Some great news for the Hampshire College film program coming out of Park City lately - two films (at least) made by alums are showing at Sundance and Slamdance. Sundance, one of the top film festivals in the US, and Slamdance, playing simultaneously in the same area, might be the queen of the ultraindie fests. If you're lucky enough to head there, here are some films to add to your screening list:
COVERED TRACKS: "an experimental documentary exploring the Freedom Tunnel, a fifty-block long train tunnel underneath Manhattan's Upper West Side." Directed by Nate Kensinger, Produced by Kensinger and Meghan O'Hara. this is playing some other fests, too, including SFindie (pic at left). meghan, nate and I are experienced media services librarians.
PANELS FOR THE WALLS OF HELL: " William, a pretentious, disaffected projectionist at a film festival, has high notions of cinema." Directed by Blake Myers and Takuro Masuda. Blake and Takuro aren't HC folks, but another of their documentary projects was in the IFP Doc Lab. Blake also makes bloody horror flicks in Atlanta. maybe this is one of them?
others i'm excited about
NEW YEAR PARADE: Divorce and the mummers parade in Philly. Dir: Tom Quinn - an IFP Narrative Lab alum
WESLEY WILLIS'S JOYRIDES - you know, Wesley Willis.
FRONTRUNNER - an IFP Market project, with music supervision by our friend Brian Liu, who has his finger in everything it seems
and, at Sundance:
THE DRIFT: "A 1960s space mission goes awry, resulting in a strange disappearance and cosmic transmissions. The fall-out of this journey forever changes life back on Earth and launches a counter-culture revolution." Director: Kelly Sears
You can see Sundance's entire '08 shorts program on Netflix, iTunes or XBox.com starting Jan 18. brilliant!
others at Sundance:
KICKING IT - homeless world cup soccer!
George A. Romero's DIARY OF THE DEAD. film students cleverly documenting the world of flesheating monsters around them.
Michel Gondry's latest: BE KIND REWIND. Jack Black is magnetized and he and Mos Def remake all the great movies - Ghostbusters, Robocop, Driving Miss Daisy.
That's my line-up. Hope I get to see some of these flicks, soon!