I was not able to get ahold of my second Indie Classic, and knew that I would need to choose an alternative. There were a few other students that had similar problems; so we ventured to Nate Andersen’s office. Which could also be referred to as a library, specifically one for movies. He handed me Personal Velocity within seconds, and I knew from the cover it was a going to be a good match.
It is not one of the 50 essential indie films talked about in our text, but it was selected for Sundance in 2002 and won the Grand Jury Price. It was originally a novel by Rebecca Miller who then adapted it into a screenplay and also directed it. This is the second film she has directed after Angela. Miller’s career, in the entertainmentbusiness, started as an actress, manly for TV shows. Once she switched to being behind the camera, she did not go back. Another one of her well-known movies is The Ballad of Jack and Rose starring her husband Daniel Day-Lewis. She has not yet directed a movie that she herself did not write. Although, she did only write the screenplay for Proof. This spring she has a new film coming out called, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. (more…)