THE LOST CITY OF Z
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 04/21/2017
Running Time: 140
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen,Ian McDiarmid and Franco Nero.
Crew: Director: James Gray. Producers: James Gray, Aidan Elliott, Dede Gardner, Dale Armin Johnson, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner and Doug Torres. Executive Producers: Brad Pitt, Felipe Aljure, Marc Butan, Lew Horwitz, Mark Huffam, Michael Ilitch Jr., Julie B. May and Glenn Murray. Screenwriter: James Gray. Cinematographer: Darius Khondji.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“The Lost City of Z,” from writer/director James Gray (“We own the Night” and “The Immigrant”) and co-producer Brad Pitt (Plan B Entertainment) is a sweeping and fascinating drama about the mysterious and unsolved disappearance in 1925 of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”) who claimed he discovered a lost civilization in the Amazon.REEL MOVIE TALK

The movie is based on David Gann’s 2009 best-selling novel, “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.”

Rather than portray Fawcett as merely a heroic cartographer and archeologist, Gray goes beneath the surface. He digs into Fawcett’s aristocratic upbringing to reveal his real motivations and steely resolve which drove him to search for this ancient lost city while initially leaving behind his devoted wife Nina (Sienna Miller, “Live by Night” and “American Sniper”) and young son Jack (Bobby Smalldridge, TV’s “Carters Get Rich” and Tom Mulheron, TV’s “Inside No. 9”).

While Hunnam has been lauded for his star turn as the enigmatic, macho motorcycle leader in the now defunct hit TV series, “The Sons of Anarchy,” and he brings medieval gravitas to the upcoming adventure film, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” in “The Lost City of Z” he plays Fawcett with profound conviction.

In “The Lost City of Z” Fawcett (Hunnam), a British military soldier, is first approached by members of The Royal Geographical Society led by, Sir George Goldie (Ian McDiarmid, TV’s “Britannia”).

They want him for a mission that entails mapping out and surveying the official border and “blank spaces” between Bolivia and Brazil.

Although it’s a dangerous assignment, Goldie and others within the organization believe this adventure will make a name for Fawcett, especially since his wealthy father’s alcohol and gambling addictions have sullied the family’s reputation.

Still, this is a two-year pilgrimage that Fawcett’s wife Nina (Miller) is not all that thrilled about, but understands why her husband sees this as a golden opportunity.

Fawcett embarks on his first journey in 1906 along with other explorers and his fellow war mate, Corporal Henry Costin (a terrific and nearly unrecognizable Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Series”).

In the movie, Fawcett takes three trips, but in real life he apparently made eight treks to the Amazon. As the story unfolds, Fawcett veers into the depths of the Amazon. It’s here he must contend with its piranha-infested rivers, horrific heat, numerous insects and airborne diseases. Yet, Fawcett still finds the experience enriching, not to mention eye-opening, while exploring with Costin.

He soon becomes more concerned with the region than restoring his family pedigree. This, even after being suddenly attacked out of nowhere, with bows, arrows and spears by a group of indigenous people.

Who are they? Where did they come from? How long have they been here?

These are questions that consume Fawcett. When Fawcett-- who is rumored to have inspired the movie character “Indiana Jones”--returns to London, he's viewed as a hero until he mentions his discovery of a civilization that’s older than England’s. He’s ridiculed by the scientific establishment since they consider indigenous populations as pure “savages.”

Their contempt and dismissal of his findings only fuels Fawcett’s passion to take more trips to the Amazon even during the throes of World War I.

However, Fawcett’s final trip to the region was on May 29, 1925 with his 21-year-old son Jack (now played by Tom Holland, upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming”). Fawcett and Jack never returned.

Numerous rescuers were sent to find the pair, but most of them didn’t return from the mission either....
 

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Lady Sings The Blues Title: Lady Sings The Blues
Year Released: 1972
Running Time: 144
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Director of Photography: John A. Alonzo
Screenwriter: Suzanne De Passe
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: When you’ve watched a movie so many times that you basically know the dialogue verbatim, that movie really means something and resonates with you.

The 1972 autobiographical drama, “Lady Sings the Blues” is the one for me. No matter how many times I see it, it never gets old.

