Filmmaker John Wilson — profiled this past year in our 25 New Faces series — covers the Sundance Film Festival for Vimeo with his inimitable lo-fi insight. Here, the glitz and pageantry of the ’17 festival is captured in sludgy grey tones and with a commentary that underscores Park City’s economic divide. The six-minute short, watchable above, is the latest — or, at least, latest publicly available — work of what Wilson calls “documentary memoir.”
From Annapurna comes this first trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s feature follow-up to Zero Dark 30, Detroit. Shot by her The Hurt Locker DP Barry Ackroyd, it’s got an amazing look and Bigelow’s customary immersive, thrilling vibe as it recreates the summer of 1967 when riots rocked the Michigan city. It’s due out in August.
Andreas Halskov’s video essay analyzes David Lynch’s visual references, finding nods to Edward Hopper, Suspiria and Laura, among others, across his work. Warning: contains full-frontal nudity and, via Dario Argento, some graphic violence.
In his latest video essay, Jacob T. Swinney invites you to play a game: is the footage you’re looking at from a Terrence Malick film or a nature documentary?
We’ve featured the work of Frank Mosley on the site before, and we’re happy now to share the trailer for his latest short, Parthenon. Here’s the teasing logline: A naked body moves a stranger to empathy. Parthenon is a new short film by Frank Mosley — a slippery, dizzying provocation on art, control, and perception. The film premieres at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 1.
This video by Leigh Singer assembles Martin Scorsese’s many on-screen appearances in his own films.
Straight from Berlin, Mike Ott’s California Dreams has its North American premiere at the SXSW premiere on March 11 in the Visions Program. Courtesy of the filmmakers and the Film Sales Company, which is handling world sales, Filmmaker has this exclusive clip from the film. From the filmmakers: In this clip from Mike Ott’s comedy doc California Dreams, various subjects recite monologues at the beginning of the film – all in pursuit of their own dreams. Director Mike Ott’s film is about the dreams we all have — of being something else, or somewhere else, or someone else. Director Bio: […]
Philadelphia-based filmmaker Heidi Saman made our 25 New Faces list in 2014 on the basis of two works, one ongoing and one just finished. The ongoing one is her long-running film Tumblr “Four Eyes,” which consists of elegant frome/quote combinations. The just-finished project is her debut feature, Namour, which is being released March 1 by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY before being available widely through Netflix on March 15. Saman had made a previous short, The Maid, and works as a producer for NPR. From my “25 New Faces” profile: The Tumblr community was among those who supported Saman’s successful Kickstarter earlier […]
In Lana Del Rey’s interplanetary music video, directed by Rich Lee, a smile is the most starting special effect.
The Convention is filmmaker Jessica Dimmock’s short documentary about a convention comprised of transgender senior women. She writes: The film explores the annual Esprit gathering, where transgender women in their senior years who have been closeted their whole lives gather for a week of shared experience and understanding in a logging town in Northern Washington. For the attendees, many of whom are not out to their wives or children, this may be the only week of the year that they are not in hiding. I traveled to this event many times over the past years while Christopher LaMarca and I […]