Rooney Frontman Robert Schwartzman Makes Helming Debut On ‘MF’


Robert Schwartzman has just begun shooting his directorial debut, a film entitled MF. He’s mum on the logline, but his stars are Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, Frankie Shaw and Beverly D’Angelo. Schwartzman, who has fronted the L.A. band Rooney for more than 15 years, wrote the script with Benjamin Font. He’s producing with Mel Eslyn. His previous association with films was limited to composing original music for Palo Alto. He’s also done acting work in The Princess Diaries and The Virgin Suicides. And of course, he’s the son of the great Talia Shire of Rocky and The Godfather fame and part of the Coppola clan, so this directing thing was probably in the genes.

ICM Partners, which reps Schwartzman, packaged the film and will handle domestic rights.

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Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig Salute ‘Mistress America’; ‘Meru’ Is Filmmaking On The Edge: Specialty Preview


Five months after his last feature, Noah Baumbach is back with Mistress America. The release comes on the heels of his While We’re Young, released by A24 in March. Mistress America, starring Greta Gerwig (Baumbach’s 2013 France Ha), will be joined by a hefty slate of newcomers this weekend. Music Box Films opens Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary Meru, and Film Arcade will roll out People Places Things in a slew of locations Friday. Orion is opening the summer-centric Fort Tilden in a day-and-date release, and Vice and FilmBuff are teaming on the Berlin premiere Prince. And Fox International Productions bows its Bollywood title Brothers: Blood Against Blood in India, North America and other territories.

Among the other limited-release titles on the docket are Amplify Releasing’s Tom At The Farm, Vertical Entertainment’s Air in 15 theaters and on-demand as well as Cohen Media Group’s Paulette, Stratton Group’s WARx2 and BBC Worldwide…

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If You Want to Become a Better Filmmaker, Study Bad Movies

It’s no secret that studying films can improve your own filmmaking, but which ones should you watch for maximum educational impact?

The obvious answer to that question is that you should watch the great ones, the films that have left an indelible mark on the history of cinema. It makes sense, right? If you want to be the best, you have to study the best. While that may be partly true, exclusively watching well-crafted films might not actually be the best use of time if your intention is to become a better filmmaker.

In a new video, Darious Britt challenges the notion that we should only watch good movies, and argues (very convincingly) that bad movies offer a treasure trove of wisdom for aspiring filmmakers because they show us what we should avoid doing at all costs. Check it out:

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UK Literary Agents for Screenwriters

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Here is a list of UK literary agents who represent screenwriters. Not all accept unsolicited submissions so please check their websites for submission guidelines.

It’s also well worth looking at Michelle Lipton’s blog post, a  Q&A with agents Rob Kraitt of AP Watt and Matthew Bates of Sayle Screen, a great blog post from Jason Arnopp on what he did to get an agent and one from Lucy Vee Hay  on getting an agent.

Alan Brodie

Andrew Mann

A P Watt

Berlin Associates

Blake Friedmann

Burkeman and Clarke


Cecily Ware

Culverhouse and James

Curtis Brown

David Higham Associates

Dench Arnold

Gemma Hirst Associates

Independent Talent

Janet Fillingham

Jill Foster

Knight Hall Agency

Linda Seifert

Marjacq Scripts

MBA Literary Agency

Micheline Steinberg Associates

Peters Fraser and Dunlop

Rochelle Stevens

Rod Hall

Sayle Screen

Sheil Land

Smart Talent

The Agency

The Lisa Richards Agency

The Sharland Organisation

The Tennyson Agency

The Writers Company

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