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Ellen Page's TV promo tour for »The East« - Jon Stewart, Craig Ferguson, Conan and Stroumboulopoulos

Hi, everyone. It's Wayne here. I'm also one of Dominik's proofreaders here at EPO. Just as my colleague Trisha did recently, I wanted to give a further update on some of Ellen's recent activities. Specifically I'm going to talk about her appearances on network talk shows in the past few weeks. (this is right off the ToDo list at the end of the last update.)

First, there was Ellen's guest spot on »The Daily Show with Jon Stewart« on May 20th. Those of us who follow Ellen on Twitter know how much of a fan she is of this show and it showed in the interview. Ellen spoke about »The East« and how it reflects current events, as well as her own passion for the environment. She also spoke about being a Canadian living in the U.S. and one of my fave moments was Jon's reaction to Ellen's comment about Canadians "we aren't perfect". As well she showed off her dry wit with a joke about lox, which led into an exchange with Jon about 'Canadian rabbis'. Overall, a really good interview, IMO.

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Next up was »The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« on May 28th. Here Ellen and Craig engaged in a rambling discussion very similar to her past interviews on this show. They barely mentioned »The East«, instead talking about pets, therapy, and so on. The interview ended with one of Ellen and Craig's 'awkward pauses' and the showing of a clip from the movie. A fun interview to watch, especially Ellen's 'breakdown' in their therapy role-play.

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Then it was on to »Conan« on June 3rd. Once again, like in the interview with Jon Stewart, Ellen got to talk about Canada, in an interview that included hockey and the McLobster sandwich that is only offered in Nova Scotia. As well, in discussing »The East«, Ellen explained about the freegan lifestyle and her personal experience with permaculture several years ago at Happy Valley in Oregon. One of the highlights, though, was Ellen juggling some balls that Conan just 'happened to have on hand'. Just like the soccer ball she head-juggled the last time she was on his show. Ellen certainly showed what a good sport she is and handled it all very professionally. She spoke about being nervous … Ellen, if you read this … IT DIDN'T SHOW!

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Finally, Ellen rounded out this current series of talk show appearances with fellow Canadian George Stroumboulopoulos on his new self-titled show on CNN on June 21st. This was the most serious of the four interviews, with Ellen talking about the film choices she makes, how vulnerability affects her work, and more of her views on the way we impact the world and each other. But there were also fun moments like when George showed a clip from 'Pit Pony' (this clip can also be seen in EPO's video archive, along with many others, BTW) and she talked about her relationship with Twitter.

» Stroumboulopoulos (06/21/2013) «

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In my opinion Ellen did really well with these interviews, showing both her professionalism and her good humour. These qualities, along with her awesome acting of course, are the reasons why so many folk back here in Nova Scotia are so proud of her. I hope this update gives you a taste of what these appearances were like. Please be sure to check out the videos in the video section of the site. Just watching these again while preparing this update makes me really anxious to see »The East« when it comes to Halifax this weekend. Take care, everyone and a big thank you to Dominik for all his hard work maintaining this fantastic web-site. I am truly humbled to play a small part in this.

To be continued ....

The Top of Our Current Todo List
- New York and Los Angeles Premiere of "The East"
- Beyond: Two Souls at E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo
- Review summary for "The East"
- Ellen on Conan, Ferguson and Stroumboulopoulos

Date: 06/25/2013 - 23:28:25 Posted by Wayne
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Guest DJ Project featuring Ellen on KCRW / First US trailer for Lynn Shelton's »Touchy Feely«

Hi y’all this is Trisha, one of the proofreaders for this site. Dominik has been dealing with some unforeseen technical issues with his computer lately so I thought that I would take a chance to post some newer information for you guys.

Ellen has been keeping busy with continuous support for her latest film »The East«. Although most of her interviews as of late have been on a more serious scale promoting the idea of freeganism and social activism, she was able to let her hair down in a more intimate setting for an interview with Eric J. Lawrence at KCRW for their Guest DJ Project.

