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Sundance Institute Announces Its 2019 Screenwriter Intensive Fellows

The Sundance Institute announced the eleven screenwriters who will take part in their seventh annual Screenwriters Intensive. Taking place in Los Angeles tomorrow and Friday, the Intensive is “a two-day workshop for writers or writer/directors from underrepresented communities developing their first fiction feature. Fellows at the Intensive will advance the art and craft of their work under the guidance of experienced filmmakers and in collaboration with Institute’s Feature Film Program.” Advisors are Andrew Ahn, Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Patricia Cardoso, Deena Goldstone, Tanya Hamilton, Elgin James, So Yong Kim, Sarah Koskoff, Tracy Oliver, Joan Tewkesbury, and Andy Wolk. The program is […]
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Sundance Institute Announces Its 2019 Screenwriter Intensive Fellows

The Sundance Institute announced the eleven screenwriters who will take part in their seventh annual Screenwriters Intensive. Taking place in Los Angeles tomorrow and Friday, the Intensive is “a two-day workshop for writers or writer/directors from underrepresented communities developing their first fiction feature. Fellows at the Intensive will advance the art and craft of their work under the guidance of experienced filmmakers and in collaboration with Institute’s Feature Film Program.” Advisors are Andrew Ahn, Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Patricia Cardoso, Deena Goldstone, Tanya Hamilton, Elgin James, So Yong Kim, Sarah Koskoff, Tracy Oliver, Joan Tewkesbury, and Andy Wolk. The program is […]
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Sundance Institute Unveils 2019 Screenwriters Intensive Fellows

The Sundance Institute announced today the 11 screenwriters that have been selected to participate in their 7th annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles which is set to take place Feb. 28-March 1.

The 2019 Screenwriters Intensive Fellows (and their projects) are: Fawaz Al-Matrouk (Mr. Rob), Haley Anderson (Coyote Boys), Justin Denis (Beware of the Boomerang), Adamma Ebo, Skye Emerson (Challenger), Gerardo Coello Escalante (Forgive Us Sinners), Deborah Esquenazi(Queen of Wands), Tiffanie Hsu (Wonderland), Carlen May-Mann and Beck Kitsis (Strawberry Summer), and Laurel Parmet (The Starling Girl).

The Intensive is a two-day workshop for writers or writer/directors from underrepresented communities developing their first fiction feature. Fellows at the Intensive will advance the art and craft of their work under the guidance of experienced filmmakers and in collaboration with Institute’s Feature Film Program. The intensive is part of their commitment to introduce the industry to an
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DVD Review: Sundance Hits with Different Results in ‘Hello I Must Be Going,’ ‘Nobody Walks’

Chicago – As I learned on my inaugural trip to Sundance (check out all the coverage here) this year, there is common discussion as to how things will play outside of the thin mountain air of Park City. People wonder what will be the next “Beasts of the Southern Wild” or “Winter’s Bone” and what will never get the hype it gets at Sundance. Two films that peaked at Sundance 2012, “Hello I Must Be Going” and “Nobody Walks” were recently released on DVD. One is worth your time while the other never should have come off the snowy mountain.

The good news is that the 2012 Opening Night film, “Hello I Must Be Going” still works a year later. It features strong work from Melanie Lynskey, doing her best since her breakthrough with Kate Winslet in “Heavenly Creatures” and quickly allowing viewers to forget time served on “Two and a Half Men.
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‘Hello I Must Be Going’; Amy, who lives at home

Hello I Must Be Going

Directed by Todd Louiso

Written by Sarah Koskoff

USA, 2012

Opens Jan. 27 in Toronto

It’s a strange epiphany when one realizes that following their life passion is a self-made path to nowhere. Movies have taught us to seize the day (thank you, Robin Williams), but reality tells us something much different. A Philosophy degree will ultimately get you nowhere, and showing an active interest in photography doesn’t make you Robert Capa (one will be reminded of Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation). Hello I Must Be Going is about the crisis between that reality and wistful idealism, and although it tends to be a tad too slight and mild at points, is charming in its whimsy, nonetheless.

In the film, Amy (Melanie Lynskey), a down-on-her-luck 30-something, comes to this epiphany after a divorce and moving back in with her parents (Blythe Danner, John Rubinstein
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Hello I Must Be Going – The Review

1994′s Heavenly Creatures turned out to be the little flick that launched some big careers (along with helping turn New Zealand into a movie making mecca), This docudrama pushed director Peter Jackson out into the big studios and all the way to Middle Earth (with several Academy Awards along the way). Another Creatures alum to go home with gold in a few years was Kate Winslet (with a stop on that doomed boat trip that became the second biggest box office hit of all time). And what about poor, young murderess Pauline? I’m speaking of the talented actress that shared the screen with Ms. W. Well, Melanie Lynskey has racked up a lot of screen time ( big and small screen ) since then. Many may know her as Charlie Harper’s stalker-ex in the TV sitcom smash “Two and a Half Men”. She’s also had some great supporting roles
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Sundance Institute Announces Paul Federbush, International Director, Feature Film Program

Sundance Institute has hired Paul Federbush to become International Director, Feature Film Program (Ffp), a highly sought-after job which Alesia Weston left open when she left in May to become Executive Director of the Jerusalem Film Centre and Fesival. Federbush began September 24 and is reporting to Michelle Satter, Founding Director, Feature Film Program.

