Still playing catch-up after a few days spent out of touch in the wilds of Northern California and Oregon, and finally read the always-anticipated “25 New Faces of Independent Film” feature in the summer issue of FILMMAKER magazine. While the professional sports world seems to be imploding with scandal (from roids and HR records to star QBs indicted for dogfighting to NBA refs manipulating games for the mob–pro soccer and the NHL suddenly ain’t lookin’ so bad!), I was thrilled to discover that this annual survey of hot new talent on the indie film scene features a number of FFF 2007 alumni:
Moon Molson and his powerful dramatic short, POP FOUL, have been making the festival scene everywhere, and deservedly so. Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, with their provocative post-Katrina doc short, GOD PROVIDES, and Sophie Barthes, with her off-beat short comedy starring Polish screen legend Elzbieta Czyzewska, HAPPINESS, will hopefully be having an encore performance as part of the Sundance Institute Art House Project shorts program coming in November to Enzian. Calvin Reeder and his twisted family horror piece, LITTLE FARM, made its East Coast Premiere at Midnight preceding Jeremy Saulnier’s MURDER PARTY. And Phillip Van and his clever little slice of android sci-fi, HIGH MAINTENANCE, also had its East Coast Premiere here in March and went on to win the Florida Film Festival Audience Award for Best International Short.
Like other programmers who have championed the work of these extremely talented individuals, there’s a certain feeling of pride in their recognition and continued success. So congratulations to all of you, and keep up the great work!