January 19, 2017

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America Ferrera’s ‘The Dry Land’ releases official trailer

HollywoodNews.com: America Ferrera’s latest film, “The Dry Land,” has just released the official trailer for the film.
James (Ryan O’Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle—reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can’t fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. But their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects people—at least on the surface.
This moving, taut story of redemption and reconstruction extends beyond a post-traumatic-stress-disorder narrative. O’Nan is heartbreaking as he explores the depths of his internal struggle; Ferrera fearlessly tackles her role of a young wife in turmoil. The Dry Land is about one man’s fight within his own terrain—his country, home, and mind—and his journey to rebuild what he’s lost.
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America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama in Dallas Film Fest winner

Ryan Piers Williams’ “The Dry Land,” a Sundance Film Festival favorite, took home the top prize at the Dallas International Film Festival Friday evening, earning a $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature. In addition, Lucy Walker’s “Waste Land” received a $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature.
“Dry Land” stars America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama were on hand during the fest. Their film follows a U.S. soldier as he returns home from Iraq to Texas and tries to assimilate back into society.
The Documentary competition jury also gave a Special Jury Prize to Michael Pertnoy’s and Michael Kleiman’s “The Last Survivor” and a Special Mention for Editing (for Claire Didier’s work on the film) to Mark Landsman’s “Thunder Soul.”
DALLAS Star Award recipient John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE) made the presentation of the Target Filmmaker Awards during an evening that also included the presentations of the DALLAS Star Awards to Academy Award nominated director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”) and cinematographer Wally Pfister (“The Dark Knight”), as well as the Texas Avery Animation Award to Pete Docter (Pixar’s “Up”).
Hancock’s award was presented by “Prison Break” producer Garry Brown, Darabont received his award from longtime Dallas area film critic Philip Wuntsch, and Pfister’s DALLAS Star Award has handed to him by longtime friend and Dallas Film Society Chairman Michael Cain. Docter was introduced by REEL FX Entertainment’s Animation Director Bryan Engram.
Matt Harlock’s and Paul Thomas’ AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY was the recipient of MPS Studios’ Texas Filmmaker Award and $20,000 in cash, goods and services. Robert Byington’s HARMONY AND ME received a Special Jury Prize. The presentation was made by MPS Studios’ Meredith Stephens with Bill Hicks’ niece Rachel Hicks on hand to accept the award.
Amy Grappell’s QUADRANGLE won the award for Best Short. Special Jury Prizes went to David Call’s B.U.S.T., Chris Teague’s MONKEYWRENCH and Kelly Sears’ VOICE ON THE LINE. Daniel Elliot’s JADE received a Special Mention for Acting for Aisling Loftus’ performance in the film. The award for Best Student Short went to Beth Spitalny’s PROCESSION. Shorts jurors Jon Korn and Kaz Radwanski presented the awards. Reel FX ENTERTAINMENT XXChief Operating Officer Kyle Clark presented the award for Best Animated Short to Cordell Barker’s RUNAWAY.
Will Cannon’s BROTHERHOOD won the Audience Award for Best Narrative, while Mark Landsman’s THUNDER SOUL won for Best Documentary and T.G. […]

Reflections on Sundance Film Festival, 2010

PARK CITY, Utah–Reflections on Sundance, 2010
Hottest stars in attendance:
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.
A media frenzy ensued during their red carpet arrival for “The Runaways” at Eccles Theater. Media members stood six deep, cameras flashing and TV interviewers gushing as publicists escorted their young clients from ET to Access Hollywood to MTV and on and on and on.
Ben Affleck
The star of “The Company Men” was actually chased by paparazzi and teenaged girls up Main Street after leaving an interview at the Bing Bar. Who knew?
Best singer
Orlando Bloom
To hear Mark Ruffalo and Juliette Lewis tell it, Bloom should be cutting his own album. He plays a rock singer named The Stain in Ruffalo’s new film “Sympathy for Delicious” which Ruffalo also directed. But Bloom is adamant–he won’t be crossing over into the music world now or ever.
Star who looked like he wanted to be somewhere else?
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The co-star and director of “Jack Goes Boating” was bundled up for the cold and wearing a “Jets” ski cap at his Eccles premiere, but it quickly became apparent that he has about as much personality as a guy working in a toll booth. His buddy, Tom Arnold, gave off better vibes. You get the feeling with Hoffman that he can’t stand the media–and it’s vice versa.
Best couple:
America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams
He’s the writer/director of “The Dry Land,” an emotional look at a U.S. soldier returning from combat suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ferrera co-stars and executive produced the film. The real-life couple couldn’t have been nicer with reporters or more enthusiastic about their project, and the concern they have for military families dealing with PTSD seems genuine. Ferrera’s appearance at Sundance came at the same time ABC was canceling her series “Ugly Betty.”
Worst connection
Was it just me, or did it feel like AT&T’s Internet connections out of snowy Park City were failing over and over every day. Writing stories in the wee hours of the morning became commonplace.
Best short film:
Spike Jonze’s “I’m Here.”
The film revolves around a likable robot who works in a library and, like other robots into this look into the not so distant future, interacts with humans in his mundane everyday life. Occasionally, he will look out a window and wistfully watch a jet plane flying in the sky. Then one day he meets a sassy […]

Artful cinematography by Gavin Kelly

Put “The Dry Land” on your must see list if you are going to be at Sundance. The film will premiere there on January 24th. Artful cinematography by Gavin Kelly will take you on an intimate journey with a stressed out soldier who returns from the battlefields of Iraq to his family and friends in a small town in Texas.
Kelly is a rising star in the galaxy of cinematographers. Woody Omens, ASC and Judy Irola, ASC were among his mentors while he earned an MFA degree in the film studies program at USC in 2004. Kelly earned an honorable mention in the 2005 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards student film competition.
He and The Dry Land writer/ director Ryan Piers Williams share a passion for music as well as film. Kelly played the guitar with bands. During their earliest conversations, Kelly and Williams agreed to produce the film with a handheld Super 16 camera that was sometimes moving in a 360 degree arc.
It was an aesthetic as well as a budget decision. Panavision provided an Elaine camera and lenses under their New Filmmakers Program. The film has a semi-documentary feeling that puts the audience in the characters’ heads. Tones and contrast in the images feel like music.
The Dry Land has been nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the dramatic film competition. Kelly will share insights and answer questions about The Dry Land during a Fireside Chat seminar at the adjacent Slamdance Film Festival at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 22 at the Treasure Mountain Inn. The other participants are producer Vanessa Hope (Imperialists Are Still Alive) and director/ cinematographer Josh Safdie (Daddy Longlegs) whose films will also premiere at Sundance. The seminar will be moderated by Kodak’s Chris Russo.