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How ‘The Glass Castle’ Director Destin Daniel Cretton Went From SXSW Breakout to Development Hell

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How ‘The Glass Castle’ Director Destin Daniel Cretton Went From SXSW Breakout to Development Hell
Every breakout independent filmmaker faces the same challenge: Now what? You could stick to your own taste and never make money on your movies; that requires a second career as a professor, screenwriter, commercial, music video, or TV director (see: Kelly Reichardt, Alex Ross Perry, Zal Batmanglij, Errol Morris).

Or, you can walk another tightrope: Try to build your cred without selling out, and parlay that surge of attention into a sustainable career. Destin Daniel Cretton chose that path, and Lionsgate’s “The Glass Castle” starring Brie Larson is the result.

Read More:Brie Larson On the Kind of Roles She Never Wants: ‘I Won’t Take the Job If It’s Like That’

After the Hawaiian writer-director’s first feature, “I am Not a Hipster,” debuted at Sundance 2012, his agent sent him on the usual round of meetings. But it was his SXSW 2013 competition-winning gritty rehab drama, “Short Term 12,
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How ‘The Glass Castle’ Director Destin Daniel Cretton Went From SXSW Breakout to Development Hell

How ‘The Glass Castle’ Director Destin Daniel Cretton Went From SXSW Breakout to Development Hell
Every breakout independent filmmaker faces the same challenge: Now what? You could stick to your own taste and never make money on your movies; that requires a second career as a professor, screenwriter, commercial, music video, or TV director (see: Kelly Reichardt, Alex Ross Perry, Zal Batmanglij, Errol Morris).

Or, you can walk another tightrope: Try to build your cred without selling out, and parlay that surge of attention into a sustainable career. Destin Daniel Cretton chose that path, and Lionsgate’s “The Glass Castle” starring Brie Larson is the result.

Read More:Brie Larson On the Kind of Roles She Never Wants: ‘I Won’t Take the Job If It’s Like That’

After the Hawaiian writer-director’s first feature, “I am Not a Hipster,” debuted at Sundance 2012, his agent sent him on the usual round of meetings. But it was his SXSW 2013 competition-winning gritty rehab drama, “Short Term 12,
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New Trailer for Destin Cretton's 'The Glass Castle' Starring Brie Larson

"I can't let you cling to the side your whole life just 'cause you're scared." Lionsgate has released a second trailer for the film The Glass Castle, the latest feature from filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster, Short Term 12). From the looks of it, this is going to be something very special. Brie Larson plays Jeannette Walls, a woman who grew up in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with an eccentric mother and alcoholic father. The full cast features Naomi Watts & Woody Harrelson (as her mother & father, respectively), Sarah Snook, Max Greenfield, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and others. This looks like it has such strong emotions and will be very powerful and heart-wrenching to watch. See below. Here's the second official trailer (+ poster) for Destin Cretton's The Glass Castle, direct from YouTube: You can still watch the first official trailer for Cretton's The Glass Castle here,
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Must Watch: First Trailer for 'The Glass Castle' Featuring Brie Larson

"This is as real as it gets kids, you learn from living!" Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for the film The Glass Castle, the latest feature from writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton, who is one of the most underrated filmmakers working today. Cretton has made two outstanding films so far: I Am Not a Hipster (in 2012) and Short Term 12 (in 2013). This time he adapts the memoirs of Jeannette Walls, as played by Brie Larson, a woman growing up in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father. The cast features Naomi Watts & Woody Harrelson (as her odd mother & father, respectively), Sarah Snook, Max Greenfield, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and others. As expected, this looks fantastic and it's easily one of my most anticipated films to see this year. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Destin Cretton's The Glass Castle,
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Every Movie and Show Expiring on Netflix in February

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Goodbyes are never easy, especially when you have to say it to dozens and dozens of movies and TV shows. Netflix is retiring a full list of titles in February (as it does every month), and this time, it's hitting us right in the heart parts. Classics like Clueless, gems like Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and treasures like Trainspotting are all about to disappear! Good thing there's a whole new catalog of movies coming in February to take our minds off of these losses. Expiring Feb. 1 A.C.O.D. An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky An Inconvenient Truth Ashby Black Hawk Down Bratz: Babyz: The Movie Bratz: Super Babyz Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure Clerks Elizabeth Extract Failure to Launch Frida Girls Just Want to Have Fun Jackass 2.5 Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A. Prep School Last Holiday Mission Impossible: III Sahara
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Dominic Bogart Storming ‘The Glass Castle’; Gregg Sulkin Joins Magical App Pic; ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Courts James Mackay

