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Rectify: Sundance’s soulful contribution to the real-crime TV wave

Rectify doesn’t feel like anything else on television – ‘you have to do work to watch the show, like reading a book or doing a puzzle.’ But it is worth it


True crime has never been as popular: the podcast Serial broke all records, drawing more than 5 million listeners into re-examining the case of Adnan Syed, and listening to the journey presenter Sarah Koenig took with the case and her mission to find the shadow of a doubt.


Quick on Serial’s heels, HBO premiered The Jinx, an interview series with New York real estate scion Robert Durst, which became a must-watch as documentarian Andrew Jarecki found new evidence in murders long linked to Durst. The inevitable confrontation was riveting television, Durst’s body burping in response to the possible validation of his crimes, and then topping that moment, The Jinx team got his possible confession on audio.


“As a culture, we’re very interested in whodunnits,” actress Abigail Spencer said over the phone. She’s familiar with the allure, between her role on True Detective season two, currently airing on HBO, and her performance as Amantha Holden in Sundance Channel’s Rectify, whose third season premieres on 9 July. Both dramas are rooted in horrible crimes, the price of masculinity and how violence ripples out into a community. Yet, despite True Detective’s mix of spiritualism hoodoo, Rectify may be the show more concerned with the human condition and how the spirit can survive impossible odds. “What’s very special about Rectify,” she says, “is that the whodunnit doesn’t matter any more. You’re met with the absolute worst being on death row. And what would happen if you get another shot?”


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‘Rectify’: First Look Images from Season 3

Clayne Crawford - in the SundanceTV original series "Rectify" - Photo Credit: James Minchin III

Clayne Crawford – in the SundanceTV original series “Rectify” – Photo Credit: James Minchin III

SundanceTV’s Peabody Award-winning drama “Rectify” will return on Thursday, July 9, and Variety has an exclusive first look at the cast portraits for season three, which picks up immediately where the second season finale left off, on the very afternoon of Daniel’s (Aden Young) plea deal, with pressing questions still lingering over Daniel’s freedom: Will the deal be accepted? Will Daniel be forced to leave town? And when the body of a missing person is discovered, law enforcement once again turns to him for answers.


Elsewhere in season three, as Daniel’s devoted sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) attempts to live her own life, she is given an opportunity at a local store that for the first time in a long time has nothing to do with her brother. Meanwhile, Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) and Ted Jr. (Clayne Crawford) struggle to see if their marriage has a future by delving into their pasts for answers. Janet (J. Smith Cameron) and Ted Sr. (Bruce McKinnon), also under pressure from Daniel’s actions, will find that their marriage is put to the test as well.


SundanceTV will also run a marathon of the first two seasons over the Fourth of July weekend — beginning Saturday, July 4th at 2 p.m. ET/PT. The marathon will kick off with the series’ season one premiere followed by episodes airing back-to-back in order through the season two finale. In addition, SundanceTV’s sister network, AMC, will run a late-night marathon of both seasons of “Rectify” during the week of June 15th, to give viewers another chance to catch up.




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‘Convergence’ to be screened at The Crescent Theater

By Tamara Ikenberg |


MOBILE, Alabama — Prolific Port City filmmaker Drew Hall’s latest release, “Convergence,” is a psychological thriller inspired by a spooky deserted hospital.

“I had noticed that the old Knollwood Hospital was closed so I began to think up what would be interesting set in a hospital,” said Hall. “With the empty hospital in my head I started thinking about what would honestly scare me and I remembered a story about a deeply religious man who felt that God would have him kill innocent people. As a southerner I have deep spiritual roots – so I decided to explore that world.”

Mobile audiences can see the freaky film on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Crescent Theater, located at 208 Dauphin St.

The screenings are fundraisers for The Crescent, and tickets are $10 per person. All the screenings will include a Q&A session with Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at

Produced by Frame 29 Films and Drama Free Zone, “Convergence” stars “Forrest Gump”‘s Mykelti Williamson, Mobile’s Clayne Crawford and Ethan Embry, who has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films including 1995’s “Empire Records.”

Screening attendees are sure to recognize the scenery in “Convergence,” which was filmed in Oct. 2013. It was shot at locations in west Mobile and downtown Mobile including Knollwood Hospital, and the studios of Mudbrick Media.

The plot centers on an arson detective (Crawford), who is recovering in a hospital after a routine investigation gone wrong. As he attempts to make sense of what happened, the haunted hospital itself presents its own series of spooky problems, including a religious zealot (Embry) who is passionately trying to convert the hospital’s denizens into his creepy congregation.

Hall is in the process of entering “Convergence” into film festivals, and the film has already been screened for critics at blogs including Fraking Films  and Flash Bang: Action Movie Reviews.

Fraking Films said “‘Convergence’ is “an interesting premise that is thankfully masterfully executed. ‘Convergence’ is an incredible film.”

And Mike Parkin from Flash Bang said “There is so much to consider with this film already, yet I’m deliberately being obtuse – there’s a lot I’m not saying and I’ll leave you to find out why. As mentioned earlier this film workson different levels, and it is likely to stay on your mind for quite a while after viewing. ”

Hall’s other Mobile-made films include a sci-fi action trilogy, made up of the films “Skyhook,” “The Phoenix Rises,” and “Sons of Liberty.”

“I knew that after Sons of Liberty I wanted to write something that was more personal,” Hall said. “Plus I really wanted to explore the design of a thriller.”



