As a fan of enjoying a good craft beer with an even (hopefully) better film, I'm always excited to stumble across innovative ways beer and movies converge. Imagine my delight when I discovered the genius of Beer Mat Movies. The twitter page is a witty collection of micro-film reviews written on a single beer mat (AKA beer coaster) for those "on the go". If it don't fit, it don't fly. From recent reviews of mainstream fare like "X-Men: Apocalypse" to kid friendly films like "Zootropolis" and indie horrors such as "The Witch", the extremely concise beer-drinking, film-loving person behind the tweets offers a hilarious new way of analyzing and criticizing film all the while making use of what's under your beer. Keepin' it simple has earned them over 600 followers + counting! As they say, "If you can't sum up your opinion of a film on a beer mat, you're being pretentious." Grab a cold one and check out Beer Mat Movies' twitter to read up on some of their pretty on point, witty reviews.
Last summer, for the inaugural Indie Street Film Festival, a new mural popped up in Red Bank on Monmouth St., celebrating film, the arts, the overall feeling of community and the vibrancy of beautiful, arts-centric Red Bank, NJ. Designed by artist Misha Tyutyunik, AKA MDOT, the colorful, eye-catching mural still shines in Red Bank for all to see and admire. To celebrate the second year of the festival, a new, just as colorful mural has materialized on the Catherine St. wall of Kitch Organic in Red Bank over the past weekend. MDOT returned, creating the design and directing a team of local children and adults to bring his vision to life. However, this piece of community sourced art doesn’t only just promote ISFF: it also celebrates the upcoming Crossing Borders Festival, a 5-day Latino-centric fest at the Two River Theater starting August 2! If you’re all for celebrating local arts and the community, check out more info on Indie Street Film Festival and the Crossing Borders Festival. To see pics of the mural painting fun in action, head to ISFF’s FB page or check out #more-111845" target="_blank">Red Bank Green’s coverage of the event.
Are you passionate about analogue film and photography? Lucky you! Indie Street Film Festival and Lomography are teaming up to offer an amazing opportunity for you to not only show off your passion and skills but to also give you the chance to win 2 ALL ACCESS PASSES to the Indie Street Film Festival (happening this July 26-30 in Red Bank, NJ) AND a pretty sweet lil' Lomography LomoKino, too. We know those two prizes alone are enough to blow your film lovin' mind - but that's all: you'll also win the opportunity to serve as a guest LomoReporter for the festival, putting your new LomoKino to the test! Seriously, what could be a cooler setup?! "[Lomography and ISFF are] looking for some of the most unique photographers who are able to find a balance between cinema and still photographic styles, by using elements of classic and contemporary cinema such as wide angles, shallow depth of field or vivid colors. The opportunities and visual styles that qualify are endless as cinema varies to each interpretation, and has had many prevailing trends throughout history. Use your favorite films as inspiration, or study the techniques and be inspired by cinematic photographers like Gregory Crewdson. Remember, above all, what filmmakers are trying to do with their pictures is tell a compelling story." Sound like something up your alley? Read up on more of the contest rules here and remember the most important rule of them all: you gotta show us totally analogue and totally NOT digitally enhanced entries to be eligible! Act fast and get snappin' - the contest ends MONDAY JULY 10!
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re likely a huge fan of film and art. But are you a fan of science as well? If so, you’re in luck, because there’s a new graphic novel series coming out soon called Legend of Sumeria that covers the topic of hard science through the use of stunning, eye-popping art and new technology! And if you’re not keen on science? Well, get ready to wanna jump back into some textbooks because this is one series that will totally pull you in! Co-creators and best friends Dr. Biju Parakkadan of Harvard and (Indie Street’s own!) Jay Webb have spun a tale of identity, discovery and purpose through the lens of questioning the very fate and existence of our species. These two besties even have Sumeria-themed tattoos to prove their devotion to their creation! How often do you find that true level of commitment to art and innovation!? The two self-funded all 250 pages of artwork and story as well as the development of Zyndo, a new interactive app that’s a total game-changer. Zyndo brings the sci-fi graphic novel experience to the reader as a z-book: one of the most interactive and immersive ways possible to become part of the story via tablets, phones, gaming consoles and get this: even VR! Now is your chance to preorder Life · Blood · DNA, the first installment of Legend of Sumeria, via Kickstarter! The crowdfunding campaign runs through the end of the week and is so close to meeting its goal! You can experience the synthesis of science and art AND contribute to two best friend’s dream of bringing this story to the world by heading over to the campaign NOW and preordering your own copy! Contributor rewards range anywhere from getting a copy of Chapter 1 to limited edition/digital copies of the full graphic novel to even receiving a personal karyotope of your chromosomes! Now how’s that for hard science! Check out more about Legend of Sumeria, the creators and how you can contribute by heading to Kickstarter or keep up with updates via @legendofsumeria on Twitter!
