I obviously have a fond and emotional connection to the video store culture as it was back in the day. And I know that the city of Dallas will miss having Premiere Video around to serve as a one-stop go-to place to find something you’re dying to see but couldn’t find elsewhere or to just load up on films for a couple nights.
He, more or less, hired me because I was a theatre kid that had a warehouse of movie knowledge in my head and California State Law pretty much required someone with my career ambitions to work in a video store at some point as they attempted to get their SAG card or sell their first script.
FILMS GONE WILD: Singing the praises of the truly great Florida Film Festival after doing the jury thing and talking to Billy Crudup for an hour
that attention to detail and/or the prioritization as to where that attention to detail should be focused routinely comes from the top. And this is where I have to give a big nod to Executive Director David Schillhammer, Programming Director Matthew Curtis, and Programming Coordinator Tim Anderson. Those positions are fraught with epic headache-inducing crises and tough judgment calls, and thankless task after thankless task. And David, Matthew, and Tim, managed to both do whatever they had to do to command their film festival ship and heard the cats that are the filmmakers, jury members, patrons, sponsors, film fans, etc. quite obviously have good film programming chops, and also display poise befitting Mr. Roarke from “Fantasy Island.”
FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: Inside The Loop Film Festival announces Call for Entries – New Ohio-based fest makes its debut in October
The Inside the Loop Film Festival today announced a Call for Entries for the inaugural edition of the film festival which will take place at the Sharonville Cultural Center in Sharonville, Ohio on October 6-8.
FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: Studio Movie Grill will be Presenting Sponsor for WTxFF, Vanessa Cook is new Executive Director
The Women Texas Film Festival announced today that Studio Movie Grill (SMG) will be the presenting sponsor for this year’s edition of the critically acclaimed film festival. WTxFF also announced that film festival and film production veteran Vanessa Cook has come onboard as the festival’s Executive Director.
FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: The Dallas Film Society and Studio Movie Grill team up for a Movie Madness Marathon
The Summer Movie Madness Marathon mimics fundraising walks, runs, and bike rides, with the participants asked to acquire pledges from friends, family, co-workers, etc. to donate funds based on whether or not they watch all four films that day. There will also be prizes for the film fans given away at each screening and for the most money raised for the organization, as well as special appearances to introduce each of the films.
TRIBECA 2017 REVIEWS: Rainer Sarnet’s NOVEMBER and Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s THE ENDLESS offers up scares and WTF moments aplenty highlighting this year’s Tribeca Midnight fare
For all of the heady titles a fancy fest like Tribeca boasts, there’s also a nice bit of midnight movie material floating around. Two standouts grabbed my attention, albeit for very different reasons. One is a bizarro bit of dark folklore from deep within the Baltic states. The other is an old-fashioned supernatural yarn set in rural America in the mold of The Twilight Zone. Both are great examples of how a discerning festival can find sublime treasures even in the over-trodden tropes of fantasy flicks.
TRIBECA 2017 REVIEWS: Dome Karukosi’s TOM OF FINLAND bio-pic is an entertaining and well-told reminder of the reality of bigotry toward gay people that is currently having a resurgence (as our reviewer was reminded yet again following the screening)
The film itself is very well-handled. It hits most of the standard biopic tropes with exceeding competence and sensitivity. Setting the stoic nature of Finnish culture aside, Pekka Strang’s performance as Tom evokes a great deal of the frustration and longing which surely the artist felt. It’s a maddening proposition.
TRIBECA 2017 REVIEWS: Zefrey Throwell and Josephine Decker’s FLAMES, is a doc/narrative hybrid depicting a couple “arting” themselves to death
Prepare to witness jarring scenes of the couple having sex – not regular sex – it’s almost at a genuinely daredevil level. No, this isn’t a porno, but it certainly edges up against those borders at times. Thankfully, there isn’t too much of this, and it really does serve a purpose. This film is all about vulnerability. These are people slicing themselves open on screen, going to a lot of trouble to show us in piercing detail all of their flaws and frailty.
In honor of the wonderfulness of Patty Jenkins’ WONDER WOMAN, this group of films has a loose connection of amazing women, including; the incredibly underrated director that Ida Lupino was (THE HITCH-HIKER), a “I’m having more fun than I should be allowed” performance by Glenn Close in THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, a Marilyn Monroe double feature, one of Julie Andrews’ somewhat less-heralded favorites (for me at least) gems (THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY), as well as an extremely late-to-the-party screening of ROGUE ONE.
