4 items from 2010
Reviewed by Dane Marti
Throughout the history of moving images, there have been many films that have dealt with alienated, disaffected youth. Gosh, every decade has a new armada of weird teenagers to complement the incoming freshman of either High School or College: Zits can be big business, baby. In reality, a person’s early years can be extremely dramatic, filled with hormonal conflict. Besides, filmmakers love to make movies that contain messages that appeal to the massive audiences who pay the large sums to see the latest weekend release. These days, that large crowd is in their teens and twenties. Anyway, I imagine that everyone has at least one horror story from his or her early years. I might have too many.
As far as this film goes, ‘The Graduate’ has nothing to worry about. Neither does good ol’ Holden Caulfield in the groundbreaking novel, A Catcher in the Rye. »
- Movie Geeks
Typically lost amongst all the big media hoopla of panels, booths, celebrity appearances, etc., is that San Diego’s annual Comic-Con hosts an International Independent Film Festival that runs concurrently along with the convention, which will be this year on July 22-25.
This is a full-fledged fest with short and feature-length films from all over the world that are typically either genre or comic book related. The full lineup of films screening this year is listed below. Screening blocks are broken up by genre: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics, Horror, Documentary, Humor and Science Fiction.
Not listed below are the assorted panels that will be held specifically for the festival. Plus, on Sunday there will be an Awards Presentation followed by repeat screenings of all the winners.
The festival is doing something a little bit differently this year in that it’s not going to be held in the actual convention center. »
- Mike Everleth
Los Angeles may be considered the film capital of the world, but what is “film” these days anyway? A new L.A-based festival has just popped up that addresses and celebrates all of the unique forms that visual storytelling can take in our new media world.
The inaugural New Media Film Festival will run the course of one weekend, June 11-13, at the Downtown Independent theater and show a mix of Internet-based short films, “webisodes,” documentaries that deal with the way media influences and is influenced by real world affairs and feature films in which new media figures as a major story element.
While the festival is strictly concerned with new media, I do want to note that there is a slight “underground” connection. While the fest was founded by Susan Johnston, the event’s Artistic Director is David Kleiler, who founded the Boston Underground Film Festival way back in 1998. Plus, »
- Mike Everleth
Character actor Beth Grant, who has appeared in everything from Rain Man to Crazy Heart, was in Austin last fall for the world premiere at Austin Film Festival of Herpes Boy, a film she both co-produced and starred in. Herpes Boy returns to town as an Aff special screening this week at Alamo Lake Creek. You can read our Herpes Boy review -- better yet, listen to this interview for Grant's perspective of this quirky comedy. She also discusses what it was like to work with Mike Judge in Extract and with "Sandy" (Bullock), Donnie Darko and the role of myths in film, and offers advice to women who want to get into filmmaking.
Listen to Slackerwood's interview with Beth Grant now. »
- Debbie Cerda
4 items from 2010
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