What a time to be alive if you’re a film lover! This year has seen a wave of innovative new works hitting the screens of festivals around the globe…and New Jersey's own Red Bank better get ready because it’s that time of the year again - their time to cinematically SHINE! The 2nd annual Indie Street Film Festival line-up has JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED and it features some of the best of the best in indie cinema from around the world. The Indie Street Film Festival will return to Red Bank from July 26th through the 30th featuring more than 60 independently produced narrative, documentary and animated films, panel discussions, Q&A’s with filmmakers, live art, an interactive community mural project, a community cookout, and both live and DJ music performances. Two sets of “Jersey Shorts” showcasing the work of local filmmakers and New Jersey locations and subjects will also be featured. Narrative feature films in competition include: The Ring Thing, directed by William Sullivan (Provincetown Film Festival) Like Me, directed by Robert Mockler (SXSW) Beat Beat Heart, directed by Luise Brinkmann (Slam Dance, Filmfest Munich 2016) Life Hack, directed by Sloan Copeland (Brooklyn Film Fest, SoHo Int. Film Fest) Documentary feature films in competition include: Barbecue, directed by Matthew Salleh (SXSW) Hotel Coolgardie, directed by Pete Gleeson (Slamdance, Hot Docs) Olancho, directed by Ted Griswold and Chris Valdes (Brooklyn Film Fest) Unrest, directed by Jennifer Brea (SXSW, Hot Docs, Sundance Special Jury Award) The winning films will be selected by a jury consisting of noted film critics, producers and filmmakers. Industry experts including Aaron Hillis (Indiegogo), Alison Willmore (Buzzfeed), Dominic Davis (Rooftop Films), Heidi Reinberg (Producer) and Leah Sapin (Human Rights Watch) will join others in awarding the winning feature films with the prize of a 1 week theatrical screening in New York City and optional online distribution through Indie Street Media. Jury awards and audience awards will be announced at a live ceremony on the evening of Sunday, July 30th. Highlights include the NJ premiere of Unrest, an eye-opening documentary shot and directed by Jennifer Brea, as she tackles the very personal subject of chronic fatigue syndrome. Life Hack, featuring Sean Kleier (Odd Mom Out) and Devin Ratray (Nebraska, Blue Ruin), is an incredibly relevant comedic cautionary tale about our digital privacy or complete lack thereof. New Jersey talent will of course be showcased, including the world premiere of Brothers, the latest work from Jack Ballo, who directed the critically acclaimed 2016 documentary Destiny’s Bridge, about the plight of a homeless community living off-the-grid in the woods of Lakewood, New Jersey, and Pasquale’s Magic Veal, a dark comedy featuring Vincent Pastore, who played “Big Pussy” in The Sopranos. Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Adam Long (Happy Valley), star in The Knackerman, a narrative short funded by Creative England and the BFI Network. In Cul-De-Sac, from the team behind the Academy Award-winning short Curfew, a married couple's bubble of suburban normality is punctured when they find a surprise inside their toddler's teddy bear. Cop Dog, the sixth animated film in Bill Plympton's Oscar-nominated Guard Dog series, finds its plucky dog-hero with a new occupation: patrolling our airports sniffing for illegal drugs. Several other shorts will make their NJ premiere, including films written by screenwriters for NBC's THIS IS US and SYFY's CHANNEL ZERO, as well as performances from actors such as Jimmie JJ Jeter (Hamilton) and Chris Carfizzi (Showtime's Billions). Indie Street Film Festival Artistic Director/President of Indie Street, Jay Webb, noted that in addition to the incredibly diverse films from around the world that will be screened and discussed, this year’s schedule includes events linked to films showcased in the festival as well as New Jersey themes. “From a live art performance by local artist Ronnie Jackson, who carves New Jersey landscapes and scenes into surfboards, a cookout after the screening of the documentary Barbecue with local sponsors, to a Liquid Lights creative workshop, we know festival attendees will enjoy what ISFF brings to the community,” Webb added. “What sets this festival apart from other film events is the integration and cooperation of Red Bank’s venues, restaurants and bars, retail shops and the local arts community which all gel to make the ideal atmosphere to celebrate the creativity of independent filmmakers.” ISFF is more geared toward cooperation than competition, so all feature films accepted into the festival are awarded the opportunity to join Indie Street as a partner filmmaker and be promoted through its VOD platform. Winners from each feature film category will enjoy a shared 1 week theatrical release in NYC. Films and events will be held at multiple theatrical venues in Red Bank, including the historic Count Basie Theatre, the Two River Theater, Bow Tie Cinema and Red Bank Middle School. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit www.indiestreetfilmfestival.org. 5 day Passes are available for films only (Film Buff Pass for $99) or for all films and parties (All-access Pass for $169) and can be purchased by visiting the festival website. All-access passes are also on sale now that include entry to all festival events, open bar at nightly parties brought to you by sponsors Flying Fish Brewery and Prairie Vodka, as well as discounts at local businesses. Single event tickets will be available soon. Keep up with breaking news on social media: facebook.com/IndieStreetFilmFestival · twitter: @IndieStFilmFest · Instagram @IndieStFilmFestFor more information on the Indie Street Film Festival or to learn how you can help out, contact email@example.com or head to indiestreetfilmfestival.org to check out THE STELLAR FULL LINEUP!! Be sure to check out highlights from last year’s successful inaugural year:
Man oh man, how the months have flown by! It’s finally that day again - the final submissions deadline for the 2017 Indie Street Film Festival! Hundreds of film have been submitted - short, long, funny, sad, weird, honest, raw and everything indie-tween (see what we did there?)! If you’ve got a film, we want to see it! But act fast - you’ve only got a few hours left to be guaranteed those filmic darlings of yours will be considered! So, what are we looking for? Everything! Our goal is simply to program the very best films we can find. Remember: diversity is important as well as good storytelling. We are giving special consideration to New Jersey Filmmakers as we will have a special side-bar for Jersey films, too. We are also specifically looking for films that do the most with smaller budgets and are innovative either visually, conceptually or in their storytelling. Fit the bill? You can submit via Withoutabox and FilmFreeway NOW! For more information on the Indie Street Film Festival, head to our website or check out our recap video showcasing highlights from last year’s insanely successful fest!
