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Kickstart Sunday: Rooftop Films

If you’re a film fan living in New York, odds are you’re familiar with the fantastic Rooftop Films organization and the great screenings they exhibit throughout the city. I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of their events when

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Kickstart Sunday: BLOOD MACHINES

About a year ago I saw this awesome music video for Carpenter Brut‘s song Turbo Killer- a throwback to glorious ’80s genre cinema and music videos. Sure, nostalgia is all the rage now and we’ve seen a boatload of other films emulating

Watch Wes Anderson’s New Holiday-themed Short

Christmas has come early for Wes Anderson fans, as the director has reteamed with The Darjeeling Limited star Adrien Brody for a new train-centric adventure. The short film is a pretty inventive, and probably expensive, way for H&M to advertise some new

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Kickstart Sunday: THE SOUNDING

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Catherine Eaton and her upcoming mystery The Sounding. Expanded from a short film by the same name, The Sounding revolves around a young woman living with her grandfather on a remote island who

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Kickstart Sunday: THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from the master of schlock himself, Frank Henenlotter, and his upcoming documentary The Trial of Mike Diana. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, Mike Diana was a cartoonist who, in 1994, was arrested and

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Kickstart Sunday: TORMENTING THE HEN

This week on Kickstart Sunday, we’re looking at the latest feature film from director Theodore Collatos (Dipso), titled Tormenting the Hen. The film is a psychological thriller about a couple heading to a rural town in order to show off their play at a

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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.