The Slamdance Film Festival is well-known for showcasing flicks from first-time directors, but the festival is launching a new program this year called Beyond, which features films from directors with one film already under their belt. One of those directors is 34-year-old J.R. Hughto, whose sophomore film Diamond on Vinyl debuts at this year’s festival. … read more
Originally an Off-Broadway play, Mirvish’s film adaptation of Between Us remains an intense drama with lots of dialogue and not much else. But, thanks to a surprisingly strong cast, which includes Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs, Mirvish transforms this film into a captivating tale of two couples dealing with their evolving lives and marriages, and how the tables can turn in just a few years. … read more
Filmed in a typical documentary fashion, with intimate interviews making up about half of the film, we get a glimpse into the life of Mikayla. She’s a seventeen year old who doesn’t even seem particularly obsessed with memorizing scriptures, but more interested her Bible quiz teammate JP.
Biba Struja is a 54-year-old Serbian with a special talent, which nobody really knows how to explain. With nothing more than a determined look on his face and pair of metal rods, Struja is able to cook a hot dog, boil water, and even ignite a piece of cloth drenched with lighter fluid. He is “Battery Man.”
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Diamond On Vinyl explores social media in a way that is both interesting and a little bit creepy. The film revolves around a man named Henry (Brian McGuire), who is secretly recording parts of his everyday life, including sex with his fiancé, in an attempt to learn how to have the perfect conversation.
As with a lot of short films, you are fed bizarre stories with even stranger characters. Caterwaul is no exception. It is the story of an old man who fishes for lobsters off the coast of Massachusetts, but that’s where things get weird.
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In yet another Slamdance World Premiere, To The Bone brings a glimpse into the difficult lives of migrant farmworkers. Eleven-year-old Valencia (Naomie Feliu), her father (Jaime Alvarez) and her eight-year-old little brother, Marcos (Carlos C. Torres), work long, hard days for next to no pay—just to give their family a chance at a better life—while all Valencia wants is to go home. But will her attempt to do so have unforseen aftereffects that cause more harm than good? … read more
Set against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential election in beautiful Brooklyn, New York, Big Words revolves around three friends who, 15 years ago, were once members of an unsuccessful hip-hop group. John (Dorian Missick), aka Big Words, is a lyrical genius who, perhaps subliminally, expects himself to fail and thus puts success out of his own reach. … read more