Directed by Sidney J. Furie (“Iron Eagle” and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”), “Lady Sings the...
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La La Land <b>(April 25) </b> Title: La La Land (April 25)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 128
Production Company: Summit Entertainment
Director: Damien Chazelle
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"LA LA LAND"

“La La Land” seemed thisclose to winning “Best Picture”at the 89th Annual Academy Awards but a wrong card snafu saw the top prize go to “Moonlight.”

For those that haven’t seen “La La Land,” the dazzling musical from the Critics’ Choice Awards and Oscar winning director Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) now can find out what all the fuss was about.

“La La Land” is a lavish homage to Hollywood and 1950s musicals, like “Singin’” in the Rain,” yet it envelopes you with its contemporary and magical sensibilities.

The film’s score from producer/writer Justin Hurwitz, features the John Legend track, “Start a Fire” as well as the traffic stopping opening number "Another Day of Sun."

Prior to the Oscars ceremony, N2Entertainment.net chatted with Chazelle during a media event in Beverly Hills and he stated that “La La Land” is really a movie for everyone who believes and dreams of making it big in show biz.

They include people like Sebastian (a fabulous Ryan Gosling, “The Nice Guys” and “The Big Short”), a struggling jazz pianist trying to make a meager living playing lightweight Christmas music in a restaurant run by an owner (J.K. Simmons), who doesn’t like jazz and swears his customers don’t either.

So he insists Sebastian never play any jazz tunes. But Sebastian does slip some in one night while in the lounge. Bill (Simmons) goes nuts and fires Sebastian on the spot.

Now Sebastian’s options are even more limited. He sure wasn’t making enough money playing around town to open his own club. Sebastian doesn’t know it yet, but his life is about to get much better.

That happens after he meets aspiring actress Mia (the lovely, Emma Stone “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and TV’s “Maya & Marty”), first rather rudely on the freeway and then while briefly bumping into her while storming out of Bill’s restaurant.

A chance meeting at a poolside party—where Sebastian is gigging in a 1980’s pop cover band-- brings them together again. After exchanging lengthy stares then a few mild and awkward pleasantries, the two strike up conversations about their careers.

Over time and after dealing with a few obstacles—noticeably their careers-- their love for each other begins to blossom and shines brighter than all of Tinseltown.

Gosling and Stone sure make a dynamic duo. They look fabulous and dance and sing—although not always in key—to memorable tunes like "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," and “City of Stars” all as their charming love story unfolds against gorgeously lit views of some of LA’s iconic landmarks.

“La La Land” triumphs as an exuberant musical and an enchanting and stirring love story. It lives up to all the hype.
(Highly Recommended).

The Founder <b> (April 18) </b> Title: The Founder (April 18)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 115
Production Company: The Weinstein Company
Director: John Lee Hancock
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE FOUNDER”

After starring in the Oscar winning movies “Birdman” and “Spotlight,” Michael Keaton is also convincing in “The Founder.”

Written by Robert Siegel (“The Wrestler” and “Big Fan”) and directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side” and “Saving Mr. Banks”), “The Founder,” chronicles how Ray Kroc (Keaton) swindled his way into the lives of the brothers who started McDonald's, Maurice “Mac” McDonald (John Carroll Lynch, “Jackie” and TV’s “Channel Zero”) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman, “Sing” and TV’s “Son of Zorn”).

Ray ultimately got control of the McDonald's franchise the brothers had started during the 1950s in San Bernardino, California.

It’s a remarkable, yet heartbreaking story because sometimes in business—and life in general--you just can’t trust everybody and let them get too close to you. And if there’s one thing Mac and Dick probably wish they had never done was allow the slick talking milk-shake maker and traveling salesman from Illinois, to get all in their business.

When we first meet Ray he seems like a good guy. He’s driven, positive, has a nice home and a lovely and supportive wife named Ethel (Laura Dern, “Wilson”).

But Ray wants more out of life and he’s not getting very far with his milkshake makers. Although they are a good invention, most fast food places tell him, often rather coldly, that they don’t want them.

So, imagine Ray’s surprise when his secretary June (Kate Kneeland, “Hidden Figures”) informs him of a call from a restaurant in California requesting six of his milkshake makers. At first, he thinks June took down a wrong message. But when he calls the McDonald’s restaurant, he’s told they want them.

Ray decides it best to meet the owners personally. So, he hops in his car and drives to San Bernardino. When he arrives, he’s blown away by Mac and Dick’s super-efficient enterprise which became known as the Speeded Service System; a fast-food assembly line that helped revolutionize the restaurant industry. Then he eats some of the delicious hamburgers and sees numerous families turning out in droves to eat at this place.

