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Watch: First Trailer For Award-Winning Indie ‘Bluebird’; Plus Help Kickstart Its Theatrical Release

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 25, 2014 4:21 PM
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Bluebird, John Slattery, Emily Meade
Now this ain’t right. Lance Edmands’ “Bluebird” was one of our favorite films of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. It had its international premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – where we spoke to the filmmaker – and it won the award for Best Actress (shared by its female ensemble) and the Ecumenical Jury Prize. It screened at festival worldwide including Busan (Korea), Stockholm, Thessaoloniki (Greece), Chicago, Maryland, and the Viennale. But apparently no one’s manned up to give it distribution in the U.S. (which is a bit bullshit considering some of the indies the usual domestic indie distrib suspects release, but we’ll refrain from naming names).

The 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 7, 2014 3:45 PM
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20 Best 2014 Films We've Already Seen
The more OCD among us here at Playlist Towers find it a source of constant aggravation that release dates vary so much from territory to territory, and festivals often get premieres a full 18-or-so months before a film gains a proper U.S. release, that doing a cut-and-dried list of any given year’s movies becomes less science than art. And while it’s an art that has already yielded our first magnum opus of the year, the 100 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2014, (and we should probably be awarded the rest of January off as a result) there’s still a category of film we’ve left unmined: those movies that we saw and reviewed in 2013 at festivals or sneak screenings or parts foreign that won’t be in theaters until 2014.

Karlovy Vary Awards: Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' & 'Bluebird' Among Winners

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 6, 2013 4:25 PM
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...and so our short sojourn to the 2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival draws to a close. Our time here this year was so brief that we feel guilty in not having seen more of the films In Competition, and across the various diverse and always thoughtfully-stocked sidebars, but now that the awards have been announced, we know we’ll have a starting point for all the catching up we’ve got to do.

The Best And Brightest Of The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 29, 2013 2:17 PM
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The Best And Brightest Of The Tribeca Film Festival 2013
And so we’ve reached the end of the Tribeca Film Festival. Known for its wide-ranging selection of films from all over the globe, they truly outdid themselves this year with a slate of diverse, boundary-pushing films that suggested that, outside of the most prestigious fests like New York, Cannes and Sundance, independent cinema was alive and well, flourishing in the fest’s eleventh year. We profiled twenty films at the start of the fest that might be worth discussion, and a number of those spotlight films didn't disappoint. But the excitement of the Tribeca Film Festival is that there's often greatness emerging from where you least expect it.

Tribeca Review: ‘Bluebird’ Is A Well-Observed & Striking Debut About Family, Connectedness & Consequences

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 19, 2013 9:59 AM
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Bluebird, John Slattery, Emily Meade
Subtle, nuanced and absorbing, Lance Edmands’ directorial debut “Bluebird” is a remarkable first feature and wise beyond his and its years. Carefully shot, well-observed and featuring terrific performances from an excellent slate of experienced, yet largely unknown actors (aside from the “Mad Men” and HBO stars), “Bluebird” is an affecting and moving examination of family, mothers, connectedness and the ripple effect of tragic consequences.

Exclusive: Photos From Tribeca Standout 'Bluebird' Starring Amy Morton, John Slattery, Adam Driver & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 18, 2013 4:13 PM
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Bluebird, John Slattery, Emily Meade
You won't see our review until tonight when the film premieres, but "Bluebird," the debut feature from first-time filmmaker Lance Edmands is a strikingly good drama and an auspicious beginning for writer/director Lance Edmands. Starring Amy Morton (George Clooney's older sister in "Up In The Air"), "Mad Men" actor John Slattery, Louisa Krause (the bitchy, scene-stealing hotel clerk in "Young Adult"), Emily Meade ("Fringe," "My Soul to Take,") plus co-starring Adam Driver ("Girls") and Margo Martindale, "Bluebird" is a wintry, stark and yet deeply penetrating and mature examination of interconnected lives between two sets of mothers and families.

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