See "James White" from Alum Josh Mond and Borderline Films

This weekend go see a terrific and gripping new film, JAMES WHITE, written and directed by Josh Mond. Josh went through our UGFTV program and has been working for several years with two other alums he met in our program, Antonio Compos and Sean Durkin.  They support each other by producing each's films.  Their company is  Borderline Films.  Antonio wrote and directed SIMON KILLER and Sean wrote and directed MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and both of them produced JAMES WHITE, which premiered to rave reviews (see below) at this year's Sundance Film Festival and won the festival's Best of Next Award.  The film will be playing at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema at 143 E. Houston St.  

Q&A's are scheduled tonight and through the weekend at Sunshine. Here are the showtimes.


FRIDAY, November 13th:
- 7:00pm Screening and Q&A with Josh Mond and Christopher Abbott
- 9:15pm Screening and Q&A with Josh Mond, Christopher Abbott, and Cynthia Nixon

SATURDAY, November 14th:
- 7:00pm Screening and Q&A with Josh Mond and Christopher Abbott
- 9:15pm Screening and Q&A with Josh Mond, Christopher Abbott, and Cynthia Nixon

SUNDAY, November 15th:
- 7:00pm Screening and Q&A with Josh Mond and Christopher Abbott

Here is a link to buy tickets:
http://www.landmarktheatres.com/new-york-city/sunshine-cinema/film-info/james-white

*****
TIME - November 12, 2015
Review by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Review: JAMES WHITE IS SET TO STUN

Christopher Abbott finds power in his role as the troubled son of a dying mother. A Manhattan kid born and raised, the title character of James White muddles his way through young adulthood in a fog of drink and smoke, with no job, no direction and no fixed address. James (Christopher Abbott) is dealing badly with the death of his estranged father, and soon enough he is dealing, badly, with the terminal illness of his much loved mother (Cynthia Nixon).

There is no solace to be had in this raw, intimate drama, a feature-film debut for writer-director Josh Mond. No triumph of the human spirit. There is instead something rarer and more valuable: urgently personal filmmaking, and Abbott’s stunning performance. Some may know him as Marnie’s too nice boyfriend Charlie in Girls, but here, with the camera close on his expressive face, Abbott finds power in explosions of self-destruction and glimpses of vulnerable soul within the character. In sync with Abbott, Nixon’s character cycles through love, anger and utter helplessness, weaving the aspects of one frightened woman into an honesty and generosity that unexpectedly lifts this compelling downer.

*****
ROLLING STONE - November 12, 2015
Review by Peter Travers

James White ***1/2 (3 and a half stars)
Directed by Josh Mond

Some movies are so good and true and tough-to-the-core they deserve to just sneak up on you. James White is one of them. I can tell you a few things: That Christopher Abbott is dynamite as the title character, a twentysomething Manhattan slacker with aspirations to be a journalist. Parties, booze, drugs, sex and his volatile temperget in the way. And so, James thinks, does hismother Gail (Cynthia Nixon), also a writer and also dealing with the death of her ex-husband who is James’ father. Gail is fighting a losing battle with cancer. So James interrupts a trip to Mexico and a fling with Jayne (a very fine Mackenzie Leigh), a high schooler of striking maturity,  to get his ass back home and be a caretaker. He doesn’t know how. His friend Nick, sharply played by Scott“Kid Cudi” Mescudi—the rapper and music producer who composed the film’s vital score—calls James on his bullshit.  But the love he feels for his mother is real and bruising. Nixon, in one of the year’s best and most powerful performances, digs so deep into her character that you can feel her nerve endings.  And one scene, in a bathroom,  with James holding her ravaged body and fashioning a story of the life together they’ll never have, is quietly devastating.

That James White is filled with scenes that hit like a shot in the heart is due to the film’s writer and debuting director Josh Mond. Best known for Borderline Films, the indie company he runs with partnersAntonio Campos (Afterschool) and Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Mond emerges as a filmmaker of potent talent and passionate feeling.  James White takes a piece out of you.