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Cloud Cult: No One Said It Would Be Easy

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A cosmological pop band led by an organic farmer from Minnesota, Cloud Cult has developed a passionate following over a decade with its mesmerizing music, lush live shows (including two live painters), and strong ecological commitment.

Cloud Cult: No One Said It Would Be Easy takes fans and the unfamiliar on a journey into the band’s colorful and passionate world, from the group’s painful and powerful origins through its first decade.

The best information on Cloud Cult is at cloudcult.com

“In the crowded genre of indie rock, in which bands typically earn more by touring than selling albums, the painters have helped Cloud Cult’s stage show stand out. While the paintings offer a glimpse into the economics of a working-class rock band, they’re also intimately tied to Cloud Cult’s music, much of which stems from a tragedy that struck Ms. Minowa and her husband, band leader Craig Minowa.”
– NPR

“Almost all the band’s material is written and recorded in a tiny studio made of recycled and reclaimed materials.”
– MTV

“More a family than a band, the Minneapolis collective does everything with purpose, talent and conviction, from its environmentally conscious lifestyle — in which it self-produces and releases albums from its geothermal-powered organic farm — to its charitable efforts to its emotive, even cathartic songwriting.”
– NPR

“…not-quite-precious chamber pop extravaganza, and it’s impossible to not be moved by [Craig Minowa’s] grandiose methods of telling a story.”
– Denver Post

I Was Thinking About B-Movies: Daylight Scene Commentary

Check out this exclusive Daylight commentary by writer / director David Barker and producer Jay van Hoy.  David is a very idiosyncratic, deep thinker about film, and Jay is an incredibly responsive and responsible (not to mention successful) producer.  The commentary gives great perspective on the process and thinking behind the love story (?) thriller.

Daylight finally streets on DVD this week.  Discs are for rent from Family Video (if your branch doesn’t have one, ask) and Netflix; DVDs are for sale direct from us.


Breaking Light

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Lots of light breaking today.

Daylight has beamed along a singular path, from early rehearsals through a blisteringly fast shoot, extended post-production, select festival screenings, scaring Marisa Tomei out of a Lower East Side theater space, an acclaimed theatrical run… and now to your computer, right now, from iTunes or Amazon.  Or, later tonight, settle in for a view through your cable movies on demand, PS3, or Xbox.  (The DVD is coming later.)  Seriously, it’s a great date movie.

Oh, and, no, it’s not the Daylight with Sylvester Stallone.  This is the other one.

The Afterlight has gone through a different prism.  This haunted drama shot from the Rome Film Festival through select theatrical screenings, all the way to a DVD at your local video store.  For all you Zenith fans out there, The Afterlight also stars the mesmerizing Ana Asensio.  Itunes and Amazon downloads are coming soon.

 

The image above comes from the Flickr stream of Jolene4ever.

Free stream from The Afterlight

The beautiful and haunting film The Afterlight is coming up on DVD shortly, and we couldn’t be more proud. The film’s stars include the lovely Ana Asensio, whom you probably recognize from Zenith, and a performance by the amazing Rip Torn, whom you recognize from… well, everywhere.

To celebrate, check out this powerful song from composer Nathan Matthew David.

“Visual artistry . . . nothing short of masterful.”
– Los Angeles Times

“intoxicating beauty.”
– New York Times

“truly poetic… lustrous cinematography”
– Chicago Sun-Times

“Beautifully composed.”
– Chicago Reader

“…cryptic images of ominous beauty, held together by pure surface tension, exert a strange fascination.”
– Variety

“Alexei Kaleina and Craig Macneill’s proudly minimalist affair favors ambiguity over soap-operatics, evoking the inescapable heartache of a loss so great, it cannot be uttered.”
– TimeOut NY

“Stunning cinematic debut … a film guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.”
– i-D Magazine

Daylight

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Amazon Video, iTunes, Youtube, Google PlayAndroid, Blockbuster on Demand, CinemaNow, PlayStation, VUDU, xBox, Zune. . .

Also through the on demand menus of AT&T, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, xFinity, and most other U.S. cable providers.

“an unusually delicate psychological thriller . . . Critic’s Pick!”
– Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“Box office will be good for this small but mighty conversation starter! …something otherworldly. A must see.”
– Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine

Daylight is a slow burn of a thriller that ultimately packs a far greater wallop than many flashier examples of the genre, and its cumulative power derives from the collective contributions of the entire cast and crew, from production designer Elliot Hostetter to editors Katie McQuerrey and Lee Percy and composer Stewart Wallace.”
– Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal

“technically polished and genuinely suspenseful . . exceptional actors, especially Martin and Meierhans . . .”
– Joe Leydon, Variety

“transcend[s] the easy shocks associated with the exploitation movie experience and create[s] an entirely fresh rhythm . . . cautiously executed suspense . . . Meierhans’ amazingly subtle performance.”
– Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

“psychological gamesmanship . . . us[es] the abduction scenario to evoke religious yearning . . . resourceful, taboo-prodding sickie.”
– Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

