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Watch: This Computer Really Knows How To Get the Party Started

Watch: This Computer Really Knows How To Get the Party Started


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Indiewire has partnered with NoBudge, a site dedicated to showcasing innovative low budget filmmaking, to present some of the most exciting new work in independent film. Each month actor/filmmaker Kentucker Audley will select a highlight from the NoBudge film library and premiere it right here on Indiewire. Check out this month’s short, “What A Nice Party,” and be sure to watch more great films at www.NoBudge.com.
An ominous computer voice talks to a room full of wannabe actor-writers
giving them all the information they need to have a nice party. It
tells them when to introduce themselves, when to begin small talk, even
when to step outside for some fresh air.

It’s
a simple conceit cashed in effortlessly, a brilliantly awkward satire
on modern communication. No one knows what to do unless a computer tells
them, but when the machine kicks in, so does the overemphasized small
talk, the absurd banter about millennial jobs (i.e. making lists for
websites) and the superfluous manners of speech, like saying your name
twice when you introduce yourself. Or when two women agree on a reason
they don’t wash their hair — because somebody read it in a magazine
once. It’s funny because it’s true: The actual way we often DO discover and
share information.

There’s a
vibrant scene of young videomakers in L.A. right now making independent comedy
that feels more like short films than sketches, featuring surprisingly
strong image-making and production value and/or narrative engagement.
Another prominent figure in this group is Andrew DeYoung, who gave voice
to two emerging stars of comedy, Kate Berlant and John Early, in a
series of short films last year. These videos tend to complement a
career in writing or comedy, but could just as easily lead to feature
films.

“What a Nice Party” is written and directed by Matt Ingebretson, an
L.A. writer/comedian/videomaker, someone who obviously knows a lot of
writer/comedian/videomakers, and enlists a slew of them here to chitchat
and call it a movie. It works.

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