Indie Distribution Vet Jeff Lipsky Goes Global On Vimeo With Trio Of His Own Pics: Video

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 3:31pm PDT

jeff lipsky twelve thirty“Independent American films are largely considered anathema to foreign distributors these days,” says Jeff Lipsky. The distribution veteran, who’s also a John Cassavetes-mentored filmmaker, knows a thing or two about the indie business. He co-founded October Films with Bingham Ray in 1991, and is also a former executive at New Yorker Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, and Skouras Pictures. In 2011, he launched Adopt Films with Tim Grady, which recently handled Oscar nominee Omar. As a director, Lipsky has made five movies, and is shooting a sixth this fall. Some of his own films have been in official selections at VimeoSundance and San Sebastian, and seen U.S. releases, but none has ever been distributed internationally. And that’s why he’s taking things into his own hands, making three of them available via Vimeo On Demand worldwide as of May 1: Flannel Pajamas (2006), Twelve Thirty (2010) and Molly’s Theory Of Relativity (2013). Among the stars of those movies are Justin Kirk, Julianne Nicholson, Mamie Gummer, Jonathan Groff and Cady Huffman. Two of them also have actor Reed Birney in common with In Your Eyes, the micro-budget Tribeca title that writer and exec producer Joss Whedon just announced is going out worldwide via Vimeo. The timing was pure coincidence, Lipsky says as he sings the service’s praises. “There is great potential for indie filmmakers. It doesn’t require legal contracts, you can geoblock and call your own shots… It’s not rocket science.” (Post continues below)

He says Vimeo’s quality is the same as “any of the big boys.” Although a fan of Netflix and Amazon, Lipsky contends the “problem” with those services is that they are “fantastic for consumers, but little to no money can be realized by filmmakers or distributors.” Vimeo allows for an “instantaneous” revenue stream, which is “as it should be in this world we live in.” The split with the site is 90% to the rights holder and 10% to the service, Lipsky tells me. The only risk, he says, is that it’s “not the 800-pound gorilla. You have to do a little more” to market, but it’s “whatever I want.” What he hopes is that when his next movie is completed in 2016, the Vimeo experience will create “an expectant audience clamoring to see the film in many countries.” Here’s a clip from Lipsky latest, Molly’s Theory Of Relativity, with Tony winner Huffman and God’s Pocket‘s Sophia Takal: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Immigrant’

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 2:46pm PDT

Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner star in the James Gray period drama The Immigrant. It centers on Ewa Cybulski (Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan), who immigrate to New York from their native Poland to start a new life. The two women … Read More »

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Hot Cannes Trailer: Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 3:20am PDT

Cannes Film Festival Competition title Jimmy’s Hall is expected to be the last narrative feature from veteran helmer Ken Loach. This year will mark British director’s 12th time in Competition. He won the Palme d’Or in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes The Barley, … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Emma Thompson & Pierce Brosnan In ‘The Love Punch’

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 1:46pm PDT

“Kidnap? Crashing a wedding? Stealing a diamond? All right, we’re in.” Well, that and Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan as a divorced couple who head to Paris after being screwed out of their pension by their company’s new owners. Will the City of Light charm the former spouses … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Michael C. Hall In ‘Cold In July’

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 2:43pm PDT

Here’s the official trailer for Michael C. Hall‘s first post-Dexter project. He plays Richard, a small-town guy who’s hailed as a hero after he offs a burglar. But then the crook’s ex-con dad (Sam Shepard) shows up with vengeance on his mind and Richard’s family in his sights. … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 4:56pm PDT

Here’s the first trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway smash about legendary early-rock group the Four Seasons. Warner Bros’ Jersey Boys has taken a serpentine road to the big screen. It originally was at Sony before Graham King signed a multi-year deal with Warners Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Guy Pearce & Robert Pattinson In ‘The Rover’

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 2:23pm PDT

The same day writer-director David Michôd’s anarchic thriller was picked for a Midnight Screening at Cannes, a new trailer has surfaced. Set in the Australian desert a decade after an economic meltdown, The Rover stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson as angry men on a mission … Read More »

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Hot Tribeca Trailer: ‘Garnet’s Gold’ From Docu Meister Simon Chinn

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 12:11pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Perkins’ documentary Garnet’s Gold has some serious pedigree — it’s from producer Simon Chinn, who won Best Documentary Feature Oscars for James Marsh’s Man On Wire in 2009 and for Searching For Sugar Man in 2013. Both of those riviting docus scored because of their laser … Read More »

