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Dramödie »Tallulah« wird im U.S. Dramatic Competition des 2016 Sundance Film Festival ihre Weltpremiere feiern

2016 Sundance Film Festival

Das Sundance Institute hat die Namen der insgesamt 65 Filme für die Sparten U.S. Competition und World Competition sowie für die außerhalb der Wettbewerbe laufende NEXT Kategorie veröffentlicht, welche im Rahmen des 2016 Sundance Film Festival vom 21. bis zum 31 Januar in Park City, Utah zu sehen sein werden. Eines der genannten Highlights im U.S. Dramatic Competition ist Sian Heders Regiedebüt »Tallulah« mit Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit, Uzo Aduba sowie Zachary Quinto. Einen genauen Termin für die Weltpremiere gibt es bislang noch nicht, doch es ist zu vermuten, dass dieses Event am Eröffnungswochenende der Veranstaltung stattfindet. Solange wir auf diese Bestätigung warten, könnt ihr schon mal einen Blick auf die ersten Filmstills und dem untenstehenden Auszug aus der offiziellen Pressemitteilung werfen.

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Sundance Institute Announces Films In Competition and NEXT for 2016 Sundance Film Festival
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Park City, UT — Offering a first look at the year ahead in independent film, culture and new ideas, Sundance Institute announced today the 65 films selected for the U.S. Competition, World Competition and out-of-competition NEXT category set to premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Films that have premiered in these sections include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, Blackfish, The September Issue, The Cove, An Education, Animal Kingdom, Precious, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Obvious Child, Tangerine and Escape from Tomorrow.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “From diverse backgrounds, places and perspectives, these independent artists are united by the power of their stories and vision. Their films will soon launch onto the global stage, beginning their journeys through our culture. A new year in independent film will start right here—on the mountain—in January.”

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “At a time when big-budget blockbusters and free online content are ubiquitous, independent filmmakers continue to be extraordinarily creative, artful and inventive. Our mission remains to amplify these voices from outside the mainstream at the Festival and, through our year-round filmmaker Labs, programs and events, to celebrate their truly independent passion and spirit.”

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Fueled by wild creativity, fresh perspectives and a deep understanding of the craft of storytelling, independent film is evolving. Our Festival continues to show that film has the power to inspire, challenge and surprise audiences in new ways.”

For the 2016 Festival, 120 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 48 first-time filmmakers, including 28 in competition. These films were selected from 12,793 submissions, including 4,081 feature-length films and 8,712 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,972 were from the U.S. and 2,109 were international. 98 feature films at the Festival will be world premieres.

[...]

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.

Tallulah / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Sian Heder) — A rootless young woman takes a toddler from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her. This decision connects and transforms the lives of three very different women. Cast: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit, Uzo Aduba. World Premiere

[...]

Quelle: www.sundance.org

Ellen ist auf dem Cover der Dezember 2015 Ausgabe des American Way Magazine, in welchem außerdem ein Artikel mit dem Titel "Beyond the Page" zu finden ist. Dieser dreht sich hauptsächlich um den Film »Freeheld« sowie der Entscheidung zum Coming Out im vergangenen Jahr und kann auch auf der Webseite des Magazins nachgelesen werden. Dort steht übrigens auch das komplette Heft als PDF Dokument zum kostenlosen Download zur Verfügung.

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Datum: 03.12.2015 - 22:49:34 Verfasst von Dominik
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»Freeheld« erscheint Anfang 2016 in digitaler Form sowie auf Blu-ray & DVD in den USA

Nach dem amerikanischen Kinostart im Oktober hat Lionsgate nun vor »Freeheld« am 19. Januar 2016 als Digital HD Version sowie On Demand sowie anschließend am 2. Februar 2016 auf Blu-ray und DVD zu veröffentlichen. Zu den geplante Bonusfeatures gehören ein Making of, ein "Freeheld to Freedom: Ocean County Then and Now" Featurette, Cynthia Wades gleichnamiger Dokumentar-Kurzfilm sowie ein Audiokommentar von Regisseur Peter Sollett und den beiden Haupt-darstellerinnen Julianne Moore und Ellen Page. Weitere Details sind der unten angefügten offiziellen Pressemitteilung zu entnehmen! »Freeheld« wird darüber hinaus am 7. April 2016 in die deutschen Kinos kommen.

