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Hollywood Film Critics Association Awards Nominates "Love, Antosha"


We were delighted to hear that the Hollywood Critics association has nominated "Love, Antosha" in the Best Documentary Film category this year. The Hollywood Critics Association, formerly known as The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society, will be hosting the 3rd Annual Hollywood Critic Awards at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles on January 9th, 2020. Other films nominated for Best Documentary include: American Factory, Apollo 11, Hail Satan?, and the King Maker.

“The creation and goal of this organization has always been about celebrating film while embracing diversity and elevating underrepresented voices. We believe that our mission is universal, and this is why we changed our name to be reflective of that. As we continue to push for change, we want to be part of the solution, which means slowly building a community of passionate critics who are reflective of the USA and the world as a whole,” states HCA’s Chairman, Scott Menzel.

Read more about the Hollywood Critics Association here:
https://hollywoodcriticsassociation.com/the-3rd-annual-hollywood-critics-association-nominations

Artribune Review of Provocative Beauty


The Diary of a Voyeur. The Photography of Anton Yelchin in Rome
Published November 17, 2019 in Artribune
By ‒ Anita Kwestorowska

Anton Yelchin’s photography spans the calm and contemplative landscapes of Wim Wenders and the pornochic shots of Helmut Newton. Portraits prevail. Many masks, naked bodies and enthralling gazes lead us behind the scenes into restless Hollywood nights. Anton Yelchin, who died prematurely in 2016, was known primarily as a talented Hollywood actor until recently. While working on the film sets of famous films like Star Trek and Alpha Dog, Yelchin developed another great passion - photography. Only a select few people were aware of this art form that was refined in secret during the last six years of life. Fascinated by bright lights, mirrors, masks, as well as nocturnal and alienating places, Yelchin captured, with his Leica, the secret life of Los Angeles that emerged in transgressive and abstract environments. Some of the most captivating shots are on exhibition, in the actor’s debut European exhibition, at Spazio Field at Palazzo Brancaccio in Rome. Yelchin's work has a voyeuristic quality. The artist shows a rare ability to transform intimate and transgressive stories into straightforward and candid images. Immersing the scenes in dim light and clouds of smoke, Yelchin creates extraordinary nocturnal images that capture drama, emotion and feeling. It is no coincidence that his photography recalls the autobiographical works of photographer Nan Goldin.

The Portraits
Through all of the shots, portraits prevail: a perfect mix of famous and unknown people who seem to confront the gaze of the viewer, without fear, often with confident and provocative expressions. Surprising at times is a disarming sadness, comparable to the atmospheres in the psychoanalytical paintings of Lucien Freud. Then there are many nudes, fetish objects, erotic outfits and ambiguous situations that recall the scenes created by the controversial fashion photographer Helmut Newton. It is impossible to miss the selfportraits where Anton, like the American artist Cindy Sherman, shows a particular interest in different sides of himself: looking at himself in the mirror, positioning himself to take different photos, sometimes using superimposition while playing with expressions and duplication.

Taboo and Melancholy
Yelchin's photographs realistically capture the perversions and taboos of everyday life, but in his scenes we also find solitude and melancholy. Across grotesque masks and alienating landscapes we find the references to the works of Wim Wenders, to his grand unlimited spaces contained under vast skies. " Taking photographs seems to be a means to express some kind of emotional, abstractive narrative." said Yelchin, leaving the viewer to an open interpretation of his shots arranged in sequence as if it were a film. The exhibition was organized by the Anton Yelchin Foundation. The show was curated by Clayton Calvert and Alessio de ’Navasques, and it was presented in Rome on the occasion of Videocittà, a festival conceived by Francesco Rutelli.

