MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: JANUARY 25-31, 2016!
A week scrambling to fix my infected eczema spot (CUTE) and spending some time in the Utah snow! Plus some thoughts on the 2016 Sundance films I was lucky enough to catch!
Jan 25, 2016 at 6:06pm PST
A beautiful dark blue sky leaving work
We did a fun Q&A on @TheGetty Instagram, we turned it into a blogpost that you can find on the Getty Iris.
Waiting for the wendigo. (Have you played Until Dawn?)
Films from Sundance that I saw and recommend:
Holy Hell – This doc features 20 years of archival and insider footage of the Buddha Field, a cult/spiritual group that gained a following in Los Angeles before fleeing to Hawaii, Austin, TX, and back to Hawaii. It entered Sundance with an anonymous director. The director was revealed as Will Allen, the cult’s official documentarian and the film reveals the psychological and physical abuse that kept members in for so long.
Jim: The James Foley Story – This film took home a top audience award, and will premiere on HBO on Saturday I believe. It’s a beautiful and tragic look at the life of James Foley, the journalist who was kidnapped and killed by ISIS. It’s not a spectacle that looks at this execution but rather gives an in-depth look at Jim, the wider field of freelance journalism, and the United States hostage policies.
Sonita – Won audience and jury prizes! This film follows Sonita, an Afghani girl living in Tehran dreaming of a rap career. Her family back in Afghanistan are trying marry her off for $9,000 and the filmmaker does everything she can to get Sonita to music school. You can see Sonita’s music video made by the help of the filmmaker here.
Weiner – A film that follows politician Anthony Weiner (you know, known for his…dick pick scandal) as he runs for NY mayor. He’s a true idiot, and probably shouldn’t run his own Twitter account, but it really does make you question headline journalism and the ethics of that, as you could see how more was focused on his dick picks and private marital issues than his political interests.
Christine – A nuanced and deep dive character piece about Christine Chubbuck, the 70s newscaster who shot herself on air. This really is a film that looks at the whole complex person that was Christine, who was plagued with an anxiety or social disorder that went untreated. You watch her end her life with true empathy, understanding that the politics of the men’s world at her workplace, being overlooked for her job, depression and suicidal tendencies, and true loneliness are real problems.
Swiss Army Man – “We wanted to start the film with a fart that would make you laugh and end the film with a fart that could make you cry.” Features Daniel Radcliffe as a dead guy and Paul Dano as a lonely man stranded on an island. Honestly, I was skeptical about a film that revolves around a fart joke, but it honestly carries the power of imaginative filmmaking. It’s creatively delightful and is reminiscent in the way you would play in childhood, the nostalgia of using your imagination…while still using fun effects and fart jokes. Made by two directors who got their start making music videos.
Captain Fantastic – It was okay, a look the unbalanced life of a man raising his children out in nature, teaching them survival skills all while rigorously fostering their academics and intelligence. The wife dies and the kids are shown the “real” world, you see from many angles the ways you can raise children, achieve balance in your life, etc. But the real gem was the death-positive funeral/cremation scene at the end.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople – A super sweet and charming story…kind of reminiscent of Up if Up had cursing and was set in New Zealand and was live action. A foster kid finds family with an older couple near the “bush”.
Much love friends!