KCRW - Guest DJ Project - Ellen Page (06/12/2013)

Here Ms. Page was able to further share her love of music giving us a sampling of a few of her favorite tracks such as "Fool" by Cat Power and "Stone Bridge" by Adam Hurst. When asked if music played an important role in preparation for her acting Ellen replied, "Oh, absolutely. And sometimes different records or specific songs I'll have for whatever character I'm playing, and Cat Power is always around. Arcade Fire is a big one … And also I played a character once who had no music and that was sort of sad. I couldn't find music, I couldn't find music for this character, and I was like, 'oh, it's because she has no music in her life! She's that sad." I don't know about you, but I think regardless of the characters in which she portrays we're able to get a sampling of that character's track list through her ability to take you there in any element of her acting ability.

You're able to view a full transcript of this interview as well as download/listen to the whole podcast through KRCW’s website (or the audio clip section here on EPO).

In other news »Touchy Feely« is already sure to be reaching a larger audience with last week's release of its official trailer.

» Touchy Feely - US Trailer (06/14/2013) «

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Although there were mixed reviews with the screening at SXSW I know that many of us are already huge fans of Ellen and will be watching the film regardless of previous comments. According to the trailer released by Huffington Post Entertainment: »Touchy Feely« will premiere first via iTunes on August 1st, 2013 before opening in theaters September 6th, 2013.

Until more news arises in regards to Ellen's filming career, what projects are you most excited about reaching the big screen? I know that I personally cannot wait until »Freeheld« finally gains some much needed leverage. And I'm on the bandwagon for »Beyond: Two Souls«; Although, I sadly do not own a PlayStation 3. (I’m a little bit of an Amish person when it comes to technology. lol! Can’t wait until Ellen writes a book … I love books) ;-) )

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Be sure to check out the continuous updates by Dominik in the video section or through his personal twitter account for this website at www.twitter.com/ellenpagenet. I'm sorry there is not much to report but writing this update has been a fun experience for me. Hopefully I did it some justice. Hope that you guys are having fun, staying safe, being active and enjoying some rays. Take care –Trisha.

To be continued ....

The Top of Our Current Todo List
- New York and Los Angeles Premiere of "The East"
- Beyond: Two Souls at E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo
- Review summary for "The East"
- Ellen on Conan, Ferguson and Stroumboulopoulos

Date: 06/23/2013 - 23:14:07 Posted by Trisha
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»Beyond: Two Souls« at Tribeca / Promotion tour for »The East« / Sneak Peeks from the set of »X-Men: DoFP«

Tribeca Film Festival 2013At this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Quantic Dream's upcoming PS3 game »Beyond: Two Souls« was shown in a two-hour screening honoring the common bonds of storytelling shared between cinema and videogames. The event featured a 35-minute video called "Homeless in a nutshell" with new gameplay footage followed by the reveal of a new trailer and a panel discussion with Harold Goldberg, founder of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, David Cage and a trio of the game's digital actors including Ellen Page, Kaddeem Hardison and Eric Winter.

The walkthrough demo was taken from one segment of the game where Jodie Holmes has run away from her CIA mentors, winds up alone on the harsh winter streets and joins a group of homeless people living in an abandoned building. The footage was filled with small heart-warming moments, like when one of Jodie's newfound friends takes her out on the streets to try and raise money to buy food for a homeless woman who is pregnant. The game gives players control of Jodie on the street, with a number of interactive action points that only become apparent as you freely wander around. Walking toward a bar will trigger an offer from a treacherous-looking man who solicits the young girl to go into the back with him for money; likely for a sexual proposition. The person playing the demo declined this suggestive offer and instead wandered to the end of the street, borrowed a busker’s guitar, and began performing Beck's "Lost Cause". "I suggested it and then I played it, and then David liked it, and then we used it," Ellen joked. "That’s about the extent of my guitar skills, though. OK, I sang in »Juno« but it was a two-chord song so it was pretty easy. I wish I was a talented musician."

