How and Why Documentary Filmmakers at Sundance Are Using VR

«You can’t stand with your own two feet next to a river that was made of ice melts, right next to Al Gore. You just can’t do it on screen, you have to do it in VR.»

When VR first sprung out of New Frontier back in 2012, it was largely coming from the work of documentary filmmakers. There’s been a legacy for doc VR at Sundance, and the promise of VR to convey real places is one any doc filmmaker would be interested in.

According to Senior Programmer and Chief Curator of New Frontier Shari Frilot, this is a big year for VR at Sundance, and now is the time for doc filmmakers to join in. «Honestly, we had an open call this year for VR and it seems like pretty much everybody, narrative or documentary, has been exploring this medium,» says Frilot. «In documentary in particular, filmmakers have been exploring VR, perhaps because of the way that documentary is often shot. The concept of reality is something that documentary filmmakers are intrigued with. What is reality and what is real? What’s the truth?»

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‘Raw’ Clip Shows Off a Scene From One of the Best Movies of 2017

Garance Marillier in Raw

Saying that a movie is one of the best of the entire year when it’s only January may seems downright foolish. Irresponsible, even. But if Raw had come out in 2016, it would have made my top 10 of the year and would have made an already great year for horror movies even better. I loved writer/director Julia Ducournau‘s new coming-of-age cannibalism movie when I saw it at Fantastic Fest last year and I’m already eager to see it again. Movies about people eating other people aren’t supposed to be this honest, heartbreaking, and in-tune with the anxieties that accompany leaving home for the first time, but here we are.

A new clip from the film has arrived and you should watch it! And then you should actually go see the movie so we’ll have something to talk about.

This clip comes on the heels of two new trailers, both of which sold the movie’s gruesome tone and uncomfortable violence without telling you what it’s actually about. And Raw is about this: young Justine (Garance Marillier in a remarkable lead performance) arrives at veterinary college and has a really bad time learning how to fit in. And then she starts eating people. But before that, her and the fellow first-year students get hazed in the most dramatic fashion imaginable, as seen in the scene below:

While the film’s violence is what grabs the headlines (someone allegedly fainted when it played at the Toronto International Film Festival), it’s the quiet moments between the bloodletting that make Raw a great film. As I said in my review:

Just as startling as the bursts of violence that punctuate Raw‘s plot are the intimate details, the tiny slice-of-life moments that are as uncomfortable as they are relatable. Marillier is a revelation as Justine and her struggle to discover an identity is funny, embarrassing, and mundane in ways that will hit home for everyone and anyone who has moved out of their parents’ house. The great strength of Raw is that every choice, even the ones that will turn stomachs, feels rooted in reality. It’s all about those little moments – a disquieting conversation with a professor, bad decisions made at a party where the alcohol flows a little too freely, dancing alone in your bedroom while you try out a guise you’re too afraid to put on in public. Justine’s bumpy voyage of self-discovery is shown in excruciating detail and Marillier captures every emotional hiccup with quiet sadness.

Raw arrives on March 10, 2017. Prioritize this one.

Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she’s a brilliant student starting out at veterinary school where she experiences a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her family principles and eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge…

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‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Review: Jessica Williams Sparkles in Romcom Charmer [Sundance]

The Incredible Jessica James review

When Jessica Williams first joined The Daily Show in 2012, she was a fresh-faced newcomer from seemingly out of nowhere. By the time she left last year, she’d established herself as one of the show’s biggest and brightest stars. Now Williams is taking her next big step forward, graduating to full-fledged leading lady status in The Incredible Jessica James with style and charm to spare. 

Written and directed by Jim Strouse (People Places Things), The Incredible Jessica James stars Williams as an aspiring playwright in Brooklyn, scraping together a living by teaching theater to kids. Like so many 25-year-olds, she’s both astonishingly confident and worryingly adrift — all the more so because she’s just broken up with her boyfriend, Damon (Lakeith Stanfield). Enter Boone (Chris O’Dowd), a cute thirtysomething who is himself reeling from his recent divorce. The two are set up by Jessica’s best friend (Noël Wells), and their first date doesn’t go very well, until it does.