Paul is already reaching out into new geographic areas searching for those filmmakers who have the greatest potential for making a brand new mark on the worldwide film business. His responsibility is the planning and execution of the international work of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program which includes year round support for International artists through Labs, granting, and ongoing mentorship providing creative and tactical support. Federbush will oversee international Labs in collaboration with local partners in the Middle East and India, outreach and discover new international filmmakers and projects, steward programs such as the Sundance Institute|Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award and Sundance| Nhk Award, and support the international artists participating in the annual Sundance Labs in Utah. In addition he will develop opportunities to further advance and broaden the scope of the Ffp’s International initiative.

We congratulate Paul and are proud to be able to say that we have known him since his early days at Fine Line. Federbush is a seasoned production, acquisition, and distribution executive with eighteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. Most recently Federbush, along with partner Laura Kim, started a distribution company, Red Flag Releasing. Prior to forming Red Flag, Federbush served as Senior Vice President of Production and Acquisitions at Warner Independent Pictures where he oversaw the acquisition, production, and development of projects including Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, and Hany Abu Assad’s Paradise Now.

For nearly three decades, Sundance Institute has promoted independent storytelling to inform and inspire audiences across political, social, religious and cultural differences. Through Labs, direct artist granting, special projects with key partners and the Sundance Film Festival, the Institute serves as the leading advocate for independent artists worldwide. Sundance Institute Feature Film Program Over its 30-year history, the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program has supported an extensive list of award-winning and groundbreaking independent films.

Ffp films currently in the marketplace include Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival), Craig Zobel’s Compliance, Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish’s Sleepwalk With Me, Todd Louiso and Sarah Koskoff’s Hello I Must Be Going, and Ira SachsKeep the Lights On. Recent international Ffp films include Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother the Devil, Andrei Zyvagintsev’s Elena, Edwin’s Postcards from the Zoo, Alejandro LandesPorfirio, and the festival films Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda and Ziad Douieri’s L’Attack.Additional notable films supported over the program’s history include Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Dee ReesPariah, Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance, Cherien Dabis' Amreeka, Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre, Fernando Eimbcke's Lake Tahoe, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s Half Nelson, Andrea Arnold's Red Road, Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know, Hany Abu-Assad’s Paradise Now, Debra Granik’s Down to the Bone, Josh Marston’s Maria Page 2 Full of Grace, Lisa Cholodenko’s Laurel Canyon, Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas, John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don't Cry, Lucrecia Martel’s La Cienaga, Walter SallesCentral Station, Chris Eyre and Sherman Alexie’s Smoke Signals, Nicole Holofcener’s Walking and Talking, Allison Anders' Mi Vida Loca, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Hard Eight, Tamara JenkinsSlums of Beverly Hills, and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.

Sundance Institute Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America, and through its New Frontier initiative, has brought the cinematic works of media artists including Pipilotti Rist, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney . Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. # # #
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Hello I Must Be Going’ Interview with Actress Melanie Lynskey

Titled after the snarky tune sung by Groucho Marx in the Marx Bros. film Animal Crackers, Hello I Must Be Going is the story of a 30-something woman who becomes re-dependent on her parents after the catastrophe of her divorce. Her emotional slump is changed when she starts a relationship with a young man who happens to be her father’s client’s son (played by Christopher Abbott, from “Girls”). Equally emotionally honest and sexy, the film directed by Todd Louiso and written by Sarah Koskoff proves that this memorable actress is well-deserving of more lead roles in her colorful filmography’s future.

Making her debut in 1994 opposite Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, Lynskey has become a familiar face to both the independent and mainstream film world, appearing in movies like Up in the Air, The Informant!, Sweet Home Alabama, Away We Go, and soon The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
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Film Review: ‘Hello I Must Be Going’ Provides Well-Deserved Star Vehicle for Melanie Lynskey

Chicago – Melanie Lynskey is one of those effortlessly sublime character actresses who always seemed destined for stardom. At age 16, she made an astonishing film debut in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” opposite Kate Winslet. In the years that followed, she has proven adept at playing everything from a good-hearted stepsister (in “Ever After”) to a severely screwed-up mom (in “Win Win”).

