The Belcourt Theatre presents Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a selection of four feature films and accompanying film shorts beginning Wednesday, Sept. 19 that offers audiences a veritable roadmap of the next great talents in filmmaking.
Filmmaker, a magazine of independent film, created its first edition of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 1998, and since then it has become the industry’s most-anticipated list with a solid reputation for spotting emerging talent. The Belcourt Theatre was hand-selected by Filmmaker as one of only four theatres in the country—and the only venue in the Southeast—to feature a selection of films in a traveling screening series.
In addition, the Belcourt will offer audiences post-screening Q&As with some of the New Faces filmmakers (details to be announced soon). Tickets and information are available at the Belcourt’s website. Up-to-the minute information is available on the Belcourt’s Facebook page and Twitter, @belcourt.
“We are pleased to have the Belcourt Theatre present our traveling screening series of ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film,’” says Nick Dawson, Filmmaker magazine managing director. “I’ve always appreciated the Belcourt’s film programming—the film selections demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm and passion for film, which is echoed in what we do—and how we do it—at Filmmaker.”
The “25 New Faces of Independent Film“ series begins Wednesday, Sept. 19, with An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, a wry and inventive lament of romantic longing by African-American filmmaker Terence Nance. The series continues Sept. 26 with Wildness, a non-fiction story about a weekly performance art party at an LGBT-friendly bar, directed by Wu Tsang. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Oma and Bella, a touching portrait of two female friends who are both Holocaust survivors, will screen. The film, directed by Alexa Karolinski, is co-sponsored by the Nashville Jewish Film Festival. Director Patrick Wang’s poetic film, In the Family, will screen Oct. 9. Set in Tennessee, the film depicts a gay man’s struggle for custody of his son and his search for peace after the death of his partner. Film shorts include Belly, directed by Julia Pott; Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, directed by Jillian Mayer; and Aquadettes, directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari.
“The features and short films represented in this series showcase strong recent output from a diverse group of younger filmmakers,” says Toby Leonard, programming director at the Belcourt Theatre. “Filmmaker magazine’s ongoing work to highlight talent in the field of independent film aligns perfectly with our programming goals at the Belcourt, and we’re delighted to be part of this series.”
Other venues to screen “25 New Faces of Independent Film” are the IFC Center (New York, NY); Ragtag Cinemacafé (Columbia, MO), and NW Film Centre (Portland, OR).
“25 New Faces of Independent Film” Film Descriptions
AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Visual artist and musician Terence Nance makes a remarkable leap into the world of feature filmmaking with this wry and inventive lament of romantic longing. With great humor and remarkable frankness, Nance has created an affecting meditation on love in the new millennium. Live action sequences and direct-to-the-camera interviews are accented by a variety of animation styles as Nance analyzes his amorous history and his current circumstances. Director Terence Nance, USA, 2012, 93 minutes
Preceded by short film, BELLY
In Julia Pott’s animated short, a young boy begrudgingly experiences the necessary evil of leaving something behind. Director Julia Pott, UK, 2011, 8 minutes
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
In this portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic, LGBT-friendly bar on the eastside of Los Angeles that has catered to the Latin immigrant community since 1963, the bar itself becomes a character in a film that captures the creativity and conflict that ensue when a group of young, queer artists of color (Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU, and Total Freedom) organize a weekly performance art party. Director Wu Tsang, USA, 2012, 75 minutes
Preceded by short film, LIFE AND FREAKY TIMES OF UNCLE LUKE
This short is a modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 French short film LA JETEE. Told entirely through a series of installations created by Miami artist Julian Mayer, the film recounts Luther Campbell’s (aka Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew) rise to fame as hip-hop artist to Mayor. Everything changes when a nuclear meltdown at Turkey Point turns Miami into a radioactive wasteland filled with mutants. Director Jillian Mayer, USA, 2012, 10 minutes
OMA & BELLA
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Nashville Jewish Film Festival
OMA & BELLA is an intimate glimpse into the world of two friends, having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, who live together in Berlin. A portrait emerges of two women with a light sense of humor, vivid stories, and a deep fondness for good food. Created by Oma’s granddaughter Alexa, the film captures their ongoing struggle to retain a part of their past while remaining very much engaged in the present. Director Alexa Karolinski, Germany, 2012, 76 minutes
Preceded by short film, AQUADETTES
Aquadettes traces the journey of Margo Bouer as she faces aging and complications from multiple sclerosis while continuing her quest to find meaning and purpose in life as an athlete. A meditation on life, death and synchronized swimming. Directors Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari, USA, 2011, 10 minutes
IN THE FAMILY
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six-year-old, has only known life with his two dads, Joey and Cody, who dies suddenly in a car accident. Just as Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again, Cody’s will reveals that he named his sister as Chip’s guardian. The years of Joey’s acceptance into the family unravel as Chip is taken away from him. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. Armed with their comfort and inspired by memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the family and closer to his son. Director Patrick Wang, USA, 2011, 169 minutes
*Photos courtesy Belcourt Theatre.