FILM COURAGE’S ‘MUST SEE 2012 FILMS’

    Synopsis for Indie Game The Movie:

    A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

    Directors:

    Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky

    Stars:

    Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish and Edmund McMillen

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    (Watch the trailer here)


    Synopsis for West of Memphis: Voices for Justice:

    An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

    Director:

    Amy Berg

    Writers:

    Billy McMillin, Amy Berg

    Stars:

    Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Lorri Davis

     

     
    Synopsis for End of Watch:

    Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.

    Director:

    David Ayer

    Writer:

    David Ayer

    Stars:

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick

    Synopsis for Starlet:

    An unlikely friendship forms between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie’s yard sale.

    Director:

    Sean Baker

    Writers:

    Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch

    Stars:

    Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson and James Ransone

     

    LA SOURCE Official Trailer from transcendental media on Vimeo.


    Synopsis for La Source:

    A documentary that follows Haiti-born Josue Lajeunesse as he works to bring bacteria-free water to his native village.

    Director:

    Patrick Shen

    Writers:

    Patrick Shen, Brandon Vedder

    Stars:

    Don Cheadle, Josue Lajeunesse and more
     

     


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    Patrick Shen and Brandon Vedder give us their take on rushing to meet a festival deadline, how they recharge their energy, and their film La Source.

     

    Alekesam Trailer from Emrys Roberts on Vimeo.

     

    Synopsis for Alekesam:

    A father exiled from his country, a son exiled from his father, and their mutual attempt to connect to the world and each other through music.

    Director:

    Jason B. Bergh

    Stars:

    Jesse Gonzalez, Stewart Levine, Sunny Levine, Hugh Masekela and Sal Masekela.  (Check out Sal’s amazing music / band ALEKESAM here)

     

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    Filmmaker Jason Bergh on fatherhood and making a personal film entitled Alekesam – about musician Hugh Masekela and musician/host/actor/surfer son Sal Masekela (from the Hollyshorts 2012 Film Festival).



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    Television host, sports commentator, actor, and singer Selema Mabena "Sal" Masekela tells us about his film "Alekesam," which is a documentary of his life as the son of Hugh Masekela, a Jazz musician also known for his activism. 



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    Entertainment Journalist and Producer of ‘Alekesam’ Ben Lyons tells us how became a producer on Aleskesam, a short documentary on the lives of Sal Masekela & his dad Hugh Masekela. 

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    Kingdom Come Official Trailer from Kingdom Come on Vimeo.

    Synopsis for Kingdom Come:

    Chronicling first-time filmmaker Daniel Gillies’ struggle to finance his independent feature film, Broken Kingdom, and featuring other filmmakers’ stories of their own adventures in indie cinema.

    Directors:

    Paiman Kalayeh, John Lyons Murphy

    Writers:

    Paiman Kalayeh, John Lyons Murphy

    Stars:

    Selma Blair, Edward Burns and Bruce Campbell

     


    Synopsis for Sleepwalk With Me:

    A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.

    Directors:

    Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish

    Writers:

    Mike Birbiglia (screenplay), Joe Birbiglia (screenplay),  Ira Glass
    (screenplay) and Seth Barrish (screenplay)

    Stars:
    Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose and James Rebhorn
     

    Check out the new comedy "Sleepwalk With Me," in theaters starting August 24th, 2012. Written and directed by Mike Birbiglia. Co-written and produced by Ira Glass.  In this conversation Ira and Mike admit they have difficulty offering romantic and career advice.  They believe that you should follow your own path rather than cave into family pressures.  They go on to say that you should do what you love but that it is important to listen to criticism so that you can improve your work.  Lastly, if you believe in your work, you will do all you can at every stage to get your work seen and that is what they have both done in building their careers.
     

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    Synopsis for Santiago:

    Miguel, the actor, and Billy, the cameraman, follow around Santiago, the drug dealer for a character study. Sex drugs and violent moments are all caught through Billy’s unsuspecting camera.

    Director:

    Felix Martiz

    Writer:

    Felix Martiz

    Stars:

    Jesus Guevara, Dan Lopecci and Wesam Keesh
     

     
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    Synopsis The Invisible War:

    An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

    Director:

    Kirby Dick

    Writer:

    Kirby Dick

    Stars:

    Helen Benedict, Anu Bhagwati and Susan Burke

     

    Filmmakers Kirby Dick (INVISIBLE WAR, OUTRAGE, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED), Ondi Timoner (DIG!, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC) and David Weissman (THE COCKETTES. WE WERE HERE), along with IDA moderator Lisa Leeman (ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT, CRAZY WISDOM) discuss their tips on directing for documentaries and preparing for the interview.

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    Synopsis Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope:

    A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic book convention.

    Director:

    Morgan Spurlock

    Writers:

    Joss Whedon, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, and Holly Conrad

    Stars:

    Kevin Smith, Stan Lee and Eli Roth

    Morgan Spurlock Talks About iTunes Release of Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope Premiere

    (Watch the video here)

    Stan Lee Talks About How He Almost Quit On His Dream


    (Watch the video here)

    Holly Conrad &  Jessica Merizan on Red Carpet of
    Comic-Con Premiere


     
     
    Synopsis Yelling to the Sky:

    As her family falls apart, seventeen year old Sweetness O’Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain.

    Director:

    Victoria Mahoney

    Writer:

    Victoria Mahoney

    Stars:

    Zoe Kravitz,  Jason Clarke, Gabourey Sidibe and Tim Blake Nelson

     
     


     

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    Watch Episode #1 of the new Film Courage Docu-Series ‘Can I Go Viral?’ starring entertainer David Waugh


    SYNOPSIS:

    New FilmCourage.com Webseries ‘Can I Go Viral?’ follows the life of young entertainer David Waugh on his journey to create a viral Youtube video as a way to further his career in Los Angeles.  NYC raised Waugh takes us through his ‘9 a.m. to 9 p.m.’ hustle, where he works an office job by day, taking time to audition and perform stand-up comedy during off hours.  Waugh hopes to create a viral Youtube video in order to transition from his ‘double life’ as a worker/entertainer to full time creative endeavors.  Follow Waugh in his hilarious escapades and stories of juggling two worlds in ‘Can I Go Viral?’

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    All Rights Reserved

    Shot by Karen Worden/David Branin

    Edited by David Branin

    Images by David Branin

    Music by Karen Worden

    For more information on David Waugh, please visit
    @DavidRWaugh on Twitter.


     

    CAN I GO VIRAL? Bonus Clip

    David Waugh shares one of his worst (and funniest) bathroom stories.

     

    David Waugh’s ‘Outside the Film Courage Studio Interview’ was our Most Viewed of 2012!  See David explain his take on comedy and being funny.