Amigo gets a distributor and a release date

Finally some news about Amigo. It has been picked up for distribution by Variance Films and will be released in the U.S. in August.

Amigo,Amigo the movie,John Sayles' Amigo Press release from Variance Films:

Variance Films has acquired all US theatrical rights to AMIGO, the 17th feature film from acclaimed writer-director John Sayles (“Lone Star,” “Matewan,” “Honeydripper”), it was announced today by Variance’s founder, Dylan Marchetti. Variance Films will release the film, starring Chris Cooper, Ronnie Lazaro, Yul Vazquez, and Garret Dillahunt, in an innovative dual-release strategy in conjunction with Anarchist’s Convention on August 20, 2011.

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Vote for Winter’s Bone at Gotham Awards & Raising Hope at People’s Choice Awards

First, hop over to YouTube for an interview Garret did before the Amigo screening at AFI Fest that I keep forgetting to post.

Then, this:

Winter’s Bone won the top prize (Best Feature) at the Amazonas Film Festival last week. It will also be screened at the Turin Film Festival (Nov. 26 – Dec. 8). And it has also made it to the second (and final) round of nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

You can vote for the film using as many e-mail addresses as you like at the Gotham Awards site until November 29.

And Raising Hope is one of the finalists for the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy. You can vote for the show, also as many times as you like, at

Updates: Winter’s Bone, Amigo, Oliver Sherman, Raising Hope

Updates on several fronts this week.

Winter’s Bone has been nominated for a British Independent Film Award in the Best Foreign Film category. The winners will be announced on December 5.

Amigo was screened at AFI Fest 2010 the other day. has a few pictures. Hollywood Reporter caught up with Garret at the event and got him to share a few details about the upcoming guest stars on Raising Hope, Amy Sedaris and Jason Lee.  Hit the link for the spoilers. Here’s another interesting snippet:

Dillahunt has his eye on Dexter and Boardwalk Empire as TV shows he’d like to appear in, but there’s another he wants to try out.

“I’d say [Starz’s] Spartacus, but I don’t want to have to wear a loincloth. I’d be pale and hairy. Who knew Spartacus shaved down so much, right?” Dillahunt said with a laugh.

Was he surprised by Raising Hope’s full-season order?

“Not really. I think it’s a really good show. In this climate, there’s no telling what’s going to happen, but I thought it deserved it. I’m happy about it. And I don’t die in it,” Dillahunt joked. [THR]

Tyler Shields did another photoshoot with Garret, this time also with Izabella Miko (that’s Carrie from Deadwood) and Ali Cobrin. You can see the pictures here.

And another clip from Oliver Sherman showed up on YouTube. It’s a scene with Garret and Molly Parker. The film has been added to the Whistler Film Festival lineup and will be screened there on December 4 (see listing).

TIFF interviews: Oliver Sherman, Amigo

Getty Images has a few pics from the premiere of Oliver Sherman at the Toronto Film Festival yesterday. You can find them here.

Garret dillahunt,TIFF,Olvier Sherman,Amigo,interview,Toronto Film festivalAlso, a couple of new interviews showed up yesterday and today. has a video interview with Garret in which he talks about Amigo and Oliver Sherman. You can check it out at this link.

And there is a short article about Oliver Sherman at The Globe and Mail.

Dillahunt’s character is a man who’s stuck in his past, awkwardly watching the world move forward without him. He’s angry and awkward, with violent instincts, though perhaps not entirely to blame for his worst qualities. But what attracted Dillahunt was that he’s a man no one can quite figure out.

“I believe, inherently, the audience is intelligent. It’s like going to a museum: You look at a great painting, and some people like to come up close, some people stand far away, some people like it, some people are disturbed by it — it’s open to interpretation,” he says.

Last but not least, another positive review for the film:

Adapted by Redford from the Rachel Ingalls short story “Veterans”, the real marvel of the film is its ability to steadily increase the tension for pretty much the entire length of the film, offering only enough relief for a quick breath now and again before stoking the fires. It does so on the basis of exemplary discipline: a script that delicately balances competing yet legitimate viewpoints; meticulous acting that never tips its hand too far; gracefully effective shooting; and an edit that steadfastly refuses every gratuitous impulse. This is independent filmmaking that punches way above its weight, and it earns every ounce of its very considerable suspense. Though we know that the troubled drifter with the scarred head can only bring discord, Redford constructs the film’s exceptional tension with surgical precision. We cannot help but feel compassion for Sherman, but Redford’s ability to counterbalance this with the particulars of how and when things go wrong, and from Sherman’s very peculiar logic, is delightful. If you’re looking for a festival taste of splatter-spiced adrenaline, 13 Assassins offers a feast of samurai bloodletting that will soak your popcorn bright red, but for tender, juicy, slow-cooked adrenaline, Oliver Sherman is a high point of TIFF’s 2010 menu. [TwitchFilm]

Oliver Sherman heads to Toronto Film Festival

Just a quick note to say that Oliver Sherman will be screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (Amigo will premiere at TIFF too) between September 9 and 19. For details & screening schedules, keep an eye on the film’s listing at

Oliver Sherman Ryan Redford, ON
World Premiere
Tensions arise when Sherman visits the home of Franklin, a fellow soldier who saved his life back in the war. Franklin has long since moved on – to a wife, two children and a reliable job, but the stability he has worked so hard to establish is soon threatened by Sherman’s presence. The film stars Donal Logue, Molly Parker and Garret Dillahunt.[]