11 items from 2012
My Saturday at aGLIFF Polari began with the Family Films shorts program. This kid-friendly screening included three fantastical tales -- two of them new and one a timeless classic.
First up was The Maiden and the Princess, one of the most delightful shorts I've seen lately, about a girl in need of a different kind of fairy tale and a rogue storyteller determined to see that she gets it. Familar faces David Anders and Julian Sands topped the cast list of this short directed by Ali Scher who co-wrote with Joe Swanson.
Deflated, the second short in the program, is a local production by writer and director Dustin Shroff. A young boy is forced by convention into choosing the one green ball from a store display when the one he really wants, like all the others, is pink. Deflated was not only short, sweet and to the point, it was »
- Mike Saulters
To celebrate their 5th anniversary, the Arizona Underground Film Festival has expanded to a whopping nine nights on Sept. 21-29 for a cinematic event the likes of Tucson has never seen before!
The shenanigans kick off with the opening night film The Legend of Kaspar Hauser, an experimental Italian feature directed by Davide Manuli and starring Vincent Gallo as the hero and the villain to a strange young boy, then end with the closing night film Jason M. Solomon’s nostalgic documentary 7 Years Underground: A 60′s Tale, which profiles the legendary Cafe Au Go Go in NYC that hosted such up-and-coming acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, George Carlin, Lily Tomlin and more.
In between those two films lies a twisted carnage of movie mayhem, including Spencer Parsons’ demented homage to ’70s mystery cartoons Saturday Morning Massacre; Michael Melamedoff exploitative semi-doc The Exhibitionists; Stephen Amis’ Australian WWII sci-fi »
- Mike Everleth
The Raindance Film Festival recently announced its 20th festival programme lineup which includes an unprecedented 105 features, 138 shorts and 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries, proof of another exceptional year of internationally acclaimed films, special live events, exclusive Q&As and masterclasses. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7thOctober at its home of the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus SW1Y 4Lr.T
Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil – a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them. The Opening Night afterparty will feature band The Real Tuesday Weld which The Sunday Times calls: “beautiful… »
Raindance have just announced their line-up for their 20th annual film festival. The 2012 festival will, like every year showcase some of the best independent movies that we can expect in the coming year and beyond. Raindance 2012 will take place 26th September to 7th October at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus in London. This year we can expect to see 105 features, more than 138 shorts, 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries.
Scroll down to see the full press release as well as all the feature films that will be showing at the festival. To find out more, click here to visit their official site.
Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. »
- David Sztypuljak
The Raindance Film Festival has announced its 20th festival programme today. This year?s lineup includes 105 features and over 138 shorts and 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7th October at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus.
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Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them.
Closing the festival on Sunday 7th October is the UK Premiere of 7 Crates from Paraguay and fresh from its screening in Toronto Film Festival’ s vanguard section. The film focusses on Victor, »
2012 is the 20-year anniversary for Raindance Film Festival, and they have a jam-packed schedule to celebrate! Showcasing 105 features and over 138 short films, with 64 UK premieres, 19 world premieres, 13 International premieres, 5 European premieres and 24 directorial debuts from 38 countries, Piccadilly Circus doesn’t know what’s about to hit it.
Opening on Wednesday 26th September is the International premiere of Here Comes The Devil – when a family lose their children on holiday in Tijuana, it seems everything is right again when they’re found. However, something strange has happened when the kids went missing and not everything is as it seems…
The UK Home Grown Strand includes Love Tomorrow (directed by Christopher Payne, with choreography designed by The BalletBoyz); City Slacker (starring Tom Conti); Confine (starring Daisy Lowe and Alfie Allen, with direction from Tobias Tobbell) and String Caesar (featuring Derek Jacobi).
