Movie City Indie Archive for December, 2017

2017 FYC (For Your Consideration) Screenplays Now Up To 36 Titles

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Battle of the Sexes, written by Simon Beaufoy

Beauty and the Beast, screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos; based on 1991 animated film written by Linda Woolvert

The Beguiled, Written by Sofia Coppola, based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan

The Big Sick, Written by Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon [secondary link]

Brad’s Status, Written by Mike White

Breathe, Written by William Nicholson

Brigsby Bear, Story by Kyle Mooney; Screenplay by Kevin Costello & Kyle Mooney

Coco, Original Story By Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina; Screenplay By Adrian Molina and Matthew Aldrich

Darkest Hour, Written By Anthony McCarten

The Disaster Artist, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

Downsizing, Written by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

A Fantastic Woman,  Screenplay by Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza

First They Killed My Father, Screenplay by Loung Ung & Angelina Jolie; Based on the Book “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” by Loung Ung

The Florida Project, Written by Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch

Get Out, by Jordan Peele

Guardians of the Galaxy V. 2. Written by James Gunn

Happy End, Written By Michael Haneke

I, Tonya, Written by Steven Rogers

Lady Bird, Written by Greta Gerwig

Last Flag Flying, by Richard Linklater & Darryl Ponicsan

Logan, Story by James Mangold. Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

The Lost City of Z, Screenplay by James Gray; Based on the Book by David Grann

Loveless, By Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Man Who Invented Christmas, Screenplay by Susan Coyne; Based on the Book by Les Standiford

Mark Felt, Written by Peter Landesman

Maudie, Written by Sherrie White

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Written by Noah Baumbach

mother!, Written by Darren Aronofsky

Mudbound, Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees; Based on the Novel by Hillary Jordan

Norman, By Joseph Cedar

Novitiate, By Maggie Betts

Okja, Written by Bong Joon Ho and Jon Ronson

The Shape of Water, Written by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Written by Martin McDonagh

Thor: Ragnarok, Written by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost

Victoria & Abdul, By Lee Hall

War For The Planet of the Apes, Written by Mark Bomback & Matt Reeves; Based on Characters Created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver

Wonderstruck, Written by Brian Selznick

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James Gunn And James Mangold On Politics At The End Of 2017

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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho