Shorts Block 1

Shorts Block 1
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Ah, the shorts blocks.  The true pith of any indie film festival.  If you want to see the raw kernel of passion that’s supposed to be the whole reason for these festivals in the first place, the shorts blocks are where you want to be.  Also, if a movie so happens to really suck a nut, its runtime’s about fifteen minutes, so you can probably sit through it. … read more

Shorts Block 2

Shorts Block 2
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Another four-course meal of indie cinema – dig in! … read more

Silver Tongues

Silver Tongues
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Two lovers on the method-acting road trip from hell! – A smart, savage film. … read more

Scrapper

Scrapper
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Southern California’s Chocolate Mountains are home to practice ranges open to the military 365, 24/7 and they drop bombs, fire rounds, and blow shit up from above. Tanks, APVs, the ground—all targets of their clusterbombs and high-calibers. What to do with the scrap bomb parts, though… … read more

Drama

Drama
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When a 90-minute movie feels like 180, when cocaine use gets comical and a lead actress suddenly kills herself for no reason (spoiler alert!), blame Chile. … read more

Shunka

Shunka
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Documentary film can be one of the most powerful of the cinematic genres. Its most useful tools being: story, advocacy, information, and realistic cinematography. “Shunka” seems to lack all but the latter. … read more

The Beast Pageant

The Beast Pageant
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I’d want to get away from it all too, if my life consisted of feeding pills to dead fish for a living… … read more

Gandu

Gandu
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Gandu is a verboten Hindi term for “ass”, “asshole” or “loser” but this film is none of those. Quixotic Calcutta filmmaker Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee) takes the audience diverse places through a mélange of documentary film, music videos, sex and drug induced hallucinations in this black and white cinema masterpiece. Thank god for Slamdance—Sundance is too sanitized these days—give me blowjobs, heroin, and punk rock music I say, à la “Gandu”. … read more

Road Dogs

Road Dogs
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Documentaries about bands on the road can be overwhelmingly disgusting given their ultra lavish lifestyles but this documentary is completely disgusting for different reasons. That isn’t to say it’s bad—but watching a man screw his genitals together and face-painted “freaks” do entirely too much coke makes for a disgusting display, indeed. Don’t get me wrong a little blow on the road is a good thing, right? … read more

Bhopali

Bhopali
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Bhopal, India is home to one of the worst industrial accidents in the history of the world, the worst in the history of India, and one still happening to this day. After the original thousands of deaths occurred the death toll has mounted and isn’t stopping, this is where “Bhopali” picks up, condemning original polluters Union Carbide and subsequent liability owner Dow. … read more