Aneesh Chaganty is an American film director and actor. He made his feature film directorial debut with the 2018 thriller Searching, for which he won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Aneesh Chaganty was born in Redmond and grew up in San Jose, California, he attended Valley Christian High School from 2005 to 2009. His parents from Andhra Pradesh, moved to the U. S. in the 1980s. His father, who obtained an MS degree in computer engineering from Drexel University, serves as a director and Chief Technology Officer at a software publishing and supply company founded by both his parents, AppEnsure Inc. Chaganty graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2013 with a degree in film and television production. In 2014, a two minute short film, made by Chaganty of a Google Glass spot called Seeds, became an internet sensation after garnering more than 1 million YouTube views in 24 hours. Following its success, Chaganty was invited to join the Creative 5 team at Google Creative Lab in New York City, where he spent two years developing and directing Google commercials.
After working on over 25 short videos, Chaganty's first feature film Searching pitched as a short film but was offered a production budget for a feature instead, was released on August 24, 2018 before opening wide on August 31 premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January 21, 2018. Chaganty's second film Run, starring Sarah Paulson will be released on January 24, 2020. Aneesh Chaganty on IMDb Aneesh Chaganty at AllMovie The New York Times: Searching
Alexandra Elizabeth Shiva is an American film producer and director. Bombay Eunuch is her 2001 award-winning film, in 2015 she showed How to Dance in Ohio at the Sundance Film Festival in the US Documentary Competition. Shiva founded a production studio called Gidalya Pictures. Shiva was born in the daughter of Susan and Gil Shiva, her grandfather was Jules Stein, founder of MCA, the film and record company. She graduated Vassar College in 1995 with her BA in Art History. In 2003, Shiva married writer Jonathan Marc Sherman, son of Dr. Ronald Sherman and Barbara Daniels Sherman. Shiva's first directed documentary film was Bombay Eunuch, co-directed with Sean MacDonald and Michelle Gucovsky; the film was released by Shiva's production company Gidalya Pictures. It examined the decline in the traditional status of eunuchs in India focusing on one family. Meena the leader of the family Shiva follows around allowed the filmmakers into the private world of hijras in hopes of improving the stigma around hijras.
Shiva accomplished gaining access to the private world of hijras, which has traditionally been inaccessible to journalists. Thus allowing for a glimpse of a secretive, invisible world; the New Yorker commended the film for never condescending them. In 2006, Shiva directed her second documentary film Stagedoor; the film is about the Stagedoor Manor, a premier summer theatre camp for children ages 8 – 18. The film follows extroverted, budding young actors at Stagedoor Manor, where her husband attended as a boy. Shiva continued to be interested in the theme of people who felt like they didn't belong but find communities where they do, with her third film How to Dance in Ohio; the film takes place in Columbus, Ohio following the story of three teenage girls who have autism preparing to go to the prom. It shows the courage of people entering the adult world; this was Shiva's first film. She intended to make it in NYC, but her research led her to Ohio where she discovered Emilio Amigo, a psychologist working with autistic children.
The US TV rights for How to Dance in Ohio were acquired by HBO Documentary Films. The film premiered at 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will appear on HBO in 2015. Bombay Eunuch Stagedoor How to Dance in Ohio This Is Home: A Refugee Story
Three Identical Strangers
Three Identical Strangers is a 2018 documentary film directed by Tim Wardle and starring Edward Galland, David Kellman and Robert Shafran. It examines a set of American triplets, born in 1961 and adopted as six-month-old infants by separate families, unaware that each child had brothers; the separations were done as part of an undisclosed scientific "nature versus nurture" twin study, to track the development of genetically identical siblings raised in differing circumstances. Combining archival footage, re-enacted scenes, present-day interviews, the documentary reveals how the brothers discovered one another at age 19 and thereafter sought to understand the circumstances of their separation; the film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling; the film was a nominee in the Best Documentary category at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. It was on the shortlist of 15 films considered for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, out of 166 candidates.
The three brothers were born to a teenaged single mother on July 12, 1961. They were quadruplets. At the direction of psychiatrists Peter B. Neubauer and Viola W. Bernard, under the auspices of the Jewish Board of Guardians and the prestigious Louise Wise adoption agency, the three infants were intentionally placed with families having different parenting styles and economic levels – one blue-collar, one middle-class, one affluent – who had each adopted a baby girl through the same agency two years earlier; the brothers were raised by their adoptive families as David Kellman, Eddy Galland, Bobby Shafran, respectively. They discovered one another through a coincidental college connection in 1980 and became close, but all three struggled with mental health issues for years, which led to Galland's suicide in 1995. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 96% based on 168 reviews, with an average rating of 8.25/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers questions the nature of reality and identity."
