Worthy local indies to screen at worldwide film festivals

STEPHEN CONE’S DRAMA, “In Memoriam” will compete with 65 films when it premieres at the 33rd Big Muddy Film Festival, Feb. 18-27 at SIU in Carbondale, one of the oldest festivals affiliated with a university in the country. Ian Forester, Kelly O’S

Theatrical run set for “Blackmail Boys”

Joe Swanbert has a role in pseudonymous Bernard and Bichard Shumanski’s locally-shot “tender sexploitation flick,” “Blackmail Boys.” TLA Releasing picked it up for theatrical distribution. It’s scheduled to open this spring. Nathan Adloff and Taylor Reed star as an art student/hustler and his boyfriend extorting a client (Swanberg) who happens t

Kalamazoo stands in for Eastern college town

A scene from Fine’s “Cherry” THE 2011

Music Box Films acquires Venezuelan thriller

MUSIC BOX FILMS, the local distributor which has had a very good year with its “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Millennium Trilogy and “Mesrine,” among other releases, has acquired Marcel Rasquin’s “Hermon.” The Venezuelan sports and crime drama is a

Kartemquin scores another prestigious grant

A $75,000 DEVELOPMENT GRANT from the National Endowment for the Humanities was awarded to Maria Finitzo for the production of her Kartemquin Films documentary “Encounters with the Other.” Production begins in early 2011. Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan are executive producers. The doc examines the way B

Sundance premiere for Steve James' latest doc

STEVE JAMES’ “THE INTERRUPTERS” is his fifth film to screen at Sundance and this time also has the distinction of being part of Sundance’s new Documentary Premiere category for “master filmmakers debuting their new docs about big subjects.&#

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