Marie Claire - Provocative Beauty


Article in Marie Claire, November 11, 2019
https://www.marieclaire.com/it/lifestyle/cultura/a29586115/provocative-beauty-anton-yelchin-in-mostra-a-roma-e-al-cinema

The beauty of the provocation of Anton Yelchin on exhibition in Rome
The beauty of provocation is in the cinema and in Rome with Anton Yelchin. A film full of love and a photographic exhibition full of the vitality that inspires artists like him, for those struggling with illness and disability Beauty is always provocation in this crazy world, full of pain. The vitality of Anton Yelchin, without taboo, shows precious fragments that are a reflection of that which we do not often want to show to others, showing everything from different perspectives. Looking deep inside himself while also looking from behind a mask, the actor and director of an existence interrupted too soon, leaves us breathless, like the cystic fibrosis that did not stop him from exploring the intensity of life in a few decades, that even further did not stop him from making his spiritual testament in a photographic exhibition and a movie full of love, ready to make everyone shine like diamonds, while opening up new cultural perspectives even here in Rome. Anton Yelchin died in absurd circumstances at 27, after acting in almost seventy films, while also using music and photography to explore the less light and other vibrant sides of his existence. Each photograph in Provocative Beauty, just inaugurated with its European premier in the sumptuous salons of the Spazio Field in Palazzo Brancaccio in Rome (open until 30 November 2019, 11 am-7pm, every day with free admission), reopens the historic residence of the Brancaccio princes to the visual languages of its new programming and exhibition vocation (operational in 2020).

At the same time, the documentary film Love, Antosha, screened in the Ex Caserma Guido Reni (in front of the Maxxi Museum), also enriched the second edition of the Videocittà Vision Festival 2019. The vital mission of the film, of the photo exhibition and of the book that collects many pieces in the pages of Anton Yelchin's In Case of Fire (Cash Machine / FatherSons Press / Lurker LTD / Anton Yelchin, 2019), is carried out by the Anton Yelchin Foundation, supporting the efforts and projects of artists who have to deal with disabilities and debilitating diseases, just like Anton.

Every effort of the foundation, founded after the tragic death of this child prodigy, hit by the car in the driveway of his Los Angeles home on June 19, 2016, aims to best preserve the artistic and living legacy of the young actor, photographer and musician. Dead while he was planning his first film as a director. Born Anton (Viktorovich) Yelchin, in Soviet Russia of 1989 to a pair of ice skaters of Jewish origin, raised in the city of Angels and of Hollywood dreams, taking his first role in an independent film, at nine years old. Seventy of them followed, with roles ranging from the fresh meat vendor Zack Mazursky in Alpha Dog by Nick Cassavetes, to Kyle Reese which goes back to the origin story of McG's Terminator Salvation, continuing to the unforgettable Pavel Chekov of the three movie reboot of the science fiction franchise Star Trek, even to the point of pushing JJ Abrams not to look for a replacement for his role. Love, Antosha directed by Garret Price, is touring the world and film festivals, acclaimed since the premier at the Sundance Film Festival, for the emotional and lively portrait of the young man and eclectic artist. The protagonist of letters and diaries, photographs and films, family videos of the little enchanter dancing in love with his mother, pierce the screen, along with the most heartfelt testimonies of relatives, friends, colleagues and characters in his entourage.

His parents Viktor and Irina, along with Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Simon Pegg, with Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence, J.J. Abrams and Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe, the great Martin Landau or a narrator like Nicolas Cage (at his best). The closest and most sensitive to the face of a little angel who fought every day with the demons of a dangerous disease. Intrigued by everything he finds out about himself and others, in every spotlight and in the shadows that light up the Los Angeles underground scene and the Van Nuys sex clubs.

A perhaps less known but very important side of Anton Yelchin, the absolute protagonist, is seen in the selection of the over fifty photographs for the Italian exhibition in the halls of the Spazio Field, curated by Clayton Calvert and Alessio de’Navasques, as a tour of the complexity of his inner universe. Saturated, overexposed, out of focus, like the reflection of every spectator he welcomes.

Burned with ardor that knows no limits and even looks death in the face. Transgressive and sublime as the beauty of the ephemeral, the life that escapes, the love that does not die, like Anton’s daily odyssey that was not limited to coughing, but still could not stop him. In a similar way, it will help artists suffering from disabilities and debilitating diseases, who are supported by the association that bears Anton’s name and raises funds and awareness by spreading the light and shadow of his courageous lifestyle. To contribute, just host or share the exhibition and the film, buy the book and the photographs. This is a hymn to vitality that is good for everyone!