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Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon and Steve Carell Star in the Critically Acclaimed Film Arriving on Digital HD and On Demand January 19
On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD February 2

SANTA MONICA, CA (November 23, 2015) - Based on an inspiring true story, Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore (Best Actress, Still Alice, 2014) and Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page (Best Actress, Juno, 2007) headline the emotionally charged drama, Freeheld,arriving on Digital HD and On Demand January 19, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) February 2 from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company. The compelling film was adapted by the Academy Award®-nominated writer of Philadelphia and had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Delivering critically acclaimed performances, the powerful film also stars Academy Award® nominees Michael Shannon (Best Supporting Actor, Revolutionary Road, 2008) and Steve Carell (Best Actor, Foxcatcher, 2014.)

After detective Laurel Hester (Moore) is diagnosed with cancer, she learns that government officials won't award her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie (Page). Refusing to accept the officials' decision, Laurel and Stacie lead a battle for equal rights in this unforgettable movie that speaks to the power of love and the pursuit of justice.

Special features include the complete 38-minute Oscar®-winning documentary short, "FREEHELD" (2007), which the movie was based upon, an audio commentary with the director, Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, plus two featurettes looking at the making of the film and how the people that experienced the events in real life are doing now. The Freeheld Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES*
  • "The Making of Freeheld" Featurette
  • "Freeheld to Freedom: Ocean County Then and Now" Featurette
  • Oscar®-winning Documentary Short "FREEHELD"
  • Audio Commentary with Director Peter Sollett and Actors Julianne Moore and Ellen Page
*Subject to Change

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2015
Title Copyright: Freeheld © Freeheld Movie, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2016 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG-13 for Some Thematic Elements, Language and Sexuality
Genre: Romance, Drama, Biography
Blu-ray Closed-Captioned: NA
DVD Closed-Captioned: English
Blu-ray Subtitles: Spanish and English SDH
DVD Subtitles: Spanish
Feature Run Time: 103 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (1.85:1)
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (1.85:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD Master AudioTM, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio
DVD Audio: English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio


Datum: 25.11.2015 - 15:40:12 Verfasst von Dominik
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»Beyond: Two Souls« erscheint nächste Woche als überarbeitete Neuauflage für die PlayStation 4

Wie der offizielle PlayStation Blog gestern berichtete, erscheint »Beyond: Two Souls« von Quantic Dream in der kommenden Woche, genauer gesagt am 24. November in Nordamerika und anschließend am 26. November in den restlichen Teilen der Welt, für die PlayStation 4. Die Neuauflage kostet 29,99 US-Dollar/Euros und wird zunächst ausschießlich über den PlayStation Network Store als digitaler Download erhältlich sein. Für März 2016 ist allerdings auch eine Variante mit physikalischem Datenträger in Form der "Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls Collection" geplant, welche - wie der Titel bereits verrät - ebenfalls die überarbeitete Fassung des interaktiven, cineastischen Thrillers »Heavy Rain« vom gleichen Entwicklerstudio enthalten wird. Die PS4-Version von »Beyond« umfasst die folgenden Verbesserungen:
  • Optimierte 1080p-Grafiken mit Bewegungsunschärfe, Tiefenunschärfe und Überstrahleffekten, sowie verbesserte Licht- und Schatteneffekte Nutzung des Lautsprechers des DUALSHOCK 4-Controllers und noch bessere Immersion, wenn man als Aiden spielt
  • Am Ende jeder Szene werden Entscheidungen zusammengefasst und mit denen andere Spieler verglichen
  • Ihr könnt das Spiel nun von Anfang an in der chronologischen Reihenfolge spielen – nach dieser Funktion wurde bei der PS3-Version oft verlangt
  • Der Schwierigkeitsgrad zahlreicher Kampfszenen wurde erhöht und die Steuerung für Action-Sequenzen verbessert
  • Umfasst den DLC „Fortgeschrittene Experimente”
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Datum: 20.11.2015 - 21:10:02 Verfasst von Dominik
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»Gaycation« wird ab Februar 2016 auf Viceland ausgestrahlt / Best of Halifax 2015 / All Souls Eve Fete Benefitzgala

VICE und A&E Networks (ein Gemeinschaftsunternehmen von Disney, Hearst Corp und NBC Universal Inc.) haben einen Launch-Trailer für all die Sendungen veröffentlicht, welche im Februar 2016 auf dem neuen 24-Stunden-Kanal Viceland erstmals ausgestrahlt werden. Eine davon ist die LGBT Dokuserie »Gaycation« mit Ellen Page und ihrem besten Freund Ian Daniel. Wie bereits seit einiger Zeit bekannt ist, reisen die beiden darin in verschiedene Städte und erkunden dort die lokale LGBT Gemeinschaft. Der neue Kanal wird dabei A&Es existierendes H2 Netzwerk im Kabel- und Satelliten-Bereich ersetzen und laut der Mediagruppe rund 70 Millionen Haushalte erreichen. Ob es die Show auch nach Deutschland schaffen wird, ist noch nicht bekannt.

