VOD Spotlight on Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe (BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY)April 23, 2014

VOD Spotlight on Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe (BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY)

BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY (Tribeca Film)

Casper (Emory Cohen, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe, THE GREAT GATSBY) have been fiercely loyal friends since childhood. Desperate for a way out of their quiet town on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father (Aidan Gillen, "The Wire," "Game of Thrones") to pay his share, their friendship is pushed to the brink and adult choices forced on them all too soon. A standout narrative debut from Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (THE WAY WE GET BY), BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY is a gripping coming-of-age thriller set against an authentic portrait of small-town American life.


A moving story like BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY deserves talented actors to bring its complex and authentic characters to life. Luckily Gaudet and Pullapilly found Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe, both of whom delivered amazing performances as the film’s main characters. I had the pleasure of interviewing the actors who shared their experiences on set and then some.

 

VOD Spotlight on Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe (BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY) 

 

On Demand Weekly (ODW): The filmmakers, Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, described this film as sort of their transition into fiction film from a documentary background. Would you say you noticed any differences in the way they worked toward authenticity compared to filmmakers who work purely in fiction?

Callan McAuliffe, Dominic (CM): I can’t tell if it was because of their background or if it was the nature of the film or if it was just generally a very different experience for me in terms of filmmaking, but it was a very unique process. That may come from that background, but I’ve never worked with documentary filmmakers before so I have no experience with that, but it was certainly a very different experience. 

 

Callan McAuliffe

 

ODW: I know they did extensive research on the area and the people living there, and a lot of the movie was based on the true stories they were told, how did this affect your preparation for the part?
Emory Cohen, Casper (EC):
We were up there for 3 weeks before we started shooting and we met some people who had done [the harvest] and they let us put that into the script too and sometimes we just threw the script away and improvised.

 

Emory Cohen

 

ODW: Which scene was the most memorable to shoot?
CM:
The scene that will stick with me for the rest of my life is the moose safari scene, just because it was such a wild ride literally and figuratively to shoot and I’ve never done anything of that kind before for a film - and there’s good reason for that (laughs). But it was an extraordinary experience and I’ll remember that for the rest of my life. Just chasing a moose down a road in the back of a flatbed truck, screaming and hollering in the middle of nowhere, it was wonderful.

 

ODW: You actually went out and chased a wild moose for that shot, is that right?

Top 5 Reasons to Watch PROXYApril 23, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Watch PROXY

PROXY (IFC Films)

A very pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Rasmussen) is walking home after her latest OB appointment when she is attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. When Esther seeks consolation in a support group, she finds friendship and empathy in Melanie (Havins), another mother scarred with tragedy. Esther soon begins to believe that the horrific event might be a bittersweet act of fate. However, friendship and empathy can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.

Top 5 Reasons to Watch PROXY

1. If you’re interested in a unique, female driven thriller that proves you can’t accurately judge anyone based on looks alone.

2. If you love plot twists so major that they keep you questioning really important things about the story, like who is the main character?

 



3. If you appreciate movies that don’t flinch at gore, PROXY even goes so far as to give us one incredibly bloody scene in slow motion.

4. If you like to see how characters with extremely dark desires go about getting what they want in brutal and disturbing ways.

5. If you want to explore some frightening reasons for entering into motherhood, as expressed by unapologetic and insane characters.

 

 

Sabrina Luppi

 



Sabrina Luppi is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is currently a film and marketing student at San Francisco State University, and recently completed a content programming internship at Intel. Sabrina is an aspiring actress, writer and filmmaker and her favorite genre is horror. Follow her on Twitter @sabzy_

 

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Kristin Wiig’s Latest - HATESHIP LOVESHPApril 15, 2014

Kristin Wiig’s Latest - HATESHIP LOVESHP

Kristin Wiig (IFC)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: HATESHIP LOVESHIP (IFC).

 

The sad clown is a trope that’s endured as long as drama itself. Hiding one’s own woes behind a mask of laughs is as familiar a move as any in storytelling. The logical outgrowth of the “laugh, clown, laugh” syndrome is the need comic actors feel to undertake “serious” roles.

Sometimes it works: Bill Murray has certainly shown improvement as a so-called “dramatic” actor since his stumble through THE RAZOR’S EDGE, even garnering an Oscar nomination. Jim Carrey acquitted himself brilliantly in THE TRUMAN SHOW. And the broad, burly John Candy was effective in JFK and Chris Columbus’s treacly ONLY THE LONELY.

Along comes Kristen Wiig. Fresh off her truly star-making tenure on SNL, Wiig established her feature film bona fides in fun flicks like MACGRUBER and ADVENTURELAND. Then she rocked the world as the co-writer and star of the megahit that was BRIDESMAIDS, which offered her the opportunity to take some chances, which is exactly what she does in HATESHIP LOVESHIP.

