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Hard to believe that the 2nd annual Indie Street Film Festival started almost a month ago already! The good news is that this means only 11 more months until the 2018 edition! While we are already excitedly counting down the days until next year, it doesn’t hurt to start collecting and watching some awesome indie films to bide our time. A good place to start? With some of the best short films of this year’s fest - one's that are already available online! This week we are proud to feature filmmaker Caitlyn Green’s short AUGUST - an experimental mediation on a woman waking from a fever dream, deep in Lousiana’s swampland, where it has been August for 16 years. An audience favorite, AUGUST had a superb run on the festival circuit, including playing at Slamdance Film Festival, and was recently featured on Short of the Week. Kudos to an innovative short that we were proud to program and share with NJ audiences! If you missed out on watching in Red Bank last month, check out the poetic narrative now on Vimeo!  

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! 

Maria's Pick: Radiohead's MAN OF WAR

Sometimes you just need a refreshing 'going-back-to-basics video' in an environment that values more and more artifacts and visual extravaganzas. Stripping things down, keeping the protagonist's interpretation at the core and heavily relying on exceptional editing: all these are key ingredients that make “Man of War” a tremendous joy to watch! Might be nostalgia talking, but it's really beautiful to see basic filmmaking elements (no hats, no tricks!) being used to create a compelling narrative worthy of 2017. Part of the story is set during the day, part of it in the night. The mood and emotions vary: during the day, the protagonist seems calm and composed while in the night, he looks paranoid and terrified. Despite an alternating day-night scenario, his actions maintain continuity (with the exception, of course, of his mood). This gives the promo the feeling of one continuous take, even though there are different temporal periods. But that's just the catch! The appearance of continuity is exactly why, at some point, the shadows can no longer be contained only in the night setting, thus slowly but steadily invading the day narrative as well.  The conceptual approach of director Colin Read seems a brilliant choice for Radiohead's track. 'Man of War' is part of the band's 20th anniversary album but is actually an unreleased track from OK Computer. So the stripped back filmmaking style (but with a contemporary result), makes perfect sense! Even more surprising given the director's limited experience with music video directing. A broken pelvis left him unable to skate when he was 18 years old and prompted him to become a filmmaker instead - yet Read chose to specialize in movies focused on skateboarding. How he managed to step so much out of his comfort zone and achieve such a spectacular result, remains a mystery yet a clear indication we should continue to keep our eyes on him!  

  About Maria: "Multimedia in Human Form. Media researcher. Journalist. Filmmaker. PR and Social Media Mind. Cinephille. TV Shows aficionado. Books Lover. Music Video guru and former curator of the 2Pause.com project"

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 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: · Instagram For more information on the Indie Street Film Festival or to learn how you can help out, contact info@indiestreetfilmfestival.org 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! 

Imagine: the perfect moment. Right there in front of you. To capture on film and present to the world… but there’s a catch. Embracing this moment, while worthy of recording and preserving in some capacity, is 100% unethical, pretty much illegal, immorally compromising and just downright wrong. And yet, it’s beautiful, raw in its vulnerability and it’s right there. You’ve got the camera. What do you do? Chance the filmic high or put that visual story-lust aside and possibly save a life?  This is the crux of Ed Christmas’ debut feature “The Man with Four Legs”. A genre-twisting experiment in drama, comedy and documentary, this British indie is 100% fictional but just as much believable in its portrayal of human flaws. Imperfections can be ugly but they can also be magnetic. In “The Man with Four Legs” we are faced with two very different types of flawed yet impressive people. Christmas introduces us to this semi-exaggerated reality through the lens of a group of young, irrational filmmakers hell-bent on documenting an out-of-this-world subject that fell into their laps. What's that? Oh, just the mysterious James Davis (played by prism of an actor, Simon Dobson), a fanatic fantasist and amnesiac that believes his past was totally different from what it actually was. Or was it? The more he pieces together bits of his memories, the eager doc team, led by ruthless, keen-eye’d Angus (Richard Southgate) (with Tom [Daniel Ormorod] and Ethan [Terry Sweeney] somewhat hesitantly by his side), starts to discover this is one very real film project full of twists and turns they never expected it to make. Angus’ perfect moment, the total breakdown and disillusionment of a mind, is handed to him on a shaky silver platter. So, what’s an aspiring filmmaker to do? You’ll just have to enter into this uncomfortable world of missing morals and memories to find out. Trust us, the twist at the end will leave you reeling.  There’s truly something about the dark, twisted beauty of “The Man with Four Legs” that makes this film a real treat for indie film lovers looking for a story totally different and out of left field. The multi-layered bits of faux-documentary, drama, and dark comedy make you question everything, just like the characters in the film. The mirror effect is unnerving, but isn’t that the magic of a good film? You can catch the bloody brilliant British indie gem now across several VOD platforms, including within Indie Street’s own library! Be warned: this a surreal tale that attempts to explore that fine line between reality and fantasy in the most surprising, disturbing of ways. Make it through, you’ll be awarded with a mind-blowing indie experience.  

  Ready to give it a go, then? Watch "The Man With Four Legs" now on Indie Street!