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.
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“Sound of My Voice” is roughly a film about a couple who infiltrate a cult. The man (Peter) played by Christopher Denham and the woman (Lorna) played by Nicole Vicius are trying to film a documentary that will expose the leader of the cult as a fraud. The cult leader is played by Brit Marling, who also co-wrote and produced the film. I’ve now seen Brit in two films that she’s co-wrote, produced, and starred in at Sundance this year. I’m convinced that she’s fantastic and a true inspiration. (more…)
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.
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…)