Based on a short story by Alice Munro, HATESHIP LOVESHIP is the story of mousier-than-mousy young woman, Johanna, who is a housekeeper/caregiver. When her elderly charge dies, Johanna finds work with the McCauley family, where stern grandpa (Nick Nolte, WARRIOR) is the guardian of sullen teen (Hailee Steinfeld, TRUE GRIT), with ne’er-do-well dad, Ken (Guy Pearce, IRON MAN 3) drifting in and out of their lives.

 

Kristin Wiig, Guy Pearce / HATESHIP LOVESHIP (IFC Films)


 Along with friend Edith, played by Sami Gayle, who made such a shattering impression in Tony Kaye’s DETACHMENT, Steinfeld’s spiteful Sabitha makes Johanna the object of a cruel prank that preys on the older woman’s naivete and loneliness. As a result of the teens’ bogus emails, Johanna pursues the shifty Ken to his latest sure-to-fail business venture, a roadside motel.

James Franco’s MALADIES - Now On DemandApril 03, 2014

James Franco’s MALADIES - Now On Demand

MALADIES (Tribeca Film)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: MALADIES (Tribeca Film).

 

See the latest Independent Movie On Demand (IMOD) Trailers here...

 

MALADIES

By Sky McCarthy

 
If you’re seeking a straightforward film experience with an easily followed plot and accessible storyline, MALADIES is not your film. But if you have a little patience, and brain power, Carter’s new feature will, at the very least allow you the viewer to ponder the meaning of creativity versus mild insanity.
 

James Franco / MALADIES (Tribeca Film)

In MALADIES, James Franco (yes the actor, author, director and professor) plays James, a former soap opera star struggling to transition into a career as an artist. While this sounds like an eerily similar parallel to Franco’s own life, the film is actually set in the 1960s. Catherine Keener plays Catherine, a well-meaning friend who often bickers with James throughout the film. While Franco searches for new meaning in his second chosen career, he begins to hear voices that narrate his actions and sometimes irritate him to the brink of madness. Fallon Goodson rounds out the main cast as James’ eccentric sister Patricia. All in all, everyone here has some weird backstory that does not necessarily weave together in a succinct way.
 
Catherine Kenner / MALADIES (Tribeca Film)

While the film is quirky and certainly has its comedic moments, the general feeling is a bit melancholy. Perhaps it is the abstract nature with which Carter moves the ‘storyline’ forward- all of the characters have their own problems and not everything is resolved. James hears voices, Patricia always seems to be lost in her own mind as well, Catherine is a cross-dresser, the list continues. But maybe this is a more realistic depiction of how artists really work and try to live. There is a dark side to creativity. Inspiration comes at a price. These are well-worn theories that we have heard described and seen before on film but MALADIES presents the themes in a relatively unique way. 

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About I AM DIVINEApril 03, 2014

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About I AM DIVINE

Jeffrey Schwarz & John Waters (I AM DEVINE)

A celebration of the immortal star and Most Beautiful Woman in the World... DIVINE! Harris Glenn Milstead, aka DIVINE (1945-1988) was the ultimate outsider turned underground hero. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine succeeded in becoming an internationally recognized icon, recording artist, and character actor of stage and screen. Glenn went from the often-mocked, schoolyard fat kid to underdog royalty, standing up for millions of gay men and women, drag queens and punk rockers, and countless other socially ostracized misfits and freaks. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz. IAM DIVINE is now on demand. 

 

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About I AM DIVINE By Jeffrey Schwarz


Jeffey Schwarz

 

1. I AM DIVINE is the story of how an overweight, effeminate, bullied Baltimore kid transformed himself into an internationally recognized drag superstar. He became known around the world for his leading roles in films by John Waters, his appearances on the stage, his recording career, and touring with a disco act.

2. Divine had a high school girlfriend named Diana. They were sweethearts for about seven years. Divine, who was still Glen at that point, took her to the Prom and did her hair and makeup. The first time he ever went out in public in drag was on a date with Diane. He dressed like Elizabeth Taylor and Diana thought he looked gorgeous, but still had no clue there might be more to her boyfriend than she knew.

3. The original HAIRSPRAY was John Waters' and Divine's first mainstream hit. Ricki Lake played Divine's daughter and it was her first role in a movie. Divine taught Ricki how to walk in high heels and always wanted to eat with her. Ricki says that Divine would say to her:

"C'mon, Ricki - let's share a pie! Let's eat a roast!"

4. We used the crowd funding approach on this film and turned to Divine's fans to help us get this movie made. Thousands of people donated through Kickstarter and IndieGogo. We wanted the fans to feel they had a stake in making sure the film was completed. It was a way for then to give back to Divine, to feel personally connected to something really special, and to show that Divine still has a thriving fan-base. If you donated to the movie, look for your name in the end credits and if you didn't, we love you anyway.

5. Divine did not consider himself a drag queen. He was a skilled actor who played female parts. He was a fantastic performer, a great actor, and a warm, generous person who couldn't have been more different from the roles he played. I want people get to know the man behind the wigs and eyeliner and hairspray - a sweet soft spoken guy with so much love in his heart. I want kids who didn't grow up with him to get to know this amazing character who can inspire them to be whoever they want to be.

 

- Jeffrey Schwarz

 

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