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Congratulations to our client Director Elfar Aldensteins for making the shortlist for the 2012 Oscars!

In Academy Awards, Sailcloth on December 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm

We are excited to announce that ‘Saicloth’ starring John Hurt and directed by the talented Elfar Adalsteins has been selected in the last 10 for the 2012 Academy Awards shortlist.  Congratulations Elfar!!!

indieWIRE predicts the 2012 Academy Awards shortlist for ‘Live Action Short’

In Academy Awards on December 14, 2011 at 12:25 am

Ten live action short films are predicted to be on the 2012 Academy Award’s shortlist by Brad Horvath at indieWire, including our clients:

Elfar Adalsteins ‘Sailcloth’ starring John Hurt

Jordan Bayne’s ‘The Sea Is All I Know’ starring Melissa Leo

‘The Palace’ starring our client Daphne Alexander

“Sailcloth starring John Hurt is as intriguing as the latest Hollywood Blockbuster” – Filmslate Magazine

In Academy Awards, Elfar Adalsteins, John Hurt, Sailcloth on December 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm
“Sailcloth, written and directed by Elfar Adalsteins and starring the legendary John Hurt (“Elephant Man,” “Alien,” “V for Vendetta”) is a visually stunning, silent short that is as intriguing as the latest Hollywood blockbuster.” – Jamie Paszko, Filmslate Magazine.
John Hurt also talks to Film Slate Magazine about Sailcloth and says “Elfar Adalsteins, the director, is bound to be a director we’ll hear from”.

Reviews for ‘The Sea Is All I Know’ starring Melissa Leo, directed by Jordan Bayne

In Film The Sea Is All I Know on December 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

‘The Sea Is All I Know’ stars Oscar Winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Peter Gerety (The Wire) and encompasses the controversial subject of assisted suicide.  Through this extraordinary journey the film shares a story of love in the face of death.

This wonderful film is eligible for consideration in the upcoming 84th Academy Awards.

OSCAR BEST BET : “The Sea Is All I Know,” starring Melissa Leo…Macdonald calls it an “incredibly moving tale of family and faith. Melissa Leo gives a heart-wrenching, typically brilliant performance.”

FILMMAKERS TO WATCH : “Jordan Bayne: Does such a great job of directing Melissa Leo and Peter Gerety, among others, in the “Sea Is All I Know,” that I likewise cannot imagine her career languishing. She has a very bright future ahead of her in American cinema.” – Darryl MacDonald, Executive Director, Palm Springs International ShortFest

“A Tour De Force…Moving, Painterly, Human…A Brilliant Film” – Jett Loe, FilmTalk

“Through excellent casting and classic story telling Bayne has created an Oscar worthy unconventional love story  ‘The Sea Is All I Know’’– Kimberly Jessie, The Huffington Post

“The Sea Is All I Know” is “emotional, haunting, and honest”. Writer Director Jordan Bayne “allows the viewer to get pulled into the characters’ inner conflict.  Leo’s raw, jaw-dropping performance can take an audience’s breath away.  Gerety (“The Wire”) is so perfectly cast, he turns in an outstanding and multilayered performance”…. “The film ”packs an emotional punch as is, reminding you that even in the darkest places, family, hope, and love can be found.”

– Jessica Gardner, Back Stage West

“The Sea Is All I Know starring Melissa Leo and Peter Gerety “is powerful, haunting, and memorable. It is beautifully human, and a rare gem because of it, and it will stay with you long after the film ends.” – Henry K, Brave New Hollywood

“It is amazing so you are able to tell such a meaningful and intense story is such a short period of time. This film is wound so tight and so powerful that the you find that you were holding your breath throughout. The short is very smartly and sharply directed by Jordan Bayne.” – Media Mikes

“Jordan Bayne’s poised and delicate direction and excellent acting from Leo and Gerety provides 28 minutes of poignant storytelling.” -Josh Lyons, The Coach Potato Club

“The film is an incredibly moving and immersive experience; filled with meaning and worthy of the highest praise.  I expect we’ll see much more from this bright young director in the future.” – Richard Lennox, Filmoria

“Probably the most important thing about filmmaking, that you really know what your story is, and you restrict it to only the things that are necessary to tell that story. The Sea Is All I Know is a complete, short story about loss—and, perhaps, a little hope.” – Nicole Potter, Films in Review

“This short movie superbly tackles contentious moral issues with skillful acting and direction. Thoroughly recommended and thought provoking, this is a film that portrays a familiar subject with a personable  and unique perspective.” Darren Cheers, Huffington Post

Couch Potato Club’s Review of The Sea Is All I Know starring Melissa Leo

In Film The Sea Is All I Know on December 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

“Being an emotionally dramatic film driven by excellent acting performances, The Sea Is All I Know has Oscar-bait written all over it.” – Josh Lyons, Couch Potato Club

Read full review here: http://www.couchpotatoclub.com/4054/the-sea-is-all-i-know-review/

Close-Up Film’s Review of Sailcloth starring John Hurt

In Sailcloth on December 2, 2011 at 11:22 am

“Adalsteins’ direction is assured and commands a steady, deft grip on a beautifully melodic film, in a tale that’s poignant but never maudlin, dealing with loss in a manner that’s positive and inspiring, and all the time keeping the audience with the characters.  It’s nicely paced and blends seamlessly with the mellifluous imagery of the Cornish coast and a haunting score from composer Richard Cottle.  Most of all, Adalsteins has managed to give us an understated but defiant encapsulation of the triumph of the human spirit, all in the space of just 20 short minutes.” – Jean Lynch – Up-Close Film