Anthony Burns makes his feature film directorial debut with Skateland, which premieres at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as one of the 16 films which were selected from 1,058 submissions for the U.S. Dramatic competition. Skateland is a coming-of-age story which takes place in the early 1980s in small-town East Texas. Dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager named Ritchie (played by Deadgirl‘s Shiloh Fernandez) to look at his life in a very new way.
Ritchie is on the verge of having his life change when the skate park he works at closes down and with it his carefree life of hanging with his friends. With responsibilities suddenly thrust upon him, he spends the rest of the summer transitioning into an adult. “Where he worked at represents a dying age,” Burns explains. “Skateboarding is becoming popular, East Texas is big in exporting energy and industrial chemicals, so there’s a sense of self realization and upward mobility and Ritchie has to grow up.”
Co-writer Brandon Freeman says that Skateland is “a story that resonates – about making choices, finding your way in life, friends, family and change” a story “fueled by an MTV pop appeal, broken and regained relationships, car chases, the always thriving binge drinking backdrop of Anytown, USA, and a cinematic wonder branded by the beauty of the landscape.” I’m a sucker for coming-of-age stories, and growing up in the 1980′s makes this all the more appealing. The movie also stars Ashley Greene (Twilight), Heath Freeman, Taylor Handley, AJ Buckley, and Haley Ramm. Photos after the jump.
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In May we told you that Todd Lincoln had signed on to will write and direct The Apparition for Joel Silver’s genre label Dark Castle Entertainment. But at the time, details about the project were being kept under wraps. The only thing we knew was that the story is said to be based on true events and involve a haunted house. The project is picking up steam now that Twilight star Ashley Greene is in talks to star, and Variety has some new detail… Apparently the story “centers on a young couple haunted by a supernatural presence unleashed during a college experiment.” And the project is being fast tracked, and will go into production in February 2010.
Lincoln’s short films Honey Pot and Xavier played to acclaim at film festicals, gaining the attention of a Los Angeles commercial and music video production company called Public Works. He has been directing commercials, music videos, and developing a potential feature film debut ever since. Lincoln had been attached to a remake of The Fly for Fox, and has since been developing a live-action adaptation of Hack/Slash for Rogue Pictures, and more recently became attached to an adaptation of Devil Due’s alien thriller graphic novel The Nye Incidents, also for Dark Castle.
I haven’t seen much of Lincoln’s work, as his short films aren’t available online. But I really dug his music video for Lucky Pool’s Judy and Mary. Check it out, embedded after the jump.
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If you didn’t already have enough disdain for Twilight, it now looks like a High School Musical star might be joining the cast. Twilight actress Ashley Greene revealed to MTV that High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens (you know, the one who is always having naked pictures of herself “leak” onto the internet) has auditioned for the role of Leah Clearwater in the Twilight sequel New Moon. Leah is a bitter and cynical werewolf who likes to antagonize her friend Jacob Black. Ugh…
But I must admit, getting Hudgens aboard the project would be a smart move by Summit. I imagine that the HSM audience is very much the same demographic as the Twilight readership. And having an HSM star on the cast could only appeal to the remaining tweens who haven’t yet jumped on board the emo vampire craze. Any other film and I would be shocked that Hudgens would even consider a supporting role, but Twilight is one of those rare properties that anyone who gets involved will likely get a boast in star power.