Film fans in New York take note: Friday marks the opening of a terrific documentary entitled Rank. From director John Hyams, this documentary had its world premiere at SXSW in March, and stunned audiences by how artful and textured it depicts the often rough ‘n’ tumble world of bullriding. It’s opening for a limited time at the IFC Center, so check it out, The cinematography is absolutely beautiful, and demands to be witnessed on a big screen.
Some Rank quick links:
– An Austin Chronicle interview with director Hyams, in which author Shawn Badgeley adds, “…shot beautifully before editing it so effectively and setting it to a Michael S. Krassner score so instrumentally full, emotional, and juxtaposed, that the viewer feels as if he might be watching Errol Flynn…”
– The New York Times review, in which Stephen Holden writes, “as thorough an examination of the sport as you could hope to squeeze into 90 taut, well-organized minutes.”
– An IFC blog by the Rank filmmakers, as they explored Austin during their SXSW world premiere (where they played A LOT of shuffleboard). Among Hyams’ musings after their Paramount Theater debut, “It was a nice prelude to what we hope will be a raucous showing Tuesday night at the Alamo Drafthouse. I can only imagine that it plays real well when you can drink from a bucket of beers while viewing… In the meantime, we’ll be watching films, drinking free beers, enjoying the Austin weather, and hopefully turning this shuffleboard situation around.”