Category: Career

Virginia Madsen on Dune, Sideways and 1985 before visiting Sarasota Film Festival!

Oscar-nominated actress receives career achievement award, participates in Conversation With series and has new movie showing Three decades after visiting Bradenton to film one of her first movies, Virginia Madsen returns to the area in celebration of a career that’s since earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.

The “Sideways” actress will receive a career achievement award at Sarasota Film Festival and participate in the festival’s In Conversation With series Saturday. She also co-stars in the centerpiece film “1985,” about a gay man struggling to come out to his parents (Madsen and Golden Globe-winning “The Shield” star Michael Chiklis) during the early years of the AIDS crisis.

In a phone interview with the Herald-Tribune, Madsen said part of what attracted her to the film was her familiarity with the era the film depicts. “I was a very young person during that time when nobody knew what AIDS was,” Madsen said. “Now I knew more about it because I was an actress and I’d already had a couple of friends die. But people outside of my community, it was just talked about in hushed tones and they still called it ‘gay cancer.’”

At the same time, she felt the movie had a relevancy to today’s world despite its period setting. “This story is not just about 1985,” Madsen said. “This story is still going on now because there’s still young people who can’t come out to their family, there’s still families who don’t want to talk about their identity of their kids.”

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Virginia Madsen to attend Sarasota Film Festival!

Sarasota Film Festival has announced two celebrity guests and its opening and closing films, with their famous directors attending as well. The film festival, which takes place April 13-22 and celebrates 20 years in 2018, made the announcement Friday before its full lineup reveal on Wednesday.

Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen will receive a career achievement award during the closing weekend and have her new film “1985,” about a man’s fears of coming out during the AIDS crisis, screen at the festival. Madsen received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in 2004′s “Sideways” and has appeared in numerous other high-profile movies, including David Lynch’s science-fiction epic “Dune,” horror cult favorite “Candyman” and Robert Altman’s final film “A Prairie Home Companion.”

The festival will open April 13 at Sarasota Opera House with “Class Rank,” a comedy about two high school students who team up to take over the local school board, directed by Eric Stoltz, who will attend. Stoltz is better known as an actor, including roles in “Pulp Fiction,” “Some Kind of Wonderful” and his Golden Globe-nominated performance in “Mask.”

The closing night film, to be shown April 21 at Sarasota Opera House, will be “Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow,” a documentary about NASA’s 60-year history by filmmaker Rory Kennedy.

ABOUT THE SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL

The 20th annual Sarasota Film Festival, which will take place from April 13th to April 22nd, greatly appreciates the support of its corporate sponsors, including the Amicus Foundation, The Famiglio Family, Regal Entertainment Group, Art Ovation Hotel, and Mutual of Omaha Bank.

Held annually in Sarasota, FL, The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 200 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. Entering our 20th year, we’re proud to bring the best new and established independent filmmakers to our Festival with local and kid-friendly programs that showcase our idyllic Gulf Coast community.

Official Red Band Trailer for “Better Watch Out”

The official red band trailer for “Better Watch Out” has landed. The movie will kickstart the season a bit early, in horror-friendly October. It’s a new horror/comedy from director Chris Peckover, making his feature-length debut. The story follows a babysitter who has to protect her 12-year old charge from home invaders. Little do they know, this home invasion quickly turns into a Home Alone meets The Strangers situation.

The film stars Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton. Recently the film made its UK premiere at the Horror Channel FrightFest in London, England, where they picked up the following awards:

Winner of Best Death Category – Paint Can – Total Film FrightFest Awards 2017
Winner of Best Actor Category – Levi Miller – Total Film FrightFest Awards 2017

Look for the film in the States this October 6th then in the UK on December 8th.

Virginia Madsen to star in “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair”

Premium Cable Network Epix ordered the murder suspense series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. The 10-part television series event will star Patrick Dempsey, Damon Wayans Jr and Virginia Madsen. The Harry Quebert Affair is based on the bestselling European novel by Joël Dicker.

Every episode will be directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Black and White in Color, Seven Years in Tibet, Black Gold), in his television debut. The pilot script and several episodes were written by Lyn Greene and Richard Levine. Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen plays Tamara Quinn, “Jenny Quinn’s mother and the owner of a local diner who learns of a secret about Quebert.”

“The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair takes place in coastal Maine and focuses on Marcus Goldman who is visiting Harry Quebert’s home to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher’s deadline looms. Marcus’ plans are suddenly upended when Harry is sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been missing for many years.”

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is executive produced by Annaud, Tarak Ben Ammar, Fabio Conversi , Greene, and Levine.The series is produced by MGM Television and Eagle Pictures with MGM serving as the lead studio.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair will be the second MGM Television produced scripted series for EPIX and the first project since MGM completed the transaction to acquire EPIX in May.  MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and Barbary Films started production on The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

“A Change of Heart” Trailer

Here’s finally the trailer for “A Change of Heart” directed by Kenny Ortega, produced by Emilio Estefan and starring Jim Belushi, Virginia Madsen, Gloria Estefan, Cody Horn and William Levy. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Frustrated with the cards life has dealt him, Hank (Jim Belushi) is man whose circumstances have driven him to fear diversity, yet his Central Florida town is adhering less and less to the white, straight profile with which he’s comfortable. After suffering a heart attack, Hank’s life is saved by a transplant—but will Hank’s body accept a donation from a Puerto Rican drag queen?

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