Ray offers to take Mac and Dick out to dinner. They all talk about their humble beginnings. Ray’s mind is racing a mile a minute now. He sees an opportunity that’s too good to let slip away. The next day he tells Mac and Dick that they should franchise their business. They want no part of that, especially since they tried it once and it was too much a headache. In fact, the stress from having to oversee everything caused Mac all sorts of health problems.

With the help of Harry Sonneborn (B.J. Novack, “Saving Mr. Banks” and TV’s “The Mindy Project”), an opportunistic lawyer, Ray is bent on making his way into the business.

Ray’s fortune and notoriety didn’t all come from the McDonald’s restaurants, but rather from owning the land they were built on. It was a cold-blooded takedown, by Ray and one that leaves you shaking your head at how naïve Mac and Dick were to let it all happen.
(Recommended).

Split <b> (April 18) </b> Title: Split (April 18)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 120
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“SPLIT”

After a string of box office duds like Lady in the Water” (2006), “The Happening,” (2008) and “The Last Airbender” (2010), it sure is good to see M. Night Shyamalan finally get his groove back with “Split,” a psychological thriller that he wrote, directed and stars in.

Although “Split” doesn’t rank with the “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs,” it towers over Shyamalan’s 2015 solidly entertaining fright fest, “The Visit.”

James McAvoy (“X-Men Apocalypse”) gives the performance of a lifetime; multiple performances. He portrays a psychiatric patient named Kevin who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD).

It’s a controversial mental illness characterized by at least two prominent identities that alternately reveal itself in a person's behavior.

In “Split” McAvoy has at least 24 other identities that include: Dennis, Miss Patricia, Hedwig, Barry and a few other creepy and odd characters that manifest themselves as part of his disorder and threatens the lives of high school students,
Marcia (Jessica Sula, TV’s “Lucifer”) and Claire Benoit (Haley Lu Richardson, “The Edge of Seventeen”) and their new outcast friend, Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Witch”) as they are all leaving a birthday party with their father.

In the blink of an eye the girls are in the car, but their father is knocked out and Kevin is soon behind the wheel. When the girls notice this stranger and their father is nowhere to be found, it’s too late. Kevin kidnaps them. He takes them to this dark, dungeon like place and locks them in a room.

When he returns, he’s not Kevin, but is dressed as a well-heeled woman named Patricia. He/she frightens the girls even more telling them a savage “beast” is going to devour them. He changes once again into a lisping boy named Hedwig who has a penchant for storytelling, walkie-talkies and strangely, Kanye West.

Kevin leaves throughout the course of the day to visit his psychologist, Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley, TV’s “Chicago Med”). He arrives at her office as Barry, a fashionista who tries to assure Dr. Fletcher that he’s doing just fine. Of course, we know that’s not the case and Dr. Fletcher is no quack either and knows something is up with this dude.

Shyamalan’s nail biting plot twists soon reveal a lot more about Kevin and all those characters in his head than we could possibly imagine.

And then there’s Casey, (Anya Taylor-Joy), who has several scene stealing and terrifying moments. Taylor-Joy was a standout in 2015’s terrific and scary movie, “The Witch.” She’s very good here too, as she schemes to beat Kevin/Hedwig at his own crazy game and attempts to bust her friends out of their terror trap.

There’s such an unpredictable and satisfying payoff to “Split” that involves a blast from the past cameo.
(Highly Recommended).

Worlds Apart <b> (April 11)</b> Title: Worlds Apart (April 11)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 115
Production Company: Cinema Libre
Director: Christopher Papakaliatis
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"WORLDS APART"

“Worlds Apart” is a sweeping, romantic drama that became a box office hit in Greece and is now available on DVD and On Demand (April 11).

The movie was an official selection at the Zurich Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival last year.

Written and directed by Christopher Papakaliatis, (“What If…”), “Worlds Apart” was shot on location in Athens and is now officially the top grossing film in Greece.

“Worlds Apart” features a stellar cast led by Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash” and TV’s Counterpart”). It weaves together three separate stories of romance that blossom during a socio-economic crisis in Europe.

Daphne (Niki Vakali) sees her country changing much too quickly. Immigrants, tacky street peddlers and other “undesirables” have flowed into it and their arrival has made the natives restless.

