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Nominees for Best Feature are Fox Searchlight's Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Millennium Entertainment's Bernie, Music Box Films' Keep The Lights On, Gotham Award best picture winner Moonrise Kingdom from Focus Features and The Weinstein Company's Silver Linings Playbook. Sean Baker's Starlet will receive the Robert Altman Award, given to a film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast. And Best Male Lead, Jack Black Bernie Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook, John Hawkes, The Sessions, Thure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights On, Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe, Wendell Pierce, Four.


Wind Dancer, Brown Bag team for animated film

'Nightglider' comedy centers on flying squirrel

By DAVE MCNARY

Wind Dancer Films and Brown Bag Films are teaming on flying squirrel comedy "Nightglider," the first animated feature for both companies.

As it has done on its live-action projects, Wind Dancer will secure coin through a combination of international and domestic sales and its own equity. The companies are aiming to begin production next year for a release in 2015.

Brown Bag Films' Gregory R. Little will produce with Wind Dancer principals Matt Williams and David McFadzean, president Dete Meserve and head of production Judd Payne. Little developed the project with screenwriter Jeremy Shipp and brought it to Brown Bag upon joining the company.

"Nightglider" will be directed by Brown Bag co-owner and creative director Darragh O'Connell, who has helmed Brown Bag's "Olivia" on Nickelodeon and "The Octonauts" on Disney Junior.

Story centers on a flying squirrel raised as a tree squirrel who becomes convinced that he's a superhero when he discovers that he can fly.

Brown Bag Films will serve as the lead animation studio. The companies are unveiling "Nightglider" at AFM and are seeking an international sales agent and exploring co-production possibilities.

Wind Dancer most recently produced "Bernie." It's in production on a pilot for PBS with series creator Craig Bartlett ("Dinosaur Train").


LOS ANGELES, October 30, 2012 – Wind Dancer Films announced today that it has come on board to finance and produce THE KEEPING ROOM with Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales, introducing buyers to the film at this week’s American Film Market. WME Global arranged financing and will represent North America.

The film, written by Julia Hart and to be directed by Daniel Barber (HARRY BROWN, starring Michael Caine), will star Olivia Wilde (TRON: LEGACY, RUSH), Academy Award® nominee Hailee Steinfeld (TRUE GRIT, ENDERS GAME), and Nicole Beharie (SHAME, 42). Jordan Horowitz of Gilbert Films and Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Judd Payne and Dete Meserve of Wind Dancer will produce. Gary Gilbert of Gilbert Films and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content will Executive Produce, and Nicole Romano and Trevor Adley of Anonymous Content will serve as Co-Producers. 

THE KEEPING ROOM tells the story of three Southern women – two sisters and one African American slave – who, left without men in the dying days of the Civil War, are forced to defend their home from the onslaught of a band of soldiers who have broken off from the fast approaching Union Army.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in March in North Carolina.

“I am thrilled to be working with these three fantastic actors, and very excited to be directing this great script,” said Daniel Barber.

Noted Jordan Horowitz: “THE KEEPING ROOM is a cinematic, thrilling, and dangerous piece of material, and we could not be more excited with the team that has come together to bring this unique story to the screen.”

Added Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer: “We are thrilled to be part of this special project filled with profound themes. Barber is a talented up-and-coming filmmaker, and we look forward to seeing his vision of the material realized.”