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Kickstarter Film Festival Hits Los Angeles

Kickstarter has made a lot of projects possible, including many films, and as there are more Kickstarter creators in Los Angeles than anywhere in the world, the crowdsourcing site is continuing the 4th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival--which launched in Brooklyn's Fort Greene (where the company is headquartered) on July 18 --in Los Angeles. London is still to come.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 5:13 PM
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4th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival to Feature Events in Brooklyn, LA and London

The 4th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival will take place later this summer, celebrating features, shorts and documentaries made through money raised on the crowdfunding platform.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 3, 2014 12:29 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Polanski's Provocative 'Venus in Fur' Tops Tepid Specialized Openings

Films from two established directors (Paul Haggis and Roman Polanski) offered well-hyped new releases this weekend. Polanski's "Venus In Fur" (IFC) (also available on Video on Demand) was the clear leader. Paul Haggis' "Third Person" (Sony Pictures Classics) fared less well, doomed by high profile negative reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 22, 2014 12:42 PM
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WATCH: Jenny Slate Talks Sex and Standup in Her Breakout Role in 'Obvious Child' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Stand-up comic Jenny Slate didn't go from zero to breakout overnight. Typically, like many performers, she's had wins and losses--like losing her gig on Saturday Night Live. It wasn't a good fit, she admits now. Clearly, indie "Obvious Child" suited her talents perfectly, as writer-director Gillian Robespierre carefully crafted this star vehicle that became the toast of Sundance 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 8:04 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Obvious Child' Stands Out Among Tepid Openers

Although a decent line-up of current openers continues to provide a steady flow of specialized film customers as these films expand, the early summer newbies keep falling short -- and none compare to the top June players of recent years.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 8, 2014 6:04 PM
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Cancel All Your Plans: This Summer Movie Weekend Offers a Diverse Slate of Must-Sees

Has there been a better weekend for movies this year than this one? Friday offers more than enough for all tastes, temperaments and attention spans, from the saccharine ("The Fault in Our Stars") and acidic ("Borgman") to the crowd-pleasing ("Edge of Tomorrow") and deeply disturbing ("The Sacrament").
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 5, 2014 4:40 PM
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Review: 'Obvious Child' Succeeds Admirably as an Abortion Rom-Com

Gillian Robespierre’s winning “Obvious Child,” which bowed at Sundance, sticks to the rom-com arc while throwing in a gutsy curveball: The film’s main woman and man fall in love while getting an abortion. It opens this Friday via A24 Films.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2014 1:03 PM
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Tired of Tentpoles? Here Are Ten Great Indies to Catch This Summer

Not to knock Spidey (and the X-Men, and Captain America, and the Guardians of the Galaxy...) but it's easy to feel some -- or a lot -- of superhero fatigue at this time of year. And the Big Summer Movie season has barely gotten started! Below, TOH! calls your attention to ten great indie films hitting theaters this summer. They're just what the doctor ordered.
  • By TOH!
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  • April 30, 2014 4:43 PM
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OddLot Taps 'Obvious Child' Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre for Untitled Divorce Comedy

Gillian Robespierre's achingly hilarious debut "Obvious Child" hasn't hit theaters yet, but she already has a new film in the works.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2014 3:53 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Hilarious and Edgy Sundance Hit 'Obvious Child,' Starring Jenny Slate

A first trailer has arrived for one of the strongest titles out of this year's Sundance, "Obvious Child," starring the hilarious Jenny Slate as a hapless young Brooklyn comedian who considers getting an abortion after she has not-so-safe sex with a cute guy from a bar.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2014 2:00 PM
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