“this isn’t your usual exploitation flick. It grows more unpredictable and erotic with each new scene, as the wife forms a bond of sorts with her abductors.”
– V.A. Musetto, New York Post

“Favorably compared to the work of Michael Haneke . . . subtle and tense, with director David Barker infusing quiet eroticism and benevolence on the proceedings . . . compelling psychological drama . . . [Meierhans] is quite good . . . even some of the biggest names in the industry can’t do this.”
– Christopher Bell, The Playlist / indieWIRE (gathered from two articles)

“Haunting… terrifying… a dramatic re-invention of the contemporary horror film.”
– Ain’t It Cool News

“SHOCKING… an exceptional cinematic endeavor.”
– We Are Movie Geeks

Things die. New things are born.

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A harrowing psychological thriller from a widely acclaimed filmmaker, Daylight pits a couple lost in America against a conniving gang of kidnappers, in David Barker’s rigorous and personal re-imagining of the genre film. Despite its familiar genre elements, Daylight is different – a powerful, shocking piece of vigorous cinema, which fuses eroticism and tenderness with the harrowing weight of pregnancy and kidnapping.

This isn’t about what you want.

On their way to a wedding, Danny and Irene pick up a hitchhiker – throwing the film in the direction of the conventional rural kidnapper thriller. But with the skill of director David Barker and his miraculous cast and crew, Daylight emerges as much, much more than just another exploitation picture. Kidnappers Renny, Leo, and Murphy enact a bizarre and terrifying ritual of politeness, endowing such scenes as the passing of a bread knife at a kitchen table with a threat of ferocious violence – but also trust.

One thing leads to the next thing. Right now, this is the thing.

Alexandra Meierhans – pregnant as the character Irene, and pregnant in real life – delivers an astonishing performance as the female lead. Simultaneously vulnerable and dangerous, a captive and a seductress, she somehow struggles to survive and endure, bringing the audience along with her through to the shattering conclusion.

PARTS AND LABOR STRANGE LOOP WHITE BUFFALO ENTERTAINMENT
Present
A Film By DAVID BARKER
Starring ALEXANDRA MEIERHANS IVAN MARTIN
MICHAEL GODERE AIDAN REDMOND
Music by STEWART WALLACE Performed by ETHEL
Edited By KATIE McQUERREY LEE PERCY A.C.E
Director of Photography NILS KENASTON
Executive Producers JACK TURNER IAN McGLOIN
CHARLES LEDLEY JAMIE MAI RAY PRIVETT
Produced By JAY VAN HOY LARS KNUDSEN BEN HOWE
Written By DAVID BARKER ALEXANDRA MEIERHANS MICHAEL GODERE
Directed by DAVID BARKER
Released by CINEMA PURGATORIO

The Afterlight

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“Visual artistry . . . nothing short of masterful.”
– Los Angeles Times

“intoxicating beauty.”
– New York Times

“truly poetic… lustrous cinematography”
– Chicago Sun-Times

“Beautifully composed.”
– Chicago Reader

“…cryptic images of ominous beauty, held together by pure surface tension, exert a strange fascination.”
– Variety

“Alexei Kaleina and Craig Macneill’s proudly minimalist affair favors ambiguity over soap-operatics, evoking the inescapable heartache of a loss so great, it cannot be uttered.”
– TimeOut NY

“Stunning cinematic debut … a film guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.”
– i-D Magazine

At an abandoned schoolhouse, a young couple confronts the dark and the unexpected.

Starring Michael Kelly (Fair Game, Law Abiding Citizen), Jicky Schnee (Perestroika), Ana Asensio (Zenith), and Rip Torn

In a haunting and beautiful countryside, a young couple hopes to start a new life. Andrew and Claire find themselves far from their roots. They move into an old schooldhouse that sits on a farm owned by an elderly widow and her blind niece, Maria. The couple’s arrival sets off events that will alter all the lives of everyone around them. As tensions build, a late summer thunderstorm and a solar eclipse trigger dark outcomes.

Zenith

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“Visionary writer-director Vladan Nikolic . . . concerns and motifs [are] vivid and idiosyncratic, designed to intensify a highly contemporary concern about the loss of freedom and power of the individual to secret, manipulative cartels.”
– Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“chillingly realistic vision of the future… amazing… nothing but talent.”
– Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post

“a weird reflection of current reality. . . an odd example of artsy obscura . . .an experience not quickly forgotten.”
– Tor.com

Zenith at top of its game.”
– Boston Herald

“a high-concept, brave-new-world sci-fi puzzle… echoes futuristic thrillers such as 12 Monkeys and Children of Men… an atmosphere of mounting paranoia that’s grim and chilling.”
– Loren King, Boston Globe

“A visually stunning art-house Blade Runner.”
– Flavorwire

“Smoothly incorporating influences as diverse as Philip K. Dick and Terry Gilliam. . . a low-budget, high-concept mind-teaser, the sort of provocatively ambiguous sci-fier that often can attract a devoted niche audience and inspire repeated viewings. . . deadly serious, if not grimly fatalistic, about the grave new world it depicts.”
– Variety

