The Fearless Filmmakers event this month was another mixed bag of great independent films, and…um… other independent films.
Joe Johnson: “Girl Next Door”
A cross between “Silent Hill” and “Scream”, and somehow a parody of them at the same time. Would make a great Rob Zombie video (and I mean that in a good way), half-naked (actually 90% naked) smokin-hot babe gets covered in blood while battling creepy-looking creeps in her home, which has Mysteriously Inadequate Lighting.
Awesome fun, but unfortunately, the ending was a cheap shot, like they ran out of time or film or something.
355 Productions: “Love”
Hysterical mockumentary about a white-collar office guy who decides to encourage “Love” in his coworker’s lives. Hints of “The 40 Year Old Virgin” crossed with “Office Space” and poor quality sound. This worked great as a short, but I have a hard time imagining how it could be extended into a full-length feature film. I guess we’ll find out, because the full-length version, “Love: A Documentary” is in Post Production, and slated for release in Summer 2007.
Aaron Gelperin and Steve Blehert: “The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Eating Cake”
The title don’t lie. Not much else to tell, really. Far and away the best short of the evening. Well done, funny, and although I didn’t understand the ending AT ALL, I didn’t even care. I laughed my ass off.
Orange Apple Productions: “It’s Killing Me”
This film is based mostly on a poorly-written nursery rhyme, narrated by a child with cancer, who is killed by his own parents to put him (or them) out of his misery. This film is positively atrocious, and directly opposed to their ‘Mission Statement’ on their website:
…to bring a positive message to its audience through the projects it produces. To show its viewers that the right choice made in even a bad situation can affect everyone involved in a positive way.
Not. Even. The writer/director/producer seemed to think it was “Pretty good”. He was wrong.
Matt Osterman: “Turtle”
A square white guy is commissioned by the Lord (in the shape of a turtle, hence the film title) to build an ark. I was expecting hilarity to ensue, but instead the story moved from funny comedy to sad tragedy to disturbing thriller.
Ryan Schaddelee: “Manfant”
Billed as a ‘Horror/Comedy with a Twist,’ this film was the opposite of Turtle in that Turtle went from comedy > tragedy > disturbing, Manfant moved from thriller > comedy > lighthearted.
During the Q&A after the showing, Ryan admitted that the entire movie was based off one of his friend’s abilities to make accurate baby noises, and they got drunk and decided it would be an interesting plot for a short about a full-grown man who acted as an infant. He also apologized. Manfant was one of the best produced movies shown tonight, but not nearly as good as his previous Fearless Filmmakers submission, Scream Like A Girl.
Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack: “Karen”
I was pleased to see a movie written and directed by a musician, Justin Pierre. The story was abstract, and a bit thin. Naturally the soundtrack was awesome, and included the band ‘Sweet J.A.P.’ The end credits were WAY too long. There’s no way there were that many people involved
Benjamin Martin of Chow Projects: “$$$ (In:love)”
Animation over audio conversations with a telemarketer. Very funny, and got the most laughs of the evening. This is part of a larger series of audio called “Wrong Answers” all of which are available on the web for free at this site.
Ryan Taylor from Prime Productions “MVP”
This entry in Grain Belt’s 2006 “Make Your Own Commercial Contest” won Prime Productions first place, and a year’s supply of beer. (I don’t know how much a year’s supply of beer is, and I forgot to ask at the afterparty, but they said it arrived in a truck.) “MVP” is Very pro, it looked like a real commercial.