January – February 2015
by John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
After a chance run-in with a film producer eager to invest in a new project, aspiring writers Dominic (Michael Godere) and Raphael (Ivan Martin) need to come up with a script fast, so the pair head to the seclusion of upstate New York to churn out their masterpiece. But when Dominic’s siren of a sister (Marisa Tomei) turns up desperate for reprieve from her boyfriend (Sam Rockwell), they soon realize they’re in for more than they bargained for as their creative retreat is increasingly waylaid by uninvited guests, romantic entanglements, and unexpected distractions. Isabelle McNally and a hilarious Brian Geraghty round out the ensemble cast of New York art world characters in this romantic comedy from director Adam Rapp. -Cara Cusuman, Tribeca Film Festival.
Directed by Adam Rapp. Starring Michael Godere, Ivan Martin, Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, Brian Geraghty and Isabelle McNally. 2014. 75 min. USA.
The ultimate Filipino exploitation B-film! Starring Weng Weng, who is the subject of the new documentary The Search for Weng Weng — also playing at IndieFest! Mr. Giant has kidnapped the brilliant Dr. Van Kohler and is planning to use the Doctor’s invention (the N-bomb) to hold the world hostage. The only one who can foil Mr. Giant’s evil scheme is Agent 00, a 2-foot-9-inch Filipino martial arts master. He is an expert marksman, top-class romancer and all-around superspy. Can Agent 00 rescue Dr. Kohler before it’s too late? -JMG
Directed by Eddie Nicart | Philippines 1981 | 88 min | English dubbed (for maximum enjoyment)!
In the People’s Democratic Republic of Bubunne, it’s the women who are in power, who give the orders and who fight the wars, while the men wear veils and look after the home. One of these men, Jacky, has the same fantasy as all the bachelors in the land – to marry the Colonelle, daughter of the Supreme Leader, and have lots of daughters with her. Now if only he can finangle his way into the Presidential Ball… Part Cinderella, part Barbarella, this brilliant, incisive political satire unspools like a fairytale gone cruelly and hilariously berserk. (Seattle International Film Festival) – KJ
Directed by Riad Sattouff | France 2014 | 87 min
A Spike Lee Joint, DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS is a new kind of love story, one that centers on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society. A reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s horror cult film “Ganja & Hess”, which played as a Critics’ Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee’s stylized thriller features an Original Score by Bruce Hornsby.
Director: Spike Lee/123 minutes/Country: USA