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Park City ’05, Day 4: Two Good Movies

Park City '05, Day 4: Two Good Movies

Its always a special day at a festival when you find movies that you really like. Such was the case today at Sundance.

This morning it was Tim Kirkman’s “Loggerheads”, an engaging, well told story set in North Carolina. Kirkman’s film quietly and slowly drew me in and by the end I found myself charmed. Thinking about it a bit more later, I found myself more and more struck by Kirkman’s ability to explore the complex subject of abortion. Weaving together a trio of stories, much like yesterday’s opening night film “Happy Endings,” this one truly succeeds in smartly depicting real people whose lives I actually cared about.

And then there was “Rize”. WOW! Photographer David LaChapelle’s first feature delivered one of the most energetic and purely fun screenings I have ever experienced in 12 years of coming to Sundance. A year ago, after seeing his short film, “Krumped,” I commented that if he were to make the film into a feature, it could very well be the next “Paris Is Burning.” Well, he has and it should be. Beautifully shot with a staggering soundtrack, LaChappelle offers his audience a peek ingo a world that they would never be able to see. Clowning and krumping, wildly fast-paced dancing pioneered by a group of young people in South Central Los Angeles, is captured stunningly in LaChapelle’s doc, which balances considerable music and movement with a look at the lives of a group of dancers. The pure expression of these kids exhibited through their dancing is both inspiring and intimidating. A real treat later tonight was watching them perform live at the film’s premiere party; by the end of the bash they had many festival-goers joining on the dance floor.

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