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Thankfully, there are those among us who always take things one step too far. It may be difficult for a relationship, but it is one of those things that the internet is really good for. People always say, in terms of content, the web works for broad comedy and horror/gross out, but equally grabbing is the OMFG vein.
Nash Edgerton’s SPIDER got a couple of exclamations out of me. And it kept me away from my third cup of morning coffee — which means it is a pretty strong dose.
I got turned onto SPIDER via Scott Macauley at FilmmakerMagBlog. Or at least I thought I did — Toni Collette actually got their first for me for the video he did of her. But Scott’s sourced other great work too, and gets full credit to turning me onto the work of Patrick Daughters long before he ever shot a music video. It was Edgerton’s recent clip for Bob Dylan that initiated Scott’s posting.
Checking out Edgerton’s work I was excited to see he is part of Blue Tongue Films in Sydney. I had the good fortune of mentoring a feature project of theirs — or maybe just related to them — when I participated in the Aurora Screenwriting workshop earlier this year. There’s great new work popping up all over. Here’s hoping everyone keeps taking things one step too far.
P.S. After I posted this I got a thank you note from my Mom who had just watched it and said that it had produced multiple screams from her. She reminded me that I repeatedly placed a fake spider in our sugar bowl growing up. I guess my connection to the work was even more primal than I recognized.
I met with writer/director Alex Ross Perry, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Maryland Film Festival, to discuss his latest feature, Golden Exits (reviewed here), which premiered at Sundance. A profile of existential angst among a cross-section of Brooklynites – and one Aussie – the film features Perry’s signature rich dialogue and engaged performances. Here […][...]
(Jessica Baxter did some legwork at this year’s SFIFF. Here’s her final three reviews from the fest which ran April 5-19.) Family Life (Vida de Familia) Chilean directors Alicia Scherson and Cristian Jimenez teamed up for this tragicomedy about a trainwreck of a man who is ill-advisedly hired by his distant cousin to housesit for the […][...]