RICK ALVERSON

RICK ALVERSON (1971) is a filmmaker and musician from Richmond, Virginia. He has made four feature films in conjunction with the independent label Jagjaguwar. His first, The Builder (2010), is an existential character study of an Irish immigrant at odds with the promise of America. New Jerusalem (2011), his second feature, starring Colm O'leary (The Builder) and Will Oldham (Matewan, Old Joy), again considered the immigrant experience but this time through the lens of religious ideology. New Jerusalem premiered at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in 2011. His third feature, The Comedy, premiering in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, is a tale of the perils of entitlement set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The feature was produced by Mike S. Ryan (Meek's Cutoff), Brent Kunkle and Glass Eye Pix and stars Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie) in his first major dramatic role. In 2011, he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He also has directed videos for Bonny Prince Billy (New Wonder) and Gregor Samsa (Jeroen Van Aken). Upcoming films include a reconstruction era drama entitled Clement, to be produced in 2012, and Rabbit, both of which continue his collaboration with Colm O'Leary. In addition to his directorial work he has released 9 records on Jagjaguwar, most recently with his band Spokane in 2007.

FILM ANNOUNCE // ‘Entertainment’ (Dir. Rick Alverson) To Premier At Sundance Film Festival Jan. 24 – 30

Entertainment_GreggTurkington_1_PhotoByLorenzo Haggerman

Jagjaguwar is proud to present Entertainment, the fourth film from Director Rick Alverson. Premiering this weekend at Sundance Film Festival, the film starts a bevy of actors both new and old to the Alverson world, including Gregg Turkington, Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. Jagjaguwar’s Chris Swanson also performed the role of Music Supervisor. Full description and screening dates are below.

Park City may not be ready for it, but writer/director Rick Alverson (The Comedy) returns with this nightmarish account of a traveling comedian lost on the brink. A broken, aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters. In Alverson’s hallucinatory fugue, Gregg Turkington stars as The Comedian, caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation, occasionally challenged by an unexpected cast of characters played by Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. Acquisition title: Cinetic. 98m.

Press materials can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/EntertainmentSundance

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2:30pm, Library Center Theatre – World Premiere
Monday, Jan. 26, 9:00pm, Yarrow Hotel Theater – Public Screening #2
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6:45pm, Broadway Centre (SLC) – Public Screening #3
Friday, Jan. 30, 2:30pm, Prospector Square Theatre – Public Screening #4

RELEASE // BYFFNW Deluxe Edition Out Now, Watch “Windows” Dir. By Rick Alverson, On Tour In December


“I gave him total freedom to set the tone and I wanted only to be present within it. I wanted to make something cinematic and forward, and I believe he did that here.”

- Angel Olsen on Rick Alversons “Windows” video

The immaculate Burn Your Fire For No Witness Deluxe Edition from Angel Olsen is out now worldwide on Jagjaguwar. This digital-only release includes the tracks “All Right Now”, “White Water”, “Only With You”, “May As Well”, and “Endless Road”. To celebrate, Angel has shared a new video for “Windows” by director Rick Alverson [The Comedy]. Watch it above or on YouTube / Vevo.

Also, Angel is extending her fall tour with a run of special solo and full band shows in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York and newly announced Australian dates in January and February next year as part of the Laneway Festival.

Get the deluxe via Secretly Canadian Distribution and iTunes now.

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FILM PREMIERE // ‘The Comedy’ UK Premiere Is Tonight At Prince Charles Cinema In London, Original Soundtrack Available Now

Director Rick Alverson‘s critically acclaimed film, The Comedy, has its UK premiere tonight at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. The screening starts at 9pm and tickets are available now.

The original soundtrack for strong>The Comedy is available on LP at Norman Records or via iTunes. It’s the perfect pairing, taking each listener through the “autumn of the American Era.” Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic, Bill Fay, GAYNGS and Donnie & Joe Emerson are just a few of the artists featured on the soundtrack.

The A.V. Club described ‘The Comedy’ as “the spiritual successor to Mike Nichols’ The Graduate and Carnal Knowledge.” New Video described it as a “powerful and provocative character study that touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.”

And just in case you Londoners need more reasons to go and watch:

“Tim Heidecker gives a compulsively fascinating performance.” – Variety

“By far one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies I’ve ever seen in my life.” – Film Threat

“A powerful generational statement.” – Indiewire

“Transgressively brilliant…” – Village Voice

WATCH // UMO’s Rick Alverson-Directed “From the Sun” Video

Another day, another video! Here’s a new piece for Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “From The Sun.” You know you’re in for something stellar/dark/bending with a director like Rick Alverson on board. Watch above or at Noisey.

It’s no surprise this band has a million upcoming tour dates. Catch them at a number of festivals and venues starting this summer and through the end of the year.

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