In another scene we get to see a dispirited Jodie standing on a ledge over a freeway while giving the options to either jump or back away. Since there is no classic "Game over", the game won't end at this point though. When you decide to jump, Jodie will be lifted by the mysterious spirit Aiden and pushed back the ledge, prompting an emotional speech in which Jodie begs him to leave her alone and just let her die. But don't start to think that it doesn't matter what the player is going to select in such situations. In the words of David Cage: "The whole idea is to put you in the shoes of the main protagonist and let you make decisions, let you make choices that will have consequences on the plot. So you decide what you want to do, where you want to go or what you want to say. And the story changes accordingly." In this way you will make your own story and become the actor, but also the writer and the director of this experience.

» Tribeca Film Festival - Tribeca Talks: After The Movie Beyond: Two Souls (04/27/2013) «

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"It's really the story of a life," the CEO of Quantic Dream told the audience. "It's a journey in someone's life, and we'll see Ellen Page's character Jodie Holmes in different moments - when she's happy and sad - in her life and just be with her and share a life." The extremely high-end choose-your-own adventure story and the format of storytelling was also the key factor that attracted Ellen to the project. "I didn't know how to wrap my head around it," she said. "What does it mean to be in a videogame? I had no concept. I hadn't really even played videogames in 10 years; I sort of stopped at »Crash Bandicoot«. It completely intrigued me. I got »Heavy Rain« and was completely blown away. I had such a limited gaming experience in that time and technology had moved away and then to see what was happening -- this combination of interactive gameplay with cinematic scope of narrative. It was fascinating. Then to sit down with David and have him explain to me this female protagonist and this journey she goes on -- I was just completely blown away."

The year-long process of shooting was done in a motion capture studio with nothing but behind-the-scenes equipment and the most rudimentary of props; animators created the rest of the environment in the post production process. Cage said it was “funny” to see the actors’ reactions to the set, which were unanimous: "On the first day they were really lost, because the set is empty. They felt they look silly in the motion-capture suit covered with 90 markers all over the place. They asked, ‘Where’s the camera?’ There is no camera. There are cameras 360 degrees around you, so you don’t have to look at something in particular. ‘What about the lighting?’ There’s no lighting. 'What about the marks on the floor?' There is no mark on the floor." That eventually led to the final question: 'What am I doing here by the way?' Although the actors were lost at sea on the first day, Cage explained it didn’t take long for them to find their legs. "On the second day, they all had the same reaction: ‘What a minute. That means that I’m free. No one is asking me to look in this direction, to be careful with the light… We can just act with other actors and focus on the script and my role.’ So they realized how free they are compared to a film sometimes."

However, this freedom was essential since the filming process turned out to be really challenging and emotionally and physically exhausting as Page explained. Although she called it "a great exercise," she noted, "Everyday you’re doing thirty-plus pages." For the most part, studios film from one to five pages a day on the average, depending on the complexities of the project. With absolutely no breaking down and resetting of lighting and sound equipment, motion-capture shoots can run at a much higher speed. Actors on a motion-capture set therefore must memorize a whole TV episode’s worth of dialog each day by comparison. “It’s nonstop,” she said. At the same time, Ellen stars in every scene and therefore had to memorize multiple lines for each moment in the narrative and then deliver them, one after another, without a break and - the hardest part for an actor - with complete emotional believability. Switching a character’s arc on a dime is hard enough, but doing it multiple times for a single take, again and again and again, is phenomenal, and Cage, Hardison, and Winter each in turn praised Page's virtuosity and dedication, all by saying it was the best performance of her career. Critics, in turn, are already calling her performance the most convincing digital acting display so far, while also praising the game's photorealism.

»Beyond: Two Souls« will be available this October in North America and Europe with the special edition featuring a premium steel book, an exclusive extra game scene, the game soundtrack, dynamic themes, an avatar pack and Making of Featurettes that have only being announced for America and the United Kingdom so far.

