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R. Alverson Directs New Bonnie “Prince” Billy Video, New Jerusalem at SXSW

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We are happy to announce following New Jerusalem‘s triumphant world premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival, R. Alverson’s second feature film starring Colm O’Leary and Will Oldham will make its North American debut at SXSW.

Alverson and co-star Will Oldham have just recently collaborated again for the video of Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang’s “New Wonder.” This song comes from the forthcoming 10″ Island Brothers aimed to benefit Edge Outreach’s efforts in Haiti.

“New Wonder” video directed by R. Alverson

The stunning video was seemingly filmed at a child’s wake, and like Alverson’s films, it is a slow-building and intimate look at an individual’s internal struggles and their devastating tangibility.

Filmmaker Magazine called New Jerusalem “a rare American indie film that dares to contend with spirituality and The Struggle For Meaning.”

If you plan on attending SXSW, check for the New Jerusalem screening dates below.

R. Alverson’s ‘New Jerusalem’ Premiering at Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam

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R. Alverson’s New Jerusalem, which features Will Oldham in his first leading role since 2006′s Old Joy, premiere’s on the 31st of this month at the 40th International Film Festival  Rotterdam. The film will premiere as part of the Bright Future selections. To boot, Alverson, Oldham and co-star Colm O’Leary will all be present at the festival.

A special press screening of New Jerusalem in Rotterdam will be at 16:00, Jan. 28th at Cinerama,

New Jerusalem Screening Dates at Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam:

Jan. 31 18:15 Pathe 3 (INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE)
Feb. 1   11:45  Cinerama 1
Feb. 2   13:45  Pathe 6

Sean (O’Leary), an  Irish Immigrant to America, returning from military service in Afghanistan, finds his heart and mind in dsarray. He befriends Ike (Oldham) a strong willed Evangelical Christian, who endeavors to ensure Sean’s salvation. Inundated by a relentless fragility, Sean is confronted by a choice  between the temptation of certainty and the chaos of the world around him. A meditation on friendship, need and frailty, New Jerusalem explores the allure and limitations of modern utopian belief.

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