Welcome to...Tuesday. Not quite the middle of the work week yet. Just the beginning enough to really start feeling the slog of the days ahead. Why not visually get away for a bit and escape into an animation we are totally loving this week??: Miao Jing/Hibanana Studio’s newest animation “Hills Beyond a River”, featuring music by Mickey Zhang&WHAI, will take you far away from that suffocating work state of mind. Its trippy style will do its job to amaze, free and distract you for a few minutes before bringing you dizzyingly back down to reality. Skirt your responsibilities, barrel ahead towards the weekend and get hypnotized by “Hills Beyond a River” now!
Another week, another NYC theatrical screening of an inaugural Indie Street Film Festival winner at IFC Center!! Just in time for the kick off of the second edition of ISFF this week (check out our 2017 schedule!!!!!!!), our 2016 Narrative Feature Jury Award Winner WOMEN WHO KILL opens this Wednesday, July 26! Writer/director/star/all-around-impressive-creator Ingrid Jungermann will be in attendance on opening night to do a Q&A! WOMEN WHO KILL blew away ISFF jury members and Red Bank audiences last summer and now it's your chance to catch the low key hilarious, mysterious dramedy on the big screen. Winner of best screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival, indie film lovers are sure to well...LOVE...Jungermann’s story: "Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. There’s a chance they may still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence takes a back seat when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings from friends that her new love interest is practically a stranger. When Jean shows Morgan proof that Simone may not be who she says she is, Morgan accuses Jean of trying to ruin the best thing that’s ever happened to her. But as she and Simone move into commitment territory, Morgan starts to notice red flags—maybe Jean was right and Simone isn’t as perfect as Morgan’s made her out to be. Morgan and Jean investigate Simone as if she were a subject of their podcast, they uncover disturbing clues—a death at the Food Coop, a missing friend, a murder weapon—leading them to suspect her not only of mystery, but of murder. In the end, Morgan has to examine all the evidence in front of her: Is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship or is her life actually in danger?"FUN FACT!: The film’s male actor is played brilliantly by none other than Indie Street Partner Filmmaker, Rodrigo Lopresti! You DON’T want to miss this award-winning indie and personal ISFF fav! Grab tickets fast and head over to IFC Center for more info.
This is just a friendly Indie Street reminder to let you know that TONIGHT is the THEATRICAL PREMIERE of Jason Zeldes jaw-droppingly inspirational documentary ROMEO IS BLEEDING! Zeldes film was appropriately named the inaugural documentary feature jury winner at last year’s Indie Street Film Festival and our team CANNOT wait for the world (or at least New York City for now!) to see this touching, motivational story on the big screen. From Executive Producer Russell Simmons and Director Jason Zeldes, comes an award-winning documentary following Donté Clark, a young poet transcending the violence in his hometown by writing about his experiences. Growing up in Richmond, CA, a city haunted by a fatal turf war, Donté and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the hope of starting a dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond crush Donté’s idealism? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma? The screening tonight at IFC Center (starting at 7:15pm) will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and subject of the film, Donté Clark. Can’t make it tonight? No problem! The film runs today through July 25th at IFC. For more info and tickets, click here. And if you plan on stopping by (you'd be crazy not to), say hi to the ISFF team that will be in attendance, repping and promoting next week’s second edition of the fest!
Is it an animated tutorial? A quick guide to creativity? Or a piece of art in itself? Whatever it is, it’s inspiring and looks pretty swell! And how fitting its title is!: “The Ultimate Guide to Inspiration”. If you’re feeling creatively uninspired and blocked or just a bit down and in need of a visual lift, BLND’s super short slick reminder regarding fear and inspiration is a must watch. A few days ago, we shared Simon Cade of DSLRguide’s video "Why Artists Are Never Happy”. We think this is the perfect companion piece if you’re a creative that has hit your emotional or artistic wall. Oh, and the animation style is absolutely stellar and not to be missed. Even if you’re not suffering from a creative lag, you’ll find something to visually love. As the video states, you gotta walk into the world, ready to be inspired. Take the first step and watch BLND’s inspirational-inspiration video now! This is one animation Indie Street is totally loving!