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“Between Us” will World Premiere at Oldenburg Film Festival

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September 4, 2012

“Between Us” will World Premiere at Oldenburg Film Festival

Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George, David Harbour Star in Mirvish’s New Film

Culver City, CA — The Oldenburg Film Festival – widely regarded as the “Sundance of German film festivals” – today announced it will screen the World Premiere of “Between Us,” Slamdance Co-founder Dan Mirvish’s new film that stars Julia Stiles, Melissa George, Taye Diggs and David Harbour. “Between Us” is a darkly comic drama based on the hit Off-Broadway play by Joe Hortua. The Oldenburg Film Festival runs from September 12 – 16.

“Oldenburg is an amazing festival and I’m very pleased to kick off our international fall festival tour by premiering there,” said Mirvish, who directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with playwright Joe Hortua. “All four of these actors deliver searing, powerhouse performances, and I’m very excited to see the audience reaction.”

“Between Us” is a dark ensemble comedy exploring the bittersweet friendship between two couples who meet as old friends and discover their lives are tarnished by money, sex, success and children. In addition to Mirvish, it was produced by Hans Ritter (”Hello, I Must Be Going,” “Sound of My Voice”) and Mike S. Ryan (”The Comedy”, “Junebug”). The cinematographer was Nancy Schreiber, ASC, and the movie was edited by Dean Gonzalez.

Julia Stiles is a Golden Globe nominee for Showtime’s “Dexter,” and has starred in the first three “Bourne” movies, “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Hamlet,” “State and Main,” “The Business of Strangers,” and “O.” She also stars in the upcoming Oscilliscope release “It’s a Disaster” (which was also lensed by Schreiber).

Melissa George received a Golden Globe nomination for “In Treatment.” George is set to star in the upcoming BBC and HBO/Cinemax limited series “Hunted” this fall. Recently, she starred in the films “Triangle”, “Swinging with the Finkels” and “A Lonely Place to Die.” Her other TV work includes roles on “Alias” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She’s starred in the features “30 Days of Night,” “Turistas,” “The Limey” and “Mulholland Drive.”

Taye Diggs, winner of two Image awards for “Kevin Hill” and “Private Practice” and a SAG Award for Best Ensemble for “Chicago,” may currently be seen as Dr. Sam Bennett on ABC’s “Private Practice.” He was an original cast member in the hit musical “RENT,” and went on to star in the film version. Other film credits include: “Chicago,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Brown Sugar” and “The Best Man.” This Fall, Diggs’ first children’s book entitled “Chocolate Me” will be published by Macmillan.

David Harbour was nominated for a Tony for the revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and starred in the original Off-Broadway version of “Between Us.” He can currently be seen on Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” on HBO, and is about to costar with Al Pacino in the Broadway revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” He also appeared in a Broadway run of “Merchant of Venice” and costarred in many films including “The Green Hornet,” “Revolutionary Road” and “Quantum of Solace.”

The Oldenburg Film Festival in northern Germany is going into its 19th year. Screenings of “Between Us” will be on September 13 at 8pm at the Casablanca Theatre, and September 15 at 5:30pm at the CinemaxX8. Director Dan Mirvish will be in attendance at the screenings and throughout the festival.

For more information on the Oldenburg Film Festival, go to http://www.filmfest-oldenburg.de/en/news/ . And for more on “Between Us” go to http://www.BetweenUsMovie.com and for hi-res stills, go to: http://collider.com/between-us-movie-images/146133/ or contact publicist Eli Perle at [email protected] The film is being represented for North American distribution by ICM Partners, and internationally by Premiere Entertainment Group.

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Double North American Premiere at Hamptons/Woodstock

After a wildly successful European debut, “Between Us” finally comes home to North American shores with an unprecedented double premiere at the Hamptons and Woodstock Film Festivals in the New York area.

“The Hamptons and Woodstock are both terrific festivals,” said director Dan Mirvish.  “This project originated in New York, it’s set in New York and we filmed part of it in New York.  It’s only fitting that North American audiences will see it first in the New York area.  All four of these actors deliver searing, powerhouse performances, and I’m very excited to see the film with a New York audience.”

