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Nelsan Ellis, Rip: The Director of ‘Little Boxes’ Salutes One of the Actor’s Final Film Roles

Nelsan Ellis, Rip: The Director of ‘Little Boxes’ Salutes One of the Actor’s Final Film Roles
On Saturday, news broke that 39-year-old actor Nelsan Ellis had passed away from complications of heart failure. While Ellis was best known for his role on “True Blood,” he also appeared in a number of films, most recently 2016’s “Little Boxes.” Here, the film’s director, Rob Meyer, recalls his experience with the actor.

I’ve never met anyone like Nelsan. I had the great honor of directing him in “Little Boxes,” a feature film written by Annie Howell. It’s a quiet story based loosely on Annie’s life and it addresses a number of sensitive themes — race, class, gender, and regionalism — as explored through the lens of one family. Our hope was to make a personal, gentle and honest film about issues that often polarize audiences. We knew the only way we could hope to pull that off was to find outstanding actors for the leads, which we did: Melanie Lynskey,
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April 2017 Film Preview

Their Finest

If there’s one thing that April showers bring, it’s a plethora of films that feature women holding both the camera and the pen. Female screenwriters, in particular, drive this month’s selection of women-centric and women-created films; over a dozen female-written projects of all genres, shapes, and sizes will hit the silver screen. We at Women and Hollywood could get used to this number — couldn’t you?

As promised, April immediately kicks off with the release of various female-written projects, including the kid-friendly blockbuster “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” Swing dance documentary “Alive and Kicking,” and the much anticipated drama “Their Finest.”

Directed by Lone Scherfig and written by Gaby Chiappe, “Their Finest” highlights British female scriptwriters who were employed during the Second World War to bring write dialogue or “slop” as they called it to war time propaganda films. By doing so, this film emphasizes the (often-ignored) historical role that women have always played behind the screen.

Colossal,” a SXSW favorite starring Anne Hathaway, also opens on April 7. “Colossal” takes the notion of personification to the next level, as a young woman discovers that a monster and its destructive actions, though thousands of miles away, are somehow tied to her ongoing mental breakdown. It’s also a classic story of a potential relationship that goes awry and how ugly and global the repercussions can be. A quirky combination of comedy, sci-fi, action, and a bit of drama, this film will surely highlight how female protagonists fight back.

On April 14, “Little Boxes,” written by Annie J. Howell, finally hits theaters. As many will recall, this film signed one of the biggest distribution deals during last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. It follows an interracial family who moves from New York City to a less-than-cultured suburb in Washington. Starring Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, and Armani Jackson, this dramedy offers a timely commentary on race, class, and intellectualism.

For those interested, mid-April offers a healthy dose of feature documentaries, including Vanessa Gould’s “Obit.” Gould and her team provide a first-hand look inside the obituary department of The New York Times and, by doing so, challenge viewers to pose their own questions about life, memory, and the passage of time.

Women-centric thriller “Unforgettable” also opens mid-April, specifically the 21st. Directed by Denise Di Novi and co-written by Christina Hodson, this film explores the all-too familiar (and at times problematic) trope of female jealousy between ex-wife and new fiancé.

April’s final weekend features “The Circle” and “Below Her Mouth.” Another spring release starring Emma Watson, “The Circle” follows a young woman assigned to work on a project for a major social media company. As she delves deeper into this digital world, she uncovers the dangers of a thoroughly public life.

Focusing instead on “real” interpersonal connections, “Below Her Mouth” explores a weekend affair between two very different women. Directed by April Mullen and written by Stephanie Fabrizi, this film contemplates how a single event may alter one’s life forever.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in April. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

April 6

Girl Unbound” (Documentary) — Directed by Erin Heidenreich

Girl Unbound

In Waziristan, “one of the most dangerous places on earth,” Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban — disguising herself as a boy, so she can play sports freely. But when she becomes a rising star, her true identity is revealed, bringing constant death threats on her and her family. Undeterred, they continue to rebel for their freedom.

April 7

Colossal

Colossal

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who finds herself in relationship trouble with her sensible boyfriend, Tim (Dan Stevens), and is forced to move back to her tiny hometown to get her life back on track. She reconnects with childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), a good-natured bar owner with a coterie of drinking buddies (Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell), and resumes her drinking lifestyle. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a larger-than-life creature begins attacking Seoul, South Korea on a nightly basis, captivating spectators around the world. One night, Gloria is horrified to discover that her every move at a local playground is being mimicked on a catastrophic scale by the rampaging beast. When Gloria’s friends get wind of the bizarre phenomenon, a second, more destructive creature emerges, prompting an epic showdown between the two monsters.