J.J. Abrams Celebrates Late ‘Star Trek’ Actor


Deadline Hollywood
https://deadline.com/2019/11/golden-globes-afi-fest-scorsese-kirk-douglas-j-j-abrams-1202787227

Last night I had the pleasure of moderating a screening of the fascinating and emotional documentary on the short but sweet life of actor/photographer/musician Anton Yelchin, Love, Antosha at the Blakely Theatre on the Fox lot with director Garret Price, Producer Adam Gibbs, and Yelchin’s parents Irina and Viktor who brought him to America from their native Russia when he was just a baby. Certainly Yelchin lived the American dream, making 69 film and TV appearances before a tragic freak accident took his life at just 27. This documentary contains a remarkable amount of footage from every point in his life (it seems like he was always on a camera somewhere, or behind it) and poignant interviews not only with his parents, but a sterling array of famous names who simply wanted to take part in the expertly made tribute that will, as Martin Landau says in the film, make sure no one ever forgets Anton Yelchin.

Hosting the screening designed to bring some awards attention to this very deserving movie was none other than Yelchin’s Star Trek director and producer J. J. Abrams who introduced the film. Abrams told me he was pleased to be able to do this even though he had to run back to the mixing stages right there on the Fox lot to finish up a little December movie he has called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He told me he was surprised to have run into Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn earlier that day on the same lot but then said, “Oh wait, that’s right. You guys own this place now.” I told him I can’t wait to see this one, and he said ‘I can’t wait for you to see it too’. December 16th is the date of the premiere so he has just a few weeks to get in fighting shape.

However this night to which he graciously lent his name and presence was about taking a few minutes to honor his friend and Chekov, Anton aka Antosha. “I have never hated a movie more than this one. I wish I was joking. I f*cking hate it. And yet it’s a beautiful thing. I will say this, in 2008 we cast Anton to play Chekov in Star Trek. And this guy was literally translating a Russian novel between takes. I have three kids and they were very young at the time, and I remember feeling looking at the way Anton would behave with his parents, thinking I wished that one day my kids love me and my wife the way Anton loved his parents. It was a remarkable thing to behold. This guy was extraordinary. He was brilliant. He was inquisitive. He loved art, he loved making things.

He had more questions than anyone I have ever met had because he wanted to understand how things worked. He loved music. He was like the personification of life, and of passion, and he was so good at what he did that just felt this guy was unstoppable,” he said before sharing that he had actually run into Anton about five or six months before the tragic news, not knowing it would be the last moment he saw him. “I just would say to all of you here who weren’t lucky enough to get to know him in person, you get to know him a bit now. I would just say if anything about this brilliant bright light that we got to know for a while, if this movie tells us anything it is to embrace what we’ve got while we’ve got it. It is a cliché thing but nothing is more true. I will never forget that last moment running into Anton at this awful little Ventura Boulevard Sushi restaurant, and he was just picking up food to go because he wanted to go home to watch a movie which is something he loved to do. He was someone who to this day I still cannot reconcile his life force with his not being here. I adored the man.” Documentary branch members, if you have not yet seen this film which just hit number one on iTunes, see it. You won’t be sorry. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house last night.

- written by Peter Hammond

Love, Antosha at No. 1 Position on iTunes!


Exiting news today! In conjunction with the digital streaming release, Love, Antosha has reached the #1 position of viewed documentaries on Itunes! Congratulations to the director Garret Price, the producers Drake Doremus, Adam Gibbs, Jordan Krause, Lucia Wang, and all the crew who helped create this inspiring, bittersweet, and heartbreaking documentary about the life of Anton Yelchin.

Love, Antosha is now available digitally on these platforms:
Apple TV - apple.co/2Qf3xft
Prime Video TVOD - amzn.to/2O625JW
Google Play - Coming Soon
Vudu - Coming Soon
Vimeo - bit.ly/2QdkeIw
Xbox - bit.ly/36ZpoO3
Amazon - amzn.to/2qLKUoT
Target - bit.ly/2XfKFyI
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Rome Gallery Exhibit - "Provocative Beauty" by Anton Yelchin


"Provocative Beauty" by Anton Yelchin, is on exhibit through November 30th, 2019 at the Palazzo Brancaccio, Rome, Italy.