“a brooding science-fiction trip…Nikolic’s lust for paranoid desperation is powerful, and his way with actors is stunningly graceful.”
– Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

“a trippy, frontal-lobe screwer that plays like the illegitimate spawn of Memento and 12 Monkeys… highly imaginative … slick visuals.”
– Rod Lott, Oklahoma Gazette

A LOST OBJECT FROM THE FUTURE
THE FILM THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE
THE UNDERGROUND CULT MOVIE SENSATION

“Imaginative sci-fi thriller…conceptual imagination…a talent to watch!”
– Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

“collision of noir narration and purple paranoia…long on atmosphere…brave-new-world dystopia.”
– New York Times

“rank[s] up there with indie mind-bending powerhouses like Primer and Being John Malkovich… like all great science fiction, Zenith hits us with a powerful series of “what ifs” that take the world as we expect it to be and give it a short, sharp turn on its ear… smart sci-fi… something to add to your must-see list.”
– Apex Magazine

“fuses the trippy paranoia of Philip K. Dick’s novels with canny use of locations that are already a bit post-apocalyptic.”
– Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal

“a brain-bending 12 Monkeys vibe.”
– Devin O’Leary, Albuquerque Alibi

“works on the knife-edge of what Ridley Scott and company were onto with Blade Runner . . . an impressive and certainly downbeat dystopia built from found locations, insistent hypotheses and studded with superlative acting, termite performances from gifted actors playing paranoids and conspiracists with unbridled glee.”
– Ray Pride, New City Chicago

“entertainingly fast-paced and visceral…impressive…pulp fiction.”
– Will Coviello, Gambit Weekly New Orleans

In a hellish future where human beings have become stupefied by the state of permanent happiness they have been genetically altered to experience, Jack (Peter Scanavino) offers relief via drugs that cause his customers the welcome phenomenon of pain. But when Jack receives a mysterious videotape of his dead father, he sets out to unmask the dangerous conspiracy that has created this dystopian world.

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo

From Bradley Beesley

co-director of Christmas on Mars and Summercamp!
director of Okie Noodling and Fearless Freaks Featuring the Flaming Lips

“a story of gladiatorial desperation and hope, tied up with one whole lot of Oklahoman heart – Hell yeah!”
– Time Out London

“These are vivid, flawed, even introspective characters. And they’re classic American strivers. With rodeo, but not just that, they hope to go beyond where they have been.”
– New York Times

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. In 2006, female inmates were allowed to participate for the first time.

In a state with the highest female incarceration rate in the country, these women share common experiences such as broken homes, drug abuse and alienation from their children.  From 1940 – 2008, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary held an annual ‘Prison Rodeo’. Part Wild West show and part coliseum-esque spectacle, it was one of the last of its kind – a relic of the American penal system. Prisoners compete on wild-broncs and bucking bulls, risking life-long injuries. For inmates like Danny Liles, a 14-year veteran of the rodeo, the chance to battle livestock offers a brief respite from prison life.  Within this strange arena the prisoners become the heroes while the public and guards applaud.

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Here and There

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“Superbly played…beautifully executed…deep emotional roots.”
– Natasha Senjanovic, Hollywood Reporter

“has more than a few moments that linger: like slivovitz, it sneaks up on you.”
– Daniel Gold, New York Times

“minor-key romance…has the unadorned integrity of a classic joke…sweetened by an unexpectedly poignant payoff.”
– Eric Hynes, Village Voice

An excellent tale of two cities…right on!”
– Howard Feinstein, indieWIRE

“…recalls early Jim Jarmusch films like Stranger Than Paradise
…a mesmerizing performance [by David Thornton].”
– Kurt Loder, MTV

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Robert, a jaded middle-aged New Yorker, goes to Serbia to make quick cash by marrying someone for U.S. immigration papers.  But the plan goes awry when the promised cash never arrives. At the same time, Branko, a young Serbian immigrant, struggles in a never forgiving New York, desperately trying to reunite with his girlfriend.

Here and There is a beautiful, nuanced and artful piece of filmmaking.  It’s one of those rare movies that strikes the perfect balance between wry comedy and delicate drama.”
– Joshua Marston, director, Maria Full of Grace

Tribeca Film Festival * Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Starring David Thornton
(
Romance & Cigarettes, Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America)

Also starring Branislav Trifunovic and Mirjana Karanovic,
with an appearance by Cyndi Lauper

Played in: New York, New York / Beverly Hills, California / Santa Monica, California / Amherst, New York / Helena, Montana / Key West, Florida / Lake Worth, Florida / Palm Beach Gardens, Florida / Ft. Lauderdale, Florida / Oakmont, Pennsylvania / Napa, California / Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts / Miami, Florida / Cleveland, Ohio / Madison, Wisconsin / San Antonio, Texas / Honolulu, Hawaii / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania / Kansas City, Missouri / North Charleston, South Carolina / Nevada City, California …