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June 16, 2008

Not At CineVegas

I'm sad to say that I'm not at CineVegas right now. No Britney Spears parties. No Abel Ferrara madness. Woe is me.

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But I did find the above image, courtesy of Patrick Walsh at Cinematical. It's pretty cool to see my little sister's face hanging on that banner - surrounded no doubt by fire breathing strippers and Dennis Hoppers. I guess that means she's officially famous. I also found a little bit of press about Catalog in the Las Vegas Weekly:

Probably the best short I saw today was one that preceded a feature: David Lowery’s A Catalog of Anticipations, which played before Wellness, is an eerie and strangely beautiful story told via still photographs and a bit of stop-motion animation. Lowery manages to mix an arty coming-of-age tale with creepy fantasy elements to create a very memorable result.

The same search also yielded a tiny little review at Not Coming To A Theater Near You, which says that it "feels like a beautiful narrative photo essay rather than simply a slideshow."

I need to start sending it to more festivals. In the meantime, its next big screen appearance will be at Rooftop Films, as part of their evening of "Surreal Sounds and Shorts." I attended Rooftop Films for the first time this past Thursday night, and was blown away - the sound and picture quality was impeccable for an outdoor screening, and the crowd was enormous. It was a beautiful evening of cinema, and just about everyone I knew in New York seemed to be there. It was amazing. Ronnie and I even did push-ups behind the screen afterwards. I wish I could go every weekend! Luckily, I'll be back in New York in July. Anyway, Catalog is screening there on the 27th, alongside a bunch of great short films and a musical performance by Bruce Livingston, who will provide a live score to home movies of Salvador Dali and a collection of 'Buttons' by the Red Bucket Films crew. Don't miss it!

In other news, I chased the IFP labs not with a bout of editing but a weekend of moviegoing, marked by one shimmering, spectral piece of genius, bookended by two works existing on opposite ends of a sliding scale of ludicrousness. The films were The Happening, My Winnipeg and The Strangers, and I'm happy to say that not a single one of them wasn't entirely enjoyable! The Happening is a little too muted to be the camp classic it could have been, but it's still hilarious. The Strangers is exactly the sort of scary movie I've been hankering for and, interestingly, it gets everything right that The Happening gets so excruciatingly wrong. And as for the Maddin film - well, it deserves its own glorious, overblown post. I can't stop thinking about it. I feel that, as a documentary of sorts, it shouldn't be compared to his previous work - but were I to do so, I don't know that I wouldn't say it's his best film yet.

Posted by David Lowery at June 16, 2008 4:33 PM