Your Favorite Independent Film
Having just completed my thesis (!), it is time that I shared this short film. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, Plastic Bag features Werner Herzog as the voice of a plastic bag that goes on a journey. I know. It sounds ridiculous. But if there is one thing I have learned about Bahrani during my research on Goodbye Solo, he is brilliant. In this film he has taken one of the most recognizable voices in cinema and create a beautiful and poignant work.
Plastic Bag has been circulating on the internet for a few weeks now. It is a great short. Check it out here:
Months ago I posted that I was writing a senior honors thesis on film. At the time, I didn’t know what it would be on. But after months of deliberation I finally figured out, more or less, what I am researching: American Identity in post-9/11 American Independent Cinema. (Sometimes I wonder if this topic makes me sound way more intelligent than I really am, but I digress.)
I am focusing on three films: Frozen River (2008), In Between Days (2006), and Goodbye Solo (2008). On the surface, these three films seem completely unrelated but what I have found that they are linked by a foremost a common character and narrative: the immigrant. This films question how American identity and the American Creed are changing in the twenty first century as a result of immigration. Or at least, that is what I am trying to show.
Here are the trailers for Frozen River and Goodbye Solo:
And here is an interview with filmmakers So Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray. The more I research their work, the more I admire their dedication to independent filmmaking as a way to produce quality and exceptional stories and works of art.
The last big award show before the Academy Awards was today. And apparently Brangelina “announced” that they’re expecting baby number 5.
Here are the winners:
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Savages
Ellen Page, Juno
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Talk to Me
Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
Tamara Jenkins, The Savages
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Diablo Cody, ‘Juno’
I’m Not There
Director: Todd Haynes
Casting Director: Laura Rosenthal
Ensemble Cast: Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, Marcus Carl Franklin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bruce Greenwood, David Cross, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams
Laura Dunn, Director of ‘The Unforeseen
IFC/Acura Someone to Watch Award
Ramin Bahrani, Director of Chop Shop