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January 10th, 2019

Ahead of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, take a look at the films Mill artists have helped to bring to the screen for the one of the largest independent film festivals in the world, taking place in Park City, Salt Lake City on January 24th through February 3, 2019.



Honeyboy

HONEY BOY

Feature Film | U.S. Dramatic Competition

Director: Alma Har'el | Screenwriter: Shia LaBeouf
VFX Supervisor: Martin Karlsson

The Mill worked with Alma Har’el to bring to life her highly-anticipated feature Honey Boy, which had its world premiere last week at Sundance Film Festival. The visual effects in the film were designed to complement the character themes in Shia LaBeouf’s screenplay, based on his personal and professional experiences.

This captivating project follows child actor Otis Lort (Hedges) and his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father James (LaBeouf) as they attempt to mend their contentious relationship over the course of a decade. Shot in Los Angeles, the feature presents a cast of Hollywood talent including Lucas Hedges, FKA Twigs, Noah Jupe and Martin Starr.

The Mill worked closely with Har’el to craft crucial scenes from her vision. Examples include the use of pyrotechnics, fire, explosions, highway shots using CG doubles, and a dreamlike sequence which required innovative 3D photography techniques to amplify the impressive practical effects. Various environments were crafted, such as an arid desert complete with heat shimmer effect.

Learn more here.



Thelastblackman

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

Feature Film | U.S. Dramatic Competition

Director: Joe Talbot | Cinematographer: Adam Newport-Berra
Colourist: Damien Van Der Cruyssen, Mill NY

Director/co-writer/composer Joe Talbot makes an astonishing feature debut, transfiguring one man’s intimate despair into a timely story that questions who has a rightful claim to a city’s identity. Inspired by the real-life story of Jimmie Fails, who plays a fictionalized version of himself, The Last Black Man in San Francisco elegantly engages with a loss of cross-cultural connection as one individual seeks belonging in the new incarnation of his hometown.



Adam

ADAM

Feature Film | NEXT

Director: Rhys Ernst | Cinematographer: Shawn Peters
Colourist: Damien Van Der Cruyssen, Mill NY

Awkward teen Adam spends his last high school summer with his big sister, who throws herself into NYC's lesbian and trans activist scene. In this coming-of-age comedy, Adam and those around him encounter love, friendship and hard truths.

First-time feature director Rhys Ernst brings Ariel Schrag’s funny and unconventional boy-meets-girl novel to life with razor-sharp wit and honesty, nailing a satirical look at the nuances of sexual identity and the details of this early-2000s period. Nicholas Alexander carefully imbues Adam with vulnerability, complicating easy assessments in this unapologetic, playful, and raw coming-of-age comedy.



Greenergrass

GREENER GRASS

Feature Film | Midnight

Directors: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe | Cinematographer: Lowell A. Meyer
Colourist: Derek Hansen, Mill LA

Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.

Writers, directors, and stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe confirm their gift for outrageous absurdity in this impressive debut dark comedy full of unsettling behavior. Brimming with a talented cast of comedic favorites including Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live), D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), and Sundance alumna Janicza Bravo, Greener Grass fully commits to a demented version of suburbia as DeBoer and Luebbe scrutinize the willingness to endure extreme discomfort in exchange for conformity.



Lockdown

LOCKDOWN

Short Film | Shorts Program 3

Directors: Celine Held, Logan George | DP: Lowell A. Meyer
Colourist: Nick Metcalf, Mill NY

Struggling with feelings for her best friend, 14-year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan.



Dunya

DUNYA’S DAY

Short Film | Shorts Program 1

Director: Raed Alsemari | DP: Olivier Theurillat
Colourist: Elias Nousiopoulos, Mill NY

Abandoned by her domestic help, Dunya fights to throw the perfect graduation soirée.



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Short Film | Sundance Ignite Winner

Director: Daniel Antebi | DP: Zach Lowry
Colourist: Josh Bohoskey, Mill NY

Two Latinx nannies meet God in a puddle.



SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL | DOMINANT SPECIES

Short Film | Anarchy Short

Director: Joseph Sackett | Cinematographer: Mia Cioffi Henry
Colourist: Elias Nousiopoulos, Mill NY

10 aliens in human host bodies learn how to be men.