However, Daphne’s life and opinions about immigrants dramatically changes when one night while walking home, she’s attacked by a group of thugs.
Luckily, a brave young Syrian man named Farris (Tawfeek Barhom, “The Idol”) comes to her rescue.

Days pass and Farris notices Daphne on a bus. He follows it and finally reconnects with her to return her cellphone. She’s grateful for his kindness and he’s happy to have finally met a friendly face.

They start spending time together inside an abandoned airplane at a shuttered airport which Farris calls home. They become closer, even though both know it’s dangerous to do so.

There’s growing resentment against these immigrants. Many Greeks feel hopeless and fearful in their country. So Antonis (Minas Hatzisavvas), a former businessman, decides to join a group of anti-immigrant vigilantes to help restore law and order.

The group discovers Farris’s hideout and that the airport has been a hangout for many immigrant women and children. Fortunately Farris and Daphne manage to escape the mob, but they are not out of danger yet.

Meanwhile, Giorgos (the film’s writer-director Papakaliatis) has recently separated from his wife. He’s trying to explain to his son why he’s not with his mother.

The pressures at work have him pretty depressed too. The company he manages is being downsized and he has to watch as some of his close-knit associates are given the boot. But the real story is the awkward situation Giorgos becomes tangled in when he meets a beautiful young woman at a bar (Andrea Osvart) and has an affair with her only to learn that she’s in charge of his office firings.

Then there’s Maria (Maria Kavoyianni). She’s a 60-year-old plus, housewife whose only joy in life these days is taking a trip to the local market. As fate would have it, one day she meets Sebastian, a German History professor (a terrific Simmons) who is flirty and charming with Maria and really wants to get to know her. Their cultures clash, but there still may be room for love in their broken hearts.

As odd and diverse as these stories seem, Papakaliatis inter-connects them with striking effectiveness.

The first story, titled “Boomerang” is meant to convey the message that if Greece continues to mistreat its immigrants, their actions will come back around to haunt them.

The other two parts of the movie serve up some nice twists that you don’t see coming, but they are also touching, convincing and masterfully rendered.
(Highly Recommended).
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THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

”THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE” OPENS AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE APRIL 13

On the heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time. “The Fate of the Furious: The IMAX Experience” opens at the Esquire IMAX Theatre on April 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

Now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon and Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman named Cipher (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

“The IMAX release of “The Fate of the Furious: The IMAX Experience” is digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of an IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with the Esquire IMAX Theatre’s six story high and 80 feet wide screen, customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located at 1211 K Street in downtown Sacramento, CA. For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 916-443-IMAX (4629) or visit the website at www.imax.com/sacramento.

Editor's Note: Information used in this report obtained from IMAX press department.


maryland film festival By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JOHN WATERS’ ANNUAL PICK FOR 2017 FESTIVAL: “ROAR”

Beginning with its inaugural year in 1999, each Maryland Film Festival has included a favorite film selected and hosted by legendary Baltimore filmmaker, provocateur, and MdFF board member John Waters.

This year, the Festival takes place May 3-7, and on Friday evening (May 5), John Waters will introduce the bizarre action-adventure cult film “Roar” (1981) from director Noel Marshall.

Marshall, his wife at the time, Tippi Hedren and her daughter Melanie Griffith star in the movie about a family who visits Africa to meet their father, a man living with wild, uncaged jungle cats.

Drafthouse Films released the largely forgotten feature film in U.S. theaters in 2015, billing it “the most dangerous film ever made.”

An unprecedented--and wholly unpredictable--action-adventure, “Roar” follows wildlife preservationist Hank (“The Exorcist” producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains.

When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren, “The Birds,” and step-daughter Melanie Griffith, “Working Girl” and John Waters’ “Cecil B Demented” and his sons John and Jerry Marshall) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives.

HitFlix said: “It's like Walt Disney went insane and shot a snuff version of Swiss Family Robinson.”

Waters’ prior picks have included period pieces, challenging art-house dramas and raucous cult films such as “Killer Joe” (2015), “Abuse of Weakness” (2014) and his first Festival pick in 1999, Joseph Losey’s “Boom!” (1968), a notorious over-the-top production written by Tennessee Williams and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at the height of their stardom.

Waters is the writer/director of such iconic films as “Pink Flamingos,” “Female Trouble,” “Polyester,” “Hairspray,” “Cry-Baby” and “A Dirty Shame.”

