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The Cinema Eye Honors Take The “Last Train Home”

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The Cinema Eye Honors, devoted to highlighting the best of the year’s nonfiction films, have flipped for Lixin Fan’s fantastic “Last Train Home,” which follows a family of migrant workers as they struggle to stay connected while living separated by hundreds of miles. “Last Train Home” received the most nominations — seven — while Banksy’s “Exit Through The Gift Shop” and Afghanistan documentary “Armadillo” each received six. The award ceremony will take place on January 18 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and will be broadcast on the Documentary Channel.

NONFICTION FEATURE FILMMAKING

ARMADILLLO
Directed by Janus Metz
Produced by Sara Stockmann and Ronnie Fridthjof

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Directed by Banksy
Produced by Jaimie D’Cruz

LAST TRAIN HOME
Directed by Lixin Fan
Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross

MARWENCOL
Directed by Jeff Malmberg
Produced by Jeff Malmberg, Tom Putnam, Matt Radecki, Chris Shellen and Kevin Walsh

THE OATH
Directed and Produced by Laura Poitras

DIRECTION

ARMADILLO
Janus Metz

LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET
Frederick Wiseman

LAST TRAIN HOME
Lixin Fan

MARWENCOL
Jeff Malmberg

THE OATH
Laura Poitras

PRODUCTION

ARMADILLO
Sara Stockmann and Ronnie Fridthjof

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Jaimie D’Cruz

INSIDE JOB
Audrey Marrs and Charles Ferguson

LAST TRAIN HOME
Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross

THE OATH
Laura Poitras

RESTREPO
Produced by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington

CINEMATOGRAPHY

ARMADILLO
Lars Skree

LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET
John Davey

INTO ETERNITY
Heikke Farm

OCEANS
Camera Luc Drion, Philippe Ros and Luciano Tovoli

LAST TRAIN HOME
Lixin Fan

THE SOUNDS OF INSECTS – RECORD OF A MUMMY
Peter Liechti and Matthias Kalin

SWEETGRASS
Lucien Castaing-Taylor

EDITING

ARMADILLO
Per K. Kirkegaard

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Chris King and Tom Fulford

A FILM UNFINISHED
Joëlle Alexis

LAST TRAIN HOME
Lixin Fan, Mary Stephens

MARWENCOL
Jeff Malmberg

COMPOSING

12TH AND DELAWARE
David Darling

CIRCO
Joey Burns and John Convertino

THE OATH
Osvaldo Golijov

THE SOUND OF INSECTS – RECORD OF A MUMMY
Norbert Möslang

UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS
Todd Griffin

GRAPHIC DESIGN

AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY
Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock

GASLAND
Juan Cardarelli and Eric Levy

INSIDE JOB
Josh Norton and Alex Krawitz

THE INVENTION OF DR. NAKAMATS
Rob Chiu

VIDEOCRACY
Martin Hultman

INTERNATIONAL

ARMADILLO
Directed by Janus Metz
Produced by Sara Stockmann and Ronnie Fridthjof

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Directed by Banksy
Produced by Jaimie D’Cruz

INTO ETERNITY
Directed by Michael Madsen
Produced by Lise Lense-Møller

LAST TRAIN HOME
Directed by Lixin Fan
Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross

THE RED CHAPEL
Directed by Mads Brügger
Produced by Peter Engel

DEBUT

CATFISH
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Banksy

MARWENCOL
Jeff Malmberg

PRODIGAL SONS
Kimberly Reed

THE RED CHAPEL
Mads Brügger

SWEETGRASS
Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor

SPOTLIGHT

THE ARBOR
Directed by Clio Barnard

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU
Directed by Andrei Ujica

LA BOCCA DEL LUPO
Directed by Vincenzo Motta

NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT
Directed by Patricio Guzman

STEAM OF LIFE
Directed by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen

AUDIENCE CHOICE

CATFISH
Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET
Directed by Frederick Wiseman

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Directed by Banksy

A FILM UNFINISHED
Directed by Yael Hersonski

INSIDE JOB
Directed by Charles Ferguson

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK
Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg

LAST TRAIN HOME
Directed by Lixin Fan

RESTREPO
Directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

THE TILLMAN STORY
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev

WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”
Directed by Davis Guggenheim

NONFICTION SHORT FILM

ALBERT’S WINTER
Directed by Andreas Koefoed

ARSY-VERSY
Directed by Miro Remo

DOCK ELLIS AND THE LSD NO-NO
Directed by James Blagden

THE POODLE TRAINER
Directed by Vance Malone

QUADRANGLE
Directed by Amy Grappell

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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