Being in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival (and all of the stuff going on around it, like Slamdance) was definitely an exciting and memorable experience. It was amazing to see the US premieres (and in several cases the world premieres) of the newest indie films and not knowing if you just saw a movie that will be the next big thing or a movie that will never be seen again by anyone who didn’t see it here. I found myself genuinely hoping for all of the movies I saw to receive the highly sought after distribution deals, especially after the Q&A sessions with the directors, casts, and crews. They all put so much passion, heart, and effort into an endeavor that may be their big break, but could also come to nothing. I have even more respect now for the amount of work that goes into making a film and especially into making one that makes it to this level. I also feel like I have a slightly better grasp now on the ever-elusive term “independent film.” (more…)
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I would have done the full Q&A, but my camera was low on juice so I went with the ending applause and the introductions of the cast members of the world premiere of Mike Cahill’s “Another Earth”. This screening got a rare standing ovation at Eccles Theatre (which sits around 1100-1200 people). I think it is pretty clear the director, actors, and everyone who worked on the film are a little overwhelmed.
You may not know who she is, which is just fine with me, but I do. Brit Marling is a break out writer and actress who stars in two movies at this years Sundance Film Festival. One of them, which picked up distribution with Fox Searchlight Films “Another Earth” (the same company that distributed “Black Swan“) and the other in the NEXT category called”Sound of my Voice”. Both of which I enjoyed immensely (which surprisingly enough she worked on both films at the same time because the directors of both films lived in the same house).
First of all taking this class has really broadened my understanding of what it means to make an independent film; also it has filled me with respect, respect for Independent Film makers. For myself, I could never be an Independent film maker, way to stressful. I do like however that they can retain the majority of their creative license. Being at Sundance this year has shown me that no matter your budget, you can still make any kind of film you want. All of the films I saw while at the festival this year were fantastic. I saw thirteen films, my favorites of which were Another Earth, Take Shelter, and Hobo With A Shotgun. My least favorites and that doesn’t mean they were bad they just weren’t as good. They were: Dreaming of Lucid Living, Knuckle, and Position Among the Stars.
Receiving a standing ovation at Sundance is a pretty big deal. In fact, receiving a standing ovation at Eccles Theater (which seats about a 1,000 plus) is about as epic as it gets for a filmmaker. The goofy, brilliant, and lovable Mike Cahill wowed the audience with his first feature film Another Earth.
Another Earth offers a unique blend of drama and science fiction. On the night that a twin planet earth is discovered, John Burroughs (William Mapother), loses his family when the recently M.I.T. accepted Rhoda (Brit Marling), slams into his car. Four years later, after John wakes from his coma, and Rhoda is released from prison, their story begins to unravel.
Well it’s the fourth day of Sundance, and I have seen the best film; or at least the best film so far. Today I saw “Another Earth” and it was great! I haven’t seen a film that felt this unique and fresh in a long time. “Another Earth” is about a girl who, after a horrific accident, seeks forgiveness in the man she took everything from. Eventually she learns to love him and because of her, he can turn his grief into a new born spirit. Together they change their lives.
Here at Sundance, in one day (yesterday), I saw two different films starring, co-written, and produced by indie up and comer Brit Marling. The first, Another Earth, I saw at noon at the Eccles Theater and the second, sound of my voice, I saw later in the evening at the significantly smaller Yarrow Theater. I really enjoyed both films and the rest of both audiences seemed to as well (Another Earth received a standing ovation from packed theater of well over a thousand people). Although the two films covered very different subject matters and bore the artistic styles of two different directors, the link between the two of Brit Marling’s unique style of storytelling was evident. She definitely has a beautiful and intriguing way of crafting an enthralling story in which you never know what will happen next, in which you’re never quite sure which side you believe, and where even the ending can be interpreted in various different ways. (more…)