The American Indie Strand will showcase the world premiere of Dark Hearts »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The 5th annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival begins tonight — August 17 — and runs throughout the entire weekend at the St. Anthony Main Theater. To help get in the mood for the dangerous films that will be on display for three awesome nights, filmmaker Greg Hanson has concocted the fairly disturbing official trailer, which you can watch above. Like most of Hanson’s work, it walks the line between fun and terrifying.
The festival opens today at 4:30 with a preview of the films screening, plus a brief selection of short films that will be followed by three feature-length documentaries: Marten Persiel’s This Ain’t California, Jj Kelly & Josh Thomas’ Go Ganges! and Michael Koskowski’s underground hit Zero Killed.
The rest of the fest is filled with quirky thrillers like Spenser Parsons’ Saturday Morning Massacre and Derek Franson’s Comforting Skin; oddball foreign films like Axel Ranisch’s Heavy Girls; plus, »
- Mike Everleth
For their 5th annual edition, the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival is heating up by returning to the summer after being a winter event for the past three years. The fest will run on Aug. 17-19 with a killer lineup of films from all over the world — most of which probably will not be able to be seen in Minnesota except at this 3-day event.
Plus, there are two programming blocks of short films all made by local filmmakers, including Pam Colby’s Fertile Ashes, Ryan Becken’s Buffalo Shampoo, Janelle Sorenson & Melany Joy Beck’s Bring It 2 Peter, Jl Sosa’s Some of Angela and more.
The feature films screening this year cover an extremely diverse swath of subject matter, from every day people’s murder fantasies fulfilled — cinematically, at least — in Michal Koskowski’s German documentary Zero Killed; a tattoo comes to live to torment its wearer in »
- Mike Everleth
The 19th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, which just ran for the entire first week of June at the Gene Siskel Film Center, have announced their award winners. Picking the winners this year was a jury composed of Julia Gibbs (University of Chicago’s Film Studies Center), Dan Koretzky (Drag City Records) and Jonathan Marlow (Fandor).
Awards were given in seven categories, each of which have a singular winning film and several honorable mentions. Taking home the coveted Made in Chicago Award was Jesse McLean‘s experimental short film Remote, a haunting meditation on nature and technology.
Other short films winning awards were Ben Russell‘s ethnographic film River Rites for Best Documentary Short, Bryan Boyce‘s hilarious Walt Disney’s Taxi Driver for Best Film Using Appropriation or Pre-existing Material and Peter Jessien Laugesen’s Nature’s Voice for Best Animation/Experimental Short.
On the feature film front, Daniel Schmidt »
- Mike Everleth
Having been around for eighteen years, the Chicago Underground Film Festival has continually changed what it defines as “underground.”
So its 19th annual edition, which will be held on May 31 to June 7 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, feels like its most experimental edition in recent years.
While things kick off on the 31st with the Vice-produced anthology film The Fourth Dimension by Alexsei Fedorchenko, Harmony Korine and Jan Kwiecinski, the rest of the fest is packed with feature-length and short experimental work, documentaries and alternative narratives.
Some of the experimental feature highlights include the vastly prolific Robert Todd‘s Master Plan, which examines theories of modern housing from private residences to prisons; Australia’s two-person art collective Soda_Jerk’s epic rip on media piracy, Hollywood Burn; Michael Kosakowski’s compendium on murder fantasies, Zero Killing; L.A. filmmaker Daniel Martinico’s meditation on the acting process, Ok, Good »
- Mike Everleth
The 18th Slamdance Film Festival wrapped up last night in Park City, Utah, giving out honors for independent films in several categories. Awards included:
Grand Jury Awards – Narrative
Feature Narrative: Welcome to Pine Hill, directed by Keith Miller
Special Jury Award for Bold Originality: Heavy Girls, directed by Axel Ranisch
Grand Jury Awards – Documentary
Feature Documentary: No Ashes, No Phonenix, directed by Jans Pfeifer
Short Documentary: The Professional, directed by Skylar Neilson
Grand Jury Awards – Short Films
- Michelle Profis
11 items from 2012
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