Oct 11th 2013 BETWEEN US in Filmmaker Magazine: “Adapt or Die: 13 Steps to Adapting a Film from Something Else”

filmmakerscreengrab.pngOur own director Dan Mirvish just wrote his sixth consecutive article for Filmmaker Magazine focussing this time on the art and strategy of how to adapt plays and books into independent movies.  Naturally, he focusses on Between Us as an object lesson in how to do an adaptation well (Between Us, of course, based on the hit Off-Broadway play by Joe Hortua, with the screenplay written by Joe and Dan).  The article, “Adapt or Die: 13 Steps to Adapting a Film from Something Else” is the sixth such piece Dan has written for Filmmaker Magazine in the last several months. The others include:

And in a nice coincidence (hmmm, or is it?), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (yes, the Oscar folks) just called and requested that we submit a copy of the script for their permanent collection.  It’s an honor just to be collected!

Don’t forget:  Between Us is now available on VOD, iTunes, Netflix (DVD only for now), Amazon (streaming & DVD) and many other places!

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Sep 13th 2013 BETWEEN US: Massive Midwestern Big-Screen Blitz on Mon, Sept 16


Still haven’t seen Dan Mirvish’s award-winning movie that critics are hailing as “brilliant”, “intense” and offering up “career-best” performances from Taye Diggs, Melissa George, David Habour and Julia Stiles? Then now’s the time to catch Between Us on the big-screen in all it’s widescreen, 5.1 surround glory.

Shot by award-winning cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC, and filmed in widescreen format, Between Us is best enjoyed in a real live movie theater… on a Monday night in the Midwest! Thanks to distributor Monterey Media, Specticast and Marcus Theatres, the film will screen one-night only in these fine cities stretching from Fargo to Columbus, Sheboygan to Cedar Falls, and all points in between!

Check local listings for exact screening times. And to see a trailer, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbHTANOSRDk

1. Sycamore Mall - Iowa City IA http://www.sycamoremall.com/

2. Addison Cinemas - Addison IL http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/154/

3. Gurnee Cinemas - Gurnee IL http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/152/

4. Orland Park Cinemas - Orland Park IL http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/153/

5. Marcus Cinemas - North Oakdale MN http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/170/

6. Parkwood - North Waite Park MN http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/171/

7. Elk River, Elk River Mal - Elk River, MN http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/166/

8. Lakes - Hermantown MN http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/173/

9. Century - SW Fargo, ND http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/175/

10. Lincoln Grand Cinema - Lincoln NE http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/161/

11. Village Pointe Cinemas - Omaha NE http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/165/

12. Marcus Cinemas Crosswoods - Columbus OH http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/158/

13. Marcus Cinemas - Pickerington OH http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/157/

14. Appleton East Cinema - Appleton WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/182/

15. Bay Park Cinemas - Ashwaubenon WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/143/

16. LaCrosse Cinema - LaCrosse WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/137/

17. Majestic Cinema - Brookfield WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/136/Filter/All

18. Marcus Cinemas- Menomonee Falls WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/133/

19. North Shore Cinemas - Mequon WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/130

20. Ridge Cinema - New Berlin WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/132/

21. Point Cinemas - Madison WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/141/

22. Renaissance Cinema - Sturtevant WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/135/

23. South Shore Cinemas - Oak Creek WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/128/

24. College Square - Cedar Falls IA http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/148/

25. Marcus Cinemas Elgin - Elgin IL http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/156/

26. Twin Creek Cinema - Bellevue NE http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/163/

27. Cinema Oshkosh - Oshkosh WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/139/

28. Eastgate Cinemas - Madison WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/140/

29. Marc Cinemas-Sheboygan - Sheboygan WI http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/138/

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Jul 31st 2013 BETWEEN US available on DVD/iTunes/Netflix/Amazon!


The award-winning film Between Us that’s been winning universal praise for its ensemble cast (with “career-best” performances by Taye Diggs, Melissa George, David Harbour and Julia Stiles), is finally available to everyone!  The movie is now available throughout North America on DVD and digital download! Due to popular demand, Amazon already sold out of DVDs on the first day of availability (no doubt in part to President Obama’s visit to an Amazon warehouse in Chatanooga). Note that the DVD has over 40 minutes of exclusive bonus footage plus a commentary track by director Dan Mirvish, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC, and playwright Joe Hortua.

Even if you’ve already seen the film (and liked it!), please review and/or rate the movie on these sights, or at IMDb. Check your neighborhood video store or go to:

DVD features include:  Extended Behind-the-Scenes featurette (covering the play adaptation through production in LA, Omaha, New York, and festivals), Deleted scenes (with commentary), Visual Effects Reel, Full Commentary Track featuring director, cinematographer and playwright.

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Jul 22nd 2013 Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Hand-Stuffs BETWEEN US DVD for July 30th!