Some stories are so incredible, so powerful that they must be committed to some form of storytelling. Pen and paper, celluloid film, still image, music, dance, paint, hell even puppetry will do. A medium to bring words to life, birth little legends, and make sure stories are spread and shared with the world. Now, imagine, you not only have an amazing story to tell, but you have a story to tell that you share intimately with your brother. A story that binds you. A story that must be heard. A story that literally gave life. This is what brothers Jared and Cameron Wohl share and it’s an inspirational gift to us all that they committed their story to film. So, what’s the story behind their documentary "65 Percent"? At age 13, the younger of the two brothers, Cameron, was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease affecting his liver. Ten years later, when things took a turn for the worse, doctors declared that he would need a liver translate in order to live. Unfortunately, with the high demand for organs and a long waiting list, doctors had to pose another idea. What about a living-donor transplant? Fate would have it that his older brother, Jared, would be a match and would willingly give up over half of his own liver in order to save his brother’s life. In 2014, the transplant surgery was a success and last year, this insanely touching story of sacrifice, family, and survival was told in a documentary depicting the entire family’s journey through the process. Hence: "65 Percent". The brothers’ initiative The Wave Set is a non-profit organization that not only successfully crowdfunded to raise money for the production of "65 Perfect" but also now functions as a means to inspire second chances at life through educating and spreading awareness of the vital importance of organ donation. Their slogan, “We are Vital to Each Other”, couldn’t hold more truth to it. As humans, we need each other. We are bound by one major common thing: existence. And as a cinema lover, I’m beyond proud to see that the medium of film was chosen to visually give us that vital reminder. Getting to attend the screening of "65 Percent" during the inaugural Indie Street Film Festival last July was something truly special to witness. Both their family and the local NJ community filled the theater with such an abundance of support and it was an honor to meet the Wohl brothers and see their success in action. If you didn’t get a chance to catch the film during its festival run, well, it’s your lucky day. Today, on April 26th, their story is shared with the world for FREE on Youtube. Amazingly enough, both brothers were born on this day - THREE years apart. Another unbelievable cherry on top of a well deserved celebration of life. So, here’s to Jared and Cameron - to a wonderful year of accomplishments and to many, many more to come. Do your part, watch the film (it’s only a short 50 minutes long and remember: FREE) and then head over to The Wave Set’s official site to donate or register as a donor. Spread the word, share the love!
Got some free time, love the arts and looking for something to do in the city this weekend? Lucky you because the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival kicked off this week in high gear. From films, talks, games, music, TV, VR, new technologies and more, there’s pretty much something for everyone going down this weekend. Head over to the official website to check out the full schedule. Remember, grab tickets fast while you still can - many are already sold out or rush only. Good news is you have until April 30th to enjoy all of the innovative events Tribeca Film Festival is introducing!
Good news for nerds! Kill Screen has partnered up with this year's Tribeca Film Festival to bring NYC the new Tribeca Games Festival. Kicking off Friday April 28th, the opening night party will feature an arcade of games from indie to mainstream and a concert featuring Mura Masa. Two exciting days of programming and video games will follow. Remember, it's not all about the films this year! This is an event not to be missed if you're a game lover. Geeks unite! Read more about the event, which kicks off in two weeks, over on Kill Screen.
From simply being visually super stylized to actually defining the upcoming feeling/mood in a film, good opening titles sometimes have fanbases all their own. Interested in learning more about how the concept and usage of title slides have evolved over the past 100 years? Sure you are! And Danielle Del Plato has done all the work for you in her supercut “Evolution of Title Slides in American Cinema”! Check out the history ride below!