Sundance V: Little Dizzle, Monday Night

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At 5:15 we snake through the cattle lines into the Library Center Theater to see “Little Dizzle,” a film that took over three years to get made from start to finish. It has a wild plot: a young man is fired from his high-tech data management job and is forced to take a job as a janitor.  The new job involves cleaning a large building whose one wing is devoted to research into cookies that, as the janitors eat them, begin to alter the biological capabilities of the men – and by alter I mean cause to become, sort of, pregnant.   It’s a speculative fiction comedy with animation sequences and a great soundtrack (by the band, Awesome). The film received a warm and enthusiastic reception, and afterwards someone asked the director David Russo who his influences were. “The usual ones – Kubrick, David Lean,” Russo said, ticking off a couple of others. “But my real influences are literary:  Emerson and Thoreau, Whitman and Dickinson – the originals, the really fresh and independent voices in the country.” It was the last question of the evening and the crowd erupted with a standing ovation for Russo, for his own original and independent vision, and for the film itself.

It was at the after party that we all learned that “Humpday,” one of the stories of the festival, was sold to Magnolia Pictures – an amazing thing for a film with a teeny budget but a big imagination and talent behind it.

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