» Beyond: Two Souls - Gameplay Footage (04/27/2013) «

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» Beyond: Two Souls - Tribeca Trailer (04/27/2013) «

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In the lead-up to its upcoming theatrical release in the US on May 31, Fox Searchlight has released the second trailer for »The East« and has started to reveal new clips, tv spots, featurettes and movie stills on an almost daily basis. As you may imagine it's not easy to have an eye on the whole Internet and everything that is going on, but I'm really trying to do my best in order to provide you with the latest information. At the same time, screenings at numerous US film festivals as well as several free advance screenings and special events took place in different US cities including Washington, Boston, Chicago and Dallas with Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling and various members of the cast being in attendance for Q&A sessions and interviews. Ellen attended one of these free screenings in Toronto, along with Zal and Brit.

In addition, she will be contributing to the current promotion tour by appearing on »The Daily Show with Jon Stewart« on Monday, May 20th at 11:00 PM ET/10:00 PM CT and »The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« on Tuesday, May 28th at 12:35 PM ET/11:35 PM CT to talk about the eco-thriller. Please find all of the available stills to date in the gallery and make sure to check out the video clips and the official list of play dates with information on the US theatres in which the film will open below!

» The East - Second US Trailer (04/25/2013) «

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» The East - Web clip - Going Undercover «

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» The East - Web clip - New Mission «

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» The East - Featurette: The Story «

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» The East - Featurette: Casting The East «

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May 31New York, NYAMC Lincoln SquareWWW
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June 7San Francisco, CAEmbarcadero Art CinemaWWW
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Out ThereOn April 19, IFC aired the season finale of its coming-of-age animated series »Out There« with Ellen and Sarah Silverman in guest roles. They lent their voices to Amber and Amy, two girls from the "cool kid" yearbook staff who invite the main character Chad to join their inner circle for ulterior reasons. Although the show received positive reviews from Bubbleblabber, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, there hasn’t been any recent news on if it will be returning for a second season.

» IFC - Out There - S01E10 - Ace’s Wild (04/19/2013) «

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Since the last update, the production of »X-Men: Days of Future Past« has started in Montreal, Canada. While director Bryan Singer is frequently using Twitter to share the latest casting updates and photos from the set, there isn't much information about the upcoming mutant adventure itself so far. What we know is that many actors from both »X-Men: The Last Stand« and »X-Men: First Class« are going to reprise their roles with even the heavily pregnant Halle Berry making a (likely short) appearance as Ororo Munroe aka Storm. Newcomers to the franchise include Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart (James Proudstar/Warpath), Fan Bingbing (Clarice Ferguson/Blink) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver). »X-Men: Days of Future Past« comes to theaters July 18th, 2014.

And finally, for those who care, EPO had its 7th anniversary on April 30, 2013!

Date: 05/20/2013 - 22:55:20 Posted by Dominik
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New gameplay footage from »Beyond: Two Souls« / David Cage and Ellen Page to attend the Tribeca Film Festival

Beyond: Two SoulsDavid Cage and his team over at Quantic Dream have released new gameplay footage comprising three different scenes from the upcoming PS3 game »Beyond: Two Souls«. While each segment is only a few minutes long, they demonstrate the overall abilities the active player is able to obtain throughout the psychological action thriller.

The first scene takes place when Jodie Holmes is eight years old, and is being tested in a research facility to discover the breadth of her psychic abilities. She is held alone and tasked with guessing what card someone is holding up in an adjacent room. To successfully accomplish this task, the player can take control of Jodie’s spiritual companion Aiden and is then able to see through walls and over the female tester's shoulder revealing the correct card. After picking up the right card, Jodie loses control of Aiden. He then begins to frighten and torture the woman in the adjoining room by throwing large objects and locking the door. The video ends with the supernatural entity possessing one of the lab technicians observing the test.
Next, an action gameplay tutorial introduces the now grown and recognizable main protagonist in a training sequence with a striking countenance of Ellen Page. It shows how Jodie is trained to be a CIA agent, with her deflecting blows and eventually taking over her sparring partner before he is able to point a prop gun at her. Giving the player more time to react, combat is slowed immediately before each hit as she grapples with and punches her pretend attacker.
Concluding these segments in an impressive sequence titled the "Condenser scene", Holmes tries to escape a burning hospital. She uses Aiden to get to the lowest floor as he then proceeds to guide her through a safe path, offering help by means of removing an object that prevents the elevator from operating, breaking glass and tossing her a fire extinguisher.