BETWEEN US is available July 30 on Netflix DVD, so put it on your queue now! (Big thanks to Netflix’s own Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos for hand stuffing the red envelopes…now THAT’s a personal touch!) DVD will have close to 40 minutes of extras, plus commentary with Director of Photography Nancy Schreiber, ASC, playwright Joe Hortua and myself revealing ALL THE DIRT! Even if you’ve seen the film, please put it in your queue and/or give it a rating (especially if you liked it!). And yes, it will be available on Netflix streaming, but not for another 6 months or so, and without all the fun extras.

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Jun 20th 2013 LA Premiere of BETWEEN US on Friday, June 21

monterey media, Votiv Films and Bugeater Filmed Entertainment invite you to the

Los Angeles Premiere of “Between Us”
Friday, June 21st, 2013

6:45pm - milkshakes
7:00pm - screening
8:30pm - Q&A
9:00pm - reception and overflow screening

Downtown Independent Theatre
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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May 16th 2013 Exclusive new BETWEEN US trailer on IndieWire!

Our good friends at IndieWire just posted an exclusive first look at the new trailer that Monterey has put together for the film.  Watch the trailer here on IndieWire! And please share it by whatever means necessary.

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May 6th 2013 Between Us Gets Distribution!!!

Our new best friends at Monterey Media acquired all North American rights for Between Us, and are planning a theatrical release starting in June, 2013!  The news of the acquisition was picked up by Variety, Deadline, IndieWire and more!  Here is a link to their official new Between Us page.


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May 6th 2013 Between Us festivals in Sarasota, Dallas, Ashland, Ft. Myers!

Between Us had official selection screenings this spring at the Sarasota, Dallas, Ashland, and Fort Myers Beach Film Festivals, bringing the total festival count to 21 festivals in 7 countries!  We got this great review in Dallas:

Mirvish has chosen a phenomenal cast, and the performances are so raw, so believable and real that it almost hurts to watch, but at the same time you can’t look away….it’s refreshing to see this kind of rare honesty displayed in film.

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Feb 26th 2013 New Spring Festivals Announced! Atlanta and Ashland

Happy to announce that Between Us has just been invited to four spring film festivals!  We can only announce two of them right now:  The Atlanta Film Festival in Georgia, and the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Oregon!  Both are incredibly well regarded festivals and it’s an honor to be participating in them.  With those two, that brings our festival total up to 17 festivals in 7 countries!atlanta-film-festival-laurel-2013-official-selection-300x161.jpg

In Atlanta, the film will screen in competition just once, on March 18 at 7:15pm at the Plaza Theatre.  Director Dan Mirvish will be in attendance to conduct the Q-and-A.  Tickets are available now at the Atlanta Film Festival Website.

In Ashland, the film screens at the Varsity Theatre 4 which was recently renovated into a boutique screening room with fancy armchairs.  The film screens five times:

April 4, Thursday, at 6:10pm
April 5, Friday, at 9:40am
April 6, Saturday at 9:10pm
April 7, Sunday at 9:10pm
April 8, Monday at 6:10pm

Tickets in Ashland go on sale on March 8, but for more details stay tuned to the Ashland Independent Film Festival Website.

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Jan 23rd 2013 Between Us Garners Huge Buzz at Slamdance; Julia Stiles Appears for Q&A

Julia Stiles at Slamdance screening of BETWEEN USWe had an amazing screening at Slamdance!  Free milkshakes, Julia Stiles appearing for the Q&A (via Skype) and jammed standing room (and carpet) only crowd and we turned away 50 people in the rush line.

Between Us is a powerful, brilliantly acted character piece…. The four-person cast…give the sense of breathing in their parts so deeply that they are at every move haunted by their characters’ secrets and torn by rival pulls of love and contempt toward the other characters.    No corner of intimacy or secrets is left unexposed in the film that is at once hilarious and devastating.”
- Richard Rushfield, BuzzFeed  

“Dan Mivirsh’s Between Us at Slamdance one of most powerfully acted intense and funny dramas I’ve seen in a long time.” - tweet from @Richard Rushfield

“Julia Stiles delivers a searing performance in Dan Mirvish’s BETWEEN US” - Greg Ptacek, Monsters and Critics

“Thanks to a surprisingly strong cast, which includes Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs, Mirvish transforms this film into a captivating tale of two couples dealing with their evolving lives and marriages, and how the tables can turn in just a few years.” - Jory Carroll, SLUG Magazine (Salt Lake Underground)

“Bring Me the Head of Virginia Wolff: Mirvish Scores With Acidic Marital Strifer….Between Us is a delightfully mean spirited exercise that blurs the lines of love and hate, friends and enemies.” - Nicolas Bell, Ion Cinema

“Intense!” - Eugene Hernandez, “Daily Buzz”, Film Society of Lincoln Center/KRCL-FM
“Spectacular cast” - Bill Blizek, Omaha World-Herald

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