ToddHaynes_CarolEnter one of my most anticipated projects of the year.  Read the full press release below:

NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 10, 2014 – Production has commenced on the Todd Haynes directed film CAROL starring Academy Award® winner, Cate Blanchett and Academy Award® nominee, Rooney Mara. Emmy nominated writer Phyllis Nagy (Mrs. Harris) adapted the screenplay from the original novel authored by Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt. Also starring in the film is Emmy® winning actor Kyle Chandler and two-time Emmy® nominated actress, Sarah Paulson.

CAROL follows the relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. A young woman in her 20s, Therese (Mara) is working in a department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage. As the story unfolds—their lives begin to unravel with Carol becoming more fearful of losing custody of her daughter in the case of separation when her husband (Chandler) threatens her competence as a mother because of her previous affair with her best friend Abby (Paulson), and new relationship with Therese.

Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films are producing the film alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films. CAROL was developed by Number 9 Films with Film4, who are also co-financing alongside Goldcrest Films.

The Weinstein Company has acquired the U.S. rights for distribution and HanWay are handling international rights. Distribution deals have been completed with STUDIOCANAL in the UK, EOne in Canada, TF1 in France and Transmission in Australia.  Deals were brokered by Thorsten Schumacher, managing director of HanWay Films.

For the film, Haynes (I’m Not ThereFar From HeavenMildred Pierce) has reteamed with cinematographer Ed Lachman (I’m Not There), costume designer Sandy Powell (Far from Heaven), production designer Judy Becker (I’m Not There) and editor Affonso Goncalves (Mildred Pierce).

Blanchett’s role comes on the heels of her recent Academy Award® win for her performance in Blue Jasmine. Mara was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and was most recently seen in Spike Jonze’s Academy Award® winning film, Her. In the fall, Chandler starred in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, while Paulson starred in Steve McQueen’s Academy Award® winning film 12 Years a Slave.

CAROL begins production March 12, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of AwardsCircuit.com. He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.