Posts Tagged ‘2014’

Documentary Shorts Program 2

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Redstone Theater - Sundance 2014

Redstone Theater - Sundance 2014

There is a lot of excitement floating around here at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The streets are full of talk about all the films that are playing and people are lining up to get their hands on tickets before they sell out. Although getting tickets for the film of your choice is proving to be quite difficult, I am so glad I was able to register for some short films before arriving. The short films here at Sundance are sometimes forgotten about, but deserve much more attention. I’ve seen a total of 3 shorts programs and have enjoyed all of them for different reasons, but the shorts documentary program 2 that I saw today has been my favorite so far, and it wasn’t just because I got to see Robert De Niro. The documentary shorts program 2 had a total of three films. The first, I Think this is the Closest to How the Footage Looked, directed by Yuval Hameiri and Michal Vaknin was a touching and creative film about a personal experience of Yuval Hameiri. Yuval’s mother was very ill and his father had spent some time filming her the day before she passed away. The day after Yuval’s mother had passed, his father picked up the camera again to film the empty space where she had once been, but had not known that Yuval had rewound the tape in the camera so his father was unknowingly recording over the footage of his wife’s last day alive. (more…)

3 Defining Aspects of Indie Film (As Compared to Hollywood Film)

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

It’s almost time for the Sundance Film Festival. Know what that means? Lots and lots of those groovy “independent” movies all the kids are talking about! But if you’re reading up on indie films, you may find yourself wondering just what makes one particular film “independent.” Independent from what exactly? Are some movies dependent on something? And what is that thing? Aren’t we all dependent on everything else around us, coexisting symbiotically in this big, beautiful organism we call Earth, unless, of course, you’re the subject of Kelly Clarkson’s classic song, Miss Independent?

Never thought Id see that pop-culture reference again.

Never thought you'd see that reference again.

Maybe. I don’t have all the answers. You could try asking that guy Jeeves, but my little Kelly Clarkson reference was still relevant the last time anyone went to that site. (more…)

What is Independent Film?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The definition of Independent film is not something that can be easily explained and I would argue that there are many misconceptions about what entitles a film to be classified as ‘independent’ or ‘indie’. Prior to reading Michael Z. Newman’s “Indie: an American Film Culture” and before the viewing of examples in class, I am willing to admit that I had a pretty shallow idea about what it meant to call a film ‘independent’. I had hardly considered some of the major contributing elements that are mentioned in Newman’s book. Newman explains that ‘indie’ does not simply refer to a genre of film making, but rather is an encompassing term for the culture of independent film. At first, this seemed like a somewhat difficult concept to understand, but through Newman’s explanations it becomes obvious how essential it is to acknowledge indie as a culture.

Recognizing ‘indie’ as a culture allows for a better understanding of both the history and general aspirations of independent film and their creators. Due to the broad explanation of ‘indie’ that Newman offers it is discovered that classifying films as independent may be more difficult due to the lack of strict defining characteristics so to better our understanding, he offers us three slogans or exemplars of what distinguishes independent films from Hollywood films. These three exemplars are; characters are emblems, form is a game, and when in doubt, read as anti-Hollywood. (more…)

Eraserhead – Film Review

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Scene in Eraserhead when baby is being birthed out of Henrys collar

Scene in Eraserhead when baby is being 'birthed' out of Henry's collar

Eraserhead, directed by David Lynch is an interesting yet disturbing film that tells a story about Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) and his girlfriend Mary X (Charlotte Stewart). Mary has recently given birth to a premature, mutant baby and the frustrated mother storms out of Henry’s apartment leaving him to care for the child. Henry’s soon discovers the child is very ill and tries to care for him. Throughout the film, Henry experiences many emotions towards the child and becomes increasingly frustrated towards him. There are a number of dream sequences which give us an idea about what is going on in Henry’s mind which is helpful to the viewer since there is so little dialogue throughout the film. (more…)