VIDEO: The Making of ‘Sound Of My Voice’

One of the most buzzed about films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is finally making its way to theaters next week. Sound Of My Voice, directed by Zal Batmanglij and starring Brit Marling, focuses on two people who attempt to infiltrate a cult lead by a woman who has an incredibly intriguing claim. Made for well-under half-a-million dollars, the film shows that smart genre filmmaking doesn’t need to have big effects, just big ideas with equally big answers.

Fox Searchlight will begin to release the film April 27 and, after the jump, you can watch a making of featurette and read some of my thoughts on the film. Read More »

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In Page 2 today, Pete mentioned that a new poster had been released for the indie cult/sci-fi film Sound of My Voice, but now we’ve got something better: a new trailer.

The film was one of the most anticipated of 2011 thanks to a breakout appearance at Sundance that year, but Fox Searchlight decided to hold the movie for this year. So it is one of the most anticipated movies of 2012 now. We saw a 12-minute clip from the movie about a month back, but this is the trailer debut. Read More »

One of the most-praised films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was Sound of My Voice, starring and co-written by Brit Marling (Another Earth). The film, directed by Zal Batmanglij, follows a couple as they attempt to infiltrate and learn about a cult, led by a charismatic woman with a rather outrageous claim about her own history. Fox Searchlight picked up the film later in 2011, but has taken time to plan a release schedule.

Now, just more than two months out from release, those of us who weren’t at Sundance in ’11 are getting a taste of the film. A two-minute clip hit yesterday, and now we’ve got the first ‘chapter’ of the movie; that is, the opening twelve-minute segment. Have a look below. The footage will make sense out of the handshake iconography in the poster (seen above). Read More »

One of my favorite movies of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was Zal Batmanglij‘s Sound of My Voice, a microbudget dramatic thriller which is about a couple who infiltrate a cult in the San Fernando Valley. But the story has a tiny bit of a science fiction as well — the leader of the group is a woman named Maggie (Brit Marling) who claims to be a time traveler from the year 2054. The couple sneak cameras into the cult hoping to expose her scam. You can read my lengthy review here (I’ve tried my hardest to keep it spoiler free). Fox Searchlight acquired the film sometime after last year’s festival, and has been figuring exactly how to market and release such a unique movie.

As the April 27th 2012 release date approaches, Searchlight is beginning their marketing push. Today they have released the first two-minutes of the film as a clip on Apple.com — you can watch it after the jump. Tomorrow we will be exclusively be posting the entire first 12 minutes of the film (the entire first chapter of the story) before it is released on the official website later this week. So please, watch out for that.

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Great art is often derived from tragedy so it makes perfect sense that the economic crisis has been the subject of so many recent movies. Arbitrage, the directorial debut of Nicholas Jarecki, is the latest in a continuing line of films concerning the troubled economy and one of the best yet.

Richard Gere plays Robert Miller, a billionaire CEO who is trying to sell his company. He’s also cheating on his wife (Susan Sarandon), deceiving his co-worker/daughter (Brit Marling), and he eventually gets wrapped up in police investigation run by Tim Roth.

It all sounds so cliche, but Jarecki’s script transcends that by giving his audience real issues to chew on and characters to learn from. Arbitrage had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and you can read more after the jump.

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Nicole Kidman‘s Blossom Films and Olympus Films have teamed up to acquire the movie rights for Kevin Wilson‘s bestselling book The Family Fang, which they plan to develop as a starring vehicle for Kidman. The two companies previously collaborated on Rabbit Hole, for which Kidman received a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Wilson’s debut novel centers around a couple of performance artists who regularly incorporate their unwilling children into their bizarre acts. Years later, misfortune prompts the now-grown son and daughter to return home, where they find their parents gearing up for one final masterpiece. [Deadline]

After the jump, New Line pulls together an intriguing shortlist for Burt Wonderstone‘s female lead, and The East‘s terrorist organization gets one more member.

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Robert Redford‘s directorial effort The Company You Keep already boasts a top-notch cast, with Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Brit Marling, Shia LaBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Stephen Root, and Redford himself all signed on. But apparently,there’s still room on the roster for more impressive talent. Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson, and Sam Elliott have just boarded the cast of the political thriller, along with 11-year-old newcomer (and America’s Got Talent finalist) Jackie Evancho.

The Lem Dobbs-scripted adaptation of Neil Gordon‘s novel centers around Jim Grant (Redford), a former Weather Underground member who’s been on the FBI’s wanted list for the past three decades. When a determined young reporter uncovers the truth about his past, he’s forced to go on the run. With so many new actors joining up, there’s a lot of info to sort through, so hit the jump for more info on their roles.

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The more people get cast in Zal Batmanglij‘s The East, the more interesting it sounds. The latest addition is the always excellent Patricia Clarkson, who’ll play the boss of co-writer and star Brit Marling.

The thriller revolves around an agent (Marling) from a private security firm who is tasked with infiltrating a terrorist group called The East. Once she’s in, however, she finds herself falling for the group’s leader, probably because he looks exactly like Alexander Skarsgard. Other recent additions to the cast have been Ellen Page as Skarsgard’s ex and another member of the organization, and Toby Kebbell as a doctor who takes a tainted drug and develops Parkinson’s-like symptoms. [The Playlist]

After the jump, Octavia Spencer goes to Vegas and Michael Angarano goes home.

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