The very best thing The Incredible Jessica James has going for it is its heroine. Blessed with a quick wit and an acid tongue, Jessica makes a big impression from her first moments. (Said first moments involve her scoffing that she’s “rather be on my period for 1,000 years” than listen to her boring Tinder date attempt small talk, so that’s the kind of straight shooter we’re dealing with here. Williams slips easily into the role. She delivers Jessica’s snarky one-liners with relish, as you’d expect from an actress who cut her teeth on The Daily Show, but proves almost as compelling when she reins it in to expose Jessica’s uncertainty and vulnerability. She’s well matched by O’Dowd, who’s doing a more charming and more self-assured version of his nice-guy cop from Bridesmaids. He and Williams share an easygoing chemistry that makes them easy to root for.

Strouse has a good eye for detail, which lends an aura of authenticity to The Incredible Jessica James. During their first date, Jessica suggests to Boone that they try being completely honest with each other. She puts down her fork, he puts down his wineglass, and both plant their feet firmly on the ground under the table — they’re intrigued and alert, bracing for impact or possibly war. And he feels his way around Brooklyn with an ease that suggests he lives there. “Everyone I’ve seen in this neighborhood looks like they work in an artisanal pickle shop,” remarks Boone as he and Jessica go for a walk, and it’s about as accurate a description of Bushwick as I think I’ve ever heard.

But the romantic relationship is just a lens through which to view the film’s true concern, which is the coming-of-age of Jessica James. The film never makes the mistake of assuming that her conflicted feelings about her love life are the only, or even the main, reason she feels so lost. Strouse touches upon Jessica’s professional life (or lack thereof) in ways that will sting with familiarity to anyone who’s ever tried to turn an artistic passion into a career. She’s so used to rejection that she’s genuinely excited when she receives a personalized rejection letter from a playwright. Still, she forges forward because, in a way, she has no choice. “We don’t have to do anything,” she tells a skeptical theater student at one point. “We do it because we must.” Likewise, as Jessica matures, it’s not because anyone drags her there kicking and screaming. It’s because she realizes it’s time to drive herself forward.

/Film rating: 8 out of 10

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Franchise Recap: Resident Evil Game Guide

Explore the video game franchise with our Resident Evil game guide.

Explore the history of the franchise with our Resident Evil game guide

This month, the big-screen side of the Resident Evil franchise concludes as Sony Pictures‘ Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hits the big screen January 27. The movies have featured quite a different take on the story, but the Resident Evil game series has been around for two decades and there have been a ton of entries. Read on for a journey back through the main chapters in the franchise that started the survival horror genre and spawned a series of films, comic books, novels, action figures and more.

The first Resident Evil game launched the franchise.

Capcom‘s first Resident Evil game came out for the original PlayStation. You could choose to play as Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, members of the Raccoon Police Department’s Special Tactics And Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.). In the game, your character investigates a mansion on the outskirts of Raccoon City. You, as part of the Alpha team are there to investigate the disappearance of the Bravo team and rescue any survivors. You encounter zombies and other terrifying creatures and you have to solve puzzles to figure out the mystery of the mansion and get yourself out alive. You could shoot down your creepy enemies, heal yourself with a combination of healing herbs and first aid sprays and shudder in fear. Inside the mansion, you discover a lab where the nefarious biochemical company Umbrella Corporation has developed the T-virus, causing humans to turn into zombies and deforming other creatures into terrors. You could rescue team members who would then help you defeat the final boss Tyrant, though there were different endings in which you weren’t successful in either quest.

The first Resident Evil game was reviewed well and received ports for many other systems, as well as updated versions. Critics had issues with the management of resources, citing the limited ammo for weapons, as well as ink ribbon for saves and the ability to carry very few items at a time. The Resident Evil game also received a Director’s Cut and a high-def remaster.

The Resident Evil game guide continues with Resident Evil 2.

Resident Evil 2 was released initially for PlayStation in 1998. This time around, you could play as either Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Whichever character you started with would have a different storyline and once you finished that, the other character’s story would open up, and vice versa, through a new “zapping system.” Each storyline you played would affect the next one, giving you different options, reducing items, etc.

The sequel’s story is set two months after the previous Resident Evil game. In Raccoon City, most of the citizens have been infected with the T-virus, causing them to turn into zombies. Leon is a rookie cop and Claire is a college student looking for her brother, one of the protagonists of the previous Resident Evil game. We also meet Ada Wong, who we learn is looking for her boyfriend, who is working for Umbrella Corporation. That story, however, is a cover for her own work for Umbrella. The even more deadly G-virus has been created by one of the researchers, and, depending on which way you play the game, you learn that a young girl named Sherry has been implanted with an embryo by her researcher father Birkin, and you have to find a cure for her.

