Exclusive - Drafthouse Films begins their Oscar hunt for 'Miami Connection'
Before you laugh, I want you to consider how long Drafthouse Films has even existed.
The company was formed to get the Chris Morris dark comedy 'Four Lions" into theaters, and since then, they've picked up less than 20 films. They're still defining their identity, but even so, last year, they were able to help steer the Belgian film "Bullhead" to a Best Foreign Language Picture nomination at the Oscars. They are a fledgling company, and it's not like "Bullhead" was an easy sell from an established artist with a big permanent fanbase. It was a debut film, and it was about the seedy underworld of steroid trading and treatment in the cattle industry. Not the sort of thing that seems at first description like an awards contender.
With "Miami Connection," Drafthouse Films is rescuing a long-lost musical action inspirational family drama with kung-fu in it, and they're preparing to unleash this forgotten masterpiece on audiences. If you're interested in demanding a local screening for yourself, you can do so through Tugg, and then you can also check to see if they've got the film scheduled to roll out in your area on the film's official website.
As I said, it's a film where music plays a big part, and Dragon Sound is the band that is featured in the film. You can download one of their songs at the bottom of this article as a ringtone. And today we are also proud to debut the For Your Consideration ad that Drafthouse Films will be publishing to various industry publications and websites in an effort to get that song a nomination for "Best Original Song."
After you've heard the song, I don't think there's any argument. Of course this film should be nominated. Yes, it's technically 30-something years old, but let's ignore that and nominate it anyway. It seems silly to not give Dragon Sound the Oscar they deserve for this film, just because the rules say there's no way they can win the Oscar they deserve for this film. I know I don't really run Oscar stuff here on my blog, but in this case, I'll make an exception:
See what I mean? Majestic. Here's the trailer in case you still have no idea what I'm talking about:
I'll have a review of the film for you next week, and I'm excited to finally publish my piece on what may have been the most exciting event at this year's Fantastic Fest.
"Miami Connection" will be in select theaters on November 2, 2012. Do not go against the ninja.
'Friends' ringtone / 'Miami Connection'
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Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy
2012 | Action | PG-13Summary: Daniel Craig makes his third outing as James Bond in a story that pits him against a madman played by Javier Bardem, and which reveals crucial details of Bond's history.Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris
1987 | Comedy | NRSummary: Early Fox TV sitcom that drops a nuke on the TV myth of the perfect American family by focusing on the uncouth and decidedly unrefined Bundys.Director: Ron Leavitt, Michael G. Moye (creators)
Cast: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal
1988 | Fantasy | PGSummary: 'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer
1947 | Thriller | NRSummary: Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth provide more than enough star power in this dark thriller about a seaman pulled into plots of deceit and murder.Director: Orson Welles
Cast: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane
2014 | Fantasy | PGSummary: The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now insep...Director: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2014 | Documentary | NRSummary: The director of Drive is profiled by his wife as he works on his second film with Ryan Gosling, a strange psycho-western set in Thailand.Director: Liv Corfixen
Cast: Liv Corfixen, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling
2002 | Drama | RSummary: Adam Sandler is uncharacteristically serious, and particularly good in the story of a man prone to rage who finds himself in love with a surprising woman.Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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