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". The Neubauer twin experiment was first publicized in a 1995 New Yorker article by investigative journalist Lawrence Wright, who appears in the film; the same, never-published twin study was the subject of the 2007 memoir Identical Strangers written by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein and the subject of the 2017 documentary The Twinning Reaction, followed by the 2018 television episode Secret Siblings. The studios Raw TV, Film4 Productions, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment are jointly developing a dramatic feature version of Three Identical Strangers, with the documentary's director Tim Wardle as an executive producer. 2018 in film List of documentary films Official website Three Identical Strangers on IMDb Three Identical Strangers at Metacritic Three Identical Strangers at Rotten Tomatoes "Inside the making of Three Identical Strangers" at CNN
Of Fathers and Sons
Of Fathers and Sons is a 2017 Arabic-language German documentary film directed by Talal Derki about radical jihadism and terrorist training in Syria. Under the guise of a photojournalist sympathetic towards Salafi jihadism, Talal Derki is allowed to enter a village controlled by the al-Nusra Front close to the front line of the Syrian Civil War, stays with the Osama family; the family patriarch Abu Osama is a enthusiastic fanatic praising the September 11 attacks and naming his children after the leaders of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He works as a sniper and as a mine remover, removes his children from school due to coeducation; the children, in particular the eldest son Osama, become prone to fighting and bullying. During a mission, Abu's left. Shortly afterwards, the children are sent to a terrorist training camp; the boys face harsh conditions, become homesick. After returning home, Abu’s treasured books are destroyed in an airstrike by the Russian Air Force, he lives by selling components from disarmed mines to bombmakers.
He remains committed to his belief that the war will lead to an apocalyptic Third World War between a revived Caliphate and the Christian world and bring on the victory of the Mahdi against the Antichrist. At the camp, Osama advances along and is prepared for further military training, while his younger brother Ayman does not do well and wants to go to school. Abu takes the decisive step of teaching Osama. Before Osama leaves for a more intensive camp, he shares a riddle with Ayman. Osama undergoes three years of indoctrination, while Ayman returns to school; as Osama’s brigade is driven to the front for the first time and as Talal leaves to return home to Berlin, he explains that Ayman and Osama continued down their separate paths into their teenage years, reflects upon the deep devastation of Syria. Abu Osama - Himself Ayman Osama - Himself Osama Osama - Himself Derki mentioned in an interview that he stayed there about 2 years and half and the effective filming days were 330 days. 2018 Sundance Film Festival – World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Institute Open Borders Fellowship Presented by Netflix – won 14th ZagrebDox – "Grand Seal" – won 1st AJB DOC Festival – first prize – won 31st European Film Awards – Best Documentary – nomination 34th Independent Spirit Awards – Best Documentary Feature – nomination 91st Academy Awards – Best Documentary Feature – nomination Official website Of Fathers and Sons at Rotten Tomatoes Of Fathers and Sons on IMDb Of Fathers and Sons at Metacritic
Ethan Green Hawke is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed three feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, a documentary, he has written three novels. He made his film debut with the 1985 science fiction feature Explorers, before making a breakthrough appearance in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society, he appeared in various films before taking a role in the 1994 Generation X drama Reality Bites, for which he received critical praise. Hawke starred alongside Julie Delpy in Richard Linklater's Before trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight, all of which received critical acclaim. Hawke has been nominated twice for both the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Hawke was further honored with SAG Award nominations for both films, as well as BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for the latter, his other films include the science fiction drama Gattaca, the contemporary adaptation of Hamlet, the action thriller Assault on Precinct 13, the crime drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, the horror film Sinister.
In 2018 he garnered critical acclaim for his performance as a protestant minister in Paul Schrader's drama First Reformed receiving numerous accolades including New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards and Critics' Choice Awards. In addition to his film work, Hawke has appeared in many theater productions, he made his Broadway debut in 1992 in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2007 for his performance in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia. In 2010, Hawke directed Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play. Hawke was born in Austin, Texas, to Leslie, a charity worker, James Hawke, an insurance actuary. Hawke's parents were high school sweethearts in Fort Worth and married young, when Hawke's mother was 17. Hawke was born a year later. Hawke's parents were students at the University of Texas at Austin at the time of his birth, separated and divorced in 1974.
