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Kickstart Sunday: THE EYESLICER

A few weeks back, Kevin and I covered an anthology film called Collective: Unconscious on the podcast, an interesting experimental film where five filmmakers interpreted each other’s dreams to surprisingly great effect. Now, the creators of that project, Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell, are working

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UNSUNG INDIES: Albert Birney and Jon Moses’ THE BEAST PAGEANT

There are a number of aspects to the feature-length debut of Albert Birney and Jon Moses that can be seen (and should be seen) as impressive achievements in the realm of DIY creativity and execution; so many, in fact, that deciding upon the most crucial of these executions in terms of rendering the film an overall success is an impossible task as all of these imaginative facets are integral to the film’s overall charm and allure. The handmade sets, the creature costumes, the original music, the animation techniques, among others all coalesce into one of the more singular films to surface in the past decade (or so); one overloaded with imagination and fantasy.

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UNSUNG INDIES: Ahmed Khawaja & Andre Puca’s KWAK OR KASSANDRA WITH A K

Khawaja and Puca have constructed a dense work, disheveled in its themes and structure seemingly about everything and nothing in particular all at the same time, and yet they have also created  a work that is concurrently lightweight given its tone and sense of humor, a jovial jumble of carefree attitudes that cover the surface of a penetrating look at the therapeutic ability of creative expression and the fortifying nature of collaborative relationships.

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FOR THE PLASMA Review

Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan’s enigmatic debut, For The Plasma, seemingly about everything and nothing all at the same time rests at the intersection of cerebral over-complication and tongue-in-cheek, lo-fi jaunt, all on a nearly non-existent indie budget. The film’s playful avoidance of categorization or its incessant need to avoid any normal, discernible narrative path will surely have viewers, either, reveling in the ambiguity of it all or steadily growing ever more exasperated by its opaque nature.

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10 out of 10: 0.5MM

A miscellany of genres presented with a potpourri of visual stylings, Momoko Andô’s 0.5mm emulsifies screwball comedy and affecting drama into one epic emotional traversing across generational divides. Entrance into the lives of these pensioners is reluctantly granted through stereotypes and book-cover judgments then coaxed via blackmail into living arraignments that, in turn, give way to complex character portraits of lonely men in the diminuendo of life, cast aside from society and left to wilt away in their homes.

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UNSUNG INDIES: Aaron Schimberg’s GO DOWN DEATH

An unidentified war rages in the vicinity of an unidentified location within an unidentified time period in Aaron Schimberg’s directorial debut, Go Down Death, a cinematic adaptation based on the fabricated writings of folklorist Jonathan Mallory Sinus; a fluid traversing of vignettes, punctuated by mortar shells and rocket explosions, hosted by a collection of eccentrics killing time in their own ways.

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UNSUNG INDIES: Sophia Takal’s GREEN

With Green, her directorial debut, actress/producer Sophia Takal has taken the surface-level simplicity of the film’s thematic frame and transformed it into a nuanced exploration of inferred motivations and assumed objectives through a gradual probing of seemingly harmless interactions (both verbal and nonverbal), examining the psychological impact of insecurity, envy and jealousy.

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Kickstart Sunday: TWO PLAINS & A FANCY

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick is the latest from directors Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn, titled 2 Plains & A Fancy. Being a fan of their last film, L For Leisure, I’m very pumped to check this one out, which takes place in

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Kickstart Sunday: ORIENT CITY

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick is Orient City, a hand drawn animated film from Ryan Colucci and Zsombor Huszka. The film is a samurai western about a man sworn to protect a young girl after her family is killed and the

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UNSUNG INDIES: Theodore Collatos’s DIPSO

Collatos presents a man in the throes of recovery, pinned in between a collection of loved ones concurrently assisting and compounding the difficulty inherent within because of their mutual affections of shared coping mechanisms, within a healthy dose of naturalism; scripted scenes are almost indistinguishable from the rawness of the realism-infused ones with drunken antics and familial dialogues accompanied with the debris of reality playing out in faithfulness rendering identification of the borderlines a murky endeavor.

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Kickstart Sunday: THE MISANDRISTS

Although I’m not the biggest fan of his films, I have a pointed respect for Bruce LaBruce and his avant-garde, boundary-pushing body of work. His next film project, The Misandrists, revolves around a secret cell of feminists who hatch a plan

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Kickstart Sunday: Save The Chelsea Film Festival

In this week’s Kickstart Sunday I’d like to highlight the campaign to save the Chelsea Film Festival in New York City. If successfully funded, this will mark the fourth edition of the festival, which began in 2013, focusing on emerging talents within the