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B&F at Sundance ’05 wrapup

B&F at Sundance '05 wrapup

I’ve been back from Sundance for about a week and have finally had a chance to post an entry about the fest. This being my fourth Sundance, it was super busy as usual, with my days filled with seeing films, going to parties, managing the Daily for indieWIRE, and drumming up interest in Back and Forth Film’s current projects.

This was Jeff’s first Sundance, where he attended to represent the dramatic competition feature “Loggerheads” (on which he was Associate Editor), check out films, party, and talk about our latest short film, “The Tourist”(currently in post).

Here’s a few of my favorite films from the fest:

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Me and You and Everyone We Know
Directed by Miranda July

Original, witty, endearing, a moving portrait of a group of suburbanites trying to connect with each other, and refreshingly lacking the cynicism and social disfunction that films with this setting seem obsessed with showing. It was also one of the few dramatic competition films that everyone I spoke with loved.

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Why We Fight
Directed by Eugene Jarecki

Excellent, thorough, riveting documentary on the industrial military complex, it examines exactly why we go to war, with interviews with high ranking military personnel, scientists who make the weapons, soldiers, pilots, etc.

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Junebug
Directed by Phil Morrison

Somewhat flawed, but honest, well-acted story about a southern family in North Carolina that welcome home their prodigal son and his wife, a worldly art curator. Great contrast between metropolitian and small town values and ideals.

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Loggerheads
Directed by Tim Kirkman

Another realistic drama set in North Carolina, a unique trio of stories that explores the pains of adoption. Like Junebug, captures the rhythm and pace of Southern life with sublety and naturalism.

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Rize
Directed by David LaChapelle

Fun, kinetic doc about “krumping,” a super fast, frenzied dance style that was born out of LA’s ghetto, a moving film about kids finding a creative release while trying to stay straight amongst gangs and drugs.

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The Puffy Chair
Directed by Jay Duplass

Hilarious film about a two brothers who try to deliver a puffy armchair from their childhood to their father for his birthday. Great example of how a great film can be made with limited means.

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Twist of Faith
Directed by Kirby Dick

Excellent doc about a fireman who confronts the Catholic Church after being sexually abused as a child. Tragic story of the ongoing pain that is inflicted upon a man and his family while also showing the horrible hypocrisy, corruption, and reckless self-preservation in the church.

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Pretty Persuasion
Directed by Marcos Siega

Cruel, mysogonistic, racist, crude, over the top… A few of the comments I heard from others about this film. The story of a manipulative private school student who accuses her teacher of sexual harrassment was deemed offensive by most that I spoke to at the fest. It is offensive, but also very funny, conniving, and crafty, like South Park.

Films I didn’t get a chance to see but heard were great:

Brick
The Squid and The Whale
Grizzly Man
Hustle & Flow
Murderball
Wasp
The Dying Gaul
Saving Face

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