Smurfs: The Lost Village” — Written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon

Smurfs: The Lost Village

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

Alive and Kicking” (Documentary) — Directed by Susan Glatzer; Written by Susan Glatzer and Heidi Zimmerman (Also Available on VOD)

Alive and Kicking” is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of Swing dancing and the characters who make it special. It explores the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. “Alive and Kicking” looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy.

Their Finest” — Directed by Lone Scherfig; Written by Gaby Chiappe

With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley, and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter, and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.

The Ticket” — Co-Written by Sharon Mashihi (Also Available on VOD)

The Ticket

After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements — a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car — leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness.

Bethany” (Also Available on VOD)

Claire (Stefanie Estes) and her husband (Zack Ward) find themselves moving back into Claire’s childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back to haunt her. As her husband starts to get more work, Claire finds herself mixed up in a fog of past and present with a mysterious figure haunting her memories. What is this small figure that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want?

Queen of the Desert” (Opens in NY and La) (Also Available on VOD)

Queen of the Desert

Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer (James Franco), and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Stunningly shot on location in Morocco and Jordan, “Queen of the Desert” reveals how an ahead-of-her-time woman shaped the course of history.

The Assignment” (Also Available on VOD)

Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he’s not the man he thought he was — he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own.

April 12

“Glory” — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Kristina Grozeva

“Glory”

Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a railroad worker, finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the money over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova (Margita Gosheva), head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch, a family relic. Here starts his desperate struggle to recover both his old watch and his dignity.

April 14

A Quiet Passion” (Opens in NY; Opens in La April 21)

A Quiet Passion

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores, and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

Little Boxes” — Written by Annie J. Howell (Also Available on VOD)

Little Boxes

It’s the summer before sixth grade, and Clark (Armani Jackson) is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act “more black,” he fumbles to meet expectations, while his urban intellectual parents Mack (Nelsan Ellis) and Gina (Melanie Lynskey) also strive to adjust to small-town living. Equipped for the many inherent challenges of New York, the tight-knit family are ill prepared for the drastically different set of obstacles that their new community presents, and soon find themselves struggling to understand themselves and each other in this new suburban context. (Tribeca Film Festival)

Maudie” — Directed by Aisling Walsh; Written by Sherry White (Opens in Canada)

Maudie

Maudie,” based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. “Maudie” charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man, and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

“Heal the Living” — Co-Written and Directed by Katell Quillévéré (Opens in NY)

“Heal the Living” follows how a car accident sets into motion a chain of events that affects everyone from the parents of the 17-year-old brain-dead teenage boy to the hospital staff to a mother of two (Anne Dorval) in need of a heart transplant.

The Outcasts” — Written by Dominique Ferrari and Suzanne Wrubel

The Outcasts

After falling victim to a humiliating prank by the high school Queen Bee (Claudia Lee), best friends and world-class geeks, Mindy (Eden Sher) and Jodi (Victoria Justice), decide to get their revenge by uniting the outcasts of the school against her and her circle of friends.

“Tommy’s Honour” — Co-Written by Pamela Marin

“Tommy’s Honour” is based on the powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom and “Young” Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf. As their fame grew, Tom (Peter Mullan) and Tommy (Jack Lowden), Scotland’s Golf Royalty, were touched by drama and personal tragedy. At first matching his father’s success, Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments and respect as founder of the Open Championship in 1860 with a series of his own triumphs. But in contrast to Tommy’s public persona, his personal turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against both the aristocracy who gave him opportunity and the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his wife.

“By the Time It Gets Dark” — Written and Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong (One Week Only in NY)

“By the Time It Gets Dark”

“By the Time It Gets Dark” encompasses multiple stories in Thailand whose connections are as spiritual as they are incidental. We meet a pair of actors whose paths take them in very different directions. We meet a young waitress serving breakfast at an idyllic country café, only to later find her employed in the busy dining room of a river cruise ship. And we meet a filmmaker interviewing an older woman whose life was transformed by the political activism of her student years and the Thammasat University massacre of 1976. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back” (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Maura Axelrod (Limited Release)

An art world upstart, provocative and elusive artist Maurizio Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment, until a retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2011 finally solidified his place in the contemporary art canon. Axelrod’s equally playful profile leaves no stone unturned in trying to figure out: Who is Maurizio Cattelan?

