Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On

Keep the Lights On, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Starlet earn Spirit Award nominations
Check out the full list of nominees for the 28th annual Independent Spirit Awards. Film Society’s New Directors/New Films alumni include Gimme the Loot (Best First Feature) and How to Survive a Plague (Best Documentary). Other nominated Film Society screenings include:

Fill the Void (NYFF ’12): Best First Feature
Amour (NYFF ’12): Best International Feature
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (NYFF ’12): Best International Feature
Waiting Room (NYFF ’12): Best Documentary
Mosquita y Mari (NewFest ’12): John Cassavetes Award;
The Invisible War (Human Rights Watch Festival ’12): Best Documentary
Starlet (Now playing!): Robert Altman Award and John Cassavetes Award;
Keep the Lights On: Best Feature, Ira Sachs for Best Director, Thure Lindhart for Best Male Lead, and Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias for Best Screenplay,
Rosemarie Dewitt: Best Supporting Female for Your Sister’s Sister;
Matthew McConaughey:  Best Male Lead for Killer Joe;
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Pravel for Leviathan (NYFF ’12): Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Photo: Souvenirs and Inspirations

DeLia making Mary Pickford biopic
Billy Bates filmmaker Jennifer DeLia is making a Mary Pickford biopic titled The First, according to Indiewire. Beginning in childhood, DeLia will show Pickford’s journey from her vaudeville days to her marriage to Douglas Fairbanks. The First will star Lily Rabe as Mary Pickford, Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) as actor Owen Moore, and Ryan Simpkins (Revolutionary Road) as young Pickford. 

“I didn't know that Pickford was the pioneer that she was and that she had the journey from childhood that she had,” DeLia said. “I knew she was a silent screen legend and the first movie star. I didn't realize that she had helped make Hollywood culture as a fierce businesswoman.”

Working with Fairbanks’ great-grandson Dominick Fairbanks and Julie Pacino and co-writer Josh Fagin, DeLia’s film is based on Eileen Whitfield’s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. “We're looking at letters and family memorabilia that have never been donated to collections or archives,” DeLia said. “It's more complicated than a simple profile of America's Sweetheart. She was constantly ahead of the game.”

The First does not yet have a release date.

Chasing Ice changes minds
Chasing Ice. She watches “Bill O’Reilly everyday,” but after Chasing Ice she changed on her views on global warming and her human responsibility to the environment. Check out the full video at Indiewire.

Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye
Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye biopic, Sexual Healing, will star Lenny Kravitz, according to Total Film. Loosely based on Trouble Man: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye by Steve Turner, Sexual Healing will show Gaye’s life in the 1980s when drug addiction and industry disagreements led to a fall in his career, and then Gaye’s comeback with bestselling album Midnight Love. Production is set for early 2013.