June 28, 2018No Comments

SERIESFEST

1. SIE Film Center

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Denver SeriesFest to view a selection of short independently produced tv pilots.  Between fashion and art continues to grow in Denver over the past year, it’s good to see that film and television are also finding ways to thrive here.  SeriesFest is a global showcase but having the event here gives a chance for Denver filmmakers and creatives to network and also display a lot of work that may go unnoticed without events like these.  The specific event I attended was set around a series of television pilots ranging from animation, experimental films, sitcoms, to off the wall "David Lynch-esque” comedy dramas. The content was as varied as the budget and pedigree of each team of filmmakers.  All of it was viable in its own way, which is a testament to what is possible a medium that is so often restricted by budgets and where you might reside in America.

May 31, 2018No Comments

TRAP HILL

1. Trap Hill by Scotty Zaletel

Skateboarding and all of its far-reaching cultural impact remain such an important part of my life because of how it summarizes a time, place, and people.  Growing up on “Epicly Later’d” and old 411VM videos, I’ve been conditioned to be more attracted to those details in setting and character than some of the actual skating.  Part of what has given skateboarding staying power is its archived monuments like EMB, The Brooklyn Banks, and the people that were there. “Trap Hill” is a video by artist and skateboarder Scotty Zaletel, a Las Vegas native who moved to Denver and documented the summer of 2015 and all of its character.  The idea behind Trap Hill was to film a video with a collective of skaters all within the confines of Denver’s capitol hill neighborhood. The daily routine of filming for trap hill went beyond skating and getting clips to really define a period of time for Denver’s artists, musicians, students, skaters, and all of the people who spent their days and nights in this neighborhood.  More importantly, the goal of the video was intended to recapture the fun of skateboarding you might have had or missed out on as a kid. Staying out from sunrise well past sunset it brought the skate community and all of its contemporaries together in a way I hadn’t seen before. Videos like “Trap Hill” serve to archive a special time, place, and people and I’m always proud to have been a part of it.

March 19, 2018No Comments

GOOD TIME

1.Buddy Duress in Good time

I'd take authentic over triumphant any day. My favorite film of the past year was Good Time by the Safdie Brothers. The movie stood out on my radar amongst everything else since I saw the trailer because of its authenticity. Little details in the styling by Miyako Bellizi and Mordechai Rubinstein (mistermort) put the film head and shoulders above a lot of stories by other filmmakers whose work is supposed to be contemporary. The characters are dressed in a way that speaks to who they are but also reflects the modern day, the little things that Good Time might go under appreciated but can't be understated for adding to that authenticity. The Safdie brothers make movies that feel real but are also so unbelievable that they feel like a dream. I appreciate their sentiment for reality from the story to the casting of Buddy Durress playing the kind of character you probably have come across in your own "downtown" even if you don't live in a place like New York. In an industry that can praise melodrama a little too often, it's good to see a film that doesn't forget to embrace authenticity above glamor.

Link - Good Time

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