April 21

“Unforgettable” — Directed by Denise Di Novi; Co-Written by Christina Hodson

“Unforgettable”

Katherine Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Geoff Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson) — not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Lydia Tenaglia (Opens in NY and La)

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America’s top-grossing U.S. restaurants. After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist.

The Promise” — Co-Written by Robin Swicord

The Promise

Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves.

Free Fire” — Co-Written by Amy Jump

Set in a colorful yet gritty 1970s Boston, “Free Fire” opens with Justine (Brie Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Armie Hammer) arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between Ira arms buyer Chris (Cillian Murphy) and shifty South African gun runner Vernon (Sharlto Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on Battle Royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves.

“Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” (Documentary)

“Citizen Jane: Battle for the City”

In 1960, Jane Jacobs’ book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda.

“Tomorrow” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Mélanie Laurent

As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel, and Antoine, all in their thirties, explore the world in search of solutions that can save their children and future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy, and so on) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future.

April 26

Obit” (Documentary) — Directed by Vanessa Gould (Opens in NY)

Obit

How do you condense a lifetime into 500 words? Digging into the endless details of the luminaries, icons, and leaders of our day, often with only a few short hours until deadline, New York Times obituary writers wrestle with how to elegantly and respectfully shape the story of a life. Step inside “the morgue” — a catacomb-like archive of meticulously ordered files and photographs that provide the raw material for a constant flow of high-profile obituaries. Meet the writers who toil at the juncture of past and present. While the job may seem morbid, they are ultimately reporting on life. (ReFrame Film Festival)

April 28

The Circle

The Circle

When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes, begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family, and that of humanity.

Below Her Mouth” — Directed by April Mullen; Written by Stephanie Fabrizi

Below Her Mouth

Below Her Mouth” is a bold, uninhibited drama that begins with a passionate weekend affair between two women. Dallas (Erika Linder), a roofer, and Jasmine (Natalie Krill), a fashion editor, share a powerful and immediate connection that inevitably derails both of their lives.

Buster’s Mal Heart” — Written and Directed by Sarah Adina Smith

Buster’s Mal Heart”

An eccentric mountain man (Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”) is haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea. He discovers that the dream is real and that he is, in fact, one man in two bodies. As the silent and broken man at the center of this beautiful and mysterious drama, Malek delivers a powerful and disturbing performance. (Cucalorus Film Festival)

Danger Close” (Documentary) — Co-Written by Alex Quade (Available on VOD May 16)

Freelance war reporter Alex Quade covers U.S. Special Operations Forces (Sof) on highly classified combat missions. Since 2001, she has embedded with elite Sof, including the U.S. Army Special Forces or Green Berets, Army Rangers, Navy Seals, and CIA clandestine operatives to tell their stories from the front lines. “Danger Close” follows Alex as she lives alongside these highly trained forces on some of the most daring missions ever documented in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rupture

Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace) is a single mom, who is deathly terrified of spiders. While en route to meet up with a friend, she is violently abducted by a group of strangers. After enduring intense yet strange questioning and examinations, some about her fear of spiders, Renee soon discovers that she is now the subject of an underground experiment. Her captors explain to her that she has a genetic abnormality that can potentially allow her to “rupture” and reveal her alien nature. Renee must find a way to escape before it is too late.

“Voice from the Stone” (Also Available on VOD)

“Voice from the Stone”

Set in 1950s Tuscany, “Voice from the Stone” is the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena (Emilia Clarke), a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy (Edward Dring) who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.

Displacement” (Opens in La) (Also Available on VOD)

A young physics student (Courtney Hope) must find a way to reverse a deadly quantum time anomaly and solve the murder of her boyfriend (Christopher Backus) while battling short-term memory loss and time slips caused by the event.