Resident Evil 2 received a number of ports to other systems and is widely considered to be one of the best video games of all time.

Resident Evil 3 is next up in our Resident Evil game guide.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was released initially for PlayStation in 1999, taking place both before and after the events of Resident Evil 2. This time around, choices were added into the game that would affect the outcome. It also featured an unlockable minigame called “The Mercenaries: Operation Mad Jackal” You play as Jill Valentine, who is investigating the city and fighting against a new evil called Nemesis, a biological weapon which chases Jill throughout the game. Jill has to reach the clock tower in the city to summon a helicopter, but is infected with the T-virus. She’s cured, but learns that the government has decided to take out the entire city with a nuclear weapon to destroy the virus.

As with the earlier Resident Evil games, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was ported to a number of different systems.

The Resident Evil game story continues in Codename Veronica.

A number of light gun shooter games like Resident Evil: Survivor were released in the franchise beginning in 2000, the same year that Resident Evil – Code: Veronica was released for the Dreamcast. It was the first game in the franchise to feature 3D backgrounds. This game takes place three months after the last one and has Claire Redfield sent to a remote prison island after being arrested trying to find her brother at an Umbrella Corporation headquarters in Paris. Claire and inmate Steve Burnside team up after an outbreak of the T-virus in the prison, and run into Alfred Ashford, who sometimes thinks he’s his own twin Alexia. Alexia had developed the T-Veronica virus and was put into cryogenic sleep. Alfred/Alexia fly the group to an Umbrella Corporation facility in Antarctica. There they fight Nosferatu, created by the T-Veronica virus. Alfred dies and they have to fight Alexia. Chris Redfield, in the search for his sister, ends up in Antarctica as well, where Steve is infected with the virus. He dies and is taken for experiments by Alfred Wesker, the Captain of S.T.A.R.S. who was secretly working for Umbrella the whole time. Wesker vows revenge as Claire and Chris escape.

An updated version, Code: Veronica X was released in 2001, adding some cut scenes and a few changes.

The next Resident Evil game was Resident Evil Zero.

Resident Evil Zero was released initially for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002 following the release of the light gun game Resident Evil Survivor 2 Code: Veronica and Resident Evil Gaiden for the Game Boy Color. Zero was a prequel for the first game and follows the adventures of the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team whose disappearance was being investigated in 1996’s Resident Evil. In this game, you play as both S.T.A.R.S. officer Rebecca Chambers and criminal Billy Coen, switching between characters to use their specific abilities. The game also got rid of item storage boxes and allowed players to drop items on the floor. Rebecca is investigating a series of cannibal murders and encounters a train where everyone was attacked by leeches. They end up in an abandoned building where we learn that the Progenitor virus, discovered in the 1960s, was combined with leech DNA to create the T-virus. Wesker joins a rival company and splits from Birkin, who is working on the G-virus. Rebecca and Billy divert the train to an abandoned building. They fight both the Tyrant and the Queen Leech. Rebecca agrees to say Billy was a casualty of the events, letting the criminal go free. She proceeds to the mansion, beginning the events of Resident Evil.

Resident Evil Zero was ported to multiple platforms.

The next Resident Evil game in our Resident Evil game guide is Resident Evil 4.

Resident Evil: Dead Aim was released in 2003, and this light gun game was the first to feature first-person shooter mechanics beside the third person mechanics. Resident Evil Outbreak and its expansion were released the same year, featuring a series of scenarios that took place during time period of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3Resident Evil 4 was released initially for GameCube in 2005 and takes place six years after the events of Resident Evil 2. This game follows Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy in his attempt to rescue the President’s daughter Ashley Graham, who has been kidnapped by a cult called Los Illuminados in Spain and features both first-person and third-person camera views as well as environmental interaction and quicktime events. Leon is kidnapped by the cult head and injected with a mind control parasite called Las Plagas. He rescues Ashley, who was injected as well, in an attempt to get her to inject her father. One of the former researchers, Luis Sera, tries to find a pill to help Leon and Ashley. He delivers it to Leon, though he and Ashley are separated. Leon runs into Ada Wong, who it is revealed has been working with Wesker. He rescues Ashley and they’re given a cure, but Ada takes a sample from them at gunpoint, escaping.

