November 3, 2011

Green picks up Gotham nomination

The independent coming-of-age flick Green, from director Sophia Takal, has been nominated for a Gotham award for "Best Film Not Playing In A Theater Near You". The awards are intended to bring greater recognition to smaller films in the hope that they get picked up for wider distribution. Green has played several festivals recently including SXSW and below you can check out the trailer for it. The awards will be announced at a ceremony on November 28th.

This debut feature from actor-director Takal stars the terrific Kate Lyn Sheil and Lawrence Michael Levine in a psychological-cum-sexual relationship drama about an intellectual, "green," city-dwelling couple confronted with their own fears and desires when they visit the countryside and form a tumultuous friendship with a down-to-earth yokel, played by the filmmaker herself. The tranquility and placid appeal that the Proust-quoting, Green market-shopping Brooklynite pair find in their summer sublet is counterbalanced by Ernesto Carcamo's eerily haunting score. Fellow BAMcinemaFest director Alex Ross Perry makes a cameo appearance.

November 2, 2011 (New York, NY) Sophia Takal's critically acclaimed GREEN has received a Gotham Award Nomination for "Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You," an award designed to bring greater industry recognition to a title that has yet to receive theatrical distribution.  
GREEN, a haunting examination of the female psyche marking Takal's first feature as a writer/director, premiered at SXSW and went on to play the BAMCinemaFest, where audiences and critics were seduced by the film's visual assurance, discomforting sound design and strong performances.   GREEN is having its Los Angeles premiere next week at AFI, and Takal was also recently named to Filmmaker Magazine's 2011 "25 New Faces of Independent Film" list.

In addition to her work behind the camera, Takal also stars in GREEN alongside Lawrence Michael Levine (who also produced the film).   Co-starring is Kate Lyn Sheil, who has appeared in five notable 2011 independent films, among them Joe Swanberg's AUTOEROTIC and Adam Wingard's YOU'RE NEXT. 

Takal said, "It's a tremendous honor to be recognized by both the wonderful Filmmaker Magazine and the prestigious IFP organization.   It's been an incredible journey for GREEN thus far and it is our hope that this nomination will help us in our goal to secure a theatrical distribution partner."

In a recent profile of Takal, Filmmaker Magazine editor-in-chief Scott Macaulay called GREEN "a sharply observed, incisively directed and sexually provocative drama about competition and female identity."

Sophia Takal's acting credits include Lawrence Michael Levine's GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY, Joe Swanberg's THE ZONE and 24 EXPOSURES, Zach Weintraub's THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING, Nandan Rao's THE MEN OF DODGE CITY, Dan Schechter's THIS IS MY GIRLFRIEND, Keir Politz & Damon Mallucci's DETONATOR and Jeff Lipsky's MOLLY'S THEORY OF RELATIVITY. Most recently Sophia produced, edited and starred in GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY for which she won the Best Actress award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. GABI played a variety of festivals, won numerous awards and was released theatrically in New York City in January 2011. 

Previous recipients of the "Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You Award" include Ronald Bronstein's FROWNLAND and Ry Russo-Young's YOU WONT MISS ME.

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