Hamptons screenings:

Friday, Oct 5, 3:15pm (UA East Hampton Theater 3)
Sat., Oct 6, 4pm (Sag Harbor Cinema)

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“Between Us” Wins Bahamas International Film Festival

For Immediate Release – December 12, 2012 –

“Between Us” Wins Bahamas International Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize Caps 7-country, 14-fest Fall Run

Nassau, Bahamas — Dan Mirvish’s new film “Between Us” won the grand jury prize (”Spirit of Freedom Narrative”) at the recent Bahamas International Film Festival.  The film stars Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George and David Harbour in an adaptation of the hit Off-Broadway play by Joe Hortua.  Director and co-screenwriter Mirvish accepted the award on behalf of the cast and crew at a ceremony at the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island in the Bahamas on Sunday.

“I’m stunned,” said Mirvish. “This is an amazing finish to our whirlwind fall festival tour.”  Since September, “Between Us” has screened in 14 international film festivals in 7 countries, including the Closing Night film at the 50th Annual Gijon International Film Festival in Spain.  Other festivals included premieres in Athens (Greece), Brisbane (Australia), Oldenburg (Germany), Whistler (Canada), a double North American premiere at the Hamptons and Woodstock Film Festivals, and official selections at the Napa Valley, IndieMemphis, Virginia, St. Louis and Anchorage International Film Festivals.  Several more festivals are already scheduled for Spring, 2013.

“It’s an honor to get this award with such tremendous international films in competition here in the Bahamas,” said Mirvish.  The Spirit of Freedom section at the 9th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival included films from the US, France, Italy, Gaza, Bangladesh and Ghana.  The awards ceremony was immediately followed by the Closing Night film “The Sapphires” presented by the Weinstein Company.  In addition to screening “Between Us,” Mirvish also taught a three-hour directing master class at the festival.

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“Between Us” To Screen at Slamdance on Jan. 20th

“Between Us” Will Screen in Slamdance
Out-of-Competition for Festival Founder

Park City, Utah — Dan Mirvish’s new award-winning film “Between Us” will screen at the upcoming 19th Annual Slamdance International Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on January 20, 2013.  Slamdance runs concurrent with the Sundance Film Festival, and was co-founded by Mirvish himself.  “Between Us” stars Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George and David Harbour, and is an adaptation of the hit Off-Broadway play by Joe Hortua.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to screen at Slamdance” said Mirvish. “The festival motto has always been ‘by filmmakers, for filmmakers’ and it’s nice for the new filmmakers to see that the people running the festival are still making movies like them.”  Since September, “Between Us” has screened in 14 international film festivals in 7 countries, including winning the grand jury prize at the Bahamas International Film Festival in December and being the Closing Night film at the 50th Annual Gijon International Film Festival in Spain.  Other festivals included premieres in Athens (Greece), Brisbane (Australia), Oldenburg (Germany), Whistler (Canada), a double North American premiere at the Hamptons and Woodstock Film Festivals, and official selections at the Napa Valley, IndieMemphis, Virginia, St. Louis and Anchorage International Film Festivals.

Mirvish co-founded Slamdance in 1995 with his first film, “Omaha (the movie).” Since then, the festival, who’s feature competition is for first-time directors only, has been a launching pad for such filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Benh Zeitlin, Lena Dunham, Greg Mottola, Lynn Shelton, Jared Hess, Drake Doremus and many others who showed their first films at the festival.  “Slamdance has always been a community of filmmakers, and ‘Between Us’ was made largely on the strength of the relationships and friends I’ve found through Slamdance,” said Mirvish.  “From meeting my cinematographer Nancy Schreiber at a Slamdance coffee with Vilmos Zsigmond, to having Slamdancers on the crew and as Kickstarter backers, it really has been a Slamdance film in the truest sense.”

“Between Us” is a dark ensemble comedy exploring the bittersweet friendship between two couples who meet as old friends and discover their lives are tarnished by money, sex, success and children.  It was produced by Mirvish, Hans Ritter (”Hello, I Must Be Going,” “Sound of My Voice”) and Mike S. Ryan (”The Comedy”, “Junebug”), and executive produced by Brent Stiefel.  The cinematographer was Nancy Schreiber, ASC, and the movie was edited by Dean Gonzalez.  “Between Us” is repped for North American distribution by ICM Partners, and internationally by Premiere Entertainment.

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New Teaser for “Between Us” Unveiled in Time for Slamdance

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Check out the first view of our new teaser for “Between Us” – just in time for Slamdance!

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Between Us Garners Huge Buzz at Slamdance; Julia Stiles Appears for Q&A

We 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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New Spring Festivals Announced! Atlanta and Ashland

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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-300×161.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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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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Between Us Gets Distribution!!!

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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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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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