Details the trials and tribulations of four student photographers who collaborate on one final project before graduation. Caught sharing photos in their portfolios, David, Karma, Danny, and...
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In this award-winning student film, a troubled writer questions his sanity as people in his life vanish without a trace - and it seems he's the only one who realizes it. Each disappearance ... See full summary »
Details the trials and tribulations of four student photographers who collaborate on one final project before graduation. Caught sharing photos in their portfolios, David, Karma, Danny, and Kevin are given a chance to save their final grade before graduation. Danny returns home that night to find his fiancé Stephanie in bed with another man. Unnoticed and enraged, he photographs them in the act, and shares the picture with the others. Inspired by the raw nature of the photograph, the four friends agree to use it as the thesis for their new portfolio... capturing subjects at their most vulnerable. Soon, their exploitative behavior begins to tear apart their lives and relationships, and they must come to terms with the harsh truths of their lives through the lens of a camera. Written by
Mike Flanagan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When I first saw Still Life at Flickapalooza, I was completely floored. From the opening shot of the ensemble cast (Zak Jeffries, Jamie Sinsz, Natalie Roers, and Michael Caloia) to the closing shot of a broken down car on a highway in the middle of nowhere, I was captivated. This film set a new benchmark for independent film that will be hard to surpass.
The characters in this story were amazingly real and complex - a nice change of pace from the cardboard cutouts that come from Hollywood. Zak Jeffries (as Danny Potter) showed such deep inner turmoil and angst that he nearly broke my heart, and yet he never let his acting become too melodramatic. Someday this kid is going to go far in the world of screen acting.
Another brilliant performance came from Jamie Sinsz playing the role of David Stiles. Many people, including myself, feel that Mr. Sinsz's portrayal of David is brilliant, funny, and tragic. David is a living, breathing individual who's change through the film is astounding, yet the audience can't help but laugh at his sarcastic one-liners which, at times, steals the movie.
Natalie Roers is an incredible and lovely woman who pulls off an amazing performance in Still Life. Her style, charm, and class created a tragic sense of hope in everyone around her, yet her character, Karma, was incapable of ending a bad relationship which threatened her life and sanity.
Apart from the plot, which is completely engrossing, the cinematography was done so well, that at times I would wonder what they actually shot the movie on. It was shot on Digital Video, but the D.P. (The award-winning Nate Stark) managed to make me wonder if what I was seeing wasn't 35mm film.
Someday very soon, the writer/director/editor Mike Flanagan will be recognized by the general public for his talent in the area of film. I expect to see big things from him in the coming years, and can't wait to see his next film (whatever it may be).
If you have the chance, see Still Life while it is still running through the festival circuit. And, if not, go to Baltimore, look Mr. Flanagan up, and pay him to get a look at this jewel of a film. It was worth every dollar I paid to see it.
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