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Earlier last week, 100 journalists from around the world visited Quantic Dream's studio in Paris for an exclusive event. In the backdrop of the very motion capture room where Ellen’s and Willem Dafoe’s performances were recorded, founder and CEO David Cage showcased several new sequences from the game, featuring both the Jodie Holmes and entity gameplay. Here’s a rundown of the features and moments that stood out the most:
  • While there are still a few stilted performances among the supporting cast, the average caliber of voice talent is noticeably higher across the board compared to Quantic Dream's previous project »Heavy Rain«.

  • If you belong to the group of people who think of »Heavy Rain« as a ten-hour Quick Time Event, you will be thrilled to know that »Beyond: Two Souls« does away with long, uninterrupted combinations of arbitrary onscreen button prompts. There are button and six-axis prompts making isolated appearances here and there though. Basic interactions and combat now rely on pushing the right stick in the direction that seems most natural for the current action you need to perform. Want to press a button in game? Just press up on the stick to reach the corresponding hand out. If someone’s swinging a baseball bat at you, you just move the stick in the appropriate direction to block it. These are some interesting ideas, provided the final game can ensure that every required gesture is simple and immediately intuitive. If not, fights could quickly be reduced to difficult guessing games, which could be more annoying than the Quick Time Events were.

  • Even on the most basic level, »Beyond« represents a huge step in terms of gameplay diversity. Being able to swap between Jodie Holmes and Aiden delivers a unconventional game mechanic that will pave the way for much deeper puzzles and complex situations. However, the game will take things a step further with bigger, more action-oriented moments. The scenes presented at the event featured snippets of Jodie galloping through the desert on horseback, sniffing around for clues at a supernatural crime scene, and riding a motorcycle down a rainy highway on the run from the cops. All this hints at a surprising amount of action.

  • One of the biggest frustrations in casual adventure games is when you can’t figure out the action that is required to continue. Quantic Dream has always done a neat job avoiding that in its games by creating multiple solutions that are rooted in the logic of everyday life. Let's say you need to get through a glass pane. You can have Jodie chuck a chair through it or you can switch to Aiden and have him smash it with his telekinetic powers. But these are probably just two of the simplest actions the player can perform.

  • On the tech side, »Beyond« uses a new engine which allows cloning living actors, handling significant volumes of motion capture assets, and delivering high quality at the lowest cost. The 180-employee-strong team has nurtured ambitions towards bridging the gap between videogames and film, toiling away at the visual fidelity of its virtual performers while avoiding the AAA nexus of jingoistic shooters, space marines, zombies, and whatever other ready-made pitches other developers are chasing to reach those multi-million unit sales counts. According to director David Cage, many of the videogame’s graphic tricks only came about after the team started working for Sony’s next gen system, PS4, and then realized they might be able to apply some of the same techniques to the PS3.

  • »Beyond« is centered on questions about what happens after death. It lets the player take Jodie Holmes through 15 (8-23) years of her life on a journey to discover the true meaning of the entity, Aiden, who is alongside her throughout the story. She will get around 40 unique looks representing her at different points in time, which in turn means we are going to experience dozens of moments such as homelessness, pregnancy, an interactive birth sequence, parental worry, desperation, hunger, fear, pain, violence, suicide, camaraderie, hope, elation, horror, coldness, warmth and sadness. Rather than presenting these events as a straightforward narrative story, the game will jump around in time and leave it up to the player to fit together all of the given pieces.

  • Perhaps the most shocking revelation is that Willem Dafoe, an actor who made his name taking on menacing villains, will be playing one of the good guys. The relationship between his character, Nathan Dawkins, and Jodie Holmes seems complex, nuanced, and tender.

Additional articles on the latest developments can also be found on the websites of MTV Multiplayer, VG247 and The Verge.

In related news, »Beyond: Two Souls« has been chosen as an Official Selection by Tribeca Film Festival. Sony Entertainment will host a screening on April 27 with a new one-hour scene, a major trailer, a behind the scenes look and a "Tribeca Talks" panel featuring Ellen and David Cage. The session will be livestreamed on the PlayStation Blog.