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Ellen wurde im Rahmen der diesjährigen "Best of Halifax" Leserumfrage der Zeitung The Coast zum achten Mal in Folge zur "Best Halifamous Person" gewählt. Anders als die Jahre zuvor war sie diesmal allerdings nicht in der Kategorie "Best Female Film / TV Actor" vertreten, welche von der Schauspielerin Jackie Torrens für die Darstellung der Sozialarbeiterin Drucie MacKay in der TV Mini-Serie »Sex & Violence« gewonnen wurde. Für alle die es noch nicht wissen: Bei The Coast handelt es sich um eine kostenlose wöchentlich erscheinende Zeitung, welche eine Auflage von etwa 24.000 Exemplaren im Großraum Halifax sowie eine große Internet-Leserschaft hat. Von der ersten Umfrage im Jahre 1995 bis heute haben die Leser Millionen an Stimmen abgegeben um unter Tausenden von Menschen, Lokationen und Unternehmen die Besten der Stadt zu bestimmen. Es ist definitiv schön, dass die Menschen die Schauspielerin noch nicht vergessen haben und sie weiterhin als Aushängeschild von Halifax betrachten.

The Coast - Best of Halifax

Am Mittwoch der vergangenen Woche besuchten Ellen und ihre Freundin die 6. "All Souls Eve Fête" Benefitzgala von LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), die im historischen Ebell in Los Angeles stattfand. Das Event wird als immersiver, makaberer Abend mit Dinner, Cocktails, Tanz, Live-Performances sowie stillen und Live-Auktionen beschrieben. Bei LAND handelt es sich um eine im Jahr 2009 gegründete öffentliche Non-Profit-Kunstorganisation und Kunstinitiative. Das "Museum ohne Wände" hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht der Öffentlichkeit innovative, orts- und situationsspezifische, zeitgenössische Kunst im Angesicht des schnelllebigen Alltags vorzustellen um damit wiederum Platz für neue Ideen und Betrachtungsweisen hinsichtlich unsere Welt zu schaffen. Gleichzeitig gibt man damit Künstlern die Möglichkeit ihre Projekte zu realisieren, welche anderweitig womöglich niemals gefördert oder zugänglich gemacht worden wären.

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Datum: 04.11.2015 - 23:50:14 Verfasst von Dominik
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TIFF 2015 Special - Die Weltpremieren von »Into the Forest« und »Freeheld« von Marcela Marquez

TIFF 2015Obwohl immer noch einige Updates zu den jüngsten Ereignissen auf der ToDo-Liste stehen, werden wir heute zunächst einmal das angekündigte und letztendlich längst überfällige Special zum TIFF 2015 liefern. Unsere Sundance 2013 Reporterin Marcela Marquez war im September nämlich auf dem lokalen Filmfestival und hat dort unter anderem die beiden Weltpremieren von »Into the Forest« sowie »Freeheld« besucht. Was sie dort alles erlebte, hat sie nun im nachfolgenden Beitrag einmal für uns zusammengefasst. Wir können Marquela gar nicht genug für ihren Einsatz und ihre Bemühungen danken. Es ist großartig wenn man als Fan auf diese Art und Weise all die anderen an so etwas teilhaben lässt und in diesem Zusammenhang sogar die eigenen Fotos und Videoaufnahme zur Verfügung stellt! Wir würden uns auch sehr freuen, wenn Marquelas Beitrag am Ende vielleicht eine Anregung für den oder anderen Besucher dieser Webseite wäre und wir in Zukunft noch mehr solcher Einsendungen erhalten, welche wir dann gerne mit allen anderen Fans teilen!