Umbrella Chronicles was another Resident Evil game in a long list of Resident Evil games.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles was released in 2007 and was a light rail shooter featuring a number of scenarios. Resident Evil 5 was released in 2009 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows and follows Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) agents Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar as they investigate a terrorist threat in the fictional region of Kijuju in Africa. The game also featured quicktime events and was the best-selling game in the franchise so far. It introduced co-op game play, with a second player able to control Sheva. Chris and Sheva are out to stop a biological weapon from Ricardo Irving, but they encounter natives infected with parasites called Mijini. They run into Sheva’s mentor Josh Stone who has a picture of the presumed dead Jill Valentine. Documents left by the infamous Wesker lead them and a Delta team to an oil field, and Chris and Sheva end up by themselves. Irving injects himself with the parasite and becomes a creature to defeat. They learn that a BSAA investor called Tricell took over an Umbrella facility to continue research. The CEO is working with Wesker, who wants to infect the world and take a group of the uninfected and rule them. They rescue Jill, who has been mind-controlled and she tells them Wesker must take doses of the virus regularly. They defeat him, dropping him into the volcano.

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles was also released in 2009.

The next Resident Evil game was Operation Raccoon City. Which Resident Evil game is your favorite?

A number of handheld games were released in 2011 and 2012, as well as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. In 2012, Resident Evil 6 was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows, and rereleased for PS4 and Xbox One in 2016. The player can choose from four scenarios, controlling Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jake Muller and Ada Wong as they battle to keep the new C-virus from being released. The game supported co-op play. In addition to zombies, players would have to fight J’avo, who are more intelligent and able to heal themselves. Chris and his team are fighting rebels infected with the C-virus while Jake Muller, a son of Wesker, teams up with Sherry Birkin, who is trying to isolate his C-virus antibodies. Ada captures Chris (who gets amnesia) as well as Jake and Sherry. Ada is heading up Neo-Umbrella. The President is going to reveal the truth about the virus and Umbrella Corporation, alongside Leon, but he’s infected with the virus and killed. Ada claims she was blackmailed by a member of the government and all parties end up in China. Ada, it turns out, was a clone and the real Ada destroys her. Jake’s blood is used to find a cure for the C-virus.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 was released in 2015 and the tactical shooter Umbrella Corps in 2016.

Explore the history of the Resident Evil game franchise, including the latest Resident Evil game.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is released on January 23 and features a whole new cast of characters. You play as Ethan Winters, a man searching for his wife Mia at an old plantation in the fictional city of Dulvey, Louisiana. The game is a single-player, first-person shooter and features the terrifying spookiness fans have loved since the first game’s debut back in 1996. Check out the trailer in the player below!

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First Look: Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War

First Look: Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War

First Look: Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War

The Weinstein Company has released a first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War.

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Doctor Strange) stars as Thomas Edison alongside Michael Shannon’s (Waco, Nocturnal Animals) George Westinghouse. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, upcoming Alien: Covenant), Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Anna Karenina) and Tuppence Middleton (War & Peace, The Imitation Game) also star with Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road) set to play Nikola Tesla.

Written by Michael Mitnick (The Giver), the film will be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), with Basil Iwanyk (Wind River, Hotel Mumbai), Timur Bekmanbetov, and Harvey Weinstein producing, and Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland executive producing.

Set in the late 1880s, The Current War details the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by Westinghouse Electric and a host of European companies.

Are you looking forward to seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in the movie? Let us know in the comments.

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Win Cash and Connections by Entering ScreenCraft’s 2017 Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest

Greetings, Earthlings! Want to win some cash for your sci-fi/fantasy script?

If you’ve got a great sci-fi or fantasy screenplay, you have an opportunity to win some cash and other great prizes, including introductions to Hollywood’s biggest decision makers. Known for their highly successful screenplay contests, ScreenCraft is officially taking submissions for science fiction and fantasy scripts from aspiring screenwriters.

As always, they’ve got a dream team panel of judges who will be reading your script, including Jonathan Wu (Development Executive at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind The Martian, Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Steven Douglas-Craig (Executive Assistant at Sony Pictures, the studio behind Passengers, Ghostbusters, Men in Black), and Meredith Wieck (Development Executive at Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent).

