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Power Women Go Head-to-Head in Lead Actress Oscar Race

Power Women Go Head-to-Head in Lead Actress Oscar Race
The roles in the lead actress category run a wide range, from the precocious 6-year-old Brooklyn Prince in “The Florida Project” to 82-year-old Judi Dench playing the queen (again) in “Victoria & Abdul.” Other powerful women include previous nominees Jessica Chastain as a poker queen in “Molly’s Game,” Kate Winslet as a cheating wife in “Wonder Wheel” and Saoirse Ronan in the beloved coming-of-age tale “Lady Bird.” (At the age of 23, it’s interesting that Ronan could amost play the overdue card; she has two previous nominations and came close to winning with 2016’s “Brooklyn.”) They could battle previous winner Jennifer Lawrence; never underestimate the Academy love for her, even if “mother!” didn’t light up the box office. Other winners: Frances McDormand, delivering a fierce performance as a mother searching for justice in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and, of course, Meryl Streep. No matter that “The Post,” in which Streep plays Washington Post publisher Kay Graham
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Director Vincent Sabella on Honestly Portraying Schizophrenia in 'Elizabeth Blue'

Director Vincent Sabella on Honestly Portraying Schizophrenia in 'Elizabeth Blue'
With his feature directorial debut Elizabeth Blue, writer/director Vincent Sabella tackles mental illness — specifically schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety — all of which Sabella grapples with personally.

The film tells the story of Elizabeth (played by Anna Schafer), who recently got released from a mental institution and is now planning her wedding. With the love and support of her fiance, Grant (Ryan Vincent), and the help of her new and determined psychiatrist (Suicide Squad's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Elizabeth is doing her best to maintain a normal life.

In addition to his own experience with mental illness, Sabella enlisted the...
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Review: ‘Elizabeth Blue’ is a Dark, Yet Hopeful Study of Mental Illness

It’s highly disconcerting yet unsurprising that many Baby Boomers now in their sixties and seventies still see mental illness as a weakness. Talk about the scenarios that young people of today face and they dismiss them as a generational thing, a liberalization of society wherein strength and stoicism have been replaced by laziness and excuses. Try and tell them that very viewpoint is what stigmatized psychological ailments for so long and they scoff. It’s easier for them to believe nothing was wrong in their day than to admit the silence was a product of cultural oppression. The former hails them as tough Americans who never lost themselves. The latter colors them as unwitting villains bullying those in need, a label their systemic disregard for complex truths deems slander.

This is a template used for many social issues (see racism, sexism, homophobia, et al). The disconnect bred in these
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'Elizabeth Blue': Film Review

'Elizabeth Blue': Film Review
A palpable authenticity permeates Vincent Sabella’s debut feature about a young woman suffering from schizophrenia. The director/co-screenwriter, who suffers from the condition himself, based the film on his own experiences when his medications failed to work. His portrait of the title character of Elizabeth Blue thus feels all too real in terms of depicting her suffering and confusion.

Unfortunately, that in itself doesn’t make it a fully successful film. Despite Anna Schafer’s gripping performance in the lead role, this deeply personal effort is too narratively sluggish to sustain attention.

At the story’s beginning, Elizabeth is released from a mental...
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Film Review: ‘Elizabeth Blue’

Film Review: ‘Elizabeth Blue’
Empathetic and yet ultimately too draggy to elicit much engagement with its paper-thin story, “Elizabeth Blue” proves at once well-intentioned and inert. Inspired by his own struggles, director Vincent Sabella’s drama casts a compassionate eye on the efforts of a young woman to gain some measure of control over her mental illness. It’s an ordeal that’s crafted in consistently believable terms. However, with scant narrative incident and even less momentum, the film feels like a short stretched out to feature length, and seems better suited to find an audience on streaming services than in theaters.

