Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Back in February, an early trailer was leaked online, and quickly yanked because it was not official. Today Wrekin Hill Entertainment released an official trailer. The original story follows below, and the new trailer after the jump.

Hesher premiered over a year ago at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was quickly purchased by Newmarket Films. Since then, the feature debut of director Spencer Susser has remained curiously dormant. In that time, though, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman experienced the biggest successes of their careers and now Hesher is ready to introduce itself to the world. The film stars Gordon-Levitt as the long-haired anarchist title character who inserts himself into the life of a single parent (Rainn Wilson) and his son (Devin Brochu) as well as local girl played by current Oscar-nominee Portman. We ran Peter’s mildly positive review on the site when it first premiered and I remain head-over-heels in love with the combination of humor, drama and craziness. A trailer has finally surfaced. Check it out, along with a clip from the film, after the break. Read More »

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Ever since we first came across Spencer Susser‘s wonderful short film I Love Sarah Jane in 2008, we’ve been following the young Australian filmmaker’s career with great interest. We featured another short by Susser, A Love Story, in 2010, and Peter Sciretta gave Susser’s feature film debut Hesher a positive review at last year’s Sundance.

Now it seems that Susser will be going back where he started, and turning his I Love Sarah Jane into a feature length film. The movie takes place in a post-zombie-apocalypse universe, and centers around a 13-year-old boy named Jimbo (Brad Ashby) who is nursing a crush on the no-nonsense Sarah Jane (Mia Wasikowska before she fell down that rabbit hole). Watch (or rewatch) the short film after the jump.

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VOTD: Spencer Susser’s A Love Story

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Last year, we featured a beautiful zombie short film titled I Love Sarah Jane. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out right now. It was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and many regional film festivals around the world. And aside from being awesome, it is notable for featuring Mia Wasikowska, who later became Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Writer/director Spencer Susser has been working in commercials and music videos , but has finally completed his first feature film, an indie dramedy titled Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival (more here, review here).

This week our friends at FilmSchoolRejects posted a short film Susser wrote and directed in July 2005 titled A Love Story, which I had never seen before. The tagline is “love hurts” and this film is the literal example of that famous saying. The one and a half minute short stars Branden Williams & Amy Smart. Watch it now, embedded after the jump.

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Has ‘Hesher’ Been Retitled ‘Rebel’?

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Update: A few sources (but not yet Newmarket) are saying this is just a name change for international distribution. Peter saw the poster above at Cannes, where it may have been used only for sales purposes. So don’t take that image as final. Original article follows.

One of the more anticipated movies going into Sundance this year was Spencer Susser‘s Hesher, which casts Joseph Gordon-Levitt as “a long haired tattooed head-banging badass, who inserts himself ” into the life of a young man who has recently lost his mother. The film didn’t wow everyone at the fest, and was picked up by smaller distributor Newmarket. Now it seems the picture has a new title: the much less distinctive and interesting Rebel. Read More »

Editor’s Note: Last week we were approached by a filmmaker who wanted to guest blog his Sundance experience on /Film. You might not know 42-year-old director Jake Scott yet, but you will. You definitely know his father Ridley, the filmmaker behind such films as Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner (Jake worked in the editing room during the school holidays). Chances are, you’ve probably never seen Jake’s directorial debut was a 1999 British historical action comedy titled Plunkett & Macleane. He’s directed iconic music videos for REM’s Everybody Hurts, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone, as well as videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Lily Allen, The Strokes, The Verve, and U2. Jake’s second feature film, Welcome to the Rileys premiered in Sundance’s US Dramatic competition. The story follows a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans who is seeking salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. The movie stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo.

You can read Jake’s first blog post here. His second blog post, which you can read below, is full of tons of photos and an exclusive one-minute video interview Scot conducted with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Hesher director Spencer Susser.

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SUNDANCE CALLING
27 JAN 2010
10:00 HRS
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Big weekend. People seem to really like Welcome to the Riley’s. Phew. Hung out with Kristen Stewart & Melissa Leo all day, did press, then Runaways premier. Sat next to Kristen & Dakota Fanning, the two leads. Kristen plays Joan Jett & Dakota plays Cherie Currie. Pretty great.
Then the high light of the weekend, the Banksy documentary. He’s here but of course mysterious. Check out this piece he did on a wall off Main St.

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Sundance Movie Review: Hesher

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In 2008, I discovered a wonderful short film titled I Love Sarah Jane by commercial and music video director Spencer Susser. I loved it so much, I even featured it on /Film (you can watch it here — and if you haven’t yet, you really need to). The short was a very different kind of zombie film, nothing like you’ve ever seen before — in the same way Let The Right One In was a different kind of vampire film than you’ve ever seen before. After seeing this short film, I definitely was in to see anything Susser was to produce.

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Last year, we featured a beautiful zombie short film titled I Love Sarah Jane. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out right now. It was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and many regional film festivals around the world. And aside from being awesome, it is notable for featuring Mia Wasikowska, who has gone on to become Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Writer/director Spencer Susser has been working in commercials and music videos , but has finally completed his first feature film, an indie dramedy titled Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman. Susser has been developing Hesher for the last four years, as well as a feature film adaptation of Sarah Jane (which I hope someday gets made). We previously featured the film on the site in our Sundance Photo Preview, but now the first footage in now online, thanks to Sundance’s Meet The Artists video series (found via Twitch). Watch the video, embedded after the jump. We’ll be on the ground in Park City proving you with the early buzz on this movie, and many other films, premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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Last year, we featured a beautiful zombie short film titled I Love Sarah Jane. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out right now. It was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and many regional film festivals around the world. And aside from being awesome, it is notable for featuring Mia Wasikowska, who has gone on to become Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Writer/director Spencer Susser has been working in commercials and music videos , but has finally completed his first feature film, an indie dramedy titled Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman. Susser has been developing Hesher for the last four years, as well as a feature film adaptation of Sarah Jane (which I hope someday gets made). The film, co-written with David Michod, tells the story of a 13 year old boy named T.J.. Full details and photos after the jump.

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