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(New York, NY | August 27, 2015) The Film Arcade announced today that they have set a November 13th for the critically acclaimed film, JAMES WHITE, the directorial debut from Borderline Films writer/director Josh Mond. A coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family changes, JAMES WHITE stars Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi.
JAMES WHITE is a high profile release from The Film Arcade; the film will receive a traditional theatrical release followed by an awards campaign highlighting the career-best performances by Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon. Both actors topped Indiewire’s Sundance Criticwire poll for Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.
The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the entire festival and was the recipient of the “Best of Next” Audience Award.
A confident and closely observed directorial debut by MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE producer Josh Mond, JAMES WHITE explores loss and the deep relationship between a mother and son. James White (Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, but his mother's battle with a serious illness forces James to take control of his life. As the pressure mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. Shot on location in New York City with an intimate visual style, the film follows its lead into deep, affecting places while still maintaining its fragile humanity.
The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney praised JAMES WHITE as a “viscerally acted drama whose rich visual and sonic textures intensify the plunge into the title character’s messy life…an arresting feature debut.”Variety’s Scott Foundas called the film “a most assured piece of work by an artist.” Foundas’ Variety colleague Brent Lang praised the film as “the anti-Terms of Endearment” for its gritty and authentic take on familial anguish.
The film marks the first lead film role for stage and screen actor Christopher Abbott, whose previous film and TV credits include HELLO, I MUST BE GOING, THE SLEEPWALKER and “Girls.” Best known for her role in “Sex and the City,” JAMES WHITE provides Cynthia Nixon with one of the most significant film roles of her career.
JAMES WHITE is the latest feature film from Borderline Films, a New York City based production company which was formed in 2003 by Tisch film school alums Mond, Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin. Their notable film credits to date include AFTERSCHOOL, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and SIMON KILLER.
JAMES WHITE was produced by Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Melody C. Roscher. Starring alongside Abbott, Nixon and Mescudi are Makenzie Leigh, Ron Livingston and David Call.
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About The Film Arcade
Founded in 2012, The Film Arcade is an independent film distribution company that recently released Jim Strouse’s PEOPLE PLACES THINGS starring Jemaine Clement and Kris Swanberg’s UNEXPECTED starring Cobie Smulders and Anders Holms. Previous films include SONG ONE starring Anne Hathaway, A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins and Amy Poehler and Jill Soloway’s AFTERNOON DELIGHT starring Kathryn Hahn, Jane Lynch and Juno Temple. The Film Arcade is in production on Mike Birbiglia’s DON’T THINK TWICE starring Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs and recently acquired Josh Mond’s JAMES WHITE starring Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon and will release the film on November 13th.