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6 items from 2013

Watch Jonathan Caouette's All Flowers In Time

26 November 2013 1:35 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

After causing something of a sensation with his debut feature Tarnation, director Jonathan Caouette went and got himself all weirded up for his subsequent Chloe Sevigny starring short film All Flowers In Time. How weird? Well, here's the official synopsis:"I am not from this place" declares a French cowboy. An old toothless man asks, "Do you know why you're here?". These shape shifting personalities infect young children with an evil signal in the form of a Dutch TV show. The red eyed girls and boys believe they can now become other people and monsters much to their delight.Yep, this is essentially Caouette doing the sort of thing David Lynch hasn't done for quite some time now and doing it quite well. The short was fairly...

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Now This Is What a Film Festival Venue Looks Like: Inside Mix NYC's Lair

15 November 2013 1:18 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 26th Annual Mix NYC, New York's Queer Experimental Film Festival is taking Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood by storm all week.  After opening earlier this week with a program of the best in queer film and video work and some performance and installation pieces, the festival rages on into the weekend. The festival, which was started by the filmmaker Jim Hubbard and the writer Sarah Schulman, has a long indie film history.  It's been a part of recent indie film history as the launching pad for Jonathan Caouette when he was finishing up "Tarnation."  Caouette will be back with two new shorts before the Saturday screening of Jason Ryan Yamas's "Not Me, Murphy." Read More: Que(e)ries: Talking To The Organizers Of Mix NYC, The Queer Film Festival That Does It Like Nobody Else Every year, the festival's venue, all dressed up with decorations and installations, is part of the allure, »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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Film Review: ‘Bridegroom’

8 October 2013 2:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Funded through the generosity of 6,508 Kickstarter supporters, “Bridegroom” is more than just the triple-hankie account of a young love story cut short, but a compelling virtual petition in support of gay marriage and equal rights for same-sex partners. Inspired by the popular 11-minute YouTube video “It Could Happen to You,” this super-lo-fi yet highly emotional docu will have sympathetic eyes crying buckets as it recaps how “world’s cutest couple” candidates Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom came out, met up and faced prejudice before and after Tom’s unexpected death. Fittingly, such grassroots filmmaking will earn followers organically over time.

After reaching many over the course of a summer-long festival run, during which it earned audience awards at Tribeca and four other sprocket operas, the touching docu opened on Oct. 4 in New York, to be followed by a few other theatrical stops. From its modest word-of-mouth origins to the »

- Peter Debruge

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Kiss of the Damned | Review

1 May 2013 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Nothing Human Loves Forever: Cassavetes’ Feature Debut Gloriously Vintage

Xan Cassavetes joins the family directorial legacy with her feature debut, Kiss of the Damned, a deliciously vintage throwback to the erotic horror output of the Hammer studio heyday. Previously, this Cassavetes was responsible for a 2004 documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, and her fiction debut seems considerably removed both from her own work and that of the familial output. A visual feast with a killer sound design, she manages to invoke Stephanie Rothman and Jean Rollin, where naughty immortal creatures from the dark side explore a bloodlust as inextinguishable as their sexual desires.

Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), a beautiful, lovelorn vampire residing in a remote mansion in the Connecticut countryside spends her nights hunting animals in the surrounding woods and watching vintage cinema. The residence belongs to Xenia (Anna Mougalalis), an actress and older, wiser vampire, but the estate »

- Nicholas Bell

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'Roger could judge a film for what it was': Indie Executives Tell Indiewire Why They Loved Roger Ebert

9 April 2013 9:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Throughout the week, Indiewire will feature remembrances of Roger Ebert from across the industry. Yesterday, we ran thoughts from filmmakers. Today, we're focusing on the indie executives. Ryan Werner, freelance consultant/formerly IFC Films: Last week as I was leaving my job at IFC Films, I received an email from Roger Ebert from the hospital wishing me well. I'll treasure it forever.  Like most people my age who grew up in the suburbs, I realized movies were something more than entertainment from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. I remember the first time I saw Roger Ebert holding court at the Cannes Film Festival in the American Pavilion. It was as thrilling as seeing Catherine Deneuve or Quentin Tarantino. Many years later I'd travel to his film festival in 2004 with Jonathan Caouette's one-of-a-kind film "Tarnation."  It was a great moment where you felt Ebert's blessing upon the work you were doing. »

- Indiewire Staff

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DVD Release: Walk Away Renee

5 April 2013 8:37 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: IFC Films

Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette follows up his 2003 documentary Tarnation with another movie about him and his mentally ill mother, Walk Away Renee.

In the earlier film, Caouette culled together snapshots, Super-8 footage, answering machine messages, video diaries and early short films to document his growing up with a schizophrenic mother. In Walk Away Renee, Caouette films his road trip to move his mother from Texas to New York, which both tightens and tests their bond.

Along the way, they tackle roadblocks including Renee’s mood-stabilizing medications and get glimpses of moments from their past. As Renee fights to maintain a grip on reality, Caouette is faced with deciding between sanity and mortality, familial devotion and personal survival.

Again, Caouette mixes film types, using candid home movies, split-screen verite musical montage, hallucinatory psychedelia and both real and imagined dramas.

Screened in a brief run in theaters, »

- Sam

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