Posts Tagged ‘indie’

Bodily Fluids and Avocado Sex: A Review of “Wetlands”

Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Carla Juri is Helen in Wetlands

Carla Juri is Helen in "Wetlands"

There is so much going on in Park City this week that it really is impossible to do it all. Amid the big-name features, poignant documentaries and parties filled with beautiful people (and the fat guy from “Lost”), one film seems to be on everyones tongue: “Wetlands,” or as people have been referring to it, the film about the girl who masturbates with vegetables.

Billed by Buzzfeed as “The Most WTF, NSFW (what the fuck, not safe for work) Movie At This Year’s Sundance Film Festival,” the German film is much more than that, but you still will be squirming throughout. Adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name, it is a female coming-of-age picture that makes other popular coming-of-age pictures look like children’s programming on PBS.

Helen (Carla Juri) is, in her own words, a “living pussy hygiene experiment,” whose life has been shaped by her neurotic, tormenting mother and careless but vaguely loving father. Brought up to be extra vigilant about cleanliness, especially in regards to femininity, Helen throws it all out the window when her parents get divorced following the birth of her younger brother.

what indie film is to me

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Here’s my video on what independent film means to me. Help me get more than 1 view on this bad boy. Hope you enjoy it.

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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…)