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…)
Posts Tagged ‘Uncle Kent’
Tonight I saw the world premiere of Joe Swanberg’s newest film Uncle Kent. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Joe’s films, some include Kissing on the Mouth (2005), LOL (2006), Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), Nights and Weekends (2008) and Alexander the Last (2009).
Joe is known for his involvement in the “Mumblecore” movement. Mumblecore can very basically be characterized as low budget movies that usually contain unscripted dialogue, no-name actors, no special effects, and follow the love lives of 20 year olds.