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Watch the teaser trailer for “Now Here is Nowhere”

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Do you ever listen to a song and think to yourself, “That should be a movie.” Well, Autry Rene Fulbright II thought that. In fact, he thought that about his own music, the darkly heartfelt songs he records as Midnight Masses with the help of Jason Reece, the guitarist for …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. Midnight Masses’ songs are highly evocative and bleakly beautiful and sad and, yeah, they should totally be a movie. Fulbright got director Natasha Kermani to agree and they decided to do something about it. Fulbright and Kermani wrote a concept based on Midnight Masses songs and got TV on the Radio’s Jaleel Bunton and QuickSand’s Walter Schriefels to star in it along with Lana Winter.

The result is “Now Here Is Nowhere” a film slated to be released this winter, produced by Illium Pictures. The movie is set in modern-day New York, eons after a supernatural battle between good and evil have banished both sides of the conflict to the earthly Purgatory of Brooklyn. Biblical figures are reimagined as immortal Beat Generation writers struggling with their past, and preparing for one final battle in the future. Just watch the teaser trailer and see what exactly that means for yourself:

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Exclusive Premiere: Beat Connection “Further Out”

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Beat Connection is awfully sunny for being from Seattle. The group’s synthesized sounds is perfectly sun-kissed, so whether you are fighting the grey skies or just hoping to hold on to summer for a few days more, the ebullient electronic beats of Beat Connection are the perfect addition to any playlist, even if the skies are overcast.

The band’s debut album “Palace Garden” is filled with mesmerizing electonica-inflected tunes that mine the same vein as bands like Niki and the Dove, Toro Y Moi, and Tame Impala. Again and again the band — Jordan Koplowitz, Reed Juenger, Tom Eddy, and Jarred Katz — manages to find the sweet spot between Passion Pit, Temper Trap and Holy Ghost! to create seemingly effortless effervescent electronica. Filled with delicate hooks, swelling melodies, and crashing crescendos, Beat Connection’s tracks are nothing short of captivating.

The band is back with a new video for their infectious track “Further Out,” which pairs crashing synths with steel drums and a pure pop sensibility to create a downright danceable fun song. Watch and learn how indie electronica is done, kids:

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Exclusive premiere: Permanent Collection “One Thousand Sins”

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San Fransico’s Loglady Records has their finger on the fret of the Bay area DIY scene, including the hazy pop of Permanent Collection and their new album, “Newly Wed, Nearly Dead.”

The video for “One Thousand Sins” throws you into the middle of a living room — no frills just rock and roll — sometime in the the early 1990’s with cannibalistic Moe Tucker drums and a delicious drone that recalls the first noise bands rocketing toward fissures in the unknown. One can almost hear the Pavement cracking outside.

The album, produced by Monte Vallier and Kramer (who produced for Low and Galaxie 500), is out now.

 

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Call-In Commentary: Watch the “For a Good Time, Call…” trailer with director Jamie Travis

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When seeking inspiration for his new film “For a Good Time, Call…,” director Jamie Travis recalled the ’80s movies of his youth. Having grown up on stars like Bette Midler, Shelley Long and Goldie Hawn, Travis had his cast echo those strong female comic bonds of yore. The result is ostensibly a phone sex comedy, but in the eyes of its maker, it’s all about friendship.

In the film, two former college frenemies, Lauren and Katie (Lauren Powell and Ari Graynor, respectively) decide the cure to their financial woes is to launch a phone sex line. Their gay best friend Jessie (a mustached Justin Long) completes the tripod as the group trots down the path of comic hijinks. Seth Rogen and Kevin Smith also play bit parts, and even Mimi Rogers makes an appearance.

To get the full low-down, we asked Travis to record a Call-In Commentary, wherein filmmakers provide narration to their movie trailers. In the video below, Travis sets up the film and its characters, along with detailing what he feels is the movie’s true motivation. “For a Good Time, Call…” opens in theaters tomorrow.

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MORE CALL-IN COMMENTARIES:

Watch the “Little Birds” trailer with writer-director Elgin James
Watch “The Babymakers” trailer with director Jay Chandrasekhar of Broken Lizard
Watch the “Robot & Frank” trailer with director Jake Schreier
Watch the “Iron Sky” trailer with director Timo Vuorensola
Watch “The Imposter” trailer with director Bart Layton
Watch the “Dark Horse” trailer with writer-director Todd Solondz

View more Call-In Commentaries…

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