April 2017 Film Preview was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Trailer for Suburban Indie Comedy 'Little Boxes' with Melanie Lynskey

"This is our new community. Not everyone is a racist, Mack." FilmBuff has debuted a trailer for an indie comedy titled Little Boxes, about an interracial couple that moves from New York City to a small, mostly white town in Washington State. This played at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, but this is the first time we've heard about it. The family is made up of Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, and Melanie Lynskey, which seems like a spunky mix and there's some good jokes in this trailer referencing exactly that. The full cast includes Oona Laurence (the girl from Pete's Dragon), Janeane Garofalo, Christine Taylor, and Nadia Dajani. It looks fun, but that's the most I can say, as some of the comedy seems a bit too contrived. Here's the first official trailer for Rob Meyer's Little Boxes, originally from Yahoo: An interracial family (including Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson
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‘Little Boxes’ Trailer: Melanie Lynskey and Nelsan Ellis Navigate Race Relations in Small-Town America — Watch

‘Little Boxes’ Trailer: Melanie Lynskey and Nelsan Ellis Navigate Race Relations in Small-Town America — Watch
Remember Jordan Horowitz, the producer who reacted with uncommon grace when he realized he hadn’t actually won Best Picture? “La La Land” isn’t the only movie he’s worked on lately, and the next one is due in theaters next month. Watch the trailer for “Little Boxes” below.

Read More: Tribeca Review: ‘Little Boxes’ Is a Sensitive Look at Racism in Suburbia

Nelsan Ellis (“True Blood,” “Get On Up”) and Melanie Lynskey (“I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore”) star as a married couple who move from New York City to a college town in Washington after she lands a job there. After arriving, the mixed-race couple and their son (Armani Jackson) are treated…strangely by their new neighbors, whose initially welcoming vibe gradually turns into something else.

Read More: James Schamus Comments on Barry Jenkins and Jordan Horowitz: ‘What a Moment’

Rob Meyer
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Melanie Lynskey Unpacks ‘Little Boxes’ in First Trailer for Cary Fukunaga-Produced Drama

After kicking off the year leading the Sundance-winning I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, Melanie Lynskey is back with the dramedy Little Boxes. Directed by Rob Meyer (A Birder’s Guide to Everything), following a premiere last year at Tribeca, it’ll arrive in theaters next month, and now the first trailer has landed. The Cary Fukunaga-executive-produced feature follows a family moving from New York City to the other side of the country and having trouble fitting into the Caucasian-filled community.

We said in our review, “With its picket-fence sameness and routine tedium making it a hot bed for deep-rooted repression — at least as depicted in many a film — the horrors of suburbia have been captured in virtually every genre. Little Boxes, directed by Rob Meyer and written by Annie J. Howell, employs this setting to explore societal racism with a grounded, realistic approach, making it all the more alarming.
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Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Buys ‘Rebel in the Rye,’ Gunpowder & Sky Grabs ‘Little Boxes’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Buys ‘Rebel in the Rye,’ Gunpowder & Sky Grabs ‘Little Boxes’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

IFC Films has picked up North American distribution rights to the J. D. Salinger drama “Rebel in the Rye,” which stars Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It will receive a theatrical release in the fall of 2017.

The film was written and directed by Danny Strong, and follows the early years of Salinger’s storied career. It also stars Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson and Zoey Deutch. The news was first reported by Variety.

– Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired Rob Meyer’s “Little Boxes,” with a theatrical release set for April 14. Written by Annie J. Howell, the film stars Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, Oona Laurence and Janeane Garofalo.
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Gunpowder & Sky Distribution picks up 'Little Boxes'

Gunpowder & Sky Distribution picks up 'Little Boxes'
Separately, Films We Like has acquired Daniel Warth’s Slamdance award-winner Dim The Fluorescents.

Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired Us rights and set a theatrical release for April 14.

Rob Meyer directed Little Boxes from a screenplay by Annie J. Howell. Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, Oona Laurence and Janeane Garofalo star in the story of an interracial family that struggles to adjust when they move from New York City to a small, predominately white town in Washington State. The film premiered at Tribeca 2016.

Little Boxes is as heartwarming as it is timely,” said Gunpowder & Sky Distribution’s Jake Hanly. “Rob unpacked a very complex issue in a way any audience can understand and relate to.”

Meyer said: “It’s a thrill and an honour to team up with Gunpowder & Sky Distribution for the theatrical and VOD release. They distribute the kind of movies that I want to watch.”

