A diptych on the inner lives of supporting characters, each afforded the lead in their own half of the film, is how writer/director Joyce Wong decides to explore the ups and downs of the people that usually occupy the margins of a film in her debut, Wexford Plaza. A series of interactions, both intimate and social, taking place within the vacant spaces of a strip mall tilting towards dereliction, of well-meaning intentions unraveling the frayed strands of two lives to differing degrees.
The 2017 Slamdance Film Festival is wrapping up and with that this year’s award winners have been announced. Daniel Warth‘s Dim The Fluorescents won the Narrative Feature Jury Prize, with Stefan Avalos‘ Strad Style winning the Documentary Feature Jury
The 34th edition of the Miami Film Festival is set to kick off March 3rd – 12th and today the full lineup of films has been announced. This year’s festival will feature 131 feature narratives, docs, and shorts from 40 different countries.
As the title of Bill Waterson’s comedy Dave Made a Maze suggests, Dave does indeed make a maze — and what a maze it is. Exploding with creativity, this quirky film about a slacker who creates a cardboard labyrinth in his apartment and subsequently gets himself and his friends lost inside is a ridiculously fun and absurd romp that had me chomping at the bit to uncover each and every unique room and passageway.
An experiment in narrative storytelling, Joji Koyama and Tujiko Noriko’s Kuro sets out to rethink and/or reappropriate certain modes of storytelling within the cinematic landscape. Its experimentation is as refined as it is all-encompassing resulting in an intriguing film-viewing experience as the imagery and sounds of Kuro (almost) never exist within the same spatial reality, each specific aspect detailing different moments in time, concurrently as an overlay of past and present.
Withdrawn is a fitting title for Adrian Murray’s feature-length debut as nearly every aspect of the production appears to inhabit some form of withdrawal within its process. Granted, the title seems to directly refer to the specifics of the film’s narrative regarding a young man plotting to withdraw funds from someone else’s misplaced credit card, but it also extends itself outward, permeating every inch of the film’s fabric.
The world of cinema set-ups is chockablock with the familiar and the unique and in the case of Dim the Fluorescents, director Daniel Warth alongside co-writer Miles Barstead have pooled the two into a unique take of a familiar narrative. The familiar: focusing on the plight of the struggling artist; the unique: the struggling artists in this case bide their time by producing and performing elaborate demonstrations for companies and corporations.
Stefan Avalos’ Strad Style opens with an ominous shot of the lead subject, Daniel Houck, burning what appears to be pieces of a violin in a fire, a stressful way to begin a documentary about a small-town guy attempting to make a 100 percent accurate version of arguably the most famous and expensive violin in the world, Guarneri’s Il Cannone.
A we continue to highlight entries in this season’s Fandependent Film Festival, this week our pick comes to us from Chris de Krijger and Mischa Dols and their film Hemelpoort. The film revolves around a newly deceased man who, after entering the
A new festival trailer has been released for the upcoming thriller Before I Fall in which a girl is doomed to live out the same day over and over again, questioning just how perfect her perfect life is. The film is directed
A festival trailer for Adrian Murray‘s comedy Withdrawn has been released ahead of its premiere at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival in Park City. The film revolves around Aaron, a slacker living in a basement who finds a credit card and decides
A festival trailer has been released for Jordan Canning‘s comedy Suck It Up, making its premiere at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival. Written by Julia Hoff, the film stars Erin Carter and Grace Glowicki as two best friends heading to the mountains in order
The Fall 2016 Fandependent Films Festival has concluded and this season’s winners have been announced. Jorge Ortigoza‘s The Last Christmas (La Ultima Navidad), pictured above, got first place and will receive a distribution deal through Indie Rights.
Having just wrapped their successful Fall season, submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 Fandependent Films Winter Festival. For this edition, the fest will focus on short films, highlighting 60 of the top submissions.
Sundance has announced the lineup for their 2017 shorts program, which includes Come Swim (pictured), Kristen Stewart’s first directorial effort. The slate includes 68 titles total.