Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Any Day Now’, ‘Yelling To The Sky’, ‘Save The Date’, ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’
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Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine.
A slew of indie actors have movies opening in the specialty arena this weekend. Alan Cumming has won festival raves for his role in Music Box Films’ Any Day Now. The film actually has a more ambitious initial rollout than most among its peers. Zoë Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe star in Yelling To The Sky, Victoria Mahoney’s personal story of growing up in a rough neighborhood. Also hitting theaters in limited release this weekend is IFC Films’ Save The Date, which assembled its production team in what is best described as “six degrees of separation” (or less). And Let Fury Have The Hour is a Tribeca Film Festival debut that took years to ake that only finished once festivals came knocking.
Any Day Now
Director-writer: Travis Fine
Writer: George Arthur Bloom (original)
Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher
Distributor: Music Box Films
Bloom wrote the original script about a gay couple that fights a biased legal system to retain custody of an abandoned special needs teen. “The script sat on his desk for 25 years,” said writer-director and co-producer Travis Fine. A music supervisor turned Fine onto the script and spoke with Bloom about taking it on. “George allowed me to give my perspective and allowed me to create the story I wanted to tell,” Fine added. “He said please be kind and gentle, but I think he’s pleased.” Fine cold-called actor Alan Cumming’s agent in New York who pitched the actor along with his manager. Cumming committed almost immediately. After he came on board, the other acting team easily came together. Fine found Isaac Leyva via the Cast It website. “I saw his tape online and thought he was so talented and had a natural presence. He broke down in tears when I told him he got the role,” said Fine. “One of the most important pieces of the talent process was Garret Dillahunt, who brings a quite simple but powerful presence. It wouldn’t have worked without him.”
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Private equity investors including an executive producer from The Kids Are All Right brought in financing. A gay couple who’ve fostered dozens of children also provided resources, Fine said. “For some it was a deep personal connection to the story and others an opportunity to be in show biz.” Any Day Now debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring where it won the Audience Award. The film won similar audience prizes at a number of subsequent festivals including LA’s Outfest, Provincetown, Woodstock and Chicago in addition to other prizes in Seattle. “I thought it would be a film that would have universal appeal but others thought it would only live in an LGBT niche. But when it won the Tribeca Award and audience awards at other festivals then it validated the collective work of all the people who worked on the film and the most heartening thing was seeing audiences across the spectrum embrace it.”