VOD and Digital headline a lot of the Last Week of 2020 News at AndersonVision. Read it all, while I build the 2021 content calendar.
GKIDS’ “Lupin III: The First” now available on Digital; on Blu-ray & Steelbook 1/12 I New clip available
The iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich.
The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made LUPIN THE 3RD one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new.
TRAILER DEBUT “Breaking Fast” LGBTQ+ rom-com feat. Haaz Sleiman, Michael Cassidy – dir. by Mike Mosallam – opening 1/22
|Distributed By:||Vertical Entertainment|
|Release Date:||January 22, 2021|
|Written & Directed By:||Mike Mosallam|
|Story By:||Mike Mosallam & Seth Hauer|
|Produced By:||Seth Hauer, Sarah Bazzi, Bay Dariz, Alex Lampsos, Davin Michaels|
|Starring:||Haaz Sleiman, Michael Cassidy, Amin El Gamal, Patrick Sabongui, Christopher J. Hanke, Rula Gardenier, Veronica Cartwright, Aline Elasmar|
|Run Time:||92 mins|
|Synopsis:||Set against the twinkling lights of West Hollywood, Breaking Fast is a romantic comedy that follows Mo, a practicing Muslim still reeling from heartbreak. When an All-American guy named Kal offers to join him in his nightly Iftars –the traditional meal eaten by Muslims during Ramadan– meal after meal, the two start to discover they have more in common than meets the eye.|
SHADOW IN THE CLOUD – dir. by Roseanne Liang – feat. Chloë Grace Moretz – available JANUARY 1, 2021
In the throes of World War II, Captain Maude Garrett (CHLOË GRACE MORETZ) joins the all-male crew of a B-17 bomber with a top-secret package. Caught off guard by the presence of a woman on a military flight, the crew tests Maude’s every move.
Just as her quick wit is winning them over, strange happenings and holes in her backstory incite paranoia surrounding her true mission. But this crew has more to fear…lurking in the shadows, something sinister is tearing at the heart of the plane. Trapped between an oncoming air ambush and an evil lurking within, Maude must push beyond her limits to save the hapless crew and protect her mysterious cargo.
New Podcast Alert: Rarified Heir Podcast Debuts with Carnie Wilson Today
The Rarified Heir Podcast, an hour-long podcast that asks the question: who better to interview a child of a celebrity than a child of celebrity?, officially launched today on all major podcast networks including Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon and all major platforms.
Hosted by Josh Mills who runs the estate of his late mother, Entertainer Edie Adams as well as that of her first husband, Comedian Ernie Kovacs, and co-hosted by Jason Klamm, the show’s first guest is Carnie Wilson of the musical group Wilson Phillips and daughter of The Beach Boy legend Brian Wilson & Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford of the Honeys. Additional guests will be announced each Tuesday.
“The premise of the Rarified Heir Podcast is, ‘Who better to talk to a child of a celebrity, than a child of a celebrity?,’” said Josh Mills, host of the Rarified Heir Podcast. “Only someone who grew up with a famous parent could understand and share previously unheard stories about what it was like to grow up as the offspring of a celebrity.
We may not share the exact same experiences, but there’s a real connection and hopefully some humor when we discuss what it’s like to be part of a family that lives its life in public.” The podcast is fun, funny, bizarre, jaw-dropping, intimate, strange and wonderful look at celebrities by the people that know them best: their very own children.
More on the Rarified Heir Podcast can be found here:
Twitter : https://twitter.com/RarifiedHeirPod
YouTube : @RarifiedHeirPodcast
Website : www.rarifiedheirpodcast.com
COMFORT FARMS – a documentary feature film by Carlisle Kellam out on VOD now!
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An unlikely group of veterans, animal-loving butchers, farmers and chefs, come together around a former combat Army Ranger at Comfort Farms—a unique therapy farm meant to help those at high risk for suicide.
After interviews with combat Veterans who tell their stories and attempt to set the record straight with respect to what it means to be a Veteran, and an introduction to a butcher and food activist who wants to do the same with respect to his vocation, the narrative eventually comes to focus mostly on former combat Army Ranger Jon Jackson.
Jon attempted to take his life after returning home from six tours overseas and “losing his sense of purpose of what it means to be a warrior.” But Jon took a stand and developed Comfort Farms, a sustainable therapy farm set up to serve the community and his fellow Veterans, many of whom suffer from the same lack of purpose.
The farm is named after his fallen Ranger brother Captain Kyle Comfort. However, the name, like so much of the story, is a kind of paradox.
It’s revealed that Comfort Farms is not meant to be a place of comfort, but a place where people move out of their comfort zone and confront the reality of things like death, truth, love, and sacrifice.