My TIFF 2015 von Marcela Marquez

Ready to Roll:
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezI was vacationing in New Jersey when the tickets went on sale. I remember waking up at 8 in the morning to log on to the TIFF site. Tickets were going to go on sale at 9am. As soon as it turned 9, I clicked the purchase button. It immediately took me to a wait list! I was the 798th person! How is that possible!??! This was torture. I was panicking that I wouldn’t get a ticket for either this film or Freeheld! After waiting for about an hour, it was my turn and I was able to purchase both tickets! My excitement was through the roof! On the day of my flight, I honestly don’t know what I packed. I knew I wasn’t going to sleep or eat. I was just focusing on these two flicks and hoping to see my favourite human in the world: Ellen Page.
I currently live in Los Angeles, CA so I flew from LAX to TX to TOR. The travel time was pretty rough and I barely slept since I went to the airport straight from work. Once I got to Texas, I got a bit nervous because the two gates beside me had destinations to Alberta and Montreal and they were getting canceled due to weather. Everything was running smoothly, but my gate was hard to locate. I finally just sat and waited until an attendant came on shift with information. They finally announced that they would start boarding for the Toronto flight in a few minutes. I was so relieved. As I waited for the plane to arrive, I became friends with a cute old couple who were traveling to Halifax for the first time! I told them I’ve been there twice and told them the best human was from there and gave them a 101 course on Halifax and Ellen Page. They were even more excited for their trip! I finally landed and rushed to my friend’s place to drop my luggage and get a schedule of the festival. I attempted to take a power nap so I wouldn’t fall asleep in the film or by walking. I failed. I was too excited to sleep, so I headed to the theatre.

TIFF 2015 - Red Carpet - Roy Thompson Hall

Into the Forest (Samstag, 12. September - 20:30 Uhr)

Venue and Ellen Entrance
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezI came into a rainy, chilly day in Toronto. Found my way as if I was there the day before. I began lining up for the first Ellen flick »Into The Forest« directed by the wonderful Patricia Rozema. I lined up about 3 hours in advance to get a good seat. People were already showing up to line up too, but I was still in the front so that was a relief. It was already around 8PM and Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood were running late. All of sudden Evan arrived. The crowd went wild! She stepped across the street to greet some fans. By then it was around 8:15 or so. Ellen Page arrived; the roar seemed to be much louder. Fans across the street were going nuts! Everyone by me was commenting on how tiny she is, how beautiful she is etc.
“She’s so cute!”, “Aw, she even says hi in the rain”, “She’s so awesome getting wet to say hi to her fans”, “She’s perfect”, “You think she will come to our side?”, “Aw she’s stepping on the curb to take a picture! So cute!” “Ellen I love you!” “Hi Ellen!”
These are some comments I heard from strangers on the line that stuck with me. Something creepy did happen though. When Ellen entered the theatre everyone kept hearing a loud chant in the back. The noise got louder and louder, the crowd got bigger and bigger. Turns out, we were getting hit with a protest. Around 200 people entered the blocked pathway where only Ellen and Evan were allowed. Police couldn’t even control this, but the protesters didn’t seem threatening so we just waited this out which delayed the premiere even more. It was a Middle Eastern protest holding up disturbing messages and images to stop violence in their countries. They just wanted us to hear them out and I am glad we did. We finally got the green light to enter the theatre around 9:30 PM, I was power walking with a friend to get a good seat. Of course, who is right in front of me? Ellen Page. That’s the second time this has happened. Where I walk and she’s like right there. She was giving an interview, I could see her wet hair, and noticed we were practically wearing the same jacket! So that was super cool. I then walked towards the stairs where they told us to go and got distracted when I saw her girlfriend, Samantha Thomas, her friends, Ian Daniel and Alia Shawkat (Whip It) standing right next to the step I was about to take. I remember stopping awkwardly and just staring at her girlfriend, then she noticed me looking at her and I ran like crazy. That was so embarrassing. The venue was absolutely beautiful. It felt like you were in the forest. There were branches above, trees everywhere, it was a small theatre but gorgeous. Just perfect for the showing! I happened to be in the front row, so I got a great view. I wore my Evan Rachel Would shirt and Evan immediately pointed at me and smiled while Patricia spoke. In the video clip sent to you, you can see the director (Patricia Rozema) introducing her cast one by one and Ellen Page being the last, the crowd goes wild again. All dressed in black and with a huge smile on her face, her producing debut! She looked adorable as ever!

