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February 7, 2017

These five Cinereach-supported films are nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Awards!

If you haven’t seen them all, most are available to watch now before the awards are presented live on IFC February 25th. Here are basic details and links for each. The full list of nominees can be found here.

The Fits

Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer  Producer: Lisa Kjerulff
Nominated for Best First Feature
Anna Rose Holmer has received the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award, and Lisa Kjerulff was nominated for Piaget Producers Award.
Stream online, or purchase the Blu-ray, via Oscilloscope.

The Fits is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni—a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is twisted.


I Am Not Your Negro

Director/Producer: Raoul Peck  Producers: Rémi Grellety, Hébert Peck
Nominated for Best Documentary
Now playing in select theaters via Magnolia Pictures.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next book, Remember This House. It was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty pages of his manuscript. In I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. It is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond and, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

I Am Not Your Negro is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


The Witch

Director: Robert Eggers  Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira
Nominated for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay
Available on multiple streaming platforms via A24.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest—within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately—animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.


Spa Night

Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn  Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas
Nominated for the John Cassavetes Award (best feature made for under $500,000)
Available on multiple streaming platforms and on DVD via Strand Releasing.

Spa Night is a portrait of forbidden sexual awakening set in the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. David Cho (Joe Seo in a breakthrough performance), a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, chances upon a secret cruising spot when he takes a job at an all-male spa. There he begins to realize hidden desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student.


Certain Women

Director: Kelly Reichardt Producers: Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani
Nominated for Best Director and Best Supporting Female (Lily Gladstone)
Released by IFC Films.

A stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Laura Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Michelle Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Kristin Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (radiant newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.

Update 2/25/2017:
Spa Night received the Cassavetes Award and The Witch took home Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay!