Press: SXSW Film ‘The Other Half,’ Starring Tatiana Maslany, to Get U.S. Release
“The Other Half,” the indie drama that premiered at SXSW last year, has been picked up by distributor Brainstorm Media for release in U.S. theaters in March. Director and writer Joey Klein’s love story earned a strong review from Variety in its festival bow in 2016.
The storyline centers on a grieving young man, played by Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey”), and his budding relationship with Emily, an artist depicted by “Orphan Black” star and Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany. Over the course of the film, Emily’s bipolar disorder brings trauma and tension to the already-precarious union.
“This film was a standout for us at SXSW, with such beautiful and intimate performances,” said Brainstorm Media president Meyer Shwarzstein. The distribution company will coordinate the U.S. release in theaters and on video-on-demand, both set for March 10.
Jonathan Bronfman from JoBro Productions and Nicole Hilliard-Forde and Joey Klein from Motel Pictures produced the film while JayJay Firestone, CEO of Prodigy Pictures, executive produced. Cullen and Maslany are also on the film’s team of executive producers.
Press: Orphan Black Among PaleyFest 2017 Lineup
PaleyFest 2017 has rounded out its lineup.
Set to open the March 17-26 event is AMC’s The Walking Dead, with Grey’s Anatomy, Bob’s Burgers, The Late Late Show, NCIS: Los Angeles, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars, Scandal as well as a CW DC Super Hero event rounding out the schedule.
“For 34 years PaleyFest has grown in size, presence and prestige — solidifying its spot on the Los Angeles cultural and popular landscape,” Paley Center for Media CEO Maureen J. Reidy said in a statement announcing the lineup. “We are so proud to present this incredible PaleyFest 2017 lineup as the centerpiece in our year-round Paley Center programming. This year’s festival brings together fans and introduces new audiences to the stars and creators of television’s most talked about and popular shows.”
The newly announced programming joins a roster of previously announced panels including HBO’s Westworld, NBC’s This Is Us and American Horror Story: Roanoke.
Here’s the full schedule:
Friday, March 17: AMC’s The Walking Dead
Saturday, March 18 (matinee): Super Hero panel with stars from The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow
Saturday, March 18 (evening): NBC’s This Is Us
Sunday, March 19: ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy
Tuesday, March 21: CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles
Wednesday, March 22: CBS’ Late Late Show
Thursday, March 23: BBC America’s Orphan Black
Friday, March 24: Fox’s Bob’s Burgers
Saturday, March 25 (matinee): Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars
Saturday, March 25 (evening): HBO’s Westworld
Sunday, March 26 (matinee): ABC’s Scandal 100th episode celebration
Sunday, March 26 (evening): FX’s American Horror Story: Roanoke
Photos: 2016 Young Womens Honors Awards – Screencaps
Tatiana presented tonight at the televised 2016 Young Womens Honors Awards. I have added screencaps to the gallery from the televised event.
• 2016: Young Womens Honors Awards: Presenting – Screencaps
Photos: 2016 Critics Choice Awards
Tatiana is in attendance at the Critics Choice Awards. She looks smashing in floral. Let’s wish her the best of luck tonight! Thanks to my friend AliKat for some of these.
• 2016: December 11 – Critics Choice Awards
Press: Interview – Joey Klein on The Other Half
We very lucky to get a chance to speak with Joey Klein, an actor and now writer and director of the powerful and challenging film The Other Half, which first debuted at SXSW, opened the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in November, and is now playing in select theatres from Mongrel Media. It was especially special for Klein for the press day to take place at the Gladstone Hotel, a place where his parents stayed years ago. Klein was very generous with his time, and his praise for co-stars, and real-life couple, Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen, who deliver searing performances in the film.
The following are excerpts from the lengthy interview that occurred.
Scene Creek: (gestures to poster) Are Maslany and Cullen your other half(ves)?
Joey Klein: Guess so, I mean, I’ve known them now for a while. But all because of this, I mean, I met her on an acting job, and someone said “check out Grown Up Movie Star“, and as soon as I saw it, I offered her this. We did my first BravoFACT together, and she started dating Tom around that time. I was as obsessed with him from his work on Weekend and I wrote a role for him anyways, it made sense as it was someone who fled where he was from. So by the time we made the film, we were all really close, but we kind of got to know each other through trying to make it, hoping to make it. I started writing something that became this years and years ago. She was attached four and a half, five years and he was attached two, two and and a half years. Bobby Shore, the D.P., was attached even before Tat. Nicole Hilliard-Forde really picked it up and carried it on her own for a while and was really the force behind getting it made. Jonathan Bronfman, if I can use a baseball analogy, was sort of the star reliever in seeing it through to production.
I’m developing a revenge movie hopefully with these cats, if we all get on the same page together, I mean, we will, but first it’s got to get on the page.
SC: There is heavy subject matter in this film, but it is also hopeful.
JK: This is not an autobiographical movie, but it is a personal movie. Yes, I wrote from a point of experience and a point of knowing a lot of this stuff, but I want to represent what grief over time is like and to look at what is true to me about the grace of two very sick people finding themselves these days. I wanted to be as respectful to the subject as I could, and I wanted to do it in a way that I could explore realistic hope. I appreciate you bringing up the hope aspect of it because I think there’s true hope in it. I want to put some love back in the world and I will do it any way that I can.
SC: What would you like an audience to get out of this film?
JK: My favourite films have saved my life a little bit, and I just hope that this film stands for something for anyone who unfortunately does know at all about this, and for anyone who is older than twelve, you’ve gone through something, maybe that you shouldn’t have.
News/Press: Tatiana Nominated for a Satellite Award!
The Satellite Awards released their list of award nominees and our favorite clone and series made the list!
Actress in a Series, Drama / Genre
Ruth Wilson – The Affair, Showtime
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black, BBC America
Sarah Lancashire – Happy Valley, Netflix
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld, HBO
Felicity Huffman – American Crime, ABC
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things, Netflix
Game of Thrones – HBO
Outlander – Starz
The Walking Dead – AMC
Westworld – HBO
The Man in the High Castle – Amazon
Stranger Things – Netflix
Orphan Black – BBC America
Black Mirror – Netflix
Press: Toronto’s 50 Most Influential: #29, Tatiana Maslany
Finally, the awards shows got it right: Leo got his Oscar and Tatiana got her Emmy. After being snubbed in 2015, the 31-year-old Maslany, whom Hamilton actor Lin-Manuel Miranda once called “maybe the greatest actor alive,” took home the top prize for her superlative turn on Toronto-shot Orphan Black, a co-production by Bell and BBC America.
Press: The Other Half is Coming to Theatres Across Canada
Great news everyone! I will plan to see the film as soon as I can when it’s available for me. How about you?!
We are so excited to announce The Other Half’s theatrical release date across Canada will be:
December 2nd, 2016.
Mark it in your calendar, tell your friends and go see this incredible film.
For those of you in Toronto, go see it at the Cineplex Studios at Yonge & Dundas.
Click here for more info.
For those of you in Vancouver, go see it at the International Village.
Click here for more info.
For those of you in the States, stay tuned. It is scheduled to be released in early 2017.
We are grateful to all of your support along the way and are excited to share this heartfelt story with all of you.
Photos/Video: The 2016 Young Women’s Honors Red Carpet Interview
Check out a small interview of Tatiana on the red carpet at the 2016 Young Women’s Honors here. The video has embedding disabled so you have to watch it by clicking the link. I’ve also added screencaps from the interview to the gallery.
• 2016: Young Women’s Honors – Red Carpet Interview #1