A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. “Bold, impassioned, ecstatically beautiful…in a class by itself at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.” Scott Foundas, Village Voice
Two old friends drift through the Icelandic plains. They spend most of their time consumed in the forgotten moments of the everyday that underpin touristic adventure. Black & White travelogue with almost no speaking, notable for its exotic locations and calm pacing.
Monster Flu (2011) dir: Brian Wiebe. Vincent, a reclusive germaphobe, must venture from his apartment for the first time in four years in order to find his best friend, a monster named Toby. Charming 16mm short.
Twentysomething J. and two of his close friends are in the process of realizing their utopian dream: turning an abandoned cathedral into a grant-powered, environmentally sustainable art space. “A film that moves in small steps. Viewers are given little in terms of plot, but are richly rewarded by thoughtful and charming characters, confident cinematography and the use of a stunningly beautiful location.” Northwest Film Forum
Bill loves Jane, the pastor’s daughter. When Bill becomes a threat to the community, the pastor is forced to curse his ax. One of the most stylish & kinetic films of the true indie era. (Made by Court 13, the team behind Beasts of the Southern Wild). Watch on YouTube here.
Septien (2011) dir: Michael Tully ***Watch on Netflix.
A reclusive sports hustler returns home to his family farm after years of absence to reunite with his two eccentric, unhinged and emotionally damaged brothers. “Tully has forged an original independent work of spirit and intelligence, perhaps the best American feature so far in 2011.” Gerald Perry, Boston Phoenix.
Red Flag (2012) dir: Alex Karpovsky ***Watch on iTunes or VOD. An indie filmmaker gets dumped by a longtime girlfriend and takes to the road with a reluctant old pal for a misbegotten tour screening his movie. “Utterly hilarious…the meta quality is entirely irrelevant to its low key charm and persistent irreverence.” Indiewire
A young filmmaker uses his camera to transform the banality of his hometown into art. When a friend goes missing, however, his footage exposes a disturbing mystery … one he might be inventing. Begins as a high school coming-of-age drama (by way of DOGTOOTH perhaps) but turns into a tense mystery regarding obsession and perception. Impressive debut film from Brandon Colvin & his young cast and crew.
Middle-aged romantic Byron doggedly pursues women when he isn’t smoking pot and living with his ex-wife and her new boyfriend. Unsatisfied, he sets out on a quest to reinvent himself, encountering myriad bizarre characters along the way. “A provocative collage! Built around unreliable narrators, delusional Southerners, incongruous music and outright lies…Godshall shows a deep intelligence.” John Anderson, VARIETY
Computer Chess (2013) dir: Andrew Bujalski. A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament. “A brilliantly conceived study…Bujalski really has pulled off something extraordinary here.” Andrew Pulver, The Guardian