8 items from 2009
No longer will you wonder why the cool Culture Sf stories of cult Scots writer Iain M. Banks have yet to make it to the big screen – that little oversight should be rectified in the future with the news that a movie adaptation of a Banks short story is in the works, with Dominic Murphy directing and co-writing the script.
The film, based on the Banks’ story A Gift From The Culture, is being produced by Mass Productions, jointly owned by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment together with Murphy, who will be co-writing the screenplay with Shane Smith, the same slick partner Murphy used in his award-winning debut feature, White Lightnin’.
Murphy is obviously enthused about working with Smith. “Our partnership on White Lightnin’ worked out really well,” Murphy told Screen Daily on October 21, 2009. “We made an ambitious film with minimal resources and in tough conditions, »
Directors: Julien Nitzberg
Review by: cyberhal
Rating: 8 out of 10
The White clan are West Virginia’s most psychotic, fun living, pill popping, gun toting and just plain dangerous family ever. “Boy, this is how we do it hillbilly style” says one of the clan as he blows stuff away with a rifle in the backyard. There are loads of people in the White clan, and I could barely understand their thick Appalachian accents, but I have to tell you, I love these people. A beautiful toxic tonic to the fake drivel that make up the Kardashians. An inspiration to anarchists everywhere, and also to people who think that Ozzy Osbourne turned into a giant pansy. The doc. was the brainchild of Johnny Knoxville of Jackass fame, and MTV stumped up the finance.
You might have already heard of Jesco White, son of the mountain dancing legend D. »
Directors: Dominic Murphy
Trailer: Unavailable (boo!)
Review by: Dr. Nathan
Rating: 8 out of 10
Tapping the Source
White Lightnin’ is a sorta biographic flick about Jesco "the Dancing Outlaw" White, an Appalachian step dancer with a “weak mind” and a propensity to keep it that way. On a metaphoric level, it’s also a film about what tends to happen when you treat mental illness with a combination of brutality and drugs. And literal religion.
White Lightnin’ is a story about a man trying to escape himself and who will go to insane lengths to get there. Done documentary style, we first meet Jesco White (Jessie) when he’s just six years old and is already a connoisseur of high-octane gasoline and lighter fluid. While sonny boy huffs and puffs, his father, D-Ray, amuses all at the neighborly get-togethers by doing a little fancy mountain step-dancing. »
From the Over the Top Fest website Written by Vice Magazine co-founders, Shane Smith and Eddy Moretti, White Lightnin’ tells the story of Jesco White, ‘The Dancing Outlaw’. Jesco (Edward Hogg) is the last of the Appalachian Mountain dancers. Ever since he was a child who was hooked on huffing gas and lighter fluid, his daddy D Ray (Prison Break’s Muse Watson) tried to keep his boy on the right hand of the Lord. But it didn’t always take. When D Ray is murdered, Jesco is in danger of falling into the darkness. Thankfully he has two calming influences in his life. The traditional dances that his father had taught him as a boy, and his loving wife, Priscilla (Carrie Fisher). They can only soothe his demons for so long though before Jesco spirals out of control and leaves in his wake, one of the darkest rampages you’ll see all year. »
And one more giveaway before calling it a night. Once again thanks to the generosity of Over The Top Fest we have 5 double passes for the opening night film White Lightnin’.
Written by Vice Magazine co-founders, Shane Smith and Eddy Moretti, White Lightnin’ tells the story of Jesco White, ‘The Dancing Outlaw’. Jesco (Edward Hogg) is the last of the Appalachian Mountain dancers. Ever since he was a child who was hooked on huffing gas and lighter fluid, his daddy D Ray (Prison Break’s Muse Watson) tried to keep his boy on the right hand of the Lord. But it didn’t always take.
When D Ray is murdered, Jesco is in danger of falling into the darkness. Thankfully he has two calming influences in his life. The traditional dances that his father had taught him as a boy, and his loving wife, Priscilla (Carrie Fisher). They can only »
Man, where I live (near Denver, Colorado) we really don't have much in the way of fests except for the Denver Film Festival and the one in Boulder which both heavily favor high-brow fest circuit stuff which really isn't interesting to us around here which is why I'm jealous of our own Dr. Nathan who will get to see the opening night film White Lightnin' (stills here), the story of the dancing outlaw Jesco White. Also playing will be Tokyo!, Qe favorite Visioneers (review), and the indy Norse discovery of America flick (which Magnolia picked up and I have a screener of, woop!) Severed Ways.
But Ott not only does film, they do music to.. so check it all out at the website below.
Fest website with tickets and more
Feature film descriptions and short film list after the break.
White Lightnin' (UK) - Canadian Premiere
7:00 @ The »
And here's the rest, including the Midnight Section, all after the break.
This collection of engaging and entertaining narrative features and documentaries, a mixture of dark comedies and lighter fare, offers work from returning filmmakers, established talent, and popular subjects, and includes 10 World Premieres. Included in Encounters are performances from Academy Award®-nominated actors Thomas Haden Church, Melissa Leo, Elisabeth Shue; directorial debuts from both Eric Bana and Cheryl Hines (from a screenplay by Adrienne Shelly); stories ranging from an ill-fated man's discovery of inspiration and happiness, dysfunctional families, and unrequited high school crushes to a doc on the emergence of New York’s independent film scene.
• Blank City, directed by Celine Danhier. (USA) - World Premiere, Documentary. Celine Danhier’s kinetic doc mirrors the urgent, anything-goes energy of her subject: the Diy independent film movement that emerged in tandem with punk rock in late ‘70s downtown New York. »
A 1991 PBS documentary called Dancing Outlaw introduced the world to the life and times of gas-huffing, vengeance-seeking, tap-dancin’ Jesco White. White Lightnin’, which premiered recently at Sundance, is British director Dominic Murphy’s reportedly more surreal take on this fabled Appalachian anti-hero. While not locked in reform school, work camps, or the psych ward, the young Jesco White learned his special breed of clog dancing from his father, who was eventually killed in a random act of hillbilly violence. In White Lightnin’ Jesco picks up his daddy’s tap shoes and hits the road, where he comes to grips with the art, addiction, and madness that have plagued his violent life story. And somewhere along the way he meets his wife, played by none other than Carrie Fisher. While David D’Arcy speaks almost fondly of White Lightnin’s redneck-exploitation (he was probably stretching for other ways to describe this »
8 items from 2009
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