The film commences with an elaborate single-take shot that moves through a psychiatric hospital, where patients wander the halls and an attendant notifies Elizabeth (Anna Schafer) that she has a phone call. This winding composition is followed by a series of severe close-ups — of the phone receiver against Elizabeth’s mouth, and its cord between her fingers — for the
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Elizabeth Blue Exclusive Clip: Ignore The Hallucinations

Vincent Sabella's drama Elizabeth Blue will open in select U.S. cinemas on September 22nd. Screen Anarchy has been given an exclusive clip to share with you today. You will find it and a the trailer below.    Recently released from a psychiatric hospital, Elizabeth (Anna Schafer) returns to her Los Angeles apartment where she lives with her fiancé, Grant (Ryan Vincent).   With the guidance of her new psychiatrist, Dr. Bowman (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and the unfaltering support of Grant, Elizabeth works at regaining control of her mental stability and her life as she begins to plan their wedding.   Struggling to navigate daily voices, hallucinations, anxiety, failing medications and her judgmental, unsupportive mother, Carol (Kathleen Quinlan), Elizabeth fears that Grant will leave her as she...

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Mental Health Drama ‘Elizabeth Blue’ Lands at Global Digital Releasing

Mental Health Drama ‘Elizabeth Blue’ Lands at Global Digital Releasing
Global Digital Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to writer/director Vincent Sabella’s feature film debut, “Elizabeth Blue,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The drama stars Anna Schafer, Ryan Vincent, Kathleen Quinlan, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The story centers on the titular Elizabeth — played by Schafer — who suffers from schizophrenia and is struggling to regain control of her mental stability and her life as she begins to plan her wedding.

The film screened on June 28 in Washington D.C. as part of the national convention for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Nami). It’s set for a limited theatrical release on Sept. 22 in a minimum of 10 major markets, including New York and Los Angeles.

The release strategy also includes an exclusive worldwide release on iTunes on Oct. 10 in conjunction with World Mental Health Day. In addition, the film is scheduled to screen at multiple Nami affiliate locations across the country during the film’s opening weekend.

Nami
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Film Festival Roundup: Sunscreen Unveils Main Slate, Montclair Announces Special Screenings, Dallas Names Honorees and More

Film Festival Roundup: Sunscreen Unveils Main Slate, Montclair Announces Special Screenings, Dallas Names Honorees and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Exclusive: The 12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival announced its official selections for the 2017 event featuring films with Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott, John Cleese, Daphne Zuniga and more. Opening night will feature Michael Mailer’s newest film, “Blind,” a romantic-drama, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Closing night will wrap up the festival with “Albion: The Enchanted Stallion,” a family fantasy adventure, starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Jennifer Morrison and Stephen Dorff.

Retrospective Screenings will include Daphne Zuniga appearance at the festival honoring the 30th anniversary of “Spaceballs.” Also in this category will be “The Greatest Show on Earth,” from 1952 directed by Cecile B. DeMille, which won the Oscar for Best Pictures and Best Writing in 1953. The screening will honor the closing of the Ringling Bros.
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Watch: Love And Mental Health Take Center Stage in Trailer For Vincent Sabella's Elizabeth Blue

Vincent Sabella's dramatic feature film debut Elizabeth Blue will be having its World Premiere at the Hollywood Reel Indepedant Film Festival on the 16th of this month. It already has a leg up as it has already been selected as the Best Dramatic Feature for that festival. They work fast.    ScreenAnarchy is pleased to debut to you the trailer and poster for the film. Be sure to also read through all of the release information about Elizabeth Blue below as there is a very interesting back story to Sabella's film. Very interesting and very personal.    Elizabeth Blue, which stars Anna Schafer, Ryan Vincent, Christopher Ashman, Nicola Lambo, Inger Tudor, Kathleen Quinlan and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje centers on Elizabeth (Schafer) a young woman recently released from a mental hospital...

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Watch: Love And Mental Health Take Center Stage in Trailer For Vincent Sabella's Debut

Vincent Sabella's dramatic feature film debut Elizabeth Blue will be having its World Premiere at the Hollywood Reel Indepedant Film Festival on the 16th of this month. It already has a leg up as it has already been selected as the Best Dramatic Feature for that festival. They work fast.    ScreenAnarchy is pleased to debut to you the trailer and poster for the film. Be sure to also read through all of the release information about Elizabeth Blue below as there is a very interesting back story to Sabella's film. Very interesting and very personal.    Elizabeth Blue, which stars Anna Schafer, Ryan Vincent, Christopher Ashman, Nicola Lambo, Inger Tudor, Kathleen Quinlan and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje centers on Elizabeth (Schafer) a young woman recently released...

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