Teaser Trailer for Funky Sundance Midnight Thriller ‘Summer of ’84’

Summer of '84 Trailer

“There’s a serial killer on the loose… What else could possibly be this exciting?!” Gunpowder & Sky has put out the first teaser trailer for filmmaking collective RKSS’ new film Summer of ’84, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month. This film comes with quite a similar pitch to many other projects these days: it “delivers the camaraderie, adventure, joy and nostalgia of The Goonies and Stand By Me while four boys chase to uncover a mystery (ala ‘Stranger Things’).” The main cast is lead by a group of four young kids, and the film stars Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, Rich Sommer, Jason Gray-Stanford, and Shauna Johannesen. This really does look like Stand By Me meets “Stranger Things”, but hopefully it has something to unique offer on its own. Have fun. ›››

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Trailer for Super Cheesy Romance ‘Midnight Sun’ with Bella Thorne

Midnight Sun Trailer

“I’m not comfortable with him not knowing…” Open Road Films has debuted an official trailer for a cheesy romance titled Midnight Sun, which is actually a remake of a Japanese film of the same name released in 2006 (Taiyô no uta). The story follows a young woman with a rare disease that, if exposed to the sun’s rays, she could potentially die (kind of like a vampire but without any of the need to drink blood). Hollywood took this and turned it into a super sappy romance that reminds me a bit of Everything, Everything, also about a woman with a disease who can’t leave home. Bella Thorne stars, with Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle, Quinn Shephard, Ken Tremblett, Jenn Griffin, and Nicholas Coombe. It looks super sweet. ›››

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What it Takes to Make a Batsh*t Insane Midnight Short [PODCAST]

The weirdest of the weird get picked up in Austin. How will you make the cut?

When attending film festivals, there is no more exciting prospect than catching a screening of a Midnight shorts section. These are generally made up of the strangest, and in many ways, the most innovative projects accepted. They are playgrounds for exploration, coming from filmmakers who are absolutely fearless in exploding the themes and neuroses of their own daily lives.

And SXSW selects the best of them.

We sat down with a handful of crew members from shorts featured at SXSW 2017, including Drew Maynard and Caleb Dirks from The Saurus, Celine Held and Logan George from Mouse, and Sarah Winshall from Whiskey Fist.

We discussed the different favors, efforts, and resources it took for each of these filmmakers to get their short into the festival. There was one constant in every path, however: no one made a short to get into a Midnight section, or even a film festival. They all just made stories which they felt needed to be told. They just happened to be batshit insane.

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