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The A-List: Manchester by the Sea
director Kenneth Lonergan

By Iain Blair

It’s been 16 years since filmmaker and playwright Kenneth Lonergan made
his prize-winning debut at Sundance with You Can
Count on Me
, which he wrote and directed. The film won
the Sundance Grand Jury
Prize and was an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee for Best Screenplay.  

Lonergan’s most recent film is also garnering award attention. Directed by one of the most distinctive writing talents on the American indie scene today, Manchester by the Sea fulfills that earlier promise and extends Lonergan’s artistic vision.

Both an ensemble piece and an intense character study, Manchester by the Sea tells the story of how the life of Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a grieving and solitary Boston janitor, is transformed when he reluctantly returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) after the sudden death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler). It’s also the story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, and a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.

Co-produced by Matt Damon, the film from Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios — which received four SAG nominations, a crucial Oscars barometer —
has a stellar behind-the-scenes list of collaborators, including DP Jody Lee Lipes (Trainwreck, Martha Marcy May Marlene), editor Jennifer Lame (Mistress America, Paper Towns), composer Lesley Barber (You Can Count on Me) and production designer Ruth De Jong (The Master, The Tree of Life).

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Review: Lenovo ThinkStation P410
By Brady Betzel

With the lukewarm reaction of the pro community to the new MacBook Pro, there are many creative professionals who are seriously — for the first time in their careers — considering whether or not to jump into a Windows-based world.

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Behind the Title: Heard City senior sound designer/mixer Cory Melious

This New York City-based audio pro says this profession chose him. After an internship at an audio post house, he fell in love with sound-for-picture work. Find out more about Melious...

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Academy honors Scientific
& Technical achievements

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LaCie intros new Rugged Thunderbolt and d2 storage

ACE Eddie noms include Arrival, Better Call Saul 

Boxx offers workstations with 7th-gen Intel 'procs'

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