An eclectic group of eight distinguished filmmakers who did celebrated work on independent films in 2014 will appear on the AFI Fest’s inaugural Indie Contenders Roundtable, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by yours truly, on Nov. 9 in Hollywood.
They are: writer/director J.C. Chandor (AFI Fest opener A Most Violent Year), writer/director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), actress Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), actor Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins), actress Michelle Monaghan (Fort Bliss), actress Kristen Stewart (Still Alice) and actress Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer).
The 90-minute conversation — which will touch on the panelists’ 2014 performances, as well as their overall careers, influences and the challenges and rewards of working on indies — will take place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s AFI Fest Cinema Lounge in front of a crowd of 200 AFI Fest badgeholders and ticketholders. (Tickets will be available Friday.)
Jake is featured on current Entertainment Weekly magazine, and I have digital scans up:
The first videos of Jake promoting Nightcrawler this weekend started to surface:
YAHOO – Jake Gyllenhaal has played several memorably intense characters over the years, from the troubled teen of 2001’s Donnie Darko to the obsessive reporter of 2007’s Zodiac. But in the forthcoming thriller Nightcrawler — an exclusive clip from which you can watch above — he plays one of his most disarmingly driven creations yet: Lou Bloom, an ambitious, eerily upbeat Los Angeles videographer trying to break into the lurid (but lucrative) world of crime-scene reporting. It’s a gig that requires a fearless disposition, deep focus, and a slippery moral code — and, luckily, Bloom’s just the man for the job.
In this exclusive scene, Bloom meets a superstar local-news producer (played by Rene Russo) who will wind up being one of his best clients — not to mention one of his obsessions. If the 33-year-old Gyllenhall looks different here than he did in his Donnie Darko days, that’s partly because he lost nearly 30 pounds for the role, often running 15 miles a day to prepare for shooting. All that work seems to have paid off: Nightcrawler earned rave reviews at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and even spurred awards talk. We’ll see how intense things get when Nightcrawler creeps into theaters Oct. 31.