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Daily Dialogue — January 21, 2017

PULITZER: I know we need to make more money. That’s why we’re here: to find out how to make more money.
JONATHAN: I have several proposals. First, to increase the paper’s price.
PULITZER: Then Hearst outsells me and I’m in the poorhouse. Brilliant, Jonathan, brilliant.
JONATHAN: Not the customer’s price. The price to the distribution apparatus.
SEITZ: Charge the newsies more for their papers? Bad idea, Chief.
JONATHAN: Very well. My next proposal, salary cuts. Particularly those at the top.
SEITZ: Very bad idea, Chief.
PULITZER: Wait. What do the newsies pay now? Fifty cents for one hundredpapers? If you raise it to sixty cents…
JONATHAN: A mere tenth of a cent per paper.
PULITZER: Multiply by forty thousand papers a day? Seven days a week?
JONATHAN: It definitely adds up, sir.
SEITZ: If you do this, every newsie we’ve got will head straight for Hearst.
PULITZER: You don’t know Hearst like I do, Seitz. As newspapermen, he and I would cut each other’s throats to get an advantage. But as gentlemen, as businessmen, we also see eye to eye on certain things. Now, if we do it, Hearst and I, if we do it, then the other papers will do it.
SEITZ: It’s going to be awfully tough on those children.
PULITZER: Nonsense, nonsense. It’ll be good for them. Incentive, make them work harder, sell more papers. They’ll look on it as an advantage.

Newsies (1992), writers Bob Tzudiker, Noni White

The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Greed, suggested by Jenny McNabb. Today’s recommendation by Will King.

Trivia: This movie was a critical and commercial flop upon its initial theatrical release. However, it gathered a cult following after its home video release, eventually made its filming budget back on rentals, and was deemed popular enough to be adapted into a stage musical, which premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey in 2011. The musical had music and lyrics by Alan Menken (who composed the movie’s music as well) and Jack Feldman (the movie’s lyricist), and a new book by playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein. This musical moved to Broadway in March 2012 and closed over two years later; a North American tour also launched in 2014.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Will: “While to the protagonist, and even to the audience, the antagonist may seem blatantly evil, to themselves the antagonist is always in the right, pursuing the one true course. Here, Pulitzer not only sees squeezing more money from the newsies as a good business plan, but he also believes it to be good for those who will suffer from his decision: it’ll build character, and the newsies will be grateful. Little does he realize what he’s setting himself up for.”


Daily Dialogue — January 21, 2017 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Interview (Audio): Allison Schroeder

A Women and Hollywood interview with co-screenwriter of Hidden Figures.

“Hidden Figures” (2016)

Hidden Figures is a hit grossing over $ 68M in domestic box office revenue with a chance to hit $ 100M. Not bad for a movie which has a reported production budget of $ 25M and features a cast of primarily black women,

Allison Schroeder, the movie’s co-writer (along with its director Theodore Melfi), recently sat down with Melissa Silverstein who runs the blog Women and Hollywood. Here is an audio recording of their conversation.

For more Women and Hollywood podcasts, go here.

Twitter: @WomenaHollywood, @amschroe.


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Another New Trailer for Ricky Gervais’ ‘David Brent: Life On The Road’

David Brent: Life On The Road Trailer

«On the road is where I really come alive.» Netflix has released an official US trailer for Ricky Gervais’ new film David Brent: Life of the Road, which is finally being prepped for release in February on Netflix. The film follows Gervais’ character from «The Office» series, David Brent, who has now turned to the life of being a rockstar in a band called «Foregone Conclusion». Hilarity ensues. The cast includes Tom Bennett, Jo Hartley, Mandeep Dhillon and Rebecca Gethings. We’ve previously featured a few different UK trailers for this, but if you are still curious, here’s another one made for the upcoming US release. This is probably only for die-hard fans of Gervais or «The Office», but check it out below. Not many laughs from me. ›››

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Figuring out what Aussies think about Trump on Twitter is pretty difficult

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Australians reacted more «positive» than «negative» to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, according to a sentiment analysis study of tweets that were posted at the time.

Only tweets sent on November 10, 2016, (just after the result of the US election) that included the word «Trump» and were sent from an Australian capital city were analysed.

SEE ALSO: 6 ways to push your online activism into the real world in the Trump era

This resulted in 32,908 tweets including retweets being retrieved. For the purpose of this analysis we classified the tweet sentiment as either positive, negative or neutral. Read more…

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