| August 20, 2011

Films feature Ron Perlman, Eric Stoltz, and director Seth Gordon
Throughout August, three festival-winning short films by Firefly: Theater & Films ( will air on ShortsHD (, the first high definition channel dedicated to short movies. ShortsHD is available on DIRECTV (Channel 568), Dish Network (Channel 375), and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 1789). Access via iTunes will follow shortly after each premiere. The films, The Problem With Percival, The Grand Design, and No. 6, have screened at festivals around the world and feature actors Ron Perlman, Eric Stoltz, Frances Conroy, Brian Baumgartner, and directors Stoltz and Seth Gordon.
Premiering Sunday, August 21: In The Grand Design a young poet-scientist struggles with his work – and his mother – when he is chosen to author the next spacecraft-carried “message” to alien civilizations. A 16mm short directed by Golden Globe-nominee Eric Stoltz and Neel Keller, written by Susan Miller, and starring Eric Stoltz and Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under).
Premiering Sunday, August 28: Golden Globe-winner Ron Perlman stars in No. 6, which follows a mysterious man seeking redemption from his dangerous past through a young Ukrainian sex slave and their startling shared discovery. This 35mm short written and directed by Student Academy Award-winner Robin Larsen is a co-production with XPIX Productions and also stars Charlotte Ayanna (Training Day) and Brian Baumgartner (The Office). It is executive produced by Joe Russo (Arrested Development).
With equal footing in both theater and film, Firefly has been telling compelling stories for more than 15 years. Firefly’s feature film, Make Believe, won the grand jury prize at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2010 Austin Festival. The documentary, about six of the world’s best teen magicians competing for Teen World Champion is now playing in theaters.
WE WERE HERE is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the impact of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco when it was first identified 30 years ago this year. It explores how the City’s inhabitants were affected by, and responded to the calamitous epidemic. Reaching beyond San Francisco and the human toll of AIDS itself, it inspirationally speaks to the human capacity of individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible collective power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination.
WE WERE HERE is directed by David Weissman and Bill Weber, whose 2001 acclaimed documentary, THE COCKETTES, chronicled San Francisco’s legendary theater troupe of hippies and drag queens from 1969 – 1972. WE WERE HERE revisits the city a decade later, as its flourishing gay community is hit with an unimaginable disaster.
Red Flag Releasing will open WE WERE HERE in New York on September 9, in Los Angeles on September 16 and in select cities throughout September.
The BRAND NEW trailer for Anchor Bay’s highly anticipated new film, Tanner Hall is out now! Tanner Hall, stars Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Brie Larson, Amy Ferguson, Tom Everett Scott, Amy Sedaris and Chris Kattan. The film was directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg and features designs by Diane von Furstenberg Studios. Tanner Hall hits select theatres September 9th!
As Fernanda (Rooney Mara) enters her senior year at Tanner Hall—a sheltered boarding school in New England —she’s faced with unexpected changes in her group of friends when a childhood acquaintance, the charismatic yet manipulative trouble-maker Victoria (Georgia King), appears. Shy and studious, Fernanda is usually the voice of reason among her friends—adventurous and sexy Kate (Brie Larson) and tomboy Lucasta (Amy Ferguson)—but when she begins a complicated friendship with Gio (Tom Everett Scott), an older family friend, she decides it’s finally time to take some risks. Jealous of Fernanda’s exciting relationship, Victoria begins to sabotage Fernanda’s plans and plots to publicly humiliate her. Meanwhile, Lucasta struggles with her newfound feelings towards another classmate, and mischievous Kate is too preoccupied with making her teachers nervous to pay much attention to her actual classes. However, as each of the girls flirt with adulthood, they realize they still need each other to help get through their first grown-up decisions—and the consequences they bring.
Directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg, Tanner Hall also stars Amy Sedaris and Chris Kattan. Featuring designs by Diane von Furstenberg Studios. Produced by Julia R. Snyder, Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini. Executive producer Richard L. Bready.
Tanner Hall hits select theatres September 9th!

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Millennium Films Presents TRESPASS
A Film by Joel Schumacher
Starring Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato, Jordana Spiro, Dash Mihok, Emily Meade and Nico Tortorella
TRESPASS will open in theaters and premiere on VOD October 14.
Ina private, wealthy community, priority is placed on security and no exceptions made for the Miller family’s estate. Behind their pristine walls and manicured gardens, Kyle (Nicolas Cage), a fast-talking businessman, has entrusted the mansion’s renovation to his stunning wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman).
But between making those big decisions and keeping tabs on their defiant teenage daughter (Liana Liberato), Sarah often finds herself distracted by a young, handsome worker (Cam Gigandet) at their home. Nothing is what it seems, and it will take a group of cold-blooded criminals led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn), who have been planning a vicious home invasion for months, to bring the Miller family together. When they storm the manor, everyone is tangled up in betrayal, deception, temptation and scheming. Kyle, Sarah and Avery will take the ultimate risk to make it out with their lives – and their family –intact.
TRESPASS is directed by Joel Schumacher and stars Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato, Jordana Spiro, Dash Mihok, Emily Meade and Nico Tortorella. The film was written by Karl Gajdusek, produced by Rene Besson, Irwin Winkler and David Winkler and was executive produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson.
Millennium Entertainment will release TRESPASS on October 14 in theaters and at home – rent it with your remote control.

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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