First of all, if you haven’t heard of “mumblecore” and consider yourself a fan of filmmaking, independent cinema or things that are good at all, you need to be informed. Everybody and their brother in the blogging world, and even in the “real” journalism world is talking about this new movement thanks to the theatrical release of Hannah Takes the Stairs on Wednesday, so to get you caught up, here’s all the background information you could possibly want or need.
Not interested in navigating away from my page? Understandable so here’s the gist. A bunch of filmmakers converged at SXSW 2005 and found many similarities in their work, influences and goals. They spent the next two years making more movies, starring each other and mainly dealing with 20-something people in relationships. The key figures are Andrew Bujalski, The Duplass Brothers, Joe Swanberg and Aaron Katz. Happily enough, I have a loose connection to the movement since I acted in Aaron’s Dance Party USA, which instantly catapulted him to the forefront of the movement when it premiered at SXSW 2006. And honestly, if people see Luke and Brie Are on a First Date and want to lump it in with this crowd, I would take that as a great compliment.
The reason I bring this all up now is that, in celebration of the Hannah release, IFC Center in New York is throwing together a bonafide festival of these films for a solid two weeks and you should go check them all out. It all starts on Wednesday the 22nd and you can find the whole schedule right here. Seriously, this is a great chance to catch the following movies on the big screen with many of the cast and crew in attendance.
Hannah Takes the Stairs: Latest from Joe Swanberg and the last time you’ll get to see Greta Gerwig before she’s a big fucking star. It’s a good flick.
Funny Ha Ha: I haven’t seen it but I’ve heard it’s good.
Kissing on the Mouth: I haven’t seen it but there’s lots of nudity.
The Puffy Chair: The only mumblecore flick to make it into Sundance. I have seen it and it’s good.
Dance Party USA: I’m in it, it’s good and I will be there for the Q&A at the Aug 28 9:55pm show.
Quiet City: Exclusive one week engagement of Aaron’s latest film, which I’ve seen and it’s great.
Hohokam: Haven’t seen it.
Team Picture: Haven’t seen it.
Mutual Appreciation: I have seen it and you know what? It kind of bored me, but lots of other people think it’s the cream of this crop so definitely check it out.
Quietly on By: Haven’t seen it.
The bottom line is that these could become defining and important films in the history of cinema, but only if people see them and so if you get a chance, definitely check one or two out. They are made by good people and if you’re like me, you may just get inspired by them. Once again, the link below is to get the full schedule and buy your tickets.