Producer Jared Ian Goldman added: “The Gunpowder & Sky team
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Melanie Lynskey’s ‘Little Boxes’ Finds Home at Gunpowder & Sky

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Melanie Lynskey’s ‘Little Boxes’ Finds Home at Gunpowder & Sky
Gunpowder & Sky has picked up the rights to Rob Meyer’s “Little Boxes” starring Melanie Lynskey and Nelsan Ellis, the studio announced on Monday. Written by Annie J. Howell, “Little Boxes” will hit theaters on April 14. The film also stars Armani Jackson, Oona Laurence and Janeane Garofalo. “Little Boxes” follows Clark (Jackson) who is the new biracial kid in a very white town. He discovers that to be cool, he needs to act “more black.” Meanwhile, his parents try to adjust to small-town living after having lived in New York. See Video: Tribeca: Cary Fukunaga's 'Little Boxes' Finds Melanie Lynskey,
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Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of April 25: Tribeca Film Festival Premieres Score Big, 'Microbe & Gasoline' Finds A Home

Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of April 25: Tribeca Film Festival Premieres Score Big, 'Microbe & Gasoline' Finds A Home
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe. Check out last week's Film Acquisition Rundown to find out what films got new homes and are coming to a theater or streaming platform near you. - CBS Films has picked up the U.S. rights for Demetri Martin's directorial debut, "Dean," which just debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. Martin wrote, directed and stars in the film, which took home the award for Best Narrative Feature. Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, Mary Steenburgen and Reid Scott co-star in the feature. The news was first reported by Deadline.  - Tribeca played home to another big buy, with the pick up of Rob Meyer's premiere "Little Boxes," which sold to Netflix for about $1.5 million for worldwide streaming rights. The film stars Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis
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[Tribeca Review] Little Boxes

With its picket-fence sameness and routine tedium making it a hot bed for deep-rooted repression — at least as depicted in many a film — the horrors of suburbia have been captured in virtually every genre. Little Boxes, directed by Rob Meyer and written by Annie J. Howell, employs this setting to explore societal racism with a grounded, realistic approach, making it all the more alarming. However, while this specific exploration proves to be effective, the drama around which it’s built becomes increasingly unimaginative.

Saying goodbye to their friends in Brooklyn, Mack (Nelsan Ellis) and Gina (Melanie Lynskey) head to the fictional town of Rome, Washington, where the latter has accepted a new tenure-track job teaching photography at the local college, giving her husband the ideal excuse to finally crack his long-gestating second novel as he dabbles in gastronomy journalism (aka writing about YouTube cooking videos). This means their son, Clark
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Little Boxes Review [Tribeca 2016]

Articulating the nuances of middle class, suburban racism, Little Boxes settles in a place somewhere between good intentions and a rigid screenplay. When an interracial family moves from New York City to an all-white town outside of Seattle, life becomes complicated, particularly for the family’s black father Mack (Nelsan Ellis) and preteen son Clark (Armani Jackson). Neighborly curiosity turns both Mack and Clark into amusing oddities, though Little Boxes often falls victim of a similarly narrow perspective on character.

In the summer before Clark begins 6th grade, Gina (Melanie Lynskey) adjusts to her new job on campus while her husband and son stay at home around the new neighborhood. Mack – a work-from-home writer – struggles the most outwardly. Apart from a distrust of his new community’s polite façade, Mack bears the responsibility of discovering broken appliances in their new home. His melodramatic overreactions to setbacks – particularly a drunken tirade
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Tribeca: Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Little Boxes’ Finds Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis Playing Parents (Video)

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Tribeca: Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Little Boxes’ Finds Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis Playing Parents (Video)
The indie comedy “Little Boxes,” from executive producer Cary Fukunaga, debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night, but TheWrap has an exclusive clip from the film, featuring stars Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis and newcomer Armani Jackson. Rob Meyer directed from a script by Annie J. Howell. The acquisition title makes its world premiere in the Spotlight section at Tribeca, where UTA will be handling sales. The film co-stars Janeane Garofalo, Christine Taylor, and young actress Oona Laurence from “Southpaw” and “Pete’s Dragon.” Also Read: Emmy Breakout Melanie Lynskey on 'Togetherness' Nude Acting, Improv With Amanda Peet
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Tribeca 2016 Preview: Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, Melanie Lynskey in 'Little Boxes'