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yet Todd Louiso’s “Hello I Must Be Going” is the first film to place Lynskey front and center, and it’s about time. As Amy, a 35-year-old divorcée who moves back in with her parents, Lynskey captures the agony of a grown woman whose directionless life has caused her to become stagnant in the dependency of adult adolescence. While her father, Stan (John Rubinstein), overwhelms her with unconditional support, her mother, Ruth (Blythe Danner), grumbles about the liberal arts degree that went nowhere and the doubts she
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Interview: Christopher Abbott, Todd Louiso, Sarah Koskoff on ‘Hello I Must Be Going’

Chicago – Flawed females are often feared by Hollywood because of their questionable commercial appeal. Yet 2012 has provided moviegoers and TV fans with a rich assortment of characters—led by Lena Dunham’s Hannah Horvath on HBO’s “Girls”—that prove women can be every bit as immature, developmentally arrested and utterly fascinating as the guys.

One of the year’s most engaging heroines is Amy (Melanie Lynskey) in Todd Louiso’s indie romance, “Hello I Must Be Going.” She’s a 35-year-old divorcée who moves back in with her parents (Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein) and is startled to find herself falling for a smitten 19-year-old actor, Jeremy (Christopher Abbott). In this exclusive two-part interview, Hollywood Chicago spoke with Abbott (star of “Girls” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene”) as well as the married filmmaking team of director Louiso and screenwriter Sarah Koskoff.

Part I: Christopher Abbott

Christopher Abbott stars in
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Dear Hollywood: more Melanie Lynskey, please

Dear Hollywood: more Melanie Lynskey, please
There’s a moment in the charming new indie Hello I Must Be Going when our heroine, Amy (Melanie Lynskey), is — to understate — down on her luck. She’s recovering from a brutal divorce and has moved back in with her parents, where she skulks about their suburban house in the same schlubby t-shirt and cut-off shorts. Her mother (Blythe Danner) tends to say helpful things like, “Getting fat isn’t going to help anything,” and she’s become tangled up in an affair with a 19-year-old (GirlsChristopher Abbott). Due to one night’s extra-unfortunate events, Amy ends up on a picturesque beach…
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Hello I Must Be Going Movie Review

Hello I Must Be Going Movie Review
Title: Hello I Must Be Going Oscilloscope Laboratories Director: Todd Louiso Screenwriter: Sarah Koskoff Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott, John Rubinstein, Julie White Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 8/21/12 Opens: September 7, 2012 Though the two principal characters are not in their twenties, “Hello I Must Be Going” is a typical Sundance offering, chosen this year to open that festival in Park City, Utah. Despite a performance from Melanie Lynskey who is as cute as she was in her first role in 1994 as a girl with a rich fantasy life in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures,” the comedy is slight, perhaps to be appreciated more on the small [ Read More ]
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'Hello I Must Be Going' Review: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner Make Divorce Fun Again

'Hello I Must Be Going' Review: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner Make Divorce Fun Again
"I had the rug pulled out from under me. Or the wool pulled over my eyes. Or maybe I had the rug pulled over my eyes." That's Amy (Melanie Lynskey), the lead in "Hello I Must Be Going," trying to make sense of her lot in life — she's divorced, depressed, sulking around her parents' Westport home and not entirely sure how she wound up there. It's the combination of Lynskey's winning performance and writer Sarah Koskoff's occasional flourishes of wit that help elevate this otherwise familiar story of a sad-sack
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An Unfinished Woman Anchors "Hello, I Must Be Going"

Hello I Must Be Going, the latest project from director Todd Louiso (Love Liza) features Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott, Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein. Written by Louiso's real life partner, Sarah Koskoff, the film follows Amy (a revelatory Lynskey), a 30-something divorcee who is forced to move back in with her parents. At a dinner party, she meets Jeremy (HBO Girls' Abbott), the 19-year-old stepson of her father's business associate, and the two begin an ill-advised but passionate affair. Disillusioned and stagnant, Amy struggles to find some meaning in life after marriage, discovering that her unfinished master's degree and non-existent bank account are just two of the things holding her back. The only comforts she possesses are Jeremy's company and the films of the Marx Brothers (the source of the film's title). Once her affair with Jeremy is discovered, Amy finally starts down the path of self-enlightenment, a journey that
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Review: 'Hello I Must Be Going' A Smart, Smutty & Sweet Tale About Love, Divorce & Growing Up In Your Mid-30s

The following is a reprint of our review from the Sundance Film Festival. "Hello I Must Be Going" opens this Friday, September 7th. If there's a trend in the fiction narratives at Sundance in 2012, it's the series of smart(-ish), sweet(-er) and smutty(-styled) comedies in the mix here in Park City, some of which have been remarkably well-received ("For a Good Time Call") and some of which are not ("Bachelorette"). Think of it as the aftershocks and propagation wave of Judd Apatow's success, demonstrating that audiences can, and will, like characters who talk about their lives and lusts in blunt terms, make mistakes, and spend part of the time fucking and the rest of it fucking up. Directed by actor-turned-director Todd Louiso and written by Louiso's wife Sarah Koskoff, "Hello I Must Be Going" stars Melanie Lynskey as Amy Minsky, a 35-year-old, shell-shocked and shattered in the wake of her divorce.
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Excellent First Trailer for Hello I Must Be Going with Melanie Lynskey

We saw the charming first poster last week for the upcoming Hello I Must Be Going, and now the film’s first trailer has hit and it’s just as promising as we were expecting.

