“Napoleon Dynamite by way of Taxi Driver”
Stuart Simpson’s Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla is a strange character study flaunting wicked humour and mounting unease. Warren is an ice cream man who lives alone with his cat and tunes in daily to his favorite soap opera. However, after an awful accident, Warren’s life begins to spiral out of control: he becomes dangerously obsessed with his favourite soap star, a local drug dealer starts muscling in on his patch, and his sanity begins to disintegrate alarmingly. – KJ
Directed by Stuart Simpson | Australia 2013 | 85 min
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)!
There was no machismo, no rockstar posturing, and definitely no gyrating. Save for the occasional tiff they had with pretentious NME journalists, most of the band members were painfully soft-spoken. Geeky, even. Yet the voluminous, woozy sounds of Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine were anything but. For a few short years in the 80s and 90s, the indie music world was struck by a rare moment of introspection that came to an abrupt end with the laddism of Britpop. Diligently tracing the history of a genre that dares not speak its name (shoe-what?), filmmaker Eric Green interviews the mad minds behind the three bands, including the reclusive MBV frontman Kevin Shields. Amongst the support appearances are members from Ride, Slowdive, and Curve as well as keen fans Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and Robert Smith – the last of whom got married to Cocteau Twin’s “Treasure”. – Sheffield Doc/Fest
Director: Eric Green. 2014. Digital. 90 minutes.