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Robear wrote:

What is a good way to find small, independent films like this or The Station Agent or films like that? Films that would fly under the radar, sometimes for years, but are often thought provoking and interesting? I get really tired of all the big noisy films.

Either go to, or scope out the lineups at film festivals; find film nerds on twitter and see what they're watching

Thank you Robear - I really appreciate that a ton.

I'm going to second what Tangle put out. There are a lot of film festivals, and they all have different programming goals. A nice trick I've found for seeking out small, independent films is to take a film that you love and research which festivals they initially played at, and then look at the other films that festival has run, and which films have won the festival.

You'll want to look more at mid-tier festivals. A lot of the higher tier festivals (your Sundances and Cannes) are mostly taking films that are already insider backed OR have been discovered for performing well in the middle tier. So that's the source. Some good mid-tier festivals include Oaxaca, Woodstock, Atlanta, Denver, and Wroclaw. Once you find a festival that tends to curate to your taste, it is easy to follow who is getting in year to year. Typically, a film becomes available to the public about a year after they play at a festival.

The Widowers won Best Narrative, Best Director, and Best Ensemble at Chain NYC back in 2014. Because the festival was local I saw a ton of films there and I find that their curation team to be just as good - if not superior to - a lot of the higher tier festivals I attended throughout our run. So I'll also point towards them.

I'm also going to recommend an indie director to you - Josephine Decker. I think you'll dig her work.

Thank you so much! Looking forward to more interesting films.

TheHarpoMarxist wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:
TheHarpoMarxist wrote:

I did a short called Push Up (trailer here) that got into a festival I am super excited about (but can't announce yet) and also a different festival I can announce! We're screening in Chain NYC in August. Woot! We didn't submit to a ton of places because this started as an exercise for reel footage but it turned into a weirdly powerful film that I'm super proud to be part of.

My feature won a bunch of awards last year at Chain and since it is NYC based it was a good opportunity for friends and community to see the film. Looking forward to seeing people react to Push Up. Everyone who reads the script thinks that I've spied on their relationship and made a movie about it (seriously, everyone) so I'm encouraged.

What is the name of your feature? Is there a way for me to pay to watch a stream of your work? I’d love to see both the short and the feature, and anything else that you are proud of.

Thank you - I appreciate the willingness to check the work out and support it a great deal!

My feature is called The Widowers and it is available for streaming on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon (I'll push for you to refrain from using Amazon services until tomorrow. Links to all services available through the website.) It got distribution and released in 2015 after a solid festival run.

Push Up is a short about to enter its festival circuit, but I'll keep you posted if it is playing anywhere near you or if it goes up online somewhere. Like I said, we didn't submit to many festivals, but sometimes these things lead to other venues. I feel like more people are starting to discover and be into Shorts as a form, so I wouldn't be shocked if we found some sort of streaming home at some point.

Here's a trailer for the feature:

Making sure to get this on the next page. Watched The Widowers last year, and it was excellent.

Thank you!!! <3 <3 <3

I just enabled dark mode on chrome for Android. This forum is so much better on my eyes now

Stele wrote:

I just enabled dark mode on chrome for Android. This forum is so much better on my eyes now

Yeah the site is pretty white centric.

Dr.Ghastly wrote:
Stele wrote:

I just enabled dark mode on chrome for Android. This forum is so much better on my eyes now

Yeah the site is pretty white centric.

How dare you. This site has tons of dark themed friends.

Robear wrote:

What is a good way to find small, independent films like this or The Station Agent or films like that? Films that would fly under the radar, sometimes for years, but are often thought provoking and interesting? I get really tired of all the big noisy films.

I listen to the slashfilmcast. They cover the main films but also point out interesting small films (they are brilliant about spoilers.) If anyone has other movie podcasts, especially ones who cover independent films, I’d be Interested to hear about them. I used to buy Empire magazine as well who pointed out small films. That said some of my most memorable films were seen at a festival and I’ve never heard of them again.

On to my love: The iFanboy podcast give superpowers to their patrons. In the episode I just listened to they were on fire (it’s always interesting to guess at the incident in their own lives that inspired a particular power.) The first was the ability to repair roads and pavements using the power of their mind, the next was a complete mastery of sub menus, so when you hit the ‘advanced settings’ option, he’d know what they all did and could say, for example, “you should have your NVF active filter set to ‘occasionally.’” The last one was an ability to avoid spilling anything. The person could slap a glass of milk off the table and all the milk would stay in the glass.

For the most part, if you find a reviewer you like, just start reading all of their reviews eat week. Good reviewers are actually paying attention and following these films, even if they don't drive clicks.

Personally, I'm a big fan of Mark Kermode. Taking a look at his list of recent reviews, and there is a lot more there than the big budget noise.