THE GUEST COLUMN: Gregory Kallenberg on the Genesis, the Rarity, and the Real (Big) Money Opportunity that is the Louisiana Film Prize
as a final attempt to sway you to make a film or, in the least, come to Shreveport in October, please know why this competition was created. It was created for you, the filmmaker. I deeply wanted to give you a reason to practice your art and your passion. I wanted to give you a goal to strive for and for that goal to yield the creation of a film you would be proud of. To me, there are fewer and fewer places that celebrate your work in a way you deserve, and, to me, there is no better place — dare I say it? — on the planet to do this besides the Film Prize!
VOD REVIEWS: Nathan Morlando’s MEAN DREAMS offers up a classic story of star-crossed young lovers with a swan song performance by Bill Paxton
MEAN DREAMS not only isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, it revels in the trappings of its poor, farm country setting, story tropes, and the familiar character archetypes it puts forward. The film banks on the romantic dynamic between the two leads (Sophie Nelisse, and Josh Wiggins), as well as the villain role embodied by Paxton..
VOD REVIEWS: Justin Kurzel’s THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS is an under appreciated horror masterpiece waiting to be re-discovered on VOD
The reek of degradation is so impactful, it’s hard to wash away from the mind. And therein lies the true horror the film offers as well as its cinematic triumph. The murders take a back seat to the explorations of the utter raping of the psyche of a teenager we are subjected to. No amount of gore could make an audience more uneasy, seeking the exits than what The Snowtown Murders has conjured.
VOD REVIEWS: Martin Koolhoven’s BRIMSTONE delivers a brutal, bloody western with three old school star turns by Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, and Kit Harrington
Yes, it is unforgivingly violent, and frequently – literally perverse, and twisted, but ultimately the strength of the film falls on the two leads, Fanning and Pearce, as well as a supporting turn by “Game of Thrones” star, Kit Harrington, as a gunslinger who becomes an ally to Liz, during an earlier chapter of her life.
Perhaps the best breakout comedy movie from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is a Capra-esque gem called Nobody’s Watching. It’s a smartly-executed work which captures powerful and authentic emotions, whose laughs are not throwaway and cheap, but based in real sadness and approached with great reverence.
TEN (OKAY, EIGHT) BURNING QUESTIONS: Elina Psykou’s Tribeca Film Festival Award-winner, SON OF SOFIA
It was almost shocking to discover this gentle, cheery person with a disarmingly childlike smile was the same person who made such a dark and challenging movie. The contrast between who I encountered in a hotel lobby and what audiences will encounter with Son of Sofia only augments the sense of humanity both the film and filmmaker so strongly convey.
Christian D. Bruun’s documentary, BLUE GOLD: AMERICAN JEANS, is a pretty classic version of a documentary that likely introduces you to a world you had no idea ever existed. The film looks at the literal history of blue jeans from their creation, the evolution of jeans as a wardrobe staple, and then a fashion sensation, and international presence, and finally, a highly coveted collectors item.
SHORTS AND TO THE POINT: Pascal Leister’s LONE HUNTER delivers nuance and heartbreak in a dramatization of a real-life race-related shooting tragedy
We did extensive research and we watched some documentaries about the case, so we had that as a background. One problem was that to this day there is no clear answer as to who fired the first shot. The details of actual events in the woods are somewhat murky. So we went for our interpretation and took some artistic license to fit it all into the dramatic arc of a short. We weren’t necessarily trying to retell the actual events to the tee but we tried to create an authentic, plausible story.
SHORTS AND TO THE POINT: Konstantina Kotzamami’s LIMBO is a haunting journey through symbolism, gender performance and socialization
How Kotzamani’s symbols in LIMBO are knit together in a tapestry that portrays the mystery that is woman between burned virgins, male anger, and a whale that loses whole humans in its belly as a pack of young boys ponder it is nothing less than masterful storytelling that equally enraptures the viewer’s emotions and senses.
SHORTS and to The Point: Jessica Curtright and Santiago C. Tapia’s IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING instantly grabs you by the bloody shorthairs
We write and edit together – 2 people but like one brain really. We read a while ago that the Coen brothers edit with 2 keyboards plugged into the same computer. We thought, “that’s interesting, why not give it a try,” and it stuck. That’s how we write and edit.