Oliver Sherman

Oliver Sherman – first clips

The first two clips from Oliver Sherman, both with Garret and Donal Logue, showed up online this week.

Daily Motion has the first one:

Oliver Sherman

And the second one is on YouTube:

The film will be shown at the Toronto Film Festival on September 13 and 17, then at the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival (Sept. 18 – 26), and if you’re in North Bay, you can catch this screening on October 16.

Here is a longer description from the TIFF site (if you hit the link, they also have a couple of pics):

Does saving someone else’s life make you responsible for them? This is the central question of this penetrating film about existential angst, which is grounded in subtle oppositions: friendship and duties, innocence and manipulation, past and present.

Seven years have passed since Franklin Page (Donal Logue) saved the life of fellow soldier Sherman Oliver (Garret Dillahunt) on the battlefield. It feels like it’s been a long time for earnest and hard-working Franklin, who has since moved to the countryside with his wife, Irene (Molly Parker), and their two children. But seven years seems a mere heartbeat for solitary vet pensioner Sherman, who still bears the scars of the horrors he survived. When Sherman pays a surprise visit to Franklin, who hasn’t seen or heard from him since they left the army, it sets off a chain of events that first time feature director Ryan Redford skilfully crafts into a poignant and meaningful story.

Lost and shy, Sherman is a welcome guest in the Page home. He reconnects with his old friend over beers on the porch and during nights on the town. But when he overstays his welcome, the seemingly placid countenance of this veteran starts to crack, and he lashes out in outbursts of aggressiveness and resentment toward Irene. Drawn from a short story by Rachel Ingalls, the film plunges from quiet character study into psychological thriller.

As Sherman, Dillahunt (of Deadwood fame, and starring in John Sayles’s Amigo, also screening in the Festival) is nothing less than splendid. He conveys the hurt of a lost soldier, and hints at an emotional time bomb ticking beneath the surface of a calm exterior. Parker, who previously acted alongside Dillahunt in Deadwood, is equally compelling as the warm and understanding wife of a no-nonsense man. Franklin is embodied to subtle perfection by Logue. These fine performances buoy a gripping and memorable film.

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 TIFF.net.

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.[TIFF.net]

Updates: The Glades, Raising Hope, Oliver Sherman, Amigo

Okay, so The Glades episode aired last week (July 25) and none of the TV sites I was watching  (including the official one) posted the guest star info on time. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can still watch the ep on A&E’s site. Or just grab the clips: clip 1, clip 2, clip 3.  Screencaps are here: The Glades 1×03 A Perfect Storm.

More news below.

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Both Amigo and Oliver Sherman will have their world premieres in Canada in September. Amigo will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 9 – 19) before heading to San Sebastian (Sept. 17 – 25).

We don’t know the precise date yet but TIFF runs September 9-19, so some time during that period we’ll be showing AMIGO to the public for the first time. In the view of many, Toronto is the most important film market in North America. It’s a great opportunity to screen the movie for buyers from around the world, and it’s a good place to get press, and the audiences are full of civilians, not just people from the industry. [Amigo Production Journal]

John Sayles, to whom San Sebastian dedicated a retrospective in 1994, will revisit the Festival with Amigo. This is the fourth time John Sayles will have participated at San Sebastian, following Men of War, Silver City and Honeydripper, winner of the Best Screenplay Jury Award in 2007 (tied with Siete mesas de billar francés). [San Sebastian Film Festival site]

Oliver Sherman will be shown at the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival (Sept. 18 – 26). Sudbury Star says, “Filmed in North Bay, Oliver Sherman will be screened as a special presentation within the Northern Connections Program.”

Finally, Raising Hope had a panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour earlier today. Life.com has some pics, The Futon Critic has a new clip (can’t see it if you’re outside the U.S.), and watch this space for links to any reports that show up by this time tomorrow. For early reports, do a Twitter search for Raising Hope (several critics tweeted during the event).

Update – reports at Zap2it, Deadline.com, TV Guide, LocaleTV, Playbill, Buzzsugar, IMDB, Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Ausiello at EW, among others.

Oliver Sherman going to Berlinale

Looks like Oliver Sherman will be getting some promotion at the Berlin Film Festival, too. I can’t find anything about it being screened there (it’s still in post-production), but the film will be part of the Canada at Berlinale 2010 program and probably looking for a European distributor.

The film now also has a page on The Film Works’ site.

Berlinale kicks off on February 11. Winter’s Bone has its first screening on Feb. 16.

