One thing among many to love about the Grand Cinema: they quietly and reliably continue to carve out inimitable independent film opportunities.
This weekend is no exception and I would bet that since Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces in Independent Film is now in its third year at the Grand, you (like me) have still probably never made it. But you can change this trend – attend, discover, maybe even meet the future of movie making.
Here are teaser trails of the eight full length films I am most curious about, all of which are only playing ONCE so you better get to scheduling:
Friday, August 17
ONLY THE YOUNG: Young Californians explore friendship, love, and skateboarding in this affecting documentary.
A Thesaurus presentation produced by Derek Waters, directed, and edited by Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims.
Saturday, August 18
CALL ME KUCHU, a powerful film documenting the struggle of the LGBTQ communities in Uganda as they attempt to survive and thrive in the face of sanctioned and violent homophobia.
SUN DON’T SHINE: a disturbing, psychological Floridian noir chronicling two lovers on the run from the law as they spiral into madness.
Directed by Amy Seimetz
AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY
A love song in film, exploring emotion and expression though drawn and stop animation as well as live footage.
Directed by Terence Nance.
Sunday, August 19
2:45 p.m. ELECTRICK CHILDREN
A 15 year old girl raised in a fundamentalist Mormon community who believes she immaculately conceives when she listens to a rock tape, leaves her sheltered life to seek out the musician she heard.
Written and directed by Rebecca Thomas.
Tuesday, August 21
IN THE FAMILY – one of Grand Cinema’s Executive Director Philip Cowan’s favorite films of the year – a touching and provoking film about family, love, and loss.
Directed by Patrick Wang.
Wednesday, August 22
OMA & BELLA –two aging Jewish German women prepare traditional meals and share memories of their past, including the time they spent in concentration camps.
Directed by Alexa Karolinski.
Thursday, August 23
Musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of the band The Swell Season bring us another exploration of love and the creation of music in The Swell Season, a perfect follow-up from their previous film ONCE.