A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY EIGHT OF “THE STAGG DO”

Between Day 7 and 8 of THE STAGG DO was a day off. Being filmmakers, we obviously all got drunk the night before the off day, then spent that day hung over. This will surprise no one in the film world…



Posted on November 11, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY SEVEN OF “THE STAGG DO”

There’s a lot of things you can do wrong as a film production, and if you’ve been paying attention to our coverage of THE STAGG DO, you’ll notice that they’ve pretty much ticked off all the boxes, save one: we’ve had good turnarounds…



Posted on November 10, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY FIVE OF “THE STAGG DO”

Today’s challenge is to light a tree fort (yes, a tree fort) on the other side of the river, about 100 yards downstream from where we lit on Day 3. Downstream means closer to the barns, which is theoretically a good thing…



Posted on November 9, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY SIX OF “THE STAGG DO”

It’s easy to think of quitting as a singular action, a “fuck you” to whomever you feel has wronged you. After all, no one quits because they’re slightly annoyed…



Posted on November 8, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY FOUR OF “THE STAGG DO”

One good thing about a justified bit of yelling is that sometimes things get fixed…



Posted on November 7, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY THREE OF “THE STAGG DO”

For the 3rd day of “The Stagg Do,” we move to night shoots, and naturally we don’t have nearly enough lights for what we need to do…



Posted on November 6, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY TWO OF “THE STAGG DO”

Few things in micro budget indie film are easier than being the gaffer when shooting a field far away from electricity…



Posted on November 5, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY ONE OF “THE STAGG DO”

In the original planning for A Year Without Rent, I wasn’t supposed to leave the country. It just wasn’t in the budget…



Posted on November 4, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAWN MIKKELSON ON “SMOOCH”

It occurred to me recently that A Year Without Rent was missing an opportunity by not letting the filmmakers we profile speak for themselves…



Posted on November 3, 2011 by

SAWDUST CITY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

I can’t say enough good things about this film. Nordstrom is directing himself in a script he wrote and all three aspects of the film are well-executed…


Posted on November 2, 2011 by

HOMECOMING

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2011 FLYWAY FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The story takes a few minutes to ramp up, but once it hits the second act, it really starts to take off, telling a story with a surprising amount of emotional depth and tension…


Posted on October 26, 2011 by

THE DUCK HUNTER

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2011 FLYWAY FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! There’s nothing to recommend here. It’s not aggressively bad, in the way that a lot of micro-budget indies can be…


Posted on October 26, 2011 by

ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS!

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

2011 FLYWAY FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Anastasio’s film operates as a sort of career retrospective for Plympton. It’s a classic structure, and effective for a film like this…


Posted on October 23, 2011 by

COLLABORATOR

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

2011 FLYWAY AND PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Not surprisingly, “Collaborator” is an actor’s movie, revolving around the interplay between Donovan and Morse, both of whom give strong performances in what’s essentially a play within a movie…


Posted on October 23, 2011 by

A SECOND KNOCK AT THE DOOR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

2011 FLYWAY FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! As a documentary, it’s really quite effective, partly because the story is compelling, but mostly because Grimes does a good job of telling his story. He knows what he wants the message to be, and he gets it out there effectively…


Posted on October 23, 2011 by

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