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2009 in review

Okay, it’s the last day of the year and this blog will be a year old tomorrow, so I am posting a recap of everything that’s happened in 2009.

Hope everyone has a great time tonight and a fantastic year ahead.

See you in 2010!


The year started with Terminator promo and press tours. The show returned with the last nine episodes in the Friday slot in mid-February.

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Later that month, Garret was spotted filming Winter’s Bone in Missouri. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. If anyone plans on going, the Sundance screening schedule is here.

The Last House on the Left opened on March 13. The reviews ranged from excellent to free branding campaign and the film made it to several lists of best horrors of the year. In October, it won a Reaper Award for Best Theatrical Release in 2009.

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Toward the end of the month, Garret played his fifth character on T:SCC, the Skynet virus from the future. Previous four were George Laszlo, Cromartie, the Beastwizard and John Henry.

In late March, the first pictures from Burning Bright appeared online. Burning Bright was later renamed to Ravenous and it still awaits theatrical release. In November, it was screened at the AFM. The first reviews were pretty positive.

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In early April, Water Pills had its U.S. premiere at the Florida Film Festival. Jasmine Jessica Anthony walked away with a grand jury award for best performance.

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Also in April, two series finales aired two days apart. Garret snuffed the TV crew and gave Damian Lewis his final headache in Life on April 8. Life season two was released on DVD on August 25.

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The Terminator finale aired on April 10. Despite cancellation, the show made it to #8 on the list of  the Top 10 Most Pirated Shows in 2009. Last year, it was the only new show among the top 10, at #4.

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In the meantime, Garret joined Delroy Lindo and Roslyn Ruff in Things of Dry Hours, a play by Naomi Wallace about communists in 1930s Alabama. Rehearsals started on April 21.

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The first trailer for The Road hit the web on May 15.

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On May 18, Fox announced that they would not be picking up Terminator for a third season. Even though there has been talk of a possible TV/DVD movie, Terminator rights are currently up for grabs and in limbo until February 2010.

On May 20, Garret appeared in the season finale of Criminal Minds.

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Two days later, Things of Dry Hours went into previews at the New York Theatre Workshop. The show premiered on June 8 and ran through June 28. Critics liked the cast, but were divided on the writing.

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At some point over the spring/summer, Garret was cast in Madeleine Stowe’s Unbound Captives, an independent western epic with Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson. If they get financing in time, the film will go into production in March (at the earliest).

In late July and early August, Garret filmed two TV guest appearances,  on CSI and Lie to Me, and a short film, One Night Only.

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The Last House on the Left was released on DVD in mid-August.

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Later that month, Garret was spotted filming the season three finale of Burn Notice. The episode will air in March 2010.

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The trailer for One Night Only was released on September 2.

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On September 3, The Road had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Ten days later, it was screened in Toronto.

Terminator: The Complete Season Two was released on DVD on September 22.

On September 24, the CSI season 10 premiere aired. “Family Affair” is one of the five hours of television nominated for an ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Award this year.

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Speaking of CSI, in a fine display of Terminator fanboyism, the last episode before the break, Better off Dead, had a bunch of people stealing Cromartie’s music and killing each other. Also, a killer described as a Terminator.

On October 13, Oliver Sherman, an independent drama with Molly Parker and Donal Logue, went into production in North Bay. The film will most likely premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2010, but Canadians might get an early screening in the spring.

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On October 21st, Garret appeared on Lie to Me.

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And two days later, on Law & Order: SVU.

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The Road finally saw its U.S. premiere at AFI fest in early November. On Thanksgiving, it got a limited release. Even though the film has been vastly overlooked in the early awards season, the reviews were mostly positive and it scored a few acting nods (Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Kodi Smit-McPhee) from several critics’ societies (Broadcast Film Critics, Utah Film Critics, St. Louis Film Critics).

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On November 13, Garret appeared on White Collar.

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And the next day, One Night Only had its premiere in New York.

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In November, Garret was cast in two new projects. The comedy pilot Keep Hope Alive, with Martha Plimpton, Cloris Leachman and Lucas Neff, was filmed earlier this month. If it gets picked up, it will be aired in the 2010/11 season.

The other project, John Sayles’ film Baryo, starts shooting in February in the Philippines. The crew is already there, building the set and preparing for the shoot. You can follow the updates on the new production blog, at johnsaylesbaryo.blogspot.com.

And that about wraps it up. If 2010 is even half as eventful, it will be another excellent year.