Tension abounds in writer/director Theodore Collatos’s latest feature, Tormenting the Hen, as nearly every discussion and/or interaction is laced with potential avenues providing offense and/or judgments, even the more inconspicuous and trivial subjects up for discussion harbor the possibility of illuminating surprising truths and viewpoints. With his script, Collatos has crafted a proverbial minefield for his characters to navigate, one that is laden with opportunities to weaponize any and all words and the hazards of crafting conclusions about others with incomplete information.
Introspection is not an easy task in private, let alone in public; it isn’t rare either, although, one’s introspection is usually shrouded in narrative creations to dampen and/or conceal its full extent. But, Arnow’s particular brand of introspection is of the splayed-open-for-all-to-see variety, which can be jarring at times given the breadth of intimate interactions she’s willing to share with the audience. Much of it seems ill-advised, but then again, who are we to judge. This is the director’s life, they’re making the decisions (for the most part) and one gets the sense that Arnow is doing this for herself mostly, we’re just spectating bystanders.
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Isiah Medina and his documentary Inventing the Future, an adaptation of the best-selling book Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams. The book is a fascinating look
20th Century Fox has released a short film called The Crossing that fills in some of the gaps between Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Set on the ship boarded by Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) at the end of
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Robert Rippberger and writer Sha-Risse Smith and their film Striver’s Row. This feature takes place in the Striver’s Row area of Harlem and revolves around a young woman struggling to keep
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Mengxi “Althea” Rao and her short film Three Seasons. We don’t normally pick student films for this feature, but after Mengxi reached out to me and described her MFA thesis film as
All things familiar, yet all things becoming increasingly sinister, Clark seems to have crafted a sci-fi horror/mystery film with no real, concrete horror elements. Instead, inundating the storyline with plenty of mystery, mystery piled atop mystery. A straightforward narrative film stalked and accosted by the experimental with Clark’s experimental imagery insinuating a cinematic approximation of the metaphysical as flashes of light cycle chaotic, reasoning and context seemingly lost in its rapid shuffle, abstraction deployed as the narrative catalyst.
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Robbie Snow and his film Nesting Dolls. The film is a feature-length psychological thriller involving three sorority sisters who turn on each other in violent ways after tragedy interrupts their week-long getaway.
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Cody Jarrett and his upcoming documentary Tura!, a documentary about actress/burlesque dancer Tura Satana, who you may remember from Russ Meyer‘s classic cult film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. As an unabashed fan of
With animation in the style of an old tapestry, this week’s Fandependent Films Winter Festival short film pick is Amanda McCann‘s Medieval Birthday Party. Coming in at just a minute, this tale of a nine year old attempting to invite people to