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More DRIFT news!

DRIFT movie poster


DRIFT will have its World Premiere this weekend, at Washington, DC’s REEL Independent Film Festival & Extravaganza! Check the schedule for Saturday and Sunday screening times!

The Chicago Premiere and Press Screening will take place next month, on November 21, at the fantastic Portage Theater.

Visit DriftFilm.com for the latest updates!

(Poster design by Tim Swezy. Photography by Joshua Lopatin.)


Save the Date / Ahorras la Fecha / Faites Gagner la Date / 日付を保存します。

…more details forthcoming!

Poster + Teaser for Neo-giallo “Amer” (2009)

I’m a sucker for great movie poster art and the schlockiness of a giallo film.

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s Amer looks like a pretty dead-on throwback:

  • Todd Brown’s Amer review on Twitch

Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find a US release date for it anywhere…

Still Frame of the Day: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975, Belgium)

Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (Soviet Union, 1940)

Apologies for the long absence, readers.  I’ve been busy with mostly non-film, no-fun sorts of things.

I am however, working on an experimental short for the Chicago Filmmakers Location Sound Recording & Editing Techniques class, in which I’ve been enrolled for the past month. My process has been a little slow-going, but I’ll post the finished piece [or at least some version of it], once I get done with it.

For now, you might consider taking a gander at this short film from 1940, which documents some bizarre Soviet attempts at animal corpse resuscitation. Produced by Moscow’s Techfilm Studio.

“Sita Sings the Blues” Free to Watch Online; Donations accepted

Opening credits of Paley's "Sita Sings the Blues"

After she spent three years working on her film, animator Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues could not be released, due to licensing issues with music used throughout the piece. It’s now available online; Paley ended up paying the whopping $50,000 in copyright fees by way of a loan, which now remains largely unrepaid.

You can read more about Paley’s copyright struggle, and hear her thoughts on our “permission culture,” at QuestionCopyright.org (where you can also donate to help repay the loan).

You can watch/download Paley’s entire film online at Thirteen.org.

Regarding St. Patrick’s Day,

Celebrate the day right and proper…
that is, with a 24-year-old Jennifer Aniston* and Willow Ufgood:

*How much cosmetic work do you think she’d already had on her nose, at this point?