Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we head to Romania for some Blood Simple, try and understand a madman, fondly remember a powerhouse of cinema critique that’s making a comeback, check in and then check out of Dolph Lundgren’s latest, revisit the Boston bombing ahead of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s version of events, and let Iggy Pop regale us with memories from the road. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
One of the more overlooked films at awards time during late 2010 and early 2011 was Nicole Holofcener‘s Please Give. Meanwhile, Nanette Burstein, who had already made American Teen and The Kid Stays in the Picture, moved into the world of the romcom last year with the Drew Barrymore picture Going the Distance.
Now the two are teaming up, as Nicole Holofcener has written the screenplay for a remake of the French film Notre univers impitoyable, and Nanette Burnstein will direct the a film based on the script, called Unforgiving World. Read More »
Warner Bros has informed us that Going The Distance has changed release dates to September 3rd 2010 from August 27th 2010. In making the announcement, Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution stated, “Moving to the Labor Day weekend not only allows us to take advantage of the long holiday weekend, but gives us some distance from the other female-driven films releasing in August. Additionally, we have an opportunity to build more awareness and word-of-mouth for a movie we believe has strong appeal for a broad audience.”
Posted on Thursday, May 20th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (On The Ropes, American Teen) makes her narrative feature film debut with the romantic comedy Going the Distance. The raunchy screenplay placed highly on the Black List, but it appears to have been tamed into a generic mainstream romcom starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston and Charlie Day.
An Academy Award nominated director that we’ve championed on /Film in the past…
… a screenplay voted one of the best unproduced scripts by industry insiders…
… and this is the trailer?
Really? Lets hope the movie has something better to offer.
Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
American Teen director Nanette Burstein is ready to make the transition from documentary filmmaking to narrative feature filmmaking. The Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker is in talks with New Line (aka Warner Bros) to helm the film Going The Distance, a romantic comedy which deals with a the struggle to maintain a long distance relationship, between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe sold his spec scrip without representation after working for the studio as a script reader for four years. LaTulippe told Variety in July: “The essential story is that the couple knows that the long-distance relationship is probably a bad idea but they like each other too much to stop.” LaTulippe came up with the idea with his good friend Dave Neustadter (an executive at New Line) after a night of drinking.
“He’d been in a long-distance relationship a couple of years prior, and we realized that no one had really done that situation justice, given it its own film…and MILLIONS of people go through that type of relationship. If you haven’t (like me), you know someone who has (Dave),” LaTulippe told DoneDealPro in September. “We’re both really big proponents (and, to be honest, damn-near worshippers) of what Judd Apatow is doing in comedy right now. At the same time, we knew there was room in that niche – that sort of slice-of-life, familiar-to-everyone observational comedy that doesn’t have to rely on huge set pieces and slapstick gags to generate laughs – to create something that a lot of people could get behind. I think all of the best comedy comes from real life, from those situations where you go, ‘I couldn’t have made that up if I tried.’ So I stopped trying. Dave and I just drew from our own experiences, worked to make the story as down-to-earth as possible, and people seemed to respond to it.”
When I talked to Nanette back in July, she spoke about wanting to do a fictional film next:
“I want to do a fiction film next, because every time you want a new challenge and I feel that that would be a new challenge and I struggle so hard to make these documentaries really narrative, entertaining and so I thought it would be interesting to try just from the beginning scripting it, rather than taking real life and putting it into a narrative story arc,” Burstein told /Film. “Even before I shoot a documentary I write the story that I hope to get and of course it ends up being a different film, but I actually write it out, and so I guess you know, writing a screen play you write out your first draft and then you get to a completely different place where your last draft so in that way, but what I would want to do in a fiction film is have the room to improvise a lot and not just stick to the script and I feel like being a documentary filmmaker, I’d feel more comfortable doing that.” … “It would probably be a dramady, I mean I’m developing a few from projects but you never know what’s going to work.”
