Archive for January 18th, 2009

Humpday is scoring big at Sundance!

January 18, 2009

Here’s a sampling of articles and blogs about Lynn Shelton’s premiere screening of Humpday at Sundance this weekend:

Variety

…possesses a comic structure as rigorous as any “I Love Lucy” episode.

…four buyers “actively engaged” in talks for Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday,” with a former offer coming this morning as negotiations begin.

Humpday was the best of the three movies I screened today at the Eccles.

NY Times

…it is the first film of the festival to break through and connect.

Indiewire

Shelton assembles a ceaselessly entertaining dissection of heterosexual confusion.

Lot’s of laughs and even a few uncomfortable moments marked the world premiere of Lynn Shelton’s high concept indie.

Film Threat

Someone has let writer-director Lynn Shelton behind the dude curtain.

IFC.com

If there were a prize for most outrageous premise at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday” would be ahead of the pack.

BloggingSundance

If the opposite of a chick flick would be a dick flick, then I suppose that’s what Humpday would be — a funny, strong, sympathetic dick flick that will bury itself deep within your most intimate areas until it’s won over your heart, your soul and your wicked sense of humor.

WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR ALL YEAR, MY PEER GROUP’S OWN FESTIVAL FOR 2009————-“THE FOURTH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE” STARTS JANUARY 23RD! (PART 1)

January 18, 2009

THE 4th ANNUAL CHILDRENS FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE STARTS:   FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD  @ 7PM, ENDS:   SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST @ 7PM, WITH MANY VISUAL, AND TASTY TREATS TO EXPERIENCE IN-BETWEEN!

Talk about matching the right reviewer to the right program–how does NWFF do it?!  The press screening for this wonderful event was  definitely the most fun I’ve had all year (and don’t annoy me with mentioning how much of 2009 has gone by).  The following are but a few of the films being offered this year, from various shorts film programs, and includes my personal fave:

SLEEPING BETTY (Living Large Short Films Program)  (Creator Claude Cloutier, CANADA (2007)  9 MINUTES) Take the incisive yet whimsical work of political cartoonist Pat Oliphant, season it with a bit of animator extraordinaire Bill Plymptons outrageousness, and just dump a vat full of Britans infamous puppet show, Spitting Images, for it’s look and sense of the absurd, and you get close to how great this film is.  It’s about a Kingdom far, far away that tries different methods to wake their sleeping Princess.  I am a tough on comedy, and I actually LAUGHED OUT LOUD and clapped at the end.  Genius!

SOONER OR LATER (Same Program)   (Creator Jadwiga Kowalska, SWITZERLAND, (2007)  5 MINUTES) is my second fave, lyrically beautiful and oh so hard to describe properly.  A bat and a squirrel finally meet due to a nut that screws up the night/day machinery that runs our planet.  It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and the artwork that tells this tale just begs to be seen, it’s so original.

THE NARRATOR (Rise and Shine Program(Creator Mark Ratzlaff, CANADA, 4 MINUTES, (2008)) This film is distinguished by some of the loveliest cinematography I saw that day.  A day in the park narrated by the same person but from different perspectives, it concludes by showing us kids what’s really important in life.  (But we knew that all along.)

CRANK BALLS  (Rise and Shine Program(Creator Devin Bell, USA (2007) 5 MINUTES) Imagine the offbeat humor of my favorite Seattle artist, Ginny Ruffner (Re: 3 Men Holding a Grudge) and add Will Vinton’s Claymation‘s creativity, and you get CRANK BALLS, and how color makes us happy, presented in a vivid, quirky way.  Loved it!

MY HAPPY END (Rise and Shine Program) (Creator Milen Vitanov, GERMANY, (2007)  5 MINUTES) This piece has one of the most distinctive styles on the program, that really stretches CGI effects with (what looks like) traditional animation of a dog and his very unusual best friend.  Very inventive and fun.

BIBI (Rise and Shine Program)  (Creator Bek Shakirov, USA/Uzbekistan (2005) 5 MINUTES) Absolutely the MOST colorful piece of the program, imagine a European Pixar anime Warhol would love.  Taking on the issues of the effect of media (Beauty Magazines) on the young and impressionable, it brings to mind the fact that the original Barbie was modeled on a shady lady from  Germany–true story!–and makes us remember the ever popular Garbage Pail Kids. Psychedelic Fun.

RUBY WHO?  (GAME CHANGERS Program)  (Creators Hailey Bartholomew and Natala Stuetz, AUSTRALIA (2007) 6 MINUTES) A live action film with similar themes to that of  BIBI, with a story of a young girl who is not necessarily improved by her (literal) impressions of the world upon her, and what she does about it.  Contrasting the cheerful and the  hopeful, with self-awareness vs. advertising and egotism, I enjoyed it a lot.

JIRO AND MIU (GUTSY GUINEA PIGS Program)  (Creator Jun Nito, CZECH REPUBLIC, (2007) 8 MINUTES) Superman comes alive in Claymation, in the style of Aardman Animation Studios (think Creature Comforts, Wallace and Gromit), hamsters who long to fly and figure out how to (and a prominent Hollywood Buddhist is nowhere in sight–oh, c’mon, how could I NOT make that joke?!).  Beautifully crafted, in exquisite detail, it illustrates how we are all capable of doing far more than we imagine, when supported by the ones we love.

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SUPER AL AND HIS FRIENDS:  IT’S SNOW FUN (RISE AND SHINE Program)  (Creator Natt Thanvigit, MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, (2007) 2 MINUTES) Short and sweet Super Robots parody.  If only I’d been able to see this when I was young, instead of those boring, insipid Gerry Anderson shows.  Yes, I’ve finally said it and I’m GLAD, I find G.A. and the whole THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!, (as well as all his other creations), dull, and I don’t care who knows it!  This showed seriously more imagination!

MY GREATEST DAY EVER (GAME CHANGERS Program)  (Creator Mark Bellamy, AUSSIES AGAIN!, (2007)  8 MINUTES) Set in THE most gorgeous place I have ever seen practically, this upbeat piece on luck vs. skill in and Aussie family was breathtaking to watch, as well as funny.  How can I get in touch with the travel agents who can get me there?

So come, see and taste.  I understand that the event will partially be catered by the Lithuanian Baking Co., whoever they are.


WINNER OF THE 1st ANNUAL “THE MOST CREATIVE TOP TEN FILM LIST” CHALLENGE IS……….

January 18, 2009

TO BE ANNOUNCED ON JANUARY 20TH, 2009.
(If TV networks can do it, why can’t I?)