Dominic Bogart Storming ‘The Glass Castle’; Gregg Sulkin Joins Magical App Pic; ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Courts James Mackay
Dominic Bogart (I Am Not a Hipster) is in negotiations to join The Glass Castle, a drama starring Brie Larson as a young girl who comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads. Her mother (Naomi Watts), an eccentric artist, and alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson) to try to stir their children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Bogart will play Robbie; no character details were announced. Destin Cretten is directing The Glass Castle
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Michael B. Jordan Cast in New Film by Director Destin Daniel Cretton

Now this is some casting news that genuinely makes me excited to see this. THR is reporting that Michael B. Jordan is attached to a starring role in the new project from Destin Daniel Cretton, the very talented filmmaker behind the exceptional films Short Term 12 and I Am Not a Hipster. Destin is developing an adaptation of Bryan Stevenson's memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and is currently working on the script with Andrew Lanham (of The Glass Castle). Broad Green Pictures will be distributing the project and has just picked up the rights, which include Michael B. Jordan as lead. Read on. For those just catching up, the Amazon.com description of the book Just Mercy that Cretton is adapting: Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor,
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Show, Don’t Tell: I Am Not A Hipster

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The self-destructive singer-songwriter in I Am Not A Hipster, Brook (Dominic Bogart), is not a hipster, but finds himself unfortunately surrounded by them. These young artists and wannabe-artists gather in strange, awkward social circles, their shared existence a continuous stream of cooler-than-thou shibboleths. Brook, deemed an iconic fixture in the indie-rock world, is as quick to shrug off the fame as he is the idea that these people who gravitate towards him are genuinely special in their own idiosyncrasies, or that they’re as talented or true to their work as he is.>> - Tina Hassannia
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The Story Behind Two Sundance Success Stories: 'Short Term 12' and 'Land Ho!'

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The Story Behind Two Sundance Success Stories: 'Short Term 12' and 'Land Ho!'
"Just make a movie." That was "Short Term 12" producer Asher Goldstein’s advice for first-time filmmakers at the production case studies panel at the Film Independent Forum in October: Just make it, "not to make a ton of money—or make your money back, even—just making a movie, just to make it, to prove that you can." Read More: What I Wish I Knew About Film Distribution Before Self-Distributing "I Am Not a Hipster" Goldstein, his producing partner Ron Najor and "Land Ho!" writer-director Aaron Katz were on the panel discussing their films' paths to the big screen. Moderating the panel was Seth Caplan, producer of "The Young Kieslowski," which premiered at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, and Spirit Award winner "In Search of a Midnight Kiss," which he discussed on this same panel at a past Forum. "I was in one of your guys’ seats a few years ago,
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Directors Like ‘Whiplash’s’ Damien Chazelle Drum Up Attention With Short Films

Directors Like ‘Whiplash’s’ Damien Chazelle Drum Up Attention With Short Films
Like the intensely single-minded drummer Miles Teller plays in “Whiplash,” its writer-director, Damien Chazelle, did not arrive on the world stage unprepared. In fact, exactly one year before his white-knuckle feature won Sundance’s grand jury prize, the helmer had collected the equivalent trophy for his short film — a standalone version of the pic’s most intense scene.

It’s nothing new for an indie helmer to spin a well-received short into a feature. After all, that’s how both Wes Anderson (“Bottle Rocket”) and Paul Thomas Anderson (whose “Cigarettes & Coffee” became “Hard Eight”) got their start. But shorts are back in vogue as a showbiz calling card at a time when securing funding for independent films is more elusive than ever. Chazelle belongs to a recent wave of filmmakers — including SXSW breakout Destin Cretton (“Short Term 12”) and Oscar live-action short winner Shawn Christensen (“Curfew”) — who’ve discovered that
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Diego Luna to Participate in the Ambulan-thon!: A Google Hangout Version of the Ambulante Experience

With 72 hours to go on Kickstarter, Ambulante California will host a monumental Google Hangout that will include an incredible line-up of guest speakers. Filmmakers, festival programmers, and other renown industry personalities will share their excitement for the traveling documentary film festival in unique ways, aiming to inform people what this great event will entail and hopefully inspire them to support its crowd-funding campaign. This great undertaking by the Ambulante team and friends will bring the festival experience to everyone that joins keeping in line with Ambulante's idea of connecting with audiences in innovative ways unbound by traditional spaces.

