Kentucker Audley in "Christmas, Again". (Credit: Sean Price Williams.)
Christmas, Again is the first feature film from writer-director Charles Poekel. It follows a heartbroken man, played by Kentucker Audley, in the month leading up to Christmas as he sells trees on the street in Brooklyn, New York. The intimate story was shot by Sean Price Williams, whose previous credits include the indie gem Listen Up Philip.
Christmas, Again premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival in the low-budget NEXT category.
THE END OF THE TOUR Left to right: Jesse Eisenberg plays David Lipsky and Jason Segel plays novelist David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour © 2015 A24. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The End of the Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter and novelist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, “Infinite Jest.” Director James Ponsoldt and cinematographer Jakob Ihre brought the film to life based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” which was written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide.
The End of the Tour is a road movie that never leaves the Midwest, which was Wallace’s home for the majority of his life. The Middle American landscape became a guidepost for the look of the film – but Ponsoldt didn’t want a clichéd, folksy heartland at all. The film, in many ways, is simply a multi-day conversation. But beyond that it has a real heartbeat, is tense with conflict, and has emotion that creeps up on you.
Indie filmmakers are reaping the rewards -- or perhaps more correctly, awards – when they shoot their stories on film! 2013 has seen much success for the indie film market, and Kodak is proud to have been a part of many of those productions.
(L-R) MICHAEL B. JORDAN, OCTAVIA SPENCER and Director RYAN COOGLER on the set of FRUITVALE STATION © 2013 The Weinstein Company. All Rights Reserved
Take for example Fruitvale Station which first began making waves at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Not only was it picked up by The Weinstein Company, it also took home the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize.
Top Hat is the story of Graham, a timid Saturday boy who works at a dry cleaners. His boss (Don) runs a tight ship and constantly berates Graham for his incompetence at the job. When 'The Gentleman' enters the shop, and asks for his top hat to be dry-cleaned, Graham happily agrees. When Graham accidentally shrinks the top hat, he believes he is in serious trouble. What follows is beyond even Graham's wildest imagination.
This project represents my second collaboration with Director Michael Middleton-Downer, and my first with Producer Sian Tomlinson. After reading Samuel Hutchinson's wonderfully warm and quirky screenplay, I phoned up Mike and committed straight away. Good writing is the basis of all great cinematic works, and it's important to not let such gems slip through the net.
Karthik Muthukumar on the set of Sklylab is Falling
Filmmaker Karthik Muthukumar recently won best student cinematography at India's National Student Film Awards for his film SKYLAB IS FALLING. Here's what Muthukumar told InCamera:
Tell us the one thing about yourself connected to the craft of filmmaking I think filmmaking is a process of discovering oneself. It helped me to know the world better. It changed the way I see the world. It opened up wide space and it gave me the insight to think beyond what I am. It is also a never-ending process with no rules and limitation; you can play the game in n-number of ways. I think now that I am addicted to it so I want to pursue it all through my life and I also want to play fearlessly.