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“ENGAGING” – Variety
“The Song of Sway Lake” sees Ollie Sway, a young jazz enthusiast, forced to confront his own emotions and dysfunctional family relationships in the wake of his father’s suicide as he and his outlandish Russian friend scheme to steal a rare record from his grandmother.
Since the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere, “The Song of Sway Lake” has screened nationally and internationally at festivals such as the Norwegian International Film Festival, the Sidewalk Film Festival, and Oaxaca Film Festival.
The film was recently awarded the “2017 LIFF Pick” Award at Laughlin Film Festival in Laughlin, Nevada following two screenings on Thursday, October 12th and Saturday, October 14th.
Most recently, “The Song of Sway Lake” was featured at Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, New York. The film’s star, Rory Culkin was in attendance, among others. Variety described the film as “engaging” following the screening at Woodstock Film Festival (Mitch Myers, Variety).
Also screened at Woodstock Film Festival was “40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie”. This documentary from veteran television producer Lee Aronsohn (“The Big Bang Theory“, “Two and a Half Men”) sees the reunion of “Magic Music” a local Colorado soft rock band that seemed to have disappeared with the era after a series of lost opportunities.
Social Construct Films Founder / Producer Zak Kilberg served as a producer’s rep at the “Magic Music” screening via SmithDehn. The film’s premiere screening sold out during the closing night at Woodstock Film Festival and earned an emotional reception from audience members young and old. “Magic Music” was also mentioned in Variety wherein it was described as being “in the spirit of Woodstock”.…
STATUS: In Development
In a small town, three high school outcasts and a pre-teen internet voyeur unlock a mysterious cosmic force via a seemingly harmless yard sale trinket, revealing the terrible fate of their missing friend, and sending them spiraling down a cataclysmic collapsing of realities.
CAST & CREW:
Director: Adam Macdonald (Directed the survival thriller “Backcountry” and his new film “Pyewacket” is set to premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.)
Writer: Damien Ober
Producers: Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films (Producer of “Rememory” and “The Witch”), and Executive Producer Zak Kilberg of Social Construct Films (Producer of “Would You Rather” and “Buena Vista Social Club Adios”)
Read the project announcement on Variety.com – September 6, 2017
From Variety.com article, “Film News Roundup: Melanie Laurent, Nick Kroll Join ‘Operation Finale’“
by Dave McNary – September 6, 2017
The script follows a group of teens in a small town who come across an object with mysterious quantum and cosmic powers. Over the course of a night, the object manipulates the fabric of the multiverse to unravel the
mystery of their missing friend, leading to a cataclysmic collapsing of realities.
Macdonald directed the survival thriller “Backcountry” and his new film “Pyewacket” is set to premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Macdonald is repped at APA and by Characters in Canada. Ober is repped at WME,
Echo Lake and by attorney Mark S. Temple.…
Wonderful Films and Convergent Media team up to produce Francisco Goldman’s Love Story “Say Her Name”
A new project from Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media:
From Variety.com article, “Francisco Goldman’s Love Story ‘Say Her Name’ Set Up as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)“
by Dave McNary – May 17, 2017
Leena Yadav (“Parched”) is set to direct from a script by Oscar nominated screenwriter Scott B. Smith. Wonderful Films’ William Horberg is producing. Russell Smith, Michael Cleaver, and Zak Kilberg are executive producing on behalf of Convergent Media, which is financing development of the project.
Goldman married young writer Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda in 2005. A month before their second anniversary, she passed away after a body surfing accident. Goldman was blamed by her family and himself and wanted to die but wrote “Say Her Name” as a novel chronicling his love and loss. It was designated a “Best Book of the Year” by The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly.
“This is a beautiful and deeply romantic cross-cultural love story, and a suspenseful drama of life and death, all at the same time,” said Horberg. “I got to know Leena working with her on ‘Parched” and I am really excited to see where she takes this true and timeless story.”
“Parched” premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and won the Impact Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. Convergent Media’s credits include “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios” and “Guantanamo Diary.”
Horberg’s credits include “Kite Runner,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” Smith received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for “A Simple Plan.”
Yadav is repped by Gersh. Scott B. Smith is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and law firm, Behr Abramson Levy.…
STATUS: In Development
Inspired by Corinda Marsh’s historical novel “Holocaust in the Homeland: Black Wall Street’s Last Days.”
The book’s account, seen through the eyes of a fictional reporter, focuses on the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Okla., which was called “Black Wall Street” because of its economic success. The riot completely razed Greenwood, destroying the lives of its 10,000 residents.
CAST & CREW:
Director: Tim Story (“Fantastic Four,” the “Ride Along” franchise, the two “Think Like a Man” movies, “Barbershop.” Also directing and executive producing Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “White Famous,” based on Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences.)
Writer: Christopher Kubasik
Producers: Zak Kilberg of Social Construct, Blue Ridge Media Capital, Tim Story and Doug Griffin of the Story Company, Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Zero Gravity.
IMDB Official Movie Page to be posted soon!…
From the New York Times, May 24, 2017
“In Wim Wenders’s 1999 documentary, “Buena Vista Social Club,” Ry Cooder, who helped unite once-forgotten masters of Cuban popular song for an album, told of something he learned to do early in the project. Upon hearing a particularly great tune, he would ask two questions: “Who wrote it?” and “Is he or she still alive?””
“At that time, so many of the writers and players and singers were indeed still alive. Ibrahim Ferrer, the singer referred to in Mr. Wenders’s movie as “the Cuban Nat King Cole,” was making a meager living shining shoes a few blocks down the street from the studio where Mr. Cooder and Juan de Marcos González were working on what would become the 1997 album “Buena Vista Social Club.” That record, and Mr. Wenders’s subsequent film, made international stars out of Mr. Ferrer and several other Cuban musicians who had thought time and the world had passed them by.””
““Buena Vista Social Club: Adios,” directed by Lucy Walker (and of which Mr. Wenders, among others, is an executive producer) is both an exemplary sequel and a vital, informative companion piece. It not only chronicles the late-life careers of the “Buena Vista” stars, many of whom have since died. But it also tells some painful and fascinating back stories, and insists on putting the music in its social and historical contexts.”
“Mr. Wenders’s film didn’t do much of that; it was content to be a kind of hangout movie, capturing musicians playing dominoes while awaiting their turns at the microphone. “Adios” shows furious arguments at sound checks and reveals the ambivalence with which some of the musicians viewed newfound fame. It’s not as poetic or immediately enjoyable as the first film. But it is tougher and more analytical, with real challenges embedded in its pleasures.””…