We recently learned that John has won the 2013 Lifetime Achievement PROGIE Award from The Progressive. John shares this award with co-winner Robert Redford. The Progressive writes: Since 1979’s “The Return of the Secaucus Seven” — a look back at ’60s student radicalism — writer/director John Sayles has displayed a singular, independent vision. 1983’s “Lianna” dealt with lesbianism long before it was chic to do so; 1984’s “The Brother From Another Planet” tackled racism; while
This March, John and Maggie will be attending the 54th FICCI film festival in Colombia. The FICCI will be presenting a retrospective of ten John Sayles films, as well as a roundtable discussion with John on March 18th. From the press release: Two time, Oscar-nominated American actor, director and screenwriter John Sayles will be at the 54th FICCI along with the very best of his films and will be part of a roundtable discussion at Salón FICCI.
If Sayles’ films could be describ
We have had an update on the goings-on in Bohol, Philippines, from Cooper Resabal (our Second Second Assistant Director and John’s Assistant on the AMIGO set): We’re excited to tell you that we have re-launched our project [formerly the Baryo Living Museum] as Bol-anon Village Cultural Trails. The Baryo Amigo Cultural Troupe are playing a big role in providing people not just in playing the 1900s scenarios we require, but also in cooking Boholano cuisine, singing Bohol songs
John and Maggie have spent February in Hawaii, teaching master classes and doing Q&As at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (where John has been in residence as the 2014 Inouye Chair in Democratic Ideals). Now that their time on the islands is wrapping up, Maggie sends us this greeting, and an artist shout-out. Greeting from sunny Oahu!
I won’t rub it in just to say I am so happy to be away from snow.
We’d like to acknowledge Shepard Fairey and thank him for designing the John
John and Maggie will be spending most of the month of February at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. John will be in residency as the 2014 Inouye Chair in Democratic Ideals, and he and Maggie will both be giving master classes to students. In addition, the American Studies Department has been presenting John Sayles Film series, co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Humanities and the Academy for Creative Media. The film series will conclude on February 13th with a screening o
Please take a look at this forthcoming project from Cesar Alejandro, an old friend of John and Maggie’s who played the fighting cock trainer in AMIGO. Cesar is working to make a documentary about the life and art of Luis Jimenez, the first Latino/Hispanic sculptor to come to National and International prominence in the United States. Luis opened roads when there were none, back in the 60s, when embracing your roots and surviving weren’t two things that could go well together.
GO FOR SISTERS has officially opened in cities coast-to-coast, to sold-out houses and fantastic press! But the film’s journey is far from over. New cities have been added all across the US, and we’re happy to announce all the places you’ll be able to catch John’s newest film in the coming months! Up-to-the-minute theatre listings can always be found at: goforsistersmovie.com/#theaters And you can also find ticket information at the link above. GO FOR SISTERS Upcoming Playdat
You will remember that last month a massive 7.2 earthquake hit the Bohol Province of the Philippines, where AMIGO was filmed. Many of the cast and crew members of AMIGO were affected by this catastrophic event. The Amigo Para Sa Bohol (“Amigo for Bohol”) effort was created to use benefit screenings of the film to collect monetary and physical donations for victims of the national disaster. As you have no doubt heard, this region is once again in the news due to Super Typhoo
Members of the AMIGO cast and crew You will remember that last month a massive 7.2 earthquake hit the Bohol Province of the Philippines, where AMIGO was filmed. Many of the cast and crew members of AMIGO were affected by this catastrophic event. The Amigo Para Sa Bohol (“Amigo for Bohol”) effort was created to use benefit screenings of the film to collect monetary and physical donations for victims of the national disaster. Screenings have been scheduled for: Friday, Novemb
It’s almost showtime! GO FOR SISTERS opens in NYC tomorrow, and there will be Q&A sessions with John, Yolonda Ross, and Edward James Olmos after the Friday and Saturday shows at both cinemas this weekend! Click here for tickets to the Village East (Downtown) location: Village East. Click here for info on the AMC (Midtown) location: AMC. We’ll see you tomorrow, New York City! #screening #GoforSisters #JohnSayles #VarianceFilms #filmmaking #moviemaking #moviemaking #movie #movi
