How 1 Small Tweak Gave Alia Shawkat the Lgbtq+ Film She Really Wanted to Make

Image Source: Getty / Jamie McCarthy When it comes to actor Alia Shawkat's sexuality, the past few years have been a revelation. Perhaps not in private; when we spoke on the phone in early June, she ...

CAA Signs Writer-Director Cherien Dabis

CAA Signs Writer-Director Cherien Dabis Exclusive: Cherien Dabis, the writer-director behind such films as May in the Summer and Amreeka, has signed with CAA. The Palestinian-American filmmaker’s debut feature was Amreeka, which premiered ...

Cherien Dabis to Helm Film About Flint Researcher Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Cherien Dabis: Dusdin Condren/cheriendabis.me You’re most likely familiar with the Flint, Michigan water crisis, but you may not know about Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician whose research ...

What Does a Woman Director Look Like? The Global Directors Initiative Seeks to Find Out

The film industry’s gender divide is well known at this point, but action is often slow to follow knowledge. Fox took a step toward closing that gap with its Global Directors Initiative, which is ...

"May" Never Finds A Home

Coming up on six years ago, writer/director Cherien Dabis charted the convoluted waters of her own mixed cultural heritage in festival darling Amreeka. The film followed a West Bank mother, ...

Efm: Elle Driver takes Gaza-set comedy Dégradé

Other new projects include prison drama Jailbirds (Taularde) starring Sophie Marceau. Paris-based sales company Elle Driver has taken on world sales of Palestinian filmmakers Tarzan and Arab’s black ...

Amazon Announces 7 Pilots For 2015

As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it ...

Amazon Studios announces it pilot season line-up for 2015

Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse ...

‘Cantinflas’ Sails Decently In Specialty Box Office Bow

As with the major releases, the specialty film box office this Labor Day holiday weekend is comparatively more tepid than last year’s. In 2013, Pantelion began a record-breaking run with Instructions ...

Exclusive Interview With Cherien Dabis On May In The Summer

Writer/director Cherien Dabis follows up her debut film Amreeka with the equally entrancing coming of age tale, May in the Summer. The film follows Dabis’s character, May, as she returns to Jordan and ...

‘May in the Summer’ Review: A Family Drama Falls Flat

A second feature is often about risk. Cherien Dabis‘s first film, Amreeka, is an almost archetypal example of the debut America indie hit. It premiered at Sundance, gathered some excellent reviews and ...

May in the Summer | Review

Summer of Our Discontent: Dabis’ Sophomore Feature an Uneven Venture Nebraska born filmmaker Cherien Dabis follows up her well received 2009 debut Amreeka with a cotton candy cross-cultural, ...

Find-Yourself Travel Flick May in the Summer Is Secretly Radical

Find-Yourself Travel Flick May in the Summer Is Secretly Radical Director Cherien Dabis grew up spending summers in Jordan with her mother's side of the family. Her second feature fictionalizes her experience and translates it into indie-dramedy banalities: May ...

A family feuds before a wedding in 'May in the Summer' trailer -- Exclusive

A family feuds before a wedding in 'May in the Summer' trailer -- Exclusive May is a celebrated author with a lovely New York life and a wedding in the works to the prominent scholar of her dreams (Alexander Siddig). But everything goes haywire as tradition and modernity ...

Extended 'Smaug', 'Lucy' and 'Kill the Messenger' in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Today's bulletin includes a new PG-13 rating for the extended version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and a pair of R ratings for Luc Besson's Lucy and the Jeremy Renner-led thriller Kill The ...

Rosenberg wins Sundance/Nhk Award

Rosenberg wins Sundance/Nhk Award The director of the upcoming film Ad Inexplorata gains creative and strategic support from the Sundance Institute. The annual Sundance Institute/Nhk Award was presented to Rosenberg at a private ...

Mark Rosenberg wins Sundance/Nhk Award

Mark Rosenberg wins Sundance/Nhk Award The director of the upcoming film Ad Inexplorata gains creative and strategic support from the Sundance Institute. The annual Sundance Institute/Nhk Award was presented to Rosenberg at a private ...

Rooftop Films Founder Mark Rosenberg Wins 2014 Sundance Institute/Nhk Award

Mark Elijah Rosenberg, director of the upcoming film "Ad Inexplorata", has been named the winner of the 2014 Sundance Institute/Nhk Award. The award, which was presented at a private ceremony at the ...

Dabis to make Arabic debut with Mother-in-Law

Dabis to make Arabic debut with Mother-in-Law Exclusive: Palestinian American filmmaker Cherien Dabis is set to adapt Suad Amiry’s Sharon And My Mother-in-Law, a humorous account of life in Ramallah during the Second Intifada. It will be her ...

2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Craig Johnson’s The Skeleton Twins

Live. From New York. It’s…Craig Johnson. Another product from the Duplass factory, after breaking out with the micro-budgeted SXSW preemed True Adolescents, Johnson remains in similar dramedy ...

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