Galerie Update: TIFF 2015 - »Into the Forest« World Premiere (TeamEPO)

Film
This film was so different, so great, so believable, so artistic. This film caught me by surprise because there were scenes shown that I never imagined Ellen would do. It has been a while since she had been the main character of a film so this was just perfect. I was Ellen drunk. It was fabulous. The film seemed to take place in the future where technology revolved in everyone’s daily routine. Air screens would appear as phone calls or as TV etc. Eva (Evan) was the older sister, very quiet, to herself and a struggling dancer trying to make an audition. She would lock herself in a room and dance her routines repetitively (Not to mention the song she dances to is absolutely spectacular). Nell (Ellen) would be the young one trying to pass her SATs. She was also the flirt who falls for this guy and skips town to be with him, leaving her sister all by herself, talking back to her father, a very needy person. She goes from a slightly difficult person to an extremely mature person once they lose their father in a freak accident. Other intense things happen in between of course. I could go on and on about this movie. It is a must see.

Here are some parts of the film that I found to be brave and different from all of Ellen’s movies. Some parts she has played in the past to give you a whole perspective of this new role: (Victim of torture, archictect, pregnant teenager, anarchist, typical girlfriend, action figure, Sporty rollerskater, Young mother, bipolar teen, Torturer, foster child.)



Q&A
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezEllen was pretty much in every single scene and her performance was intense going from funny, stubborn, intelligent, flirty, emotional and more. Not only was she starring in the film, but also this was her first producing gig. When the film ended, a huge applause occurred when Ellen’s name appeared on screen. The cast was brought back on stage to get ready to answer some questions from the audience. To be honest throughout the entire movie my heart was racing due to the excitement, then it started to race because of what was happening in the film. The film kept me at the edge of my seat until the end. I was bit nervous and shaky when the film ended but I still wanted to see if I can have a moment and talk to the ladies and ask them a question. I had about 30 seconds. I was literally going blank. Then I finally thought of one. I asked my friend Chloe who I met in the line to videotape my question if I got picked. I don’t know how I got lucky to get picked but I did. Here is how the dialogue sort of went: (Trying to remember):

Me: This film was great but left me quite shaky, I’m actually terrified of the woods. –cutoff
Patricia: Then this must have been a nightmare for you! Look where you are, this venue looks like the forest haha! (Laughter)
Me: I know! –cutoff
Ellen: Wait, did you not read the title of this film…? (Laughter)
Me: I did! Haha anyways! There were a lot of intense scenes happening so I was wondering if there were any injuries behind the scenes maybe bugs? or splinters? Broken bones?

I don’t remember the response because it was so hectic and Ellen and Evan seemed to answer the question together so they overlapped in talking. (All videotaped).

Ellen: OH YES! Evan got attacked by mosquitoes. I have never seen so many bug bites in my life before.
Evan: All those calluses in the movie were real. It hurt a lot.
Patricia: Can you stand up for me? I want everyone to see your shirt. Me: OK, but I am having a terrible hair day. (I was. I was jetlagged). (Laughter)

Patricia also made me stand up in front of everyone, I showed them my Evan Rachel Would shirt Friends of the Children, and she explained the meaning of it. That was pretty rad.



Heard A24 is picking up this film. Thank goodness! I hope there will be more theatre releases of this movie. It was really effin good. Excuse my French.

TIFF 2015 - Theatre

Freeheld (Sonntag, 13. September - 21:30 Uhr)