The other my wife and I do is follow the St. Louis International Film Festival. It's a great way to see some films that get less attention, and often, even the ones you can't make pop up again in theaters later. I assume most cities have something similar.

But this is a reminder that when people tell you that no one is making films with original stories and without the bombast, it's because they aren't looking.

Kermode is fantastic. Not just because of what he covers, but also how he covers it. He somehow manages a deep dive for most of his fifteen minute radio reviews. The few times my opinion differs from his, I can tell from his explanation why that is the case. He often makes crazy references to other movies, and I have watched more than one movie based on an offhand comment relating another movie to the one he's reviewing.

His cohost Simon Mayo is pretty cool, too.

I ran into Kermode during a Fantasy and Horror Lit class I took. We read and watched The Exorcist as part of the class, and we also read a lot from Kermode's book on the film. Like you said, he does a really nice job really drilling down when talking about films in regards to what makes them work, and what makes them important. He really makes you appreciate film as an art form all the more.

Another Geeks Who Drink trivia win, off a 3-way tiebreaker. Team sent me up since I won the last tiebreaker a couple months back. And I did it again! Not even close to the right answer actually but closer than the other 2 guys haha.

Jayhawker wrote:

But this is a reminder that when people tell you that no one is making films with original stories and without the bombast, it's because they aren't looking.

While I agree with you, I also would say it's harder than ever for those films to get exposure, and for audiences to find them.

There used to be a time where you could go to the multiplex and they would be playing indie and foreign films, albeit in the tiny screens in the back. Now, it's very common for all 12 theatres at my closest coliseum to be showing a different superhero movie, and even midtier Hollywood dramas only showing up at the independent theatre. Likewise, if you aren't part of a major distributor that lets you buy things in bulk, I've heard getting onto a streaming service like Netflix can be close to impossible. Add in weird licensing issues in countries outside the US.

In my anectedotal experience, it has made me less likely to check them out because of this lack of exposure. If it was playing in the cheap theatre in a matinee and I was bored, or if there was a deal at the video store for renting 2 new releases, I wouldn't hesitate on giving something smaller a chance. Nowadays, I have to research, remember things (a lot of movies get talked about when they hit a film festival, then sometimes disappear for a year or two until they release on digital stores with zero marketing), and then actively search for it on a store like iTunes (if it's even available), and then take the risk of a rental price that sometimes is higher than a Blockbuster movie because it's never part of any special studio promotion.

If you're in a mid-sized city / metro area, there's probably a theater nearby that shows films outside of the mainstream. Go to movies there, instead of just hoping the out of the ordinary stuff becomes available to stream.

At this point, you're counting on the people at that theater to be the ones finding the movies, but they're probably pretty good at it.

On the other hand, I could be spoiled by the local arts scene; Rochester seems to have more than you might expect, given its size. Given that Eastman Kodak got its start here, there's likely more film stuff than other small cities. And we've got a brand new genre film festival coming this fall that I'm looking forward to as well.

Yes there's a local independent theater here. They often have special events where a director or actor comes to talk about their film. Pretty awesome for a midsized city.

Following them on social media keeps me in the loop for interesting films and events.

I have a cheap ($4 tickets w00t!) second-run theater in my suburban neighborhood that shows big movies several months after they've left the multiplexes, AND a decent rotation of indie/arthouse/foreign movies.

If you live in a reasonably sized city, check the iddy-biddy theaters in your hipster and/or college neighborhoods, I know at least 3 different theaters around Seattle that show mostly arthouse stuff.

Yeah, there are two specific "arthouse" theatres around here, but they also usually only have a movie around for 3 days tops at erratic times, and one only posts one week ahead, so you kind of have to be proactive. I just meant that watching newer indie films used to be a much easier proposition, and it sometimes feels like a frustratingly ironic situation where multiplexes and digital distribution made it harder.

For context, around here, even stuff like Booksmart was mostly relugated to those 2 arthouse theatres.

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A good friend of mine bought me goddamn Garegga. I was fawning over the Limited Run release, and sort of mentioned off-handedly that it was a bit of a holy grail game for me -- something I'd love to own, but import fees, conversion rates etc. just made it too difficult. Even LRG's lower price was out of my budget. I've had very little disposable income since going back to student life, and it was kind of grating on me.

Well, he went ahead and ordered it for me a few days before my birthday in June. It just arrived and I'm a little overwhelmed by the act of generosity (AUD to USD conversion rates don't exactly make LRG games a cheap purchase for us "down unda").

To finally get my hands on this, with all the bells and whistles M2 added is just an amazing experience. It's all the more special because it came from a great friend. I'll cherish this one!

