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Hot Trailer: ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’

By | Friday May 24, 2013 @ 1:29pm PDT

The first trailer has come out for the David Lowery-directed drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. The film, which IFC picked up at Sundance this year, stars Casey Affleck as a man who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Nate Parker and Keith Carradine fill out the top flight cast.  IFC Films have set the movie to come out on August 16. Check out the trailer here now. 

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After Gritty Sundance Debut On ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’, David Lowery To Reinvent ‘Pete’s Dragon’ For Disney

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 4:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I didn’t see this one coming. After directing one of the most talked-about films at Sundance Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery has hired on with writing partner Toby Halbrooks to script Pete’s Dragon for Disney and producer Jim Whitaker. I’m told they will reinvent the core story of a venerable Disney family film. It will not be a musical and at this point Lowery is just engaged as writer. The original 1977 Pete’s Dragon mixed an animated fire-breather with a live-action cast of actors that included Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters, Helen Reddy and Jim Dale, with Sean Marshall playing the orphan boy who comes to a town with his magical dragon, his abusive adoptive parents in hot pursuit.

It is certainly a departure for Lowery, who made the jump from editor to director on Saints, a gritty drama he wrote and directed that stars Rooney Mara, Rami Malek, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. It’s the tale of an outlaw who escapes prison and sets across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. The film was acquired by IFC, which will release the pic August 16. He made a small feature called St. Nick, about runaway children who have to fend for themselves in the wild, so he has explored themes of innocence and magical realism. And he and Halbrooks made the Sundance short Pioneer, … Read More »

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Sundance: Five Directors To Watch

If the Sundance Film Festival is about anything, it’s about the directors. Careers are made in Park City with the right combination of talent, content, context and reception. Look at what happened in 2012 with Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Benh Zeitlin’s feature directorial debut seemed to come out of nowhere to win the festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic films. Now the fantasy drama is nominated for multiple Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. No predictions of course, but here’s five directors worth watching at Sundance this year.

Related: Mike Fleming’s Sundance 2013 Preview

David Lowery, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: Lowery is actually a triple threat this Sundance. The Texan has the outlaw Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck starrer, which he directed and wrote, at the festival; Pit Stop, which he co-wrote, in the NEXT sidebar; and Upstream Color, on which he was one of the editors. Not bad for a guy who’s directorial feature debut St. Nick got rejected by Sundance back in 2009. Then again, Lowery’s short Pioneer won the Grand Jury Prize in 2011, so 2013 could really be his year.

Lake Bell, In A World…: The UTA-repped actress made her Sundance debut back in 2011 with her short Worst Enemy. This year she’s back and bigger and in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Bell, who has been a regular on shows such as Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, HBO’s How To Make It In America and Boston Legal, directed, wrote, co-produced and stars in the comedy about a stymied vocal coach. In this age, that’s a noise worth listening to. Read More »

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WME Signs Helmers From Sundance Labs

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 8:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

WME has signed a trio of aspiring directors who emerged from the Sundance Labs program last January. All of them will be shooting features this year.

David Lowery, who wrote/directed Pioneers, a short that won the Grand Jury Award at SXSW will shoot Aint Them Bodies Saints, the film that shoots this summer with Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck starring.

Jonas Carpignano’s short films have shown at numerous festivals; Bayou Black, starring Michael K. Williams, played the Woodstock Film Festival and his latest, A Chjana, won the Controcampo Italiano Award for Best Short at Venice last year. Jonas’s feature length version of A Chjana was recently accepted to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale Talent Campus. Jonas, an MFA candidate at the Tisch School of Arts, will shoot the feature later this year.

Ryan Coogler, out of USC, has played numerous fests with his short Locks and Gap & Fig.  He developed his first film Fruitvale at the Sundance Lab. The film shoots next month in Oakland, with The Help’s Octavia Spencer starring. Forest Whitaker is producing a film that tells the true story of Oscar Grant, the 22-year old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family on the last day of the 2008…. and the unfortunate events that followed.

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Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck Circling ‘Aint Them Bodies Saints’

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 4:41pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: David Lowery has written and will direct Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, a contemporary story in the vein of Bonnie And Clyde, with Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck attached to star. Lowery wrote and directed the short Pioneers, which won the Grand Jury Award at the 2011 Grand Jury Award at 2011 SXSW after premiering at Sundance. Lowery developed the feature at the January 2011 Sundance Writers Lab. James Johnston, Toby Halbrooks, Amy Kaufman, Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy are producing. Lowery has signed with WME and WME Global is repping the film, and Evolution Independent’s Cassian Elwes is lining up the financing.

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