Posts Tagged ‘Knuckle’

My Festival Experience

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Main Street, Park City

Main Street, Park City

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…)


Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Knuckle, directed by Ian Palmer, is a documentary about a clan of Irish travelers with a long lasting family feud. In order to resolve the issues they have with each other, the two main families, the Joyce and Quinn McDonough’s, bare knuckle fight each other. Instigated by videotapes, the rivaling families call each other out for a day of brawls and bribes. Palmer follows James Quinn McDonough for 13 years watching his fights and trying to uncover the history of the family feud. James at a younger age was a prized fighter but stopped until he was called back to fight for the McDonough family. He won every match and boasted that no other traveler could beat him. This unfortunately instigated more fights and the clan threw money and men on the table to take on the famed Quinn. (more…)