The Newest John Sayles Film: “Go for Sisters”


John and Maggie are currently taking some time off from globe-trotting, while John prepares to direct his 18th feature film this summer:

Go For Sisters.

Due to a surge of interest on Twitter, I am herewith authorized to release details.

GO FOR SISTERS, a film written and directed by John Sayles, will shoot this summer in Los Angeles, Calexico, Mexicali and Tijuana.  The director’s 18th feature will star Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross and Hector Elizondo.  The plot concerns two friends, Bernice and Fontayne, who grow up so close they ‘go for sisters’, but then lose track of each other for twenty years.  They are reunited when Bernice is assigned as the parole officer for Fontayne, who is fresh out of prison and fighting heroin addiction.  But Bernice has an even more threatening problem—

With a budget well under a million dollars and four weeks to shoot, this will be a return to the guerilla style of filmmaking familiar to Sayles from his early 80’s films Return of the Secaucus Seven, Lianna and Brother from Another Planet.  Production will begin in mid-July.

If you haven’t found us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ yet, this is a great time to connect!

This summer we’ll have updates and behind-the-scenes photos from the set, insider information about the process, and insights from John himself right here on the blog, and you’ll hear all about them first.


13 Responses to “The Newest John Sayles Film: “Go for Sisters””

  1. Jean says:

    Great news! I know it will be another awesome movie.

  2. WOW, another movie by John Sayles! I just closed with my adaptation of “Honeydripper”, and it was a rousing success! We played to full houses and standing ovations! John, if you need any “extras” for this film, let me know!

  3. mcfin din says:

    I look forward to any new movie by Mr. Sayles.

  4. Tom says:

    John Sayles’ films are always thought provoking. I’m currently on page 750 of ‘A Moment in the Sun’, and can’t put it down.

  5. Lyda Phillips says:

    Mr. Sayles, I’m from Pikeville, Kentucky and a McCoy descendant. Ever since I first saw Matewan, I knew you could make a quality film about the Hatfield McCoy feud. I just saw the first installment of the Kevin Costner version. So many inaccuracies–I would say this production was “based on the Hatfield-McCoy feud”. My older sister is the foremost living authority on the feud, knowing the actual history of the feud. And would it be possible to film somewhere that looked at least somewhat like Eastern KY–instead of Romania? You certainly captured the people, the time and place, the culture;
    the story of the struggle to unionize–in Matewan. It was wonderful–and I am a coal miner’s daughter. No one seems to be able to do this with historical Eastern KY/West Virginia–except you. I wish someday you would come to Eastern Kentucky and do a film based on the actual history of the feud. I admire you and your work very much.
    Lyda Phillips
    Lexington, Kentucky

  6. Donna Lagone says:

    A Moment in the Sun, Amigo(based on) and Go For Sisters, explore the relationship between American and Spanish cultures, peoples and their struggles to survive when thrown in the mix of life together. I think this struggle is universal,is there a reason, Spanish/American or like myself do you just love the Mexican/Spanish people, spending many happy years living through out Mexico.
    Thank you for being able to relay to us your thoughts and ideas thro’ the written word.

  7. William says:

    Hello, Mr. Sayles, Ms. Renzi and Company,

    I write you with a keen interest in working on your next film, GO FOR SISTERS as an Assistant Editor. This is what I do professionally, I can work with either AVID or FCP and can learn a new system easily if need be. I have worked on very low budgets and very quickly in the past so I would also be an asset in that regard. In addition, I speak, read and write in Spanish as well and spent years in South America. I admire your work immensely, and I would love this opportunity should you have the position. Either way, best of luck with your next film.


  8. adi says:

    Tijuana ♥ FTW!!!

  9. klong says:

    i had the pleasure of working on ‘GFS’, and recently the production wrapped filming after 4 wks. it was a very grueling schedule, with too many locations to remember.
    the crew was all-in, and most definitely ‘took one for the team’. the shooting schedule took us to calexico, ca, where it was 114 during the day and 90 at night. im surprised no one went down during that coupla days.
    john is a super person, and im honored to have worked with him again. he wastes no time delivering his shot list- sometimes handwritten just that morning- and getting what he needs out of his talented actors within a few takes. we shot very fast, had many company moves- sometimes 3-4,5 per day, and john handled it with very little frustration.
    (whereas some of the crew had no problem showing frustration, including myself).
    as fast, tough, hot, uncomfortable, sometimes unorganized, and mostly under-crewed because of the limited budget, (thank you to the killer p.a.’s), id gladly work with john again.

    just give me a few wks…

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  11. Boris DeLaine says:

    You should try digital distribution via Amazon because I pay for movies presently. I look forward to “Got for Sisters”. Thank you for your independent contribution to quality and insightful movies.

  12. Déglon Scholer Suzanne says:

    Dear John Sayles, dear Maggie Renzi,
    We wish you would come some day again to Lausanne even if your friend Berni Uhlmann doesn’t work any longer for the Cinémathèque. He retired a couple of years ago, and so did Raymond and I from our teaching jobs. Now, we just bathe in movies !!! Do you remember your visit to the Swiss Cinémathèque in Lausanne ? We had the privilege to have dinner with you and Maggie and we cherish this souvenir! How are you both doing ?
    We just had the pleasure to see GO FOR SISTERS in the Cannes Market and enjoyed the movie very much. We admire you and your work very much.
    We look forward to seeing your next work and hope all is well with you.
    Best wishes and best greetings. Suzanne (Déglon Scholer) and Raymond (Scholer)
    PS : We can’t find a DVD of AMIGO (2010), neither on Amazon, nor in the stores. Does it exist ?


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