The exhibition will feature 51 of Anton’s photographs. "Provocative Beauty" will be the first exhibition in the newly renovated art space.

We received an overwhelming welcome in Rome, the capitol of the art world! Approximately 1,000 people attended on the opening night including the Mayor of Rome! The night was elegant and a great success! The event exceeded all expectations! There was also a special screening of Love, Antosha on Sunday. Thank you to everyone who attended and was involved.

Location:
Spazio Field - Palazzo Brancaccio
Via Merulana 248- 250, 00184 Rome, Italy, (formerly the Oriental Art Museum at the Palazzo Brancaccio)

9 Great Halloween Movies: Green Room


StarTrek.com contributor Cindy Massre shares her favorite horror movies with Star Trek connections, and Green Room ranks in the top 9. “Green Room successfully shows how a real word situation can devolve into a bloody, violent horror movie without become any less realistic,” the article states. “While Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin both have other horror credits to their names, this is easily their best in this film.” You can read the entire article here:

9 Great Horror Movies with Star Trek Ties
https://www.startrek.com/news/best-star-trek-horror-movies-candyman-hellraiser

Critics Choice Awards Announced


Among the plethora of documentaries that could have been mentioned (there’s a lot of quality here!) Love, Antosha (the documentary about Anton Yelchin) was mentioned in the 2019 Critics choice awards nominees for two categories: Best Biographical Documentary and Best First Documentary! Congratulations again to our director Garret Price who created such a beautiful ode to a special and talented person.

The winners will accept their awards honoring achievement in documentaries (TV, film, and streaming) on Sunday, November 10, at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York. Qualified Critics Choice Association members across the country voted for these nominees.

Love, Antosha in the Race for an Oscar


Scott Feinberg’s latest predictions on the race to this year’s Oscars have been published on the Hollywood Reporter. The race to the Oscars is on! And we are so exited to see that Love, Antosha is mentioned as a “Long Shot” for Best Documentary of 2019! Out of the thousands of documentaries created in 2019, to be mentioned at #25 is still such an honor… Congratulations to Garret Price and Drake Doremus and the entire Lurker Production team.

You can read the entire article here:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/feinberg-forecast-2020-oscar-predictions-1244706/item/best-picture-1244695

Provocative Beauty Exhibit 2019 - Rome Gallery Announcement


October 26 to November 30th, 2019

We are happy to announce that from October 26- November 30th, Anton’s photographs will be on display at the Palazzo Brancaccio, Rome, Italy.

The exhibit, titled “Provocative Beauty”, will display 51 framed prints of Anton’s photography. Additional images from IN CASE OF FIRE (the photography book by Anton Yelchin) will be also be projected as a multi media display. AND the documentary film “Love, Antosha” will be screened on Sunday October 27, and shown at the museum throughout the term of the exhibit.

We are beyond thankful to Clayton Calvert and the Palazzo staff for hosting Anton’s art. The exhibit will be curated by Clayton Calvert (NYC) and Alessio de’Navasques (ROME).

Location:
Spazio Field - Palazzo Brancaccio
Via Merulana 248- 250, 00184 Rome, Italy
(formerly the Oriental Art Museum at the Palazzo Brancaccio)

"Love, Antosha" on iTunes


The powerful new documentary, Love, Antosha is now available for pre-sale on iTunes. The film will be released mid November 2019 for on-line streaming. Pre-sale your order today for $12.99 [https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/love-antosha/id1477415563]

About the Film:
From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography, the original music he wrote, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues, this film looks not just at Anton’s impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man the world was cheated from seeing grow old.

Official Merchandise


Official merchandise of the documentary film Love, Antosha is now available! Along with being an award wining actor, Anton was a gifted musician, writer, and photographer. Original songs written by Anton Yelchin were used in the films soundtrack, and now you can have his music on vinyl or CD! T-shirts, pins, and other merchandise can be found here at our online store!

All sales generated are donated to the Anton Yelchin Foundation, a 501c3 tax exempt charity, who’s mission is to support young artists living with a disease or disability.

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