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As Day 6 of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off, read about all the best moments and captivating films at Sundance so far and see exclusive photos of Sundance stars:

  • Day One: The Bronze Makes a Raunchy Premiere, John Legend Shines At What Happened, Miss Simone?: http://bit.ly/1BSRxn1 via Sundance
  • Day Two: Jack Black In The D Train, Nicole Kidman Confronts Loss In Strangerland: http://bit.ly/15rXyZt via Sundance
  • Day 3: The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Slow West, and More: http://bit.ly/15Frceo via Sundance
  • Day 4: Sarah Silverman Self-Destructs In I Smile Back, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl Makes a Rapturous Premiere: http://bit.ly/1Dd75iL via Sundance
  • Stars at Sundance: Exclusive Photos of Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, Ethan Hawke and More: http://bit.ly/18p9zRF via The Hollywood Reporter
  • The Stars of Sundance: http://vnty.fr/15Ft6LZ via Vanity Fair

Drive (2011)

Watched January 16th, 2015

"There are no clean getaways."

Drive was really unorthadox, but in a good way. It was one of those movies that you’re unsure if you’ve ever seen anything like it before. I’m a really big fan of Ryan Gosling and honestly think he’s underrated, although most of his indie movies that he does, are movies that he chooses to do instead. That being said, I think with him not having a lot of dialogue in this movie, it would have dampered anyone else’s performance. Ryan Gosling’s Driver character gave such a serene cool vibe that he didn’t really need to say a lot, he was just the mysterious bad ass. This movie also has Bryan Cranston in it and I was extremely excited(I’m a huge Breaking Bad fan) and Ron Pearlman, who gave one of his most energy fueled performances since Hellboy. Most performances throughout were top notch. I’m a big fan of gore and horror movies too, so the little bit of gore and bloody scenes that came about in the movie I really enjoyed! They were unexpected but totally welcomed and only added onto how much I liked the movie.

Drive is about a Hollywood stunt-car driver who takes his stunts to his real life and makes extra money moonlighting as a get-away driver for real life criminals. His rules are that he will give anyone a ride to their location. Once they are there, they have 5 minutes to commit the crime, whatever they do in the 5 minutes preceding or 5 minutes after have nothing to do with him, but if they aren’t in the car after the 5 minutes that he gives them, he will leave with whatever, or whoever is in the car. The man who runs a car shop with the driver runs into a little bit of extra trouble with the mob, and unintentionally pulls the driver into it, All while the driver falls in love with his next door neighbor, a woman who’s husband just got out of prison. The driver has a lot to deal with, let’s just thank God he has more than 5 minutes.

Drive was thrilling literally from beginning to end. I love movies that bring me to the edge of my seat and make me not want to leave until the end. I don’t think that they could have picked a better cast, and altogether this was one of the best independent films that has ever been filmed. This movie is an excellent thriller with romantic and criminal aspects and gives you a reason to care for all of the characters.

Rate: 9/10.

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Nick Offerman first attended the Sundance Film Festival in 1999 with Treasure Island.  A shirtless Offerman was captured during a portrait session for James Ponsoldt’s Smashed at the 2012 Festival.

Offerman and Ponsoldt are both back for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Offerman with A Walk in the Woods and Me & Earl & the Dying Girl and Ponsoldt with The End of the Tour.

Photos by Jeff Vespa, Calvin Knight, and Stephen Speckman


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INDEPENDENT BLACK FILM DIRECTED BY A BLACK WOMAN:

 ”The Repass”

"Sometimes secrets hide in the light. A surreal fairy tale about a young girl in Hurricane Katrina."

"What is The Repass?

The Repass is a darkly thrilling tale of a young girl who journeys into the mysterious world of Haitian vodou to learn the fate of her baby brother lost in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  Entranced, she discovers secrets powerful enough to heal her family or shatter it for ever. 

A unique narrative which draws from elements of The Sixth Sense, Alice in Wonderland, and Eve’s Bayou, The Repass is a moving and lyrical story about how a young girl deals with tragedy, and finds a way to pass into her next phase of living.”

PLEASE DONATE HEREhttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-repass

THIS MOVIE NEEDS TO BE SEEN.

"Grandma’s Tattoo’s’: A Riveting Film About the Forgotten Women of Genocide

Khardalian is the director and producer of riveting new film called “Grandma’s Tattoos” that lifts the veil of thousands of forgotten women—survivors of the Armenian Genocide—who were forced into prostitution and tattooed to distinguish them from the locals.

“As a child I thought these were devilish signs that came from a dark world. They stirred fear in me. What were these tattoos? Who had done them, and why? But the tattoos on grandma’s hands and face were a taboo. They never spoke about it,” explains Khardalian.

“Grandma’s Tattoos” is a journey into the secrets of the family. Eventually, the secret behind Grandma Khanoum’s blue marks are revealed.

Trailer 1, Trailer 2.

Article and image via The Armenian Weekly

Not only are most people unaware that 3 million Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians were killed under Turkish rule, but also that 90,000 Armenian women and children were abducted and sold into slavery and prostitution. 90,000 women and children.

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Bleaching Black Culture

From the birth of jazz to the evolution of hip hop; the advents of urban trends to transformative advances in technology, African Americans have played an integral role in molding American culture. Unfortunately, we tend to not be the beneficiaries of our own innovation. Bleaching Black Culture examines the continuum of America’s black cultural appropriation and effects on the African American community.

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Today we celebrate our Independents Month

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)

"I just want to apologize to Mike’s mom, Josh’s mom, and my mom. And I’m sorry to everyone. I was very naive. I am so so sorry for everything that has happened. Because in spite of what Mike says now, it is my fault. Because it was my project and I insisted. I insisted on everything. I insisted that we weren’t lost. I insisted that we keep going. I insisted that we walk south. Everything had to be my way. And this is where we’ve ended up and it’s all because of me that we’re here now - hungry, cold, and hunted. I love you mom, dad. I am so sorry. What is that? I’m scared to close my eyes, I’m scared to open them! We’re gonna die out here!"

Tomorrow actor Jared Leto (left) joins us to talk about playing a transsexual woman during the ’80s AIDS crisis in the film Dallas Buyers Club.

Leto, on the gamble of making smaller, independent films:

Sometimes [little films] don’t work, they don’t come together, and of course they don’t have the support or they don’t find an audience. It’s a beautiful thing to work with people who are willing to risk it all and I felt that way a few times in my career and certainly felt that way on Dallas Buyers Club.

GUYS.

SO.

My short film is being made. Like, legitimately. This is the link to the indiegogo page if you want to check it out/signal boost/donate. This short film is a student piece, that was written by a woman of color (moi), directed by a man of color and will star people of color. 

The director has his own description on the page, but this is my summary of the piece:

Hideous is a psychological horror/magical realism piece.  It follows 25 year old Eli, a man with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, desperate to woo his best friend. But when he finds his solution with an old witch, Eli’s darker nature gets the best of him.”

PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE CHECK IT OUT!