguel Ali, Confessions of a Womanizer explores the humor and darkness behind Ritchie’s (Andrew Lawrence) sex addiction. Unable to connect with any of his sexual partners beyond a physical release, Ritchie meets a transgender prostitute, Ginger (Kelly Mantle). Ginger helps Ritchie come to terms with why he cannot emotionally connect with his partners before Viagra and prostitutes ruin his life.
The Daily Quirk sat down with Writer/Director Miguel Ali, Producer Erick M. Crespo and Star Kelly Mantle during Cinequest Film Festival to discuss the movie. Watch the exclusive interview below to find out more about what inspired the film, the heart of the story and why Kelly Mantle enjoyed working with Gary Busey so much! Continue reading
Eternity: The Movie is a love letter to the 80s and the iconic flashy music scene. Described as an 80s homage, by Writer/Producer Joey Abi-Loufti and Producer/Editor Eric Staley, the film is a comedy about losers Todd (Barrett Crake) and BJ (Myko Olivier) who meet in the infamous San Fernando Valley and become R&B duo, Eternity. Together they make music only this era of melodrama, big hair, flare and sex can handle.
The Daily Quirk caught up with Abi-Loufti and Staley on the Cinequest Film Festival red carpet to discuss the film. Watch the exclusive interview below where we talk their love of 80s music, such as: Hall & Oats, Richard Marx, & Wham!, how it influenced the making of Eternity: The Movie and some of their favorite scenes to film! Continue reading
In the documentary Slingshot, Writer/Director Paul Lazarus highlights inventor Dean Kamen’s quest to make clean water available worldwide. Known best for inventing the Segway, Kamen has come up with a groundbreaking water filtration system called the Slingshot. This David and Goliath-inspired system turns otherwise unclean water into potable water, making progress towards solving the worldwide dilemma.
The Daily Quirk sat down with Lazarus at Cinequest Film Festival to hear about his experience creating Slingshot after 7 years in the making. Watch the interview below!
Noble Fir is an emotional film about tree-harvester named Henry “Hank” Dean (Richard E. Wilson). Hank is struggling with personal grief, and is losing control over his life. As he wanders with a wounded soul, body and mind, Henry has a choice: continue the life he’s made for himself, or to walk out
from the trees that have trapped him in. Noble Fir explores the complex emotional state of grief, and how it can feel both hollow and full within a person’s life.
While at the 2014 Cinequest Film Festival, The Daily Quirk sat down with Noble Fir star Richard E. Wilson where he talked about how living in Tokyo landed him the role, how he prepared to portray Henry and the grief that came with him, and what it means to him to have the film at Cinequest. Check out the exclusive interview below!
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