The Professional: A Stevie Blatz Story profiles a jack-of-all-trades entertainer living in Pennsylvania during what may very well a very rough patch. Some people have to do whatever is needed in order to stay afloat. For Stevie Blatz, this means taking as many jobs as possible. There are risks that come with this line of work. His debt is piling up, which is likely the last thing that Stevie wants. Meanwhile, all it takes is…"Slamdance 2019: The Professional: A Stevie Blatz Story"
Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity from American Popular Culture is blatantly transphobic in its efforts to take a satirical look at misogyny. Writer-director Nicole Brending examines the life of fictional child star Junie Spoons by way of Behind the Tinsel. It’s clearly a satirical take of Behind the Music or similar series. While this format works, it only does so to an extent. Brending does not even allow the film’s subject to tell her…"Slamdance 2019: Dollhouse"
The Slamdance Film Festival announced the lineup of feature films to screen over the course of the film festival in Park City, Utah. The Slamdance Film Festival will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2019. There will be 20 feature films screening in competition, including 11 narratives and 9 documentaries. In all, the festival will play host to 10 World, 4 North American, and 4 U.S. premieres. “When it comes to discovering talent, Slamdance has…"Slamdance 2019: Feature Lineup Announced"
Man on Fire offers a glimpse at life in Grand Saline, Texas, where a white preacher Charles Moore killed himself in 2014. Moore’s life came to an end in 2014 with an act described as self-immolation. Self-immolation is described as the the killing of one’s self, usually by lighting their self on fire. At the time of his suicide, if you want to call it that, Moore was an elderly white man and it is…"San Luis Obispo: Man on Fire (Slamdance 2018)"
There’s a lot going on in The Rainbow Experiment and that’s just saying the least of it. Writer-director Christina Kallas follows up 42 Seconds of Happiness (2016) with the New York-set The Rainbow Experiment. There’s a lot going on following a science experiment gone awry at a Manhattan high school and one unlucky student, Matty, will pay the consequences for the rest of their life due to an injury. It’s Matty Fairchild (Connor Siemer) who…"Cinequest: The Rainbow Experiment (Slamdance 2018)"
Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End takes a look at the life of a political cartoonist who lives on the edge at a time when it’s so hard to be a political cartoonist. Directed by Pablo Bryant, who also doubles as the documentary’s cinematographer, this film takes a look at a satirical cartoonist known professionally as Mr. Fish, whose work is losing value from a commercial perspective. It’s not so much the fact that…"Cinequest: Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End (Slamdance 2018)"
In the aftermath of the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, filmmaker Morrisa Maltz took some time to talk to Solzy at the Movies about her new film, Ingrid, which just premiered at the festival. Danielle Solzman: Thanks for joining us today. How are things treating you? Morrisa Maltz: Thanks Danielle! I’m great, mostly been catching up on sleep since I’ve been back from Park City which is a good thing 🙂 Danielle Solzman: You just got…"Slamdance 2018: Morrisa Maltz talks Ingrid"
Ingrid tells the fascinating story of Ingrid Gipson, a fashion designer who left the comforts of life in Texas and escaped into the woods of Oklahoma. Directed by Morrisa Maltz, the documentary is just shy of an hour. Among the eight films selected as a Documentary Feature, Ingrid was the only one to be solely directed by a female filmmaker. This comes at a time in which it is so hard for the studios to…"Slamdance 2018: Ingrid (dir. Morrisa Maltz)"
Selected by the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, Pick of the Litter contains an overload of puppy cuteness as the documentary offers a glimpse into the rigorous training of guide dogs for the blind. Co directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, Pick of the Litter is a touching film that makes you wish that you could place your hands through the screen. A project that was birthed at Slamdance in 2015 following the premiere of…"Slamdance 2018: Pick of the Litter – Puppy Cuteness Overload"
Driftwood is going to be hit-or-miss for audiences as the performances drive the silent film. Driftwood is a film that plays to the short side with a running time of just under 80 minutes. For those audiences who love their films with dialogue, this isn’t the film for you. There aren’t any words spoken in this film as it is completely driven by the silent action taking place on screen. Driftwood made it’s world premiere…"Driftwood: Performances drive Silent Film"