Hi Ellen
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezThis was a gala held at the Roy Thompson Theatre - Famous for being super glamourous. Top celebrities come here all the time, however it’s extremely difficult to meet them in person. I gave myself about 3 hours to line up, so I had a bit of time. I walked into the red carpet area to check out the place to find myself a spot to stand where I would see Ellen. Turns out by 3PM the entire TIFF rail was full! People had been waiting since morning! I can’t believe I didn’t step my game up. I had to figure out how to squeeze in somehow. I was losing hope, but eventually I stuck my arm somewhere and squeezed my way into a great spot! 6 hours later, no Ellen sighting, no one really. They were running so late! And there was a rumor that if I didn’t get seated by 9:30 they wouldn’t let me in the theatre. So I was panicking. I really wanted to see her and see the film! Michael Shannon arrived first, then Peter Sollett, then the real Dane Wells and Stacie Andree, then Julianne Moore. Ellen arrived at 9:15 haha! Her huge entourage stepped out of the black car. She came to the rail to sign some autographs and greet fans. My chances of my seeing her were slimming because her publicist was shuffling her from rail to rail so many fans were being skipped. All of sudden a huge chant began from both sides of the rails!
“ELLEN! ELLEN! ELLEN!” I was joining the chant so I forgot to videotape (Living in the moment). I got so lucky. The publicist had turned Ellen to the other side then switched her back to my side and her and I made eye contact right away. I gave her this look like ‘Please don’t skip me’ it worked! But she looked at me looking pretty overwhelmed with all the loud cheering, like in a good way. She seemed surprised. And she’s like “Whoa! Hi!” And then we took a selfie together. I remember her perfume smelling really good too haha. She was so cute! I found Ellen to be incredibly elegant. So well dressed, her tie was perfect, her hairstyle was so perfect, and most importantly this woman was smiling so hard. This was such a 360 compared to the last time when I saw her at Sundance when she looked so depressed. So sad to know what was hurting her back then, but glad to see her smiling and actually enjoying the red carpet and all of celebrity stuff now that she is herself. There was a big crowd behind me trying to get a glimpse of Ellen, it was actually getting a bit uncomfortable. It literally felt like a mosh pit. After I said my hello to Ellen, I rushed to the theatre to be let in. I regret doing that because I missed the rest of Ellen on the red carpet especially her debut with her girlfriend or with Stacie Andree. Such. A. Bummer!

Film
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezLuckily people weren’t let in yet, so I had to go to the very back of the line. And it took me around the entire building. It was so packed! They had Kleenex as their sponsor, which was intimidating. They were handing out tissues. I’m like is it seriously that sad?? I took 2. This theatre is beautiful, and so huge, but a small screen I must say. I got a balcony seat. Ellen, Julianne Moore, Peter Sollett, and Michael Shannon sat together under me to the right on another balcony. The introduction began with Peter introducing the present cast on stage. They gave the spotlight to the family they were portraying and everyone gave a standing ovation (even before the film had started).
Thank you Kleenex. They were right. This was absolutely needed. There were 3 scenarios that hit me in the heart real good. I felt like the film was a bit rushed though, I wish there was more scenes of the relationship between Stacie and Laurel about how they met and life in the house for a bit before the diagnosis. I can see how squeezing everything that happened in those years into a 90 min feature would be challenging of course. It’s devastating to see what happened to this couple. I feel like many people won’t see this film because it’s ‘Gay’ flick. I already experienced that in asking people about the film and talking about it. It’s frustrating to know that because it gives them a bigger reason to see this film!!! Once the film finished, everyone stood up and gave another standing ovation with the spotlight on the family and the cast.

These were the main points that hit the core emotionally.



Galerie Update: TIFF 2015 - »Freeheld« World Premiere (TeamEPO)

The Feels
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezI was under the impression this had a Q&A but there wasn’t! Totally understandable though. People were so great throughout the film. The crowd felt the same feelings. We all rooted when Stacie (EP) kicked the guy’s ass in changing the tires, people were laughing out loud when Laurel pulled a gun in front of her first date with Stacie, then there was a huge clap when a cop came out to everyone at work and said “I’m going to the meeting to support people like me.” Looking around you see people weeping towards the end. I remember going to see this the 2nd time at the Arclight in Los Angeles and just out of curiosity I was staring at the people in front of me to see how they were taking this film. All I saw were people weeping. When the movie finished, I walked out of the theatre where I saw a lovely couple standing and the man asked his boyfriend/husband “So what’d you think?’ He answered, “Um…(sigh) yeah that was really emotional. That was really hard to watch…just everything that happened”. I couldn’t listen anymore because I didn’t want to make myself obvious.
I remember not understanding homosexuality back then, I wasn’t too exposed to it until college. I befriended a really nice, sweet, gay friend of mine. I didn’t know the abuse and discrimination it came with until he spoke to me about it. Since then I have felt nothing but love for the LGBT community. This film can affect anyone whether you’re straight, gay, trans. Imagine the love of your life leaving this world. I think what touched me the most was watching how protective and concerned Stacie was towards Laurel which I found to be so adorable. To know she is going to lose her partner any moment now and to have this pension issue occur in the middle of everything is incredibly hard to take in. Even if Ellen weren’t in the film, I would still watch this. This is so important to see and so heartbreaking.
We’ve come a long way though for the LGBT community which is a great sign. A big part of it is owed to Laurel Hester.


I’ve already seen this 3 times since TIFF. It’s amazing. It’s a must watch.


Datum: 21.10.2015 - 22:07:50 Verfasst von Dominik
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