The trailer above, created by Tom Shek of National Television, is zippy and jammed with images, mainly the faces and presences of independent film figures. How many can you identify? The event it advertises is the La Di Da Film Festival, which will have its debut in New York on September 14-16: the festival has an eye on small, independent, handmade, spontaneous, and, most of all, original films. A production of the 92YTribeca and Bomb Magazine, among other sponsors, the festival is curated by critic Miriam Bale, who has published pieces in Film Comment, GQ.com, The L Magazine, and elsewhere.
The event will feature work and performances by Joshua and Ben Safdie, Maiko Endo, Sam Fleischner, Alex Karpovsky (of HBO’s recent Girls), and others. The films the festival includes will be varied in their approach, from animation (Josephine Decker’s Me the Terrible, about a child pirate’s attack on New York) to found footage (Dustin Guy Defa’s Family Nightmare, about life in dysfunctional families).