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He said Williams showed maturity, dedication and commitment to his development as a filmmaker over his three and a half years in the program: Despite the heft of the subject matter, the film also includes moments of humor. People are both good and bad. He grew up in Gulfport, Miss. Though he had many friends in the early grades, he said, he started to feel increasingly isolated as he approached the sixth grade. In middle school, he said, he and his mother moved to Zachary, La.

By the time he was in high school, Williams said he had an ability to see the world from multiple perspectives—an asset for anyone in the business of storytelling.

It was there, he said, where he became inspired by Spike Lee after the legendary film director made a visit to the campus. Williams said his first love has always been horror films.

The film screens at Cannes on May 17 at 3: As some cast and crew members prepare to reshoot a pivotal scene, others, exhausted by a string of consecutive 5 am calls, doze in armchairs and secluded corners typically reserved for cocktail-sipping guests.

The real-life bar is the backdrop for The Bartender, a fictional film that explores the responsibility bystanders have in sexual assault cases. The heart of this psychological thriller involves the conflicting emotions the head bartender, Carly Hebert , feels as she observes the increasingly predatory advances a VIP guest, Alan Jay Dunigan , makes on his younger female employee, Heather Isabel Simoes.

As the night proceeds, Carly becomes convinced Alan intends to take advantage of Heather and struggles with whether or not to intervene. The allegations against Weinstein led to numerous women coming forward to share their own stories of sexual harassment and assault in what became the MeToo movement. The entire film was shot inside the Hotel Commonwealth over six days. Filming had to wrap each day by 3 pm so the Hawthorne bar could open for business as usual at 4 pm hence the early-morning calls.

To capture such a sensitive story, the director says he was conscious of the need to surround himself with a diverse cast and crew who could offer important insight and guidance. What unspoken signals would either clothing choice give off to a man like Alan? To make the film feel as realistic as possible, Newsad and his crew made sure that every detail—from the drinks and food to the lighting in the bar and adjoining lounge—felt right.

That attention to detail paid off. The camera continued to pull back to reveal her alone behind the bar, capturing the sense of isolation she feels. It took 12 takes to finally nail the scene. The Bartender shoot wrapped in June and over the next several months, Newsad, Stansbury, and Givens will be meeting with a post-production team to edit the film.


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Tesis (Thesis) is a Spanish thriller film. It is the feature debut of director Alejandro Amenábar and was written by Amenabar and Mateo Gil. The film was made while he was studying at Universidad Complutense in Madrid [1] The film won seven Goya Awards including the award for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.

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Apr 12,  · Directed by Alejandro Amenábar. With Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga. While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty /10(K).

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The film will debut on December 7, when all five of this year’s MFA thesis films will screen for faculty and friends at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center. The other . In this suspenseful Spanish thriller, a film student's curiosity over an accidentally discovered "snuff film" places her in mortal danger. Madrid film student Angela's ordeal begins when she decides to write her thesis about violence in film%.

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Enter a move. Click Create. Write your paper. You may have heard that your thesis needs to be specific and arguable, but still wonder what this really means. Let’s look at some examples. Imagine you’re writing about John Hughes’s film Sixteen Candles ().