Tune in Monday July 14th from 9:00 Am to 9:00 Pm to learn how to start a revolution, how to make a movie, how to get that movie seen, breaking news, live musical sets, how to make delicious guacamole, a reading from 100 Years of Solitude, loteria cards, and many more fun an engaging activities in an effort to connect the festival and the film community with those who really have the power to enrich the project: the audience. It doesn’t get more immersive than this.

As if this is not enough, Ambulante’s very own Diego Luna will participate in this epic telethon, which will be helmed by Ambulante California’s Christine Davila. After the event’s conclusion the organizers and some of the guests will head over to “El Chavo” in Los Feliz for drinks to transform the virtual hang a real shindig. If you are in Los Angeles this is also a great chance to connect face to face with the team, and to witness first hand the outstanding community spirit of Ambulante.

You don’t have to wait till Monday. You can become a backer now: Ambulante California’s Kickstarter

The Hangout will take place in two parts (First part: 9:00 Am to 5:00 P/ Second part: 5:30 Pm to 9:00 Pm). You can RSVP Here

You can also click here for the Facebook Invite for the Google Hangout event

Here is the list of confirmed guests:

Master of Ceremonies and your host: Christine Davila, director of Ambulante California

Diego Luna - co-founder Ambulante

Elena Fortes - co-founder Ambulante

Richard Ray Perez - dir. of "Cesar's Last Fast"

Ondi Timoner - multi-media artist (We Live In Public)

Joe Beyer - Sundance Artist Services

Bernardo Ruiz - dir. "Reportero"

Tin Dirdamal - dir. of "Rivers of Men"

Viviana Franco - Executive Director of From Lot to Spot

Jehane Noujaim & Karim Amer dir. "The Square"

Gloria Moran - dir. "The Unique Ladies"

Basil Tsiokas - doc guru (WhatNotToDoc)

Tatiana Tensen- artist and bon vivant

Dilcia Barrera - Lacma programmer

Maggie McKay - La Film Festival

Yolanda Cruz dir. "Reencuentros: 2501 Migrantes"

Issa Rodrigues - East La Community Corporation

Ryan Murdock dir. "Bronx Obama"

Julianna Brannum dir. "Ladonna Harris"

Ron Najor - producer of "Short Term 12" and "I am Not a Hipster"
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Guest Post: What I Wish I Knew About Distribution Before Self-Distributing 'I Am Not A Hipster'

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Guest Post: What I Wish I Knew About Distribution Before Self-Distributing 'I Am Not A Hipster'
Ron Najor produced "I Am Not a Hipster" with a group of friends in his hometown of San Diego. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where Najor and his team worked with The Sundance Institute ArtistServices to fund and distribute its independent release. He then went on to work with writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton to produce the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winning "Short Term 12" in 2013. Najor attended Sundance's first #ArtistServices Workshop in 2012 in Park City and recently presented at the 2nd annual #ArtistServices San Francisco Workshop. This post, which supplemented his presentation, was originally published at The Sundance Institute's web site. In it, Najor reflects on self-releasing "I Am Not a Hipster" and what he wishes he knew about distribution when he was just starting out. We shot "I Am Not a Hipster" on a modest budget in the summer of 2011 and were
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The American Pavilion Plans Record Year for Student Programs at the Cannes Film Festival

After more than 25 years, The American Pavilion’s student programs at the Cannes International Film Festival will have a record-breaking Festival, with more than 200 students confirmed to participate in the highly-respected program, and more international students than ever before. In addition, Director of Student Programming Michael Bremer announced today the addition of a Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity Intensive. Bremer will launch a pilot program with a group of students at this year’s festival in June.

Year after year, since 1989, The Pavilion’s student presence has increased in attendance and expanded in scope. Originally intended to give Film and Media students a window into the Festival, the Student Programs have evolved to now include Culinary, Hospitality and Event Management students, as well as Mba Business graduate students who work assignments with companies doing business in the Marché.

Under the direction of indie veteran Michael Bremer, The American Pavilion’s Business, Event, and Culinary programs have increased an average of 50% since 2012.

