After earning an Oscar nomination for screenwriting with his 2000 directorial debut, You Can Count on Me, it took Kenneth Lonergan over ten years to return to filmmaking. And with controversial disputes between Lonergan and the movie studio resulting in a chopped down and heavily-trimmed version of the film, the 2011 indie Margaret never lived up to its hype. Lonergan finally returns with Manchester by the Sea, a Sundance selection that premiered to rave reviews. In the film, Casey Affleck stars as an uncle who's forced to become the guardian of his teenage nephew after the unexpected death of his brother. Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Matthew Broderick co-star in this November release that could be a huge Oscar player later this year.
On a bit of a lighter note, Sophie Goodhart's indie comedy and festival darling, My Blind Brother, unveiled a trailer earlier this week. Sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning when Bill (Nick Kroll) and his overbearing blind brother, Robbie (Adam Scott), fight for the affection of the same woman (Jenny Slate). Goodhart's directorial debut has been well received on the festival circuit and its first-look trailer provides plenty of laughs and sincerity. My Blind Brother is slated for a limited theatrical release this September, check out the film's preview below.