A new 4k digital restoration of Waters' early feature “Multiple Maniacs” has recently been released as part of the prestigious Criterion Collection.

Waters is also renowned as a visual artist, public speaker, and author. His books include “Shock Value,” “Crackpot,” “Role Models,” “Carsick” and 2017's “Make Trouble.”

Waters will introduce “Roar” in the 414-seat auditorium at the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, located at the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street.

Filmgoers will experience an unforgettable night of humorous commentary from the “Pope of Trash” as Waters shares his unique and colorful observations about the film and why he selected it for the screening.

When describing “Roar” (one of his top picks for ARTFORUM), Waters stated that audiences can: “Watch, slack-jawed, as Tippi is scalped and Melanie Griffith mauled by the wild animal extras who turn out to be the real stars of this nutcase action film.”

“What a privilege for us and our audiences to have John presenting a film at every Maryland Film Festival, said MdFF founding director, Jed Dietz. “He always presents something that fascinates him. It’s always fun, and we all learn something about the incredibly broad movie art form. “We’re excited to share this special event with Festival filmgoers at our new home, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway. We can’t wait to announce the rest of the film lineup that includes close to 100 films carefully curated and selected by our programming team.”

Tickets for “Roar” will go on sale April 19 and are expected to sell out. All-Access Passes for the Festival are available now and can be purchased at www.mdfilmfest.com/tickets-passes.

ABOUT MDFF-- Founded in 1999, MdFF brings films, filmmakers, students and audiences together in a friendly, inclusive atmosphere.

Through the organization’s annual five-day Maryland Film Festival each May, daily programming at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, and the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship, MdFF reflects the unique creative aspects of Baltimore’s community, while participating in the film and cultural dialogue across the country and the world. “Film for Everyone. Every Day.”

More information about MdFF is available at www.mdfilmfest.com.

ABOUT THE MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL-- Now in its 19th year, the Maryland Film Festival is the annual, five-day celebration of film held each May by MdFF.

Centered in and around the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Maryland Film Festival champions films and filmmakers with diverse and engaging viewpoints.

The Film Festival screens filmmaker-hosted features and short films of all varieties—narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid—to thousands of attendees. “Film for Everyone. Every Day.”

More information about Maryland Film Festival is available at www.mdfilmfest.com.

ABOUT THE STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION PARKWAY--– Debuting in May 2017, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway is the new home of MdFF, the organization that creates and delivers the annual Maryland Film Festival.

An $18.2 million “rescued ruin,” the Parkway features curated, bold programming that showcases films from every era, region, and genre, with a focus on independent, international, documentary, classic, and cult-favorite films, providing audiences with a fresh and immersive new window into the art form. In addition, the Parkway provides classroom space for film students and is a year-round hub for film education and the Baltimore community. “Film for Everyone. Every Day.”

Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from publicity department press release.


mellisa By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?” IN PRODUCTION

Principal photography on “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has begun in New York City.

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is directed by Marielle Heller (“The Diary Of A Teenage Girl”) from a script written by Nicole Holofcener (“Enough Said”) and Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”) based on the novel of the same name by Lee Israel.

The film stars Academy Award nominated Melissa McCarthy (“The Boss”), Richard E. Grant (“Jackie”), Jane Curtin (“The Heat”), Dolly Wells (“Bridget Jones’s Baby”), Anna Deavere Smith (“Black-ish”) and Jennifer Westfeldt (“Kissing Jessica Stein”).

“Can You Ever Forgive Me? tells the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel (McCarthy) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

"I'm overjoyed to be starting principal photography on this film, with this fantastic group of collaborators,” says Heller. Working with Melissa, Richard E. Grant and the rest of our tremendous cast, Searchlight and Anne Carey and all my wonderful producers is a dream come true. Now, more than ever, it is imperative we tell the stories of women and all people who have gone unnoticed by society. I'm honored to be helming this very special film."

"For Archer Gray to be working with Marielle Heller again is absolutely thrilling,” says Carey. “She has assembled a fantastic cast and crew. We also couldn’t ask for better partners than Fox Searchlight. Bringing Lee's story to life has been a long journey with support from so many people along the way. Knowing Lee as I did, I am certain she would be delighted by this incarnation.”

The film will be overseen by Co-Heads of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum and Director of Production Taylor Friedman.

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.