THINKFILM SUMMER PREVIEW
Los Angeles, CA (rushprnews) June 4, 2007 -Following are THINKFILM’s summer previews and stats with synopsis and photos.
– The Wendell Baker Story (May 18, 2007)
– The Trials of Darryl Hunt (June 1, 2007)
– Ghosts of Cite Soleil (July 6, 2007)
– The Ten (August 3, 2007)
– The Hottest State (August 24, 2007)
THE WENDELL BAKER STORY
Release Date: May 18, 2007
Directed by: Andrew Wilson and Luke Wilson
Written by: Luke Wilson
Starring: Luke Wilson, Eva Mendes, Seymour Cassel, Eddie Griffin, Kirs Kristofferson and Owen Wilson
Running Time: TBD
Rating: â€œPG-13â€ by the MPAA for some crude and sexual humor and language
Synopsis: In his return to screenwriting and debut as director, Luke Wilson plays a good-hearted conman named Wendell Baker whose latest scam lands him in jail and alienates him from his longtime girlfriend Doreen (Eva Mendes), best friend Reyes (Jacob Vargas) and even his dog, Junior. Eternally optimistic, Wendell makes the most of his time behind bars and vows to turn his life around. Upon release, he gets a job at the Shady Grove retirement hotel, where he befriends residents Boyd (Seymour Cassel), Skip (Harry Dean Stanton) and Nasher (Kris Kristofferson). Wendell’s new friends advise him on how to win back his girlfriend, while he helps them battle the hotel’s evil head nurse, Neil King (Owen Wilson) and right-hand man, McTeague (Eddie Griffin).
THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT
Release Date: June 1, 2007
Directed By: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
Running Time: 106 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Synopsis: More than a decade in the making, and winner of nearly 20 film festival audience and jury prizes, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundbergâ€™s THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT documents the aftermath of a brutal rape/murder and harrowing wrongful conviction in the modern American South. Told from the point-of-view of three principal subjects, an enterprising investigative journalist; an unyielding defense attorney; and a wrongfully convicted man, the film offers an eye-opening, provocative and haunting examination of a community â€“ and a criminal justice system â€“ subject to racial bias and tainted by fear. Chronicling this capital case from 1984 through 2004, with extensive personal narratives and exclusive footage from two decades, filmmakers Stern and Sundberg painstakingly frame the judicial and emotional responses to this chilling crime – and the implications surrounding Darryl Huntâ€™s wrongful conviction – against a backdrop of class and bigotry in America.
GHOSTS OF CITE SOLEIL
Release Date: July 6, 2007
Directed by: Asger Leth
Running Time: 85 minutes
Synopsis: An epic portrait of a family and a culture torn apart by poverty and violence, GHOSTS OF CITÃ‰ SOLEIL is a powerful and unsettling documentary that takes us inside the lives of the notorious gang leaders who dominate the Haitian slum of Cite Soleil, one of the most desperate communities in the Western hemisphere. Set to a score by Wyclef Jean, who also executive produced the film and serves as an inspiration to the young men of Haiti, the film follows two of the gang leaders, who happen to be brothers, and are also aspiring rappers. The foot soldiers of these gang leaders are known as chimeres (or â€œghostsâ€) and it was those ghosts whom former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is said to have employed to silence his opponents. Filmed in the months leading up to Aristideâ€™s overthrow in 2004, the film captures the smoldering tensions between the two rival gang leaders, and their love for the same woman, set in a city the United Nations has declared the most dangerous place on Earth.
Release Date: August 3, 2007
Directed by: David Wain
Written by: Ken Marino and David Wain
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Rob Corddry, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Justin Theroux and Ken Marino
Running Time: 95 minutes
Synopsis: Comprised of ten vignettes, each one inspired by one of the Biblical commandments, THE TEN is an irreverent but hilarious illustration of how bad behavior makes for good comedy. With each story told in a different style, but containing overlapping characters and themes, the film is a grand burlesque boasting an all-star cast that puts the sin back in cinema.
THE HOTTEST STATE
Release Date: August 24, 2007
Written and Directed by: Ethan Hawke
Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Laura Linney,
Mark Webber, Michelle Williams, Sonia Braga and Hawke
Running Time: 117 minutes
Synopsis: Adapted by Ethan Hawke from his own novel of the same name, THE HOTTEST STATE is a bittersweet romance that distills the joy, pain, erotic highs, and emotional lows of first love. Ethan Hawke directs and co-stars in the film along with Mark Webber, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Laura Linney. Days before his 21st birthday, William (Mark Webber), an actor, meets and quickly falls madly in love with Sara (Oscar-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno), a seductive yet elusive singer/songwriter. The film follows William from a Lower East Side tenement to a Mexican hotel room to a snowbound weekend in Connecticut to a sweltering homecoming in the hottest state of all â€“ Texas â€“ in the pursuit of Sara. His stubborn and sweetly innocent quest to find someone who loves him as much as he loves her may not lead to happiness, but surely leads to newfound maturity.
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