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Faith-Based ‘Noble’ Hoping To Catch Wave Of Recent Christian-Themed Hits: Trailer

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 5:36pm PDT

nobleEXCLUSIVE: Now might be the perfect time for more faith-based features to get in on the box office hunger that’s propelled Christian-themed fare like Fox’s Son Of God and Freestyle Releasing’s God’s Not Dead into the Top 10. True-tale biopic Noble is one such film aiming to join the fray as it makes festival rounds and screens for buyers this month in LA and NY before heading to Cannes. Deirdre O’Kane (Moon Boy) stars as Christina Noble, a humanitarian and author who channeled her deprived and destitute childhood growing up on the streets of Dublin, Ireland into a lifelong mission to help children in need in Vietnam and Mongolia. Noble founded the Christina Noble Childrens Foundation in 1989 and wrote two books about her life’s work. Stephen Bradley wrote and directed the film, based on Noble’s life, which also stars Downton Abbey‘s Brendan Coyle, Game of Thrones‘ Liam Cunningham, and Sarah Greene. Melanie Gore-Grimes produced the UK/Irish pic, which was filmed in Vietnam, Liverpool, and Cumbria. Michael J. Hunt exec produced for his Ansty Productions. Noble won the Panavision Grand Prize at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Dallas International Film Festival, and next stops by the Nashville Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Fest. Continental Media is repping sales. Check out the trailer exclusively on Deadline: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 2:43pm PDT

Open Road Films is set to release the Eli Roth-directed The Green Inferno on September 5 after acquiring it at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. It’s Roth’s first directing gig since 2007′s Hostel 2, and he co-wrote the horror thriller with Guillermo Amoedo and produced the … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Ida’

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 11:12am PDT

Pawel Pawlikowski‘s Ida follows a young nun in 1960s Poland who’s on the verge of taking her vows but discovers a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation. Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza star in the film, which won the international critics’ FIPRESCI Prize at Toronto … Read More »

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Hot Tribeca Clip For ‘Keep On Keepin’ On; Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock To Swing At Saturday’s Post-Premiere Performance

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 8:34am PDT
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keeping onMark the calendar for the April 19 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Keep On Keepin’ On, the Al Hicks-directed documentary about 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, who is helped over his terrible stage fright by his ailing … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 9:24pm PDT

Don’t let the title fool you: This ain’t no night in white satin with the Moody Blues. (It’s even spelled differently.) But if it’s action you crave, well, it’s got that. Here’s the final trailer for Fox/Marvel’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past, wherein Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine goes back … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘If I Stay’

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 8:05pm PDT

Mia is young, talented and in love, with her whole life ahead of her. Until the car crash. With her family decimated, she lies comatose in a hospital — having an out-of-body experience. She watches as she’s told that living or dying “is all up to you; whatever fight you … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Who Is Dayani Cristal?’

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 3:36pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Who Is Dayani Cristal? opened the World Cinema Documentary section at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and won that year’s cinematography award. Focusing on the death of migrant workers in the Sonora desert, the film follows a team from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona as they try … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: David Cronenberg’s ‘Maps To The Stars’

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 7:30am PDT

EOne has dropped the first trailer for David Cronenberg’s thriller Maps To The Stars. Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadan star in the ghost story that’s described as a scathing attack on celebrity-obsessed LA. Bruce Wagner penned the script. Check it out:

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Hot Trailer: Tommy Lee Jones’ Western ‘The Homesman’ And Its Haunting Score

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 5:45pm PDT

There have been whispers that Tommy Lee Jones‘ The Homesman is heading to Cannes. That’s not a bad projection to make, considering that his previous directorial oater The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada — which, like Homesmen was produced by Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp — debuted on the Croisette … Read More »

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Hot MTV Movie Awards Trailer: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

By | Sunday April 13, 2014 @ 7:34pm PDT
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Here is one of the many trailers teased during the MTV Movie Awards telecast. It’s the Tom Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow. Looks like Tom still knows how to blow shit up.

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Hot Clip: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars unveiled a new clip ahead of tonight’s MTV Movie Awards, featuring Shailene Woodley and her Divergent cast mate Ansel Elgort, who star as two teenagers afflicted by cancer who meet and fall in love. Josh Boone … Read More »

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