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in a couple of weeks, running from April 13-24 in New York City. Leading up to the event, I'll highlight a few films or note, given this blog's specific interests, starting with this one... Directed by Rob Meyer, written by Annie J Howell, and executive produced by Cary Fukunaga, the drama feature "Little Boxes" stars Nelsan Ellis, Armani JacksonMelanie Lynskey, Oona Laurence, Janeane Garofalo, and Christine Taylor. Synopsis: It's the summer before 6th grade, and Clark (Armani Jackson) is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act "more black," he fumbles to meet...
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'Last Witch Hunter' Sizzle Reel Features New Music from Ciara

'Last Witch Hunter' Sizzle Reel Features New Music from Ciara
Following an epic New York Comic Con panel, we've got two new The Last Witch Hunter clips to keep the excitement coming. "Wake Up" is action-packed and features the immortal&#160Kaulder (Vin Diesel) in a spell sequence between the past and present, while battling an evil warlock enemy. In "Trouble," Kaulder performs a spell to reveal hidden dark magic to Dolan 37 (Elijah Wood), and a new Sizzle features Ciara's cover of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It, Black."

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death,
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'Last Witch Hunter' Clip Has Vin Diesel Trapped by a Warlock

'Last Witch Hunter' Clip Has Vin Diesel Trapped by a Warlock
"People shouldn't move around in their past. Some things are best left forgotten." Warns the ancient Warlock Belial. He has The Last Witch Hunter chained to the floor in a thrilling new clip from Vin Diesel's latest adventure. Will Kaulder be able to break free and save the world? Or will the Queen Witch come to rule them all?

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife.
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'Last Witch Hunter' Animated Shorts Show How the War Began

'Last Witch Hunter' Animated Shorts Show How the War Began
At the heart of The Last Witch Hunter rests a Witch War that has raged for centuries. But how did it all begin? Summit Entertainment has summoned four DeviantArt artists to make short animations that dive into this supernatural world. The artists had 60 days to create their animations, and now they're complete! These bewitching animations will terrify and amaze you! You can read the artists' interviews here to get an inside look at the creative process and learn how each artist conjured their beautiful animations.

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process.
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'Last Witch Hunter' Trailer #3 Awakens the Warrior in Vin Diesel

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'Last Witch Hunter' Trailer #3 Awakens the Warrior in Vin Diesel
Following the second trailer that debuted back in August, Lionsgate has released the third trailer for their highly-anticipated action-thriller The Last Witch Hunter, arriving in theaters October 23. Fresh off his worldwide blockbuster Furious 7, Vin Diesel takes on a much different role, one which gives fans a rare look at the actor with actual hair on his head. The trailer, entitled "Awakening," features a cover of The Rolling Stones classic song "Paint It Black," performed by Ciara.

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death,
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Watch: Kid Zombies Attack in Trailer for Horror Comedy 'Cooties'

You are what they eat. Lionsgate Premiere has debuted a trailer for the Sundance midnight film Cooties, about an elementary school full kids that gets transformed into zombies. Only the teachers can't get sick (the way they explain this in the trailer is super cheesy and yet oddly still amusing). Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Sunny May Allison, Armani Jackson, Leigh Whannell and Morgan Lily star in this horror comedy "with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills." The trailer doesn't seem to give away all of it, so have fun and let us know if you're interested in catching cooties. Check out the poster below as well. Here's the official trailer for Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion's Cooties, originally from Yahoo: A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of misfit teachers
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Cooties Poster and Photos with Elijah Wood

Cooties Poster and Photos with Elijah Wood
In anticipation of Sundance, we have the official poster for SpectreVision and Glacier Films' horror/comedy Cooties, which is one of the festival's most anticipated 'Park City at Night' selections. Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott, the film stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Nasim Pedrad, Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan, Kate Flannery and Jorge Garcia and was co-written by Leigh Whannell (co-creator and writer of the Saw and Insidious franchises), and Ian Brennan (co-creator/executive producer of Glee). &#8232Get your first look here.

&#8232In Cooties, a mysterious virus hits a small Illinois town affecting only the prepubescent population, transforming them into violent, feral little monsters. The virus centralizes in the town's elementary school, and quickly the infected students have the teaching staff under siege, acting out deadly revenge fantasies with an eerie sense of childlike glee. Finally, the teachers band together, led by a hapless substitute
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