Bremer attributes the uptick to two key factors: “We announced our first-ever international outreach initiative during last year’s Festival, and I’m thrilled to report that our student body this year is more international than it’s ever been, with participants hailing from Canada, Hong Kong, Brazil, Panama, El Salvador, Dubai, Pakistan, and Kazakhstan. These students will witness in our Pavilion a microcosm of a much bigger dance going on just outside our doors, where film lovers from all corners of the globe come together to do business.”

More than 700 students from all over the world applied to this year’s various Cannes programs, with only about 30% of the applicants accepted. An additional 300 applicants are under consideration for The American Pavilion’s three smaller programs, the L.A. Intensive in August, the Venice Intensive at the Venice Film Festival, and AmPav’s newest program, the Cannes Lions Intensive in June.

“Additionally, we’ve made a conscious effort to increase enrollment in our Hospitality, Culinary, and Business programs to bring those student numbers more in line with the larger Film contingent that joins us every year,” Bremer added. “In fact, one of our culinary students from 15 years ago is now an educator at the University of Central Florida’s prestigious Rosen School of Hospitality, and returns this year in a faculty-mentor capacity with 16 students from Rosen.”

A group of 16 Rosen College students are participating in the Cannes Hospitality & Event Management Program through The American Pavilion, a 5,000-square-foot facility for the American film community at the Cannes International Film Festival. This is the first time that Rosen College students will participate in this program and as a result, Ucf will be the most represented institution in Cannes with the largest group of students.

“I’m excited about the Cannes Lions Intensive,” Bremer continued. “About six months ago we approached the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, often regarded as the world’s largest ad festival, proposing to develop for them what we’ve done for the Film Festival. With so many new attendees like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Netflix, Amazon, and even Xbox upending traditional advertising paradigms, it’s vital that we in the entertainment sector sit up and take note. I will bring a pilot program of students this first year, and hope to increase the scope of our presence there in the coming years.”

The American Pavilion has been committed to giving opportunities to students and young filmmakers since its inception and their numbers have grown exponentially over the years. As a result of the Student Programs, past alumni are now gainfully employed throughout the industry at companies such as The Weinstein Company, DreamWorks, Paramount, The William Morris Agency, Sony, Industry Entertainment, ICM, 20 Century Fox, Universal and The Walt Disney Company.

Specific alumni of the internship program include: Morgan J. Freeman, (whose film Hurricane Streets became the first narrative film to win three awards at The Sundance Film Festival), Jeff Nichols, (director, writer, producer, Take Shelter and Mud), Alexa Alemanni, (SAG Award-winning actress), Hope Hall (White House Videographer), and Ron Najor , who recently produced award-winning SXSW film Short Term 12 and last year’s I Am Not a Hipster.

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The American Pavilion

Recently celebrating its 26th year as the center of American hospitality for the film industry in Cannes, The Pavilion brings professional and emerging filmmakers together. The American Pavilion is the center of activity at the Cannes International Film Festival for the American film community, offering membership for professionals, provocative and insightful programming, immersive student programs, the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, and more.

Serving as a communication and hospitality center for the thousands of Americans in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival, The American Pavilion provides an impressive array of facilities and services to the international film community. Since its debut at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, The Pavilion has become a permanent fixture on the Cannes landscape.

For the corporate sponsors of The American Pavilion, the dozens of exhibitors and office holders, and the thousands of American participants, The American Pavilion accommodates the need for information, orientation, and recreation. For the duration of the Festival, The American Pavilion provides both a dynamic business environment and an opportunity to relax in comfortable surroundings.
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‘Short Term 12′ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr., Stephanie Beatriz, Rami Malek, Alex Calloway, Kevin Hernandez, Lydia Du Veaux | Written and Directed by Destin Cretton

Destin Cretton (I Am Not A Hipster), who as well as this version also wrote and directed the short film on which Short Term 12 is based, is certainly a director to watch after his work on this movie, released in November of 2013 in cinemas and on Blu-ray and DVD just a week or so ago.

Set in a facility that cares for and houses foster kids that are in-between homes and for whatever reason are no longer with their birth families, the story of Short Term 12 follows a twenty-something manager of the facility named Grace, played with subtlety, heart and a wonderful sense of realism by Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now). Grace is juggling her work at the facility, her secret relationship with co-worker Mason,
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2014 Sundance “Trading Cards” Series: #8. Jonny Mars (Hellion)

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Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…

Jonny Mars: 1. Wendy Davis. 2. I Am Not A Hipster. 3. Enlightened the series

Lavallee: You and Deke are among the few carry­over actors from the original short ­ were you aware back then that this could/should elongated, a broader in scope feature­ length? And are you incarnating the same character this time out?

