New Video’s January Releases: HELL AND BACK AGAIN, REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR, SHUT UP! LITTLE MAN, TODAY’S SPECIAL, and more great films‏

RELEASING ON CABLE VOD, DIGITAL AND DVD ON JANUARY 24:

HELL AND BACK AGAIN– Also available on Blu-ray. An unprecedented exploration of the moving image and a film of uncommon intimacy, Danfung Dennis’s critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary, HELL AND BACK AGAIN, comes full circle as it lays bare the true cost of war. HELL AND BACK AGAIN premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won Grand Jury and Cinematography prizes. The film premiered theatrically in October 2011 and continues to tour nationwide. HELL AND BACK AGAIN is nominated for Film Independent’s “Truer Than Fiction” Spirit Award, 4 Cinema Eye Awards, and a British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary. Danfung Dennis is the recipient of the International Documentary Association’s Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker Award and the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. (Docurama Films).

“An astonishing technical achievement in war journalism and documentary filmmaking that may very possibly change the way conflicts are reported forever.” – CNN

REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR– Narrated by Tim Robbins, this highly anticipated follow-up to Who Killed the Electric Car? goes behind the closed doors of the auto-industry giants (and a few outliers) to track the race to create the first car of the future that doesn’t require a single drop of foreign oil. Directed by Chris Paine, REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR profiles Nissan, GM, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors and an independent car converter to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars, and follows the race to be the first and the best and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line, it’s the future of the automobile itself. (Docurama Films).

“Critics Pick: ‘Revenge’ is that rare artifact, a snapshot of a major industry shift on its way to a tipping point… a slick, enjoyable valentine to a retooling industry.” –The New York Times

TODAY’S SPECIAL– Written by Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jonathan Bines (writer, Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and starring Mandvi, TODAY’S SPECIAL tells the story of Samir, a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion he impulsively quits and lets his co-worker, Carrie (Jess Weixler, Teeth), know that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. Dreams must be put aside, though, after his father Hakim (Harish Patel, Run, Fat Boy, Run) has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens. (Flatiron Film Company).

“An irresistible delight! Imaginative, warm and witty! Today’s Special is alive with a screen full of captivating characters…A gem of wide appeal, richly deserving of finding an audience.” – Los Angeles Times

RELEASING ON DIGITAL AND DVD ON JANUARY 24:

SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE– What do you get when two young punks move next door to violently noisy neighbors? The most important recording release of the 1990s grunge era. What started out as surreptitious tape recordings of two drunken men screaming, hitting and generally abusing each other became sell-out cassette tapes that inspired CDs, comic artworks, stage plays, pop music, and a Hollywood script war. Despite their popularity in the outside world, Peter Haskett and Raymond Huffman – the unwitting subjects – were not aware they had become a “viral” pop-culture sensation. The past unfolds as Eddie Lee and Mitchell D. retell their story from 20 years ago of how they began recording Peter and Raymond’s horrifying, yet oddly catchy dialogue. (Tribeca Film).

“Alternately hilarious and discomfiting, and finally rather poignant” – Variety

THE CONFESSION– Created by and starring Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland, this trailblazing, top-rated web series is unlike any other seen before, delivering gripping plot twists, thrilling action and cinematic bravado. For the first time, the 10-part series, also starring Academy Award® nominee John Hurt, is now available as a feature-film cut with new bonus material exclusive to the release. The story begins on Christmas Eve, when a hit man enters a church to confess his sins to the priest. Through a series of gripping flashbacks, the Confessor’s journey is revealed – laying out what has brought him to this moment and leading the audience to the dramatic ending where the man’s chances at ultimate redemption hang in the balance. (Flatiron Film Company).

“Crisp and attractive…handsome cinematography and lighting.” –The New York Times

BEWARE THE GONZO– Eddie “Gonzo” Gilman (Ezra Miller, We Need to Talk About Kevin) is starting a revolution. When the wild-eyed rebel journalist is ousted from his prep school’s newspaper by its über-popular editor Gavin Riley (Jesse McCartney, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter), Gonzo decides to become the voice of the oppressed by starting an underground paper with the help of a beautiful outsider, Evie (Zoë Kravitz, X-Men First Class). Not afraid to question authority and infuriate the school’s principal and staff, they give a voice to all the misfits victimized by Gavin and the rest of the in-crowd. But the more Gonzo uncovers about the injustices in his school, the more he learns that the truth comes with consequences. BEWARE THE GONZO is written and directed by Bryan Goluboff (screenwriter, The Basketball Diaries) and also stars Campbell Scott (Rodger Dodger), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) and (James Urbaniak American Splendor). (Tribeca Film).

“A juicy David-and-Goliath fantasy and a hardheaded fable about hubris.” – The New York Times

ESSENTIAL KILLING– A critically acclaimed, thinking-man’s action thriller from director Jerzy Skolimowski (The Shout), ESSENTIAL KILLING tells the story of one man’s struggle for survival, where morality has no place as he confronts the necessity to kill in order to survive. Vincent Gallo (Buffalo ’66) gives an award-winning performance (Best Actor, Venice Film Festival) as Mohammed, a Taliban fighter captured by the US military in Afghanistan after a violent desert attack goes awry. While being transported to a secret detention center in Europe, the vehicle crashes and he suddenly finds himself free. But his newfound freedom quickly disappears as he is relentlessly pursued in a snow-blanketed forest by an army that does not “officially” exist. (Tribeca Film).

“Brilliantly directed and shot…Vincent Gallo puts in a superb performance.” – The New York Times

BEGINNING OF THE GREAT REVIVAL– This new release from China Lion details the historic events surrounding the Chinese Revolution—the period from 1911 to 1921 when Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty and planted the roots of what has become modern-day China’s Communist government. The story charts the beginnings of the country’s most influential first-generation leaders, including ambitious warlord Yuan Shikai (Chow Yun-Fat, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), who undertakes an attempt to revive the Chinese monarchy, Tsai Ao (Andy Lau, Infernal Affairs), the pro-Republic governor of Yunnan, Mao Zedong (Liu Ye, Curse of the Golden Flower) and others. (China Lion).

JANIE JONES– Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola, Junebug, Face/Off) and his band are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Academy Award® nominee Elisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas, CSI) drops a bomb in his lap: their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland). Ethan refuses to believe Janie is his kid, but when her mom suddenly leaves for rehab, the child has no place to go but into the tour bus and on the road with the band. With no inclination toward fatherhood, Ethan continues his hard-living ways, leaving Janie to fend for herself in dive bars and sleazy motels along the way. As Ethan’s self-destructive spiral threatens to destroy his band’s future, Janie uses her own surprising musical talents to help guide him down the rocky road to redemption. (Tribeca Film).

“A tuneful family flick…driven by impressive lead performances.”– Screen Daily