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Different Roads Out of Sundance: 'Bellflower' Team, Brit Marling and Benh Zeitlin

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 5, 2013 at 7:40PM

Evan Glodell and his "Bellflower" team are back in the saddle for "Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins." The multi-hyphenate is handing over directing reins to Jonathan Keevil (who scored "Bellflower") and is serving as producer. They are also reuniting with "Bellflower"'s Tyler Dawson and DP Joel Hodge. They are using IndieGoGo to raise funds; the promo video takes place in a car, just like our interview with them. The film aims to be a surrealist action/drama set unabashedly in the '80s.
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"Bellflower"'s Joel Hodge, Evan Glodell and Vincent Grashaw at Indie Spirits Brunch
"Bellflower"'s Joel Hodge, Evan Glodell and Vincent Grashaw at Indie Spirits Brunch

Evan Glodell and his "Bellflower" team are back in the saddle for "Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins." The multi-hyphenate is handing over directing reins to Jonathan Keevil (who scored "Bellflower") and is serving as producer and actor. They are also reuniting with "Bellflower" star Tyler Dawson and DP Joel Hodge. They are using IndieGoGo to raise funds; the promo video takes place in a car, just like our interview with them. The film aims to be a surrealist action/drama set unabashedly in the '80s. You can watch the promo below.

"Another Earth"
"Another Earth"

"Bellflower" is an example of a filmmaking team that were introduced at Sundance. The film's producer Vincent Grashaw went on to write and direct "Coldwater," which is debuting at SXSW next month. Glodell is still working on writing his next film.

Another breakout from Sundance 2011 was Brit Marling, co-writer, producer and star of both "Another Earth" (director Mike Cahill) and "Sound of My Voice" (director Zal Batmanglij). She and Cahill have not worked together again, but she did co-write, co-produce and star in Batmanglij's "The East," which premiered this year at Sundance but failed to get the same attention as their earlier work. Marling has also appeared in "Arbitrage" and "The Company You Keep."

Sundance 2012's Benh Zeitlin went all the way with "Beasts of the Southern Wild," garnering Best Picture, Original Screenplay (with Lucy Alibar), and Director Oscar nominations. Searchlight has a first-look deal on his next film, which is moving ahead without revealing any details. Searchlight is aware they may be waiting years to see it, as Zeitlin has been scouting locations in Lousiana for inspiration. His process takes time; when she first auditioned for "Beasts," young Quvenzhane Wallis was five; now she's nine.

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, Bellflower, Another Earth, Beasts of the Southern Wild


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.