Garret Dillahunt

New film: The Boys of Abu Ghraib

the boys of abu ghraib,movie posterFrom Variety earlier today:

Garret Dillahunt is set to co-star in the indie “The Boys of Abu Ghraib,” which Luke Moran is directing and producing. Story follows a U.S. soldier at the infamous Iraq prison who befriends a detainee accused of murder. Production is about to start in New Mexico.

The film has an official Facebook page and Moran also created a page on Kickstarter last month that has some more details about the film.

This is a unique and important story that we’re extremely passionate about. Based on the true events that occurred at Abu Ghraib in 2003, the film is about a group of young soldiers thrown into a hellish environment, with little but each other to help them cope with the challenges they face. (…)

This film demonstrates how a deplorable environment can drive a person with good intentions to the breaking point. The story is told from the soldier’s point of view, focusing on the psychological, rather than the political aspects of war.

Raising Hope interviews – show premieres tonight

Raising Hope,Garret Dillahunt,Martha PlimptonRaising Hope premieres tonight at 9 on Fox. Four new interviews showed up this week. The pics in this post (click for full size) are from episode 1×03, “Dream Hoarders.” Here is the synopsis (interviews are below):

RAISING HOPE “Dream Hoarders” Season 1 Episode 3 -When Jimmy “teaches” Hope to crawl, the family must baby-proof the house and find new places to store their belongings. It’s soon revealed that Virginia is a hoarder and has been saving junk in the storage shed, which becomes Hope’s favorite new hiding place. This leads Virginia to realize that she may have to change her ways. Meanwhile, Jimmy makes frequent unnecessary trips to the grocery store to see Sabrina in the all-new “Dream Hoarders” episode of RAISING HOPE airing Tuesday, Oct. 5 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Cast: Lucas Neff as Jimmy; Martha Plimpton as Virginia; Garret Dillahunt as Burt; Shannon Woodward as Sabrina. Guest Cast: Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw; Kelly Heyer as Teenage Virginia; Cameron Moulene as Teenage Burt; Trace Garcia as 3-Year-Old Jimmy; Ryan Doom as Wyatt; Mason Cook as 8-Year-Old Jimmy; Al Jones as Stunt Driver.

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Oliver Sherman – first reviews

Garret Dillahunt,Oliver ShermanOliver Sherman premieres tonight at the Toronto Film Festival. The first couple of reviews – both pretty positive – are already online.

“There’s little doubt, however, that the film boasts an impressive undercurrent of suspense, as one is never entirely sure if the whole thing is meant to come off as a subtle character study or as something just a little more sinister (ie what is Sherman up to, exactly?)

Dillahunt’s remarkably subtle performance certainly goes a long way towards holding the viewer’s interest, yet it’s worth nothing that the narrative is occasionally just a little bit more predictable than one might’ve liked (ie when Sherman offers to carry two plates of hot dogs, you just know something is going to go horribly wrong).

And while this does ensure that the movie is often more effective as an actor’s showcase than as a fully realized cinematic experience, Oliver Sherman is certainly never dull and it’s also worth noting that the expectedly low-key finale does pack far more of an emotional punch than one might’ve anticipated.” [Reelfilm]

Molly Parker,Oliver Sherman“These sorts of domestic thrillers were quite popular in American cinema back in the early ’90s, with movies like Unlawful Entry and Pacific Heights ushering in Christian anxieties about cultural change negatively affecting the traditional family unit. But this particular film is Canadian, and first-time feature writer/director Ryan Redford isn’t interested in employing cheap thrills to sell his narrative. He takes his time with the characters, building conflict organically and allowing the tension to come from quiet, passive-aggressive remarks and escalating pseudo-threats.

Resultantly, while occasionally awkward in editing and scene composition, this xenophobic parable shows a maturity and acuity beyond most character-based psychological thrillers, taking a highbrow approach to the subject. What’s more, it shows a new talent in the Canadian filmmaking scene, being one of the more assured debuts to come from English-speaking Canada in quite some time.” [Exclaim]

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Interviews for Burning Bright

Burning Bright was released on DVD in the UK on September 6 and a few interviews showed up in the past month that I never got around to posting. Here they are, finally (hit the links to read the rest):

Good Film Guide: What first attracted you to Burning Bright?

Garret: They just approached me, and I thought it was a cool concept. It’s very bizarre, and I thought I’d like to see if I could help make it work.

Good Film Guide: And getting to work with Meat Loaf must have been a bonus?

Garret: That was really cool, but it was actually a reshoot done later in L.A., something that we added to help clarify the story. It was only a one day shoot, one very long day. He’s very down to earth though, and it was great hearing all his stories about musical theatre, because he started there first and then went on to rock music, I always thought he’d done it the other way round.

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Good Film Guide: So how long was the shoot altogether?

Garret: Five weeks in total I think, but for me it was only three or four days… I was working on another project at the same time and this fit in nicely, it was five days at most for me.

Good Film Guide: And what was it like working with a real tiger?

Garret: I wish we did more more of that; and I liked the fact that they used real ones; there’s real old school special effects on this movie; they’d have the tiger in the house and have it chase around a green chicken which they could edit out later, then we’d go in on an empty set, film our pieces, and they would meld the two together, seamlessly I think. [Good Film Guide]

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Oliver Sherman poster

The poster for Oliver Sherman has finally showed up at the Movie Poster database. If it looks a bit like the thumbnail in the sidebar, it’s because I nabbed that one from the future.

The Cinéfest site says that the film will be screened there on Sept. 25. They have a nice new pic from the film too.

Here is the poster (click twice for full size):

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