Letitia Wright Stars in ‘The Silent Twins’ First Trailer

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Focus Features has released the first trailer for “The Silent Twins,” a drama film starring Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrence is set to hit theaters on September 16.

Based on the 1986 non-fiction book by Marjorie Wallace, “The Silent Twins” tells the true story of June and Jennifer Gibbons (played by Wright and Lawrence), two identical twin sisters who grew up as daughters of Caribbean immigrants in Wales. Bullied at school and excluded due to their heritage, the two developed a unique language spoken only by each other and refused to speak to others. The film tells the story of the two’s lives, focusing on how the psychiatric wards attempted to separate and institutionalize them.

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The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to relatively positive reviews, is directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska from a screenplay by Andrea Seigel. Wright is producing the film alongside Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, Joshua Horsfield, Ben Pugh, Ewa Puszczyńska, Anita Gou and Alicia Van Couvering.

Watch the full trailer for “The Silent Twins” below.

Marla Sokoloff to Direct LGBTQ Romantic Comedy ‘Original Tru’

Marla Sokoff has signed on to direct a new LGBTQ romantic comedy “Original Tru,” based on a script written by Adam Huss.

The film tells the story of Truman, an unpopular high school student who anonymously creates a book compiling the gossip of students at his school. When a popular jock Bastian asks Truman out, the two grow closer and Truman becomes conflicted over his secret identity.

The screenplay for “Original Tru” is written by Adam Huss. Broadway producer Hunter Arnold – whose recent credits include ‘Hadestown’, ‘Once On This Island’, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and ‘Kinky Boots’ – will produce the film through TBD Productions. Other producers include Huss, Adam Bucci, Cat Del Re, Jessy Greer. Casting for the film is underway and filming is expected to begin this fall.

Martin Scorsese to receive Eva Monley Award

Martin Scorsese will receive the prestigious Eva Monley award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI).

Considered one of the most prominent and influential filmmakers working today, Scorsese will receive the prestigious Eva Monley Award at its 9th Annual LMGI Awards, taking place August 27 at Los Angeles Center Studios.

The awards ceremony and dinner will pay tribute to over 50 years of extraordinary award-winning work by Scorsese. The announcement was made by John Rakich, President of LMGI and Chairman of this year’s LMGI Awards Committee.

“We are so proud to be able to honor Martin Scorsese, a master of cinema whose work has inspired generations of filmmakers, thrilled fans around the world and made the work of his directors shine on screen,” said Rakich.

Art Directors Guild Sets 2023 Awards Schedule

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has set its awards schedule for 2023.

The awards will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on February 18. The ADG Chairman announced the news today alongside ADG Awards Chairman Michael Allen Glover.

Submissions open for television and feature films online: September 19.
Closing of submissions for television: October 24
Closing of entries for feature films: December 5:
Online voting for television and feature film nominations begins: December 12
End of online voting for all nominations: January 6.
Appointments announced: 9 January.
Start of final online voting: January 19
End of final online voting: February 16

Viva Texas Film Festival Holds Inaugural Edition for September

Viva Texas Film Festival will host its inaugural edition September 16-18 in Victoria, Texas.

Founded by Victorians Karissa Winters and Claire Santellana, the Viva Texas Film Festival emphasizes the influences of American and Latin American films on each other by screening films from both cultures. The festival also focuses on showcasing Latino filmmakers in its programming. Michael Dunaway is creative director of the festival, with SXSW co-founder Louis Black and Cross Creek Pictures co-founder Steve Prince also on the team.

The inaugural year of the festival will be themed around the work of Frida Kahlo, with local art galleries and other businesses joining the festival in planning events to celebrate the life of the legendary Mexican artist. The festival will feature a special gala screening of Julie Taymor’s film “Frida”. Variety will also co-sponsor a VIP dinner during the festival.

Viva Texas Film Festival is a groundbreaking new film festival that celebrates and promotes the influences of American and Latin American culture on each other by highlighting, honoring and juxtaposing films, filmmakers and creatives of the two cultures; and creating opportunities for young artists from both communities to learn, grow and expand their understanding of what is possible.

Located in South Texas’ Golden Crescent, our host city of Victoria is an example of two cultures thriving side by side and influencing each other. Viva Texas Film Fest strives to encourage and celebrate the same juxtaposition of the two – in its programming, in its sponsor base and in its audience.

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