Earlier this month, in a video here in Keyframe on short films by Barry Jenkins, Kevin B. Lee noted that, prolific as Jenkins has been, many of us have been eagerly awaiting a second feature, a followup to Medicine for Melancholy, which in 2008 heralded, as Kevin puts it, “the arrival of a talent with a genuinely unique vision.” Now Ioncinema‘s Eric Lavellee has word that that sophomore feature is underway. Lavellee’s been scanning the list of projects lined up for IFP’s Independent Film Week, which is, yes, a conference and all, but also a forum where filmmakers pitch the films they’re working on. Among them is Jenkins’s Moonlight, in which “two Miami boys navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality in this triptych drama about black queer youth.”
Also on that list at Ioncinema: Tarda Primavera, “a fantasy film that begins around a strange event of a whale’s stranding,” from Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) and Strange Things Started Happening, a thriller from Stacie Passon (Concussion). And: “Monos sees Alejandro Landes (Porfirio) and Alexis Dos Santos (Unmade Beds) share writing and directing duties on a project set [on a] ‘faraway Colombian mountaintop, [where] eight kids with guns carry out a mission: watching over a hostage and a milk cow.'”
“I love being on set,” writes Sarah Salovaara at Filmmaker. “I like being around a group of people who have cast aside their better judgement to create something together. So when Nathan Silver asked if I wanted to come to the Stinking Heaven set, I gladly hopped the train to Passaic.” Her diary follows. Tallie Medel, by the way, is a late addition to the cast.
Edgar Pêra, whose 69-minute-long Bando à parte production Lisbon Revisited will have its world premiere out of competition at the upcoming Locarno Film Festival, is already attached to a new project named Virados do Avesso (lit. ‘Turned Inside Out’),” reports Vitor Pinto. “Known as ‘the Hot Jesus’ since his involvement in US-series-turned-film The Bible, Diogo Morgado is set to star in this comedy alongside actor Jorge Corrula. Together they will play a gay couple facing an unexpected event in their relationship as one day one of them wakes up and simply forgets his sexual orientation. Rejecting his five-year-long relationship, he then starts to behave as a straight, single party animal!”
Also at Cineuropa, Naman Ramachandran reports that Jim Sheridan will begin shooting The Secret Scripture this fall. Likely stars will be Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor, Jeremy Irons and Vanessa Redgrave. And Fabien Lemercier reports that Yves Angelo has wrapped shooting on Notre fils (Our Son) with Sylvie Testud and Grégory Gadebois.
“Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will star in the pilot episode of Westworld, based on the 1973 movie,” reports Peter Martin at Movies.com. “J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan are serving as executive producers for the proposed HBO series…. Reportedly, the series will focus on the robots rather than the human guests. It’s described as ‘a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.'”
And a second clip from Hill of Freedom