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Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
Increasingly prolific indie filmmaker Nathan Silver delivers another compact slice of life in “Uncertain Terms,” an unassuming study of a man hiding out from a disintegrating marriage at his aunt’s home for pregnant teens. At times so slight the entire enterprise threatens to fade away right before your eyes, Silver’s fourth pic in five years still merits a look on the bigscreen for the agile visual contributions of d.p., editor and co-scenarist Cody Stokes. While the film is already making international fest rounds after a Los Angeles fest debut, its broader commercial prospects are even more microscopic than the narrative. One imagines Silver wouldn’t have it any other way.
A self-described “30-year-old man with a receding hairline,” Robbie (David Dahlbom, making a confident film debut) escapes his life in Brooklyn for the isolated upstate abode of his aunt Carla (Cindy Silver, the director’s mother). A knocked-up teenager herself once, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Rebounds and Role-play: Silver’s Latest Returns to Uncomfortable Interactions
With his fourth feature film, Uncertain Terms, indie film director Nathan Silver advances the knack he has for exploring awkward and uncomfortable human interactions within the confines of people suffering through displaced, temporary scenarios. Perhaps more thematically aligned with his 2012 film, Exit Elena, Silver’s penchant for characters seemingly hell bent on making wrong decisions, (a la his aggravating protagonist in Soft in the Head) takes center stage here. Relationships and the nascent notion of responsibility are hardly finite fixtures, something playfully, agonizingly explored.
Robbie (David Dahlbom) has left Brooklyn to works as a handyman for his Aunt Carla (Cindy Silver) in the Hudson Valley. It’s not at first clear why, but he seems to be running away from something back home and without much of a plan. Carol runs a home for pregnant teen girls in the countryside, »
- Nicholas Bell
3 items from 2014
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