Date: 03/25/2013 - 23:31:23 Posted by Dominik
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Screening of »The East« at the South by Southwest Film Festival / Magnolia picks up »Touchy Feely« for distribution

South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival
As mentioned previously, the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival chose »The East« as this year's closing night film. For this occasion Ellen headed to Austin, Texas last weekend, where she reunited with her friends and co-stars Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård to promote the movie a second time. The audience at the Paramount Theatre greatly enjoyed the event which is mirrored through numerous comments that were posted on various social networking sites such as Twitter, IMDb and other websites. Not only the eco-thriller itself was met with a positive response, but also the Q&A session following the screening was reportedly one of the best sessions out of the whole festival. After the official part of the event, the group moved on to Stubb's BBQ and stayed out until 4 o'clock in the morning, dancing and partying to the live music of HAIM as well as Zal's brother Rostam's band Vampire Weekend. Entertainment Weekly was invited to join director Zal Batmanglij and his three companions for the long night of celebration. An in depth article can be found on EW’s website.

From all the reviews I have read in the past couple of days, I liked the one written by Alicia Malone for IGN the most. She rated »The East« 8.5 out of 10 and thinks that "the filmmakers behind the great Sound of My Voice deliver another well-acted, thought-provoking thriller". While praising the ingenuity behind the script and the timely story as well as the fast pace of the movie, Malone explicitly mentioned Ellen Page's strong performance. The only negative point in her review is that Brit Marling's character Sarah is apparently a little too easily swayed into switching sides than is believable. But this doesn't change much of the overall positive impression.

In preparation for the SXSW screening, Fox Searchlight released a new poster and launched an interactive viral website at WeAreTheEast.com, which tests whether visitors meet the requirements to join the group. After you connect to the site through your Facebook account, a number of your own photos are put on display, and you must answer a series of questions honestly. Do you have what it takes to become a part of The East?

On a side note, Magnolia Pictures has acquired world distribution rights to »Touchy Feely«. "We are so happy to be working with the exquisitely talented Lynn Shelton again," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "Her mastery of character and generous understanding of real human emotions is as great as anyone’s working in film today." No release date has been given yet, but considering the company's moderate distribution policy, I would be actually surprised if the movie will hit the theatres in the course of this year. The complete press release is after the jump.

NEW YORK, NY (March 7, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they’ve acquired world distribution rights to TOUCHY FEELY, the latest film from acclaimed writer/director Lynn Shelton. The acquisition marks a reunion between Shelton and Magnolia, the distributor of Shelton’s hit 2009 comedy HUMPDAY in 2009. TOUCHY FEELY, which made its world premiere in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is Shelton’s follow-up film to the award-winning YOUR SISTER’S SISTER.

TOUCHY FEELY also marks the second collaboration between Lynn Shelton and Rosemarie DeWitt, who received an Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in YOUR SISTER’S SISTER. The talented ensemble cast of TOUCHY FEELY also includes Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston and newcomer Tomo Nakayama (of the indie rock band Grand Hallway).

A closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. TOUCHY FEELY centers on Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between her and her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy.) Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice as well as his life outside the office.

TOUCHY FEELY was filmed on location in Shelton’s hometown and urban muse of Seattle. The film was produced by Steven Schardt.

“We are so happy to be working with the exquisitely talented Lynn Shelton again,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Her mastery of character and generous understanding of real human emotions is as great as anyone’s working in film today.”

"Who said you can't go home again? My experience with Magnolia on the release of HUMPDAY was magical, so I couldn't be more thrilled that we have found the perfect distribution partners for TOUCHY FEELY," said Shelton. "We look forward to collaborating with Eamonn and their entire team to share the film with audiences everywhere."

The deal for the film was negotiated by Dori Begley, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Magnolia, with Submarine and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnolia’s Christina Rogers will handle sales for the world.

Date: 03/19/2013 - 23:32:12 Posted by Dominik
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