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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB™ – ADIÓS, a feature documentary film from Social Construct joint venture Convergent Media, is hitting theaters May 26, 2017.
Produced by Social Construct founder and CEO Zak Kilberg and directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker, the film is also executive produced by Wim Wenders, and distributed in the U.S. by Broad Green Pictures. 16 years after the previous Academy Award nominated film by Wenders, this latest project follows the five surviving original members of the world-changing Cuban band, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club™, during their final, international tour, culminating in a massive celebration in Havana. The film will include mesmerizing concert footage and poignant reflections on the astounding success of the band and the loss of several of its members. It also will be set in the context of the historic changes in the relationship between Cuba and the United States, undoubtedly influenced by the vibrant music and culture of Cuba epitomized and brought to the world stage by this band.
Together with Benedict Cumberbatch (THE IMITATION GAME, nominated for an Oscar), Michael Bronner (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, nominated for six Oscars in 2014, including Best Picture), Michael and Christine Holder of Zero Gravity (BEASTS OF NO NATION), and Lloyd Levin (GREEN ZONE, UNITED 93), Social Construct’s joint venture Convergent Media is executive producing GUANTÁNAMO DIARY, the feature film version of the NYT Best Seller, by current Guantánamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi.
Slahi was a suspected terrorist and has been incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years without ever being charged with a crime, without any evidence against him, and without having the opportunity to defend himself in court. Two prosecutors in his case resigned in protest, and a federal judge ordered Slahi’s release, yet he still in prison, due to the government’s appeal.
The New York Times calls his book “the most profound account yet written of what it is like to be collateral damage” in the so-called “War on Terror.”…
GO FAR is a documentary about the life of Christopher Rush, an amazingly inspirational human being who was born with muscular dystrophy (http://mda.org/disease/sma1.html). Rather than give up, he defied every expectation and lived a life full of happiness, optimism, and endless accomplishments that most able-bodied people would be proud of. Despite having been diagnosed with a life expectancy of two years, he lived until shortly before his 31st birthday.
During his last few months Chris developed an inspirational program called GO FAR (Goals, Obstacles, Focus, Act, Review) that he planned to teach to others who were disabled, troubled youth, and anyone else who needed encouragement and a better path to reaching their goals, regardless of the obstacles. This documentary will serve as his legacy, a message of enduring optimism and hope.
GO FAR is available for instant streaming on www.GoFarMovie.com through YEKRA.
CAST & CREW
Writer/Director: Zack Arnold
(Editor- Burn Notice (TV), Glee (TV))
Featuring Narration By: Mark Hamill (Star Wars Ep. IV-VI)
The Song of Sway Lake will be premiered on June 21, 2017 at the LA Film Festival!
Loner Ollie Sway is on a mission to reconnect with his dead father by finding the one record his father loved most — a rare jazz-age 78 hidden somewhere inside his wealthy grandmother’s lush country estate. With his bombastic Russian-immigrant accomplice in tow, Ollie is derailed when the glamorous matriarch herself, Charlie Sway, shows up. Now Ollie must fight Charlie for Nikolai’s attention and find the record before his grandmother does… all while trying not to become spellbound by a local girl whose perfection mirrors the song he longs to hear.
The Song of Sway Lake is about the search for a lost melody: the melody of America’s lost heroic grace. While Ollie digs deeper into why his father committed suicide, Nikolai’s desire to become a Sway deepens, and Charlie, empowered by the attention, plays the boys off each other. But when the record turns up in an unexpected place, Ollie must secretly decide whether to abandon Charlie and his past, or deal with his demons and become part of the Song of Sway Lake.
CAST & CREW
Director: Ari Gold
4x Sundance Alumni, Adventures of Power
Starring: Starring: Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Robert Sheehan (Mortal Instruments, Misfits), Isabelle McNally, Mary Beth Peil (The Good Wife), Elizabeth Peña, Jack Falahee, Brian Denehee, John Grant, and The Staves.
Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman agrees to compete in a deadly game of Would You Rather, hosted by a sadistic aristocrat…
WOULD YOU RATHER, now on HBO, is a psychological thriller that explores economic inequality, the potential consequences of Social Darwinism, and power games. The film has been compared by critics to a less controversial version of Pasolini’s SALO, or a current reality version of HUNGER GAMES. Other critics have described the movie as a “financial morality play with spirit and wit” — one that is “guaranteed to rile up even the most jaded viewer,” while presenting a “portrait of human nature as it is faced with a cold reality of choice and survival.”
“A bloody rare turn at classic murder mystery…”
-Rex Reed, New York Observer
CAST & CREW
Director: David Guy Levy
Writer: Steffen Schlachtenhaufen
Cinematographer: Steven Capitano Calitri
Distributor: IFC / Sundance Selects
Starring: Brittany Snow (Prom Night, Hairspray), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners), Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience),Larry Cedar (The Crazies, Deadwood), Larry Gillard Jr. (The Wire, The Machinist), Robb Wells (Trailer Park Boys, Boondock Saints II), Eddie Steeples (My Name is Earl), John Heard (Home Alone), Enver Gjokaj(Dollhouse), and Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth)
Somewhere between a crack-addled ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and a modern vision of ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Alyce’ runs riot as a gritty psychological thriller set against the backdrop of Echo Park, Los Angeles’ pinnacle of urban hipster culture.
After accidentally causing her best friends horrific death, Alyce is haunted by guilt and delves into a brutal nightmare wonderland of sex, drugs and violence, her mind tearing itself apart… Along with anyone else who gets in her way.
ALYCE KILLS serves as an antidote to Generation X and Y movies that tend to either celebrate young “slackers” as heroic anti-heroes, or portray them as stereotypical oppressed victims. Comparing the film to Polanksi’s REPULSION, Slant magazine glowingly reviewed ALYCE KILLS as a “parody of unearned self-entitlement, of people who feel tricked into a lifestyle they refuse to challenge for the comforts it still offers.” Critic Chuck Bowen went on to note that the film “coaxes out the anger that is latent in the prototypical middle-class arrangement, allowing worker-bee frustration to manifest itself as a palpable cloud of madness…. Alyce is clearly a blossoming psychopath from minute one, but no one notices because they’re too busy tending to their own relentless self-regard.”
Variety listed ALYCE KILLS as one of “15 Scariest Halloween Horrors” and noted Actress Jade Dornfeld’s “tour de force performance as the guilt ridden title character. Her descent into a maelstrom of drugs, sex and psychotic violence is equal parts twisted and tragic…. ‘Alyce Kills’ is a challenging and original work of avant-garde horror.”
CAST & CREW
Writer/Director: Jay Lee
(New World Order – Sundance Premiere, Zombie Strippers – Sony)
Executive Producer: Duncan Blake
Distributor: US: Bloody Disgusting Selects / Vivendi Universal/ UK: Lionsgate / International: Imagination Worldwide
Starring: Tamara Feldman (Hatchet, Gossip Girl), James Duval (Donnie Darko, Doom Generation), Eddie Rouse (Pandorum, Undertow), Larry Cedar (The Crazies, Deadwood), Yorgo Constantine (Fast Five), Megan Gallagher (Millenium, 24), Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors), Tracey Walter (Repo Man, Batman), Bret Roberts (May, Nightstalker), and introducing Jade Dorfeld as ALYCE.