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American Indies

American Indies

JOBE'Z WORLD

Michael M. Bilandic United States, 2018

Michael M. Bilandic’s chaotic comedy is a perfect descent into a bygone era of NYC weirdos. Set to Paul Grimstad’s lo-fi score, Sean Price Williams’ hazy images illuminate sublime performances from Jason Grisell and Theodore Bouloukos in this insomniac thrill ride.

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THE COLOR WHEEL

Alex Ross Perry United States, 2011

Before Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth, and Her Smell, indie director Alex Ross Perry grabbed our attention with this wonderfully acerbic second feature. An uproariously abrasive, fast-paced comedy road movie about a hyper dysfunctional brother-sister duo, shot on gorgeous 16mm B&W film.

FUNNY HA HA

Andrew Bujalski United States, 2002

As refreshing now as on its debut, and just as awkwardly charming (or is that charmingly awkward?), in Funny Ha Ha “Mumblecore” pioneer Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess) traces a young woman’s arrested development. A perceptive, hysterically laugh- and wince-inducing comedy about post-graduate drift.

FAKE IT SO REAL

Robert Greene United States, 2011

Robert Greene’s (Bisbee ’17) empathetic portrait of amateur wrestling captures the paradoxical tenderness of the sport. With radiant cinematography by Sean Price Williams, the film subtly focuses on the mythmaking of wrestling and the escape it offers from the struggles of Southern life.

JESS + MOSS

Clay Jeter United States, 2011

Shot on grainy film stock at the director’s family home, Jess+Moss is true American independent cinema, gorgeously shot and sound-scaped to capture the feeling of hazy childhood memories sliding away. A provocative, mesmerizing trip that premiered at Sundance.

BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO

Jessica Oreck United States, 2009

Director Jessica Oreck takes a philosophical and poetic look at insects in this lively documentary. Visually connecting the parallels between people and critters, cinematographer Sean Price Williams captures termites in astonishing digital close-up while mapping the buglike patterns of mankind.

THE GREAT PRETENDER

Nathan Silver United States, 2018

Sean Price Williams’ extraordinary camerawork is unmissable in this striking dark comedy directed by indie mainstay Nathan Silver. His camera fixates on a group of friends (including Esther Garrel!) in extreme close-up as a range of atmospheric colors permeate their faces.

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Celia Rowlson-Hall United States, 2015

A stunning debut by dancer and choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall, Ma takes the Virgin Mary and radically re-imagines her in a contemporary and dialog-free story of archetypal relationships and movement through an American landscape of desert, motels and Las Vegas. Unconventional and risk-taking.