The first look trailer for directorial debut and rapper/producer, Boots Riley’s wildly-inventive Sorry to Bother You is here and it should be required viewing. Sorry to Bother You premiered at the Sundance film festival and was picked up by Annapurna Pictures for distribution. The movie was a fan and critic favorite at the festival. The quirky science fiction film is set in an alternate version of present-day Oakland and tells the story of a telemarketer named Cassius (“Cash”) Green (played by Atlanta‘s Lakeith Stanfield). Cash is a so-so telemarketer until his discovers a talent to speak with a “white voice” (provided by Arrested Development alum David Cross) which propels his career to new heights and quickly has him raising in the company’s ranks. His girlfriend, Detroit (played by the gorgeous and talented Tessa Thompson), isn’t a fan of his new fast-track. “Landing a year after Get Out assaulted race relations on a more intimate scale, Sorry to Bother You fits with the zeitgeist,” IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote in his review of the film. “Like that movie, it foregrounds a series of ludicrous developments based around the challenges facing African Americans in a white-dominated consumer society, and leaves you with the impression that even the most ridiculous moments contain some tidbits of truth.” We had the pleasure of working with Riley himself and wish this film much success! Check out the trailer below!
WHY WE RIDE to The Quail helps to raise funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The Fourth Invitational WHY WE RIDE to the Quail charity trek will take place May 3, 4 and 5. The ride begins in historic Moorpark and takes us to picturesque Pismo Beach, CA, then moves into the wooded hillsides and gorgeous valleys of Paso Robles wine country, following along the most seductive road in California, and arriving at the beaches of Monterey in time for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. “Last year was a revelation,” said Bryan Carroll, producer of Why We Ride Films, organizers of the event. “The number of people who participated, and the diversity, was really inspirational. Riders came from multiple states and countries as far away as Mexico and India.” To participate in this charity ride, be sure to purchase your tickets here. We at EPS-Cineworks support this amazing charity and love donating to a good cause!
One could make a case that the most competitive category in the upcoming Oscars isn’t for best picture or best director, but for film editing. Your nominees represent a fantastic cross section of genres and styles—Baby Driver‘s insanely perfect music-to-mayhem editing; the gorgeously cut, perspective-swapping World War II epic Dunkirk; the feverish revenge drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; and the perfectly paced, dreamy and dread filled The Shape of Water. Joining this group is Oscar nominee Tatiana S. Riegel, whose work editing I, Tonya was absolutely crucial to the film’s glorious mashup of styles, fourth wall breaking madness and perspective jockeying. Told from the varying points of view of the main characters, I, Tonya took a subject Americans thought they knew well (the rise and spectacular fall of Olympian and tabloid fixture Tonya Harding) and gave them a film that made them question not only the way this particularly American story unfolded, but their own complicity in it. Quite a feat for a movie that also made you laugh, cringe, and gape. A big congratulations to Tatiana. We had the pleasure of working with her and her production team and are so excited to hear they’ve won! If you haven’t done so already, be sure to catch I, Tonya, playing in theatres now! Also check out an interview from the editor, Tatiana S. Riegel, herself here.