As 2019 winds down and we gear up for another season of blockbuster tentpoles, it’s a good time to take a moment and think about the new voices headed to theatres — directors who are sharing everything from stories of personal triumph to tales of absolute horror.
All have one factor in common: This is their first time at bat with a major motion picture. Let’s take a look at these emerging voices who will be telling their own unique stories throughout the rest of the year.
Paul Downs Colaizzo, Brittany Runs a Marathon
Inspired by the writer/director’s good friend and former roommate, Brittany O’Neil, BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON is the story of Brittany Forgler (Jillian Bell), a party girl who decides to improve herself through exercise. Playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo crafted a story out of love and friendship for someone he knew really well, and that affection shows in every frame of this heartwarming dramedy.
Noah Hawley, Lucy in the Sky
Noah Hawley isn’t a stranger to altered states of mind, as his work on “Fargo” and “Legion” has given him lots of experience with the human and mutant condition. Now, with his special brand of mind bending in hand, Hawley has made the psychological drama LUCY IN THE SKY, starring Academy Award®-winner Natalie Portman as an astronaut who’s finding life on Earth a bit harder than usual. A torrid affair and a downward spiral both await Portman’s Lucy, and with Noah Hawley at the helm, the film promises to be a deep, introspective ride.
Alma Har’el, Honey Boy
Mostly known for her eclectic work in documentaries and music videos, Alma Har’el is making her first mark on the world of motion pictures with Shia LaBeouf’s semi-autobiographical drama, HONEY BOY. A dissection of his own career so far, as well as his relationship with his father, the film stars Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as the two on-screen versions of LaBeouf himself. This is a film that deals with the illusions of fame and the pressures of life, and Har’el’s unique style looks like it’s going to make for a visually stunning personal drama.
Anthony Mandler, All Rise
The ins and outs of the justice system are the basis for the next two films we’re about to discuss, and both filmmakers are known music video directors who are now making their big screen debuts. Director Anthony Mandler has made videos for almost 20 years, but with his first feature, he’ll be tackling the story of a young teenager (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) who finds himself on trial for a crime he didn’t commit.
Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim
Making a career out of directing music videos for Beyoncé and Rhianna, Melina Matsoukas takes the legend of Bonnie and Clyde for a modern spin in QUEEN AND SLIM. GET OUT’s Daniel Kaluuya and THE NEON DEMON’s Jodie Turner-Smith play the titular characters, who go on a road trip to evade capture by law enforcement, after one fateful night turns them into outlaws. It’s a sharp, dramatic look at modern culture, and it has Matsoukas’ trademark eye for detail.
Sophia Takal, Black Christmas
While Sophia Takal does have two other indie films to her credit, her remake of horror classic BLACK CHRISTMAS is her first film for a major studio, as Universal and Blumhouse have backed her vision of this holiday nightmare, pitting the sorority sisters of a sleepy college campus against a killer. No stranger to turning a holiday into a bloodbath, Takal previously directed “New Year, New You,” an episode of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology. So, to say she’s right at home is a bit of an understatement.
Six films, six new talents, all headed their way to your local AMC theatre! Check our website to see when these films will be released, as well as to set a reminder for when tickets are available.