As you’re probably aware, we were a big supporter of American Teen, a film we feel fell through the cracks due to poor marketing. It’s a great film, and you should definitely add it to your Netflix Queue. I’m glad to see that Burstein will be crossing over into fictional film. I have no idea what that might even look like, but judging from the tastes she expressed in our movie playlist conversation, I’m definitely interested to find out.
Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Back in May I had the opportunity to sit down with Nanette Burstein, the Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker behind On The Ropes and The Kid Stays in the Picture. Her latest film American Teen follows five high school students through their senior year. I hate to oversell the movie, but it’s literally one of my favorite films of the year.
Peter Sciretta: I’m not sure if you read my site but I…
Nanette Burstein: Yeah, I have I’ve been following your site. Thank you, I read, you know, these kind of movies really need that push, and I really appreciate you doing it.
Peter Sciretta: I really think it could be the first documentary with mainstream appeal. I don’t mean this as like
Nanette Burstein: Yeah, no, I know what you mean.
Peter Sciretta: But it’s really accessible…
Nanette Burstein: Right.
Peter Sciretta: It’s really really accessible where documentaries normally deal with these hardcore issues, political, psychological or socialogical…
Nanette Burstein: Right, and the challenge is, and I knew this would be a challenge from the beginning is how do you get teenagers to go to a documentary in a movie theater and then are 20 and 30 something year olds just going to (e)quate this as like the normal run-of-the-mill stuff that you see in reality television. So you have to get over both of those hurdles to get people in, and it’s really through word of mouth people like yourself or other people who see the film and fall in love and say no! you have to believe me this is different, because people have such a prejudice against it: a) because it’s a documentary and then b) it’s a documentary about teenagers which, you know, teenagers on the one-hand make it very accessible but on the other hand you have certain prejudices because of the existing reality television.
Welcome to another edition of Movie Playlist, where we talk to the writers, directors, and stars about their favorite films. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business moved to Hollywood after discovering their love of films. And I’ve always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.
Nanette Burstein is the Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker behind On The Ropes and The Kid Stays in the Picture. Her latest film American Teen follows five high school students through their senior year. I hate to oversell the movie, but it’s literally one of my favorite films of the year.
Nanette Burstein: There are certain directors whose films, I could just watch them endlessly. Alexander Paine, I’m a huge fan of.
Peter Sciretta: You know, I saw a lot of like Election in American Teen…
Nanette Burstein: Yes, Election definitely influenced this film… Like the shots of the kids when you hear their voiceovers and they’re on the bed, I totally took that from Election. There was the night before election where there’s all these dolly shots into all the main characters and their thoughts and like they’re all crane…
Peter Sciretta: It was like those crane shots.
Nanette Burstein: Yeah, those shots are amazing, and that’s what inspired me to do that.
Nanette Burstein: There’s definitely different homages in this film, like Garden State which I love there’s this scene when Hannah goes to the party and she’s alienated and the way I cut that scene was completely influenced by that scene in Garden State where he’s alienated at the party.
I can’t say this enough, American Teen is my favorite film of 2008 so far (you can read my review from Sundance). Nanette Burstein, the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker of On The Ropes spent one year following a group of teenagers during their senior year of high school. The movie won the directing award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and has been playing the festival circuit to rave reviews ever since. I can’t stress to you how great this film is. I know, at first glance it might look like MTV’s The Hills to some people (evident in the comments for the theatrical trailer), but trust me, there really is no comparison (probably because this is 95% real). I’m sure film festival audiences wouldn’t sit through The Hills – The Movie, never-mind give it a standing ovation.
The heart of the movie for me, and most people, is Hannah, the “rebel” art-student who dreams of leaving her midwest town to go to California to become a filmmaker. Paramount Vantage has put together a series of Character Teaser Trailers. Some of them do a disservice to the film, but I’ve included the trailers below for the two most interesting characters (at least from my perspective, which might say something about me), Hannah and Jake (“the geek”). American Teen hits theaters on July 25th 2008.
Discuss: What do you think of the new character trailers for American Teen?