SXSW 2021: First Wave of Titles Announced

A Demi Lovato docuseries is among the first wave of titles announced for the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, which will take place March 16-20, 2021. Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil was announced as the Opening Night headliner to kick off this year’s Online program.  SXSW is taking its festival online this year because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.  If you recall, SXSW was the first major film festival to cancel last March.  This force…

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Michael A. Covino, Kyle Marvin talk The Climb

Michael A. Covino and Kyle Marvin sat down with Solzy at the Movies to discuss The Climb before the world shut down in March 2020. March 9 was the last time I sat down in person for a press junket.  Michael A. Covino and Kyle Marvin were sitting down with press while in Chicago to promote The Climb.  With SXSW already cancelled at the time, I thought for sure that the junket would almost certainly…

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Toronto 2020: Emma Seligman talks Shiva Baby

Writer-director Emma Seligman spoke with Solzy at the Movies during the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival about Shiva Baby. Shiva Baby is holding the Canadian premiere during TIFF right after acquiring a distributor in Utopia. What were the some of the things you were looking for in terms of a distributor? Emma Seligman: I think that was the main focus was always wanting someone that had a track record of supporting independent film and films…

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Nicole Riegel and Jessica Barden talk Holler

Nicole Riegel and Jessica Barden spoke with Solzy at the Movies for nearly half an hour over Zoom on Thursday about Holler. Holler was originally supposed to premiere this past March during SXSW in Austin. The film screened for the first time in front of an audience during the Deauville Film Festival in France. Tomorrow, Holler will screen for industry attendees during the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival in the Industry Selects program. Holler is…

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Paul Feig talks Holler, Zoey’s, Love Life, and More

Paul Feig spoke with Solzy at the Movies about a wide array of subjects including Holler, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, and Love Life. Feig is also working on a new film for Netflix, which is expected to be in front of cameras in the spring. In the meantime, Holler–written and directed by Nicole Riegel–premiered today at the Deauville Film Festival in France. Tomorrow, the film will be available to screen for attending industry during the 2020…

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Holler: Jessica Barden Shines In Nicole Riegel’s Feature Debut

Holler, starring Jessica Barden, marks an impressive feature debut for writer-director Nicole Riegel in the Southern Ohio-set production. It’s no lie that manufacturing towns are among the first towns to take a hit when the economy takes a downturn.  Jackson, Ohio is certainly no exception.  For Ruth Avery (Jessica Barden), she’s willing to do whatever it takes to go to college and have a better future.  Working with her brother Blaze (Gus Halper), Ruth soon…

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Outfest 2020: Shiva Baby

Writer-director Emma Seligman‘s stupendous feature debut, Shiva Baby, expands on the 2018 short film in one of the most Jewish films to grace the screen. Shiva is a seven-day mourning period in the Jewish religion.  This period traditionally starts following the burial.  Mourners stay home during this period while family and friends come over to offer condolences.  A minyan will usually gather in the afternoon and evening in order for mourners to recite Mourner’s Kaddish…

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Kevin Willmott talks The 24th

Oscar-winning screenwriter Kevin Willmott spoke with Solzy at the Movies in a phone interview about his newest film, The 24th. Vertical Entertainment is releasing in virtual cinemas, digital, and VOD today. Sunday, August 23 marks the 103rd anniversary of the Houston Riot of 1917. Willmott won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay as one of four writers that worked on 2018’s BlacKkKlansman.  Most recently, he co-wrote the script for Da 5 Bloods.  Both films were…

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The 24th Is Timely And Relevant

The 24th tells the true story of the all-Black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment and what happened during the Houston Riot of 1917. The film’s release from Vertical Entertainment comes on the weekend of the Houston Riot’s 103rd anniversary.  Like many other events in history, this is one of those historic events that I knew nothing about.  Regardless, there’s still a relevance to the events when we look at what’s happening across the United States. …

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Kris Rey talks I Used To Go Here

Writer-director Kris Rey spoke with Solzy at the Movies over the phone on Tuesday morning about the recently released I Used To Go Here. I Used To Go Here was just released in select theaters and VOD. How excited are you to finally have the film in front of a wider audience? Kris Rey: I’m very excited to have it in front of a larger audience. It’s been sort of just living quietly on a…

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