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Interview: Director David Lowery Discusses His Sundance Sensation 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' & Assembling 'Upstream Color'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 1, 2013 10:21 AM
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David Lowery went from being a relative unknown to having one of the heavily anticipated films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the outlaw drama, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Though his most recent short film “Pioneer” picked up acclaim at the festival in 2011, not many saw his previous micro budgeted feature “St. Nick,” a dreamy brother-sister tale which cast only non-professional actors. And yet the anticipation for this film was off the charts thanks in part to the casting of Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine and Nate Parker for this “Bonnie & Clyde”-like tale of criminals determined to reunite with each other at whatever cost.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks 2013 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 29, 2013 12:05 PM
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The podcast returns for a Sundance Film Festival wrap-up, discussing the highs and lows of this year's festival, which came to an end on Sunday. Podcast host and editor Erik McClanahan is joined by Cory Everett and Rodrigo Perez, our two staff correspondents on the ground at this year's festival. Make sure to check out our complete Sundance '13 coverage, including interviews and reviews (several which we didn't even mention on the podcast).

Sundance Wrap: The 5 Best Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 28, 2013 2:09 PM
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First festival of the year? Done and dusted. Every year, the movie industry heads en masse to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford's celebration of independent cinema, which has become increasingly important over the years, in the hope of uncovering the next big thing. Last year's festival brought "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which went on to be one of the best-reviewed films of the year, and a Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards, and while there wasn't a singular breakout in the same way, the festival was certainly in good form.

'Fruitvale' Takes Grand Jury & Audience Award Prizes At Sundance Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 11:22 PM
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...and just like that, the Sundance Film Festival has closed for another year, and tonight at Park City, the awards were handed out with one hotly buzzed film taking two major titles.

Sundance: IFC Picks Up 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Magnolia Loads 'S-VHS' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 8:34 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival says farewell today as the 2013 shindig comes to a close, but deals are still being made, and one of the most hotly buzzed movies of the past week has found a home.

Relativity Media Breaks Records Acquiring Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon's Addiction' For Summer Release

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 21, 2013 3:19 PM
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Now that the acquisitions floodgates are open, the buys keep piling up like it's Black Friday in studio shopping baskets, and this afternoon has brought news of the biggest deal yet at the festival, with Variety the first trade to report that Relativity Media are set to put down a what may be a record-breaking sum for "Don Jon's Addiction," the raunchy comedy that marks the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film also stars the "Looper" actor as a modern-day New Jersey Casanova, who's unable to form real relationships with women due to his porn addiction, but begins to soften up after meeting two women, a younger girl (Scarlett Johansson) and an older classmate (Julianne Moore), and we'd picked it out as one of the films likely to spark off a bidding war.

Sundance Review: The Searing 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Burns With Intense & Visceral Portent

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 20, 2013 11:50 PM
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Set in 1970s Texas, but stationed inside an authentic milieu that feels timeless and classic, David Lowery's second feature-length effort, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," is the culmination of a filmmaker who has put in over a decade of work in the trenches as an editor, cinematographer, writer, electrical department hand and more (fun fact: he's also the editor of Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color"). The jack of all trades is not only fluent in several languages within the vocabulary of this medium, he clearly has an innate understanding of each. Lowery is the real deal and understands filmmaking, and this is abundantly clear in this searing, romantic crime drama and love story.

5 Films That Could Start Distributor Bidding Wars At Sundance 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2013 10:56 AM
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After kicking off last night with Sebastian Silva's "Crystal Fairy," the Sundance Film Festival is now underway. And movie goers and critics will, in a couple of hours, start lining up for the first full day of the fest, with "Kill Your Darlings," "The Spectacular Now" and "Sound City" among the high-profile pictures of the day.

First Official Image Of Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck In 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2012 5:12 PM
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Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck. Those three names tied to one movie should be enough reason alone for you to go see it, but in a "Bonnie & Clyde"-esque, '70s set drama? Yeah, we're definitely in.

'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' With Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck & Ben Foster Now Shooting, Keith Carradine & Nate Parker Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 25, 2012 11:23 AM
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For a newcomer on the scene, David Lowery has it pretty damn good. "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," his directorial debut developed in the Sundance Labs, was announced earlier this year, but was said to still be seeking financing. But lo and behold, things have worked out smashingly, as its currently in front of cameras and has now added vet Keith Carradine and youngster Nate Parker to the highly promising cast which already includes Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster.

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