- Kevin plays the lead antagonist role in Blue Ruin which had its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and is coming to theaters April 25th, 2014.
- Kevin is the emotional heart of the short film "Twentysomething" which is making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Kevin produced and was 1st AD for the festival smash short film "Retire for the Evening"
- Kevin produced and was 1st AD for "Kung Fu and Titties" (2 cameos by Bronson Pinchot), available now online and on DVD!
- Blue Ruin was the first film purchased at the Cannes festival (RADiUS/TWC) and was described by The Hollywood Reporter as a "hit" of the fest!
- More Blue Ruin info:
Official Poster (that's Kevin with the gun):
Preview (that's Kevin's voice at the end, in addition to seeing him several times on screen):
Festivals include: Cannes (world premiere, FIPRESCI prize), Toronto (N. American premiere), Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, US premiere), Hamptons (E. Coast premiere), Locarno, (Paris) Deauville American Film Festival, (Australia) Melbourne International Film Fest, New Zealand International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival (Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Film), Marrakech International Film Festival (Jury Prize), Sundance Film Festival (Spotlight series- multiple screenings), Virginia Film Festival (Best Narrative Feature), Cucalorus (NC) Film Festival, AFI Fest, Philadelphia Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival.
And now, a few quotes about the film, in addition to more at sites like Aint It Cool News, etc. Plus, director Jeremy Saulnier is on a ton of "directors to watch" lists, as is lead actor Macon Blair:
"...a humor-laced, action-packed film noir which sheds light on the gun craze and violence in contemporary America” --Cannes Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Eduoard Waintrop, in Variety
"the jolts are doled out with an expert hand in “Blue Ruin,” a lean and suspenseful genre piece that follows a bloody trail of vengeance to its cruel, absurd and logical conclusion. Potent homevid rewards will likely follow modest theatrical returns for this buzzed-about Directors’ Fortnight entry." --Variety
"Jeremy Saulnier’s low-budget suspense drama Blue Ruin was one of the hits of the Directors’ Fortnight." --The Hollywood Reporter
"a film of almost unbearable tension, a no-frills pressure cooker that rattles the senses not just for what occurs (the brief moments of violence are convincingly staggered and upsettingly abrupt), but for what’s waiting just off screen at every turn. It’s easily the most suspenseful American film of the year, a thriller that feels like lightning across a quiet night sky; sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular." --Indiewire
"a tense, darkly comic and surprisingly esoteric revenge tale in the tradition of the Coen brothers' 'Blood Simple.'" --Indiewire
"Jeremy Saulnier came to this year's Cannes Film Festival with his tense, violent crime drama "Blue Ruin" after being rejected by Sundance and emerged as one of the fest's biggest breakouts after seeing his sophomore feature win the Director's Fortnight FIPRESCI Prize and land distribution with RADiUS-TWC." --Indiewire
"A feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga. Top Pick" -- film.com
"Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at Cannes in May and sure to absolutely destroy Fantastic Fest next month" -- film.com
"...a feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga that extrapolates one vagrant’s long-simmering quest to avenge the death of his parents into a study of how violence (a word that could apparently use some nice synonyms) is transformative, an animating force unto itself capable of turning tools into weapons and men into killers." -- film.com
"One of the year’s best American indies" -- film.com
"Besides the fact that I doubt we'll see a more deft, thrilling genre film this year, I'm very pleased that Jeremy Saulnier's 'Blue Ruin' addresses a number of issues that revenge films have been overlooking for decades." --twitchfilm.com
"It's all incredibly smart. It is also violent, hilarious, very suspenseful and best of all, humane and thought-provoking." --twitchfilm.com
"The acting (and casting, for that matter) is superb. " --twitchfilm.com
"it's rare that a genre-film takes the chances of this one and succeeds so resoundingly. Highly Recommended." --twitchfilm.com
"Blue Ruin is one of the best revenge movies I’ve ever seen in my entire life… a completely refreshing take on the genre (it almost entirely succeeds in flipping previously established conventions on their head) but one of the most nerve-wracking experiences I’ve had in a cinema in a very long time." --filmclub (welcometofilmclub.tumblr.com)
"I went into Blue Ruin with zero expectation and came out the other side, having been thoroughly engaged and absolutely impressed." --filmclub (welcometofilmclub.tumblr.com)
"This film does what many often fail to achieve in any genre. It makes you feel like you’re no longer watching something at the cinema and are instead voyeuristically immersed in another person’s life." --filmclub (welcometofilmclub.tumblr.com)
"If it has been released in time to be nominated for all sorts of upcoming awards in 2014, I would be really surprised if this didn’t win anything at all. I think it could be a real contender." --filmclub (welcometofilmclub.tumblr.com)
“…a masterpiece and a future cult classic. It is one of the most exceptional discoveries of the last few years thanks to [director Jeremy Saulnier's] deft hand. We couldn’t be more excited.” --Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego
"Lovely surprise. 3.5 stars out of 4. Fantastic camera work and a brilliant tone shift from just-this-side-of overly serious arthouse to character-driven comedy. Saulnier has immediately landed on my "will watch everything from this point forward" list." --Letterboxd.com
"Why can’t New Zealand make movies like this? " --flicks.co.nz
"an under-the-radar gem well worth seeking out." --afistfulofculture.com (New Zealand)
"Remarkable. Expertly paced."
3.5 skulls (out of 4)