Instead of seeking funds for films based upon 30-page treatments and vocal pitches, the concept of presenting a trailer for a film that doesn’t exist yet has been picking up momentum. In 2007, Robert Rodriguez hosted an international competition at SXSW inviting anyone willing to develop their own fake trailers to participate. Over 2,600 miles away, up-and-coming filmmaker, Jason Eisener and his friends had been forming an idea that was perfect for the contest.
SK801 started about six years ago on a trip to Denver. There was a video contest going on and all the kids wanted to be a part of, but they needed a crew name to enter. Nobody can really say who came up with it, but SK801 was the one that stuck. By the next summer the first SK801 video had dropped. After forming an LLC 7 months ago, and with the concept of having a free park for the community that was supported by a shop instilled in their minds, they started hunting for a space.
This month’s Localized features the dub reggae band Righteous Audio Werks and the exploratory soundscapes of Seven Feathers Rainwater, along with openers It Foot, It Ears. Come check it out on Friday, Jan. 14 at Urban Lounge for only $5.
The early ‘90s in Berkeley, California has become a special time in music history. For Marian Anderson, lead singer of The Insaints and the subject of Lilly Scourtis Ayers’ upcoming documentary, Last Fast Ride, the community of 924 Gilman Street offered temporary comfort, support and a place to play. “Marian was the most extreme example of a troubled kid who found a family through music. The band’s sound was definitely a product of its place and time,” says Ayers.
Shortly after I introduce myself to Tori Baker, executive director of the Salt Lake Film Society, she introduces me to the members of the staff. Next, she introduces me to the concessions workers. She familiarizes me with the equipment in the Broadway Centre Cinemas, the SLFS offices and Broadway’s lobby. She introduces me to a space in which I can converse with others about the medium of film and identify the significance of film within our Salt Lake community.
The Salt Lake City Film Center is committed to “building community through the power of film.” They do this by exposing Salt Lake City to films that it would rarely get to see any other way. The SLFC accomplishes this by screening films that have little or no theatrical distribution. Most of these screenings are free and are designed to bring Salt Lake City’s various populations into conversation with one another by showing films from a variety of voices.