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Spotlight will be shown at both Venice Film Festival (Sept. 2-12) & Toronto Film Festival (Sept 10 to 20). Relevant links are below.

Venice // here
Toronto (Canadian Premiere) // here

Long before the horrors and humiliations of Abu Ghraib, a psychology professor in California conducted a study about the fault lines of human behavior. It was August 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s simulated prison played out in the lower level of a building on the campus of Stanford University. It was supposed to last two weeks. But things turned ugly fast, and the faux lockup was shut down after six days. Kyle Patrick Alvarez has turned Zimbardo’s study into the psychological drama, “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” It is an interesting and unsettling look at what happens when seemingly average college students are suddenly given positions of power as “guards,” or dragged into submissive victimhood as “prisoners.” Read More: // here

Aug 02, 2015   Leave a Comment Upcoming / Spotlight

Directed and co-written by Oscar-nominee Tom McCarthy, the highly-anticipated drama Spotlight is world premiering out of competition in Venice next month, before heading to Toronto as a Special Presentation. Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton star in the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that rocked a city and one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Set in 2002, the film follows the dedicated members of the news team as they delve into allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, ultimately exposing a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, and setting off a wave of revelations around the world. Read More: // here

Interview with Kyle Patrick Alvarez, director of The Stanford Prison Experiment
IT: If you happen to see Billy Crudup, tell him I enjoyed him in Candide at the Hangar Theatre.
KPA: Oh, he’ll love to hear that. He’s incredible. He’s so talented and is so … there’s just a lot of pride in his craft and the way he worked and his process. I really appreciate the actor who is very aware of himself. And he’s a guy that’s like that, you know. He’s emotional for sure, as any great actor is, but he has a lot of access and control of that, which I really appreciate.
IT: He’s got that Almost Famous ‘70s look, but a completely different guy.
KPA: [laughs.] Someone’s gotta figure out a way to do a mash-up of the two movies, right? Because Michael [Angarano], who plays John Wayne in our film, played the young version of Patrick Fugit in that movie, too. So someone’s going to. Wait until the DVD comes out, and I’m sure someone will come up with some clever mask-up of those two guys and those two performances. Read More: // here

At the conclusion of Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment — subject of the recent film of by director Kyle Patrick Alvarez — “guards” and “prisoners” were offered a chance to face each other as equals. One prisoner confronted a particular tormentor, a guard nicknamed “John Wayne” because he adopted mannerisms that mirrored the late Western actor. John Wayne asked the prisoner what he would have done, had he been randomly selected as a guard. Read More: // here