Todd Lousio’s film debuted at Sundance last January to excellent early reviews, with Melanie Lynskey’s leading performance particularly highlighted for its excellence.

“Divorced and demoralized Amy Minsky’s prospects look bleak when she is condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 35. Everyone wants to help, but, as her patience level with advice is plummeting, a bold teenage boy enters her life, igniting her last bit of self-esteem. What ensues is an unconventional love story infused with all the good things Amy needs to get on in life, and that just may include great sex.”

Louiso (The Marc Pease Experience, Love Liza) returns behind the camera for his third film,
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Melanie Lynskey Goes Skinny-Dipping in Charming First Poster & Images for Hello I Must Be Going

Debuting at Sundance this year to very positive reviews, particularly for its leading lady Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), Hello I Must Be Going looks like one of the year’s very promising dramatic comedies.

A new set of images have made their way online, along with EW’s debut of the charming first poster, seeing Lynskey swimming naked alongside Christopher Abbott (Girls, Martha Marcy May Marlene). There’s no actual nudity though, so not to worry – entirely suitable should you be at work.

“Divorced and demoralized Amy Minsky’s prospects look bleak when she is condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 35. Everyone wants to help, but, as her patience level with advice is plummeting, a bold teenage boy enters her life, igniting her last bit of self-esteem. What ensues is an unconventional
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'Ethel' and 'The Intouchables' Win Audience Award for Best Film at Nantucket Fest

'Ethel' and 'The Intouchables' Win Audience Award for Best Film at Nantucket Fest
Rory Kennedy’s "Ethel" and Eric Toledano and Oliver Nakache’s "The Intouchables" tied for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Nantucket Film Festival awards ceremony on Sunday evening. Stella Meghie’s "Jean of the Joneses" was announced as the winner of the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, while Sarah Koskoff received the Award for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film for "Hello I Must Be Going." Nash Edgerton and David Michod won the Award for Best Screenwriting in a Short Film, and Corinne Ladeinde’s Ernesto won the Audience Award for Best Short Film. Documentary prizes included Best Storytelling in a Documentary (Alison Klayman for "Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry) and Best Writer/Director (Mike Birbiglia, "Sleepwalk with Me"). “This year’s festival was larger than ever both in the number of films and live events,” added Artistic Director Mystelle...
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Sundance 2012 Review: Sweet and Funny ‘Hello I Must Be Going’ Never Overstays Its Welcome

Last year’s Sundance Film Festival saw an uptick in films regarding, weirdly enough, cults and cult-like sensibilities. This year’s theme has turned to an appropriate cousin to the dangers of indoctrination – the crumbling of the American dream. Characters that bought into what they thought they could (and should) get out of life have faced copious crises throughout the festival’s films, and Todd Louiso‘s lovely Hello I Must Be Going distills those big ideas and issues down to focus on just one victim of the American nightmare. Perpetual supporting standout Melanie Lynskey leads the film as directionless thirtysomething Amy Minsky. Amy’s happy (in her eyes) marriage to David (Dan Futterman) has recently ended, and she’s left with one place to go – back to her parents’ home in chi-chi suburban Connecticut. Without a job, a finished degree, friends, or most of her belongings, Amy is forced to acclimate to Ruth (Blythe Danner) and
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Sundance Review: 'Hello I Must Be Going' A Smart, Smutty & Sweet Tale About Love, Divorce & Growing Up In Your Mid-30s

If there's a trend in the fiction narratives at Sundance in 2012, it's the series of smart(-ish), sweet(-er) and smutty(-styled) comedies in the mix here in Park City, some of which have been remarkably well-received ("For a Good Time Call") and some of which are not ("Bachelorette"). Think of it as the aftershocks and propagation wave of Judd Apatow's success, demonstrating that audiences can, and will, like characters who talk about their lives and lusts in blunt terms, make mistakes, and spend part of the time fucking and the rest of it fucking up. Directed by actor-turned-director Todd Louiso and written by Louiso's wife Sarah Koskoff, "Hello I Must Be Going" stars Melanie Lynskey as Amy Minsky, a 35-year-old, shell-shocked and shattered in the wake of her divorce. For three months now, Amy's been staying in her mom and dad's house, which is being renovated; the only
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