Through a variety of narratives we hear the perspectives of various characters and combat Veterans, including a Veteran turned therapist and another who fought in the Philippines during WW2, a butcher and chef who’s a proponent of humane animal slaughter, and the perspective of farm founder Jon Jackson whose focus is on a unique form of agro-cognitive behavioral therapy and challenging our culture to respect what they eat.
These narratives come together and form an interesting juxtaposition, bringing up a number of interesting questions, not just about Veterans’ issues per se, but about the human condition and the nature of sacrifice, love, life, death, and triumph.
ABOUT DIRECTOR CARLISLE KELLAM
Carlisle Kellam caught the art bug early, as a musician, a professional mural artist, and a professional commercial and portrait photographer. After graduating with a Theatre and English double major he went on to earn his masters degree in Philosophy, all of which have had immeasurable influence on his approach to filmmaking.
Working as creative director for a small commercial production company, he wrote and directed a number of short narrative commercial pieces for brands like Hormel, McCormick, and D’Addario. As a freelance director of photography he collaborated on projects for brands like Tonka, CNN, and Cartoon Network. He helped found the Machine Theatre Company—staging both avant-garde, original, and established works.
He’s made a number of short narrative and documentary films that have screened at various film festivals around the country. His film, A Slice of Life: Mr Snulligan, a short documentary about a blind chef, took home best short documentary at the Gwinnett center international film fest.
His latest film, Comfort Farms, a feature length documentary, won the grand jury prize for documentary feature at the 2020 Film Invasion Los Angeles. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.
BROTHERS BY BLOOD – Starring Joel Kinnaman lands a trailer!
|Distributed By:||Vertical Entertainment|
|In Select Theaters, On VOD & Digital||January 22, 2021|
|Written & Directed By:||Jérémie Guez|
|Based on a Novel By:||Pete Dexter|
|Produced By:||Aimée Buidine, Julien Madon, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Trevor Matthews, Nick Gordon, Jérémie Guez|
|Starring:||Joel Kinnaman, Maika Monroe, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ryan Phillippe|
|Run Time:||89 mins|
|Synopsis:||In the City of Brotherly Love, eight-year-old Peter Flood helplessly watches on as his little sister is killed by a neighbor’s reckless driving. Tormented with grief and resentment, his father finds revenge as the only solution, leaving lasting generational wounds. Thirty years later, Peter still wrestles with the guilt he feels over his sister’s death and his father’s vengeance. As he tries to distance himself from the criminal family business, his cousin, Michael, becomes more powerful in the hierarchy. Bonded by blood, neither man can escape violence as they are dragged further into a chilling cycle of betrayal and retribution.|
Armenia Makes Its Official Submission for the 93rd Academy Awards with Arman Nshanian’s Powerful Songs of Solomon as part of the Race for Best International Feature Film
Amidst a time of war, Armenia has proudly announced that Arman Nshanian’s (in his feature film directorial debut) visually arresting and emotionally stirring historical drama SONGS OF SOLOMON as its official submission to the 93rd Academy Awards in the International Feature Film category.
Written by Audrey Gevorkian, based on the true story “The Past Unsung” by Sirvart Kavoukjian, a film that explores the life of iconic composer Komitas, who’s impact on ethnomusicology still prevails to this day while addressing the first genocide of the 20th century.
Released on November 26, 2020 in Armenia, SONGS OF SOLOMON resonates even louder today in light of the September 2020 invasion of Armenian inhabited Nagorno- Karabakh at the hands of Azerbaijan and Turkish forces. The filmmakers hope is that the picture will not only act as a cathartic experience to all Armenians, but also touch and educate us all to help eliminate such atrocities from ever occurring again anywhere in the world.
SONGS OF SOLOMON stars Samvel Tadevossian, Arevik Gevorgyan, Tatev Hovakimyan, Sos Janibekyan, Arman Nshanian, Artashes Aleksanyan and Jean-Pier Nshanian And introduces three wonderful child actors: Slava Seyranyan, Iren Ayvazyan, Mery Hovsepyan.
The feature is produced by two-time Oscar Winner (for Green Book) Nick Vallelonga of Vallelonga Productions and Hollywood based Producer Asko Akopyan of Oscar Gold Productions. Arman Nshanian Produced under his People of Ar Production Company in association with AnEva Productions in Armenia. Karo Kavoukjian serves as Executive Producer.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, this is a film about a childhood friendship, torn apart by the horrific Hamidian massacres infiltrated by the Ottoman Empire. A brave Turkish woman at a time of dire prejudice risks her own life and the life of her family to save her best friend who is hunted down for her religious beliefs. This epic portrayal spans from 1881 to 1915, Constantinople, taking us on an emotional journey to the last concert given by Archbishop Komitas. A biographical film which takes place on the backdrop of the sacred and ancient music of Archbishop Solomon, also known as Komitas.
Armenia is proud to put SONGS OF SOLOMON into the Oscar race as its official entry for the 93rd Academy Awards – and thinks it could go the distance this year.