Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Independent Film Festival’

D.C. Independent Film Festival: Despite the Gods, Reviewed

Most behind-the-scenes documentaries about the making of films make the process look utterly hellish. Practical problems—stemming from things like special effects, the shooting schedule, or an unexpected rainstorm—can undermine the director's vision. Actors' egos are fragile. Despite the Gods, the documentary by filmmaker Penny Vozniak, shows how these problems can be exacerbated when an American shoots [...]

D.C. Independent Film Festival: More Films, Reviewed

Short reviews of films showing at the D.C. Independent Film Festival, which runs March 7-10.
Hard Shoulder
If the painful, shamelessly drawn out Saw franchise wasn’t enough of an indication that the “torture porn” subgenre has overstayed its welcome, Nicholas David Lean’s Hard Shoulder should serve nicely as a stark reminder. Like a hackneyed Devil’s Rejects knockoff, the [...]

Openings: Our City Film Festival and “How Is the World?” at Corcoran

What's new this weekend in local arts.
Beginning Saturday, the Corcoran shows off its new photography acquisitions in a new exhibition called How Is the World? Highlights include new self portraits by Kate O’Donovan Cook, Hank Willis Thomas' images that reflect elements of African-American identity, and Edward Burtynsky's stark photos emphasizing the oil industry's impact on land. To May [...]

D.C. Independent Film Festival: Between Two Rivers, Reviewed

Short reviews of films showing at the D.C. Independent Film Festival, which runs March 7-10.
The town of Cairo sits at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in the southernmost part of Illinois. When those two rivers, the largest in North America, were major modes of transportation in the 19th century, the town flourished; [...]

ToDo ToDay: New African Films, Daikaya, and Fanny and Alexander

The programmers who book the annual New African Films Festival face a monumental task. Africa’s cinematic pool is Olympic-sized times a million, and narrowing those choices down to the 11 pictures in this year’s festival requires gold-medal endurance. The ninth edition opens with Nairobi Half Life , a drama about a young Kenyan man determined to [...]

D.C. Independent Film Festival: Meth Head, Reviewed

Short reviews of films showing at the D.C. Independent Film Festival, which runs March 7-10.
Jane Clark’s feature film debut, Meth Head, is about—you guessed it—a meth head. It tells the story of how the titular character (Luke Haas) got started on the stuff, and what an oh-so-irritatingly silly and emotionally manipulative story it is.
Haas plays [...]

ToDo ToDay: Veronica Falls, Film Festivals, and Snow Day Boozin’

In indie-rock circles, fuzzy garage rock was all the rage last year. Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees got national attention, and thousands of young people found their summer soundtrack when Japandroids went on a long, successful tour. This year is poised to be all about dream pop, garage rock’s more sensitive, depressed cousin. The [...]

D.C. Independent Film Festival: The First Winter, Reviewed

Short reviews of films showing at the D.C. Independent Film Festival, which runs March 6-10.
In Ryan McKenna’s stark, quirky The First Winter, a Portuguese DJ named Robert makes a pilgrimage to Winnipeg after he learns that the Canadian tourist he recently bedded is pregnant. That plot description may sound bare, but The First Winter is [...]

Arts Roundup: Michael Kaiser’s Successor Edition

Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, whose contract expires at the end of 2013, says the art center's board has put together a search committee to find his successor [Huffington Post D.C.]
The D.C. Independent Film Festival announces its 2013 schedule [DCIFF]
Takoma soupmakers aspire to be the next women-geared reality TV show [Post]
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A D.C. “Mumblecore Thriller” and Its Intriguing Distribution Model

Last year, like a lot of independent filmmakers, Rohit Colin Rao submitted a movie to Sundance and its scrappy competitor, Slamdance. And like most filmmakers who do so, he didn't get in. "I felt very helpless, just sitting there waiting for three months,"says Rao, a software engineer, musician, and occasional filmmaker who lives in Potomac, Md.
But [...]