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IT'S TIME AGAIN

So I was gaming with some online friends today (non-goodjer), and the topic of gaming mice came up and I complained about how finding a track and ball mouse is hard these days because a lot of people don't make them anymore. I think I was a little ambiguous with my wording because one of my friends asked me to hang back as the group disintegrated for dinner and such, and he flat out asked me if I needed him to buy me a new track and ball mouse. I don't interact with him except for Overwatch and I'm glad he views me as a good enough friend that he'd be willing to do that. I told him it wasn't necessary and explained that I have a system that currently still works for obtaining mice (amazon sale and purchases of multiple mice for the price of 1), but the fact that we have never met IRL and only game with each other ever so often really made me think of how much I enjoy spending time with, and value my online friends, Goodjers and non goodjers alike. Thanks for being there for me, and I hope I can be here for you all if needed.

*Legion* wrote:

IT'S TIME AGAIN

It's about time somebody got this thread back on topic

Robear wrote:

Thank you so much! Looking forward to more interesting films.

ALSO, just saw this list from IndieWire and it there are some great, deep cuts here. (including one of Josephine's films.)

Dr.Incurable wrote:

So I was gaming with some online friends today (non-goodjer), and the topic of gaming mice came up and I complained about how finding a track and ball mouse is hard these days because a lot of people don't make them anymore. I think I was a little ambiguous with my wording because one of my friends asked me to hang back as the group disintegrated for dinner and such, and he flat out asked me if I needed him to buy me a new track and ball mouse. I don't interact with him except for Overwatch and I'm glad he views me as a good enough friend that he'd be willing to do that. I told him it wasn't necessary and explained that I have a system that currently still works for obtaining mice (amazon sale and purchases of multiple mice for the price of 1), but the fact that we have never met IRL and only game with each other ever so often really made me think of how much I enjoy spending time with, and value my online friends, Goodjers and non goodjers alike. Thanks for being there for me, and I hope I can be here for you all if needed.

Have you used this mouse: Logitech M570, $26 on Amazon. I've been using them for years and love them. I use them at work and at home for games. I think I've owned 4, not because they wear out (they dont) but 2 at home for my wife and I and 2 for different jobs I had at work.

polypusher wrote:
Dr.Incurable wrote:

So I was gaming with some online friends today (non-goodjer), and the topic of gaming mice came up and I complained about how finding a track and ball mouse is hard these days because a lot of people don't make them anymore. I think I was a little ambiguous with my wording because one of my friends asked me to hang back as the group disintegrated for dinner and such, and he flat out asked me if I needed him to buy me a new track and ball mouse. I don't interact with him except for Overwatch and I'm glad he views me as a good enough friend that he'd be willing to do that. I told him it wasn't necessary and explained that I have a system that currently still works for obtaining mice (amazon sale and purchases of multiple mice for the price of 1), but the fact that we have never met IRL and only game with each other ever so often really made me think of how much I enjoy spending time with, and value my online friends, Goodjers and non goodjers alike. Thanks for being there for me, and I hope I can be here for you all if needed.

Have you used this mouse: Logitech M570, $26 on Amazon. I've been using them for years and love them. I use them at work and at home for games. I think I've owned 4, not because they wear out (they dont) but 2 at home for my wife and I and 2 for different jobs I had at work.

I am a huge fan of the Logitech MX Master.

It’s very responsive, has the best scroll-wheel I’ve ever used, and it has a thumb-mounted horizontal scroll wheel that is largely useless for gaming but is very handy for navigating wide spreadsheets.

On the downside, there are three programmable thumb buttons, two of which are too close to each other to be of much use to my beefy mitts, and the third one works by pressing down with the thumb in an awkward motion that I find requires too much force to initiate. (I’ve mapped that last one to alt-F4 so I can rage quit more efficiently)

I’ve had two of them; one at work, and on at home; and have never given a so much as a passing glance at any other mouse.

Pixel, that’s the one. Last time I bought one it was much more expensive.

Yah for trackball fans! I have been using them for going on 25 years now. For you guys that like the M570, if you can afford the newer MX Ergo it is a nice upgrade all around. I got tired of having to replace my M570s every year or so because of cheap switches used on the buttons, My left click would start double clicking randomly or missing clicks (this is a well known problem). Over the years I literally collected a drawer full of them, I threw away at least six of them when I was cleaning out before I moved last time and I still have three floating around.

So far the MX Ergo is holding up well after almost two years. If you buy it from Logitech or Best Buy it comes with an extra tilt wedge for a more comfortable grip.

+1 for the MX Ergo. I've gone through a good pile of trackballs in the last few years trying to find one that doesn't give me wrist discomfort and that I can manage to play games with, and it was the winner. Been using mine for at least a year with no issues.

You people are strange and wondrous creatures. I used a trackball once and ran screaming from it.

It's the sort of thing I imagine would feel natural after an acclimation period, but during that period would be horrible.