After the separation, Hawke was raised by his mother. The two relocated several times, before settling in New York City, where Hawke attended the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. Hawke's mother remarried when he was 10 and the family moved to West Windsor Township, New Jersey, where Hawke attended West Windsor Plainsboro High School, he transferred to the Hun School of Princeton, a secondary boarding school, from which he graduated in 1988. In high school, Hawke aspired to be a writer, but developed an interest in acting, he made his stage debut at age 13, in a production at The McCarter Theatre of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, appearances in West Windsor-Plainsboro High School productions of Meet Me in St. Louis and You Can't Take It with You followed. At the Hun School he took acting classes at the McCarter Theatre on the Princeton campus, after high school graduation he studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh dropping out after he was cast in Dead Poets Society.
He enrolled in New York University's English program for two years, but dropped out to pursue other acting roles. Hawke obtained his mother's permission to attend his first casting call at the age of 14, secured his first film role in Joe Dante's Explorers, in which he played an alien-obsessed schoolboy alongside River Phoenix; the film was met with favorable reviews but had poor box office results, a failure which Hawke has admitted caused him to quit acting for a brief period after the film's release. Hawke described the disappointment as difficult to bear at such a young age, adding "I would never recommend that a kid act."In 1989, Hawke made his breakthrough appearance in Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society, playing one of the students taught by Robin Williams's inspirational English teacher. The Variety reviewer noted "Hawke, as the painfully shy Todd, gives a haunting performance." The film received considerable acclaim, winning the BAFTA Award for Best Film and an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
With revenue of $235 million worldwide, it remains Hawke's most commercially successful picture to date. Hawke described the opportunities he was offered as a result of the film's success as critical to his decision to continue acting: "I didn't want to be an actor and I went back to college, but the success was so monumental that I was getting offers to be in such interesting movies and be in such interesting places, it seemed silly to pursue anything else." While filming Dead Poets Society he auditioned for what would be his next film appearance, 1989's comedy drama Dad, where he played Ted Danson's son and Jack Lemmon's grandson. Hawke's next film, 1991's White Fang, brought his first leading role; the film, an adaptation of Jack London's novel of the same name, featured Hawke as Jack Conroy, a Yukon gold hunter who befriends a wolfdog. According to The Oregonian, "Hawke does a good job as young Jack... He makes Jack's passion for White Fang real and keeps it from being ridiculous or overly sentimental."
He appeared in Keith Gordon's A Midnight Clear, a well-received war film based on William Wharton's novel of the same name. In the survival drama Alive, adapted from Piers Paul Read's 1974 book, Hawke portrayed Nando Pa
Jordana Spiro is an American actress and writer. As an actress she has starred in numerous films and television series including Netflix's Ozark and TBS comedy television program My Boys, her debut feature Night Comes On, which she directed and co-wrote premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. She developed the film at the Sundance Institute’s Directors and Composers Labs, through a Cinereach development grant, her short Skin won the Women In Film Productions award. Skin won the Honorable Mention Award at SXSW, showed at Telluride, Palm Springs, AFI among others. Spiro earned her MFA in Film from Columbia University and received the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Fellowship, she studied drama at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and was selected to join the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin. Spiro was raised in New York City, she was raised Jewish. Spiro has three sisters. Spiro studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre school and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
In fall 2009, she began the MFA Program in Filmmaking at Columbia University. Spiro splits her time between Los Angeles and New York. Spiro's first film role was as Catherine Reece in the 1999 film, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, a direct-to-DVD prequel to the 1996 film From Dusk till Dawn. Spiro starred in the TBS original comedy series My Boys, she played the role of P. J. a twenty-something “guy's girl”, sports reporter who tries to find romance within her world, dominated by male friends. The series wrapped its fourth and final season on TBS in 2010. Spiro appeared in the 2009 comedy The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard alongside Jeremy Piven, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay; the Goods was directed by Neal Brennan. Additional credits include The Year of Getting to Know Us which premiered at the 2008 Sundance film festival, IFC's Alone with Her, as well as guest appearances on Cold Case, Out of Practice, CSI: NY. Spiro was scheduled to star in the planned 2010–11 television series Love Bites, but fell out of the role in June 2010 due to other contractual obligations.
Spiro was cast alongside Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman in the thriller, Trespass. She was a guest star on the Showtime 2011 season of Dexter. For the 2012–13 season, she had the lead role in the Fox-TV medical/crime drama The Mob Doctor, she is married to Matthew Spitzer and they are the parents of one child, a daughter. Jordana Spiro on IMDb
Monsters and Men
Monsters and Men is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. It was screened in the U. S. Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, it was released on September 2018 by Neon. John David Washington as Dennis Williams Anthony Ramos as Manny Ortega Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Zyrick Rob Morgan as Will Morris Chanté Adams as Zoe Nicole Beharie as Michelle Jasmine Cephas Jones as Marisol Ortega Cara Buono as Stacey Cassandra Freeman as Lisa List of black films of the 2010s Monsters and Men on IMDb