CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Slideshow: 18-Image Gallery From World Premiere of ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ With Amy Adams, Emily Blunt
CHICAGO – This 18-image slideshow contains a selection of images from the red carpet at the world premiere of “Sunshine Cleaning” in Los Angeles. The film stars Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Clifton Collins Jr., Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Jason Spevack. Written by Megan Holley and directed by Christine Jeffs, the film opens in limited release on Friday, March 13th, 2009.
Synopsis: “A single mom and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy Sunshine Cleaning. Directed by Christine Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia), this uplifting film about an average family that finds the path to its dreams in an unlikely setting screened in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Sunshine Cleaning’s stellar cast includes Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams (Enchanted), Oscar® winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), Steve Zahn (Happy, Texas), Clifton Collins, Jr. (Capote), Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24”) and Jason Spevack (Hollywoodland).
The film is directed by Jeffs from a screenplay by Megan Holley. Producers are Glenn Williamson, Jeb Brody, and Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf of Big Beach Films. Editor is Heather Persons. John Toon is director of photography. Production designer is Joe Garrity and art director is Guy Barnes. Costume design is by Alix Friedberg.
Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) now finds herself a thirty-something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah, (Emily Blunt), is still living at home with their dad Joe (Alan Arkin), a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes.
Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other…specialized situations. As they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, the sisters find new respect for one another and the closeness they have always craved finally blossoms. By building their own improbable business, Rose and Norah open the door to the joys and challenges of being there for one another—no matter what—while discovering personal healing in the most unexpected way.”
You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. Photos 1-15 are credited to Frazer Harrison. Photos 16-18 are credited to Jeff Vespa. All rights reserved.