Mars: Yes. We all saw the potential in adapting the short. Aaron Paul plays the character I played in the original. Maybe you‘ve heard of him?

Lavallee: Describe to the future viewer what Duncan’s Pov of the world he sees in front of him?

Mars: Duncan’s Pov would make a great t-shirt: Beers, Babes and Baseball.

Lavallee: Last year you had a fairly unique Sundance experience with four films included in the festival. How do you look back at having one year’s worth
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Best of 2013: Jordan M. Smith’s Top 20 Films (Picks 10 to 6)

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Continued from picks 15 to 11…. 15. American HustleDavid O. Russell 14. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese

13. Blue Is the Warmest ColorAbdellatif Kechiche

12. GravityAlfonso Cuarón 11. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine

10. Blood BrotherSteve Hoover

I must admit that I was never completely won over by Steve Hoover’s music video work, but that was more the fault of his chosen musical collaborators than his keen eye for the alive and his feeling for rhythmically propulsive pacing. With his debut feature doc he expands on these talents, crafting a bracingly vivacious work of soul searching and self sacrifice that sees the American dream traded by his best friend Rocky Braat for the cyclic misery of caring for Indian women and children doomed to die at the cruel hands of HIV/AIDS. Despite their destiny, the children are given love and hope, and in return, Braat and Hoover find within themselves a
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Brian Gallagher's Top 10 Movies of 2013

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Brian Gallagher's Top 10 Movies of 2013
Now that my Overrated and Underrated picks have been released (which many of you have strong opinions about), it's time for me to unveil my 10 favorite films of the year. As I have said before, 2013 has been an incredible year at the movies, with fantastic big-budget blockbusters (Iron Man 3 and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), superb drams (Philomena, Mud), comedies (The Way, Way Back, Drinking Buddies) and everything in between (Spring Breakers). As much as I loved all of those films mentioned above, you will not find them on my Top 10, which can only mean that the quality of movies released this year was rather special, since superb cinematic experiences like these didn't make the cut. Of course, I didn't see Every movie released in 2013 (clickHere to check out every movie I saw this year), but this list represents the films that blew me away, in more ways than one.
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Cretton drops Glass Castle hints

Cretton drops Glass Castle hints
Short Term 12 director discusses adapting the bestselling memoir for a film set to star Jennifer Lawrence.

Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of award-winning indie drama Short Term 12, has revealed details of what looks to be his next project – The Glass Castle.

Earlier this month, rumours began circulating that the up-and-coming filmmaker was in early negotiations to direct the Lionsgate feature, an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestselling memoir set to star Jennifer Lawrence.

When asked about his next project by ScreenDaily at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this week, Cretton said: “I’m going to choose my words very carefully because the project I’m working on next isn’t completely finalised yet. But it is much bigger – a studio movie.

“But it’s the same thing. It’s a movie about a family that is just as intimate as anything else I’ve done. It’s going to have more locations and is a period
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Destin Cretton Looking to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in The Glass Castle

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Destin Cretton Looking to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in The Glass Castle
Destin Cretton, who just received rave reviews for his work on Short Term 12, is in early negotiations to direct an upcoming adaptation of Jeannette Walls' memoir The Glass Castle.

The film tells the story of a young girl, who is raised in a dysfunctional family. Her eccentric artist mother and drunken father stir their children's imagination with a hope to distract them of their poverty. Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star.

Destin Cretton would direct from a script by Marti Noxon, which he will re-write with Andrew Lanham before production starts. The director also wrote and directed the 2012 drama I Am Not a Hipster.

Jennifer Lawrence will be producing with Gil Netter. The actress most recently starred as Katniss Everdeen in Liongate's sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and will next be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Lionsgate has not released a production schedule as of yet.
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'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton Heading to 'The Glass Castle'

First things first, if you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend watching Destin Cretton's film Short Term 12 as soon as possible. One of those films that will probably be one of your favorites this year. We're very big fans of filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton, of two great films so far - I Am Not a Hipster (Sundance 2012) and Short Term 12 (SXSW 2013), as well as a number of shorts. Happy to report more good news about him as Variety reports he's in early negotiations with Lionsgate to direct the adaptation of The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, which has Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. This would be a big leap ahead for Destin. The book recounts Walls' and her siblings' unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents. Here's a better synopsis for Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle from Amazon: Jeannette Walls grew
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