Since Variance Films became our distributor for John’s newest film GO FOR SISTERS, they’ve been hard at work on getting the word out about the movie, in advance of its November release (see dates/cities at goforsistersmovie.com). This preparation has included a new trailer (released on Yahoo! Movies) and a new poster (released on Fandango) for the film. Check them out below! You can also click here to sign up for Fandango Fan Alerts to let you know when GO FOR SISTERS comes
As we told you yesterday, a recent massive 7.2 earthquake hit the Bohol Province of the Philippines, where AMIGO was filmed. Many of the cast and crew members of AMIGO have been affected by this catastrophic event. Read the full story here. In order to help, Maggie and John are teaming up with the University of the Philippines Film Institute to raise awareness and supplies with benefit screenings of AMIGO. These screenings will raise funds, as well as serve as a drop off lo
As you may have heard, a few days ago a massive 7.2 earthquake hit the Bohol Province of the Philippines, where AMIGO was filmed. Many of the cast and crew members of AMIGO have been affected by this catastrophic event. “The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol and other areas in Central Visayas is now recorded as one of the deadliest in our recent history, with the death toll at over 170 and rising. Hundreds of residences – including centuries-old houses of worship — wer
We are thrilled to announce that John and Maggie have recently found a new home for over 230 boxes of screenplays, story boards, photos, props, notes, legal documents and other materials which span John’s 34-year movie making career. John and Maggie on the set of Sunshine State in 2002 These materials have been donated to the University of Michigan’s Special Collections Library, for the creation of the John Sayles Archive. Maggie says, “We chose the University of Michigan ove
As we told you last month, Variance Films has picked up John’s 18th feature film, GO FOR SISTERS, and the movie will be released on screens around the country very soon! Where, you ask, and when? Will John be doing any Q&As? Read on! GO FOR SISTERS Playdates October 4th @ 8:30pm || Woodstock Film Festival || Woodstock, NY (click here for info) October 6th @ 5:40pm || Scottsdale International Film Festival || Scottsdale, AZ (click here for info) October 16th @ 6:30pm || Santa
Check out this seriously cool animation from a research scientist — good filmmaking can happen anywhere. The filmmaker/scientist, Sophia Tintori, is the daughter of Mary Cybulski, who shot stills on AMIGO and has been John’s script supervisor on a lot of other movies. Her Creature Cast series (click here for more) was recently mentioned in the NY Times Science section: A Brown University scientist, Dr. Dunn has added animation director to his list of titles over the last fou
This is a must see! The beloved Turner Classic Movies channel has just bought a bunch of new movies, and begun airing a visionary 15-part documentary series called “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.” Logo via TCM website This massive project is the brainchild of film historian Mark Cousins, a friend of John and Maggie’s from Northern Ireland. “The Story of Film” will be aired one hour per week on TMC, starting this month. Mark will introduce you to films you used to know and di
John Sayles has been called “The Godfather of American Independent Cinema,” and has always been known for finding a way to make the movies he wants to make, the way he wants to make them. In this day and age of digital media and web-based content, some of the most determined up-and-coming indie filmmakers are finding a new avenue for storytelling: the web series. While self-producing a web series may not follow the exact same set of steps as creating a TV show or movie, some
Exciting news, Sayles Fans! Our friends at Variance Films, who did such a great job releasing Amigo, have picked up John’s 18th feature film, GO FOR SISTERS! GO FOR SISTERS premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin back in March, and now the rest of the country will get a chance to see the story of Bernice and Fontayne. Official Poster About the Film:
Bernice Stokes and Fontayne Gamble grew up the closest of friends. After high school Bernice got into social services and
Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts is the alma mater of both John Sayles and Maggie Renzi. In 1993, on the college’s 200th anniversary, Williams established its Bicentennial Medals to honor accomplished alumni for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor. This year, both John (class of ’72) and Maggie (class of ’73) will be honored at the September 7th Fall Convocation for their work as “creative partners and pioneers in independent film.” President Fal