The Best of Slamdance 2020

The Best of Slamdance 2020

The Best of Slamdance 2020

The best of Slamdance 2020

The yearly movie convention Slamdance, held by filmmakers for filmmakers, is currently underway in Park City, Utah and is seeing the premiere of several highly-buzzed about short films, features and documentaries. ComingSoon.net got the chance to watch a part of the catalogue of the films screening and below we have gathered our favorites!

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Shoot to Marry

  • Director/Star: Steve Markle
  • Rating: 8/10

The dating world is among the most challenging things humanity has to cope with, from online dating to trying to figure out how to strike a conversation with someone in person up to the blind date a friend will set up. In his poignant and intriguing documentary, Shoot to Marry, filmmaker Steve Markle takes his disillusionment with being unmarried and turns his lens to explore the facets of the relationship world in the aftermath of a significant breakup and journeys across the country meeting various women and interviewing them about their experiences with relationship and in hopes of meeting someone he can connect with. The plot of this documentary might sound familiar for some Japanese horror fans, and the movie does frequently stray into very uneasy territory in moments as audiences want to sympathize with Steve and root for him in his search for romance, but his narration reveals some questionable methods and intentions on his behalf. A number of the character works towards the documentary comedic character, and Markle shoots it with a skillful eye, but it distracts from assisting this movie soar into the heights it certainly could have reached.

  • Director: Lynne Sachs
  • Rating: 9.5/10

The love between a father and his children may be viewed for both parties involved as unconditional, but there are several circumstances that could challenge that love, including a testy divorce involving parents. In Lynne Sachs’ Film About a Father Who, she takes her camera along with the changes in technology from 1984 to 2019 and focuses it on her father Ira Sachs Sr, a pioneering businessman from Park City who hid a large web of secrets from her mother and her siblings, including a number of relationships with other women and even spawning kids with stated women. While it might appear simple to paint her father as the villain in the documentary, Sachs takes a more romantic approach by letting the audience decide how they feel about his transgressions. The changes in technology over the years also helps to provide a more artistic style into the storytelling, with the various interviews filmed in 16 and 8 mm proving compelling to watch.

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Residue

The topic of gentrification in the United States is among the most important topics many filmmakers are not taking the opportunity to delve into, with last year’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco being among the most notable endeavors to do so and today Merawi Gerima tries to capture its soul in the kind of Residue. Set around an aspiring screenwriter returning to his hometown, the movie follows him as he sees his neighborhood becoming radically gentrified, with his older buddies needing to turn to crime to continue living in the area or selling out to the rich white folks looking to turn the area around. Gerima directs with a rather artful eye and his cast all deliver audio performances in their roles, but the film’s faults lie in the mixed bag of storytelling in attempting to deliver its prevalent themes, sometimes feeling as if it’s contradicting its own messages or not knowing how it wants to inform them in a manner that’s both realistic and satisfactory to audiences wanting a more hopeful conclusion.

Tahara

  • Director: Olivia Peace
  • Rating: 9.5/10

The coming-of-age genre has seen many intriguing subsections, with one of the most timely and compelling of late being that of the coming-out selection, and while films like Love, Simon has handled the material in a respectful but more happy-go-lucky manner, Olivia Peace’s Tahara tackles the problem in a manner that feels wholly original and true to reality. The movie follows two Jewish classmates Carrie and Hannah, who have been inseparable for as long as they understand, but when a classmate of theirs commits suicide seemingly connected to her sexuality, it brings out a lot of complex feelings between the two, especially after a kissing exercise awakens something in Carrie. Setting the film in a Jewish high school helps investigate themes of questioning faith in addition to a burgeoning sexuality and it’s handled in a really fascinating manner, from its tighter aspect ratio creating more intimate character function to its script handling the ups-and-downs of coming out affecting friendships. This is among the most original movies in the coming-of-age subgenre in a very long time and going into the future.

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50 comments

  1. The ending was so cute and like if you this her life was terrible and every cute at the end and like if you wish u have her powers

  2. This was and will always be one of my favorite movies of all time!!! Goes to show people that bad things can always be overcome by good things!!!

  3. Listen Here! I’m smart, you’re dumb, I’m big, you’re little, I’m old, you’re young, I’m clever, you’re stupid, I’m bright, you’re dim, I am expensive, you are cheap! I AM RIGHT, YOU ARE WRONG!!

  4. I am confused if her parents hate her why they will take her to restaurant with them? And sat in the same table with them? they even try to take her with them when they plan to escape

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