Sundance will bring its critically hailed, Peabody Award-winning drama “Rectify” to a close with its fourth season.
The show goes back into production in April and will air its last season — what creator Ray McKinnon is calling a “non-end” — in the fall.
“I have always felt that ‘Rectify’ could end at any time or just as easily continue,” McKinnon says. “Well, not easily. But there is no perfect ‘end’ for this story nor for these characters. They will continue to live on. We just won’t document them any longer. And the timing of this ‘non-end’ end feels exactly right.”
Sundance has also announced premiere dates for three short-run series in the spring. “Hap and Leonard,” starring James Purefoy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Christina Hendricks, debuts March 2. It will be followed on April 13 by “The Last Panthers,” about an international investigation into a diamond heist. From April 24-26, the channel will air “Rebellion,” an Irish miniseries about the 1916 Easter Uprising.
This past Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the shortlist for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. We are thrilled to announce that WINTER LIGHT is one of the 10 finalists!
Our deepest gratitude to the members of the Academy’s short film branch for considering and advancing our film in this competition. The five nominees will be announced on the morning of January 14th – right now, WINTER LIGHT has a 50/50 chance of being nominated for an Oscar!
Here is the Academy’s official press release, which was picked up Thursday morning by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, and many other trade publications:
Thank you to all of you, who have supported and sustained this project for so long. It’s been said before and it will be said again, because it’s true: none of this would have happened without you.
Onwards, and stay tuned!
– Team WINTER LIGHT
LA Femme International Film Festival (LAFIFF) is excited to announce that Ashley Rickards, and Abigail Spencer’s talents are being honored at this year’s Awards Show and Gala event on October 18, 2015 (Red Carpet at 6:00pm; Show at 7pm) at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. They will be joining the ranks with a very prestigious list of past honorees and will be gracing the stage with their presence. Also receiving awards will be Ivonne Coll and Patricia Velasquez.
Ashley Rickards (Awkward, American Horror Story), will be receiving the New Establishment Award, which represents an actress that chooses to create diversity awareness through their character choices. Abigail Spencer (Oz the Great and Powerful, True Detective), will receive the Rising Star Award, which is given to newly recognized independent filmmakers, who work to create innovative pieces of film. Abigail is an established actress and is crossing over creating a multi-faceted talent of tremendous artistic force.
Some updates to the Abigail Spencer Fan Gallery from events she attended recently.
Abigail Spencer Fan Gallery > Events > 2015 > 09-02: The A List 15th Anniversary Party
MT: What inspired you to take on the role of Gena in “True Detective”?
AS: I’d auditioned for Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of the show, a few times previously. We happened to run into each other and we just ended up hanging out. We’re both southern folks and had a lot to talk about. The next day he offered me the part!
MT: Gena’s scenes with Ray are incredibly heartbreaking and emotional. How did you prepare before filming?
AS: Sadly, my life has prepared me for this role. I’ve been through a divorce and I’ve experienced a lot of loss and pain. Like Gena, I’m a mother. I have a 6-year-old son, Roman. So, it doesn’t take much for me to think about her circumstances…and my body responds.
MT: Are there other ways that you and Gena are alike?
AS: I really like that even though she was a victim of rape, she’s not a victim. Part of her backstory that Nic has is that she helps other rape victims. She’s very willing to use what has happened in her life for the good of others. I respond to that. I don’t allow myself to be debilitated by the negative things that have happened in my life. I use what has happened in my life to enrich my experience and move through the pain. She’s also incredibly loving. She could have tried to get Ray out of her 10-year-old son’s life a long time ago because of his predilections, but the fact that she tried to keep Ray in her son’s life demonstrates a level of empathy that most people don’t have.
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Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. My boyfriend and I went to Nicaragua and it became my favorite destination. We went to a little 12-person boutique hotel. The food was amazing and it wasn’t expensive. You go there and surf your brains out. We just loved it there. The weather was perfect — not too humid, not too dry. You can hike around. It was an adventure. It takes forever to get there, but once you’re there, you don’t want to leave.