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Seven+ min Clip of Tinker & a Kickstarter to Help Fund It


Man of Science,Man of nature,man of God, anger of man, dying community,a machine and a boy who brings them all together.Story by Sonny

Grady Lee Jr. is a struggling reclusive farmer who has never wanted to be married or have children. He lost his mom when he was a young boy and by the time he was 13, his father and step-mom died in a car wreck separating him from his stepsister, Marry Ann. Randy, his father’s best friend, took Grady in and raised him as his own and kept the family farm sustained. One day, Grady discovers his late father’s hidden journal, which contains secrets of Nikola Tesla and the plans to a machine that works off of electro-magnetism and frequencies, called Jack. Grady believes it could increase productivity by drastically reducing the time it takes a plant to grow. He believes that this could be the answer to saving his farm and helping the county, when in fact this could change the world. With the help of his friend, Boudreaux, they begin to work on the device. Boudreaux, of Native American decent, can sense a change is coming for Grady. After a call from an attorney, Grady finds himself a beneficiary to his late step sister’s last will and testament, just to discover he is custodian to a special 6 year old boy, Kai. Those that meet Kai are drawn to him, all except for Grady. The kid is a distraction he would rather not have, and keeps him from Jack. Being from the city, Kai is a stranger to nature, but, his mom remembers the farm and believes this will be the perfect environment for his ability to mature.

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Clayne on Having Relaxed Douche Face and Defending Rectify’s Poor Ted Jr.


By Denise Martin
Chances are you know Clayne Crawford as that guy who always plays the jerk-off. The actor, 36, has long been typecast as the villain, most recently in 24 and Justified, and going back to his smirkiest work in teen movies like Swimfan and A Walk to Remember. But in Ray McKinnon’s outstanding small-town drama Rectify, Crawford gets to be heartbreaking as a frustrated tire salesman whose world is turned upside down when his brother-in-law is released from Death Row. Vulture chatted with Crawford about feeling bad for fratty Ted Jr., long days on set, and coming to terms with a chronic case of what he calls relaxed douche face.


Things are falling apart for Teddy. His marriage is in trouble. The tire business is in bad shape. I’m sure there are plenty of people who still want to punch him for the way he treats Daniel, but I just feel so bad for him.

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New Clips of Rectify Season 2

It looks like this is going to take an even darker twist than last year!

The first short clips have been released for the second season of the best show you’re not watching, SundanceTV’s “Rectify,” and they already pack an emotional punch.

As Daniel (Aden Young) lies in a coma after being beat nearly to death in the season 1 finale by the brother of the girl he was convicted of murdering, his family try to deal with the fallout around him. Specifically, step-brother Ted (Clayne Crawford) confronts his wife Tawney (Adelaide Clemons) about the growing bond she began forming with Daniel last season. Was it all just about religious redemption or did she have other feelings for him? Meanwhile, in a scene that’s already breaking our hearts, Daniel talks to a joyful Kerwin (Johnny Ray Gill) in an obvious fantasy sequence set in the afterlife. Kerwin, of course, was led off to be executed last season.

As this show’s signature line says, “it’s the beauty that hurts you most.” “Rectify” returns for season 2 on June 19th. Bring on the pain.





10 Actors Who Are Seriously Overdue A Starring Role
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10 Actors Who Are Seriously Overdue A Starring Role

November 16, 2013

3. Clayne Crawford


Holy moly. Clayne Crawford is easily becoming the Bradley Cooper of the  independent film world. We were introduced to Crawford in my all time favorite  movie ever Swimfan as swimmer Josh, always living in his best friend’s shadow.  There was something about him in that role, sure, but nothing compared to what  he is doing now. The Perfect Host, where he co-stars with David Hyde Pierce, was  shocking to me because I couldn’t believe how much Crawford had grown as an  actor. The young actors from the late 90s early 2000s went one of two ways – grew as artists or stunted themselves and stayed on the same path (Freddie  Prince Jr.?) Crawford has excelled well beyond the point of making a comeback  and I’m seriously impressed by him.

Do yourselves a favor and watch Feel (available on Netflix). You’ll feel (ha)  for all of the characters, but Crawford’s especially. He has earned the chance  to break out into the big time and I cannot wait to see what opportunities land  in his lap from here on out.

Source: What Culture


10 Performances from the First Half that Oscar Must Remember
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10 Performances from the First Half that Oscar Must Remember

By Joseph Braverman on July 3, 2013

Clayne Crawford in The Baytown Outlaws (Best Actor):

It’s tough to get awards buzz when the film you participated in comes out so early in the year. Even more difficult is when that early release is universally panned and has such a brief theatrical run that it’s practically seen as a straight-to-video flick. The Baytown Outlaws doesn’t deserve the excoriation it’s received, but it’s not exactly high art either. And yet, who could have imagined that such a little-seen movie would showcase a stupendous performance by a young actor that’s yet to break out? Clayne Crawford has worked as a supporting player in several films and television shows for a while now, but director Barry Battle’s pulpy Western gives Crawford the reins to lead, and lead he does. Crawford exudes Southern Cowboy charm despite his seedy appearance and even seedier line of work. But what really impressed me was the sensitivity Crawford brought to his role as the leader of the deadly Oodie Brothers. Safeguarding a handicapped teenager (Game of Thrones‘ Thomas Brodie-Sangster) from gangsters that want to retrieve him for their boss, Brick Oodie proves to be a killer with a heart. Crawford imbues his protagonist with a kindness not seen in these ultra violent shoot-em-up films, increasing the taste level of this subgenre in the process. Crawford is one of 2013′s great discoveries, an Emile Hirsch meets Matthew McConaughey-type who deserves to star in high-profile films from now on. But for the time being, Crawford at least warrants some awards recognition for his fantastic performance in this year’s The Baytown Outlaws.

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